NYC Events,”Only the Best” (06/05) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s Fab 5  NYC Events > MONDAY/JUNE 05, 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:

Taste of Times Square 5-9PM
46th Street between Broadway and 10th Avenue (including historic Restaurant Row).
Festival admission is free. Each “taste” ticket is $1 with dishes ranging from 2-6 tickets.
“Enjoy a world of flavors from Times Square’s top restaurants and live performances from a selection of New York City musicians. Over 50 of our best restaurants offer their finest tastes from around the globe at Taste of Times Square.”

I know you’re skeptical. Times Square restaurants?
We’re not talking Olive Garden or TGIF. Try perfectly grilled Italian marinade lamb chops from The Palm West Side, or Rigatoni Bolognese from Orso, or Prime beef sliders with a side sweet potato casserole from Ruth’s Chris Steak House. Finish up with The Full Scoop – malted ice cream with sea salt caramel from Ice & Vice.
Over 50 mostly great restaurants, this is my favorite food festival all year – don’t miss it.

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

>>The Worlds of Lerner and Loewe
>>School of American Ballet
>>Bob Dylan at Gerde’s Folk City
>>The History of Garlic: From Medicine to Marinara

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Lyrics & Lyricists: From Camelot to California—The Worlds of Lerner and Loewe
92nd Street Y / 2PM, +7:30PM, $58+
“Broadway music director Rob Berman hosts the latest edition of the 92nd Street Y’s estimable Lyrics & Lyricists series. This episode is devoted to songs by the team of Alan Jay Lerner and Fredrick Loewe (My Fair Lady). The singers are Chuck Cooper, Lilli Cooper, Ryan Silverman and erstwhile A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder costars Bryce Pinkham and Lauren Worsham.” (TONY)

School of American Ballet
at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater, Lincoln Center/ 7PM, Benefit Performance, $125
“This New York City Ballet-affiliated school will present its end-of-the-year workshop performances on Saturday and Monday, an anticipated showcase now in its fifth decade. The program features Christopher Wheeldon’s “Scènes de Ballet,” created for students at the school in 1999 and an instant hit, and Peter Martins’s “Hallelujah Junction” (2001; set to music by John Adams, it features two pianos onstage). But beyond the opportunity to see ballet’s next generation, the main highlight is George Balanchine’s “Scotch Symphony” (1952), staged by the school’s esteemed Suki Schorer and Susan Pilarre. Chances are, it will sparkle with new life.” (GIA KOURLAS-NYT)

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

The History of the World in 100 Performances with Adam Gopnik:
Bob Dylan at Gerde’s Folk City
With special guests The Tallest Man on Earth and Paul Muldoon
David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, FREE, better get there early to get a seat.
“Before he was a Nobel laureate, he was a young, double-talking Woody Guthrie devotee from Minnesota. A show at a Greenwich Village café and a positive review in the New York Times would change everything. In the latest installment of his beloved series that investigates essential cultural moments, New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik with guest artists including The Tallest Man on Earth and poet Paul Muldoon dig into the legendary performance.”

The History of Garlic: From Medicine to Marinara
The New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Ave./ 6PM, $15
“In Sarah Lohman’s new book, Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine, Lohman traces the origins of the eight most popular flavors in American cooking, looks at the people that brought them to this country, and explores how they shaped American cuisine. Working with the archives at The New York Academy of Medicine, Lohman will explore how Americans shifted from using garlic as a medicine to treat maladies as varied as tuberculosis and hemorrhoids, to consuming two pounds of garlic per capita per year in the 21st century. We’ll even explore modern day medical trials to see if garlic’s healing properties are fact or fiction.”

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and don’t forget this continuing event, an eclectic extravaganza that is an annual highlight for the very Upper WestSide of Manhattan:

2017 Uptown Arts Stroll
“The 2017 Uptown Arts Stroll is kicking off with a bang. Since 2003, this annual showcase has offered a variety of arts and cultural events in Washington Heights, Inwood and West Harlem; in addition to performances, it’s presenting art exhibitions, literary events and open studios.” (untappedcities)

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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 06/03 and 06/01.

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