Selected Events (03/31) + Today’s Featured Pub (Upper WestSide)

 Today’s Fab 5+ > THURSDAY / MAR. 31, 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.
(click on links for more complete event info.) Happy Easter!

Have time for only one event today? Do This:
This is definitely not Manhattan’s WestSide, but you just have to see these guys perform.

Streb Extreme Action Company (Thursdays through Sundays, until April 24) / $25
Streb Lab for Action Mechanics, 51 North First Street, Williamsburg,
“After a winter hiatus, superheroes are back in the multiplexes. More excitingly, they’re back in Brooklyn, where Elizabeth Streb’s gang of action heroes can be seen in “SEA (Singular Extreme Actions),” a new show that once again tests the boundaries of the human body as it navigates an army of complex, bespoke mechanical contraptions. The soundtrack shifts from show to show as audience members contribute to the playlist.” (Schaefer-NYT)
Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays at 3 p.m.,

Music, Dance, Performing Arts
The Music of David Bowie
Carnegie Hall; / 8PM, $48–$160
“Concert presenter Michael Dorf, whose past star-studded tribute concerts have feted the likes of David Bryne, Prince and Bob Dylan, celebrates the music of pop legend David Bowie over two nights. The line-ups for each differ, with performers including Cyndi Lauper, Debbie Harry, Bettye LaVette, Perry Farrell, Pixes, Mumford & Sons, The Roots, The Mountain Goats, The Flaming Lips and longtime Bowie producer Tony Visconti. You can expect that list to grow, as well as a smattering of surprise guests. In light of Bowie’s recent passing, look for the evening to take on an emotional tone, with collaborators and friends paying tribute to the icon.” (TONY)

Alvin Ailey II (through April 10)
Ailey Citigroup Theater, 405 W55th St./ $49
“This company’s two-week spring season offers a welcome glimpse of the next generation of talent in the Ailey family while also introducing a number of unfamiliar choreographic names. New commissions this year include work by Kyle “JustSole” Clark, Jean Emile and Ray Mercer. Also making his choreographic debut is Jamar Roberts, an exquisite dancer with the main company, who contributes “Gêmeos” (Portuguese for “twins”), a duet inspired by his relationship with his brother.” (Brian Schaefer-NYT)

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)

Magic in a New York State of Mind
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts / 6PM, FREE
“Performances join a celebration of the history of magic in New York as conjurors from the local Assembly of the Society of American Magicians (founded in 1902 and counting Harry Houdini, Howard Thurston and David Copperfield among its numbers) come together to confound at a free show.”

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

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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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