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

“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to.” We make it as easy as 1-2-3.

For future NYC Events, check the tab above:  March NYC Events”
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.
To make your own after dinner plans TONIGHT, see the tab above;  “LiveMusic.”

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Have time for only one NYC Event today? Do this:

NEW YORK CITY BALLET (LAST CHANCE).
at the NYS Theater, Lincoln Center / 8PM, $35+
The final weekend of City Ballet’s winter season offers a tidy recap of the previous weeks. On Friday and Saturday afternoon, the company presents a Balanchine double bill with “Prodigal Son” and “Liebeslieder Walzer”; on Saturday evening it serves up a triple bill of new and revised work by William Forsythe, Kyle Abraham and Justin Peck; and on Sunday it concludes the season with a trifecta of works by Jerome Robbins, featuring “Interplay,” “In the Night” and “N.Y. Export: Opus Jazz.” (NYT-Brian Schaefer)

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7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Laugh along with Patton Oswalt
>> Lou Reed’s Birthday Celebration with James Chance , Hal Willner, Kevin Heard

>> ALFREDO RODRIGUEZ AND PEDRITO MARTINEZ
>> Complexions, Contemporary Ballet
>> Sharp: Michelle Dean with Meg Wolitzer
>> On Air Fest
>> Food Book Fair

Continuing Events 
>> NYC Beer Week
>> Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Laugh along with Patton Oswalt
Beacon Theatre / 7:30PM, $45-$75
“Known for his nerd-friendly-yet-biting style of smart comedy, Patton Oswalt is also a familiar face on TV (“The King of Queens,” “Agents of SHIELD”) and to kiddies as the voice of Remy in the Pixar flick “Ratatouille.” Currently touring the nation, he’ll be dropping by the Big Apple for a solitary stop at the Beacon Theatre.” (Newsday)

Lou Reed’s Birthday Celebration with James Chance , Hal Willner, Kevin Heard
The Bowery Electric / 7PM, $20
“Celebrate late music legend Lou Reed at Bowery Electric’s annual soirée. You’ll hear Reed and The Velvet Underground tracks and live tunes by Tammy Faye Starlight, Dougie Needles, and Mina Caputo.” (thrillist)

Complexions, Contemporary Ballet (LAST CHANCE)
Joyce Theatre, 175 Eighth Ave., at 19th St./ 8PM, $45+
“For most of its twenty-five years of existence, Complexions Contemporary Ballet has endured critical disapproval of its flashy aesthetic and its relentless, all-exclamation-points preening. And, for most of that time, such complaints have had little to no effect on its loyal, adoring audience. Its silver-anniversary programs at the Joyce include a greatest-hits compilation, as well as the premières of the supposedly neoclassical “Bach 25” and the topical “Woke.” (Brian Seibert, NewYorker)

ALFREDO RODRIGUEZ AND PEDRITO MARTINEZ (LAST CHANCE)
at Jazz Standard / 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.; $30
“Rodriguez, a pianist, and Martinez, a percussionist and vocalist, are masters of Afro-Cuban rhythm who both hail from Havana, though they learned their craft in different settings: Rodriguez at clubs and solares — the housing units where much of Cuba’s African musical inheritance is passed down — and Martinez at various conservatories in the city. On “Duologue,” their new, Quincy Jones-produced album, the pair find plenty of generative energy in the space between their styles. They appear at the Standard in an unadorned duo.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

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Smart Stuff / Other NYC EventS

Sharp: Michelle Dean with Meg Wolitzer
92nd Street Y / 11AM,$42
A discussion of the brilliant writers—Dorothy Parker, Rebecca West, Hannah Arendt, Susan Sontag and Joan Didion, to name a few—featured in Michelle Dean’s Sharp, a mix of biography, literary criticism and cultural history examining how they asserted themselves through their writing in the male-dominant and often hostile intellectual beau monde of twentieth-century New York.” (grubstreet)

Elsewhere, but these two look worth the detour:

On Air Fest (Mar.1-3)
Wythe Hotel, Bklyn / 9AM-6PM, $79
“Why just listen to the radio when you can discuss how to to harness the technology for the better? Through Sunday, the On Air Fest contributors including Roxane Gay, Radiolab’s Jad Abumrad, Amber Tamblyn, Still Processing’s Jenna Wortham, and more converge at the Wythe Hotel for discussions, performances, live podcast tapings, and more, all exploring the future of audio.” (grubstreet)

“On Air Fest may be about bringing podcasters to Brooklyn in front of an audience — but don’t call it a podcast festival. Instead of just sitting in a room watching people talk to each other, On Air Fest 2019 features immersive soundscapes, live concerts, poetry, stories told with projections and art installations.” (Metro)

Food Book Fair (March 2-3)
Smorgasburg: 625 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn / 11AM-5PM, FREE
“An expo where food writing is the main dish, the annual Food Book Fair highlights cookbooks, food-inspired art and other media that emphasize all things edible. Browse booths from more than 20 different independent publishers.”

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Continuing Events

NYC Beer Week (LAST DAY)
The best week for craft beer lovers
“The NYC Brewers Guild’s annual celebration of all things hops, malt and a little madness, NYC Beer Week, returns with over 60 breweries taking part in more than 150 events, from walk-around tastings to tap takeovers, brewer talks and pairing dinners. With beers brewed special for the festival, it’s a chance to taste things you won’t find anywhere else in the company of people who love one thing above all else”. (Metro)

The grand finale of NYC Beer Week
“NYC Beer Week ends with a brunch dedicated to the brewers who rise to the challenge of creating a special beer made entirely with New York state-grown ingredients. Taste your way through them at Randolph Beer Dumbo, and help crown your favorite breweries with the Ruppert’s Cup. March 3, noon-2 p.m., 82 Prospect St., Brooklyn, pay as you go, nycbrewed.com.”

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 Lodge by Urbanspace, and The Rink, the centerpiece of Winter Village and New York City’s only free admission ice skating rink.
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 (LAST DAY)
Daily, 8am-10pm (Rink hours are weather permitting and Rink may be closed for events – check here)

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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 65 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:

This trend-spotting group show, which is more than the sum of its uneven parts, registers a seismic shift from abstraction to representation among ambitious painters. It pertains to a mode, if not merely a mood, of handling images—be they realist, imagined, or appropriated—with some ratio of self-conscious deliberateness (not Expressionist) and shoot-the-works feeling (irony-free). The notion extends a magnetic field from a nocturnal cityscape by the chronically underrated poetic realist Lois Dodd, ninety-one years old, to a dreamily blurred floral still-life by the mid-career German Michael Krebber and a lividly harsh self-portrait by a tyro Italian, Giangiacomo Rossetti. Elizabeth Peyton shines with an agitated portrait, and so does Gillian Carnegie, with one that is uncannily calm. All the show’s artists impress as experimentally sincere.” (

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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 03/01 and 02/27.

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