Selected NYC Events (10/26) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

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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:

STEELY DAN (also Oct.28,29))
Beacon Theatre, 2124 Broadway, at 74th St./ 8PM, $60+
“During their most prolific period, in the 1970s, Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, the founders of Steely Dan, shunned performing live to focus on making records. But in recent years, the duo’s studio output has slowed and they have embraced live shows instead. For this week’s run of performances at the Beacon Theater, part of an October residency, Mr. Becker and Mr. Fagen — backed by some of the best session players around — will give full-album performances of “Gaucho” (1980), on Saturday, and “Aja” (1977), on Wednesday. On Tuesday, they will perform a set of greatest hits, with a guest appearance by Rickie Lee Jones.” (O’Donnell – NYT)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

KURT ELLING (through Oct. 29)
Birdland, 315 West 44th St./ 8:30PM, +11PM, $50
“Mr. Elling is a jazz vocalist with range — a shape-shifter equally capable of Mark Murphy-esque insouciance, Jon Hendricks-like ingenuity and even the expressive restraint of Frank Sinatra in his concept-album years. This engagement will partly serve as a preview taste of his first holiday album, “The Beautiful Day,” due out this month.” (Chinen-NYT)

Michael Friedman: Election Songs
The Greene Space, 44 Charlton St./ 7PM, $25
“The resident songwriter of the Civilians, and the composer of musicals including Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and Fortress of Solitude, Freidman has one of musical theater’s sharpest minds. In a series of concerts leading up to the election—culminating in an election-night “hootenanny” at Joe’s Pub—he slices into politics with a song cycle based on interviews he has conducted across the country throughout the blistering 2016 campaign.” (TONY)

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

WELCOME TO THE UNIVERSE’
American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West and 79th St./ 7PM, $
“Once upon a time at Princeton University, the astrophysicists Neil deGrasse Tyson, Michael A. Strauss, and J. Richard Gott taught a popular astronomy course that doubled as a broad tour of the cosmos. The class inspired the book “Welcome to the Universe,” recently published by Princeton University Press. To celebrate, the authors are getting together to discuss astronomy and what fascinates them: planets, black holes and even time travel.” (NYT-AroundTown)

New York Television Festival (Oct.24-29)
Times, locations and prices vary.
“Each fall, all of the Festival’s individual development initiatives culminate at the annual New York Television Festival in Manhattan. The week-long celebration features screenings of the best independently-produced content, panels and talkbacks with industry leaders and creative luminaries, and red-carpet premieres with the stars and creatives behind the seasons’ most anticipated new network and cable shows.”

ARCHTOBER (through Oct. 31)

TODAY’S events include: Rubin Museum of Art / 6PM
Monumental Lhasa Tour
“Discover Lhasa’s unique monuments and the stories behind them in a special tour of “Monumental Lhasa” with exhibition curator Natasha Kimmet. This tour will highlight the myriad forces that shaped the Tibetan capital’s historical architectural landscape.”

“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 Beaux-Arts landmark Gould Memorial Library, at Bronx Community College (Wednesday at noon). Other highlights include the panel discussion “Authenticity and Innovation: The Inherent Value of Older Buildings,” with the speakers Contantine Kontakosta, a professor at New York University; Charles Bendit, the co-chief executive of Taconic Investment Partners; and Claire Weisz, principal-in-charge at WXY architecture + urban design (Tuesday at 6 p.m., at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place in Greenwich Village). More information at archtober.org.” (NYT-AroundTown)

HOT TKT – OCT.27
PULITZER CENTENNIAL POETRY CELEBRATION
The Great Hall at Cooper Union, 7 E7th St./ 7PM, $15
They say it’s a once-in-a-lifetime event.
“In recognition of the centennial of the Pulitzer Prizes, thirteen recipients of the poetry award will gather to share original works as well as selections from other winners. The poets presenting are Rae Armantrout, Peter Balakian, Carl Dennis, Stephen Dunn, Jorie Graham, Yusef Komunyakaa, Sharon Olds, Gregory Pardlo, Philip Schultz, Vijay Seshadri, Natasha Trethewey, and Charles Wright; music by the composer David Lang will be performed by the violinist Johnny Gandelsman and the pianist Pedja Muzijevic.”

PLUS FOR CIDER FANS – CIDER WEEK
“Spend a week flitting about Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and the Hudson Valley sipping on dozens of hard ciders from makers including Original Sin, Eve’s Cidery, Foggy Ridge Cider, Steampunk Cider and more. The cider celebration includes tastings, dinners and classes (like a cider and cheese pairing class), as well as centerpiece events like the Lower East Cider Fest on Sunday and the Cider Revival on Monday.”

WHEN | WHERE Friday, Oct. 21, to Sunday, Oct. 30, at various venues including the Lower East Cider Fest on Orchard Street between Houston and Delancey streets INFO Free-$250; ciderweeknyc.com. (Newsday)

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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:
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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 10/24 and 10/22.
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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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