Selected Events (09/19) + Today’s Featured Pub (Upper WestSide)

Today’s FAB 5 > SATURDAY / SEPT. 19, 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
The Coca-Cola Generations In Jazz Festival (through Sept. 30)
Dizzy’s Club, 60th St and Broadway, / At 7:30PM; 9:30PM, $40
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 tonight’s show with Carmen Lundy. “Though best known as a distinguished jazz vocalist, Lundy also expertly incorporates elements of funk, soul, and R&B, making this particular grouping of musicians particularly appropriate and exciting.”

> The Royal Bopsters Project (LAST DAY)
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)

Smart Stuff / Other
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)
>Alice in Wonderland Reading
Brooklyn Expo Center, 79 Franklin Street, Brooklyn / 1PM, $10
“In celebration of the 150th Anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Lewis Carroll Society of North America will present an interpretive reading by costumed actors of The Mad Tea Party, a colorful chapter from the time-honored classic. This event is one of a series of exhibitions, readings, performances and special events that have been and will be held throughout the world.”
One of the Brooklyn Book Festival’s “Bookend Events”

> Oktoberfest (Sept 19–Oct 5)
throughout New York City, kicks off today.
“New York City certainly knows how to celebrate the world’s favorite Bavarian beerfest. You’ll need at least a month to recover from events like the German-American Steuben Parade on Sept 19 or Ompahfest on Sept 20, along with block parties and themed food specials all over the city” (nycgo.com). TONY magazine has a good roundup of events.

Elsewhere, but these photo exhibitions sure look worth the detour:
Both are in Brooklyn Bridge Park, one of NYCity’s newest parks – a small gem with spectacular skyline views:
> Photoville (Sept.10-20)
Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 5 uplands / 4-10PM th/fr; 12-8PM sa/su; FREE
The city’s largest annual photography exhibition returns to Brooklyn Bridge Park with more than 65 shipping containers turned into photo galleries. Also, special nighttime events, including @7PM tonight “AN EVENING WITH NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC”
> “The Fence” (through Oct. 11)
Begin at Jane’s Carousel, Brooklyn Bridge Park / FREE
a 1,250-foot outdoor photo installation, this exhibit features work from 40 professional photographers from around the world. a unique site-specific exhibition aimed at fostering conversations and exploring new thematic directions in photography.

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 — 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 / 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.

Website: http://www.dinosaurbarbque.com/
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.

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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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