Today’s Fab 5+ > MONDAY / MAR. 07, 2016
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Have time for only one event today? Do this:
Leon Bridges (also Wednesday)
Beacon Theater, 2124 Broadway, at 74th St./ 8PM, $
“A retro-soul stylist, Mr. Bridges rents Sam Cooke’s suavity and adds dashes of modern pop and soul on his first studio album, “Coming Home.” A high-profile set on “Saturday Night Live” this season has also buoyed this young Texan artist during his ever-expanding North American headlining tour.” (Stacey Anderson-NYT)
Music, Dance, Performing Arts
Flamenco Festival New York 2016 (through March 19)
“The 13th iteration of this festival celebrating all things flamenco brings a bright lineup of music and dance to locations throughout the city. Venerable troupes like Ballet Flamenco de Andalucía make an appearance, as do dynamic stars like Farruquito. Under the banner “Beyond Flamenco” are artists who have roots in flamenco or take inspiration from it but mix in other styles — like Nino de los Reyes, who stirs in jazz and modern dance. At various times and places, flamencofestival.org/eng/.” (Schaefer-NYT)
Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:
Music Hall of Williamsburg, 66 North Sixth Street, Brooklyn/ 8PM, $35
“Dark waters threaten to overwhelm these Southern country-rockers on “English Oceans,” their latest and 12th album. Slumped under a heavy fog of malaise, the singer-guitarists Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley caution against soul-draining jobs, suffocating relationships and counterproductive idealism. A live album, “It’s Great to Be Alive!,” was released in the fall.” (Anderson-NYT)
Smart Stuff / Other
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)
Spring/Break Art Show (LAST DAY)
Skylight at Moynihan Station, (Main Post Office Entrance),
421 Eighth Avenue, (btw34/32St.) / 12PM, $15
“A renegade art fair occupying two abandoned floors above the city’s main post office in Hell’s Kitchen, the Spring/Break Art Show presents a wide variety of work from emerging art galleries, publishers and do-it-yourself artists. Featuring more than 100 curators and 800 artists, the fair is a creative free-for-all event that’s unlike any of the other more serious art fairs in the city this week. With a theme of “CopyPaste,” expect this year’s show—the fifth edition since the fair got its start in an old school house in Nolita in 2012—to be chock full of appropriation art in a fascinating assortment of shapes, styles and substance.” (the Observer)
Elsewhere, but this annual feast of ideas is not to be missed:
Seven Days of Genius (through Friday)
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave./ at various times, $
“This series of events, exhibitions and workshops highlights how leading thinkers and creators make a positive impact on the world. The programs include a panel discussion about industries of the future featuring the innovation and policy expert Alec Ross, retired Gen. David Petraeus, the neurobiologist Dr. Cori Bargmann and Jared Cohen, the founder and director of Google Ideas; a workshop on the science of cooking presented by the former White House pastry chef Bill Yosses; and an interactive exhibition about Leonardo da Vinci’s workshop. Further information and tickets are available at 92y.org/Genius.” (NYT-SpareTimes)
12:00PM / Psychobiography with Gail Saltz: On the Genius of Theodore Roosevelt with Eric Burns
7:30PM / Ray Kurzweil with Neil deGrasse Tyson: Invention and Immortality
+ Monday’s FREE events
These events did not quite make the cut for today’s Sweet 6
but they are worthy, and they are FREE.
>National Museum of the American Indian – FREE all day
> Slide Lecture | A Guest at the Shooters’ Banquet: My Grandfather’s SS Past, My Jewish Family, A Search for the Truth @Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 Fifth Ave. & 40th St./6:30PM
>Animated Shorts: Concert Featuring Dvorak, Prokofiev, Adams, Penderecki @Advent Lutheran Church, 2504 Broadway & 93rd St./7:30PM
this monthly series will feature Ute Lemper in April – you heard it here first!
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 is playing tonight:
Greenwich Village (all six are within walking distance of each other):
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 – basement @55 Christopher St. nr 7th ave.S. 55bar.com, 212-929-9883
in case you need more options in the Village, these are also fine spots:
Mezzrow – basement @ 163 W10th St. nr 7th Ave. mezzrow.com,646-476-4346
Smalls – basement @ 183 W10th St. smallslive.com, 646-476-4346
Cornelia Street Cafe – 29 Cornelia St. corneliastreetcafe.com, 212-989-9319
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
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 58 million visitors last year and was 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”
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This week’s fave and FREE NYCity AppS:
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