Selelected Events (01/20) + Today’sFeaturedNeighborhood: WestVillage

Today’s “Fab 5″+1/ Selected NYCity Events – TUESDAY, JAN. 20, 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.”

New York City Ballet Winter 2015 — Ballet    

Brazilian Night w/ Irene Walsh — Brazilian Music   (7pm)

Peter Carey and Hari Kunzru in Conversation — SmartStuff/ Book Talk   (7pm)

Ramsch und Rosen: World music between then & now  —  World Music (6:30pm)

Fred Hersch — Jazz   (8:30pm) (10:30pm)

Making the Movie Magic — SmartStuff/ Lecture   (6:30pm)

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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New York City Ballet Winter 2015 (through Mar. 01)
Today starts the NYC Ballet Winter season, don’t miss it.
Remember that day of performance discount tickets may be available at The David Rubenstein Atrium box office, with availability listed at 1:30pm each day.

Winter 2015 performances feature three all-Balanchine programs showcasing masterworks such as Serenade and La Valse, as well as the return of his two-act comedic story ballet Harlequinade (last seen in 2005) with its larger-than-life characters. In honor of our creative mission, the New Combinations program will feature a world premiere by newly-appointed Resident Choreographer Justin Peck set to Aaron Copland’s iconic Rodeo score.

Additional highlights include the return of the Jerome Robbins classic The Goldberg Variations — required viewing for all dance aficionados — and the animal instincts of The Cage, encore performances of Alexei Ratmansky’s Fall 2014 premiere Pictures at an Exhibition, and Peter Martins’ full-length Romeo + Juliet, which brings star-crossed romance to the stage just in time for Valentine’s Day.
DHK Theater, Columbus Avenue & 63rd St. south side of the Lincoln Center main plaza
nycballet.com

Brazilian Night w/ Irene Walsh
Irene Walsh on vocals
Cesar Garabini on 7-string guitar
Hadar Noiberg on flute.
Irene will be singing samba with Cesar Garabini on 7-string guitar and Hadar Noiberg on flute. They will also play some beautiful instrumental choro.

The Brazilian music series at Caffe Vivaldi happens on FIRST and THIRD TUESDAYS of the month. The series features both traditional and experimental Brazilian music by the top artists in NYC. The show is curated by Irene Walsh, producer and director at Split Rock Films. Every show is completely unique and Irene sings at least one set of classic samba at every show. Many shows are filmed and will be posted on the YouTube channel for Split Rock Film.
Caffe Vivaldi, 32 Jones St, (near Bleecker St and 7th Ave),
7PM to 10PM / $10 suggested donation for the benefit of the artists.

Peter Carey and Hari Kunzru in Conversation
“Peter Carey is special. Why? He’s one of only three other folks who’ve won the Book Prize twice. Go see this brilliant Australian novelist talk about his new book Amnesia,which could win him his third Booker Prize—who knows! ” (TONY)

Join two-time Booker winner Peter Carey for a discussion of his new novel, AMNESIA, a provocative, exuberant contemplation of cyber politics and crisis. The story of Gaby Baillieux, a hacker who releases the Angel Worm virus into the Australian prison computer system, setting free thousands of prisoners, AMNESIA not only “responds to some of the biggest issues of our time,” but “reminds us that no other contemporary novelist is better able to mix farce with ferocity, or to better effect” (The Guardian). Carey will be joined in conversation by acclaimed author of GODS WITHOUT MEN, Hari Kunzru.
McNally Jackson Books, 52 Prince Street
7pm / FREE
212-274-1160

Ramsch und Rosen: World music between then and now
Deutsches Haus presents a concert with Ramsch und Rosen, two Austrian musicians, Julia Lacherstorfer and Simon Zöchbauer, who rummage for old tunes among old paintings, manuscripts, and between the lines of old letters, finding a treasure trove of material underneath the layers of dust.

Their music bridges past and present – a past where the clocks tick differently and a present where we can connect to the entire world and choose from an immeasurable number of opinions, and pick the most precious, most suitable items for our individual character. The result: A type of unique music that is inseparable from the people who perform it. It needs to take place within them, earnestly, yet with a wink.
Deutsches Haus at NYU
6:30 p.m. / FREE, but please RSVP, space is limited

Fred Hersch (through Jan.25)
“For the concluding half of his two-week run at the Village Vanguard, the acclaimed pianist leaves his expanded ensemble at home and goes solo. Alone with his instrument, Hersch freely partakes of the lyrical wellspring that fortifies his improvising. The Vanguard holds a special place in Hersch’s heart: he’s recorded three live albums there and was the first solo pianist to headline the hallowed club.” (NewYorker)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave. S., at 11th St.
212-255-4037.

Elsewhere, but looks worth the way cool journey:
Making the Movie Magic: “THE GREAT GATSBY”.
THE ROAD TO THE GOLD COAST BY WAY OF QUEENS.
Making Movie Magic: How 1920s Astoria Came to Life in Filming The Great Gatsby One of the challenges facing Baz Luhrmann in his 2013 cinematic remake of the classic film The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, was how to recreate 1920s Queens. Robert Singleton, Executive Director of the Greater Astoria Historical Society, will describe the behind-the-scenes research and movie magic in a lecture sponsored by the Roosevelt Island Historical Society.
Roosevelt Island Library, 524 Main Street
subway: F train from 42nd St.about 15 minutes
or try the very cool roosevelt island aerial tramway

(board at tram plaza 60th St. and Second Ave)
6:30PM / FREE

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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.
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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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