NYC Events,”Only the Best” (09/15) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

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For future NYC Events better check the tab above: “Notable NYC Events-September”
It’s the most comprehensive list of top events this month that you will find anywhere.
Carefully curated from “Only the Best” NYC event info on the the web, it’s a simply superb resource that will help you plan your NYC visit all through the month.


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

Maxine Linehan: One—The Songs of U2 (also Oct.13)
Feinstein’s/54 Below / 9:30PM, $35
“Already considered the premiere interpreter of the U2 songbook, concert and recording artist Maxine Linehan breaks new ground with a unique, lyrically driven orchestral show devoted to the work of this world-famous band. The extraordinary songs written by Bono and U2 find a new voice in a concert that holds to the beautiful melodic lines of the songs, while bringing the lyrics forward into a fresh light. Accompanied by piano, cello, violin, bass, and drums, Linehan will continue her mission of providing audiences with the unexpected experience of hearing U2’s famous songs as if for the first time — while always being true to the heart and soul of each time-honored hit.”(TONY)


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

>>“Jubilation!”: Celebrating Cannonball Adderley
>>Joe Battaglia and the New York Big Band
>>Lindsay Mendez
>>Bill Charlap Trio 
>>Affordable Art Fair
>>Jane Campion’s Own Stories

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

at Jazz Standard / 9:30PM, $30 (7:30PM sold out)
“Later this month, Mr. Sanchez will release “Bad Hombre,” an album of liquid electronics and ebullient drumming; it refers equally to post-rock and ambient techno experimentalism. When he gets going, Mr. Sanchez’s drumming is an emulsion of low surge and high patter, distinctive enough that you might be able to recognize it from the “Birdman” film score, which he recorded. Both that soundtrack and his new album are solo affairs, but for this engagement he will play two sets each night with a quartet: Chris Potter and Donny McCaslin — two of today’s great tenor saxophonists — plus the bassist Matt Brewer.”(NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

“Jubilation!”: Celebrating Cannonball Adderley (Sept. 15-17)
Smoke, 2751 Broadway, between 105th and 106th Sts./ 7. 9, 10:30PM, $38
“There’s never been a more joyful and spirited alto saxophonist than the late, great Julian (Cannonball) Adderley, and it’s looking like there never will be. Honoring this musical giant and the compelling soul-bop bands he co-led with his cornet-playing brother, Nat, will be an ensemble of Adderley aficionados, including the saxophonist Jim Snidero, the trumpeter Jeremy Pelt, and, as special guest, the acclaimed drummer Al Foster.” (NewYorker)

Joe Battaglia and the New York Big Band
Edison Ballroom / 7:30PM, $100 (includes dinner and open bar)
“The expansive Art Deco grandeur of the Edison Ballroom is the scene of this highly retro evening of dinner and swing music, courtesy of Battaglia and his brassy 16-piece crew. If you’re looking for a time-capsule New York dance hall experience, this is where to find it.” (TONY)

Lindsay Mendez (sept 14-16)
Feinstein’s/54 Below / 7PM, $40
“The lovable and super-voiced Mendez has won audiences’ hearts in shows including Wicked, Dogfight, Godspell and last season’s Significant Other. In this nightclub set, her selections include classic show tunes as well as collaborations with contemporary musical-theater songwriters.” (TONY)

Bill Charlap Trio (sept 12-17)
Village Vanguard / 8:30PM, 10:30PM, $30
“This year marks the twentieth anniversary of pianist Bill Charlap’s acclaimed trio, rounded out by Peter Washington on bass and Kenny Washington on drums, who since 1997 have been keeping the flame of Ellingtonian elegance eternally lit on the New York City jazz scene. The combo’s excellent new album, Uptown Downtown, is a continued love letter to Charlap’s hometown metropolis, following up on last year’s Notes From New York with another collection of quaint and compelling versions of favorite compositions from both Broadway’s theater district and Lower Manhattan’s nightclub circuit. For the first two weeks of September, the Charlap Trio will be celebrating the record’s release at the hallowed Village Vanguard, giving these classic tunes from the likes of Gerry Mulligan, Richard Rodgers, Jim Hall, Ella Fitzgerald, and the Duke himself a fresh breath of 21st-century air. As the Director of Jazz Studies at William Paterson University, Charlap certainly knows the importance of jazz music on young minds, and this lengthy residence is a perfect opportunity for students to experience an education on the art in real-time.” (Ron Hart, Village Voice)

AUNTS (think it’s too late, this looks sold out, but it sure looked interesting)
NYU Skirball Center, 7:30PM, FREE WITH RSVP
“Launching the first season curated by the Skirball’s new director, Jay Wegman, who recently moved over from the Abrons Arts Center, is a free performance party — a/k/a an “immersive underground dance event” — organized by some of downtown’s most ambitious experimenters: Laurie Berg, Liliana Dirks- Goodman, Ali Rosa-Salas, and Ash R.T. Yergens. They’ll set you loose in the hallways, lobby, backstage, and dressing rooms of the Skirball, where you’ll encounter performances by a crew that includes Alexandra Tatarsky, Christine Elmo, Nia Love, the Freedom Dabka Group, Lime Rickey International, and others; anything can happen, and probably will.” (Elizabeth Zimmer, Village Voice)

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

Affordable Art Fair (sept. 13-17)
Metropolitan Pavilion / 11AM-6PM, $20; Friday is FREE 6-8PM
“The price-conscious art fair returns for its 24th edition in NYC. For an $18 advance ticket, you can shop original paintings, drawings, photographs and sculptures from 67 local, national and international galleries. With price tags ranging from $100 to $10,000, you can fix up your apartment without breaking the bank.” (TONY)

Jane Campion’s Own Stories   (sept 08-17)
various times, FREE–$14
“Since her first feature, the peculiar family drama Sweetie (1989), Jane Campion has been one of the defining feminist voices of world cinema. Her work is imbued with a radically female sensibility that challenges viewers to reconsider their presumptive views of both society’s ills and the possibilities of film form. This month, the Film Society of Lincoln Center celebrates Campion with a retrospective timed around the U.S. premiere of the second season of her acclaimed crime show, Top of the Lake. The series spans her entire career, from her earliest short films to her most recent feature, the underrated Bright Star (2009). Other highlights include an adaptation of Henry James’s classic novel The Portrait of a Lady (1996), starring Nicole Kidman, and The Piano (1993), which remains the only film directed by a woman to have won the Palme d’Or at Cannes. The first season of Top of the Lake (2013) will be shown in its entirety for free, and Campion will participate in a public conversation on the retro’s opening night.” (Morgan Leigh Davies, VillageVoice)

Continuing Events

Elsewhere, but this one is sure worth the detour:
Photoville  (sept. 13-17; 21-24)
Brooklyn Bridge Park / 4pm; FREE
“Your insta is about to get meta. NYC hosts a bounty of beautiful photography exhibitions, but only Photoville can claim to be as pretty as the photographs it showcases. Held in and around giant shipping containers in Brooklyn Bridge Park, the massive celebration of pictures features more than 500 artists, 75 exhibitions, talks, screenings and a beer garden.” (TONY)

Not just Photos – Smorgasburg Beer Garden and food vendors return, alongside nighttime events and this is one gem of a park – no better view of the Manhattan skyline. I was there last night, so worth your time.

Feast of San Gennaro  (sept. 14-24)
“Little Italy welcomes all New Yorkers to join The 91st Annual Feast of San Gennaro, which commences on September 14th, bringing 11 days of festivities to the neighborhood. The feast keeps the spirit and faith of the early Italian immigrants alive and celebrates the annual Salute to the Patron Saint of Naples. There will be colorful parades, free musical entertainment every day, a wide variety of ethnic food delicacies, charming restaurants and cafes and even a world-famous cannoli-eating competition!”(untapped cities)

“Many New Yorkers today take for granted the appearance of clean water in the city’s taps. This exhibit focuses on the history of the Croton Aqueduct, an engineering feat that brought fresh water from the Croton River upstate to fountains in the middle of the city when it was completed in the 1840s.” (STAV ZIV, Newsday)
WHEN | WHERE Opens Saturday, Sept. 2 at the Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave.
INFO $18; 212­534­1672,

Learn all about the High Bridge, which carried the Croton Aqueduct across the Harlem River. This magnificent civic structure was modeled on the old Roman Aqueduct bridges, and is New York City’s oldest and best bridge. I know, because I lived nearby in the far west Bronx neighborhood of Highbridge, and have strolled across it many times.


Madison Square Eats  (thru sept 29)
Worth Square, 11AM, FREE
“The fall version of this twice-a-year event from UrbanSpace and the Madison Square Park Conservancy runs daily from September 2–29, and it’s your chance to try food from two dozen vendors who converge on the park from all corners of the city. It’ll be hard to go wrong with any of it, but we recommend the po’boys from the Gumbo Brothers and whatever sweet concoction that Renegade Lemonade, Ice & Vice, and Macaron Parlour have teamed up to create. (Hint: It’s called “Renegade Vice Parlour.”) Or, if you look at a plate of chicken and waffles and think, “Wish I didn’t have to sit at a table and bother with utensils to enjoy this,” Chick’nCone is your food trend du jour.” (Mary Bakija, Village Voice)

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 that is about to close and deserves a visit:

‘MAIRA KALMAN: THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE’ at Julie Saul Gallery (closes Sept. 16). “This show reunites all 57 of Ms. Kalman’s illustrations for William Strunk Jr. and E. B. White’s classic guide to grammar and writing. Painted in opulent (gouache) hues and a quasi-naïve art-savvy style, and given titles — all from the book’s rules — that are alternately literal and elliptical, they combine aspects of Surrealism’s exquisite corpses, Conceptual Art’s deadpan humor and appropriation art’s repurposing of existing images.”(Smith-NYT)


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 09/11 and 09/13.

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