Selected NYC Events (08/03) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s Fab 5 NYC Events > WEDNESDAY/AUGUST 03, 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 NYC Events / August”

Have time for only one NYC Event today? Do this:

Django Reinhardt NY Festival (through Aug. 7)
Birdland, 315 W44th St./ 8:30PM, +11PM, $
“This joyous celebration of French Gypsy jazz, named after the guitarist still regarded as its paragon, rolls up for its annual week at Birdland in strong and limber form, coming off a cross-country tour. Along with perennial anchors like the accordionist Ludovic Beier and the guitarist Samson Schmitt, the engagement will feature a parade of guests, including the Israeli clarinetist Anat Cohen (Tuesday) and the Dutch pianist Peter Beets (Wednesday and Thursday).” (Chinen-NYT)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Positively Bob Dylan Vol 2: 75th Birthday Tribute
City Winery, 155 Varick St./ 8PM, $40
feat. Special Guests Nellie McKay, Anais Mitchell, Steve Forbert, Susan Werner, Ari Hest & Chrissi Poland, and more!
“Bob Dylan arrived in New York City in January 1961 and forever revolutionized the world of folk and popular music. Please join us for an intimate evening of Bob Dylan classics featuring a stellar lineup of acclaimed artists. All proceeds benefit Theatre Within (, the grassroots non-profit behind the Annual John Lennon Tribute dedicated to fostering social good through the performing arts.”

Geri Allen Quintet (through Aug. 7)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th St./ 8:30PM, +10:30PM, $30
“Geri Allen, long one of the finest postbop pianists of her generation, has become a force in jazz education and a conscientious steward of jazz history. Additionally, she remains a composer, arranger and bandleader of considerable resources. In this group, she will call on the tenor saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, the bassist Kenny Davis and the drummer Victor Lewis — as well as her son, the trumpeter Wallace Roney Jr., a serious up-and-comer now studying at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.” (Chinen-NYT)

Provincial Dances Theater / Rosie Herrera Dance Theater
Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Ave./ 7:30PM, $
“A shared week, presented by the American Dance Festival, opens with the New York début of the Russian company Provincial Dances Theatre (Aug. 1-3). In “Sepia,” choreographed by Tatiana Baganova and inspired by Kobo Abe’s novel “The Woman in the Dunes,” streams of sand rain down on the dancers.

Rosie Herrera, a Miami-based artist, brings her company (Aug. 4-6) to perform “Carne Viva,” a short première that sets passion against anomie, along with her “Various Stages of Drowning: A Cabaret,” an episodic piece that uneasily crosses watered-down surrealism and violence reminiscent of Pina Bausch with jokey skits born in South Beach drag clubs.” (NewYorker)

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

Lenny Bruce: How to Talk Dirty and Influence People
New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 W64th St./ 7PM, $20
“Sponsored by the National Comedy Center and the New York Society for Ethical Culture, this night honors the influential comedian Lenny Bruce on the 50th anniversary of his death. After a screening of his performances, the comedian Scott Blakeman will lead a panel in a discussion of Mr. Bruce’s life and comedy. Net proceeds from the event will go to the Lenny Bruce Memorial Foundation, which assists those struggling with addiction.” (Czajkowski-NYT)


NYCity Restaurant Week Summer 2016 (July 25 – Aug 19, 2016)
Enjoy gourmet, 3-course $29 lunch and $42 dinner at 380 participating NYC Restaurant Week restaurants. (Saturdays excluded; Sundays optional. Beverages, gratuities and taxes are not included).

Where to get the best Restaurant Week deals?
See Georgia Kral’s recommendations in AMNY.
OR Zagat’s 8 NYC Restaurant Week Reservations to Make Right Now
OR Thrillist’s advice on the best deals.
OR TimeOutNewYork’s picks of the top Restaurant Week restaurants.
OR CBS Local’s Best Deals in Manhattan.
Reservations are definitely recommended. Mangia!


Bonus NYC Events – 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 for these top NYC events 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.

One exhibition TimeOutNewYork likes:

“The Female Gaze, Part Two: Women Look at Men” (thru Sep 2)
“This show turns the tables on the male gaze by presenting more than 30 female artists whose works subject men to the kind of scrutiny usually reserved for women.” (TONY)
Cheim & Read, 547 W25th St. / Tue–Sat 10am–6pm

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 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).

For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see recent posts in right sidebar dated 08/01 and 07/30.

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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