Selected NYC Events (10/27) + Today’s Featured Pub (Upper WestSide)

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

PULITZER CENTENNIAL POETRY CELEBRATION
The Great Hall at Cooper Union, 7 E7th St./ 7PM, $15
They say it’s a once-in-a-lifetime event.
“In recognition of the centennial of the Pulitzer Prizes, thirteen recipients of the poetry award will gather to share original works as well as selections from other winners. The poets presenting are Rae Armantrout, Peter Balakian, Carl Dennis, Stephen Dunn, Jorie Graham, Yusef Komunyakaa, Sharon Olds, Gregory Pardlo, Philip Schultz, Vijay Seshadri, Natasha Trethewey, and Charles Wright; music by the composer David Lang will be performed by the violinist Johnny Gandelsman and the pianist Pedja Muzijevic.”

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

KURT ELLING (through Oct. 29)
Birdland, 315 West 44th St./ 8:30PM, +11PM, $50
“Mr. Elling is a jazz vocalist with range — a shape-shifter equally capable of Mark Murphy-esque insouciance, Jon Hendricks-like ingenuity and even the expressive restraint of Frank Sinatra in his concept-album years. This engagement will partly serve as a preview taste of his first holiday album, “The Beautiful Day,” due out this month.” (Chinen-NYT)

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

Louis Armstrong: Good Evening Everybody
Jazz at Lincoln Center, Rose Hall/Time Warner Center, 5th Floor/ 6:30PM, $35
“Join us for an interactive and lively discussion on the life and legacy of Louis “Pops” Armstrong lead by Ricky Riccardi, Director of Research Collections at the Louis Armstrong House Museum. Riccardi, Armstrong biographer, all-around “Pops” scholar, and master storyteller, will take you into the wonderful world of this American icon.

Armstrong continues having hit records like “Hello, Dolly” and “What a Wonderful World,” while battling failing health, fading chops and the abandonment of much of his African-American audience. Through all of his ailments, he heroically continues to perform until his death at home in 1971.”

Two Years, Eight Months, And Twenty-Eight Nights
A Conversation with Salman Rushdie and Maaza Mengiste
ALBERTINE, 972 FIFTH AVE./ In English. 7PM, FREE.
“Join internationally acclaimed author Salman Rushdie and novelist Maaza Mengiste as they discuss Rushdie’s last novel Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights, just out in France with Actes Sud.

From Salman Rushdie, one of the great writers of our time, comes a spellbinding work of fiction that blends history, mythology, and a timeless love story. A lush, richly layered novel in which our world has been plunged into an age of unreason, Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights is a breathtaking achievement and an enduring testament to the power of storytelling. Join us for a conversation between Rushdie and author Maaza Mengiste on this new novel.”

Dangerous Work: An Evening with Toni Morrison
The New School, 66 W12th St./ 7PM, $40
“A tribute to Toni Morrison, as she joins PEN America and The New School to receive the 2016 PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction.

With performances by actress Adepero Oduye, actor Delroy Lindo, jazz pianist Jason Moran, mezzo-sporano Alicia Hall Moran, and Master of Ceremonies Kevin Young, Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

ARCHTOBER (through Oct. 31)
TODAY’S events include:
The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, The Cooper Union / 6:30PM
Alternativas / Alternatives Exhibition Opening
The Thirteenth Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism (XIII BEAU), entitled Alternativas / Alternatives, features 22 jury selected projects completed between January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2015 by contemporary Spanish architects. The exhibition, which also includes an additional 20 shortlisted works, features large-scale image displays and audiovisual commentary about the winning projects, as well as drawing reproductions and architectural models.

“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 final options is the Battery’s redesign by Quennell Rothschild & Partners (Sunday at noon). Other highlights include “Pumpkitecture!,” an architecture-minded pumpkin-carving competition that welcomes puns like “Marcel Booeuer” (6 p.m. on Friday, at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place in Greenwich Village). More information at archtober.org.“ (NYT-AroundTown)

. More information at archtober.org.” (NYT-AroundTown)

PLUS FOR CIDER FANS – CIDER WEEK
“Spend a week flitting about Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and the Hudson Valley sipping on dozens of hard ciders from makers including Original Sin, Eve’s Cidery, Foggy Ridge Cider, Steampunk Cider and more. The cider celebration includes tastings, dinners and classes (like a cider and cheese pairing class), as well as centerpiece events like the Lower East Cider Fest on Sunday and the Cider Revival on Monday.”

WHEN | WHERE Friday, Oct. 21, to Sunday, Oct. 30, at various venues including the Lower East Cider Fest on Orchard Street between Houston and Delancey streets INFO Free-$250; ciderweeknyc.com. (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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