Selected NYC Events (08/28) + Today’s Featured Pub (Upper WestSide)

Today’s Super 7 NYC Events > SUNDAY / AUGUST 28, 2016

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

Trio da Paz and Friends
Dizzy’s Club, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 60th St & Broadway / 7:30PM +9:30PM, $35
trio_de_paz_DSC_9356_byfrank_stewart_web_crop_767_431_0_0_0_90___8841“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)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Al Foster’s Tribute to Charlie Parker
Smoke, 2751 Broadway, at 106th St./ 7, 9 +10:30PM, $40
“At 73, the drummer Al Foster has cruised into the distinguished-elder phase of his career without missing a step. His band for this Charlie Parker tribute weekend features the trumpeter Jeremy Pelt, the saxophonist Mike DiRubbo, the pianist Adam Birnbaum and the bassist Doug Weiss.” (Chinen-NYT)

Michael Feinstein with Marilyn Maye: Summertime Swing
54 Below, 254 W 54th St./ 7PM, $85
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)

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival
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)

Gerald Clayton / Lionel Loueke / Eich Harland
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

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.” (TONY)

Tonight: Il Trovatore (8PM)
Anna Netrebko stars as Leonora in Sir David McVicar’s Goya-inspired production. Dolora Zajick, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, and Yonghoon Lee complete the quartet of stars in Verdi’s tragedy. (Original transmission: October 3, 2015).

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:
The 240th Commemoration of the Battle of Brooklyn
Fifth Avenue & 25th St., Greenwood Heights / 10:30AM-4PM, FREE
“Green-Wood Cemetery hosts this immersive event at the site of the first major battle of the American Revolution. Meet soldiers on horseback, taste authentic battle fare like fire cake, and join a flag-waving parade to Battle Hill.” (TONY)

Bonus NYC Events – 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,, 212-255-4037
Blue Note – 131 W3rd St. nr 6th ave., 212-475-8592
55 Bar – 55 Christopher St. nr 7th ave.S., 212-929-9883
Mezzrow – basement @ 163 W10th St. nr 7th Ave.,646-476-4346
Smalls – basement @ 183 W10th St., 646-476-4346
Cornelia Street Cafe – 29 Cornelia St., 212-989-9319

Outside Greenwich Village:
Dizzy’s Club – Broadway @ 60th St. — / 212-258-9595
Birdland – 315 W44th St.(btw 8/9ave) — / 212-581-3080
Smoke Jazz Club – 2751 Broadway nr.106th St. — / 212-864-6662

Special Mention:
Caffe Vivaldi – 32 Jones St. nr Bleecker St. — / 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 at these top NYC events, 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.

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.
“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. 

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.
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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