Today’s Super 7 > FRIDAY / APR. 22, 2016
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Have time for only one event today? Do This:
Bacon and Beer Classic (also Sat 1-4PM; 7-10PM)
Citi Field / 8-11PM, $79
“Winter’s over and it’s time to break those resolutions—what better way than a no-holds-barred blowout featuring 30 bacon-stuffed dishes and more than 100 craft brews? For three hours, stuff your face with porcine plates from restaurants like Bareburger and Tres Carnes while guzzling beers and ciders from breweries both local (Gun Hill Brewing Co., Original Sin Hard Cider) and national (Anchor Brewing in California, Harpoon Brewery in Vermont).” (TONY)
Music, Dance, Performing Arts
Donna McKechnie: A Visit with Kander & Ebb (LAST DAY)
Feinstein’s/54 Below, 254 W54th St./ 7PM, $50+
“After a brilliant career as one of the all-time great Broadway dancers, Donna McKechnie has refocused her energies on singing. Her newest cabaret set focuses on songs by the classic Broadway team of John Kander and Fred Ebb, including tunes from such shows as Chicago, Cabaret, The Act and The Visit.” (TONY
Michel Camilo Trio Latino (through April 24)
Blue Note, 131 W3rd St./ 8PM +10:30PM, $
“Mr. Camilo, a fastidiously percussive Dominican pianist, has often done his best work in a trio format, and with Trio Latino he has especially fine partners: the bassist Ricky Rodriguez and the drummer Dafnis Prieto.” (Chinen-NYT)
Smart Stuff / Other
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)
Shakespeare Birthday Bash
Bryant Park/Bryant Park Reading Room / 12PM – 8:30PM, FREE
“Celebrate the 452nd anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, and the 400th anniversary of his death, with a full day of performances and music. There will be a monologue karaoke with spectators reading Shakespearean speeches, plus performances of great death scenes and a mock jazz funeral led by the Jambalaya Brass Band.” (ThoughtGallery.org)
Tribeca Film Festival 15th Edition (April 13-24)
For details on all the films, schedules, talks and events, visit tribecafilm.com.
New and Cool: Virtual Arcade debuts at the 2016 Festival, helping to expand the immersive entertainment slate with thirteen additional VR experiences from some of the leading creators and emerging voices in this new medium. (April 18-23)
see also: The Tribeca Film Festival Diversifies (WSJ)
“The festival, which originally set out to help revive the TriBeCa neighborhood post-9/11, has grown into an international celebration of cinema at venues throughout the City. Lasting nearly two weeks, the festival focuses this year on some unique documentaries, female directors and local stories. In addition, the Tribeca Talks series returns with conversations on movies and moviemaking that feature the likes of J.J. Abrams, Tina Fey, Mark Ruffalo and Chris Rock.” (nycgo.com)
Wolcott Gibbs, E. B. White, James Thurber, and the Golden Age of The New Yorker with Author Thomas Vinciguerra
The New School, 55 W13th St./ 1PM, FREE, but RSVP
“Thomas Vinciguerra paints a portrait of The New Yorker’s legendary inner circle of charming, wisecracking, brilliant writers and editors in his recent publication Cast of Characters: Wolcott Gibbs, E. B. White, James Thurber, and the Golden Age of The New Yorker. He explains the way they transformed how life was perceived, interpreted, written about and published in America.”
“Artists on Art: Dustin Yellin”
Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W17 St./ 6:15PM, FREE
“Part of the museum’s ongoing Artist on Art series, contemporary collage artist Dustin Yellin—also the founder of Pioneer Works, a massive multi-disciplinary art space in Red Hook, Brooklyn—sits down with Rubin Museum curator of Modern and Contemporary art Beth Citron to discuss his psychedelic practice in relation to the mystical artworks in the museum’s current show “Genesis Breyer P-Orridge: Try to Altar Everything,” on view through August 11.” (the Observer)
Tickets for the talk are free, but limited in availability and given away on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 5:45 p.m. Limit two tickets per person.
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
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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This week’s fave and FREE NYCity AppS:
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