NYC Events,”Only the Best” (11/15) + 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:

THE DOOBIE BROTHERS (also Friday)
at the Beacon Theater / 8PM, $50+
“The soft rock harmonizers will revisit two of their most iconic albums during their first run at the Beacon in 23 years. On both nights, the band will play 1972’s “Toulouse Street” and 1973’s “The Captain and Me” in their entirety — with some deep cuts that they’ve never performed live. But even casual fans should be pleased with the strict set list: Those albums feature some of the Doobies’ most memorable hits, including “Listen to the Music” and “Long Train Runnin’.” (NYT-NATALIE WEINER)

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7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> BELA FLECK, ZAKIR HUSSAIN AND EDGAR MEYER
>> Emily King
>> No-No Boy
>> Y LA BAMBA
>> Marcus Roberts Nonet
>> TWYLA THARP DANCE
>> Marc Ribot
Continuing Events
>> Canstruction (LAST DAY)
>> White Light Festival
>> Harry Potter: A History of Magic
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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

BELA FLECK, ZAKIR HUSSAIN AND EDGAR MEYER
at the Town Hall / 8PM, $50+
“More than anything else, these three musicians are unified by their rejection of conventional genre boundaries. They’re well known among classical music aficionados for their 2009 collaboration with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, “The Melody of Rhythm,” but that release made it no easier to pin down their style. Meyer, a bassist, and Fleck, a banjoist, have both worked extensively in bluegrass; Hussain, a tabla player, first rose to fame performing Hindustani classical music but often collaborates with jazz musicians. In the end, trying to pin them down is futile: Each is a virtuosic talent, so any tradition they take on jointly winds up transformed.” (NYT-NATALIE WEINER)

Emily King
Apollo Theater, Harlem / 8PM, $40+
“NYC native Emily King makes anthemic, infectious R&B that often incorporates retro flavors, but always with a modern sensibility. She hits the Apollo in advance of a new album, Scenery, due out on ATO Records in February.” (TONY)

No-No Boy
Atrium at Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, FREE, but get there early for a seat.
“In this immersive, indie-folk concert, singer-songwriter Julian Saporiti and vocalist Erin Aoyama illuminate the Asian-American experience through song, storytelling, and imagery. Taking inspiration from interviews with World War II Japanese incarceration camp survivors, his own family’s history living through the Vietnam War, and many other stories of the Asian-American experience, Nashville-raised Saporiti has transformed his doctoral research at Brown University into folk songs to bring these stories to a broader audience. Alongside Aoyama, a fellow PhD student at Brown whose family was incarcerated at Heart Mountain, Wyoming—one of the 10 Japanese-American concentration camps—No-No Boy aims to shine a light on experiences that have remained largely hidden in the American consciousness.

Please join us for a post-show talk with artists Erin Aoyama and Julian Saporiti, moderated by Theodora Yoshikami.”

Y LA BAMBA
at Murmrr Ballroom / 9PM, $15
“Indie pop influenced by Mexican folk music might be the simplest way to describe Luz Elena Mendoza’s band, which this artist from Portland, Oregon, has fronted since 2007, but it doesn’t fully capture the seamlessness of that combination across the group’s five albums. Mendoza’s voice is the X factor, ranging from forceful and strong to bright, sweet and vibrato-filled as she sings in both English and Spanish. The result is music that’s global without sounding kitschy or like it’s lost its experimental edge.” (NYT-NATALIE WEINER)

Marcus Roberts Nonet (Nov.13-18)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave. S., at 11th St./ 8:30PM, +10:30PM, $35
“The 1989 recording “Deep in the Shed”—the pianist Marcus Roberts’s second project as a bandleader, featuring the guest soloist Wynton Marsalis (under the alias E. Dankworth) and a cadre of fine young players—was a bracing affirmation of jazz essentials coated in the thick rhythms and tones of the blues. Roberts has used the ensuing decades to examine both historical and original jazz tangents. At his first Vanguard appearance in fifteen years, he revisits his opus with a nonet braced by six horns.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)

TWYLA THARP DANCE
at the Joyce Theater (Nov. 15-16, 8 p.m.; through Dec. 9), $60+
“Tharp takes inspiration from just about anything fit for a stage — from ballet to the circus to baton twirling — so she can sometimes feel like a stylistic maximalist. But early in her career, she caught the minimalism bug sweeping through the arts at the time. This nearly four-week engagement, called “Minimalism and Me,” focuses on works she created between 1965 and 1971. Among them are the now-classic “Tank Dive,” “The History of Up and Down” and “Eight Jelly Rolls,” a richly layered romp to music by the ragtime master Jelly Roll Morton.” (NYT-Brian Schaefer)

Marc Ribot (Nov. 13-17)
The Stone at the New School, 55 W. 13th St. / 8:30PM, $20
“As socially conscious and politically active as he is musically inventive, the guitarist Marc Ribot is understandably piqued these days. How that will affect the intensity of his upcoming performances at this residency is anyone’s guess, but his solo recitals—featured Nov. 13-14 and Nov. 16—are generally special events. A duet with the pianist Anthony Coleman on Nov. 15 also has promise.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)

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

More Smart Stuff coming soon.

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Continuing Events

Canstruction (LAST DAY)
Brookfield Place | Battery Park City / 10AM-8PM, FREE
“This annual cans-for-a-cause competition pits architecture teams against each other to create larger-than-life Pop Art–installations using more than 120,000 cans of nonperishable food, all in the name of ending hunger (every can is donated to City Harvest). Head down to Brookfield Place to see the unveiling of these engineering spectacles, all built overnight after months of planning, and check back to see if your favorite takes home any titles in judges’ categories like Best Use of Labels, Best Meal and Structural Ingenuity. Admission is free, but do your part by bringing the suggested donation of one canned good per person.” (TONY)

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:

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 11/13 and 11/011.

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