Selected Events (06/22) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s Sweet 6 > WEDNESDAY / JUNE 22, 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:

American Ballet Theater (through July 2) /
tonight: Romeo and Juliet (thru Jun 25)
Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center / 2PM, +7:30PM, $20+
“Kenneth MacMillan’s masterful interpretation of Shakespeare’s enduring romantic tragedy has become one of ABT’s signature productions. Against a sumptuous setting in Renaissance Italy, MacMillan weaves a dance tapestry rich in character nuance and sensuality, and Sergei Prokofiev’s instantly recognizable music underscores the lyric beauty and passion of this beloved ballet’s star-crossed lovers.”

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Freddy Cole (thru Jun 25)
Birdland, 315 W44th St./ 8:30PM, +11PM, $40
“Old-school suave and still in hale voice at eighty-four years old, Cole has yet to encounter a ballad or swinging blues number that he couldn’t finesse to a shine. It took him decades to step outside the shadow of his brother Nat, but Freddy now commands from a throne of his own.” (NewYorker)

Blue Note Jazz Festival (through June 30)
“This month long event rolls on with a mix of marquee names and crossover fare. Highlights in the coming week include the world-beating tenor saxophonist Kamasi Washington, in a free concert on Saturday at Central Park SummerStage; the Rebirth Brass Band at the Highline Ballroom on Sunday and at the Blue Note on Monday; and the pianist Robert Glasper at the Blue Note, appearing first with his trio (Tuesday and Wednesday) and then in a duo with another leading pianist, Jason Moran (Thursday and June 24). A full schedule is at” (Chinen-NYT)

>>TONIGHT: Robert Glasper (Jun 21-26)
Blue Note, 131 W3rd St./ 8PM, +10:30PM; $30, $45
“Even if his name’s not familiar, you’ve probably heard Robert Glasper’s playing featured most recently on Kendrick Lamar’s gritty masterpiece, To Pimp A Butterfly. The latest studio work from the jazz–hip-hop crossover star, Everything’s Beautiful, pays tribute to the legend whose timeless work he constantly mines, Miles Davis, with contributions from an impressive roster of musicians: Erykah Badu, Bilal, Hiatus Kaiyote and tons more. Glasper’s Rolodex is world-class—recall that Kanye West sat in with the band at the Blue Note in 2011—so you never know who might turn up as he settles into this five-day residency.” (TONY)

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

Kim Addonizio on “Bukowski in a Sundress”
Book Culture on Columbus, 450 Columbus Ave./7PM, FREE
“A dazzling, edgy, laugh-out-loud memoir from the award-winning poet and novelist that reflects on writing, drinking, dating, and more. Kim Addonizio is used to being exposed. As a writer of provocative poems and stories, she has encountered success along with snark: one critic dismissed her as Charles Bukowski in a sundress. (Why not Walt Whitman in a sparkly tutu? she muses.)

Now, in this utterly original memoir in essays, she opens up to chronicle the joys and indignities in the life of a writer wandering through middle age. At once intimate and outrageous, Addonizio’s memoir radiates all the wit and heartbreak and ever-sexy grittiness that her fans have come to love and that new readers will not soon forget.”

Moholy-Nagy: Art for a New Century
Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Ave. (at 89th St.)/6:30PM, $15
“Bringing together scholars, curators, and an artist, this program explores how László Moholy-Nagy’s experimental and multifaceted practice resonates today more than ever. Presentations by Oliver Botar (University of Manitoba), Carol S. Eliel (LACMA and co-curator of the exhibition), and artist Barbara Kasten are followed by a panel discussion. Organized by Karole P.B. Vail, Guggenheim exhibition curator.”

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:
The Food and Wine of France
92nd St. Y, Lexington Avenue at 92nd St./ 7PM, $32
“Food writer Edward Behr brings us inside the sensuousness of French cuisine through stories of French artisans and chefs who continue to work at the highest level.

He shows us how French cooking is both obvious and subtle, simple and complex, rustic and utterly refined, and even wildly abstract and austere. He looks at French ingredients, culinary techniques and training, and digs into what “the best” means to chefs and artisanal produces.”

River to River Festival (through June 26)
“This annual event is something of a performance-inspired scavenger hunt around Lower Manhattan, both confusing and delighting unsuspecting passers-by. This week, the witty Dance Heginbotham weaves through a harbor-side business complex; the captivating Eiko Otake continues her multiyear project “A Body in Places” on Governors Island; Okwui Okpokwasili takes inspiration from Nigerian women in the 1920s; the hip-hop dancer Ephrat Asherie collaborates with her jazz pianist brother, Ehud; and Will Rawls, left, nods to Balkan folklore. At various times and locations.” (Schaefer-NYT)

Hot Tickets – Tomorrow

Jazztopad Festival (Tuesday through July 1)
Dizzy’s Club, Columbus Circle/ 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $40
“The Jazztopad Festival, a leading event of its kind in Poland, has organized a satellite edition here next week, in collaboration with the Polish Cultural Institute New York. Among the prime offerings are the Obara International Quartet, led by the saxophonist Maciej Obara, at the Jazz Standard on Tuesday; a subtle and sophisticated trio led by the pianist Marcin Wasilewski, at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola on Wednesday; and a quintet led by the trumpeter Piotr Damasiewicz, at Dizzy’s on Thursday. More information is at” (Chinen-NYT)

Beyond Momos: Himalayan Food in Jackson Heights
Sherpa Kyidug House, Queens, 41-01 75th St., Basement/ 6:30PM, $16
“Jackson Heights, Queens is one of the country’s most diverse neighborhoods. Today, the neighborhood’s diversity is reflected in its dizzying array of food businesses, from Indian mega-grocers to taco trucks. Since the 2000s, Jackson Heights has also become home to a large Himalayan population—and many restaurants that serve that community. Now, it’s possible to savor Tibetan momo dumplings and milk tea, as well as Nepali sukuti (meat jerky) and thali platters, all within a few blocks of the subway.

Join us for a panel discussion moderated by Yanki Tshering of the Business Center for New Americans and including Tashi Chodron of the Rubin Museum, Himalayan culinary expert Sandy Garson, Pema Yangzom and Tenzing Ukyab of Himalayan Yak, and other local business owners. Learn about the culinary and cultural diversity of Himalayan (Nepali, Tibetan, and Bhutanese) cuisines, and hear the personal stories of Himalayan food entrepreneurs in New York. Afterward, stick around for tastings from the neighborhood.”

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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