Selected Events Manhattan’s WestSide + Today’s Featured Neighborhood: WestVillage(06/22)

Today’s “Fab 5″+1/ Selected NYCity Events – SUNDAY, JUNE 22, 2014.

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World Cup
Soccer fans will be glued to their screens today as team USA faces Portugal in World Cup 2014 in Brazil. Kickoff at 6PM.

Thirty-two nations battle it out during the Group Match stage from June 12 – 26, and there’s no shortage of venues to watch the games in New York City — every competing nation has presence here. One of my fave places is Penn6 on W31st St. with an awesome 9 large flat screen array behind the bar, makes the players almost life size.

Divided into eight four-team groups, the top two teams from each group advance to the knockout stage. Team USA is in the tough Group G, with Germany (ranked 2) and Portugal (13). Host nation Brazil will have a big home turf advantage and were the pre-tournament favorite, but there have already been some surprises and this tournament looks wide open. Team USA won their first match against a strong team from Ghana and if they beat Portugal today they will advance to the next round.

World Cup Screenings at the Paley Center (through July 13) In partnership with ESPN and ABC, the Paley Center for Media will screen many of this year’s World Cup matches. A full schedule is at 25 West 52nd Street, Manhattan, 212-621-6800.

Bang on a Can Marathon
Bang on a Can returns to the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place with its annual incomparable super-mix of boundary-busting music from around the corner and around the world! The 2014 Bang on a Can Marathon will feature 8 hours of rare performances by some of the most innovative musicians of our time side-by-side with some of today’s most pioneering young artists. Here’s just a sample (2pm):
Great Noise Ensemble
Armando Bayolo: Caprichos
Carlos Carrillo: De la brevedad de la vida
Adrianna Mateo, violin
Molly Joyce: Lean Back and Release
Great Noise Ensemble
Marc Mellits: Machine V from 5 Machines
Brooks Frederickson: Undertoad
Anonymous 4
David Lang: love fail (selections)
Dawn of Midi
Amino Belyamani and Aakaash Israni: Excerpt from Dysnomia
Brookfield Place, Winter Garden, 220 Vesey Street,
2:00pm – 10:00pm / FREE

Sud de France Festival
“The Sud de France Festival has been quietly throwing events at some notable restaurants around the city including Contra and Reynard; now, they’re taking their celebration to the streets at the “La Guinguette due Languedoc-Roussillon”, a free block party inspired by fromguinguettes, cabarets full of feasting and eating and dancing.

On Sunday from noon until 5 p.m., they’ll take over 74th Street between 5th and Madison, installing a giant table that runs down the center of the block. On it, enjoy things like brandade de morue (a salt cod dish made with olive oil), ice cream from Van Leeuwen, as well as chocolates and Fleur de Sel samplings. There will also be live music if you choose to enjoy on-site; otherwise, treats are available to take home.” (Gothamist)

Under the Western Sky
Distinguished Concerts International New York presents a family-friendly afternoon of lively music for treble voices including the world premiere of a new Latin American-inspired Gloria. Other works in the program include Alberto Grau’s La Cucaracha and Michael Huff’s arrangement of America the Beautiful.

Utah Voices
Michael Huff, Director
Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International
Cristian Grases, Conductor

ALBERTO GRAU Acto Del Viento
LARRY FARROW Jamaican Marketplace
Carnegie Hall, Isaac Stern Auditorium, 57th St. & Seventh Ave.
(212) 247-7800
AT 2:00pm / $20 to $100

SummerStage in Association with Blue Note Jazz Festival Presents:
Buika / Marques Toliver
Since her introduction to the American marketplace in 2007 with her album Mi Niña Lola (My Little Girl Lola), Buika has experienced a meteoric rise, earning lavish praise from The New York Times, The Miami Herald, and The Wall Street Journal, as well as NPR which quickly included her in their “50 Great Voices” radio gallery.

Rare is the artist to garner comparisons to Nina Simone, Chavela Vargas, and Cesaria Evora, but Buika has been compared to all of them. The New York Post has said, “A singer like Buika comes only once in a generation.”

While Marques Toliver seemed to burst onto the scene via the UK with an arresting television performance in 2010, and a declaration from Adele as her “new favorite artist,” his story really began many years ago in Florida. It was there he began his training in classical violinist at the age of 10, and would later enroll in music school. Keen to throw him-self into the real world of music making, Toliver took a leap of faith and traveled to New York City, where his busking in subways and working as a freelance musician, quickly gained him attention from fellow artists.

Soon enough he found himself playing live and on records for the likes of Holly Miranda, Grizzly Bear, and Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson, followed by his full-length debut “Land of CanAan,” a work brimming with his own unique R&B and Classical music influences.
At 7:00pm / FREE
Central Park SummerStage, Rumsey Playfield. Enter at 69th and 5th Ave.

Elsewhere, but worth the detour:
“On Tuesday, June 24 more than 100 remnants of rock ‘n’ roll history are going on the auction block at Sotheby’s New York. Included in the cache are posters, signed Beatles albums ($30,000 – $120,000), a Buddy Holly gold record ($1,000 – $1,500), Kurt Cobain’s smashed guitar ($30,000 – $40,000), Elvis Presley’s cream white concert jacket ($7,000-$9,000) and many other pop culture curiosities. The item with the highest estimate (up to $2 million) is an autographed manuscript for Bob Dylan’s 1965 masterpiece, “Like A Rolling Stone.” The auction items are on exhibition today from 1- 5 p.m., on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Monday 10 a.m until 1 p.m at 1334 York Ave., Upper East Side.” (DNA Info)

♦ 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.

Jolly Old Souls – Midtown


Patrons on a recent Thursday evening at the King Cole Bar and Salon at the St. Regis Hotel in Midtown Manhattan. Behind the bar, Maxfield Parrish’s 1906 mural “Old King Cole.”
(June 15, 2014)

Every Sunday in the NYT Metropolitan section, a photographer offers a new slice of New York. A wonderful slice of life it is – Thanks NewYorkTimes: N.Y. / Region section

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).

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.

“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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