Selected NYC Events (11/01) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

“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 / Nov.”

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

NEW YORK TASTE
the Waterfront, 269 11th Ave, btw 27th&28th St./ 6-9PM, $100+
“You definitely want to arrive at this annual food festival with an empty stomach. More than 40 restaurants, chefs and mixologists will offer all-you-can-handle samples of their culinary creations. Among the chefs are Dan Barber, of Blue Hill at Stone Barns, and Jessica Weiss of Marta and Maialino. The full lineup is at taste.nymag.com.” (NYT-AroundTown)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

‘STAND UP FOR HEROES’
Theater at Madison Square Garden / 8PM, $
“Now in its 10th year, this benefit for war veterans, established in part by the ABC News correspondent Bob Woodruff, will feature top comedians like Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Stewart, Jim Gaffigan and Louis C.K. But Bruce Springsteen, who published a best-selling memoir, “Born to Run,” in September, will provide the evening’s musical highlight. Mr. Springsteen will perform a stripped-back acoustic set of rarities and hits — and, as in years past, share plenty of unfiltered jokes and asides, both political and personal.”

Jarrod Spector: Jukebox Life (thru Nov.05)
Feinstein’s/54 Below, 254 W54th St./ 7PM, $45-$60
“After playing high-flying tenor Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys for six years and songwriter Barry Mann in Beautiful for three, jukebox-musical hero Spector heads back to the nightclub stage with an autobiographical set of pop and Broadway favorites.” (TONY)

LOU DONALDSON QUARTET: LOU AT 90
Dizzy’s Club, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 60th St and Broadway / 7:30PM +9:30PM, $
“The alto saxophonist Lou Donaldson, who does indeed turn 90 on Tuesday, could be forgiven for coasting on his contributions to hard bop and soul jazz. But if he isn’t the quicksilver force he once was on the horn, he’s no less an entertainer and aphorist, and he has strong support in his band, who should have no problem with a festive agenda.” (Chinen-NYT)

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

CARRIE BROWNSTEIN AND GEORGE SAUNDERS
Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, at 95th St./ 7:30PM, $
“The latest taping of “Selected Shorts,” a podcast in which actors read the works of writers, features Ms. Brownstein (“Portlandia”) in partnership with the short-story master George Saunders (“Tenth of December”). Additional performers include Josh Radnor (“How I Met Your Mother”) and Denis O’Hare (“American Horror Story”).” (NYT-AoundTown)

Focus: The Secret, Sexy, Sometimes Sordid World of Fashion Photographers, with Michael Gross, author of New York Times bestsellers House of Outrageous Fortune, 740 Park, and Model: The Ugly Business of Beautiful Women, Rogues’ Gallery, and Unreal Estate.
Mid Manhattan Public Library/ 6:30 PM, FREE
“This illustrated lecture brings to life the wild genius, ego, passion, and antics of the men (and a few women) behind the camera.”

And here’s a bonus for you Comedy Fans:
New York Comedy Festival (Nov 01-06)
various comedy clubs and venues in New York, various prices
“Every autumn, the changing of the leaves also brings the best fall festivals in NYC. The New York Comedy Festival, produced by Carolines on Broadway in association with Comedy Network, is one of them (not to mention one of the best NYC events in November). Whether you want to see the stars from cutting-edge television programs, touring powerhouses or even hometown heroes who happen to be some of the 50 funniest New Yorkers, there’s a show for you—just another something to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.

This year’s festival features comedians Bridget Everett, Tracy Morgan, Trevor Noah and more. Use the TONY magazine guide as your go-to for everything you need to know about the hilarious spectacle. And for info on the best shows at this year’s Festival you can’t beat TONY magazine’s listing.”

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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.

Two exhibitions TimeOutNewYork likes:

Paul Pfeiffer
Paula Cooper Gallery, 521 W21st St. (closes Sat. Nov.12)
“Boxing is a favorite subject of this video artist, and it figures prominently in his latest show. In one piece, the original audio accompanying footage of the highly publicized Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao bout at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas, in 2015, has been replaced by a Foley soundtrack isolating the physical exertion of the boxers and the rustling of the stadium audience; meanwhile, another video channel shows the Foley artists at work.

A different series features chrome TV monitors playing slow-motion excerpts of boxing matches in which the attacking opponents have been digitally removed. Besides subverting our expectations of what we are watching, Pfeiffer’s elisions deconstruct our collective addiction spectacle.”

Elmgreen & Dragset, “Changing Subjects”
FLAG Art Foundation, 545 W25th St, 9th Floor (closes Sat. Dec.17)
“The Scandinavian artist duo present works old and new for this mid-career survey show. Among the offerings are set pieces featuring morose, uncannily realistic figures, like those of a body in a morgue locker and a baby left in a basket under an ATM machine, as well as an enigmatic installation of large glass vessel filled with pastel blues, greens and pinks.”

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 10/30 and 10/28.
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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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