Selected Events Manhattan’s WestSide (12/22) + Today’s FeaturedNeighborhood: UpperWestSide  

Today’s “Fab 5”/ Selected NYCity Events – SUNDAY, DEC. 22, 2013

For other useful and curated NYCity event info for Manhattan’s WestSide check out:
♦ “Notable NYC Events-Dec.”, (because the holiday season kicks into high gear in December)
and also “on Broadway”, and “Top10 Free” in the header above.
♦  For NYCity trip planning see links in “Resources” and “Smart Stuff” in the header above.

It’s the Sunday before Christmas, just the right time for some religious music of the season in church, and elsewhere. [thanks to the NYT for these listings]

Corpus Christi Church (Roman Catholic), 529 West 121st Street, Morningside Heights.
Gregorian chant, Missa XVII Adventus et Quadragesimae; Sanctus; Finck’s “Agnus Dei”; Schütz’s “Joseph, du Sohn David”; Sweelinck’s “Ecce Virgo Concipiet”; and organ works by Bach and Buxtehude; Louise Basbas, organist and music director.
At 11:15 a.m., 212-666-9350,

First Presbyterian Church in the City of NY, 5th Ave at 11th St., GreenwichVillage.
Candlelight service including works by Britten (“A Boy Was Born,” “In the Bleak Mid-Winter” and “Jesu, as Thou Art Our Saviour”); Willan’s “The Three Kings”; English carols arranged by Willcocks and other works; followed by congregational singing of traditional carols and a reception; William Entriken, music director and organist.
At 4 p.m., 212-675-6150,

Metropolitan Museum of Art, Sculpture Court.
David Lang’s “Little Match Girl Passion,” for which he received the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for music, based on the tale by Hans Christian Andersen, as well as Wolfgang Rihm’s “Astralis”; The Crossing, a chamber choir; Donald Nally, conductor.
At 6 p.m., 212-570-3949,; $60.

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band presents a “Creole Christmas” at the Brooklyn Bowl. Doors open at 6 p.m. /$20


Nostalgia Train Ride
Last chance to take a trip back into time onboard the 1930s-era Nostalgia Special, which will run along the M Line between Long Island City, Queens and Lower Manhattan during the first four Sundays in December.

The Nostalgia Special is made up of subway cars in service from the 1930s to the 1970s, running along the lettered lines from the Grand Concourse to Coney Island.  They were also the cars that originally operated along the A Line.  Their ceiling fans, padded seats, and incandescent light bulbs were state-of-the-art when these cars were first placed in service.  The last of the cars were removed from service more than 35 years ago. “They aren’t the first subway cars, but these R 1/9 cars served for five decades and are historically significant as the rolling stock that originally served the IND.”

STREB “Forces” (last day)
“Action heroes are usually the stuff of summer blockbusters, but thanks to Elizabeth Streb they have made their way to the world of dance as well. This pioneering daredevil choreographer showcases the long fall season with her fearless dancers at their home base, the Streb Lab for Action Mechanics in Brooklyn. The new piece, “Forces,” like all of her work, is equal parts circus, stunt and acrobatics, with the aid of Ms. Streb’s homegrown gadgets and contraptions.” — (NYT-BrianSchaefer)
Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m.; Saturdays at 3 and 8 p.m.; Sundays at 3 p.m.
Streb Lab for Action Mechanics, 51 North First Street, Brooklyn
$40 to $60; family four-pack, $130
(866) 811-4111  /
this is not manhattan’s westside, but it is brooklyn’s westside (hipster williamsburg),
and definitely worth the trip – this show is awesome!
subway: #1-2-3 to 14th St.; transfer to L train to Bedford (1st stop in bklyn)
walk 6 blocks S on Bedford to 1st St; 3 blks W on 1st St. to STREB (12 min)
and stop at the radegast biergarten, which is right on the way before or after the show.

Bobby Womack*
“Mentored by Sam Cooke, covered by the Rolling Stones, a guitarist for Aretha Franklin and then a superstar in his own right with a string of successful albums in the 1970s, Bobby Womack is a living soul legend. But by the ’80s, he fell from the spotlight to deal with a drug addiction. But in 2009, his gritty, powerful voice appeared “Stylo,” by the cartoon band Gorillaz, proving he still had singing chops. Gorillaz mastermind Damon Albarn took Mr. Womack into the studio for his 2012 comeback album, “The Bravest Man in the Universe”: Mr. Womack’s formidable singing voice remains undiminished.” (WSJ)

If you want to hear one of the iconic NYCity songs of all time, hunt up a copy of his “Across 110th Street”. If he still sounds like that, then this performance will be a nice holiday treat, and the City Winery is a wonderful place to hear music.
City Winery, 155 Varick St., near Spring St., South Village,
At 8 p.m./ $90 to $125.

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

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 for a table at dinnertime. So you need a strategy – avoid prime time, and try not to arrive with your entire posse, which will limit your seating options.

A seat at the bar, a small table in the bar area, or in the summer, an outside table, underneath what’s left of the elevated West Side Hwy, all may open before a table inside the main dining room. Otherwise, try Dinosaur for lunch, or come very late for dinner.

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, tapas bars, craft beer bars, dive bars, cocktail lounges  – 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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