Selected Events (05/08) + Today’s Featured Pub (WestVillage)

Today’s TOP 10 – FRIDAY, MAY 08, 2015
“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening,
primarily Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to. We make it as easy as 1-2-3.
(click on links for complete event info)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts
Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival (through May 9)
Tonight’s Highlight: Joaquin Pozo – Afro Cuban
Showmans Jazz Club, 375 W125th St. / 9:30PM, no cover
> Stanley Clarke Band (through May 10)
Blue Note, 131 West Third St., Greenwich Village / 8PM and 10:30PM, $30+$45
> Global Beat Festival With Niyaz and Emel Mathlouthi
Winter Garden, Brookfield Place, 230 Vesey St. / 8PM, FREE
The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra, Guest Vocalist Carmen Bradford
Birdland, 315 W. 44th St. / 8:30PM + 11PM, $45
> World Nomads Tunisia Weekend (through Sunday)
Tonight: Sonia M’Barek
FIAF, Florence Gould Hall, 55 East 59th St. / 7:30PM, $20
> Ruthie Foster
BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center, 199 Chambers St. / 8PM, $35

Smart Stuff / Other
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)
> The Money Series | The Social, Legal, and Political Life of Money
Columbia University, 116th St. & Broadway / 12:30-6:30PM, FREE
> “If These Walls Could Talk” with Jim Kaat on the New York Yankees
Bergino Baseball Clubhouse, 67 E. 11th St. / &PM, $15
Elsewhere, but STREB is always worth the the detour:
PEN World Voices Festival (through May 10)
Tonight: Risky Talking
STREB@SLAM, 51 North 1st St., Brooklyn / 7PM, $30
> RadioLoveFest (through May 10)
Tonight: Death, Sex & Money
Brooklyn Academy of Music, 30 Lafayette Ave / 7:30PM, $20

Have time for only one event? Do this:
Risky Talking
With Laura Flanders, Donna Hylton, Piper Kerman, Elizabeth Streb

Piper Kerman, whose memoir Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison was adapted into an Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning original series for Netflix, and Donna Hylton, a Community Health Advocate for Coming Home, a program that addresses the medical and psychosocial needs of formerly incarcerated people during the transition from prison/jail back to the community team up with MacArthur “Genius” Fellow choreographer Elizabeth Streb and best-selling author and broadcaster Laura Flanders to discuss the nature of risk-taking.

This rollicking inquiry includes an action event designed by STREB, and that’s why this is my top pick today. You ain’t seen nothing until you have seen STREB in action!
STREB@SLAM, 51 North 1st Street, Brooklyn / 7:00PM
Tickets: $30 | Special Discount Code. Enter RISKYSTREB at checkout for $15 tickets.

Bonus – Jazz Venues:
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 — / 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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