Selected Events (07/10) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s Super 7 > SUNDAY / JULY 10, 2016

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Bastille Day on 60th Street
60th St., from Fifth Ave. to Lexington Ave./ 12PM -5PM
“A week after the Fourth of July, indulge in a celebration of independence with Parisian flair. French culture, cuisine, and entertainment will be on display at this annual street fair, presented by the French Institute Alliance Française in commemoration of the historic storming of the Bastille Prison in rebellion against King Louis XVI, in 1789. This year, the cast members of the Tony Award-winning musical “An American in Paris” perform selections live onstage, and attendees can enjoy champagne and chocolate tasting before watching the conclusion of the 2016 U.E.F.A. European Soccer Championship at a free screening in Florence Gould Hall.” (NewYorker)

“This Gallic fair is filled with bakery bites (crêpes, éclairs) from François Payard, Dominique Ansel and Financier Patisserie, plus performances by can-can dancers strutting their stuff to the jubilant Hungry March Band. Enjoy a special show presented by the cast of hit musical An American in Paris, and once the festival fatigue sits in, enjoy nibbles of fromage and baguettes, and sips of beer and various wines from Sud de France.” (TONY)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

“Summergarden: New Music for New York”
Museum of Modern Art, 11 W53rd St./ Garden opens at 7, Concert begins at 8; FREE
“Members of the New Juilliard Ensemble led by conductor Joel Sachs will perform in MoMA’s Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden as part of the museum’s Summergarden series on Sunday night. The series, titled “New Music for New York,” will take place over the course of four evenings and will offer “adventurous contemporary” musical selections. Summergarden, established in 1971, seeks to continue the MoMA’s history of presenting jazz and classical music in the Sculpture Garden. Although the exhibition galleries are closed, the Garden Bar will be open and offer a selection of light fare as well as wine, craft beer and cocktails.” (the Observer)

“Vince Giordano—There’s a Future in the Past”
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave./ 6PM, $40
“How crazy do you have to be to keep a Jazz Age enterprise going in the 21st Century?

Bandleader, historian and collector Vince Giordano created the period music in Todd Haynes’ Carol, Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator, Francis Ford Coppola’s The Cotton Club, half-a-dozen Woody Allen films including his upcoming Cafe Society and HBO’s Grammy-winning series Boardwalk Empire. A New York institution for nearly 40 years, Vince and his eleven-member band The Nighthawks bring the hot, syncopated music of the 1920s and ’30s to life with their virtuosity, vintage musical instruments and Vince’s encyclopedic collection of over 60,000 period band arrangements.

But between the moments of glory on stage, there is the constant struggle to find gigs, manage personnel and shlep a van full of equipment and 400 lbs of music to every job, with no road crew. Meltdowns occur and the threat of going out of business constantly looms. Vince Giordano — There’s a Future in the Past captures the hard work, endurance, and joy of being true to one’s calling.

“Vince Giordano is Hollywood’s go-to guy to authentically re-create vintage jazz music.” – The Wall Street Journal.

Join Vince Giordano, Bill Charlap and filmmakers Dave Davidson and Amber Edwards in conversation followed by Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks in performance.”

Joe Lovano Quartet (LAST DAY)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th St./ 8:30PM, +10:30PM, $30
“Mr. Lovano, a saxophonist equally drawn to garrulous epiphany and tender lyricism, convenes a new band for this six-night run at the Village Vanguard, his second home. Along with the pianist Kenny Werner, a longtime compatriot, it features the virtuoso bassist John Patitucci and the wise and grounded drummer Andrew Cyrille.” (Chinen-NYT)

Elsewhere, but this guitar genius is worth the small detour:
John Pizzarelli (LAST DAY)
Jazz Standard, 116 E27th St./ 7:30PM, +9:30PM,; $40
“A sterling cabaret artist who doesn’t hide his deep affection for the classic rock and pop that he grew up with, the guitarist and singer Pizzarelli recently tipped his hat to a major influence on “Midnight McCartney,” an imaginative project that approached offbeat Paul McCartney tunes from a stylishly personal angle.”(NewYorker)

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

My First Friend, My Enemy: The Hamilton and Burr Duel
New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West/ 1PM, FREE with museum admission
“Much of this year’s hoopla about Alexander Hamilton has focused on how he lived. But on Sunday, the New-York Historical Society will have young visitors investigate a more sobering topic: how he died.

Not that his demise lacked drama. Hamilton may have expired in bed, but only after Aaron Burr mortally wounded him in their infamous duel on July 11, 1804 — the subject of “Hamilton’s Dueling Death Family Tour,” at 11:30 a.m. Participants will visit Kim Crowley’s statues of the men in dueling stance, see reproductions of the pistols they used and hear their increasingly heated letters.

This gallery tour will be a prelude to “My First Friend, My Enemy: The Hamilton and Burr Duel,” a re-enactment at 1 and 3 p.m. A day short of the duel’s 212th anniversary, Eben Kuhns will take the stage as Hamilton, and John Zak as Burr, along with actors playing their seconds. The costumed cast will also read from letters, and then, using antique pistols, portray the confrontation.” (Laurel Graeber-NYT)

Pinknic
Governors Island, The Play Lawn/ 12PM – 6PM; $65+
“Pinknic, the largest rosé-themed picnic and music festival in New York City, comes to Governor’s Island. Take a short ferry ride from the tip of Manhattan and set up shop on one of 4,000 rosé-hued blankets dotting the sprawling grounds. From here, delight in spirited sounds, satisfying snacks, and ice-cold bottles of rosé. A variety of refreshing rosés will be available for purchase. You’re invited to bring your own picnic or pre-order our special Pinknic Baskets crafted by acclaimed chef Chris Santos.”

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

Special Mention:
Caffe Vivaldi – 32 Jones St. nr Bleecker St. caffevivaldi.com, 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.

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♦ 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.
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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, diaart.org.” (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, gagosian.com.” (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 (nycgo.com) 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 better to 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).

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For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see recent posts in right sidebar dated 07/08 and 07/06.
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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.

OpenTable
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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