NYC Events,”Only the Best” (08/10) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s Super 7  NYC Events > THURSDAY/ AUGUST 10, 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 one NYC Event today? Do this:

THE REVIVALISTS / WHITE DENIM
Central Park, Rumsey Playfield / 6PM, $45
“Breakout, anthemic rockers, redefining New Orleans with their chart-topping hits.
THE REVIVALISTS – Since forming in 2007, this seven-piece New Orleans-roots ­driven rock band has logged countless miles on the road, cultivating a high octane live show and a studio presence equally steeped in instrumental virtuosity and charismatic vocal magnetism.
WHITE DENIM – a four-piece indie rock band from Austin, Texas. Their music is influenced by dub, psychedelic, blues, punk, progressive, soul, jazz and experimental rock with home-based recording, jamming, intense looping and unusual song structures.”

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6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>Broadway in Bryant Park
>>Brasil Summerfest: O Terno
>>LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM AND CHRISTINE McVIE
>>SHAREL CASSITY AND ELEKTRA
>>A Tribute to Geri Allen
>>John Pizzarelli
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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Broadway in Bryant Park (LAST THURSDAY – don’t miss it)
Bryant Park / 12:30PM, FREE
“LiteFM radio hosts a showcase of actors from the hottest on and off Broadway shows playing their hits in Bryant park. Try not to sing and dance along to tunes from classics like Wicked, Phantom of the Opera, Chicago, and Avenue Q, as well as newcomers like Kinky Boots, Waitress, and Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812. The recurring event will take place every Thursday from July 6 through August 10th.” (TONY)
TODAY:
Today’s show is hosted by Helen Little and includes performances from:
Preshow: Brooke Shapiro
Come From Away
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Bandstand
Curvy Widow
Woody Sez

Brasil Summerfest: O Terno
Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, FREE; better get there early for a seat.
“Brasil Summerfest returns to Lincoln Center with one of Brazil’s hottest indie bands. Consistently topping “Best of” lists in the Brazilian press, the São Paulo–based rock-pop-experimental power trio O Terno puts an edgy 21st-century spin on the classic Brazilian psychedelic rock of the 1960s and ’70s. Its members—guitarist and singer Tim Bernardes, bassist Guilherme d’Almeida, and drummer Biel Basile—have collaborated with tropicalia idol Tom Zé, American pop visionary David Byrne, and hero of the Brazilian underground Adriano Cintra, among others.”

LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM AND CHRISTINE McVIE
at Beacon Theater, / 8PM, $20-$125
“The beloved Fleetwood Mac of yore — the effortlessly platinum lineup behind Rumors and Tusk, tenuously cohering from 1975 to ’87 — was (roughly) the tenth configuration of a band that has probably shape-shifted more dramatically than any other in rock history. (Four of the five members eventually splintered off to pursue solo careers.) In theory, then, it should come as no surprise that 2017 brings yet another spin-off, though it is a strange one: Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie, released in June, which features the eponymous duo as well as contributions from Mick Fleetwood and John McVie. (Stevie Nicks backed out of the project.) Narrative turbulence has always been part of the band’s m.o., and the McVie/Buckingham tour, which includes both their new music and classic Fleetwood numbers, proves that the old magic isn’t going away anytime soon; their sound is as tough, flinty, and glittering as ever. Emerging L.A. rock act Wilderado accompanies.” (Sarah Edwards-VillageVoice)

SHAREL CASSITY AND ELEKTRA
at Ginny’s Supper Club / 7:30 and 9:30PM, $15
“Ms. Cassity hails from Oklahoma, a fact that might seem like a surprise for a decidedly New York-based jazz musician — until you hear her braying, live-wire sound on the alto saxophone, and you consider the heritage of her home state. Think of Buster Smith, for instance, the altoist who joined the Oklahoma City Blue Devils in 1925, and later the Count Basie Orchestra, helping point the way toward jump blues and postwar R&B. Yes, Ms. Cassity’s musical inheritance stretches back that far. And her style is nearly as invigorating as its antecedents.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

John Pizzarelli (Aug. 8-12.)
Birdland, 315 W. 44th St./ 8:30PM, +11PM, $50
“In early 1967, two musical geniuses met to collaborate on an album; half a century later, “Francis Albert Sinatra & Antônio Carlos Jobim” has lost none of its seductive sheen. The guitarist and singer Pizzarelli reveres both the Chairman of the Board and the master bossa-nova composer. With his vocalist wife, Jessica Molaskey, and Antônio’s grandson Daniel Jobim in tow, Pizzarelli presents an elegant and heartfelt tribute to the achievements of these international cultural heroes.” (NewYorker)

A Tribute to Geri Allen (Aug. 8-13)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave. S., at 11th St./ 8:30 and 10:30PM, $30
“The recent death of the extravagantly gifted pianist and composer Geri Allen at the age of sixty continues to hover over the jazz community like a dark cloud. An attempt to honor this great musician and to dispel the gloom finds the bassist Esperanza Spalding and the drummer Terri Lyne Carrington welcoming distinguished guests throughout the week, including Joe Lovano, Nicholas Payton, Cassandra Wilson, and Ravi Coltrane.” (NewYorker)

Let’s not forget this wonderful continuing event:

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”
Today:
OkayAfrica’s Riddim & Beats
D’banj
Sister Nancy
The Compozers
Damrosch Park – 7:30PM
“For this invigorating triple-bill, OkayAfrica—the digital hub of the African New Wave—fills Damrosch Park with the funk of West African beats and the rhythms of Caribbean carnival. Jamaican-born reggae star of the ’80s Sister Nancy summons the essential elements of carnival culture—music, costume, and dance—alongside eclectic London Afrobeats band The Compozers and Nigerian club star D’banj. Live dancers turn the stage into a vivid, colorful mash-up of African and Caribbean cultures in the heart of New York City.”

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

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

Too much good music today. More Smart Stuff coming tomorrow.

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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:

“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 08/08 and 08/06.

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