Selected NYC Events (02/23) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s Super 7 NYC Events>THURSDAY/FEB.23, 2017

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

55 Bar – basement @55 Christopher St. nr 7th ave.S./ 7PM, no cover
Duchess is on the 2nd of it’s 4 night run celebrating their new CD, “Laughing at Life”, There will be special guests, there will be kazoos, there will be swinging #girlongirlharmony. Don’t miss it! I need to say it again. Don’t miss it!

Last night’s crowd burst 55 Bar at the seams, and their special guest was Anat Cohen, one of America’s great clarinet players. Fantastic!

“Three fine singers—Melissa Stylianou, Amy Cervini, and Hilary Gardner—join together in swinging harmony to whip up music that traffics in delight. Referencing vocal icons from Peggy Lee to the Boswell Sisters, this fresh-voiced triumvirate plays it straight from the heart, leaving any trace of camp or postmodern irony at the door. They have played way more upscale places, but Duchess seems to shine best in this basement joint.” (NewYorker)

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

The Music of Dexter Gordon: A Celebration
Cyrus Chestnut Quartet
Henry Threadgill, Vijay Iyer, and Dafnis Prieto
Matthew Jones–Reckoning with Matter: Calculating Machines, Innovation, and Thinking About Thinking From Pascal to Babbage
A History of New York City Transportation: From Horsecars to Helicopters

Plus Continuing Events:
The Orchid Show


Music, Dance, Performing Arts

The Music of Dexter Gordon: A Celebration (thru Feb.26)
Dizzy’s Club, Broadway at 60th St./ 7:30PM, $40
“Gordon enjoyed an unexpected late-career resurgence with his Oscar-nominated appearance in the 1986 film “Round Midnight,” but he first made his mark decades earlier, as the tenor saxophonist who best embodied Charlie Parker’s bebop message. Gordon’s music continued to evolve from there, with influential results, and this tribute will touch on various aspects of his illustrious catalogue, including work from his albums “Homecoming” and “Sophisticated Giant,” from the late nineteen-seventies. Leading the band—which includes the saxophonist Abraham Burton—on the first two nights will be Gordon’s confederate, the great hard-bop drummer Louis Hayes.” (NewYorker)

at the Town Hall / 8PM, $42+
“Perhaps the pre-eminent straight-ahead jazz bassist of the last 20 years, Mr. McBride performed recently at the Village Vanguard alongside the avant-garde stalwarts John Zorn and Milford Graves. It was an unusual setting for him, and something notable happened: His playing, always husky and swinging and commanding, took on a fresh sense of possibility. Here he continues his flirtation with the outré, appearing in an improvised duet with Ms. Anderson, the fabled experimental musician and multimedia artist. Her songs draw upon incantation and repetition — sometimes issuing subtle social critiques, other times simply heightening the senses.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

Cyrus Chestnut Quartet (thru Feb.25)
Birdland, 315 W44th St./ 8:30PM, +11PM, $40
“Chestnut’s piano has a tactile quality that assures you you’ve picked the right spot for the night. Mixing high spirits and soulful, deeply satisfying improvisation touched by gospel music and by the blues, Chestnut is a trusted stylist who has judiciously balanced mainstream and modernist leanings since he arrived on the scene, in the late nineteen-eighties. Here, he plays with the bassist Buster Williams and the drummer Lenny White, the same rhythm team that makes his recent album “Natural Essence” a treat; additional support comes in the form of the noteworthy vibraphonist Steve Nelson.” (NewYorker)

Henry Threadgill, Vijay Iyer, and Dafnis Prieto
Jazz Gallery, 1160 Broadway, at 27th St., 5th fl./ 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $30-$45
The saxophonist Threadgill, the pianist Iyer, and the drummer Prieto, three progressive players, have much in common—not least, that each is deeply committed to advancing the state of present-day jazz, incorporating outside sources ranging from world music to classical. At seventy-three years old, Threadgill may be the nominal patriarch, but he’s sure to make his adventurous younger cohorts sweat.” (NewYorker)

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

Matthew Jones–Reckoning with Matter: Calculating Machines, Innovation, and Thinking About Thinking From Pascal to Babbage
Book Culture, 536 W. 112th St./ 7PM, FREE
“Professor of Contemporary Civilization Matthew L. Jones looks at calculating machines, from the work of Pascal to Babbage. In examining a rich record of thought, he’ll reveal a world of engineers and philosophers with a superior creative ethos to what dominates our culture today.” (

Elsewhere, but this sure looks worth the detour:

A History of New York City Transportation: From Horsecars to Helicopters
Prospect Heights Brainery, 190 Underhill Ave., Bklyn / 8:30PM, $10
“By some estimates, for every New Yorker you see walking around on the streets, there’s one New Yorker underground, riding the train. That’s right – 1/2 of New York’s population is on some form of public transportation at any given moment.

This miraculous statistic means that the city we know truly couldn’t exist without its subways, buses, and taxis, but how did all this heavy, stinky, old-fashioned infrastructure get built?

This class covers NYC transportation from the early days, when the best you could hope for was a mud-spattered omnibus ride, through the first steam-powered elevated railroads, all the way up to the Pan Am building helicopter shuttle. It also touches on the many ambitious, zany, quixotic efforts to get us from Point A to Point B. Have you ever been sucked through a tunnel?”

And don’t forget these continuing events:

NEW YORK CITY BALLET (through Feb. 26)
at NYS/DHK Theater, Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, $30+
“The company enters the homestretch of its winter season with a selection of works by Jerome Robbins, one of its founding choreographers. That program (Tuesday and Thursday) includes the bracing “Glass Pieces,” driven by the repetitive structures of its Philip Glass score; “Moves,” a ballet in silence; and “The Concert (or, The Perils of Everybody),” a comedy set at a piano recital. Wednesday brings a trio of Broadway-inspired ballets danced to the music of Richard Rodgers, including Balanchine’s “Slaughter on Tenth Avenue.” (NYT-SIOBHAN BURKE)

The Orchid Show
New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., the Bronx.
“This edition of the New York Botanical Garden’s annual Orchid Show, now in its fifteenth year, focusses on Thailand’s rich history and the flower’s cultural status as one of the country’s leading exports. Held in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, the display features blooming orchids by the hundreds in lush tropical environments, leading into an arched installment styled in the manner of a traditional Thai pavilion. The schedule includes several panel discussions, tours, and after-hours viewings with music and cocktails.” (NewYorker)

RAVI COLTRANE (Feb. 21-26)
Jazz Standard, / 7:30PM, + 9:30PM, $
(Feb. 25, additional performance at 11:30 p.m.).
“Mr. Coltrane has a warbling sound that’s as thick as ink on the tenor and soprano saxophones. He’s a passionate, whole-body player, but his impulse is to obscure: His stippled, scattering tunes don’t give you a lot of melodies or rhythms to latch on to. Instead they immerse you in his disposition: poised, meditative, bold. Mr. Coltrane appears here with Adam Rogers on guitar, Dezron Douglas on bass and E. J. Strickland on drums.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

at the Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Ave., at 19th St./ 8PM, $56-$76
imgres“With classic works by Martha Graham and pieces by four contemporary choreographers — Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Annie-B Parson, Pontus Lidberg and Nacho Duato — the Graham company hosts a two-week season with the theme “Sacred/Profane.” The runs includes premieres by Mr. Cherkaoui, who takes on Sufi mysticism, and Ms. Parson, who is inspired by Graham’s “Punch and the Judy,” a comic work from 1941. Promisingly, there is text by the witty Will Eno.

But the real attraction comes in the Graham masterworks, especially “Primitive Mysteries” (1931), an all-female dance divided into three sections that explores the virgin myths of the American Southwest. There are also sections from the haunting “Dark Meadow” (1946) and Act II from “Clytemnestra” (1958), as well as some lighter fare, including the always lovely “Diversion of Angels” (1948) and the comic work “Maple Leaf Rag” (1990).” (NYT-GIA KOURLAS)

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.



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 02/21 and 02/19.

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