NYC Events,”Only the Best” (05/30) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s Super 7 NYC Events > TUESDAY/MAY 30, 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-June”

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

World Science Festival | Opening Night: Time, Creativity, and the Cosmos
Jazz at Lincoln Center, Rose Hall/Time Warner Center, 5th Floor / 7PM, $50+
“It’s the opening night of the tenth World Science Festival, which celebrates science through discussions, explorations, performances and more. This year’s festivities begin with Time, Creativity, and the Cosmos, a night of eclectic performances, featuring works from famed violinist Joshua Bell, renowned opera star Renée Fleming and others.” (untappedcities.com)

“The tenth World Science Festival opens with a new work celebrating the human spirit of exploration, discovery, and creativity. Told by acclaimed physicist Brian Greene as a cosmic journey that wends its way from the Big Bang to the end of time, the evening features an exceptional and eclectic group of performers including famed violinist Joshua Bell, renowned opera star Renée Fleming, and the innovative dance troupe Pilobolus, among others. The evening is a celebration of science and art examining our collective longing to transcend the boundaries of space and time.”

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

>>Louis Hayes: Serenade for Horace Silver
>>FRIGHTENED RABBIT AND TORRES
>>American Ballet Theatre 
>>CAMILA MEZA AND THE NECTAR ORCHESTRA
>>Casey Stengel: Baseball’s Greatest Character 
>>Manhattanhenge
>>PLUS Mad. Sq. Eats

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Louis Hayes: Serenade for Horace Silver (May 29 – 31)
Dizzy’s Club, / 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $35
“With drummer Louis Hayes, saxophonist Abraham Burton, trumpeter Josh Evans, vibraphonist Steve Nelson, pianist David Bryant, and bassist Dezron Douglas

Master musician Louis Hayes is one of the most prolific jazz drummers of all time. While still in his teens in 1956, Louis Hayes moved to New York and joined the Horace Silver Quintet, spending the following years working with greats like John Coltrane and Curtis Fuller, and then joining Cannonball Adderley’s quintet in 1959. He has since become one of the most recorded drummers in history and one of the players most successful in navigating the changes in jazz since the hard bop era.

Though his résumé also includes working with Sonny Rollins, Dizzy Gillespie, Yusef Lateef, Ravi Shankar, J.J. Johnson, Ray Brown, Wes Montgomery, and countless more, he has spent the last several decades as a leader, mobilizing some of the tightest and most cohesive groups in the business. Tonight’s band is no exception. Expect a festive three nights as we celebrate Hayes’ 80th birthday and his Blue Note album release.”

FRIGHTENED RABBIT AND TORRES
at Brooklyn Steel / 7:30PM, $35
“Straightforward, soaring indie rock is in many ways a less popular sound than it was a decade ago, but Frightened Rabbit has broken through by steadfastly honing its chops on tours with giants of the genre like Death Cab for Cutie and the National. (The group’s most recent album, the moody “Painting of a Panic Attack,” drew strong reviews when it was released last year.) The singer-songwriter Torres, whose grunge-leaning music makes for spellbinding live shows, is a well-chosen opening act.” (SIMON VOZICK-LEVINSON-NYT)

CAMILA MEZA AND THE NECTAR ORCHESTRA
at the Jazz Gallery / 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $15
“The guitarist and vocalist Camila Meza, who hails from Chile but lives in New York, allows harmonic development to guide the weaving momentum of her compositions. She belongs to a small crowd of singer-songwriters in the city who write mostly acoustic music that’s informed by indie rock, North and South American folk, and some contemporary jazz. (Others you might have heard: Becca Stevens, Alan Hampton, Gretchen Parlato.) Here, Ms. Meza will debut fresh material with a new group, the Nectar Orchestra, which is one-half jazz combo and one-half string quartet.” (GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO – NYT)

American Ballet Theatre (thru July 08)
Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, $22+
“The company continues its spring season with performances of “Giselle,” through Wednesday, and Alexei Ratmansky’s “The Golden Cockerel,” based on Michel Fokine’s 1914 original, beginning on Thursday. This weekend brings a flurry of New York debuts in the leading roles of “Giselle,” including Misty Copeland and Alban Lendorf (Friday), Sarah Lane and Daniil Simikin (Saturday afternoon), and Gillian Murphy (Saturday evening). Ms. Murphy will dance alongside the consummately princely David Hallberg, in his first season back after a long recovery from injury.” (NYT-SIOBHAN BURKE)

Tonight: Giselle – “The epitome of Romantic ballet, this heart-rending tale of unrequited love, remorse, and forgiveness perfectly fuses music, movement, and drama. The role of Giselle requires an exquisite stylist with daring dramatic and technical skills, creating a compelling portrait of the innocent, yet ultimately noble, village maiden. In this universally acclaimed production, ABT’s unrivalled roster of international ballet stars brings Giselle’s mystery and ethereal beauty vividly to life.”

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

Casey Stengel: Baseball’s Greatest Character
Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 Fifth Ave./ 6:30PM, FREE
“With Marty Appel, a former Yankee public relations director, television executive producer, and author.

This lecture paints an intimate portrait of a private man who was larger than life and remains the embodiment of the national pastime.”

Manhattanhenge
American Museum of Natural History; 7pm; $15
“Witness the perfect alignment of the sun on Manhattan’s east and west streets, with a planetarium show and explanation from astrophysicist Jackie Faherty.” (TONY)

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.

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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 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)

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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 05/28 and 05/26.

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