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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Selected Events + Today’s Featured Neighborhood: Upper WestSide (11/21)

Today’s “TOP 3″/ Selected NYCity Events – FRIDAY, NOV. 21, 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.”

‘Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk’ (also Tuesday)
“The powerful soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek is riveting as Katerina, the oppressed, bored housewife who is the unlikely heroine of this bleakly satirical 1934 opera by Shostakovich. Katerina winds up taking a husky lover, killing her boorish father-in-law with some sautéed mushrooms laced with rat poison, and strangling her husband. Still, the opera asks you to sympathize with her as a despairing woman. Graham Vick’s 1994 production, an audacious and inventive modern staging, is back after 14 years. The whole cast is excellent. James Conlon conducts an incisive, brash and colorful performance.” (NYT-Tommasini)
At 7:30 p.m. / $25-$445
Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center,
212-362-6000, metopera.org

“MUSIC OF JOE HENDERSON” (through 11/22.)
“This late magisterial tenor saxophonist was also a superior composer, and a group uniting Henderson veterans, including the pianist Renee Rosnes, the bassist George Mraz, and the drummer Al Foster, pays tribute to him. They’ll be joined by the saxophonist Jimmy Greene and the trumpeter Randy Brecker to revisit such post-bop classics as “Isotope,” “Inner Urge,” and “Recorda Me.” (NewYorker)
Birdland, 315 W. 44th St.
212-581-3080.

BABY JANE DEXTER RETURNS WITH ‘RULES OF THE ROAD (PART 3)
“Baby Jane Dexter’s new show, Rules of the Road,(Part 3) debuts at THE  (34 West 22nd Street, NYC – 212-206-0440) for seven performances only beginning Friday, November 21st and running on Fridays, and Saturdays through December 27th. All shows at 7:00 pm. Sharing the stage will be her longtime Musical Director Ross Patterson. Rules of the Road (Part 3) is the latest emotionally empowering and highly-charged show from this influential and beloved cabaret artist who never disappoints.

Her shows are filled with memorable anecdotes, through song, from life and a brilliant performing career. Her totally unforgettable song choices have helped make her the local legend she remains today. This new 2014 show will include compelling songs by Rogers & Hammerstein, Cy Coleman & Peggy Lee and Peter Allen & Carol Bayer Sager, as well as songs by Leslie Bricusse, Billy Roy, Leiber & Stoller, Mike Scott, Randy Newman and John Bucchino. As always in her shows, there will be her trademark unexpected twists and turns that laugh at life as well as leaving her audiences emotionally moved. There is a $25 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.” (CabaretHotline)

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 soon.

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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 – Upper West Side

Dinosaur / 700 W125th St. @ 12th ave.

Walk only five minutes from the 125th St. station on the #1 line to find this authentic honky-tonk barbecue joint. Some folks think Dinosaur is just a place to eat ribs. Au contraire. With 24 carefully selected taps, this is a place to drink beer, and eat ribs.

HarlHostStandNo food goes better with American craft ales than American barbecue. Dinosaur may be the best combo of good beer drinking and hearty eating in town, which makes the trip uptown to West Harlem totally worthwhile.

This second incarnation of Dinosaur in Harlem is in a two story, old brick warehouse near the Hudson River. Don’t let that run down exterior fool you. Inside it’s a large space with huge, rough wooden columns and unfinished wooden floors and brick walls – just right for a bbq joint. As soon as you open the front door you are hit with that tantalizing aroma of barbecue coming from the large open kitchen. Reminds me of those great rib joints I frequented when stationed in North Carolina all those years ago. If your stomach wasn’t grumbling before, it is now.

Head to the bar, sit down and try to decide on a beer. It’s not an easy decision – a good problem to have. This is a pretty damn good beer list to choose from, one that most beer bars should be jealous of. I love that they feature NY craft beers. You may want to try the four beer sampler, which is always fun, and in this place may be necessary.

The blues music playing in the background will get you in the mood for their North Carolina style barbecue, and even when it’s a full house your order shouldn’t take too long (assuming you snagged a table). The food is all slow smoked, so it’s already mostly done and ready to go. I always start with an order of their giant, spice rubbed wings, so good they may make you give up Buffalo wings.

Unfortunately, a place this good does not fly under the radar. There can be some long waits for a table at dinnertime. So you need a strategy – avoid prime time, and try not to arrive with your entire posse, which will limit your seating options.

A seat at the bar, a small table in the bar area, or in the summer, an outside table underneath what’s left of the elevated West Side Highway, all may open before a table inside the main dining room. Otherwise, try Dinosaur for lunch, or come very late for dinner, maybe after a show at the nearby Cotton Club nightclub.

Website: http://www.dinosaurbarbque.com/
Phone #: 212-694-1777
Hours: Mo-Th 11:30am-11:00pm; Fr-Sa 11:30am-12:00am;
Su 12:00pm-10:00pm
Happy Hour: 4-7pm every day; $1 off all drinks
Music: Fri / Sat 10:30pm
Subway: #1 to 125th St.
Walk 2 blk W on 125th St. to Dinosaur Bar-B-Q,
just past the elevated highway.

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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 5th Avenue (11/20)

Today’s “TOP 3″/ Selected NYCity Events – THURSDAY, NOV. 20, 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.”

MUMMENSCHANZ, the Musicians of Silence
Mummenschanz returns with a magical show for both the young and the forever young-at-heart.

Since its three year run on Broadway, Swiss mark theater troupe Mummenschanz has pioneered a new form of visual theater that has since spawned multiple new genres reclaiming their legacy. Formed by founding members Andres Bossard, Floriana Frassetto and Bernie Schürch, Mummenschanz has since inspired generations of show­goers across five continents over four decades. The ‘stories’ told are unique in that they have no sound or music; the language of Mummenschanz is universal.

“Now the show is particularly vital to young audiences who’ve been raised on beeping gadgets and headphones, and rarely experience the extraordinary power of silence.” THE NEW YORK TIMES

By creating a playful yet compelling experience through the inventive use of shadow, light, and creative manipulation of objects, Mummenschanz offers timeless insight on the human condition. The result is a visually stunning spectacle of that transcends cultural barriers and sparks the imagination.
Skirball Center for the Performing Arts.
7 p.m. / $49 – $85
NOVEMBER 20-22, 24-25, 28-29 / 7:00
NOVEMBER 22-23, 28-30 / 3:00

EMEL MATHLOUTHI’S ARABIC TRIP-HOP
LIVE@365 – FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION:

Firebrand Tunisian singer, songwriter, and composer Emel Mathlouthi stands with the great divas of the Arab World but has also inherited the legacy of protest singers from the ’60s. She gained attention when her song “Kelmti Horra (My Word is Free)” was adopted by the Arab Spring revolutionaries on the streets of Tunis and soon became an anthem throughout the regions. Mathlouthi’s gorgeous, intricate sound moves between rock (she plays guitar and cites Joan Baez as an influence), trip-hop (she has collaborated with Tricky), and electronica, with a strong Arabic music connection. Her intimate songs express love, suffering, and longing for home, in a deeply confessional style verging on sacred Sufi music.

“It’s the astonishing range and sensuousness of Mathlouthi’s voice that is most compelling. There are swoops and growls reminiscent of Bjork, whom she cites as a major influence, and even traces of her goth past as she picks out minimal, reverberant lines on electric guitar which make you wonder if she’s also been listening to the xx.” – The Guardian
The Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue
ROOM: 1201: Elebash Recital Hall
7:00 PM TO 8:30 PM / $25

Elsewhere, but looks worth the detour:

Sherry: The Wine World’s Best Kept Secret – Talk and Tasting
Too long a lonely outcast from the wine world, sherry has finally shed its stuffy, matronly image and today is making a comeback. Learn about its fascinating history, producers, pairings and myriad uses-in cocktails.

Talia Baiocchi is the editor-in-chief of Punch. Formerly, she was the wine editor for Eater, a columnist at Wine Spectator and editor of WineChap.com in the United States. She has written for The San Francisco Chronicle, Decanter, Bon Appétit and Wine & Spirits Magazine, among others.
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave.
at 7:00 pm / $35
212-415-5500

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 (11/19)

Today’s “TOP 3″/ Selected NYCity Events – WEDNESDAY, NOV. 19, 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.”

‘Powerhouse’ (through Nov. 23)
“It’s also a banner week for vintage cartoon music: on Saturday at Stage 72, the storied Disney songwriter Richard M. Sherman presides over a program of Sherman Brothers songs, while at roughly the same time at the BAM Cafe, postmodern jazz guitarist Gary Lucas salutes the Disney Studios’s No. 1 rival, Max Flesicher, in “Fleischerei.” The most ambitious event is “Powerhouse” in the West Village, a theatrical meditation on the iconoclastic composer Raymond Scott, whose quirky compositions helped Looney Tunes live up to their name. This highly original one-act play concerns itself with Mr. Scott’s three wives as well his lifelong obsession with transforming musicians into machines and computers into composers, and is at its most inspired when enacting Scott’s cartoon career with a cast of delightfully “animated” animal puppets.” (WSJ)
The New Ohio Theatre, 154 Christopher St.
8PM / $30-$45
newohiotheatre.org

Seu Jorge (also Nov. 19)
“The much-imitated pop samba revivalist from Rio de Janeiro has worn many hats in his career — not least a red, pointed one as an actor in “The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou,” whose soundtrack featured his Portuguese covers of David Bowie songs. Mr. Jorge’s rock- and electro-imbued interpretations of samba and bossa nova have introduced the genre to a young new audience.” (Anderson-NYT)
Blue Note, 131 West Third Street, Greenwich Village,
212-475-8592 / bluenote.net
8 and 10:30 p.m. / $50 to $85.

St. Lucia
“These days the term “pop music” conjures up images of country music munchkins and glitter-soaked club avatars with tracks produced by people with names like Neo, Morpheus, or Scott Blackula. But just a few years ago the term meant catchy and well-written and -produced music of just about any genre. Just in time for nice weather, St. Lucia is here to redefine micro-genre tags and rescue “pop” from four-letter-word status among certain people. The group might be named after a sleepy subtropical refuge for lovers, but their music is peppy and alive.” (Chris Tarantino-VillageVoice)
Terminal 5, 610 W. 56th St.
212-260-4700 / terminal5nyc.com
9:00pm, $25.00

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.

===============================================================
♦ 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 (11/18)

Today’s “TOP 3″/ Selected NYCity Events – TUESDAY, NOV. 18, 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.”

MIGUEL ZENÓN QUARTET (through 11/23)
“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

“MUSIC OF JOE HENDERSON” (through 11/22.)
“This late magisterial tenor saxophonist was also a superior composer, and a group uniting Henderson veterans, including the pianist Renee Rosnes, the bassist George Mraz, and the drummer Al Foster, pays tribute to him. They’ll be joined by the saxophonist Jimmy Greene and the trumpeter Randy Brecker to revisit such post-bop classics as “Isotope,” “Inner Urge,” and “Recorda Me.” (NewYorker)
Birdland, 315 W. 44th St.
212-581-3080.

Leaders in War: Napoleon
Napoleon Bonaparte’s victories at Austerlitz, Jena, and Friedland helped forge his status as a military genius and inspiring leader, yet he has also been likened to Adolf Hitler. After the publication of 33,000 of Napoleon’s letters, award-winning historian Andrew Roberts radically transforms our understanding of the character and motivation behind one of the greatest soldier-statesmen of all time
at 6:30 pm / $34
New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West
212-873-3400

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: Greenwich Village (11/17)

Today’s “TOP 3″/ Selected NYCity Events – MONDAY, NOV. 17, 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.”

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

Lucinda Williams
As a rule, you can divide music into three categories — the kind that aims for the head, the kind that aims for the heart and the kind that aims for the hips. Forging two of those connections at once is pretty impressive, but connecting on all three? That’s a rare accomplishment indeed, one that Lucinda Williams manages on her 11th studio album, Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone.

Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone, the first release on Lucinda Williams’ own Highway 20 Records label, is easily the most ambitious creation in a body of work that’s long on ambition. Over the course of two discs, Williams leaves no emotional crevice left unexplored, drinking deeply from a well of inspiration that culminates with an offering that overflows with delta-infused country soul.

“I felt like I was really on a roll when we started working on the album,” says Williams, who produced the album with Greg Leisz and her husband Tom Overby. “I usually have enough songs to fill an album, and maybe a couple more, but when I started writing for this, the inspiration just kept coming, and the people I was working with kept telling me the songs were worth keeping. It’s not like I was reinventing the wheel — there are only so many things you can write about, love, sex, death, redemption, and they’re all here — but I felt like I was really in a groove here.”
Beacon Theatre, ​2124 Broadway
8:00pm / from $39.50

The University Seminars
Schoff Memorial Lectures to be given by Annette Insdorf
Director of Undergraduate Film Studies
Coherence and Resonance: How to Read Film Openings

II. Opening-as-Misdirection
Monday, November 17, 2014, 8pm
(including clips from Touch of Evil, The Conversation, Rising Sun, Sunset Boulevard, American Beauty, Fight Club)
Annette Insdorf’s criteria of value—for the past few decades of teaching cinema at Yale and Columbia—have been internal coher¬ence of the cinematic text, and the film’s resonance (whether cultur¬al, political or aesthetic) beyond the frame. Her point of departure is close analysis of the opening sequences of motion pictures. Us¬ing clips, she explores how the introduction is the anchor of a rich audio-visual experience.

Reception immediately following each lecture
8:00pm / FREE
Faculty House, Columbia University’s East Campus
Morningside Drive, north of 116th Street

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 later 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 and 3 Good Eating Places – Greenwich Village

Caffe Vivaldi / 32 Jones Street (btw. Bleecker/W4th St.)

Café Vivaldi is a classic, intimate club located in Greenwich Village on Jones Street, the street featured on the cover of Bob Dylan’s second album, “Freewheelin’ ”.

maxresdefaultEach night Ishrat, the long time proprietor and impresario, carefully curates and schedules an eclectic series of musicians. You can often see him at his table in the corner, hard at work reviewing music videos and listening to cd demos on his laptop, scouting out future bookings. Musicians come from all over to play and sing in a club in Greenwich Village. Some are local New Yorkers, others are just passing through, in town for a few days.

There is a small bar, seating maybe 10. It’s close to the stage and I find it’s a perfect spot to sip a glass of red wine while listening to the music. The room itself has the performance area at one end and a cozy fireplace at the other. The performance area here is small, dominated by a large black Yamaha Grand piano. Tables are bunched together and most people at the tables are eating lite meals or sampling the wonderful desserts.

There is also a good selection of wines and lite meals, fairly priced, but you are here because of the music. You can never be quite sure what you’re going to find, and that’s half the charm of this place. It’s not a home run every night, but many nights it’s pretty special.

I remember the night I saw the most talented bossa nova group, just in from San Paulo. As I listened, I wondered if there was any better music playing anywhere else in New York City that night. And at Caffé Vivaldi there is never a cover charge. Their recently redesigned web site does give you a better idea of the type of music playing each night.

At one time Greenwich Village was filled with clubs just like this, but times change. Real estate interests have impacted the village, and not for the better. Even Caffé Vivaldi had a rough time recently, when a new landlord raised the rent exorbitantly. Fortunately, Ishrat has built a loyal following over the years, and a fund raiser and slightly more reasonable rent has kept Café Vivaldi in business.

When Woody Allen and Al Pacino wanted to make movies featuring the timeless quality of Greenwich Village they came to Vivaldi. It’s important that we keep this special place alive, for if we lose Cafe Vivaldi, NYC will have lost a piece of it’s soul.

Website: http://caffevivaldi.com/
Phone #: (212) 691-7538
Hours: Music generally 7:30pm – 11pm, but varies
Lunch/Dinner 11am-on
Subway: #1 to Christopher st
Walk 1 blk S on 7th ave S to Bleecker st, 1 blk S/left on Bleecker to Jones st, 50 yards E/left on Jones st to Caffe V

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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 to find 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:

Fish280 Bleecker St (just a bit S. of 7th ave South)
This was an easy pick – the best raw bar special in town. $9 gets you 6 of the freshest oysters or clams + a glass of wine or beer. Don’t know how they can do it, but I tell everyone I know about this place. And it’s located right in the heart of some of the best no cover music in town.

Bleecker Street Pizza – 69 7th ave S (corner of Bleecker)
The place is tiny and not much to look at, but this is one good slice. They like to brag that they have been voted “Best pizza in NY” 3 years in a row by the Food Network. I believe them. I would have voted for them.

Num Pang - 21 E 12th st (btw. University place/5th ave)
This is a Cambodian banh mi sandwich shop that kept me well fed while I was in class nearby recently. It’s cramped, even for NYCity, but usually there is room up the spiral staircase to sit down and eat. In good weather carry your sandwich a few blocks to Union Sq park. You may have to wait a few minutes, because everything is freshly made, but it’s worth it. Can you believe – an unheard of 26 food rating by Zagat.

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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, bbq, soup & sandwiches, picnic fixins’, raw bars & lobster rolls, vegetarian / falafel, ramen, chopped salad & salad bars - – no reservations needed. ================================================================================

◊ For all my picks of 54 Good Eating places and descriptions of my favorite 18 PremierPubs in 9 Neighborhoods order a copy of my e-book: “Eating and Drinking on NYCity’s WestSide” ($3.99, available Spring 2015).

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