Selected Events (09/15) + Today’s Featured Pub (WestVillage)

Today’s Super 6 > TUESDAY / SEPT. 15, 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.)

Have time for only one event today? Do this:

> Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell + Robert Ellis
imageBeacon Theater, 2124 Broadway (btw 74/75 St) / 8PM, $50-$90
“Roots-music royalty convenes when alt-country godmother Emmylou Harris hits the stage with her longtime compadre, singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell, to showcase material from their handsomely twangy joint CD, The Traveling Kind, the follow-up to 2013’s Grammy-winning Old Yellow Moon.” (TONY)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts
Os Mutantes
Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St, near Thompson St./ 8PM, $
“This Brazilian psychedelic-rock collective creates clever, ebullient parties that combine eclectic nods to British invasion rock, samba, heavy metal and more, with infectious tropical dance pulse. Originated in the late 1960s and reformed now for just under a decade, the band offers a worldly musical seminar unlike any other. It last released the album “Fool Metal Jack” in 2013.” (Anderson-NYT)

> The Royal Bopsters Project (through Sept. 19)
Birdland, 315 W44th St./ 8:30PM +11PM, $
“The new vocal quartet of Amy London, Darmon Meader, Dylan Pramuk, and Holli Ross celebrates the release of its first album, “The Royal Bopsters Project,” honoring the art of vocalese, the classic form that grafts lyrics to bop-based improvisations. Five original masters—Sheila Jordan, Annie Ross, Bob Dorough, Andy Bey, and Jon Hendricks (who celebrates his ninety-fourth birthday on Sept. 16)—join the ensemble throughout the week” (NewYorker)

> Whitney Bashor
54 Below, 254 W 54th St./ 9:30PM, $25-$60
“Among the many assets of the regrettably short-lived Broadway musical The Bridges of Madison County was Bashor’s gorgeous rendition of Jason Robert Brown’s Joni Mitchell–ish coffeehouse folk tune, “Another Life.” En route to returning to Broadway as one of the leads in Beaches, she stops by 54 Below with a selection of theater and pop songs.” (TONY)

>The Coca-Cola Generations In Jazz Festival (through Sept. 30)
Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 60th St and Broadway, / At 7:30; 9:30PM, late sessions on various nights at 11:15, $35
“For the sixth year running, Jazz at Lincoln Center presents a monthlong series at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola with a multigenerational theme. Highlights of the coming week include the singer Alexis Cole and the guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, regular collaborators born 50 years apart (Tuesday); and the Curtis Brothers, young bloods in the Latin-jazz game, working with an esteemed elder, the trumpeter Ray Vega (Thursday).” (Chinen-NYT)

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

>Grand Opening of the Sheen Center for Thought & Culture
Three-week festival, Sept. 14 through Oct. 4.
Sheen Center,18 Bleecker St. in NoHo /
“The brand-new Fulton J. Sheen Center, operated by the Archdiocese of New York, is celebrating their opening with three weeks of theater, music and dance performances, film screenings, poetry readings, art shows, talks and lectures in their 274-seat theater space and their 80-seat black box theater.

The building also holds an art gallery and four rehearsal studios. The first 100 tickets to each event are $10, seven events are free, and three events, including a talk on the pope’s visit to the U.S., will be live-streamed on their website at” (

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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