Today’s Sweet 6+ > WEDNESDAY / MAR. 23, 2016
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Have time for only one event today? Do this:
Paul Taylor’s American Modern Dance (through April 3)
NYS/DHK Theater, Lincoln Center/ 2PM, $10-$120
“The company’s three-week spring season offers 14 works from Mr. Taylor’s six-decade career and two new creations: “Dilly Dilly” and “Sullivaniana.” Notable this year is the inclusion of work that Mr. Taylor has commissioned for the first time from handpicked artistic heirs — Larry Keigwin and Doug Elkins. Honoring Mr. Taylor’s own forebear, the company will perform a Martha Graham work — “Diversion of Angels” — for the first time, on Wednesday. Donald McKayle’s “Rainbow ’Round My Shoulder” also enters the repertory this week, having its company premiere on Tuesday.” (Schaeffer-NYT)
Tuesdays through Thursdays at 7 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m.
Music, Dance, Performing Arts
The Tristano Project (through March 26)
Birdland, 315 W44th St./ 8:30PM +11PM, $
“The influence of the pianist, composer, and jazz conceptualist Lennie Tristano ebbed and flowed even before his death in 1978, but his cool jazz imaginings remain an object of fascination for inquisitive players. A multi-generational unit, headed by the veteran pianist Steve Kuhn and the saxophonist Greg Osby, will reëxamine the legacy of this hidden-in-plain-sight figure.” (NewYorker)
Fred Hersch Trio (through March 27)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th St./ 8:30PM + 10:30PM, $
“The articulate grace of Fred Hersch’s current piano trio, with the bassist John Hébert and the drummer Eric McPherson, found potent expression on “Floating,” one of the finest mainstream jazz albums of the last few years. There isn’t a more rewarding room in which to hear the group than the Village Vanguard, where it appears next week.” (Chinen-NYT)
Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:
Michael Formanek Ensemble Kolossus
Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th St./ 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $
“This chamber-esque big band — led by Mr. Formanek, an authoritative and intrepid bassist — has an excellent new album, “The Distance,” that heaves with composerly ambition. Drawing from the album, this engagement will similarly feature an all-star cohort including the saxophonists Tim Berne and Chris Speed; the trumpeters Ralph Alessi and Dave Ballou; the guitarist Mary Halvorson; and the drummer Tomas Fujiwara.” (Chinen-NYT)
Smart Stuff / Other
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)
Parlor Chats: What is America’s role in the world?
Strand Book Store, 828 Broadway, @12th St. / 7PM, $12, incl. FREE drink
Michèle Flournoy, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy from 2009 to 2012 and advisor to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta on national security and defense policy, and Bret Stephens, foreign affairs columnist and deputy editorial page editor of The Wall Street Journal, dive into the 250 year-old debate about how America should influence the lives and politics of people around the globe—a substantive preview of the discussion to come in the general election this fall.” (ThoughtGallery.org)
Mark Morris and Surupa Sen
Baryshnikov Arts Center, 450 W37th St./ 7PM, $25
“The Baryshnikov Arts Center continues its “Words on Dance” series with a conversation between Mr. Morris, one of today’s most celebrated modern dance makers, and Ms. Sen, who leads the classical Indian dance ensemble Nrityagram. The two met 20 years ago when Mr. Morris visited Nrityagram’s commune-like “dance village” near Bangalore, India. Their histories of both challenging and honoring their respective traditions should make for a compelling discussion.” (Burke-NYT)
New Directors/New Films (thru Mar.27)
See the work of emerging or not-yet-established international filmmakers at New Directors/New Films at Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art.
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 2016. 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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