Selected Events Manhattan’s WestSide + Today’s Featured Neighborhood: Times Square/ Theater District (05/31)

Today’s “Fab 5″/ Selected NYCity Events – SATURDAY, MAY 31, 2014.

For other useful and curated NYCity event info for Manhattan’s WestSide check out:
“9 Notable NYCity Events-May”, and also “on Broadway”, and “Top10 Free” in the header above.
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♦ For NYCity trip planning see links in “Resources” and “Smart Stuff” in the header above.

Allen Toussaint
“This singer, pianist, composer and overall elder statesman of New Orleans R&B sings beautifully about the Crescent City over funky, fluid keys. He has collaborated with several rock veterans, including Paul McCartney and Eric Clapton, and is also a vitalizing solo performer. His live rendition of his contemporary pop staple “Summer Nights” is itself a sweet trip to the bayou.” (Anderson-NYT)
City Winery, 155 Varick Street, near Spring Street, South Village,
At 8 p.m. / $35.

The World Science Festival
“Since its launch in 2008, The World Science Festival has been bringing together some of the finest scientific minds in the world with artists and influential thinkers. The aim is to inspire everyone to experience science in a unique and thrilling way. Although many of today’s events are full, you can still register to Meet The Authors at the NYU Kimmel Center.

Top science authors, including Steven Pinker (“How the Mind Works” and “The Blank Slate”), A.J. Jacobs and John Brockman gather to discuss “Real Scenarios That Keep Scientists Up at Night” (11 a.m.), “Books on the Brain” (1:30 p.m.) and “Brave New Word: This Season’s Breakthrough Books in Science.” (DNA Info)
NYU Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square S., Greenwich Village.
4PM / Free.

Yann Tiersen
“Brittany-based, French sensation Yann Tiersen stops in amidst a US trek in support of his recent Mute release, Infinity. Best known in these parts at the man behind the soundtrack for Amélie, the classically trained multi-instrumentalist exudes a punk-rock sensibility. In speaking about his vision, Tiersen has explained, “Let’s play with sound, forget all knowledge and instrumental skills, and just use instinct — the same way punk did.”

For Infinity, which was produced by Tiersen with mixing assistance from Gareth Jones (Depeche Mode, Wire) and Mute founder Daniel Miller, the musician drew inspiration from the stones and minerals found on Ushant Island, the place he calls home. Noted for creating lush soundscapes, with Infinity, Tiersen covers much ground and experiments with a range of styles and tones.

If you’re up for an aural adventure, then you’ll want to jump aboard one of Tiersen’s two performances at Highline Ballroom.” (Mindy Bond, Editor-Flavorpill)
Highline Ballroom, 431 West 16th Street, Chelsea,
At 7 p.m. / $30

Sheila E.
“The Sheila E. of the mid-80s continues to linger in the mind as an image of the future. Back then, she dazzled as the perfect mouthpiece for throwaway Prince tunes like “Erotic City,” “A Love Bizarre,” and “The Glamorous Life,” perfectly suited for the robotic exoticism of E.’s post-racial beauty, flimsy (but tuneful) voice, and impeccable Latin drumming. In fact, these slices of metronomic funk draped in chintzy keyboards still sound like transmissions from the yet-to-come, hitting a sweet spot of pop, electro and lite-soul that no subsequent artist has since been able to achieve. Fortunately, Sheila continues to be a phenomenal drummer and bandleader.”  (Winston Groman, VillageVoice)
BB Kings Blues Club and Grill, 237 West 42nd St.,(btw 7th/8th Ave)
8:00 p.m. / $42
(212) 997-4144 /

“John Grisham, Mario Batali, Amy Poehler, Martin Short and Stan Lee are among the dozens of speakers at this interactive literary festival. The events include panel discussions, screenings, podcasts and trivia contests.” (NYT)
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, 655 West 34th St. at Eleventh Ave
212-216-2000 /;
From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. / $35

♦ 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.

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 essays on my favorite 18 PremierPubs in 9 Neighborhoods on Manhattan’s WestSide (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 Fall 2014)

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