Selected NYC Events (01/12) + 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.

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

Design Night: Designing a Better America
Cooper Hewitt, National Design Museum, 2 E. 91st St./ 6:30PM, $25
“Autodesk’s popular Design Night makes its New York debut. Hosted with America’s design museum and exploring a theme inspired by the Cooper Hewitt exhibition By the People: Designing a Better America, the evening will celebrate how design and technology are making a meaningful difference in people’s lives.

At Design Night: Designing a Better America, you’ll enjoy:
> Access to the entire museum, including By the People: Designing a Better America and the accompanying interactive installation, Citizen Design.
> A talk by designer Deanna Van Buren, Designing Justice + Designing Spaces, featured in By the People.
> An open bar, food, DJ, hands-on activities, and more.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

5  OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY
Travelin’ Home: Contemporary New York
CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE
J. P. Morgan Tournament of Champions
New York Jewish Film Festival
If Our Bodies Could Talk by James Hamblin

PLUS – NYC Restaurant Week reservations now open

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Travelin’ Home: Contemporary New York
Saint Paul’s Chapel, 209 Broadway / 1PM, FREE
“The Triton Brass Quintet performs contemporary American music and arrangements of music reminiscent of the previous four “Travelin’ Home” recitals. The brass quintet is one of the youngest chamber music ensembles. It pulls its repertoire from new compositions, or often steals it from other genres through transcription or arrangement. A perfect way to represent the musical present, and end the series with a bang!”
This event is part of Trinity’s annual festival of January concerts, Time’s Arrow. (Columbia Arts Initiative)

CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE (Jan. 10-15 and 17-22)
at the Village Vanguard, / 8 and 10PM, $30.
“Mr. McBride, the bassist, bandleader and composer, holds fast to a mood of generous bonhomie with his trio, which recently released a live album recorded in this room. That group, now with Christian Sands on piano and Jerome Jennings on drums, performs the first week of his engagement, Jan. 10 through 15. From Jan. 17 through 22, Mr. McBride will lead a groove-minded quartet, informally called New Jawn McBride, featuring the trumpeter Josh Evans, the saxophonist Marcus Strickland and the drummer Nasheet Waits.” (NYT-Chinen)

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

J. P. Morgan Tournament of Champions (Jan.12-19)
at Grand Central Terminal,
“As the only top-level sporting event to be held annually in Grand Central Terminal, the J. P. Morgan Tournament of Champions is considered one of the squash world’s most coveted titles. More than 100 of the game’s best men and women will compete in this weeklong event, beginning on Jan. 12, which takes place in a specially constructed court inside Vanderbilt Hall. Fans of the sport can opt for free, standing-room viewing — an option that also attracts curious passers-by and commuters — or purchase seated tickets.” (JACK WILLIAMS, NYT)

New York Jewish Film Festival (Jan.11-24)
Walter Reade Theater (at Lincoln Center), 165 W65th St./ 1PM, $14
“For its 26th year, the wide-ranging festival takes over Lincoln Center for two weeks of documentary and narrative film screenings. This edition features Bette Midler: The Divine Miss M, a doc that chronicles the singer’s five-decade career; Mr. Gaga, which documents the work of Ohad Naharin and Israel’s Batsheva Dance Company; and a special screening of Mel Brooks’s classic The Producers, starring the late greats Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder.” (TONY)

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:

Book Launch: If Our Bodies Could Talk by James Hamblin
Powerhouse Arena, 28 Adams St./ 7PM, FREE
“Knowledge of the human body grows increasingly precious. We enlist specialists and trainers and hunt new diets and regimens, largely forgoing detailed information on anatomy and physiology in favor of a sort of science-based service industry. James Hamblin, the senior editor of The Atlantic, delivers “If Our Bodies Could Talk: A Guide to Operating and Maintaining a Human Body” this week, a witty how-to book touching on health concerns and blind spots in areas including sex, aging, wellness, and nutrition. Hamblin has helped explain our bodies to us since 2012, when he joined The Atlantic to build out its health section—the book arrives as an extension of his video series on the site, and answers questions about things like optimal sleeping patterns and cell-phone radiation based on responses from health-care professionals and medical experts.” (NewYorker)

PLUS – NYC Restaurant Week reservations now open
From Jan. 23 to Feb. 10, have your pick from 375 participating restaurants, with a three-course prix fixe lunch or dinner; lunches are $29, and dinners are $42, not including beverages, gratuities and taxes, a great deal for some of the city’s most popular spots…

This year there are 32 new restaurants participating, joining the array of restaurants that span 41 neighborhoods and four boroughs.

To see the full list, go to nycgo.com/restaurantweek.

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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 60 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.

Time Out New York highlights this current exhibition:
“Sergei Eisenstein: Drawings 1931–1948” (thru Feb.11)
Alexander Gray Associates, 510 W26th St.
“Did you know that the director of Battleship Potemkin drew pornographic pictures in his downtime? Us neither, but as this roundup of his explicit exertions on paper clearly demonstrate, it’s true. The show spans the period from 1931 until his death in 1948.”

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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 01/10 and 01/08.
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