NYC Events,”Only the Best” (07/23) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s Super 7 NYC Events > SUNDAY/JULY 23, 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”
It’s the most comprehensive list of top events this month that you’ll find anywhere.

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

Jewels
NYS/DHK Theater, Lincoln Center / 2:30PM, $75+
“Fifty years after its premiere at Lincoln Center, three of the world’s most celebrated ballet companies come together for a once-in-a-lifetime presentation of George Balanchine’s masterpiece, Jewels. For five performances on the same stage where it was premiered, the Paris Opera Ballet embodies Emeralds. New York City Ballet and the Bolshoi alternate Rubies and Diamonds, illuminating the different facets of Balanchine’s masterpiece like the sun catching on one of its namesake gems.

The three-part, evening-length work traces Balanchine’s life and loves. Emeralds, set to Fauré, evokes the mystery and grace of France. Fueled by Stravinsky, Rubies crackles with jazz-inflected wit and sass, channeling the mid-century audacity of Manhattan. And breathtaking from the moment the lights go up, Diamonds conjures the grandeur of Imperial Russia, set to Tchaikovsky’s lush Third Symphony.”

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6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>Summergarden: New Music for New York
>>Ramin Karimloo
>>DIZZY GILLESPIE BIG BAND
>>Ben Allison & Think Free
>>MARY HALVORSON OCTET
>>Le Corps Sonore: The Artists’ Process
++ continuing events:
>>‘THE ART OF WATCHES’
>>‘UP CLOSE: MICHELANGELO’S SISTINE CHAPEL’
>>Seaport Food Lab

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Summergarden: New Music for New York
MOMA, The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden / 8PM, FREE
Entrance to Summergarden is through the Sculpture Garden gate on West 54 Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues.
Tonight: Juilliard Concert II: New Music for String Quartet
With The Verona Quartet
“The Museum of Modern Art established Summergarden in 1971. In keeping with MoMA’s history of presenting jazz and classical music in the Sculpture Garden, this year’s concert series once again welcomes the participation of The Juilliard School and Jazz at Lincoln Center. Titled New Music for New York, the series comprises four evenings of adventurous contemporary music, with premieres each night.”

Ramin Karimloo (also Monday)
BB King Blues Club, 237 W 42nd St. / 8PM, $45
“Having played the titular sensitive masked killer in The Phantom of the Opera and its ill-fated West End sequel, Love Never Dies, this Iranian-Canadian theater vocalist currently stars as the hunky heavy in Broadway’s Anastasia. At this B.B. King show, expect selections from his 2012 debut Human Heart.” (TONY)

DIZZY GILLESPIE BIG BAND
Blue Note / 8PM, +10:30PM, $30-$45
“History has produced its share of great artists and great people. John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie was both. As a performer, he left behind an incredible record of innovation and inspiration; as a composer, a broad repository of musical masterpieces; and as a man, a legion of friends, colleagues, and compatriots who remember him with the same degree of love and esteem they reserve for his work.

The Dizzy Gillespie Big Band is a direct descendant of Gillespie’s musical ventures. The group has featured some of Dizzy’s closest compatriots and all of them are outstanding band leaders, educators, and recording artists in their own right.

The band debuted in 1998. Together they continue to delight audiences around the world with the enduring power and freshness of Gillespie’s music. These groups are the legacy the master would have wanted, and they serve as a living tribute from extraordinary musicians who exemplify his style, range, and commitment.”

Ben Allison & Think Free
Jazz Standard / 7:30PM, 9:30PM, $30
“Ben Allison’s bands are built on the thrills of interplay, but a fetching simplicity has marked the bassist-composer’s music ever since he dropped his Seven Arrows debut in the mid-Nineties. Umpteen albums later, that mix of pop pith and jazz extrapolation gooses the action on Layers of the City, a new quintet date that’s emblematic of Allison’s p.o.v. The intricacy in play is delivered with a fully focused ease; whether it’s a swampy groove supporting a gurgling trumpet drone or an inventive and poised refraction of John McLaughlin’s “Follow Your Heart,” the dude’s stuff flows in a kaleidoscopic way. Bet the tension sounds a bit like release at this three-night stand.” (Jim Macnie, VillageVoice)

MARY HALVORSON OCTET (LAST DAY)
at the Village Vanguard / 8:30 and 10:30PM, $30
“Ms. Halvorson’s guitar sound is so distinctive — coiled and tart; unwieldy; both tinny and wooden — that you might wonder how it would fit in a relatively large ensemble. And how could she possibly arrange music for such a band that would both adhere to and expand that idiosyncratic sound? With her octet she accomplishes both those things, as proved on the band’s 2016 debut, “Away With You.” Most of that album’s personnel will join here: Jonathan Finlayson on trumpet, Jon Irabagon on alto saxophone, Ingrid Laubrock on tenor saxophone, Jacob Garchik on trombone, Susan Alcorn on pedal steel guitar, Chris Lightcap on bass, and Ches Smith on drums.” (GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO – NYT)

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

Le Corps Sonore: The Artists’ Process
Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W. 17th St./ 2PM, $20
“The site-specific installation Le Corps Sonore, which makes the museum space itself an instrument of transformation, is the centerpiece of the Rubin’s exhibition The World Is Sound. In this conversation moderated by curator Risha Lee, artists Laetitia Sonami, Bob Bielecki, and Éliane Radigue (via Skype from Paris, France) will discuss their creation, its connection with Tibetan Buddhist philosophy, its interaction with other works of art in the museum, and its place in their long careers as artists and innovators of electronic music and sound art.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

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Let’s not forget these marvelous continuing events:

‘THE ART OF WATCHES’ (LAST DAY)
“Swiss watchmaker Patek Philippe has been practicing its art and science for 178 years. Now, visitors can immerse themselves in the past and present of the company’s timekeeping traditions with historical timepieces ­­ such as the astronomical pocket watch, pictured ­­ and their contemporary counterparts. The exhibition inhabits several rooms of a two­ story structure set up within Cipriani specifically for the occasion.” (STAV ZIV, Newsday)
WHEN | WHERE Thursday, July 13, thru July 23 at Cipriani 42nd Street, 110 E. 42nd St.
INFO FREE; 212-­218-­1240, patek.com

‘UP CLOSE: MICHELANGELO’S SISTINE CHAPEL’  (LASTDAY)
“You don’t have to travel all the way to Rome to experience the masterpieces Michelangelo painted on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. This immersive exhibit is comprised of 34 high­ quality reproductions nearly the size of the originals, presented to allow for close observation. Follow an audio guide, or contemplate in silence.” (STAV ZIV, Newsday)
WHEN | WHERE Friday, June 23, through July 23 in The Oculus at Westfield World Trade Center, 186 Greenwich St.
INFO $20; westfield.com/upclose ­­

Seaport Food Lab
203 Front St., various times, prices vary
“What would it take to get you down to the South Street Seaport, a place overrun by tourists, during the heart of summer? The promise of some of the country’s best chefs popping up for two-week residencies might do the trick. Through Friday, July 21, the Seaport Food Lab will be serving Top Chef judge Hugh Acheson’s take on Southern cuisine; Alon Shaya, of the New Orleans restaurants Domenica, Pizza Domenica, and Shaya, then takes over for the July 30–August 12 slot. Those who’ve become enamored of L.A. cuisine via Instagram will be thrilled to know that Jessica Koslow, of the revered Sqirl, is at the helm from August 20 to September 2, before local stars Dale Talde (September 10–23) and Wylie Dufresne (September 29–October 11) work their shifts. Each chef has a distinctive style; tickets for the individual stints will be doled out incrementally on Resy.” (Alicia Kennedy, VillageVoice)

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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 are two exhibitions the New Yorker really likes:

Meschac Gaba (through July 28)
Bonakdar, 521 W. 21st St. / Chelsea
“The tent that opens this transfixing show is deceptively cheery: it may be stocked with paper and colored pencils, but it was inspired by the global refugee crisis. Gaba, who divides his time between Holland and his native Benin, made it from fabric printed with a candy-stripe pattern he calls Citoyen du Monde (Citizen of the World); the stripes are actually elongated versions of the flags of many nations. Elsewhere, thirteen elaborately braided sculptures assume the shapes of national landmarks in Washington, D.C. (The White House is now red, black, and gold.) In a related short video, Gaba leads a small parade through the dusty streets of Cotonou, Benin—the participants wear his objects like crowns, as if to lampoon U.S. imperialism.”

“Cells”  (Jun. 28-Aug. 11)
Boesky, 509 W. 24th St./ Chelsea
“This ten-person show of works that flirt with functionality is as fun as a visit to Pee-wee’s Playhouse. The splendidly weird designs of the Haas Brothers include several “Zoidberg lamps,” silver-plated fixtures ringed with bulbous protuberances reminiscent of their namesake, a crustaceanlike alien on the cult T.V. show “Futurama.” Jessica Jackson Hutchins’s low ceramic tables are simultaneously heavy, delicate, busy, minimal, and unstable. Jackie Brookner contributes wooden seating, coated with crusts of black earth and sporting red-velvet tongues. A ten-foot-wide cotton embroidery by Cosima von Bonin, which involves a cigarette smoker, a cartoonish critter, and disembodied white gloves, hangs on the wall like a quilt awaiting a wild night’s sleep.”

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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 07/21 and 07/19.

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