NYC Events,”Only the Best” (11/22) + 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.”

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

The Vibe of the Village Festival (Nov.22-24)
@ Museum of the City of New York /
“It’s been a year since the Village Voice died, so take the weekend to honor the legacy of both the paper and the neighborhood that built it at The Vibe of the Village Festival. There will be conversations, breakout sessions, live music, film, tours, cocktails, and more, including panels on the Voice’s photography and journalism with its former writers and photographers. On Sunday there will be additional family-focused activities, like art-making, poetry workshops, and a scavenger hunt.”(gothamist)

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7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Paula West
>> Ballet Hispánico “Tiburones”
>> Madama Butterfly
>> Joe Battaglia and the New York Big Band
>> Stanley Clarke Band
>> Brian Stokes Mitchell: Plays with Music—Holiday
>> SOLEDAD BARRIO & NOCHE FLAMENCA

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

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Paula West (Nov.22-24)
Dizzy’s Club / 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $45
“If a night of jazz entertainment were still held up to the standards set by Ella, Billie and Sarah, San Francisco singer West might be the only contemporary vocalist worth the price of admission. Her full-bodied contralto is a thing of beauty, and it’s connected to an emotive intellect that makes the American Songbook speak to the future rather than the past.” (TONY)

Ballet Hispánico “Tiburones” (Nov.22-23)
Explore Latinx identity at the ballet
Apollo / 8PM, $13.50+
“Ballet Hispánico is premiering Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s “Tiburones” at the Apollo Theater for two nights only. Ochoa’s commentary on the appropriation of Latinx artists is paired with a restaging of “Nací” by Andrea Miller, an exploration of the Sephardic culture of Spain, and “Con Brazos Abiertos” by Michelle Manzanales, which interprets the immigrant experience. Together, the three dance performances explore Latinx culture through folklore, contemporary Hispanic music, and an examination of stereotypes and identity.” (thrillist)

The Metropolitan Opera
Madama Butterfly (next Nov.25, 7:30PM)
Metropolitan Opera House / 7:30PM, $53+
“One of opera’s most devastating tragedies returns in Anthony Minghella’s classic production. Soprano Hui He reprises her celebrated portrayal of the title geisha, opposite tenors Piero Pretti and Andrea Carè in their Met debuts as Pinkerton. Pier Giorgio Morandi conducts.”

Joe Battaglia and the New York Big Band
Edison Ballroom / 7:30PM; $100–$150 (includes dinner and open bar)
“The expansive Art Deco grandeur of the Edison Ballroom is the scene of this highly retro evening of dinner and swing music, courtesy of Battaglia and his brassy 16-piece crew. If you’re looking for a time-capsule New York dance hall experience, this is where to find it. The November show is titled Swing Into Autum.” (TONY)

Stanley Clarke Band (Nov.19-23)
Blue Note / 8PM, +10:30PM, $30-$45
“What hasn’t Clarke played over the course of his four-decade career? He’s proficient in mainstream jazz, of course, but he has also taken on chamber-scaled projects of genuine delicacy and electric fusion of arena-rock proportions. He turns up here with a combo that includes young drumming prodigy Mike Mitchell, whose furious chops never fail to inspire awe.” (TONY)

Brian Stokes Mitchell: Plays with Music—Holiday (Nov.12-23)
Feinstein’s/54 Below / 7PM, $105
“The baritone star of such shows as Ragtime and Man of La Mancha, Mitchell is one of Broadway’s most accomplished leading men and has proved to be a suave and affable concert performer as well. His solo Feinstein’s/54 Below show is a mix of holiday favorites and theater and jazz standards from his latest album, Plays with Music.” (TONY)

SOLEDAD BARRIO & NOCHE FLAMENCA
at the Joyce Theater / 7:30 p.m.; $45+
“The fleet footwork of flamenco can be mightily impressive, but this company doesn’t aim to merely wow. In recent years, Noche Flamenca and Barrio, its incandescent headliner, have moved away from spectacle seeking authentic communal encounters. A new iteration of its production “Entre Tú y Yo” (“Between You and Me”) comprises three works: a revised version of “La Ronde,” which explores facets of the duet form; “Refugiados,” created 15 years ago from poems by refugee children; and “Soleá,” a semi-improvised solo by Barrio that impresses not only for its virtuosity, but for the thrilling internal drama she shares.” (NYT)

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Smart Stuff / Other NYC EventS

MORE SMART STUFF COMING SOON.


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.”

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COMING SOON (WFUV)

11/21-23 Angel Olsen, Brooklyn Steel
11/21-23, 25-26 Hozier, Hammerstein Ballroom
11/22-24 The “Vibe Of The Village” Festival, Museum of the City of New York
11/23-24, 26-27 Bob Dylan, Beacon Theatre
11/23 Live From Here with Chris Thile, Paul Simon, Anais Mitchell and more, Town Hall
11/24 Matt & Kim, Terminal 5
11/25 Matt & Kim, Brooklyn Steel
11/26 Son Little, Bowery Ballroom
11/26 Marcia Griffiths, Sony Hall
11/27 Vintage Trouble, Rough Trade NYC

Fall Concerts (nycgo.com)

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.

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♦ 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.

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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:

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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 (nycgo.com) 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.) “

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For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see recent posts in right sidebar dated 11/20 and 11/18.
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11 Plays and Musicals to Go to in N.Y.C. This Weekend – NewYorkTimes (11/21/19)

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

10 must-see Off-Broadway shows (amNY)

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

and, drum roll, here are all the critics opinions on all the plays –

Playbill’s “the Verdict”

finally, lot’s of good info on TKTS discount tickets:

Everything You Need to Know About TKTS Broadway Tickets

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NYCity Vacation Travel Guide Video (Expedia):
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