Selected NYC Events (10/14) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s Sweet6 NYC Events > FRIDAY / OCT 14, 2016

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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:

Rose Theatre, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Broadway at 60th St./ 8PM, $50+
Other than their legendary jazz status, what do Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Mongo Santamaria, and Thelonious Monk have in common? They’ll all have their hundredth birthdays in 2017. For this early celebration, a hand-picked ensemble, under the direction of the pianist Danilo Perez, including Chris Potter, Wycliffe Gordon, and Ledisi, reinterprets music from each of the icons.” (NewYorker)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Village Vanguard,178 7th Ave South, at 11th St./ 8:30 and 10:30PM, $30
“Mr. Harrell, a trumpeter and fluegelhorn player of prominence since the 1970s, has a vital new album, “Something Gold, Something Blue,” that pairs him with a second trumpeter and a guitar-led rhythm section. For the first of his two weeks at the Village Vanguard, he will revisit that music with the trumpeter Dave Douglas, the guitarist Charles Altura, the bassist Ugonna Okegwo and the drummer E.J. Strickland.” (Chinen-NYT)

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

Celeste Bartos Forum, NYPL Main Building, 476 Fifth Ave./ 7PM, $40
“Margaret Atwood’s latest novel, “Hag-Seed,” is her take on William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.” Atwood will be at the New York Public Library in discussion with Fiona Shaw, a London stage actress who has starred in “As You Like It,” “Hamlet” and “Richard II.” They’ll celebrate the Bard and his influence on their careers.” (Newsday-NYC Weekend Picks)

PlayFest: Made in New York (also Oct.17-19)
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 the ABC series “Quantico,” with appearances by the cast members Priyanka Chopra and Blair Underwood, as well as the show’s creator, Joshua Safran (Monday at 7 p.m.). On Wednesday, PaleyFest concludes with a screening of Fox’s “Gotham” and a talk with Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue and Michael Chiklis (at 8 p.m.).” (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 is the edible schoolyard at P.S. 7 in East Harlem (Tuesday at noon). Other highlights include a tour of the Steinway piano factory in Astoria, Queens (Saturday at 1 p.m.). More information at” (NYT-AroundTown)

TODAY’S events include: Around Manhattan Architecture Boat Tour
10:00am-12:45pm; 1:45-4:30pm
“The “Around Manhattan” tour narration, provided by members of the American Institute of Architects’ NYC chapter, is general enough for visitors yet detailed enough for the locals. On this 2.75-hour cruise, you will circumnavigate the island of Manhattan (passing under all 18 bridges) while taking in monuments, architecture, parks and infrastructure.”

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’s movies include: Elle / 9PM
“Paul Verhoeven’s first feature in a decade—and his first in French—ranks among his most incendiary, improbable concoctions: a wry, almost-screwball comedy of manners about a woman (a brilliant Isabelle Huppert) who responds to a rape by refusing the mantle of victimhood.”


at various venues and times, $85-$300
“Just reading through the list of events at this year’s festival is sure to stir up an appetite. There will be dinners and tasting events with chefs, celebrities and stars of the Food Network and Cooking Channel, including Giada De Laurentiis, Anne Burrell, Mario Batali, Dominique Ansel, Neil Patrick Harris and Guy Fieri. The festival benefits No Kid Hungry and Food Bank For New York City.” (Newsday)


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 10/12 and 10/10.

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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