Selected Events Manhattan’s WestSide (03/28) + Today’s Featured Neighborhood: Upper WestSide

Today’s “Fab 5” / Selected NYCity Events – FRIDAY, MAR. 28, 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.

O Brother Man: The Life and Art of Lynd Ward. Featuring more than 150 of Lynd Ward’s wood engravings, drawings, and illustrations, this documentary brings to life the creativity of one of the most prolific book illustrators and printmakers in the history of American art and illustrates his mastery of the “novel without words.” New York premiere, with an introduction by the filmmaker.This film is being screened in conjunction with the exhibition, Medium as Muse: Woodcuts and the Modern Book.
The Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Avenue
7:00pm / $18 ; Exhibition-related films are free with museum admission.

Kronos Quartet and Friends. Since its inception, the Kronos Quartet has combined a spirit of fearless exploration with a commitment to expand the range and context of the string quartet. In the process, Kronos has become one of the most celebrated and influential groups of our time, collaborating with many of the world’s most eclectic composers and performers. Kronos returns to Carnegie Hall with several special guests to celebrate its 40th anniversary, performing commissioned works by favorite composers and collaborators, including a world premiere and Carnegie Hall commission by Terry Riley, a New York premiere by Philip Glass, plus works by Laurie Anderson and others.
Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Ave
8:00pm / $15-$75

PAT METHENY. One of the most satisfying ensembles that Metheny has put together, the Unity band is a sleekly modern post-bop group that neatly balances the venerable guitarist’s undulating lines against those of the quicksilver saxophonist Chris Potter and the sharply etched rhythms of the bassist Ben Williams and the drummer Antonio Sanchez. On their most recent album, “Kin,” a new group member steps aboard, Giulio Carmassi, a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist whose contributions add still more layers of textural color. (NewYorker)
Town Hall, 123 W. 43rd St.
At 8 p.m. / $55-$95
212-840-2824. / 800-982-2787,

Judy Kaye Sings Bernstein & Sondheim (through Saturday)
“Between “Character Man,” Jim Brochu’s celebration of the legendary Broadway character actors (continuing at Urban Stages through April 6) and Judy Kaye’s one-woman offering at 54B, it’s a banner weekend for the funny folk of musical theater.

Ms. Kaye has been a stalwart player, at once tuneful and side-splittingly funny, in what amounts to the Encores! stock company, in such classic shows as “Face The Music,” “Bells are Ringing” and, especially, a few weeks ago as the title character of “Little Me.” As she shows on her solo albums (“Diva by Diva,” “Songs from the Silver Screen”) she’s not only an ace comedienne but also a sultry soprano, who knows well how to put over a number whether she’s going for laughs or playing it straight.” (WSJ)
54 Below, 254 W. 54th St.,
(866) 468-7619

Obscura Society NYC Presents the Lock Picking Party
The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen

“In the age of Anonymous, Snowden and doxing, the art of lock picking is charmingly analog. It requires patience, practice and smarts—every lock is a unique puzzle to be solved. Former competitive picker Schuyler Towne dispenses the tricks (and picks) of the trade at this party hosted by Obscura Society NYC.

The glam affair takes place in the Beaux Arts building of the General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen, home to the world’s largest collection of antique bank-vault locks. “As fun as lock picking is, to me, the locks themselves are the most beautiful part,” says Towne. “These two inches of brass hold up how we’ve all learned to live together in an ever-smaller world.” Guests are encouraged to throw on their best vintage wear for the occasion, which boasts an open cocktail bar, the Jazz Age sounds of Jason Prover and the Sneak Thievery Orchestra, and a seriously cool party favor: your very own lock-picking kit.” (TONY)
General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen
20 W 44th St., btw Fifth and Sixth Aves
7:00pm / $75 / 212-921-1767 /

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 – 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, 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.
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