Selected Events Manhattan’s WestSide + Today’s Featured Neighborhood: Midtown West (07/27)

Today’s “Fab Five” / Selected NYCity Events – SATURDAY, July 27, 2013

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

The Audacity of Hops: the history of america’s craft beer revolution
In 1975, there was one craft brewery in the United States; today, there are more than 2,000. Powered by millions of savvy, devoted consumers and raking in billions of dollars annually for producers and retailers, the American craft beer movement has changed the brewing industry and the international reputation of American beer. It has upended the Big Beer giants that once seemed untouchable and forever altered the culinary habits of not only millions of Americans but millions more worldwide.

This delicious story of plucky triumph has never been chronicled in one volume—until now. Based on thorough research as well as interviews with all of the most influential names in craft brewing since the 1960s, The Audacity of Hops brims with charming, remarkable tales, which together weave a very American business story, one of formidable odds and refreshing success.
BookCourt, 163 Court Street, Bklyn
book reading, q+a, and signing.
At 4PM / FREE  (drinks will be served)
875-3677 /
For some special events we need to take the #2/3 outside manhattan.
Subway: #2/3 to Borough Hall. Walk 6 short blks S on Court St.

Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra: Free Preview Concert
Program: Mozart: Symphony No. 40 Beethoven: Symphony No. 7
Lincoln Center
, Avery Fisher Hall
Between West 62nd and 65th Streets (Columbus / Amsterdam Ave)
At 7:30PM / FREE  (tickets available at box office starting 10am)
1-212-875-5000 /

Ozomatli, a Grammy-Winning Cross of Hip-Hop, Rock, Funk, & Salsa
L.A. culture-mashing collective Ozomatli retakes the stage for a full-on border-crossing set of hip-hop and rock, funk, salsa, cumbia, and more. With an activist spirit to match its hard-hitting beats, the multi-Grammy-winning band captures the sound of a drop-top drive down sonically diverse Sunset Boulevard.
Lincoln Center, Damrosch Park Bandshell, Amsterdam Ave. & W. 62nd St.
At 8:00PM / FREE
1-212-875-5000 /

Jazz Age Soirée wit’s end’s ‘Wild Party’
Come to Wit’s End and drink Prohibition era cocktails and celebrate the darker side of jazz age social life and the degenerate music of the 1920s and 1930s with live hot speakeasy jazz from Wit’s End favorites, Gelber and Manning!

Come in your most scandalous vintage attire, decadent lingerie, swimwear (or less!) and dance to jazz age songs of sex and drugs and other vices in an authentic 1920s speakeasy (Texas Guinan’s Club In time, now at Flute Midtown, 205 W. 54th Street at Broadway)!

Our lovely hostess is burlesque showgirl Miss Em! Our co-sponsor is the Dorothy Parker Society, the drinking club with a book problem.

Dress code: Jazz age lingerie, evening wear or bathing attire, jacket and tie, vintage or vintage-inspired cocktail attire and of course, seasonal! 1920s, 30s and 40s vintage is encouraged!
Flute Midtown, 205 W. 54th Street at Broadway
At 8:30 (dance lesson) / $12
212.265.5169 /

Odean Pope Saxophone Choir With James Carter (through Sunday)
“Led by Mr. Pope, a tenor saxophonist and composer from Philadelphia, this band features nine saxophones and a rhythm section and produces an unmistakable, vibrant sound. As on a recent album, “Odean’s List” (In and Out), this engagement features yet another saxophonist as a guest soloist: Mr. Carter, a longtime admirer and fellow traveler of the band.” (Chinen-NYT)
Blue Note, 131 West Third Street, Greenwich Village
At 8 and 10:30 p.m./$35 at tables, $20 at the bar, with a $5 min
(212) 475-8592,

Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm dates and check times, as schedules are subject to change.

A PremierPub + 3 Good Eating places / 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.

Those 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 night 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; we eat, and we drink vodka ‘till it hurts (and it will hurt).


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 some nights includes a sax player with a younger, trimmer piano man.

“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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