Selected Events (06/27) + Today’s Featured Pub (WestVillage)

Today’s Sweet 6 > MONDAY / JUNE 27, 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:

American Ballet Theater (through July 2)
Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center/ $20-$225
tonight: SLEEPING BEAUTY
“Alexei Ratmansky’s production is a fascinating, important staging—often revelatory. It’s the finest reconstruction I’ve ever seen of a dance work,” said the New York Times at the production’s 2015 ABT premiere. Featuring 400 lavish costumes, more than 200 wigs, and magnificent storybook sets, the beloved story of the beautiful Princess Aurora, the evil sorceress Carabosse, and the awakening kiss of a handsome prince is certain to cast a spell on your heart and imagination.”
Friday and Monday through Thursday at 7:30 p.m., with a 2 p.m. performance on Wednesday. Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m.,

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Indigo Girls
Central Park SummerStage, Rumsey Playfield, midpark at 70th St./ 6PM, FREE
“The best Indigo Girls songs practically require singalongs, as in the second season of “Transparent,” when three lead characters belted “Closer to Fine” with ecstatic abandon out their car windows. Gleeful profanities, righteous protest anthems and impeccable folk songwriting have carried this duo for 30 years. With Lucy Wainwright Roche.” (Chow-NYT)

Little Shop of Horrors Reunion Concert
54 Below, 254 W54th St./ 7PM +9:30PM, $45+
“Little Shop of Horrors, the stage and screen musical that has circled the globe for over 30 years, consuming audiences with chills, thrills and laughter, arrives at last at Feinstein’s/54Below. One unprecedented evening will bring together performers from the original production through the Broadway revival. Stories will be told, reminiscences will be shared, and songs will be sung, for a dazzling, yet revealing glimpse at the magic behind the magic.” (broadwayworld.com)

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

League of Professional Theater Women: Oral History Project
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, 111 Amsterdam Ave, at 65th St., Lincoln Center/ 6PM, FREE
“This series, which in the past has hosted women like Tyne Daly and Patti LuPone, continues with Carmen de Lavallade, the 85-year-old actress and dancer who performed in works created for her by choreographers like Agnes de Mille; Alvin Ailey; and her husband, the theatrical polymath Geoffrey Holder, who died in 2014. Ms. Lavallade will be interviewed by the dance journalist Deborah Jowitt, a longtime writer for The Village Voice and a contributor to The New York Times.
(NYT – AroundTown)

Dark Territory : The Secret History of Cyber War
with Fred Kaplan, National Security Columnist columnist, Slate, Magazine; Former Edward R. Murrow Press Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations.
Mid-Manhattan Library / 6:30PM, FREE
“This illustrated lecture tells the untold story of cyber war, exploring the inner corridors of the National Security Agency, top secret units in the Pentagon, military “information warfare” squads, and White House national security debates.”

Modern Mondays: An Evening with Vito Acconci
Museum of Modern Art, 11 W. 53rd St./ 7PM, $12
“In conjunction with the MoMA PS1 exhibition Vito Acconci: Where We Are Now (Who Are We Anyway?), 1976, MoMA presents a screening of Acconci’s The Red Tapes. This feature-length film, which is part of MoMA’s collection, is a three-part epic that merges video and filmic space, evolving into a complex amalgam of narrative strategies, photographic images, music, and spoken language. A discussion with the artist follows.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

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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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