Selected Events + Today’s Featured Neighborhood: Upper WestSide (06/24)

Selected NYCity Events – MONDAY, Jun. 24, 2013

For other useful and curated NYCity event info for Manhattan’s WestSide be sure to check out :
“Notable Events-June”, “on Broadway”,  and “Top10 Free”, in the header above.
For NYCity trip planning see links in “Resources” and “Smart Stuff” in the header above.

‘100 Years of Flamenco in New York’
This exhibition traces the popularity of the dance form in the city, from the mid-1800s to the present, through engravings and photographs, printed materials, costume pieces and films and recordings.
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts:
111 Amsterdam Avenue, at 65th Street, Lincoln Center,
Mondays from noon to 8 p.m. / FREE
(917) 275-6975 / nypl.org/lpa

Spoken Word Radio/Podcasting Rock Stars: Catherine Burns, Seth Lind & Jonathan Mitchell
IDEASMYTH.com is excited to present this panel radio/podcast experts of enormously popular award-winning programming: Catherine Burns (Artistic Director, TheMoth.org), Seth Lind (Director of Operations, ThisAmericanLife.org), & Jonathan Mitchell (Creator and Executive Producer, TheTruthAPM.com). Ideasmyth founder, Victoria C. Rowan, will first moderate a discussion about what’s involved in developing and producing great audio shows.

After that, the whole panel will provide laser coaching of the five best pitches submitted from the audience. Everyone is encouraged to come early and stay late to enjoy Iguana’s excellent margaritas and Mexican food.
Iguana New York, 240 W. 54th St.
At 6:30pm / $20 at door
212-842-5956 / ideasmyth.com.
212-765-5454 / http://www.iguananyc.com/

American Ballet Theater*
“The season’s first performance of Sir Frederick Ashton‘s Sylvia will be given tonight, led by Gillian Murphy (Sylvia), Marcelo Gomes (Aminta), Daniil Simkin (Eros) and Cory Stearns (Orion). [Look also for Polina Semionova (on Tuesday) and Natalia Osipova (on Thursday) in the title role.]

A ballet in three acts, Sylvia is set to music by Léo Delibes and features costumes and scenery after original designs by Robin and Christopher Ironside. The World Premiere of the original production of Sylvia was given by The Royal Ballet on September 3, 1952 at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, danced by Margot Fonteyn (Sylvia), Michael Somes (Aminta), John Hart (Orion) and Alexander Grant (Eros).” Read more at broadwayworld.com
Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center
at 7:30 p.m. / $20 to $120 (center parterre $205).
212-362-6000 / abt.org

Sherie Rene Scott: ‘Piece of Meat’
“54 Below has now been in business for a year, and it’s already difficult to count the number of Broadway headliners who have done memorable solo shows there. Yet of every show presented by “Broadway’s Nightclub” in its first 12 months, the one that most lingered in the consciousness and demanded to be reprised was Sherie Rene Scott’s “Piece of Meat,” which first ran last October.

Whereas most of the other leading ladies, like Patti LuPone, Donna McKechnie and Marin Mazzie, offered reminiscences, generally of their careers in the theater, Ms. Scott’s turn is essentially a 75-minute comedy monolog that’s soul-searching, touching and tuneful. Rather than focusing on her career, she digresses through her experiences as a vegetarian interspersed not with show tunes but standout pop songs by, among others, Paul McCartney and Joni Mitchell. If they ever make a movie of this show, brilliantly written by the star herself, it would be titled “Eat, Pray, Laugh.” (WSJ)
54 Below / 254 W. 54th St.
At 7pm / $40 and $50, $25 minimum food and drink
(866) 468-7619 / 54below.com

Jim Caruso’s Cast Party
Broadway impresario Jim Caruso hosts a combination open-mic, networking event and party in which the biggest stars on Broadway relax on their night off by performing their favorite songs in an informal setting.
Birdland – 315 West 44th St (Btw 8th/9th ave)
9:30 pm / $20

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A PremierPub and 3 Good Eating places – 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 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 W. Side Hwy., all may open before a table inside the main dining room. Otherwise, try Dinosaur for lunch, or come very early or 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

“Pub” is used in it’s broadest sense – bars, bar/restaurants, wine bars, cocktail lounges,  tapas bars, craft beer bars, dive bars – just about anyplace you can get a drink without a cover charge.

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