Selected NYC Events (09/14) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s Sweet6 NYC Events > WEDNESDAY / SEPT 14, 2016

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

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

Karen Oberlin in BAD LOVE: The Randy Newman Songbook
Metropolitan Room, 34 W22nd St./ 7PM, $
“Randy Newman, as a songwriter, is an impassioned social realist in the same vein as (or school of) Yip Harburg mixed with Lorenz Hart… Someone who recognizes the power of songs, with lyrics that can remind us of injustice, the sting of loss and how unkind people can be… And yet in that salad of cruelty Newman tosses large amounts of love, joy and delicious humor. Karen Oberlin, joined by her superb team of Tedd Firth as musical director and pianist and Steve Doyle on bass, explores the many facets of this heartbreaking and hilarious songbook.”

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

GLEN HANSARD
Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall/ 8PM, $
“The Irish singer-songwriter Glen Hansard, known for his roles in the indie folk band the Frames, which he formed, and the film “Once,” spins narrative songs that unspool as if they had been carefully aged for decades. But Mr. Hansard doesn’t have it all figured out; in fact, he often relies on life’s unpredictability for inspiration. “I would say 99 percent of the time, the song either wakes you up in a dream, or comes to you whilst you’re on a bus or whilst you’re walking,” he recently told The Au Review. “It usually comes when you’ve got nothing to document it.” (Mejia-NYT)

NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC (through Sept. 17)
David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center/ 7:30PM, $
Hometown pride is the theme of the Philharmonic’s coming season. It will also color this installment of the Art of the Score festival, with two landmark New York movies shown with live orchestral accompaniment. “West Side Story,” with music by the Philharmonic’s own Leonard Bernstein conducted by David Newman, will open the festivities on Tuesday, with screenings through Thursday. (Woody Allen’s “Manhattan,” with a typically omnivorous score conducted by Alan Gilbert, will follow on Sept. 16 and 17.)” (da Fonseca-Wollheim-NYT)

LUSH
Terminal 5, 610 W56th St./ 8PM, $
“That Lush — the brilliant, unsung underdogs of the ethereal pop wave that crashed through Britain in the late 1980s and early ’90s — would never get back together after the suicide of the group’s drummer, Chris Acland, in 1996 was always considered something of a certainty. Until recently, that is. Twenty years after their last studio recording and concerts, three-quarters of the London group (Miki Berenyi, Emma Anderson and Phil King) are back together in an unlikely reunion, armed with a new EP released in April, “Blind Spot,” and a legacy still holding strong after all these years. With Tamaryn.” (Mejia-NYT)

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

“Beethoven and Brahms to the Beatles and Billy Joel,”
Time Warner Center / 1PM, FREE
a talk and performance by the Philharmonia Orchestra of New York.
“Why is classical, well, classical?
Join Philharmonia Orchestra of New York (PONY) for a journey through classical music past, present, and future.
Our Maestro Atsushi Yamada presents, Beethoven & Brahms to the Beatles and Billy Joel, a multi-media TED-style talk. Maestro Atsushi Yamada, who was the first Japanese conductor in the history of the New York City Opera, will draw on his own experience in classical music to show the hidden connections between classical and popular music, and how PONY is blurring these genre lines.”

The Occupiers: The Making of the 99 Percent Movement
with Michael A. Gould-Wartofsky, one of the first social scientists on the ground at Occupy Wall Street.
Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 Fifth Ave/ 6:30PM, FREE
“This illustrated lecture offers a front-seat view of the action in the streets of New York City during and following Occupy Wall Street.”

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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, villagevanguard.com, 212-255-4037
Blue Note – 131 W3rd St. nr 6th ave. bluenotejazz.com, 212-475-8592
55 Bar – basement @55 Christopher St. nr 7th ave.S. 55bar.com, 212-929-9883
Mezzrow – basement @ 163 W10th St. nr 7th Ave. mezzrow.com,646-476-4346
Smalls – basement @ 183 W10th St. smallslive.com, 646-476-4346
Cornelia Street Cafe – 29 Cornelia St. corneliastreetcafe.com, 212-989-9319

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

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 for these top NYC events in advance, even if just on day of performance.
NYCity Vacation Travel Guide Video (Expedia):

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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.

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, gagosian.com. (Johnson)

One exhibition TimeOutNewYork likes:
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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 09/12 and 09/10.
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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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