NYC Events,”Only the Best” (04/14) + 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.
OR 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:

MARTHA GRAHAM DANCE COMPANY
at the Joyce Theater / 2PM, +7:30PM, $45+
“A century ago, the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote, was submitted to the states for ratification. In honor of that anniversary, the Graham company presents the EVE Project, a robust collection of work from several generations of female choreographers, spread over a half-dozen programs. There are Graham classics, like “Herodiade,” “Errand Into the Maze” and “Chronicle,” as well as pieces by Annie-B Parson and Lucinda Childs. Two new works will be introduced, too: one by Pam Tanowitz and one by Maxine Doyle and Bobbi Jene Smith.” (NYT-Brian Schaefer)

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7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Arturo Sandoval
>> “Stonewall 50” Tour of Greenwich Village
>> Slurp noodles at the NY Ramen Contest
>> Greenwich Village Historic District 50th Anniversary Celebration and Open House Weekend
>> The Brooklyn Meatball Takedown
>> NYC Hot Sauce Expo
>> Watch the GoT premiere

Continuing Events
>> SOUNDTRACK OF AMERICA
>> STREB

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Music, Dance, Performing Art

Arturo Sandoval (Apr.11-14)
Blue Note / 8PM, +10:30PM; $30-$45
“A protégé of the legendary jazz master Dizzy Gillespie, Sandoval began studying classical trumpet at the age of twelve, but it didn’t take him long to catch the excitement of the jazz world. He has since evolved into one of the world’s most acknowledged guardians of jazz trumpet and flugelhorn, as well as a renowned classical artist, pianist and composer.

He is one of the most dynamic and vivacious live performers of our time, and has been seen by millions at the Oscars, at the Grammy Awards, and the Billboard Awards.”

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Smart Stuff / Other NYC EventS

“Stonewall 50” Tour of Greenwich Village
The Municipal Art Society of New York / 2PM, $30
“In celebration of “Stonewall 50” — a year-long commemoration of the landmark 1969 uprising at the Stonewall Inn — join MAS and Ken Lustbader and Amanda Davis of the NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project on a walking tour of Greenwich Village. Learn about key places and people of the pre- and post-Stonewall LGBT civil rights movement and their lasting impact on American culture. The tour will also highlight the importance of these sites to a marginalized community that oftentimes had nowhere else to go to fully be themselves. Stops will include places connected to such groups as the Mattachine Society, Gay Liberation Front, and Salsa Soul Sisters, and to LGBT activists, artists, and business owners who found refuge in the Village.”

Slurp noodles at the NY Ramen Contest
“Proving that the ramen noodle goes way, way beyond the cheap stuff you buy in the store, the NY Ramen Contest brings together eight ramen shops from Japan (and one homegrown entry, Manhattan’s Shinka Ramen restaurant) at two street-tasting scrums — first day, Manhattan and second day, Queens. One will be chosen the Ultimate Street Ramen Champion. Other competitors hail from Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka and Miyagi Prefecture.” (Newsday)
WHEN | WHERE 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 13 in Manhattan at Broadway and 8th to 9th streets. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 14 in Astoria, Steinway and Broadway-34th Avenue.
INFO Free; japanfes.com

Greenwich Village Historic District 50th Anniversary Celebration and Open House Weekend (10AM-7:30PM)
“A celebration of a neighborhood famous for its bohemian culture and significance in LGBTQ history, with free events including walking tours; a special tour of Edward Hopper’s studio; a chance to explore Chumley’s with the restaurant’s archivist; tap performances; a visit to the Cherry Lane Theatre; tours of the Jefferson Market Garden, and much more, including an opening celebration in Washington Square Park with speakers, music, family events, and open houses to wander through. Check the website for the schedule as well as for a list of discounts available at places like Wilfie & Nell and Li-Lac Chocolates.” (grubstreet)

Elsewhere, but these look too hot to miss:

The Brooklyn Meatball Takedown
Make the most of all-you-can-eat meatballs
Lot 45 lounge / 2-4PM; $25
“Two words: homemade meatballs. Intrigued? Four more words: all you can eat. Drooling yet? Try meatballs from over a dozen home chefs at The Brooklyn Meatball Takedown at Lot 45 lounge. Cast a ballot for the best once you’ve tried them all; the amateur with the most votes will walk away with brand new cookware.”

Watch the GoT premiere on a 180” screen
Dekalb Market Hall, Bklyn / 8:30-11PM
“Game of Thrones is making its long-awaited return, and the new stage at Dekalb Market Hall is one of the best places to celebrate. The watch party runs from 8:30-11pm, but arrive early and grab grub from around the hall before the crowd rolls in. If you’re feeling really spirited, head to the Fletcher’s BBQ stall for GoT-inspired dishes.”
Cost: The screening is free, but bring Silver Stags for food and drinks

NYC Hot Sauce Expo (Apr.13-14)
Get lost in the sauce
Brooklyn Expo Center / 10AM (Saturday look sold out, better jump on Sunday now)
“Put that **** on everything. Sample hot sauce from 50-plus purveyors from around the world at the 7th Annual NYC Hot Sauce Expo. You’ll also see cocktail demos, and heat tolerance challenges on the “stage of DOOM” both days. The Carolina Reaper pepper (named the world’s hottest by Guinness World Records) eating contest is Sunday only.
Cost: $10 general admission; $50 for four craft beer tokens and a BBQ platter.” (thrillist)

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Continuing Events


SOUNDTRACK OF AMERICA
at the Shed
(April 9, 8:30 p.m.; through April 14).
“For its opening, this flashy new interdisciplinary arts space — a cultural counterweight to the surrounding commercial development in Hudson Yards — will host five nights of concerts honoring the influence of African-American musicians. Developed by the filmmaker Steve McQueen, the series aims to explore the story of black music in America from early spirituals to today’s diverse forms. To that end, the performances in the coming week feature artists such as the jazz pianist and bandleader Jon Batiste, the rappers Smino and Rapsody, the avant-pop cellist Kelsey Lu and the R&B singer Emily King.” (NYT-OLIVIA HORN)

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STREB (weekends through May 12)
Streb Lab for Action Mechanics, 51 N. 1st St., Bklyn. / Sat.5PM, Sun.3PM; $25
“The shows that STREB Extreme Action puts on at its Williamsburg headquarters  have a carnival atmosphere, and not just because eating and drinking are encouraged. Will the Action Heroes, as the intrepid dancer-acrobats are styled, collide as they hurl themselves off a trampoline? Will they get whacked by swinging cinder blocks or huge metal contraptions? Probably not, but they want you to cringe. Their newest machine is the Molinette, a giant bar that revolves like the blade of a windmill.” (Brian Seibert, NewYorker)

The Streb performers are absolutely amazing and so worth the detour.
I try to see them every year, can’t get enough.

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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 04/10 and 04/12.

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