Selected Events (06/29) + Today’s Featured Pub (Upper WestSide)

Today’s Sweet 6 > WEDNESDAY / JUNE 29, 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:

Blue Note Jazz Festival (through June 30)
This monthlong event rolls on with a mix of marquee names and crossover fare. Highlights in this final week include the saxophonist Joshua Redman, leading a quartet at the Blue Note (Tuesday through July 3). A full schedule is at bluenotejazzfestival.com. (Nate Chinen-NYT)

TONIGHT: Joshua Redman Quartet
Blue Note, 131 W. 3rd St./ 8PM +10:30PM; $20,$35
“Have twenty-five years really passed since Redman took first place at the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition? Now a forty-seven-year-old jazz mainstay, Redman remains connected to fresh musical currents. Putting his recent James Farm collective and trio projects on hold, he reanimates a quartet that includes his longtime associates Aaron Goldberg on piano and Gregory Hutchinson on drums.” (NewYorker)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

54 Celebrates The Neil Simon Theatre
54 Below, 254 W54th St./ 7PM +9:30PM, $35
“Annie. Company. Bells Are Ringing. Merrily We Roll Along.
Those four musicals, plus many others, made their Broadway debut on West 52nd Street at the historic Alvin Theatre, which opened in 1927. Then, on this date in 1983, the Alvin Theatre was renamed the Neil Simon Theatre, where it went on to house such blockbusters as Hairspray. And what better way to celebrate the Alvin/ Neil Simon Theatre than by coming out to Feinstein’s/54 Below for an evening of songs and stories, performed by the legends themselves who were lucky enough to grace its stage.” (broadwayworld.com)

Etienne Charles: ‘San Jose Suite’
Dizzy’s Club, 60th St. and Broadway / 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $35
“Mr. Charles, a Trinidadian trumpeter, has found a strong niche in the mutual exchange between jazz and calypso. His “San Jose Suite” explores connections among three cities with the same name — in California, Costa Rica and Trinidad — with musical partners including the saxophonist Brian Hogans and the pianist Victor Gould.” (Chinen-NYT)

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.

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

100th Anniversary Commemoration of New York’s 369th Infantry
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Blvd./ 6:30PM, FREE
“To commemorate the 100th anniversary of New York’s 369th Infantry, join us for a documentary film screening of Men of Bronze (1977), a film about the remarkable African-American men who fought in WWI. Directed by Harlem filmmaker William Miles, Men of Bronze is part of our Moving Image & Recorded Sound collection and projected on 16mm with the collaboration of the Library of Performing Arts’ Reserve Film & Video Collection.

Jeffrey T. Sammons, Professor of History at New York University, and John H. Morrow Jr. will lead the post-film discussion. They are the authors of Harlem’s Rattlers and the Great War, which tells the story of the 369th Regiment and the brave African-American soldiers who fought to convince America to live up to its democratic promise during the Great War. A book signing will follow.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

Celebrate National Parks! The Naturalist
American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th St./ Linder Theater (Enter at 77th Street) / 6:30PM, $15
“Smithsonian Museum of Natural History biologist Darrin Lunde presents the surprising story of our “Conservation President” Theodore Roosevelt and how his lifelong passion for the natural world set the stage for America’s wildlife conservation movement. Drawing on Roosevelt’s diaries and expedition journals along with his own experience as a naturalist, Lunde will discuss Roosevelt’s life and legacy as a champion of scientific inquiry and wilderness.”

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Bonus – Jazz Clubs:
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 – 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 / 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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