Selected NYC Events (05/06) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s Super 7 NYC Events > SATURDAY/MAY 06, 2017

“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to.” We make it as easy as 1-2-3.
For future NYC Events be sure to check the tab above: “Notable NYC Events-May”

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

at the Blue Note, 131 W3rd St. / 8PM, +10:30PM, $30, $45
“Mr. Carter, a bassist, is one of the most recorded sidemen in jazz history. He’s also the author of some remarkable — if rather overlooked — solo albums, in formats ranging from duets to little big bands. The stately Mr. Carter will celebrate the week of his 80th birthday with concerts alongside an array of collaborators. On Tuesday, he’s in duo with the guitarist Bill Frisell; over the next four days, he will convene various quintets including the likes of Benny Golson, Kenny Barron and Renee Rosnes; and on May 7 he closes the run with his Golden Striker Trio, featuring Russell Malone on guitar and Donald Vega on piano.” (GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO-NYT)

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

>>George Garzone
>>Pat Martino
>>Art New York and Context New York
>>Jane’s Walk NYC 2017

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

George Garzone
Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia St./ 9PM, +10:30PM, $10
“A virtuosic Boston saxophonist of renowned stature, Garzone is also one of the vaunted teachers of his instrument—in short, a local legend. He brings a quartet of fine regional talent with him for this southerly visit, including the trumpeter Phil Grenadier and the bassist John Lockwood.” (NewYorker)

at Jazz at Lincoln Center, 7 and 9:30 p.m., $
“Mr. Scofield, a guitarist, has a tartly confectionary sound that’s both bendy and biting. It’s served him well over a four-decade career, and it won him three Grammys in the past two years. For these weekend shows, he’s borrowing a strategy from his dad-rock contemporaries: He will revisit two old albums, the funky “Blue Matter,” from 1987, and the drifting, acoustic “Quiet,” from 1996. For the “Blue Matter” repertoire he’ll be joined by the bassist Gary Grainger and the drummer Dennis Chambers — both of whom appeared on the album — and the pianist Jim Beard. For “Quiet,” he’ll convene a large ensemble featuring six reed and horn players, including the tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano. “ (GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO-NYT)

Pat Martino (May 04-06)
Iridium, 1650 Broadway, at 51st St./ 8:30, $35
“Through soul jazz, bebop, modal adventures, fusion, and beyond, Martino has taken his instrument on a roller coaster of stylistic twists and turns during his six-decade career, emerging as a patriarch of jazz guitar. A serious health crisis and determined recovery in the early eighties, which climaxed with him painstakingly relearning the guitar, may be a touchstone of his iconic legacy, but Martino doesn’t have to call on an inspirational backstory to dazzle.” (NewYorker)

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

Admire the work of established 20th century masters and emerging contemporary voices at this annual visual arts event. More than 200 galleries from cities all over the world ­­including New York, São Paulo, Paris, Warsaw, London, Berlin, and Guatemala City will participate.
The fair will also include interactive, site specific works as well as talks and book signings.
Make an arts extravaganza of it.
Frieze coincides with a slew of other visual arts events this weekend (see next item).
WHEN | Friday, May 5, to Sunday, May 7
WHERE , at Randall’s Island Park, 20 Randall’s Island
INFO $46 for adults; $25 for students and children 13 to 17.
(STAV ZIV – Newsday)


Art New York
Pier 94; 5pm; $40, students $25, seniors $25, multiday pass $75
“Paired with sister fair Context New York, Miami import Art New York brings more than 150 galleries representing nearly 1,200 modern and contemporary artists from 50 countries to Pier 94 during New York Art Week. During fair hours, courtesy shuttle service will run to Pier 94 from the Frieze Ferry at 35th Street.
Context New York
Pier 94; 5pm; $40, students $25, seniors $25, multiday pass $75
Sharing a space (and ticket) with Art New York, the Context New York art fair bills itself as a forum for dialogue between art collectors (even first-timers), galleries and artists. Stop by to check out 60 participating galleries offering work by emerging, midcareer, and cutting-edge talent.” (TONY mag)

Jane’s Walk NYC 2017
“Join The Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS) May 5-7th for Jane’ Walk 2017! For one weekend hundreds of New Yorkers will share their expertise and enthusiasm for their city by leading FREE walking tours.

Unless otherwise noted in the walk description, there is no advanced registration for Jane’s Walks. To attend, please meet the walk leader at the listed meeting location.

About Jane’s Walk
Celebrated in over 200 cities worldwide, Jane’s Walk is an annual festival of walking tours that honors the legendary urban activist Jane Jacobs. Hosted by MAS since 2011, Jane’s Walk NYC brings together thousands of New Yorkers for the largest festival in the world.”

Governors Island, Ball Fields (west side of island) / 10AM-6PM
“Kick off the season and celebrate diversity on Governors Island with colors, music and dance! Enjoy a day out with family and friends at this kid-friendly FREE admission event. Attendees enjoy a multi-cultural program on stage with live bands and dance performances while covering each other in colored powder. Food vendors carrying a variety of delicacies are featured and there is a kids area for children to engage and play in a festive environment.

Dance to the beats of live Indian drums (‘dhol’), enjoy eclectic music and dancers showcasing a variety of performances from Salsa, Jazz and African to Bhangra and Indian Classical. The festival is a truly diverse gathering and welcomes people from all backgrounds and ages. The recommended attire is white, as it gets messy and colorful, creating a stunning visual work of art.”

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:

PETER DREHER (thru May 20)
Koenig & Clinton, 459 West 19th Street

“Peter Dreher has spent much of his career producing thousands of high-concept but technically exacting oil portraits of an empty water glass. This 84-year-old German painter’s latest show at Koenig & Clinton collects seven decades’ worth of his treatment of skulls, instead.

The works range from a 1947 watercolor with an upward gaze of doomed innocence to six 10-foot-wide black-and-gray gouaches, made between 2005 and 2007, that manage to look equally like punk-chic bedspreads and coolly abstract reckonings with wartime atrocity. They have a strange, motion-activated flicker, their more or less reflective skulls passing in and out of view as you shift your position.

This subtle formal paradox — a suggestion that black and white, as equal partners in a singular action of contrast, are essentially interchangeable — is a good lead-in to the back room, which holds 15 recent head-on views. Painted in thin, overlapping layers of white gouache, these skulls look like X-rays printed on celluloid. They vary widely in their particulars: One has a jackal’s grimace and a cleft chin, another a severe underbite and eight separately articulated lower teeth. But hanging them all in a line makes those details read as passing accidents, like the constantly mutating patterns of a tide pool.

Standing in front of them, I had what felt like a Buddhist revelation: For a moment, I could see that impermanence was inextricable from form.” (WILL HEINRICH)


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). OR try the NYT recommendation: “When you’re done, adjourn to the newly renovated Bottino , the Chelsea art world’s unofficial canteen on 10th Avenue (btw 24/25 St.) “

For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see recent posts in right sidebar dated 05/04 and 05/02.

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