Selected NYC Events (05/24) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s Elite 8 NYC Events > WEDNESDAY/MAY 24, 2017

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

The Morse Historic Design Lecture with Victor Goines
Cooper Hewitt, National Design Museum, 2 E 91st St./6:30PM, $20
“Celebrated jazz musician and composer Victor Goines will expand on key aesthetic and cultural themes of The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s to explore the innovative and evolving forms of jazz during the decade. Goines will also perform original compositions inspired by objects in the exhibition.”

Garden Reception and Exhibition Viewing: 6:30 p.m.; Lecture: 7 p.m.


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

>>“Honoring Danny Gatton”
>>Old Crow Medicine Show
>>Marissa Mulder: Marilyn in Fragments
>>American Ballet Theatre and NYC Ballet
>>Bianca Bosker with Maria Konnikova: Cork Dork
>>Jai Guru Dev: Great Writers on Great Beatles Songs
>>Farm to Market to Table: Where our Food Come From and Where It’s Headed
>>PLUS Mad. Sq. Eats


Music, Dance, Performing Arts

“Honoring Danny Gatton”
Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St./ 9:30PM, $25
“Every major city probably has its own fabled guitarist—a scene pillar who, though revered by locals, is basically unknown to the wider world. The Washington, D.C., legend Danny Gatton was one such figure: a stupefyingly gifted player, equally adept at blues, rock and roll, country, and jazz, whose limited career ended with his suicide, in 1994, at the age of forty-nine. Joel Harrison, who soaked up inspiration from the master firsthand, has organized a long overdue tribute that includes such Gatton devotees as Oz Noy, Pete McCann, Anthony Pirog, and Brandon Seabrook.” (NewYorker)

Old Crow Medicine Show
The Town Hall, 8PM, $35–$45
“Old Crow Medicine Show share a long history with Bob Dylan. Their 2004 blockbuster “Wagon Wheel,” arguably the most pervasive country standard of this century, was based on an unfinished demo Dylan discarded in the Seventies, and the band reworked yet another half-finished Dylan tune into “Sweet Amarillo” (off their 2014 album Remedy). But the group’s Dylan infatuation has never been fleshed out more literally than it is on their latest collection, a note-for-note channeling of the laureate’s 1966 Blonde on Blonde. O.C.M.S’s rendering of the record accentuates the country roots of Dylan’s legendary double LP, originally recorded in Nashville with longtime session pros. This week, the affable veteran string-band brings their Blonde on Blonde recreation to the Town Hall, a mainstay of the Sixties folk-revival scene that Dylan had long since discarded by the time he headed to Nashville to paint his fourteen-song masterpiece.
(Jonathan Bernstein, VillageVoice)

Marissa Mulder: Marilyn in Fragments
Laurie Beechman Theatre at the West Bank Cafe, 407 W 42nd St. (btw 9/10 ave) / 9:30PM, $20 (not sure if this show is going on. best try 212-352-3101 to confirm)
next performance will be Monday, Jume 26 – get your tickets now.

“As comfortable singing Tom Waits as she is singing Noël Coward, the winsomely natural Mulder is one of the cabaret world’s biggest breakout successes of the past five years. Her new set is devoted to the fractured image of Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe.” (TONY)

“If you imagined that at this late date there’s nothing left to say about Marilyn Monroe, you may want to think again. In “Marilyn in Fragments,” a compressed one-hour show , the rising cabaret singer Marissa Mulder wove passages from Monroe’s diaries and 20 songs into a compelling portrait of the star in a confessional mood.” Stephen Holden, The New York Times

PLUS, for the remainder of May it is dueling ballet companies, as the city’s two major companies, A.B.T. and New York City Ballet, face off at Lincoln Center – only in NY.

American Ballet Theatre (thru July 08)
Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center / May 23, 7:30PM, $22+
“Alexei Ratmansky’s new two-act ballet, Whipped Cream, set to Richard Strauss’s 1924 “Schlagobers,” had its world premiere in Costa Mesa, California, on March 15, and was immediately hailed as a triumph of stylish kitsch — “culture marketed for shopping,” in the sage language of Times critic Alastair Macaulay. Ratmansky, a 48-year-old native of Ukraine who’s been ABT’s artist in residence since 2009, seems to be making a career of rehabilitating lost ballet scores, turning them into American masterpieces; here he takes a German composer’s neglected work and makes a confection for this moment. Whipped Cream, designed by Mark Ryden, makes its first local appearances May 22–24, and returns later in the season (June 26–July 1) for a weeklong run.” (Elizabeth Zimmer, VillageVoice)
NYC Ballet (thru May 28)
NYS/DHK Theater, Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, $30+
“The Here/Now Festival is nearly over, which means one thing: It’s time to wipe the stage clean with the season’s glorious closer, George Balanchine’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” This 1962 ballet, filled with fairies and butterflies — and, of course, the antics of that mischievous goofball Puck — brings Shakespeare to dancing life in a beloved two-act production that starts out with arguments and misunderstandings and ends with a double wedding. For his version, Balanchine, who played an elf in a St. Petersburg production as a child, choreographed one of his most romantic pas de deux; this serene look at love is a jewel within a jewel.” (GIA KOURLAS – NYT)

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

Bianca Bosker with Maria Konnikova: Cork Dork
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave./ 7PM, $32
“It’s “the Kitchen Confidential of wine,” said Madeline Puckette. “A brilliant feat of screwball participatory journalism,” wrote Jay McInerney. “I love this book,” said Mary Roach. Reading it is “like sitting down with a brilliant, curious friend for an after-work drink, and suddenly finding it’s midnight and the table is littered with bottles,” said Lauren Collins.

Cork Dork, Bianca Bosker’s memoir of hunting down the true inside story of wine, is an oenophile’s delight. Enjoy a glass of wine while Bianca talks with bestselling author Maria Konnikova about her wild journey into the wine industry and how she learned that tasting better can help us all live better. There will be a book signing following this event.”

Jai Guru Dev: Great Writers on Great Beatles Songs | Book Launch: In Their Lives
Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W. 17th St./ 7PM, $35
“In December 1969, The Beatles released their song “Across the Universe,” with the phrase of thanks “Jai Guru Dev, Om” concluding each verse. For many listeners, it was their first exposure to the sacred syllable OM. That song, along with other Beatles classics, helped introduce Eastern spirituality to mainstream Western culture and encouraged countless listeners to transform their consciousness.

To mark the publication of Andrew Blauner’s In Their Lives: Great Writers on Great Beatles Songs, Shawn Colvin, David Duchovny, Rick Moody, Jon Pareles, Francine Prose, and others share their thoughts on The Beatles’ legacy and why their songs continue to impact our culture.”

Farm to Market to Table: Where our Food Come From and Where It’s Headed
92Y, Lexington ave @ 92nd St. / 8:00PM, $32 ​
“Superstar Farm-to-table guru Dan Barber and legendary food writer/editor/critic Ruth Reichl join James Beard award-winning author Michael Ruhlman — who recently immersed himself in the world of grocery stores for his new book Grocery to try to understand our national obsession with food — for a conversation about where our food comes from, how it is marketed to us, what is good for us and how we can become more enlightened consumers.”

PLUS Mad. Sq. Eats (thru Jun 03)
General Worth Square; starts 11am; free access
“Twice a year, this outdoor food fest brings buzzworthy bites from the city’s best restaurants to Worth Square in the Flatiron District. Best eats include Roberta’s sensational pizza, MeltKraft grilled cheese sandwiches and cheesesteaks by the Truffleist. The one-stop shop for the tastiest grub in town will be available every day until June 3, so make sure to wear your stretchy pants.” (TONY)

The great food options here along with the lovely Madison Square Park across the street make an unbeatable combo.

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 Yorker really likes:

Alex Katz (thru June 30)
Taylor 16×34, 515 W19th St. Chelsea
“As a student at Cooper Union, in 1946, Katz was struggling in drawing class, so he started sketching people wherever he went. The pocket-size results, exhibited here together for the first time, are an illuminating example of the contest between an aspiring artist’s attempt to capture every detail of what he’s seeing and the confident ease with which, as a mature painter, Katz came to encapsulate faces and gestures. In one drawing, a pair of women and a pair of men sit kibbitzing on benches in Union Square; Katz captures all four physiognomies and expressions—from a querulous, sharp-nosed woman to a sympathetic, shovel-chinned man—with vigilant specificity.” (NewYorker)


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 05/22 and 05/20.

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