NYC Events,”Only the Best” (09/22) + 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:

Elsewhere, but this is always worth the detour:
World Maker Faire (Sept.22-23)
Play with the technology of the future
New York Hall of Science / 10AM-6PM, $40-$80
“See what the tinkerers of the world have been up to at World Maker Faire in Queens, a weekend of getting hands-on with the technology being dreamed up by ordinary people in their own homes. The Maker Movement brings do-it-yourselfers out to trade tips, show off their craft and encourage creativity with interactive displays, demos, discussions and more in fields like art, engineering, medicine and technology.” (Metro)

7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Steve Turre
>> Nellie McKay
>> Vendy Awards.
>> Museum Day
>> Tribeca TV Festival
>> Space & Science Festival
Continuing Events
>> Photoville
>> The Feast of San Gennaro
>> Oktoberfest NYC

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Steve Turre (Sept. 21-23.)
Smoke / 7, 9, 10:30PM, $40
“The novelty of this great trombonist also producing delightful music from conch shells, a feat he’s been pulling off since at least the eighties, may never fade. But the big horn remains his first love, as revealed by Turre’s new ballad-heavy album, “The Very Thought of You.” He’s joined here by the saxophonist Ron Blake and the fine rhythm team from the recording: the bassist Buster Williams and the drummer Willie Jones III.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)

STANLEY CLARKE (Sept. 18-23)
at the Blue Note / 8 and 10:30 p.m., $30-$45
“A pre-eminent electric bassist since his early years in the original Return to Forever, Mr. Clarke has a new album out titled “The Message,” a smoothly confrontational disc that reflects the ongoing influence of his younger band mates. The group lines up somewhere near the shared border of popular country, radio gospel, straight-ahead jazz and New Age. It features the keyboardist Cameron Graves, the pianist Beka Gochiashvili and the drummer Mike Mitchell.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

Nellie McKay (Sept.19-22)
Birdland / 7PM, $30-$40
“Fearless singer-songwriter and deceptively feather-light song stylist McKay is always guaranteed to flabber your gast with her witty, unwieldy and beguiling performances. In this Birdland run, she toasts the release of her seventh album, Sister Orchid, which includes versions of standards including “My Romance,” “The Nearness of You” and “Georgia on My Mind.” (TONY)


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

Vendy Awards.
Governor’s Island / 12:30-5PM, $15 and up
“This Saturday is the annual Vendy Awards on Governors Island — and a celebration of the diversity of the city’s street-food purveyors. Vendors will vie to be recognized as the best in the city in categories like dessert, breakfast (new this year), and the coveted best rookie award. But you’re the real winner, because a ticket entitles you to unlimited food from all 25 vendors, plus unlimited beer, wine, soda, and water.” (grubstreet)

Museum Day
“If you’ve got an itch for museums, today is Museum Day, where many institutions around the city will be free. Pick out a museum on the website, and download a ticket admitting two people, and culture yourself.” (grubstreet)

Tribeca TV Festival (Sept.20-23)
Tribeca / $30-$40
“Move over, film. The annual Tribeca TV festival presents three days of premieres and panels featuring the very best of television. This year’s bash toasts two decades of Law and Order: SVU with a panel discussion including Mariska Hargitay, Ice T, Dick Wolf and the rest of the cast. Bryan Cranston looks back on Breaking Bad for the tenth anniversary of its premiere, and Tracey Ullman shows up to preview a new season of HBO zaniness. Along with screening premieres of new series and returning favorites like Ray Donovan and Madam Secretary, the festival will host a viewing of one of Anthony Bourdain’s finale episodes of Parts Unknown, followed by a discussion on his legacy with producers and episode guest W. Kamau Bell. Most events run for $20–$30 a pop. It’s a golden era of episodics; don’t miss the chance to bask in the glow of the small screen.” (TONY)

Space & Science Festival (Sept. 20-23)
Pier 86, Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum/ All activities on Pier 86 are free to the public. Programs inside the Museum require admission.
“The idea of cosmic pursuits can still fire up the collective imagination, even in the face of more dubious manifestations, like the President’s push for a new military branch devoted to space-based defense systems, or Elon Musk’s eying Mars for colonization. Meanwhile, NASA, the source of so much of America’s gravity-defying wonder, turned sixty in July. Sept. 20-23, the Space & Science Festival takes over Pier 86, the permanent dock for the decommissioned aircraft carrier that is now the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. The event will feature science talks, interactive installations, and astronautical guests, like NASA’s Sunita Williams, and visitors will be able to test out the Space Camp Multi-Axis Trainer, the anti-gravity simulator used to prepare astronauts for space travel. A free screening of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” takes place on the flight deck of the museum at sunset on Sept. 22; viewers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to experience what U.S. Navy personnel call a steel-beach picnic.” (K. Leander Williams, NewYorker)


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.

♦ 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. Owner Ishrat fought the good fight and Caffe V will be sorely missed.

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:


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 09/20 and 09/18.

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