Selected Events (11/18) + Today’s Featured Pub (Upper WestSide)

Today’s SUPER 6 > WEDNESDAY / NOV. 18, 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:
Harold Mabern Trio
Smalls, 183 W. 10th St./ 10:30PM, $
“You want the real thing? You’ve got it. Mabern, a seventy-nine-year-old pianist whose blues-soaked style was formed in postwar Memphis alongside such icons as Phineas Newborn and George Coleman, has collaborated with Lee Morgan and Sonny Rollins, among others. He is still playing with gusto and invention, and he’s making his younger rhythm section work hard for its pay.” (NewYorker)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts
Sisters of Comedy
Carolines on Broadway, 1626 Broadway/ 7:30PM; $16.50 plus two-drink minimum
“Producer Agunda Okeyo has gathered a fierce roster of women of color for a stellar night of stand-up. Join Michelle Buteau, Chloé Hilliard, Erin Jackson and BET editorial director Michaela Angela Davis for solidly curated sets.” (TONY)

Django Reinhardt Festival Allstars
Birdland, 315 W. 44th St./ 8:30PM, +11PM, $50
“No one has ever truly captured the passionate brilliance of the Belgian Gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt, who died in 1953, but that hasn’t stopped generations of players from following in his virtuosic path. The French father-and-son guitarists Dorado and Amati Schmitt lead a quintet in this annual festival honoring the six-string king. Stateside stylists, including the trumpeter Bria Skonberg and the singer Cyrille Aimee, will join the finger busters throughout the week.” (NewYorker)

‘A Love Supreme’
Lincoln Center—Alice Tully Hall, 1941 Broadway
Few albums are as exalted as John Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme,” which plays as both a celebration and a dirge. Composed at a time of upheaval and peace—in a suburban house in Dix Hills, Long Island—the album’s four movements (“Acknowledgement,” “Resolution,” “Pursuance” and “Psalm”) follow the lines of a religious epiphany, and its resounding power has come to stand in for the full weight of spiritual jazz.

Here, as part of the musically searching “White Light Festival,” Wynton Marsalis will lead the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in tribute to an album that will be revived in a special big-band arrangement for the occasion of its 50th anniversary.” (WSJ)

Smart Stuff / Other
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)
Selected Shorts
Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, at 95th St./ 7:30PM, $
“The 150th-anniversary celebrations for “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” are not over yet. The latest installment in the festivities, as well as the Selected Shorts series, is this collection of readings from — or inspired by — Lewis Carroll’s classic story. Hosted by the actor B.D. Wong, the evening includes guests like the novelist Joyce Carol Oates, Dan Stevens (“Downton Abbey”), Ari Graynor (“Whip It”) and Linda Lavin (“Alice”).” (NYT-SpareTimes)

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:
The American Dream in NYC
Tenement Museum, 97 Orchard St./ 6:30PM, FREE
“Manicurists, nannies, restaurant workers. The majority of these laborers, so critical to the New York economy and many New Yorker’s daily lives, are immigrants. Immigrants make up almost half of the city’s workforce but often have jobs that offer few protections and whose conditions receive little oversight. A panel comes together to examine these conditions, as well as the opportunities and challenges of immigrant labor in New York City.”

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 — / 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 / 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.

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.

“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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