Selected Events Manhattan’s WestSide + Today’s Featured Neighborhood: Upper WestSide (07/24)

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

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

Chelsea Art Walk
Join over one hundred Chelsea galleries and studios for the 5th Annual Chelsea Art Walk. Galleries will be open late until 8pm. Free and open to the public, the Walk will showcase the galleries’ summer exhibitions as well as host artist talks, receptions and other special events running from 5-8pm.

Chelsea Art Walk is organized by the community to promote exciting group exhibitions and unique projects only available to audiences over the summer. For the past four years, the Walk has attracted thousands of guests to this one-night-only event. Spanning venues from 16th to 30th Street between 9th and 11th Avenue, Chelsea Art Walk continues to display the value of these art spaces and the vibrancy of their exhibitions.

Animation Block Party (Short Films)
Come out and experience some of the year’s best animated short films during the incomparable Animation Block Party!

Animation Block Party is the premier animation festival of the East Coast, and their screenings draw huge crowds to see the best new animated films in the world. Each year the opening night of the festival is presented outdoors in partnership with Rooftop Films, and this year’s screening, presented by Arts Brookfield at Brookfield Place, will feature sneak previews of exclusive new animated short films from MTV(other).
For a complete list of all the films to be screened:
7:30pm / FREE
Brookfield Place, ground level, 220 Vesey Street
along the water between West Street and the Hudson River

Broadway in Bryant Park (Thursdays through Aug. 14)
This series of lunchtime performances continues with musical numbers from “Phantom of the Opera,” “Bullets Over Broadway: The Musical,” “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella,” “Avenue Q” and the new Off Broadway musical “Piece of My Heart.”

The best of Broadway is presented FREE on six consecutive Thursdays this summer with “106.7 LITE FM’s Broadway in Bryant Park 2014″ – a lunchtime series on the Bryant Park Stage. Hosted by LITE FM’s on-air personalities, the 14th annual presentation of open-air, On- and Off- Broadway lunch hour performances will run through August 14.
12:30 p.m. / FREE
Bryant Park, Avenue of the Americas, at 40th Street,

Rudy Royston’s “303” Sextet
“Named for the area code of the in-demand drummer’s home town, Denver, this group features key players heard on the recent album “303,” including the guitarist Nir Felder and the saxophonist Jon Irabagon, as well as two bassists, Mimi Jones and Yasushi Nakamura. As Royston has demonstrated in the service of many notable leaders, he is a multifaceted player, and he has fashioned his own eclectically minded band with musical inclusion in mind.” (NewYorker)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th St., West Village,
8:30 and 10:30 p.m./ $25 and $30 cover, with a one-drink minimum.

Elsewhere, but worth the detour:
“Art Off the Wall: According to What?”
“A special evening of interactive performances and activities in celebration of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s work is happening this evening at the Brooklyn Museum.

“Art Off the Wall: According to What?” features a talk with curator Sharon Matt Atkins, a presentation and workshop from the Asian American Oral History Collective and a multimedia performance of “Ai Weiwei: The Seed” by spoken-word artist Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai. The night closes with Chinese calligraphy art-making and a DJ set.” (DNA info)
Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway.
subway: easy trip on #2/#3 express to Eastern Parkway/Brooklyn Museum
From 6PM / $18, includes admission to the exhibition “Ai Weiwei: According to What?”

♦ 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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