Selected NYC Events (08/08) + Today’s Featured Pub (Midtown West)

Today’s Sweet6 NYC Events >MONDAY / AUGUST 08, 2016

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For future NYC Events be sure to check the tab above: “Annual NYC Events / August”

Have time for only one NYC Event today? Do this:

Eric Burdon & The Animals w/ Alberta Cross
City Winery, mm/ 8PM, $85-$95
“Eric Burdon has one of the most powerful and distinctive voices in rock and roll.

A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame since 1994, and hailed by Rolling Stone as one of the 100 Greatest Voices of All Time, Burdon’s music has forged new territory while also topping the charts for more than five decades.

Highly prolific, Burdon has released nearly 50 records in those 50 years, as front man of The Animals and WAR and simply as Eric Burdon. Through the changing sounds and genres, what remains constant is his courage as an artist to explore new sounds, diving into new territory with his unrivaled and unique voice. Eric Burdon has shared the stage with legends such as Chuck Berry, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Witherspoon, Otis Redding and Bruce Springsteen, and has recently been cited by cutting edge musicians like Patti Smith and Iggy Pop as one of their personal top ten musicians.”

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Norbert Leo Butz (Thru Aug.12, no Aug. 9)
Feinstein’s/54 Below, 254 W54th St./ 7PM, $65
“Back by popular demand! Two-time Tony winner Norbert Leo Butz returns with his hit show “Girls, Girls, Girls” focusing on the female – both the mythic & the contemporary. Expect tunes from the likes of Elvis Costello, Loretta Lynn, Frank Sinatra, and even a little Johnny Cash! After celebrating his dazzling cabaret debut (which went on to be the critically lauded CD), we’re delighted to re-welcome the star of Big Fish, Catch Me If You Can, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Wicked, and The Last 5 Years.” (broadwayworld.com)

Carol Woods: Ain’t We Got Fun
Metropolitan Room, 34 W22nd St./ 8:30PM, $30
“Carol Woods has the kind of big blues voice that can move audiences to their feet or to their knees, and has deployed it often on Broadway (including in multiple stints as Mama Morton in Chicago). Now she invites cabaret audiences to come get lost in the Woods in a show devoted to the songs of Tin Pan Alley tunesmith Richard Whiting.“ (TONY)

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

The Fire This Time: a new generation speaks about race
Strand Book Store, 828 Broadway, at 12th St./ 7PM,
“In his seminal 1963 book of essays on race, “The Fire Next Time,” the novelist James Baldwin urged Americans to “end the racial nightmare, and achieve our country, and change the history of the world.” “Otherwise,” Sheldon Binn wrote in The New York Times, “the next time fire.”

More than 60 years after the book’s publication, that tumultuous time may be upon us — or at least that’s what the award-winning author Jesmyn Ward conveys with “The Fire This Time,” a collection of essays and poems on racial history. Some of the contributors — Mitchell Jackson, Daniel Jose Older, Garnette Cadogan, and Emily Raboteau — tackle the subject in this discussion moderated by the activist and writer Shaun King.” (NYT-AroundTown)

The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life
New York Public Library – Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 Fifth Ave./ 6:30PM, FREE
With Anu Partanen, a Finnish journalist based in New York City.
“This illustrated lecture shows Americans how to draw on elements of the Nordic way of life to nurture a fairer, happier, more secure, and less stressful society for themselves and their children.
Could America have a saner, fairer, easier society? Finnish expat Anu Partanen says yes, using her experience to contrast two ways of living and concluding that the Nordic approach actually provides more independence and individual freedom. Or to quote Ed Miliband, “If you want the American Dream, go to Finland.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

Rio on the Hudson (Aug 5-11)
Pier 26 – Hudson River Park / 5-11PM, FREE
“This summer, Citi brings the excitement of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games to NYC with a free, week-long celebration. From August 5th – 11th at Pier 26 – Hudson River Park, you’ll find everything you need to support Team USA and experience the Olympic Spirit firsthand. Keep up with the latest action and enjoy authentic Brazilian culture and entertainment throughout the week, including opportunities to see U.S. Olympians and Paralympians.

If you want to get in the game, you can virtually “sprint” against track & field sensation Allyson Felix, honor golf’s return to the Olympics by testing your swing in the golf simulator, and learn all about the Paralympic movement by trying out Paralympic equipment. Plus, with family friendly activities like face painting, live art demonstrations, and samba dancers, there’s something for everyone.”
OR
Head over to Little Brazil — Rua de Brasileiros, on 46th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. Like Little Italy, Little Brazil has shrunk and is more little than ever before, but there are still a few fine Brazilian restaurants on this block. Try Via Brasil, Emporium Brasil, and my fave, Ipanema.

PLUS: EAT & DRINK

NYCity Restaurant Week Summer 2016 (July 25 – Aug 19, 2016)
Enjoy gourmet, 3-course $29 lunch and $42 dinner at 380 participating NYC Restaurant Week restaurants. (Saturdays excluded; Sundays optional. Beverages, gratuities and taxes are not included).

Where to get the best Restaurant Week deals?
See Georgia Kral’s recommendations in AMNY.
OR Zagat’s 8 NYC Restaurant Week Reservations to Make Right Now
OR Thrillist’s advice on the best deals.
OR TimeOutNewYork’s picks of the top Restaurant Week restaurants.
OR CBS Local’s Best Deals in Manhattan.
Reservations are definitely recommended. Mangia!

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Bonus NYC Events – 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 for these top NYC events in advance, even if just on day of performance.
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A PremierPub / Midtown West.

Russian Vodka Room / 265 W 52nd St (btw 7th/8th ave)

Sure, you could travel to Minsk or even Brighton Beach, for an authentic Russian experience, but why bother. On those days when you feel you must wash down your dish of kasha with a few glasses of icy, cold vodka, the Russian Vodka Room will definitely satisfy your urge.

From the outside this place looks a bit drab, and with no windows, a bit mysterious. Midtown tourists walk right by on their way to see “Jersey Boys,” just down the block.

lThose in the know enter a secret hideaway, a dimly lit front room with soft jazz playing – a perfect spot for an illicit late-night rendezvous, or maybe a meet-up with your Russian spy handler, but that’s later in the evening. Early in the evening the large U-shaped bar fills with the after work happy hour crowd, a group made very happy by the much reduced prices.

Their website says: “Welcome Comrades”. Of course, this welcome focuses on dozens of different vodkas, including their own special infusions, which marinate in giant, clear glass jugs visible around the room. The large vodka martinis ensure that you won’t confuse this place with your mother’s Russian Tea Room.

But man does not live by vodka alone. Eat some food, especially the tapa like appetizers. Be decadent and try the cheese blintzes with chocolate, or try a main dish like beef stroganoff with kasha.

Your best bet is to go on a night when the piano man is playing. This guy, who looks like he has eaten a lot of those cheese blintzes, plays five nights a week from 7 to 12 (no Mondays and Thursdays). When the piano man is playing American pop tunes, and you are at the crowded, dimly lit bar testing the horseradish infused vodka, that’s when the RVR shines.

It’s the kind of place where the noise gets louder and the crowd gets happier as the happy hour goes on. I’m generally a beer guy, but I like to come here with a group of friends. We find a table in the back room near the piano man; we eat, and we drink vodka ‘till it hurts (and it will hurt).
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Website: http://www.russianvodkaroom.com/
Phone #: 212-307-5835
Hours: 4pm-2am; Fri-Sun closes 4am (that could be trouble)
Happy Hour: 4-7pm every day
$4 shots infused vodka (2oz), $5 cosmos; $4 czech draft beer
Music: FR-SU; TU-WE / 7pm-12am
Subway: #1 to 50th St.
Walk 2 blk N. on B’way to 52nd St.; 1 blk W. to RVR
Confusingly, the Russian Samovar is right across the street, on the S. side of 52nd St.
The RVR, your destination, is on the N. side of 52nd St.
Update: music now includes a sax player with a younger, trimmer piano man. “Tiny” we miss you.

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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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