NYC Events,”Only the Best” (09/10) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to.” We make it as easy as 1-2-3.

For future NYC Events, check the tab above: NYC Events-September”
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:

An evening of Thelonious Monk listening and discussion
featuring two of today’s most visionary and original jazz voices, Helen Sung and Jason Moran.
NYPL for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
40 Lincoln Center Plaza / 6PM, FREE, reservation required
“Before Robert Moses and John D. Rockefeller ever broke ground on Lincoln Center, one of the twentieth century’s most important composers was already walking, humming to himself, on the sidewalks of the Upper West Side. Thelonious Monk, the composer of “‘Round Midnight”, “Blue Monk”, and “Straight, No Chaser”, lived in an apartment near the corner of Amsterdam and 64th street. Join for a Monk Centennial celebration, in the neighborhood that he called home.”

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6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Muldoon’s Picnic
>> WAXAHATCHEE
>> Jim Caruso’s Cast Party
>> Neorealism and Photography: The New Image in Italy
>> Atticus: The Dark Between Stars
>>  Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World
Continuing Events
>> FESTIVAL OF NEW TRUMPET MUSIC
>> Oktoberfest NYC
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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Muldoon’s Picnic
Irish Arts Center, 553 W. 51st St./ 7:30PM, $45 (only  a few seats left!)
Hosted by Paul Muldoon
With house band Rogue Oliphant
“The critically-acclaimed feast of music, storytelling, poetry, and more—now in its eighth season—has become a staple of New York’s cultural diet. Led by Pulitzer Prize-winning Irish poet Paul Muldoon, this words-and-music jamboree features an evolving lineup of world-class special guests from across the spectrum of arts and letters.”

WAXAHATCHEE
at Le Poisson Rouge / 8 p.m., $25
“With the four studio albums that the singer-songwriter Katie Crutchfield has released as Waxahatchee, she has worked with appealingly messy grunge and stripped-down folk as her two aesthetic extremes — for the most part, the results land somewhere in between. Ms. Crutchfield’s plain-spoken songwriting and clear, sweet voice tie her work together, whether or not distortion pedals are in use. She will perform on her own at the Bell House and Le Poisson Rouge in support of her just-released, mostly acoustic EP “Great Thunder”; garage rockers Night Shop and the singer-songwriter Anna St. Louis open.”
(NYT-NATALIE WEINER)

Jim Caruso’s Cast Party
Birdland, / 9:30PM, $30
Jim Caruso’s Cast Party is a wildly popular weekly soiree that brings a sprinkling of Broadway glitz and urbane wit to the legendary Birdland in New York City every Monday night. It’s a cool cabaret night-out enlivened by a hilariously impromptu variety show. Showbiz superstars, backed by Steve Doyle on bass, Billy Stritch on piano and Daniel Glass on drums, hit the stage alongside up-and-comers, serving up jaw-dropping music and general razzle-dazzle.” (broadwayworld)

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

Neorealism and Photography: The New Image in Italy
NYU, Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, 24 West 12th St./ 6PM, FREE; RSVP required
“While the term “neorealism” is primarily associated with cinema and literature, photography was also involved in the wider turn toward social and humanist themes in Italy in the 1940s and ’50s. Photography documented the war’s impact and the conditions of ordinary Italians in the postwar years—and made these visible through touring exhibitions, illustrated magazines, and photobooks.

Speakers will examine the new types of photographic images that emerged in those years, consider the relations between photography and cinema, and assess the validity of the concept of neorealism in photography.”

Atticus: The Dark Between Stars
The Strand, 828 Broadway / 7PM, $
“Atticus has captured the hearts and minds of nearly 700k followers (including stars like Karlie Kloss, Emma Roberts, and Alicia Keys). In his second collection of poetry, The Dark Between Stars, he turns his attention to the dualities of our lived experiences—the inescapable connections between our highest highs and lowest lows. He captures the infectious energy of starting a relationship, the tumultuous realities of commitment, and the agonizing nostalgia of being alone again. While grappling with the question of how to live with purpose and find meaning in the journey, these poems offer both honest explorations of loneliness and our search for connection, as well as light-hearted, humorous observations.”

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:
Anand Giridharadas presents Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World
St. Joseph’s College, 245 Clinton Ave. Bklyn./ 7:30PM, FREE with RSVP
“Author Anand Giridharadas speaks with HuffPost Editor-in-Chief Lydia Polgreen about his new book, Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World. In it, Giridharadas questions why we should favor the unelected few over democratic institutions, and points out how elite efforts to “change the world” only serve the status quo.”

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Continuing Events

FESTIVAL OF NEW TRUMPET MUSIC (Sept. 5-12)
“Kick off the first night of the 16th annual Festival of New Trumpet Music at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola. This year’s festival will feature more than 80 musicians performing across sixteen concerts in five different locations.”

“The trumpeter (and, at this festival, organizer) Dave Douglas has assembled a stylistically ambitious lineup for this year’s Festival of New Trumpet Music, welcoming some of the best-known trumpeters in improvised music as well as fresher faces. Things begin on Wednesday and Thursday with consecutive shows at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola featuring the rising trumpeters Linda Briceño, Michael Rodriguez and Rachel Therrien. That weekend, Sept. 7-9, a smorgasbord of top talent is at the New School, including Jeremy Pelt, Jaimie Branch and Tom Harrell, the recipient of the festival’s 2018 Award of Recognition. On Sept. 10, the Jazz Gallery hosts a double bill, with three rising trumpeters — David Adewumi, Adam O’Farrill and Davy Lazar — in one band, followed by Nabaté Isles’s group.( NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

“Tooting its own horn for the sixteenth year, this enduring paean to the trumpet spreads out over more than six venues, in an omnivorous overview of contemporary brass music. Hard-blowing stylists including Ingrid Jensen, Jeremy Pelt, and Rachel Therrien are featured, along with an evening of music by the late, neglected composer Julius Eastman, whose politically informed works have taken on unexpected new life in the past few years.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)

Oktoberfest NYC: Where to grab a beer and celebrate (Sept.22-Oct.15)
“Oktoberfest may seem far off, but it’s less than a month away. The Bavarian festival is kicking off Sept. 22 in Munich and the city’s festivities will begin in earnest.
So, if you’re looking for some lederhosen-laden action closer to home, here are beer-and-sausage-fueled affairs in New York City.” (amNY)
Check here for a full description of each of 11 events.

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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
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.

Alas, Caffe V is no more, another victim of a rapacious NYC landlord. Owner Ishrat fought the good fight and Caffe V will be sorely missed.
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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 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.) “

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For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see recent posts in right sidebar dated 08/21 and 08/25.

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