NYC Events,”Only the Best” (08/06) + 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:  “August 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.
OR to make your own after dinner plans TONIGHT, see the tab above;  “LiveMusic.”


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

Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra
Joshua Bell Plays Dvořák (Aug.6 and 7)
David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center/ 7:30PM, $
“The annual summer festival winds down with a cruise through Bohemia: Mozart’s “Prague” Symphony, Kodály’s Dances of Galánta (loosely based on folk music from present-day Slovakia), and Dvorák’s Violin Concerto, all played by the ever-intense violinist Joshua Bell.” (NYMagazine,J.D.)


6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Charenee Wade: Betty Carter at 90

>> Is There Still Sex in the City?
>> The Lineup with Susie Mosher

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


Music, Dance, Performing Art

BILL FRISELL (Aug. 6-11)
at the Village Vanguard / 8:30 and 10:30 p.m.; $35
“Blue Note Records announced this week that it had signed Frisell, a homey eminence of downtown guitar experimentalism. He has often appeared on the label as a sideman over the years, but “Harmony,” due this fall, will be his first as a leader. Whatever he has in store with that release, his recent albums for ECM — luminous duo affairs with the bassist Thomas Morgan — probably offer a good clue of what to expect at these shows, where he and Morgan will be joined by the drummer Rudy Royston.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

Charenee Wade: Betty Carter at 90 (Aug.6-7)
Dizzy’s Club / 7;30PM, +9:30PM, $35
“Ms. Wade is a jazz singer of commanding skill, an heir to the legacies of Betty Carter and Carmen McRae.” – The New York Times

‘Betty Carter blazed her own trail as one of the most original jazz vocalists of our time. Her flawless phrasing, unpredictability, and signature glissando placed her in a league of her own as a true “musician’s singer.” She was also one of jazz’s foremost mentors, and the elite “Jazz Ahead” program that she founded and led was a life-changing opportunity for rising star musicians—including tonight’s headlining vocalist, Charenee Wade. In celebration of what would have been Carter’s 90th birthday, Wade will interpret the music of one of her personal idols. Wade is a gifted interpreter, as demonstrated in her eclectic tributes to Gil Scott-Heron, Brian Jackson, and, on the occasion of her 85th, Ms. Carter.”

at the Stone / 8:30 p.m.; $20
“Laubrock can manipulate her tenor saxophone with everything from thin, breathy lines to harsh slaps of the tongue. Despite her expressionist tendencies, she never lets go of her devotion to cool, lyrical clarity. Laubrock kicks off a five-night run at the Stone on Tuesday with Mary Halvorson on guitar, Kris Davis on piano and Tom Rainey on drums. She will convene a different combo on each of the following nights — featuring all-stars of the avant-garde — before wrapping things up with a quintet performance on Aug. 10 dedicated to the music of Anthony Braxton.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:

at Prospect Park Bandshell / 7:30 p.m.; $50
“Lovable antics and heartfelt songwriting have made this western Canadian singer a much-celebrated voice in indie rock. Despite his devil-may-care attitude and tendency to appear onstage in his underwear, DeMarco’s songs reflect on thoroughly adult topics like aging and love — though he does treat them with a certain, shrugging naïveté. DeMarco’s latest album, released in May, contains some of his most understated work and seems to reach for timeless appeal as much as contemporary resonance. Both modes will likely be on view at this benefit concert, which helps support BRIC’s free summer programming. Ex Hex, the garage rock outfit fronted by Helium’s Mary Timony, will also perform.” (NYT-OLIVIA HORN)

The Lineup with Susie Mosher, with guest musical director Michael Orland
Birdland / 9:30PM, $25
“Mosher is one of those talents you need to see to believe: warm, funny, biting, ferociously committed. In her weekly series at the downstairs Birdland Theater, she invites a gaggle of performers from Broadway and beyond to show their talents. Guests at the July 30 edition include Billy Stritch, Gene Reed, Ilene Kristen, Diana DeGarmo, Rose Colella, Richard Hillman, Anais Reno, Julie Kurtzman, Candice Woods, Murray Hill and David Perlman.” (TONY)


Smart Stuff / Other NYC EventS

Is There Still Sex in the City?: Candace Bushnell Presents Her Latest
Barnes and Noble Union Square, 33 East 17th St./ 7:30PM, FREE
“Twenty years after her sharp, seminal first book Sex and the City reshaped the landscape of pop culture and dating with its fly on the wall look at the mating rituals of the Manhattan elite, the trailblazing Candace Bushnell delivers a new book on the wilds and lows of sex and dating after fifty.”

More smart stuff coming soon.

Continuing Events

“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 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)




8/6 Mac DeMarco, Celerate Brooklyn
8/6 Keane, Bowery Ballroom
8/7 Chuck Leavell, The Gramercy Theatre

♦ 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:

coming soon


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 08/04 and 08/02.

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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