NYC Events,”Only the Best” (06/29) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s Super 7 NYC Events > THURSDAY/JUNE 29, 2017

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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:

Barb Jungr: Float Like a Butterfly—The Sting Project
Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater / 7PM, $25
“One of the world’s great cabaret singers, England’s Barb Jungr is a genuine original, deploying warmth, high drama and sensitive musicality to reinvent everything she sings. Her supple and versatile voice glows like a hearth on a winter’s day, and her emotional intelligence is faultless: She knows just how a song should feel. In her latest set, she teams up with musical director John McDaniel (The Rosie O’Donnell Show) to explore the oeuvre of Police man turned solo superstar Sting.” (TONY)


6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>Jody Oberfelder Dance Projects: The Brain Piece
>>Dr. Lonnie Smith
>>Whipped Cream
>>R&B Festival at MetroTech 2017
>>The Making of Jane Austen
>>2017 Independence Celebration

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Jody Oberfelder Dance Projects: The Brain Piece
“Seventy-two spectators at a time will experience Jody Oberfelder’s The Brain Piece, second in a series that began in 2013 with 4Chambers, a study of the human heart. A cast of fifteen performers and collaborators leads attendees through backstage labyrinths and confronts them one-on-one in the lobby and the theater; a clever film by Oberfelder and Eric Siegel, Dance of the Neurons, demonstrates the ways nuggets of information travel around in our craniums. Set designers Juergen Riehm, Penelope Phy, and Tina Kindermann, and lighting designer Kate Bashore, create the frame for the work, which also has a scent consultant; six composers and two sound designers contribute to the mix, along with a bevy of neuroscientists. Be ready to climb stairs, wander hallways, and have “a heightened subjective experience of the brain.” (Elizabeth Zimmer, VillageVoice)

Dr. Lonnie Smith (June 27-July 2.)
Jazz Standard, 116 E. 27th St./ 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $30
“He can get old-school funky and he can get in-the-moment weird, and that’s why we love Dr. Smith, one of the official masters of the jazz electric organ. The turbaned one celebrates his seventy-fifth birthday in a trio setting for the first three nights, then concludes the engagement in charge of an octet complete with horns and a singer.” (NewYorker)

“Jazz is American Classical,” declares Dr. Lonnie Smith, “and this music is a reflection of what’s hap­pening at the time. The organ is like the sunlight, rain and thunder – it’s all the worldly sounds to me!” An authentic master and guru of the Hammond B–3 for over five decades, the Doctor has been featured on over 70 albums, and has recorded and performed with a virtual “Who’s Who” of jazz, blues and R&B giants. He’s performed on our stage with a trio, quartet, octet, and big band – so where better to celebrate his 75th birthday but right back here at Jazz Standard? This gala six–night stand promises to be a highlight of New York’s jazz summer season, with two all-star bands made up of old and new collaborators alike. “Lonnie Smith is still at the top of his game,” wrote Greg Boraman for the website of the BBC. “His blues are powerful without being mawkish, his jazz adept and tasteful, his funk chops always an example to others.” (JazzStandard)

Whipped Cream (June 26 – July 1)
Metropolitan Opera House / 7:30PM, $22+
“A dollop of delightful whimsy, this thoroughly inventive full-length premiere springs from the imagination of Artist-in-Residence Alexei Ratmansky and pop surrealist visionary Mark Ryden. In this fantastical confection, a young boy overindulges at a Viennese pastry shop and falls into a delirium. To help him escape from his attending physician, the boy dreams of his triumphant rescue by Princess Praline and her court, including Princess Tea Flower and Prince Coffee, as well as marching Marzipan, with a festive celebration in conclusion. As light as meringue, Richard Strauss’s score is the perfect inspiration for this all-new production destined to delight ballet fans of all ages.”

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:
R&B Festival at MetroTech 2017
MetroTech Commons; 12PM, FREE
“You just can’t beat summer in NYC. Where else can you catch an outdoor performance from the likes of John Hammond, Sinkane, Tank and the Bangas and Preservation Hall Jazz Band free of charge on your lunch break? Take full advantage, New Yorkers, BAM’s midday music series goes down every Thursday.” (TONY)

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

Author @ the Library:
The Making of Jane Austen
with Devoney Looser, a professor of English at Arizona St. University.
Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 Fifth Ave./ 6:30PM, FREE
“This illustrated lecture tells new stories about how Jane Austen (1775-1817) was made into an international literary icon in the two centuries after her death.”

Elsewhere, but this is a Grucci firework show, always worth the detour:
2017 Independence Celebration
Astoria Park; 7:30PM, FREE
“Queens Symphony Orchestra will start off this early July 4th celebration with a concert on the green, followed by a spectacular show brought to you by Fireworks by Grucci, currently the Guinness World Record holder for largest fireworks display ever recorded.”

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 06/27 and 06/25.

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