NYC Events,”Only the Best” (08/04) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s Super 7  NYC Events > FRIDAY/ AUGUST 04, 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-August”
It’s the most comprehensive list of top events this month that you’ll find anywhere.

Have time for only two NYC Events today? Do this:

INTERSECT (also Aug.5).
at Bryant Park / 6PM< FREE
“This free two-day festival in Midtown is stacked with an intergenerational buffet of talent. All four of the first day’s performances, which start at 6 p.m., include music by the pianist and composer Billy Childs. His music integrates the influences of Chick Corea, CTI Records’ studio-driven sound, contemporary chamber music, and the film scores of composers like Howard Shore and Hans Zimmer. Mr. Childs himself will close Friday evening’s programming with his quartet. Saturday’s program, beginning at 2 p.m., features performances by the pianist Helen Sung and the vocalist Luciana Souza, followed by three different groups exploring music by the clarinetist, composer and conductor Derek Bermel.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)


6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)

>>Shaina Taub
>>Tony Malaby Festival
>>Songbook Summit
>>Harlem’s Hell Fighters: They Made Music, Art and War
>>*OlioMuse* An Exploration of the String Quartet Across Time
>>“First Fridays”

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Shaina Taub
Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater / 7PM, $20
Accomplished piano songstress and theater composer Taub, whose wrote the score for the 2016 Public Works production of Twelfth Night, shares new material in her latest Joe’s Pub set.” (TONY)

Tony Malaby Festival (thru Aug 05)
Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia St./ 8PM, $10
“Brawny-toned and tough-minded, yet reflective and lyrical when the music calls for it, the saxophonist Malaby has been a significant presence on the jazz scene for the past twenty-plus years. This trim gala finds him collaborating with such noteworthy peers as the bassist William Parker, the guitarist Ben Monder, and the drummer Tom Rainey in a variety of ensembles.” (NewYorker)

Songbook Summit
59E59 Theaters,/ 7PM, $35
It’s delightful, it’s delicious, it’s de-lovely.
Will Anderson and Peter Anderson are identical twins who play the saxophone and clarinet. They will perform in a six-piece ensemble throughout August highlighting four great American composers: Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, George Gershwin, and Richard Rodgers. The first week is Porter, so anything goes!

“Virtuosos on clarinet and saxophone,” (The New York Times) identical twins Peter & Will Anderson return to 59E59 Theaters by popular demand for a celebration of the great American Songbook. Shining the spotlight on the work of four of its most distinguished composers (one composer each week), a 6-piece ensemble featuring vocalist Molly Ryan will perform hits such as ‘Summertime’, ‘My Favorite Things’, ‘Night & Day’,’Somewhere Over the Rainbow’, and ‘Rhapsody in Blue’.
August 2 – 6: Cole Porter
Featuring ‘Night & Day’, ‘Begin the Beguine’, ‘I Get a Kick out of You’, ‘I’ve Got You Under My Skin’, ‘Just One of Those Things’, and more!

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

Harlem’s Hell Fighters: They Made Music, Art and War
New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West / 6:30PM, FREE
“Through the stories of three of its most famous members, Sammons will reveal the impact the regiment had on music through the work of James Reese Europe, on art though the work of Horace Pippin, and heroism through the influence of Henry Johnson. The popularity of the Harlem Hellfighters was so great that in 1943 it was featured in the film Stormy Weather, clips of which will open the talk preceded by some James Reese Europe’s compositions. Plus, see Horace Pippin’s iconic piece, The Barracks, on display in our exhibition World War I Beyond the Trenches.”

*OlioMuse* An Exploration of the String Quartet Across Time
The Strand, 828 Broadway / 7PM, $25
“Explore the development of the string quartet from the late Baroque period through today with conductor, composer, and conservatory professor Whitney George. The music of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Ravel, and Bartok will be among the selections played live as accompaniment.” (

“First Fridays”
The Frick Collection, 1 E. 70th St./ 6-9PM, FREE
“Museum admission and gallery programs are free the first Friday evening of the month (except September and January). Enjoy gallery talks, music performances, and sketching, or simply find yourself in the company of the Old Masters and art enthusiasts from around the world.”

Let’s not forget these wonderful continuing events:

Dave Chappelle and the Roots (thru Aug 24 with various guests)
at Radio City Music Hall / 8PM, $55+
“For years withdrawn from public life, Mr. Chappelle is touring once again, bringing his insightful and often controversial comedy to his legion of fans. Over the course of a three-week residency, he will perform alongside comics including Chris Rock, Trevor Noah and Ali Wong, as well as musical guests like Erykah Badu, Chance the Rapper and Lauryn Hill. For his first four shows, Tuesday through next Friday, each one starting at 8 p.m., he will be joined by the Roots, the “Tonight Show” house band since 2014.” (ELISE CZAJKOWSKI-NYT)

Lincoln Center Out of Doors 2017
“Lincoln Center Out of Doors, one of the country’s longest-running free outdoor summer festivals, opens this year on July 26 and runs through August 13. The 47th edition of the popular festival will fill the Lincoln Center campus with a diverse range of music, dance, spoken word, and family events, featuring dozens of artists from across the city, country, and world-all completely free and open to the public.

“We are thrilled about this year’s festival,” says Jill Sternheimer, Director of Public Programming at Lincoln Center. “It’s a profound reminder of what is truly great about this city-the opportunity to come together on a beautiful summer night and experience totally free world-class concerts and performances from such a wide array of incredible artists, and to be able to share in the sense of community that goes along with that. It’s what Lincoln Center Out of Doors is all about”
Chloe & Maud
Apt 33: Where Dreams Are Made
Hearst Plaza / 7PM, FREE
“Sizzling sister act Chloe & Maud bring tap back to the heart of pop culture with a night of fierce footwork and passionate artistry.”

Miguel Atwood-Ferguson: Suite for Ma Dukes (New York premiere)
Damrosch Park / 7:30PM, FREE
“New Yorkers can finally experience this towering orchestral tribute to the music of composer, producer, and rapper J Dilla.”

For more info on this wonderful festival, Time Out NY has it all covered.

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:

“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.”


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 08/02 and 07/31.

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