Selected NYC Events (03/19) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s Sweet 6 NYC Events > SUNDAY/MAR.19, 2017

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

NYC Drone Film Festival
This is not exactly Manhattan’s WestSide, although you could call it the far, far WestSide. But hey, the trailer for this festival makes it look very worth the detour:
Liberty Science Center*, 222 Jersey City Blvd., Jersey City, N.J.
starts 10:30AM – 5:30PM, FREE with your LSC admission, all day.
“To accomplish the chilling last scene in the 1981 film “The Evil Dead,” in which an unseen demon rises from the woodlands and snakes around trees before streaming through a cabin toward a final screaming victim, an operator mounted a camera on a bike and pedalled hard—a makeshift, pre-GoPro rig pulled together on a minuscule budget. The haunting visual effect—the viewer takes on the perspective of a ghostly figure bobbing and weaving through the air—is now a simple drone shot away, and enthusiasts have eagerly tested the limits of a free-range camera vantage that was once nearly impossible. At the third annual Drone Film Festival, directors showcase the best of their experiments: cameras zoom under vehicles and out of cavernous silos, stalk mile-high mountaintops, and trail surfers and snowboarders at never-before-attainable angles. The festival will also include a presentation on the current, ever-changing regulations governing the use of drones, along with drone races, exhibitions, and educational sessions on a first-come, first-served basis.” (NewYorker)

*Ferries depart every 30 minutes from the World Financial Center to Liberty State Park. From the landing, it is a roughly 20-minute walk to Liberty Science Center.

5 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>The Whole Bead Show

Plus, don’t forget these Continuing Events:
>> New Directors / New Films festival
>>The Orchid Show


Music, Dance, Performing Arts

at the Blue Note / 8PM, +10:30PM, $20-$35
“The Italian vocalist Roberta Gambarini is today’s jazz crooner to beat. Her bold and lavish voice greets you right up front, and it keeps alive the spirit of jazz heroines like Carmen McRae and Anita O’Day. Her repertoire consists mostly of great American songbook standards and bossa nova tunes. She appears here with a remarkable band of stalwarts: George Cables on piano, John Lee on bass and Jimmy Cobb on drums.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

at Smoke Jazz Club/ 7, 9 and 10:30PM, $45
“The saxophonist Gary Bartz, the pianist Larry Willis and the drummer Al Foster all hit the spotlight in the 1970s, when jazz was forming a range of high-intensity partnerships with other genres. Mr. Bartz and Mr. Foster played in some of Miles Davis’s most remarkable electric ensembles; Mr. Willis toured and recorded with Blood, Sweat & Tears, as well as with Hugh Masekela. In the years since, all three of them have tended toward more traditional, acoustic jazz, where they are also deeply at home. Together with the bassist Buster Williams, they released a fine album in 2015, “Heads of State.” The group appears here under that name, but with David Williams on bass.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

Wilco (also Mar.21,22)
Beacon Theatre / 7:30pm; $55–$89.50
“Jeff Tweedy and his band deliver four shows behind its tenth studio album, last year’s cheekily titled Schmilco. The record acts as a companion to 2015’s Star Wars—a more subdued collection of succinct pop songs that’s reminiscent of frontman Jeff Tweedy’s 2014 solo release, Sukierae. Expect a sprawling, deep set stuffed with classics like “Jesus, etc.” and “I’m The Man Who Loves You.” (TONY)

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

The Whole Bead Show (LAST DAY)
Hotel Pennsylvania, 401 7th Ave./ 10AM, $10 at the door (Good for 3 days)
“Gemstones, pearls, crystals, silver, gold, vintage glass, charms, as well as chain, clasps and much much more. You will find every type of bead at this year’s Whole Bead Show, a cash and carry bead trade show open to the public. Have an itch to design your own jewelry? Beads of every kind, from all over the world will be on hand for purchase. So if you have a yearning to load up on beads for that special project or craft, this is your event.” (TONY)

“Coffee nerds and tea enthusiasts will be thrilled to learn about the return of this event, featuring dozens of exhibitors. There will be a brand new Coffee & Tea Cocktail Lounge this year; free seminars such as “Five Teas That Brewed a Revolution,” “Coffee Decaffeination: How It’s Done!” and “Tea for Cocktails: The Art of Blending Tea & Spirits”; and special seminars (with participation fees) including a “Chemex Brew Method Class.”
WHERE: at the Brooklyn Expo Center, 72 Noble St., Brooklyn
INFO: $25; 631­940­7290, ­­ (STAV ZIV, Newsday)

And don’t forget these continuing events:

New Directors / New Films festival (Mar.15 – 26)
Film Society of Lincoln Center and The Museum of Modern Art, @ various times
“Celebrating its 46th edition in 2017, the New Directors/
New Films festival introduces New York audiences to the work of emerging filmmakers from around the world. Throughout its rich, nearly half-century history, New Directors has brought previously little-known talents like Pedro Almódovar, Chantal Akerman, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Christopher Nolan, Laura Poitras, Spike Lee, and Kelly Reichardt to wider audiences. We hope you’ll join us in celebrating a group of filmmakers who represent the present and anticipate the future of cinema: daring artists whose work pushes the envelope and is never what you’d expect.”

This is a wonderful, only in New York, film festival that starts its first weekend. For full programming and ticketing information, please visit

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)

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 are underground, classic jazz joints. all 6 are within walking distance of each other):
Village Vanguard – UG, 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 – UG, 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.

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)


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 03/17 and 03/15.

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