NYC Events,”Only the Best” (04/07) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

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

Elsewhere, but this definitely looks worth the detour:

Brooklyn Folk Festival (April 6-8)
St. Ann’s Church, 157 Montague St., Brooklyn/ various times; $25 or $40; 3 day pass $85
“It’s the 10th anniversary of the Brooklyn Folk Festival, which will be bigger than ever as artists from around the city (and beyond) come together to celebrate folk, traditional and vernacular skills from around the world. With music and dancing as well as workshops, film screenings, contests and the famous Banjo Toss, the fest features 40 bands in three days to highlight the cultural diversity and history of these oral, vocal and instrumental traditions.” (Metro)

What not to miss at this weekend’s Brooklyn Folk Festival (TONY)

The Brooklyn Folk Festival guide Ready yourself for concerts, jam sessions, film screenings, square dances and more at this Brooklyn Heights fest. (TONY)

 7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Jane Monheit
>> Renee Rosnes
>> Brandi Carlile at the Beacon
>> Christine Ebersole: After the Ball
>> Dance Theatre of Harlem
>> The Photography Show Pier 94
>> ‘David Bowie Is’

Continuing Events
>> New Directors/New Films
>> New York International Auto Show
>>Macy’s Flower Show

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Jane Monheit (LAST DAY)
Birdland / 8:30PM, +11PM, $40
“Monheit has a smooth, lovely voice that can please jazzers, pop fans and cabaretters alike. The songbird now returns to her regular perch at Birdland.” (TONY)

Renee Rosnes (April 3-8)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave. S., at 11th St./ 8:30PM, +10:30PM, $35
“The pianist Rosnes, one of the leading stylists of her generation, has retained core members of her earlier units—the bassist Peter Washington and the vibist Steve Nelson—while adding significant new ones: the drummer Lenny White and the saxophonist Melissa Aldana. The potent concentration of the leader’s compositions, as heard on her ambitious “Written in the Rocks” recording, from 2016, insures the group’s integrity.” (NewYorker)

Brandi Carlile at the Beacon
“The American folk rock and Americana singer-songwriter has an early Song of the Year contender with “The Joke,” her soaring anthem for the marginalized that offers a glimmer of hope. “I have been to the movies,” she announces. “I’ve seen how it ends, and the joke’s on them.” (NewsDay)
WHEN | WHERE 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 6-7, at the Beacon Theatre, 2124 Broadway
INFO $41.50-$81.50, 800-745-3000,

Christine Ebersole: After the Ball
Feinstein’s/54 Below / 7PM, $85
“Broadway leading lady Ebersole (Grey Gardens) can really land a joke and knock out a number, moving with ease between her lustrous belt, her mock-operatic soprano and multiple other modes. At F/54 she reprises the set she has played to acclaim for the past couple of years, which includes such classics as “The Way You Look Tonight” and “Lazy Afternoon.” (TONY)

Dance Theatre of Harlem
New York City Center / 8PM, $25+
“Three premieres; four performances; seven choreographers spanning more than a century of ballet and contemporary dance tradition; and tributes to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., dance diva Carmen de Lavallade, and civil rights leader Xernona Clayton comprise the too-short season of this remarkable troupe, now under the artistic direction of Virginia Johnson. Included are works by George Balanchine, Christopher Wheeldon, Marius Petipa, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Diane McIntyre, the company’s resident choreographer and school director Robert Garland, and Geoffrey Holder (whose fantastical marriage ceremony Dougla returns to the New York stage after too many years away).” (Elizabeth Zimmer, VillageVoice)


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

The Photography Show Pier 94 / (April 5-8)
showcases works from more than 80 of the world’s leading photography art galleries./ noon; $30, run of show $60
“More than 120 exhibitors descend on Pier 94 for the 38th edition of this photo expo. Peruse pieces from the 19th century through present day, check out talks like “Future Gender” and “Refraction: New Photography of the African Diaspora” with industry luminaries and pick up some stunning images for your home.” (TONY)

“The world’s longest-running fair dedicated to photography returns with a show about exploring time, from the 1800s to today. For the first time, The Photography Show will also welcome video and new media, with nearly 100 galleries and publishers participating. There are 15 talks (separately ticketed), as well as three special exhibits including A Time for Reflection, curated by Elton John, and a collection inspired by the Black Panther movement.” (Metro)

Elsewhere, but these two are definitely worth the detour:

This is not Manhattan’s WestSide, but it is Brooklyn’s WestSide. If you have never seen these crazy, fearless performers, go see them – it’s their last weekend.

STREB EXTREME ACTION (until April 8, Friday-Sunday 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)\

‘David Bowie Is’
Brooklyn Museum’ / 5-10:30PM, FREE
“Brooklyn Museum’s Target First Saturday events are free and this time, it’s all about David Bowie. There will be a lineup of programs with Bowie’s former collaborators and contemporary Brooklyn artists, like music by Mike Garson and Tamar-Kai, a Bowie-inspired photo booth, and a performance by Bushwig, hosted by Horrorchata, Untitled Queen and Tyler Ashley. There also will be a film screening of “Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars,” a drink-and-draw live sketch of models dressed as Bowie, and more.” (AMNY)

Celebrate National Beer Day
“New Yorkers don’t need much excuse to knock back a brew or two, but on Saturday, April 7th, 2018, Grand Central Terminal will be celebrating National Beer Day all through the station. The shops and restaurants of GCT will be full of special offers, from discount growlers to free tastings to happy hour deals. From 6pm to 8pm, you can sip along to the jazz and soul sounds of Bellatonic, which will be performing a free live concert next to Track 101 downstairs as part of the Dining Concourse in Concert series” (


♦ 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  8.6 million, had a record 63 million visitors last year and was TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2018 – 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

New Directors/New Films (March 28 through April 8.)
Film Society of Lincoln Center and MoMA, / various times, $12-$17
“Delightfully eccentric.
In its 47th year, ND/NF opens with a portrait of freewheeling rapper M.I.A., Matangi/Maya/M.I.A., drawing on videos she made herself, and features Portuguese director Pedro Pinho’s three-hour The Nothing Factory — an epic portrait of an elevator-factory strike with musical numbers.” (D.E., NYMagazine)

Love this festival. After the film screens, the Q&A with the directors and cast (sometimes) is always fascinating. Who knows, you may discover the next Pedro Almodovar – we did.

New York International Auto Show (3/30-4/8)
“The 2018 New York International Auto Show is home to an awe-inspiring display of technology and design, as 1,000 new cars and trucks are arrayed across the acreage of the Javits Convention Center. You can check out all the latest models from a hands-on, driver’s seat vantage. The show also features the hottest exotics, joined by futuristic concept cars and a few shiny classics. Some 60 world and North American debuts can be found at this year’s show! You’ll even leave with a gift bag or two.” (cityguideny)
WHEN | WHERE Friday, March 30, through April 8 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, 655 W. 34th St.
INFO $17, $7 ages 12 and younger, free 2 and younger,

Visit the Macy’s Flower Show
“It’s a floral fairy tale at Macy’s for the store’s annual spring flower show, “Once Upon a Springtime.” Flowers, plants and trees take over windows and countertops, are featured in gardens and on bridges on multiple floors. Events range from a family fun day and breakfast with the Easter bunny to a sip-and-paint class and a men’s grooming and beer tasting.”
WHEN | WHERE Sunday, March 25, through April 8 at Macy’s Herald Square, 151 W. 34th St.
INFO Free (events range up to $24), 212-494-4495,  (Newsday)


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 quite 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:

Arlene Gottfried (thru April 28)

“Aptly titled “A Lifetime of Wandering,” this posthumous exhibition of the photographer’s street scenes and portraits captures New York’s demimonde of the nineteen-seventies and eighties from a warm and impromptu perspective. Among Gottfried’s coöperative subjects were Brooklyn beachgoers, Harlem gospel singers, and disco-era clubbers, as well as underground icons and international celebrities. A shot of the transgender activist and performer Marsha P. Johnson shows her posing with a wide smile in the middle of the street. Diana Ross, standing by a wall and dressed to blend in, likewise beams for the camera. Gottfried, who died last year, at the age of sixty-six, also photographed those closest to her. One of the show’s high points is “Mommie Kissing Bubbie on Delancey Street,” from 1979, which celebrates two generations of her Jewish immigrant family in an unguarded moment on the Lower East Side.”  (Cooney, 508 W. 26th St.)


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 04/05 and 04/03.

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