Today’s Super 7 > SUNDAY / JUNE 05, 2016
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Have time for only one event today? Do this:
World Science Festival (LAST DAY)
“Science will transform the future,” says Brian Greene, co-founder of this annual festival. It’ll certainly transform the city over these five days, with fifty events, in a myriad of venues, bringing together the brightest minds across the fields of biology, medicine, technology, and more to show how deeply science is embedded in our daily city life. Attendees can stargaze in Brooklyn Bridge Park with the astronaut Anna Fisher; catch, count, and release fish in the waters surrounding the boroughs; debate the ethics and morals of artificial intelligence; or just quietly take in the spread of talks and screenings scheduled in museums and lecture halls throughout the week.” (NewYorker)
Today is filled with good events. see: worldsciencefestival.com
This one stands out to me:
World Science Festival | Flame Challenge: What Is Sound?
NYU Skirball Center, 566 LaGuardia Pl./ 1:30PM, $30
“Alan Alda has issued this year’s challenge to the world’s top scientists: What is sound? In an action-packed hour of interactive demonstrations, Alan and a team of communication experts invite the audience to explore what we hear, how we hear, and what that means for different species. The program also highlights the winners of the 2016 Flame Challenge, in which video and written explanations of sound were judged for clarity’s sake…by 20,000 eleven year-olds.”
Music, Dance, Performing Arts
Monty Alexander and the Harlem-Kingston Express
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, 60th St. and Broadway/ 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $40
“Mr. Alexander, an effervescent pianist and one of Jamaica’s proudest musical exports, stamps his native groove with an uptown twist in a group that includes two bassists and two drummers.” (Chinen-NYT)
Ballet BC (LAST DAY)
Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Ave./ 2PM+7:30PM, $35, $50 (try the $35 loge seats, they are fine.)
“There’s constant hand-wringing about the dearth of female directors and choreographers in ballet. So it’s a welcome statement that this Canadian troupe, celebrating its 30th year and making its first Joyce appearance since 1998, arrives with a program by three exceptional women.
“Solo Echo” comes from the riveting Crystal Pite, an alumna of the company; “Bill” is a funky and surreal dance party by Sharon Eyal, who is Israeli; and “16+ a room” is by Emily Molnar, also a company alumna and the artistic director since 2009.” (Schaefer-NYT)
Russell Malone Quartet (through June 5)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave. South/ 8:30PM, +10:30PM, $30
“The title of Mr. Malone’s new album, “All About Melody,” could be reasonably understood as his artistic credo. A guitarist of taste and tradition, along with a brisk technique that he applies with careful restraint, he appears next week with the album’s supportive rhythm team: the pianist Rick Germanson, the bassist Luke Sellick and the drummer Willie Jones III.” (Chinen-NYT)
Scofield, Mehldau, Guiliana (LAST DAY)
Blue Note, 131 W3rd St./ 8PM, +10:30PM, $40, $55
“The guitarist Scofield is no one’s idea of a jazz purist—thankfully. Here he mixes it up with the piano titan Mehldau and the widely admired drummer Guiliana, who was recently heard on David Bowie’s “Blackstar.” The omnivorously eclectic trouble these three get into will be worth the price of admission.” (NewYorker)
Smart Stuff / Other
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other
American Crafts Festival (also Jun 11-12)
Lincoln Center, 65th St at Columbus Ave./ 10AM-7PM, FREE
“Lincoln Center plays host to 380 jury-selected craft vendors from across the country at this nifty fair. Find glasswork and handmade leather pieces you never knew you needed, and indulge in some one-of-a-kind new threads from regional designers with special weekend-only rates. If you’re not looking to spend your rent check redecorating your apartment in one go, then head to demonstrations on weaving, spindling and enjoy live music.” (TONY)
Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit, (Jun 4-5)
Washington Square Park/ 12PM- 6PM, FREE
“This city tradition feels fresh every spring when artists following in the footsteps of Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning set up shop in the park. Hundreds of exhibitors, from NYU students to artists who remember the Village as a creative enclave, display their paintings, sculptures, photography, jewelry and woodcraft.” (TONY)
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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