Selected NYC Events (05/25) +

Today’s Super 7 NYC Events > THURSDAY/MAY 25, 2017

“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to.” We make it as easy as 1-2-3.
For future NYC Events be sure to check the tab above: “Notable NYC Events-May”

Have time for only one NYC Event today? Do this:

GERALD CLAYTON (Mat 23-28)
at the Village Vanguard / 8:30 and 10:30 p.m.$30
“If you could accuse the young pianist Gerald Clayton of anything, it would be of sometimes giving us resolution before we need it. A remarkable player, he seems to understand what our ear wants — blooming harmony, melodic improvisations, firm landings — and how to deliver it. On his new release, “Tributary Tales,” recorded with a core quintet and a handful of guests, he scrambles his formulas a little bit, and it’s all for the best. There’s higher contrast; the clouds hang a bit lower; and even the joyful passages feel rougher, more affecting. Here he’ll play in a trio with his longtime associates Joe Sanders on bass and Kendrick Scott on drums.” (GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO-NYT)

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6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)

>>Bill Charlap Trio
>>Parsons Dance
>>John Lloyd Young
>>American Ballet Theatre and NYC Ballet
>>Easternization: Asia’s Rise and America’s Decline from Obama to Trump and Beyond
>>The Future of the Supreme Court
>>PLUS Mad. Sq. Eats

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Bill Charlap Trio (May 23 – 27)
With pianist Bill Charlap, bassist Peter Washington, and drummer Kenny Washington
Dizzy’s Club / 7:30PM +9:30PM, $35
“Charlap approaches a song the way a lover approaches his beloved…when he sits down to play, the result is an embrace, an act of possession. The tune rises, falls, disappears, and resurfaces in new forms as Charlap ranges over the keyboard with nimble, crisply swinging lines, subtly layered textures, dense chords, and spiky interjections.” TIME Magazine

One of the world’s premier jazz pianists, Bill Charlap has performed and recorded with modern masters ranging from Phil Woods and Wynton Marsalis, to Tony Bennett and Barbra Streisand. Since 1997, he has led the GRAMMY® Award-nominated Bill Charlap Trio with bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington, now recognized as a leading group in jazz. Veterans of top jazz clubs including the Village Vanguard, Birdland, and – of course – Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, this trio is exemplary for its jaw-dropping level of chemistry and on-the-fly interactivity, made possible by both technical chops and hard-earned experience.”

Parsons Dance (thru May 28)
Joyce Theatre, 175 Eighth Ave., at 19th St./ 7:30PM, $51-$76
“David Parsons is best known for an effective gimmick: the strobe-lighted, gravity-flouting illusions of his 1982 solo “Caught.” That signature piece is on both programs again this season, joined by a more up-to-date device: small drones that buzz around the dancers in “Hello World,” a première that grapples with human and technological evolution. There’s also “UpEnd,” a fresh collaboration between Parsons and Ephrat Asherie, a skilled and imaginative b-girl whose open spirit should fit well with the company’s enthusiastic, athletic style.” (NewYorker)

John Lloyd Young (thru May27)
Feinstein’s/54 Below, 254 W54th St./ 7PM, $95
“The Tony-winning star of Jersey Boys, both the Broadway musical and the Clint Eastwood film, brings his musical highs and puppyish eyes back to Feinstein’s/54 Below with a show that blends career favorites with new selections.” (TONY)

PLUS, for the remainder of May it is dueling ballet companies, as the city’s two major companies, A.B.T. and New York City Ballet, face off at Lincoln Center – only in NY.

American Ballet Theatre (thru July 08)
Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center / May 23, 7:30PM, $22+
“Alexei Ratmansky’s new two-act ballet, Whipped Cream, set to Richard Strauss’s 1924 “Schlagobers,” had its world premiere in Costa Mesa, California, on March 15, and was immediately hailed as a triumph of stylish kitsch — “culture marketed for shopping,” in the sage language of Times critic Alastair Macaulay. Ratmansky, a 48-year-old native of Ukraine who’s been ABT’s artist in residence since 2009, seems to be making a career of rehabilitating lost ballet scores, turning them into American masterpieces; here he takes a German composer’s neglected work and makes a confection for this moment. Whipped Cream, designed by Mark Ryden, makes its first local appearances May 22–24, and returns later in the season (June 26–July 1) for a weeklong run.” (Elizabeth Zimmer, VillageVoice)
AND
NYC Ballet (thru May 28)
NYS/DHK Theater, Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, $30+
“The Here/Now Festival is nearly over, which means one thing: It’s time to wipe the stage clean with the season’s glorious closer, George Balanchine’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” This 1962 ballet, filled with fairies and butterflies — and, of course, the antics of that mischievous goofball Puck — brings Shakespeare to dancing life in a beloved two-act production that starts out with arguments and misunderstandings and ends with a double wedding. For his version, Balanchine, who played an elf in a St. Petersburg production as a child, choreographed one of his most romantic pas de deux; this serene look at love is a jewel within a jewel.” (GIA KOURLAS – NYT)

Smart Stuff / Other NYC Events
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)

Easternization: Asia’s Rise and America’s Decline from Obama to Trump and Beyond
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave./ 12PM, $25
“Gideon Rachman, the chief foreign affairs commentator for the Financial Times, is one of Britain’s top political writers. His new book, Easternization, argues that the defining trend of our age — the growing wealth of Asian nations — is transforming the international balance of power, that the shift to the East is shaping the lives of people all over the world. There will be a book signing following the event.”

The Future of the Supreme Court
New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West/ 6:30PM, $48
“With a new administration settling into the White House, constitutional experts uncover one of the most transformative and enduring legacies presidents have on the future of American history and law—appointing justices to the Nation’s highest court. Join us for an engrossing talk on the future of the Supreme Court and learn how a new configuration of the judicial power will shape the country for years to come.

Akhil Reed Amar is Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University. Jeffrey Rosen is President and CEO of the National Constitution Center. Marcia Coyle (moderator) is Chief Washington Correspondent for The National Law Journal.”

PLUS Mad. Sq. Eats (thru Jun 03)
General Worth Square; starts 11am; free access
“Twice a year, this outdoor food fest brings buzzworthy bites from the city’s best restaurants to Worth Square in the Flatiron District. Best eats include Roberta’s sensational pizza, MeltKraft grilled cheese sandwiches and cheesesteaks by the Truffleist. The one-stop shop for the tastiest grub in town will be available every day until June 3, so make sure to wear your stretchy pants.” (TONY)

The great food options here along with the lovely Madison Square Park across the street make an unbeatable combo.

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Selected NYC Events (05/24) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s Elite 8 NYC Events > WEDNESDAY/MAY 24, 2017

“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to.” We make it as easy as 1-2-3.
For future NYC Events be sure to check the tab above: “Notable NYC Events-May”

Have time for only one NYC Event today? Do this:

The Morse Historic Design Lecture with Victor Goines
Cooper Hewitt, National Design Museum, 2 E 91st St./6:30PM, $20
“Celebrated jazz musician and composer Victor Goines will expand on key aesthetic and cultural themes of The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s to explore the innovative and evolving forms of jazz during the decade. Goines will also perform original compositions inspired by objects in the exhibition.”

Garden Reception and Exhibition Viewing: 6:30 p.m.; Lecture: 7 p.m.

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7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)

>>“Honoring Danny Gatton”
>>Old Crow Medicine Show
>>Marissa Mulder: Marilyn in Fragments
>>American Ballet Theatre and NYC Ballet
>>Bianca Bosker with Maria Konnikova: Cork Dork
>>Jai Guru Dev: Great Writers on Great Beatles Songs
>>Farm to Market to Table: Where our Food Come From and Where It’s Headed
>>PLUS Mad. Sq. Eats

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

“Honoring Danny Gatton”
Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St./ 9:30PM, $25
“Every major city probably has its own fabled guitarist—a scene pillar who, though revered by locals, is basically unknown to the wider world. The Washington, D.C., legend Danny Gatton was one such figure: a stupefyingly gifted player, equally adept at blues, rock and roll, country, and jazz, whose limited career ended with his suicide, in 1994, at the age of forty-nine. Joel Harrison, who soaked up inspiration from the master firsthand, has organized a long overdue tribute that includes such Gatton devotees as Oz Noy, Pete McCann, Anthony Pirog, and Brandon Seabrook.” (NewYorker)

Old Crow Medicine Show
The Town Hall, 8PM, $35–$45
“Old Crow Medicine Show share a long history with Bob Dylan. Their 2004 blockbuster “Wagon Wheel,” arguably the most pervasive country standard of this century, was based on an unfinished demo Dylan discarded in the Seventies, and the band reworked yet another half-finished Dylan tune into “Sweet Amarillo” (off their 2014 album Remedy). But the group’s Dylan infatuation has never been fleshed out more literally than it is on their latest collection, a note-for-note channeling of the laureate’s 1966 Blonde on Blonde. O.C.M.S’s rendering of the record accentuates the country roots of Dylan’s legendary double LP, originally recorded in Nashville with longtime session pros. This week, the affable veteran string-band brings their Blonde on Blonde recreation to the Town Hall, a mainstay of the Sixties folk-revival scene that Dylan had long since discarded by the time he headed to Nashville to paint his fourteen-song masterpiece.
(Jonathan Bernstein, VillageVoice)

Marissa Mulder: Marilyn in Fragments
Laurie Beechman Theatre at the West Bank Cafe, 407 W 42nd St. (btw 9/10 ave) / 9:30PM, $20 (not sure if this show is going on. best try 212-352-3101 to confirm)
next performance will be Monday, Jume 26 – get your tickets now.

“As comfortable singing Tom Waits as she is singing Noël Coward, the winsomely natural Mulder is one of the cabaret world’s biggest breakout successes of the past five years. Her new set is devoted to the fractured image of Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe.” (TONY)

“If you imagined that at this late date there’s nothing left to say about Marilyn Monroe, you may want to think again. In “Marilyn in Fragments,” a compressed one-hour show , the rising cabaret singer Marissa Mulder wove passages from Monroe’s diaries and 20 songs into a compelling portrait of the star in a confessional mood.” Stephen Holden, The New York Times

PLUS, for the remainder of May it is dueling ballet companies, as the city’s two major companies, A.B.T. and New York City Ballet, face off at Lincoln Center – only in NY.

American Ballet Theatre (thru July 08)
Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center / May 23, 7:30PM, $22+
“Alexei Ratmansky’s new two-act ballet, Whipped Cream, set to Richard Strauss’s 1924 “Schlagobers,” had its world premiere in Costa Mesa, California, on March 15, and was immediately hailed as a triumph of stylish kitsch — “culture marketed for shopping,” in the sage language of Times critic Alastair Macaulay. Ratmansky, a 48-year-old native of Ukraine who’s been ABT’s artist in residence since 2009, seems to be making a career of rehabilitating lost ballet scores, turning them into American masterpieces; here he takes a German composer’s neglected work and makes a confection for this moment. Whipped Cream, designed by Mark Ryden, makes its first local appearances May 22–24, and returns later in the season (June 26–July 1) for a weeklong run.” (Elizabeth Zimmer, VillageVoice)
AND
NYC Ballet (thru May 28)
NYS/DHK Theater, Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, $30+
“The Here/Now Festival is nearly over, which means one thing: It’s time to wipe the stage clean with the season’s glorious closer, George Balanchine’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” This 1962 ballet, filled with fairies and butterflies — and, of course, the antics of that mischievous goofball Puck — brings Shakespeare to dancing life in a beloved two-act production that starts out with arguments and misunderstandings and ends with a double wedding. For his version, Balanchine, who played an elf in a St. Petersburg production as a child, choreographed one of his most romantic pas de deux; this serene look at love is a jewel within a jewel.” (GIA KOURLAS – NYT)

Smart Stuff / Other NYC Events
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)

Bianca Bosker with Maria Konnikova: Cork Dork
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave./ 7PM, $32
“It’s “the Kitchen Confidential of wine,” said Madeline Puckette. “A brilliant feat of screwball participatory journalism,” wrote Jay McInerney. “I love this book,” said Mary Roach. Reading it is “like sitting down with a brilliant, curious friend for an after-work drink, and suddenly finding it’s midnight and the table is littered with bottles,” said Lauren Collins.

Cork Dork, Bianca Bosker’s memoir of hunting down the true inside story of wine, is an oenophile’s delight. Enjoy a glass of wine while Bianca talks with bestselling author Maria Konnikova about her wild journey into the wine industry and how she learned that tasting better can help us all live better. There will be a book signing following this event.”

Jai Guru Dev: Great Writers on Great Beatles Songs | Book Launch: In Their Lives
Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W. 17th St./ 7PM, $35
“In December 1969, The Beatles released their song “Across the Universe,” with the phrase of thanks “Jai Guru Dev, Om” concluding each verse. For many listeners, it was their first exposure to the sacred syllable OM. That song, along with other Beatles classics, helped introduce Eastern spirituality to mainstream Western culture and encouraged countless listeners to transform their consciousness.

To mark the publication of Andrew Blauner’s In Their Lives: Great Writers on Great Beatles Songs, Shawn Colvin, David Duchovny, Rick Moody, Jon Pareles, Francine Prose, and others share their thoughts on The Beatles’ legacy and why their songs continue to impact our culture.”

Farm to Market to Table: Where our Food Come From and Where It’s Headed
92Y, Lexington ave @ 92nd St. / 8:00PM, $32 ​
“Superstar Farm-to-table guru Dan Barber and legendary food writer/editor/critic Ruth Reichl join James Beard award-winning author Michael Ruhlman — who recently immersed himself in the world of grocery stores for his new book Grocery to try to understand our national obsession with food — for a conversation about where our food comes from, how it is marketed to us, what is good for us and how we can become more enlightened consumers.”

PLUS Mad. Sq. Eats (thru Jun 03)
General Worth Square; starts 11am; free access
“Twice a year, this outdoor food fest brings buzzworthy bites from the city’s best restaurants to Worth Square in the Flatiron District. Best eats include Roberta’s sensational pizza, MeltKraft grilled cheese sandwiches and cheesesteaks by the Truffleist. The one-stop shop for the tastiest grub in town will be available every day until June 3, so make sure to wear your stretchy pants.” (TONY)

The great food options here along with the lovely Madison Square Park across the street make an unbeatable combo.

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Bonus NYC events– Jazz Venues:
Many consider NYCity the Jazz capital of the world. Here are my favorite Jazz clubs, all on Manhattan’s WestSide. Check out who is playing tonight:

Greenwich Village
(5 are underground, classic jazz joints. all 6 are within walking distance of each other):
Village Vanguard – UG, 178 7th Ave. South, villagevanguard.com, 212-255-4037
Blue Note – 131 W3rd St. nr 6th ave. bluenotejazz.com, 212-475-8592
55 Bar – basement @55 Christopher St. nr 7th ave.S. 55bar.com, 212-929-9883
Mezzrow – basement @ 163 W10th St. nr 7th Ave. mezzrow.com,646-476-4346
Smalls – basement @ 183 W10th St. smallslive.com, 646-476-4346
Cornelia Street Cafe – UG, 29 Cornelia St. corneliastreetcafe.com, 212-989-9319

Outside Greenwich Village:
Dizzy’s Club – Broadway @ 60th St. — jazz.org/dizzys / 212-258-9595
Birdland – 315 W44th St.(btw 8/9ave) — birdlandjazz.com / 212-581-3080
Smoke Jazz Club – 2751 Broadway nr.106th St. — smokejazz.com / 212-864-6662

Special Mention:
Caffe Vivaldi – 32 Jones St. nr Bleecker St. — caffevivaldi.com / 212-691-7538
a classic, old jazz club in the Village, Caffe V often surprises with a wonderfully eclectic lineup. It’s my favorite spot for an evening of listening enjoyment and discovery.

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♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity, with a population of  8.5 million, had a record 60 million visitors last year and was TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2017.  Quality shows draw crowds.
Try to reserve seats for these top NYC events in advance, even if just on day of performance.
NYCity Vacation Travel Guide Video (Expedia):

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Chelsea Art Gallery District*

Chelsea is the heart of the NYCity contemporary art scene. Home to more than 300 art galleries, the Rubin Museum, the Joyce Theater and The Kitchen performance spaces, there is no place like it anywhere in the world. Come here to browse free exhibitions by world-renowned artists and those unknowns waiting to be discovered in an art district that is concentrated between West 18th and West 27th Streets, and 10th and 11th Avenues. Afterwards stop in the Chelsea Market, stroll on the High Line, or rest up at one of the many cafes and bars and discuss the fine art.

Here is one exhibition the New Yorker really likes:

Alex Katz (thru June 30)
Taylor 16×34, 515 W19th St. Chelsea
“As a student at Cooper Union, in 1946, Katz was struggling in drawing class, so he started sketching people wherever he went. The pocket-size results, exhibited here together for the first time, are an illuminating example of the contest between an aspiring artist’s attempt to capture every detail of what he’s seeing and the confident ease with which, as a mature painter, Katz came to encapsulate faces and gestures. In one drawing, a pair of women and a pair of men sit kibbitzing on benches in Union Square; Katz captures all four physiognomies and expressions—from a querulous, sharp-nosed woman to a sympathetic, shovel-chinned man—with vigilant specificity.” (NewYorker)

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For a listing of 25 essential galleries in the Chelsea Art Gallery District, organized by street, which enables you to create your own Chelsea Art Gallery crawl, see the Chelsea Gallery Guide (nycgo.com) Or check out TONY magazine’s list of the “Best Chelsea Galleries” and click through to see what’s on view.

*Now plan your own gallery crawl, but better to plan your visits for Tuesday through Saturday; most galleries are closed Sunday and Monday.

TIP: After your gallery tour, stop in Ovest at 513W27th St. for Aperitivo Italiano (Happy Hour on steroids). Discuss all the great art you have viewed over a drink and a very tasty selection of FREE appetizers (M-F, 5-8pm). OR try the NYT recommendation: “When you’re done, adjourn to the newly renovated Bottino , the Chelsea art world’s unofficial canteen on 10th Avenue (btw 24/25 St.) “

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For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see recent posts in right sidebar dated 05/22 and 05/20.

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Selected NYC Events (05/23) + Today’s Featured Pub (WestVillage)

Today’s Super 7 NYC Events > TUESDAY/MAY 23, 2017

“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to.” We make it as easy as 1-2-3.
For future NYC Events be sure to check the tab above: “Notable NYC Events-May”

Have time for only one NYC Event today? Do this:

Bill Charlap Trio (May 23 – 27)
With pianist Bill Charlap, bassist Peter Washington, and drummer Kenny Washington
Dizzy’s Club / 7:30PM +9:30PM, $35
“Charlap approaches a song the way a lover approaches his beloved…when he sits down to play, the result is an embrace, an act of possession. The tune rises, falls, disappears, and resurfaces in new forms as Charlap ranges over the keyboard with nimble, crisply swinging lines, subtly layered textures, dense chords, and spiky interjections.” TIME Magazine

One of the world’s premier jazz pianists, Bill Charlap has performed and recorded with modern masters ranging from Phil Woods and Wynton Marsalis, to Tony Bennett and Barbra Streisand. Since 1997, he has led the GRAMMY® Award-nominated Bill Charlap Trio with bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington, now recognized as a leading group in jazz. Veterans of top jazz clubs including the Village Vanguard, Birdland, and – of course – Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, this trio is exemplary for its jaw-dropping level of chemistry and on-the-fly interactivity, made possible by both technical chops and hard-earned experience.”

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6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)

>>Parsons Dance
>>John Lloyd Young
>>American Ballet Theatre and NYC Ballet
>>Jazz 101: The Swing Era:
>>Astronomy Live: Unsolved Mysteries of the Universe
>>Justin Davidson + Wendy Goodman: Magnetic City
>>PLUS Mad. Sq. Eats +“Dine Around Downtown”

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Parsons Dance (thru May 28)
Joyce Theatre, 175 Eighth Ave., at 19th St./ 7:30PM, $51-$76
“David Parsons is best known for an effective gimmick: the strobe-lighted, gravity-flouting illusions of his 1982 solo “Caught.” That signature piece is on both programs again this season, joined by a more up-to-date device: small drones that buzz around the dancers in “Hello World,” a première that grapples with human and technological evolution. There’s also “UpEnd,” a fresh collaboration between Parsons and Ephrat Asherie, a skilled and imaginative b-girl whose open spirit should fit well with the company’s enthusiastic, athletic style.” (NewYorker)

John Lloyd Young (thru May27)
Feinstein’s/54 Below, 254 W54th St./ 7PM, $95
“The Tony-winning star of Jersey Boys, both the Broadway musical and the Clint Eastwood film, brings his musical highs and puppyish eyes back to Feinstein’s/54 Below with a show that blends career favorites with new selections.” (TONY)

PLUS, for the remainder of May it is dueling ballet companies, as the city’s two major companies, A.B.T. and New York City Ballet, face off at Lincoln Center – only in NY.

American Ballet Theatre (thru July 08)
Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center / May 23, 7:30PM, $22+
“Alexei Ratmansky’s new two-act ballet, Whipped Cream, set to Richard Strauss’s 1924 “Schlagobers,” had its world premiere in Costa Mesa, California, on March 15, and was immediately hailed as a triumph of stylish kitsch — “culture marketed for shopping,” in the sage language of Times critic Alastair Macaulay. Ratmansky, a 48-year-old native of Ukraine who’s been ABT’s artist in residence since 2009, seems to be making a career of rehabilitating lost ballet scores, turning them into American masterpieces; here he takes a German composer’s neglected work and makes a confection for this moment. Whipped Cream, designed by Mark Ryden, makes its first local appearances May 22–24, and returns later in the season (June 26–July 1) for a weeklong run.” (Elizabeth Zimmer, VillageVoice)
AND
NYC Ballet (thru May 28)
NYS/DHK Theater, Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, $30+
“The Here/Now Festival is nearly over, which means one thing: It’s time to wipe the stage clean with the season’s glorious closer, George Balanchine’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” This 1962 ballet, filled with fairies and butterflies — and, of course, the antics of that mischievous goofball Puck — brings Shakespeare to dancing life in a beloved two-act production that starts out with arguments and misunderstandings and ends with a double wedding. For his version, Balanchine, who played an elf in a St. Petersburg production as a child, choreographed one of his most romantic pas de deux; this serene look at love is a jewel within a jewel.” (GIA KOURLAS – NYT)

Smart Stuff / Other NYC Events
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)

Jazz 101: The Swing Era
Jazz at Lincoln Center, Rose Hall/Time Warner Center, 5th Floor/ 6:30PM, $35
“Join us for an interactive and lively introduction to the nation’s greatest art form lead by Seton Hawkins, Director of Public Programs and Education Resources at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Hawkins, producer, manager, publicist, radio DJ, and advocate in Jazz for more than a decade will help you to develop your ears to hear the many details and intricacies that make this music so endlessly fascinating, and guide you through the history and development of the styles.

The Swing Era heralded Jazz’s place as the pop music of the day, and some of its finest artists—Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Woody Herman, and more—were also its megastars. But what was the music they were creating? How was it different from earlier styles of Jazz? And how did it change throughout the 1930s? In this class, we’ll explore the greatest artists of the day and listen to how they changed the music.”

Astronomy Live: Unsolved Mysteries of the Universe
American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th St./ 7PM, $15
“Is there life spraying out of the geysers of Saturn’s moon Enceladus? How did our solar system end up with just one habitable planet? What is dark matter and why doesn’t it interact with any other matter? Astrophysicist Jackie Faherty and Museum educator Ted Williams tour the universe exploring these unsolved mysteries and discuss how scientists seek to solve them.”

Justin Davidson + Wendy Goodman: Magnetic City
The Strand, 828 Broadway/ 6:30PM, FREE
“Magnetic City takes us to popular destinations as well as to residential neighborhoods rarely on the casual traveler’s beat. His New York comes alive as we read about the stories behind landmarks and street corners, about the visionaries and architects who created the city by constantly destroying and rebuilding it.

The book is structured around seven walking tours, (the Financial District; the Seaport and Brooklyn Waterfront; the World Trade Center; the Meatpacking District, West Chelsea, and the High Line; Forty-Second Street; the Upper West Side; and Sugar Hill and the South Bronx). But this is far more than guidebook. Justin Davidson is a gifted storyteller, and each itinerary is a trip you can take by foot (or bike, or ferry) … or a journey you can take in your mind without ever leaving your armchair.”

“Dine Around Downtown”
28 Liberty Plaza. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The “Dine Around Downtown” festival brings dishes from dozens of Lower Manhattan restaurants. Prices vary. (NYT/Today)

PLUS Mad. Sq. Eats (thru Jun 03)
General Worth Square; starts 11am; free access
“Twice a year, this outdoor food fest brings buzzworthy bites from the city’s best restaurants to Worth Square in the Flatiron District. Best eats include Roberta’s sensational pizza, MeltKraft grilled cheese sandwiches and cheesesteaks by the Truffleist. The one-stop shop for the tastiest grub in town will be available every day until June 3, so make sure to wear your stretchy pants.” (TONY)

The great food options here along with the lovely Madison Square Park across the street make an unbeatable combo.

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Bonus NYC events– Jazz Venues:
Many consider NYCity the Jazz capital of the world. Here are my favorite Jazz clubs, all on Manhattan’s WestSide. Check out who is playing tonight:

Greenwich Village
(5 underground, classic jazz joints. all 6 within walking distance of each other):
Village Vanguard – UG, 178 7th Ave. South, villagevanguard.com, 212-255-4037
Blue Note – 131 W3rd St. nr 6th ave. bluenotejazz.com, 212-475-8592
55 Bar – basement @55 Christopher St. nr 7th ave.S. 55bar.com, 212-929-9883
Mezzrow – basement @ 163 W10th St. nr 7th Ave. mezzrow.com,646-476-4346
Smalls – basement @ 183 W10th St. smallslive.com, 646-476-4346
Cornelia Street Cafe – UG, 29 Cornelia St. corneliastreetcafe.com, 212-989-9319

Outside Greenwich Village:
Dizzy’s Club – Broadway @ 60th St. — jazz.org/dizzys / 212-258-9595
Birdland – 315 W44th St.(btw 8/9ave) — birdlandjazz.com / 212-581-3080
Smoke Jazz Club – 2751 Broadway nr.106th St. — smokejazz.com / 212-864-6662

Special Mention:
Caffe Vivaldi – 32 Jones St. nr Bleecker St. — caffevivaldi.com / 212-691-7538
a classic, old jazz club in the Village, Caffe V often surprises with a wonderfully eclectic lineup. It’s my favorite spot for an evening of listening enjoyment and discovery.

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♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity, with a population of  8.5 million, had a record 60 million visitors last year and was TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2016.  Quality shows draw crowds.
Try to reserve seats for these top NYC events in advance, even if just on day of performance.
NYCity Vacation Travel Guide Video (Expedia):

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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 NYC Events (05/22) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s 5th Avenue

Today’s Super 7 NYC Events > MONDAY/MAY 22, 2017

“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to.” We make it as easy as 1-2-3.
For future NYC Events be sure to check the tab above: “Notable NYC Events-May”

Have time for only one NYC Event today? Do this:

Broadway by the Year: The Broadway Musicals of 1997–2007
The Town Hall, 123 W43rd St./ 8PM, $52-$62
“Scott Siegel’s valuable concert series opens another time capsule, this time to more recent musical-theater history. The starry cast includes Emily Skinner, Josh Young, Christina Bianco, Farah Alvin, Brian Charles Rooney, Maxine Linehan and Jeremy Benton.” (TONY)

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6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)

>>Glenn Close and the Cast of Sunset Boulevard In “Vintage Hollywood”
>>Colm Reilly: Bein’ Green—A Collection of Irish Songs
>>Lea Salonga
>>The History of the World in 100 Performances with Adam Gopnik:
>>Seamus Heaney’s “AENEID, BOOK VI”
>>Everyday Africa: 30 Photographers Re-Picturing a Continent
>>PLUS Mad. Sq. Eats

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Glenn Close and the Cast of Sunset Boulevard In “Vintage Hollywood”
Birdland, 315 W 44th St./ 9:30PM, $75
“The Broadway at Birdland concert series is thrilled to announce that Glenn Close will host and present members from the cast of Sunset Boulevard in“Vintage Hollywood,” a fundraising concert on Monday, May 22 at 9:30pm. Proceeds from the one-night-only event will benefit Bring Change 2 Mind, which works to end the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness.

“Vintage Hollywood” will star Ms.Close and her cast in a series of musical combinations celebrating the Golden Age of Hollywood.”

Colm Reilly: Bein’ Green—A Collection of Irish Songs
Metropolitan Room, 34 W 22nd St./ 7PM, $20
“Reilly lends his sweet tenor to a collection of gems from the Emerald Isle in this high-spirited and entertaining set, first performed in 2002 and now brought back as the final installment of Stephen Hanks’s New York cabaret’s Greatest Hits series.” (TONY)

Lea Salonga (LAST DAY)
Feinstein’s/54 Below, 254 W 54thSt./ 7PM, $95+
“The radiant star of Broadway’s Miss Saigon and Allegiance (and Disney’s Mulan and Aladdin) returns to the cabaret stage with a show that includes show tunes, standards and pop songs.” (TONY)

“After a sold-out engagement last April, Lea Salonga returns to Feinstein’s/54 Below with a show The New York Times called “one of the year’s most satisfying cabaret shows” and Theatermania touted as “unmissable”! Salonga smartly weaves together a set list of her favorite standards, go-to pop tunes, and Broadway ballads. This trio of piano, guitar, and voice ensures an intimate experience with a true Broadway icon. Salonga joins us for a record-breaking run of 15 performances this spring!”

Smart Stuff / Other NYC Events
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)

The History of the World in 100 Performances with Adam Gopnik: The Premiere of Hamlet. with special guest Stephen Greenblatt
Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, FREE Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Get there early to ensure a seat in what is a fairly small venue.
“Elizabethan England. Early 1600s. The playwright, poet, and actor William Shakespeare has just completed a new work that will go on to become one of the most famous plays of all time. Find out how it went down at the latest installment of New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik’s popular series that investigates landmark cultural moments. Guest artists include American literary critic and scholar Stephen Greenblatt and actors Dan Beaulieu and Claire Warden, who will perform a scene in Original Pronunciation.”

Seamus Heaney’s “AENEID, BOOK VI” with Stephen Rea and cellist Neil Martin
92nd Street Y, / 7:30PM, $28
“There’s one Virgilian journey that has indeed been a constant presence and that is Aeneas’s venture into the underworld,” Seamus Heaney once told an interviewer.

“The motifs in Book VI have been in my head for years — the golden bough, Charon’s barge, the quest to meet the shade of the father.” Heaney’s translation of Book VI of the Aeneid, which he began when his father died in 1986, was virtually complete when he himself died in 2013. Now the Poetry Center teams with Irish Repertory Theatre to present a staged reading of the newly published translation — “a remarkable and fitting epilogue to one of the great poetic careers of recent times,” wrote Nick Laird. “

Everyday Africa: 30 Photographers Re-Picturing a Continent
Open Society Foundations–New York, 224 W. 57th St./ 6PM, FREE, RSVP requested
“Everyday Africa: 30 Photographers Re-Picturing a Continent, published by Kehrer Verlag, showcases photos of ordinary life in Africa that find beauty in stories rarely seen—shifting perception from the sensationalized extremes to a more textured, familiar reality. Photographs run alongside sections of Instagram commentary inspired by the images. The comments can be lighthearted one moment and caustic the next, speaking volumes about widely held perceptions of Africa while underscoring the continent’s increased connectivity in a globalized world.”

PLUS Mad. Sq. Eats (thru Jun 03)
General Worth Square; starts 11am; free access
“Twice a year, this outdoor food fest brings buzzworthy bites from the city’s best restaurants to Worth Square in the Flatiron District. Best eats include Roberta’s sensational pizza, MeltKraft grilled cheese sandwiches and cheesesteaks by the Truffleist. The one-stop shop for the tastiest grub in town will be available every day until June 3, so make sure to wear your stretchy pants.” (TONY)

The great food options here along with the lovely Madison Square Park across the street make an unbeatable combo.

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Bonus NYC events– Jazz Venues:
Many consider NYCity the Jazz capital of the world. Here are my favorite Jazz clubs, all on Manhattan’s WestSide. Check out who is playing tonight:

Greenwich Village
(5 are underground, classic jazz joints. all 6 are within walking distance of each other):
Village Vanguard – UG, 178 7th Ave. South, villagevanguard.com, 212-255-4037
Blue Note – 131 W3rd St. nr 6th ave. bluenotejazz.com, 212-475-8592
55 Bar – basement @55 Christopher St. nr 7th ave.S. 55bar.com, 212-929-9883
Mezzrow – basement @ 163 W10th St. nr 7th Ave. mezzrow.com,646-476-4346
Smalls – basement @ 183 W10th St. smallslive.com, 646-476-4346
Cornelia Street Cafe – UG, 29 Cornelia St. corneliastreetcafe.com, 212-989-9319

Outside Greenwich Village:
Dizzy’s Club – Broadway @ 60th St. — jazz.org/dizzys / 212-258-9595
Birdland – 315 W44th St.(btw 8/9ave) — birdlandjazz.com / 212-581-3080
Smoke Jazz Club – 2751 Broadway nr.106th St. — smokejazz.com / 212-864-6662

Special Mention:
Caffe Vivaldi – 32 Jones St. nr Bleecker St. — caffevivaldi.com / 212-691-7538
a classic, old jazz club in the Village, Caffe V often surprises with a wonderfully eclectic lineup. It’s my favorite spot for an evening of listening enjoyment and discovery.

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♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity, with a population of  8.5 million, had a record 60 million visitors last year and was TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2017.  Quality shows draw crowds.
Try to reserve seats for these top NYC events in advance, even if just on day of performance.
NYCity Vacation Travel Guide Video (Expedia):

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WHAT’S ON VIEW
These are My Fave Special Exhibitions @ MUSEUMS / Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue
(See the New York Times Arts Section for listings of all museum exhibitions,
and also see the expanded reviews of these exhibitions)

Morgan Library & Museum
‘I’M NOBODY! WHO ARE YOU? THE LIFE AND POETRY OF EMILY DICKINSON’ (through May 28).
“This is the second-largest gathering ever, anywhere, of prime Dickinson relics, and as such it comes with an aura the size of a city block. It instantly turns the Morgan into a pilgrimage site, a literary Lourdes, a place to come in contact with one aspect of America that truly can claim greatness. And the show has a mission, to give 21st-century audiences a fresh take on Dickinson. Gone is the white-gowned Puritan nun, and the Belle of Amherst, that infantilized charmer. At the Morgan we get a different Dickinson, a person among people: a member of a household, a village dweller, a citizen.” 212-685-0008, themorgan.org. (NYT-Holland Cotter)

and you should be sure to check out the special exhibitions at that little museum on Fifth Ave., The Metropolitan Museum of Art
(open 7 days /week, AND always Pay What You Wish)

at the very least you will want to see this one:
‘CELEBRATING THE ARTS OF JAPAN: THE MARY GRIGGS BURKE COLLECTION’ (through May 2017)
“This lavish collection of 160 objects came to the Met from the Mary and Jackson Burke Foundation in early 2015. The Burkes loved Japanese art — all of it — and the exhibition is close to compendious in terms of media, from wood-carved Buddhas to bamboo baskets, with a particular strength in painting, early and late. The quality of the work? Japan thinks highly enough of it to have made the Burke holdings the first Japanese collection from abroad ever to show at Tokyo National Museum. 212-535-7710, metmuseum.org.” (Cotter)

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Museum Mile is a section of Fifth Avenue which contains one of the densest displays of culture in the world. Eight museums can be found along this section of Fifth Avenue:
• 105th Street – El Museo del Barrio (closed Sun-Mon)*
• 103rd Street – Museum of the City of New York (open 7 days /week)
•  92nd Street – The Jewish Museum (closed Wed) (Sat FREE) (Thu 5-8 PWYW)
•  91st Street  –  Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum (open 7 days /week)
•  89th Street –  National Academy Museum (closed Mon-Tue)
•  88th Street –  Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (closed Thu) (Sat 6-8 PWYW)
•  86th Street –  Neue Galerie New York (closed Tue-Wed) (Fri 6-8 FREE)
Last, but certainly not least, America’s premier museum
•  82nd Street – The Metropolitan Museum of Art (open 7 days /week)*
*always Pay What You Wish (PWYW)

Although technically not part of the Museum Mile, the Frick Collection (closed Mon) (SUN 11am-1pm PWYW) on the corner of 70th St. and Fifth Avenue and the The Morgan Library & Museum (closed Mon) (Fri 7-9 FREE) on Madison Ave and 37th St are also located near Fifth Ave.
Now plan your own museum crawl (info on hours & admission updated June 2, 2015).
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Selected NYC Events (05/21) + Today’s Featured Pub (Greenwich Village)

Today’s Super 7 NYC Events > SUNDAY/MAY 21, 2017

“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to.” We make it as easy as 1-2-3.
For future NYC Events be sure to check the tab above: “Notable NYC Events-May”

Have time for only one NYC Event today? Do this:

Lea Salonga (May 11-22)
Feinstein’s/54 Below, 254 W 54thSt./ 7PM, $95+
“The radiant star of Broadway’s Miss Saigon and Allegiance (and Disney’s Mulan and Aladdin) returns to the cabaret stage with a show that includes show tunes, standards and pop songs.” (TONY)

“After a sold-out engagement last April, Lea Salonga returns to Feinstein’s/54 Below with a show The New York Times called “one of the year’s most satisfying cabaret shows” and Theatermania touted as “unmissable”! Salonga smartly weaves together a set list of her favorite standards, go-to pop tunes, and Broadway ballads. This trio of piano, guitar, and voice ensures an intimate experience with a true Broadway icon. Salonga joins us for a record-breaking run of 15 performances this spring!”

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6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)

>>Stanley Cowell Quartet
>>FLAMENCO VIVO CARLOTA SANTANA
>>American Ballet Theatre
>>9th Avenue International Food Festival
>>NYC Vegetarian Food Festival
>>HARLEM EATUP
>>PLUS Mad. Sq. Eats

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Stanley Cowell Quartet (LAST DAY)
Smoke Jazz Club, 2751 Broadway, btw 105th/106th Sts./ 7, 9, 10:30PM, $38
“In the nineteen-seventies and eighties, this sparkplug of post-bop jazz shared his encyclopedic piano skills on his own fine recordings and with a host of top-tier artists, co-founded the Strata East record label, and composed large scale pan-historic pieces. Now, following academic retirement, Cowell has resurfaced, leading a quintet featuring the saxophonist Bruce Williams.” (NewYorker)

Elsewhere, but flamenco is always worth the detour.
FLAMENCO VIVO CARLOTA SANTANA (LAST DAY)
at BAM Fisher, 321 Ashland Place / 2 PM, 7:30PM, $25+
“Dedicated to keeping flamenco alive and growing, this New York-based ensemble comes to BAM Fisher with three new works by Spanish choreographers, performed by 14 dancers and musicians from Spain and the United States. “El Pintor,” by Antonio Hidalgo, takes inspiration from the symbolist painter Julio Romero de Torres; José Maldonado’s “Pa’ Triana Voy” evokes life in the Seville neighborhood of Triana; and Angel Muñoz riffs on the traditional style known as soleá por bulerías in a piece for four men.” (SIOBHAN BURKE-NYT)

PLUS, for the remainder of May it is dueling ballet companies, as the city’s two major companies, A.B.T. and New York City Ballet, face off at Lincoln Center – only in NY.

American Ballet Theatre (thru July 08)
Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center / (NOT TODAY) $22+
“The company continues performances of its first full-length production of the season, “Don Quixote,” staged by Kevin McKenzie and Susan Jones, through Saturday. (Saturday’s evening performance will feature Christine Shevchenko and Thomas Forster in debuts as Mercedes and Espada.) But the spring gala on Monday heralds a new treat: Alexei Ratmansky’s “Whipped Cream,” set to music by Richard Strauss, with whimsical scenery and costumes by the acclaimed pop-surrealist artist Mark Ryden. In the ballet, a young boy samples too many pastries and dreams of Princess Praline and her court. This New York premiere will also be the return of the principal David Hallberg, who has — for too long — been absent from the stage because of injury. He takes on Prince Coffee.” (GIA KOURLAS – NYT)
and
NYC Ballet (thru May 28)
NYS/DHK Theater, Lincoln Center / 8PM, $30+
“The Here/Now Festival is nearly over, which means one thing: It’s time to wipe the stage clean with the season’s glorious closer, George Balanchine’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” This 1962 ballet, filled with fairies and butterflies — and, of course, the antics of that mischievous goofball Puck — brings Shakespeare to dancing life in a beloved two-act production that starts out with arguments and misunderstandings and ends with a double wedding. For his version, Balanchine, who played an elf in a St. Petersburg production as a child, choreographed one of his most romantic pas de deux; this serene look at love is a jewel within a jewel.” (GIA KOURLAS – NYT)

Smart Stuff / Other NYC Events
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)

This is food weekend in New York City. Doesn’t matter what your favorite cuisine is, you will find it here this weekend.

9th Avenue International Food Festival
9th Ave. btw 42nd and 57th St. /starts 10AM
“If your only recent reference for Hell’s Kitchen is Rudy’s, you’re missing out. Though the bar and its free-hot-dog-with-beer deal are longstanding favorites for us, too, there’s a growing wave of alluring restaurants popping up in the neighborhood. This street festival is a good way to see (and taste) what’s in the area these days. It’s billed as the “the oldest, largest continuing food festival in New York City,” and you’ll find food from many corners of the world, as well as from right on these blocks. Locals to look out for include Bar Bacon, where bacon’s in everything from sandwiches to cocktails; Flaming Saddles Saloon, which serves Bloody Marys alongside male dancers; and City Sandwich, which offers a Portuguese spin on the traditional deli hero. There will also be live music and other entertainment, like arts and crafts for the kids.” (Mary Bakija, Village Voice)

NYC Vegetarian Food Festival
Metropolitan Pavilion, 11AM, $30–$75
Veggie-only foodies are people, too, and don’t they deserve to go seitan wild at a like-minded culinary event? Enter the NYC Vegetarian Food Festival, a two-day gathering at the Metropolitan Pavilion for health-minded consumers of all stripes — from vegetarians and vegans to locavores and flexitarians — interested in learning about and sampling the best of New York’s plant-based scene. Speaker sessions, live entertainment, chef demos, and animal-welfare information tables round out the offerings at the show’s seventh iteration.” (Jill Menze, Village Voice)

HARLEM EATUP
“Head uptown for this festival founded by chef and restaurateur Marcus Samuelsson. Events range from Dine in Harlem Dinners ­­ dinner parties in which restaurants and chefs host other chefs in their kitchens ­­ to The Harlem Stroll in Morningside Park, with food vendors, music and dance performances.” (STAV ZIV-Newsday)
WHEN | Monday, May 15, through Sunday, May 21
WHERE, at various venues including Ginny’s Supper Club at Red Rooster, 310 Lenox Ave.
INFO Prices vary, some events are free;

PLUS Mad. Sq. Eats (thru Jun 03)
General Worth Square; starts 11am; free access
“Twice a year, this outdoor food fest brings buzzworthy bites from the city’s best restaurants to Worth Square in the Flatiron District. Best eats include Roberta’s sensational pizza, MeltKraft grilled cheese sandwiches and cheesesteaks by the Truffleist. The one-stop shop for the tastiest grub in town will be available every day until June 3, so make sure to wear your stretchy pants.” (TONY)

The great food options here along with the lovely Madison Square Park across the street make an unbeatable combo.

And don’t forget these outer borough events:
LAST DAY of Bronx Week 2017, which celebrates the citizens of the borough with events through May 21. Times and prices vary.

And while you are in the Bronx you won’t want to miss this:
CHIHULY (thru Oct.29)
New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd./ $20 to $25
“Step into the sublimely colorful mind of multimedia artist Dale Chihuly at this larger-than-life exhibition, where over twenty of the celebrated creators’ gigantic pieces will take over the 250-acre grounds of the New York Botanical Garden, with installations created especially for the exhibit. Don’t miss special after-dark hours to experience the glassworks illuminated.”

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Bonus NYC Events – Music Venues:
So much fine live music every night in this town. These are my favorite non jazz music venues on Manhattan’s WestSide. Check out who’s playing tonight:

City Winery – 155 Varick St., citywinery.com, 212-608-0555
Feinstein’s/54 Below – 254 W54th St., 54below.com, 646-476-3551
Joe’s Pub @ Public Theater – 425 Lafayette St., joespub.com, 212-967-7555
Metropolitan Room – 34W22ndSt., metropolitan room.com, 212-206-0440
Beacon Theatre – 2124 Broadway @ 74th St., beacontheatre.com, 212-465-6500
Town Hall – 123 W43rd St., thetownhall.org, 212-997-6661
B.B. King’s Blues Bar – 237W42nd St., bbkingblues.com, 212-997-2144
Bowery Ballroom – 6 Delancey St. boweryballroom.com,
Le Poisson Rouge – 158 Bleecker St., lepoissonrouge.com, 212-505-3474

Special Mention:
Caffe Vivaldi – 32 Jones St. nr Bleecker St. caffevivaldi.com, 212-691-7538
a classic, old jazz club in the Village, Caffe V often surprises with a wonderfully eclectic lineup. It’s my favorite spot for an evening of listening discovery and enjoyment.
See Below.

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♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity, with a population of  8.5 million, had a record 60 million visitors last year and was TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2017.  Quality shows draw crowds.
Try to reserve seats for these top NYC events in advance, even if just on day of performance.
NYCity Vacation Travel Guide Video (Expedia):
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A PremierPub and 3 Good Eating Places – Greenwich Village

Caffe Vivaldi / 32 Jones Street (btw. Bleecker St./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 fairly priced wines,  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, NYCity 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 left on Bleecker to Jones St., 50 yards 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.

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 St.)
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 Square 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”
No reservations needed.
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NYCity is the most diverse and interesting place to find a meal anywhere in the world. With more than 24,000 eating establishments you might welcome some advice.

◊ For all my picks of 54 Good Eating places, and essays on my favorite 18 PremierPubs in 9 Neighborhoods on Manhattan’s WestSide, order a copy of my e-book:
“Eating and Drinking on NYCity’s WestSide” ($4.99, available Fall 2017).
◊ Order before Aug. 31, 2017 and receive a bonus – 27 of my favorite casual dining places with free Wi-Fi.

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Selected NYC Events (05/20) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

Today’s Super 7 NYC Events > SATURDAY/MAY 20, 2017

“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to.” We make it as easy as 1-2-3.
For future NYC Events be sure to check the tab above: “Notable NYC Events-May”

Have time for only one NYC Event today? Do this:

Bill Charlap Trio (May 16 – 21)
With pianist Bill Charlap, bassist Peter Washington, and drummer Kenny Washington
Dizzy’s Club / 7:30PM +9:30PM, $35
“Charlap approaches a song the way a lover approaches his beloved…when he sits down to play, the result is an embrace, an act of possession. The tune rises, falls, disappears, and resurfaces in new forms as Charlap ranges over the keyboard with nimble, crisply swinging lines, subtly layered textures, dense chords, and spiky interjections.” TIME Magazine

One of the world’s premier jazz pianists, Bill Charlap has performed and recorded with modern masters ranging from Phil Woods and Wynton Marsalis, to Tony Bennett and Barbra Streisand. Since 1997, he has led the GRAMMY® Award-nominated Bill Charlap Trio with bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington, now recognized as a leading group in jazz. Veterans of top jazz clubs including the Village Vanguard, Birdland, and – of course – Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, this trio is exemplary for its jaw-dropping level of chemistry and on-the-fly interactivity, made possible by both technical chops and hard-earned experience.”

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6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)

>>Lea Salonga
>>Steve Coleman and Five Elements
>>American Ballet Theatre
>>9th Avenue International Food Festival
>>NYC Vegetarian Food Festival
>>HARLEM EATUP
>>PLUS Mad. Sq. Eats

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Lea Salonga (May 11-22)
Feinstein’s/54 Below, 254 W 54thSt./ 7PM, $95+
“The radiant star of Broadway’s Miss Saigon and Allegiance (and Disney’s Mulan and Aladdin) returns to the cabaret stage with a show that includes show tunes, standards and pop songs.” (TONY)

“After a sold-out engagement last April, Lea Salonga returns to Feinstein’s/54 Below with a show The New York Times called “one of the year’s most satisfying cabaret shows” and Theatermania touted as “unmissable”! Salonga smartly weaves together a set list of her favorite standards, go-to pop tunes, and Broadway ballads. This trio of piano, guitar, and voice ensures an intimate experience with a true Broadway icon. Salonga joins us for a record-breaking run of 15 performances this spring!”

Steve Coleman and Five Elements
Village Vanguard, / 8:30, +10:30PM, $30
“It’s a pressure-cooker type of deal: Steve Coleman’s Five Elements outfit simmers and bubbles and boils until the lid blows off and the steam screams out. Thanks to the intricate interplay — which has been the DNA of the saxophonist/conceptualist’s stuff since he established his lab in the heady Fort Greene of the Eighties — watching the process can be mind-boggling, like body music posing as a chess match. Trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson, guitarist Miles Okazaki, bassist Anthony Tidd, and drummer Sean Rickman comprise the quintet, and their agility is unparalleled. A concert-hall set from last summer’s Montreal Jazz Fest was unforgettably explosive, and when they set up shop in a cozy room like the Vanguard, every micro maneuver boasts an even greater impact. Don’t take your eyes off the rhythm section.” (Jim Macnie,Village Voice)

PLUS, for the remainder of May it is dueling ballet companies, as the city’s two major companies, A.B.T. and New York City Ballet, face off at Lincoln Center – only in NY.

American Ballet Theatre (thru July 08)
Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center / (May 19, 7 p.m.; May 20, 2 and 8 p.m) $22+
“The company continues performances of its first full-length production of the season, “Don Quixote,” staged by Kevin McKenzie and Susan Jones, through Saturday. (Saturday’s evening performance will feature Christine Shevchenko and Thomas Forster in debuts as Mercedes and Espada.) But the spring gala on Monday heralds a new treat: Alexei Ratmansky’s “Whipped Cream,” set to music by Richard Strauss, with whimsical scenery and costumes by the acclaimed pop-surrealist artist Mark Ryden. In the ballet, a young boy samples too many pastries and dreams of Princess Praline and her court. This New York premiere will also be the return of the principal David Hallberg, who has — for too long — been absent from the stage because of injury. He takes on Prince Coffee.” (GIA KOURLAS – NYT)
and
NYC Ballet (thru May 28)
NYS/DHK Theater, Lincoln Center / 8PM, $30+
“The Here/Now Festival is nearly over, which means one thing: It’s time to wipe the stage clean with the season’s glorious closer, George Balanchine’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” This 1962 ballet, filled with fairies and butterflies — and, of course, the antics of that mischievous goofball Puck — brings Shakespeare to dancing life in a beloved two-act production that starts out with arguments and misunderstandings and ends with a double wedding. For his version, Balanchine, who played an elf in a St. Petersburg production as a child, choreographed one of his most romantic pas de deux; this serene look at love is a jewel within a jewel.” (GIA KOURLAS – NYT)

Smart Stuff / Other NYC Events
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)

This is food weekend in New York City. Doesn’t matter what your favorite cuisine is, you will find it here this weekend.

9th Avenue International Food Festival
9th Ave. btw 42nd and 57th St. /starts 10AM
“If your only recent reference for Hell’s Kitchen is Rudy’s, you’re missing out. Though the bar and its free-hot-dog-with-beer deal are longstanding favorites for us, too, there’s a growing wave of alluring restaurants popping up in the neighborhood. This street festival is a good way to see (and taste) what’s in the area these days. It’s billed as the “the oldest, largest continuing food festival in New York City,” and you’ll find food from many corners of the world, as well as from right on these blocks. Locals to look out for include Bar Bacon, where bacon’s in everything from sandwiches to cocktails; Flaming Saddles Saloon, which serves Bloody Marys alongside male dancers; and City Sandwich, which offers a Portuguese spin on the traditional deli hero. There will also be live music and other entertainment, like arts and crafts for the kids.” (Mary Bakija, Village Voice)

NYC Vegetarian Food Festival
Metropolitan Pavilion, 11AM, $30–$75
Veggie-only foodies are people, too, and don’t they deserve to go seitan wild at a like-minded culinary event? Enter the NYC Vegetarian Food Festival, a two-day gathering at the Metropolitan Pavilion for health-minded consumers of all stripes — from vegetarians and vegans to locavores and flexitarians — interested in learning about and sampling the best of New York’s plant-based scene. Speaker sessions, live entertainment, chef demos, and animal-welfare information tables round out the offerings at the show’s seventh iteration.” (Jill Menze, Village Voice)

HARLEM EATUP
“Head uptown for this festival founded by chef and restaurateur Marcus Samuelsson. Events range from Dine in Harlem Dinners ­­ dinner parties in which restaurants and chefs host other chefs in their kitchens ­­ to The Harlem Stroll in Morningside Park, with food vendors, music and dance performances.” (STAV ZIV-Newsday)
WHEN | Monday, May 15, through Sunday, May 21
WHERE, at various venues including Ginny’s Supper Club at Red Rooster, 310 Lenox Ave.
INFO Prices vary, some events are free;

PLUS Mad. Sq. Eats (thru Jun 03)
General Worth Square; starts 11am; free access
“Twice a year, this outdoor food fest brings buzzworthy bites from the city’s best restaurants to Worth Square in the Flatiron District. Best eats include Roberta’s sensational pizza, MeltKraft grilled cheese sandwiches and cheesesteaks by the Truffleist. The one-stop shop for the tastiest grub in town will be available every day until June 3, so make sure to wear your stretchy pants.” (TONY)

The great food options here along with the lovely Madison Square Park across the street make an unbeatable combo.

And don’t forget these outer borough events:
Day 8 of Bronx Week 2017, which celebrates the citizens of the borough with events through May 21. Times and prices vary.

And while you are in the Bronx you won’t want to miss this:
CHIHULY (thru Oct.29)
New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd./ $20 to $25
“Step into the sublimely colorful mind of multimedia artist Dale Chihuly at this larger-than-life exhibition, where over twenty of the celebrated creators’ gigantic pieces will take over the 250-acre grounds of the New York Botanical Garden, with installations created especially for the exhibit. Don’t miss special after-dark hours to experience the glassworks illuminated.”

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Bonus NYC events– Jazz Venues:
Many consider NYCity the Jazz capital of the world. Here are my favorite Jazz clubs, all on Manhattan’s WestSide. Check out who is playing tonight:

Greenwich Village
(5 are underground, classic jazz joints. all 6 are within walking distance of each other):
Village Vanguard – UG, 178 7th Ave. South, villagevanguard.com, 212-255-4037
Blue Note – 131 W3rd St. nr 6th ave. bluenotejazz.com, 212-475-8592
55 Bar – basement @55 Christopher St. nr 7th ave.S. 55bar.com, 212-929-9883
Mezzrow – basement @ 163 W10th St. nr 7th Ave. mezzrow.com,646-476-4346
Smalls – basement @ 183 W10th St. smallslive.com, 646-476-4346
Cornelia Street Cafe – UG, 29 Cornelia St. corneliastreetcafe.com, 212-989-9319

Outside Greenwich Village:
Dizzy’s Club – Broadway @ 60th St. — jazz.org/dizzys / 212-258-9595
Birdland – 315 W44th St.(btw 8/9ave) — birdlandjazz.com / 212-581-3080
Smoke Jazz Club – 2751 Broadway nr.106th St. — smokejazz.com / 212-864-6662

Special Mention:
Caffe Vivaldi – 32 Jones St. nr Bleecker St. — caffevivaldi.com / 212-691-7538
a classic, old jazz club in the Village, Caffe V often surprises with a wonderfully eclectic lineup. It’s my favorite spot for an evening of listening enjoyment and discovery.

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♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity, with a population of  8.5 million, had a record 60 million visitors last year and was TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2017.  Quality shows draw crowds.
Try to reserve seats for these top NYC events in advance, even if just on day of performance.
NYCity Vacation Travel Guide Video (Expedia):

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WHAT’S ON VIEW
My Fave Special Exhibitions – MUSEUMS / Manhattan’s WestSide
(See the New York Times Arts Section for listings of all museums,
and also to see their expanded reviews of these exhibitions)

 Whitney Museum of American Art:

2017 WHITNEY BIENNIAL (through June 11).
This is arguably the best Biennial in years, and perhaps the best ever in its combination of demographics, aesthetics and political urgency. Nearly half of the featured artists are female, and half nonwhite. Their works reach from figure painting to virtual reality. Income inequality, racism, misogyny, immigration and violence are confronted in ways that set a high standard for social engagement sustained by formal ambition. (Smith-NYT)
212-570-3600, whitney.org

Museum of Modern Art:

A special pat on the back to MOMA, who is now displaying art from the seven countries affected by Trump’s travel ban.

“Trump’s ban against refugees from seven Muslim-majority nations has sparked acts of defiance in NYC, from demonstrations across town, to striking taxicab drivers at JFK to Middle Eastern bodega owners closing their shops in protest. Recently, the Museum Of Modern added its two cents by bringing out artworks it owns from the affected countries, and hanging them prominently within the galleries usually reserved for 19th- and 20th-century artworks from Europe and the United States. Paintings by Picasso and Matisse, for example, were removed to make way for pieces by Tala Madani (from Iran), Ibrahim El-Salahi (from Sudan) and architect Zaha Hadid (from Iraq). The rehanging, which was unannounced, aims to create a symbolic welcome that repudiates Trump by creating a visual dialog between the newly added works and the more familiar objects from MoMA’s permanent collection.” (TONY)

American Museum of Natural History:

Mummies (thru 1/7/18)
“For thousands of years, peoples around the world practiced mummification as a way of preserving and honoring their dead. Mummies brings you face to face with some of these ancient individuals and reveals how scientists are using modern technology to glean stunning details about them and their cultures. In Mummies, ancient remains from the Nile Valley of Africa and the Andes Mountains of South America will be on view, allowing visitors to connect with cultures from the distant past. Mummification, a more widespread practice than most think, was used not only for royal Egyptians but also for common people and even animals. Interactive touch tables let visitors virtually “unravel” or see inside mummies as they delve deep into the unique stories of the people or animals who lie within. Other parts of the exhibition showcase the latest isotopic and DNA testing being performed on mummies, and explain how these sophisticated analytical techniques are helping scientists discover important clues about long-vanished practices. Mummies was developed by The Field Museum, Chicago.” (NY CityGuide)

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PLUS, These wonderful museum exhibitions elsewhere, continue through this period:

‘GEORGIA O’KEEFFE: LIVING MODERN’ at the Brooklyn Museum (through July 23). Given that most artists are to some extent dandies, it would be wrong to view this fascinating show through an exclusively feminist lens. But it does demonstrate the powerful, carefully cultivated aesthetic and inborn independence that connects the art, wardrobe, living spaces and public persona of America’s first celebrity artist. In and around her art, she redefined gender and style. (Roberta Smith-NYT)
718-638-5000, brooklynmuseum.org

(3/3-7/3) Georgia O’Keeffe: “Living Modern” provides a new look at an iconic American artist at the very institution that hosted her first solo museum exhibition in 1927—the Brooklyn Museum. Presenting O’Keeffe’s remarkable wardrobe in dialogue with iconic paintings and photographs, this singular exhibition focuses in on the modernist persona O’Keeffe crafted for herself. With photographs by luminaries like Alfred Stieglitz, Ansel Adams, and Annie Leibovitz, the show reflects O’Keeffe’s radical rethinking of female identity, and the artist’s commitment to elements of modernism—minimalism, seriality, simplification—not only in her art, but also in her distinctive style of dress. (NYCity Guide)

(now-9/6/17) The newest show at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Visionaries: Creating a Modern Guggenheim, provides a rare chance to explore in-depth some of the key artists of this essential New York institution. Framed by the interests of six leading patrons, Visionaries brings together canvases from masters like Max Ernst, René Magritte, and Yves Tanguy, and sculptures by Joseph Cornell and Alberto Giacometti. In addition, Jackson Pollock’s Alchemy (1947) is being shown in the U.S. for the first time in nearly 50 years. More than a dozen works on paper by Picasso and Van Gogh, rarely on view to the public, can be seen in the Thannhauser Gallery, and paintings by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Gauguin, and Édouard Manet are displayed on the museum’s legendary ramps.

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For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right Sidebar dated 05/18 and 05/16.
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Selected NYC Events (05/19) + Today’s Featured Pub (Midtown West)

Today’s Super 7 NYC Events > FRIDAY/MAY 19, 2017

“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to.” We make it as easy as 1-2-3.
For future NYC Events be sure to check the tab above: “Notable NYC Events-May”

Have time for only one NYC Event today? Do this:

Cécile McLorin Salvant and the Aaron Diehl Trio (also Saturday)
Appel Room, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Broadway at 60th St./ 7, 9:30PM, $90+
“It’s inevitable that the singer McLorin Salvant and the pianist Diehl will eventually go their separate ways, but that’s a time no one is looking forward to. Salvant, a reigning vocal diva of her generation, and Diehl, at the helm of his polished trio, read each other like childhood buddies through bolting swing and ruminating balladry.” (NewYorker)

This is going to be a tough ticket, and if you ever heard Cecile Salvant sing you would know why. Need to order your ticket right now, may have to try for the late show on Saturday.

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6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)

>>Stanley Cowell Quartet
>>Elza Soares
>>Joe Battaglia and the New York Big Band
>>American Ballet Theatre
>>A FESTIVAL OF SONGWRITING
>>Choice Eats
>>PLUS Mad. Sq. Eats

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Stanley Cowell Quartet (thru May21)
Smoke Jazz Club, 2751 Broadway, btw 105th/106th Sts./ 7, 9, 10:30PM, $38
“In the nineteen-seventies and eighties, this sparkplug of post-bop jazz shared his encyclopedic piano skills on his own fine recordings and with a host of top-tier artists, co-founded the Strata East record label, and composed large scale pan-historic pieces. Now, following academic retirement, Cowell has resurfaced, leading a quintet featuring the saxophonist Bruce Williams.” (NewYorker)

Elza Soares
The Town Hall / 8PM, $45
“Although she turns eighty this summer, once and future samba queen Elza Soares released one of Brazil’s more radically forward- looking albums last year with Woman at the End of the World. Her abrasively seductive collection deals with sex, blackness, domestic abuse, crack addiction, and other everyday joys and hardships, conveyed through her husky, sensuous voice. The São Paulo–based, Afrobeat-influenced group Bixiga 70 added horns, electronics, and skronky guitars to Soares’s urgent, angry accounts of the third-class status endured by black women in Brazil. From impoverished origins in a Rio de Janeiro favela, Soares ascended to the heights of samba stardom and suffered numerous personal tragedies on the path to her magnificent late-in-life comeback.” (Richard Gehr, Village Voice)

Joe Battaglia and the New York Big Band
Edison Ballroom, 240 W47th St./ 7:30PM
Dinner, open bar, and dancing – $100
“The expansive Art Deco grandeur of the Edison Ballroom is the scene of this highly retro evening of dinner and swing music, courtesy of Battaglia and his brassy 16-piece crew. If You’re looking for a time-capsule New York Valentine’s Day, this is the place to find it.” (TONY)

PLUS, for the remainder of May it is dueling ballet companies, as the city’s two major companies, A.B.T. and New York City Ballet, face off at Lincoln Center – only in NY.

American Ballet Theatre (thru July 08)
Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center / (May 19, 7 p.m.; May 20, 2 and 8 p.m) $22+
“The company continues performances of its first full-length production of the season, “Don Quixote,” staged by Kevin McKenzie and Susan Jones, through Saturday. (Saturday’s evening performance will feature Christine Shevchenko and Thomas Forster in debuts as Mercedes and Espada.) But the spring gala on Monday heralds a new treat: Alexei Ratmansky’s “Whipped Cream,” set to music by Richard Strauss, with whimsical scenery and costumes by the acclaimed pop-surrealist artist Mark Ryden. In the ballet, a young boy samples too many pastries and dreams of Princess Praline and her court. This New York premiere will also be the return of the principal David Hallberg, who has — for too long — been absent from the stage because of injury. He takes on Prince Coffee.” (GIA KOURLAS – NYT)
and
NYC Ballet (thru May 28)
NYS/DHK Theater, Lincoln Center / 8PM, $30+
“The Here/Now Festival is nearly over, which means one thing: It’s time to wipe the stage clean with the season’s glorious closer, George Balanchine’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” This 1962 ballet, filled with fairies and butterflies — and, of course, the antics of that mischievous goofball Puck — brings Shakespeare to dancing life in a beloved two-act production that starts out with arguments and misunderstandings and ends with a double wedding. For his version, Balanchine, who played an elf in a St. Petersburg production as a child, choreographed one of his most romantic pas de deux; this serene look at love is a jewel within a jewel.” (GIA KOURLAS – NYT)

Smart Stuff / Other NYC Events
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)

A FESTIVAL OF SONGWRITING (also Saturday)
at Joe’s Pub / 7PM, $30
“Writing songs is hard, but describing how to write them might be even harder. This festival aims to pin down that elusive process through a series of conversations, and the organizers have tapped some of the best songwriters working today: Mitski, appearing on Friday, distills fury and torment into blazing earworms like “Your Best American Girl,” while Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, appearing on Saturday, conquered Hollywood (“La La Land”) and Broadway (“Dear Evan Hansen”) in quick succession. And the rising singer-songwriter Shaina Taub, who has made her mark on Broadway and Public Theater productions, will perform a set on Friday at 9:30 p.m.” (ANDREW R. CHOW-NYT)

Choice Eats
Metropolitan Pavilion / 7PM, $85–$135
“The weather’s warming up, the days are longer — these are signs of spring, and also of one of the season’s ultimate savory staples, the Village Voice Choice Eats food-and-drink extravaganza. Join hundreds of foodies at this tenth-annual edition and raise a glass to the city’s diverse and tasty culinary scene. More than fifty hand-picked New York City restaurants will be on hand to wow your taste buds with countless samples. From Chavela’s Mexican eats to Mooncake Foods’ Vietnamese delights, you can eat your way around the world — all from the comfort of the Metropolitan Pavilion. Don’t forget to save room for dessert, courtesy of sweet spots including Ample Hills Creamery and Confectionery. All Choice Eats goers will get a complimentary tasting glass with which to sip on boozy (and virgin) drinks around the event.” (Tatiana Craine, Village Voice)

PLUS Mad. Sq. Eats (thru Jun 03)
General Worth Square; starts 11am; free access
“Twice a year, this outdoor food fest brings buzzworthy bites from the city’s best restaurants to Worth Square in the Flatiron District. Best eats include Roberta’s sensational pizza, MeltKraft grilled cheese sandwiches and cheesesteaks by the Truffleist. The one-stop shop for the tastiest grub in town will be available every day until June 3, so make sure to wear your stretchy pants.” (TONY)

The great food options here along with the lovely Madison Square Park across the street make an unbeatable combo.

And don’t forget these outer borough events:
Day 8 of Bronx Week 2017, which celebrates the citizens of the borough with events through May 21. Times and prices vary.

And while you are in the Bronx you won’t want to miss this:
CHIHULY (thru Oct.29)
New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd./ $20 to $25
“Step into the sublimely colorful mind of multimedia artist Dale Chihuly at this larger-than-life exhibition, where over twenty of the celebrated creators’ gigantic pieces will take over the 250-acre grounds of the New York Botanical Garden, with installations created especially for the exhibit. Don’t miss special after-dark hours to experience the glassworks illuminated.”

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Bonus NYC Events – Jazz Venues:
Many consider NYCity the Jazz capital of the world. Here are my favorite Jazz clubs, all on Manhattan’s WestSide. Check out who is playing tonight:

Greenwich Village
(5 are underground, classic jazz joints. all 6 are within walking distance of each other):
Village Vanguard – UG, 178 7th Ave. South, villagevanguard.com, 212-255-4037
Blue Note – 131 W3rd St. nr 6th ave. bluenotejazz.com, 212-475-8592
55 Bar – basement @55 Christopher St. nr 7th ave.S. 55bar.com, 212-929-9883
Mezzrow – basement @ 163 W10th St. nr 7th Ave. mezzrow.com,646-476-4346
Smalls – basement @ 183 W10th St. smallslive.com, 646-476-4346
Cornelia Street Cafe – UG, 29 Cornelia St. corneliastreetcafe.com, 212-989-9319

Outside Greenwich Village:
Dizzy’s Club – Broadway @ 60th St. — jazz.org/dizzys / 212-258-9595
Birdland – 315 W44th St.(btw 8/9ave) — birdlandjazz.com / 212-581-3080
Smoke Jazz Club – 2751 Broadway nr.106th St. — smokejazz.com / 212-864-6662

Special Mention:
Caffe Vivaldi – 32 Jones St. nr Bleecker St. — caffevivaldi.com / 212-691-7538
a classic, old jazz club in the Village, Caffe V often surprises with a wonderfully eclectic lineup. It’s my favorite spot for an evening of listening enjoyment and discovery.

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♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity, with a population of  8.5 million, had a record 60 million visitors last year and is TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2017.  Quality shows draw crowds.
Try to reserve seats for these top NYC events in advance, even if just on day of performance.
NYCity Vacation Travel Guide Video (Expedia):

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A PremierPub / Midtown West.

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

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

From the outside this place looks a bit drab, and with no windows, a bit mysterious. Midtown tourists walk right by on their way to see “Jersey Boys,” just down the block.
(Alas, no more. After 10 years, “Jersey Boys” closed Jan.15)

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

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

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

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

It’s the kind of place where the noise gets louder and the crowd gets happier as the happy hour goes on. I’m generally a beer guy, but I like to come here with a group of friends. We find a table in the back room near the piano man; we eat, and we drink vodka ‘till it hurts (and it will hurt).
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Website: http://www.russianvodkaroom.com/
Phone #: 212-307-5835
Hours: 4pm-2am; Fri-Sun closes 4am (that could be trouble)
Happy Hour: 4-7pm every day
$4 shots infused vodka (2oz), $5 cosmos; $4 czech draft beer
Music: FR-SU; TU-WE / 7pm-12am
Subway: #1 to 50th St.
Walk 2 blk N. on B’way to 52nd St.; 1 blk W. to RVR
Confusingly, the Russian Samovar is right across the street, on the S. side of 52nd St.
The RVR, your destination, is on the N. side of 52nd St.
Update: music now includes a younger, trimmer piano man. “Tiny” we miss you.
Update#2: Rumor that “Tiny” is back playing only on Friday nights – need to check it out.

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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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