NYC Events,”Only the Best” (10/21) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

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For future NYC Events better check the tab above: “Notable NYC Events-OCTOBER”
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.

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

American Dance Spectacular!
Schimmel Center / 7:30PM, $29+
“Let’s say you’ve had it with esoteric “downtown” dance, with silence and ambiguity and complex concepts and robotic movement. Then head even further downtown to Pace University, forget your troubles, and take in this new evening of American popular dance, assembled by Broadway professionals Daniel C. Levine and Bryan Perri and choreographer Al Blackstone of So You Think You Can Dance. The night takes you on a journey from the Charleston and the Lindy Hop through the decades, up to vogueing. Six Broadway dancers, a book by Susan Batten, three vocalists, and a live band will keep the joint jumping.” (Elizabeth Zimmer, Village Voice)

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7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>Ron Carter Golden Striker Trio 
>>CITA RODRÍGUEZ Y SU ORQUESTA
>>Tero Saarinen Company
>> LARRY WILLIS AND THE HEAVY BLUE BAND
>>The Met: “Turandot”
>> Pre-Concert Discussion: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Songbook
>> 41st Annual Margaret Mead Film Festival
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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Ron Carter Golden Striker Trio (LAST DAY)
Birdland, / 8:30PM, 11PM, $40
“Legendary double bassist Ron Carter closes out his three-week residency at Birdland with a series of performances featuring his acclaimed Golden Striker Trio, with longtime guitarist Russell Malone and Donald Vega on piano. This current incarnation of the group have a beautiful live album, released this past April, called Golden Striker (Live at Theaterstübchen Kassel), where these three men gracefully interpret classic material like Oscar Pettiford’s “Laverne Walk”; Luiz Bonfá’s gorgeous “Samba de Orfeu,” from the 1959 film Black Narcissus; and a stunning reading of the very John Lewis song after which this trio is named. After kicking off his residency with a sixteen-piece big band in its first week and following up during week two with the debut of an excellent quartet (Jimmy Greene on tenor sax, pianist Renee Rosnes, and drummer Payton Crossley), Carter now brings his time at Birdland to a sublime ending with the Golden Striker Trio — a quintessential way for the musician to end a most epic New York City October.” (Ron Hart, Village Voice)

CITA RODRÍGUEZ Y SU ORQUESTA
at the Hostos Center for the Arts and Culture / 7:30PM, $25-$35
OK, this is not Manhattan’s WestSide and it’s not easy to get to, but if you like Latin music it’s so worth the detour. (#2 subway to 138th St., walk 10 blocks N to venue)
“Cita Rodríguez boasts a warm and playful voice, and prowls the stage with a sense of generous command. A New Yorker of Puerto Rican descent, she sings of love and heritage, often in the romantic bolero style. At this concert, Ms. Rodríguez pays tribute to her father, Pete Rodríguez, known as El Conde, a star vocalist who sang in the 1960s with the influential bandleader Johnny Pacheco before becoming a founding member of the Fania All-Stars and eventually embarking on a solo career.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

Tero Saarinen Company (Oct.18-22)
at the Joyce Theater / 8PM, $30+
“The work that put Tero Saarinen on the international dance map more than 20 years ago was a trio exploring facets of masculinity. Now Mr. Saarinen, one of Finland’s major dance artists, comes to New York with “Morphed” (2014), which illustrates his evolving thoughts on that theme. “Morphed” features seven men inhabiting Mr. Saarinen’s blending of delicacy and wildness, echoed in a score by his fellow Finn the composer-conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen.” (NYT- BRIAN SCHAEFER)

LARRY WILLIS AND THE HEAVY BLUE BAND (Oct. 20-22)
at Smoke Jazz Club / 7, 9 and 10:30PM, $38
“A nimble pianist with a gentle but bracing touch, Mr. Willis has followed a winding career path: He accompanied Jackie McLean, Dizzy Gillespie and Cannonball Adderley; played for seven years in the rock fusion group Blood Sweat & Tears; and worked in the seminal Latin jazz Fort Apache Band. In 1990, he released a strong album called “Heavy Blue,” spotlighting his own ear-catching postbop compositions. Here he reprises that title with a different quintet, featuring Jeremy Pelt on trumpet, Joe Ford on saxophone, David Williams on bass and Victor Lewis on drums.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

The Met: “Turandot”
Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center / 8PM, $25+
“Puccini’s grand spectacle of legendary China stars Oksana Dyka and Martina Serafin in the role of the ice princess and Marcelo Álvarez as the unknown prince who must thaw her heart or die. Maria Agresta, Hei-Kyung Hong, and James Morris are among the other remarkable artists featured in this cherished Franco Zeffirelli production, led by Carlo Rizzi and Marco Armiliato.”

“Franco Zeffirelli’s over-the-top style defined the Met in the eighties and nineties, but now the famed Italian director has only one other production (besides “La Bohème”) left in the company’s repertory, a traditionalist pageant of glittering chinoiserie that he devised for Puccini’s “Turandot” thirty years ago. Oksana Dyka, Aleksandrs Antonenko, and Maria Agresta star in the revival; Rizzi.” (NewYorker)

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

Pre-Concert Discussion: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Songbook
Jazz at Lincoln Center, Rose Hall/Time Warner Center, 5th Floor / 7PM, FREE
“Jazz at Lincoln Center’s hour-long pre-concert discussions are led by musicologists and scholars as they discuss the featured artist’s music and legacy, taking an in-depth look at their contributions to the genre. This discussion looks at the music and careers of Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra members, discussing their original composition and inspiration behind them. No registration or tickets required.”

If you get right on it, there are also a few tickets left for the concert itself tonight, but even if you don’t go to the concert, I found this to be a worthwhile piece of jazz education.

41st Annual Margaret Mead Film Festival (Oct.19-22)
American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th St. / all day, $12+
“The preeminent showcase for contemporary cultural storytelling, the 41st Annual Margaret Mead Film Festival screens a selection of titles chosen from more than 700 submissions. The festival will feature international documentaries, multimedia performances, installations, receptions throughout the Museum, intimate conversations with filmmakers and film subjects, and the presentation of the annual Margaret Mead Filmmaker Award.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

Continuing Events

Archtober  (Oct.01-31)
31 days, 100+ ways to celebrate design in NYC! The seventh-annual, month-long festival of architecture activities, programs, and exhibitions in New York City will take place October 1-31, 2017.  Archtober’s calendar features 200 architecture and design lectures, conferences, programs, and exhibitions at more than 70+ collaborating institutions across the city.

For more details go to my Tab in the Header: “Notable Events October”  and scroll all the long way to the bottom. This event makes America, or at least NYCity, great again.

And for all you geek types out there:

NEW YORK ARCHIVES WEEK 2017 (Oct.18-25)
“More than 30 New York institutions will host free workshops, lectures, tours and exhibitions for the event, which aims to show off our city’s repositories of art, artifacts and documents.

This week, you can listen to Louis Armstrong’s personal reel-to-reel collection and see rare footage of the jazz musician at Queens College in Flushing on Wednesday.
On Thursday take a tour of the United Nations archives in Midtown, the National Archives at New York City Downtown, or the exhibition “Unlikely Historians: Materials collected by N.Y.P.D. surveillance teams 1960-1975”, also in Downtown Manhattan.

Prefer to chat about archives?
Join a discussion on diversifying the digital historical record at New York University on Friday, or head to Columbia University to learn about the archives of Human Rights organizations like Amnesty International USA, the Committee to Protect Journalists and Human Rights Watch.

For an immersive experience, the Museum of Interesting Things in Lower Manhattan will be screening vintage films on a 1965 Kodak projector, playing original vinyl records and Edison Cylinders, and explaining odd antiques from the 19th and 20th centuries on Saturday.” (NYT-Today)

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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.
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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 that the New Yorker likes:

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)

Here is one exhibition that the New York Times likes:

Magdalena Suarez Frimkess (LAST DAY)
Kaufmann Repetto, 535 West 22nd Street,

“Untitled,” from 2009, is among the nearly 55 works by the ceramic artist Magdalena Suarez Frimkess at Kaufmann Repetto. Credit Adam Kremer
Magdalena Suarez Frimkess is some kind of genius. Her medium is glazed ceramic, with special emphasis on the glazes, expertly drawn and painted in numerous styles and indebted to popular art, folk art and an astounding array of other historical references. In Ms. Suarez Frimkess’s survey of nearly 55 works at Kaufmann Repetto, Minnie Mouse, Popeye and Krazy Kat keep company with Maya warrior gods. There are frequent forays into blue-and-white ware, which can depict Chinese-looking landscapes, mischievous kids on bicycles and more. Other decorations include village scenes that recall South American folk painting. (Ms. Suarez Frimkess, who has lived in this country since 1963, was born in Venezuela in 1929 and started her artistic career in Chile.)

“Untitled,” from 2014, by Magdalena Suarez Frimkess. Credit Dawn Blackman
Over the years she has often collaborated with her husband, Michael Frimkess, glazing vessels that he threw on a wheel. (They made a point of not consulting each other.) There are some of their collaborations here, with Mr. Frimkess’s contributions distinguished by their relative symmetry and finish. But Ms. Suarez Frimkess is at her best when glazing her own small hand-built vessels — plates, bowls, tiles, Japanese-influenced boxes, teacups and teapots — as well as small figurines. Marvelously irregular and sometimes almost as thin as leaves, they have a delicate looseness well-matched with glazes that often leave the clay body showing through. Their spontaneity can evoke Peter Voulkos’s towering, more Expressionistic forms, but on a small scale that is at once worldly, exquisite and laced with humor. They suggest an artist in love with her medium and buzzing with ideas.

Ms. Suarez Frimkess is fairly well known in her hometown, Los Angeles, but this is only her second solo show in New York, following her 2014 debut at White Columns. With works dating back to 1970, this selection is the first in these parts to delve into her past. It proves that she has been a genius for a while.” (ROBERTA SMITH, NYT)

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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 10/19 and 10/17.

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