NYC Events,”Only the Best” (03/08) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

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For future NYC Events, better check the tab above: “NYC Events-March”
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.


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

Madama Butterfly (next performance Mar.13, 7:30PM)
The Metropolitan Opera House / 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.”

7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Stephanie Chou
>>Bernie Williams
>> The Armory Show 
>> Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall & His Times
>> Pirate Women: The Princesses, Prostitutes, and Privateers Who Ruled the Seven Seas
>> Art Battle NYC
Continuing Events

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Stephanie Chou
Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, FREE, better get there early for a seat.
“New York–based saxophonist, singer, and composer Stephanie Chou makes beautiful experimental pop by blending traditional Chinese music with elements of jazz, contemporary classical music, spoken word, folk, and the American singer-songwriter tradition. Among the music on tonight’s setlist, she’ll perform works from her latest album, Asymptote, which includes invigorating arrangements of Chinese classics such as “Kangding Love Song,” “The Moon Represents My Heart,” the tongue twister “Eating Grapes,” and a setting of one of Li Bai’s most famous poems.”

  Village Vanguard/ 8:30 and 10:30PM, $
“These three expert musicians all boast a lightness of touch and a keen sense of suspenseful development. Mr. Hersch, a pianist, has played separately with the bassist Mr. Gress and the drummer Mr. Hart, but they haven’t performed as a trio in more than a decade. This week provides a chance to hear three elder musicians whose creative drive remains undiminished, exploring a fresh scenario.” (NYT – GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

Bernie Williams
Café Carlyle / 8:45PM, $80
“…. But no other professional baseball player in the sport’s history has perhaps enjoyed a cooler post-MLB career outside of Moe Berg than Bernie Williams, who followed up his tenure on the winningest Yankees team in history by diving deep into the art of Latin jazz guitar, which he had begun in his final years with the club. His solo debut from 2003, The Journey Within, was an out-of-left-field surprise featuring an all-star band comprised of such names as Leland Sklar on bass, E-Street Band keyboardist David Sancious, and the great Kenny Aronoff on drums, among others. His 2009 follow-up, Moving Forward, scored cameos from Mike Stern, Bruce Springsteen, and the late NBA star–turned–jazz bassist Wayman Tisdale.

Now, Williams makes his return to jazz since retiring from baseball in 2015, with a week-long stint at the Café Carlyle, where no confirmed set list is promised (“elements of improv jazz” are foretold). Are we going to see Bernie the guitar player go full Joe Pass in the house that Bobby Short built? For fans of both jazz and baseball who are lucky enough to land a ticket to this special homecoming for one of the most beloved guys to ever don the pinstripes, we can only hope.” (Ron Hart, Village Voice)


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

The Armory Show (March 8-11)
Pier 94, 12th Ave. at 55th St./ mm
“During a slow week at the big auction houses, two fairs pick up the slack. The Armory Show, a sprawling contemporary-art fair, returns to Piers 92 and 94 on Manhattan’s West Side. This year’s edition focusses on themes of immigration and access in its “Platform” series, a curated subsection of the fair devoted to larger, site-specific works. One of these pieces will be installed outside the venue: a huge image of immigrant families waiting in line, entitled “So Close,” by the French artist JR. Inside Pier 94, another installation, by the Brooklynite Tara Donovan, will feature a towering pile of plastic tubes.” (NewYorker)

Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall & His Times
Fraunces Tavern Museum, 54 Pearl St./6:30PM, $10
“Learn about the remarkable story of John Marshall who, as chief justice, statesman, and diplomat, played a pivotal role in the founding of the United States.”

Pirate Women: The Princesses, Prostitutes, and Privateers Who Ruled the Seven Seas
South Street Seaport Museum, 12 Fulton St./ 6:30PM, $10
“Take a different tack on Women’s History Month with a book talk on Pirate Women: The Princesses, Prostitutes, and Privateers Who Ruled the Seven Seas.”(

Art Battle NYC
Le Poisson Rouge / 8pm; $20
The solitary art of painting becomes a spectator sport at this showdown, where live painters face off in front of a crowd for a chance to compete in the international Art Battle championships. Watch as 12 artists spray and splash an assortment of paint during timed rounds, with drinks and music to keep the audience screaming. Paint on.” (TONY)

♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, plus 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 – awesome! BUT quality shows draw crowds. Try to reserve seats for these top NYC events in advance, even if just earlier on the day of performance.

Continuing Events

This is not Manhattan’s WestSide, but it is Brooklyn’s WestSide. If you have never seen these crazy, fearless performers, they are well worth the detour:

STREB EXTREME ACTION (March 2-25 at various times)
at SLAM, 51 N 1st St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
“Elizabeth Streb’s cavernous Brooklyn space is known as SLAM (Streb Lab for Action Mechanics), which is also a frequent move that occurs at one of her shows. For the month of March, her fearless team of action heroes, as they’re called, will navigate intimidating industrial contraptions and fling themselves from unnatural heights, seemingly defying physics with the pep of cheerleaders. The hourlong show, “S.E.A.” (“Singular Extreme Actions”), encapsulates all the thrill, humor and energizing fun that makes this company so singular.” (NYT-BRIAN SCHAEFER)

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.


Bonus NYC Events – Music Venues:
So much fine live music every night in this town. These are my favorite non jazz music venues on Manhattan’s WestSide. Check out who’s playing tonight:

City Winery – 155 Varick St.,, 212-608-0555
Joe’s Pub @ Public Theater – 425 Lafayette St.,, 212-967-7555
Beacon Theatre – 2124 Broadway @ 74th St.,, 212-465-6500
Town Hall – 123 W43rd St.,, 212-997-6661
B.B. King’s Blues Bar – 237W42nd St.,, 212-997-2144
Le Poisson Rouge – 158 Bleecker St.,, 212-505-3474
and one more, not exactly WestSide
Bowery Ballroom – 6 Delancey St.,

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 discovery and enjoyment.

NYCity Vacation Travel Guide Video (Expedia):


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 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.”

And an exhibition NY Magazine likes:

Carrie Moyer: Pagan’s Rapture
Sweeping auras and boreal nights.
DC Moore Gallery, 535 West 22nd Street, (thru Mar.22).
“Carrie Moyer is making the hottest, most ambitious and optically ferocious abstract paintings of her life. Sensual passages of stains, drips, and what look like imprints made from available female bodies conjure a world of light, cloud-scapes, body interiors, sex up close, and diamond gasses. The spaces she creates are simultaneously deep, biological, psychological, and metaphysical.” (J.S.)


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 03/06 and 03/04.

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