Selected Events Manhattan’s WestSide + Today’s Featured Neighborhood: WestVillage(06/28)

Today’s “Fab 5″+1/ Selected NYCity Events – SATURDAY, JUNE 28, 2014.

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RECESS Lawn Badminton Challenge
“Badminton is a lot like sex. It looks fairly easy until you decide to give it a try, and then six minutes later, you’re a sweaty, crumpled hot mess with grass stains on your knees. Fortunately, 32 coed teams are going to show you exactly how it’s supposed to look at the RECESS Lawn Badminton Challenge as they compete for the bragging rights and vie to become the best shuttlecockers in New York City.

You don’t even have to be into sports to enjoy the event…all you have to do is eat food from yumworthy Vietnamese joint An Choi and guzzle some brews from event sponsor Tiger Beer. You may even be inspired to try badminton yourself: Even though it may come across like a highbrow aristocratic sport, there’s a lot of grunting, a lot of squealing, and yet everyone walks away sweaty and happy. Like we said, kind of like sex.” (TONY)
Governors Island Colonels Row, Governors Island
12:00pm / FREE

Midsummer Night Swing (the festival continues through July 12.)
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.

Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park transforms into a huge open-air dance party — for pros and newcomers alike this evening for Midsummer Night Swing, and Wayne Toups is one authentic Cajun dude – don’t 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

Bill McHenry (through June 29)
“Tenor saxophonist Bill McHenry has gained wisdom playing with the likes of Paul Motian and trumpeter John McNeil, though his newer partnership with drum sage Andrew Cyrille, documented on 2012′s Le Peur du Vide (Sunnyside), seems every bit as fruitful. Cyrille is a sculptor of the beat, ideally suited for McHenry’s wry, elliptical phrasemaking.

They return to the Village Vanguard from June 24-29: first it’s the Peur du Vide band with pianist Orrin Evans and bassist Eric Revis; then (tonight) a McHenry-Cyrille duo night; then two nights with Cyrille, guitarist Ben Monder and bassist Reid Anderson (the lineup from Roses and Ghosts of the Sun, sans Motian); and finally a quartet with pianist David Bryant and bassist Jonathan Michel.” (Village Voice)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th St., West Village,
At 8:30 and 10:30 p.m., / $25 and $30 cover, with a one-drink minimum.

Matt Pavolka’s Horns Band
“Local jazz fans know Pavolka as an agile bassist who buoys many an ensemble while injecting his lines with a hefty thrust. With the arrival of his new album on the Fresh Sounds label, they can now try to grok him as a modern bandleader who appreciates melody more than most – or at least has a compelling way of showing that appreciation. The snaky themes that are cannily bent by his “Horns Band” (‘bone, cornet, alto sax) should be a balm to anyone to finds the all-too-common frictions of modern jazz a tad obvious. Expect some moments of beauty at this CD release gig. Pavolka’s a pro when it comes to both wild AND wistful.” (Jim Macnie-VillageVoice)
Downstairs at Cornelia Street Cafe
9:00 p.m., $10

The 16th annual Del Close Marathon
‘Improvisational comedy legend Del Close was a huge influence over a generation of funny people, including Bill Murray, Tina Fey, Mike Myers and John Belushi. The 16th annual Del Close Marathon is a celebration of his work, presented annually by the Upright Citizen’s Brigade since his death in 1999.

Catch hundreds of performers at eight different venues doing improv around the clock, for 56 nonstop hours. $30 (cash only) for a weekend wristband pass or $20 per ticket for premium shows. Wristbands go on sale Friday at 12 p.m. at UCBT Chelsea, 307 West 26th St. (between 8th and 9th Aves.) and 30 minutes before the first show at all other venues.” (DNA Info)
From 5.30 p.m. Friday until 8:40 p.m. Sunday.

Elsewhere, but worth the detour, if you are a culture vulture:

Spend the afternoon in Brooklyn at the fifth annual Popsickle literary arts festival! Readings will take place throughout the afternoon, hosted by some of the city’s finest organizations, from Brooklyn Poets to the Renegade Reading Series.
Forgotten Works Studio, 46 Bridge St., (btw Plymouth and Water Sts.)
Dumbo, Brooklyn – subway: F to York St
646-298-8008 /
at 12:30PM / FREE

♦ 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 – 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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