Selected Events Manhattan’s WestSide (03/22)+ Today’s Featured Neighborhood: Times Square/ Theater District

Today’s “Fab 5”+1/ Selected NYCity Events – SATURDAY, MAR. 22, 2014.

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

Reading Pictures: Medicine and Buddhism at the Peak of the Tibetan State
Harvard’s Janet Gyatso looks at the intricate relations between religion and science in Tibet, as evident in certain telling details of the stunning set of medical images.

Medicine and Buddhism have had a complex relation since the early days of Indian Buddhism. This relation only became more complex in Tibet. On the one hand Buddhism was integral to virtually all of Tibetan culture and politics, but on the other hand there was an increasing urge to practice medicine on empirical grounds, free of religious ideology.

The beautiful set of 79 medical paintings produced by the regent of the Fifth Dalai Lama at the end of the 17th century illustrates this dynamic well. We see here both the ways that Buddhism shaped high ideals of Tibetan culture, and how medicine could address issues in human life and flourishing that stood outside, and even could challenge, the hegemony of Buddhist power in Tibet.

This lecture will study the intricate relations between religion and science in Tibet, as evident in certain telling details of the stunning set of medical images.
Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W. 17th St.,
at 11:45 am / $15

Tribute to La Guarachera de Cuba: The Queen Celia Cruz
“Úrsula Hilaria Celia de la Caridad Cruz Alfonso (1925-2003) first became famous at the height of the mambo craze in her native Havana, and, by the end of her career, had long reigned as the undisputed “La Reina de la Salsa.” Equal parts diva and goddess, she is an icon comparable in the Spanish-speaking world to what Edith Piaf represents for the French.

Cruz had a huge, powerful voice, and political convictions to match, manifested in her uncompromising and often controversial anti-Castro stance. On Saturday night, it will take fully four salseros to honor her vast legacy, including José Alberto (aka “El Canario”), Cita Rodriguez, Amma McKen, and Anissa Gathers (who portrayed “La Guarachera” in the off-Broadway bio-musical).” (WSJ)
The Apollo Theater,253 W. 125th St.,
(212) 531-5300

90-Second Newbery Film Festival 2014
The 90-Second Newbery returns for its third year! This is an annual video contest in which young filmmakers create movies that creatively compress the stories of Newbery Award-winning books into 90 seconds or less.

This NYC screening will be hosted by film festival founder and children’s author James Kennedy (The Order of Odd-Fish) with a special co-host: New York’s own Libba Bray (Printz Medal winner, author of Going Bovine and many other fantastic books). Don’t miss out on your chance to see these quick, funny versions of your favorite classics!
New York Public Library: Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, 5th Avenue 42nd St.
at 3:00pm / Free with RSVP
this event has been crowded in the past, best to reserve your seat to ensure admittance

The singer-songwriter Wesley Stace, who made his début in 1988 with “It Happened One Night” and recorded and performed under the name John Wesley Harding until last year, is also a novelist (his latest book, “Wonderkid,” is about a rock band that finds success playing to kids).

With his signature variety show, which is syndicated nationally on NPR, he sleekly combines his interests by mixing song, comedy, and literature. His guests on March 22 are the poet and former paratrooper Derrick Brown, the singer-songwriter A. J. Croce, the novelist David Grand, the Jayhawks co-founder Gary Louris, the comedian Eugene Mirman, and the indie-rock band Nada Surf. (NewYorker)
City Winery, 155 Varick St.

Eddie Henderson Quartet
The trumpeter Eddie Henderson has acres of experience in a hard-bop vein, working with small groups like this one, with Kevin Hays on piano, Doug Weiss on bass and Bill Stewart on drums. The quartet will record this run for a future release.”(Chinen-NYT)
Smoke, 2751 Broadway, at 106th Street,
At 7, 9 and 10:30 p.m.,/ $38 cover

BONUS PICK (not for everyone):
2014 Archives Field Day
Spend an afternoon delving through the history of sports and leisure in New York City at
the Archives Field Day.

The Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York, Inc. (A.R.T.) is introducing a new public event -Archives Field Day, wich will allow visitors to look through documents, photographs, and artifacts relating to the history of sports and leisure activities in New York City. Visitors can use these materials, which come from a wide variety of area cultural institutions, to answer a series of questions. Each correctly answered question brings the visitors one step closer to being entered in a prize drawing.

The Field Day is part of ongoing efforts by A.R.T. to inform the general public of the
diverse array of archive materials available and accessible in the New York metropolitan
area that celebrate the importance of historical records and artifacts, including those that illuminate centuries of New York City history and culture.

Come visit the Field Day early for prizes, and then check out a talk at 2:30 pm by Manhattan Borough Historian Michael Miscione, titled “The Great Subway Race.”
Warburg Lounge, 92nd Street Y,1395 Lexington Avenue
1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Visit for more information and to register.

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

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.
Website: are you kidding !
(although there is a facebook page with lots of photos –
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

“Pub” is used in it’s broadest sense – bars, bar/restaurants, jazz clubs, 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 (except for certain jazz clubs).
If you have a fave premier pub or good eating place on Manhattan’s WestSide let us all know about it – leave a comment.

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.

“3 Good Eating places” focuses 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,  ramen,  chopped salad & salad bars,  hot dogs,  bbq,  soup & sandwiches,  picnic fixins’,  raw bars & lobster rolls. No reservations needed. ================================================================================

◊ For all my picks of 54 Good Eating places and descriptions of my favorite 18 PremierPubs in 9 Neighborhoods (plus 27 casual dining places with free Wi-Fi) order a copy of my e-book: “Eating and Drinking on NYCity’s WestSide” ($3.99).
(available Spring 2014)

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