NYC Events,”Only the Best” (11/16) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

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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.

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

Salon du Chocolat (Nov.16-17)
Get your fix du chocolat
Javits Center / 10AM-5PM, $25+
“Chocoholics can get their much-needed fix this weekend at the Salon du Chocolat in the Javits Center. There will be demonstrations by world-renowned chocolatiers and pastry chefs, tons of tips about baking for the holiday seasons, a lot of delicious samples, and a dangerously melty chocolate fashion show. Plus, there will be an international chocolate shop where you can find gifts for everyone on your “impossible-to-buy-for” list. (thrillist)


7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Paul Taylor American Modern Dance
>> Chucho Valdés / Chick Corea
>> Vinicius Cantuaria Sings Jobim & Joao
>> The New York Hurling Classic
>> Sumo & Sushi
You may want to look at previous days posts for events that continue through today.


Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Paul Taylor American Modern Dance
NYS Theater @ Lincoln Center / 2PM, +8PM; $58+
“Paul Taylor American Modern Dance returns to Lincoln Center with 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).”

Chucho Valdés / Chick Corea (Nov. 15-16)
Rose Theatre, Broadway at 60th St./ 8PM, $
The piano virtuoso Chucho Valdés first came to international attention in the early eighties, with the Cuban fusion band Irakere, and his roots in both his island’s indigenous music and straight-ahead jazz remain central to his musical identity. For this engagement, after displaying his extravagant skills in a solo set, Valdés welcomes Chick Corea, an equally gifted pianist whose own infatuation with Latin music dates to the beginning of his decades-long career.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)

COLIN DUNNE (Nov.14-16)
at Baryshnikov Arts Center / 7:30 p.m.; $25
Traditional Irish music has often been an accompaniment to traditional Irish dance, but the innovative musician Tommie Potts, who died in 1988, approached it as an independent art form. His idiosyncratic perspective made his music difficult to dance to, but in “Concert,” a 2017 solo work, Dunne, an acclaimed contemporary Irish dancer, shows that an equally experimental performer can do it justice. Dunne performs barefoot on a small, amplified platform so his steps sound like whispers in a quiet dialogue with Potts’s wistful songs.” (NYT-Brian Schaefer)

Vinicius Cantuaria Sings Jobim & Joao (Nov.14-17)
Jazz Standard / 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $30
“Brazilian singer, songwriter and guitarist Vinicius Cantuária, now in the fifth decade of his professional career, is revered for his deeply personal adaptation of the bossa nova, integrating this classically Brazilian form with jazz, avant–garde and pop. This week, Vinicius Cantuária revisits the songs of two Brazilian masters, Jobim and João Gilberto – don’t miss him!

“Vinicius Cantuária is the doyen of Brazilian singer–songwriters – more melodic than Caetano Veloso, more consistent than Gilberto Gil, and with more talent than Max de Castro, Otto and Patricia Marx put together. If more people covered his songs, we’d be talk­ing about him as the new Tom Jobim.” (John L. Walters, The Guardian)

at Mezzrow / 7:30 and 9 p.m.; $25
“Cables, who just turned 75, stands as one of the last standard-bearers of the classic post-bop piano tradition. As sensitive as he is dynamic, he plays in a gently articulated but deeply rhythmic style, unifying the influences of his two main idols, Herbie Hancock and Thelonious Monk. At Mezzrow he will be joined on Thursday and Friday by the bassist Essiet Okon Essiet and the drummer Victor Lewis, and on Saturday by Lewis and the bassist Ed Howard.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)


Smart Stuff / Other NYC EventS

The New York Hurling Classic
Watch a 4,000-year-old sport
Citi Field / 12:30PM, $45+
Hurling, an ancient Irish sport, has been played for 4,000 years. This weekend, it’s coming to Queens, where you can watch a four-team tournament in which Limerick will defend their title against Kilkenny, Tipperary, and Wexford. The games will give you some idea of how Hurling is played, but if you don’t catch on, don’t worry — there will be plenty of drinking, music, and Irish dancing to distract you from the prehistoric rules. (thrillist)

Sumo & Sushi (Nov.15-17)
Playstation Theater / 5-7PM, + 8:30-10:30PM, $54
this may be a tough ticket – try Sunday’s 8:30PM showing
“If you’re of the mindset that a sushi meal can only be enhanced by two tremendous men undertaking an ancient type of wrestling, you’ve found your ultimate chow-down as guests get to watch sumo matches while eating and drinking sake, beer and mixed drinks. The event is hosted by iconic wrestler Konishiki Yasokichi” (Newsday)

WHEN | WHERE 7:30 p.m. Friday and 5 and 8:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, PlayStation Theater, 1515 Broadway, Manhattan
INFO $53.75 wrestling, $139.75 sushi and sumo

Continuing Events

Richard III (Nov.7–23)
Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival
Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College / 7PM, $40+
“Conscience is but a word that cowards use, devised at first to keep the strong in awe.” Shakespeare’s Richard III is a chilling story of power and ambition. His ruthless monarch resonates through the ages in DruidShakespeare: Richard III, a darkly comic production from Ireland’s Druid theater company and Tony Award–winning director Garry Hynes.”

Canstruction New York (Nov.7-21)
Brookfield Place, 230 Vesey St./ 10AM-8PM, FREE
“New York’s top architects, engineers and students have created sculptures out of unopened cans of food, which will be donated later to City Harvest, for Canstruction New York. You’ll see sculptures based on the Women’s FIFA trophy, “The Little Mermaid,” Yankee Stadium and Apollo’s 50th anniversary, among others. Feel free to bring cans of food for donation.” (amNY)



11/15-16 Joe Bonamassa, Beacon Theatre
11/16 Live From Here with Chris Thile, They Might Be Giants, Big Thief and more,, Town Hall
11/17 Guitar Mash/Urban Campfire, (le) Poisson Rouge
11/17-18 Sylvan Esso, Beacon Theatre
11/18 Prince “Beautiful Ones” Tribute, Town Hall
11/20 Alice Merton, Music Hall of Williamsburg
11/20 FKA Twigs, Kings 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.

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 11/14 and 11/12.

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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