NYC Events,”Only the Best” (02/26) + 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.”


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

Tibet House U.S. Benefit
Carnegie Hall / 7:30PM, $
“Every winter, New York raises the flag for a region known for serenity (Tibet) at a venue synonymous with classical music (Carnegie Hall) with a concert dominated by blistering rock and roll. This year’s Tibet House Benefit is particularly rich with monumental figures, including Patti Smith, Bettye LaVette, Laurie Anderson, and the organization’s artistic director, Philip Glass. But, if the past is any indication, all eyes will fixate on the singular bolt of lightning that appears here in human form: a shirtless senior citizen known to earthlings as Iggy Pop.” (Jay Ruttenberg, NewYorker)


5 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> La Traviata
>> New York City Ballet
>> The Music of Chick Corea
>> American Cuisine with Paul Freedman and Laura Shapiro

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


Music, Dance, Performing Arts

The Metropolitan Opera
La Traviata (next Feb.29, 8:30PM)
Metropolitan Opera House / 7:30PM, $30+
“Michael Mayer’s sumptuous staging, a highlight of the 2018–19 season, returns with two casts of bright stars. Sopranos Aleksandra Kurzak and Lisette Oropesa share the role of Violetta, the opera’s tragic heroine, opposite tenors Dmytro Popov and Vittorio Grigolo as her ardent lover, Alfredo, and baritones Quinn Kelsey and Luca Salsi as Alfredo’s stern father, Germont. Karel Mark Chichon and Bertrand de Billy conduct one of opera’s greatest scores.”

New York City Ballet (through March 1)
NYS Theater, Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, $78+
“The choreographer (and occasional dancer) Justin Peck has been incredibly busy in the past two years, choreographing for Broadway (“Carousel”) and then for Hollywood (the upcoming Spielberg version of “West Side Story”), so it’s no surprise that he hasn’t been around his alma mater much of late. On Feb. 26, he returns with a new ballet, “Rotunda,” set to a commissioned score by Nico Muhly. (This will be their first collaboration for City Ballet, though Muhly has composed extensively for dance, notably for Benjamin Millepied.) “Rotunda” is the centerpiece of a program that opens with “In G Major,” a summery romp by Jerome Robbins, whose work is one of Peck’s greatest sources of inspiration. The flashy “DGV: Danse à Grande Vitesse,” by Christopher Wheeldon, closes the evening.” (Marina Harss, NewYorker)

The Music of Chick Corea | Juilliard Jazz Orchestra
Peter Jay Sharp Theater / 7:30PM, $20
“The Juilliard Jazz Orchestra presents the big band music of Chick Corea live in concert at Peter Jay Sharp Theater.”

JON IRABAGON (Feb.25-29)
at the Stone / 8:30 p.m.; $20
“Among the most preternaturally gifted saxophonists working today, Irabagon puts few limits on his expression. He’s as likely to blow a startlingly swinging chorus over a jazz standard as he is to unleash a searing blast of sound over a dissolute, free-jazz backing. Here he presents five different projects in as many nights, including 3Dom Factor, an inside-outside group helmed by the elder drummer Barry Altschul, on Tuesday; and a quartet featuring Matt Mitchell on piano, Chris Lightcap on bass and Dan Weiss on drums, on Feb. 28.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)


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

American Cuisine with Paul Freedman and Laura Shapiro
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave./ 7PM, $29
“American cuisine. Who knew?”

“Defining it and diving into its history is Paul Freedman, Yale history professor and author of the new American Cuisine: And How It Got This Way and the acclaimed Ten Restaurants That Changed America. Freedman sits down with award-winning food writer Laura Shapiro (What She Ate; Perfection Salad; Something from the Oven) to talk about America’s vibrant and diverse—if not always coherent—culinary history over 200 years (gumbo … canned peas … chicken parm … kale salad …) and what it all reflects about our national identity.”

Continuing Events

The Orchid Show: Jeff Leatham’s Kaleidoscope

Saturday, February 15, 2020 – Sunday, April 19, 2020

Experience Famed Designer Jeff Leatham’s Bold and Colorful Vision

“The dazzling floral creations of Jeff Leatham, famed artistic director of the Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris and floral designer to the stars, energize the 18th annual Orchid Show. Leatham’s bold and colorful vision unfolds through captivating installations and designs, transforming each gallery of the exhibition in the historic Enid A. Haupt Conservatory into a different color experience and visual effect, like the turn of a kaleidoscope.

Thousands of orchids provide bursts of forms and colors—in purples, reds, oranges, and hot pink—revealed through overhead arches, vine-inspired ribbons, mirrored sculpture, dramatic lighting, and other artistic embellishments.”



2/25 Stone Temple Pilots, Gramercy Theatre
2/25 Rhys Lewis, Mercury Lounge
2/26 Tibet House Benefit Concert, Carnegie Hall
2/26 Natalie Merchant, Jazz At Lincoln Center
2/26 Glass Animals, Music Hall of Williamsburg

♦ 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 two exhibitions the Vulture (NY Magazine) likes:

coming soon


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 02/24 and 02/22.

12 Plays and Musicals to Go to in N.Y.C. This Weekend – NewYorkTimes (02/20/20)

Winter/Spring 2020 Broadway Guide  (

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: Broadway Shows – All You Need To Know

from the headout blog


NYCity Vacation Travel Guide Video (Expedia):
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