Selected Events (03/31) + Today’s Featured Neighborhood: Midtown West

Today’s “Fab 5″+1/ Selected NYCity Events – TUESDAY, MAR. 31, 2015
“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.”

“Rumours” – a tribute to Fleetwood Mac   Pop / Rock     (7pm)     

America’s Test Kitchen LIVE!   Special Event  (8pm)   

Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks   –  Jazz   (8-11pm)    

“Public Eye: 175 Years of Sharing Photography”  –  
Gallery Exhibition    (10am-6pm)    [FREE]

Intelligence Squared    —   SmartStuff/ Debate   (6:45pm)      

For other useful and curated NYCity event info for Manhattan’s WestSide:

♦ “9 Notable Events-Mar.”, and “Top10 Free” in the header above.
♦ For NYCity trip planning see links in “Resources” and “Smart Stuff” in the header above.
♦ For NYCity Sights, Sounds and Stories visit out our sister site: nyc123blog.wordpress.com
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“Rumours” – a tribute to Fleetwood Mac
Head to the Bitter End to hear two dozen musicians play the entire classic 1977 album, and other hits from their historic career.
To benefit the Foundation Fighting Blindness and their annual NYC Vision Walk.
Bitter End, 147 Bleecker St.
7pm / $10 suggested donation – all proceeds directly to Foundation Fighting Blindness

America’s Test Kitchen LIVE!
“Go behind the scenes at “America’s Test Kitchen LIVE!” as you tour the set (imported from its home outside of Boston), learn about how recipes and equipment are rated, perform taste and smell tests and relive the show’s top moments.” (METRO)
The Town Hall, 123 W. 43rd St. (btw 6 ave/broadway)
8 p.m./ $40-$101

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

“Public Eye: 175 Years of Sharing Photography”
“Thanks to the development of new technology and social media, more photographs are created, viewed, and shared today than ever before. “Public Eye: 175 Years of Sharing Photography,” is curated to take advantage of this moment; to reframe the way we look at photographs from the past.” (dnainfo.com)
New York Public Library, Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street, Midtown.
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. / FREE.
Free public tours of the exhibition are available at 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Intelligence Squared
“Up for a debate? Here’s a topic: Does the president have a constitutional right to wage a long-term military campaign against the Islamic State? Intelligence Squared brings together two people to argue that yes, the president does, as well as two to say he doesn’t. On Team Yes we have Gene Healy, a vice president at the Cato Institute, and Deborah Pearlstein, a professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. On Team No, Philip Bobbitt, a professor at Columbia Law School, and Jake Sullivan, a lecturer at Yale Law School.” (NYT)
Miller Theater, Broadway at 116th Street, Morningside Heights,
At 6:45 p.m. /
212-854-7799 / intelligencesquaredus.org.

Celebrate 31: $1.31 Scoops on March 31
Baskin-Robbins scoops are $1.31 all day! We’re celebrating our iconic 31 with a sweet deal on the 31st of March, May, July, August, October and December.

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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, with a population of  8.4 million, had a record 56 million visitors last year and was TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2015.  Quality shows draw crowds. Try to reserve seats in advance, even if just on day of performance.
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A PremierPub / Midtown West.

Russian Vodka Room / 265 W 52nd St (btw 7th/8th ave)

Sure, you could travel to Minsk or even Brighton Beach, for an authentic Russian experience, but why bother. On those days when you feel you must wash down your dish of kasha with a few glasses of icy, cold vodka, the Russian Vodka Room will definitely satisfy your urge.

From the outside this place looks a bit drab, and with no windows, a bit mysterious. Midtown tourists walk right by on their way to see “Jersey Boys”, just down the block.

lThose in the know enter a secret hideaway, a dimly lit front room with soft jazz playing – a perfect spot for an illicit late-night rendezvous, or maybe a meet-up with your Russian spy handler, but that’s later in the evening. Early in the evening the large U-shaped bar fills with the after work happy hour crowd, a group made very happy by the much reduced prices.

Their website says: “Welcome Comrades”. Of course, this welcome focuses on dozens of different vodkas, including their own special infusions, which marinate in giant, clear glass jugs visible around the room. The large vodka martinis ensure that you won’t confuse this place with your mother’s Russian Tea Room.

But man does not live by vodka alone. Eat some food, especially the tapa like appetizers. Be decadent and try the cheese blintzes with chocolate, or try a main dish like beef stroganoff with kasha.

Your best bet is to go on a night when the piano man is playing. This guy, who looks like he has eaten a lot of those cheese blintzes, plays five nights a week from 7 to 12 (no Mondays and Thursdays). When the piano man is playing American pop tunes, and you are at the crowded, dimly lit bar testing the horseradish infused vodka, that’s when the RVR shines.

It’s the kind of place where the noise gets louder and the crowd gets happier as the happy hour goes on. I’m generally a beer guy, but I like to come here with a group of friends. We find a table in the back room near the piano man; we eat, and we drink vodka ‘till it hurts (and it will hurt).

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Website: http://www.russianvodkaroom.com/
Phone #: 212-307-5835
Hours: 4pm-2am; Fri-Sun closes 4am (that could be trouble)
Happy Hour: 4-7pm every day
$4 shots infused vodka (2oz), $5 cosmos; $4 czech draft beer
Music: FR-SU; TU-WE / 7pm-12am
Subway: #1 to 50th St.
Walk 2 blk N. on B’way to 52nd St.; 1 blk W. to RVR
Confusingly, the Russian Samovar is right across the street, on the S. side of 52nd St.
The RVR, your destination, is on the N. side of 52nd St.
Update: music now includes a sax player with a younger, trimmer piano man. “tiny” we miss you.

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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 (03/30) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s “Fab 5″/ Selected NYCity Events – MONDAY, MAR. 30, 2015
“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 Flower Show   Special Event     (1pm)     [FREE]

Eunbi Kim’s “re: last night”   Classical   (7:30pm)   

Elizabeth Warren: A Fighting Chance   –  SmartStuff/ Book Talk   (7pm)    

Women’s Jazz Festival  –  Jazz   (7pm)    

“Songbook”   —   Musical Theater   (6pm)      [FREE]

For other useful and curated NYCity event info for Manhattan’s WestSide:

♦ “9 Notable Events-Mar.”, and “Top10 Free” in the header above.
♦ For NYCity trip planning see links in “Resources” and “Smart Stuff” in the header above.
♦ For NYCity Sights, Sounds and Stories visit out our sister site: nyc123blog.wordpress.com
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Macy’s Flower Show (through April 4)
“This two-week floral display titled “Art in Bloom” features ceiling-to-floor greenery, fresh blooms as well as free workshops including terrarium making and floral design.” (TONY)

“For two weeks, the clothing and accessories at Macy’s won’t be the only colorful items on display by the iconic department store. Outside in Broadway Plaza, beautifully bright floral arrangements will announce this year’s Macy’s Flower Show. Check macys.com for updates. Expect live music, kids’ activities and various “bouquets of the day” throughout the show.” (NYCGO)

“Get a taste of spring while shopping till you drop at the 2015 Macy’s Flower Show at Macy’s Herald Square. This year’s theme is Art in Bloom. Join expert designers from H.BLOOM floral service at 1pm as they teach you how to turn flowers into a work of art. H.BLOOM believes flowers are living art, and take great care in delivering beautiful installations to businesses and individuals across the country. During this seminar, you will learn how to create artistic pieces of Pop Art from Spring’s seasonal flowers.”(flavorpill.com)

Eunbi Kim’s “re: last night”
Directed by Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR)
Performed by pianist Eunbi Kim, is a program of classical and contemporary solo piano works. Inspired by the email subject line “re: last night” on a crowded NYC subway, the program is influenced by dreams and delirium and celebrates these states of “in-between-ness” through a program of left-field music inspired by night and late-night conversations.

This program includes contemporary jazz-infused works from composers Fred Hersch, William Albright, Nikolai Kapustin, Toby Twining, and a commissioned work for piano and recorded voices by eminent composer Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR), who also serves as director for this thought-provoking performance.
(le) Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St.
7:30 PM / $15 + $20
(212) 505-3474

Elizabeth Warren: A Fighting Chance / Author Event
Senator Elizabeth Warren will be appearing in support of her book A Fighting Chance.
An unlikely political star tells the inspiring story of the two-decade journey that taught her how Washington really works — and really doesn’t.
Barnes & Noble, Union Square, 33 East 17th St.
7:00 PM /A limited number of wristbands to attend this event will be available with the purchase of the paperback edition of A Fighting Chance beginning at 10:00 am on March 30. Only one copy and wristband per customer.
212-253-0810

Women’s Jazz Festival
Catherine Russell & Lakecia Benjamin

Jazz and blues vocalist Catherine Russell, a native of New York City, was born with distinctive bloodlines. Her father was Luis Russell, the renowned big-band leader who was born in Panama, and lived in New Orleans and New York City. He was a groundbreaking vintage jazzman — a pianist, composer/arranger, and most prominently, the music director for Louis Armstrong in the mid-’40s. Her mother is Carline Ray, a veteran jazz bassist, vocalist, graduate of the Julliard and Manhattan Schools of Music, and famous for performing with the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, Mary Lou Williams, and Wynton Marsalis, among many others.

Charismatic and dynamic saxophonist/bandleader Lakecia Benjamin, who has played with Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, The Roots and Macy Gray, takes center stage in her own right with the release of her unconventional soul/funk album, RETOX, on Motéma Music. Though her own music is immersed in the vintage sounds of James Brown, Maceo Parker, Sly and the Family Stone and the Meters as well as classic jazz, Benjamin’s soaring, dance floor-friendly grooves take the classic vibe to a whole new level.
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard
7:00pm / $30
212-491-2200

“Songbook” hosted by John Znidarsic
“Here’s a chance to get a glimpse of the future of Broadway as up-and-coming performers sing songs written by the next generation of composer-songwriters. Musical-theater geek John Znidarsic has been hosting this series for more than 20 years; you might walk out with more than one future hit in your mind.” (seniorplanet)
New York Library of the Performing Arts, Bruno Walter Auditorium,
40 Lincoln Center Plaza
6pm / FREE

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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, with a population of  8.4 million, had a record 56 million visitors last year and was TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2015.  Quality shows draw crowds. Try to reserve seats in advance, even if just on 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 is a current exhibition that TimeOutNY recommends:
“Santu Mofokeng: A Metaphorical Biography” (through May 23)
Photojournaism becomes art.
image-1“Since 2011, the New York outpost of Germany’s Walther Collection has been an important showcase for modern and contemporary African photography. Case in point: this excellent minisurvey of the work of Santu Mofokeng, titled, “A Metaphorical Biography.” It positions him as both a photojournalist and an artist concerned with questions of meaning and representation. Born in Johannesburg in 1956, Mofokeng began his professional career in the mid-1980s as a member of the photo agency Afrapix. In the turbulent decade leading up to apartheid’s end, he produced photo essays on South African townships, offering a more complex view of their inhabitants’ lives than the coverage found in the global media.

During the 1990s Mofokeng began to collect late-19th- and early-20th-century studio portraits of middle-class black South Africans. These became his 1997 slide show, The Black Photo Album/Look at Me: 1890–1950, in which intertitles provide biographical information on some of the subjects, while also questioning what their real-life experiences might have been.” (Anne Doran)
The Walther Collection, 526 W 26th St. (btw 10/11 ave)
We-Su // 11am-6pm

Here is a current exhibition that the NYT recommends:
‘In the Studio: Paintings’ (through April 18)
17d6946bae1033fb2fe56449722c3200“Organized by a veteran scholar and curator of modern art, this show roams across several centuries and between academic and advanced, well-known and rarely-seen. Full of gems and telling juxtapositions, it explores the studio as subject, beloved sanctuary, container for art and stand-in for the artist. Do not miss it. Gagosian Gallery, 522 West 21st Street, Chelsea, 212-741-1717, gagosian.com.” (Smith)

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.

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 tasty selection of FREE appetizers (M-F, 5-8pm).

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For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right Sidebar dated 03/28 and 03/26.

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Selected Events (03/29) + Today’s Featured Neighborhood: Times Square/ Theater District

Today’s “Fab 5″/ Selected NYCity Events – SUNDAY, MAR. 29, 2015
“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.”

Total Vocal     A Capella Music   (2pm)   

Christian McBride Big Band  –  Jazz   (8pm)   

An Afternoon with AMC’s Mad Men’s Matthew Weiner   –  
SmartStuff/ Conversation   (4pm)     

Michele Rosewoman’s New Yor-Uba  –  Jazz   (7:30pm)    (9:30pm)

“Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955–1980″   –
SmartStuff/ Museum   (10:30am-5:30pm)

For other useful and curated NYCity event info for Manhattan’s WestSide:

♦ “9 Notable Events-Mar.”, and “Top10 Free” in the header above.
♦ For NYCity trip planning see links in “Resources” and “Smart Stuff” in the header above.
♦ For NYCity Sights, Sounds and Stories visit out our sister site: nyc123blog.wordpress.com
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Total Vocal
Distinguished Concerts International NY presents Total Vocal, a celebration of contemporary a cappella music featuring arrangements from Pitch Perfect, The Sing-Off, and the American pop lexicon. The performance includes Special Guest Artists “Barden Bellas” Kelley Jackle and Shelley Regner from the movie Pitch Perfect, Youtube vocal sensation Peter Hollens and is conducted and hosted by Deke Sharon, a pioneer of the contemporary a cappella genre.
Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Ave at 57th St.
2:00pm / $20-$100
212-247-7800

Christian McBride Big Band
“Even after winning the Grammy for their 2011 album, “The Good Feeling,” appearances by this exuberant modern jazz big band are regrettably rare and, more surprisingly, the group has yet release a follow-up album. Which is a shame, since the album boasts one expressively swinging number after another, both in terms of new originals and fresh takes on jazz standards, like Mr. McBride’s unique solo feature on the Basie favorite “Broadway.” The band features several other star players, including saxists Ron Blake, Steve Wilson and Antonio Hart (the latter two, on alto, will be alternating nights), and the stylish vocalist Melissa Walker, but the real attraction is the ensemble itself.” (WSJ)
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Broadway at 60th St., Fifth Floor,
(212) 258-9595

An Afternoon with AMC’s Mad Men’s Matthew Weiner
Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner discusses how his hit television series became not just the story of the rise of advertising, but of a generation of Jews coming into their own in post-war America.

Presented in conjunction with the Museum’s new exhibition Designing Home: Jews and Midcentury Modernism.
Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Place
4:00pm / $25
646-437-4202 / http://www.mjhnyc.org

Michele Rosewoman’s New Yor-Uba
“Ms. Rosewoman is a pianist and composer whose great guiding purpose, over the last few decades, has been a synthesis of modern jazz and ancient Afro-Cuban folklore. This weekend she presents “Alabanza,” a piece that had its recent premiere in Havana, with her group New Yor-Uba, which includes the percussionists Román Díaz and Mauricio Herrera, the saxophonist Roman Filiu, the trumpeter Ingrid Jensen and the drummer Tyshawn Sorey.” (Chinen-NYT)
At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.,
Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 60th St. and Broadway,
212-258-9595, jazz.org.

“Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955–1980″
“Opening Sunday at MoMA is “Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955–1980,” a new exhibition celebrating the 60th anniversary of “Latin American Architecture since 1945” a landmark survey of modern architecture in Latin America shown by MoMA in 1955. This new show brings together architectural drawings, models, vintage photographs, and film clips rarely exhibited, even in their home countries.” (dnainfo.com)
MoMA, 11 W. 53rd St., (btw 5/6 ave), Midtown.
10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. / $25.

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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 a record 56 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. (Btw 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 NYCity 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. (Btw 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 a bit less of the insane lines that you find at the Madison Sq. Park location. Worth the wait.

Xi’an Famous Foods - 24 W45th St. (Btw 5th/6th ave)
Try to avoid long lunch lines. Order lamb hand ripped noodles and warm your insides at one of the tables in the back. You’ll return, just remember that even mild is pretty spicy.
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“3 Good Eating places” focuses on a quick bite, what I call “Fine Fast Food – NYCity Style”
This covers a wide range of food – the traditional pizza, burgers, & hot dogs; but also food trucks & carts, soup & sandwiches, picnic fixins’, raw bars & lobster rolls, bbq, vegetarian / falafel, ramen, chopped salad & salad bars. No reservations needed.
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◊ For all my picks of 54 Good Eating places, with expanded descriptions, maps with contact info, and essays on my favorite 18 PremierPubs in 9 Neighborhoods on Manhattan’s WestSide order a copy of my e-book:
“Eating and Drinking on NYCity’s WestSide” ($3.99, available Summer 2015).
◊ Order before May 31, 2015 and receive a bonus – 27 of my favorite casual dining places with free Wi-Fi.
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Selected Events (03/28) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s 5th Avenue

Today’s “Fab 5″+1/ Selected NYCity Events – SATURDAY, MAR. 28, 2015
“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.”

Goethe-Institut New York     Multidisciplinary OpenHouse   (2pm-11pm)   [FREE]

Les Délices: Myths & Allegories  –  Opera   (8pm)   

New Directors/New Films   –  Film Festival   (3:45pm)     

Paquito D’Rivera: Around the Americas –  Jazz   (8pm)     

Björk   — Pop/Rock   (12pm)

Conversation: “Inside Out: Piper Kerman and Joe Loya”   –
SmartStuff/ Conversation   (2pm)

For other useful and curated NYCity event info for Manhattan’s WestSide:

♦ “9 Notable Events-Mar.”, and “Top10 Free” in the header above.
♦ For NYCity trip planning see links in “Resources” and “Smart Stuff” in the header above.
♦ For NYCity Sights, Sounds and Stories visit out our sister site: nyc123blog.wordpress.com
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Goethe-Institut New York
Grand Reopening Open House / Daylong Party
imagesJoin us for our Grand Reopening at 30 Irving Place including mini language lessons, the Germany Unwrapped exhibition, library tours, silent film screenings, and a big party in the evening. Our new home features a versatile and inviting space, with a library and reading room that functions as a community gathering space. The event space will host lectures, performances, film screenings, art installations, exhibitions, and panel discussions. The flexible venue offers opportunities for a broad spectrum of activities and provides a forum for German-American exchange in New York.

One more thing: FREE beer and German pretzels! and raffles for a two-week trip to Germany and a language course.
Goethe-Institut New York, 30 Irving Place: Fourth Floor
2:00pm – 11pm / FREE
goethe.de for a full listing of events

Les Délices: Myths & Allegories
imgresThe shipwrecked hero Ulysses is the inspiration for this encore performance by Les Délices, with special guest soprano Clara Rottsalk. Selections from Jean-Féry Rebel’s little-known opera Ulysse provide the centerpiece, with a focus on a love triangle between the witch Circe, Ulysses, and his wife Penelope. Works by Thomas-Louis Bourgeois and Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre—a child prodigy, and the first French woman ever to composer an opera—allow Les Délices to showcase a range of styles, as well as their own far-reaching talents.
Miller Theatre, 2960 Broadway at 116th St.
8:00pm / $30 – $45
212-854-7799

New Directors/New Films (last 2 days!)
“Co-curated by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art, this yearly festival celebrates the most innovative voices in filmmaking. Now in its 44th year, the festival has helped ignite countless careers, including those of Pedro Almodóvar, Spike Lee, Steven Spielberg, Darren Aronofsky and Wong Kar-wai.

Explore new works by the next generation of auteurs, including France’s Sarah Leonor (The Great Man), Ukraine’s Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy (The Tribe) and the United States’ very own Charles Poekel (Christmas, Again) and Rick Alverson (Entertainment).”(nycgo.com)

The Festival started Mar 18 and ends tomorrow.
Today: “Court” 3:45pm / Museum of Modern Art, Titus Theater 1

court1000_2_ (1) 2“Fans of legal procedural dramas like “Law & Order” will find much to enjoy in this trenchant film from India. It turns the carefully unfolding story of a wrongfully accused singer-activist into a 360-degree view of the country and its class and gender-derived distinctions, from slums and nightclubs up to the family vacation spots preferred by judges. In Hindi and English, with subtitles.” (seniorplanet.org)

One of the features that makes this festival unique is the extended Q&A available after most screenings with the director and cast.
FilmSocietyLincolnCenterfilmlinc.com
MoMAmoma.org
$16

Paquito D’Rivera: Around the Americas
search“Jazz was born in New Orleans, but at the same the time that music was traveling to Chicago, New York and Kansas City, it was also heading south toward Havana, Rio, Mexico City, and Buenos Aires. This weekend, the Cuban saxophonist and NEA Jazz Master Paquito D’Rivera follows the footsteps of jazz in a journey across the Americas. For this cross-continental, island-hopping tour, Mr. D’Rivera will be joined by two distinct ensembles, a contemporary jazz group with multi-brassman Diego Urcola, pianist Alex Brown, bassist Oscar Stagnaro, and percussionists Mark Walker and Pernell Saturnino, as well as a band of visitors from the Old World, the Galicia-based Quinteto Cimarron, who will join Mr. D’Rivera on “Aires Tropicales,” a sumptuous chamber work for clarinet and strings.” (WSJ)
Rose Hall, Broadway at 60th St., Fifth Floor,
At 8 p.m. /
212-721-6500, jazz.org.

Björk (also Wednesday)
imgres-1“It is startling to hear Björk — an artist who specializes in mercurial, brilliant electro-symphonics and opaquely cerebral lyrics — expose her heart so thoroughly on her morose new album, “Vulnicura.” Yet when this Icelandic star poses the devastating question “Did I love you too much?/Devotion bent me broken,” on the song “Black Lake” — over heavy, elegiac strings; warped voices; and fractured synth production from the upstart talent Arca — she creates her finest art in a decade. Her sorrow is terrible and gorgeous.” (Anderson – NYT)
Saturday at noon, Wednesday at 8 p.m.,
City Center, 131 West 55th St.
212-581-1212, nycitycenter.org.

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:
Conversation: “Inside Out: Piper Kerman and Joe Loya”
S1Cast“Orange is the New Black” creator piper kerman talks with joe loya, with her formerly incarcerated pen pal who encouraged her to write about her prison experiences, and author of the man who outgrew his prison cell.” (skint.com)

In 2004, during her year in prison, Piper Kerman began a correspondence with a total stranger, Joe Loya, who had served seven years in prison for bank robberies, and who survived two years in solitary confinement through reading and writing. Loya’s memoir, The Man Who Outgrew His Prison Cell, was published that year to critical acclaim, and he was featured in the 2007 documentary Protagonist, by Oscar-winner Jessica Yu.

During and after serving her sentence, Loya encouraged Kerman to write with honesty and humor about her experiences and without regard for established ways of thinking about crime, punishment, and prison. Orange Is the New Black, Kerman’s 2010 book about her year of incarceration, has been adapted by Jenji Kohan into the award-winning Netflix series of the same name. Join Kerman and Loya for a conversation about memoir, prison narratives, and the life-saving and life-changing power of storytelling.
Brooklyn Museum, Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium, 3rd Floor
2pm / free with museum admission ($16 general, $10 students/seniors)

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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 a record 56 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 Fifth Avenue
(See the New York Times Arts Section for listings of all museum exhibitions,
and also see the expanded reviews of these exhibitions)

Metropolitan Museum of Art:
‘Reimagining Modernism: 1900-1950’ (continuing)
One of the greatest encyclopedic museums in the world fulfills its mission a little more with an ambitious reinstallation of works of early European modernism with their American counterparts for the first time in nearly 30 years. Objects of design and paintings by a few self-taught artists further the integration. It is quite a sight, with interesting rotations and fine-tunings to come. 212-535-7710, metmuseum.org.” (Smith)

‘Ennion: Master of Roman Glass’ (through April 13)
Ennion_DIGITAL_Poster_111814“Active sometime between A.D. 1 and A.D. 50, Ennion is the first known artisan to produce mold-blown glass: objects made by blowing bubbles of molten glass into patterned molds. His elegant cups, bowls, beakers, jugs and flasks decorated with geometric and botanical motifs were sought after by wealthy Romans and traded throughout the Mediterranean world. Today only about 50 to 55 Ennion pieces are known to have survived. This exhibition presents 22 of them, along with fragments of two others. 212-535-7710, metmuseum.org.” (Johnson)

‘Thomas Hart Benton’s “America Today” Mural Rediscovered’ (through April 19)
THB_FeaturedThe prickly American Regionalist Thomas Hart Benton had his share of detractors. But even they would probably acknowledge that his early mural “America Today” is the best of its kind, a raucous, cartwheeling, wide-angle look at 1920s America that set the standard for the Works Progress Administration’s mural program and has remained a New York City treasure. Now installed at the Met in a reconstruction of its original setting (a boardroom at the New School for Social Research), it captivates with period details (from the cut of a flapper gown to the mechanics of a blast furnace) and timely signs of socioeconomic and environmental distress (exhausted coal miners and hands reaching for coffee and bread). 212-535-7710, metmuseum.org. (Rosenberg)

Neue Galerie:
‘Egon Schiele: Portraits’ (through April 20)
zakovsek_1“Of the approximately 125 items in this terrific show, there are only 11 oil paintings, which is a good thing. Except for a large picture of his wife, Edith, in a colorful striped dress, Schiele’s works on canvas are dark and turgid. But his drawings are nimble and nuanced. Working on paper with pencil, charcoal, ink, gouache, watercolor and crayons, he portrayed himself and others with infectious avidity. There’s hardly a single sheet here that doesn’t warrant close looking for its virtuoso draftsmanship and psychological acuity. 1048 Fifth Avenue, at 86th Street, 212-628-6200, neuegalerie.org. “(Johnson)

Guggenheim Museum:
Guggenheim Museum: ‘On Kawara — Silence’ (through May 3)
The first retrospective of this Conceptual Art giant turns the museum’s spiral into a vortex suffused with the consciousness of time, life’s supreme ruler, in all its quotidian daily unfoldings, historical events and almost incomprehensible grandeur. The presentation of date paintings, “I Got Up” postcards and “I AM Still Alive” telegrams echoes Mr. Kawara’s exquisite sense of discipline and craft. This is an extraordinary tribute. 1071 Fifth Avenue, at 89th Street, 212-423-3500, guggenheim.org. (Smith)

Kandinsky Before Abstraction, 1901–1911 (through spring 2015)
ex_Kandinsky_Landscape-near-Murnau-with-Locomotive_490Early 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.

Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum (continuing):
rendering-3The stately doors of the 1902 Andrew Carnegie mansion, home to the Cooper Hewitt, are open again after an overhaul and expansion of the premises. Historic house and modern museum have always made an awkward fit, a standoff between preservation and innovation, and the problem remains, but the renovation has brought a wide-open new gallery space, a cafe and a raft of be-your-own-designer digital enhancements. Best of all, more of the museum’s vast permanent collection is now on view, including an Op Art weaving, miniature spiral staircases, ballistic face masks and a dainty enameled 18th-century version of a Swiss knife. Like design itself, this institution is built on tumult and friction, and you feel it. 2 East 91st Street, at Fifth Avenue, 212-849-8400, cooperhewitt.org. (Cotter)

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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 03/26 and 03/24.
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Selected Events (03/27) + Today’sFeaturedNeighborhood: WestVillage

Today’s “Fab 5″/ Selected NYCity Events – FRIDAY, MAR. 27, 2015
“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.”

The Tempest Songbook     Multidisciplinary Project   (7pm)   

‘Maciste all’inferno’  –  Film + Live Music   (7:30pm)   

Trio 3  –  Jazz     (8:30pm)     (10:30pm)

Affordable Art Fair  –  Art   (11am)     

Matsuri 2015 – Columbia Japan Society   —  Special Event    (4pm)      [FREE]

For other useful and curated NYCity event info for Manhattan’s WestSide:

♦ “9 Notable Events-Mar.”, and “Top10 Free” in the header above.
♦ For NYCity trip planning see links in “Resources” and “Smart Stuff” in the header above.
♦ For NYCity Sights, Sounds and Stories visit out our sister site: nyc123blog.wordpress.com
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The Tempest Songbook (through March 29)
Singing and dancing up a storm.
“The Gotham Chamber Opera, the Martha Graham Dance Company and Shakespeare — the mix of ingredients alone is enough to make culture lovers drool over their programs. Add in the location (the Metropolitan Museum of Art) and The Tempest Songbook has the makings of a delectable piece of performance art.

This multidisciplinary project integrates two musical pieces on the same Shakespearean theme: “incidental music” composed in 1695 and attributed to Henry Purcell and Kaija Saariaho’s 2004 Tempest Songbook for soprano, baritone and period instrument ensemble. Creating a lyrical vision through dance, movement and song, The Tempest Songbook explores Shakespeare’s final, brilliantly ambiguous play. Be there for this exciting world premiere at the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium.” (goldstar.com)
Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
at 82nd St. 1000 Fifth Avenue
212-535-7710 /
7pm / $30-$125
goldstar.com: “get tickets to the tempest songbook, a premiere from gotham chamber opera + martha graham dance co. at the metropolitan museum of art for $18-40 (plus ticket fees, reg. $30-125).”

‘Maciste all’inferno’ (Maciste in Hell)
thumb“How many movies made 90 years ago still have the power to shock and disturb us? Guido Brignone’s “Maciste all’inferno” (1926) is a silent Italian masterpiece of good and evil, flesh and the devil, heaven and hell that puts everything up on the screen and makes Dante’s “Inferno” look like a Disney cartoon.

Trumpeter and composer Steven Bernstein will premiere his original score to that silent film on Friday evening, with his quartet Sex Mob, co-starring saxophonist Briggan Krauss, bassist Tony Scherr and drummer Kenny Wollesen. This new project makes for a copacetic counterpart to the group’s latest album, “Sex Mob Plays Fellini,” since “Maciste all’inferno” is the film that inspired the young Fellini to become a director.” (WSJ)
Symphony Space, Peter Jay Sharp Theatre, 2537 Broadway at 95th St.
7:30pm /
(212) 864-5400

Trio 3 (through Sunday)
trio-3“The alto saxophonist Oliver Lake, the bassist Reggie Workman and the drummer Andrew Cyrille are esteemed veterans of the avant-garde, and as the collective Trio 3, they share an agenda of rugged epiphany. They have released recent albums featuring an array of impressive pianists, but this run at the Village Vanguard has no billed guests, which isn’t at all a problem.” (Chinen-NYT)
At 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. / $30
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village
212-255-4037, villagevanguard.com.

Affordable Art Fair (through Mar 29)
“Upgrade your apartment without downgrading your wallet at this year’s Affordable Art Fair, which, as the title confirms, allows you to check out (and possibly buy) fine art from more than 70 different galleries. For an $18 ticket, you can shop original paintings, drawings, photographs and sculptures from more than 50 galleries, priced at $100 to $10,000. Now you can upgrade your flat without downgrading your wallet.” (TONY)
Metropolitan Pavillion, 125 W 18th St.,(btw 6/7 ave) Chelsea,
11am. $18, after dark $30
Senior and students $10
212-463-0200 / affordableartfair.com

Matsuri 2015 – Columbia Japan Society
imgresMatsuri is CJS’s largest annual event, and it is meant to reflect the tradition of holding a Japanese spring festival. The event is open to both the Columbia community and the surrounding neighborhood. There will be a variety of food vendors and crafts booths, as well as several stage performances, that will represent various aspects of Japanese culture.

Columbia University, Low Plaza
4pm-8pm / FREE

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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 a record 56 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 (03/26) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

Today’s “Fab 5″/ Selected NYCity Events – THURSDAY, MAR. 26, 2015
“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.”

Lot’s of good FREE events today!

Dorothy Parker Night     SmartStuff/ Conversation   (5:30pm)   [FREE]

Lew Tabackin  –  Jazz    (9pm)   

The Heath Quartet play Beethoven and Janacek  –  
Classical Music  (7:30pm)  [FREE]

Music and Activism: New York’s Folk Music Revival  –  
SmartStuff/ Lecture   (5pm)     [FREE]

Spices and Seasons, Simple, Sustainable Indian Flavors   —
SmartStuff/ Lecture    (6:30pm)      [FREE]

For other useful and curated NYCity event info for Manhattan’s WestSide:

♦ “9 Notable Events-Mar.”, and “Top10 Free” in the header above.
♦ For NYCity trip planning see links in “Resources” and “Smart Stuff” in the header above.
♦ For NYCity Sights, Sounds and Stories visit out our sister site: nyc123blog.wordpress.com
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Dorothy Parker Night
dramabookshop2015_3“Toast the woman who was the talk of the town in the Roaring Twenties, Dorothy Parker. “If I were to tell you the plot of the piece, in detail, you would feel that the only honorable thing for you to do would be to marry me,” she wrote, along with, “Miss Dorothy Mackaye’s best moments were those when she was off stage.” When Broadway had 80 theaters and more than 200 shows opened annually, Dorothy Parker was the only female critic. Beginning in 1918 with Vanity Fair when she was 24, Parker dished up devastating and groundbreaking reviews of the Barrymores, George M. Cohan, W.C. Fields, Eugene O’Neill and the Ziegfeld Follies.

Join Kevin C. Fitzpatrick, editor of Dorothy Parker Complete Broadway, 1918-1923, the first full collection of Parker’s theater reviews. He’s president of the Dorothy Parker Society and will host a free talk, reading and speakeasy-style toast to the pioneering critic and writer. Free cocktails supplied by the New York Distilling Company, makers of Dorothy Parker American Gin. See Broadway’s past through the eyes of one of New York’s greatest observers, the inimitable Dorothy Parker.” (ThoughtGallery.org)
Drama Book Shop, 250 W. 40th St. (btw 7/8 ave)
at 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm / FREE
212-944-0595

Lew Tabackin
lew“A rough-and-ready tenor player thoroughly conversant with the formative styles of the swing-to-bop saxophone masters, Tabackin is also a silken-toned flutist with a virtuosic bent. He celebrates his seventy-fifth birthday on March 26, in the company of special guests, including his wife, Toshiko Akiyoshi, the noteworthy pianist and composer whose admired but sadly dormant big band spotlighted her husband as a featured soloist, and Stefán Ragnar Höskuldsson, principal flutist with the Met Orchestra.” (NewYorker)
Mezzrow, 163 W. 10th St.
Mezzrow Jazz Club is located on the NE corner of West 10th Street and 7th ave in the basement of 163 West 10th street.  We are easy to miss so look carefully!
9pm / $20
mezzrow.com.

The Heath Quartet play Beethoven and Janacek
JANÁČEK: String Quartet No. 2 (“Intimate Letters”)
BEETHOVEN: String Quartet in C-sharp minor, Op. 131
“It was lovely to hear playing that had a genuine intimacy about it…they‘re clearly a group with a big future.”—Gramophone

2015-03-26-Heath1Presented in collaboration with Lincoln Center’s Great Performers.
David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, 61 W 62 St.
(btw Columbus/Broadway Ave.)
at 7:30 / FREE Thursdays
get there early, no later than 7PM, if you want to get in what is a small performance space.
212-875-5350 / atrium.lincolncenter.org

Music and Activism: New York’s Folk Music Revival of the 1950s & 60s
Speaker: Dr. Stephen Petrus
Greenwich Village’s folk music revival of the 1950s and 1960s was inextricably linked to the civil rights, anti-war, and antinuclear movements. Dr. Petrus will examine the connection between folk music and activism, and the strategies used to advance the causes of the southern freedom struggle and pacifism. It’s the scene that gave us Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and Dave Van Ronk, among many others.
Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave. at 103rd St
5:00pm / Free with RSVP
212-534-1672

Author @ the Library:
Spices and Seasons, Simple, Sustainable Indian Flavors, with Rinku Bhattacharya, a New York based food writer, cookbook author and cooking teacher.
This illustrated lecture explores the essential Indian spices and their health benefits and explains how to incorporate the Indian flavors in a practical and accessible manner, with an emphasis on seasonal eating and green living.
Mid-Manhattan Library, 5th Ave @ 40th St.
6:30 p.m. / FREE

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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 a record 56 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 Arts Section for listings of all museums,
and also to see the expanded reviews of these exhibitions)

Museum of Modern Art:
110523‘Jean Dubuffet: Soul of the Underground’ (through April 5) “Look at what lies at your feet!” Jean Dubuffet wrote in a 1957 essay. “A crack in the ground, sparkling gravel, a tuft of grass, some crushed debris, offer equally worthy subjects for your applause and admiration.” In MoMA’s stimulating show, drawn entirely from its collection, we can see how Dubuffet’s earthbound gaze nourished his reinvention of the painted surface. On view are several canvases smeared with a mixture of oil, putty, sand and gravel, some of them with incised drawings that seem to equate painting with plowing. 212-708-9400, moma.org. (Rosenberg)

116921‘The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World’(through April 5) Despite being predictable and market-oriented in its choice of 17 artists, this museum’s first painting survey in decades is well worth seeing. About half the artists are exceptional and the rest are represented by their best work. Based on the premise that all historical painting styles are equally available today, the exhibition has been smartly installed to juxtapose different approaches: figurative and abstract, digital and handmade, spare and opulent. 212-708-9400, moma.org. (Smith)

107568‘Modern Photographs from the Thomas Walther Collection, 1909-1949’ (through April 19) Overflowing with prints by Berenice Abbott, Andre Kertesz, Edward Weston and other luminaries from the first half of the 20th century, this exhibition would seem to be a straightforward look at photography’s past. But the show, packaged with a book, a symposium and an engrossing interactive website, is really a bold attempt to visualize the future of photography inside the museum as it reckons with the unwieldy, image-saturated culture outside the galleries. With works by Aleksandr Rodchenko, Ms. Abbott, Alvin Langdon Coburn and Laszlo Moholy-Nagy that explore cities from unusual angles or abstract their infrastructure, the show’s largest section, “Dynamics of the City,” best encapsulates the Walther Collection’s distinctly urban, peripatetic take on Modernism. 212-708-9400, moma.org. (Rosenberg)

Museum of Biblical Art:
timthumb‘Sculpture in the Age of Donatello: Renaissance Masterpieces From Florence Cathedral’ (through June 14) This terrific 23-piece show features three major works by the early Renaissance sculptor Donatello (1386-1466), including the life-size statue of a bald prophet known as “lo Zuccone” or “Pumpkin Head,” which is widely considered the sculptor’s greatest work. Along with a half-dozen other works by or attributed to Donatello are sculptures by Nanni di Banco (circa 1386-1421), Donatello’s main competitor, including his monumental representation in marble of St. Luke. With the addition of a series of octagonal marble reliefs by Luca della Robbia and wooden models of the Florence Cathedral’s enormous dome attributed to its designer, Filippo Brunelleschi, the exhibition amounts to a tightly cropped snapshot of the birth of the Renaissance. 1865 Broadway, at 61st Street, 212-408-1500, mobia.org. (Johnson)

New-York Historical Society:
selma‘Freedom Journey 1965: Photographs of the Selma to Montgomery March by Stephen Somerstein’ (through April 19) Almost 50 years ago, the picture editor of a campus newspaper at City College of New York assigned himself a breaking story: coverage of what promised to be a massive march in Alabama, led by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., to demand free-and-clear voting rights for African-Americans. On short notice the editor, Stephen Somerstein, grabbed his cameras, climbed on a bus, and headed south. The 55 pictures of black leaders and everyday people in this show, installed in a hallway and small gallery, are some that he shot that day. The image of Dr. King’s head seen in monumental silhouette that has become a virtual logo of the film “Selma” is based on a Somerstein original. 170 Central Park West, at 77th Street, 212-873-3400, nyhistory.org. (Cotter)

Rubin Museum of Art:
‘The All-Knowing Buddha: A Secret Guide’ (through April 13) This show presents 54 paintings that illustrate step-by-step instructions for followers of Tibetan Buddhism. Delicately painted on 10-by-10-inch paper sheets, most of the pages depict a monk having fabulous visions in a verdant landscape. Thought to have been commissioned by a Mongolian patron and executed by unidentified artists in a Chinese workshop sometime in the 18th century, it is a fascinating and remarkably thorough manual for seekers of higher consciousness. 150 West 17th Street, Chelsea, 212-620-5000,rubinmuseum.org. (Johnson)

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For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right Sidebar dated 03/24 and 03/22.

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Selected Events (03/25) + Today’s Featured Neighborhood: Tribeca

Today’s “Fab 5″/ Selected NYCity Events – WEDNESDAY, MAR. 25, 2015
“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.”

Colson Whitehead   SmartStuff/ Book Talk    (12pm)   

Paul Taylor’s American Modern Dance   –   Dance   (7pm) 

Jeffrey Deitch | Massimiliano Gioni  –   SmartStuff/ Conversation    (7pm)

Ms. Lauryn Hill    —   Pop / Rock      (8pm)

 Gary Hustwit   –   SmartStuff/ Book Talk    (7pm)  

For other useful and curated NYCity event info for Manhattan’s WestSide:

♦ “9 Notable Events-Mar.”, and “Top10 Free” in the header above.
♦ For NYCity trip planning see links in “Resources” and “Smart Stuff” in the header above.
♦ For NYCity Sights, Sounds and Stories visit out our sister site: nyc123blog.wordpress.com
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Colson Whitehead
“This writer joins the New York Public Library for its Books at Noon series to discusses his most recent work, “The Noble Hustle: Poker, Beef Jerky, and Death.” Mr. Whitehead, a Pulitzer Prize finalist and MacArthur Fellowship recipient, will recount how a magazine writing assignment led to his brief stint at the World Series of Poker.” (NYT)
New York Public Library, Main Building (with the Lions), 5th Avenue, 42nd St.
Books at Noon events are standing room only and take place under the center arch in historic Astor Hall. An audience Q&A and book-signing will follow each half-hour program. / FREE
917-275-6975, nypl.org/locations/schwarzman

Paul Taylor’s American Modern Dance (through Mar. 29)
“This season, the legendary choreographer includes works by Doris Humphrey and Shen Wei—but, mercifully, he’s also presenting 19 of his splendid dances.

Paul Taylor unveils his newest enterprise in its inaugural season. The three-week Lincoln Center engagement honors its founding principles: to present new and repertory Taylor works, mount classic and contemporary pieces by other choreographers and use live music. In addition to a variety of Taylor masterworks, the program includes the New York premiere of his Sea Lark and a premiere; the Limón Dance Company performs Doris Humphrey’s Passacaglia and Fugue in C Minor; and Shen Wei Dance Arts presents Wei’sRite of Spring. It’s all set to live music played by the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, conducted by Donald York.” (TONY)
Tonight: Passacaglia, Big Bertha, Troilus and Cressida (reduced) and Beloved Renegade.
NYS Theater (now DHK Theater) at Lincoln Center
7pm / $10-$175

LIVE FROM THE NYPL
Jeffrey Deitch | Massimiliano Gioni
On the occasion of the release of Jeffrey Deitch’s Live the Art, he and Massimiliano Gioni, artistic director of New York’s New Museum, will discuss the way art and its audiences have changed over the past fifteen years. Jeffery Deitch has been involved with modern and contemporary art for more than forty years as an artist, writer, curator, dealer, and advisor.
New York Public Library Main Building (with the lions) 5th Avenue, 42nd St.
7pm / $25
917-275-6975

Ms. Lauryn Hill 
“Ms. Hill seems to be warming to local showmanship; in recent years, she has had a handful of concerts at small clubs. Now she’ll perform a few acoustic sets at City Winery and Highline Ballroom, which may be more ideal settings for this talented singer and rapper: In his review of one of her outings last year, Jon Pareles lamented that she “was often buried in the mix of her band’s hyperactive funk.” (Anderson-NYT)
City Winery, 155 Varick Street, near Spring Street, South Village,
8pm / $ this may be a tough ticket, need to stub hub it.
212-608-0555, citywinery.com.

Gary Hustwit
“The filmmaker Gary Hustwit discusses his book “Helvetica/Objectified/Urbanized: The Complete Interviews,” a companion to his trilogy of documentaries about design. He will lead a panel with the designer Paula Scher, the type designer Tobias Frere-Jones, the industrial designer Karim Rashid, Smart Design founder Davin Stowell and the architecture expert Noah Chasin.” (NYT)
Strand Book Store, 828 Broadway, at 12th St.
7pm / buy a copy of Helvetica, Objectified, Urbanized: The Complete Interviews or a $15 Strand gift card in order to attend this event. The event will be located in the Strand’s 3rd floor Rare Book Room.
212-473-1452, strandbooks.com.

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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 a record 56 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))

b_flat4There 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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