Selected Events (04/06) + Today’sFeaturedNeighborhood: Upper WestSide

Today’s “Fab 5″/ Selected NYCity Events – MONDAY, APR. 06, 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.”

Classic Conversations  —   SmartStuff/ Book Talk    (7pm)   

‘Team Dance: The Dance Critics of The New York Times’    —
SmartStuff/ Discussion    (7pm)      [FREE]

David Foster Wallace Symposium  —  SmartStuff/ Symposium    (2pm)      [FREE]

Richard Eyre and Heather Berlin    SmartStuff/ Discussion    (7pm)     

Brooklyn Brewery Tour   —   SmartStuff/ Tour    (5pm)      

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

♦ “9 Notable Events-Apr.”, 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:

Classic Conversations: Simon Critchley & Jamieson Webster on “Stay, Illusion! The Hamlet Doctrine”
In conjunction with Classic Stage Company’s production of HAMLET, authors Simon Critchley and Jamieson Webster discuss their book STAY, ILLUSION! THE HAMLET DOCTRINE.

imagesThe figure of Hamlet haunts our culture like the Ghost haunts him. Arguably, no literary work, not even the Bible, is more familiar to us than Shakespeare’s HAMLET. Everyone knows at least six words from the play; often people know many more. Yet the play–Shakespeare’s longest–is more than “passing strange” and becomes deeply unfamiliar when considered closely. Reading HAMLET alongside other writers, philosophers, and psychoanalysts—Carl Schmitt, Walter Benjamin, Freud, Lacan, Nietzsche, Melville, and Joyce—Simon Critchley and Jamieson Webster consider the political context and stakes of Shakespeare’s play, its relation to religion, the movement of desire, and the incapacity to love.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd St.
7:00pm / $15

‘Team Dance: The Dance Critics of The New York Times’
“Alastair Macaulay, the chief dance critic for The New York Times, is joined by Gia Kourlas, Brian Seibert and Siobhan Burke, who contribute dance reviews to The Times — discuss the purpose of criticism. They will explore such ideas as gender, the critic’s role in shaping the experience of watching dance and whether a critic even has the power to make a difference.” (NYT)
Julius S. Held Auditorium, Barnard Hall, 3009 Broadway, (btw 116th and 120th St.)
At 7 p.m. / FREE

David Foster Wallace Symposium
images-1Whether you’ve tackled Infinite Jest or just adore his tongue-in-cheek essay on cruises, every DFW fan should drop into this diverse afternoon of events celebrating his work and influence. The day includes a round table on Wallace and religion, a discussion with the author’s biographer D.T. Max, and a very special sneak peek of the upcoming Wallace-inspired play A (radically condensed and expanded) Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again.” (TONY)
NYU Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts, 1 Washington Pl (nr W4th / Bway)
2pm./ FREE
212-998-7370 /

Richard Eyre and Heather Berlin
imgres-1The British film director Richard Eyre is taking to the stage to direct Henrik Ibsen’s “Ghosts” at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Mr. Eyre, who directed “Notes on a Scandal,” is no stranger to Ibsen’s themes of attachment and desire. Heather Berlin, a neuroscientist, will join Mr. Eyre in conversation and provide a biological perspective on those feelings.” (NYT)
Rubin Museum of Art, 150 West 17th Street, Chelsea,
At 7 p.m./ $25

Elsewhere, but this is definitely worth the short detour:
Brooklyn Brewery Tour
imgresArtLab is proud to partner with Brooklyn Brewery to host an evening exploring the magic + mystery behind crafting the perfect brew. Join us for a deep dive into a drink that helped establish civilization itself, and then sustained it for thousands of years: beer. Today’s craft brewing is a perfect blend of scientific stringency and pure creative energy, where art is a constant inspiration.

Join Brooklyn Brewmaster Garrett Oliver—a former filmmaker—for a behind-the-scenes look at how Brooklyn Brewery transforms humble ingredients and ornery microbes into a vast array of delicious flavors.
Brooklyn Brewery, 79 North 11th St. (btw Berry St and Wythe Ave)
subway: 1-2-3 to 14th St.; transfer to L to Bedford Ave. (1st stop in Bklyn)
5:00 pm / $21
718-486-7422 /

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 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.

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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