NYC Events,”Only the Best” (11/14) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

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For future NYC Events better check the tab above: “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 over town, all through the month.
The curated list of events you will find in the “This WEEK” tab ain’t bad, either.

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

The Exterminating Angel (next performances Nov.18; Nov.21)
The Metropolitan Opera / 7:30PM, $95+
“Following the rapturous response to his last opera, The Tempest, the Met presents the American premiere of Thomas Adès’s The Exterminating Angel, inspired by the classic Luis Buñuel film of the same name. Hailed by the New York Times at its 2016 Salzburg Festival premiere as “inventive and audacious … a major event,” The Exterminating Angel is a surreal fantasy about a dinner party from which the guests can’t escape. Tom Cairns, who wrote the libretto, directs the new production, and Adès conducts his own adventurous new opera.”

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7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>BRIAN BLADE AND THE FELLOWSHIP BAND
>>Stanley Clarke
>>Eternal Light
>>John Zorn’s Masada
>>NILÜFER YANYA
>>Greater Gotham: A History of New York City from 1898 to 1919
>>“Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer”
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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

BRIAN BLADE AND THE FELLOWSHIP BAND (Nov. 14-19)
at Jazz Standard / 7:30 and 9:30PM, $30
“One of jazz’s most distinctive and sought-after drummers, Mr. Blade is known for his broad, forceful playing, which can both pummel and levitate. He’s not concerned with projecting a rhythmic concept so much as evoking something wholesale, cathartic and consuming. His Fellowship Band has been together for 20 years, and here it celebrates the release of a new record, “Body and Shadow.” The album — collecting seven original tunes and two takes on a Christian hymn — reflects the group’s ethereal, communal approach. The Fellowship Band appears here in a five-piece iteration, with Melvin Butler on alto saxophone and bass clarinet, Myron Walden on tenor and soprano saxophone, Jon Cowherd on piano and Chris Thomas on bass.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

Stanley Clarke (Nov. 14-19)
at the Blue Note / 8 and 10:30PM, $30-$45
“What hasn’t Clarke played over the course of his four-decade career? He’s proficient in mainstream jazz, of course, but he has also taken on chamber-scaled projects of genuine delicacy and electric fusion of arena-rock proportions. He turns up here with a combo that includes the legendary Lenny White on drums.” (TONY)

Eternal Light
Swedish Radio Choir – Peter Dijkstra, conductor
Church of St. Mary the Virgin, 145 W46th St. / 7:30PM, $35-$50
“For this intimate a cappella concert at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, the Swedish Radio Choir, named one of the world’s leading choirs by Gramophone, creates immersive soundscapes with mesmerizing ethereal works by living composers. The program culminates in Schnittke’s Concerto for Choir, a moving 20th-century choral masterpiece.
“Star among stars was the fabulous Swedish Radio Choir which sang as close to perfection as one could wish for.” – MusicWeb International
“This is something that far transcends beats and bar lines. This is hypnosis.” – Expressen (Sweden)

John Zorn’s Masada
at the Village Vanguard / 8:30 and 10:30PM, $30
“Where it once seemed like a massive turning of the tide for the iconoclastic Zorn to get a stint at this hallowed jazz institution, by now it feels like old home week. Nine different ensembles will present work from the third book of the composer’s ever-growing Masada repertoire. Participants include Bill Frisell, Christian McBride, Julian Lage, and Frank London; Zorn himself is scheduled to perform with the Zion 80 band on the final night.” (NewYorker)

NILÜFER YANYA
at Mercury Lounge / 9:30PM, $15
“Naming a song “Baby Luv” is a bold move in a world where the Supremes’ classic 1964 hit “Baby Love” exists. Then again, boldness is warranted when you’ve got a hook as devastating as the one that the 22-year-old London singer Nilüfer Yanya repeats with mounting intensity on her post-punk-tinged single of that name: “Again, again, again, again/Do you like pain?” At this, her first show in the United States, Ms. Yanya will seek to confirm and expand her impressive critical reputation.” (NYT-SIMON VOZICK-LEVINSON)

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

Greater Gotham: A History of New York City from 1898 to 1919
The Skyscraper Museum, 39 Battery Pl./ 6:30PM, FREE, RSVP required
“Picking up in 1898, where the Pulitzer Prize-winning Gotham left off, Greater Gotham doubles down on detail to cover a remarkable period in New York City’s history. Beginning with the consolidation of the five boroughs and ending just after WW1, this long-awaited sequel surveys two decisive decades that saw the city’s physical and population growth into the world’s second-largest metropolis and a center of global finance. Join us as Mike Wallace discusses the remarkable book that Publisher’s Weekly writes “sets a standard for urban history, capturing both New York’s particularities and its protean dynamism.”

Mike Wallace is a Distinguished Professor of History at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, specializing in the history of New York City. Gotham, written with Edwin G. Burrows, won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize in History. In 2000, Wallace founded The Gotham Center for New York City History at The Graduate Center, CUNY.”

“Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer”
Metropolitan Museum / 10AM-5:30PM, $25
“The largest Michelangelo in the history of the Met opened yesterday.  “Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer” features 133 drawings, three marble sculptures and the iconic Renaissance artist’s earliest painting.

The last Michelangelo exhibition to take place in New York consisted of a reproduction of the Sistine Ceiling at the Oculus in Lower Manhattan. But now, the real deal is coming to town thanks to the exhibition, “Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer,” at The Metropolitan Museum Of Art. Announced in May, the show is the largest monograph of the Renaissance genius ever mounted at The Met. It’s been hyped—not without reason—as a once-in-a-lifetime exhibit featuring 133 drawings, three marble sculptures, as well as the artist’s earliest painting.

The show also includes a wooden architectural model for a chapel he designed, along with paintings by some of his contemporaries. “Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer” opens November 13, and is bound to be packed.” (TONY)

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)
Tree Lighting
As one of the most popular holiday markets in NYC, the Winter Village has big plans to make their tree-lighting ceremony (held 6PM, Friday, December 1) a smash. When you go, you’ll be dazzled by a theatrical ice-skating show starring World Champions and Olympian skaters Kimmie Meissner, Meryl Davis and Charlie White as well as Jeff Buttle. The legendary Johnny Weir will also hit the 17,000-square-foot rink.

(11/10/17-1/1/18) The NYC perennial holiday favorite Christmas Spectacular Starring The Radio City Rockettes® returns. Fan favorites include “New York at Christmas,” where the Rockettes® board a real double-decker bus, and the high-energy tap number “Twelve Days of Christmas.” Of course, beloved classics like “The Parade of the Wooden Soldiers” and “The Living Nativity” will also be back. rockettes.com/christmas

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)

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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:
“L.A. Invitational”    (thru Dec.16)
Gagosian, 555 W. 24th St.
“An armada of West Coast art stars, both old and new, visits New York in the marketing equivalent of gunboat diplomacy. Battleships: installations by Mike Kelley and Chris Burden. Cruisers: huge sculptures by Nancy Rubins, Thomas Houseago, and Robert Therrien. Destroyers: big paintings by Ed Ruscha, Mark Grotjahn, Sterling Ruby, and others. Small craft: whimsical whatnots by Frank Gehry and Piero Golia. What’s Californian? Nonchalant confidence, as an evident rule. Not much else unites these fourteen artists. But each performs at the museum-ready top of his or her game.”

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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 11/12 and 11/10.

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