NYC Events,”Only the Best” (10/29) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

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For future NYC Events, check the tab above:  October 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:

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:

at Brooklyn Bowl / 8 p.m.; $45
“This singer-songwriter, born Naomi Saalfield, is often described as a neo-soul specialist, due in no small part to the airy vocal runs — reminiscent of Erykah Badu or Alicia Keys — that she doles out as the frontwoman of the Australian R&B group Hiatus Kaiyote. But her influences are far more expansive than that classification would suggest. “Needle Paw,” the stripped-back solo album she released in 2017, is informed by West African music as well as rock à la Radiohead and Jimi Hendrix (both of whom she covers on the record). On Tuesday, following Monday’s sold-out Hiatus Kaiyote show at Brooklyn Steel, Nai Palm will play a solo set at this nearby hot spot.” (NYT-OLIVIA HORN)


6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> New Masada Quartet
>> Paul Taylor American Modern Dance
>> The Lineup with Susie Mosher
>> Intelligence Squared U.S. Presents: Parenting Is Overrated
>> taste of science: Illusion!
>> Tara O’Grady

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


Music, Dance, Performing Art

at the Town Hall / 7:30 p.m.; $36
“Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal have amassed more than 15 million subscribers to “Good Mythical Morning,” their main YouTube channel featuring a daily talk show series in which they try all manner of products and play games such as “Guess That Reverse Slow Motion Explosion.” Their work has earned them several nominations and awards from the Webbys, the Shortys and the Streamys, and in 2017 “Rhett & Link’s Book of Mythicality: A Field Guide to Curiosity, Creativity, and Tomfoolery” made it to the top of a New York Times best-seller list. The price of admission to Tuesday’s show at the Town Hall includes a copy of the duo’s new novel, “The Lost Causes of Bleak Creek,” a fictional story set in the time and place the duo came of age in real life.” (NYT-Sean L. McCarthy)

New Masada Quartet (Oct. 29-Nov. 3)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave. S./ 8:30PM, +10:30PM, $35
“John Zorn’s long-running Masada project is a Hydra-headed endeavor that allows the composer and saxophonist to adapt his voluminous musical output for multiple ensembles. One such group, his Masada quartet—with Dave Douglas, Greg Cohen, and Joey Baron—was an acclaimed acoustic outfit that wired together Jewish-themed music and free improvisation. This updated version includes the guitarist Julian Lage, the bassist Jorge Roeder, and the drummer Kenny Wollesen.” (Steve Futterman, New Yorker)

Paul Taylor American Modern Dance
NYS Theater, Lincoln Center / 730PM, $
“Paul Taylor: Celebrate the Dancemaker, featuring the Paul Taylor Dance Company in a tribute to its founder, who died in 2018.

The engagement marks PTAMD’s first Lincoln Center Season under Artistic Director Michael Novak. Highlights include 19 Taylor masterworks and commissioned works created on PTDC by Mr. Abraham (World Premiere) and Guest Resident Choreographers Ms. Gillis and Ms. Tanowitz (Lincoln Center Premieres).”

The Lineup with Susie Mosher
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 October 29 edition include Spencer Day, Myriam Phiro, Rachel Green, Dashon Pratt, Allyson Briggs , Jayke Workman, Ellis Gage, Kyle Motsinger, Robert Leslie and musical director Brad Simmons.” (TONY)

PLUS one of my favorite Jazz performers:

Tara O’Grady
Winnie’s Jazz Bar, Refinery Hotel, 63 W38th St./ 8-11PM, no cover
An eclectic Jazz singer in a small intimate lounge. She covers Billie Holiday, and Etta James, then Jazzes up a traditional Irish ballad like “Danny Boy.” Her original songs show the heart of an accomplished, published author. She takes all kinds of requests – makes for a fun evening.
Her two accompanists are also superb,
with a guitar player who makes you remember B.B. King.


Smart Stuff / Other NYC EventS

Intelligence Squared U.S. Presents: Parenting Is Overrated
Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, 695 Park Ave./ 7PM, $40
“From John Locke and back, we’ve spent centuries on the nature v. nurture debate. The latest DNA science may be tilting the scales toward hard wiring, but there’s still a steady business in books on parenting. Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates lines up professors of behavioral genetics and psychology to argue that parenting is overrated; they’ll be up against a psychology professor and long-time Parents magazine editor-in-chief Ann Pleshette Murphy.” (ThoughtGallery)

taste of science: Illusion!
Ryan’s Daughter, 350 E. 85th St./ 7:30PM, FREE
“Learn the neuroscience behind illusions and stage magic on a “taste of science NYC” evening. Neuroscientists and authors Susana Martinez-Conde and Stephen Macknik (Sleights of Mind: What the Neuroscience of Magic Reveals About Our Everyday Deceptions) join cultural anthropologist Michele Hanks, who’ll give the timely talk Seeing but Not Believing: The Role of Doubt in Understanding the Paranormal.” (ThoughtGallery)

Continuing Events

30th Annual New York Cabaret Convention (Oct.28-31)
Liz Callaway, Darius de Haas, Karen Mason are among 75 Artists
presented by The Mabel Mercer Foundation
@ Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center.
All concerts begin at 6 PM, $25-$100.

KT Sullivan, artistic director of the Mabel Mercer Foundation Sullivan said: “As founder of this organization, Donald Smith ceaselessly championed what he knew to be the ‘fragile world of cabaret.’ He would be delighted that we’re stronger than ever, three decades later, and fulfilling our charter in both necessary and new approaches to the entertainment. This year’s performers range in age and experience from the incomparable, 91-year-old Marilyn Maye to Anais Reno, who—at 15—won our Adela & Larry Elow American Songbook High School Competition Award just a few months ago. Vocalists are coming in from Chicago, Palm Beach, Colorado, and London to participate in the concerts, and we have 15 singers making their Cabaret Convention debuts in 2019.”

Archtober (Oct.1-31)
Various Locations / Times
“During this monthlong architecture-and-design festival, you can poke around NYC’s most prominent buildings (like the new Statue of Liberty Museum), attend lectures, films and other events—such as seeing Erez Nevi Pana’s piece Bleached at Cooper Hewitt.” (TONY)



10/29 Joshua Radin & The Weepies, Gramercy Theatre
10/30 Sleater-Kinney, Kings Theatre
10/30 Pink Martini, Beacon Theatre

Fall Concerts (

David Byrne’s American Utopia on Broadway
October 4­, 2019–January 19, 2020
Hudson Theatre
The Talking Heads frontman hits Broadway with a show based on his latest album—but you can expect some old favorites as well.

October 30 and 31
Kings Theatre and Hammerstein Ballroom
Minus one Janet Weiss, the Pacific Northwest rockers tour behind new album The Center Won’t Hold.

The New Pornographers
November 7
Brooklyn Steel
We love a good Canadian supergroup, of which the New Pornographers are one.

Slayer and Ministry
November 9
Madison Square Garden
It’s a metal show! Slayer is billing this as their last tour, so catch ’em while you’ve got the chance.

Ariana Grande
November 12
Barclays Center
Ariana Grande has a great voice; enjoy it at this show.

The Ergs
November 15
Brooklyn Bazaar
New Jersey pop punks the Ergs—fronted by a singing drummer—play their loud, fast, catchy songs live.

Taking Back Sunday
November 15–16
Terminal 5
These Long Island screamo practitioners are still at it.

♦ 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. 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:


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 10/27 and 10/25.

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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