Selected Events (04/02) + Today’sFeaturedNeighborhood: WestVillage

Today’s “Fab 5″+1/ Selected NYCity Events – THURSDAY, APR. 02, 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.”

Revenge of the User: Hacking Consumer Goods   
SmartStuff/ Discussion    (6:30pm)   

Sheila Jordan with the Steve Kuhn Trio   —  Jazz    (8:30pm)    (11pm)

Jim White vs. The Parkway Handle Band  —  Pop / Rock    (6pm)    

Gustav Klimt and Adele Bloch-Bauer     —   SmartStuff/ Art Talk   (11am)     

Daedalus Quartet   —   Classical     (6pm)

Prof. Luke Gibbons on ‘Joyce’s Ghosts’   SmartStuff/ Literary Talk (7pm)

For other useful and curated NYCity event info for Manhattan’s WestSide:

♦ “9 Notable Events-Mar.”, 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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Beautiful Users | Revenge of the User: Hacking Consumer Goods
Personal 3D printing technologies are moving design and manufacturing into the hands of users, allowing makers to create—and share—digital files for producing physical objects. Hacking, long associated with penetrating the secrets of software, has extended its conquest to the world of physical things. Users are now taking apart and reassembling consumer products, treating the world of manufactured goods as a kit of parts to be reworked and rewritten.

Please join us for what promises to be a fascinating discussion about hacking consumer goods, moderated by Ellen Lupton (Designer, Curator of Contemporary Design at Cooper Hewitt, and Professor at Maryland Institute College of Art). Panelists include Avinash Rajagopal (author of Hacking Design, published by Cooper Hewitt), Golan Levin (creator of Free Universal Construction Kit and professor of design at Carnegie Mellon University), and Eric Rosenbaum (co-inventor of MaKey MaKey and member of MIT Media Lab).
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, 2 East 91st St. at 5th Ave.
6:30pm / $15
212-849-8400

Sheila Jordan with the Steve Kuhn Trio (through April 4)
images-1“Ms. Jordan, 86, is an eminent and exploratory singer — she was recently anointed a Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts — whose approach to jazz skews nearly kaleidoscopic. She has a good rapport with the pianist Steve Kuhn, who joins her here with his blue-chip trio.” (NYT-Chinen)
Birdland, 315 West 44th St. (btw 8/9 ave)
At 8:30 and 11 p.m./ $40
212-581-3080, birdlandjazz.com.

Jim White vs. The Parkway Handle Band
“This project is a fruitful collaboration between White—a mystical, expressive singer-songwriter whose experiences include stints in the worlds of theology, boxing, fashion, and N.Y.C. cab-driving—and the Packway Handle Band, a modern bluegrass quintet out of Athens, Georgia.

The Packways asked White to produce a record, and he was so taken with their approach that he decided to join their band. As it happened, White had an old collection of bluegrass tunes that he wanted to try out, and the group had some originals of their own that fit White’s voice. So they got together for a fine new album, “Take It Like a Man,” and a tour.” (NewYorker)
(Le) Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St.
6pm / $20
212-505-3474 / lepoissonrouge.com

Gustav Klimt and Adele Bloch-Bauer: “The Woman in Gold”
imgres“Klimt’s portrait, Adele Bloch-Bauer I, serves as centerpiece for this show timed to coincide with the Woman in Gold, the story of the repatriation of Klimt paintings looted by the Nazis.

This show is timed to coincide with the release of the Helen Mirren vehicle Woman in Gold, which tells the true story of Maria Altmann, who successfully sued Austria to repatriate five Gustav Klimt paintings looted by the Nazis. Altmann was also the niece of Adele Bloch-Bauer, the only subject Klimt painted twice. His Adele Bloch-Bauer I serves as centerpiece for this roundup of 50 works, including paintings, related drawings, vintage photographs, decorative arts and archival material.” (TONY)
Neue Galerie, 1048 Fifth Ave. at 86th St.
11am. / $20, seniors and students with ID $10.

Daedalus Quartet
imgres-1Praised by The New Yorker as “a fresh and vital young participant in what is a golden age of American string quartets,” the Daedalus Quartet has established itself as a leader among the new generation of string ensembles. In the thirteen years of its existence the Daedalus Quartet has received plaudits from critics and listeners alike for the security, technical finish, interpretive unity, and sheer gusto of its performances.

The New York Times has praised the Daedalus Quartet’s “insightful and vibrant” Haydn, the “impressive intensity” of their Beethoven, their “luminous” Berg, and the “riveting focus” of their Dutilleux. The Washington Post in turn has acclaimed their performance of Mendelssohn for its “rockets of blistering virtuosity,” while the Houston Chronicle has described the “silvery beauty” of their Schubert and the “magic that hushed the audience” when they played Ravel, the Boston Globe the “finesse and fury” of their Shostakovich, the Toronto Globe and Mail the “thrilling revelation” of their Hindemith, and the Cincinnati Enquirer the “tremendous emotional power” of their Brahms.
Barnard College, Diana Event Oval, 3009 Broadway
8:00pm / FREE

Prof. Luke Gibbons on ‘Joyce’s Ghosts’
LG_200A professor of literary and cultural studies comes all the way from the Emerald Isle’s Maynooth University to lecture on James Joyce, and the intrinsic “Irishness” of his stream-of-consciousness style.

In his lecture, “Joyce’s Ghosts,” Luke Gibbons proposes that Joyce’s Irishness is intrinsic to his modernism, and is not just a source of subject matter but of form itself. Joyce’s stylistic innovations are haunted by memory that slips its moorings in inner life, and circulates through the silences and shadows of a colonial counter-public sphere.

Luke Gibbons is professor of Irish literary and cultural studies at Maynooth University, Ireland, and the author of several books. He is Visiting Professor at NYU for Spring 2015.
Introduction by Professor John P. Waters, Clinical Assistant Professor of Irish Studies, NYU.
Glucksman Ireland House NYU, 1 Washington Mews, and 5th Ave. (near 8th St.)
7:00 p.m. / $10, For non-members, and non students of NYU

BONUS JAZZ PICKS:
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, villagevanguard.com, 212-255-4037
Blue Note – 131 W3rd St. nr 6th ave. bluenotejazz.com, 212-475-8592
55 Bar – 55 Christopher St. nr 7th ave.S. 55bar.com, 212-929-9883
Outside Greenwich Village:
Dizzy’s Club – Broadway @ 60th St. jazz.org/dizzys, 212-258-9595
Birdland – 315 W44th St.(btw 8/9ave), birdlandjazz.com, 212-581-3080
Smoke Jazz Club – 2751 Broadway nr.106th St. smokejazz.com, 212-864-6662
Special Mention:
Caffe Vivaldi – 32 Jones St. nr Bleecker St. caffevivaldi.com, 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.

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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, with a population of  8.5 million, had a record 56 million visitors last year and was 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.
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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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