Selected Events (05/14) + Today’s Featured Pub (WestVillage)

Today’s TOP 10 – THURSDAY, MAY 14, 2015
“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening,
primarily on 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

> 54 Celebrates Julie Wilson
54 Below, 254 W54th St. / 7PM, $35-$45
stars of cabaret and Broadway honor the memory of the Grande Dame of cabaret.

> Wayne Shorter Festival  (through May 17)
Jazz at Lincoln Center, 60th St. and Broadway / 8PM, tough ticket – stub hub it.
jazz master who many consider the poet laureate of jazz.

> Bang on a Can: Revolution of the Eye
The Jewish Museum, 1109 5th Avenue / 7:30PM, $18
This concert highlights the relationship between music and image.
and tonight is Thursday pay what you wish (5-8PM) at the museum

> American Ballet Theatre 2015 Spring Season
Metropolitan Opera House (at Lincoln Center), / 7:30PM, $20–$200.
historic company repertory includes Romeo & Juliet, Swan Lake, & Giselle

> Piano in Bryant Park – Terry Waldo
Bryant Park, Upper Terrace / 12:30-2:30PM, FREE
lovely day for lunch in one of NYCity’s finest parks with this master of ragtime

> Shelby Lynne
The Concert Hall at the New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 W. 64th St./ 7:30PM,
tonight she will play all of her breakthrough album, “I Am Shelby Lynne”

Smart Stuff / Other
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)

> Harlem EatUp!  (May 14-17)
various locations and times
Taste The Best Of This Neighborhood At Inaugural Harlem EatUp!

> Sculpture in the Age of Donatello – Lecture
Museum of Biblical Art, 1865 Broadway at 61st St. / 6:30PM, FREE
this is the museum’s last exhibition – ever! and it’s very special.

> Meghan Daum and Phillip Lopate
Book Culture Columbus, 450 Columbus Ave, near 82nd St. / 6:30PM, FREE
hear about the art of literary nonfiction by two respected essayists.

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:
> Distilling Brooklyn
Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St. / 7PM, $12
come for the lecture or come for the tastings (4 of Bklyn’s top distillers)

Have time for only one event today? Do this:

> Sculpture in the Age of Donatello – Lecture
Museum of Biblical Art, 1865 Broadway at 61st St. / 6:30PM, Lecture is FREE

Lecture: Dr. Amy Bloch, University at Albany
Learn more about Sculpture in the Age of Donatello with engaging and informative lectures by renowned scholars and curators.
Lectures are open to the public and free. Reservations are not required but seating is limited and offered on a first-come first-served basis.

Museum Hours: 10AM-6PM, $12, seniors>62 $9
Donatello_5Twenty-three masterpieces of early Florentine Renaissance sculpture—most never seen outside Italy—will be exhibited at MOBIA as the centerpiece of the Museum’s tenth anniversary season. MOBIA will be the sole world-wide venue for this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition. These works—by Donatello, Brunelleschi, Nanni di Banco, Luca della Robbia and others—were made in the first decades of the fifteenth century for Florence Cathedral (“Il Duomo”), which was then in the last phase of its construction, and are figural complements to Brunelleschi’s soaring dome, conveying an analogous sense of courage and human potential. Like the dome, these statues of prophets and saints express the spiritual tension of a faith-driven humanism destined to transform Western culture.

This is the museum’s last exhibition – ever! Don’t miss it.
“It is with great sadness that the Board of Trustees of the Museum of Biblical Art (MOBIA) announces that the Museum will close to the public on Sunday, June 14, 2015 and cease operations on June 30, 2015. MOBIA will not reopen in a new location. The Museum’s current exhibition, Sculpture in the Age of Donatello, will remain on view for its scheduled run through Sunday, June 14, 2015.”

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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