Selected Events (04/22) + Today’s Featured Pub (Upper WestSide)

Today’s “Fab 5″+1/ Selected NYCity Events – WEDNESDAY, APR. 22, 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.”   

Mary Chapin Carpenter / Lunasa
the Town Hall, 123 West 43rd St. (btw 5/6 ave)
at 8:00 p.m., / $40-$65
212-840-2824, 800-982-2787, the-townhall-nyc.org.

Inequality and Climate Change: Joseph Stiglitz and Nicholas Stern in Conversation
The Graduate Center CUNY, 365 Fifth Ave., @ 34th St.
at 6:30 pm / FREE
212-817-7000

Swamp Gumbo
B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, Lucille’s Bar & Grill, 237 W42nd St. (btw 7/8)
at 8:00 pm / $18
http://www.bbkingblues.com

The Law of the Land: A Grand Tour of Our Constitutional Republic
New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West
at 6:30 pm / $34; $20 member
212-873-3400

Juilliard Organists
Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Ave, at 112th St.
at 7:30 p.m./ FREE
212-799-5000, events.juilliard.edu

Menswear Dog Presents: The New Classics: Fresh Looks for the Modern Man
Barnes & Noble, 97 Warren St. (btw Greenwich/West St.)
at 6:00 pm / FREE
212-587-5389

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
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Mary Chapin Carpenter / Lunasa
MaryChapinWEB_200x0“A thoughtful country-folk chorister whose warm introspection suggests campfires and coffeehouses, Ms. Carpenter is so beloved in Nashville that she was inducted into the city’s Songwriters Hall of Fame. “Songs From the Movie,” a fanciful record that reimagined some of her past works in rich orchestral arrangements, was released last year.” (Anderson-NYT)

Five-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter returns to singing both timeless hits and deep cuts from her expansive and beloved 13-album catalog after performing with orchestras in early 2014. Carpenter will be joined on stage by longtime friends Jon Carroll (piano) and John Doyle (guitars, bouzouki).

Over the course of her career, Carpenter has sold over 13 million records. With hits like “Passionate Kisses” and “He Thinks He’ll Keep Her,” she has won five Grammy Awards (with 15 nominations), two CMA awards and two Academy of Country Music awards for her vocals. Her songs speak to the most personal of life’s details and the most universal.

Named for an ancient Celtic harvest festival in honor of the Irish god Lugh, patron of the arts, Lúnasa is indeed a gathering of some of the top musical talents in Ireland. Its members have helped form the backbone of some of the greatest Irish groups of the decade. At 8 p.m., / $40-$65
the Town Hall, 123 West 43rd St. (btw 5/6 ave)
212-840-2824, 800-982-2787, the-townhall-nyc.org.

Inequality and Climate Change: Joseph Stiglitz and Nicholas Stern in Conversation
Joseph-Stiglitz-Nicholas-SternOn Earth Day 2015, Joseph Stiglitz and Nicholas Stern, two leading experts on economics and the environment, join in conversation about the intersection of climate change and inequality. Stiglitz, a Nobel laureate, is university professor at Columbia and author of the forthcoming book The Great Divide: Unequal Societies and What We Can Do about Them. Stern – a professor at the London School of Economics, president of the British Academy, and a member of the House of Lords – wrote the forthcoming Why Are We Waiting? The Logic, Urgency and Promise of Tackling Climate Change.

Co-sponsored by the Luxembourg Income Study Center, the Advanced Research Collaborative, and the Nathan Cummings Foundation.
The Graduate Center CUNY, 365 Fifth Ave., @ 34th St.
6:30pm / FREE
212-817-7000

Swamp Gumbo
1535With their musical mix of Cajun zydeco, jazz and R&B, the members of Swamp Gumbo create a New Orleans-style party atmosphere wherever they play. Up front is lead singer Ms. Kati Mac, who has sung with the talents to five Emmy-nominated songs. On trumpet is Tim Ouimette, who has played for The Count Basie Orchestra, Keith Richards and They Might Be Giants. Swamp Gumbo also features Mr. Cobert, whose credits include work with this performance the band will be joined by bassist Steve Count, singer/songwriter Sherryl Marshall and Denny McDermott on drums, as they play hits from artists like Dr. John, The Neville Brothers, Professor Longhair, Allen Toussaint and more.
B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, Lucille’s Bar & Grill, 237 W42nd St. (btw 7/8)
8:00PM / $18
http://www.bbkingblues.com

The Law of the Land: A Grand Tour of Our Constitutional Republic
“As cases such as Brown v. Board of Education demonstrate, laws and legal debates affecting the entire nation arise from distinctive local settings. Renowned scholar Akhil Reed Amar sheds new light on America’s constitutional landscape by exploring how the nation’s legal tradition unites a vast and disparate land.

imgresAkhil Reed Amar, Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University, is the author of America’s Constitution: A Biography and America’s Unwritten Constitution. His most recent book is The Law of the Land: A Grand Tour of Our Constitutional Republic. Trevor W. Morrison (moderator) is Dean and Eric M. and Laurie B. Roth Professor of Law at New York University School of Law.” (ThoughtGallery.org)
New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West
at 6:30 pm / $34; $20 member
212-873-3400

Juilliard Organists
c3069d7e43e99a40c0e5d820e6cb17dfJuilliard presents this organ recital as part of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine’s Great Music in a Great Space series. The students, under the direction of the organ department’s chairman, Paul Jacobs, will perform works such as the “Andante espressivo” from Elgar’s Sonata in G, Op. 28, and a transcription of selections from Grieg’s “Holberg Suite,” Op. 40.
Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Ave, at 112th St.
At 7:30 p.m./ FREE
212-799-5000, events.juilliard.edu

Menswear Dog Presents: The New Classics: Fresh Looks for the Modern Man
aclkThis evening we welcome David Fung and Yena Kim and Bodhi. They are the creative force behind the wildly popular Menswear Dog blog. They join us to discuss their new book Menswear Dog Presents.
Barnes & Noble, 97 Warren St. (btw Greenwich/West St.)
6pm / FREE
212-587-5389

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 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.
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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.

Website: http://www.dinosaurbarbque.com/
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.

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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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