NYC Events,”Only the Best” (09/16) + 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:

Brooklyn Book Festival
Get literary.
Brooklyn Borough Hall & vicinity / 10AM-6PM, FREE
“Plan your schedule now for the free Brooklyn Book Festival, with 300 authors taking the stage, plus 250 booksellers in an outdoor Literary Marketplace. See sisters Ingrid Rossellini and Isabella Rossellini, authors like Martin Amis, Jennifer Egan, Joyce Carol Oates, and Alexander Chee, and author-actors like Omar Epps and Justine Bateman, and much, much more.” (grubstreet.com)

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6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> DONALD HARRISON, RON CARTER AND BILLY COBHAM
>> Bill Charlap Trio
>> JIMMY GREENE
>>  Justin Vivian Bond: A Star is Borned
>> Refinery Rooftop’s Endless Summer Party
>> Taste Williamsburg Greenpoint
Continuing Events
>> Photoville
>> The Feast of San Gennaro
>> Oktoberfest NYC
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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

DONALD HARRISON, RON CARTER AND BILLY COBHAM (LAST DAY)
at the Blue Note / 8 and 10:30 p.m., $30-$45
“These three jazz luminaries have performed together off and on since 2004, mostly focusing on standards and goading one another into a wide-open exchange. Mr. Harrison, an alto saxophonist from New Orleans, has long retrofitted various musical lineages from his hometown into his post-bop style, which is often also spiced with a quiet-storm-radio flavor. Mr. Carter, a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master, is probably jazz’s pre-eminent living bassist, having lent his powerful but elastic sound to more than 2,000 sessions. Mr. Cobham, best known as a jazz-rock drummer, exudes a restless command in almost any mode.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

Justin Vivian Bond: A Star is Borned (LAST DAY)
Joe’s Pub / 9:30PM, $35
“Justin Vivian Bond, the immortal angel of downtown cabaret, returns to Joe’s Pub for another salty night of songs and off-the-cuff stories, this time toasting the upcoming remake of A Star is Born. The epic Mx. Viv and their accompanying band celebrate the songs of Barbra Streisand, Lady Gaga and Judy Garland, weaving in reflections of their own childhood dreams of stardom along the way. Not to be missed.” (TONY)

Bill Charlap Trio (LAST DAY)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave. S., at 11th St./ 8:30PM, +10:30PM, $35
“Melding spit-and-polish precision with low-simmering passion, this long-standing unit has evolved into the premier mainstream piano trio of its time. Charlap, who prizes interpretation above original composition, buffs up the ensemble’s songbook and jazz standards with an airborne momentum provided by two non-relative Washingtons: the bassist Peter and the drummer Kenny.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)

JIMMY GREENE (Sept. 14-16)
at Smoke / 7, 9 and 10:30 p.m., $40
“A leading tenor saxophonist in straight-ahead jazz, Mr. Greene plays his horn with the bountiful spirit of a Dexter Gordon, the clean energy of a Michael Brecker and sometimes the swagger of a Joshua Redman. He spends this weekend at Smoke with an all-star band: Renee Rosnes on piano, John Patitucci on bass, Rogerio Boccato on percussion and Jeff Watts on drums.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

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

Refinery Rooftop’s Endless Summer Party
Summer’s not over yet
Refinery Rooftop, 63 W. 38th St./ 12-3PM, $25
“Mother Nature can’t make us give up summer if we just keep doing summery things. It may not be beach weather this weekend, but you should still wear your seaside best to Refinery Rooftop’s Endless Summer Party with a cookout by Swingbelly’s BBQ, plus Montauk beer, a DJ and plenty of last-minute rooftop Insta opps. Your ticket includes one plate of barbecue and two drinks.” (Metro)

Not Manhattan’s WestSide, but it sure is Brooklyn’s WestSide and looks worth the detour:
Taste Williamsburg Greenpoint
Take a foodie tour of North Brooklyn
East River State Park, 90 Kent Ave./ 1-5PM, $55-$85
“Two of Brooklyn’s hottest foodie neighborhoods are throwing a joint festival of food this Sunday. Taste Williamsburg Greenpoint returns for its ninth season with a block party on the Williamsburg waterfront featuring more than 40 of the area’s restaurants, bars, breweries and wineries. Your ticket gets you a bite of everything; there will also be a special tent for L train alternatives, kids entertainment and exercise classes.” (Metro)

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Continuing Events

Photoville (Sept.13-16 and 20-23)
Brooklyn’s outdoor photo garden is back
Dumbo’s Brooklyn Bridge Plaza, 4-10 p.m. Thurs/Fri;
noon-10 p.m. Sat.; noon-9 p.m. Sun
“Whatever the weather, don’t let it keep you from the spectacular outdoor exhibit that is Photoville, the annual survey of photography where more than 600 artists cram entertaining and eye-opening images into 90 exhibitions and installations. In addition to browsing your way through the 65 shipping containers making their home in Brooklyn Bridge Park for two weekends, make time for panels, artist lectures, professional seminars, hands-on workshops — all free and open to everyone. There’s also a food and beer garden courtesy of Smorgasburg. “ (Metro)

The Feast of San Gennaro (Sept.15-23)
Little Italy throws a two-week party (It’s the 92nd Annual Feast!)
Mulberry Street between Canal and Houston streets, FREE,
“You don’t have to be Catholic to take part in the Feast of San Gennaro, the 10-day holiday that turns Little Italy into one big street festival with delicacies being grilled up on the sidewalk, bakeries turning out their best traditional treats, live music nightly, eating contests and more.” (Metro)
11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Sun-Thurs, to midnight Fri-Sat.
Find out what to eat at the Feast of San Gennaro here (cityguideny)

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 09/14 and 09/12.

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