NYC Events,”Only the Best” (06/11) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s Super 7  NYC Events > SUNDAY/JUNE 11, 2017

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

Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg / “Red Giselle” (Jun 09-11)
City Center, 31 W. 55th St./ 8PM, $60+
“The Russian choreographer Boris Eifman has built a huge following, particularly in Russia, entranced by his acrobatic and emotionally extreme style. In his 1997 portrait of the legendary Russian ballerina Olga Spessitseva, he finds a subject well suited to his operatic approach: a great but fragile artist’s descent into madness. The metaphor of “Giselle”—the tale of a young woman who dies of heartbreak and becomes a troubled spirit—is a central plot device. (Spessitseva was famous for her depiction of Giselle.) The recorded score consists of bits of Tchaikovsky, Schnittke, and Bizet.” (NewYorker)

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6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>Hiromi & Edmar Castaneda Duet
>>SARA SERPA AND ANDRÉ MATOS
>>FEIST
>>Northside Festival
>>Big Apple BBQ
>>Green Festival Expo
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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Hiromi & Edmar Castaneda Duet (June 06-11)
Blue Note , / 8:00PM, +10:30PM, $30-$45
“Japan has produced an impressive assemblage of jazz pianists; from Toshiko Akiyoshi and Makoto Ozone to Junko Onishi. And now, well into the change of the 21st century, the pianist/composer Hiromi Uehara is the latest in that line of amazing musicians. Ever since the 2003 release of her debut Telarc CD Another Mind, Hiromi has electrified audiences and critics east and west, with a creative energy that encompasses and eclipses the boundaries of jazz, classical and pop parameters; taking improvisation and composition to new heights of complexity and sophistication. Her new CD, Alive, her ninth as a leader, features her critically-acclaimed Trio Project, consisting of contrabass guitarist Anthony Jackson (Steely Dan, Paul Simon, Michel Camilo, The OJays, and Chick Corea) and drummer Simon Phillips (Toto, The Who, Judas Priest, David Gilmour, and Jack Bruce).

“Hiromi is one of the most remarkable pianists of the past half century.” All Music

SARA SERPA AND ANDRÉ MATOS
at Joe’s Pub / 7:30PM, $15
“Ms. Serpa, a Portuguese vocalist, typically sings wordless original compositions, improvising with a shapely logic that blurs the lines between what’s composed and what’s extrapolated. The guitarist Mr. Matos has been her creative partner for many years; here they perform with the cellist Erik Friedlander, the violist Joanna Mattrey and the drummer Devin Gray.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

FEIST (June 10-12)
at the Town Hall / 8PM, $40-60
“The Canadian singer-songwriter Feist prefers not to rush her art. Four years elapsed between the breakthrough pop success of her 2007 album, “The Reminder,” and her next release, “Metals”; another six went by before she returned this spring with her latest album, “Pleasure,” a work of slow-burning beauty. These shows promise to be well worth the wait for Feist’s patient fans.” (NYT-SIMON VOZICK-LEVINSON)

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:

Northside Festival
“This weekend, for the ninth year running, North Brooklyn’s Northside Festival of music and innovation will showcase a range of local and touring acts at venues across Williamsburg, Bushwick, and Greenpoint. Northside is probably best known for its outdoor shows in McCarren Park, where some of the fest’s most famous acts perform. This year is no different: Brooklyn’s own avant-popsters Dirty Projectors, who released their excellent, searingly personal new album in February, take that stage on Thursday, while r&b heartthrob Miguel turns up the heat on Saturday. Perhaps Northside’s biggest strength, however, is its emphasis on acts at smaller venues. One option for a more intimate experience is the ambient legend William Basinksi, who plays Williamsburg arts space National Sawdust (with Julianna Barwick’s meditative looping opening). Harder-edged fare is available as well: communist punk provocateurs Downtown Boys at Saint Vitus, or a celebration of Brooklyn label Sacred Bones’ tenth anniversary at Brooklyn Bazaar.” (Sophie Weiner, Village Voice)

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

Big Apple BBQ (also Sunday)
Madison Square Park; 11am; free entry, fast pass $150
“The only big apple you’ll find here will be jammed inside a swine’s mouth—where fruit belongs. Fifteen pitmasters from across the nation bring their best barbecue offerings to the two-day cookout. There’s free entry to the block party, where you can enjoy the sounds of live bands and pony up a small fee for each plate of the smoky goods. True ’cue lovers may have a hard time stopping at just one.” (TONY)

Green Festival Expo (also Sunday)
Javits Center; 10am; single-day pass $12, run of show $32
“Consider this expo your crash course on how to go green in an urban environment. The festival welcomes sustainable-living aficionados to help attendees discover thousands of green products from the worlds of fashion, wellness, transportation and more. In addition to noshing on healthy eats at the Vegan/Vegetarian Food Court, you can check out hands-on demos, take a yoga or meditation class at the Gita Nagari Yoga Pavilion and listen to talks with over 50 speakers, including Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman.” (TONY)

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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 06/09 and 06/07.

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