NYC Events,”Only the Best” (06/06) + 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.

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

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:
AMADOU & MARIAM
at Brooklyn Steel / 9PM, $35
“A couple onstage and off, this duo first met in the 1970s in the orchestra at the Institute for Young Blind People in Bamako, Mali. Since then they have become among the country’s most prominent musical ambassadors, bringing their signature blend of traditional Malian music with Western rock and pop everywhere from Damon Albarn’s studio to stadiums far and wide as openers for U2 and Coldplay. But before last year they hadn’t released an album since 2012, when music was banned in Mali by the Islamic militants who then controlled the country. The musicians won, and despite the ongoing conflict in Amadou & Mariam’s home country, on their latest, called “La Confusion,” the two sound as effervescent as ever.” (NYT-NATALIE WEINER)

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6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Los Profesores: ¡En Vacaciones!
>> Betty Buckley: Hope 
>> Scott Colley Trio
>> AMERICAN BALLET THEATER
>> Primate Palate: Orangutans, Obesity, and Human Evolution
>> Damnation Island: Stacy Horn with Ginia Bellafante
Continuing Events
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Othello
>> OutdoorFest

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Los Profesores: ¡En Vacaciones!
UCB Hell’s Kitchen / 8PM, $9
“This cheery, daft, trenchant bilingual comedy show kicks off with a can’t-miss conceit and then only gets cheerier, dafter, more trenchant — and funnier. Upbeat young Spanish teachers Pedro Alcocer and Erica Hernandez are here to teach the audience the real Spanish, the Spanish we might need on a trip to Latin America. Their model: The blandly upbeat dialogos in American Spanish classes, where two speakers work dutifully through basic vocabulary in settings like la bibliotecha. (Always la bibliotecha!) Writers/performers Alcocer and Hernandez tear through each line in both Spanish and English, creating fresh, surprising comedy out of cognates, conjugation, adjective order, and how to really roll those Rs when pronouncing gonorrea.

The show’s a dizzy, fizzing duet, profane as hell and also sweetly earnest, relentlessly inventive and wholly unpredictable. They’re crafting art at the intersection of culture and language. This week, ¡En Vacaciones! is paired with a half-hour sketch performance from the troupe Door to Door Comedian.” (Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice)

Betty Buckley: Hope (also Jun 9)
Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater / 7PM, +9:30PM, $35+
“Buckley is a genuinely eccentric, eccentrically genuine Broadway diva, with a persona that shifts between fragility and imperiousness. In recent years, she’s moved away from the big belting of shows like Cats and Sunset Boulevard, favoring more monologue-like songs and arrangements. Her latest Joe’s Pub set celebrates the release of her 18th album, Hope, and includes songs by Steely Dan, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Jason Robert Brown.” (TONY)

Scott Colley Trio (Jun 05-09)
Village Vanguard / 8:30pm, 10:30pm; $35
“Bassist Colley, who’s anchored many jazz legends including Andrew Hill and Jim Hall, offers a supple yet sophisticated take on postbop, with a little avant-garde at the fringes, in his own trio.” (TONY)

AMERICAN BALLET THEATER (through July 7)
at the Metropolitan Opera House / 7:30PM, $30+
“Beginning Monday, Alexei Ratmansky’s new production of “Harlequinade,” a comic ballet in two acts set to music by Riccardo Drigo, takes the stage with what looks to be a stellar opening-night cast: Isabella Boylston as Columbine, James Whiteside as Harlequin, Gillian Murphy as Pierrette and Thomas Forster as Pierrot.” (NYT-Gia Kourlas)

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

AMNH Presents, SciCafe: Primate Palate: Orangutans, Obesity, and Human Evolution
American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th St. / 7PM, FREE (Cullman Hall of the Universe, Enter at 81st St.Entrance)
“Erin Vogel shares her research on wild orangutans from the tropical forests of Sumatra and Borneo, illuminating how the diet, behavior, and metabolism of our primate cousins can provide insights on human conditions.

Admission Update: Beginning with the June 6 event, all SciCafe attendees will require a ticket for entry available here. The program will remain free.”

Damnation Island: Stacy Horn with Ginia Bellafante
New York Public Library—Mid-Manhattan Library
476 Fifth Ave. (42nd St. Entrance) / 6:30PM, FREE
“An author evokes the forgotten ghosts of Roosevelt Island, a place where prisoners were enlisted to care for the insane.

The narrow island in the East River once contained a lunatic asylum, two prisons, an almshouse, and a number of hospitals. Designed to be state-of-the-art, both humane and efficient, Blackwell’s Island quickly became, in the words of Charles Dickens, “a lounging, listless madhouse.” Using city records, newspaper articles, and archival reports Stacy Horn brings the stories of the inhabitants back to life, and highlights the work of the period’s officials, reformers, and journalists.”

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Continuing Events

Othello (May28-Jun24)
Shakespeare Delacorte Theater, Central Park / 8PM, FREE* (the Bard is off on Mondays)
“Ruben Santiago-Hudson (Jitney) directs the first offering of the Public Theater’s 2018 season of Shakespeare in the Park: an account of the Bard’s fast-paced tragedy of jealousy and misplaced trust, in which a villain preys on the insecurities of a Moorish war hero married to a white woman. The cast is headed by Chukwudi Iwuji as Othello, Corey Stoll as Iago and Heather Lind as Desdemona.”
*tickets are free (two per person) and may be picked up after noon on the day of performance (be prepared for long lines.) Some tickets are also distributed via online lottery.
See TONY’s complete guide to Shakespeare in the Park tickets for details.

OutdoorFest (June 1-10)
multiple times and events, prices vary,
“You can love the city and still maintain your love of the outdoors — or fall in love with it for the first time. Embrace the spirit of adventure and beauty of nature during OutdoorFest with 10 days of events, starting this Friday. Activities take place across all five boroughs, starting with a campout on Staten Island. There’s also night fishing, oyster preservation, kayaking around Governors Island, canoeing the Gowanus Canal and surfing, yoga or shoreline cleanup at the Rockaways.”

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♦ 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.

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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., citywinery.com, 212-608-0555
Joe’s Pub @ Public Theater – 425 Lafayette St., joespub.com, 212-967-7555
Beacon Theatre – 2124 Broadway @ 74th St., beacontheatre.com, 212-465-6500
Town Hall – 123 W43rd St., thetownhall.org, 212-997-6661
B.B. King’s Blues Bar – 237W42nd St., bbkingblues.com, 212-997-2144
Another outrageous rent increase by a rapacious NYC landlord closed B.B.King’s as of April 29 – How Sad.
Le Poisson Rouge – 158 Bleecker St., lepoissonrouge.com, 212-505-3474
and one more, not quite WestSide
Bowery Ballroom – 6 Delancey St. boweryballroom.com,

Special Mention:
Caffe Vivaldi – 32 Jones St. nr Bleecker St. caffevivaldi.com, 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.
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NYCity Vacation Travel Guide Video (Expedia):

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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 are two exhibitions the New Yorker likes:

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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 (nycgo.com) 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.) “

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For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see recent posts in right sidebar dated 06/04 and 06/02.

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