Selected NYC Events (10/05) + Today’s Featured Pub (Greenwich Village)

Today’s Sweet6 NYC Events > WEDNESDAY / OCT 05, 2016

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

Tedeschi Trucks Band (also October 7 & 8)
Beacon Theatre, Broadway & 74th St./ 8PM, $30+
“Tedeschi Trucks Band will continue their Beacon Theatre tradition of multiple-night residencies for the sixth consecutive year with the greatest number of shows to date. The 12-piece band led by husband and wife Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi have performed at the Beacon Theatre since 2011, and this year’s run has expanded to six shows with special guest openers Amy Ray (9/30), Dave Mason (10/4), and Jorma Kaukonen (10/5). Select weekend nights (10/1, 10/7, 10/8) will feature TTB performing two full sets with no openers.

The return to the Beacon adds to the Grammy Award-winning band’s growing legacy of delivering a one-of-a-kind, unforgettable performances in New York City. Last year, during its sold-out 4-night run, the ensemble debuted numerous new songs, changed up their set lists nightly for fans and played host to brilliant surprise collaborations with guests Jon Batiste, Rosanne Cash, Charles Bradley and David Hidalgo.”

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

LEW TABACKIN TRIO (Tuesday and Wednesday)
Dizzy’s Club, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 60th St./Broadway / 7:30PM, 9:30PM, $,
“As a tenor saxophonist, Lew Tabackin combines gut instincts with a broad command of jazz styles; as a flutist, he favors Eastern timbres and scales. He appears with a pair of guests in this brief run: first the trumpeter Randy Brecker, a longtime collaborator (Tuesday), and then his wife, Toshiko Akiyoshi, a celebrated pianist, composer and bandleader.” (Chinen-NYT)

RAVI COLTRANE QUARTET (through Oct. 9)
Village Vanguard, 178 7th Ave S, at 11th St./ 8:30PM, 10:30PM, $
“A tenor and soprano saxophonist with a dry sound and a sinewy, questing style, Mr. Coltrane leads a working band with several sharp-minded younger partners: the pianist David Virelles, the bassist Dezron Douglas and the drummer Johnathan Blake.” (Chinen-NYT)

BONUS DANCE EVENTS:

FALL FOR DANCE (through Oct. 8)
City Center, 131 W55th St./ 8PM, all seats $15
“The best sampler platter of dance in town — and of the year, for that matter — continues with Program 3 on Friday and Saturday, featuring Compagnie Accrorap, a French troupe mixing street dance and acrobatics; the tapper Ayodele Casel in a solo dedicated to unsung female dancers; Hong Kong Ballet with a work by Jorma Elo; and Bangarra Dance Theater from Australia, telling stories of that country’s indigenous peoples (2:05). On Wednesday and Thursday, in Program 4, Jessica Lang presents a work inspired by architecture; Royal Ballet Flanders offers “Fall,” an ode to the season by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui; Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater presents the seminal solo “Cry”; and the Sarasota Ballet performs Frederick Ashton’s “Marguerite and Armand” (2:15).” (Schaefer-NYT)

NEW YORK CITY BALLET (through Oct. 16)
NYS / DHK Theater, Lincoln Center/ at various times, $
“City Ballet’s season continues with George Balanchine’s shimmering triptych “Jewels” (Friday, Saturday matinee, Sunday) and encores for new works by the company members Justin Peck, Lauren Lovette and Peter Walker, as well as Annabelle Lopez Ochoa. Accompanying them is Mr. Peck’s exhilarating “Everywhere We Go” from 2014 (Saturday evening and Wednesday). Tuesday and Thursday’s program honors American composers, with Jerome Robbins’s “Glass Pieces,” referring to Philip Glass; Peter Martins’s “Thou Swell,” a jazzy fling to Richard Rodgers; and Balanchine’s patriotic “Stars and Stripes,” to the music of John Philip Sousa.” (Schaefer-NYT)

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

ALERT:  Open House New York Weekend October 15 and 16, 2016
For two days each October, the annual Open House New York Weekend unlocks the doors of New York’s most important buildings, offering an extraordinary opportunity to experience the city and meet the people who design, build, and preserve New York.
The majority of sites are Open Access and can be visited during the days and hours listed online and in the Event Guide. Some sites require Advanced Reservations. Reservations will open at 11am on Thursday, October 6.

ARCHTOBER (through Oct. 31)
“Tours, talks, exhibitions — it’s difficult to keep track of all the events going on during New York’s annual monthlong celebration of architecture and design. Each day features a “building of the day,” with a tour. Make reservations early; coveted tours, like one of the Lowline underground-park site, are already sold out. You can still get into a tour of the New York State Pavilion, designed by Philip Johnson for the 1964-65 World’s Fair in Flushing, Queens (Thursday at noon). Other highlights for the coming week include daily architecture boat tours and “The Stories They Tell: Trees of Steel,” a lecture about the architectural history of the World Trade Center site (Monday at noon, National September 11 Memorial & Museum).” (NYT-AroundTown)

TODAY’S EVENTS INCLUDE:
Austrian Cultural Forum
SCREENING AND PANEL DISCUSSION: COLONNADE PARK BY HEIDRUN HOLZFEIND / 7:00-9:00pm

The Austrian Cultural Forum presents a special screening of Heidrun Holzfeind’s Colonnade Park. The film explores architect Mies van der Rohe’s high rise apartment buildings in Newark and the lives and stories of the people inhabiting it. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Austrian artist Heidrun Holzfeind, architecture historian Mariana Mogilevich and MoMA curator Barry Bergdoll. Reception after the talk.

Austrian Cultural Forum
Architecture Tour: Raimund Abraham / 4:00pm
Architectural historian Kenneth Frampton called the Austrian Cultural Forum, designed by Austrian architect and theorist Raimund Abraham (1933–2010), the most spectacular modern structure built in New York since the Seagram Building and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim Museum. The Austrian Cultural Forum provides visitors the opportunity to tour the architectural landmark building in midtown Manhattan. 11 E 52nd St, New York, NY 10022.

The 54th New York Film Festival (thru Oct.16)
Alice Tully Hall, various times
“Founded in 1963, as the auteur theory and European cinematic modernism were crashing upon the shores of American film culture, the New York Film Festival continues to introduce audiences to the most exciting, innovative and accomplished works of world cinema. Join us as North America’s second oldest film festival marks its 54th edition with 17 days of exciting world premieres, award winners from Cannes, Berlin and Venice, retrospective screenings, spotlights on emerging filmmakers, panels, galas and much more!”
TONIGHT: The Rehearsal / 9PM
Alison Maclean (Jesus’ Son) returns to her New Zealand filmmaking roots with a multilayered coming-of-age story about a young actor searching for the truth of a character he’s playing onstage and the resulting moral dilemma in his personal life.

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Bonus NYC Events – Music Venues:
So much fine live music every night in this town. These are my favorite music venues on Manhattan’s WestSide. Check out who’s playing tonight:

City Winery – 155 Varick St., citywinery.com, 212-608-0555
Feinstein’s/54 Below – 254 W54th St., 54below.com, 646-476-3551
Joe’s Pub @ Public Theater – 425 Lafayette St., joespub.com, 212-967-7555
Metropolitan Room – 34W22ndSt., metropolitan room.com, 212-206-0440
Beacon Theatre – 2124 Broadway @ 74th St., beacontheatre.com, 212-465-6500
B.B. King’s Blues Bar – 237W42nd St., bbkingblues.com, 212-997-2144
Le Poisson Rouge – 158 Bleecker St., lepoissonrouge.com, 212-505-3474

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.
See Below.

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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.
NYCity Vacation Travel Guide Video (Expedia):
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A PremierPub and 3 Good Eating Places – Greenwich Village

Caffe Vivaldi / 32 Jones Street (btw. Bleecker St./W4th St.)

Café Vivaldi is a classic, intimate club located in Greenwich Village on Jones Street, the street featured on the cover of Bob Dylan’s second album, “Freewheelin’. ”

maxresdefaultEach night Ishrat, the long time proprietor and impresario, carefully curates and schedules an eclectic series of musicians. You can often see him at his table in the corner, hard at work reviewing music videos and listening to cd demos on his laptop, scouting out future bookings. Musicians come from all over to play and sing in a club in Greenwich Village. Some are local New Yorkers, others are just passing through, in town for a few days.

There is a small bar, seating maybe 10. It’s close to the stage and I find it’s a perfect spot to sip a glass of red wine while listening to the music. The room itself has the performance area at one end and a cozy fireplace at the other. The performance area here is small, dominated by a large black Yamaha Grand piano. Tables are bunched together and most people at the tables are eating lite meals or sampling the wonderful desserts.

There is also a good selection of fairly priced wines,  but you are here because of the music. You can never be quite sure what you’re going to find, and that’s half the charm of this place. It’s not a home run every night, but many nights it’s pretty special.

I remember the night I saw the most talented bossa nova group, just in from San Paulo. As I listened, I wondered if there was any better music playing anywhere else in New York City that night. And at Caffé Vivaldi there is never a cover charge. Their recently redesigned web site does give you a better idea of the type of music playing each night.

At one time Greenwich Village was filled with clubs just like this, but times change. Real estate interests have impacted the village, and not for the better. Even Caffé Vivaldi had a rough time recently, when a new landlord raised the rent exorbitantly. Fortunately, Ishrat has built a loyal following over the years, and a fund raiser and slightly more reasonable rent has kept Café Vivaldi in business.

When Woody Allen and Al Pacino wanted to make movies featuring the timeless quality of Greenwich Village they came to Vivaldi. It’s important that we keep this special place alive, for if we lose Cafe Vivaldi, NYCity will have lost a piece of it’s soul.

Website: http://caffevivaldi.com/
Phone #: (212) 691-7538
Hours: Music generally 7:30PM – 11PM, but varies
Lunch/Dinner 11AM-on
Subway: #1 to Christopher St.
Walk 1 blk S. on 7th ave S. to Bleecker St., 1 blk left on Bleecker to Jones St., 50 yards left on Jones St. to Caffe V.
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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.

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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3 Good Eating places

It’s not difficult to find a place to eat in Manhattan.
Finding a good, inexpensive place to eat is a bit harder.
Here are a few of my faves in this neighborhood:

Fish280 Bleecker St. (just a bit S. of 7th ave South)
This was an easy pick – the best raw bar special in town. $9 gets you 6 of the freshest oysters or clams + a glass of wine or beer. Don’t know how they can do it, but I tell everyone I know about this place. And it’s located right in the heart of some of the best no cover music in town.

Bleecker Street Pizza – 69 7th ave S. (corner of Bleecker St.)
The place is tiny and not much to look at, but this is one good slice. They like to brag that they have been voted “Best pizza in NY” 3 years in a row by the Food Network. I believe them. I would have voted for them.

Num Pang – 21 E 12th St. (btw. University Place/5th ave.)
This is a Cambodian banh mi sandwich shop that kept me well fed while I was in class nearby recently. It’s cramped, even for NYCity, but usually there is room up the spiral staircase to sit down and eat. In good weather carry your sandwich a few blocks to Union Square park. You may have to wait a few minutes, because everything is freshly made, but it’s worth it. Can you believe – an unheard of 26 food rating by Zagat.

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“3 Good Eating places” focuses on a quick bite, what I call “Fine Fast Food – NYCity Style”
No reservations needed.
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NYCity is the most diverse and interesting place to find a meal anywhere in the world. With more than 24 thousand eating establishments you might welcome some advice.

◊ For all my picks of 54 Good Eating places, and essays on my favorite 18 PremierPubs in 9 Neighborhoods on Manhattan’s WestSide, order a copy of my e-book:
“Eating and Drinking on NYCity’s WestSide” ($4.99, available Winter 2016).
◊ Order before Nov. 30, 2016 and receive a bonus – 27 of my favorite casual dining places with free Wi-Fi.
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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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