NYC Events,”Only the Best” (10/27) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

“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 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:

Marilyn Maye (also Saturday)
@ The Appel Room, TimeWarnerCenter / 7PM, +9:30PM, $60+
“Legendary cabaret singer Marilyn Maye has performed on Broadway, The Tonight Show, at Carnegie Hall, and alongside legends like Count Basie and Charlie Parker. This week she is headlining a new stage. For the first time ever Maye will be giving a full feature performance at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Appel Room. Accompanied by the Tedd Firth Big Band, she’ll perform cornerstones of the Great American Songbook like “On The Street Where You Live,” “Put on a Happy Face,” and “Here’s to Life.” (WNYC)

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7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Julien Baker
>> Rosie Yadid: A Sort-of Debut
>> Jonny King
>> JEN SHYU
>> Johnny O’Neal
>> ‘THE RED SHOES’
>> IFPDA Print Fair
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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Julien Baker
at the Town Hall / 8PM, $25–$39.50
“Julien Baker’s 2015 debut album, Sprained Ankle, was remarkable for its vulnerability. On her quiet songs sung over strummed electric guitar, the rawness of Baker’s emotions was palpable. The tracks felt shockingly personal, with a deep hurt that seeped through the young musician’s voice. The two numbers released from her follow-up LP, Turn Out the Lights (out at the end of this month), feel stronger, more confident, and brash. Baker’s voice sounds less like that of someone who has just stopped crying, and yet her ability to pierce into dark emotions is just as stunning. On the title piece, we hear Baker belt out the chorus over distorted guitar that’s louder than anything she’s released before. It’s the sound of catharsis.” (Sophie Weiner, VillageVoice)

Rosie Yadid: A Sort-of Debut
Silvana, 300 W 116th St./ 7PM, FREE
“Power-packing chanteuse and sultry Scorpio Rosie Yadid invites you to celebrate her birthday at this night of jazz-inflected vocals. With the aid of guitarists Dan Hartig and Paul Weintrob, bassist Rami Yadid and drummer Victor De La Garza, Yadid introduces you to her intoxicating voice through original songs.” (TONY)

Jonny King (Oct.27-30.)
Mezzrow, 163 W. 10th St./ 8PM, +9:30PM, $20-$25
“King, a multitalented pianist and the author of the valuable primer “What Jazz Is,” has had an on-again, off-again career, thanks to his stint as a trial attorney, but it’s worth attending to his trenchant post-bop playing now that he’s in view again. He has unerring support from the bassist Ira Coleman and the drummer Victor Lewis.” (NewYorker)

JEN SHYU (Oct.27-28)
at the Stone at the New School / 8:30PM, $
“Ms. Shyu is a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist whose compositions trace a winding path back through history and heritage. “Song of Silver Geese,” her coming album, consists of an original, nine-part suite drawing on East Asian and Melanesian folk song, and the writings of two of her mentors. On the album, which finds Ms. Shyu cycling nimbly through languages and emotional registers, she is joined by a string quartet and her jazz septet, Jade Tongue. On Friday she will perform the suite with a five-piece band, then will give a solo concert on Saturday.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

Johnny O’Neal (Oct.27-29.)
Smoke, 2751 Broadway, between 105th and 106th Sts./ 7, 9, 10:30PM, $38
“O’Neal is a survivor, and he’d be the first person to tell you so. Obscurity and illness diverted his path for a good part of the past few decades, but this fine pianist and singer is a throwback to the long-gone days when performers had to know any song that was thrown at them, and then toss it off with authority. He has built a coterie of devoted listeners entranced by his old-school erudition. O’Neal celebrates the release of his album “In the Moment” in charge of an agreeably empathic trio.” (NewYorker)

‘THE RED SHOES’  (Oct. 26 through Nov. 5 at various times).
at New York City Center / 7:30PM, $35+
“Matthew Bourne/New Adventures returns to New York City Center with his first new production in four years. An adaptation of the treasured Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger film, “The Red Shoes” explores Victoria Page’s battle between life and art. The New Adventures dancers Ashley Shaw and Cordelia Braithwaite perform the part, along with Sara Mearns, a principal of New York City Ballet. The composer Julian Craster is played, alternately, by Marcelo Gomes of American Ballet Theater and Dominic North of New Adventures. And finally, Sam Archer plays the impresario Boris Lermontov.” (NYT-GIA KOURLAS)

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

IFPDA Print Fair (Oct.26-29)
Javits Center River Pavilion, 655 West 34th St./ 12-8PM, $20
This week the Javits Center will be filled with prints spanning a wide range of artistic periods, from Dürer to Tacita Dean (with an emphasis on contemporary and modern works), all part of the International Fine Print Dealers Association’s yearly fair, now in its twenty-sixth edition.

View and purchase a diverse collection of rare works that span a range of periods and prices at the largest and most celebrated art fair dedicated to the artistic medium of printmaking.

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.

TASTING CIDER WEEK (thru Oct.29)
“If cider is the apple of your eye, then Cider Week is for you. Hop around town for tastings, celebrate the opening of the Bad Seed Cider Brooklyn Taproom and check out the Cider in the Square Apple Market to find hard and sweet ciders, apples, pie and donuts. Festivities also include cider­centric feasts, talks and extended happy hours.” (Newsday)
WHEN | WHERE Friday through Sunday, , Oct. 20­29 at various venues, including the Bad Seed Brooklyn Tap Room, 585 Franklin Ave.,
INFO Free -­$85, ciderweeknyc.com

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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 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)

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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 10/25 and 10/23.

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