NYC Events,”Only the Best” (01/19) + 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 over town, all through the month.
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Have time for only one NYC Event today? Do this:

Jenny Scheinman’s Mischief and Mayhem (Jan. 18-21)
Jazz Standard, 116 E. 27th St. / 7:30 9:30, $30
“Angels and demons frolic about like old pals in Jenny Scheinman’s Mischief & Mayhem, an infectiously inventive and witty quartet led by the soulful California violinist. Long the mistress of a peculiar vein of cosmopolitan Americana, Scheinman explores more combustible environs with Wilco stunt guitarist Nels Cline, the constantly surprising drummer Jim Black, and nimble bassist Todd Sickafoose — longtime associates and frequent collaborators with deep West Coast roots of their own. Scheinman, an emotionally rich font of improvisation, channels dark folk undercurrents, hot-club jazz, and anything else floating through the room. As heard on the foursome’s eponymous 2012 release, elliptic grooves and barely restrained caterwaul duke it out in tunes like “Blues for the Double Vee,” start-stop rocker “The Mite,” and ethnomusicologically playful “Ali Farka Touché.” (Richard Gehr, VillageVoice)

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7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>Al Foster Quartet
>> Le Nozze di Figaro
>> Ambrose Akinmusire
>> Tom Harrell
>>Malpaso Dance Company
>>The Art of Nat King Cole: Rarities, New Discoveries and Unseen Footage
>> The Library After Hours: Counterculture
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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Al Foster Quartet (Jan. 19-21)
Smoke, 2751 Broadway, between 105th and 106th Sts./ 7, 9, 10:30PM, $38
“Those who can still picture Foster as a young eager-beaver drummer pumping galvanic rhythms behind Miles Davis and Sonny Rollins might be taken aback to realize that he is acknowledging his seventy-fifth birthday at this celebratory weekend gig. Still itching to turn up the intensity, the venerable percussionist is at the helm of a quartet that includes the saxophonist Danya Stephens and the pianist Adam Birnbaum.” (NewYorker)

Le Nozze di Figaro
Metropolitan Opera House / 7:30PM, $
“An exceptional ensemble of performers—including Ailyn Pérez, Nadine Sierra, Isabel Leonard, Luca Pisaroni, Mariusz Kwiecien, and Ildar Abdrazakov—share the stage in Mozart’s comic yet profound look at human nature and one crazy day in a wealthy Spanish household. Acclaimed Mozartean maestro Harry Bicket conducts Richard Eyre’s high-spirited production.”

Ambrose Akinmusire (Jan. 16-21)
The Stone, Avenue C at 2nd St. /
“Although he could rest on his laurels as a radiantly gifted trumpeter who combines laudable technical skills with an engulfing sound, Akinmusire also has compositional and conceptual ambition to spare. His residency at this venerated spartan venue (now in the last few months at its East Village location) finds him mixing it up with such stimulating improvisers as Craig Taborn, Mary Halvorson, and David Virelles.” (NewYorker)

Malpaso Dance Company (Jan.17-21)
Joyce Theater / 7:30PM, $41+
“The Joyce has taken this ten-member, five-year-old Cuban contemporary dance troupe, whose name means something like misstep, under its wing, which has led to the commissioning of new works by several North American choreographers. Malpaso’s winter season includes the New York premiere of Aszure Barton’s Indomitable Waltz, to music by Alexander Balanescu, Michael Nyman, and Nils Frahm, as well as Face the Torrent, a new dance by Emmy nominee Sonya Tayeh, and a 2013 piece, Ocaso, by the troupe’s artistic director and resident choreographer, Osnel Delgado.” (Elizabeth Zimmer, Village Voice)

Tom Harrell (Jan. 16-23)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave. S., at 11th St./ 8:30PM, +10:30PM, $35
“Parsing the components of the trumpeter Harrell’s stylistic identity is the easy part—bebop, post-bop, Latin, and classical influences clearly run through his playing. But understanding just how this admired veteran absorbed it all and emerged with a thoroughly integrated and distinctive musical approach is more difficult. His robust quintet finds room for the saxophonist Jaleel Shaw and the pianist Danny Grissett.” (NewYorker)

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

The Art of Nat King Cole: Rarities, New Discoveries and Unseen Footage
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave./ 12PM, $29
“Will Friedwald, feature writer for The Wall Street Journal and Vanity Fair and the author of nine books on popular music, presents curated video clips from his extensive vintage collection to illustrate the great artistry of the performers and composers of the American Songbook.

Nat King Cole (1919-1965) enjoyed an amazing dual career as one of the finest pianists in jazz and, simultaneoulsy, as one of the most remarkable voices to ever sing the Great American Songbook. In anticipation of the centennial of the great man, this show features a mini-retrospective of his career, focusing on newly found footage from rare films and TV appearances, many from foreign television. See why the legendary Nat King Cole represents a milestone in American music.”

The Library After Hours: Counterculture
New York Public Library—Stephen A. Schwarzman Building,
476 Fifth Ave. / 7-9PM, FREE
“Join us at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on select Fridays for the city’s most cerebral happy hour. The Library After Hours features music, food and drinks, performances, and behind-the-scenes access to the Library’s collections.

New York City celebrates the 1960s this year, and the Library is in on the act with its first After Hours of 2018, Counterculture, presented in connection with our brand-new exhibition “You Say You Want a Revolution.” Check out the exhibit, meet the curator, watch avant-garde and experimental films, make your own album-cover art, and dance to the sounds of the ’60s, courtesy of Felix Hernandez, the host of WBGO’s Rhythm Revue.

The evening will include:

A chance to be among the first to explore the new exhibit, “You Say You Want a Revolution.”
Guided talk by exhibit curator Isaac Gewirtz
A selection of ’60s avant-garde and experimental 16mm films pulled from our archives
Arts & Crafts table: create your own album-cover art
Access to the Recent Acquisitions exhibit, highlighting beautiful books, objects, art, photography, and ephemera procured by the Library in recent years
Quiet room with games, coloring, and puzzles
’60s dance party with Felix Hernandez, host of WBGO’s Rhythm Revue, NY’s longest-running classic-soul radio show

Snacks & drinks available for purchase
Lines start forming at 5th Ave in advance of the event. Entrance is admitted on a first come, first serve basis, until the space is full, regardless of registration status.”

BONUS:

Broadway Week began on Tuesday! Get two-for-one tickets to your favorite shows, from Chicago to Wicked

AND “NYC Broadway Week and NYC Restaurant Week will overlap this winter, creating the perfect storm of events where you can sit down indoors. NYC Broadway Week begins first with two-for-one tickets to the best shows from January 16 through February 4. NYC Restaurant Week joins in on January 22, and it runs through February 9, offering lunches for $29 and dinner for $42.”

See TONY magazine:  Your guide to combining NYC Broadway Week and NYC Restaurant Week

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Continuing Events

‘MICHELANGELO: DIVINE DRAFTSMAN AND DESIGNER’
Metropolitan Museum of Art (through Feb. 12).

”A monument to a monument. With 133 drawings by the beyond-famous artist on loan from some 50 front-rank collections, this show is a curatorial coup and an art historical tour de force: a panoptic view of a titanic career as recorded in the most fragile of media: paper, chalk and ink. And it demands that you be fully present. Drawing is more than a graphic experience; it’s a textural one, about the pressure of crayon and pen on a page; the subliminal fade and focus of lines; the weave and shadow-creating swells of surfaces. These are effects that can’t be captured by a smartphone.” (Cotter-NYT)
212-535-7710, metmuseum.org

The art world has been agog about this exhibition for sometime. One critic after another exclaims that it is the “Exhibition of a lifetime!” The hype has been over the top. Usually that means you’ll be disappointed when you actually experience it, because it couldn’t possibly live up to the hype. Not this time.

This is a huge and marvelous exhibition that shows the evolution of Michelangelo from a young artist to a mature, divine genius. An exhibition that you will remember for sometime. Even the works of other artists that are included for contrast and context are amazing.

Here are a few reviews from the critics to give you a fuller flavor of this exhibition. They strongly encourage you to make the time to see this “once in a lifetime” exhibition. I also encourage you to see it.

Only 24 days left, because the exhibition closes February 12, and that last week it will probably be crazy packed.

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Let there be light!
Erwin Redl’s Whiteout, a newly commissioned public art project, will light up in Madison Square Park. 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.

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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.

Gordon Parks: I Am You, Part 1
New views from a late visionary.
The first installment of two, this show devoted to the great photographer of the civil-rights movement focuses on lesser-known work from the ’50s and ’60s, like portraits of artists including Calder and Giacometti and vérité fashion photography that paved the way for today’s street-style portraiture.
Jack Shainman Gallery, 524 West 24th Street. Opens January 11.(NYMagazine)

Here is an exhibition the New Yorker likes:

“The first in a multiyear series of shows about photographs made for commercial or practical purposes, curated by Brian Wallis, considers the portrait. Most of the images date to the nineteenth century; all of them fit into typologies. Fifteen tintypes of “workers with tools of their trade” include a barber, a piano tuner, and a sword swallower; several mug shots attributed to the California sheriff Thomas Cunningham are so picturesque that they could be mistaken for stills from a Hollywood period piece. Passport photographers across Africa take full-length portraits and cut out the heads, leaving behind accidental studies of fashion. A mesmerizing series of such discards, shown here, were taken against a red background in Gulu, Uganda, and collected by the Italian-born journalist Martina Bacigalupo. A found group of forty-eight color snapshots of migrant farmworkers, each holding up a paper number—their source is unknown—takes the idea of identifying documents in a more chilling direction.”

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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 01/17 and 01/15.

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