NYC Events,”Only the Best” (01/09) + 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:

Philly Reunion (Jan. 9-12)
Blue Note, 131 W. 3rd St./ 8PM, +10:30PM, $30-$45
Philadelphia’s jazz heritage stretches deep into the music’s history—the fifties alone produced, among others, Benny Golson, Lee Morgan, and an up-and-comer named John Coltrane—and the friendly city continues to give rise to exceptional players. For this engagement, three nationally prominent natives—the bassist Christian McBride, the keyboardist Joey DeFrancesco, and the guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel—join a stalwart local treasure, the drummer Lil’ John Roberts, to investigate what makes contemporary Philly-sourced jazz so, well, funky.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)


7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Kaki King
>> Invincible: The Songs of Pat Benatar
>> Rizo: Losing the Lady
>> La Bohème
>> American Dance Platform
>> The Single-Story Project: A Conversation With Adam Friedberg & Alan G. Brake

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


Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Kaki King
Atrium @ Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, FREE
“Hailed by Rolling Stone as “a genre unto herself,” Brooklyn-based composer and guitarist Kaki King brings a special show to the Atrium. This performance will feature an interconnected set of works, showcasing signature performative and multimedia excerpts from her repertoire: The Neck is a Bridge to the Body (2014) and DATA NOT FOUND (2019), along with selected works from her nine-album career. Following the performance, King will open the floor to audience questions, delving deep into the ways in which she uses her guitar as a proverbial magnifying glass.”

Invincible: The Songs of Pat Benatar
The Cutting Room / 9:30PM, $25
“Cathy Cervenka hosts this talent-packed tribute to 1980s rock chick Pat Benetar. Among those joining her on love’s battlefield to hit songs with their best shots are Amber Martin, Brian Charles Rooney, Chris Hall, Hot Sausage, Joanna Choy, Katia Floreska, Ki Ki Hawkins, Lindsey Morgan, Mike Albo, Michael T, Pam Grande, Queen V, Shannon Conley, Sophia Ramos, Tony Z and the Love Show.” (TONY)

Rizo: Losing the Lady (also Jan.11, 16, 17)
Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater / 7PM, $35
“The winkingly sexy, Victrola-voiced chanteuse formerly known as Lady Rizo returns to Joe’s Pub after a yearlong absence, without her former title but with a collection of original songs and covers by such persona-shifting artists as Beyoncé, Prince and David Bowie.” (TONY)

The Metropolitan Opera
La Bohème (next Jan.12, 3PM)
Metropolitan Opera House / 7:30PM, $30+
“Three casts of captivating artists bring Puccini’s classic tragedy of bohemian friends and lovers to life in Franco Zeffirelli’s immortal staging. Tenors Matthew Polenzani, Roberto Alagna, and Joseph Calleja trade off as the exuberant Rodolfo, alongside sopranos Ailyn Pérez, Hei-Kyung Hong, and Maria Agresta as the fragile Mimì. Marco Armiliato and Emmanuel Villaume share conducting duties.”

at Rough Trade NYC (Jan. 9, 8 p.m.).
“Those who keep tabs on Brooklyn’s indie-rock scene are likely familiar with Alex Toth, though they may not recognize his voice. In Rubblebucket, the band he co-founded over a decade ago, he plays trumpet and flute, leaving most of the vocals to his bandmate Kalmia Traver. Through this solo project, he has found the wherewithal to try his hand as a frontman and to write candidly about personal struggles with heartbreak and addiction. Though thematically heavy, the songs on the album he released in May are plummy and pop-laden, full of orchestral flourishes and bebop trumpets.” (NYT- OLIVIA HORN)

American Dance Platform (Jan. 7-12)
Joyce Theatre, 175 Eighth Ave. / 7:30PM, $
“Early January is the season for dance showcases, timed to coincide with conferences for dance theatres from around the world who come to New York to find new work to present. For the general public, this offers a chance to consume a tasting menu of dance in a short period of time. This series at the Joyce is made up of four programs, each featuring two ensembles. Of particular note are the modern-dance troupe Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (Jan. 7 and Jan. 12), the innovative and socially engaged ODC/Dance, from San Francisco (Jan. 9 and Jan. 11), and the excellent Brooklyn-based hip-hop company Rennie Harris Puremovement (Jan. 10-11), all showing recent work.” (Marina Harss, NewYorker)


Smart Stuff / Other NYC EventS
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)

The Single-Story Project: A Conversation With Adam Friedberg & Alan G. Brake
Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Pl./ 6PM, $10
“Please join us for a conversation about the exhibition Single-Story Project between photographer Adam Friedberg and curator, Alan G. Brake.

Since 2015, Friedberg has been documenting every single-story building in the East Village and the Lower East Side. A longtime East Village resident, he noticed how quickly these most humble structures were disappearing, a reflection of the rapid development and gentrification of the neighborhood. He completed the project this past fall, and over the course of the documentation many of the buildings have already disappeared or will soon be demolished.”

Continuing Events

Winter Jazzfest (Jan.9-17)
Various venues // Various prices
“Since 2009, the Winter Jazzfest has grown from a single evening to a multi-night, multi-venue, multi-disciplinary showcase of the cutting edge of jazz and its many stylistic subcategories, from hot swing to avant-garde to jazz-inflected world music. This year’s festival features more than 600 artists in 150 groups on 20 stages over 10 nights. There will be a British Jazz Showcase, a celebration of Detroit’s jazz history, plus talks, panels, and workshops focused on social justice, immigration, gender balance, and more. The fest also includes three all-night marathons at some 20 venues in Manhattan and Brooklyn.” (Gothamist)

Opera but make it fashion.
“Theater and opera aficionados know that January is the right time to get a hit of all the wildest, newest experiments in music-performance: The Prototype festival has been blowing minds for seven years. Even if you’re not typically an operagoer, you should dabble here. You like poetry? Try Ellen West, with a libretto by Frank Bidart. You like taiko drumming and puppetry? It’s got Ellen McLaughlin and Garrett Fisher’s Blood Moon. There’s even a confrontation between Zakes Mda’s novel Cion and Ravel’s Boléro by the South African choreographer Gregory Vuyani Maqoma, which should tick every single box a culture vulture’s got. ” (Helen Shaw, NYMag)
Various locations, January 9 to 19.



1/9 Lee Fields and the Expressions, Brooklyn Bowl
1/9 “Nashville To New York,” Cutting Room
1/9 Kaki King, David Rubenstein Atrium
1/10 Bowie Cello Symphonic “Blackstar,” Brookfield Place
1/11 They Might Be Giants, Bowery Ballroom
1/11 Big Bad Voodoo Daddy & Jake Shimabukuro, Sony Hall
1/12 Red Molly, Birds of Chicago, Teddy Thompson, Bowery Ballroom
1/13 Nellie McKay, Joe’s Pub
1/13 Kevin Eubanks and Orrin Evans, (le) Poisson Rouge
1/14 On Your Radar with John Platt, Rockwood Music Hall
1/14-15 Hamilton Leithauser, Cafe Carlyle

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.”

♦ 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 are a few exhibitions the Vulture (NY Magazine) likes:

One Hundred Drawings
New work from Jasper Johns.
“Matthew Marks curates exhibitions as well or better than most museums.
Witness the dazzling, harmonic optical convergence of 100 drawings spanning three centuries, starting with a Degas from 1859-60 and a late-19th-century ink-and-gouache drawing of a tiger hunt with elephants from northern India. Pros will be astounded at unearthed treasures; art lovers are guaranteed to be transported, surprised, enraptured, and enriched.” (Jerry Saltz, NY Mag)
Matthew Marks Gallery, 523 West 24th Street, through January 18.

See Jordy Kerwick
Beautifully bizarre.
“This gallery right in the belly of the Chelsea beast deserves more attention. Currently there are the oddities of painter Jordy Kerwick, who gives us strange still-lifes of flowers in vases that sit on art books. Your eye zooms in on the florals, the text on book jackets, then gets completely bombarded by the vibrant color, primitive but wonderful touch, and collaged bits.” (Jerry Saltz, NY Mag)
Anna Zorina Gallery, 532 West 24th Street, through January 18.

Ugo Rondinone
A tribute to his love.
“Ugo Rondinone honors his late husband, the legendary poet and former Andy Warhol superstar John Giorno. In a multichannel video installation, Giorno reads a poem speaking to all his friends, lovers, and enemies from the grave. It is as riveting as it is beautiful, filled with love, irony, and triple-edged intensity. He wishes everyone more sex, more drugs, more revelations of life. Amen, poet.” (Jerry Saltz, NY Mag)
Gladstone Gallery, 530 West 21st Street, through January 18.

Mike Kelley
‘As organized by the vastly undersung curator Jenelle Porter, this survey of work by the late artist Mike Kelley, “Timeless Painting,” gives us so many different ideas about what a painting could and still can be. Packed with passion and visual wisdom, this could inspire scores of future artists, just as his decades-long oeuvre did. ‘(Jerry Saltz, NY Mag)
Hauser & Wirth, 548 West 22nd Street, through January 25.

Rashid Johnson
“At 42, Rashid Johnson is a world-famous artist whose work sells for around a half-million dollars apiece and is featured in museums, biennials, outdoor installations, and more. Johnson’s sheer ambition pushes him to keep expanding his scale, subject matter, and materials (which have included paints, plants, CB radios, shea butter, and mosaics) so much so that his art takes on a shining life of its own.” (Jerry Saltz, NY Mag)
Hauser & Wirth, 548 West 22nd Street, through January 25.


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 01/07 and 01/05.

17 Plays and Musicals to Go to in N.Y.C. This Weekend – NewYorkTimes (01/03/20)

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 media critics opinions on all the plays – Playbill’s “the Verdict”

For good, comprehensive and current info:

Broadway Shows: What to See and How to Get Cheap Tickets (NYT)

finally, lot’s of useful info on TKTS discount tickets from the headout blog:

Everything You Need to Know About TKTS Broadway Tickets


NYCity Vacation Travel Guide Video (Expedia):
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