Selected Events Manhattan’s WestSide + Today’s Featured Neighborhood: WestVillage(04/23)

Today’s “Fab 5”/ Selected NYCity Events – WEDNESDAY, APR. 23, 2014.

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

Lectures & Gallery Talks – Gauguin’s Prints: Process and Materials
In a conversation with Museum educator Deborah Goldberg and Museum conservator Erika Mosier, explore Paul Gauguin’s inventiveness as a printmaker, the relationship between his prints and his work in other mediums, and the role of Conservation in planning the exhibition.
at 11:30 a.m. / The René d’ Harnoncourt Exhibition Galleries, sixth floor

In conjunction with the exhibition Gauguin: Metamorphoses (through June 8)
This exhibition focuses on Paul Gauguin’s rare and extraordinary prints and transfer drawings, and their relationship to his better-known paintings and his sculptures in wood and ceramic.

Then make your visit to MoMA a double header and stick around for:
Belle de Jour
1967. France. Directed by Luis Buñuel. Screenplay by Buñuel, Jean-Claude Carriere. With Catherine Deneuve, Jean Sorrel, Michel Piccoli, Genevieve Page, Francisco Rabal.
In what is perhaps the best of Buñuel’s late masterpieces, Deneuve plays a prostitute whose “career” is unknown to her husband. Her performance enriches the vision of a director who spent his career shocking bourgeois sensibilities.
In French; English subtitles. 100 min.
at 1:30 p.m. / Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2)
Museum of Modern Art: 11 W 53rd St. (btw 5th /6th Ave.)
(212) 708-9400 / moma.org.

Hillary Gardner with Joe Alterman Jazz Trio
Hillary is one of my fave NYCity jazz singers. But it’s not just me.
This is what Terry Teachout, author of “Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong” and ”Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington” has to say:
“…an absolutely first-class singer. She swings effortlessly without making a big deal of it, and she has a knack for hunting down off-center tunes…Yet she’s just as adept at making something fresh and surprising out of an oft-heard chestnut.”

And Michael Steinman, JAZZ LIVES blog, says:
“Hilary has a beautiful voice and a clear, focused delivery — you can hear she’s thought about the lyrics and how they ring most effectively — and a natural swing, a keen ebullience.”
Don’t miss this performance in a classic Greenwich Village club.
Caffe Vivaldi, 32 Jones St., just S of BleeckerSt./7th Ave.S intersection
@ 8:30 pm / Never a Cover
1 (212) 691-7538 / caffevivaldi.com
subway: #1 to Christopher St./Sheridan Sq.

‘James Baldwin, This Time!’ (through April 27)
“This five-day festival will feature readings, discussions and theater pieces based on the life and writings of James Baldwin. It is part of a yearlong tribute by city arts groups to commemorate the 90th anniversary of Baldwin’s birth. (He was born on Aug. 2, 1924 and died at 63 in 1987.) Among those taking part are Jamaica Kincaid, Bill T. Jones, Laurie Anderson, Kathleen Chalfant, Darryl Pinckney, Toshi Reagon, John Guare and Margo Jefferson. Events include free daily readings of Baldwin’s works at noon; conversations about his work on Wednesday at 8 p.m., Friday at 2 and Saturday at 5:30; and a performance on Wednesday at 5 of a theater piece based on “Nothing Personal,” a 1964 book about life in America by Baldwin and the photographer Richard Avedon.” (NYT)
All events take place at New York Live Arts, 219 West 19th Street, Chelsea, 212-691-6500, newyorklivearts.org; prices vary.

Stanley Clarke and Friends (through April 27)
“On electric or acoustic bass, Mr. Clarke is a fleet-fingered marvel with a particular gift for funk. It was his longtime custom to play the Blue Note with the keyboardist George Duke, who died last year; this run features another veteran partner, the drummer Lenny White, along with the Ukrainian-Jewish piano virtuoso Ruslan Sirota. “(Chinen-NYT)
Blue Note, 131 West Third Street, Greenwich Village,
212-475-8592, bluenote.net
At 8 and 10:30 p.m./ $45 at tables, $30 at the bar, with a $5 minimum.

Jews, Comics and the City
“Three cartoonists explain how their family histories, urban milieus and personal experiences have influenced their representation of Jewish life. Speakers include Liana Finck, author of A Bintel Brief, an illustrated love letter to turn-of-the-century Jewish immigrants; Miriam Katin, author of Letting It Go, the graphic memoir of a Holocaust survivor visiting Berlin; and Eli Valley, artist in residence at the Forward, the progressive Jewish-American national newspaper founded in 1897.” (TONY)
Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
36 Battery Pl. , at 1st Pl
Hours: Mon, Tue, Thu, Sun 10am–5:45pm; Wed 10am–8pm; Fri 10am–5pm
$12, seniors $10. Wed 4–8pm free
646-437-4202 / mjhnyc.org
at 7:00pm. / $10, seniors and students $7

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♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity is a big town with many visitors where quality shows draw crowds. Try to reserve seats in advance, even if just on day of performance.

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A PremierPub – West Village

Corner Bistro / 331 W. 4th St.

Sometimes you just need a beer and a burger. If so, Corner Bistro is the place you want. Located just outside the hip Meatpacking district, this corner bar and grill is decidedly unhip, but it’s not uncrowded, especially at night. Seems that everyone knows this place has one of the better burgers in town.

In the maze of streets known as the West Village, where West 4th intersects with West 12th (and West 11th, and West 10th, go figure), you will eventually find Corner Bistro on the corner of West 4th and Jane Street. An unassuming neighborhood tavern, it looks just like dozens of other taverns around town. The bartender tells me that the Corner Bistro will be celebrating it’s 50th anniversary next year. The well worn interior tells me that the place itself is much older.

Corner Bistro has outlasted many of those other taverns around town because they know how to keep it simple — just good burgers and beer, fairly priced. The classic bistro Burger is only $6.75, and should be ordered medium rare, which will be plenty rare for most folks. Actually, it will be a juicy, messy delight – make sure you have extra napkins. I like to pull up a stool and sit by the large front window in the afternoon, where I can rest my burger and beer on the shelf, and watch the Villagers walk by.

Corner Bistro seems to attract very different groups of patrons depending on time of day. While it’s crowded with locals in the evening, in the afternoon you hear different foreign languages, and watch groups of euro tourists wander in, led by their guidebooks and smartphones.

For the classic Bistro experience, order your burger with a McSorley’s draft, the dark preferably. This is the same beer that you can get over at the original McSorley’s in the East Village, the pub that claims to be the oldest continually operating bar in NYCity. The only difference is that this McSorley’s ale is served with a smile by the bartenders here. Or you can get a Sierra Nevada, Stella, or Hoegaarden on tap if you want to go upscale a bit. Either way this is a simple, but quality burger and beer experience that is just too rare these days (sorry for the pun).

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Website: cornerbistrony.com
Phone #: 212-242-9502
Hours: 11:30am-4am Mon-Sat; 12pm-4am Sun
Happy Hour: NO
Music: Juke Box
Subway: #1/2/3 to 14th St. (S end of platform)
Walk 2 blk W. on 13th St. to 8th Ave.; 1 blk S. on 8th Ave. to Jane St.
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“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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