NYC Events,”Only the Best” (06/12) + 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:

Museum Mile Festival
Fifth Ave between 82nd and 105th Sts./ 6-9PM, FREE
“This festival is back for its 40th year, which turns Fifth Avenue into the city’s largest block party. Live music and entertainment flood the streets while museums open their doors to the public at no charge. Past participants include Museum of the City of New York, the Jewish Museum, Cooper Hewitt, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and more.” (TONY)

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7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> CORY SMYTHE AND PETER EVANS
>> Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley: Heart to Heart
>> PHILADANCO
>> Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas
>> American Ballet Theatre
>> Ralph Peterson Trio Honors Geri Allen
>> Are Democracy and Tolerance on the Decline?
Continuing Events
>> Othello
>> ‘THE LET GO’
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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

CORY SMYTHE AND PETER EVANS WITH JOEL ROSS AND IMMANUEL WILKINS
at the Jazz Gallery / 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., $15
“Mr. Smythe, a pianist, and Mr. Evans, a trumpeter, are jaw-dropping virtuosos interested in both jazz improvising and new-classical exploration. The duo recently released a transfixing album, “Weatherbird,” which builds on the titular recording by Louis Armstrong and Earl Hines, colliding elements of stride piano and New Orleans jazz with free improvisation and extended technique. At the Jazz Gallery, Mr. Smythe and Mr. Evans will be joined by two slightly younger musicians: the vibraphonist Joel Ross and the saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley: Heart to Heart (Jun 11-13, 15-16)
Feinstein’s/54 Below / 7PM, $60+
“Golden-voiced Broadway power couple Mazzie (Ragtime) and Danieley (The Full Monty) have songs in their hearts and “heart” in their songs in their latest set of standards from the Great American Songbook. Expect “My Heart Stood Still,” “Be Careful, It’s My Heart” and other cardiac classics.” (TONY)

PHILADANCO (June 12-17)
at the Joyce Theater / 7:30 p.m., $30+
“Since 1970, the Philadelphia Dance Company, known as Philadanco, has used dance to address social issues that affect people of color in this country. The company returns to the Joyce with a typically poignant and powerful program of four works: “Folded Prism” by Thang Dao; “A Movement for Five” about the Central Park Five, by Dawn Marie Bazemore, a company alumna; “New Fruit” about the cycle of racism and violence in the United States by the resident choreographer Christopher L. Huggins; and a piece in which the current artist in residence Tommie-Waheed Evans is said to weave “spirituality and sorrow.” (NYT-Brian Schaefer)

Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas (June 12-17)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave. S., at 11th St./ 8:30PM, +10:30PM, $35
“A shared passion for expansive jazz and the music of Wayne Shorter brought together two questing figures—the trumpeter Douglas and the saxophonist Lovano—resulting in the 2015 recording “Sound Prints,” and, subsequently, an occasional working ensemble. Linda May Han Oh, on bass, Joey Baron, on drums, and Lawrence Fields on piano, form the kind of enviable support team that could hold its own even without these illustrious co-leaders.” (NewYorker)

American Ballet Theatre (Jun 11-16)
Metropolitan Opera House / 7:30PM, $22+
“Audiences never tire of “Romeo and Juliet,” Shakespeare’s tale of teen-age lovers in Renaissance Verona, or of its lustrous score, by Prokofiev. A.B.T.’s version, by Kenneth MacMillan, is more than half a century old, but it continues to make its point with its violent street scenes, ardent pas de deux, and tear-inducing resolution. Misty Copeland, who first danced Juliet in 2015, returns to the role on June 12 and for the June 16 matinée. Devon Teuscher and Stella Abrera will dance Juliet at the June 13 matinée and on June 14, respectively. Teuscher is a thrilling actress; Abrera, a touching and pure dancer. Teuscher will be partnered by a new Romeo, Aran Bell, only nineteen years old and in the corps de ballet; many will remember him as an eleven-year-old boy in the movie “First Position.” (NewYorker)

Ralph Peterson Trio Honors Geri Allen (June 12-13)
Jazz Standard, 116 E. 27th St./ 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $30
“Allen, the accomplished pianist and composer who died in 2017, receives a well-deserved tribute from a respectful colleague, the drummer Ralph Peterson. Leading a piano trio, as he did on the acclaimed 1988 recording “Triangular,” which featured Allen, Peterson welcomes the pianist Orrin Evans, of the Bad Plus, and the bassist Luques Curtis.” (NewYorker)

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

Are Democracy and Tolerance on the Decline? Why? And What to Do?
Albertine, 972 Fifth Ave./ 7PM< FREE
“An Albertine panel looks at the myriad causes of contemporary fragmentation (technology, migration, terrorism, rising income inequality) and questions whether an entirely new paradigm may be required to counter rising tides of populism and xenophobia. Former Prime Minister of France Manuel Valls is among the luminaries.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

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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.

‘THE LET GO’ (June 7-July 1)
at the Park Avenue Armory
“This large-scale, site-specific multiweek event is masterminded by the interdisciplinary artist Nick Cave, who transforms the armory into a vivid dance landscape in which spectators are invited to do just what the title says they should: let go. Within this dance hall environment are performances, an installation in the form of a Mylar sculpture, dance-based encounters and music provided by D.J.s. For some programs, Mr. Cave works with the choreographer Francesca Harper; for others, there will be dancing by community groups. On June 26, as part of “An Evening of Artistic Responses: The Let Go,” the musician Nona Hendryx, the vocalist and artist Helga Davis, Ms. Harper and Reggie (Regg Roc) Gray and his company, D.R.E.A.M. Ring, respond to the installation, which references issues of social justice, with site-specific performances.” (NYT-Gia Kourlas)

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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 06/10 and 06/08.

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