Selected NYC Events (03/25) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s Super 7 NYC Events > SATURDAY/MAR.25, 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:

Not exactly Manhattan’s WestSide, but this looks worth the detour for fans of the big guy:

Beyond Godzilla | Lecture with Mark Schilling
Japan Society, 333 E47th St./ 5PM, $13
“Beyond Godzilla series curator Mark Schilling traces the evolution of the sci-fi/fantasy genre in Japan that (save for one big, scaly beast) remains largely neglected, considering its prewar origins to the present. The lecture will introduce Schilling’s selections and provide context for their inclusion in relation to the history of sci-fi/fantasy films in Japan, from Toho sci-fi epics helmed by Ishiro Honda and Eiji Tsuburaya to fantasies by pioneering indie auteur Nobuhiko Obayashi and beyond.”

6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>HARKNESS DANCE FESTIVAL
>>Renee Rosnes
>>VICTOR GOINES QUARTET WITH DON VAPPIE
>>THE TRISTANO PROJECT
>>RSC Live: The Tempest
>>Gotham Girls Season Opener

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

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

HARKNESS DANCE FESTIVAL (LAST DAY)
at the 92nd Street Y, / 4PM and 8PM, $25+
“Entering its 23rd season, Harkness Dance Festival continues to be the definitive platform for groundbreaking dancers and choreographers and some of the year’s most exciting and unforgettable performances.”

“The festival winds down with Jillian Peña’s latest evening-length work, “The Natural Order,” which explores what it means to be a part of a group, namely one whose members — Alexandra Albrecht, Leigh Lotocki, Jocelyn Tobias and Madeline Wilcox — strive to embrace both magic and the power of dance. (Aren’t they one and the same?) Here, Ms. Peña, known for her use of repetition and mirrored bodies, examines how individuals navigate relationships.” (NYT-GIA KOURLAS)

Renee Rosnes (Mar.24-26)
Smoke Jazz Club, 2751 Broadway, btw105th/106th Sts./ 7,9,10;30PM, $38
“On the gifted pianist’s recent album, “Written in the Rocks,” composition assumes equal importance with instrumental invention. After paying initial dues with such monumental modernists as Wayne Shorter and Joe Henderson, Rosnes has stepped firmly into the role of assured bandleader. She’s joined by key collaborators, including the vibraphonist Steve Nelson, the bassist Peter Washington, and the drummer Lewis Nash.” (NewYorker)

VICTOR GOINES QUARTET WITH DON VAPPIE (Mar.24-26)
at Dizzy’s Club, / 7:30 and 9:30PM, $40
“Mr. Goines plays both tenor saxophone and clarinet with robust warmth and gentlemanly humor. He learned at the elbow of Ellis Marsalis, New Orleans’s great bebop patriarch, and for nearly 25 years he’s been a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, led by Mr. Marsalis’s son Wynton. Mr. Goines steps to the fore here with a three-night run at Dizzy’s. But he is taking the opportunity to shine light on another New Orleanian, too: the banjo player, guitarist and vocalist Don Vappie. The two will perform alongside the pianist Jo Ann Daugherty, the bassist Emma Dayhuff and the drummer Greg Artry.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

THE TRISTANO PROJECT (LAST DAY)
at Birdland, 315 W44th St./ 8:30PM, 11PM, $40
“Few musicians in jazz have generated as much mystified interest as Lennie Tristano, the pianist, composer and instructor who in the 1940s and ’50s helped create the sound known as cool jazz, but rarely emerged from behind the scenes. Here, five of today’s strongest improvisers celebrate Tristano’s legacy: the pianist Helen Sung, the alto saxophonists Greg Osby and Jaleel Shaw, the bassist Ben Allison and the drummer Matt Wilson.” (NYT- GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

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

RSC Live: The Tempest
Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway / 7:30PM, $24
“Simon Russell Beale returns to the Royal Shakespeare Company after 20 years to play Prospero in this groundbreaking production directed by Artistic Director Gregory Doran and recorded live for this screening.

On a distant island a man waits. Robbed of his position, power and wealth, his enemies have left him in isolation. But this is no ordinary man, and this no ordinary island. Prospero is a magician, able to control the very elements and bend nature to his will. When a sail appears on the horizon, he reaches out across the ocean to the ship that carries the men who wronged him. Creating a vast magical storm he wrecks the ship and washes his enemies up on the shore. When they wake they find themselves lost on a fantastical island where nothing is as it seems.

In a unique partnership with Intel, the production will be using today’s most advanced technology in a bold re-imagining of Shakespeare’s magical play, creating an unforgettable theatrical experience.”

Gotham Girls Season Opener
John Jay College of Criminal Justice / 6PM; $30
“The skate-bound supernovas return for another season of hard knocks on the ring. The season opens with a showdown between last year’s champions the Manhattan Mayhem and Queens of Pain. Be sure to show up in the colors of your team—and try to keep from screaming too loud.” (TONY)

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 with only two days left. For full programming and ticketing information, please visit newdirectors.org.

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 are underground, classic jazz joints. all 6 are 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 03/23 and 03/21.
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