NYC Events,”Only the Best” (07/06) + 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.


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

Naomi & Her Handsome Devils
Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center /
Dance lesson at 6:30 pm, Live music at 7:30 pm
Style: Classic Swing
Dance Instructor: Gaby Cook teaches Lindy Charleston
DJ: Lewi Gilamichael
“Bandleader, velvet-voiced singer, and international Lindy hop champion Naomi Uyama knows how to do it. A favorite on the competition circuit, Naomi and her band—some of the most talented musicians in the traditional jazz scene today—cast their spell over the open-air dance floor and keep the party swinging all night long.”

6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Barry Harris
>> American Ballet Theatre
>> Tovah Feldshuh is Leona Helmsley in 2018
>> Trey Anastasio Band
Continuing Events
>> French Restaurant Week
World Cup viewing parties

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

at Jazz Standard / 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., $35
“Mr. Coleman has a warm and ample sound on the tenor saxophone, but he improvises with streamlined focus. As a bandleader, this 83-year-old National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master encourages his combo to embrace an open, freewheeling approach to post-bop. He performs here with a stalwart band: Peter Bernstein on guitar, Jeb Patton on piano, Gerald Cannon on bass and George Coleman Jr. on drums.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

American Ballet Theatre (thru July 7)
Tonight: Whipped Cream
Metropolitan Opera House / 7:30PM, $22+
“The spring season nears its conclusion with a weekend of “Don Quixote,” a comic ballet showcasing the debuts of Hee Seo as Kitri and Christine Shevchenko as Mercedes on Friday, as well as Sarah Lane’s first performance as Kitri at the matinee on Saturday. The final week of repertory is devoted to Alexei Ratmansky’s “Whipped Cream,” a fanciful ballet about a youngster and his love of sweets that features a score and libretto by Richard Strauss. On Wednesday, Gabe Stone Shayer makes his New York debut as the Boy, followed, on July 5, by Arron Scott in the same role. In that performance, there’s an extra treat: Calvin Royal III makes his mark as Prince Coffee.” (NYT-Gia Kourlas )

Barry Harris (July 3-8.)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave. S., at 11th St./ 8:30PM, +10:30PM, $35
“With each passing year, it’s getting harder to find living musicians who actually played with the bebop architect Charlie Parker, as the eighty-eight-year-old Harris did when he was a budding tenderfoot pianist in Detroit. Since then, this dyed-in-the-wool jazz classicist has buffed up his reputation to the point where it gleams with authentic lustre. He’s joined by two longtime collaborators, the bassist Ray Drummond and the drummer Leroy Williams.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)

Tovah Feldshuh is Leona Helmsley in 2018 (July 5-7)
Feinstein’s/54 Below / 7PM, $55+
“The four-time Tony nominee Feldshuh is a formidable actor (Golda’s Balcony, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) and Scarsdale spitfire whose nightclub performances tend to show off her zany streak. In this engagement she performs excerpts from Queen of Mean, a musical biography of 1980s real-estate villainess Leona Helmsley.” (TONY)

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:
at National Sawdust / 8 p.m., $50
“Ms. Moreno, a bilingual singer-songwriter, has long fused the music of her native Guatemala with American blues, R&B and folk. Now she’s aiming to put that fusion toward a good cause as the host of a multigenre fund-raiser for Guatemalan disaster relief, specifically for the victims of last month’s volcanic eruption. She will be joined by Mr. Thile, a bluegrass star and the anchor of the weekly NPR variety show “Live From Here”; Davíd Garza, a fellow singer-songwriter; the all-female mariachi band Flor de Toloache; and others.” (NYT-NATALIE WEINER)

Trey Anastasio Band
Central Park SummerStage / 6PM, may be a tough ticket, try secondary market?
“If Phish is the rock equivalent of the John Coltrane Quartet, the Trey Anastasio Band — its ebullient songwriting guitarist’s primary side project — is more akin to King Sunny Ade’s African Beats. In the former, Anastasio is first among equals; in the latter, he embeds himself into a seven-piece polyrhythmic good-time unit that gives him the slack to both engage as a creative force or to simply enjoy as just another grooving cog.

With keyboardist Ray Paczkowski on medical leave, Trey’s group has shrunk to its initial 1999 iteration, with Anastasio fronting a mellow power trio alongside drummer Russ Lawton and bassist Tony Markellis. The ever-changing setlist is an amalgam of second-tier Phish raves, fan-friendly breakouts, hard-grooving mainstays like the galvanizing “Mr. Completely,” and touching pop balladry, all brought together by Anastasio’s congenial ingenuity.” (Richard Gehr, Village Voice)


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

More smart stuff coming soon.


Continuing Events

French Restaurant Week (July 02-15)
Various locations // $17.89-$178.90
“Mais oui, it’s the start of French Restaurant Week. Indulge in some of the city’s finest French bistros and brasseries offering prix fixe specials. Participating restaurants include La Sirene, Fig and Olive, and Bistrot Leo. French Restaurant Week actually runs longer than a week, ending on Bastille Day weekend, July 15th.” (Gothamist)

World Cup viewing parties (starting June 14 – thru July 15)
Matches Friday July 6:
   France vs Uruguay 10AM
   Brazil vs Belgium 2PM (Viva Brazil!)
Don’t miss the World Cup, which only comes every four years. Many bars and restaurants will be screening the games and offering food and drink specials across the city. Here are the best lists of where you can find them::
NYT – where to watch the World Cup in New York City.
Soccer Republic – best bars to watch the World Cup in NYC.
Thrillist – World Cup bars NYC
Remeczcla – the 10 Best Venues to Watch the World Cup in NYC
Metro – NYC’s best soccer bars to watch the FIFA World Cup 2018
NYCGO – Ways to Watch the World Cup in New York City
Daily News – The best bars in NYC to watch your favorite team

♦ 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
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.

Alas, Caffe V is no more, another victim of a rapacious NYC landlord.

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 are two exhibitions the New Yorker likes:

Damien Hirst (thru July 20)

“Superabundant multicolored dot paintings, randomly composed in sizes from smallish to giant, are as perfectly dead as a trisected shark in formaldehyde-filled glass cases, which is also on view. There’s no formal structure or even optical dazzle, except by occasional accident. These aren’t active pictures. They’re passive slabs, yielding nothing to contemplation that they don’t impart at first glance. Neither good nor bad, they maintain an imperturbable, mortuary dignity—Hirst’s cynosure. He creates visual curios that look like art while dispensing with art’s pesky demands on thought, feeling, and perception. His works are aesthetic cryptocurrency. There are worse things in the world.” () Gagosian, 555 W. 24th 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 this 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 07/04 and 07/02.

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