Selected NYC Events (10/11) + Today’s Featured Pub (Greenwich Village)

Today’s Sweet6 NYC Events > TUESDAY / OCT 11, 2016

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

NEW YORK CITY BALLET (through Oct. 16)
NYS / DHK Theater, Lincoln Center/ at various times, $
“In the last week of the season, Jerome Robbins’s “Dances at a Gathering,” a favorite of audiences and dancers alike, will be performed four times as part of a double bill, with George Balanchine’s “Firebird.” “Dances at a Gathering,” from 1969, marked Robbins’s return to ballet after years of working on Broadway. Made up of a series of solos, duets, trios, and ensembles set to Chopin piano works, it is linked by a thread of lyricism, humor, and delicate emotion. “Firebird,” in contrast, is a Russian folk tale with all the trimmings: a magic bird, a sorcerer, a pure-hearted prince, and a wondrous score by Stravinsky. * Oct. 11 and Oct. 13 at 7:30 and Oct. 14-15 at 8: “Dances at a Gathering” and “Firebird.” * Oct. 12 at 7:30: “Serenade,” “American Rhapsody,” “Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux,” and “Western Symphony.” * Oct. 15 at 2: “For Clara,” “The Dreamers,” “ten in seven,” “Unframed,” and “Everywhere We Go.” * Oct. 16 at 3: “Glass Pieces,” “Thou Swell,” and “Stars and Stripes.” (NewYorker)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

BILL FRISELL (through Oct. 16)
Blue Note, 131 W3rd St./ 8PM, +10:30PM, $20-$35
“The 2014 album “Guitar in the Space Age!” documented Frisell’s infatuation with the pop and country music of his impressionable youth. The record never quite achieved liftoff, but in performance this brilliant instrumentalist and his sharp quartet (with the pedal-steel guitarist Greg Leis) are determined to convey the exhilaration of first-love listening.”(NewYorker)

WHITNEY
Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey St./ 9PM, $15
“The guitarist Max Kakacek, formerly of the Smith Westerns, and Julien Ehrlich, who also drums for Unknown Mortal Orchestra, came together to form this soft-psychedelic outlet for their more cerebral musical impulses. Honeyed timbres smooth out their back-road folk influences in songs about heartache and home towns. Despite its slim lineup, Whitney composes ambitious arrangements that add in warm string and horn sections, pastel bridges, and choruses that swell to the back of their venues. Their début album, “Light Upon the Lake,” was released this June by the Indiana label Secretly Canadian, home to soul stirrers like Anohni and the War on Drugs. After hosting small album-release shows this summer, Whitney returns to the city for two much hyped nights.”

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:
Spaces for Art: Annabelle Selldorf and Cathleen McGuigan in Dialogue
Pratt Institute, Manhattan Center, 144 W14th St., Room 213 / 6:30PM, $10
“The School of Continuing and Professional Studies at Pratt Institute is proud to participate in Archtober, the sixth annual month-long festival of architecture activities, programs and exhibitions taking place during the month of October by presenting a dialogue between architect Annabelle Selldorf and Cathleen McGuigan, Editor-in-chief of Architectural Record.
Ms. McGuigan will interview Ms. Selldorf about her career and the pleasures and challenges of designing spaces in which to view art.”

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!”
TODAY’s movies include: Manchester by the Sea / 9PM
“In Kenneth Lonergan’s intimate yet grandly scaled new film, Casey Affleck is the volatile and deeply troubled Lee Chandler, a Boston-based handyman coping with the overwhelming loss of his brother (Kyle Chandler) and the memory of an unspeakable tragedy.”

Elsewhere, but looks worth the detour:

Walter Mosley Folding the Red into the Black
Book Court, 163 Court St., Bklyn/ 7PM, FREE
718-875-3677
“Walter Mosley is one of America’s bestselling novelists, known for his critically acclaimed series of mysteries featuring private investigator Easy Rawlins. His writing is hard-hitting, often limned with a political subtext—aimed at a broad audience.

When Mosley was working on a doctorate in political theory, he envisioned himself writing very different kinds of books from the ones he writes now. But once you’ve been tagged as a novelist, and in Mosley’s case, a genre writer, even a bestselling one, it is hard to get an airing of ideas that cross those boundaries. Folding the Red into the Black has grown out of Mosley’s public talks, which have gotten both enthusiastic and agitated responses.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

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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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