NYC Events,”Only the Best” (04/13) + 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.


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

Smoke’s 19th Anniversary Celebration (also Apr.14,15)
Smoke, 2751 Broadway, betw105th/106th Sts./ 7, 9, +10:30PM, $40
“Just short of its emerald anniversary, this uptown jazz haunt welcomes a swath of familiar faces to the stage, including the pianist Harold Mabern, the tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander, and the drummer Louis Hayes, for a birthday blowout.” (NewYorker)

5 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>  SFJazz Collective: “The Music of Miles Davis”
>> Outside (In)dia: Martha Redbone
Continuing Events
>> The Orchid Show

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

SFJazz Collective: “The Music of Miles Davis”
Jazz Standard, 116 E. 27th St./ 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $35
“There’s so much star power in this ambitious octet—including the saxophonists Miguel Zenon and David Sanchez, the trumpeter Sean Jones, and the pianist Edward Simon—that it could supply tingle to practically any given repertoire. The epochal work of Miles Davis, though, provides more than enough for any band to sink its teeth into. Davis, iconic as he is, will not be handled with kid gloves by this adventurous ensemble.” (NewYorker)

Outside (In)dia: Martha Redbone
Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, FREE
“Appalachian and Native American song is at the root of American music. Today, their song and struggle is particularly relevant and Martha Redbone is a clear and beautiful voice that represents these deep musical traditions. Her music flows equally from her own unique, award-winning blend of Native American elements with funk and her deep roots in Appalachian folk and Piedmont blues favored by the matriarchy that raised her on a rich sojourn from Clinch Mountain, Virginia, to Harlan County, Kentucky, and beyond to Brooklyn’s Dodge City-esque mean streets.

Tonight, Martha’s ensemble joins with Brooklyn Raga Massive’s community of Indian music–inspired artists to highlight both the roots and contemporary interpretations of these traditions.”

at Dizzy’s Club / 7:30 and 9:30PM, $45
Mr. McBride has more clean, fastidious power than almost any other bassist around — it makes him a kind of dream sideman. But most of his creative energy these days gets spent on his own ensembles, and the most recent of them is a big winner. The New Jawn quartet has a roguish, brawny sound, sprung from the earthy drumming of Nasheet Waits and the sharp-elbowed horn playing of Josh Evans on trumpet and J. D. Allen on tenor saxophone (on previous engagements, the saxophonist has been Marcus Strickland).” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

at the Jazz Gallery / 7:30 and 9:30PM, $25
“Ms. Davis, an alto saxophonist, arrived in New York a few years ago by way of Chicago, and last month she released her third album, “Heart Tonic,” an impressive collection of twisty, chattering originals performed by a spry quintet. Ms. Davis will play music from that disc here with the rhythm section from that band — Julian Shore on piano, Tamir Shmerling on bass and Jay Sawyer on drums — as well as Noah Preminger on tenor saxophone.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

at New York City Center / 8PM, $35+
“This season, the Graham troupe unveils a premiere by Lucinda Childs — “Histoire” is an expanded version of a duet she created for the group in 1999 — and the company premiere of Lar Lubovitch’s “The Legend of Ten” (2010), set to a Brahms quintet for piano and strings. Of course, there will be Graham classics, from “Panorama” (1935), performed by young dancers selected by audition, and “Chronicle” (1936), an antiwar masterpiece, to “The Rite of Spring” (1984) and “Embattled Garden” (1958).” (NYT-GIA KOURLAS)


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

more coming soon.


♦ 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

The Orchid Show (thru April 22)
New York Botanical Garden; 2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx; various dates and times; $20
“Now in its 16th year, this mesmerizing show displays thousands of orchids in geometric, illuminated sculptural presentations. Catch special Orchid evenings for dancing, music and drinks among the flowers.”

“With less than a month left to see the 16th edition of the Orchid Show, there’s no better time to go to the New York Botanical Garden. Marvel over Belgian floral artist Daniël Ost’s wabi-sabi installations, which find beauty in imperfection and impermanence.” (TONY)

The Orchid Show in NYC guide


Bonus NYC 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 04/11 and 04/09.

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