NYC Events,”Only the Best” (07/05) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s SWEET 6  NYC Events > WEDNESDAY/JULY 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-July”

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

The Django Reinhardt NY Festival All Stars
Birdland, 315 W. 44th St./ 8:30PM, +11PM, $50
“This annual celebration of the music and influence of the unparalleled Belgian Gypsy guitarist features such acolytes as the guitarist Samson Schmitt. Guest soloists include the saxophonist Grace Kelly and the vocalists Veronica Swift and Jazzmeia Horn.” (NewYorker)


5 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>Ryan Keberle & Catharsis
>>ABT Tchaikovsky Spectacular
>>Julius Caesar
>> New York Asian Film Festival


Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Ryan Keberle & Catharsis
JAZZ STANDARD, 7:30PM, 9:30PM; $25
“Ryan Keberle & Catharsis steer warily down the freedom highway on Find the Common, Shine a Light, which the trombonist wrote and recorded quickly in response to last year’s presidential coup. In the tradition of Charlie Haden’s Liberation Orchestra, Keberle often adds a subtle Latin tinge to rhythms of resistance, covering Jorge Drexler’s “Al Otro Lado del Rio” alongside Dylan’s “The Times They Are A-Changin’” and a handful of stately, stealthy originals (“Empathy,” “Mindfulness,” “Strength”). Keberle and trumpeter Mike Rodriguez hold down the front line in this pianoless combo, which also includes Chilean singer-guitarist Camila Meza, bassist Jorge Roeder, and drummer Eric Doob. The new album feels like a natural progression from last year’s Azul Infinito, which mapped out Keberle’s thoughtful relationship with Latin American sounds.” (Richard Gehr, Village Voice)

ABT Tchaikovsky Spectacular (July 03-08)
American Ballet Theatre The Metropolitan Opera House/ 2PM, +7:30PM, $22+
“No other composer in history has written more beloved music for the ballet than Pyotr Ilyitch Tchaikovsky. ABT presents a sparkling showcase of breathtaking athleticism and lyrical beauty in these works inspired by the composer’s genius:

Souvenir d’un lieu cher | Alexei Ratmansky (Company Premiere) Mozartiana | George Balanchine AfterEffect | Marcelo Gomes Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux | George Balanchine The Nutcracker pas de deux | Alexei Ratmansky Aurora’s Wedding from Ratmansky’s The Sleeping Beauty, including Bronislava Nijinska’s dances of The Three Ivans and Porcelain Trio”

Julius Caesar
“Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar took on unruly cultural relevance this summer with the controversy surrounding the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park production. If that brouhaha got you curious about how a four-hundred-year-old play can still shake people up, you may want to have a look at another provocative staging of Caesar happening this season. Shedding an explicit focus on contemporary politics, the company Pocket Universe has set the Bard’s tale in an all-girl high school. Conceived by Alyssa May Gold and directed by Katie Young, this production, with an all-female cast, wants to look at Shakespeare’s themes of power, betrayal, and friendship through the eyes of teenage girls. Eager to present a story that would leave the Bechdel test in its dust, this adaptation provides a window into the distinct psychological pressures created in a circle of ambitious young women.” (Nicole Serratore, Village Voice)

at the Iridium / 8 and 10PM, $
“The guitarist Allan Holdsworth, who died this year, applied a fluid and clement touch to his instrument, lending a humane appeal to a brand of jazz-rock fusion that otherwise might have been too esoteric or bombastic for most listeners. Although he never achieved broad stardom, his legato playing and protean harmonic flow influenced a generation of guitarists. Over three nights at the Iridium, a core ensemble featuring veterans of Holdsworth’s band will be joined by esteemed guitarists from the worlds of jazz, metal and fusion: Nir Felder, Alex Skolnick, Alex Machacek and Tim Miller.” (NYT- GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

An evening of Latin dance music on the High Line, at 16th Street in Chelsea. 6PM, FREE
But get there early, to get in.

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


Let’s not forget this marvelous continuing event from The Film Society Lincoln Center :

New York Asian Film Festival (thru July 16)

“Catch more than 50 new films, including blockbusters, art films and beautiful historical dramas, plus appearances from more than 20 international filmmakers at this 17-day festival. This year’s stellar lineup, which features films hailing from Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, China and Southeast Asia, features films like Chinese romance Soul Mate on July 7, fantastical Japanese drama Vanishing Time: a Boy Who Returned on July 13, and wraps with the U.S. premiere of Jung Byung-gil’s acclaimed assassin film, The Villainess, on July 16.” (TONY)

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:



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 07/03 and 07/01.

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