NYC Events,”Only the Best” (07/07) + 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.”


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

Only one thing to do today – watch the Women’s World Cup Finals: USA v Netherlands.

Watch the historic Women’s World Cup
Dumbo / 11AM, FREE
“The United States has made it to the Women’s World Cup Finals, and you’re invited to a gigantic viewing party in the Dumbo Archway. It’ll get crowded quick, but the space (and screen) are large enough to accommodate a lot of revelers. Paint your face red, white, and blue, and cheer on our team as they fight their way to international victory. What could be more patriotic than chanting “U-S-A! U-S-A!” for a bunch of kickass women at the end of a 4th of July weekend?” (thrillist)

Lots of other places to catch the match:

Where To Watch Team USA In The Women’s World Cup Final In NYC (Patch)

Watch Team USA in the Women’s World Cup final at these NYC bars, restaurants (amNY)

The Best NYC Bars for Watching the 2019 Women’s World Cup (NYT)

Special Notice:
Last Chance to see “The Ferryman” on Broadway. This TONY award winner is one of the great plays of the last decade. If you have not seen it, please just drop everything, find your way to the Bernard Jacobs theater, and enjoy a classic Broadway experience.

Time Out New York Theater critic Adam Feldman’s review is here.


6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Dirty Dozen Brass Band
>> Claude Jay & Purple MaJic Ensemble
>> Linda May Han Oh
>> Dr. Lonnie Smith
>> KCON 2019

You may want to look at previous days posts for events that continue through today.


Music, Dance, Performing Art

Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Blue Note / 8PM, +10:30PM, $20-$35
“Celebrating over 40 years since their founding in 1977, New Orleans-based Dirty Dozen Brass Band has taken the traditional foundation of brass band music and incorporated it into a blend of genres including Bebop Jazz, Funk and R&B/Soul. This unique sound, described by the band as a ‘musical gumbo,’ has allowed the Dirty Dozen to tour across 5 continents and more than 30 countries, record 12 studio albums and collaborate with a range of artists from Modest Mouse to Widespread Panic to Norah Jones.”

Harlem Meer Performance Festival:
Claude Jay & Purple MaJic Ensemble
Feel the music in Central Park
Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (110th St. btwn Fifth and Lenox Avenues) / 2PM, FREE
“If you’ve been partying for three days straight (no judgements here!), you might want to head to Harlem to hear some gospel music. Claude Jay and the Purple MaJic Ensemble will perform a Sunday afternoon concert for the spiritually hungry and the spiritually hungover. Bring a blanket, a bagel, a big bottle of water, and let your long weekend be carried away on the wings of some gorgeous gospel songs.” (

Linda May Han Oh (July 2-7)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave. S./ 8:30PM, +10:30PM, $35
“There was once a time when the sight of a female jazz bass player on the bandstand was an anomaly, but that era has passed. Since relocating from Australia, in 2006, Linda May Han Oh, an omnivorous whiz on both the acoustic and electric versions of the instrument, has been providing authoritative support for others—hear her recent dazzling work with Dave Douglas or her performances with Pat Metheny—while calling attention to her own providential gifts. In her return to the venerated Village Vanguard, July 2-7, Han Oh, whose four albums reveal a knack for resourceful composition, leads a quintet that includes the pianist Fabian Almazan and the saxophonist Ben Wendel. But, remember, it’s all about that bass.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)

Dr. Lonnie Smith (July 2-7)
Jazz Standard, 116 E. 27th St./ 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $35
“Don’t question Dr. Lonnie Smith’s trademark turban or ask him to produce a diploma—just trust in this eminently funky organist’s ability to swing a room into submission. Splitting this residency between a lithe trio (featuring a dexterous foil in Jonathan Kreisberg, on guitar) and a horn-heavy octet (which, for one night, welcomes the saxophone star Chris Potter), the good doctor offers up a wily blend of invention and sass, much as he has since the sixties.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)

at the Joyce Theater / 8PM, $45+
“The tap master returns to the Joyce with a new evening-length work inspired by an imaginary conversation between himself and Gregg Burge, a tap dancer and choreographer who died in 1998. In “Lady5 @ Savion Glover’s BaRoQUe’BLaK TaP CaFe,” Glover explores ideas around identity and the development of thought. The first half, to classical music, has a baroque theme, while the second takes a contemporary turn. As Glover states in press materials, it shows “the transition to becoming more ourselves and really getting into the tap.” (NYT-Gia Kourlas)


Smart Stuff / Other NYC EventS

KCON 2019 (July 6-7)
Bring your appetite to the K-Food Fair at KCON
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, 655 W. 34th St. / 10AM-6PM,
Two-day tickets start at $30.99
“KCON 2019 bills itself as the “world’s largest Korean Pop Music and Culture Convention,” and among the featured events is the K-Food Fair, focused on Korean cuisine. Aside from sampling foods such as chicken roulade with ginseng puree and aged kimchi relish, pictured, attendees can visit a mock Korean village that offers a deeper look at dishes and snacks from the Land of the Morning Calm.” (amNY)

Continuing Events

‘Midsummer Night Swing’ (July 2-6, 9-13)
Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center
“Each summer, some of the dance at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts takes place outside, in Damrosch Park, where a variety of bands and orchestras will serve up R&B, swing, disco and other styles. Guests can dance the night away — and for those who could use a hand learning steps, group lessons are offered. ($18-$22; 6 p.m.; Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center, 60 Lincoln Center Plaza, Manhattan;” (amNY)



7/7 The Lone Bellow, City Winery
7/9 Citizen Cope, Brooklyn Steel
7/9-10 Earth, Wind & Fire, Beacon Theatre
7/9 WFUV’s on Your Radar, Rockwood Music Hall
7/10 Belle & Sebastian, Brooklyn Steel
7/10 Dar Williams, City WinerY

♦ 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.

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:

and one the NYTimes likes:

‘JEFF WALL’ (extended through July 26)

“Rumination and risk-taking, in equal measure, mark this conceptual photographer’s spellbinding new exhibition. The show, Wall’s first at this Chelsea gallery since ending a 25-year run with the rival dealer Marian Goodman, feels decidedly introspective. Figures alone in contemplative trances, or alienated from their partners in scenes of evident tension, define most of the works. The encyclopedic visual literacy that has long characterized Wall’s pictures (with their compositional echoes of old master paintings) has been pared back, allowing more psychological complexity to emerge. Just as new is an emphasis on narrative and sequence; among the pieces are two diptychs and an enveloping, cinematic triptych.” (Karen Rosenberg)


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 ( 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 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.) “

For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see recent posts in right sidebar dated 07/05 and 07/03.

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.,, 212-608-0555
Joe’s Pub @ Public Theater – 425 Lafayette St.,, 212-967-7555
Beacon Theatre – 2124 Broadway @ 74th St.,, 212-465-6500
Town Hall – 123 W43rd St.,, 212-997-6661
Le Poisson Rouge – 158 Bleecker St.,, 212-505-3474
and one more, not quite WestSide
Bowery Ballroom – 6 Delancey St.

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

In Memoriam:
Caffe Vivaldi – 32 Jones St. nr Bleecker St., 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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