Selected Events (10/15) + Today’s Featured Pub (WestVillage)

Today’s ELITE 8 > THURSDAY / OCT. 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:
The New York Cabaret Convention
The Town Hall, 123 W43rd St./ 6PM; $27–$102
2015_SCREENS-_THURSThe Mabel Mercer Foundation’s 26th annual cabaret festival brings together some of cabaret’s most popular artists to celebrate the Great American Songbook (over 4 nights.) Tonight’s show:

LIFE IS A CABARET: THE SONGS OF KANDER & EBB is hosted by Karen Mason and features Brent Barrett, Jim Brochu, Bobby Creighton, Penny Fuller, Anita Gillette, Ian Knauer, Lina Koutrakos, Stearns Matthews, Sally Mayes, T. Oliver Reid, Steve Ross, Lauren Stanford, Sandy Stewart, and Amra-Faye Wright.

Last night’s show was fantastic, one great performance after another and yes, Jennifer Sheehan’s star still shines the brightest. The Town Hall is a wonderful venue and the cheap seats in the lower balcony are just fine and for only $27 you get 2.5 hours of great music.

Music, Dance, Performing Arts
Gabriela Anders & The Latin Jazz Sextet
Latin Thursdays – Ellington’s Music With A Super-Latin Twist
55 Bar, 55 ChristopherSt./ 10PM, $
“A holdover from Prohibition, this cozy Greenwich Village hideaway strung up with twinkle lights has been trafficking in improv jazz and blistering blues riffs since 1919. Not much has changed in the intervening years: The drinks at 55 Bar are still cheap, the bar is still cash-only, there is no cover charge for performances until 10PM” (Village Voice)

Film Concerts Live! presents Back to the Future
Radio City Music Hall / 8PM, $48.88–$118.88
Relive 1985 (and, technically, 1955) at this 30th anniversary celebration of the time-travel classic. Watch the McFlys find their…densities while the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra resurrects Alan Silvestri’s epic action score live.” (TONY)

Jane Monheit (through Oct. 17)
Birdland, 315 West 44th St./ 8:30 +11PM, $
“When she arrived on the scene 15 years ago, Ms. Monheit was praised and criticized for her fealty to the style of Ella Fitzgerald, her chief jazz-vocal influence. A lot has happened for Ms. Monheit since, as an artist and a person, and it seems likely she’ll bring an unforced maturity, along with a deep reserve of affection, to this tribute, titled “The Songbook Sessions: The Music of Ella Fitzgerald.” (NYT-Chinen)

John Scofield-Joe Lovano Quartet (through Oct. 18)
Blue Note, 131 W. 3rd St./ 8 +10:30PM, $20=$35
“Reviving one of the great partnerships of the early nineties, the guitarist Scofield reunites with the saxophonist Lovano. As heard on the new album “Past Present”—where these two leading stylists are joined by their early bandmate the drummer Bill Stewart, and by the bassist Larry Grenadier—Scofield and Lovano prove that time can’t diminish the most durable musical bonds.” (NewYorker)

NYC Ballet (through Oct. 18)
DHK / NYState Theater, Lincoln Center, Columbus Avenue, at W64th St.
Thursday at 7:30PM, $60-$170
“Much of the week is a Balanchine love-fest, featuring a collection of his famous “Black and White” ballets (Oct. 10 matinee and evening), a taste of his Romantic side in “Tschaikovsky Suite No. 3” and “Liebeslieder Walzer” (Oct. 11), and a nod to commedia dell’arte in “Harlequinade,” which is paired with Jerome Robbins’s streetwise rumble, “N.Y. Export: Opus Jazz.” (Oct. 13-15) (Brian Schaefer-NYT)

Smart Stuff / Other
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)
Archtober (Oct. 01-31)
This month offers a prime opportunity to honor the beauty of the NYCity skyline with Archtober, a festival of tours, talks and exhibitions exploring the city’s architecture. The festival showcases a different building each day.

Today’s featured site is the Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor (tour at 11AM.)
The Museum and its design team were challenged with restoring the historic exterior and selected interior details, while gutting the entire interior and building a completely new structure, floor by floor, within the walls of the exterior “skin.”

Architecture and Design Film Festival (through Oct. 18)
Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas 9, 260 W23rd St./ various times
“The lineup for this festival may seem niche, but the subject matter affects out daily lives: housing, preservation, the environment. Highlights include a virtual reality lounge, and a Rizzoli pop-up bookstore.” (NYT-SpareTimes)
Tonight’s screenings:
7:00 Four Dreams and A Thousand Demolitions
7:30 Virtual Reality / Augmented Reality: what is the new reality?
8:00 David Adjaye – Collaborations
9:00 Under the Skin of Design
9:30 OVE ARUP: The Philosopher Engineer

Don’t forget, tonight (8PM) is Game 5 of the NLDS playoffs. Let’s Go METS !!

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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