Selected Events (01/22) + Today’sFeaturedNeighborhood: Upper WestSide

Today’s “Fab 5″ / Selected NYCity Events – THURSDAY, JAN. 22, 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.”

Open Rehearsal – Vengerov Performs Tchaikovsky — Classical Music  (9:45am)    

Drawing Workshop and Portfolio Review — Special Event   (6:30pm)

Alejandro Escovedo — Pop/Rock   (8pm)

Calidore String Quartet  —  Classical Music    (7:30pm)   [FREE]

“ROUND-UP” — Music and Film   (7:30pm)

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:

Open Rehearsal – Vengerov Performs Tchaikovsky
1415-0122aNew York Philharmonic’s Open Rehearsal is a fascinating opportunity to watch the New York Philharmonic at work, and see how a piece of music is shaped and polished by the conductor and the musicians.

Today, conductor Long Yu leads the Philharmonic with violinist Maxim Vengerov performing Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich.

Tickets are $20 each and can be ordered online, by phone, by mail, by fax, or in person at the Avery Fisher Hall Box Office. Open Rehearsals begin at 9:45 AM (except where noted) in Avery Fisher Hall, and end at approximately 12:30 PM (sometimes extending to 1 PM, at the discretion of the conductor). 
Lincoln Center, Avery Fisher Hall

DISEÑO | Drawing Workshop and Portfolio Review
Join Marvel Comics artist Phil Jimenez for a drawing tutorial and, for the budding illustrators amongst you, a portfolio review. A graduate of New York City’s School of Visual Arts, Jimenez is famous for his work on “Wonder Woman” and the miniseries “Infinite Crisis.” Participants should bring recent work for review, and any special materials they may wish to use. Paper, pencils, pens and charcoal will all be provided.
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, 2 E. 91st St.,
6;30PM / FREE, but pre-registration is required.

Alejandro Escovedo (through Jan.24)
imgres“In 2003, this Texas-born and Austin-based rocker collapsed onstage and then faced a long, arduous recovery from hepatitis C. To help defray the costs, some of his many friends and admirers—including Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams, John Cale, and Jennifer Warnes—started putting on benefit shows, and then recorded a tribute album of his songs, entitled “Por Vida.” By 2011, he was back in fighting form, and that year he played three nights at the Rubin Museum, performing a different program each evening, in an acoustic setting. Escovedo has a similar game plan in place for this run at the City Winery—he’ll do his first two solo releases, “Gravity” (1992) and “Thirteen Years” (1994) on Thursday and Friday, then “With These Hands” (1996) on Saturday—only this time in full rock mode.” (NewYorker)
City Winery, 155 Varick St.
8pm / $35-$50

Calidore String Quartet
MOZART: Divertimento in F major, K.138
MENDELSSOHN: String Quartet No. 2 in A minor

“We’re already in the presence of a great quartet.”—La Presse (Montreal)
David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center,
at 7:30 (but get there by 7 to ensure a seat) / Target FREE Thursdays

Elsewhere, but I love the Pendleton Round-Up and you will too. Don’t miss this:

imgres-1Sufjan Stevens offers a musical and cinematic portrait of the rodeo in this work, featuring new-music ensemble Yarn/Wire and gorgeous slow-motion footage of the 2013 Pendleton Round-Up in Oregon. ed note: the Round-Up is the best & most authentic of all the rodeo’s.

In this BAM commissioned work, shown on the Steinberg Screen, Stevens turns his gaze to the rodeo, in all its bull-riding, calf-roping, and barrel-racing glory. With slow-motion footage shot by sibling filmmakers Aaron and Alex Craig at the 2013 Pendleton Round-Up in Oregon—and featuring Stevens on electronics and new-music ensemble Yarn/Wire performing piano and percussion—Round-Up is a musical and cinematic portrait of a classic American tradition.
BAM’s Harvey Theatre, 651 Fulton St.
subway: #2.3 to Nevins St. (about 30 min from TimesSq.)
7:30pm / $45 / 718-636-4100

♦ 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.

A PremierPub / Upper West Side

Dinosaur / 700 W125th St. @ 12th ave.

Walk only five minutes from the 125th St. station on the #1 line to find this authentic honky-tonk barbecue joint. Some folks think Dinosaur is just a place to eat ribs. Au contraire. With 24 carefully selected taps, this is a place to drink beer, and eat ribs.

HarlHostStandNo food goes better with American craft ales than American barbecue. Dinosaur may be the best combo of good beer drinking and hearty eating in town, which makes the trip uptown to West Harlem totally worthwhile.

This second incarnation of Dinosaur in Harlem is in a two story, old brick warehouse near the Hudson River. Don’t let that run down exterior fool you. Inside it’s a large space with huge, rough wooden columns and unfinished wooden floors and brick walls – just right for a bbq joint. As soon as you open the front door you are hit with that tantalizing aroma of barbecue coming from the large open kitchen. Reminds me of those great rib joints I frequented when stationed in North Carolina all those years ago. If your stomach wasn’t grumbling before, it is now.

Head to the bar, sit down and try to decide on a beer. It’s not an easy decision – a good problem to have. This is a pretty damn good beer list to choose from, one that most beer bars should be jealous of. I love that they feature NY craft beers. You may want to try the four beer sampler, which is always fun, and in this place may be necessary.

The blues music playing in the background will get you in the mood for their North Carolina style barbecue, and even when it’s a full house your order shouldn’t take too long (assuming you snagged a table). The food is all slow smoked, so it’s already mostly done and ready to go. I always start with an order of their giant, spice rubbed wings, so good they may make you give up Buffalo wings.

Unfortunately, a place this good does not fly under the radar. There can be some long waits for a table at dinnertime. So you need a strategy – avoid prime time, and try not to arrive with your entire posse, which will limit your seating options.

A seat at the bar, a small table in the bar area, or in the summer, an outside table underneath what’s left of the elevated West Side Highway, all may open before a table inside the main dining room. Otherwise, try Dinosaur for lunch, or come very late for dinner, maybe after a show at the nearby Cotton Club nightclub.

Phone #: 212-694-1777
Hours: Mo-Th 11:30am-11:00pm; Fr-Sa 11:30am-12:00am;
Su 12:00pm-10:00pm
Happy Hour: 4-7pm every day; $1 off all drinks
Music: Fri / Sat 10:30pm
Subway: #1 to 125th St.
Walk 2 blk W on 125th St. to Dinosaur Bar-B-Q,
just past the elevated highway.

“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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