Selected Events + Gallery Special Exhibits: Chelsea (11/28)

Today’s “TOP 3″/ Selected NYCity Events – FRIDAY, NOV. 28, 2014
“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to. We make it as easy as 1-2-3.”

Heart of the Park Tour – Parks

‘La Bohème’ – Opera

Bob Dylan – Pop / Rock

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Heart of the Park Tour
First things, first. Need to work off that large Thanksgiving feast? Head to Central Park.
See some of the Park’s most famous landmarks, including Conservatory Water, Bethesda Terrace, the Lake, and Strawberry Fields, on this east-to-west walk.
Route involves a few stairs.
Central Park, inside the Park at Fifth Avenue and 72nd St.
in front of the Samuel F. B. Morse statue.
90 minutes. Free, registration not required.
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
For directions, please call 212-794-6564

‘La Bohème’ (also Monday and next Friday)
Singing her first Mimi anywhere, the soprano Sonya Yoncheva delivers a beautifully detailed, sensitive performance in Franco Zeffirelli’s bustling, classic Metropolitan Opera production of Puccini’s opera.

She is scheduled to sing opposite two Rodolfos: Charles Castronovo, on Friday, and Ramón Vargas (who has been ill) on Monday and next Friday. Riccardo Frizza conducts.” (Zachary Woolfe-NYT)
Friday at 8:30 p.m.; Monday at 7:30 p.m.
next Friday at 8 p.m.
Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center,
212-362-6000 / metoperafamily.org / $27 to $460.

Bob Dylan (through Dec. 3)
“Bob Dylan is most active in the news these days with the release of “The Basement Tapes Complete,” a vault-clearing set of fabled late-’60s recordings he made on hiatus in upstate New York. In true mercurial fashion, however, Mr. Dylan himself seems barely to care about a relic from such a distant past.

In his present-day form, he is more the hard-touring troubadour intent on rewriting his own history however he likes, with versions of old songs that can be scarcely recognizable and a voice that grows more thin and mysterious by the year.” (WSJ)
Here he puts down stakes for five shows in New York, on Friday and Saturday and then Dec. 1-3. May need to try Stubhub and the resale market for shows before Dec.3.
Beacon Theater, 2124 Broadway, at 74th Street,
212-465-6500 / beacontheatre.com

editor’s note: a 2nd hard drive failure in 7 months (what’s going on here Apple!) requires a reduction in daily event info on this site until the hardware issues have been resolved. while we use borrowed equipment and until further notice, the daily “Fab 5″ is now the “Top 3″. we look forward to restoring full service next week.

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♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity (pop. 8.4 million) had 54 million visitors last year and quality shows draw crowds. Try to reserve seats in advance, even if just on day of performance.
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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 – my fave is Ovest on W 27th St., where the aperitivo is like Happy Hour on steroids.

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. ========================================================

For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in the right Sidebar dated (11/26) and (11/24).
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Selected Events + Today’s Featured Neighborhood: Times Square/ Theater District (11/27)

Today’s “TOP 3″/ Selected NYCity Events – THURSDAY, NOV. 27, 2014
“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to. We make it as easy as 1-2-3.”

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade – Special Event

Cyrille Aimee – Jazz

Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks – SportingLife

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THANKSGIVING ROUNDUP

Various locations

This will be the 88th annual Macy’s thanksgiving day parade, which marches from 77th street @ central park west to herald square with the iconic giant balloons, marching bands, singers (kiss, idina menzel, nick jonas, more), broadway performers, and santa. You should see it at least once, and Connie will be there this year – say hello.

“In 1924, the first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was organized by employees of the department store. Initially called the Macy’s Christmas Parade, it featured live animals from the Central Park Zoo. Three years later, the pageant’s iconic balloons were introduced, and this year the festivities include performances by Idina Menzel, Kiss, and many others. (macys.com/parade.)

On the Saturday after the holiday, Shorewalkers, a nonprofit group whose motto is “See New York at 3 M.P.H.,” presents its annual Walk Off the Turkey trot, a calorie-consuming, twelve-mile amble from the Staten Island Ferry terminal to the George Washington Bridge, starting at 10 A.M. (shorewalkers.org.)

Later that day, Arlo Guthrie returns to Carnegie Hall with the Guthrie family for an evening of folk songs, storytelling, and waxing philosophical, the first since the death of Pete Seeger, who first brought Guthrie to this hallowed stage for the annual holiday show more than forty years ago. (carnegiehall.org.)” (NewYorker)

Cyrille Aimee
“While many music venues take a pause on Thanksgiving, iconic jazz venue Birdland keeps the music flowing Thursday with two performances by a rising star on the New York City jazz vocalist scene, Cyrille Aimee.” (dnainfo.com)
BIRDLAND, 315 West 44th St,
212-581-3080 / birdlandjazz.com
at 8:30 p.m. or 11 p.m. / $40 cover plus a 2-drink minimum

To work off that big meal, get up, get out, and get some exercise -
outdoor ice skating rinks in Manhattan that are open today:
brookfield place >>
bryant park’s bank of america winter village >>
riverbank state park >>
rockefeller center >>
south street seaport (not confirmed as of press time) >>
the standard hotel (not confirmed as of press time) >>
trump lasker rink >>
trump wollman rink >>
(rates vary, check the venue’s website or call ahead to confirm before heading out)
(thanks to theskint.com)

editor’s note: a 2nd hard drive failure in 7 months (what’s going on here Apple!) requires a reduction in daily event info on this site until the hardware issues have been resolved. while we use borrowed equipment and until further notice, the daily “Fab 5″ is now the “Top 3″. we look forward to restoring full service next week.

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♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity (pop. 8.4 million) had 54 million visitors last year and quality shows draw crowds. Try to reserve seats in advance, even if just on day of performance.
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A PremierPub + 3 Good Eating places

Jimmy’s Corner / 140 W 44th St (btw B’way & 7th ave)

IMG_2083Jimmy’s Corner is right in the heart of Times Square, but you won’t find it on the corner, it’s mid-block. Enter this long narrow bar and you are struck by the walls covered with mostly black-and-white boxing photographs, and memorabilia. Soon enough you learn that “Corner” refers to proprietor Jimmy Glenn’s long career as a corner man for some of boxing greats – Liston, Tyson, even “the greatest”, Ali.

Jimmy’s is a sort of time machine, taking you back to a time and place that no longer exists. All around you Times Square has cleaned up, grown up, assumed a new identity. Jimmy’s probably hasn’t changed a bit since it first opened in 1971. Certainly the bar itself looks original and the prices haven’t changed much either. When I brought a friend, who owns her own bar, she was surprised when she got the small tab for a round of drinks. Figured there must be a mistake, that maybe they forgot to charge for all the drinks.

Times Square today is filled with neon glitz and wandering tourists from Dubuque, but not Jimmy’s. You’ll likely find some old timer’s at the bar nursing their drinks, some younger locals at tables in the back, and maybe a few adventuresome tourists clutching their trusty guidebooks. There’s no food served here because this is just a bar, and sometimes that’s all you need.

On nights when no local team is playing, it’s a fine place to sip some drafts and listen to a great old time jukebox (40s, 50s, R&B, and soul). On sports nights this very narrow bar can get a bit claustrophobic, filled with excited fans watching their team on the TVs. Either way, Jimmy’s is the place to be if you are looking for an old time bar in the new Times Square.
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Website: are you kidding !
(although there is a facebook page with lots of photos -
facebook.com/jimmyscornernyc)
Phone #: 212-221-9510
Hours: 11am – 4 am, except Sunday they open 12 noon
Happy Hour: not necessary, low prices all day, every day
Subway: #1,2,3 to TimesSquare 42nd st
walk 2 blks N on 7th ave to 44th st; ½ blk E to Jimmy’s

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“Pub” is used in it’s broadest sense – bars, bar/restaurants, jazz clubs, wine bars, tapas bars, craft beer bars, dive bars, cocktail lounges, and of course, pubs – just about anyplace you can get a drink without a cover charge (except for certain jazz clubs).
If you have a fave premier pub or good eating place on Manhattan’s WestSide let us all know about it – leave a comment.
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3 Good Eating places

It’s not difficult finding a place to eat in Manhattan.
Finding a good, inexpensive place to eat is a bit harder.
Here are a few of my faves in this neighborhood:

Patzeria Perfect Pizza – 231 W46 st (Betw 7th/8th ave)
Perfect name for a pizza joint. On a street filled with Broadway theaters, this is a real hole in the wall, but don’t let the dive look scare you away. You can never go wrong with a slice of NYC pizza, and this one is a classic thin crust. Only a few seats here, but pizza was made to eat standing up.

Shake Shack – 691 8th ave (Betw 43rd/44th st)
Danny Meyer has revolutionized the high quality burger in this town. Now he has a branch on the West Side that was desperately needed, with none of the insane lines that you find at the Madison Sq. Park location. Plus, it may be the cleanest joint to eat in all of Hell’s Kitchen.

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“3 Good Eating places” focuses on a quick bite, what I call “Fine Fast Food – NYCity Style”
That covers a wide range of food – pizza, burgers, food trucks/carts, vegetarian/falafel, ramen, chopped salad & salad bars, hot dogs, bbq, soup & sandwiches, picnic fixins’, raw bars & lobster rolls. No reservations needed. ================================================================================

◊ For all my picks of 54 Good Eating places and essays on my favorite 18 PremierPubs in 9 Neighborhoods on Manhattan’s WestSide (plus 27 casual dining places with free Wi-Fi) order a copy of my e-book: “Eating and Drinking on NYCity’s WestSide” ($3.99).
(available Winter 2014)

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Selected Events + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s 5th Avenue (11/26)

Today’s “TOP 3″/ Selected NYCity Events – WEDNESDAY, NOV. 26, 2014
“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to. We make it as easy as 1-2-3.”

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade – Special Event

Amateur Night At The Apollo: Super Top Dog FINALE – Pop / Rock

Jason Moran and the Bandwagon – Jazz

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Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade – Sneak Peek
“The parade this year is making a bit of balloon history. Two venerable storybook characters — Paddington Bear (who made his appearance in the late 1950s) and Thomas the Tank Engine (who appeared in the late 1940s) — will be among six new giant balloons at the 88th edition of this parade. It’s the largest number to be added to the procession in its history. The Red Mighty Morphin Power Ranger and Eruptor from the Skylanders video games will also be making their debuts. The two other ones, the Pillsbury Doughboy and Pikachu, are replacing older versions of those characters.

For a sneak peek, inflation of the high-flying characters begins Wednesday at 3 p.m. from 77th to 81st Streets, between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue.
More information: macys.com/parade.” (Anne Mancuso-NYT)

Amateur Night At The Apollo: Super Top Dog FINALE
Super Top Dog is the grand finale of the 2014 Amateur Night at the Apollo season!! Which of our talented contestants will win the title of Super Top Dog and the cash prize of $10,000? Be here to find out! Get tickets
Apollo Theater, 253 West 125th St, Harlem.
at 7:30 p.m. / $25-$43
800-745-3000 / apollotheater.com

Jason Moran and the Bandwagon (through Nov. 30)
“The pianist’s latest album, “All Rise: A Joyful Elegy for Fats Waller,” radically reworks classics associated with the iconic swing-era instrumentalist, songwriter, vocalist, and entertainer. Enlisting Meshell Ndegeocello as a guest singer, Moran devised a funky mashup of old and new that may ultimately miss the mark as a fully satisfying statement but has a good time attempting to make its point nonetheless. Ndegeocello isn’t expected at this engagement, but Moran’s volatile Bandwagon trio, with the bassist Tarus Mateen and the drummer Nasheet Waits, will undoubtedly raise a ruckus all by itself.” (NewYorker)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village,
212-255-4037 / villagevanguard.com
At 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. / $25 and $30 cover, with a one-drink minimum.

editor’s note: a 2nd hard drive failure in 7 months (what’s going on here Apple!) requires a reduction in daily event info on this site until the hardware issues have been resolved. while we use borrowed equipment and until further notice, the daily “Fab 5″ is now the “Top 3″. we look forward to restoring full service next week.

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♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity (pop. 8.4 million) had 54 million visitors last year and quality shows draw crowds. Try to reserve seats in advance, even if just on day of performance.
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What’s on View:
Special Exhibitions @ 2 Museum Mile / Fifth Ave. Museums:

‘Early American Guitars: The Instruments of C.F. Martin’ (through Dec. 7)
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Ave, at 82nd St.
(212) 535-7710 / metmuseum.org
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Kandinsky Before Abstraction, 1901–1911 (through spring 2015)

Early in his career Vasily Kandinsky experimented with printmaking, produced brightly-colored landscapes of the German countryside, and explored recognizable and recurrent motifs. This intimate exhibition drawn from the Guggenheim collection explores the artist’s representational origins.
Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue, at 89th St.
(212) 423-3500 / guggenheim.org.

========================================================== Museum Mile is a section of Fifth Avenue which contains one of the densest displays of culture in the world. Ten museums can be found along this section of Fifth Avenue:

• 110th Street – Museum for African Art

• 105th Street – El Museo del Barrio

• 103rd Street – Museum of the City of New York

• 92nd Street – The Jewish Museum

• 91st Street – Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

• 89th Street – National Academy Museum

• 88th Street – Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

• 86th Street – Neue Galerie New York

• 83rd Street – Goethe-Institut

Last, but certainly not least, America’s premier museum
• 82nd Street – The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Additionally, though technically not part of the Museum Mile, the Frick Collection on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 70th St. and the The Morgan Library & Museum on Madison Ave and 37th St are also located near Fifth Ave. Now plan your own museum crawl. ==========================================================

For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right Sidebar dated 11/18 and 11/16.
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Selected Events + Today’s Featured Neighborhood-WestVillage (11/25)

Today’s “TOP 3″/ Selected NYCity Events – TUESDAY, NOV. 25, 2014
“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to. We make it as easy as 1-2-3.”

JANE MONHEIT, JIM CARUSO & BILLY STRITCH IN
“HOLLYWOODLAND: SONGS FROM THE SILVER SCREEN”(through Thursday)
“Material will include beloved songs like “Pennies From Heaven,” “Let’s Misbehave,” “Over The Rainbow,” “If I Only Had A Brain,” “Bye Bye Baby,” and “It Happened In Sun Valley.” The trio will be accompanied by Rick Montalbano on drums and Neal Miner on bass.

Jane Monheit, Jim Caruso and Billy Stritch had such a great time working together in the Jazz at Lincoln Center concert series, and were thrilled when Birdland offered them a weeklong booking on the historic stage. The trio brings a wealth of musical experience to this show, and they love performing tightly harmonized swing arrangements and lush ballads from the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s.” (cabarethotlineonline.blogspot.com)
BIRDLAND,315 West 44th St,
212-581-3080 / birdlandjazz.com
6:00 pm. / $30 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

Nels Cline & Julian Lage
“Cline is the free-styling lead guitarist in paternal-pop combo Wilco. Lage is a former guitar prodigy with one foot in jazz and the other in newgrass. Their new album of duets, _Room,_ is a wordlessly lucid cross-generational alternative to the Tweedys recent dad-rock debut. The duo orbit around one another like the gracefully twisting painted-metal objects hanging from a Calder mobile.” (VillageVoice-Richard Gehr)
SubCulture: Arts Underground, 45 Bleecker St, near Lafayette St,
212-533-5470 / subculturenewyork.com
8pm / $25

Author @ the Library:
Urban Appetites: Food and Culture in Nineteenth-Century New York,
with Cindy R. Lobel, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of History at Lehman College.
This illustrated lecture surveys the origins of New York City’s food industry and the rise of New York as both a metropolis and food capital in the 19th century.
6:30 p.m.
Mid-Manhattan Library

editor’s note: a 2nd hard drive failure in 7 months (what’s going on here Apple!) requires a reduction in daily event info on this site until the hardware issues have been resolved. while we use borrowed equipment and until further notice, the daily “Fab 5″ is now the “Top 3″. we look forward to restoring full service this week.

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♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity (pop. 8.4 million) had 54 million visitors last year and quality shows draw crowds. Try to reserve seats in advance, even if just on day of performance.
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A PremierPub – West Village

Corner Bistro / 331 W. 4th St.
Sometimes you just need a beer and a burger. If so, Corner Bistro is the place you want. Located just outside the hip Meatpacking district, this corner bar and grill is decidedly unhip, but it’s not uncrowded, especially at night. Seems that everyone knows this place has one of the better burgers in town.

kac_120405_phude_corner_bistro_bar_1000-600x450In the maze of streets known as the West Village, where West 4th intersects with West 12th (and West 11th, and West 10th, go figure), you will eventually find Corner Bistro on the corner of West 4th and Jane Street. An unassuming neighborhood tavern, it looks just like dozens of other taverns around town.

The bartender tells me that the Corner Bistro celebrated it’s 50th anniversary last year. The well worn interior tells me that the place itself is much older.

Corner Bistro has outlasted many of those other taverns around town because they know how to keep it simple — just good burgers and beer, fairly priced. The classic bistro Burger is only $6.75, and should be ordered medium rare, which will be plenty rare for most folks. Actually, it will be a juicy, messy delight – make sure you have extra napkins. I like to pull up a stool and sit by the large front window in the afternoon, where I can rest my burger and beer on the shelf, and watch the Villagers walk by.

Corner Bistro seems to attract very different groups of patrons depending on time of day. While it’s crowded with locals in the evening, in the afternoon you hear different foreign languages, and watch groups of euro tourists wander in, led by their guidebooks and smartphones.

For the classic Bistro experience, order your burger with a McSorley’s draft, the dark preferably. This is the same beer that you can get over at the original McSorley’s in the East Village, the pub that claims to be the oldest continually operating bar in NYCity. The only difference is that this McSorley’s ale is served with a smile by the bartenders here. Or you can get a Sierra Nevada, Stella, or Hoegaarden on tap if you want to go upscale a bit. Either way this is a simple, but quality burger and beer experience that is just too rare these days (sorry for the pun).
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Website: cornerbistrony.com
Phone #: 212-242-9502
Hours: 11:30am-4am Mon-Sat; 12pm-4am Sun
Happy Hour: NO
Music: Juke Box
Subway: #1/2/3 to 14th St. (S end of platform)
Walk 2 blk W. on 13th St. to 8th Ave.; 1 blk S. on 8th Ave. to Jane St.
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“Pub” is used in it’s broadest sense – bars, bar/restaurants, jazz clubs, wine bars, tapas bars, craft beer bars, dive bars, cocktail lounges, and of course, pubs – just about anyplace you can get a drink without a cover charge (except for certain jazz clubs).

If you have a fave premier pub or good eating place on Manhattan’s WestSide let us all know about it – leave a comment.
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Selected Events + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide (11/24)

Today’s “TOP 3″/ Selected NYCity Events – MONDAY, NOV. 24, 2014
“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to. We make it as easy as 1-2-3.”

Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks
“If you haven’t yet checked out the Nighthawks’ new digs, what are you waiting for. “The band (which has just released their second volume of music from HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire”) now actually sounds better, audio-wise, and the menu is a vast improvement over the band’s previous venue—overall, it is a step up, to the second floor, rather than a flight down, to the basement.

Although longtime fans are currently referring to the Nighthawks as “The Iguana Troubadours,” they continue to play with the same amazing combination of skin-tight historical authenticity and sheer, relentless energy, plus a tempo that has always characterized Mr. Giordano’s bands.” (WSJ-Will Friedwald)
Iguana, 240 W. 54th St., (Btw 8th/B’way)
8pm-11pm (3 sets) / $15 cover, $20 food/drink minimum
(212) 765-5454 / iguananyc.com

Jim Caruso’s Cast Party
A popular weekly soiree that brings a sprinkling of Broadway glitz and urbane wit to the legendary Birdland every Monday night. For the past nine years, it’s been the spot to mix and mingle with Manhattan show folk and their fans.

The buoyant, sharp and charming Broadway impresario Jim Caruso hosts a combination open-mic, networking event and party, where some nights you may hear the biggest stars on Broadway relax on their night off by performing their favorite songs in an informal setting. Always fun.
Birdland – 315 West 44th St (btw 8th/9th ave)
9:30 pm / $20 (includes a drink if you sit at the bar, which are not bad seats)
(212) 581-3080 / birdlandjazz.com

Vanguard Jazz Orchestra
There’s a tradition in many New York City jazz clubs – Monday nights are reserved for big bands. The Village Vanguard, the most storied of clubs, has observed this practice since 1966. The Grammy-winning Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, established by Thad Jones and Mel Lewis, is definitely a big band with 4 trumpets, and 4 trombones to accompany 6 reed players. Why not make it your tradition, too.

The band features music with complex yet warm harmonies and memorable melodies mostly written by Thad Jones. We play various styles, from relaxing swing, 70’s-style jazz-funk, ballads with complex harmonic structures, avant-garde tunes with modern rhythms. In addition to the classic Thad Jones charts our library includes music of Bob Brookmeyer, Jim McNeely, Slide Hampton, Bob Minzter, Kenny Werner and others. The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra has gained world-wide respect for their wide-ranging repertoire and rich sound.
Village Vanguard, 178 7th Avenue South, just below West 11th St.
At 8:30 and 10:30 pm / $25
212-255-4037 / villagevanguard.com

editor’s note: a 2nd hard drive failure in 7 months (what’s going on here Apple!) requires a reduction in daily event info on this site until the hardware issues have been resolved. while we use borrowed equipment and until further notice, the daily “Fab 5″ is now the “Top 3″. we look forward to restoring full service next week.

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♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity (pop. 8.4 million) had 54 million visitors last year and quality shows draw crowds. Try to reserve seats in advance, even if just on day of performance.
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WHAT’S ON VIEW
My Fave Special Exhibitions – MUSEUMS / Manhattan’s WestSide
(See the New York Times wonderful Arts Section for listings of all museums,
and also see the expanded reviews of these exhibitions)

American Folk Art Museum:
Fasanella-Bridges‘Ralph Fasanella: Lest We Forget’ (through Nov. 30) The centenary of the birth of this formidable self-taught urban visionary, activist and New Yorker is celebrated with a riveting selection of his largest, most epic paintings. Their teeming compositions crowd searing events from 20th-century American life into complex amalgams of time, space and color and conduct a fertile exchange with the museum’s Willem van Genk show. 2 Lincoln Square, Columbus Avenue at 66th Street, 212-595-9533, folkartmuseum.org. (Roberta Smith)

van_genk‘Willem van Genk: Mind Traffic’ (through Nov. 30) Brilliantly paired with the Ralph Fasanella exhibition, the American solo debut of this outstanding Dutch artist, who died in 2005 at 78, adds a bright star to the outsider firmament. A draftsman of extraordinary talent, a hoarder and mystic obsessed with maps, travel and transportation, van Genk obsessively recycled found imagery and materials and his own drawings into collages and fanatically textured paintings that convey the sights, sounds and very static of modern life. 2 Lincoln Square, Columbus Avenue at 66th Street, 212-595-9533, folkartmuseum.org. (Smith)

Museum of Modern Art:
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‘The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec: Prints and Posters’ (through March 22) In his printed works, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec chronicled and publicized the music halls, theaters, circuses, operas and cafes of Paris with terrific verve, sly wit and surprising subtlety. This enthralling show presents approximately 100 examples drawn from the museum’s permanent collection. 212-708-9400, moma.org. (Johnson)

New-York Historical Society:
‘A Brief History of New York: Selections From ‘A History of New York in 101 Objects’ (through Nov. 30) Every object tells a story. If New York City is or ever was your home, you’ll find 30 eloquent items in this absorbing, jewel box of an exhibition based on “A History of New York in 101 Objects,” a new book by Sam Roberts, an urban affairs correspondent for The New York Times. Illuminated behind glass walls is an intriguingly eclectic collection, including an arrowhead, a short section of the first transatlantic cable, the pink rubber ball called the Spaldeen and a jar containing dust gathered from near the World Trade Center shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks. 170 Central Park West, at 77th Street, 212-873-3400, nyhistory.org. (Johnson)

Skyscraper Museum:
TS84_IntroWall‘Times Square, 1984: The Postmodern Moment’ (through Jan. 18) In this smart, pithy show, 20 architectural panels capture the essence of another show, the “Times Tower Site Competition” held by New York’s Municipal Art Society 30 years ago, when over 500 architects made proposals for the famous triangular site in Times Square. Philip Johnson and John Burgee were proposing a suave 4.2 million-square-foot ensemble of four skyscrapers that would help “clean up” the surrounding urban squalor, and they favored an open square at the center of their project. The Municipal Art Society protested the proposal by asking for alternatives to replace the Times Tower. The dispute proved a turning point in New York’s urban history and, more broadly, in American architectural history, as the postmodernism of the Johnson towers gave way to a highly eclectic, free-for-all postmodernism devoid of his mansards or triumphal arches. 39 Battery Place, Lower Manhattan, 212-968-1961, skyscraper.org. (Joseph Giovannini)

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For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see “Recent Posts” in the right Sidebar dated (11/16) and (11/14).
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Selected Events + Today’s Featured Neighborhood: Tribeca (11/23)

Today’s “TOP 3″/ Selected NYCity Events – SUNDAY, NOV. 23, 2014
“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to. We make it as easy as 1-2-3.”

Eric Reed Trio & Special Guests, “A Celebration of Coleman Hawkins”
“Beginning roughly 90 years ago, the high and mighty Hawk—Coleman Hawkins—established himself as the body and soul of the tenor saxophone. On the 110th anniversary of his birth, it takes no fewer than five of the leading tenors of our time to do justice to both his memory, as well as that all-encompassing tenor tone, still the biggest in all of jazz. The festivities began earlier this week with Lew Tabackin and Tivon Pennicott and continue through the weekend with the big-toned Grant Stewart (Friday), that formidable competitor Eric Alexander (Saturday), and Seamus Blake (Sunday). They’re all teaming up with the spiritually jubilant piano of Eric Reed and his trio with bassist Dezron Douglas and drummer Gregory Hutchinson, in a salute that promises to be Hawkish but never mawkish.” (WSJ)
Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola
Broadway at 60th St.,
(212) 258-9595

VINCENT HERRING
“Cedar Walton was never a huge star, but as a pianist and composer he was an integral figure on the hard-bop landscape throughout the sixties. He continued performing steadily until his death, in 2013, and Herring, a fearsome saxophonist and longtime Walton associate, leads a quintet that includes the trombonist Steve Turre in tribute to the invaluable stylist.” (NewYorker)
Smoke, 2751 Broadway, between 105th and 106th Sts.
212-864-6662.

DIZZY GILLESPIE ALL-STARS – FALL SUNDAY BRUNCH RESIDENCY
“History has produced its share of great artists and great people – legendary jazz trumpeter John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie was both. As a performer, he left behind an incredible record of innovation and inspiration; as a composer, a broad repository of musical masterpieces; and as a man, a legion of friends, colleagues and compatriots who remember him with the same degree of love and esteem they reserve for his work. Officially authorized by Lorraine Gillespie, and under the leadership of Dizzy’s long-time bassist John Lee, a selection of ensembles of varying sizes were formed, featuring many of the wide variety of musicians who worked with Dizzy plus some newer talents from the jazz scene. Together they are working to continue the legacy of both the music and the personality of this great jazz master who had such a profound impact on twentieth century music.”(cabarethotlineonline)
THE BLUE NOTE (131 West 3rd Street, NYC – 212-475-8592) presents the Dizzy Gillespie All Stars for a special Fall Sunday Brunch Residency.
The band will perform brunch shows every Sunday with performances at 11:30 am & 1:30 pm, through December 28th.
There is a $35 cover. **Price includes brunch, music and a drink.**

editor’s note: a 2nd hard drive failure in 7 months (what’s going on here Apple!) requires a reduction in daily event info on this site until the hardware issues have been resolved. while we use borrowed equipment and until further notice, the daily “Fab 5″ is now the “Top 3″. we look forward to restoring full service this week.

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♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity (pop. 8.4 million) had 54 million visitors last year and quality shows draw crowds. Try to reserve seats in advance, even if just on day of performance.
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A PremierPub – Tribeca

B-Flat / 277 Church St. (btw Franklin/White St)

There are some places that are tough to find, then add a layer of mystery when you do find them. B-Flat has a nondescript, almost unmarked door at street level – today’s speakeasy vibe. Open this door and you face a dimly lit stairway down to their basement location. It almost takes a leap of faith to follow the stairs down to their interior door. But open that door and a pleasant surprise awaits you.

It’s a basement jazz spot all right, but not like any traditional jazz joint you may have been to before. This place looks as fresh as today, probably because it’s only been open for 6 years. Even though it hasn’t had a chance to age gracefully, the cherry wood accents and low lighting make this small space very inviting.

There is always jazz, often progressive jazz, playing over their very discrete, stylish bose speakers, setting just the right tone as you find a seat at the bar, or one of the small tables. There is wine and beer available, but this place has some expert mixologists making some very creative cocktails, which I’m told change seasonally, a nice touch.

Come at happy hour and tasty cocktails like the el Diablo or the lychee martini are $8 – not bad. I am a sucker for any drink made with lychee and how can you not try a tequila drink named el Diablo. There is also nice selection of small bites available at happy hour and a food menu that is as innovative as the cocktail menu, so this does not have to be a happy hour only stop.

It wasn’t surprising to find a tasty prosciutto and arugula salad with yuzu dressing, but I did not expect to find such a good version of fried chicken breast on the apps menu. Here it’s called “Tatsuta.” Best bet is to sample happy hour, then dinner on a Monday or Wednesday night, when you can finish with no cover live jazz that starts around 8.

This place is tough to find (look for a small slate sandwich board on the sidewalk out front advertising happy hour) and on some nights when there is no live music it may be a little too quiet for some. But I think it’s worth searching out if you want a place with good music, food, and especially drinks, away from the maddening crowd.

Website: http://http://www.bflat.info/index.html
Phone #: 212-219-2970
Hours: Mo-Wed 5pm-2am; Th-Sat 5pm-3am; no Sun
Happy Hour: 5-7pm every day; $8 cocktails + special prices on apps
Music: Mon/Wed 8pm
Subway: #1 to Franklin; walk E 1 blk to Church; N 1 blk to bFlat

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“Pub” is used in it’s broadest sense – bars, bar/restaurants, jazz clubs, wine bars, tapas bars, craft beer bars, dive bars, cocktail lounges, and of course, pubs – just about anyplace you can get a drink without a cover charge (except for certain jazz clubs).
If you have a fave premier pub or good eating place on Manhattan’s WestSide let us all know about it – leave a comment.
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Selected Events + Gallery Special Exhibits: Chelsea (11/22)

Today’s “TOP 3″/ Selected NYCity Events – SATURDAY, NOV. 22, 2014
“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to. We make it as easy as 1-2-3.”

Christine Andreas, “Love Is Good”
“Early in her one-woman show, Christine Andreas tells us that her favorite part of a song is that moment of recognition when an obscure verse unfolds into a widely-known chorus—which she illustrates with “Fly Me to the Moon.” From the audience’s point of view, however, her most thrilling moments are those miraculous modulations, dispersed throughout her show, where she ratchets up the excitement by taking the key a half-step higher. Yet the show’s biggest epiphany occurs during Mary Chapin Carpenter’s “What if We Went to Italy,” the simplest, least musically complicated song of all (even when decorated with quotes from “La Bohème”), thereby revealing that Ms. Andreas’s emotional gifts are fully the equal of her prodigious chops.’”(WSJ)
54 Below, 254 W. 54th St.
(646) 476-3551

MIGUEL ZENÓN QUARTET (also Sunday)
“On his intrepid new recording, “Identities Are Changeable,” the charging alto saxophonist, bold composer, and MacArthur-grant recipient takes on the issue of Puerto Rican life in present-day America, making use of a contingent of horns to flesh out his quartet as well as a dense weave of recorded voices sharing personal ruminations. How he approximates its sonic landscape onstage at the Village Vanguard, with the drummer Henry Cole, the pianist Luis Perdomo, and the bassist Hans Glawischnig, will be fascinating to hear.” (NewYorker)
VillageVanguard, 178 Seventh Ave. S., at 11th St.
212-255-403

Ryan Adams
“Fourteen albums into his career, Mr. Adams reasserted himself as one of the most elegant singer-songwriters of his generation with his recent self-titled album, one that matched spacious rock hymnals with pedal-steel rootsiness. Whatever esoteric directions he may take (the recent rock opera “III/IV” comes to mind), he can still floor his audience whenever he feels like being sincere.” (StaceyAnderson – NYT)
Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 West 34th St.
800-745-3000 / ticketmaster.com
Saturday at 7 p.m.; Sunday at 8 p.m./ $49.50 to $80.

editor’s note: a 2nd hard drive failure in 7 months (what’s going on here Apple!) requires a reduction in daily event info on this site until the hardware issues have been resolved. while we use borrowed equipment and until further notice, the daily “Fab 5″ is now the “Top 3″. we look forward to restoring full service next week.

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♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity (pop. 8.4 million) had 54 million visitors last year and quality shows draw crowds. Try to reserve seats in advance, even if just on day of performance.
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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 – my fave is Ovest on W 27th St., where the aperitivo is like Happy Hour on steroids.

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. ==========================================================

For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in the right Sidebar dated (11/14) and (11/12).
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