NYC Events,”Only the Best” (11/27) + 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:

ANGELICA SANCHEZ (Nov. 27-Dec. 1)
at the Stone / 8:30 p.m.; $20
“Sanchez’s aggressiveness as an improviser and an experimentalist is matched by the sensitivity and composure of her touch at the piano. She is in residence this coming week at the Stone, where she performs in a different scenario each night. On Tuesday and Wednesday she appears in two different trios: Sam Newsome on saxophone and Andrew Cyrille on drums the first night; Andrew Bishop on saxophone and Tom Rainey on drums the second. On Thursday she pairs up with the drummer Pheeroan Aklaff. She’s with the guitarist Omar Tamez and the drummer Ramon Lopez on Nov. 30, then she leads a 17-person big band to close out the run on Dec. 1.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

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6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Ute Lemper: Rendezvous with Marlene
>> FRANK KIMBROUGH
>> TWYLA THARP DANCE 
>> BOB DYLAN
>> Harper’s Magazine Presents John Cleese and Iain McGilchrist
>> How to Break Up with Your Phone
Continuing Events
>>Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park
>>New York City Ballet / “The Nutcracker”
>> Christmas Spectacular Starring The Radio City Rockettes
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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Ute Lemper: Rendezvous with Marlene (Nov.27-28)
54 Below, 254 W. 54th St./ 9:30; $55+
“No matter what aspect Ute Lemper’s eclectic music takes, the dramatic, imperial, and often quite funny chanteuse can’t help but channel her inner Marlene Dietrich. This program, inspired in part by a three-hour phone conversation that Lemper had with the film-and-stage legend in 1988, makes that influence explicit.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)

FRANK KIMBROUGH (Nov.27-28)
at Jazz Standard / 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., $30
“There’s been a spate of activity around Thelonious Monk’s legacy over the past two years; it’s impossible to keep track of everything. But one impressive project that bears accounting is Kimbrough’s new album, a six-disc collection on which he and his band cover every piece in Monk’s songbook. Kimbrough’s treatments amount to a devoted and respectful homage, though they’re laden with moments of subtle reinvention. The record, “Monk’s Dreams,” is out on Friday. He appears here with the members of his quartet: Scott Robinson on saxophones and reeds, Rufus Reid on bass and Billy Drummond on drums.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

TWYLA THARP DANCE  (thru Dec.09)
at the Joyce Theater / 7:30PM; $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)

BOB DYLAN (Nov.26-27,29-30,Dec.1)
at the Beacon Theater / 8PM, $90+
“The 77-year-old impresario of American song is offering a week’s worth of shows as part of what for the past 30 years some journalists have termed his Never Ending Tour — a label Dylan himself flatly rejects. Dylan’s external gruffness masks a man whose performances remain as heartfelt as they were more than 50 years ago, when he was just another guy with a guitar bumming around Greenwich Village. The shows on Friday and Dec. 1 are sold out, but tickets are available through resellers.” (NYT-NATALIE WEINER)

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

Harper’s Magazine Presents John Cleese and Iain McGilchrist (also Nov.28)
W83 Ministry Center, 150 W. 83rd St./ 7PM, $60, includes a copy of the headlining author’s book and a year subscription to Harper’s Magazine.
“And now for something completely different. Actor and Monty Python hand John Cleese has a new book, Professor at Large, which recounts his experiences moonlighting as a Cornell lecturer. He’ll be joined on consecutive nights by psychiatrist and writer Iain McGilchrist (The Master and His Emissary), each taking turns as lead interviewer. Tuesday night focuses on Cleese, with McGilchrist taking the hot seat on Wednesday.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

How to Break Up with Your Phone
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave./ 7PM, $29
“Is your smartphone the first thing you look at in the morning and the last thing you touch before bed?

Join award-winning author and journalist Catherine Price for an interactive evening based on her newest book, How to Break Up With Your Phone: The 30-Day Plan to Take Back Your Life. Price will lead the audience through a speed breakup, providing practical and philosophical suggestions for how we can keep using the good parts of our phones while minimizing the parts the make us feel bad. The goal isn’t to throw your phone under a bus; it’s to create a healthy, long-term relationship.”

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Continuing Events

Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park
Midtown Manhattan’s winter wonderland.
Bryant Park (btw 5th/6th Ave. @42nd St.) / shops to 8PM, rink to 10PM
Enjoy the Holiday Shops, The Lodge by Urbanspace, and The Rink, the centerpiece of Winter Village and New York City’s only free admission ice skating rink.
The Holiday Shops are open through January 2, 2019.

The Rink
This 17,000 square foot rink features free admission ice skating, high quality rental skates, and free skating shows, special events, and activities.
​October 27, 2018 – March 3, 2019
Daily, 8am-10pm (Rink hours are weather permitting and Rink may be closed for events – check here)

Tree Lighting Skate-tacular
As one of the most popular holiday markets in NYC, the Winter Village has big plans to make their tree-lighting ceremony (held 6PM, Tuesday, December 4) a smash.

An annual New York City Christmas tradition, Tree Lighting Skate-tacular is led by a celebrity narrator who reads an original Christmas tale. As the story unfolds, the characters are brought to life by world-class skaters performing on the ice, under the stars in the Midtown cityscape. Excitement builds until the finale: the Tree is lit, surrounded by fireworks. With host Alan Cumming and performances by Olympic skaters Johnny Weir, Kaetlyn Osmond, Megan Duhamel and Eric Radford, and Jeremy Abbott.
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New York City Ballet / “The Nutcracker” (Through Dec. 30)
NYS Theater, Lincoln Center / various times, $40

A New York holiday tradition returns as City Ballet embarks on another season of “George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker.” That magical growing Christmas tree is as glorious as ever, and as usual, a rotating cast of the company’s top ballerinas, and some promising up-and-comers, take turns as the regal Sugar Plum Fairy. There are subtle recent changes as well, notably in Act II’s visit to the Land of Sweets, which the company has reworked to tone down long-ingrained cultural stereotypes.” (NYT- Brian Schaefer)
212-496-0600, nycballet.com

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Christmas Spectacular Starring The Radio City Rockettes  (Nov.09- Jan.01)
Radio City Music Hall / various times, $46+
“There’s more great precision dancing than ever in the show’s current edition, which was revamped in 2007 and tweaked again this year. Glamorously outfitted in a series of eye-popping costumes, the Rockettes perform on a double-decker bus, a sparkly staircase and a snowy forest and enact a lightning-fast version of “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” Not to worry: They’re still doing the classic “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers” number, too. Each scene is enhanced by video backdrops displayed on one of the world’s largest LED screens.”

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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

For a comprehensive list of the best places to hear All Types of Live Music in Manhattan see the tab above “LiveMusic.”

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 11/25 and 11/23.

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