Selected Events + Today’s Featured Neighborhood: Upper WestSide (10/06)

Today’s “Fab 5″/ Selected NYCity Events – MONDAY, OCT. 06, 2014
“We search the internet everyday 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.”

Fleetwood Mac (also Tuesday)
Fleetwood+Mac+2014+a“Calling this tour “On With the Show” is significant for Fleetwood Mac in more ways than one. Following their 2013 tour, bassist and founding member John McVie was diagnosed with cancer. Within a few months, former keyboardist and singer Christine McVie announced her return to the Mac after spending years away due to a crippling fear of flying. Very little can keep this classic band down, and their trials are used as fuel for their material.

Just look at Rumours, their legendary ’77 album all about the two nasty splits between the pair of romantic couples in the band. Even after so bitingly addressing their love issues and heartbreak on songs that they would make their exes play alongside them for decades to come, the members of the group’s original lineup always find a way back to one another. Guess you can’t go your own way for too long.” (Brittany Spanos-VillageVoice)
Madison Square Garden,
At 8 p.m./ $49.50 to $199.50.

Christine Pedi
“This most versatile of entertainers has been doing many things for many years; hosting for SiriusXM Radio, baking ziti for Bobby Baccalieri on “The Sopranos,” and running a prison full of merry murderesses in Broadway’s “Chicago.” She’s also been “doing” many people, in shows like “Forbidden Broadway” and “NEWSical The Musical,” in which she specializes in uncannily accurate (and hysterical) impressions of larger-than-life divas from Liza Minnelli and Bernadette Peters to Lady Gaga.

This particular show, however, is timed to the release of her new album, “Good to Mama,” and will spotlight her outstanding singing more than the other aspects of her talent. However, Miss Pedi has such an irrepressible sense of humor that you can rest assured Monday’s show will include no shortage of laughs.” (WSJ-WillFriedwald)
Birdland, 315 W 44th St., (btw 8/9 ave.)
At 7PM / $25, +$10 food/drink minimum

New York Super Week (through Oct. 12).
“Last year, New York Comic Con drew more than 130,000 fans to the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center over four days (up from 30,000 in 2006, its inaugural year). The demand for this gathering is now so great that it is no wonder that ReedPop, the company that organizes it, has put together a sister festival, New York Super Week, to celebrate pop culture at venues around the city. Here is a selective guide to Super Week. Get your tickets early. New York Comic Con (next Thursday to Sunday) is mostly sold out; only Thursday tickets ($35) were available at press time.” (NYT-GeorgeGustines)

MONDAY: The title says it all: “Celebrity Karaoke: An Epic Evening With the Stars.” Songs from Broadway performers, including James Iglehart (the Genie in Disney’s “Aladdin”), and aspiring amateurs.
Hard Rock Cafe, 1501 Broadway (btw 43rd and 44th St.)
7 p.m./ $35-$50

Metropolitan Museum of Art:
Marty Stuart, Steve Miller and Laurence Juber in Concert
“More than 20 guitars made by the 19th-century German-born craftsman Christian Frederick Martin are included in “Early American Guitars: The Instruments of C.F. Martin,” a display of vintage instruments drawn from the museum’s permanent collection (as well as the Martin Guitar Museum in Nazareth, Pa., and private collections) that include a 1939 model that was played by Eric Clapton; the exhibition will be up through Dec. 7.

A related concert is planned on Monday at 7 p.m. with the country musician Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives as well as the rock guitarist Steve Miller and Laurence Juber, lead guitarist of Wings.” (NYT)
Tickets are $65. Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sundays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.,
212-535-7710,; suggested admission: $25, $17 for 65+,

Archtober / October 1–31
“To New York City’s architects and building buffs, October is Archtober, or Architecture and Design Month. For 31 days, the City’s design community opens its doors for more than 150 tours, lectures, films and celebrations, offering a behind-the-scenes look at the buildings that give this metropolis its distinct character.” (
For a complete calendar try:
For “20 Great Events to Check out at 2014 Archtober Festival in NYC”

Highlight’s from Today’s Events:

Building of the Day: Tavern on the Green / 10:00am
Michael Patrick Finley
Originally designed as a sheepfold with caretaker’s housing by Jacob Wrey Mould in 1871, Tavern on the Green is one of the city’s finest examples of Victorian Gothic architecture and one of the park’s most treasured landmark buildings. Sixty years later, Parks Commissioner Robert Moses relocated the sheep to Prospect Park in Brooklyn and converted […]

Museum of the City of New York
A New Terminal Under Grand Central: The East Side Access Project / 6:30pm-8:30pm
Join architect Frank Prial Jr., AIA, MTA Program Manager Douglas Tilden, MTA Associate Director of Planning Jack Dean, LIRR Chief Planning Officer Elisa Picca, Edith Hsu-Chen, Director for Manhattan Borough at City Planning, and moderator Maxinne Leighton, Ass. AIA, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Inc. for a talk about the East Side Access Project, one of the nation’s largest transportation infrastructures.

♦ 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.

HarlHostStandNo 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 uptown to West Harlem totally worthwhile.

This second incarnation of Dinosaur in Harlem is in a two story, 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 front door you are hit with that tantalizing aroma of barbecue coming from the large open kitchen. Reminds me of 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 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 (assuming you snagged a table). 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 long 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 Highway, all may open before a table inside the main dining room. Otherwise, try Dinosaur for lunch, or come very late for dinner, maybe after a show at the nearby Cotton Club nightclub.

Phone #: 212-694-1777
Hours: Mo-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 10:30pm
Subway: #1 to 125th St.
Walk 2 blk W on 125th St. 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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