NYC Events,”Only the Best” (11/03) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

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

Elsewhere, but this tasting event looks well worth the detour:

Wine Riot (Nov.2-3)
Brooklyn Expo, Greenpoint / 2:30-5PM, +7:30-10PM, $65 for two-and-half hours of unlimited tastings.
“Brush up on your grape knowledge at Wine Riot, where you’ll finally learn the difference between merlot and muscat. Tickets include access to crash courses in vino. Get tipsy on samples of hundreds of wines from across the globe. And if all you care about is your buzz, booze up at the bubbly bar, where you’ll sparkle brighter than Cava, Prosecco, and Champagne. Take that liquid courage to the photo booth, temporary tattoo station, and cocktail demos.” (thrillist.com)

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7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Marnie
>> Pat Martino Trio Plus Horns
>> Melissa Errico Sings Sondheim
>> Eric Reed Quartet
>> Hungarian State Opera and Ballet
>> Ken Peplowski: The Great American Songbook
>> Festival Albertine
Continuing Events
>> White Light Festival
>> Harry Potter: A History of Magic
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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Marnie (next Nov.7, 7:30PM)
Metropolitan Opera House / 8PM, $20+
“Composer Nico Muhly unveils his second new opera for the Met with this gripping reimagining of Winston Graham’s novel, set in the 1950s, about a beautiful, mysterious young woman who assumes multiple identities. Director Michael Mayer and his creative team have devised a fast-moving, cinematic world for this exhilarating story of denial and deceit, which also inspired a film by Alfred Hitchcock. Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard sings the enigmatic Marnie, and baritone Christopher Maltman is the man who pursues her—with disastrous results. Robert Spano conducts.”

Pat Martino Trio Plus Horns
Jazz Standard / 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $35
“Years ago, the big story about this Philly guitarist was his return to touring and recording after a brain aneurysm forced him to relearn guitar from scratch. These days, Martino’s tale is of a veteran playing like the boy wonder he was in the late ’60s. His fretwork is its old incendiary self, and this week he’s playing a series of trio-plus performances.” (TONY)

Melissa Errico Sings Sondheim (Nov.01-03)
Feinstein’s/54 Below / 7PM, $40+
“Errico is a smart-edged musical-theater leading lady whose silvery voice has brightened such shows as My Fair Lady, Amour and the Off Broadway revival of Passion. In this set, she sets her mind on songs by show-tune deity Stephen Sondheim, from the comic neurosis of “Getting Married Today” and “Everybody Loves Louis” to the despair of “No More.” (TONY)

Eric Reed Quartet (Nov.2-4)
Smoke, 2751 Broadway, (btw105th/106th Sts.)/ 7, 9, 10:30PM, $40
From such early recordings as “It’s All Right to Swing” and “The Swing and I,” which laid Reed’s plainspoken aesthetic right on the dotted line, the convivial pianist and composer has woven the integrated dialects of bebop, gospel, and the sui-generis stylings of Thelonious Monk into his poised playing. This weekend engagement finds the outstanding reedist Tim Green staking his place in Reed’s quartet.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)

Hungarian State Opera and Ballet (select dates thru Nov.11)
NYS Theater, Lincoln Center / 8PM, $10+
“The Hungarian State Opera of Budapest makes its Lincoln Center debut with a rich variety of ballet and opera productions to choose from. It will present Hungarian iconic historical opera pieces: Erkel’s Bánk bán (The Viceroy Bank), Goldmark’s The Queen of Sheba, world-famous 20th century one-act operas Vajda’s Mario and the Magician and Bartók Bluebeard’s Castle, but also beloved classical ballets: Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, and Petipa and Minkus’ Don Quixote. Those who prefer more modern ballet pieces can also see Hans van Manen’s 2017 triple bill LOL.”

Ken Peplowski: The Great American Songbook (Nov.1-4)
Dizzy’s Club / 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $40
“The clarinet basically died out as a leading jazz instrument after the bebop onslaught of the mid-forties, but a player like Peplowski makes you wonder why. With a tone like finely woven silk, wondrous technical agility, and an itching curiosity that encompasses the stylistic breadth of mainstream jazz, Peplowski can take his outsider horn in any direction he cares to. (He plays a galloping tenor saxophone as well.) Here, Peplowski lands himself in luxury by approaching both classic and overlooked work from the heyday of American popular song.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)

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

Festival Albertine (last day)
Albertine, 972 Fifth Ave./
“The New Yorker staff writer Masha Gessen curates this year’s raft of discussions at the independent bookstore housed in the palatial cultural-services arm of the French Embassy. The theme for the event is “Reimagining Democracy”; it includes the topics “Rethinking Gender” (moderated by Jack Halberstam), “Redefining Normality and Disease” (with Siri Hustvedt and Laure Murat), “A Post-Work World” (with Joseph Stiglitz and Daniel Cohen), and “Beyond States and Borders,” the series kickoff, moderated by Gessen.” (K. Leander Williams, NewYorker)

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Continuing Events

White Light Festival (through Nov.18)
“Lincoln Center’s annual White Light Festival, integrating performances from around the world in a cross-cultural extravaganza, will play six venues across the city.

The festival will include performances of Waiting for Godot from Ireland’s Druid Theatre Company, directed by Tony-winning director Garry Hynes—the first female to win a Tony Award for direction of a play.

Belgian choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui brings Sutra to the stage, featuring martial arts from China’s Shaolin monks. Hip-hop, contemporary dance, and aerial work combine in the presentation of Borderline by Company Wang Ramirez. The U.S. premiere of Blak Whyte Gray, a mix of hip-hop and African-inspired movement, makes its way from across the pond to the Lincoln Center stage, as well as the U.S. premiere of Kaija Saariaho’s chamber opera Only the Sound Remains, directed by Peter Sellars and starring Philippe Jaroussky and Davóne Tines.”

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

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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 is one exhibition 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 11/01 and 10/30.

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