Selected Events (10/31) + Today’s Featured Pub (WestVillage)

Today’s SUPER 7 > SATURDAY / OCT. 31, 2015

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Have time for only one event today? Do this:
Into Sweeney Todd’s Woods
54 Below, 254 W54th St./ 9:30PM, $35-80
imagesSpecial Guest: Sarah Rice (Sweeney Todd’s original Johanna)
“Back for a third, smash year!! Well Hello, Little Girl… There are Giants in the Sky at Feinstein’s/54 Below when host Phil Geoffrey Bond (Sondheim Unplugged) and some of Broadway and cabaret’s spookiest talents (along with a ghoulish trio of Sondheimhood’s creepiest musicians) collide for a night celebrating the music of these two landmark musicals.

God, That’s Good! The trees rustle, a wolf howls, something’s eerie in the night air: it’s The Last Midnight. The perfect way to end your Halloween celebrations – or perhaps start them! City on Fire! …He shaved the necks of gentlemen who never thereafter…” (broadwayworld.com)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts
‘Rigoletto’ (also Wednesday)
Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center,
Saturday at 8PM, Wednesday at 7:30PM.,
“The luminous soprano Olga Peretyatko is a captivating Gilda opposite the bright-voiced tenor Stephen Costello as the Duke of Mantua in this fresh and confident revival of Michael Mayer’s production set in a Las Vegas casino. The baritone George Gagnidze marshals impressive depths in the title role; the bass Stefan Kocan and the mezzo Katarina Leoson make a fine pair as the assassin Sparafucile and his sister Maddalena. Pablo Heras-Casado conducts.” (NYT-Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim)

Morris-Jumel Mansion Culture & Arts Festival
65 Jumel Terrace, (btw 160th/62nd St.)/ 11AM-6PM, FREE
“In it’s fourth year this annual festival doubles as a celebration of the mansion’s 250th anniversary. (Roger Morris and Mary Philipse purchased the 130-acre property and began construction in 1765.) The day’s events include a series of performances, beginning at noon with a concert by Leslie Odom Jr., who plays Aaron Burr in Broadway’s “Hamilton.”

Among the other activities are a vintage costume contest, a lesson with the Harlem Swing Dance Society and a guided tour of the mansion. More information, including the performance lineup and list of art vendors, is at morrisjumel.org.” (NYT)

New Orleans Jazz Weekend and Masquerade
Apollo Theater, 253 W125th St./ 10PM,
“Costumes play an important role in the cultural life of New Orleans, a point that underpins this year’s Halloween festivities at the Apollo Theater. The trumpeter Irvin Mayfield, who has embraced the role of an ambassador for his hometown, performs at least twice over the weekend, starting Friday at 10 p.m. in the Apollo Music Cafe, with guest singers that include Camille Thurman and Jazzmeia Horn.

On Saturday at 7:30 p.m., in the main theater, Mr. Mayfield will lead the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra with the singer Dee Dee Bridgewater, as on their new album, “Dee Dee’s Feathers.” (The attire is “masquerade chic.”) And the after-party, in the Apollo Music Cafe on Saturday at 10 p.m., will feature Brass-a-Holics, a high-octane New Orleans brass band, with a strong possibility of the headliners dropping in.” (Chinen-NYT)

The Heath Brothers (through Nov. 1)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave. S., at 11th St./ 8:30+10:30PM, $
“Although Percy Heath—the bass-playing sibling of the Heath Brothers Band, who died in 2005—is missed, his siblings, the drummer Albert (Tootie) and the saxophonist Jimmy, have kept their collective ensemble a viable and valued entity. With David Wong, on bass, and Jeb Patton, on piano, this venerable quintet offers up refined hard bop, enlivened by Jimmy’s sturdy compositions and polished playing from all involved.” (NewYorker)

Elsewhere, but hey, this is RINGO:
Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band
Kings Theater, 1027 Flatbush Ave, near Tilden Ave./8PM, $65-130
“The most happy-go-lucky Beatle has developed a solid, eccentric career apart of the Fab Four — releasing more than a dozen studio albums, hamming in a British comedy with Peter Sellers and John Cleese (“The Magic Christian”) and narrating a pack of anthropomorphized trains on “Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends.” His All Starr Band, a rotating jam group currently cobbled from high-profile friends like Todd Rundgren, is a good-natured classic rock saloon.” (Anderson-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. One of the highlights –  the festival showcases a different building each day.
Today’s Building of the Day:
Sculpture Center Renovation and Expansion (Tour Time: 12PM, $10)
Andrew Berman Architect, 44-19 Purves St. Long Island City,
“Andrew Berman Architect designed a new entry building for ticketing and orientation, a bookshop, facilities and vertical circulation in their twentieth century industrial building. This structure serves as the nexus between arrival and the galleries. New space for exhibiting work was formed by bounding exterior space between the new and existing buildings. The galleries in the vault space under the main hall were renovated to become accessible exhibit spaces.”
>>>For all the other interesting events today check out the calendar at archtober.org

This is the last day of what has been a fabulous month of events – hats off to the organizers as we look forward to next Archtober.

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 — 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 / 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).
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Website: cornerbistrony.com
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.
Update:

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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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