Selected Events (06/05) + Today’s Featured Pub (Upper WestSide)

Today’s TOP 10 – FRIDAY, JUNE 05, 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
> Blue Note Jazz Festival 
> Al Kooper 71st Birthday Celebration (& Annual Birthday Show w/ Special Guest)
B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 42nd St. (btw 7/8Ave) / 7:30PM, $28-$65
rock-keyboard legend Al Kooper’s performance bio is simply unbelievable.

> Governors Ball Music Festival, (Friday-Sunday)
Randall’s Island Park / 12:15PM, tough ticket – you may have to stub hub it.
this is our Coachella. all star lineup makes this NYCity’s best music festival all summer.

> Tootie Heath 80th Birthday Celebration
Dizzy’s Club, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 60th St. and Broadway / 7:30PM +9:30PM, $
“a drummer whose cadence and bearing were forged during bebop’s second wave, roughly 60 years ago.” (NYT-Chinen)

A Midsummer Night’s Dream – New York City Ballet Spring 2015
DHK Theater (at Lincoln Center) / 7:30PM, $59-$164
Music by Felix Mendelssohn / Choreography by George Balanchine
catch the final performances of the spring season (closes June 6).
try the discount ticket window at the David Rubenstein Atrium.

> Tyondai Braxton: ‘Hive’ (also Saturday)
The Kitchen, 512 W19th St. / 8PM, $20
this bold, avant-garde composer was a Guggenheim rotunda sensation in 2013.

> Marquis Hill Blacktet (also Saturday)
Ginny’s Supper Club, 310 Lenox Ave. (nr 125th St.) / 7:30PM + 9:30PM,
Marquis is good. he won the 2014 Thelonious Monk International Trumpet Competition.

> Maria Schneider Orchestra (June 2-6)
Birdland, 315 W. 44th St. / 8:30PM +11PM, $45
a very fine large ensemble celebrates the release of their latest album, first in eight years.

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

Outdoor Fest (May 29 – Jun 07)
various locations and times.
ten-day lineup of activities, classes and a range of outdoor activities
“outdoor yoga, fishing, walks, nature-film screenings, trivia, bouldering, surfing and, naturally, beer drinking—can’t miss that.” (TONY)

Somewhere / Elsewhere, but looks worth the detour:
> Lost Lectures NY: Number Two
a night of fascinating talks and unique performances in a secret former ship-building warehouse somewhere in the Brooklyn Navy Yard / 7PM, $50
+ FREE beer by Brooklyn Brewery, cider by Rekorderlig, and ZICO Coconut Water.

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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