Selected NYC Events (03/01) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s Super 7 NYC Events>WEDNESDAY/MAR.01, 2017

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For future NYC Events be sure to check the tab above: “Notable NYC Events-Mar.”

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

Middle East Hands Reunion,
International House, 500 Riverside Drive / 6:30PM, FREE, please RSVP
“The Overseas Press Club brings together a panel of foreign correspondents, who covered the Middle East over the past five decades to discuss the future of the region and media coverage in the wake of recent geopolitical changes.”

The panel of journalists looks very impressive. I’ll be there. 6:30 p.m. Reception, followed by the program at 7:30 p.m.

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

>>John Pizzarelli Trio + Special Guests
>>Boston Symphony Orchestra
>>CRAIG TABORN
>>MARDI GRAS/FAT TUESDAY CELEBRATION WITH DONALD HARRISON 
>>Intelligence Squared Debates: Charter Schools Are Overrated
>>The David Berg Distinguished Speakers Series: An Evening with Andrew Solomon

Plus Continuing Events:
>>The Orchid Show

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

John Pizzarelli Trio + Special Guests
Birdland, / 8:30PM, +11PM, $50
“John Pizzarelli charms audiences with his warmth, sense of humor and musical chops. Through his multi-faceted career as a jazz guitarist, vocalist and bandleader, the son of the legendary guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli and New Jersey native, has become one of the most recognizable faces and voices in contemporary jazz for his interpretations of classic standards, romantic ballads and the cool jazz flavor he brings to his performances and recordings.”

Boston Symphony Orchestra – A Russian affair.
Carnegie Hall, / 8PM, $12.50+
“If Dmitri Shostakovich spent his whole career struggling with the rewards and dangers of being a famous Soviet composer, his student Sofia Gubaidulina bided her time, writing music of sublime but unauthorized strangeness that leaked to the West before it was recognized at home. Teacher and disciple are united in this program that includes her new concerto for violin, cello, and a Russian accordion called the bayan; also, Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 7.” (J.D.-NYMag)

CRAIG TABORN (Feb. 28 through March 5)
at the Village Vanguard / 8:30PM, +10:30PM $30.
“Mr. Taborn, a masterly pianist, is celebrating this month’s release of “Daylight Ghosts,” his third album on ECM and his first with a quartet. It has a standard format — Chris Speed on saxophone and clarinet, Chris Lightcap on bass, and Dave King on drums — but a different kind of sound that cools and focuses your ear. Mr. Taborn is a kind of miniaturist, building small and powerful patterns; clearing space for Mr. Speed’s simple, threadlike saxophone; and letting force accumulate without clouding the picture. All the album’s musicians will join him for this string of twice-nightly performances.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

MARDI GRAS/FAT TUESDAY CELEBRATION WITH DONALD HARRISON 
at the Blue Note, / 8PM, +10:30PM, $20-$35
“Mr. Harrison strode onto the New York scene in the 1980s and early ’90s with a sleek blend of postbop and R&B that he called “nouveau swing.” The fusion came rather naturally to him thanks to his upbringing in New Orleans, where old-style jazz mingles with new innovations. Mr. Harrison also holds the title of big chief of the Congo Square Nation, an African-American cultural group in New Orleans. He will perform a special Mardi Gras show here with a band of talented younger musicians: Theo Croker on trumpet, Zaccai Curtis on piano, Max Moran on bass and Joe Dyson on drums.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

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

Intelligence Squared Debates: Charter Schools Are Overrated
Merkin Concert Hall, 129 W. 67th St./ 6:45PM, $40
“In the 25 years since Minnesota passed the first charter school law, these publically funded but privately operated schools have become a highly sought-after alternative to traditional public education, particularly for underserved students in urban areas. Between 2004 and 2014 alone, charter school enrollment increased from less than 1 million to 2.5 million students. Many charter schools boast of high test scores, strict behavioral and academic expectations, and high graduation rates. For some, their growth is an example of success in the education reform movement. But have these schools lived up to their promise? Opponents argue that charters, which are subject to fewer regulations and less oversight, lack accountability, take much-needed resources from public schools, and pick and choose their student body. Are charter schools overrated?”

The David Berg Distinguished Speakers Series: An Evening with Andrew Solomon
Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave./ 6PM, $40
“As border obsessions grow, Andrew Solomon makes a passionate argument for the importance—even the moral imperative—of travel. Drawing on his work in global hotspots, Solomon will advocate for his hometown of New York City and its historic welcoming of newcomers, which he sees as part of a counterbalance to rising autocracy.” (thoughtgallery.org)

And don’t forget these continuing events:

The Orchid Show (thru April 09)
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)

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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.

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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 02/21 and 02/19.
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