Selected NYC Events (03/13) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s Sweet 6 NYC Events > MONDAY/MAR.13, 2017

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

Women’s Jazz Festival:
Ella, Ella: A Centennial Celebration of Mama Jazz
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture / 7PM, $30
“This annual tradition in honor of Women’s History Month features some of the best-known and unsung female performers in jazz today. Our 2017 festival will celebrate Ella Fitzgerald’s centennial birthday and continued influence on the evolution of jazz.

“Ella, Ella: A Centennial Celebration of Mama Jazz!” is slated for four consecutive Mondays–March 6, 13, 20, and 27. Each night will explore the multi-dimensional music, life, and legacy of this jazz legend.

March 13: Ella is Present
Grammy Award-winning jazz drummer, composer, and producer Terri Lyne Carrington, to.gether with special guests Casey Benjamin and vocalist Charenée Wade,, will perform a tribute to the indelible legacy of Ella Fitzgerald. This retrospective will present Fitzgerald’s impact on today’s diverse and progressive voices and explore her unique influence in contemporary music. Guest curated by Aja Burrell Woods, enthnomusicologist and adjunct professor of African American music at The New School and Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music

5 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>Beth Hart
>>Ten Restaurants That Changed America
>>The Raven and the Poetry of Lou Reed
>>Protect Your Brain, Prevent Dementia
>>The Constitution Today: Timeless Lessons for the Issues of Our Era

Plus Continuing Events:
>>Asia Week New York
>>The Orchid Show

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Beth Hart
Town Hall, 123 W43rd St. / 7:30PM, $45+
“Beth Hart is on fire. Right now, the Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter is riding a creative tidal wave, firing out acclaimed albums, hooking up with the biggest names in music and rocking the house each night with that celebrated burnt-honey voice. She has recently packed ever-larger venues around the world including Nashville’s iconic Ryman Auditorium and London’s Royal Albert Hall– and received a nomination from the American Blues Foundation in the category of Contemporary Blues Female Artist.

The most recent headline news is Beth’s newest album, Fire On The Floor (Provogue /Mascot Label Group), is set for release February 3, 2017 in the U.S. and October 14, 2016 in Europe /Australia. Fire On The Floor is sure to build on her breakneck momentum. Offering an emotional release following the bitter-sweet sessions for Better Than Home, her twelve new songs run the gamut of genre, reflecting Beth’s eclectic teenage influences, which took in everything from gospel, soul and classical to the seismic rock of Soundgarden.”

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

Ten Restaurants That Changed America
Mid-Manhattan Library,  455 Fifth Ave./ 6:30PM, FREE
With Paul Freedman, history professor at Yale University, author, and editor.
“This illustrated lecture offers a daring and original history of dining out in America as told through ten legendary restaurants.”

The Raven and the Poetry of Lou Reed
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
Bruno Walter Auditorium / 6PM, FREE, Space is limited. Registration required.
“In honor of The New York Public Library’s recent acquisition of the Lou Reed Archive, and the 75th anniversary of Reed’s birthday, the Library for the Performing Arts is hosting a performance of Reed’s The Raven, which reimagines the work of Edgar Allan Poe through music and spoken word, along with recitations of Reed’s original poetry—some publicly recited for the first time. Plus, discover highlights from the collection on display at both the Library for the Performing Arts and the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at 42nd Street, on view March 2–20. Space is limited. For details and registration, visit: nypl.org/LouReed.”

Protect Your Brain, Prevent Dementia
Hunter College,  47-49 E. 65th St./ 6:30PM, FREE
“Celebrate Brain Awareness Week 2017 in New York with the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation! Scientists will share ways you can reduce your risk for Alzheimer’s disease and protect your brain health. The evening will include a presentation, interactive exhibits with information on brain health and dementia prevention, and a question and answer session. Learn what the evidence says about which supplements, diets, and lifestyle changes can benefit your brain. And discover promising drugs now being developed that may prevent and treat Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.”

The Constitution Today: Timeless Lessons for the Issues of Our Era
New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West/ 6:30PM, $44
“Esteemed legal scholar Akhil Reed Amar sheds light on three controversial and defining moments in recent constitutional history—the impeachment of Bill Clinton, the contested election of George W. Bush, and the fight over Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act—revealing how the founding document shapes contemporary politics.”

And don’t forget these continuing events:

Asia Week New York (Mar.09-18)
“It’s New York’s salute to the vibrant arts of Asia, a 10-day festival where visitors admire or acquire ancient treasures and contemporary masterworks displayed in lustrous galleries, auction houses and museums. Now in its eighth year, Asia Week New York, has blossomed into a kind of high-culture pub crawl where international and local exhibitors showcase fine art from all corners of Asia, and museums and others stage special events. This year more than 50 vendors are participating — the most ever.” (NYT). Go here for the full list.

“For just over a week, Asian art and culture take over New York City. Among the museums, galleries, auction houses and cultural institutions participating are the Noguchi Museum, China Institute, Museum of Modern Art and the Rubin Museum of Art. Each venue will be showing works from the continent, and art dealers from around the world will display their collections during open houses throughout the week. There will also be a full schedule of films, lectures, symposia, curator talks, tours, auctions and other events.” (nycgo.com)

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 03/11 and 03/09.
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