Selected Events (04/08) + Today’sFeaturedNeighborhood: WestVillage

Today’s “Fab 5″+1/ Selected NYCity Events – WEDNESDAY, APR. 08, 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.”

Toward Appomattox: The Last Gasp –  SmartStuff/ Discussion   (6:30pm)

Eliane Elias –  Bossa Nova   (8:30pm)      (11pm)

Sam Roberts: A History of New York in 101 Objects –
SmartStuff/ Book Talk   (6:30pm)      [FREE]

Tour: High Line Photography Tour –  SmartStuff/ Photography   (2pm-4pm)

Jasmine Lovell-Smith & Cat Toren –  Jazz   (9:30pm)

‘Beyond Broadway: Composers Go Choral’ –  Choral Music   (7:30pm)

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:

Toward Appomattox: The Last Gasp
images-1How do wars end? A century and a half ago, Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox and set the standard for the “gentlemanly” stacking of arms. But did Grant actually give up too much in return for peace on April 9, 1865? Were too many Confederate leaders spared and the plight of African-American refugees ignored? Or, conversely, did Grant’s relentless and bloody fighting that month destroy a generation of Southern white men? For the sesquicentennial of the end of the Civil War, historians assess both the high cost of war and the debatable cost of peace.

William C. Davis is the author or editor of more than 50 books in the fields of Civil War and Southern history as well as numerous documentary screenplays. James M. McPherson is George Henry Davis 1886 Professor of American History Emeritus at Princeton University and the author of numerous books on the Civil War, including, most recently, The War That Forged a Nation: Why the Civil War Still Matters. Harold Holzer (moderator) has written and edited more than 40 books on Lincoln and the Civil War era. His most recent book is President Lincoln Assassinated!!: The Firsthand Story of the Murder, Manhunt, Trial, and Mourning.
New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West
at 6:30 pm / $34, only

Eliane Elias (through April 11)
search“A pianist and singer with achievements in a range of jazz and chamber-esque settings, Ms. Elias is never more sumptuously at home than when she turns to bossa nova: the subject of her new album, “Made in Brazil,” whose premise she revisits here.” (Chinen-NYT)
Birdland, 315 West 44th St. (btw 8/9ave)
At 8:30 and 11 p.m./ $

Sam Roberts: A History of New York in 101 Objects
imgres-1Join the Gotham Center and Sam Roberts of the New York Times for an inside look at his popular book A History of New York in 101 Objects. It tells a vibrant history of America’s great metropolis through its iconic items—the bagel, the Checker taxicab, the conductor’s baton, and the “I Love NY” logo, to name a few. Inspired by A History of the World in 100 Objects, Roberts’s book collects fifty articles he wrote for the Times, plus readers’ suggestions of objects that epitomize the Big Apple. He is the urban affairs correspondent for the Times and host of The New York Times Close Up on New York 1.
Co-sponsored by the Gotham Center for NYC History.
The Graduate Center CUNY, 365 Fifth Ave. at 34th St.
6:30pm / FREE

Tour: High Line Photography Tour
“No matter what kind of camera you’re packing – cellphone, digital or old-school film – you’re welcome to join the High Line’s experienced photographer-guide on a tour of the elevated-railway-turned-park. The tour is optimized to get you the best views – and shots – of the Hudson River and West Side revitalization. Click here to reserve a spot.” (
Jackson Square Park, W 13th St and Eighth Ave
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM / FREE, RSVP required

Jasmine Lovell-Smith & Cat Toren
Playing as a duo this evening, rather than as part of their “Towering Poppies” quintet,
soprano saxophonist Jasmine Lovell-Smith’s and pianist/songwriter Cat Toren should give us something special. I think we can expect some fine jazz along with music informed by folk, rock, & free improvisation.
Caffe Vivaldi, 32 Jones St, (near corner of Bleecker St and 7th Ave),
9:30 pm – 11:00 pm / never a cover, but please find the tip jar / (212) 691-7538

‘Beyond Broadway: Composers Go Choral’
26B0823B0-E525-16B6-DA7F8444376D131D.jpg.pagespeed.ce.eaaN8QEu7UaPdTJe7T9v“Essential Voices USA presents an evening of music and conversation with some of Broadway’s most widely known names. Some of the guests include the lyricist Sheldon Harnick (“Fiddler on the Roof”), as well as the composer-lyricists Stephen Schwartz (“Wicked”) and Andrew Lippa (“The Wild Party”). The program will also lead with a premiere from Marvin Hamlisch (“A Chorus Line”), who died in 2012.” (NYT)
DiMenna Center for Classical Music, 450 West 37th St. (btw 9/10 ave)
At 7:30 p.m./ $40

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 / 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).
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.
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