Selected Events (03/29) + Today’s Featured Pub (WestVillage)

 Today’s Super 7+ > TUESDAY / MAR. 29, 2016

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Have time for only one event today? Do This:
The History of the World in 100 Performances with Adam Gopnik:
Marlon Brando in A Street Car Named Desire
David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center/ 7:30PM, FREE, but seating is limited; better get there early, no later than 7PM.
“The year is 1951. Marlon Brando unleashes a new “method” of acting on Hollywood. New Yorker essayist Adam Gopnik; Alec Baldwin, who earned a Tony nomination for his portrayal of Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire in 1992; and filmmaker Andrew Bergman (The Freshman) weigh in on the impact of Brando’s powerful performance.”

This event is part of The History of the World in 100 Performances with Adam Gopnik, where the New Yorker writer and guests lead multimedia investigations into legendary artistic feats.

Music, Dance, Performing Arts
Tom Harrell (through April 3)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th St./ 8:30 +10:30PM, $
“One of the greatest trumpeters alive, Tom Harrell makes records these days with a widening variety of collaborators and moods. Expect engaging, masterfully arranged postbop here, as Harrell appears with a stellar quintet including pianist David Virelles and trumpeter Ralph Moore, both standout bandleaders in their own right.” (TONY)

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, whose “Rush Hour” is on Sunday’s program, and Doug Elkins, whose “Weight of Smoke” is on Tuesday’s. Honoring Mr. Taylor’s own forebear, the company will perform a Martha Graham work — “Diversion of Angels” — on Wednesday. (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.

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:
Ravi Coltrane: The Void (through April 2)
Jazz Standard, 116 E27th St./ 7:30 +9:30PM, $
“Coltrane may never fully escape the shadow of his iconic father, John—he’s currently instrumental in the restoration of the Coltrane home in Dix Hills, Long Island—but his skill as a canny tenor and soprano saxophone stylist has carried him far beyond the glory of his name. He’s established a strong rapport with another keen modernist, the trumpeter Ralph Alessi, who sets off the leader in a sextet alongside the pianist Glenn Zaleski and others.” (NewYorker)

Smart Stuff / Other
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)

Juilliard Public Forum: Character, Culture, and Diplomacy
Peter Jay Sharp Theater, Broadway & W65th St./ 5:30PM, FREE, Resv. required
“A discussion exploring the intersection of the arts, politics, and human experience.
In an ongoing series of presentations that aim to explore the interconnections of international politics, the arts, and the human experience, The Juilliard School will co-host with The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University a discussion with New York Times columnist David Brooks, Fletcher School Dean Admiral James G. Stavridis, and Juilliard President Joseph W. Polisi. It is anticipated that the conversation will address the intertwined nature of artistry, empathy, and character development, and its resulting impact on American social and political systems.”

An Evening with Walter Isaacson
New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West / 6:30PM, $44
“From the origins of computer programming in the 1840s to the most recent iPhone release, technology has come to infiltrate every aspect of our lives. Yet, despite its constant presence, we often forget how technology innovators’ ideas become realities. Best-selling author Walter Isaacson, in conversation with philanthropist David M. Rubenstein, discusses the historical saga of the digital revolution and the creative visionaries who contributed individually and collaboratively to our contemporary technological culture.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

National Geographic Live
Skirball Center, 566 La Guardia Place, at Washington Square South/ 7:30PM, $35+
“The final installment of this season of the “National Geographic Live” series brings the Emmy-winning cinematographer Bob Poole to the Skirball Center, where he will talk about his new six-part PBS/National Geographic series on Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique. He’ll share examples of his work and tell some of his secrets for filming wildlife and wild scenery. The talk will also touch on the importance of conservation and the enormous undertaking of park preservation in the continuing aftermath of Mozambique’s civil war.” (NYT-SpareTimes)

And for you motorheads:
The New York International Auto Show (thru Apr.03)
at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, 10AM-10PM, exc. Sundays until 7PM, $16
This annual convention offers a peek at the newest 2016-7 models, motorcycles, concept vehicles and restored classic cars. More than four floors of displays from the world’s automakers will feature the newest vehicles and latest futuristic concept cars. Nearly 1,000 cars and trucks will be on display at North America’s first and largest-attended auto show dating back to 1900.

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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
Special Mention:
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.

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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 just on day of performance.
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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).
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Website: cornerbistrony.com
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.
Update:

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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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