Selected Events (11/14) + Today’s Featured Pub (WestVillage)

Today’s SWEET 6 > SATURDAY / NOV. 14, 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.)

Have time for only one event today? Do this:
“Moby-Dick”: A Marathon Reading 
Whitney Museum, 99 Gansevoort Street, at Washington St./ FREE w museum admission.
“As part of its exhibition “Frank Stella: A Retrospective,” the Whitney Museum of American Art presents a full reading of Herman Melville’s classic, which inspired a series of paintings by Stella. Over two days, bold face names in art and entertainment will read the novel in 10-minute shifts. Readers include the comedian Jo Firestone (4:10 p.m. Friday), the novelist Salman Rushdie (11 a.m. Saturday) and the New York Philharmonic’s music director, Alan Gilbert (6:30 p.m. Saturday).” (NYT-SpareTimes)
Saturday from 11 a.m. to finish.

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

‘Keepin’ It 100: An Evening With Larry Wilmore and the Creative Team of “The Nightly Show” 
Paley Center for Media, 25 W52nd St./ 4PM, $
“Presented as part of the New York Comedy Festival, this panel discussion dives into one of Comedy Central’s newest series, “The Nightly Show,” created by Jon Stewart and hosted by Mr. Wilmore. The talk includes the show’s executive producer, Rory Albanese; the head writer, Robin Thede; and three contributors.” (NYT-SpareTimes)

Steve Coleman and Five Elements at the Vanguard (through Nov. 15)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave South, at 11th St./ 8:30+10:30PM, $30
“The alto saxophonist and composer Steve Coleman has long been an indefatigable outlier in jazz, engaged in esoteric but vital work on the margins. Early in his career, he was a regular at the Village Vanguard, as a member of the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra — but this will be his overdue debut as a bandleader.

On Saturday he leads his flagship band, Five Elements, which includes the trumpeter Mr. Finlayson and the guitarist Miles Okazaki.” (Chinen-NYT)

Stanley Clarke (through Nov. 15)
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)

Sylvie Guillem—Life in Progress
New York City Center, 131 W55th St./8PM, $35–$175
“In one of the unmissable events of the fall, the great French ballerina Sylvie Guillem bids adieu to a 35-year-long dance career with a stunning program that will include Akram Khan’s technê, Russell Maliphant’s Here & After and Mats Ek’s Bye (built specifically for this farewell event).” (TONY)

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

Renegade Craft Fair (also Sunday)
Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W18th St./ 11AM-6PM, FREE
“Get your hands on locally and internationally made jewelry and threads from boutiques like 3rd Season, Abacus Row and btw Ceramics at this vast pop-up marketplace with more than 225 makers. While you shop, enjoy the musical stylings of Sugartown Industries’ DJs. Order from food vendors including Three Jerks Jerky, Kimchi Smoke and Puffs of Doom, stop by the Martha Stewart Living booth for customized totes and hit the Magbooth for a commemorative holiday photo.” (TONY)

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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