NYC Events,”Only the Best” (04/25) + 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:

Irish Arts Center Gala Concert
Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th St./ 7:45PM, $75+
“The spellbinding Irish cabaret star Camille O’Sullivan is among the entertainers at this gala concert. Other performers include trad favorites Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill, singer-songwriter Declan O’Rourke, actor Liam Neeson and poet Paul Muldoon.” (TONY)

“This special Gala Concert performance features a stunning triple bill of our favorite artists: Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill, Camille O’Sullivan, and Declan O’Rourke.

Each of these artists has taken us on an astonishing journey during multiple residencies at Irish Arts Center. Now enjoy them all in one night in a special event—featuring a number of special guests including Paul Muldoon and Liam Neeson—at our home away from home, Symphony Space.”

7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>Chucho Valdes
>> Karrin Allyson
>> Talk: The Great Cuban American Songbook
>> The Science of Sleep: What It Is, How It Works, and Why It Matters
>> Michelle Valberg: Wild Creatures, Extreme Conditions
Continuing Events
>> Tribeca Film Festival

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Chucho Valdes (April 24-29)
Blue Note, 131 W. 3rd St./ 8:00PM, +10:30PM, $55-$75
“Irakere, co-founded by the virtuosic pianist Chucho Valdes, was a pioneering Cuban band that first gained prominence, in the nineteen-seventies, for its tangy blend of Caribbean influences and jazz. Valdes, a volcano of a stylist, will assemble a version of the outfit to celebrate the forty-fifth anniversary of the Grammy-winning ensemble’s inception.” (NewYorker)

NEW YORK CITY BALLET (April 24-June 3)
at the NYS Theater, Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, $30+
The spring season opens with two stellar all-George Balanchine programs featuring classics like “Apollo,” “Symphony in Three Movements” and “Concerto Barocco.” But the meat of the season begins on May 3 with Robbins 100, a celebration honoring the centennial of Jerome Robbins’s birth.

As part of it, the choreographer and director Warren Carlyle presents a work featuring a cast of 30 and music and choreography from eight Broadway musicals associated with Robbins, including “On the Town” and “The King and I.” (NYT-GIA KOURLAS)

Karrin Allyson (April 24-28)
Birdland / 8:30PM, +11:00PM, $40
“Over the course of her lengthy recording career, singer Allyson has released albums devoted to jazz standards, the Great American Songbook, Rodgers and Hammerstein show tunes, Brazilian fare and Coltrane classics.” (TONY)

SOFÍA REI (April 24-28)
at the Stone / 8:30PM, $20
“Ms. Rei, a vocalist hailing from Argentina, sings in a windblown, mountains-high voice, but she often sounds like she might be withholding something, too. It’s as if maybe the full delivery might be too overpowering — an engrossing suggestion. On Tuesday, Ms. Rei will perform a portion of John Zorn’s newly released, 11-volume collection, “The Book Beriah,” the closing installment of his epic “Masada” series. On Wednesday, she performs material from her own most recent album, a dedication to the Chilean folk icon Violeta Parra. On Thursday, she presents a gathering of eight vocalists titled “Slides, Stills & Snapshots.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO) 


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

Talk: The Great Cuban American Songbook
New York City Center, 131 W. 55th St./ 6PM, $15
“In addition to the dance and music performances on the mainstage, the ¡Adelante, Cuba! Festival features a series of intimate talks and master classes from some of its artists and special guests—offering an up-close look at the work of the inspiring Cuban and Latino dance artists, musicians, and performers of our time.

The history of Cuban American musical collaborations is explored with special guests Arturo O’Farrill and Zenaida Romeu, music director of Camerata Romeu.”

The Science of Sleep: What It Is, How It Works, and Why It Matters
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave./ 6:30PM, $29
“Sleep can be seen in many different ways: as a dynamic physiologic state, a personal experience, even as a social behavior.

It is maintained by a complex mechanism in the nervous system. Sometimes this process goes awry, and the result can be a variety of sleep disorders, manifested as insomnia, excessive sleepiness or undesirable behaviors during sleep. In his talk, Wallace B. Mendelson will describe how normal sleep is regulated, as well as some of the major sleep disorders and available treatments.”

Michelle Valberg: Wild Creatures, Extreme Conditions
Metropolitan Opera Guild, 165 W. 65th St./ 6:30PM, $7
“As a visual story teller, Michelle Valberg will enlighten us with stunning, high impact and compelling photographs of the people, landscapes and wildlife of Canada.”

♦ 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

Tribeca Film Festival (various locations, April 18–29)
“It’s all happening downtown.
NYC’s lovable giant mongrel film fest is back for its 17th year, with a slew of features and docs and panels and Big Events like the Schindler’s List reunion with Spielberg, Neeson, and others. Among the highlights are the Rachel Weisz lesbian drama Disobedience, the stand-up teenage-girl-comedian drama Jellyfish, and about 100 other films.” (D.E., NY Magazine)

“The Tribeca Film Festival is much more than just movies.

With virtual reality and interactive installations in Tribeca Immersive, live music events, the Tribeca ESPN Sports Film Festival, the various Tribeca Talks, and free panels for working and aspiring filmmakers, you could be quite entertained without entering a theater… not that we recommend that.

The director, cast, and crew are often on hand for a Q & A after the screenings. The films, chosen from over thousands of submissions every year, are from every corner of the globe and offer almost as many perspectives as New Yorkers have opinions. Almost every film is a North American, international, or even world premiere, so you could be among the first to see the next big hit!”


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
Another outrageous rent increase by a rapacious NYC landlord will close BBKings as of April 29 – How Sad.
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 04/23 and 04/21.

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