NYC Events,”Only the Best” (11/10) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

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For future NYC Events, check the tab above:  “November 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:

New York Comedy Festival
Laugh your ass off all weekend
Citywide ; Ticket prices vary by event
“With over 100 shows and over 200 comedians, the New York Comedy Festival brings way more than a week’s worth of laughs to the city. See extremely famous funnymen like Bill Maher at Madison Square Garden and Nick Kroll at BAM, or check out up-and-comers like Jena Friedman (straight from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival) and the cathartic comedy of Rape Jokes by Survivors. Check out the schedule to find what tickles your funny bone.” (Thrillist)


6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Tom Harrell
>> The Renegade Craft Fair
>> The American Presidency: Past, Present, and Future
>> Sunday Platform—The Cult of Trump: An Interview with Author Steven Hassan
>> Fall Crawl at The Hall

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


Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Tom Harrell (Nov. 7-10)
Dizzy’s Club, 33 W. 60th St. / 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $
Tom Harrell may not be the lickety-split trumpet phenom he was when he first hit New York, back in the early seventies, but, at age seventy-three, he still knows the value of a buffed tone, a perfectly placed note, and a gracefully symmetrical musical line; he’s long displayed the wisdom of a jazz master. His “Infinity” quintet cohorts include a younger wonder—the saxophonist Mark Turner—and the guitarist Charles Altura.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)

at the Village Vanguard / 8:30 and 10:30 p.m.; $35,
may be a tough ticket, try Sunday’s 2nd set.
“A pianist of famous elegance and restraint, Hersch is most often seen at the Vanguard with his longtime trio, featuring the bassist John Hébert and the drummer Eric McPherson. The group has amassed a trove of excellent recordings over the past 10 years, some of them recorded here. But throughout this weekend he appears nightly with a different, equally redoubtable group, featuring Gress, a lissome bassist, and Baron, a buoyant drummer.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)


Smart Stuff / Other NYC EventS

The Renegade Craft Fair (Nov.9-10)
Get a jumpstart on holiday gifts
Metropolitan Pavilion / 11AM-5PM, FREE to enter
“The Renegade Craft Fair sells cute, kooky, and one-of-a-kind goods all over the country — and this weekend, it’s coming back to New York. Over 230 local makers and designers will gather at the Metropolitan Pavilion, ready to help you cross off your holiday shopping list. They’ll be joined by Instagram-ready art installations, arts-and-crafts workshops, live DJ sets, and seasonal cocktails. They’ve got to do something to pull you away from the fearsome grip of Amazon Prime!” (Thrillist)

The American Presidency: Past, Present, and Future
New York Institute of Technology, 1855 Broadway / 9:30AM-1:15PM, $159

9:30 am – 10:35 am
The Presidency Emerges: From Washington to LincolnAkhil Amar / Yale University
10:50 am – 11:55 am
The Future of the PresidencySam Potolicchio / Georgetown University
12:10 pm – 1:15 pm
U.S. Presidential Debates: Why We Watch and Why They MatterDiana Carlin / Saint Louis University

Sunday Platform—The Cult of Trump: An Interview with Author Steven Hassan
New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 W. 64th St./ 11AM, FREE
“Cult and mind-control expert Steven Hassan (a one time “Moonie” himself) presents his new book, delving into Trump’s cult-leader social psychology and indoctrination tactics.” (ThoughtGallery)

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:

Fall Crawl at The Hall
Join Schaller’s Stube at a fall beer crawl
Dekalb Market Hall, Brooklyn / 2 – 6 p.m.
“Fall Crawl at The Hall will feature eight breweries and more than 40 food choices, including Schaller’s Stube, a German-style charcuterie sausage bar, KATZ’s, Chicks Isan, Wiki Wiki and more. By purchasing bite tokens, you’ll be able to get snack-sized versions of the vendors’ food during the crawl. General admission tickets ($45-$65) include two 8-ounce beers from all eight breweries (that’s 16 in total), a $5 Craft+Carry gift cards, a souvenir mug and one bite token.” (amNY)

Continuing Events



11/12 Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, Sony Hall
11/12 WFUV’s On Your Radar with John Platt, Rockwood Music Hall
11/13 Charly Bliss, Webster Hall

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.

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 11/08 and 11/06.

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.



Must-see theater coming to New York City stages this fall (amNY)


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NYT Theater Reviews – Our theater critics on the plays and musicals currently open in New York City.


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