Today’s “Fab 5″ / Selected NYCity Events – FRIDAY, FEB. 13, 2015
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Documentary Fortnight 2015 — SmartStuff/ Documentary Film (various times)
The Loser’s Lounge Pre-Valentine’s Dance Party — Pop/Rock (7:30pm) [FREE]
Valerie June — Folk/Country (10pm)
Diane Schuur and the Diva Jazz Orchestra — Jazz (8pm) (10pm)
Hollywoodland — Burlesque (7:30pm)
For other useful and curated NYCity event info for Manhattan’s WestSide:
♦ “9 Notable Events-Feb.”, 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
Documentary Fortnight 2015 (February 13–27):
MoMA’s International Festival of Nonfiction Film and Media is an annual showcase of recent documentary film that examines the relationship between contemporary art and nonfiction practices and reflects on new areas of documentary filmmaking.
This year’s festival includes an international selection of 21 feature films and seven short films, a performance lecture, an archival film program, and a flat-screen installation. Many of the directors will be present, and screenings are followed by discussions.
For a playlist of Documentary Fortnight film trailers, see MoMA’s YouTube channel.
Museum of Modern Art
$12, $10 seniors
The Loser’s Lounge Pre-Valentine’s Dance Party
Bring your valentine or find one at Studio 63! The Loser’s Lounge is New York City’s most entertaining house band, always throwing the best parties and filling the dance floor with great music and interesting people. Founded in 1993 by former Psychedelic Furs Keyboardist Joe McGinty, The Loser’s Lounge canonizes the great songwriting catalogues of the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s, honoring artists from Abba and Bowie to XTC and The Zombies. Their sold-out public shows validate the love of music fans everywhere, and their enthusiasm is exhilarating. So dress up like you’re going to your favorite night club from the past and dance your way to the future with The Loser’s Lounge!
David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, 61 W 62 St.
at 7:30* / Target FREE Thursdays (this week on Friday)
get there early, no later than 7PM, if you want to get in what is a small performance space.
212-875-5350 / atrium.lincolncenter.org
“The Tennessee native developed her love of singing in church while she was growing up, and started her career before she was out of her teens. First, she was in a band, Bella Sun, with her former husband, Michael Joyner, but when that act broke up, a little more than a decade ago, June taught herself to play the guitar and learned the banjo and the ukulele. She also started writing songs that combined folk, country, blues, and gospel with an old-timey flair. Her début album, “Pushin’ Against a Stone,” from 2013, showcases her fiercely feminine and unmistakably Southern storytelling abilities, as well as her unique, stunning voice.” (NewYorker)
Zankel Hall, Seventh Ave. at 57th St.
10pm, Late Nights at Zankel Hall series / $52
212-247-7800 / carnegiehall.org
Diane Schuur and the Diva Jazz Orchestra (through Sunday)
“Who wants a Valentine’s day consisting of nothing but hearts, flowers, and soppy love ballads? This all-female jazz orchestra is celebrating 20 years since it was founded by the biggest sweetheart of them all, the late Stanley Kay. In those two decades, they’ve found no shortage of outstanding vocal headliners to collaborate with, such as both the formidable Marlena Shaw and the legendary Nancy Wilson, who both make guest appearances on the orchestra’s new release, “A Swingin’ Life.” This weekend, the headlining front woman is Diane Schuur, a dynamic stylist who is currently doing the best work of her career.”(WSJ)
Iridium, 1650 Broadway,
8pm and 10pm / $35
A Valentine’s Eve song & dance homage to the golden age of the silver screen with The Love Show Dancers, Jason Trachtenburg and The Pendulum Swings, Amber Ray, Corn Mo, Tara Quinn, David F. Slone, Esq. + surprise guests! “ (VillageVoice)
(le) poisson rouge, 158 Bleecker St.
7:30 p.m.,/ $10 – $35
♦ 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 a record 56 million visitors last year and quality shows draw crowds. Try to reserve seats in advance, even if just on day of performance.
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.