Selected NYC Events (10/13) + Today’s Featured Pub (Upper WestSide)

Today’s Sweet6 NYC Events > THURSDAY / OCT 13, 2016

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

CAETANO VELOSO
Town Hall, 123 W43rd St./ 8PM, $50+
“Earlier this year, the seventy-four-year-old Brazilian legend Veloso released “Dois Amigos, Um Seculo de Musica,” an exquisite live album with his lifelong friend and sometime musical collaborator Gilberto Gil. The stripped-down record, a high point in a half-century-long career filled with them, features Veloso’s 1967 saudade classic “Coração Vagabundo,” along with newer songs that showcase his undiminished talent for lyrical sophistication and harmonic ambiguity. For this solo concert, Veloso will present material spanning several decades in a similarly spare manner, but his primary motivation is to draw attention to the opening act, Teresa Christina. Christina, a subtle, potent singer, will perform the songs of the samba pioneer Cartola, accompanied by her tasteful, virtuoso guitarist, Carlinhos Sete Cordas.” (NewYorker)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

TOM HARRELL: ‘SOMETHING GOLD, SOMETHING BLUE’ (through Oct. 16)
Village Vanguard,178 7th Ave South, at 11th St./ 8:30 and 10:30PM, $30
“Mr. Harrell, a trumpeter and fluegelhorn player of prominence since the 1970s, has a vital new album, “Something Gold, Something Blue,” that pairs him with a second trumpeter and a guitar-led rhythm section. For the first of his two weeks at the Village Vanguard, he will revisit that music with the trumpeter Dave Douglas, the guitarist Charles Altura, the bassist Ugonna Okegwo and the drummer E.J. Strickland.” (Chinen-NYT)

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:

COMPANY WANG RAMIREZ (through Oct. 15)
Fishman Space, Fisher Building, Brooklyn Academy of Music, 321 Ashland Place, near Lafayette Avenue, Fort Greene
“It’s not easy to blend dance styles: The result can be cute at best, or just awkward. Honji Wang trained in ballet and martial arts; Sébastien Ramirez is a b-boy. Their sharp, captivating show “Monchichi” works because the stylistic blend is seamless — and they both look great. (So does the simple, elegant set.) Ms. Wang is Korean-German, and Mr. Ramirez is French-Spanish, giving the work a global appeal. The two are also real-life partners, so there’s a subtle romantic angle, too.” (Schaefer-NYT)
Thursday and Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 14 at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.,

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

PlayFest: Made in New York (also Oct.14-17-19)
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)

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:
Dialogues on Design: Nina Campbell and Rita Konig / 5PM
“New York School of Interior Design is pleased to present Dialogues on Design, a series of six conversations with noted designers moderated by Newell Turner, editorial director of the Hearst Design Group and NYSID Trustee. In each session two prominent designers will address issues in design and talk about their approach to their work.”

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: The Unknown Girl / 9PM
“In Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne’s new film, Adèle Haenel gives an extraordinary performance as a doctor who is spurred by a tragic occurrence to diagnose not just her dispossessed patients’ illnesses but also the greater malady afflicting her community.”

BONUS:

NEW YORK CITY WINE AND FOOD FESTIVAL (through Sunday)
at various venues and times, $85-$300
“Just reading through the list of events at this year’s festival is sure to stir up an appetite. There will be dinners and tasting events with chefs, celebrities and stars of the Food Network and Cooking Channel, including Giada De Laurentiis, Anne Burrell, Mario Batali, Dominique Ansel, Neil Patrick Harris and Guy Fieri. The festival benefits No Kid Hungry and Food Bank For New York City.” (Newsday)

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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, villagevanguard.com, 212-255-4037
Blue Note – 131 W3rd St. nr 6th ave. bluenotejazz.com, 212-475-8592
55 Bar – 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 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.

Website: http://www.dinosaurbarbque.com/
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.
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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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