NYC Events,”Only the Best” (03/27) + 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.
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:

Juilliard Dance / “Spring Dances” (Mar.27-30)
Peter Jay Sharp Theatre, 155 W. 65th St./ 7:30PM, $30
“The main reason to catch the spring show by the excellent students of the Juilliard Dance program is Martha Graham’s rendition of “The Rite of Spring,” still one of the most convincing interpretations of Stravinsky’s wild, raucous score. The high drama of the scenario, in which a young maiden is chosen for sacrifice in order to insure the survival of the collective, was right up Graham’s alley. Even better, the score will be played live by the Juilliard Orchestra. Live music, specifically Mendelssohn’s Octet in E-Flat Major, will also accompany Bill T. Jones’s “D-Man in the Waters (Part 1),” a defiant and joyful work made in 1989, at the height of the AIDS epidemic.” (Marina Harss, NewYorker)

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7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> ALTERNATIVE GUITAR SUMMIT

>> Judy Carmichael Quartet
>> Ballet Hispánico
>> Lawrence Kramer on The Hum of the World
>> Victory City: John Strausbaugh
>> Walk on the “Wild Side”: Joys of Wildlife Photography
>> Humanimal: Adam Rutherford with Nathan H. Lents

Continuing Events
>> STREB
>> NOCHE FLAMENCA
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Make March Madness a slam dunk
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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

ALTERNATIVE GUITAR SUMMIT (Mar.27-28)
at various locations / 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $
“Organized by the guitarist Joel Harrison, the annual Alternative Guitar Summit gathers some of the most talented six-string improvisers in jazz, post-rock and world music. The summit’s second concert takes place on Monday, when Cline, Leni Stern and others will pay tribute to the esteemed guitarist (and multi-instrumentalist) Ralph Towner at Drom, in the East Village. It concludes on Wednesday and Thursday at Jazz Standard with solo shows from Towner himself.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

Judy Carmichael Quartet with special guest Harry Allen (Mar.26 – 27)
Dizzy’s Club, Jazz at Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $35
“…astounding, flawless, captivating.” The New York Times.

“Judy Carmichael is a Grammy Award-nominated pianist, vocalist, and songwriter who has hosted Judy Carmichael’s Jazz Inspired on NPR for 18 years and counting. For well over 30 years she has been a stride piano master (nicknamed “Stride” by Count Basie himself), and she has given performances for the likes of Rod Stewart, Robert Redford, and Bill Clinton. Her performance tonight features her longtime writing partner—the great tenor saxophonist Harry Allen—as special guest. Popular with jazz and cabaret audiences alike, Carmichael performs swinging interpretations of the Great American Songbook in addition to her own witty love songs.”

Ballet Hispánico (Mar.26-31)
Joyce Theatre, 175 Eighth Ave., at 19th St./ 7:30PM, $45+
“For nearly fifty years, this troupe has examined Latinx identity and culture through dance. For its Joyce season this year, it shifts the angle of vision to the overlap between Latinx and Asian identities. In his piece “El Viaje,” the Taiwanese-American choreographer Edwaard Liang focusses on Chinese immigration and the China-to-Cuba diaspora. In “Homebound/Alaala,” the Filipino-American choreographer Bennyroyce Royon considers the idea of home in the culture of the Philippines, which was colonized by Spain. Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s “Sombrerísmo,” a stylish work originally made for six men that is as much about machismo as it is about sombreros, gets an all-female cast.” (Brian Seibert, NewYorker)

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Smart Stuff / Other NYC EventS

Lawrence Kramer on The Hum of the World
Book Culture, 536 W. 112th St./ 7PM, FREE
“Lawrence Kramer (The Thought of Music) speaks on his new book, The Hum of the World: A Philosophy of Listening, an ambitious survey of the role of sound as a marker of life. He’ll draw on “music, media, language, philosophy, and science from the ancient world to the present” in conversation with fellow Fordham music professor Matthew Gelbart.” (ThoughtGallery)

“The Hum of the World is an invitation to contemplate what would happen if we heard the world as attentively as we see it. Balancing big ideas with playful wit and lyrical prose, this imaginative volume identifies the role of sound in Western experience as the primary medium in which the presence and persistence of life acquire tangible form.”

Victory City: John Strausbaugh
Life during wartime: a history of 1940s New York.
New York Public Library—Mid-Manhattan Library
476 Fifth Ave. (42nd St. Entrance) / 6:30PM, FREE

“While World War II created and destroyed nations, powered economic growth, and brought the rise and fall of fascism, it also created the conditions for New York City to emerge as a new global capital. A city of servicemen, politicians, and saboteurs; Nazi, Fascist, and Communist sympathizers; war protesters and conscientious objectors; gangsters and profiteers; poets and painters, atomic scientists and spies. In Victory City: A History of New York and New Yorkers During World War II, John Strausbaugh tells the story of New York City’s war years and provides readers with new insights into the greatest city on earth during a particularly transformative time in human history.”

Walk on the “Wild Side”: Joys of Wildlife Photography
Metropolitan Opera Guild, 165 W. 65th St./ 6:30PM, $7
“Sierra Photo NYC, a committee of the the New York City chapter of the Sierra Club is excited to announce this presentation by Miami Zoo director and Nikon Ambassador Ron Magill.

From your local zoo to the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro, Ron Magill will show you how to get the best out of wildlife photography while having the time of your life! Whether photographing polar bears in the sub-freezing temperatures of the Arctic, lions on the scorching plains of the Serengeti, or butterflies in his own backyard, Ron’s work has captured wildlife in a way that has inspired people around the world. Ron will show you how to get the most out of what you have, while learning that wildlife photography can be enjoyed by anyone with a yearning for adventure.”

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:

Humanimal: Adam Rutherford with Nathan H. Lents
McNally Jackson Williamsburg, 76 N. 4th St./ 7PM, FREE
“Communication, use of fire and tools, and sex for ends beyond procreation are not exclusive to the human species. British geneticist Adam Rutherford talks about his new book, “Humanimal. How Homo Sapiens Became Nature’s Most Paradoxical Creature—A New Evolutionary History”, which uses the the latest research in genetics to illuminate how humanity tracks the animal world, and how we got so far ahead of it.” (ThoughtGallery)

“We like to think of ourselves as exceptional beings, but are we really more special than other animals? In this original and entertaining tour of life on Earth, Adam Rutherford explores how many of the things once considered to be exclusively human are not: We are not the only species that communicates, makes tools, uses fire, or has sex for reasons other than procreation. Evolution has, however, allowed us to develop a culture far more complex than any other observed in nature. Humanimal explains how we became the creatures we are today, uniquely able to investigate ourselves.”

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Continuing Events

NOCHE FLAMENCA (thru Mar.31)
at the Connelly Theater / Tue – Thu at 7:30pm; Fri & Sat at 8pm; Sundays at 3pm; $20+
“This splendid flamenco company, led by Martín Santangelo, its artistic director, and the dancer Soledad Barrio, presents “Entre Tú y Yo” (“Between You and Me”), an evening of solos, duets and ensemble works that includes “Refugiados” (“Refugees”), which has been recently added to the company’s repertoire. The piece transforms poems written by children in refugee camps into song and dance. The program also features the latest iteration of “La Ronde,” which is inspired by Max Ophüls’s 1950 film and spotlights the talents of a guitarist, a vocalist and a solo dancer.” (NYT-Gia Kourlas)

If you like flamenco even a little, you must see Soledad’s performance.

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NCAA – Make March Madness a slam dunk
DeKalb Market Hall / Free to enter; standard menu prices
“Why celebrate the annual March Maddening from your sofa when you can make it an occasion at DeKalb Market Hall’s DeKalb Stage? See the tourney on the new venue’s 180” projection screen, sip cocktails, and snack on Ample Hills ice cream, Katz’s pastrami, and Chicks Isan’s wings.’ (thrillist.com)

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour and is an easy trip on the #2,3 express subway to Nevins St. (2 stops after Wall St.). Try the Pastrami, it’s just as good here as it is at the original on the Lower EastSide.


New Directors/New Films Festival (March 27 to April 7)
The future of cinema.
MoMA Theaters and Walter Reade Theater, Lincoln Center
“At 48, the joint Museum of Modern Art and Film Society of Lincoln Center festival is one of the most venerable New York film fests — but also the one that’s still most apt to challenge, vex, and explode your perceptions. This year’s starts with a bang — the Sundance sensation Clemency, Chinonye Chukwu’s prison drama with Alfre Woodard and Aldis Hodge. Another Sundance winner, Monos, stars Julianne Nicholson as an American engineer held captive in a South American jungle by teenage guerrillas. The programmers say it’s “sure to be one of the most hotly debated films of 2019,” so see it early and stake out your position.” (David Edelstein, NewYork Magazine)

My favorite NYCity film festival. These films are not all home runs, but it is so exciting when you find the next Pedro Almodóvar.

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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:

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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 03/25 and 03/23.

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