Selected NYC Events (02/11) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s Sweet6 NYC Events>SATURDAY/FEB.11, 2017

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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:

Dianne Reeves
Rose Theater, Jazz @ Lincoln Center,/ 8PM, $31+
Singer Dianne Reeves has covered the stylistic waterfront over the years, but mostly she’s an ace at singing standards. This will be her sixth year performing a Valentine’s special at the Rose Theater, one of the city’s most breathtaking concert venues, and it’s sure to be heavenly.” (TONY)

“Dianne Reeves will assuredly set the mood for this beloved Jazz at Lincoln Center tradition as she returns for the sixth time to seduce audiences with songs and stories of love and romance. Her alluring sound, fondness of love songs, and unusually broad spectrum of sensual repertoire promises a special Valentine’s Day weekend performance. With nuanced restraint and dynamics, Reeves inhabits every story she spins into song. The fifteen-time Grammy® Award winner has long revered New York City and often chooses to spend her Valentine’s Day in this shimmering city of romance.”

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

The Losers Lounge Tribute to Philadelphia Soul:
The 70s Soul Jam Valentine’s Concert
Joe Farnsworth and Kenny Washington
Centre Choreographique National—Ballet de Lorraine
Patti LaBelle

You saw these here recently and they continue today:
New York City Ballet – The Sleeping Beauty
RadioLoveFest

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Music, Dance, Performing Art

The Losers Lounge Tribute to Philadelphia Soul:
The Music of Gamble, Huff and Bell featuring the Songs of The O’Jays, The Delfonics, The Spinners, The Stylistics and more…
Joe’s Pub / 7:00PM, +9:30PM, $25
“In the mid-1970s record producers Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff and Thom Bell created a new world of pop-music hailing from The City of Brotherly Love, called “Philadelphia Soul.” Joe McGinty – The Losers Lounge Band Leader – says, “The ‘Philadelphia Soul’ sound combined sophisticated arrangements a la Burt Bacharach with soulful grooves a la Motown to create an incredible string of hits by groups like the O’Jays, The Spinners, The Delfonics, and The Stylistics. Having grown up in South Jersey, the Philadelphia Soul sound has always been a huge influence to me.” Sexy, funky, danceable and lush, the arrangements of The Philadelphia Soul sound are credited with being the precursor to Disco as well as an influence on pop music at large to this day.”

The 70s Soul Jam Valentine’s Concert
Beacon Theater, / 3PM, +8PM, $49-$79
“Share the love at the 70s Soul Jam Valentine’s Concert featuring legendary R&B/ soul groups The Stylistics, The Dramatics, The Delfonics, The Manhattans, and Blue Magic on Saturday, February 11 at NYC’s landmark Beacon Theatre, with shows at 3pm and 8pm.

During the early ‘70s, The Stylistics were the leading Philly soul group with 12 straight Top Ten hits, including “You Are Everything” “Betcha by Golly, Wow” “I’m Stone in Love With You” “Break Up to Make Up” and “You Make Me Feel Brand New.” Of all their peers, The Stylistics were one of the smoothest and sweetest soul groups of their era.”

Joe Farnsworth and Kenny Washington (thru Feb.12)
Smoke Jazz Club, 2751 Broadway, btw 105th/106th Sts./ 7, 9, 10:30PM, $38
“There’s always been a gladiatorial aspect to jazz. For an extra emphasis on blood sport, head uptown for this mano-a-mano fight to the finish between two supremely accomplished drummers with a mutual taste for hard-bop intensity. Urging on the contestants will be such familiar cohorts as Eric Alexander, on tenor saxophone; Steve Davis, on trombone; and Peter Washington—Kenny’s unrelated bandmate in the Bill Charlap trio—on bass.” (NewYorker)

Centre Choreographique National—Ballet de Lorraine (also Feb. 12 – 2 p.m)
Joyce Theater / 2PM, +8PM, $36+
“The contemporary dance company, a laboratory for new work based in Amiens, in northern France, makes its first visit to New York. Particularly interesting is “Sounddance” (on Program A), a furiously paced Merce Cunningham work from 1975 in which the dancers enter and exit the stage through a weird tentlike structure. Program B consists of a single evening-length dance cobbled together from the efforts of five choreographers whose identities are kept intentionally hidden, allowing the audience to experience the dance without preconceptions.” (NewYorker)

Elsewhere, but this sure looks worth the detour:

Patti LaBelle
Kings Theatre, 1027 Flatbush Ave. Brooklyn / 8PM, $85+
“Patti Labelle, the versatile two-time Grammy Award winning singer and songwriter is certainly no stranger to most. The soulful songbird’s name has become synonymous with grace, style, elegance, and class. Belting out classic rhythm and blues renditions, she has received acclaim for hits like “On my Own,” “Lady Marmalade,” “If Only you Knew, “Hear my Cry” and many more. Treat you sweetheart, family or friend to a wonderful Valentine’s gift with the Godmother of Soul.”

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

more select events coming soon.

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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 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):

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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” (LAST DAY)
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 02/09 and 02/07.
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