Selected Events (12/14) + Today’s Featured Pub (WestVillage)

Today’s SWEET 6 > MONDAY / DEC. 14, 2015

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Have time for only one event today? Do this:
‘John Henry’s Friends With Steve Earle and the Dukes’
Town Hall, 123 W43rd St./ 8PM, $
“Mr. Earle, the roots-country renegade who once growled, “If you buy me a strong drink of whiskey/I will tell you the tale of my life” (in “The Gringo’s Tale”), kicks up his dusty heels at Town Hall for this benefit concert for children with autism. His hardscrabble vagabond stories and baleful slide guitars were highlights on the soundtracks for “True Detective” and “The Wire.” With his son, Justin Townes Earle, as well as Jackson Browne and the Mastersons.” (Anderson-NYT)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts
An Evening With Sting: Symphonicities’
Isaac Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall, 7PM, $
“Whoever approved this punny title — a play on the Police’s most popular album, “Synchronicity” — deserves a tantric slap on the wrist. Otherwise, enjoy an evening of this singer-songwriter’s hits lushly reconfigured for symphonic accompaniment by the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Even odds that “Fields of Gold” will include a flute solo.” (Anderson-NYT)

Andréa Burns: True Beauty
Feinstein’s/54 Below, 254 W54th St./ 7PM, $30-$65
“Latina-Jewish hybrid Andréa Burns, who stole her scenes in In the Heights and is currently strutting her stuff in On Your Feet, mixes Broadway and pop in a new set that includes tunes by Sara Bareilles, Stephen Sondheim, Peter Gabriel and more.” (TONY)

Elsewhere, but looks worth the detour:
Henry Threadgill’s Double Up Ensemble (also Tuesday)
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Boerum Hill, Bklyn./ 8PM, $
“Mr. Threadgill, the restlessly inventive multi-reedist and composer, released a potent double album this year, featuring the longtime band he calls Zooid. For this concert he’ll have a larger canvas, with a roster including the alto saxophonists Román Filiú and Curtis MacDonald, and the pianists Jason Moran and David Virelles.

Monday’s program will feature “Old Locks and Irregular Verbs,” a tribute to the composer Butch Morris that first brought this cohort together last year; Tuesday’s concert will include the premiere of a new commission, “Double-Up Plays Double Up Plus,” built to accommodate a third pianist, David Bryant.” (Chinen-NYT)

Smart Stuff / Other
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)
Store Front II – A History Preserved: The Disappearing Face of New York
NYPL – Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 Fifth Ave./ 6:30PM, FREE
“With Karla and James Murray, New York-based professional photographers and authors of acclaimed books that have set the standard for urban documentation. This illustrated lecture captures impeccable photographs from the streets of New York City since the 1990s and documents a little-known but vitally important cross-section of New York’s “Mom and Pop” conomy.” (

Civic Grandeur: Preserving Public Buildings
Museum of the City of New York, Fifth Avenue at 103rd St./ 6:30PM, “A panel of experts on architectural history and preservation discuss how to reconcile 21st-century demands and the heritage of New York’s civic buildings, many of which are beloved landmarks. Erica Avrami, a professor at Columbia University, moderates the talk, which includes Michael Adlerstein, former assistant secretary general for the Capital Master Plan Project; Randall Mason, chairman of the University of Pennsylvania’s historic preservation program; and Robert Pigott, author of “New York’s Legal Landmarks.” (NYT-SpareTimes)

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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