Selected Events Manhattan’s WestSide + Today’s Featured Neighborhood: Times Square/ Theater District (07/30)

Today’s “Fab 5″+1/ Selected NYCity Events  – WEDNESDAY, JULY 30, 2014

For other useful and curated NYCity event info for Manhattan’s WestSide check out:
“9 Notable NYCity Events-July”, and also “on Broadway”, and “Top10 Free” in the header above.
♦ For NYCity Sights, Sounds and Stories visit out our sister site: nyc123blog.wordpress.com
♦ For NYCity trip planning see links in “Resources” and “Smart Stuff” in the header above.
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Cultural Landscapes of Greenwich Village with Francis Morrone
– Washington Square
“This walking tour will explore the blocks surrounding Washington Square and feature Francis Morrone’s encyclopedic knowledge–with a flair for the wicked anecdote–on the singers, artists, writers and architecture that gives Greenwich Village its artistic caché.

Subjects include Edward Hopper, Willa Cather, Dawn Powell, Marcel Duchamp, and Bob Dylan. We’ll also talk about MacDougal Alley and the creation of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Provincetown Playhouse, the history of Village coffee houses, and the Bleecker Street Cinema.” (FlavorPill)

This man knows it all. I was fascinated by his lectures for an entire semester – he’s a walking encyclopedia about all things NYCity. You won’t be disappointed.
Washington Square Park, 1 Washington Sq E
6pm / $25 (confirm meet-up address upon ticket purchase)
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Lincoln Center Out of Doors 2014:
Amel Larrieux, Avery*Sunshine and The Jones Family Singers
Amel Larrieux
Blending eclectic sonics and dancefloor diva charisma, the alluring urban chanteuse Larrieux embodies the best and smartest of pop, soul, jazz, folk and R&B.

Avery*Sunshine
Rooted in gospel, Atlanta singer/songwriter/pianist Avery*Sunshine reaches deep into a cornucopia of styles to offer songs of luminous insight and blazing bright, no-hold-barred soul.

The Jones Family Singers (New York Debut)
The Jones Family Singers have made a joyful noise together for decades, singing and playing hard-driving, old-school Gospel funk with unyielding power. Tonight, the thrilling Texas-based family band makes its New York debut.
Damrosch Park, 60 Lincoln Center Plaza
6:30pm / FREE
lcoutofdoors.org

SummerStage: Ingrid Michaelson
“This Brooklyn indie-pop singer-songwriter with the piercing yet featherweight trill is best known for entreating her lover to “do what bunnies do” on her single “You and I,” but her saccharine sensibilities are usually a little more diplomatic. Ms. Michaelson turned to danceable and bluesy infatuation tunes on her newest studio album, “Lights Out.” This show, with Neulore and Secret Someones as the opening acts, is a benefit for SummerStage, presented in conjunction with the Bowery Presents.” (Anderson-NYT)
Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, midpark at 70th Street,
800-745-3000, summerstage.org;
At 6 p.m.,/ $25

The Nixon Defense: What He Knew and When He Knew It
John Dean, White House Counsel during the Nixon administration, discusses his provocative new book, The Nixon Defense: What He Knew and When He Knew It, and other details of the Watergate cover-up.
Barnes & Noble, 1972 Broadway
7:00pm / FREE
212-595-6859

Madison Square Music: Oval Lawn Series
Forro in the Dark & Debo Band
You’ll want to bring a picnic blanket to the 12th season of Madison Square Park’s outdoor concert series—Calexico will be dishing out some of their famous fare Cal-Mex fare while you jam to tunes from all over the world.

Forro in the Dark, as their name implies, is a band made of Brazilian ex-pats who play fun, upbeat, forro music in both English and their native Portuguese. Forro is described by the band as “hip-swiveling, dancefloor-filling, rural party music of Brazil’s northeastern states.” Mauro Refosco (zabumba drum and vocals), Guilherme Monteiro (guitar and vocals) and Jorge Continentino (pifano flute, sax and vocals) use their intrinsic talent and creativity to bring the genre of forro into the present while respecting and paying homage to its roots. As said by record label Nublu: “Give them half an ear, and your hips will take over and start rolling to their Brazilian roots rock. They’re a little afro-beat, a little country western swing, a little dub, and all rock and roll, fueled by the insistent rhythm of forro.”
Madison Square Park, 23rd St to 26th St., (btw Fifth and Madison Aves.)
At 7pm / FREE
212-538-1884 / madisonsquarepark.org

PlusONE:
“Word for Word Author”
Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith
The Dynamic duo from Clerks make a rare appearance in honor of their new book, “Jay & Silent Bob’s Blueprints for Destroying Everything”—an illustrated collection of how to wreak havoc wherever you go.

Please note: Kevin Smith will pre-sign books before the event that can be purchased on-site. Jason Mewes will sign books following the talk/Q&A. He will be happy to take photos with people who buy the book. No memorabilia will be signed at this event.
The Bryant Park Reading Room, 1065 Avenue of the Americas,
located on the 42nd St. side of the park – under the trees – between the back of the NYPL on 5th Avenue & 6th Avenue. Look for the burgundy and white umbrellas. In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.
12:30PM / FREE
212-768-4242 / bryantpark.org

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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 is a big town with many visitors, where 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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Selected Events Manhattan’s WestSide + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s 5th Avenue (07/29)

Today’s “Fab 5″/ Selected NYCity Events  – TUESDAY, JULY 29, 2014

For other useful and curated NYCity event info for Manhattan’s WestSide check out:
“9 Notable NYCity Events-July”, and also “on Broadway”, and “Top10 Free” in the header above.
♦ For NYCity Sights, Sounds and Stories visit out our sister site: nyc123blog.wordpress.com
♦ For NYCity trip planning see links in “Resources” and “Smart Stuff” in the header above.
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Chop and Quench, “The Fela! Band”,
Comprised of members of the cast and band of FELA! the musical, these musicians are some of the finest in New York, having performed with The Roots, India Arie, Elvis Costello, and many others. Lead singer Sahr Ngaujah was nominated for a TONY Award for his performance in the Broadway show and has been featured on film and television. As a unit, the band has gotten to accompany performers such as Beyonce, Femi Kuti, and Angelique Kidjo. Known for their straightforward performances of classic Fela Kuti compositions, they have branched out, bringing their own original music to the stage.

After performing around the world, they recently performed at the Sundance Film Festival in conjunction with the premier of Alex Gibney’s film “Finding Fela”. They are now back home in New York preparing new material to take into the studio for their first recording since the Fela! Broadway cast recording, and looking forward to starting a weekly Monday night residency at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn.
City Winery, 155 Varick St, Tribeca (btw Vandam/Spring St. – #1 to Houston).
from 5PM-7:30PM / FREE
212-608-0555 / citywinery.com
This is part of the 6th Annual Hudson Square Music & Wine Festival.
This after-work Backyard Party is held every Tuesday from June 3rd through August 26th, in the back parking lot behind City Winery.

Astronomy Live: The Grand Tour
Nearly all of us know we’re the third planet from the Sun, but where are we among the stars in the Milky Way? Do we hold a special place among the planets, stars, and galaxies in the universe? The Grand Tour will answer these questions while you travel from Earth to the most distant objects in the universe. Explore planets, extrasolar planets, nearby stars, and the myriad galaxies that populate the universe while you fly through the 3D Digital Universe Atlas. In one evening, you will experience the entire observable universe and come to a cosmic understanding of where we are and how we came to be.
American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th St.
212-769-5100
at 6:30 pm / $15

Pilobolus (through Aug. 10)
“In keeping with a summer tradition at the Joyce Theater, the dancers of Pilobolus return with two programs, each featuring a New York premiere. The first, “On the Nature of Things,” is a balancing act created and performed by three company members. “The Inconsistent Pedaler” (Program B) is a collaboration with the Israeli fiction writer Etgar Keret and the filmmaker Shira Geffen, revolving around a girl and her time-bending bicycle.” (Burke-NYT)
Mondays through Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. and
Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m.,
with matinees on Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m.,
Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue, at 19th St., Chelsea,
212-242-0800 / joyce.org / $10 to $69.

David and Goliath
Malcolm Gladwell, the #1 bestselling author of The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, and What the Dog Saw, offers his most provocative—-and dazzling—-book yet. Three thousand years ago on a battlefield in ancient Palestine, a shepherd boy felled a mighty warrior with nothing more than a stone and a sling, and ever since then the names of David and Goliath have stood for battles between underdogs and giants.

David’s victory was improbable and miraculous. He shouldn’t have won. Or should he have? In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks.

Gladwell begins with the real story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy those many years ago. From there, David and Goliath examines Northern Ireland’s Troubles, the minds of cancer researchers and civil rights leaders, murder and the high costs of revenge, and the dynamics of successful and unsuccessful classrooms—-all to demonstrate how much of what is beautiful and important in the world arises from what looks like suffering and adversity. In the tradition of Gladwell’s previous bestsellers—-The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers and What the Dog Saw—-David and Goliath draws upon history, psychology, and powerful storytelling to reshape the way we think of the world around us.
Barnes & Noble Union Square, 33 East 17th St.
7PM / FREE
212-253-0810

Sierra Nevada Tap Take Over & Live Jazz Series w/ Soco Creamery
Summer is FINALLY here!! To help us kick-off sun-tan season, we’ve invited Sierra Nevada Brewing Company for our latest live jazz + tap takeover series. To top it off, we’re bringing back our epically popular ice cream cocktails by SoCo Creamery including “Biscotti Summer”, “Peach Cobbler”, “Kir Royale” & the “Black Raz.”

The Markham Group, our fantastic house band, will play live jazz from 6:30pm to 8pm. $5 Soco Creamery Cocktails will be served while the music plays.
6pm (Tuesdays) / FREE
Bar Catalonia, 206 West 41st St. (btw 7/8 ave)

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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 is a big town with many visitors, where 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 @ 3 Museum Mile / Fifth Ave. Museums:

Charles James: Beyond Fashion’ (through Aug. 10)
One of the Costume Institute’s most ravishing exhibitions argues for this American fashion designer as a great modern artist — a sculptor-architect with a keen but discreet appreciation of women and their bodies. Aided by the latest digital wizardry, the insuperably forward-looking garments, especially the ball gowns, do most of the talking. Their innovations in shape, draping, seam placement, texture and color coalesce into breathtakingly gorgeous couture and an important show. 212-535-7710, metmuseum.org. (Smith-NYT)
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‘Out of Character: Decoding Chinese Calligraphy’ (through Aug. 17)
Chinese calligraphy can seem daunting to viewers who are unfamiliar with the characters of this ancient art form. Some, stymied by the language barrier, tend to think about the physical act of the brushwork in the more familiar terms of dance or choreography, or to see the characters as abstract shapes. This smart and accessible show suggests a third option: appreciating calligraphy as a social art, and even an early social network. The emphasis comes partly from the collector Jerry Yang, a co-founder of Yahoo, who, with his wife, Akiko Yamazaki, has lent the works for the exhibition. 212-535-7710, metmuseum.org. (Rosenberg-NYT)
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The Flowering of Edo Period Painting: Japanese Masterworks from the Feinberg Collection’ (through Sept. 7)
‘Garry Winogrand’ (through Sept. 21)
Mr. Winogrand, who died at 56 in 1984, was the photographer laureate of urban and suburban middle-class life in the United States from the late 1950s through the ’70s and beyond. This ample retrospective focuses on his prime years, when he recorded a newly prosperous America while strolling Manhattan’s avenues and then followed it as it waded into increasingly troubled political waters. The result is a remarkable panorama of an era, with some terrific pictures, and some that Winogrand, who left a mountain of unprocessed film behind, never edited or printed. 212-535-7710, metmuseum.org. (Cotter-NYT)
‘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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‘Italian Futurism, 1909-1944: Reconstructing the Universe’ (through Sept. 1)
“This epic, beautifully designed exhibition may be one of the more thorough examinations of modernism’s most obnoxious and conflicted art movement that you are likely to see. Awash in the manifestoes that its members regularly fired off, it follows Futurism through to its end with the death of its founder, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, in 1944. It covers the Futurist obsessions with speed, war, machines and, finally, flight and the aerial views it made possible. And the show highlights relatively unknown figures like the delightful Fortunato Depero and Benedetta Cappa, Marinetti’s wife. 1071 Fifth Avenue, at 89th Street, 212-423-3500, guggenheim.org. (Smith-NYT)
Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue, at 89th St.
(212) 423-3500 / guggenheim.org.

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‘Degenerate Art: The Attack on Modern Art in Nazi Germany, 1937’ (through Sept. 1)
“This show — one of the first in decades in an American museum to address, on a fairly large scale, the Nazi demonizing of art — tells a complicated story. The basic facts of the narrative, which centers on Hitler’s grand plan to purify German culture of Modernist, Bolshevist and Jewish influence, are well known, and it culminated in the infamous 1937 “Degenerate Art” exhibition in Munich. The Neue Galerie sets examples of art from that show beside Nazi-approved work; addresses the persecutions of artists in Dresden; and touches on the suppression of the Bauhaus. There are gripping paintings and sculptures as well as complex and haunting personalities every step of the way. And in the end the links between aesthetics and disaster are clear.” (Cotter-NYT)
Neue Galerie, 1048 Fifth Avenue, at 86th Street,
212-628-6200, neuegalerie.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: “NYCity Events: Manhattan’s WestSide” dated 07/27 and 07/25.
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Selected Events Manhattan’s WestSide + Today’s Featured Neighborhood: WestVillage(07/28)

Today’s “Fab 5″/ Selected NYCity Events  – MONDAY, JULY 28, 2014

For other useful and curated NYCity event info for Manhattan’s WestSide check out:
“9 Notable NYCity Events-July”, and also “on Broadway”, and “Top10 Free” in the header above.
♦ For NYCity Sights, Sounds and Stories visit out our sister site: nyc123blog.wordpress.com
♦ For NYCity trip planning see links in “Resources” and “Smart Stuff” in the header above.
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“Taste of the Terminal”
Last day for tastings at Grand Central w FREE Tastings & Special Offers provided by:
11AM-2PM
Irving Farm Coffee
LittleMissMatched
Shiro of Japan
Zaro’s Bakery
4PM -7PM
Ciao Bella Gelato
Financier Patisserie
Oren’s Daily Roast
Neuhaus Chocolate
Plus:
11am-2pm West Village Quartet (classical string ensemble)
4pm-7pm Susan Keser “New York Violinist” (classical & pop violinist) newyorkviolinist.com

SummerStage Presents: John Leguizamo’s Ghetto Klown
Emmy Award winner John Leguizamo, who has appeared in more than fifty films and was also seen on Nickelodeon series “The Brothers Garcia,” as well as on “ER” and “Miami Vice,” is also one of the nation’s most accomplished stage performers. “Ghetto Klown” is the next chapter in John Leguizamo’s popular personal and professional story. It is his fifth one-man play, his third on Broadway, and follows in the uninhibited tradition of his “Mambo Mouth,” “Spic-O-Rama,” “Freak,” and “Sexaholix … a Love Story.”

In Leguizamo’s trademark style, the piece explodes with energy, heating up the stage with vivid accounts of the colorful characters that populate his life. He takes audiences from his adolescent memories in Queens to the early days of his acting career and on to the sets of major motion pictures. Leguizamo explains, “Ghetto Klown” is all the things I say to my therapist and my manager, but would never want the general public to know. It’s cheaper than a lawsuit and I get to take a bow at the end. It’s like Wiki leaks but with no international manhunt. Yet.”
Central Park SummerStage, Rumsey Playfield (enter park at East 72nd Street)
(212) 360-2777
8PM / FREE

Buckwheat Zydeco
“This singer and accordionist from Louisiana (whose real name is Stanley Dural Jr.) is a master practitioner of zydeco, an ebullient strain of Cajun folk, and an unpretentious showman with musical flair for miles.

Both were on display earlier this year on the final episode of “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” on a gleeful rendition of “On a Night Like This.” (Stacey Anderson-NYT)
City Winery, 155 Varick Street, near Spring Street, South Village,
212-608-0555, citywinery.com
At 8 p.m., / $25 to $30.

Bruce Weber / Life Is a Wheel
Writer, reporter, obituarist

During the summer and fall of 2011, at the age of fifty-seven, Bruce Weber, an obituary writer for The New York Times, rode a bicycle across the United States, alone, and wrote about the trip for the paper as it unfolded mile by mile, a vivid and immediate report of the self-powered life on the road.

Now, expanding upon the articles and blog posts that quickly became a must-read adventure story, he gives us Life Is a Wheel, a witty and reflective diary of his journey — part travelogue, part memoir, part romance, and part bemused and panicky attempt by a middle-aged man to stave off, well, you know. And with thousands of miles to travel, Weber considers— when he’s not dealing with tractor-trailers, lightning storms, dehydration, headwinds, and loneliness—his past, his family, and the echo that a well-lived life leaves behind.
New York Public Library, mid-Manhattan branch, 455 Fifth Avenue
(corner of 40th Street)
6:30 pm / FREE

‘MetroStar Talent Challenge’
“For the seventh year running the room has made a July-August point of ferreting out up-and-coming cabaret talent. Sometimes you wonder why anyone would want to make a career doing this. It’s that difficult and often only intermittently rewarding. But still they come, the gifted and the not so gifted, to vie for a chance at a week’s engagement in the venue if they win and some guaranteed performances if they finish in second or third place. There’s a panel of judges who know what’s what or should, and the audience gets to vote, too. So go pick a winner.” (David Finkle, VillageVoice)
Metropolitan Room, 34 W 22nd St. (btw Fifth and Sixth Aves)
subway: F, M, N, R (all transfer from 1-2-3 at Times Sq.) to 23rd St
At 7PM / $20 + 2 drink minimum
212-206-0440 / metropolitanroom.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 is a big town with many visitors, where 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.

In 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 will be celebrating it’s 50th anniversary next 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 (07/27)

Today’s “Fab 5″+1/ Selected NYCity Events  – SUNDAY, JULY 27, 2014

For other useful and curated NYCity event info for Manhattan’s WestSide check out:
“9 Notable NYCity Events-July”, and also “on Broadway”, and “Top10 Free” in the header above.
♦ For NYCity Sights, Sounds and Stories visit out our sister site: nyc123blog.wordpress.com
♦ For NYCity trip planning see links in “Resources” and “Smart Stuff” in the header above.
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MoMA Summergarden: New Music for New York
Jazz Concert II: Helen Sung Quintet
The Museum of Modern Art established Summergarden in 1971. In keeping with MoMA’s history of presenting jazz and classical music in the Sculpture Garden, this year’s concert series once again welcomes the participation of The Juilliard School and Jazz at Lincoln Center. Titled New Music for New York, the series comprises four evenings of adventurous contemporary music, with premieres each night. Juilliard concerts are performed by members of The New Juilliard Ensemble, under the artistic direction of Joel Sachs, who has assembled two distinctive programs of recent compositions, all of which are enjoying their New York premieres. Jazz at Lincoln Center has selected two up-and-coming jazz ensembles whose concerts emphasize original works, each with one world premiere.

Summergarden is free and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The Sculpture Garden may close if attendance reaches maximum capacity. Entrance to Summergarden is through the Sculpture Garden gate on West 54 Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues. The Sculpture Garden opens at 7:00 p.m., and concerts start at 8:00 p.m. and run approximately one hour to 90 minutes.
The exhibition galleries are closed during Summergarden.
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), 11 West 53 St. (btw Fifth and Sixth avenues)
(212) 708-9400
at 8PM / FREE

Rudy Royston’s “303” Sextet
“Named for the area code of the in-demand drummer’s home town, Denver, this group features key players heard on the recent album “303,” including the guitarist Nir Felder and the saxophonist Jon Irabagon, as well as two bassists, Mimi Jones and Yasushi Nakamura. As Royston has demonstrated in the service of many notable leaders, he is a multifaceted player, and he has fashioned his own eclectically minded band with musical inclusion in mind.” (NewYorker)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th St., West Village,
212-255-4037, villagevanguard.com
8:30 and 10:30 p.m./ $25 and $30 cover, with a one-drink minimum.

Lincoln Center Out of Doors – Charanjit Sing
globalFEST, one of the most catalytic world music events in North America, goes on the road, taking over multiple locations at Lincoln Center with a globe and genre-spanning line-up in a day-long celebration. This is definitely a bit different than most music performances highlighted on this site – gotta be young at heart.

“Charanjit Singh made an album of electronic Indian music in 1982 that still sounds as if beamed back from some distant future. Unknown to most until it was discovered by record collectors and reissued in 2010, “Synthesizing: Ten Ragas to a Disco Beat” traffics in a mix of squiggly synthesizer lines and tight, tense drum-machine beats that predates most of what came to be known as acid house music a few years later.

It truly is one of those historical finds that reshuffles the past in its own image, and its second life of popularity has made Mr. Singh, a Mumbai native who is now 73 years old, an unlikely kind of globe-trotting star. He plays here with a host of worldly DJs for the festival Lincoln Center Out of Doors.” (WSJ)
Lincoln Center, Damrosch Park Bandshell, 70 Lincoln Center Plaza
5PM / FREE
(212) 875-5456

Allen Toussaint
“The debonair New Orleans pianist-songwriter-producer reprises his bittersweet post-Katrina brunch stint here with another series of Sunday noontime performances. Toussaint is an elegantly laid-back pianist in the Crescent City mode, and his repertoire of originals – which includes “From a Whisper to a Scream,” “Working in the Coal Mine,” and “Southern Nights” – runs as deep as any of his peers’. (Richard Gehr, VillageVoice)
Joe’s Pub, at the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street, at Astor Place
at 12PM / $30 cover, with a $12 minimum.
212.697.7555 / joespub.com

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
“This noir-rock outfit celebrated its 30th anniversary last year with the release of one of its most confidently sparse discs in years, “Push the Sky Away,” which is also one of the band’s most commercially successful. This tour further promotes that album, as well as the forthcoming “20,000 Days on Earth,” a film about Mr. Cave’s life.” (Anderson-NYT)
Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 West 34th St.
at 8 p.m. / $59.50
800-745-3000 / ticketmaster.com

PlusONE:
Jane Monheit’s Jazz Party (Sundays through Sept. 28)
“Jazz’s need to create on the spot never really goes away–testing moves in front of an audience is always a consideration for performers who truly want to know how an arrangement or an approach will play to a crowd. Jane Monheit is an intrepid soul; starting tonight she’ll green-light this notion for the next three months, hosting a Sunday-evening “Jazz Party,” which affords audiences a chance to peek behind the curtain and enjoy the looseness of a jam session while basking in the talents of a very tight band.

The singer and her trio, including pianist Michael Kanan, bassist Neal Miner, and drummer Rick Montalbano, will be opening the doors to guest instrumentalists and giving new ideas plenty of elbow room–a spotlight on spontaneity. The boss lady and her seductive coo ain’t shy–Monheit is a natural charmer. Whether she’s tweaking her take on “Zing Went the Strings of My Heart” (there’s a Judy Garland tribute in her future) or embedding herself in a boo-hoo opus such as “Two Lonely People,” prepare for charisma around every turn.” (VillageVoice-Jim Macnie)
Birdland, 315 West 44th St.
212-581-3080, birdlandjazz.com
At 6 p.m. / $30 cover, with a $10 minimum.

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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 is a big town with many visitors, where 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 @ 4 MUSEUMS (Manhattan’s WestSide)

Museum of Modern Art:
‘Lygia Clark: The Abandonment of Art, 1948-1988’ (through Aug. 24)
‘Jasper Johns: Regrets’ (through Sept. 1)
‘Robert Heinecken: Object Matter’ (through Sept. 7)
‘A World of Its Own: Photographic Practices in the Studio’ (through Oct. 5)
‘Designing Modern Women 1890-1990’(through Oct. 5)

Here’s what the NYT said about ‘A World of Its Own: Photographic Practices in the Studio’
This mostly lively if repetitive overview traces the history of photography as the Modern never has — with images taken in the studio rather than out in the world. Its roughly 180 works span 160 years and represent some 90 portraitists, commercial photographers, lovers of still life, darkroom experimenters, Conceptual artists and several generations of postmodernists. Including film and video, it offers much to look at but dwells too much in the past, becoming increasingly blinkered and cautious as it approaches the present. 212-708-9400, moma.org.” (Smith-NYT)
Museum of Modern Art: 11 W 53rd St. (btw 5th /6th Ave.)
(212) 708-9400 / moma.org.

Designing Modern Women 1890-1990:

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American Folk Art Museum: ‘Self-Taught Genius: Treasures From the American Folk Art Museum’ (through Aug. 17)
This exhibition is not only an enthralling display of about 100 works from the museum’s permanent collection; it’s also an intellectually provocative effort to rethink the nature of artistic creativity. There are paintings and drawings, quilts, ceramics, handmade books, pieces of elaborately decorated furniture, duck decoys and weather vanes dating from the mid-18th to the early-21st centuries, all produced by people from many different walks of life who had no formal training in art. The inspirationally democratic message is that potential for creative genius is wired into the consciousness of everyone.
American Folk Art Museum, 2 Lincoln Square, Columbus Avenue at 66th Street, 212-595-9533, folkartmuseum.org. (Ken Johnson-NYT)

International Center of Photography: ‘Urbes Mutantes: Latin American Photography 1944-2013’ and ‘Caio Reisewitz’ (through Sept. 7)
It’s a Latin American summer at New York City art museums, with a high number of shows of work from South America and the Caribbean. This institution, as usual one step ahead of the curve, has two. The larger, “Urbes Mutantes: Latin American Photography 1944-2013,” is a roomy survey of some 200 small, mostly black-and-white pictures that fit, with trimming and squeezing, into the genre of “street photography.” The second is a solo devoted to a single artist, the contemporary Brazilian photographer Caio Reisewitz, whose big color images of threatened tropical rain forests offer a lush antidote to urban grit — Manhattan’s included.
International Center of Photography, 1133 Avenue of the Americas, at 43rd Street, 212-857-0000, icp.org. (Cotter-NYT)

Museum of Arts and Design: ‘NYC Makers: The MAD Biennial’ (through Oct. 12) This plunge into the biennial format makes a big, messy splash sampling the visual culture across the city — whether opera set design, art or new technologies. An expansive, invigorating move, it still contains too much that is fun, cute, clutter-making or useless, aimed at those with plenty of disposable income and homes to decorate.
Museum of Arts and Design, 2 Columbus Circle,
212-299-7777, madmuseum.org. (Smith-NYT)

The Art of the Brick by Nathan Sawaya (ongoing)
This exhibition by artist Nathan Sawaya is a critically acclaimed collection of intriguing and inspiring works of art made exclusively from one of the most recognizable toys in the world — LEGO® bricks. The Discovery Times Square exhibit is the world’s biggest and most elaborate display of LEGO® art ever and features brand-new, never-before-seen pieces by Sawaya. This show was named ‘One of CNN’s Ten Global Must-See Exhibitions.’
Discovery Times Square, 226 West 44th St. (btw 7th/8th ave)
866.987.9692 / http://www.discoverytsx.com

For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in the right Sidebar: “Selected Events + Special Exhibitions : Manhattan’s WestSide” dated (07/25) and (07/23).
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Selected Events Manhattan’s WestSide + Today’s Featured Neighborhood: Tribeca (07/26)

Today’s “Fab 5″/ Selected NYCity Events  – SATURDAY, JULY 26, 2014

For other useful and curated NYCity event info for Manhattan’s WestSide check out:
“9 Notable NYCity Events-July”, and also “on Broadway”, and “Top10 Free” in the header above.
♦ For NYCity Sights, Sounds and Stories visit out our sister site: nyc123blog.wordpress.com
♦ For NYCity trip planning see links in “Resources” and “Smart Stuff” in the header above.
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New York Poetry Festival on Governors Island (also Sunday)
“A free two-day celebration of New York’s vibrant poetry community

The Poetry Society presents the fourth edition of the New York Poetry Festival on Governors Island this weekend. Slap on some sunscreen and hop a ferry to catch more than 50 poetry organizations and 250 poets lend their voices to a chorus in the sun.

Participants include Paul Muldoon, Mark Doty, the Poetry Brothel, the Renegade Reading Series, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Derangement of the Senses, and many more. In addition to gathering around the event’s three main stages, you can hit up the vendor’s village, which is filled with booksellers, artists and craft makers, as well as food vendors and a beer garden.” (Mindy Bond, Editor-FlavorPill)
Governors Island – Colonels Row
Free ferry service is available from the restored Battery Maritime Building, at South and Whitehall Streets, near Battery Park and the Staten Island ferry terminal.
From 11am – 6pm / govisland.com.

Lincoln Center Out of Doors: Roberta Flack
“Just the mere utterance of song titles like “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,” “Killing Me Softly With His Song” and “Feel Like Makin’ Love” immediately conjures the distinctive, honey-smooth vocals of Ms. Flack. She is undoubtedly a national treasure. Fortunately for us she is taking part in this year’s Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival, where she’ll share the stage with Davell Crawford, a pianist from New Orleans.” (Nicole Herrington-NYT)
Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center,
At 7:30 p.m. / FREE
212-721-6500, lincolncenter.org

John Pizzarelli and the Swing Seven
“Pizzarelli, an outstanding guitarist and a winning singer who balances suavity with endearing goofiness, takes on different musical personas with regularity and ease. With his horn-heavy Swing Seven ensemble, he gets to indulge the jazziest aspects of his nature, exemplified by his 2010 tribute to Duke Ellington, “Rockin’ in Rhythm.” (NewYorker)
Birdland, 315 West 44th St.
212-581-3080, birdlandjazz.com
At 8:30 & 11 p.m. / $45 cover, with a $10 minimum.

Brasil Summerfest
Brasil Summerfest hits Joe’s Pub tonight with BaianaSystem. BaianaSystem explores new sound possibilities for the “guitara baiana” — a mini electric guitar that grooves with the syncopations of Afro beat and the psychedelica of dub and electronica.
Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St., Greenwich Village.
9PM / $15.

Barbara Carroll
Ms. Carroll, “the first lady of jazz piano”, does it all. She is an elegant jazz pianist, composer, and vocalist. The NewYorker says: “Barbara Carroll’s jazz pianism is the subtlest and most intricate that New York has to offer.”

Long recognized as one of the premier players of swinging jazz and expressive vocals she holds forth weekly in this Saturday gig, accompanied by bassist, Jay Leonhart.
Birdland, 315 West 44th St. (btw 8th/9th Ave)
212-581-3080, birdlandjazz.com
At 6 p.m. / $30 cover, with a $10 minimum.

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♦ NYCity is a big town with many visitors where quality shows draw crowds. Try to reserve seats in advance, even if just on day of performance.
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The Week That Was in NYCity
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A PremierPub – Tribeca

B-Flat / 277 Church st (Btw Franklin/White)

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 1 blk E to Church; 1 blk N 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 Manhattan’s WestSide + Gallery Special Exhibits: Chelsea (07/25)

Today’s “Fab 5″+1/ Selected NYCity Events  – FRIDAY, JULY 25, 2014.

For other useful and curated NYCity event info for Manhattan’s WestSide check out:
“9 Notable NYCity Events-July”, and also “on Broadway”, and “Top10 Free” in the header above.
♦ For NYCity Sights, Sounds and Stories visit out our sister site: nyc123blog.wordpress.com
♦ For NYCity trip planning see links in “Resources” and “Smart Stuff” in the header above.
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NY Shorts
No city in the world produces more independent films than New York City, with more films being made each year. This short film program showcases the energetic diversity of work being produced here in the capital of the indie film world, including Luke Meyer’s short documentary Unlocking the Truth.

With stories as diverse as its inhabitants, this program of short films features stranger-than-fiction documentaries and wholly original visions of life in the city, highlighting what it means to be a New Yorker.

On our second of three free nights at Brookfield Place, the lower Manhattan waterfront will be brought to life by some of the most fascinating short films the city has to offer. The city’s landscape may be transformed by hurricanes, gentrification and new technology, but the people of the city are as singular and vibrant as ever. Presented by Arts Brookfield at Brookfield Place.

Here are just two of the films being screened tonight:
STREET VIEWS (Annie Berman | 8 min.)
Created entirely within Google, STREET VIEWS is a somnambulist tour defying natural laws of perspective, time, and continuity. Our guide discovers she can get lost while never straying from the map. Places also get lost – like a video store. She attempts to interact with this world. Retracing her path, she discovers even though all has already occurred and is transfixed, it is never the same twice.

LOVE IN THE TIME OF MARCH MADNESS (Melissa Johnson, Robertino Zambrano | 9 min.)
A story about the hilarious and awkward misadventures of a 6’4’’ tall woman who is a star on the basketball court but struggles to find true love.
Brookfield Place, 220 Vesey Street
ground level, along the water between West Street and the Hudson River
7:30PM / FREE
for the full list of films being screened: rooftopfilms.com

Patti LuPone (through Aug. 2)
Two-time Tony Award winner and 54 Below favorite Patti LuPone returns to 54 Below with her critically-acclaimed show The Lady with A Torch.  Patti performs an eclectic collection of torch songs by such composers and lyricists as Arthur Schwartz, Howard Dietz, Jule Styne, Sammy Cahn, Billy Barnes, Harold Arlen, George and Ira Gershwin, and Cole Porter.

Enjoy what Don Heckman of The Los Angeles Times described as “a beautifully paced, marvelously delivered torch-song exploration of the pleasures and pains of love;  LuPone’s remarkable, larger-than-life qualities and stunning musicality are distilled into the pure essence of her art.”
54 Below, 254 W 54th St., (btw Broadway and Eighth Ave)
(646) 476-3551 / 866-468-7619 / 54below.com
8pm & 11pm / $85-$155 (8pm show may be sold out)

The Inspired Word
Founded and produced by journalist and former Village Voice columnist Mike Geffner, event series The Inspired Word celebrates New York City writers of all types this evening at (Le) Poisson Rouge — poets, novelists, journalists and short story writers. Shows feature as many as five curated readers and a seven-slot open mic, with a five-minute time limit. “ (DNA info)
The Gallery at (Le) Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St, Greenwich Village.
7 p.m. / $10

Spartak_Lobuxin_5.12.2012_02_photobyE.FetisovaBolshoiv[19441]Lincoln Center Festival – Spartacus (through July 27)
Spartacus is Bolshoi to the core. A hymn to pulse-raising male dancing created specifically to showcase the company, this ballet with its shackled slaves confronting the might of ancient Rome boldly depicts the triumph of the human spirit. Yuri Grigorovich’s choreography, set to Khachaturian’s lush score, is painted in bold, broad strokes and has long been a favorite of ballet fans around the world.
DHK Theater, Lincoln Center,
Fri-Sat 8pm; Sun 2pm / Tickets from $40
lincolncenterfestival.org

Cabaret Cinema Movie Medicine presents
The Hospital introduced by Dr. Kenneth Perrine
Grin in spite of yourself at a screening of the black-humored cinematic masterpiece The Hospital, preceded by a chat with a clinical neuropsychologist, who tells us how much medicine has changed since the 1971 thriller — or has it? (ThoughtGallery.org)
The Rubin Museum of Art, 150 West 17th St. (btw 6th/7th ave)
9:30 pm – 11:30 pm / FREE, with a $10 K2 minimum.
212-620-5000

Bonus Pick – Elsewhere, but worth the detour:
‘Bronx Stories’
Not often that this site lists an event in the Bronx. This is for my homeboys.

“Subtitled “(Im)migrant Experiences From the Bronx and the Lower East Side,” this program is the second in a two-part series focusing on immigrant neighborhoods in the city as seen through the words and heard through the music of city residents. The evening will feature Annecy Baez, a writer and psychotherapist; Donna Bailey, a writer and storyteller; and Intikana, a hip-hop artist. The comedian Bill Santiago is the host.” (NYT)
Bronx Museum of the Arts, 1040 Grand Concourse, at 165th St., Morrisania
718-681-6000, bronxmuseum.org
From 6:30 to 9 p.m. / FREE, but donations accepted.

HOT TICKET:
Monday, July 28 – Buckwheat Zydeco – City Winery at 8 p.m.,
“This singer and accordionist from Louisiana (whose real name is Stanley Dural Jr.) is a master practitioner of zydeco, an ebullient strain of Cajun folk, and an unpretentious showman with musical flair for miles.” (NYT)

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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 is a big town with many visitors where 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: “Selected Events + Special Exhibitions : Manhattan’s WestSide” dated (07/23) and (07/21).
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Selected Events Manhattan’s WestSide + Today’s Featured Neighborhood: Upper WestSide (07/24)

Today’s “Fab 5″/ Selected NYCity Events  – THURSDAY, JULY 24, 2014.

For other useful and curated NYCity event info for Manhattan’s WestSide check out:
“9 Notable NYCity Events-July”, and also “on Broadway”, and “Top10 Free” in the header above.
♦ For NYCity Sights, Sounds and Stories visit out our sister site: nyc123blog.wordpress.com
♦ For NYCity trip planning see links in “Resources” and “Smart Stuff” in the header above.
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Chelsea Art Walk
Join over one hundred Chelsea galleries and studios for the 5th Annual Chelsea Art Walk. Galleries will be open late until 8pm. Free and open to the public, the Walk will showcase the galleries’ summer exhibitions as well as host artist talks, receptions and other special events running from 5-8pm.

Chelsea Art Walk is organized by the community to promote exciting group exhibitions and unique projects only available to audiences over the summer. For the past four years, the Walk has attracted thousands of guests to this one-night-only event. Spanning venues from 16th to 30th Street between 9th and 11th Avenue, Chelsea Art Walk continues to display the value of these art spaces and the vibrancy of their exhibitions.

Animation Block Party (Short Films)
Come out and experience some of the year’s best animated short films during the incomparable Animation Block Party!

Animation Block Party is the premier animation festival of the East Coast, and their screenings draw huge crowds to see the best new animated films in the world. Each year the opening night of the festival is presented outdoors in partnership with Rooftop Films, and this year’s screening, presented by Arts Brookfield at Brookfield Place, will feature sneak previews of exclusive new animated short films from MTV(other).
For a complete list of all the films to be screened: rooftopfilms.com/2014
7:30pm / FREE
Brookfield Place, ground level, 220 Vesey Street
along the water between West Street and the Hudson River

Broadway in Bryant Park (Thursdays through Aug. 14)
This series of lunchtime performances continues with musical numbers from “Phantom of the Opera,” “Bullets Over Broadway: The Musical,” “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella,” “Avenue Q” and the new Off Broadway musical “Piece of My Heart.”

The best of Broadway is presented FREE on six consecutive Thursdays this summer with “106.7 LITE FM’s Broadway in Bryant Park 2014″ – a lunchtime series on the Bryant Park Stage. Hosted by LITE FM’s on-air personalities, the 14th annual presentation of open-air, On- and Off- Broadway lunch hour performances will run through August 14.
12:30 p.m. / FREE
Bryant Park, Avenue of the Americas, at 40th Street,
212-768-4242, bryantpark.org

Rudy Royston’s “303” Sextet
“Named for the area code of the in-demand drummer’s home town, Denver, this group features key players heard on the recent album “303,” including the guitarist Nir Felder and the saxophonist Jon Irabagon, as well as two bassists, Mimi Jones and Yasushi Nakamura. As Royston has demonstrated in the service of many notable leaders, he is a multifaceted player, and he has fashioned his own eclectically minded band with musical inclusion in mind.” (NewYorker)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th St., West Village,
212-255-4037, villagevanguard.com
8:30 and 10:30 p.m./ $25 and $30 cover, with a one-drink minimum.

Elsewhere, but worth the detour:
“Art Off the Wall: According to What?”
“A special evening of interactive performances and activities in celebration of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s work is happening this evening at the Brooklyn Museum.

“Art Off the Wall: According to What?” features a talk with curator Sharon Matt Atkins, a presentation and workshop from the Asian American Oral History Collective and a multimedia performance of “Ai Weiwei: The Seed” by spoken-word artist Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai. The night closes with Chinese calligraphy art-making and a DJ set.” (DNA info)
Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway.
subway: easy trip on #2/#3 express to Eastern Parkway/Brooklyn Museum
From 6PM / $18, includes admission to the exhibition “Ai Weiwei: According to What?”

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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 is a big town with many visitors where 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.

No 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 to Harlem totally worthwhile.

This second incarnation of Dinosaur in Harlem is in an 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 door you are hit with that tantalizing aroma of barbecue coming from the large open kitchen. Reminds me of all 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 Mississippi 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. 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 humongous 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 Hwy, all may open before a table inside the main dining room. Otherwise, try Dinosaur for lunch, or come very late for dinner.

Website: http://www.dinosaurbarbque.com/
Phone #: 212-694-1777
Hours: M-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 10:00pm
Subway: #1 to 125th st
Walk 2 blk W on 125th 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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