NYC Events,”Only the Best” (06/17) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s Super 7  NYC Events > SATURDAY/JUNE 17, 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:

Marilyn Maye (LAST DAY)
Metropolitan Room, 34 W. 22nd St./ 7PM, $35
“Posting herself at the crossroads where cabaret, jazz, and Broadway meet, the resilient octogenarian vocalist Maye embodies showbiz experience that seems unimaginable today—including seventy-six appearances on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.” She may be a throwback to another era, but her life force speaks firmly of the now.” (NewYorker)

This old babe is a special performer, catch her while you can.

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6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>L.A. Dance Project
>>Maria Grand
>>GEORGE COLEMAN QUARTET
>>Tierney Sutton
>>A Beginner’s Guide to All Things Whiskey
>>Chelsea “Best Exhibits” Gallery Tour
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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

L.A. Dance Project
Joyce Theater, 175 8th Ave/ 2PM, +8PM, $56-$81
“Benjamin Millepied, who turns forty this week, was an early star at the School of American Ballet and the New York City Ballet. He choreographed and danced in the notorious Black Swan, then married his screen colleague Natalie Portman. He founded this distinguished repertory troupe in Los Angeles in 2012, went off to a thorny three-year stint as director of the Paris Opera Ballet, and is now back in California, from whence he brings two programs of promising work. The first, opening Tuesday, June 13, includes Ohad Naharin’s Yag and two of Millepied’s own dances, the 2014 Hearts & Arrows and the world premiere of In Silence We Speak. The second bill, playing in repertory starting Wednesday, June 14, reprises Silence and features Justin Peck’s Murder Ballades, a MinEvent by Merce Cunningham, and Millepied’s Orpheus Highway.” (Elizabeth Zimmer, VillageVoice)

Maria Grand
at the Jazz Gallery / 7:30 and 9:30PM, $22
“On “TetraWind,” an EP released this year, Ms. Grand, 25, unfurls a teetering logic. She conjoins the spiky rhythms of Rashaan Carter’s bass with tilting sheets of harmony, built by her tenor saxophone, David Bryant’s keyboard and Roman Filiu’s alto saxophone. As an improviser, the Swiss-Argentine Ms. Grand is both measured and frank, often venturing into gentle provocation. She appears here with an eight-piece ensemble featuring Mr. Carter, Mr. Bryant and Mr. Filiu, as well as the percussionist Mauricio Herrera, the drummer Jeremy Dutton, the dancer Lucía Rodríguez and the rapper Amani Fela. On Saturday she will be joined by Rajna Swaminathan on the mridangam, a double-headed drum.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

GEORGE COLEMAN QUARTET
at Smoke Jazz Club, / 7PM and 9PM, $45
“A leading elder statesman in jazz, Mr. Coleman is known for his subtly adventurous solos, full of extended arpeggios; his keen but coolheaded tone; and a brief affiliation with the Miles Davis Quintet in the 1960s that jump-started his career. He didn’t record as a leader until the mid-1970s, but has released a steady stream of satisfying work ever since. Last year’s “A Master Speaks” was recorded at Smoke, and Mr. Coleman — a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master — returns to the club this weekend for a three-night run. He’s joined by the pianist Jeb Patton, the bassist John Webber and the drummer Joe Farnsworth.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

Tierney Sutton (LAST DAY)
Jazz Standard, 116 E. 27th St./ 7:30PM, $35
“Three years after she trained her sights on Joni Mitchell, with her 2013 musical mash note “After Blue,” the inclusive jazz vocalist Sutton put a personal spin on the work of Gordon Sumner with “The Sting Variations.” “Roxanne” didn’t make the cut, but such soundtrack-of-a-generation material as “Message in a Bottle” and “Fields of Gold” is given new life.” (NewYorker)

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

Elsewhere but this one definitely looks worth the detour:
A Beginner’s Guide to All Things Whiskey
Q.E.D., 27-16 23rd Ave., btw. 27th & 28th Sts., Astoria, Queens / 5-7PM, $40
“What’s the difference between Bourbon, Rye and Scotch? What is Moonshine, and where does it come from? What flavors should I expect in each style of whiskey? These answers and many more will be covered in this simple and comprehensive class exploring all things whiskey. It will discuss the history of the delicious brown booze and the proper ways in which to store, drink and enjoy it. Eliminating the confusion and frustration of what whiskeys to drink, will turn you into a happier and more savvy whiskey drinker.
Every student will get to taste four different types of whiskey!”

Chelsea “Best Exhibits” Gallery Tour
New York Gallery Tours, 1PM, +3:45PM, $25
“Highlights of this STUPENDOUS tour, featuring exhibits that appeared on our May and June “Best Exhibits” tours: (1) the most dazzling computer-driven light art show we’ve ever encountered, (2) astonishing photo-realistic paintings selling in the hundreds of thousands of dollars each, and (3) Oscar-winning actress Cate Blanchett starring in a 12-minute wild-and-crazy video art piece about a powerful woman, among 7 extraordinary shows.”

The tour will take place no matter what the weather – rain, snow or shine (the art is all indoors). Meet at 526 W. 26th St. between 10th & 11th Ave. Nearest subways: C- or E-Train to 23rd St. Admission is $25.

and don’t forget this continuing event, an eclectic extravaganza that is an annual highlight in Lower Manhattan –  the very lowest WestSide of Manhattan:

River To River Festival (June 14–25)
The 16th annual River To River Festival will have over 100+ performances — with 12 days of dance, music, theater and the visual arts activities. The festival will take place across 31 unique sites across Lower Manhattan and Governors Island.
TONIGHT: Catacomb by Beth Gill (June 17-19)
Federal Hall / 8PM
“Inspired by the imagination and subconscious, Catacomb is a dance by five performers inhabiting a dreamlike, sensory-rich world that draws the audience into an immersive act of witnessing. Gill creates an intimate, surrealist space building on the formalism of her past several works (Electric Midwife, New Work for the Desert), while forging new psychologically-informed terrain through explorations of role, gathering and layering of meaning and being, and ultimately, disappearance.”

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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 06/15 and 06/13.

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