NYC Events,”Only the Best” (08/24) + 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:

Love, Noël: The Letters and Songs of Noël Coward (Aug.21-25)
Irish Repertory Theatre / 7PM, $45-$50
“The Noël Coward touch was always a light one. His music scampers like a mouse; his lyrics bounce like balloons. In his plays, even suffering has an upward tendency. But when his work is excerpted and performed by others, that glancing quality can turn coy and saccharine, as it sometimes does in Barry Day’s two-handed cabaret Love, Noël.

Reading from Coward’s letters and covering nearly two dozen songs, cabaret stars Steve Ross and KT Sullivan pay Coward tribute. Sometimes Ross, the longtime king of café cabaret, is his own tuxedoed self, and sometimes he’s pretending to be Coward; an amused-seeming Sullivan takes on all the women. (She does a great, gloomy Marlene Dietrich.)” (TONY)


7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Eddie Palmieri
>> Emerging Music Festival

>> Blues BBQ festival
>> Jazz Age Lawn Party
>> The Rise and Fall of the Vanderbilt Mansions Along Fifth Avenue Tour: An Aristocratic History

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


Music, Dance, Performing Art

at Jazz Standard / 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.; $35
“Pérez is an esteemed pianist known for his own music — unifying the sound of his Panamanian homeland with contemporary American post-bop, as well as West African influences — and for his role in Wayne Shorter’s longstanding quartet, with which Pérez has won two Grammys. But in recent years he’s also become renowned for his education and advocacy work, including establishing a major jazz festival in Panama and founding the Berklee Global Jazz Institute. Pérez performs here with Global Messengers, a newly assembled group that seeks common ground across nationalities and traditions; it features Farayi Malek on vocals, Vasilis Kostas on laouto (a Greek stringed instrument), Layth Al-Rubaye on violin, Naseem Alatrash on cello and Tareq Rantisi on percussion.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

Eddie Palmieri (Aug.20-25)
Blue Note / 8PM, +10:30PM, $30-$45
“Known as one of the finest pianists of the past 60 years, Eddie Palmieri is a bandleader, arranger and composer of salsa and Latin jazz. His playing skillfully fuses the rhythm of his Puerto Rican heritage with the complexity of his jazz influences: Thelonious Monk, Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner as well as his older brother, Charlie Palmieri.”

Emerging Music Festival (Aug.23-24)
Dance to NYC’s best new artists
Bryant Park / 6PM, FREE
“The Emerging Music Festival gives eight up-and-coming artists a shot on the big stage. The eclectic mix of musicians — including singer-songwriter Celisse Henderson; the “psychedelic soul” Ghost Funk Orchestra; and Sammy Rae & The Friends, fronted by bandleader Samantha Bowers — will bring the party to the park. There will be music to get you dancing, but bring a blanket to best enjoy the show. In between sets, you can play gigantic lawn games or hit up the local vendors for a drink.” (

at the Village Vanguard / 8:30 and 10:30 p.m.; $35
“In recent years, this 79-year-old drummer and avant-garde luminary has become a frequent presence at the Vanguard. That makes him one of the most eminent and experimental musicians to appear regularly at the storied club. Through Sunday he will be here with a quartet featuring the guitarist Bill Frisell, the pianist David Virelles and the bassist Ben Street.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)


Smart Stuff / Other NYC EventS

Blues BBQ festival
Pair your blues with some BBQ
Hudson River Park, Pier 97 / 2PM, Free to enter; food and drink available for purchase
“This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Blues BBQ festival — they’ve been bringing together blues musicians and pitmasters since before your office’s summer intern was born. Dinosaur BBQ, Blue Smoke, and Mighty Quinn’s will serve up their best meats, and Brooklyn’s own Sixpoint will be pouring some seasonal brews. Eat some ribs, sip your beer, and see the Harlem Gospel Choir, AJ Ghent, and Karl Denson add to the heat and smoke of the afternoon.” (

Jazz Age Lawn Party (Aug.24-25)
Do the Charleston at the Jazz Age Lawn Party
Governors Island / 12-6PM, $45-$175
“Now in its 14th year, this two-day gathering on Governors Island gives guests a chance to party in Prohibition Era-inspired fashion. Food trucks will be selling grub but picnicking is allowed (outside alcohol is prohibited). Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra are back as the featured performers, and Roaring ’20s-style dance lessons will be offered. Show off what you learned in dance contests held daily.” (amNY)

The Rise and Fall of the Vanderbilt Mansions Along Fifth Avenue Tour: An Aristocratic History
The Municipal Art Society of New York / 11AM, $30
“Rediscover the Vanderbilt mansions of Manhattan and how they all fell from grace. Get insight into the Gilded Age and how one wealthy family struggled to maintain an extravagant lifestyle.” (ThoughtGallery)

Continuing Events

Trio da Paz & Friends with Maucha Adnet, Harry Allen, and Claudio Roditi (Aug.21-Sep.01)
Dizzy’s Club / 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $40
“Keeping an unprecedented streak alive for the 12th consecutive year, Trio da Paz comes to Dizzy’s Club for a two-week summer residency. Formed in 1990 by three of Brazil’s most in-demand master musicians, Romero Lubambo, Nilson Matta, and Duduka da Fonseca, Trio da Paz updates the infectious spirit of jazz-oriented Brazilian music. With their harmonically adventurous interactions, daring improvisations, and dazzling rhythms, this group redefines Brazilian jazz. Reserve your seats quickly to make sure you don’t miss out on this high-demand annual tradition!”

GD: I made sure to catch their first set on Wednesday night. An evening with this group, especially with Maucha, is like a trip to Rio. Trust me on this.

Concert Series / Curated by Jazz at Lincoln Center
Thursdays from 5-7pm, from June to September
Broadway Plaza between 43rd and 44th Streets

“Give your Thursday night a new rhythm as you head to the train or wait for a colleague to join you for dinner. Jazz at Lincoln Center brings New York City’s hottest young jazz bands to the plaza, creating the feeling of an intimate club amidst the lights and sounds of Times Square.”



8/24 The Marshall Tucker Band, Sony Hall
8/26-27 Ben Harper & Trombone Shorty, The Rooftop at Pier 17
8/27 Lenny Kravitz, Radio City Music Hall
8/28 King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, SummerStage Central Park

♦ 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 2019 – the ninth consecutive year. 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:


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 08/22 and 08/20.

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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