NYC Events,”Only the Best” (09/27) + 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:

TWYLA THARP DANCE (Sept. 19 to Oct. 8)
at the Joyce Theater / 7:30PM, $76+
“Dance’s Renaissance woman, Twyla Tharp, camps out at the Joyce for three weeks this fall, packing an eclectic collection of old and new works. “The Fugue,” the 1970 work that put her on the dance map, is inspired by Bach’s complex rhythms. But in lieu of his music, we get the dancer’s amplified stomps instead. In “The Raggedy Dances,” from 1972, she mashes up Scott Joplin and Mozart with her own unique blend of rigorous frolicking. Fast forward to now and Ms. Tharp introduces “Dylan Love Songs,” her return to the music of Bob Dylan more than a decade after wrestling with his oeuvre in a short-lived Broadway musical.” (NYT-BRIAN SCHAEFER)


6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>Pharoah Sanders
>>Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back – In Concert
>>Karakoram: Climbing Through the Kashmir Conflict
>>The Glories of the Han Dynasty
>>Public Tour: The Decisive Moment | Photography and Sound

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

at the Beacon Theater / 7:30PM, $59+
“It’s been nearly 13 years since many fans discovered the Brazilian singer Seu Jorge through the David Bowie covers he recorded for the film “The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou.” Those renditions, and the expanded all-Bowie album Mr. Jorge released in 2005, remain among his best-loved work, and on Wednesday he will perform them in tribute to Bowie, who died last year.” (NYT-SIMON VOZICK-LEVINSON)

Pharoah Sanders (Sept. 26-30)
Birdland, 315 W. 44th St./ 8:30PM, +11PM, $40
“Time may have mellowed the formidable free-jazz saxophonist Sanders, but the juice is hardly all drained yet. At seventy-six, this onetime terror can still rattle a bandstand with fervently soulful tones. His quintet includes such committed associates as the pianist William Henderson and the bassist Nat Reeves.” (NewYorker)

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back – In Concert  (also Sept.28)
David Geffen Hall (at Lincoln Center) / 7:30pm; $65­–$175 (maybe tough tkt)
“New York Philharmonic takes on John Williams’s scores for the most iconic film franchise in history with screenings of A New Hope (September 15, 16), The Empire Strikes Back (September 26–28), Return of the Jedi (October 4, 5) and The Force Awakens (October 6, 7), all backed by conductor David Newman and an 85-person orchestra. Maybe we’ll get the prequels in 2018?” (TONY)

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

Karakoram: Climbing Through the Kashmir Conflict |
Book Launch and Illustrated Lecture with Steve Swenson
Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W. 17th St./ 7PM, $20
Hike up to the Rubin Museum of Art for a conversation with world-class alpinist Steve Swenson on his new book Karakoram: Climbing Through the Kashmir Conflict, which details his experiences climbing in the Karakoram Range that spans India, Pakistan and China” (

The Glories of the Han Dynasty (Wed’s thru Oct 18)
China Institute, 100 Washington St./ 6:30PM, $15
Full Series: $60
“The Glories of the Han Dynasty” is a 5-week lecture series exploring the culture of the Han Dynasty through its history, literature, economy, politics, scholarship, and visual arts. Each lecture will be delivered by a prominent scholar covering a crucial aspect of Han Dynasty civilization, including the growth of the Silk Road, the role of Confucianism, and the writing of Sima Qian’s Records of the Grand Historian. The topics will elaborate and expand upon many of the themes touched upon by China Institute’s exhibition Dreams of the Kings: A Jade Suit for Eternity, Treasures of the Han Dynasty from Xuzhou.”

Public Tour: The Decisive Moment | Photography and Sound
Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W. 17th St./ 6PM, Free with museum admission
“What decisive moments shape our lives, and how do we recognize them? The photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson was driven by the concept of the “decisive moment” — when the essential truth of a situation is revealed in an instant. Learn about his groundbreaking work in a guided tour of the exhibition Henri Cartier-Bresson: India in Full Frame on the fifth floor. Then explore the power of sound to shape these moments in our sixth-floor exhibition The World Is Sound.”

Continuing Events

“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)

Generation Wealth (thru Jan.7, 2018)
International Center of Photography Museum / 10am; $14
“Check out 25 years of documentary photography with Generation Wealth by award-winning photographer Lauren Greenfield, her first major retrospective. The exhibit, reflecting stories about affluence, beauty, body image, competition, corruption, fantasy and excess, was originally shown at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles and has now made its way to New York City . For photography buffs, this is a must-see show.” (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 are two exhibitions that the NYT likes:

‘A Line Can Go Anywhere’

Through Oct. 14. James Cohan, 533 West 26th Street, Manhattan; 212-714-9500,

September usually brings a wealth of must-see solo exhibitions, and this year is no different. “A Line Can Go Anywhere,” at James Cohan, however, is a notable group show that shouldn’t be missed. This terrific exhibition, organized by Jenelle Porter, who curated the landmark “Fiber: Sculpture 1960-present” at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, in 2015, includes seven artists from the San Francisco Bay Area working in the fiber tradition.

Among the influential figures here are Trude Guermonprez (1910-1975), who trained at the Bauhaus and taught alongside Anni Albers at Black Mountain College, and Ed Rossbach (1914-2002), who came out of the California Funk Art tradition. Ms. Guermonprez is represented by elegant woven works, including two from her 1960s “Space Hanging” series. Mr. Rossbach’s wonky-shaped raffia baskets are joined by his “After Miro” (1970), which looks like an acid-colored spider web.


“The Cosmetic Affect of Darkness,” a 2017 work by Josh Faught.CreditPhoebe d’Heurle/James Cohan Gallery, New York

Alexandra Jacopetti Hart and Kay Sekimachi, who studied with Ms. Guermonprez in the 1950s, represent a middle generation. Both work with grids: Ms. Hart’s “Nebulae” (1982) is a lovely jumble of pastel rectangles, and Ms. Sekimachi’s muted-linen squares hark back to the Bauhaus weaving tradition.

Terri Friedman, Josh Faught and Ruth Laskey are younger artists making the case for fiber art in the technology-saturated present. Ms. Friedman’s “YES” (2016) looks like a bright wool (electric pink and yellow-green), acrylic and cotton circuit board. Ms. Laskey’s handwoven panels resemble Ellsworth Kelly’s work or Sol LeWitt’s fragmented abstractions, and Mr. Faught’s virtuosic weavings include funny texts that reference new technology and social media — retorts, essentially, to contemporary criticism of fiber art.

Finally, Ben Van Meter’s 21-minute film “The Saga of Macramé Park” (1974) captures children playing on Ms. Hart’s countercultural playground, made of knotted fibers. The film is a reminder of the timeless, haptic allure of fiber art and its magical, near-mythical history in Northern California.” (MARTHA SCHWENDENER, NYT)

Carey Young

Through Oct. 14. Paula Cooper Gallery, 534 West 21st Street, Manhattan; 212-255-1105,

“Brussels has drawn even with Berlin as Europe’s coolest city for contemporary art, but amid its new galleries and cheap studios are grand, gruesome reminders of Belgium’s 19th-century empire. None are more imposing than the Palais de Justice, or central courthouse, a ghastly mash-up of Baroque, classical and Assyrian motifs that sprawls over more than six acres of the capital’s heart. (“It wants to be as terrible as the Law, severe and sumptuously naked,” Verlaine wrote after seeing it.) It’s here that the British-American artist Carey Young shot her icy, thoughtful, technically accomplished new video, which takes a distinctly feminist view of jurisprudence.

In “Palais de Justice,” establishing shots of the monstrous courthouse precede long takes of female judges at work, which Ms. Young filmed without permission through the portholes of courtroom doors. Lawyers, defendants and witnesses appear only in partial view, blocked by walls or curtains, as the stern-faced magistrates, all middle-aged and wearing black robes with white neck bands, nod along or stare down petitioners. We never hear the pleas, only ghostly, ambient sounds from the giant courthouse’s halls, and the silent female judges appear unimpressed and unbending. (An associated series of depopulated photographs of the courthouse, bearing the Kafkaesque title “Before the Law,” doubles down on the video’s eeriness.)

“Palais de Justice” is projected here at massive scale, as domineering as the courthouse itself, and its view of gender and law is at once sensitive and bleak. You may briefly fantasize that Ms. Young has found some alternate Brussels where women are in charge. But more often, and more disturbingly, it feels like a juridical peep show, in which the criminal law appears as just a special case of a male-dominated society’s pitiless daily judgments.” (JASON FARAGO-NYT)


And one that the New Yorker likes very much.

Jordan Casteel (thru Oct.28)
Casey Kaplan Gallery, 121 W27th St.

“In one of the most buzzed-about débuts of the fall season, Casteel shows large figurative canvases that combine the candid immediacy of the digital snapshots on which they’re based with the restraint and humanity of an Alice Neel portrait. The young Colorado-born phenom worked almost entirely from pictures she took in Harlem of men, at night. Casteel’s subjects, like the artist herself, are black, and her work tackles the representation of race in general, while revelling, as painters will, in the specific details. In “Q,” a man sits on a stoop next to a sketched-in green railing, earnestly consulting his iPhone, and wearing a sweatshirt with an image of Biggie Smalls in wraparound shades, a gold chain, and a Coogi sweater. In “MegaStarBrand’s Louie and A-Thug,” two well-turned-out young men sprawl with authority in folding chairs on the sidewalk, gazing skeptically out of frame. One wears a shirt that says “REASON,” the other is in a T-shirt that reads “T.H.U.G.: THE HATE YOU GAVE US.” In her exhilarating, if uneven, show, Casteel gives nothing but love.” (NewYorker)


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 09/25 and 09/23.

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