Selected Events + Today’s Featured Neighborhood: WestVillage (09/20)

Today’s “Fab 5″+1/ Selected NYCity Events – SATURDAY, SEPT. 20, 2014
“We search the internet looking for the very best of What’s Happening on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to. We make it as easy as 1-2-3.”

Africa Center Open House
9-9-meet-the-africa-center“This afternoon of music, dance, art and cuisine will celebrate the opening of this center in the space formerly occupied by the Museum for African Art. The mission of the center is to be a cultural and business hub for Africa and nations around the world. Among those participating in the event will be the Dance Theater of Harlem and the Nigerian sound and video artist Emeka Ogboh.” (NYT)
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Africa Center, 1280 Fifth Avenue, at 109th St, Harlem.
subway: #2-3 to 110th St.; walk E 1 block to the venue
10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. / FREE
theafricacenter.org

Genesis, a Call to Arms with Sebastião Salgado
World-renowned photographer Sebastião Salgado recounts his epic eight-year journey across the globe to document the last pristine areas of the planet. The resulting photographs, collected in the project Genesis, show us what will be lost if we do not mobilize now to preserve the environment.

He has traveled in more than 100 countries for his photography projects, which, after being published in the press, are mostly presented in books—for example, Genesis (2013), Africa (2007), Migrations (2000), andWorkers (1993). ICP has a long history with Salgado. We first presented his work in 1988 in a small exhibition of images of Brazilian gold miners. Since then, we have showcased his first two long-term projects, Workers(1993) and Migrations (2000), each of which illuminates pressing social issues. Genesis is Salgado’s third long-term series.
International Center of Photography, 1133 Avenue of the Americas
3PM / $15
212-857-0000

Darius Jones (also Sunday)
“Mr. Jones, an emotionally and stylistically intrepid alto saxophonist and composer, presents two related bodies of work this weekend. On Saturday he’ll preside over a performance of “The Oversoul Manual” by the Elizabeth-Caroline Unit, a vocal ensemble. On Sunday he’ll play with the band Brigitte’s Baby — Matt Mitchell on piano, Pascal Niggenkemper on bass and Ches Smith on drums — as well as the vocalist Emilie Lesbros.” (Chinen-NYT)
Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow Street, West Village,
212-242-4770, greenwichhouse.org
At 8 p.m. / $25

@Actor_Friend @54Below
This looks like some real late night FUN.

The essence of Annoying Actor Friend, Broadway Internet Personality recently featured on Backstage Magazine’s Future Broadway Power List (LOL!), is coming to 54 Below for a special one night engagement benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fight’s AIDS!

Featuring current Broadway stars, Kyle Dean Massey (Pippin), Paige Faure (Cinderella), Lesli Margherita (Matilda), Nic Rouleau (The Book of Mormon), Keala Settle (Les Miserables) and a few more Really Awesome People You Love That Will Be Announced Later, @Actor_Friend @54_Below will be nothing short of the type of experience you would expect from Annoying Actor Friend. Complete with liver-murdering drinking games, profanity, hashtags, and maybe even a few Smash jokes, this event is sure to embody the essence you’ve grown to love or hate — but it won’t matter anyway because you’ll be so wasted you won’t remember a thing the next morning.
54 Below, 254 W. 54th St. (btw Broadway/8th ave)
11:00 PM / $35-$65, with a $25 minimum.
646-476-3551 / 54below.com

Elsewhere, but absolutely worth the trip:

Paulaner Brewery
Crabtoberfest_Girl+Beer“One of the pioneering US outposts from legendary München bräuhaus Paulaner, these O.G. Oktoberfesters are ushering in their month-long celebration with a kick-off party on September 20th at 6 p.m. Featuring Master Brewer Andreas Heidenreich’s hop-tastic Oktoberfest beer, as well as a special menu from Bavarian-born chef Daniel Kill, it’s set to be a delicious celebration of rich malts and roasted meats. But if you’re still hungry after eating those weenie-sized wursts, you also have the option to preorder large format feasts like whole duck, suckling pigs and veal shanks.”
Your Guide To Oktoberfest In NYC (Gothamist)
If you like German beer, and who doesn’t, check this guide out.

Here’s what the Brewery itself says about this month’s festivities:
Paulaner: Kick Off Party on September 20th
Join us at 6PM! Our brewmaster Andreas will tap the first Oktoberfest Beer Keg of the season and give away the first 20 Liters of beer! Other beverage specials, live music and games will take place.
Throughout the Month Enjoy:
..Special Oktoberfest Menu featuring roasted meats, stews and traditional Bavarian dishes will be introduced on 9/16 for dinner.
..Live music every Thursday (Austrian Boys), Friday (Bavarian Cream) & Saturday (Smitty’s Polka Band) starting September 20th through October 31st from 8 pm to 11 pm.
..Beverage promotions every Thursday (Kummerling, Schönauer Apple, Stroh Jagertee) and Friday (Jägermeister) from 8 pm to 10 pm. Shot specials, give aways, merchandise and promo girls.
..Beverage special through out Oktoberfest will be a 3 Liter Hefeweizen glass for $ 45 (can be filled with any of the beers).
Paulaner Brewery, 265 Bowery,
(212) 780-0300

BONUS PICK
This is definitely not Manhattan’s WestSide, but if you love NYCity bridges as much as I do, you don’t want to miss this exhibition. Plus, the weather for today’s opening reception couldn’t be better for a Staten Island ferry ride.

Bascove / “Bridges: Transporting the Metropolis” (through July 12)
imagesThis exhibition features more than 30 paintings and drawings of city bridges by the artist Anne Bascove, including the Brooklyn Bridge, the Outerbridge Crossing and the George Washington Bridge” (NYT)
A reception, open to the public, is planned for Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. / FREE.
Viewing hours are Thursdays through Sundays and by appointment.
Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Livingston, Staten Island
718-448-2500 / snug-harbor.org

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♦ 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.
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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.

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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 celebrated it’s 50th anniversary last 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).
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Website: cornerbistrony.com
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.
Update:

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“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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