Selected NYC Events (03/07) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s Sweet 6 NYC Events >TUESDAY/MAR.07, 2017

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

BILL FRISELL TRIO (thru Mar.12)
at the Village Vanguard / 8:30PM, +10:30PM, $
“In his examinations of nostalgia, the guitarist Mr. Frisell doesn’t much challenge our love of bygone times. Instead, his glimmering music seems to question the limits — and the essence — of memory. His most recent album, “When You Wish Upon a Star,” features classic tunes from American cinema; the renditions are lulling and picturesque but not altogether soothing. Mr. Frisell, who turns 66 this month, will begin a two-week stint at the Vanguard with six nights alongside the bassist Thomas Morgan and the drummer Rudy Royston.” (NYT- GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

5 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>‘GAME OF THRONES’ LIVE CONCERT EXPERIENCE
>>Sydney Dance Company
>>SIGRID AND FLETCHER
>>Banff Mountain Film Festival
>>Oculus Book Talk | The Arab City: Architecture and Representation

Plus Continuing Events:
>>The Orchid Show

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

‘GAME OF THRONES’ LIVE CONCERT EXPERIENCE
at Madison Square Garden / 8PM, $60+
“The HBO saga “Game of Thrones” will come to life in a concert by the composer of the series’s music, Ramin Djawadi, who will lead an 80-piece orchestra and choir. The musicians will perform from multiple daises, including the King’s Landing stage, named for the capital city of the show’s fictional Seven Kingdoms. There will also be striking visual effects, including pyrotechnics and simulacra of “Game of Thrones” sites like Castle Black. The show’s actors are not scheduled to appear, but Mr. Djawadi hopes to provide an immersive experience. As he told The Chicago Tribune, “You feel like you’re there with the characters.” (NYT- KEVIN O’DONNELL)

Sydney Dance Company (Mar.07-12)
Joyce Theatre, 175 Eighth Ave., at 19th St./ 7:30PM, $71
Since the Barcelona-born choreographer Rafael Bonachela took over as artistic director, in 2009, this venerable Australian troupe has become indistinguishable from many other purveyors of fashionable European styles. In its current program of New York premières, Jacopo Godani’s “Raw Models” is the worst offender: mannered sinuosity set to a maddening electronic soundtrack. Bonachela’s “Frame of Mind,” a quick-changing and physically demanding piece set to Bryce Dessner music, is more palatable, as is “Wildebeest,” a slightly more original take on the animal nature of humans, by the Australian choreographer Gabrielle Nankivell.” (NewYorker)

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:

SIGRID AND FLETCHER
at Baby’s All Right, 146 Broadway, Bklyn/ 9PM, $12
“Here’s your chance to witness two up-and-coming female pop stars in one tiny room. The Norwegian singer Sigrid, who began writing songs at 16, recently announced her signing to Island Records with the release of the uplifting track “Don’t Kill My Vibe.” The American singer-songwriter Fletcher earned breakout success when her song “War Paint” topped Spotify’s United States viral chart nearly three years ago. Her subsequent EP, “Finding Fletcher,” bodes well for her career: It’s long on edgy electronic beats; bright melodies; and her high, soaring vocals.” (NYT-KEVIN O’DONNELL)

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

Banff Mountain Film Festival
Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway / 7:30PM, $28
“The Banff Mountain Film Festival is the largest and the most prestigious mountain festival in the world. The World Tour showcases award-winning films and audience favorites from approximately 300 films entered from over 35 countries with stops planned at 390 locations in all seven continents.

Traveling from remote landscapes and cultures to up close and personal with adrenaline-packed action mountain sports, the tour is an exhilarating exploration and celebration of the spirit of adventure. Exhilarating and thought-provoking, this is a must-see for mountain enthusiasts and those with a spirit of adventure. Through the big screen, audiences can visit remote cultures and the world’s last great wild places as well as experiencing footage of adrenaline packed action sports.”

Oculus Book Talk | The Arab City: Architecture and Representation
Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Pl./ 6PM, $10
“Moving beyond reductive notions of identity, myths of authenticity, fetishized traditionalism, or the constructed opposition of tradition and modernity, The Arab City: Architecture and Representation critically engages contemporary architectural and urban production in the Middle East. Taking the “Arab City” and “Islamic Architecture” as sites of investigation rather than given categories, this book reframes the region’s buildings, cities, and landscapes and broadens its architectural and urban canons. Arab cities are multifaceted places and sites of layered historical imaginaries; defined by regional and territorial economies, they bridge scales of production and political engagement. The essays collected here investigate cultural representation, the evolution of historical cities, contemporary architectural practices, emerging urban conditions, and responsive urban imaginaries in the Arab World.” (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
(5 underground (UG), classic jazz joints. all 6 within walking distance of each other):
Village Vanguard – UG, 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 – UG, 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.

Here is one exhibition the New York Times really likes:

ACTS OF INTIMACY (thru April 02)
Walther Collection, 526 W26th St.

“Daido Moriyama and Nobuyoshi Araki may be the most successful photographers of postwar Japan, but it’s the work of the least famous participant of this three-man show that ripples with the greatest intensity. He is Kohei Yoshiyuki, and his unsettling 1979-80 series “The Park” documents, with nearly pathological detachment, the sexual encounters he happened upon on late-night walks in Tokyo. Many shots recall crime-scene photography, thanks to Mr. Yoshiyuki’s use of infrared film and a paparazzo’s flash: Flowers flare to white and lovers’ faces are invisible. In these indiscreet but poignant photos, intimate acts become a public affair.

Mr. Moriyama’s hip, estranged images of Tokyo are shot in a style known as “are, bure, boke” (grainy, blurry and out of focus). (His radical photography of the 1960s is on view in “Provoke: Photography in Japan between Protest and Performance, 1960–1975,” running through April 30 at the Art Institute of Chicago.) A series of 67 photographs includes close-ups of breasts, buttocks and stiletto-shod feet. If they lack the urgency of his coarser urban photographs, they are persuasive nevertheless because of his usual high contrast and tight cropping.

As for Mr. Araki, his photographs of buxom women trussed up in ever more baroque rope bondage are as acquired a taste as Marmite. He’s the only one to show women’s faces; they appear sovereign and unabashed, despite their sexual submission. Relief comes via interpolated photographs of architecture — the Hiroshima Peace Memorial or Kenzo Tange’s Tokyo metropolitan government headquarters — that inscribe these steamy pictures into the first years of Japan’s so-called Lost Decade.” (JASON FARAGO-NYT)

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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 03/05 and 03/03.
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