Selected Events (05/20) + Today’s Featured Pub (WestVillage)

Today’s TOP 10 – WEDNESDAY, MAY 20, 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
> Jennifer Sheehan – Stardust: A Night in the Cosmos
54 Below, 254 West 54th St. (btw 8th Ave./Broadway) / 9:30PM, $40
A Star is Born. Don’t miss this show. Just go and then thank me. I’ll be there with friends.

> Melissa Stylianou Quintet plus Special Guests
55 Bar, 55 Christopher St. / 7-9PM, no cover, 2 drink minimum
Melissa, who also sings here with Duchess, has a very sweet voice. worth a stop.

> NYC Ballet – All Robbins / The Goldberg Variations
New York City Ballet, 20 Lincoln Center Plaza W 63rd St. / 7:30PM,
considered a choreographic tour de force that pays homage to Bach’s epic score

> Buffy Sainte-Marie
Highline Ballroom, 431 West 16th St. (btw 9/10 ave)  /7:30PM, $28-$55
a living legend in action. back in the day there was Dylan, Baez, and Buffy.

> Diane Schur (through May 23)
Birdland, 315 West 44th St. (btw 8/9 ave) / 8:30PM+11PM, $45
the pop-jazz belter Diane Schuur makes her debut at Birdland.

Smart Stuff / Other
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)
> Richard Goldstein and Anthony DeCurtis
Strand Book Store, 828 Broadway, at 12th St. / 7PM,
Village Voice’s first rock columnist discusses his memoir.
Buy a copy of the book or a $15 Strand gift card in order to attend this event.

> LIVE FROM THE NYPL – Matthew Weiner
New York Public Library: Main Bldg., 5th Avenue, 42nd St. / 7PM, $25
creator of “Mad Men” speaks about the characters and themes in “Mad Men”.

> “New York Ideas” – The Atlantic magazine and the Aspen Institute
Center548, at 548 W. 22nd St. / 9AM-5PM, reception follows,
highlighting the biggest people, ideas and trends that will change the future.
not sure if tickets are available – may have to live stream this one.

> Crossing Broadway: A Conversation with Robert Snyder and Ray Suarez
Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave. at 103rd St. / 6:30PM, $16
Washington Heights ranks as one of Manhattan’s most distinctive neighborhoods.
Join historian Robert W. Snyder, author of Crossing Broadway: Washington Heights and the Promise of New York City (2015), and journalist Ray Suarez to discuss what the neighborhood reveals about our constantly-changing city and its myriad socioeconomic contradictions.

> Jan Gaye – “After the Dance: My Life with Marvin Gaye.”
LeRoy Neiman Art Center, 2785 Frederick Douglass Boulevard, at 148th St. / 7PM, FREE
“a cautionary tale about loving a legendary artist.”

Have time for only one event today? Do this:

> Jennifer Sheehan – Stardust: A Night in the Cosmos
54 Below, 254 West 54th St. (btw 8th Ave./Broadway) / 9:30PM, $40

A Star Is Born. This is the last of 4 shows in April and May. Don’t Miss This One.
Hear what the critics have said:
“If the quirky world of New York cabaret were a high school class, Jennifer Sheehan would qualify for valedictorian, prom queen and the person most likely to succeed.”
“The program, which began with “Stairway to the Stars” and ended with an a cappella rendition of “Star Dust,” is a wonder of craftsmanship that took the audience on an exhilarating journey into the unknown with Carl Sagan serving as a conceptual space captain….Enthralling is the word.” (NYT)

“While much of the patter ruminates on the vastness of the universe, the most winning moments are those when she focuses on closing up the space between us, and makes the cosmos seem like a very warm and intimate place indeed. She’s compelling both on the big songs (‘Lost in the Stars’), as well as the very personal ones (‘A Little Boy, A Little Girl, A Little Moon’).” (Will Friedwald, The Wall Street Journal)

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 — 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.
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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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