Selected Events (03/17) + Today’s Featured Pub (Upper WestSide)

 Today’s Sweet 6+ > THURSDAY / MAR. 17, 2016

“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.
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Have time for only one event today? Do this: 
Hong Kong Ballet (through March 20)
Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue, at 19th St./ $10+
“For its Joyce Theater debut, this company presents a trio of works by three choreographers, each a formidable voice in their respective countries. Fei Bo, resident choreographer of the National Ballet of China, contributes “A Room of Her Own,” inspired by Virginia Woolf’s similarly named feminist tract. Krzysztof Pastor, director of the National Polish Ballet, offers “In Light and Shadow,” which nods to the paintings of Rembrandt and Vermeer. The Spanish choreographer Nacho Duato is represented by “Castrati,” danced by nine men.” (Schaefer-NYT)
Thursday and Friday at 8PM, March 19 at 2 and 8PM, March 20 at 2PM

Music, Dance, Performing Arts
Leon Parker
Mezzrow, 163 W10th St./ 9;30PM, $20
“This percussionist first gained notoriety in the nineties, as the ultimate jazz minimalist: he notoriously reduced his entire drum set down to a single cymbal to back the seasoned pianist Kenny Barron. Parker’s beefed up his kit since then, but could probably swing a band with just a fork and a knife. The pianist Kevin Hays and the bassist Sean Smith join him.” (NewYorker)

Bill Frisell:”When You Wish Upon A Star” (through Mar.20)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th St./ 8:30 +10:30PM, $30
“In his second week the focus turns to Mr. Frisell’s new movie-themed album, “When You Wish Upon a Star,” with a group that includes Mr. Morgan, the singer Petra Haden, the violist Eyvind Kang and the drummer Rudy Royston.” (Chinen-NYT)

Smart Stuff / Other
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)
Fast Food: The Good, Bad and Hungry
Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 Fifth Ave. @ 40th St./6:30PM, FREE
With Andrew F. Smith, a writer and lecturer on food and culinary history and the general editor for the “Edible Series.”

“This talk explores why the fast food industry has been so successful and examines the myriad ethical lines it has crossed to become so. It shows that fast food—plain and simple—devised a perfect retail model, one that works everywhere, to provide highly flavored calories with speed, economy and convenience.”

“Amazin’ Again” with Author Greg Prince
Bergino Baseball Clubhouse, 67 E. 11th St./ 7PM, FREE withRSVP
“The Mets are gonna be amazing.”—Casey Stengel, circa 1975
“They were coming off a seemingly endless string of losing records. They were considered years away from legitimate contention. They were derided and disregarded as a matter of course. But in 2015, the New York Mets changed their course and changed their story. The result was the best kind of amazin’. They proceeded to capture a division title, raise a pennant, and lay claim to the heart of their city.

Author Greg Prince—cocreator of “Faith and Fear in Flushing”—traces the trajectory of this championship season and recreates the emotions of a year that culminated in the Mets making New York their kind of town once again.”

Reel Pieces with Annette Insdorf:
Preview of “Born to Be Blue” and Conversation with Ethan Hawke
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave./ 8PM, $37
“In a recent Brooklyn Magazine profile, an officer waves to the actor Ethan Hawke from the driver’s seat of his squad car—with a perp in the back. “Happens all the time,” Hawke remarks from his stoop perch, before asking the stunned interviewer if she’s seen “Training Day.” The scene is a minor one, but it speaks to the perseverance of Hawke’s performances, even in supporting roles. This spring, Hawke will take on the role of Chet Baker in the bio-pic “Born to Be Blue,” set in the nineteen-fifties, Baker’s breakout period, and chronicling his struggles with heroin addiction amid growing fame. Hawke joins the professor and author Annette Insdorf for a preview screening and discussion of the film and his acting career, as part of the long-running “Reel Pieces” series.” (NYT-SpareTimes)
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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

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♦ 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 2016.  Quality shows draw crowds.
Try to reserve seats in advance, even if it’s  just on the day of performance.
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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.

Website: http://www.dinosaurbarbque.com/
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.
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“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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This week’s fave and FREE NYCity AppS: 
Trip Advisor
An enormous base of NYCity user reviews (2.1 million) provides the widest coverage of hotels (468), restaurants (12,645) and things to do (yes, 3,246). Have a specific question? Then try one of Trip Advisor’s forums. Just remember that with all those reviews you have to try to find the consistency among the comments, and ignore the outliers.

OpenTable
Instantly locate restaurants near you with open reservations and then place a reservation right from your iOS device. A great interface and the ability to see a menu from the restaurant you’re interested in makes this my go to restaurant reservation app.

Subway Time 
Need to catch your #1,2,3 subway to attend an event? Use the Subway Time app from the MTA to find out when the next train arrives at your station. The MTA also has Bus Time info available on their mobile website.
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