Selected Events (04/26) + Today’s Featured Pub (WestVillage)

Today’s “Fab 5″+1/ Selected NYCity Events – SUNDAY, APR. 26, 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.”   

Michel Camilo Three + Three
Blue Note, 131 West Third Street, Greenwich Village,
8PM and 10:30PM
212-475-8592, bluenote.net.

‘Night Lights at Wave Hill’ (Through May 24.)
Wave Hill, West 249th Street and Independence Avenue, Riverdale, the Bronx,
6:30PM / $25
718-549-3200.

Shastra Festival 2015
Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St. at Thompson St
4PM / $20

“Awaken Your Practice”
New York Hilton Midtown, 1335 Sixth Ave., Midtown.
A one-day pass ($285) allows access to all the activities for that day, which include specialized yoga training, lectures and workshops.

Elsewhere, but these sure look worth the detour:
“Sakura Matsuri” (LAST DAY)
Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 990 Washington Avenue, at Eastern Parkway,
subway: #2,3 to Eastern Parkway
10AM – 6PM / $25
For more information, visit bbg.org / 718-623-7200.

Mark Morris Dance Group
BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, 30 Lafayette Ave. (btw Ashland Pl / St. Felix St)
subway: #2,3 to Atlantic Ave
3PM / $25-$85

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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Michel Camilo Three + Three
Mr. Camilo, a fastidiously percussive Dominican pianist, has ample history with the bassist Lincoln Goines and the drummer Cliff Almond, who make up his working trio. As the title of this engagement suggests, he’s augmenting that rhythm section with several guests: the trumpeter Michael Philip Mossman, the trombonist Conrad Herwig and the saxophonist Ralph Bowen.” (Chinen-NYT)

The band name Three + Three comes from the combination of the core Trio unit with a three-member horn section. The music expands from the Latin and Afro-Caribbean rhythms to the harmonies of the jazz tradition and funk elements, blending personal acoustic voices with fiercely contemporary energy.
Blue Note, 131 West Third Street, Greenwich Village,
8PM and 10:30PM
212-475-8592, bluenote.net.

‘Night Lights at Wave Hill’ (Through May 24.)
“Wave Hill, the public garden in the Bronx, is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a month of after-hours events. “The Lightening: a Project for Wave Hill’s Aquatic Garden,” an installation by the artist Chris Doyle, will be on display, and the Mark Twain Room will host piano performances that cover a range of classical and jazz standards.” (NYT)
More information is at wavehill.org/events/categories/nightlights.
Wave Hill, West 249th Street and Independence Avenue, Riverdale, Far West Bronx,
Manhattan’s WestSide #1 subway to 238th St.
6:30PM / $25
718-549-3200.

Shastra Festival 2015
“Thanks to its ever-growing Indian community, New York City and its surrounding areas are experiencing a parallel surge in cultural crossover. Witness the annual Shastra Festival, a six-hour, twelve-act confluence of Indian and Western traditions. These range from tabla (Shawn Mativetsky) and drum (Dan Weiss) solos to traditional dhrupad singing (Payton MacDonald) and a string quartet performing raga-based music by organizer Reena Esmail. The bill also includes new work by Aakash Mittal, Michael Harrison, and Asha Srinvasan, along with Philip Glass’s Two Pages for voice and piano. The fest concludes with an all-hands improvisation.” (Richard Gehr, VillageVoice)
Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St. at Thompson St
4PM/ $20

“Awaken Your Practice”
“Presented by Yoga Journal Events, this event brings together some of the biggest names in American yoga including Rodney Yee, Seane Corn, Shiva Rea, Elena Brower and Dharma Mittra for a long weekend (Thursday April 23 to Monday April 27) of yoga related activities.

Sunday’s free activities include “Raise Your Vibe: Kundalini Sadhana with Carolana Dimopoulos” from 5 a.m. and a “Morning Meditation with Coral Brown” from 7 a.m. The Yoga Market is also free and open to the public from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.” (dnainfo.com)
New York Hilton Midtown, 1335 Sixth Ave., Midtown.
A one-day pass ($285) allows access to all the activities for that day, which include specialized yoga training, lectures and workshops.

Elsewhere, but these sure look worth the detour:
“Sakura Matsuri” (LAST DAY)
“The Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s “Sakura Matsuri” (which is Japanese for “Cherry Blossom Festival”) welcomes in spring, with performances and activities under a glorious array of pink and white blossoms. There will be Kabuki dances, taiko drumming, samurai sword fighting, and Japanese standup comedy. New this year is Akim Funk Buddha’s Urban Tea Ceremony, a hip-hop reimagining of the traditional ritual. Other highlights include a “cosplay” fashion show (“cosplay” being a portmanteau of the words “costume” and “play”), a flower-hat dance parade, and workshops in origami, bonsai, and manga drawing.” (NewYorker)
Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 990 Washington Avenue, at Eastern Parkway,
subway: #2,3 to Eastern Parkway
10AM – 6PM / $25
For more information, visit bbg.org / 718-623-7200.

Mark Morris Dance Group
“The master choreographer presents his company in two excellent programs that include Spring, Spring Spring, as well as two of his stellar dances set to music by Lou Harrison.

Spring officially takes hold with two programs of Mark Morris’s joyous ensemble. Today’s Program B features three works from 2013: Crosswalk, Jenn and Spencer and Spring, Spring, Spring, Morris’s take of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, arranged and performed live by The Bad Plus.” (TONY)
BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, 30 Lafayette Ave. (btw Ashland Pl / St. Felix St)
subway: #2,3 to Atlantic Ave
3PM / $25-$85

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’s 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 / 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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