Selected Events + Today’s Featured Neighborhood: Times Square/Theater District (06/30)

Selected NYCity Events – SUNDAY, Jun. 30, 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.

Harlem Meer Performance Festival – Howard Johnson
Howard Johnson is a foremost tuba, baritone sax and cornet player who has recorded and toured with an all-star roster of musicians for more than half a century. He got his first break from Charlie Mingus, was mentored by Gil Evans, became (and still is) a longtime cohort of Taj Mahal and Levon Helm, and spoke with John Lennon on the night he died. He leads Gravity, a first-class tuba choir, and a German-made tuba bears his name.
Charles A. Dana Discovery Center
(inside the Park at 110th Street between Fifth and Lenox Avenues)
at 2:00 PM / centralparknyc.org

Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition
“Only die-hard balletomanes will want to sit through the rounds of this ballet competition, formerly based in Boston, and run by Valentina Kozlova, a former Bolshoi and New York City Ballet principal dancer. But those who are only semi-die-hard may want to attend the final rounds on Saturday and the gala performance by the winners on Sunday, since there are around 100 dancers, aged 13-25, from 21 different countries.

It’s a good chance to get a look at different schools of training, and, perhaps, some of the stars of the future. The gala also features performances by past and current medalists, and by City Ballet principals Daniel Ulbricht, Ana Sophia Scheller and Georgina Pazcoguin, as well as the former American Ballet Theater principal Michele Wiles.” (Sulcas-NYT)
La Guardia Concert Hall, 100 Amsterdam Avenue, at 65th Street,
Sunday at 5 p.m./for the final rounds:$25; for the gala: $35 to $115
(212) 868-4444 / smarttix.com

Tony Moreno Quintet
The drummer Tony Moreno seeks a supple flow in his music, but also a subtle tension. In this quintet he has the right partners to strike that balance: the trumpeter Ron Horton, the saxophonist Marc Mommaas, the guitarist Ben Monder, the pianist Jean-Michel Pilc and the bassist Ugonna Okegwo.” (Chinen-NYT)
55 Bar, 55 Christopher Street, West Village
At 9:30 p.m. / $10 cover.
(212) 929-9883, 55bar.com

ERI YAMAMOTO
ERI YAMAMOTO, an engrossing pianist and composer who has too long been under the radar, celebrates her album “Firefly” with her trio.

“The deeply lyrical pianist/composer Eri Yamamoto quickly returns to record with Firefly, a wholly new collection of indelible songs, performed together with her near-decade-long devoted trio of bassist David Ambrosio and drummer Ikuo Takeuchi. This is Yamamoto’s fifth consecutive album of all original compositions, and her Trio’s fourth, to be released on AUM Fidelity.

Following so directly on the previous acclaimed album, The Next Page(2012), her prolific and consistently luminous writing for piano trio, and the trio’s telepathic performances thereof is astonishing. A great depth of emotional heft and technical craft is on full display, all while making it sound effortless. This is Yamamoto’s first-ever live album, recorded last December. Eri’s improvisations dive into and float atop the essence of her melodies and the rhythms of a larger collective heartbeat.”

“Eri Yamamoto weighs exploratory instincts against a reflective temperament, and her trio supports her at every turn.”-–Nate Chinen, The New York Times.
Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia St.
At 8:30pm / $20, includes a drink
(212) 989-9319 / corneliastreetcafe.com
http://www.eriyamamoto.com

Big Star’s Third: 
An Orchestrated Live Performance of the Legendary Album
“Big Star’s Third” celebrates the sprawling third album of the famed power-pop band. Founded in the early seventies by Alex Chilton (the former teen-age singer in the Box Tops, best known for “Cry Like a Baby” and “The Letter”) and Chris Bell, the band was short-lived, but it was adored by later musicians and influential in many ways. (Cheap Trick, for example, covered its song “In the Streets” for the opening credits of “That ‘70s Show.”) Here, SHARON VAN ETTEN, KURT VILE, MARSHALL CRENSHAW, PETE YORN, MIKE MILLS, CHRIS STAMEY, and many others, along with a twenty-piece chamber orchestra, give it its due.’ (New Yorker)
Central Park SummerStage
Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, mid-Park at 69th St.
at 7pm / FREE
212-360-2777 / www.summerstage.org

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A PremierPub + 3 Good Eating places 

Jimmy’s Corner
140 W 44th St (btw B’way & 7th ave) 
Jimmy’s Corner is right in the heart of Times Square, but you won’t find it on the corner, it’s mid-block. Enter this long narrow bar and you are struck by the walls covered with mostly black-and-white boxing photographs, and memorabilia. Soon enough you learn that “Corner” refers to proprietor Jimmy Glenn’s long career as a corner man for some of boxing greats – Liston, Tyson, even “the greatest”, Ali.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Shake Shack – 691 8th ave (Betw 43rd/44th st)
Danny Meyer has revolutionized the high quality burger in this town. Now he has a branch on the West Side that was desperately needed, with none of the insane lines that you find at the Madison Sq. Park location. Plus, it may be the cleanest joint to eat in all of Hell’s Kitchen.
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The focus for “3 Good Eating places” is on a quick bite, what I call “Fine Fast Food – NYCity Style”.
That covers a wide range of food – pizza,  burgers,  food trucks/carts,  vegetarian/falafel,  soup & sandwiches,  salad bars,  hot dogs,  bbq,  picnic fixins’,  raw bars & lobster rolls.
No reservations necessary.

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There are also some casual dining, chain restaurant locations in this neighborhood that have decent food and free Wi-FI:

A. Pret a Manger @ 11 W 42nd st (Betw 5th/6th)
Subway: #1/2/3 to 42nd st / times square

B. Potbelly @ 30 Rockefeller Plaza (Betw 49/48 st)
Subway: #1 to 50th st

C. Pret a Manger @ 1200 6th ave (Betw 47/48)
Subway: #1 to 50th st

For all my picks of 54 Good Eating places and extended descriptions of 18 PremierPubs in 9 Neighborhoods, order a copy of my e-book:
“Eating and Drinking on NYCity’s WestSide”

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