Selected NYC Events (09/26) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s Sweet6 NYC Events > MONDAY / SEPT 26, 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 NYC Events be sure to check the tab above: “Annual NYC Events / Sept.”

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

Game Changers:
NASA Astronaut Dan Barry on the Future of Space Exploration
Cooper Hewitt, National Design Museum, 2 E91st St./ 6:30PM, $15
“Dan Barry is a former NASA astronaut and a veteran of three space flights, four spacewalks, and two trips to the International Space Station. He will describe experiences unknown to most: the sensations of flying in space—from the g-forces at launch to the joy of weightlessness—and how design choices for color and utilities of the craft impact the emotions of the crew. Dr. Barry will also discuss the future of exploration, both human and robotic, why we are willing to risk lives to leave the planet, and the power of design to take us where we want to go.

Game Changers is a program of conversations, launched in 2015, with influential and innovative practitioners, thinkers, and industry leaders across design disciplines.” (

Music, Dance, Performing Arts
Today’s focus will be on Smart Stuff.
Come back tomorrow for specially curated music, dance, and performing arts events.

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

Speaking of Science: Social Robots and Compassion
New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 W64th St./ 6:30PM, $10
“Learn about the social robot (SR) field, which started about 20 years ago.

Herb Klitzner tells us about what’s coming up in the robot world. Social robots are designed to engage with us humans in a collaborative way – like taking over our complex tasks, or simply waiting for us in line. To be effective, these robots need to interact with humans (or other robots) empathically, so empathy needs to be programed into their “consciousness.” This session will include a look into the nature of both empathy and compassion, and how it all can lead to robotic creativity.”

Arlie Russell Hochschild on “Strangers in Their Own Land”
Book Culture on Columbus, 450 Columbus Ave./ 7PM, FREE
“In Strangers in Their Own Land, the renowned sociologist Arlie Russell Hochschild embarks on a thought-provoking journey from her liberal hometown of Berkeley, California, deep into Louisiana bayou country—a stronghold of the conservative right. As she gets to know people who strongly oppose many of the ideas she champions, Hochschild nevertheless finds common ground with the people she meets—among them a Tea Party activist whose town has been swallowed by a sinkhole caused by a drilling accident—people whose concerns are ones that all Americans share: the desire for community, the embrace of family, and hopes for their children.

Strangers in Their Own Land goes beyond the commonplace liberal idea that many on the political right have been duped into voting against their interests. In the right-wing world she explores, Hochschild discovers powerful forces—fear of cultural eclipse, economic decline, perceived government betrayal—which override self-interest, as progressives see it, and help explain the emotional appeal of a candidate like Donald Trump. Hochschild draws on her expert knowledge of the sociology of emotion to help us understand what it feels like to live in “red” America. Along the way she finds answers to one of the crucial questions of contemporary American politics: why do the people who would seem to benefit most from “liberal” government intervention abhor the very idea?” (

An Evening with Coriolanus and the Modern Campaign
The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St./ 7PM, $30
“Shakespeare Society Artistic Director Michael Sexton hosts an evening exploring Shakespeare’s Roman tragedy and the way it presages much of our modern political culture. The evening will feature performances and insights from actors like Chukwudi Iwuji, Elizabeth Marvel, and Bill Camp as well as political figures like Jacob Weisberg and NYC Public Advocate Letitia James.”

The Congress: How to Fix a Broken Branch
The Cooper Union – The Great Hall, 7 E7th St./ 6:30PM, FREE
“This fall The Cooper Union Department of Public Programs offers a free, public ten-session course on the Constitution taught by Prof. Akhil Reed Amar of Yale Law School on Monday evenings, beginning Sept. 12 and ending Nov. 21. (There will be no class on Oct. 3 or Nov. 7.) Registration is requested.

The course will be based on Prof. Amar’s latest book, The Constitution Today: Timeless Lessons for the Issues of Our Era (Basic Books; September 13, 2016). In it Prof. Amar, a constitutional scholar, considers the biggest and most bitterly contested debates of the last two decades and provides a passionate handbook for thinking constitutionally about today’s headlines.”

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:
Nantucket Lightship Lecture:
The Challenge of Rising Sea Levels and Extreme Storms
Brooklyn Bridge Park, 334 Furman St./ 6PM, FREE
“Join guest speakers for free public lectures aboard the Nantucket Lightship, a historic floating lighthouse docked at Brooklyn Bridge Park. The triple threat of rising sea levels, extreme storms and aging infrastructure threaten our economy and our national security. In this post-Sandy world, regional solutions to these challenges must be a national priority.”

This public talk takes place aboard the Nantucket Lightship, docked at the northern edge of BBP’s Pier 6. See all of the Lightship’s public events here.


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.
NYCity Vacation Travel Guide Video (Expedia):


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:
Random International (thru Oct.22)
Pace Gallery, 537 W24th St./ 10AM-6PM, FREE
“The the art and design studio behind the hugely popular Rain Room at MoMA in 2013 returns with more examples of digitally-aided legerdemain, including an interactive, full-length “mirror” that blurs your refection.”

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 09/24 and 09/22.

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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