Selected Events + Todays Featured Neighborhood-WestVillage (10/28)

Today’s “TOP 3″/ Selected NYCity Events – TUESDAY, OCT. 28, 2014
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Between the Lines: George Clinton
The funk musician George Clinton shares stories about his life and career on the occasion of the publication of his new book, Brothas Be, Yo Like George, Ain’t That Funkin’ Kinda Hard on You?: A Memoir. Clinton will be in conversation with the Roots’ drummer, DJ, writer, and producer Questlove.

Grammy award winning artist George Clinton was the mastermind behind Parliament and Funkadelic, the two bands that virtually defined the funk genre. Clinton began recording solo in 1981, and has earned a widespread recognition for his contributions to the music world.
6:30pm / FREE
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard

American Ballet Theatre
Staged by Kevin McKenzie and Irina Kolpakova after Marius Petipa
Music by Alexander Glazunov
Performed to one of the finest and most joyful ballet scores ever composed, the Raymonda Divertissements offer a treasure trove of solos and duets, each like a dazzling Fabergé jewel. Based on Petipa’s last great masterpiece, this is ballet classicism at its best.

Music by Sergei Rachmaninoff
The prodigiously talented Liam Scarlett, The Royal Ballet’s first Artist in Residence, is on a meteoric rise to become one of the most sought-after choreographers around the globe. With his innovative use of the classical ballet vocabulary to affect mood and drama, Mr. Scarlett offers ABT audiences an intimate, all-new work this fall.

Choreography by Jir?í Kylián
Music by Leoš Janác?ek
Fiercely inventive choreographer Jir?í Kylián achieved his international breakthrough with Sinfonietta. Brace yourself for eruptions of running jumps and breathtaking turns to the stirring trumpet calls of Leoš Janác?ek’s high-spirited score.
7:30pm /$45
DHK Theater, 20 Lincoln Center Plaza

What’s So Bloody Funny?
Do you have plans yet for the evening of Tuesday, October 28th?
“What’s So Bloody Funny?” is the Halloween event of the season with an impressive line-up of comedians! Entertainers include Alex Borstein (Family Guy), Rory Albanese (The Daily Show), Todd Barry (Louie), Judah Friedlander (NBC’s 30 Rock), Marcus Monroe and more surprise guests to be announced!
8:00pm / $65
New World Stages, 340 W 50th St.

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 – 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 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).
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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