Selected Events (06/16) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s Super 7 > THURSDAY / JUNE 16, 2016

“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to.” We make it as easy as 1-2-3.
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Have time for only one event today? Do this:

Savor an Alfresco Symphony
New York Philharmonic in Central Park
“As a child, Alan Gilbert, whose parents were violinists with the New York Philharmonic, loved attending the orchestra’s popular, free outdoor concerts in the city’s parks. As he enters his final season as music director, Mr. Gilbert leads the Philharmonic in two programs in Central Park to start this summer’s tour. Wednesday’s features the superb clarinetist Anthony McGill in Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, and on Thursday, it’s Beethoven’s “Eroica” Symphony.” (NYT-ANTHONY TOMMASINI)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Tom Harrell Quintet: 70th Birthday Celebration (thru June 19)
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Broadway at 60th St./ 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $40
Life hasn’t been easy for this respected trumpeter and composer, who has spent a long career dealing with the uncertainties of the jazz life, compounded by a diagnosed case of paranoid schizophrenia. The night of his birthday finds the tough and talented Harrell leading a quintet featuring familiar cohorts, including the saxophonist Wayne Escoffery.” (NewYorker)

American Ballet Theater (through July 2)
Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center / $
“This weekend brings three more performances of “The Golden Cockerel,” Alexei Ratmansky’s sumptuous update of a popular comedic ballet by Michel Fokine for the Ballets Russes. Mr. Ratmansky tells the story of a magical rooster in czarist Russia with a heavy dose of mime and folk dance. Beginning Monday, it’s “Swan Lake” time as Ballet Theater’s stellar women take turns in the iconic dual role of the virtuous swan queen, Odette, and her devious doppelgänger, Odile.” (Schaefer-NYT)
Mondays through Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 8 p.m., with matinees at 2 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Blue Note Jazz Festival (through June 30)
“This monthlong fete rolls on with a mix of marquee names and crossover fare. A special highlight in the coming week is Sangam, an intuitive, shape-shifting trio comprising the multi-reedist Charles Lloyd, the tabla player Zakir Hussain and the drummer Eric Harland, on Saturday at Town Hall. Among the other strong offerings are a quartet led by the bassist Christian McBride, at the Blue Note Jazz Club from Tuesday through June 19; and the organist Cory Henry with his band, the Funk Apostles, at the Highline on Thursday. A full schedule is at” (Chinen-NYT)

Smart Stuff / Other
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other

Bloomsday on Broadway XXXV
Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway/ 7PM, $26
“The 35th annual tribute to the life, language, and love of Jame Joyce’s timeless prose with wonderful actors and avid Joyceans. This year’s event features a celebration of the of the centennial of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, as well as The Art of Ulysses, a breathtaking whirlwind tour in 17 acts curated by Neil Hickey; a reading from the magnificent Molly Bloom soliloquy, and a special tribute to the writers and rebels behind the 1916 Easter Rising. Directed by Olivier Award winner Jim Culleton, with musical direction from Lisa Flanagan. In collaboration with Irish Arts Center.”

LIVE from the NYPL: Laurie Anderson | Paul Holdengräber
New York Public Library—Main Building, 476 Fifth Ave./ 7PM, $40
“To close the season, Paul Holdengräber welcomes creative powerhouse Laurie Anderson to discuss her work, her inspiration, and what’s next.

LAURIE ANDERSON is one of America’s most renowned – and daring – creative pioneers. She is best known for her multimedia presentations and innovative use of technology. As writer, director, visual artist and vocalist she has created groundbreaking works that span the worlds of art, theater, and experimental music. Her recording career, launched by O Superman in 1981, includes the soundtrack to her feature film Home of the Brave and Life on a String (2001). Anderson’s live shows range from simple spoken word to elaborate multi-media stage performances such as Songs and Stories for Moby Dick (1999). Anderson has published seven books and her visual work has been presented in major museums around the world.”

Elsewhere, but this looks (and tastes) so good, worth the detour.
Immigration in the Kitchen: A Generation of Food Entrepreneurs
Essex Street Market, 120 Essex St./ 6:30PM, FREE, RSVP requested.

This program is part of the Museum of Food and Drink’s MOFAD City series:
“We’re partnering with the Essex Street Market to bring together a panel of immigrant food entrepreneurs – those that have kept their cultures’ food traditions alive, while also adding their own flare. We’ll hear from Jake Dell of Katz’s Delicatessen, Jonathan Wu of Fung Tu, and market vendor Viva Fruits & Vegetables. Lisa Gross, Founder and CEO of The League of Kitchens, will moderate and share her perspective working with immigrant cooks in New York City.

Because, really, what would New York City be without the smoked fish of early Jewish immigrants, or the steaming hot noodle bowls of the city’s longstanding Chinese community? We’ll talk about the immigrants – and their appetites! – that made today’s world cooking possible. Plus, sample a tasting of food from neighborhood staple Kossar’s Bialys and Essex Street Market vendors, and complimentary Tiger Beer! The evening starts with a reception at 6:30 pm and then the discussion from 7-8 pm.”


Bonus – Music Venues:
So much fine live music every night in this town. These are my favorite music venues on Manhattan’s WestSide. Check out who’s playing tonight:

City Winery – 155 Varick St.,, 212-608-0555
Feinstein’s/54 Below – 254 W54th St.,, 646-476-3551
Joe’s Pub @ Public Theater – 425 Lafayette St.,, 212-967-7555
Metropolitan Room – 34W22ndSt., metropolitan, 212-206-0440
Beacon Theatre – 2124 Broadway @ 74th St.,, 212-465-6500
B.B. King’s Blues Bar – 237W42nd St.,, 212-997-2144
Le Poisson Rouge – 158 Bleecker St.,, 212-505-3474

Special Mention:
Caffe Vivaldi – 32 Jones St. nr Bleecker St., 212-691-7538
a classic, old jazz club in the Village, Caffe V often surprises with a wonderfully eclectic lineup. It’s my favorite spot for an evening of listening enjoyment and discovery.

♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity, with a population of  8.5 million, had a record 58 million visitors last year and was TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2016.  Quality shows draw crowds.
Try to reserve seats in advance, even if it’s  just on the day of performance.

Chelsea Art Gallery District*

Chelsea is the heart of the NYCity contemporary art scene. Home to more than 300 art galleries, the Rubin Museum, the Joyce Theater and The Kitchen performance spaces, there is no place like it anywhere in the world. Come here to browse free exhibitions by world-renowned artists and those unknowns waiting to be discovered in an art district that is concentrated between West 18th and West 27th Streets, and 10th and 11th Avenues. Afterwards stop in the Chelsea Market, stroll on the High Line, or rest up at one of the many cafes and bars and discuss the fine art.

Two exhibitions the NewYorkTimes likes:

 Robert Ryman (through July 31)
“For nearly 60s years, the Minimalist painter Robert Ryman has had few equals when it comes to doing more with less. White has been his primary, if not quite his only, color, the square his typical format. And yet within these seeming limitations a remarkably fecund and resonant body of work has evolved as demonstrated with unusual clarity (and in natural light) by this small but comprehensive exhibition.
Dia: Chelsea, 535 West 22nd Street, 212-989-5566,” (Smith)

Richard Serra (through July 29)
“New works occupying Gagosian Gallery’s two Chelsea display spaces find Mr. Serra, at 76, still wrangling sculptural fundamentals into objects and installations of thrilling severity. At West 21st Street is a single, grand example of his mazes made from immense ribbons of rolled steel; West 24th Street hosts three works made of solid steel slabs as well as a drawing installation. In certain respects, the two exhibitions represent formal opposites. While the maze subordinates material to gravity-defying form, the slabs favor weighty raw material. What the two have in common is their awesomely expansive effects on consciousness.
Gagosian Gallery, 522 West 21st Street, 212-741-1717; and at 555 West 24th Street, Chelsea, 212-741-1111,” (Johnson)

For a listing of 25 essential galleries in the Chelsea Art Gallery District, organized by street, which enables you to create your own Chelsea Art Gallery crawl, see the Chelsea Gallery Guide ( Or check out TONY magazine’s list of the “Best Chelsea Galleries” and click through to see what’s on view.

*Now plan your own gallery crawl, but plan your visits for Tuesday through Saturday; most galleries are closed Sunday and Monday.

TIP: After your gallery tour, stop in Ovest at 513W27th St. for Aperitivo Italiano (Happy Hour on steroids). Discuss all the great art you have viewed over a drink and a very tasty selection of FREE appetizers (M-F, 5-8pm).

For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see recent posts in right sidebar dated 06/14 and 06/12.

This week’s fave and FREE NYCity AppS: 
Trip Advisor
An enormous base of NYCity user reviews (2.1 million) provides the widest coverage of hotels (468), restaurants (12,645) and things to do (yes, 3,246). Have a specific question? Then try one of Trip Advisor’s forums. Just remember that with all those reviews you have to try to find the consistency among the comments, and ignore the outliers.

Instantly locate restaurants near you with open reservations and then place a reservation right from your iOS device. A great interface and the ability to see a menu from the restaurant you’re interested in makes this my go to restaurant reservation app.

Subway Time 
Need to catch your #1,2,3 subway to attend an event? Use the Subway Time app from the MTA to find out when the next train arrives at your station. The MTA also has Bus Time info available on their mobile website.

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