NYC Events,”Only the Best” (01/25) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

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For future NYC Events better check the tab above: “NYC Events-January”
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:

Lincoln Center’s Great Performers (October 18, 2017 – May 19, 2018)
Rolston String Quartet
Rubenstein Atrium, Lincoln Center/ 7:30PM, FREE, better get there early for a seat.
“First-prize winner of the 2016 Banff International String Quartet Competition, this ensemble of “astonishing harmonic maturity” (Calgary Herald) makes its Lincoln Center debut in a performance of stylistic verve and impeccable musicianship.”

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7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>JAZZ LEGENDS FOR DISABILITY PRIDE
>>Mike Longo & Paul West
>> Jackie Hoffman
>>Nilson Matta’s Brazilian Voyage
>>Benny Golson
>> Bitter Allies: China and North Korea
>> Happiness Is a Choice You Make”
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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

JAZZ LEGENDS FOR DISABILITY PRIDE
The Sheen Center / 7:30PM, $100
“This annual benefit for Disability Pride NYC features an impressive lineup of elders and luminaries, including the saxophonist George Coleman, the pianist Kenny Barron, the drummer Jimmy Cobb and the trumpeter Wynton Marsalis. The organization, which also organizes the annual Disability Pride Parade, was founded by Mike LeDonne, a pianist whose daughter, Mary, is disabled due to Praeder-Willi Syndrome.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

Mike Longo & Paul West
Mezzrow, 163 W. 10th St,/ 8PM, 9:30PM, $20
“Dizzy Gillespie’s ensembles of the nineteen-sixties were a breeding ground for such formidable players as James Moody and Kenny Barron, and also for less heralded but vital figures like Longo, a longtime Gillespie pianist, and the bassist West. They unite here for a snug duet.” (NewYorker)

Jackie Hoffman
The Appel Room, Jazz @ Lincoln Center / 8:30PM, $75+
“Long on comic talent and vocal power, short on patience with many things, actor and comedian Jackie Hoffman is one of the stage and screen’s favorite scene stealers. After shining in supporting roles in Hairspray, Xanadu, The Addams Family, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, she made the transition to leading lady in last year’s critically acclaimed Off-Broadway revival of Once Upon a Mattress. She is also a fan favorite at Joe’s Pub, where she has performed a string of bawdy, vaudevillian solo shows, including The Kvetching Continues, the venue’s longest-running show of all time. Fresh off her Emmy-nominated performance as Mamacita in FX’s Feud: Bette and Joan, the Theatre World Award and Obie-winning Hoffman takes over The Appel Room for a night of show tunes, covers, original songs, and “kvetching on an operatic scale” (New York Times).”

Nilson Matta’s Brazilian Voyage (Jan 25-28)
Dizzy’s Club / 7:30PM, +9:30PM,
“With tenor saxophonist/bass clarinetist/flutist Craig Handy, trombonist Jay Ashby, pianist/accordionist Julian Shore, vocalist Fabiana Masili, percussionist Fernando Saci, and bassist/cavaquinho player/percussionist Nilson Matta

Nilson Matta is well known as the world-class bassist of Trio da Paz, but his solo career as a composer and bandleader is equally noteworthy. His albums are thoughtful aural masterpieces featuring lush harmonies and contemporary Brazilian rhythms. “Brazilian Voyage” is an apt title for tonight’s performance, as Matta’s expert knowledge of Brazilian jazz unfolds as a varied journey through the music’s traditions and contemporary explorations, demonstrating an evolution in which he continues to play a major role.”

Benny Golson (Jan. 24-27)
Jazz Standard, 116 E. 27th St./ 7:30PM, 9:30PM, $35
“A living link to the golden era of nineteen-fifties hard bop, the saxophonist and composer Golson can still extract riches from a ballad and stir up trouble, as exhibited on his most recent release, the 2016 album “Horizon Ahead.” If the eighty-nine-year-old Golson unleashes but one of the durable classics he’s written, such as “Killer Joe,” “I Remember Clifford,” and “Whisper Not,” it’ll be a memorable event.” (NewYorker)

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

Bitter Allies: China and North Korea
Asia Society and Museum, 725 Park Ave. / 6:30PM, $40
“Delve into one of Asia’s most complex relationships at this event on “bitter allies” China and North Korea and what role China could play in the ongoing North Korean conflict.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour.

Book Talk: “Happiness Is a Choice You Make”
Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St./ 6:30PM, $5
“Journalist John Leland has gathered “Lessons from a Year Among the Oldest Old.” His findings: among the 85 and up set, life is richer than the stereotypes suggest. Leland joins fellow journalist Julie Scelfo to talk about the wisdom and contentment he found, and the degree to which we can influence the quality of our own lives.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

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PLUS the Winter Antiques Show, which will run from the 19th to the 28th. Head to the Park Avenue Armory to find one-of-a-kind finds from 70 exhibitors.” (UntappedCities)

The world’s top-ranked squash players compete at The J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions in Grand Central Terminal.
TODAY: Women’s Finals 7PM, Men’s Finals 8PM

BONUS:

Broadway Week began last week! Get two-for-one tickets to your favorite shows, from Chicago to Wicked.  NYC Restaurant Week began this week on Monday.

Try  a double header. “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 19 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 01/23 and 01/21.

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