Selected Events Manhattan’s WestSide + Today’s Featured Neighborhood: Upper WestSide (06/24)

Today’s “Fab 5″/ Selected NYCity Events – TUESDAY, JUNE 24, 2014.

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Midsummer Night Swing with Cécile McLorin Salvant and Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks (the festival continues through July 12.)
“A savvy, arresting young singer in the Sarah Vaughan-Abbey Lincoln lineage, Ms. Salvant was a relative unknown in the jazz world until she won the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition in 2010. “WomanChild,” the magisterial album she released last year, decisively put her in the first tier of younger jazz singers — a stature further ratified by her opening-night slot on Lincoln Center’s new season of Midsummer Night Swing.

She will perform, by her request, with Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, a band as energetic and comfortably formal in this setting as anywhere. On Wednesday, the Congolese-Angolan singer Ricardo Lemvo will be joined by the salsa trombonist Jimmy Bosch, and the Loser’s Lounge plays disco on Thursday.

On Saturday,June 28  the Band Courtbouillon, featuring the accordionist and singer Wayne Toups, Steve Riley (of the Mamou Playboys), and Wilson Savoy (from the Pine Leaf Boys), makes its New York City début.” (Chinen-NYT).  If Wayne Toups is anything like I remember from the NewOrleans Jazz fest, you don’t want to miss him.
At 7:30 p.m. (with a dance lesson at 6:30 p.m.),
Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center, Amsterdam Ave. and W. 62 St.,
$17, $60 for four dance passes, $84 for six passes, $170 for the full season

Night at the Museums
“More than 10 museums in Lower Manhattan will open their doors, from 4 to 8 p.m., for an evening of free visits as part of the River to River festival. The participating institutions include the Museum of American Finance, the Museum of Jewish Heritage, the Skyscraper Museum and the South Street Seaport Museum. Tickets must be reserved in advance for the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. More details:” (NYT)

John Doe
Doe, who first rose to fame as the front man for the Los Angeles-based punk band X, has had a long and rootsy solo career. His tenor is as big as a film-noir Buick, and he has a knack for portraying unlucky characters.

This is part of the 6th Annual Hudson Square Music & Wine Festival, an after-work Backyard Party held every Tuesday from June 3rd through August 26th, in the back parking lot behind City Winery.
City Winery, 155 Varick St, Tribeca (btw Vandam/Spring St. – #1 to Houston).
from 5PM-7:30PM / FREE
212-608-0555 /

Elvis Costello (also June 25)
“Costello isn’t the intense spitfire he was in the late seventies, when he led the crop of Angry Young Men who bridged the gap between punk and New Wave. He isn’t the songwriting superhero he was in the eighties, when he could knock out classic albums like “King of America” and “Blood and Chocolate” in the same year, or the relentlessly restless talent of the nineties, when he jumped from genre to genre, often via collaboration: classical (“The Juliet Letters,” with the Brodsky Quartet) or sublimely subtle adult pop (“Painted from Memory,” with Burt Bacharach, in 1998).

Costello still makes interesting choices these days (his last record, “Wise Up Ghost,” was a team-up with the Roots), and he’s at Carnegie Hall June 24-25, performing songs from his vast catalogue in solo shows that he’s calling “The Last Year of My Youth.” (NewYorker)
Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium, Seventh Ave. at 57th St.
At 8 p.m., / $50 to $150.

Tierney Sutton (through June 28)
The West Coast bebop singer Tierney Sutton begins a weeklong engagement at Birdland on Tuesday.
Birdland, 315 West 44th St.
at 8:30 and 11 p.m. / $40, with a $10 minimum.

♦ 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 – 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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