NYC Events,”Only the Best” (11/08) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

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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:

Vivian Reed: Sings Lena Horne
Feinstein’s/54 Below / 7PM, $35+
“The star of Broadway’s Bubbling Brown Sugar, among other things, is a lithe and dynamic triple-threat performer, with a voice that roams magically from contralto depths to R&B peaks. Her new set honors the career and legacy of Lena Horne; songs inclyde “A fine Romance,” “The Lady Is a Tramp” and, of course, “Stormy Weather.” (TONY)


6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>Garth Fagan Dance
>>The Met: “Turandot”
>>New York Comedy Festival
>>Wednesdays at One: Music for Piano
>>An Evening With George Booth

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Garth Fagan Dance (Nov. 7-12)
Joyce Theatre, 175 Eighth Ave., at 19th St./ 7:30PM, $
“Now in his late seventies, Fagan has recently been sharing choreographic responsibilities with his longtime star dancer, the coolly graceful Norwood Pennewell. The works of the disciple are faithful to the master’s style but show signs of fresh life and musical responsiveness. Of the four premières here, half are by Fagan (“In Conflict” and “Estrogen/Genius”), half by Pennewell (“A Moderate Cease” and “Wecoo Duende”). The company remains distinguished by veteran dancers such as Natalie Rogers—sexy, funny, and incredibly strong in her mid-fifties.” (NewYorker)

The Met: “Turandot”
Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, $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)

New York  Comedy Festival (through Nov.12)
“Eight days (Tuesday through Sunday). More than 200 comedians (see the examples below). Over 20 venues. This 14th edition of this annual festival is upon us, with fresh-faced newcomers and comedy veterans alike descending upon our fair city.” (NYT-KASIA PILAT)

at Jazz Standard, 7:30 and 9:30PM, $
“Mr. Peacock, a bassist best known for his work in trios led by Keith Jarrett and Bill Evans, has developed a lissome rapport with the members of his own three-piece combo: the pianist Marc Copland and the drummer Joey Baron. On “Tangents,” the group’s new album, Mr. Peacock’s somber bass takes center stage, and his band mates add a weightless webbing on top. At this show the trio will play music from the album, out on ECM Records, which consists largely of original compositions.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

Wednesdays at One: Music for Piano
The Juilliard School, Alice Tully Hall / 1PM, FREE
“Juilliard students share their talent with the community in these free, hour-long lunchtime concerts on Wednesday afternoons throughout the season.”

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

An Evening With George Booth
Society of Illustrators,128 E63rd St.(btw Park/Lexington Ave) /6:30PM, $7–$15
“If you’ve been a New Yorker reader over the past half-century, you’ve lingered over George Booth’s visions of well-lived-in homes overrun by cats with pipe-cleaner whiskers and bottom-heavy dogs tilting on wrinkled haunches. Booth (born 1926) sold his first cartoon to the venerable weekly in 1969, and has since populated its pages with world-weary, long-married couples who retain their enthusiasm for amateur musical ensembles and pontification from the bathtub. Naked light bulbs dangle from ceilings, potted plants droop, and laundry hangs limply in bedraggled interiors; in a two-page illustration, a heavy-set, frizzy-haired matron presides over a yard strewn with the shabby furniture, battered housewares, mismatched auto parts, and other domestic detritus one would expect at a “Worn Gentility Sale.” Booth continues to convey the existential absurdity of the human condition through his blithely cranky pen lines, and this Wednesday he will speak at the Society of Illustrators, where he’ll perhaps expand on a notion he brought up during a 2013 interview with The Comics Journal: “I like to try to give people a little understanding, even if I don’t understand them.” (R.C. Baker, Village Voice)

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)

Elsewhere, but come on, “just Mangia,” and make this worthwhile detour:
“Savor the Bronx” – a Bronx version of Restaurant Week. (Nov.06-17)
Go check it out to get deals at the best restaurants in the Bronx.

“The Bronx’s culinary diversity get its rightful spotlight during this price-slashed, borough-specific restaurant week. For 11 days, more than 30 eateries will serve prix-fixe menus at a budget-friendly rate of just $16.41 for lunch and $20.15 for dinner. Snack your way through Latin cuisines ranging from Mexican at Xochimilco Family Restaurant to Dominican at Mamajuana Cafe, or tap into the borough’s rich Italian history at red-sauce standbys like Enzo’s of Morris Park and Tosca Café. In addition to food, Bronx-bound bargoers can throw back beers at Bronx Alehouse or the venerable Bronx Beer Hall, that storied bazaar where Robert De Niro first met Joe Pesci.” (TONY)

Canstruction (Nov.02-15)
Brookfield Place; /10AM – 8PM; 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)

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.
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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.”



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 11/06 and 11/04.

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