Selected NYC Events (08/27) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s Super 7 NYC Events > SATURDAY / AUGUST 27, 2016

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For future NYC Events be sure to check the tab above: “Annual NYC Events / August”

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

14053773_1086465148102296_7445457412460669408_oIndonesian Street Festival
E 68th St. between Fifth and Madison Aves/ 12PM – 5PM
“Celebrate Indonesian Independence Day with a joyous street gathering featuring crafts, performances and plenty of bites. For this year’s theme, Bali and Beyond, the fest packs more than 10 traditional dances, Angklung instrumental performances, fashion shows, and workshops on batik textiles and other Indonesian fabrics and designs. For the full experience, be sure to dish on nasi goreng rice, bakso soup and other street eats from more than a dozen vendors.” (TONY)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Al Foster’s Tribute to Charlie Parker (through Sunday)
Smoke, 2751 Broadway, at 106th St./ 7, 9 +10:30PM, $40
“At 73, the drummer Al Foster has cruised into the distinguished-elder phase of his career without missing a step. His band for this Charlie Parker tribute weekend features the trumpeter Jeremy Pelt, the saxophonist Mike DiRubbo, the pianist Adam Birnbaum and the bassist Doug Weiss.” (Chinen-NYT)

Trio da Paz and Friends (through Sunday)
Dizzy’s Club, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 60th St & Broadway / 7:30PM +9:30PM, $
“A nimble and versatile collective, Trio da Paz — the guitarist Romero Lubambo, the bassist Nilson Matta and the drummer Duduka Da Fonseca — recently celebrated its 30th anniversary as a band. This run, billed as “Trio da Paz and Friends Play the Music of Jobim, Getz and Other Brazilian Classics,” augments the trio with the singer Maucha Adnet and the tenor saxophonist Harry Allen.” (Chinen-NYT)

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival (through Sunday)
Marcus Garvey Park; Fri 26 6:30–9pm, Sat 27 3–7pm
Tompkins Square Park; Sun 28 3–7pm
“A New York summer institution, this free outdoor festival celebrates the legacy of the bebop lodestar Charlie Parker, without resurrecting his style. On Friday the kickoff concert, at Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem, features the keyboardist Jason Lindner with his band Breeding Ground. On Saturday the magisterial pianist Randy Weston headlines a bill with his band on the same stage, alongside younger artists like the organist Cory Henry and the singer Jazzmeia Horn. Sunday’s program, at Tompkins Square Park in the East Village, will feature an all-star trio of Jack DeJohnette on drums, Dave Holland on bass and Jason Moran on piano; the singer Allan Harris; the alto saxophonist Grace Kelly; and the Donny McCaslin Quartet.” (Chinen-NYT)

Gerald Clayton / Lionel Loueke / Eich Harland (through Sunday)
Village Vanguard, 178 7th Ave. South, at 11th St./ 8:30PM, +10:30PM, $
“Mr. Clayton, a pianist of great touch and soulful exposition, typically works in a trio with bass and drums. For this weeklong engagement at the Village Vanguard, he’s changing up the formula a bit: His coequal partners are Mr. Loueke, a guitarist and vocalist with a light, percussive spark; and Mr. Harland, a drummer whose approach can be fiery or flowing.” (Chinen-NYT)

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

Metropolitan Opera Summer HD Festival (through Sept. 5)
Lincoln Center, Josie Robertson Plaza, Columbus Ave at 64th St./ various times, FREE
“Want to show up to the Metropolitan Opera like Cher in Moonstruck, but lack the cash? Fear not! Grab a date and take in an epic onscreen opera performance at Lincoln Center’s plaza, where the Met presents recent adaptations of Otello, Il Trovatore, Lucia de Lammermoor and other heartbreaking tragedies.” (TONY)

Tonight: Le Nozze di Figaro
James Levine conducts one of Mozart’s most memorable scores, with an ensemble of rising stars and Met veterans including Amanda Majeski, Marlis Petersen, Isabel Leonard, Peter Mattei, and Ildar Abdrazakov. Director Richard Eyre’s elegant production sets the action in the early 20th century.

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:

Tour and Wine Tasting at Rooftop Reds, the World’s First Rooftop Vineyard
Brooklyn Navy Yard / 3PM – 4PM, $30
“Did you know the world’s first commercially viable rooftop vineyard is hidden within the Brooklyn Navy Yard? Untapped Cities will be bringing readers on a special wine tasting and tour at Rooftop Reds, led by one of its founders who will share their knowledge of winemaking.

Within the 14,800 square foot rooftop, you will see a unique urban planter system that is the first of its kind, developed with Cornell University and Finger Lakes industry leaders. As an added bonus: all guests will get 20% off purchases of Rooftop Reds wines.”

Get in on this experience early, as the first harvest will be taking place this October 2016. Take in an amazing view, lounge in a hammock, and sip on Rooftop Red wines in our tours which start in May, to continue through the year.” (


Bonus NYC events– Jazz Venues:
Many consider NYCity the Jazz capital of the world. Here are my favorite Jazz clubs, all on Manhattan’s WestSide. Check out who is playing tonight:

Greenwich Village (all six are within walking distance of each other):
Village Vanguard – 178 7th Ave. South,, 212-255-4037
Blue Note – 131 W3rd St. nr 6th ave., 212-475-8592
55 Bar – basement @55 Christopher St. nr 7th ave.S., 212-929-9883
Mezzrow – basement @ 163 W10th St. nr 7th Ave.,646-476-4346
Smalls – basement @ 183 W10th St., 646-476-4346
Cornelia Street Cafe – 29 Cornelia St., 212-989-9319

Outside Greenwich Village:
Dizzy’s Club – Broadway @ 60th St. — / 212-258-9595
Birdland – 315 W44th St.(btw 8/9ave) — / 212-581-3080
Smoke Jazz Club – 2751 Broadway nr.106th St. — / 212-864-6662

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 just on 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 the NYT likes:
RICHARD SERRA (through Oct. 22)
“New works occupying one of Gagosian Gallery’s Chelsea display spaces reveal Mr. Serra to be, at 76, still wrangling sculptural fundamentals into objects and installations of thrilling severity. The space, on West 24th Street, hosts three works made of solid steel slabs as well as a drawing installation.”
Gagosian Gallery, 555 West 24th Street, 212-741-1111, (Johnson)

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 08/13 and 08/11.

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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