Selected NYC Events (05/12) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s Super 7 NYC Events > FRIDAY/MAY 12, 2017

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

Lea Salonga (May 11-22)
Feinstein’s/54 Below, 254 W 54thSt./ 7PM, $95+
“The radiant star of Broadway’s Miss Saigon and Allegiance (and Disney’s Mulan and Aladdin) returns to the cabaret stage with a show that includes show tunes, standards and pop songs.” (TONY)

“After a sold-out engagement last April, Lea Salonga returns to Feinstein’s/54 Below with a show The New York Times called “one of the year’s most satisfying cabaret shows” and Theatermania touted as “unmissable”! Salonga smartly weaves together a set list of her favorite standards, go-to pop tunes, and Broadway ballads. This trio of piano, guitar, and voice ensures an intimate experience with a true Broadway icon. Salonga joins us for a record-breaking run of 15 performances this spring!”

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

>>VIJAY IYER TRIO
>>E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial in Concert
>>Juilliard Jazz Orchestra: Music of Duke Ellington
>>NYC Ballet
>>The Path Forward: Our Age of Anxiety
>>Food Book Fair

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

VIJAY IYER TRIO (May 9-14)
at the Village Vanguard / 8:30 and 10:30PM, $30
“The pianist, MacArthur fellow and Harvard professor Vijay Iyer has been performing steadily with his trio for about a decade. The group’s urgent flow and turbid harmonic beauty have made it one of the few obvious answers to the question, “What’s exciting in jazz today?” But astonishingly, it has never before played the Village Vanguard, a rite of passage in the music. Appearing here with Mr. Iyer, in twice-nightly performances Tuesday through May 14, are the bassist Stephan Crump and the drummer Tyshawn Sorey (who does not typically record with the trio, but will play in a sextet on Mr. Iyer’s next album).” (GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO-NYT)

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial in Concert
David Geffen Hall (at Lincoln Center)/ 7pm; $45–$125
“Forget the ride at Universal Studios: The best way to experience America’s favorite alien is with New York Philharmonic. Witness the spectacle of the Steven Spielberg classic as conductor David Newman and the NY Phil take on John Williams’ iconic score while the movie plays on the big screen.” (TONY)

Juilliard Jazz Orchestra: Music of Duke Ellington (May 11-14)
Dizzy’s Club, Jazz at Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $35
“The Juilliard School has been a destination for world-class music education since its founding, and these incredible young musicians will exemplify that legacy at Dizzy’s. The Juilliard Jazz Orchestra features some of the world’s most talented emerging jazz artists, many of whom are already professional musicians, and they are taught by some of today’s most active, innovative, and respected jazz musicians. No stranger to Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola (which they regularly sell out), the Orchestra has also performed at noted venues such as the Blue Note and Alice Tully Hall. These gifted young musicians are proof of jazz’s bright future, and they honor an essential part of its living legacy in this celebration of Duke Ellington.”

NYC Ballet (thru May 28)
NYS/DHK Theater, Lincoln Center / 8PM. $30+
“Of the works in City Ballet’s four-week Here/Now festival, those by Justin Peck, the company’s artist in residence, have been among the freshest — the most aligned with the festival’s title. On Friday Mr. Peck unveils his third collaboration with the indie composer Sufjan Stevens, “The Decalogue,” performed by 10 dancers to a commissioned score for solo piano. It repeats on Sunday, Thursday and May 20, sharing a bill with ballets by Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Jorma Elo and Peter Martins.” (GIA KOURLAS – NYT)

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

The Path Forward: Our Age of Anxiety
New York Public Library—476 Fifth Ave./ 6:30PM, FREE
“Taking as a starting point the W.H. Auden poem, New Yorker staff writer George Packer, National Review executive editor Reihan Salam, and president of The New York Public Library Anthony Marx get together to look at civics, politics, and the alienation conjured by our accelerated societal change.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

Food Book Fair
If you’re excited about all things food – eating talking about it reading books and magazines about it – then this annual event is for you. They will be workshops, panels, so launch, signage, cocktail hours, tastings, screenings, readings, meals and more. Participants include Mario Batali April Bloomfield Frank Bruni, Emma Staub.” (STAV ZIV-Newsday)
WHEN | WHERE Thursday, May 11, to Sunday, May 14,
the Ace Hotel, New York, 20 W. 29th St.
INFO $5­$150; foodbookfair.com.

And don’t forget this annual outer borough event:
Day 2 of Bronx Week 2017, which celebrates the citizens of the borough with events through May 21. Times and prices vary.
And while you are in the Bronx you won’t want to miss this:
CHIHULY (thru Oct.29)
New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd./ $20 to $25
“Step into the sublimely colorful mind of multimedia artist Dale Chihuly at this larger-than-life exhibition, where over twenty of the celebrated creators’ gigantic pieces will take over the 250-acre grounds of the New York Botanical Garden, with installations created especially for the exhibit. Don’t miss special after-dark hours to experience the glassworks illuminated.”
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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:

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)

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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). 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.) “

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For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see recent posts in right sidebar dated 05/10 and 05/08.

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