Today’s “Fab 5″+1/ Selected NYCity Events – MONDAY, APR. 20, 2015
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John Mellencamp – Pop / Rock (8pm)
“Weird Al” Yankovic – SmartStuff/ Conversation (6pm)
Le Grand Cercle des Vins de Bordeaux – Food & Drink (6-8pm)
Broadway Sings Tori – Pop / Rock (8pm)
Ava Luna – Pop / Rock (8:30pm)
Tribeca Talks: Directors Series, – SmartStuff/ Conversation (6pm)
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: nyc123blog.wordpress.com
John Mellencamp (also Tuesday,April 21)
“John Mellencamp has ventured out from the heartland to bring his songs of roiling, toiling American life to stages across the land. It is a long way from Bloomington, Ind., where the 63-year-old Mr. Mellencamp still lives and writes songs, including those on “Plain Spoken,” a 2014 album that pairs his grizzled voice with acoustic guitar, fiddle, harmonica and other markers of folk music. Songs from that take their place in a songbook filled with hits as familiar as any: “Jack & Diane,” “Hurt So Good,” “Pink Houses” and many more. Also at the Apollo Theater in Harlem April 23 and 24.’ (WSJ)
Carnegie Hall, 881 Seventh Ave.
8pm / $50-$130
“Weird Al” Yankovic and John Ficarra
“Celebrate the meeting of “Two Weird Als,” musical satirist and comedian “Weird Al” Yankovic and MAD Magazine’s gap-toothed idiot mascot Alfred E. Neuman Monday evening at Barnes & Noble Union Square. Join MAD’s Editor-in-Chief John Ficarra and first ever MAD guest editor Weird Al, who will be on hand to sign copies of the magazine’s latest issue.” (dnainfo.com)
Barnes & Noble, Union Square, 33 East 17th St.
6 p.m./ 212-253-0810, barnesandnoble.com.
Wristbands will be available with purchase of MAD Magazine #533 beginning at 10 a.m.
Le Grand Cercle des Vins de Bordeaux
Grand Tasting Event
On Monday April 20th, for one night only, 35 of the best wineries from the famed Left and Right Banks of Bordeaux, will treat New Yorkers to an exclusive unveiling of their most prized possessions.
The event, held in the spectacular Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central Terminal, will begin at 6:00pm and run until 8:00pm. Speak with some of the industry’s most respected winemakers, explore and sample some of the finest wines that Bordeaux has to offer. You will also be treated with a cheese tasting along with sweet and savory canelés from Canelé by Céline.
The tasting includes a generous Silent Auction, featuring rare to find Magnums of prestigious Bordeaux wines, and benefits ACE, The Association of Community Employment Programs for the Homeless.
Vanderbilt Hall, Grand Central Terminal, 89 E 42nd St.
6PM – 8PM / $60
Broadway Sings Tori: A Benefit for RAINN
A tremendous lineup of vocalists—including Laura Benanti, Lena Hall, Molly Pope, Rachel Bay Jones, Natalie Joy Johnson, Zak Resnick and Colleen Harris—digs into the aching oeuvre of singer-songwriter Tori Amos in this benefit for the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network. Longtime Amos admirer Brian Nash handles the keys, with Julie James playing host.
Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St. at Thompson St
8pm / $100
Chef Batali will host a live performance at his Flatiron Italian-food mecca, Eataly, in honor of his partnership with TONY. Consider this your invite, dear readers: Ava Luna, a brilliant, up-and-coming Brooklyn quintet with a sound perched between angular indie rock and supple soul, plays a live show at Eataly’s rooftop restaurant and brewery, La Birreria. The performance starts at 8:30pm and like the headline says, admission is absolutely free. Food and drinks, not so much, but even so—people, this is going to be awesome.
Eataly, La Birreria, 23rd St. and 5th Ave.
Tribeca Talks: Directors Series, Christopher Nolan with Bennett Miller
As one of the most critically and commercially successful filmmakers of our time, Christopher Nolan will discuss his ability to push boundaries and create entire worlds and realities from his imagination with fellow director Bennett Miller.
Tribeca Film Festival / BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center, 199 Chambers St.
6PM / $35, may need to do Rush tickets or stub hub this one.
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:
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
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.
♦ 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.
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.