Selected NYC Events (11/07) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

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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:

HAROLD MABERN TRIO
Smoke Jazz Club, 2751 Broadway / 7PM, +9PM, $9
harold_mabern_trio  “Legendary pianist Harold Mabern returns to Smoke for one night only leading his incomparable trio with bassist Alex Claffy and drummer Joe Strasser. As Audiophile Audition reports, “Harold Mabern is one of our last living piano legends…His affinity for the blues, honed from Memphis, through the Windy City, and arrival in the Big Apple, make his piano playing a treat…Long live Harold Mabern.” His latest album, Afro Blue, was reviewed last year by Downbeat who said, “it isn’t merely great, it’s an exhilarating joy ride.” An ageless wonder, Mabern remains a musical treasure and one of the most powerful and illuminating pianists you’ll ever hear.”

5 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY

Broadway Sings Beyoncé
Elvis Costello
Michael Friedman: Election Songs
The Gilded Age in New York, 1870-1910
The Brooklyn Waterfront: Past and Present
bonus: SHALL WE TANGO NYC

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Broadway Sings Beyoncé
Highline Ballroom / 8PM; $30–$65
“More than a dozen Broadway vocalists perform new arrangements of Queen Bee classics, backed by piano man Joshua Stephen Kartes and a 14-piece jazz orchestra. Singers include Alysha Umphress, Lilli Cooper, Amber Iman, Leslie Margherita, Charl Brown, Corey Mach, Kyle Taylor Parker, Joaquina Kalukango, Ciara Renée and Natalie Weiss.” (TONY)

Elvis Costello
Beacon Theatre / 7:30PM; $99–$135
“The staggeringly brilliant smart-rock songsmith and jazz-loving musical polymath has been digging deep into his enormous back catalog at recent gigs; since he’s playing unaccompanied here, we expect he’ll continue the trend, mingling classics with unexpected gems. To quote an Imperial Bedroom fave, these gigs ought to be beyond belief.” (TONY)

Michael Friedman: Election Songs
New York City Center / 6:30PM; $25
“The resident songwriter of the Civilians and the composer of musicals including Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and Fortress of Solitude, Friedman 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)

The Gilded Age in New York, 1870-1910
MidManhattan Library, 5th Ave & 40th St./ 6:30PM, FREE
with Esther Crain, a writer, who launched Ephemeral New York, a website that chronicles the city’s past through photos, newspaper articles, art, and other artifacts.
“This illustrated lecture tells the story of how New York transformed from a small-scale post-Civil War city lit by gas and powered by horses into a mighty metropolis of skyscrapers, subways, blazing electric light, and rapid social change.”

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:
The Brooklyn Waterfront: Past and Present
Brooklyn Brainery, 190 Underhill Ave., Prospect Heights/ 8:30PM, $10
“In this class, we’ll chart the development, decline, and rebirth of the Brooklyn waterfront, from 19th century port to 21st century playground. With the dual lens of preservation and renewal, we’ll examine how communities, real estate interests and the City have reshaped the waterfront from Greenpoint to Sunset Park since the 1970s. (This is a classroom session, not a walking tour!)”

Taught by Inna Guzenfeld
Inna Guzenfeld is a planner and urban historian trained at Pratt Institute. She emigrated from the Ukraine in the nineties and grew up on the Coney Island peninsula. Her work centers on the New York waterfront, where she documents and advocates the city’s maritime past. She can often be found traversing Brooklyn’s industrial landscapes in search of stories and artifacts. She also teaches historic preservation and urban studies at CUNY.

And for you tango fans, here’s a special bonus:
SHALL WE TANGO NYC
“Unleash your inner dancer for a week and a half of tango events. You can watch concerts featuring an all-female troupe, and other ensembles and professionals, often with live music; participate in seminars open to all levels (and no partner required); and learn about the history and evolution of the tango at an “illustrated history” presentation. Pictured: Gabriel Misse and Carla Espinoza, from Buenos Aires.”
WHEN | WHERE Thursday, Nov. 3, through Sunday, Nov. 13, at various venues including the Dardo Galletto Studios, 151 W. 46th St. INFO Free-$40 (shows), $20-$500 (classes and seminars); shallwetango.com. (STAV ZIV, 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.

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 11/05 and 11/03.
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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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