NYC Events,”Only the Best” (02/02) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

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

Cheer for your team at a Super Bowl party
Citywide / Ticket prices vary
“This year, Finnerty’s is the place to cheer for the 49ers, as it’ll be filled to bursting with San Francisco superfans. (If their party’s full up, head to Plug Uglies for the overfill crowd.) For Kansas City fans who aren’t John Brown’s regulars, good luck getting into see the game — instead, try your luck at the Mothership Meat Company. If the only side you’re on is your office’s Super Bowl pool square, there are viewing parties all over the city: Brooklyn Cider House is offering $1 wings; Pretty Ricky’s is offering $5 beers from each team’s hometown; and the Arlo SoHo is hosting a full-blown tailgate party.” (Thrillist)

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6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>MATTHEW BOURNE’S ‘SWAN LAKE’
>> Reeve Carney
>> Thunderbird Dancers
>> Igor Butman & The Moscow Jazz Orchestra
>> New York City Ballet
>> Sunday Platform – Richard Koral: Practical Goodness

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

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

MATTHEW BOURNE’S ‘SWAN LAKE’ (through Feb. 9)
at New York City Center / 8PM, $35
“Three years after its premiere in London in 1995, this flamboyant production conquered Broadway, winning three Tony Awards, including one for best choreography. It’s the familiar fairy tale with a sexy modern twist: Rather than a flock of female swans and a demure Odette, Bourne gives audiences a gang of bare-chested, feral male swans led by a strapping fellow whose seduction of the Prince flavors the vintage story with overt homoeroticism. And in lieu of classical ballet steps, Bourne brandishes his style of muscular modern dance. After touring the world regularly since its debut, the show returns to New York for 13 performances.” (NYT-Brian Schaefer)

Reeve Carney
The Green Room 42 / 9:30PM, $30+
“After originating the web-singing title role in Broadway’s ill-fated Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Carney has gone on to star as Dorian Gray in Penny Dreadful and has recently swung back onto Broadway as Orpheus in Hadestown. Now he brings his otherworldly tenor to the Green Room 42 with a solo show that includes some standards but focuses on original songs from his 2016 album, Youth Is Wasted.” (TONY)

Thunderbird Dancers (LAST DAY)
Theatre for the New City, 155 1st Ave./ 3PM, $
“For the forty-fifth time, the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers’ annual dance concert and powwow will serve as a reunion for Native Americans and an education for everyone else. The program includes Marie Ponce’s remarkable “Hoop Dance,” along with dances called “Deer,” “Shawl,” “Stomp,” “Jingle Dress,” “Robin,” “Smoke,” and “Fancy.” As always, the troupe’s director, Louis Mofsie, a Brooklyn-born octogenarian who has been racking up lifetime-achievement awards of late, will do the introductions.” (Brian Seibert, NewYorker)

Igor Butman & The Moscow Jazz Orchestra
Blue Note / 8PM, +10:30PM, $20-$35
“Igor Butman, saxophone virtuoso, bandleader, club owner and television host, is Russia’s number one jazz personality.

In 1983, Igor Butman played in Oleg Lundstrem`s big band – the best one in the USSR. Next year he was invited by Nick Levinovsky to join the most well known jazz group “Allegro” and played with them for three years. In the Soviet Union, a country of over 300 million people, Igor was known as the best tenor saxophonist, placing first in the Soviet Critics’ Polls and recording many albums for Melodiya.

Igor’s big sound and boyish exuberance have earned him standing ovations and many new fans, and his US solo career has moved straight ahead. He led his own group with Rachel Z. at Boston’s leading Jazz club, The Regattabar, and has been featured soloist with the Billy Taylor Quartet, the Walter Davis Jr. Quartet and the Monty Alexander Quintet.”

New York City Ballet (through March 1)
NYS Theater, Lincoln Center / 8PM, $78+
“The coming week brings a potpourri of programs: The “New Combinations” bill on Friday and Tuesday pairs Jerome Robbins’s “Opus 19/The Dreamer” (1979) with Christopher Wheeldon’s “Polyphonia” (2001), Justin Peck’s “Bright” and Alexei Ratmansky’s new work, “Voices.” The Saturday and Sunday matinees highlight collaborations between Balanchine and Stravinsky, while the performances on Saturday evening and Wednesday juxtapose Balanchine with Peck in two slightly different mixes. The program on Feb. 6 again includes Balanchine (“Haieff Divertimento” and “Episodes”) and Peck (the lovely “Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes”) along with Robbins (“Concertino”).” (NYT-Brian Schaefer)

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

Sunday Platform – Richard Koral: Practical Goodness
New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 W. 64th St./ 11AM, FREE
“Ethical Culture Clergy Leader Richard Koral leads a New York Society for Ethical Culture Sunday Platform questioning whether people are inherently good, bad, or lacking in guidelines. Ponder how we strive for goodness in an uncertain world.” (thoughtgallery)


Continuing Events

NYC Restaurant Week (Jan.21—Feb.9)

A celebration of NYC’s most fabulous pastime: dining out. With hundreds of restaurants throughout the City rolling out special prix-fixe menus for a limited time, this is your chance to revel without a cause.

Restaurants offer a minimum of three choices for appetizers and three choices for entrées at lunch ($26). Restaurants offer a minimum of three choices for appetizers, three choices for entrées and at least two desserts at dinner ($42). Several restaurants may also offer drink specials, supplemental items and other à la carte options for an additional price.
2-course lunch $26 | 3-course dinner $42

The Winter Show  (LAST DAY)

The Winter Show is the leading art, antiques, and design fair in America, featuring 72 of the world’s top experts in the fine and decorative arts.

Held at the historic Park Avenue Armory in New York City, the fair highlights a dynamic mix of works dating from ancient times through the present day and maintains the highest standards of quality in the art market. Each object at the fair is vetted for authenticity, date, and condition by a committee of 150 experts from the United States and Europe.

NYC Broadway Week (Jan.21-Feb.9)
“There’s nothing like live theater—and no place for it like Broadway. NYC Broadway Week invites you to experience the magic firsthand with 2-for-1 tickets to some of the most spectacular performances on stage right now.”

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COMING SOON (WFUV)

2/2 Nada Surf, Bowery Ballroom
2/4-5 Cold War Kids, Webster Hall

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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 are two exhibitions the Vulture (NY Magazine) likes:

coming soon

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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 01/31 and 01/29.
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11 Plays and Musicals to Go to in N.Y.C. This Weekend – NewYorkTimes (01/30/20)

Winter/Spring 2020 Broadway Guide  (nycgo.com)

10 must-see Off-Broadway shows (amNY)

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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

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NYCity Vacation Travel Guide Video (Expedia):
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