Selected Events (04/28) + Today’s Featured Pub (WestVillage)

Today’s Super 7 > THURSDAY / APR. 28, 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:

Employee of the Month with Catie Lazarus
Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St./ 7PM, $20
EOTM-new-hair-hero “The writer and comedian Catie Lazarus has hosted the monthly talk show and podcast “Employee of the Month” since 2010, talking with guests like Jon Stewart, Barney Frank, and Miss Piggy. Her unorthodox interview style and background in psychology help Lazarus get stories out of her subjects which others cannot, including David Simon, the creator of “The Wire,” who this spring recalled a scene from his teen years. His father was being held hostage in the 1977 Hanafi Siege, and when he received the news, Simon was terrified, but relieved that it got him out of high-school detention: “I have to tell this now, because you brought this up!”

To celebrate the six-year milestone, she invites the musician Kyp Malone, of the band TV on the Radio; Julia Cameron, the author of “The Artist’s Way”; the MacArthur Fellow and award-winning playwright Suzan Lori-Parks; and a bevy of musical guests.” (NewYorker)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Dorrance Dance (through May 1)
Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth AvE, at 19th St./ 8PM, $
“Two years ago, Michelle Dorrance, the tap dance rock star, experimented with pairing tap and electronics in “ETM: The Initial Approach,” the title of which plays on the abbreviation for Electronic Dance Music. Now she’s back with “ETM: Double Down,” a new work that furthers the investigation. The work makes use of electronic tap boards, created by the dancer and musician Nicholas Van Young, that allow the company’s skilled dancers to be in rhythmic and sonic conversation with three live musicians.” (Schaefer-NYT)
OR
The Juilliard Orchestra’s annual showcase, presenting the music of student composers,
Alice Tully Hall on the Upper West Side./ 7:30PM, FREE

Donald Harrison, Ron Carter and Billy Cobham Trio (through May 1)
Blue Note, 131 W3rd St./ 8PM +10:30PM, $20-$35
“It’s one of those combinations of instrumental personalities which don’t quite make sense on paper yet are smashing successes onstage; this multigenerational trio brings together a New Orleans neo-bebopper with a funky streak (Harrison), a virtuosic percussionist who codified Fusion drumming (Cobham), and a bass superstar who has yet to be confounded by any genre (Carter). Whether waxing lyrical or swinging ferociously, these three bring out the best in one another.” (NewYorker)

Trio 3 (through May 1)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave. S., at 11th St./ 8:30PM +10:30PM, $30
“The saxophonist Oliver Lake, the bassist Reggie Workman, and the drummer Andrew Cyrille are patriarchs of avant-garde jazz, and are ready and willing, even at retirement age, to head first into the musical breach. Their continued commitment and ardent resolve, exhibited in more than two decades as an interactive trio with a brace of fine recordings, should be a model for contemporary players.” (NewYorker)

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

PEN World Voices Festival (through May 1)
“This free annual literary event, which brings about 150 writers from 30 countries to venues spread throughout the New York City, is back with a focus on Mexico — stories about migration, border control and national identity. Speakers include authors like Salman Rushdie, Yuri Herrera and Jamaica Kincaid; and events like “I Wish to Say” with Sheryl Oring, a prolific writer of postcards to presidents.
The full lineup for the event can be found at worldvoices.pen.org.” (NYT-SpareTimes)

From John Jay to the Roberts Court
New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West/ 6:30PM, $38
“On February 2, 1790, newly instated Chief Justice John Jay assembled his five Associate Justices in New York City for the inaugural meeting of the United States Supreme Court. In the generations that followed, the United States has had seventeen Chief Justices, all of whom presided over countless landmark cases which have shaped American legal history. Preeminent legal scholar Akhil Reed Amar uncovers the fascinating story of our Nation’s highest court.” (ThoughtGallery.org)
OR
The journalist and foreign policy expert James Traub discusses his book, “John Quincy Adams: Militant Spirit,”
The Cooper Union in the East Village. / 6:30PM, FREE

LIVE from the NYPL: Helen Mirren | Paul Holdengräber
New York Public Library, 476 Fifth Ave./ 7PM, $40
“Going back to her start with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the career of acclaimed actress Helen Mirren has been punctuated by the works of legendary poet, playwright, and actor William Shakespeare. Now, to help mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, Mirren comes to LIVE to reflect on the legacy of the prolific playwright.”

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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
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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