Selected NYC Events (10/07) + Today’s Featured Pub (Midtown West)

Today’s Sweet6 NYC Events > FRIDAY / OCT 07, 2016

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

PlayFest: Made in New York (through Oct. 19)
Paley Center for Media, 25 W52nd St./
“This series of screenings and panel discussions returns with a focus on television shows filmed in New York City. The coming week’s lineup includes “Younger,” with appearances by the cast members Sutton Foster and Hilary Duff, as well as others including the show’s creator, Darren Star, of “Sex and the City” fame (Monday at 6:30 p.m.). On Thursday, Trevor Noah and his team discuss “The Daily Show With Trevor Noah” (at 8:30 p.m.). Other events at various times.” (NYT-AroundTown)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Tedeschi Trucks Band (also October 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.”

AZAR LAWRENCE
Dizzy’s Club, Broadway at 60th St./ 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $
“Time hasn’t quite stood still for Lawrence, but the extended, fervently voiced John Coltrane-infused solos that garnered the saxophonist attention in the seventies still echo today. Though any number of contemporary saxophone stylists traffic in the Master’s idiom, Lawrence is closer to the source than most, having honed his prodigious chops in the bands of the key Trane associates McCoy Tyner and Elvin Jones. His quintet this week includes the trumpeter Eddie Henderson and the drummer Billy Hart.” (NewYorker)

AMINA CLAUDINE MYERS/ROMAN FILIU QUINTET
Community Church of New York, 40 E35th St./ 8PM,
“The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians presents its first concert of the season, featuring Ms. Myers, a pianist and singer who has recently been drawing deeply from traditional spirituals and gospel songs. (She’ll perform solo, drawing from a grounded yet haunting new album, “Sama Rou: Songs From My Soul.”) Sharing the bill is a quintet led by the Cuban alto saxophonist Roman Filiu.” (Chinen-NYT)

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

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 sell out quickly. Among the options for the coming week are a peek at the Department of Sanitation’s garage and salt shed complex — it has a much more radical and exciting design than you might suspect — at Spring and West Streets in Manhattan (Tuesday at 3 and 3:30 p.m.). Other highlights include “Watching Modernism,” a presentation by the World Monuments Fund about buildings on its watch list, such as Philip Johnson’s New York State Pavilion, designed for the for the 1964-65 World’s Fair in Flushing, Queens (Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Empire State Building).” (NYT-AroundTown)

TODAY’S EVENTS INCLUDE:
New York School of Interior Design / 8:30AM-5:30PM
Interior Design: The Essential Profession
“Interior Design: The Essential Profession,” will be the New York School of Interior Design’s first annual symposium celebrating the present and future, of interior design; a fast-paced, information-packed day of presentations, panels and roundtable discussions about the role of interior design in today’s global environment and its contributions to health, hospitality, and the urban environment.”

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 includes: Personal Shopper / 9PM
Kristen Stewart is the medium, in more ways than one, for this sophisticated genre exploration from director Olivier Assayas. As a fashion assistant whose twin brother has died, leaving her bereft and longing for messages from the other side, Stewart is fragile and enigmatic—and nearly always on-screen.

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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.
NYCity Vacation Travel Guide Video (Expedia):

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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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