NYC Events,”Only the Best” (11/20) + 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: “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:

“Wines across New York State” Class & Tasting
City Winery / 6:30PM, $55
“Did you know that New York is the third largest wine-producing state in the U.S.? City Winery is hosting a class and tasting on Wine’s Across New York State, where participants can taste twelve wines from six wineries, along with some hors d’oeuvres.

Little-known fact: New York is the third largest wine-producing state in the U.S., according to the Wine Institute. There are five major wine growing regions in New York, ten official viticultural areas and more than 420 wineries operating within the state.

We invite you to join us for a class and tasting at City Winery in celebration of New York’s viticultural diversity on Monday, November 20th. Named Wine Region of the Year in 2014 by Wine Enthusiast Magazine, New York produces wines that can satisfy the most discriminating wine drinker: wines that are complex, well-made and expressive of the local terroir.

During the class, we will offer twelve wines from six wineries across New York in order to highlight individual styles and expressions of the land. Our Executive Chef Michael Jeanty will prepare an assortment of hors d’oeuvres to pair with wines.”

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6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> BOB DYLAN AND MAVIS STAPLES
>> Madama Butterfly
>> Broadway Under the Stars
>> ‘STEVE NELSON SALUTES BOBBY HUTCHERSON’ 
>> KANDANCE SPRINGS
>>The Ghost Ship of Brooklyn: An Untold Story from the American Revolution

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

BOB DYLAN AND MAVIS STAPLES (Nov.20-25)
at Beacon Theater / 7:30PM, $155+
“Seeing Bob Dylan in 2017 is a wondrously strange experience. Unlike many of his contemporaries, he seems uninterested in giving his live audiences a close approximation of their favorite records; instead, he twists his songs into wild new forms, laying on the brimstone and blues. It’s anything but a canned nostalgia trip, which is refreshing in an age with plenty of nostalgia to go around. Opening for Mr. Dylan at this five-night stand, which begins on Monday and continues into next week, is his longtime friend Mavis Staples, whose latest album, “If All I Was Was Black,” arrives Nov. 17.” (NYT-SIMON VOZICK-LEVINSON)

Madama Butterfly
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.”

Broadway Under the Stars
Time Warner Center-Shops at Columbus Circle, 2nd Fl. / 5PM, FREE
For the next four Mondays you’ll have a chance to nibble on musical theater at Broadway Under the Stars, an annual series on a makeshift stage at the Shops at Columbus Circle. It’s a lot like the ever-popular Broadway in Bryant Park, except later in the year and indoors. (The stars of the title are the massive decorative ones that hang from the ceiling at the Time Warner Center each winter.)

Cast members from a dozen different Broadway shows—plus Off Broadway’s Red Roses, Green Gold—head to Columbus Circle on Mondays at 5pm to sing for their shoppers. Hosted by Broadway actor George Psomas (Fiddler on the Roof), it’s a casual affair, without costumes or sets but with plenty of up-and-coming talent.
Today: Home for the Holidays, Red Roses, Green Gold and Miss Saigon•

‘STEVE NELSON SALUTES BOBBY HUTCHERSON’
at Dizzy’s Club / 7:30 and 9:30PM, $35
“His toasty sound owes a lot to Milt Jackson, the original pioneer of bebop vibraphone, but Mr. Nelson is also fond of opening up his playing and letting the vibes resound. As a result, his sound has a lot in common with that of Bobby Hutcherson, a postbop vibraphonist known for the bracing strength and rippling grace of his playing. Here Mr. Nelson pays tribute to Hutcherson, who died last year, with a combo featuring Rick Germanson on piano, Kiyoshi Kitagawa on bass and Charles Goold on drums.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

KANDANCE SPRINGS
at City Winery / 10PM, $22
“Ms. Springs is a talented young vocalist and pianist with throwback affinities. That much is clear on her full-length debut from last year, “Soul Eyes,” a collection of feel-good soul and folk-inflected ballads telling of heartbreak and teachable moments. It’s not hard to spot her intergenerational array of influences: Roberta Flack, Bettye LaVette, Mary J. Blige and Lizz Wright.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

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

The Ghost Ship of Brooklyn: An Untold Story from the American Revolution
Fraunces Tavern Museum, 54 Pearl St./ 6:30PM, $10
“The story of the HMS Jersey is not one of the Revolutionary War’s most told, but it’s highly significant: twice as many Americans died there, imprisoned off the coast of Brooklyn, as were killed in combat during the entire war. Learn more about the terror the ship inspired, and how it provided a turning point for the American cause, from author and historian Robert Watson.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

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.

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(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

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“Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer”
Metropolitan Museum / 10AM-5:30PM, $25
“The largest Michelangelo in the history of the Met opened on Monday Nov 13.  “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)

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Erwin Redl’s Whiteout, a newly commissioned public art project, will light up in Madison Square Park tonight. It consists of hundreds of transparent white spheres, each embedded with a white LED light, and suspended from a square grid of steel poles. The swaying sequence of light will be on display until April 2018.

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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 11/18 and 11/16.

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