Selected Events (03/07) + Today’sFeaturedNeighborhood: Upper WestSide

Today’s “Fab 5″/ Selected NYCity Events – SATURDAY, MAR. 07, 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.”

‘Five Years that Rocked the World’ 1964-1969  —  Rock/ Pop     (5pm)   

“La Donna del Lago” —  Opera      (8pm)

The Armory Show  —  SmartStuff/ Art Exhibition  (12-7pm)   

Mike Stern and Bill Evans Band   —   Jazz     (8:30pm)     (11pm) 

10X10: Curators Discuss the Future —  SmartStuff/ Panel Discussion   (2pm)

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:

‘Five Years that Rocked the World’ 1964-1969
“John Koprowski takes us on a musical journey through the days that created the ’60s sound: the campus free speech movement, the Vietnam war and anti-war protests, civil rights marches, Ken Kesey and Timothy Leary, Haight-Ashbury and the Summer of Love, Fillmore East and West, the Beatles and the British invasion, Dylan going electric, Altamont, Monterey, and Woodstock.

Setting the scene for this turbulent era are songs by the following artists: The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel, Jimi Hendrix, The Byrds, The Grateful Dead, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and others. John Koprowski, a rock and roll historian as well as a performer, offers these powerful songs in the proper setting – with a five piece band and three backup singers under the direction of Tracy Stark. The entire production is directed by Mr. Eric Michael Gillett.

The music that came out of the 1960s is still with us today, and as popular as ever. However, these days you’re more likely to hear a song by the Byrds or the Mamas and the Papas as lush string arrangements in an elevator or at the bank. Here’s your chance to hear this iconic music as it was meant to be heard: live, loud, and rocking.” (
Don’t Tell Mama, 343 West 46th St.
at 5:00 pm. / $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

“La Donna del Lago” (also Tuesday)
imgres“The mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato is magnificent as Elena, the winsome heroine of this Rossini melodrama, which is having its premiere production at the Metropolitan Opera House. The story is set against the 15th-century rebellion by some clans of Scottish highlanders against their king, James V. As the daughter of the king’s former tutor, who is now allied with the rebels, Ms. DiDonato brings affecting sensitivity and brilliant coloratura to her performance.

The tenor Juan Diego Flórez is at his best as the king, who, disguised as Uberto, falls for Elena, though she loves — and eventually marries, with the king’s blessing — Malcolm, a contralto role, sung here by the rich-voiced mezzo-soprano Daniela Barcellona. The director Paul Curran’s essentially traditional production, atop a shifting floor and against the backdrop of atmospheric videos, gets the job done. The conductor Michele Mariotti leads a stylish and supple performance.” (Tommasini-NYT)
Metropolitan Opera House, 30 Lincoln Center Plaza, Columbus Ave. @ 63rd St.
subway: #1 to 66th St./Lincoln Center; exit S end of platform, walk S
(In repertory, through March 14.) Saturday at 8 p.m., Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.,
212.362.6000 /;

The Armory Show (through Mar 8)
“New York’s big modern-art fair, the Armory Show, returns to Piers 92 and 94, overlooking the Hudson. As usual, the offerings are split in two, with twentieth-century art—including works by Tàpies and Miró from the Mayoral Galeria d’Art, in Barcelona—on Pier 92 and more recent creations next door. This year, the contemporary department features a section devoted to art from the Middle East, North Africa, and the Mediterranean selected by Omar Kholeif, the curator of London’s Whitechapel Gallery.” (NewYorker)
Pier 94, 12th Ave. at 55th St.
12pm-7pm / $45, $30 (senior) /

Mike Stern and Bill Evans Band
imgres-1“Mr. Stern, a guitarist, and Mr. Evans, a saxophonist, have a long history together, stretching at least as far back as their tenure in the early-1980s comeback bands of Miles Davis. They have kept building on the language of jazz-rock and jazz-funk, each in his own way; their jointly led quartet has Tom Kennedy on bass and Steve Smith on drums.” (Chinen-NYT)
Birdland, 315 West 44th St. (btw 8/9 ave)
At 8:30 and 11 p.m. /
212-581-3080 /

10X10: Curators Discuss the Future at Pulse Perspectives
“And speaking of Pulse, in addition to hosting art fairs and throwing parties at the Americano, it also brings us Pulse Perspectives, a series of roundtable discussions. The topics are nothing if not ambitious: the second talk will ask ten curators and directors to discuss “the future.” Go find out what the future will be like on Saturday.” (N.F.-NY Observer)
Metropolitan Pavillion, 125 W. 18th Street,
2:00 p.m.

Many consider NYCity the Jazz capital of the world. Here are my favorite Jazz clubs, all on Manhattan’s WestSide. Check out who is playing tonight:
Greenwich Village:
Village Vanguard – 178 7th Ave. South — / 212-255-4037
Blue Note – 131 W3rd St. nr 6th ave. — / 212-475-8592
55 Bar – 55 Christopher St. nr 7th ave.S. — / 212-929-9883
Outside Greenwich Village:
Dizzy’s Club – Broadway @ 60th St. — / 212-258-9595
Birdland – 315 W44th St.(btw 8/9ave) — / 212-581-3080
Smoke Jazz Club – 2751 Broadway nr.106th St. — / 212-864-6662
Special Mention:
Caffe Vivaldi – 32 Jones St. nr Bleecker St. — / 212-691-7538
a classic, old jazz club in the Village, Caffe V often surprises with a wonderfully eclectic lineup. It’s my favorite spot for an evening of listening enjoyment and discovery.

♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity, with a population of  8.5 million, had a record 56 million visitors last year and is TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2015.  Quality shows draw crowds. Try to reserve seats in advance, even if just on day of performance.

A PremierPub / Upper West Side

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que / 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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