Selected Events (07/16) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s Sweet 6 > SATURDAY / JULY 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.
For future events be sure to check the tab above: “Annual Events / July”

Have time for only one event today? Do this:

Louis Armstrong’s Wonderful World
Flushing Meadows-Corona Park/ main stage 1-8PM, FREE
This free daylong affair will celebrate the memory and spirit of Louis Armstrong, who lived in the neighborhood for many years. Along with Kermit Ruffins, a New Orleans trumpeter in the Armstrong mold, its main-stage lineup will feature the tireless R&B sage Dr. John, the funk trio Soulive and the Colombian groove band Folklore Urbano. Among the other offerings are a family area, a food court and assorted events at the Queens Theater and the Queens Museum. For more information, visit armstrongswonderfulworld.com. (Chinen-NYT)

OK, this is not Manhattan’s WestSide, but from Times Square it’s a straight shot out on the #7 subway (30-40 min).

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Reich/Reverberations (also Tuesday and Thursday)
Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center/ 8PM, $
“The Lincoln Center Festival’s homage to Steve Reich culminates in three performances highlighting the breadth and depth of his output. On Saturday, the intrepid So Percussion, joined by additional percussionists, singers and a piccolo player, takes on Mr. Reich’s landmark “Drumming” from 1971.

Tuesday’s program, featuring Ensemble Signal and the formidable Jack Quartet, showcases Reich’s serious side, including the Holocaust-themed “Different Trains” and the moving “WTC 9/11.”
On Thursday, Ensemble Signal performs the kaleidoscopic “Music for 18 Musicians.”
8PM, Tuesday,Thursday at the Appel Room, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 60th St/Broadway

Americana Sounds:
Deer Tick / Margo Price / Anais Mitchell / Breanna Barbara
Hudson River Park, Pier 97, 59th St at the Hudson River/ 2-9PM, FREE
“These artists merge the classic American sounds of acoustic roots and folk traditions into the contemporary rock sound.”

Goran Bregović and His Wedding and Funeral Orchestra
David Geffen Hall (at Lincoln Center)/ 8PM, $30-$60
“Charismatic singer, guitarist and bandleader Goran Bregović, one of the world’s most popular Balkan performers, visits Carnegie Hall with his vivacious band, a seemingly homely folkloric outfit that’s actually every bit as sophisticated and subversive as Astor Piazzolla’s great quintets.” (TONY)

“Performing as a group since 1998, the Wedding and Funeral Orchestra creates a party atmosphere wherever it goes, bringing together Gypsy brass players, Bulgarian vocalists, and conservatory-trained string players. While the music has a serious side—Bregović has said that it arises from “a terrible frontier” where Catholics, Orthodox Christians, Muslims, and Gypsies have coexisted fitfully for centuries—an infectious joy trumps any underlying sorrow.”

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

want to try something different today?
3rd Annual International Conversation Day
Bryant Park, Sixth Ave. and 42nd St./ 3-6PM, FREE
“Visitors to the event will be able to choose from a diverse array of topics for discussion at cafe tables seating from 6-15 people, to share experiences, thoughts, insights, and ideas. Some topics last year shared among the 300+ participants were: “What Makes NYC Great” or “Can We Be Good Without God?” or “Do We Make Our Own Luck?”. Visitors can also announce topics on-the-spot and solicit discussants. This outdoor event is weather contingent.”

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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 07/14 and 07/12.
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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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