Selected Events (01/08) + Today’sFeaturedNeighborhood: WestVillage

Today’s “Fab 5″/ Selected NYCity Events – THURSDAY, JAN. 08, 2015.
“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.”

11th Annual NYCity Winter Jazzfest  — Jazz 

The Weight: Playing Songs of the Band — Pop/Rock

Something Wonderful: The Songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein 
Musicals  (7:30pm)

“Backstage Pass to Broadway” — SmartStuff/ BookTalk (6pm)

 Jazz Resolutions for 2015 — Jazz (6pm)

For other useful and curated NYCity event info for Manhattan’s WestSide:
♦ “9 Notable Events-Jan.”, and “Top10 Free” in the header above.
♦ For NYCity trip planning see links in “Resources” and “Smart Stuff” in the header above.
♦ For NYCity Sights, Sounds and Stories visit out our sister site: nyc123blog.wordpress.com

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11th Annual NYCity Winter Jazzfest (Jan. 8-10)
“Intrepid listeners who face the weather and crowds at this annual gathering’s multiple venues are rewarded—forward-thinking artists always take part. Among the hundred or so performers at this year’s edition, which also includes esteemed veterans, are the pianist Amina Claudine Myers, the long-running Dutch ensemble the ICP Orchestra, the guitarist Anthony Pirog, the saxophonist and clarinetist Ken Vandermark, the SF Jazz Collective, the saxophonist Mark Turner, and the eclectically minded outfit Kneebody.” (NewYorker)

“The Winter Jazzfest is the jazz equivalent of CMJ, taking place over three nights at 10 intimate venues within walking distance of each other in the Village, with a hundred acts and five hundred performers. The leading lights and the young lions are all there, so for the price of one set at the Vanguard, catch Marc Ribot and the Young Philadelphians, Tyshawn Sorey, and Linda Oh, or dozens of others.

The Saturday marathon has David Murray and Saul Williams, Meshell Ndégeocello, Rudresh Mahanthappa, and Nicholas Payton on the lineup. It’s impossible to catch everything, so jazz FOMO is in full effect. Begins at 5 p.m. on the day of show, passes available for purchase and pickup at Judson Church, 55 Washington Square South. Single Day Pass, $35; two-day pass, $55; three-day pass, $75.” (Aidan Levy,VillageVoice)
Various locations
full schedule @ winterjazzfest.com

The Weight: Playing Songs of the Band
“The Band sounded old in the beginning and has aged well, even after most of its founding members died. Taking its name from one of the Band’s most classic songs (the one with the lyrics “Take a load off Fanny”), the Weight pays tribute to the group that famously played with Bob Dylan in the ’60s and made many classics of its own, beginning with its 1968 debut “Music from Big Pink.”

Members of the Weight, based in Woodstock, played in latter-day incarnations of the Band or otherwise communed with original members, especially Levon Helm, who maintained the Band’s legacy before he died in 2012. Expect a mix of familiar favorites and lesser-known deep cuts.” (WSJ)
City Winery, 155 Varick St.,
(212) 608-0555

Something Wonderful: The Songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein
with Oscar “Andy” Hammerstein III / Broadway Pops International
Thrill to the brilliance of this legendary songwriting team with music from its celebrated collaborations including South Pacific, The Sound of Music, The King and I, Carousel, and Oklahoma! Hosted by Oscar “Andy” Hammerstein III, grandson of beloved librettist and lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II, this program promises to be a favorite for audiences of all ages!
David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center,
at 7:30 (but get there by 7 to ensure a seat) / Target FREE Thursdays

Backstage Pass to Broadway
A Broadway press agent lifts the curtain on what it takes to make a Broadway show

Broadway press agent Susan L. Schulman takes us behind the curtain to share what really goes on during the creation of a Broadway show. She will discuss her book Backstage Pass to Broadway, sharing the highs and lows of working with such legends as Mary Martin, Lauren Bacall, Bob Fosse, Zero Mostel, George C. Scott, Yul Brynner, Vanessa Redgrave, and David Merrick among others.
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Bruno Walter Auditorium
6PM / FREE

 Jazz Resolutions for 2015
“Timed to coincide with the annual conference of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, this evening will spotlight four ensembles working along the fault line of composition and improvisation. Starting at 6 p.m., with sets every hour, the lineup consists of the Ben Wendel Group, with Mr. Wendel on saxophone, Taylor Eigsti on piano, Harish Raghavan on bass and Eric Harland on drums; the flutist Jamie Baum and her group Short Stories, which includes Mr. Wendel; the Michael Blake Quartet, led by its namesake saxophonist; and the Joel Harrison 4, whose leader is a venturesome yet roots-minded guitarist and composer.” (Chinen-NYT)
Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow Street, West Village,
6pm / $10 or Winter Jazz Fest badge or proof of registration
212-242-4770, greenwichhouse.org.

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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.

kac_120405_phude_corner_bistro_bar_1000-600x450In 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.
Update:
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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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