Selected NYC Events (03/31) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s Fab 5 NYC Events > FRIDAY/MAR.31, 2017

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

Stanley Clarke / Ron Carter Duo w/ special guest Russell Malone
Blue Note, 131 W3rd St./ 8PM, +10:30PM, $30-$45
“What hasn’t Clarke played over the course of his four-decade career? He’s proficient in mainstream jazz, of course, but he has also taken on chamber-scaled projects of genuine delicacy and electric fusion of arena-rock proportions. This two-week residency at the Blue Note features the veteran bassist in two settings: First he turns up with the iconic Ron Carter for a jazz bass duet of legendary proportions (Tue 28–Apr 2); the week after, the maestro brings his Stanley Clarke Band to the stage to celebrate the release of a new album (Apr 4–9).” (TONY)

4 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>The Joffrey Ballet
>>PETER BERNSTEIN
>>The Photography Show
>>Swedish Festival

Plus, with spring in the air, don’t forget these Continuing Events:
>>MACY’S Flower Show
>>The Orchid Show

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

The Joffrey Ballet (thru Apr.02)
NYS/DHK Theater, Lincoln Center/ 7:30PM, $35+
“In 1995, the esteemed company, then based in New York, decamped for Chicago, and it hasn’t looked back. In the years since, the Joffrey has survived rocky finances and remade its image in a less maverick, more international mold. (This was the company that brought us “Billboards,” an evening-length ballet set to Prince.)

Most of the New York run is devoted to a full-length version of “Romeo and Juliet”—always a favorite with audiences—created in 2008 by the Polish-born choreographer Krzysztof Pastor, a regular at the Dutch National Ballet. The story has been updated, with the help of projections and chic designs, from Renaissance Verona to the twentieth century. (The first act is set in the Fascist period, the second in the Dolce Vita of the fifties, and the third in the nineties, with overtones of corruption and war.) A one-off program on March 30 includes works by Christopher Wheeldon, Yuri Possokhov, and the young choreographer Myles Thatcher.” (NewYorker)

PETER BERNSTEIN (March 28 through April 02)
at the Village Vanguard / 8:30 and 10:30PM, $30
“Husky and dark and dazzlingly precise, Mr. Bernstein’s guitar sound has the power to soothe and energize at the same time. His most recent album, “Let Loose” from 2016, features a handful of original tunes built on simple, evocative melodies. Expect to hear some of that material during this run at the Vanguard, where Mr. Bernstein will be joined by an all-star cast: Brad Mehldau on piano, Doug Weiss on bass and Al Foster on drums. (For the last two dates, Aaron Goldberg replaces Mr. Mehldau.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

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

The Photography Show (Mar.30-Apr.02)
Pier 94, on the Hudson, 12th Ave @ 55th St./ mm
“An expanded Photography Show—presented, as always, by the Association of International Photography Art Dealers—has a new location this year: Pier 94, on the Hudson. The fair, will host more than a hundred dealers, with works ranging from mid-nineteenth-century photogravures to video, mixed media, and beyond. In addition to the bustling booths, there will be public programs, including a screening room showing documentaries, a roving photographer shooting portraits of attendees, and an outdoor video projection that explores the knotty issue of animal captivity.” (NewYorker)

Swedish Festival
Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Ave./ 6PM, FREE with museum admission 6–7PM and FREE 7–8:30PM
“Say ‘Hej!’ to Nordic culture at the Swedish Festival, which features musical performances, Swedish cuisine, and more, all in conjunction with the new exhibition Treasures from the National Museum of Sweden.”

Film Festival season in full bloom this week

Kino! 2017 which highlights German movies, begins today.

The Havana Film Festival New York, celebrating Latin American cinema, began on Thursday.

Single tickets went on sale Tuesday for the Tribeca Film Festival, (April 19-30.)

Focus on French Cinema, a festival at French Institute Alliance Française, Lycée Français de New York and the United Nations. (WAS Tue. thru Thur.)

with spring in the air, don’t forget these continuing events:

MACY’S FLOWER SHOW (thru Apr.09)
“It may not have felt like spring is here this March, but Macy’s is using more than 5,000 types of flowers and plants to brighten up the main floor of its flagship store this month & hopefully, mark a turn of the weather. The theme for this year’s flower show is “Carnival” with  a two tier roller coaster, bumper cars, Ferris wheel and more. “(STAV ZIV-Newsday)
WHEN |  Sunday, March 26, to April 9 
WHERE I at Macy’s Herald Square Flagship, 151 West 34th St. 
INFO Free; 212­494­4495, macys.com/flowershow ­­

The Orchid Show (thru Apr.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 03/29 and 03/27.
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