NYC Events,”Only the Best” (05/01) + 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:

at Carnegie Hall / 8PM, $18+
“The Django Festival All-Stars go a little bit beyond celebrating their namesake, Django Reinhardt, the Romani French guitarist known as gypsy jazz’s main hero. Their songbook includes many items from Reinhardt’s repertoire, as well as originals by the group’s own band members inspired by the broader field of early 20th-century jazz. At this concert, the founding bandleader Dorado Schmitt will pass the All-Stars’ mantle to his sons Samson and Amati, who are both guitarists. The show features appearances from a few special guests, including the vocalist Melody Gardot and the clarinetist Ken Peplowski.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>Roméo et Juliette
>> The Breeders
>> Inside the Male Brain: Toxic Masculinity and #MeToo
>> HOT TICKET – Queens Taste 2018
Continuing Event
Hudson Yards Shed

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

at the Blue Note / 8 and 10:30PM, $55-$75
“Earlier this week, Mr. Valdés, a Latin jazz patriarch, began an extended run at the Blue Note that will find him flexing his powers in a variety of contexts. Through Sunday, he performs with a midsize ensemble, celebrating the 45th anniversary of the founding of Irakere, his watershed Cuban fusion band. On Tuesday and Wednesday, he’s joined by the trumpeter Roy Hargrove and the vocalist Roberta Gambarini; on Thursday, he performs alone; and from May 4 to 6, he’ll be accompanied by Ron Carter. (The drummer Lenny White joins Mr. Valdés and Mr. Carter for the last two dates, with the violinist Regina Carter coming aboard for the final evening.)” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

NEW YORK CITY BALLET (through June 3).
NYS Theater, Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, $30+
“Most of the coming week features classic works by City Ballet’s patriarch George Balanchine — such as “Apollo,” “Agon” and “The Four Temperaments” — and recent choreography by Alexei Ratmansky and the company members Justin Peck and Peter Walker. For the spring gala on May 3, the attention switches to City Ballet’s other artistic forefather, Jerome Robbins, who was born a century ago and died in 1998. The program includes several of Robbins’s works, a new tribute by Mr. Peck and a sampler of Robbins’s beloved Broadway dances staged by the choreographer Warren Carlyle.” (NYT-BRIAN SCHAEFER)

at Bowery Ballroom / 9PM, $20
“On such superb solo albums as “Personal Record” (2013) and “New View” (2016) — not to mention the excellently weird music she made in the 2000s as half of the Fiery Furnaces — Eleanor Friedberger has set herself apart as one of indie rock’s sharpest narrators. With “Rebound,” her fourth solo LP, Ms. Friedberger swerves toward New Romantic balladry, with echoes of the ’80s goth disco in Greece that gave the album its name.” (NYT-SIMON VOZICK-LEVINSON)

Roméo et Juliette (Apr 23-May 12, next May 05)
Metropolitan Opera House / 7:30PM, $95+
“Bartlett Sher’s production of Gounod’s sumptuous Shakespeare adaptation was a hit of the 2016–17 Met season (“a revelation” declared the Huffington Post). Now the sweeping tragedy returns with Ailyn Pérez and Bryan Hymel, both celebrated in French repertoire, as the star crossed young lovers. Plácido Domingo conducts.”

The Breeders
Terminal 5, 610 W. 56th St. May1. better get tickets NOW / 8PM,$35
“In the mid-eighties, a young musician named Kim Deal answered a classified ad, in the Boston Phoenix, for a female bassist who appreciated Peter, Paul, and Mary and Hüsker Dü, and ended up joining the Pixies, one of the touchstones of the alternative era. As the group’s popularity soared, its internal tensions mounted, culminating in an infamous fax from the lead singer, Black Francis, informing Deal that the band was kaput. (It has since returned, both with and without Deal.) This gave her more time to focus on the Breeders, an outfit she shares with her guitarist twin sister, Kelley. They’re best known for their sophomore record, “Last Splash,” from 1993, a collection of scrappy alt-rock treasures capped by the slinky single “Cannonball.” Their 2013 reunion still hasn’t concluded, to fans’ delight: they play a run of area shows in support of a celebrated new album, “All Nerve.” (NewYorker)


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

Queens Taste 2018
New York Hall of Science, Flushing Meadows Corona Park/ Tuesday May 1 – 6PM to 9PM Not exactly Manhattan’s WestSide, but my mouth waters just thinking about this.

Are you a Queens foodie? Sample the many flavors of the borough at Queens Taste 2018.
More than 60 restaurants, beverage companies, dessert makers, and specialty food purveyors will offer samples of their products — everything from crunchy to creamy, fiery to flaky, and sweet to savory. The cuisines to be on display include BBQ, Chinese, Colombian, French, Guyanese, Indian, Italian, Jamaican, Japanese, Korean, Malaysian, Mexican, Peruvian, and Thai.

Plus, regional wine experts, local spirits stores, and borough-based breweries will pour their products, and clients of the Entrepreneur Space, a food-and-business incubator that QEDC operates in Long Island City, will be on hand with their artisan specialties.

It’s an all-you-can-sample world and it’s for a good cause.

Tickets cost $125 each or two for $200. They are available at
Proceeds support QEDC’s ongoing efforts to attract, create, and maintain jobs in the borough. (As QEDC is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit, proceeds are tax deductible as permitted by law.)

Elsewhere, but this looks like something we need to know about:

Inside the Male Brain: Toxic Masculinity and #MeToo
Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St./ 6:30PM, $5
Get a glimpse of the male psyche at Inside the Male Brain, an exploration of the various internal and external forces that have driven men’s worst behaviors.” (


Continuing Event

Hudson Yards Shed (May 01-13)

Hudson Yards continues to transform before our eyes with an ever-growing list of new sites, such as Vessel, the beehive-like public landmark that’s New York’s answer to the Eiffel Tower. But the largest and most exciting cultural contribution to the far West Side is the Shed, a multi-arts performance venue opening in spring 2019. To provide a sneak peak of what’s to come, the entertainment center presents a free art series, just a block away from its home base. Dubbed A Prelude to the Shed, the two-week event is being held at a structure that has been designed to change fluidly as dancers and guests move about.

Aside from exhibiting “A Stroll Through the Fun Palace,” which showcases the archives of Cedric Price (an inspiration to the architects of the Shed), the main event boasts a killer lineup of entertainers for the evening performances. On select nights, check out R&B singer Abra, electronic-music producer and performer Arca, and the New York rapper-singer Azealia Banks.

Beyond the lit musical performances, there’s plenty of art and dance to catch, too. Artist Tino Sehgal’s This variation seamlessly intertwines throughout the day with ​William Forsythe’s new work, ​titled​ Pas de Deux Cent Douze​. There’s also ​D.R.E.A.M. Ring dance battles organized by dancer Reggie “Regg Roc” Gray​. Chances are, you’ll feel encouraged to bust a move and shake your tail feather along with them—especially if you hit the grab-and-go café for beer and wine beforehand.

♦ 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.


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 closed BBKing’s 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:

Erin Shirreff   Through May 15.

“Negative space—and outer space, too—is as assertive as physical form in the work of this New York-based artist, which toggles between photographic and sculptural, flat and deep, moving and static. The centerpiece is a wall-filling video, entitled “Son,” in which colors shift slowly around a central black circle; it was inspired by the recent solar eclipse, a moment when the sun resembled a void. On other walls, large crescents and slivers of printed aluminum are arranged in deep frames; while adamantly abstract, they could pass for dioramas of phases of the moon. With speckled cyanotypes printed on pictures of sculptures torn out of books, Shirreff seems to suggest that her own spatial investigations are simply part of a continuum—a reminder that even the stillest object is also on the move, thanks to the passage of time.”


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 04/29 and 04/25.

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