Selected Events (04/30) + Today’s Featured Pub (Upper WestSide)

Today’s Elite 8 > SATURDAY / APR. 30, 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.)

Have time for only one event today? Do This:

Metropolitan Opera – Elektra
Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center / 1PM, $20+
“The soprano Nina Stemme is remarkable in Patrice Chéreau’s insightful production of “Elektra.” The superb cast also includes Waltraud Meier as Klytämnestra and Eric Owens as Orest; the orchestra sounds magnificent under the baton of Esa-Pekka Salonen.” (NYT- Vivien Schweitzer)

“The genius director Patrice Chéreau (From the House of the Dead) didn’t live to see his great Elektra production, previously presented in Aix and Milan, make it to the stage of the Met. But his overpowering vision lives on with soprano Nina Stemme—unmatched today in the heroic female roles of Strauss and Wagner—who portrays Elektra’s primal quest for vengeance for the murder of her father, Agamemnon. Legendary mezzo-soprano Waltraud Meier is chilling as Elektra’s fearsome mother. Chéreau’s musical collaborator Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts Strauss’s mighty take on Greek myth.”

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Late Night Salon with Alan Gilbert
David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center / 10:30PM, FREE
“The night isn’t over yet! Grab a drink and wind down with the New York Philharmonic’s Music Director and his friends—who happen to be world-class performers.
Alan Gilbert, Host
Guests include: Carter Brey, Principal Cellist of the New York Philharmonic
Jazz Trio led by Justin Levine, piano; Matt Cusack, bass; Kevin Garcia, drums”

You can bet this will be popular, so get there no later than 10 PM for a seat. This looks very special and wait until you hear Carter Brey make his cello weep.

Santigold
Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 W34th St./ 8PM, $ may have to StubHub this one.
“Santi White, whose stage name is Santigold, delivers a madly costumed carnival in her live performances, one as wildly sourced as her sharp pop-rock, electro and dance-hall fare. The onstage pyrotechnics now support “99¢,” her third studio album, a playful yet hectic club set bolstered on the shuffling, almost lethargic single “Who Be Lovin’ Me,” featuring iLoveMakonnen. With Leikeli47 and DonMonique.” (Anderson-NYT)

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)

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)

World Tai Chi & Qigong Day!
Bryant Park, 40th-42nd Sts (btw Fifth/Sixth Ave)/ 11AM-2PM, FREE
Last Saturday of April each year in 100s of cities, spanning 80 nations, people come together, to breathe together, providing a healing vision for our world.

“Tai chi experts and first-timers gather to perform a mass demonstration of the martial art, which, in addition to its self-defense benefits, is said to relieve stress. Instructors will also give free qigong, neigong and push-hands classes.” (TONY)

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.”
The full schedule is at worldvoices.pen.org. (NYT-SpareTimes)

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour, if you have any interest in video games:

IndieCade East 2016 (April 29-May 1)
Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave, Queens.
“If the international festival of independent video games known as IndieCade is the Sundance of its field, this East Coast offshoot might be the Tribeca Film Festival. The independent gaming industry has grown into a vital incubator of new ideas—and the technologies with which to implement them—particularly with the advent of V.R. riling the field. The three-day event, held at the Museum of the Moving Image, features arcade stations with unreleased games, as well as talks and presentations that engage with the form critically and examine its changing place in the world, from the use of video games in schools and libraries to a retrospective of titles set in New York City.” (NewYorker)
subway: easy, quick ride on the R from Times Square to Steinway st.

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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 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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