Selected NYC Events (02/05) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s Sweet6 NYC Events>SUNDAY/FEB.05, 2017

“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: “Notable NYC Events-Feb.”

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

Lunar New Year Parade
imgresThe Chinese New Year Parade and Festival in Manhattan’s Chinatown might be the biggest rooster celebration in the city. On February 5th, the parade loops through the spirited neighborhood, so we’ve picked out the best eateries you can duck into when you’re getting a little crowd-weary, or take out from if you don’t want to miss a beat. The parade heads down Mott St from Canal St, continues onto East Broadway and curves up through Sara Roosevelt Park via Forsythe and Eldridge Sts to Broome St.To see the full route, check out our Chinese New Year Parade guide.” (TONY)

Suggested viewing at East Broadway or Grand Street and Sara Roosevelt Park.

6  OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)

New York City Ballet
The Count Basie Orchestra ft Dee Dee Bridgewater
Kelly Burke: Love for Sale
Lunar New Year Festival: Year of the Rooster
Netanyahu, Trump and the Future of Israeli/American Relations
Bang! Bang! ‘The Big Bang Theory’ Meets The Big Bang Theory!

You saw these here recently and they continue today:
David Berkman

NYC Restaurant Week reservations now open
Broadway Week and Attractions Week now open
Bryant Park’s Winter Carnival


Music, Dance, Performing Art

New York City Ballet (through Feb. 26).
NYS/DHK Theater, Lincoln Center/ 3PM, $65+
“This week brings one more chance to see the season’s world premieres: “The Times Are Racing,” a ballet in sneakers by the company’s acclaimed resident artist, Justin Peck; and “The Shimmering Asphalt,” by the Swedish choreographer and filmmaker Pontus Lidberg. They share a program on Saturday night with Peter Martins’s “Fearful Symmetries,” a busy ballet to a bright John Adams score. George Balanchine’s one-act “Swan Lake” returns on Saturday afternoon and Sunday, on a triple bill with his “Allegro Brillante” and “The Four Temperaments.” Another classic story ballet takes the stage on Wednesday, when Mr. Martins’s “Sleeping Beauty” begins a two-week run.” (NYT-SIOBHAN BURKE)

The Count Basie Orchestra ft Dee Dee Bridgewater (thru Feb.05)
Blue Note, 131 W3rd St./ 8PM,10:30PM; bar $30, tables $45
“In the history of Jazz music, there is only one bandleader that has the distinction of having his orchestra still performing sold out concerts all over the world, with members personally chosen by him, for over 30 years after his passing. Pianist and bandleader William James Count Basie was and still is an American institution that personifies the grandeur and excellence of Jazz. The Count Basie Orchestra, today directed by Scotty Barnhart, has won every respected jazz poll in the world at least once, won 18 Grammy Awards, performed for Kings, Queens, and other world Royalty, appeared in several movies, television shows, at every major jazz festival and major concert hall in the world.”

Kelly Burke: Love for Sale
Huron Club, 17 Vandam St./ 5PM, $40
“English singer-actor Burke makes her U.S. debut in a “cabaret-play” set in the 1930s, featuring songs by Kurt Weill and others. The winning Charlie Alterman costars as her pianist.” (TONY)

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

Lunar New Year Festival: Year of the Rooster
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave, at 82nd St./ 11AM+
Free with Museum admission ($12-25)
“Explore traditions from across Asia through thrilling performances, interactive gallery activities, artist-led workshops, a photo op with Sesame Street puppeteers, and much more! All festivities and events are FREE with Museum admission. Kids under 12 are always free when accompanied by an adult.”

A double header @ the 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave.
Netanyahu, Trump and the Future of Israeli/American Relations
First Up @ 5PM, $32
“Get an insight into the future of US/Israeli relations under President Trump at this panel discussion with such participants as Israeli UN ambassador Danny Danon and former CIA head James Woolsey.” (
Bang! Bang! ‘The Big Bang Theory’ Meets The Big Bang Theory!
Second Up @ 8PM, $32
“Nobel Prize winner Robert Wilson, an astrophysicist and expert in the Big Bang, sits down with a science writer and the executive producer of the television show The Big Bang Theory to talk science and humor.” (


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

Broadway Week and Attractions Week (LAST DAY)
Day 17 of Broadway Week and Attractions Week, through Feb. 5, where you can receive deals like two-for-one tickets at performances and cultural events around the city.

Bryant Park’s Winter Carnival (LAST DAY)
“There will be an ice castle and so much more at Bryant Park’s Winter Carnival
Rooftop igloos are pretty cool, but an ice castle is way cooler (pun intended). And guess what? You can scope out the frozen fortress at Bryant Park Winter Village’s upcoming Winter Carnival on January 27. Better yet, the formally weekend-only festival has been extended!

That’s right. This year’s nine-day, frosty celebration is jam-packed with entertainment including free curling lessons, a silent disco, a cozy sweater pup meet-up, an outdoor winter brew house and more. And, like last year, there’s an “Ice Ball” where folks can don their fanciest attire and waltz (or, er, try to) on the park’s ice-skating rink. For more of the very ~chill~ activities you can do while you’re there. see the Bryant Park Winter Village Guide.(TONY)

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 60 million visitors last year and was TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2017.  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.

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.”


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 02/03 and 02/01.

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