Selected Events Manhattan’s WestSide (01/27) + Today’s Featured Neighborhood: Upper WestSide

Today’s “Fab 5”/ Selected NYCity Events – MONDAY, JAN. 27, 2014

For other useful and curated NYCity event info for Manhattan’s WestSide check out:
♦ “Notable NYC Events-Jan”, 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.

The Royal Ballet
“Giselle,” the haunting ballet classic, is not on a New York stage at the moment and neither are Natalia Osipova or Carlos Acosta. But for one night you can catch those superstars tackle two of ballet’s most revered roles in a performance at a local movie theater. It’s a rare opportunity to see one of the Royal Ballet’s most popular productions in its home theater.” (Schaefer-NYT)
Empire 25 (Imax), 234 West 42nd St.
At 7 p.m. / $15
fathomevents.com

Conversation with Angélique Kidjo 
Angélique Kidjo, the Grammy Award-winning singer from Benin, will talk about her life, career and new memoir, “Spirit Rising: My Life, My Music,” co-written with Rachel Wenrick and released this month.
Fishman Space, Fisher Building, Brooklyn Academy of Music, 321 Ashland Place, near Lafayette Avenue,
At 7:30 p.m./ $20.
718-636-4100, bam.org

NYC Ballet Seminar
A unique opportunity to hear about the creative process and daily experiences of the artists of New York City Ballet. These discussions will reveal how dancers, composers, and choreographers prepare for performances, from their years of training, through hours of rehearsals and finally, performances on the stage. Other collaborative artists may also speak about their designs for lighting, costumes, and scenery.
DHK Theater, Lincoln Center, Columbus Ave & 63rd St.
at 6PM/ $15
212-496-0600 / nycballet.com

Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks
If you haven’t yet checked out the Nighthawks’ new digs, what are you waiting for. “The band (which has just released their second volume of music from HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire”) now actually sounds better, audio-wise, and the menu is a vast improvement over the band’s previous venue—overall, it is a step up, to the second floor, rather than a flight down, to the basement.

Although longtime fans are currently referring to the Nighthawks as “The Iguana Troubadours,” they continue to play with the same amazing combination of skin-tight historical authenticity and sheer, relentless energy, plus a tempo that has always characterized Mr. Giordano’s bands.” (WSJ-Will Friedwald)
Iguana, 240 W. 54th St., (Btw 8th/B’way)
8pm-11pm / $15 cover, $20 food/drink minimum
(212) 765-5454 / iguananyc.com

Works & Process
“In the new world order of technology, everything has an app. Dance is now in on the game, thanks to the dance publisher 2wice Arts Foundation. The 2wice team will discuss dance in the digital world in “Dancing From Page to Stage to Screen,” part of the Guggenheim Museum’s popular conversation series. The team members will also talk about the development of their latest app, “Dot Dot Dot,” featuring the choreographer and dancer Tom Gold, that allows users to choreograph from the comfort of their smartphone.’ “(Schaefer-NYT)
Guggenheim Museum 1071 Fifth Avenue, at 89th St.
At 7:30 p.m. / $35
212-423-3587, worksandprocess.org

Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
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A PremierPub – 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.

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

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“Pub” is used in it’s broadest sense – bars, bar/restaurants, 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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