Today’s SUPER 7 > FRIDAY / SEPT. 25, 2015
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Music, Dance, Performing Arts
The Circus is in town!
> Magmanus (also Saturday)
Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, 566 La Guardia Place, at Washington Square South / 8PM, $32-$49
“The circus duo Magnus Bjøru and Manu Tiger bring their act, which also incorporates elements of theater, to New York.
The title, “Attached,” also the theme of the show, is explored in different ways — expect lots of Velcro.” (NYT)
> Kurt Rosenwinkel Trio (through Sept. 27)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave South, at 11th St. / 8:30 +10:30PM, $30
“Mr. Rosenwinkel, a guitarist, favors floating lyricism, a luminous tone and an ultramodern harmonic language, all reasons for his stature as one of the modern gurus on his instrument. His current trio features Eric Revis on bass and Nasheet Waits on drums.” (NYT-Chinen)
> José James (through Sept. 27)
Blue Note, 131 W3rd St./ 8PM +10:30PM, $
“This year marks the centennial of Billie Holiday, whose ignominious death in 1959, at the age of forty-four, deprived the world of an incomparable artist. Celebrating the legendary singer, as he did on his recent album “Yesterday I Had the Blues: The Music of Billie Holiday,” is the vocalist James, whose deliberate and understated manner confirms that Holiday is again speaking to a new generation of jazz singers.” (NewYorker)
Elsewhere, but this sure looks like fun:
The 11th annual NY Gypsy Festival (thru October 4)
DROM, 85 Avenue A (btw 5th/6th St) / 8PM, $20
tonight: Cocek Brass Band, Bad Buka, Raya Brass Band, Balti Mare
other night’s highlights include the North African brass phenom, FANFARAI from France, the Spanish flamenco program MEMORIA ANTIGUA (at the Metropolitan Museum), Nuevo Russian-Romany trio VIA ROMEN and eclectic Polish artist KAROLINA CICHA.
Smart Stuff / Other
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)
Here’s something you won’t see everyday:
> Rolex Central Park Horse Show
Central Park / 1:30; 6:30 +8PM; $30–$250
“Central Park will be awash with silky manes and heavy horseshoes as a panoply of majestic horses jump, prance and strut toward eternal glory and big prizes in support of local and equestrian charities.” (TONY)
“Awe at the majesty of the many breeds of Arabians as they trot down the park and show off fine breeding, grooming and athletic form. The costume class competition puts the steeds in classic historical outfits from the Byzantine Period and beyond.”
Inaugural Exhibition: AMERICA IS HARD TO SEE (ONLY through Sept 27)
Whitney Museum, 99 Gansevoort St. / 10:30AM-6PM, $22.
“It’s finally here! The new improved Whitney home in MePa that’s supposed to finally put to rest the museum’s rep as the also-ran of New York’s major art institutions. The Whitney inaugurates its new home with this massive permanent-collection survey spanning eight decades. Covering four floors in roughly chronological order, the show relays overlapping histories about the Whitney itself, the development of modernism in America and the country’s transition from cultural backwater to overweening superpower.” (TONY)
This is one very fine exhibition. Try not to miss it.
Elsewhere, but for caffeine freaks, looks worth the detour:
> New York Coffee Festival
69th Regiment Armory, 68 Lexington Avenue (btw 25/26th streets)
tonight: 8:00pm –10:30pm Barista Coffee Cocktail Party
“There’s more than just joe brewing at this weekend’s New York Coffee Festival. In addition to a barista championship and steampunk brew bar, the three-day event will feature java-inspired cultural offerings, including performers from the Coffee Music Project; a multidisciplinary coffee-themed art competition; and a screening of “Caffeinated,” a documentary about coffee culture.” (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:
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 8/9 ave) — birdlandjazz.com / 212-581-3080
Smoke Jazz Club – 2751 Broadway, nr.106th St. — smokejazz.com / 212-864-6662
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.
♦ 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 + 3 Good Eating places
Jimmy’s Corner / 140 W 44th St (btw B’way & 7th ave)
Jimmy’s Corner is right in the heart of Times Square, but you won’t find it on the corner, it’s mid-block. Enter this long narrow bar and you are struck by the walls covered with mostly black-and-white boxing photographs, and memorabilia. Soon enough you learn that “Corner” refers to proprietor Jimmy Glenn’s long career as a corner man for some of boxing greats – Liston, Tyson, even “the greatest”, Ali.
Jimmy’s is a sort of time machine, taking you back to a time and place that no longer exists. All around you Times Square has cleaned up, grown up, assumed a new identity. Jimmy’s probably hasn’t changed a bit since it first opened in 1971. Certainly the bar itself looks original and the prices haven’t changed much either. When I brought a friend, who owns her own bar, she was surprised when she got the small tab for a round of drinks. Figured there must be a mistake, that maybe they forgot to charge for all the drinks.
Times Square today is filled with neon glitz and wandering tourists from Dubuque, but not Jimmy’s. You’ll likely find some old timer’s at the bar nursing their drinks, some younger locals at tables in the back, and maybe a few adventuresome tourists clutching their trusty guidebooks. There’s no food served here because this is just a bar, and sometimes that’s all you need.
On nights when no local team is playing, it’s a fine place to sip some drafts and listen to a great old time jukebox (40s, 50s, R&B, and soul). On sports nights this very narrow bar can get a bit claustrophobic, filled with excited fans watching their team on the TVs. Either way, Jimmy’s is the place to be if you are looking for an old time bar in the new Times Square.
Website: are you kidding !
(although there is a facebook page with lots of photos –
Phone #: 212-221-9510
Hours: 11am – 4 am, except Sunday they open 12 noon
Happy Hour: not necessary, low prices all day, every day
Subway: #1,2,3 to TimesSquare 42nd st
walk 2 blks N on 7th ave to 44th st; ½ blk E to Jimmy’s
“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.
3 Good Eating places
It’s not difficult finding a place to eat in Manhattan.
Finding a good, inexpensive place to eat is a bit harder.
Here are a few of my faves in this neighborhood:
Patzeria Perfect Pizza – 231 W46 St. (Btw 7th/8th ave)
Perfect name for a pizza joint. On a street filled with Broadway theaters, this is a real hole in the wall, but don’t let the dive look scare you away. You can never go wrong with a slice of NYCity pizza, and this one is a classic thin crust. Only a few seats here, but pizza was made to eat standing up.
Shake Shack – 691 8th Ave. (Btw 43rd/44th st)
Danny Meyer has revolutionized the high quality burger in this town. Now he has a branch on the West Side that was desperately needed, with a bit less of the insane lines that you find at the Madison Sq. Park location. Worth the wait.
Xi’an Famous Foods – 24 W45th St. (Btw 5th/6th ave)
Try to avoid long lunch lines. Order lamb hand ripped noodles and warm your insides at one of the tables in the back. You’ll return, just remember that even mild is pretty spicy.
“3 Good Eating places” focuses on a quick bite, what I call “Fine Fast Food – NYCity Style”
This covers a wide range of food – the traditional pizza, burgers, & hot dogs; but also food trucks & carts, soup & sandwiches, picnic fixins’, raw bars & lobster rolls, bbq, vegetarian / falafel, ramen, chopped salad & salad bars. No reservations needed.
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