Selected Events (05/22) + Today’s Featured Pub (Upper WestSide)

Today’s TOP 10 – FRIDAY, MAY 22, 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
> Giselle / American Ballet Theatre
Metropolitan Opera House / 7:30PM, $20-$220
“a poignant tale of unrequited love, remorse, and forgiveness.”

> Bill Charlap Trio (through May 24)
Dizzy’s Club, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 60th St. and Broadway / 7:30PM+9:30PM, $35
this is one fine trio, who have played together forever and it shows.

> Peter Bernstein Quartet (through May 24)
Village Vanguard,178 Seventh Ave. S., at 11th St. / 8:30PM +10:30PM, $30
a hard bop guitarist brings along his accomplished quartet.

> Dave Holland & Prism (through May 24)
Blue Note, 131 W3rd St. / 8PM+10:30PM, $20+$35
long time bassist-composer Holland has been in a jazz-funk mood lately.

> Speakeasy Dollhouse: Ziegfeld’s Midnight Frolic
Liberty Theater, 233 W41st St. /
“sinfully retro burlesque entertainment.”

> 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.

> Homage to Tango
Symphony Space , 2537 Broadway / 7PM, $35
a concert of tango’s, always irresistible.

Smart Stuff / Other
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)
> ‘Top Gun’
Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Pier 86, 46th St. and 12th Ave. / 7:30PM,
FREE, tickets given out starting at 6:15PM
screened on Intrepid’s flight deck+talk by former astronaut Altman, Cruise’s flight double.

> Yoko Ono + Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series
Museum of Modern Art, 11 W 53rd St. / FREE today 4-8PM
All 60 panels of Lawrence’s famed works about the mid 1900’s African-American move from rural to urban communities are being shown together for the first time in decades.

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:
> What the Neuroscience of Magic Reveals About Our Everyday Deceptions
Genspace, 33 Flatbush Avenue, 7th Floor / 7PM, donations accepted at the door
sounds so fascinating, and way too complicated to summarize in one line.

Have time for only one event today? Do this:

> Giselle / American Ballet Theatre
Metropolitan Opera House / 7:30PM, $20-$220

imgresThe epitome of Romantic ballet, this heart-rending tale of unrequited love, remorse and forgiveness perfectly fuses music, movement and drama. The role of Giselle requires an exquisite stylist with daring dramatic and technical skills to create a compelling portrait of the innocent, yet ultimately noble, village maiden. In this universally acclaimed production, ABT’s unrivalled roster of international ballet stars brings Giselle’s mystery and ethereal beauty vividly to life.

“The company’s 75th anniversary is in full swing, with eight performances of “Giselle” up next. Three principal dancers are retiring this season, and two of them, Paloma Herrera and Xiomara Reyes, bid farewell on Wednesday, Ms. Herrera in the afternoon and Ms. Reyes at night. (The third, Julie Kent, gives her last performance on June 20.)

The role of Giselle, a peasant girl who dies of heartbreak and, resurrected, saves her lover from a tribe of ghost women, should lend itself to dramatic and bittersweet goodbyes.”
(Siobhan Burke-NYT)

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 — / 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 / 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.

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.

“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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