Selected Events (11/02) + Today’s Featured Pub (Upper WestSide)

Today’s SWEET 6 > MONDAY / NOV. 02, 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 more complete event info.)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts
The Amber Zone
Sid Gold’s Request Room, 165 W26th St./ 8PM, FREE
“In addition to her skills as a chameleonic singer and actor, Amber Martin is a consummate host who has spent years at the hub of the downtown alt-performance world. Every Monday at Sid Gold’s, Chelsea’s swank new retro piano bar, she invites a different pal to perform an hour-long set of music and/or stories. The chummy party vibe continues afterward, when audiences are encouraged to stick around to mingle or even sing a song or two themselves. Tonight Martin celebrates her birthday with a free show featuring multiple guest singers.” (TONY)

Gregg Allman
City Winery, 155 Varick St./ Nov. 1-2 + Nov. 4-6
$ may need to stub hub this one or settle for standing room, which is not bad here.
“Instances of Gregg Allman playing rooms as intimate as City Winery are rare—so much so that he’s on the schedule for five nights to keep the clamor for seats reasonable. The founding member of the Allman Brothers Band has accumulated decades’ worth of material to mine, and after the group played its supposed final show last fall at Beacon Theater, he has ventured out on his own. He sent early signals of such activity with the release last year of “Back To Macon, GA,” a live album of a concert in his adopted hometown, and now Mr. Allman is out on tour with a new full band backing him. Expect a mix of songs of different vintages, with wine to wash them all down.” (WSJ)

Broadway Sings Sara Bareilles,
Highline Ballroom, 431W16th St./ 7PM, $20-$50
A cast of 20 Broadway stars will sing completely new arrangements of the singer-songwriter’s greatest hits. Produced and directed by Corey Mach (Godspell, Wicked), the show will celebrate the success and talent of this jazzy, soulful artist.

Previous shows in the series included Adele, Michael Jackson, Beyoncé, Stevie Wonder, Amy Winehouse, Justin Timberlake, and P!NK.

Dan Kaufman Quintet
Smalls Jazz Club, 183 W10th St./ 7:30PM, $
“A pianist of impeccable credentials and a strong reputation, Mr. Kaufman has only just released his debut album, “Familiar Places.” It’s a self-assured statement pitched to the post-bop center, and among its personnel are the musicians appearing here: Sam Sadigursky on reeds, Gilad Hekselman on guitar, Matt Clohesy on bass and Johnathan Blake on drums.” (Chinen-NYT)

Smart Stuff / Other
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)

Poems for All! A Celebration of Knopf/Everyman’s Library Pocket Poets
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts / 6PM, FREE
“Eavan Boland, Billy Collins, Maria Tucci, Robin Coste Lewis and a number of other actors and poets read their favorite works from the Knopf/Everyman’s Library Pocket Poets series, which has more than a hundred volumes; there are books devoted to single authors as well as thematic collections on subjects from Animals to Zen.” (NewYorker)

Author Talk: St. Marks Is Dead
The Great Hall, The Cooper Union, 7 E7th St./ 6PM, FREE
Author and journalist Ada Calhoun delivers a free, public lecture based on her new book St. Marks Is Dead: The Many Lives of America’s Hippest Street. In it she recounts the history of St. Marks Place, the famed Manhattan strip between 3rd Avenue and Avenue A. It has spawned countless artistic and political movements, providing a backdrop for social and cultural revolutionaries.
A St. Marks Place native herself, Calhoun will trace the 400-year history of the area from its origins as a Dutch farm to its current incarnation as a hipster playground. She will also show rare photos from the street’s past.” (bookforum.com)

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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