NYC Events,”Only the Best” (10/28) + 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:

“The Plot Against America”
92nd Street Y, Lexington Ave. at 92nd St./ 1PM, $75+
“Philip’s Roth’s masterly novel, lovingly set in the Jewish enclave of his New Jersey childhood, reimagines the Second World War-era world he grew up in as one threatened by the rise of Nazism in America, a cause advanced by the Presidential election of the aviator and Third Reich sympathizer Charles Lindbergh. The book is read onstage by an all-star lineup of actors, including Jon Hamm, Maggie Siff, Michael Stuhlbarg, Elizabeth Marvel, Ayad Akhtar, John Turturro, André Holland, and Jennifer Ehle. It unfolds in three ninety-minute segments, with intermissions.” (K. Leander Williams, NewYorker)

7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Ravi Coltrane
>> American Ballet Theatre
>> Robert Glasper
>> David Hazeltine Trio
>> Martin Rees: On the Future—Prospects for Humanity
>> H.P. Lovecraft Festival
>> First Person: Jamie Bernstein
Continuing Events
>> Archtober
>> Harry Potter: A History of Magic

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Ravi Coltrane (Oct. 23-28)
Village Vanguard / 8:30PM, +10:30PM, $35
“His childhood home on Long Island (the onetime domicile of his parents, John and Alice Coltrane) has been officially designated a National Treasure, and the saxophone scion continues to gracefully shoulder the substantial weight of his family legacy, three decades into his career. Coltrane, a compelling improviser and a canny bandleader, is convincingly his own man. He’s joined here by the Israeli pianist Gadi Lehavi.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)

American Ballet Theatre (October 17-28)
NYS Theater, Lincoln Center / 2PM, $25-$155
“For two weeks only, join ABT for a beautifully diverse fall season of mixed repertory performances, featuring World Premieres by tap dancer and choreographer Michelle Dorrance and choreographer Jessica Lang.

The season also features ABT’s world-class dancers in audience favorites including Twyla Tharp’s awe-inspiring In the Upper Room, the incomparable Jerome Robbins’s Fancy Free and Other Dances, the return of Alexei Ratmansky’s Songs of Bukovina and Wayne McGregor’s AFTERITE, and George Balanchine’s Symphonie Concertante, as well as ABT’s Studio Company in Lauren Lovette’s Le Jeune.”

Robert Glasper (thru Oct. 28)
Blue Note, 131 W. 3rd St./ 8PM, +10:30PM, $30-$45
“Spearheading a fresh movement in jazz takes focus, commitment, and not a little bit of guts, and the keyboardist Robert Glasper is ready to exhibit the lot during this nearly monthlong residency. Week one finds him at the helm of his longtime threesome with the bassist Derrick Hodge and the drummer Chris Dave, a wiry trio that juggles swing conventions and hip-hop rhythmic ploys with gleeful impunity.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)

David Hazeltine Trio (Oct. 26-28)
Smoke, 2751 Broadway, (btw 105th/106th Sts.) / 7, 9, +10:30PM, $38
“Any pianist who brings in the likes of the bassist John Patitucci and the drummer Al Foster—the rhythm team as carnivorous beast—to round out a trio must be pretty sure of himself. Hazeltine, a mainstay of the hard-bopping One for All ensemble, is ever ready to extol the virtues of mainstream jazz.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)


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

Martin Rees: On the Future—Prospects for Humanity
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave./ 7:30PM, $35
“Martin John Rees, Baron Rees of Ludlow has for over two decades been the Astronomer Royal. He moonlights as an author and joins New York Times science writer Claudia Dreifus in that capacity to discuss his new book, On the Future—Prospects for Humanity, and the fate of our species at a critical juncture.” (

H.P. Lovecraft Festival (Oct.25-28)
The master of horror lives again
St. John’s Lutheran Church, 81 Christopher St. / 7:30PM, $24
“St. John’s Lutheran Church in Greenwich Village provides an appropriately dramatic setting for the 10th annual H.P. Lovecraft Festival. Lit by candlelight and bathed in ghostly mist, you’re welcomed into the world of Arkham, populated by the award-winning Radiotheatre troupe. Each will perform a blood-curdling story to your fiendish delight to a live orchestral score.” (Metro)

First Person: Jamie Bernstein | Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein
Center for Jewish History, 15 W. 16th St./ 2PM, $15
“Join Leonard Bernstein’s eldest daughter, Jamie Bernstein, as she discusses her new book, Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein. Jamie is joined by Broadway performer Alexandra Silber for conversation and music. Book sales and signing to follow.”


Continuing Events

31 days, 100+ ways to celebrate design in NYC! The eight annual, month-long festival of architecture activities, programs, and exhibitions in New York City will take place October 1-31, 2017.  Archtober’s calendar features 200 architecture and design lectures, conferences, programs, and exhibitions at more than 60+ collaborating institutions across the city.

Fine Art Print Fair (Oct.25-28)
Javits Center / 12-8PM, $25
“Established in 1991, the Fine Art Print Fair is the largest and most celebrated art fair dedicated to the artistic medium of printmaking. Each year’s Fair presents an unrivaled opportunity to view and acquire outstanding works across the diverse range of periods and specialties represented by the IFPDA’s exhibiting members. While the Fair is known among museum curators and major collectors for its rare and exceptional prints, excellent works can be found in all price ranges, including exciting new projects from today’s leading and emerging artists”

Harry Potter: A History of Magic (Now-1/27/19)
New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park W.
“Gather round ye muggles and wizards, squibs and witches, tourists and natives: magic is on its way. Harry Potter: A History of Magic, commemorating the beloved series’s 20th anniversary, is now open at the New-York Historical Society. One of the most eagerly anticipated exhibits to hit the city since, well, ever, the show comes straight from the British Library in London, where, not surprisingly, it was the institution’s most successful exhibition.

Artifacts like crystal balls, Leonardo da Vinci notebooks, and the first written record of the magic word “abracadabra” are among the treasures on display, joined by original materials from author J.K. Rowling’s archives. Also on view to the public for the first time will be Mary GrandPré’s illustrations created for Scholastic’s original editions of the novels. Costumes and set models from Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which opened on Broadway in April, will be showcased in the exhibition. A long list of events will take place in conjunction with the exhibit, including trivia night, talks, an adult costume party, and more.” (cityguideny)
Daily, except most Mondays, $21, $6 ages 5-13, free 4 and younger

♦ 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 is one exhibition 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 10/26 and 10/24.

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