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Things to Do on Chelsea This Month - May 2019

May 18, 2019 - by CG Directory Editor
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You can easily spend your entire visit to New York City hanging out in the Manhattan neighborhood of Chelsea. The High Line, Chelsea Market, and the Whitney Museum all call Chelsea home. Want to know about all of the most memorable things to do in Chelsea this month? City Guide has compiled the best neighborhood happenings for you here.

Godwin Louis Presents Global - The Jazz Gallery
May 18, 2019 - New York

Godwin has studied and performed with stars ranging from Herbie Hancock and Al Foster, to Mulatu Astatke and Mahmoud Ahmed; this engagement celebrates the release of Global, his double–CD debut. "Global focuses on and explores the history of music in the American continent," says Godwin Louis. "It traces the roots via West Africa, and its journey through the four hubs of music in the Americas: Congo Square/New Orleans, Santiago de Cuba, L'Artibonite/Haiti, and Bahia/Brazil."

Elijah McGuire to Celebrate the Kick Off of Sandviper at the Market @ Macy's - Macy's Herald Square
May 18, 2019 - New York

Athletic wear brand SANDVIPER and Macy's Herald Square invite customers to celebrate the launch of SANDVIPER at The Market @ Macy's with New York Jets player Elijah McGuire. During the event, customers can enjoy live music while shopping and snapping photos. *Event subject to change or cancellation. Macy's Herald Square 3rd Floor Men's Department Saturday, May 18th 2-4pm

Vladimir Caamano Headlines Gotham Comedy Club - Gotham Comedy Club
Through May 18, 2019 - New York

After his standout performance at Just for Laughs in 2015, Vlad entered into a deal to co-write and star in a pilot based off of his comedy for NBC with Bill Lawrence and WB supervising. Vlad co-wrote the script with “Undateable” writer, Adam Styzikiel and recently shot the pilot directed by Phill Lewis. Vlad was the only one of his New Faces class to be chosen to perform as part of the CW Gala hosted by Howie Mandel. In 2016 Vlad was named one of the Top 10 Comics to Watch by Variety and was honored at Just for Laughs. In 2017 Vlad made his late-night standup debut on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” He has recently been seen on “Brooklyn 99,” Marvel’s “Runaways,” HBO’s “Entre Nos” and NBC’s “Supertstore.” Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXm2TEs9V7s. Visit: http://www.laughingvlad.com/. Showtimes: Fri. & Sat. 8:00PM & 10:00PM

The Nxt Cast (2019) - Improv Asylum
May 19, 2019 - New York

The freshest faces in Boston comedy, the NXT Cast brings you two different shows this fall! On Sunday nights, The NXT Show will be an all-improv, 90-minute show testing out new short-form structures. On Tuesday nights, NXT: Fresh AF tests out the cast's writing skills with brand new sketches each week blended with classic improv structures.

Rothko Chapel, Little Match Girl Passion, and an Adam Roberts Premiere: Secular Sacred Music - YIVO at the Center for Jewish History
May 19, 2019 - New York

Rothko Chapel, a non-denominational, broadly ecumenical center, was designed by Jewish abstract expressionist artist Mark Rothko (born Markus Yakovlevich Rothkowitz). Originally conceived of as a Catholic chapel, the deeply spiritual, but abstract work of Rothko was quickly felt to be more fitting for a place of holiness open to all religions, belonging to none. It was this work of Rothko’s that inspired Morton Feldman’s epic masterwork Rothko Chapel (1971). A work of great abstraction and spiritual depth, Rothko Chapel begins in what Feldman describes a "synagoguey type of way” and ends with what Feldman called a “quasi-Hebraic” melody in the Viola. In 2007 David Lang’s Little Match Girl Passion, self-consciously attempted to secularize and universalize the Passion story, by setting a Hans Christian Anderson fable in the manner of a J. S. Bach Passion. In both of these works abstraction, and universalization, are Jewish responses to being in dialogue with artistic representations of Christian spirituality. Join us for a performance of these two choral masterworks featuring the young artists of the OS Ensemble, led by Raquel Acevedo-Klein, including the performance of a new s... (read more)

World Premiere: 'Mr. and Mrs. Jackson - SVA Theatre
May 19, 2019 - New York

WORLD PREMIERE screening of the episodic series "Mr. and Mrs. Jackson. Screening will be hosted by Billie "Mr. Apollo" Mitchell, and will include an in-depth Q&A session with the creators and stars Daniel Danielson and Josie Webb, moderated by Habiba Alcindor.

Ovary-Acting Feminists - The PIT Loft
May 19, 2019 - New York

An estrogen filled lady-laugh fest variety show! We will roast the patriarchy, compare pantsuits, and explain intersectional feminism.

Comedy Classes: The Stepping Stones to Stand-Up Comedy - Gotham Comedy Club
May 19, 2019 - New York

It seems so simple. A mic, an audience, some jokes... It is a deceptivly hard art form. It requires craft, precision and dedication. Just being funny isn't enough. As an emerging comic you are the performer, writer, director, choreographer and your own personal advisor. A misstep in one are impacts all others. This class is designed to work with comics from those who are stepping on stage for the first time, to those who have some experience, and gets them to put into place the tools and systems that will move them into the comedy industry. Over the 7 classes we cover: *Writing *Performing *Editing *Reviewing your sets as a tool for growth *Finding stages and navigating the industry *Creating the marketing tools, from personal materials to your virtual presence *Organization of material and business contacts. In addition every student performs and recieves detailed feedback every class. There is a live show in front of an audience upon completion of the class. The workshop is the most comprehensive comedy course offered today for emerging stand-ups. Students perform every week in a supportive workshop environment, developing material and stage presence, all under the wa... (read more)

NYC Vegetarian Food Festival 2019: Taste, Shop & More - Metropolitan Pavilion
Through May 19, 2019 - New York

Are you experimenting with adopting a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle? Whether your motivation is health- or environment-related, you'll definitely want to head to Metropolitan Pavilion for a day of browsing, tasting, learning and shopping. More than 100 plant- based food and lifestyle vendors will be on hand with a plethora of produce and products. You'll also hear some incredible speakers, including plant-based doctors, authors, chefs, fitness professionals and more. There'll even be an area with fun kids' activities, so bring the whole family for a day of healthy fun at this 9th annual event in the city.

Red Light Winter - 13th Street Theatre
Through May 19, 2019 - New York

Written by Adam Rapp Ryan Reed / Leila Berkane / Jarred Harper Adam Rapp's Red Light Winter is the story of two former college buddies who decide to fulfill the American fantasy of a vacation in Amsterdam, filled with all of the obvious vices one would be arrested for doing here in the U.S.

All In, Exhibition of MFA Fine Arts canadiates from Pratt Institute - Pratt Manhattan Gallery
Through May 21, 2019 - New York

All In - MFA Second Year Candidates Exhibition curated by LeRonn Brooks “All In” is a group exhibition that explores the intersections between form and urgency. Each work stands as a metaphor for the evidence of the imagination’s questions about life, its ambiguities, secrets and truths. This is to say that there exists a community of inter-dependent and individual practices, here. Each work embodies its maker and is as unique, experimental and speculative, as the still-unfolding narrative(s) of each artist’s life and His/Her/Their implication(s) to the world(s) to which this exhibition is an invitation. It is an invitation (in)to the speculative interior(s) from which the imagination blooms as a matter of culture/counterculture, and the exploration of “personal knowing” and witnessing. Each work is a personified space of this witnessing and each space is a room for narration. “All In” is therefore evidence from the interior(s) and the communication of a deeply held bond between classmates, peers, friends and fellow journeyers. - LeRonn P. Brooks, Ph.D. Gallery Hours: Monday – Saturday, 11 AM – 6 PM Thursday until 8 PM Opening Reception: April 30, 6–8 PM All In is p... (read more)

WINTER SEMESTER CLASSES at TADA! Youth Theater: January 13- May 21, 2019 - TADA! Youth Theater
Through May 21, 2019 - New York

Curtain Up! At TADA! Youth Theater’s (Winter Semester) From page to stage – the longest and most in-depth play building semester yet! Create and perform an original mini-musical by blending the essential skills of singing, dancing, acting, and playwriting. Classes will culminate with final presentations for family and friends. Get 15% off Winter Semester registration by using the discount code EARLYBIRD15 For more information on TADA!’s Camps and Classes, please call the Education Department at 212-252-1619 x4 or email education@tadatheater.com. To register please visit: http://www.tadatheater.com/education-programs/classes/winter-classes For over 30 years, the Drama Desk Award winning TADA! Youth Theater has been providing children with musical theater classes that teach them how to sing, dance, and act while inspiring their individual creativity.

P!Nk: Beautiful Trauma World Tour - Madison Square Garden
Through May 22, 2019 - New York

After incredible success and demand for the first leg of the tour, esteemed performer and international pop icon P!NK brings her Beautiful Trauma World Tour back to The Garden on May 21st and 22nd, 2019.

P!Nk: Beautiful Trauma World Tour - Madison Square Garden
Through May 22, 2019 - New York

After incredible success and demand for the first leg of the tour, esteemed performer and international pop icon P!NK brings her Beautiful Trauma World Tour back to The Garden on May 21st and 22nd, 2019.

American Cancer Society’s 14th Annual Taste of Hope - Metropolitan Pavilion
May 23, 2019 - New York

Taste of Hope is the American Cancer Society’s signature culinary, wine, and spirits event, featuring some of New York’s most popular restaurants and beverage vendors. Guests enjoy a walk-around tasting where they can sample signature dishes, premier wines and spirits, and inventive cocktails. This year’s celebration recognizes Culinary Honorees, Chefs Michael Lomonaco, Chef & Partner of Porter House Bar and Grill, and Ralph Scamardella, Chef & Partner of TAO Group Restaurants; Otto Cedeno, Founder of Otto’s Tacos as the Corporate Honoree, and Dana Cowin, former Editor-in-chief of Food & Wine Magazine, as the Survivor Honoree. Metropolitan Pavilion 125 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011 Emcee Chris Wragge Event co-chairs: Mark D. Friedman & Jamie Koff TICKET PRICES General Admission: $200 Each VIP Ticket $275 Each ALL ACCESS LOUNGE RESERVED TABLES 5 Person Table: $1,500 10 Person Table: $3,000 Reserved Tables and VIP Ticket Holders Receive Early Entry For Tickets, Tables and how to make a donation, visit www.tasteofhopenyc.org

Take Part in Innovative Research - SPARK Neuro
Through May 24, 2019 - New York

SPARK Neuro is a neuroanalytics company that measures emotion and attention to optimize advertising and entertainment. SPARK Neuro goes right to the source, measuring brain and other nervous system activity so it can see exactly when people are engaged (and when they aren’t). SPARK Neuro’s research is trusted by major brands, ad agencies, TV networks and movie studios. Want to be a part of its unique studies? Fill out this form and we’ll be in touch: https://sparkneuro.clinicalconductor.com/CCEWeb/Forms/frmUserHome.aspx?w=800

Parsons Dance 2019 Joyce Season - The Joyce Theater
Through May 26, 2019 - New York

A “dance your heart out…kind of enterprise” (The New York Times), Parsons Dance dedicates its 2019 Joyce season to master choreographer Paul Taylor and pays tribute to him in the staging of Runes, a mesmerizing work performed by David Parsons in 1981 during his time as a member of Paul Taylor Dance Company. Also on tap is the New York premiere of Trey McIntyre’s Eight Women. Set to music by Aretha Franklin, this piece explores what McIntyre describes as “the truest possible part of the woman in every person.” Completing the program are three cherished Parsons works—Round My World, Nascimento, and Caught.

Knox Martin:Radical Structures - Hollis Taggart
Through May 27, 2019 - New York

This May, Hollis Taggart will present an in-depth exploration of the work of acclaimed artist Knox Martin, with a solo presentation at Frieze New York and a concurrent solo exhibition at its primary location in Chelsea. Martin’s practice, which spans nearly seven decades, has engaged with the conceptual and aesthetic underpinnings of a wide range of artistic movements, from Cubism to Abstract Expressionism to Pop Art. His use of bright swaths of color, precise, architectural lines, and organic forms that reference the female body have resulted in energetic and vibrant compositions that speak to a visual vocabulary that is entirely his own. For the upcoming edition of Frieze New York, Hollis Taggart will present a focused selection of paintings, from the 1950s through the 1970s, providing an introduction to the artist’s early works. To foster a broader understanding of Martin’s practice, the gallery will also open Knox Martin: Radical Structures at its 521 W. 26th Street space on May 2, 2019. The exhibition at the gallery will emphasize in particular Martin’s paintings from the 1960s and 1970s, and also include several later works, among which are two new paintings created by the... (read more)

Monder, Malaby, Waits - The Jazz Gallery
May 29, 2019 - New York

Ben Monder and Tony Malaby, whose musical relationship goes back 20 years, team up with master drummer Nasheet Waits for a night of sonic explorations. "Mr. Monder has a deep rapport with Mr. Malaby: Depending on the moment, they can seem like dance partners, sparring partners or members of a relay team. What they create is hallucinatory, indebted both to free-jazz avatars like Albert Ayler and the combustible side of prog-rock."–New York Times

Anderson .Paak & the Free Nationals - Madison Square Garden
May 30, 2019 - New York

Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals bring the 'BEST TEEF IN THE GAME TOUR' to Madison Square Garden with special guests Earl Sweatshirt and Thundercat on May 30!

In and Out of the Garden - Agora Gallery
Through May 31, 2019 - NYC

Agora Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of In and Out of the Garden, a group exhibition featuring paintings and mixed-media installations on the state of the natural world, the creatures that inhabit it, and the silent joy that comes from spending time in nature. From moody forests to the fish in the sea, the artists on display take inspiration from natural forms, carefully reconstructing the shapes and aesthetics they’ve observed in the wild. These artists find joy and peace in their subject matter, reflecting on the simplicity of nature without understating its significance. Ranging from complete abstraction to realism, the exhibition explores a range of image-making techniques and styles. Imbued with subtle intricacies and blazing expression, these artists depict nature with intelligent design. At once organic and precise, the work forces us to reexamine our relationship with the natural world and our definition of beauty. In and Out of the Garden will be on view from May 11th through May 31st with an opening reception on Thursday, May 16th from 6-8 PM. Exhibition Dates: May 11 – May 31, 2019 Reception: Thursday, May 16, 2019 6-8 PM Gallery Hours: Tues-Sat ... (read more)

CWCBExpo (Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition) - Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
Through June 01, 2019 - New York

Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition (CWCBExpo) is a business-to-business trade show and conference for the legalized cannabis and hemp industry. It is held 3 times per year in the largest business, financial, and media markets: New York, Los Angeles, and Boston. It is the leading forum for dispensary owners, growers, suppliers, investors, medical professionals, government regulators, legal counsel, and entrepreneurs looking to achieve business success and identify new areas of growth in this dynamic and fast-growing industry.

Billy Joel - In Concert - Madison Square Garden
June 02, 2019 - New York

Tickets for Billy Joel's unprecedented 67th consecutive show as a part of his record-breaking residency at The Garden on August 28 are ON SALE NOW – Click HERE for more info! Billy Joel Moves into the Garden In 2014, Billy Joel was established as the 4th franchise at Madison Square Garden—joining the Knicks, Rangers and Liberty as a resident at the World's Most Famous Arena. The internationally acclaimed, six time Grammy-winning New Yorker has a decades-long history with the Garden. Since 1978, he's played a record-breaking 106 shows, including a sold-out run of 12 consecutive nights in 2006, and a moving performance at the 12-12-12 concert benefiting victims of Sandy.

'Selfie Paradise' Pop-Up - West Edge at The Chelsea Market
Through June 02, 2019 - New York

The Dominican Republic POP Funhouse is an interactive 'Instagram Paradise' inspired by the beauty and culture of the city of Puerto Plata. This COMPLETELY FREE and open to the public event invites visitors to experience Dominican Republic right in their own backyards and offers them the chance to win a trip for two to experience it in person by posting a picture from the event and tagging @GoDomRep and #POPFunhouse

New York Denim Days Festival - Metropolitan Pavilion
Through June 09, 2019 - New York

The third-annual New York Denim Days Festival will be held at the Metro Metropolitan Pavilion (125 West 18th Street) on June 8 and 9. As in past seasons, attendees will find a selection of brands, designers, artisans and vintage vendors as well as new activations and interactive installations from denim supply chain members, artists and more. A one-day outdoor vintage denim market on June 9 will shut down 18th street and feature live entertainment, food and activities for the whole family. TENCEL™ branded fibers by Lenzing return as the title sponsor of New York Denim Days. This festival is for denim heads, fashionistas, foodies, families, tourists, teens, tweens, and of course, all New Yorkers who are true-blue denim lovers.

Dycd Film Festival - SVA Theatre
June 14, 2019 - New York

The DYCD Film Festival (formerly known as the SONYC Film Festival) is the coolest student film festival in New York City. Celebrating filmmakers of tomorrow… today, the festival offers an unparalleled experience designed specifically to promote and empower the future of film. The New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) invests in a network of community-based organizations and programs to alleviate the effects of poverty and to provide opportunities for New Yorkers and communities to flourish. DYCD supports New York City youth and their families by funding a wide range of high-quality youth and community development programs. Stay tuned to this page for further updates and ticket information.

Pulled In Brooklyn - International Print Center New York
Through June 15, 2019 - New York

Curated by Roberta Waddell & Samantha Rippner with Consulting Printer Luther Davis April 4–June 15, 2019 Press Preview, Thursday, April 4, 10–11:30 AM Opening Reception, 6–8 PM, featuring live demonstration by Kayrock Screenprinting --- International Print Center New York is pleased to announce its highly anticipated spring exhibition Pulled In Brooklyn, co-curated by Roberta Waddell and Samantha Rippner, in consultation with printer Luther Davis. This exhibition is the first in-depth exploration of the vibrant network of artists, printers, and workshops that has developed and flourished in Brooklyn since the early 1990s. This monumental exhibition is also IPCNY’s first to occupy two adjacent spaces, more than doubling the scale of its previous presentations. "IPCNY is thrilled to spotlight Brooklyn as home to a deep network of printers and workshops, from Greenpoint and Williamsburg to Bushwick and Crown Heights," says Director Judy Hecker, "with a collective can-do ethos that has supported innovation in the borough and in contemporary art." Works by 101 artists created across twenty-six printshops and book arts workshops reveal a close-knit and generous community, suppo... (read more)

Faith and Empire: Art and Politics in Tibetan Buddhism - Rubin Museum of Art
Through July 15, 2019 - New York

Experience Tibetan Buddhism like never before at The Rubin Museum. With 60 objects on display, explore 8th to 19th century Tibet in a new way that show little-known aspects of life through power and legitimate rule of political power as a global phenomenon through art. This exhibit, opening in February is curated by Karl Debrczeny.

Gretchen Bender: So Much Deathless - Red Bull Arts
Through July 28, 2019 - New York

Red Bull Arts New York is proud to present Gretchen Bender: So Much Deathless, the first posthumous retrospective of the life and work of the influential, multi-disciplinary artist. Opening to the public on March 6, 2019, and remaining on view until July 28, the ambitious exhibition returns the spotlight to one of contemporary art's most prescient figures, detailing her historic importance and contemporary relevance. Gretchen Bender (1951-2004) was a pioneering artist who worked across video, sculpture, computer graphics, photography, print and installation to interrogate the accelerated age of mass media. Moving to New York in 1978, Bender quickly fell in with the Post-Pictures Generation scene, centered around the artist-run gallery Nature Morte, as well as a milieu of artist and performers connected to The Kitchen. She befriended and collaborated with such figures as artists Robert Longo and Cindy Sherman, the choreographers Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane, and musicians Stuart Argabright and Vernon Reid. Building upon techniques developed in her years running a feminist-Marxist screen-printing collective in Washington, D.C., Bender's early two-dimensional work, made in New York, ... (read more)

Grow with Google - Google Office
Through September 02, 2019 - New York

The Grow with Google New York City Learning Center opens on April 8th and will offer free digital skills training to all New Yorkers. There’ll be workshops, 1:1 coaching, community events and more. So whether you're a business owner who wants to reach new customers, an educator interested in bringing digital tools into your classroom, or looking to learn new skills to grow your career -- there’s a class for you.

Explore NYC’s Rosé Mansion! - Rosé Mansion
Through September 30, 2019 - New York

Rosé Mansion, the wine tasting experience dedicated to the history and allure of the pink-hued, warm-weather favorite, launches an all-new experience for 2019. Guests looking for a shareable and fun experience that takes wine tasting and education to a whole new level will have the opportunity to learn about rosé’s 7,000-year history while roaming through Cleopatra’s Palace, the Celebration Room, and more. Buy a ticket for a specific date and time. All tickets include access to the Rosé Mansion experience, eight wine tastings, a Rosé Mansion collectible pin, a Rosé Mansion wine glass by Govino, as well as access to RoséLand, where attendees can purchase bottles and glasses of their favorite wines and other beverages while enjoying private cabanas, a treehouse and picnic area, tacos and snacks from Taco Dumbo.

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