Today’s “TOP 3″/ Selected NYCity Events – FRIDAY, NOV. 07, 2014
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Barb Jungr: ‘Hard Rain: The Songs of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen’
“Barb Jungr is to Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen what Mabel Mercer was to Cole Porter and Noel Coward. Mr. Dylan sang his own “A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall” in the flattest possible monotone, as if to get out of the way of the words, but Ms. Jungr imbues it with a vast range of emotional colors.
Like Bobby Short doing “Can-Can,” she takes an abstract, somewhat nonsensical text and makes it concrete. She makes you feel the weight of six crooked highways, seven sad forests, a dozen dead oceans, not to mention the white man who walked a black dog. Yet “Hard Rain” is merely the climax of Ms. Jungr’s consistently revelatory 90-minute show (and title of her new album); more than ever, she is the artist who proves that the much-abused and misunderstood concept of interpretation has a future.” (WSJ)
59E59 , 59 E. 59th St.,
8:15pm / $35
IAC POETRYFEST 2014 (through Sunday)
The Irish Arts Center’s annual festival of contemporary poetry returns, with a twist: it’s presenting writers from both sides of the Atlantic. Robert Pinsky, Peter Fallon, Gerald Stern, Rita Ann Higgins, Matthea Harvey, and others are participating in three days of readings, discussions, and literary revelry.
Tonight:”Favorite Poems” @ 8 pm
$35, including after party with poets, with Special Guests:
Irish actress, reading Beckett,
“an instrument of Beckett, in that way saints and martyrs are said to be instruments of God” says The New York Times’ Ben Brantley
Irish novelist and non-fiction writer
“Drink” columnist for The New York Times Magazine
Irish comedian from Cobh, County Cork
Irish Arts Center, 553 W. 51st St.
For reservations, which are strongly suggested,
visit irishartscenter.org, or call 866-811-4111.
“JAZZ ACROSS THE AMERICAS: MEXICO” (also Saturday)
“After the revolution in Cuba, the legendary bandleader Chico O’Farrill lived for a period in Mexico, where his son Arturo, the pianist, composer, and leader of the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, was born. Arturo opens his eighth season at Symphony Space with a tribute to the Mexican composer Eugenio Toussaint (1954-2011). His crack ensemble will be joined by both the drummer Antonio Sanchez (who composed the score for the film “Birdman”) and the Villalobos Brothers, violinists from Veracruz.” (NewYorker)
Symphony Space, Broadway at 95th St.
8pm / $25-$45
212-864-5400 / symphonyspace.org
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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).
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.