Selected NYC Events (04/06) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s Sweet 6 NYC Events > THURSDAY/APR.06, 2017

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For future NYC Events be sure to check the tab above: “Notable NYC Events-April”

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

The Highland Divas
at The Cutting Room, 44 E.32nd St./ 10:30PM, $30
“The Highland Divas have been honored to sing at The Tartan Day Observance, kicking off Tartan week, in New York City for last four years and will be featured artists throughout this year’s Tartan Week, performing also for the Tartan Day Parade and Post Parade Party at B.B Kings.

Taking you on a musical journey that spans the folk music of Scotland, Ireland and New Zealand and culminates in the soaring heights of Rock Opera. It has been said of the Highland Divas that; “Though fantastic individual performers, it is their incredible blend as a trio that draws their audience and results in standing ovations at every show!”

5 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)

>>WOMEN OF JAZZ
>>Aida
>>Christian McBride Big Band
>>House of SpeakEasy: Seriously Entertaining
>>THE GEORGE POLK AWARDS: COVERING THE TRUMP PRESIDENCY

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

WOMEN OF JAZZ
at TriBeCa Performing Arts Center, 199 Chambers St./ 8PM, $50
“The latest installment of the TriBeCa Performing Arts Center’s Highlights in Jazz series features a double bill: the neo-traditional vocalist and banjoist Cynthia Sayer’s Joyride Band, and the straight-ahead vocalist René Marie. Ms. Sayer was a founding member of Woody Allen’s Dixieland jazz band; when playing with her own group, she sings New Orleans standards with a blend of theatricality and nonchalance. Ms. Marie found jazz stardom late in her career, and her ambitions — as a composer and a performer — seem to multiply with each passing year. A sensualist and an instigator, she’s at her best when building intrigue at a low simmer.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

Aida (different days thru Apr.20 / next performance Apr.10)
The Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, $20+
“The Met’s monumental staging is a dazzling backdrop for the star-crossed love story set amid the clash of ancient empires. Three commanding sopranos—Liudmyla Monastyrska, Latonia Moore, and Krassimira Stoyanova—appear in the title role, the slave girl Aida,who is secretly a princess. Ekaterina Gubanova and Violeta Urmana are the formidable Amneris, daughter of the Egyptian pharaoh, and Marco Berti is the hero Radamès, caught between them. Marco Armiliato and Daniele Rustioni conduct.”

Christian McBride Big Band (Apr.05-09)
Dizzy’s Club, Broadway at 60th St./ 7:30PM, 9:30PM, $35
“Not content with being one of the premier jazz bassists of his generation, McBride also juggles ensembles that highlight his skills as a spectacular soloist, a keen composer, and an adroit leader. His big band, packed with first-rate soloists, is a fitting example of the musician’s ambition and accomplishment.” (NewYorker)

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

House of SpeakEasy: Seriously Entertaining
Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St./ 9:30pm; $15–$35
“This series, produced by Amanda Foreman and Lucas Wittmann, asks its participants to speak off-the-cuff about a particular topic for 15 minutes. Then audience members participate in a quiz, identifying lines from famous works of literature, movies or songs. This edition features political columnist and culture critic Ana Marie Cox, poet Brenda Shaughnessy, novelist Tony Tulathimutte and TV writer and comedian Travon Free.”

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:

THE GEORGE POLK AWARDS: COVERING THE TRUMP PRESIDENCY
LIU Brooklyn, Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts, 1 University Plaza, Flatbush Avenue (btw DeKalb Avenue/Willoughby Street) Brooklyn / 6:30PM, FREE, with RSVP.
“The 2016 presidential election made way for the comeback of investigative journalism in our ultra-fast media landscape. With an administration that has said they are going to remake how Washington works, numerous media organizations, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, Fusion and BuzzFeed, have formed new investigative teams or renewed their investments in existing teams. Hear from George Polk Award winners about reporting on the Trump presidency.”

And 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:

VIJA CELMINS (Through April 15)
Matthew Marks, 522 West 22nd St.

No natural elements are deeper and darker than the ones Vija Celmins paints: ocean and sky, specifically the rippling surface of the Pacific off California, and the night sky, seen through telescopes, as a dense, soft, pointillist field of thousands of individual stars. She magnifies the vastness of both by leaving out any framing, orienting references — a horizon line, say — to the element we’re most comfortable with: earth.

Born in Latvia, Ms. Celmins, now 78, has lived in the United States since 1948, having arrived here as a refugee after World War II. And in a tradition going back to the 19th century, she’s a landscapist of a peculiarly American kind, one for whom no visual detail is too small, no thought too big. (Within the context of contemporary art, she could be referred to as a cosmic super-realist.)

She is also a moral philosopher, which the subjects of nonlandscape paintings confirm: images of handguns, fighter planes, raw meat, television sets and, perhaps from her work table, worn-down rubber erasers. The erasers are apt symbols for an artist who is a perfectionist reviser, working on single small paintings — adding, subtracting, adding — for years.

This show at Matthew Marks includes a few trompe l’oeil sculptures modeled on real objects. She replicates small found stones in bronze and reproduces their surface markings, speck by speck. Seen together in the gallery, original object and sculpture are hard to tell apart. This is also the case with replicated versions, in wood and paint, of tablet-computer-size 19th-century slate blackboards she has collected. The real slates, also in the gallery, still carry faint ghosts of classroom lessons and calculations written and wiped out long ago. Ms. Celmins’s sculptures have the same marks and, in the funny way art works, turn erasures into additions.” (NYT-HOLLAND COTTER)

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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 04/04 and 04/02.
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