Selected Events + Todays Featured Neighborhood-WestVillage (11/01)

Today’s “TOP 3″/ Selected NYCity Events – SATURDAY, NOV. 01, 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.”

Cyrus Chestnut Trio
Dynamic pianist Cyrus Chestnut’s trio brings together old-school jazz, blues, and gospel with the heartfelt passion that has made him a long-standing favorite at Miller. From a childhood spent playing the piano at church, Chestnut grew to perform alongside jazz greats such as Chick Corea and Dizzy Gillepsie. Today, he has earned his own place amongst today’s standout players with Time magazine calling him “the best jazz pianist of his generation.”
Columbia University Morningside Campus Miller Theatre
8:00pm / $20-$30
millertheatre.com

The New York Times Magazine Photographs (LastDay)
“This exhibition gives a behind-the-scenes look at photographs that have appeared in the magazine over the past 15 years. The show, which features the work photographers from The Times and others, is drawn from a 2011 book by Kathy Ryan, the director of photography for the magazine. Ms. Ryan was a curator, along with Lesley A. Martin, publisher of the book program at the Aperture Foundation.” (NYT)
10 a.m. to 6 p.m./ FREE
Aperture Gallery and Bookstore, 547 West 27th Street, Chelsea,
212-505-5555 / aperture.org;

Elsewhere, but these look worth the trip:
NYC Craft Beer Festival: Autumn Harvest
This weekend the 69th Regiment Armory is the place to sample brews (for those 21 and older) and learn about the brewery process. More than 70 brewers will be featured in the event, which will have tastings of 150 varieties of beer as well as seminars in brewing techniques and critiquing beers.
Sat. from 2 to 4:30 p.m. and 7 to 9:30 p.m./$65 or $85 for V.I.P. tickets
69th Regiment Armory, Lexington Avenue and 26th Street,
nyccraftbeerfest.com

Bobby McFerrin
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College will open its 60th Anniversary Season with a concert by 10-time Grammy winner Bobby McFerrin.

Titled “Bobby Meets Africa in New York,” this one-of-a-kind event will feature Bobby’s extraordinary improvisational skills as he is joined by several New York City-based African musicians. These artists will come together, meeting for the first time ever on the Whitman Theatre stage to create a totally original and unique concert.
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College,
Flatbush and Nostrand Avenues,
at 8pm / $36-$60
BrooklynCenter.org / 718-951-4500
subway: #2 to brooklyn college (50 min from Times Square)

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.

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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 (pop. 8.4 million) had 54 million visitors last year and 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.

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.
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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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