Today’s SUPER 7 > SUNDAY / NOV. 08, 2015
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Have time for only one event today? Do this:
John Zorn (LAST DAY)
Village Vanguard, 178 7th Ave. South at 11th St./ 8:30 +10:30PM, $30
“One of the least expected new staples at the Village Vanguard has been John Zorn, the avant-garde composer, alto saxophonist and provocateur. But this will be his third headlining engagement at the club in 18 months. On Friday he leads the Dreamers; for the early set on Saturday he presents a quartet with Wadada Leo Smith on trumpet, Bill Laswell on bass and Milford Graves on drums. He’ll preside over (but perhaps not perform in) a group called Asmodeus, which plays the late set on Saturday and the early set on Sunday. Closing out the run is Simulacrum, featuring the keyboardist John Medeski.” (Chinen-NYT)
“A veteran downtown figure whose recent activities have been guiding him around the city to stages big and small, John Zorn takes up residence in maybe the most storied New York music venue of all. For the six-night series “John Zorn at the Vanguard,” the electrifying composer and wily improviser will lead different lineups through aspects of his eclectic musical output. (WSJ)
Music, Dance, Performing Arts
Hill Country, 30 W26th St. (btw Broadway/6th Ave)/ 8PM, $10-25
“Houston song man Robert Ellis plays twangy, warm, wry songs that recall Jackson Browne, as evidenced on his third record, The Lights from the Chemical Plant. Under the direction of acclaimed producer Jacquire King (Norah Jones, Tom Waits, Kings of Leon), the new material branches into eclectic stylistic directions, incorporating R&B, fusion and jazz into his country mix.” (TONY)
Nellie McKay: “A Night for the Birds”
The Cutting Room, 44E32nd St./ 7PM, $25–$75
“Head out for a night of batty comedy and sweet melodies from the clever songstress, whose show packs enough razor-sharp lyrics beneath the innocent rhythms to send Zooey Deschanel running for the hills.
Fearlessly sharp, fabulously bonkers singer-songwriter Nellie McKay is a total original, which may be why her cover songs are so terrific. Her latest CD, My Weekly Reader, is a marvelous reinvention of tunes from the 1960s, including “Sunny Afternoon” and a perfect “Red Rubber Ball.” McKay is also a passionate advocate for animal rights; this concert is a benefit for the Wild Bird Fund.” (TONY)
Stanley Clarke (through Nov. 15, no monday)
Blue Note, 131 W3rd St./ 8 +10:30PM, $30-$45
“Although Jaco Pastorius deservedly gets the glory for revolutionizing the electric bass in the late seventies, Stanley Clarke had already been turning heads since the start of the decade with his extraordinary playing on both the acoustic and amplified versions of the instrument. For the first half of a two-week engagement, the super-bassist leads his own band, manned by younger players thoroughly versed in Clarke’s fusion visions.” (NewYorker)
Russell Malone Quartet
Smoke Jazz Club, 2751 Broadway, (btw 105th/106th Sts.)/
“Ask for sleek guitar work that laces a ballad with silken tones and Russell Malone can provide all you care to hear. But with a tight rhythm section behind him, as he has at this special birthday engagement, this adroit neo-bop stylist is apt to turn on the heat. His quartet includes Rick Germanson on piano and Willie Jones lll on drums.” (NewYorker)
Smart Stuff / Other
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)
Fantasia 75th Anniversary
Peter Jay Sharp Theater, 2537 Broadway a 95th St./ 3:30+ 7:30PM, $18
“Pack your tissues with your wands, because you’re certain to be blubbering by the end of this operatic Walt Disney masterpiece. And with a live score by the Philadelphia Orchestra, iconic scenes like “Dance of the Hours” will be more beautiful than ever.” (TONY)
Artists’ Studios Series
West Chelsea Arts Building, 508-526 W26th St./ Saturday 2-6PM; Sunday 12-6PM, FREE
“Five artists are inviting the public to see their work before it makes its way to gallery walls in the latest edition of this event, which is pegged to the International Art Festival (through Sunday at Highline Loft Gallery, 508 West 26th Street in Chelsea).” (NYT-SpareTimes)
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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