Today’s Elite 8 NYC Events > THURSDAY/ JULY 25, 2019
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Have time for only one NYC Event today? Do this:
INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY ENSEMBLE
at the David Rubenstein Atrium / 7:30 p.m.; FREE
“This ensemble’s free concerts at Mostly Mozart are always worth hearing, and this one is particularly so for the chance to hear music by some of the most potent, powerful female composers around. Ashley Fure is represented by “Something to Hunt,” a miniature masterpiece; Bergrun Snaebjornsdottir, by her “Esoteric Mass”; and Anna Thorvaldsdottir, by two works, “Illumine” and “Sequences.” Seating is first come first served.” (NYT-David Allen)
7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Kurt Vile
>> Sherie Rene Scott and Norbert Leo Butz
>> Meshell Ndegeocello
>> ADAM RUDOLPH
>> AL BLACKSTONE
>> John Pizzarelli
>> Oysters 101: The Secrets NYC’s Bivalves Harbor
You may want to look at previous days posts for events that continue through today.
Music, Dance, Performing Art
Rumsey Playfield, Mid-Central Park / 6PM, $45
“This happily-on-the-nose billing puts Kurt Vile alongside a group that paved the way for him, the sludgy indie-rock pioneers in Dinosaur Jr. Both Vile and J Mascis, Dinosaur Jr.’s frontman, are shrugging drawlers with a lot of love for the un-self-conscious freedom and unloosed guitars of ’70s classic rock. Arrive early to hear Cate Le Bon, a Welsh singer and guitarist whose new album, “Reward,” is an eerie, electronic-acoustic document laden with tube amps and synthesizers and Le Bon’s distant yet vulnerable vocals.” (NYT-Giovanni Russonello)
Sherie Rene Scott and Norbert Leo Butz (thru July 28)
Feinstein’s/54 Below / 7PM, $70+
“The stars of the original Off Broadway production of The Last Five Years, having gone on to major Broadway careers, reunite for a nightclub set. Scott is a blond bombshell with a paradoxical flair for understatement, a reticent power that reached its apex in her 2010 Broadway showcase, Everyday Rapture; Butz has an unlikely but winning combination of everyday guyness and star magnetism. In addition to The Last Five Years, the two have also shared the stage in Rent and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and both are highly accomplished nightclub performers, so this should be a doozy. Todd Almond is the musical director.” (TONY)
Meshell Ndegeocello (July25-28)
Blue Note / 8PM, 10:30PM, $30-$45
“Singer, songwriter and bassist Ndegeocello is endowed with an undeniable charm that enables her to sing about almost any topic—including such heavy subject matter as politics and race—and make it sound as intimate as pillow talk.” (TONY)
ADAM RUDOLPH (July 23-27)
at the Stone / 8:30 p.m.; $20
“Rudolph is a master convener, as well as a talented percussionist. His five-day residency at the Stone will welcome a big family of collaborators. It will begin with a duet performance mixing Rudolph’s hand drumming with James Dellatacoma’s electronic processing. On Wednesday and Thursday he will present an octet performing his “Sonic Mandala,” in which Rudolph and his counterparts feed into a circular exchange of sound. On July 26 and 27, he and the masterful drummer and multi-instrumentalist Tyshawn Sorey will play a series of duets.” (NYT-Giovanni Russonello)
AL BLACKSTONE (through Aug. 4).
at the Joyce Theater / 7 p.m.; $50+
“Dance as long-form narrative storytelling tends to be the domain of ballet and Broadway, but Blackstone brings it to the contemporary dance stage in his Joyce debut, “Freddie Falls in Love.” Blackstone, known for his choreography in “So You Think You Can Dance,” infuses his work with humor, theatrical flair and sharp technique — a combo that has earned him many fans. Here, his wordless tale about two people losing and finding love proves an entertaining journey, thanks to his brisk staging and charming performances by the Broadway alumni Melanie Moore and Matt Doyle, as well as a stellar ensemble.” (NYT)
John Pizzarelli (July 23-27)
Birdland, 315 W. 44th St./ 8:30PM, +11PM, $40-$50
“John Pizzarelli, a gifted guitarist and a genial singer with an encyclopedic repertoire, could easily present a rewarding evening of musical charm all by himself, but when he’s determined to kick up some serious dust he calls upon his Swing 7, a horn-laden mini big band that fully indulges his passion for unadorned mainstream jazz. Fortified by the razor-sharp outfit behind him, this monarch of contemporary cabaret replaces Sondheim with Ellington to satisfying effect.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)
Smart Stuff / Other NYC EventS
Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:
Oysters 101: The Secrets NYC’s Bivalves Harbor
Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St./ 6:30PM, $10
“From feeding happy hour hordes and filtering New Yorkers’ sewage, to protecting the shore from intensifying storms and educating nascent scientists, oysters shell out countless benefits to Gotham’s culinary, historical, and environmental landscapes. Join us as we examine the bivalves’ pivotal place in the story of New York, beginning with Lenape cultivation and continuing to today’s ambitious plans to build artificial oyster reefs.”
“Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival will run from July 10 through August 10, 2019. Harnessing Mozart’s innovative spirit as its inspiration, this edition will feature groundbreaking, multidisciplinary, international productions and acclaimed artists from a variety of genres, introducing the audience to emerging creative voices, commissions and premieres. The program will include performances from Mark Morris Dance Company, a panel discussion on Mozart’s Magic Flute, a screening of the film The Great Buster: A Celebration, and much more. For a full festival lineup, visit the Mostly Mozart Festival event page.” (nyc-arts.org)
NYC Restaurant Week 2019: Start making your reservations.
“The more than three-week-long promotion featuring two-course lunches ($26) and three-course dinners ($42) at some of the city’s best restaurants is back for its summer edition starting July 22. This time around, the celebration features prix-fixe meals at more than 380 eateries, with deals through Aug. 16.
You can find links to menus and the restaurants involved here, but check out our picks for some of the most enticing deals below.” (amNY)
JAPAN CUTS: Festival of New Japanese Film
Japan Society, 333 East 47th St./ various times, $15 individual films
“From July 19 – 28, the Japan Society will present JAPAN CUTS: Festival of New Japanese Film. Premiering 26 features and 16 short films, the festival offers a deep dive into one of the world’s most vital film cultures with a diverse selection across its Feature Slate, Classics: Rediscoveries and Restorations, Documentary Focus, Experimental Spotlight and Shorts Showcase sections. This year’s lineup features 19 first-time filmmakers and 14 female directors (the most in the festival’s history), including 10 International Premieres, 16 North American Premieres, 4 U.S. Premieres, 4 East Coast Premieres and 6 New York Premieres. In addition, over 20 guest filmmakers and talent from Japan will join the festival to participate in post-screening Q&As and parties.”
GregD: This is the Best of Contemporary Japanese Cinema – some films already sold out.
COMING SOON (WFUV)
♦ 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.
‘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 (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 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 07/23 and 07/21.
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
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.