Selected Events (07/22) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

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

Have time for only one event today? Do this:

Marquis Hill Blacktet (also Saturday)
Ginny’s Supper Club, 310 Lenox Avenue, near 125th St./ 7:30PM +9:30PM, $
“The Way We Play,” the major-label debut by the Chicago trumpeter Marquis Hill, amounts to this band’s official declaration of arrival. With Christopher McBride on alto saxophone, Justin Thomas on vibraphone, Joshua Ramos on bass, and Makaya McCraven on drums, it suggests a sleek update to the Young Lion aesthetics of the 1980s, with tight front-line maneuvers against a strong but supple churn.” (Chinen-NYT)

This is a wonderful club to hear good music and just a few steps from the #2/3 subway.

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Alice Ripley and Emily Skinner: Unattached! (also July 23,25)
Feinstein’s/54 Below, 254 W54th St./ 9:30PM, $60
“The original stars of the conjoined-twin musical Side Show reunite to perform their first show together in nearly a decade. Both have had substantial careers since their joint 1997 breakthrough, and it will be fascinating to see how Ripley’s edgy presence and rough-edged rock voice interplays with Skinner’s vivacious, Broadway-broad approach.” (TONY)

Harold Mabern Trio (through Sunday)
Smoke Jazz Club, 2751 Broadway, at 106th St./ 7,9,10:30PM, $
“The estimable hard-bop pianist Harold Mabern devoted his most recent album, “Afro Blue,” to the support and celebration of jazz singers. For this weekend run, he pares down to a trio, with Nat Reeves on bass and Joe Farnsworth on drums.” (Chinen-NYT)

Joe Lovano Quartet (through July 24)
Village Vanguard, 178 7th Ave. South, at 11th St./ 8:30PM, 10:30PM, $30
“Just over 20 years ago, Mr. Lovano, a saxophonist drawn to garrulous epiphany and tender lyricism, released “Quartets: Live at the Village Vanguard,” a superb double album documenting two separate engagements at the club. The more adventurous of the two quartets on the album will reunite there next week, bringing a world of insights; its members are Tom Harrell on trumpet, Anthony Cox on bass and Billy Hart on drums.” (Chinen-NYT)

Elsewhere but this looks worth the slight detour:
Dick Hyman/Ken Peplowski Duo (also Saturday)
Jazz at Kitano, 66 Park Ave., at 38th St./ 8PM, +10PM, $32
“Two walking compendiums of jazz—the eighty-nine-year-old pianist Hyman and the younger clarinettist and saxophonist Peplowski—are virtuosos who never forget that mirth isn’t antithetical to sterling musicianship. The two, both New York treasures, have been featured on the soundtracks to various Woody Allen films, naturally.” (NewYorker)

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

Want to go batty?
Evening Bat Walks in Central Park
American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th St./ 8PM, $40
“At dusk, bats leave the warm spaces under city roofs to feed on flying insects. Join Bradley Klein, Danielle Gustafson, and other members of the New York City Bat Group for a walk through Central Park. Aided by detectors that amplify the bats’ otherwise inaudible high-frequency chirps, bat-watchers monitor and catalogue the species that call the city home.”

Meet at the Museum entrance on 77th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue. Enrollment is limited. if you miss this one, register in advance for July 29.

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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 07/20 and 07/18.
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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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