Selected NYC Events (11/13) + 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:

Concert Hall at Lehman College, 250 Bedford Park Blvd. W., Bronx / 6PM, $25+
2016-11-13-dracula-slideshow-1 “Halloween may be over, but it might be worth getting in the scary spirit once again to see the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s performance of Dracula at Lehman Center. A faithful rendition of Bram Stoker’s seminal novel, the ballet is set to a dramatic score by Gustav Mahler and features opulent sets and costumes—plus a good deal of fantastical flare (think flying bats and dancing gargoyles). The Royal Winnipeg Ballet is Canada’s premier ballet company and one of the oldest ballet companies in North America.” (


Kristin Chenoweth: My Love Letter to Broadway 
Jarrod Spector: Jukebox Life
Chick Corea 75th Birthday Celebration
Harold Mabern Trio
bonus:DOC NYC


Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Kristin Chenoweth: My Love Letter to Broadway (LAST DAY)
Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 205 W46th St./ 7PM, $47+
“Petite powerhouse Kristin Chenoweth (On the Twentieth Century) returns to the Great White Way with a concert to celebrate the release of her latest album, The Art of Elegance. Like the new CD, the song list should be dominated by American standards by Rodgers & Hart, the Gershwins and others.” (TONY)

Jarrod Spector: Jukebox Life (LAST DAY)
Feinstein’s/54 Below, 254 W54th St./ 9:30PM, $45-$60

jarrodspectornew_1960x1100_acf_cropped-1024x575“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)

Chick Corea 75th Birthday Celebration: CHICK’S FLAMENCO HEART
Blue Note, 131 W3rd St./ 8PM, 10:30PM, $85
“Boston-born – Chelsea, MA, to be exact. Full-blooded, Italian-descent. 100% Flamenco Heart. Chick has long had serious passion for Spanish music and culture. His most popular song is, after all … “Spain.” Chick’s Latin/Spanish influences date back to the early ’60s, and his stints in Mongo Santamaria’s and Willie Bobo’s bands. Lighting strikes in the early ’80s with Chick’s collaborations with the greatest flamenco guitarist of all time: Paco de Lucía. Chick relit the flame again in 2014, with his group Touchstone – which consisted of original members of Paco’s band. And now we’re bringing Madrid to NYC for an authentic Flamenco Party – with the top flamenco musicians in the world.”

Harold Mabern Trio (LAST DAY)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave. S., at 11th St./ 8:30PM, +10:30PM, $30
“You can take the man out of Memphis, but the bluesy refinement and soulful phrasing that the veteran stylist Mabern soaked up from such resident masters as Phineas Newborn, Jr., has cohered to his pianistic DNA. Mabern, a New York fixture for nearly sixty years, will churn up the room with assistance from two trusted associates, the bassist John Webber and the drummer Joe Farnsworth.” (NewYorker)

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

“Get an early start on your holiday shopping (or your non-holiday shopping) at the Renegade Craft Fair. There will be more than 200 “makers” and “artisans” selling jewelry and accessories, home décor, apothecary and art, as well as a photo booth, and food and drink vendors such as Mama Lam’s, Peaceful Provisions and Farmhouse Chocolates. DJs will provide a soundtrack as you browse.” (STAV ZIV, Newsday)
WHEN | WHERE 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, and Sunday, Nov. 13, at Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W. 18th St.
INFO Free;

And for you Documentary Film fans, here’s a special bonus:

DOC NYC (Nov 10-17)
“Documentary storytelling is flourishing like never before – encompassing reportage, memoir, history, humor and more. DOC NYC celebrates this cultural phenomenon and encourages its new directions.”

“New York City’s annual DOC NYC festival kicks off this week, including a full-to-bursting slate of some of this year’s most remarkable documentaries. If you’ve been looking to beef up on your documentary consumption, DOC NYC is the perfect chance to check out a wide variety of some of the year’s best fact-based features.
PLUS 13 of our most anticipated films from the fest (”

“Marking this year’s event with 110 features (roughly 44% of which are directed or co-directed by women, I will add) including 18 world premieres and 19 US premieres and even a small repertory sidebar, this is set to be the biggest and arguably best lineup yet.
PLUS 10 films to see (”

“DOC NYC has cemented itself as one of our favorite festivals of the cultural calendar.” – Flavorpill
“DOC NYC has become an essential summit for all kinds of documentary filmmaking.” – Wall Street Journal
“An essential event on the cinephile’s calendar.” – Time Out New York

various locations, times & prices – see the DOC NYC website.

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 TimeOutNewYork likes:


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 ( 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 11/11 and 11/09.

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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