Selected Events + Today’s Featured Neighborhood: Upper WestSide (10/22)

Today’s “TOP 3″/ Selected NYCity Events – WEDNESDAY, OCT. 22, 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.”

Dizzy Gillespie All-Stars (through 10/26)
“Dizzy Gillespie, with his puffed-cheek embouchure, bent trumpet bell that curved skyward, and trendsetting horn-rimmed glasses, was always au courant. The living legacy of the idiosyncratic wit behind “Salt Peanuts” lives on in the All-Stars, a ghost band that’s possessed by the risible spirit of its late leader, helmed by the high-flying trumpet trio of Claudio Roditi, Terell Stafford, and Freddie Hendrix.

A bebop forefather who wasn’t afraid to punctuate his legato phrasing with a Latin punch, Dizzy felt as at home on “Groovin’ High” as he did on “Manteca,” and this band of seasoned veterans delves deep into his eclectic catalogue.” (VillageVoice- Aidan Levy)
Blue Note, 131 West 3rd St.
8pm and 10:30pm nightly / $20 bar, $35 table

Tavi Gevinson
Tavi is all grown up and talking.
Not since the legendary Gen X standard Sassy has a teen fashion mag garnered appreciation for telling girls they look great with what they already have, rather than telling them what they need to buy. Rookie was the pet project of 12-year-old Tavi Gevinson before she exploded as a style icon, actor, and maybe this decade’s most dynamic tween.

Six years later, the online magazine is a hotbed for offbeat style, with tutorials on how to dress “Spawn-of-Satan chic” (think Mia Farrow in Rosemary’s Baby) and take cues from “Secret Style Icons” like cereal box characters or the witches of Hocus Pocus. It has also featured poignant art, advice on everything from depression to sex (queer and straight), and guest pieces by Karen O, Miranda July, Lena Dunham, Joss Whedon, and John Waters, among many notable others.

The publication’s amazing history is chronicled in Rookie Yearbook Three, launching tonight. Gevinson talks with writer and trans-rights activist Janet Mock at the book party, and will sign copies following a Q&A.
Housing Works Bookstore, 126 Crosby St.
7:00 p.m./ $8
212-334-3324 /

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 see:
For “20 Great Events to Check out at 2014 Archtober Festival in NYC”

Highlight’s from Today’s Events:

Building of the Day: Jacob K. Javits Convention Center / 12:30
Located on four city blocks on the far west side of Manhattan, the Javits Center is New York City’s primary venue for trade shows and conventions. A megastructure designed in 1979 by I. M. Pei and Partners, it was conceived as a new incarnation of Joseph Paxton’s 1851 Crystal Palace in London. But while the […]

-AIANY / Center for Architecture
New York New Design Exhibition Opening / 6:00pm-8:00pm
Join us for the exhibition reception for New York New Design, the AIA New York Chapter’s annual members show, on view in the West 4th Street subway station October 9 to November 2, 2014.

-Public Art Fund
Public Art Fund Talks at the New School: Abraham Cruzvillegas / 6:30pm
Abraham Cruzvillegas is one of the most important conceptual artists of his generation to come from the vibrant art scene in Mexico City. For his Public Art Fund talk, Cruzvillegas will speak on his ten-year body of work titled Autoconstrucción, or “self-building.”

editor’s note: a 2nd hard drive failure in 7 months (what’s going on here Apple!) requires a reduction in daily event info on this site until the hardware issues have been resolved. while we use borrowed equipment and until further notice, the daily “Fab 5” is now the “Top 3”. we look forward to restoring full service soon.

♦ 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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