Selected Events (10/01) + Today’s Featured Pub (WestVillage)

Today’s SUPER 7 > THURSDAY / OCT. 01, 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:
> Gregory Generet
Dizzy’s Club, Broadway and 60th St. / 7:30 +9:30PM, $40
Hold onto your woman because this guy will steal her heart. Trust me on this one.
“A voice that’s so sultry you might get burned.” – The New York Times

“Vocalist Gregory Generet is relatively new to the scene, but you’d never guess it after hearing the confident elegance in his voice. His repertoire focuses on well-known classics, but the result is far from routine; on Generet’s debut album, he performs swinging jazz standards like “How High The Moon” and “Stolen Moments,” rides the Brazilian grooves of “Rio de Janeiro Blues,” delivers a standout interpretation of Ellington’s “Caravan,” and even includes an urgent and passionate version of Van Morrison’s “Moondance,” in which his emotions soar over the peaks and valleys of the band’s dynamic arrangement.”

Music, Dance, Performing Arts
> Ravi Coltrane Quartet (through Sunday)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave./ 8:30 +10:30PM, $30
“With a sense of searching suggestive of his father, Ravi Coltrane has maintained the legacy of jazz guided by serious and even avowedly spiritual ambitions. His saxophone-playing can be visceral and fiery at times, with equal capacity to fall back and luxuriate in gentle tones. His band, too, shares an affinity for music that ranges from the cerebral to the absorbing and back again.” (WSJ)

> Celebrating the Music of Bill Withers
Carnegie Hall (Stern Auditorium), 7th Ave. at 57th St / 8PM, $
“A tribute to one of the greatest soul singers of the seventies. Raised in Beckley, West Virginia, Withers spent nearly a decade in the Navy before moving to Los Angeles to pursue his music career. At thirty-one, while working as a toilet-seat fabricator for 747s, he recorded his first hit, “Ain’t No Sunshine.” Since then, he’s gone on to influence countless musicians, many of whom will be on hand at Carnegie Hall, to celebrate the seventy-seven-year-old top-liner. Guests include D’Angelo, Dr. John, Ed Sheeran, and Withers himself, although the extent of his involvement has not yet been revealed.” (NewYorker)

Trio 3
Blue Note, 131 W3rd St./ 8PM +10:30PM, $20-$35
“Although a guest pianist has often been woven into the fabric of this exploratory ensemble, here the saxophonist Oliver Lake, the bassist Reggie Workman, and the drummer Andrew Cyrille, illustrious veterans all, go it alone. The air of authenticity that pervades the group’s fervent improvisations is unmistakable—each man was there, decades ago, when post-bop morphed into free jazz, helping to make the new music happen.” (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) / 9:30PM, $15-$20
tonight: Zedashe (from Georgia)
“The Zedashe ensemble is based in the medieval fortress city of Sighnaghi, Eastern Georgia. Directed by Ketevan Mindorashvili, the current incarnation of the ensemble was founded in the mid 1990s to sing repertoire consisting of ancient three-part harmony chants from the Orthodox Christian liturgy, folk songs from the Kiziqian region as collected from village song-masters and old publications, and folk dances from the region.”

Smart Stuff / Other
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)
> Mourning Lincoln in New York City
The Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave./ 6:30-8:00PM, FREE
“New Yorkers grieved and rejoiced when they heard of Lincoln’s assassination. Such public responses have been well chronicled, but prize-winning historian Martha Hodes is the first to delve into responses across the country, investigating this transformative event on a human scale.”

> An Unlikely Union: The Love-Hate Story of New York’s Irish and Italians,
by Paul Moses, Brooklyn College, CUNY
John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, 25 W43rd St. (17th floor)/ 6-7:30PM, FREE
“Starting in the nineteenth century, Irish Americans and Italian Americans found themselves at odds: in the Catholic Church, on the waterfront, at construction sites, and in the streets. But after World War II the two communities made peace, via intermarriage on a large scale. In his book An Unlikely Union: The Love-Hate Story of New York’s Irish and Italians (New York University Press, 2015), veteran New York City journalist Paul Moses unfolds this story of how two of America’s largest ethnic groups learned to live with each other in the wake of decades of animosity.”

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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