Selected NYC Events (08/26) + Today’s Featured Pub (WestVillage)

Today’s Super 7 NYC Events > FRIDAY / AUGUST 26, 2016

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

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival (through Sunday)
Marcus Garvey Park; Fri 26 6:30–9pm, Sat 27 3–7pm
Tompkins Square Park; Sun 28 3–7pm
“A New York summer institution, this free outdoor festival celebrates the legacy of the bebop lodestar Charlie Parker, without resurrecting his style. On Friday the kickoff concert, at Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem, features the keyboardist Jason Lindner with his band Breeding Ground. On Saturday the magisterial pianist Randy Weston headlines a bill with his band on the same stage, alongside younger artists like the organist Cory Henry and the singer Jazzmeia Horn. Sunday’s program, at Tompkins Square Park in the East Village, will feature an all-star trio of Jack DeJohnette on drums, Dave Holland on bass and Jason Moran on piano; the singer Allan Harris; the alto saxophonist Grace Kelly; and the Donny McCaslin Quartet.” (Chinen-NYT)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Trio da Paz and Friends (through Sunday)
Dizzy’s Club, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 60th St & Broadway / 7:30PM +9:30PM, $
“A nimble and versatile collective, Trio da Paz — the guitarist Romero Lubambo, the bassist Nilson Matta and the drummer Duduka Da Fonseca — recently celebrated its 30th anniversary as a band. This run, billed as “Trio da Paz and Friends Play the Music of Jobim, Getz and Other Brazilian Classics,” augments the trio with the singer Maucha Adnet and the tenor saxophonist Harry Allen.” (Chinen-NYT)

Michael Feinstein with Marilyn Maye: Summertime Swing
54 Below, 254 W 54th St./ 7PM, $95
Popular standards bearer Feinstein returns to the midtown boïte that bears his name in a new set devoted to romantic songs from the Great American Songbook. The show teams him once again with the husky-voiced, earthy, octogenarian belter Maye, who is a wonder of the nightclub world.” (TONY)

Gerald Clayton / Lionel Loueke / Eich Harland (through Sunday)
Village Vanguard, 178 7th Ave. South, at 11th St./ 8:30PM, +10:30PM, $
“Mr. Clayton, a pianist of great touch and soulful exposition, typically works in a trio with bass and drums. For this weeklong engagement at the Village Vanguard, he’s changing up the formula a bit: His coequal partners are Mr. Loueke, a guitarist and vocalist with a light, percussive spark; and Mr. Harland, a drummer whose approach can be fiery or flowing.” (Chinen-NYT)

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

Grand Central’s Summer Send-Off
Vanderbilt Hall, Grand Central Terminal, 89 E42nd Street, at Park Avenue / 11:30AM-2:30PM, FREE
“It’s not quite Labor Day yet, but this train station is bidding adieu early with snacks, activities and musical performances. Vendors from the terminal, like Li-Lac Chocolates and Shake Shack, will provide the food, and entertainment will come from Broadway — specifically, from cast members of “Something Rotten!” and “Kinky Boots.” Another musical, “School of Rock,” will be represented with an interactive photo booth.” (NYT-AroundTown)

Metropolitan Opera Summer HD Festival (through Sept. 5)
Lincoln Center, Josie Robertson Plaza, Columbus Ave at 64th St./ various times, FREE
“Want to show up to the Metropolitan Opera like Cher in Moonstruck, but lack the cash? Fear not! Grab a date and take in an epic onscreen opera performance at Lincoln Center’s plaza, where the Met presents recent adaptations of Otello, Il Trovatore, Lucia de Lammermoor and other heartbreaking tragedies. The festival kicks off on Friday 26 with a screening of 1985’s opulent, Oscar-winning campfest Amadeus.” (TONY)

Mark Morris in Conversation with Ara Guzelimian
David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, 61 W. 62nd St./ 6:15PM< FREE
“Choreographer Mark Morris sits down with Ara Guzelimian, dean of the Juilliard School, to talk about the creation of his masterpiece, Mozart Dances. Commissioned by Lincoln Center ten years ago, the work is being revived for the 50th anniversary Mostly Mozart Festival.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

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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 / 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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