Selected Events (06/28) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s Sweet 6 > TUESDAY / JUNE 28, 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:

“Adventures in Old New York”
The General Society Library, 20 W44th St./ 6:30PM, $10
‘How much do you really know about NYC’s history?
The Bowery Boys celebrate the launch of their new book: Adventures in Old New York, the official companion book to the No. 1 travel podcast that offers an unconventional exploration of Manhattan’s historic neighborhoods, secret spots and colorful characters.

This is a history book unlike any other, a treasure map to an alternative metropolis, telling the remarkable story of ‘old’ New York – the port town, the Revolutionary stronghold, the immigrant sanctuary, the Gilded Age city — using places that exist within it now. The ghosts of old New York still linger along the small streets of downtown, in the marbled exteriors of aging castles, from the stone outcroppings of Manhattan’s highest points to the secrets beneath its oldest parks.”

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Classical Music
Enjoy Beethoven in the Open Air
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra at Naumburg Bandshell
“This summer is the 111th year of free concerts at the historic Naumburg Bandshell, which, since its renovation, has become an even more inviting and popular place for outdoor music in Central Park.

The Naumburg Orchestra Concerts series presents Orpheus, the excellent conductor-less orchestra, in a Beethoven program on Tuesday. After the “Coriolan” Overture, the pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii will be soloist in the exciting “Emperor” Concerto. The program ends with Beethoven’s stormy Fifth Symphony. About 1,000 seats are provided, but many more people enjoy the music while sitting on nearby benches and patches of lawn.” (ANTHONY TOMMASINI-NYT)

Blue Note Jazz Festival (through June 30)
This monthlong event rolls on with a mix of marquee names and crossover fare. Highlights in this final week include a trio led by the bassist Avishai Cohen, at the Highline Ballroom (Tuesday); and the saxophonist Joshua Redman, leading a quartet at the Blue Note (Tuesday through July 3). A full schedule is at (Nate Chinen-NYT)

TONIGHT: Joshua Redman Quartet
Blue Note, 131 W. 3rd St./ 8PM +10:30PM; $20,$35
“Have twenty-five years really passed since Redman took first place at the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition? Now a forty-seven-year-old jazz mainstay, Redman remains connected to fresh musical currents. Putting his recent James Farm collective and trio projects on hold, he reanimates a quartet that includes his longtime associates Aaron Goldberg on piano and Gregory Hutchinson on drums.” (NewYorker)

American Ballet Theater (through July 2)
Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center/ $20-$225
“Alexei Ratmansky’s production is a fascinating, important staging—often revelatory. It’s the finest reconstruction I’ve ever seen of a dance work,” said the New York Times at the production’s 2015 ABT premiere. Featuring 400 lavish costumes, more than 200 wigs, and magnificent storybook sets, the beloved story of the beautiful Princess Aurora, the evil sorceress Carabosse, and the awakening kiss of a handsome prince is certain to cast a spell on your heart and imagination.”
Friday and Monday through Thursday at 7:30 p.m., with a 2 p.m. performance on Wednesday. Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m.

Etienne Charles: ‘San Jose Suite’ (also Wednesday)
Dizzy’s Club, 60th St. and Broadway / 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $
“Mr. Charles, a Trinidadian trumpeter, has found a strong niche in the mutual exchange between jazz and calypso. His “San Jose Suite” explores connections among three cities with the same name — in California, Costa Rica and Trinidad — with musical partners including the saxophonist Brian Hogans and the pianist Victor Gould.” (Chinen-NYT)

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

Astronomy Live: Unsolved Mysteries of the Universe
American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th St.; Hayden Planetarium Space Theater / 7PM, $15
“Are we alone in the cosmos? What happened in the early universe? What are dark matter and dark energy? The universe holds many secrets—some of which scientists may be on the verge of uncovering, and others that may remain hidden for a long time to come. Astrophysicists Jackie Faherty and Jana Grcevich of the American Museum of Natural History explore some of the most important unsolved mysteries of astronomy and cosmology, and how scientists seek to solve them.”

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 06/26 and 06/24.

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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