NYC Events,”Only the Best” (11/02) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

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For future NYC Events better check the tab above: “Notable NYC Events-November
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:

Architecture & Design Film Festival (Nov.1-5)
Cinépolis Chelsea / 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm, $16.50
“The Architecture & Design Film Festival (ADFF) – the nation’s largest film festival devoted to the creative spirit that drives architecture and design – will take place in New York City from November 1-5 at Cinépolis Chelsea. Through a curated selection of films, director Q&As and panel discussions, ADFF creates an opportunity to educate, entertain and engage all who are excited about architecture and design. The ninth edition will showcase 30+ feature-length and short films offering explorative portraits of architecture icons such as Mies van der Rohe, Glenn Murcutt and Rem Koolhaas, and delving into topics ranging from imaginative solutions for homeless housing and how drones will impact architecture.”

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7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Madama Butterfly 
>> Edna Vazquez Band
>> Dizzy Gillespie All-Stars
>> Ann Hampton Callaway: Jazz Goes to the Movies
>> Canstruction
>> Rivals Unto Death: Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr
>> “Strangers in Their Own Land:”
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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Madama Butterfly (various dates Nov.2 – Mar.16)
The Metropolitan Opera / 7:30PM, $25+
“Anthony Minghella’s stunning production of Puccini’s heartbreaking opera, an instant Met classic since its 2006 premiere, returns with Hui He and Ermonela Jaho in the tragic title role of the trusting geisha. Roberto Aronica and Luis Chapa alternate as her callous American lover, Pinkerton, and Jader Bignamini and Marco Armiliato conduct.”

Edna Vazquez Band
Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center/ 7:30PM, FREE, but get there early for a seat.
“Edna Vazquez is a fearless singer, songwriter, and guitarist whose powerful voice and musical talent embrujan and transcend the boundaries of language to engage and uplift her audience. She is a creative crisol with a vocal range that allows her to paint seamlessly with her original material, an intersection of folk, rock, pop, and R&B. Vazquez’s passion for music and performance grew from her bicultural raices and, with songs deeply rooted in universal human emotion, she has traveled far and wide spreading her message of light, love, and cultural healing.”

Dizzy Gillespie All-Stars (Oct.31-Nov.05)
Blue Note / 8PM +10:30PM, $30-$45
“History has produced its share of great artists and great people – John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie was both. As a performer, he left behind an incredible record of innovation and inspiration; as a composer, a broad repository of musical masterpieces; and as a man, a legion of friends, colleagues, and compatriots who remember him with the same degree of love and esteem they reserve for his work.

The Dizzy Gillespie™ Alumni All-Star group are the direct descendants of Gillespie’s musical ventures. The groups have featured some of Dizzy’s closest compatriots: senior statesman and NEA Jazz Master James Moody; musical director John Lee; and veteran Gillespie alumni Roy Hargrove, Roberta Gambarini, Cyrus Chestnut, Steve Davis, and Willie Jones III. All of them are outstanding band leaders, educators, and recording artists in their own right.

The Alumni All-Star group debuted in 1996. They continue to delight audiences around the world with the enduring power and freshness of Gillespie’s music. These groups are the legacy the master would have wanted, and they serve as a living tribute from extraordinary musicians who exemplify his style, range, and commitment.”

Ann Hampton Callaway: Jazz Goes to the Movies (Oct.31-Nov.04)
Birdland / 8:30 and 11PM, $40
“A swinging fixture of the cabaret world, Ann Hampton Callaway has also branched into jazz and TV theme songs (The Nanny). She has a reassuringly mellow way with the standards, sung in a wry, dark-toned contralto. Her latest set explores intersections of jazz and film, from silver-screen classics like “As Time Goes By” to songs that she herself she has recorded for soundtracks.” (TONY)

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

Canstruction
Brookfield Place; /at various times; FREE
‘Give “food as art” new meaning beyond those food-porn Instagrams at this 24th annual cans-for-a-cause competition, pitting architecture teams against each other to create larger-than-life Pop-Art–installations using more than 120,000 cans of nonperishable food, all in the name of ending hunger (every can is donated to City Harvest). Head down to Brookfield Place to see the unveiling of these engineering spectacles, all built overnight after months of planning, and check back to see if your favorite takes home any titles in judges’ categories like Best Use of Labels, Best Meal and Structural Ingenuity. You’ll also be able to cast a ballot for the “People’s Choice” winner online. Admission is completely free, but you can do your part by bringing the suggested donation of one canned good per person.” (TONY)

Rivals Unto Death: Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr
Fraunces Tavern Museum, 54 Pearl St./ 6:30PM, $10
“Trace the thirty-year rivalry between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr that ended in their deadly encounter in Weehawken–just one week after they dined together at Fraunces Tavern!”

“Strangers in Their Own Land:” A Conversation with Arlie Hochschild
Deutsches Haus at NYU, 42 Washington Mews / 11AM, FREE
“Deutsches Haus at NYU and NYU’s Center for European and Mediterranean Studies present a conversation with Arlie Hochschild, author of “Strangers in Their Own Land,” discussing her findings on a polarized electorate.

The discussion will be based on her 2016 book, “Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right” (a finalist for the National Book Award) which is a timely piece of both empirical and theoretical sociological research into the divisions of American society. Published to much critical acclaim before the November 2016 elections, it has implications for an increasingly polarized electorates not only in the U.S.”

Continuing Events

Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park (6th Ave. & 42nd St.)
Midtown Manhattan’s winter wonderland.
Enjoy Bryant Park through the winter with the Holiday Shops food and gift boutiques (thru Jan.02), Danny Meyer’s pop-up rinkside eatery Public Fare (thru Mar.04), and The Rink, the centerpiece of Winter Village and New York City’s only free admission ice skating rink.
The Rink
This 17,000 square foot rink features free admission ice skating, high quality rental skates, and free skating shows, special events, and activities.
​October 28, 2017 – March 4, 2018
Daily, 8am-10pm (Rink hours are weather permitting)

EXHIBIT ‘TO QUENCH THE THIRST OF NEW YORKERS: THE CROTON AQUEDUCT AT 175’ (thru Dec 31)
“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; 212­-534­-1672, mcny.org.

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.

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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:
Robin F. Williams (thru Nov.11)
P.P.O.W. 535 W. 22nd St.
“In her edgy, lewd, and psychedelic canvases, the young figurative painter presents women in the unlikely, uncomfortable poses of fashion-magazine advertising. Williams is particularly interested in the commercial photography of the nineteen-seventies that paid homage to art-historical icons. “Your Good Taste Is Showing”—which gives the show its title—shrugs at Balthus, with a crotch-flashing figure and a yellow cat, as it sardonically advertises cigarettes. (An absurdly lithe model holds one in each hand.) Williams has a painterly gift for contrasts as she shifts between pasty and airbrushed surfaces, auras and hard-edge geometry, and de Chirico weirdness and Thiebaud seduction. Allusions aside, her barbed investigations of the female form are captivating in their own right.”

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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 10/31 and 10/29.

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