Selected NYC Events (10/08) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s Sweet6 NYC Events > SATURDAY / OCT 08, 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 / Oct.”

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

Oktoberfest under the Manhattan Bridge
50 Adams St., Brooklyn./ 3-10PM
“The Dumbo Business Improvement District is throwing down under the Manhattan Bridge with crafts, food and music for this epic Oktoberfest celebration. Enter a pop-up beer hall replete with lederhosen-clad servers delivering brews, pretzels, sausages and more from the Lighthouse. Get ready to gorge on classic German fare, and jam out to polka music by Melina and the Oompahs and Bavarian pop by DJ Holzmeister. Prost!” (TONY)
Not Manhattan’s WestSide, but it is Brooklyn’s WestSide. and it is Oktoberfest.
subway: easy. F train to York St., 1st stop in Bklyn.

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

AZAR LAWRENCE
Dizzy’s Club, Broadway at 60th St./ 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $
“Time hasn’t quite stood still for Lawrence, but the extended, fervently voiced John Coltrane-infused solos that garnered the saxophonist attention in the seventies still echo today. Though any number of contemporary saxophone stylists traffic in the Master’s idiom, Lawrence is closer to the source than most, having honed his prodigious chops in the bands of the key Trane associates McCoy Tyner and Elvin Jones. His quintet this week includes the trumpeter Eddie Henderson and the drummer Billy Hart.” (NewYorker)

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

FUTURE OF STORYTELLING FESTIVAL (through Sunday)
Future of StoryTelling Playground, 1280 Fifth Ave./
“Experience the sensation of flying like a bird over Manhattan, tie scents and sounds to the final moments before President John F. Kennedy’s and Whitney Houston’s deaths, and manipulate the plot of a movie using your phone to influence the protagonist’s decisions. FoST Fest, billed as “the world’s first immersive storytelling festival,” looks to celebrate the ways individuals can now become part of a story. Seventy interactive experiences will take place within the 75,000-square-foot FoST Playground, highlighting such technologies as virtual, augmented and mixed reality; haptic and natural user interfaces; sensors and artificial intelligence. A number of satellite activities will also take place across the city.” (NYT-AroundTown)

PlayFest: Made in New York (through Oct. 19)
Paley Center for Media, 25 W52nd St./
“This series of screenings and panel discussions returns with a focus on television shows filmed in New York City. The coming week’s lineup includes “Younger,” with appearances by the cast members Sutton Foster and Hilary Duff, as well as others including the show’s creator, Darren Star, of “Sex and the City” fame (Monday at 6:30 p.m.). On Thursday, Trevor Noah and his team discuss “The Daily Show With Trevor Noah” (at 8:30 p.m.). Other events at various times.” (NYT-AroundTown)

ARCHTOBER (through Oct. 31)
“Tours, talks, exhibitions — it’s difficult to keep track of all the events going on during New York’s annual monthlong celebration of architecture and design. Each day features a “building of the day,” with a tour. Make reservations early; coveted tours sell out quickly. Among the options for the coming week are a peek at the Department of Sanitation’s garage and salt shed complex — it has a much more radical and exciting design than you might suspect — at Spring and West Streets in Manhattan (Tuesday at 3 and 3:30 p.m.). Other highlights include “Watching Modernism,” a presentation by the World Monuments Fund about buildings on its watch list, such as Philip Johnson’s New York State Pavilion, designed for the for the 1964-65 World’s Fair in Flushing, Queens (Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Empire State Building).” (NYT-AroundTown)

TODAY’S EVENTS INCLUDE:
WestSideStory:The Evolution of Lincoln Center / 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM, $20
Meet at the fountain in the plaza of Lincoln Center at 1:15 PM. The tour will begin promptly at 1:30 PM, rain or shine. (I’ll be there.)

“Discover the evolution of this pioneering cultural complex of the mid-20th Century. Explore its origins as a Robert Moses urban renewal project announced in 1956, through its design and construction by some of our most iconic Modern architects in the turbulent 60s, to its reimagining by Diller, Scofidio and Renfro in this past decade for the New York of the 21st Century.”

The 54th New York Film Festival (thru Oct.16)
Alice Tully Hall, various times
“Founded in 1963, as the auteur theory and European cinematic modernism were crashing upon the shores of American film culture, the New York Film Festival continues to introduce audiences to the most exciting, innovative and accomplished works of world cinema. Join us as North America’s second oldest film festival marks its 54th edition with 17 days of exciting world premieres, award winners from Cannes, Berlin and Venice, retrospective screenings, spotlights on emerging filmmakers, panels, galas and much more!”
TODAY includes: Personal Shopper / 3PM
“Kristen Stewart is the medium, in more ways than one, for this sophisticated genre exploration from director Olivier Assayas. As a fashion assistant whose twin brother has died, leaving her bereft and longing for messages from the other side, Stewart is fragile and enigmatic—and nearly always on-screen.”

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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:
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 (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 10/06 and 10/04.
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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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