Selected NYC Events (11/06) + Today’s Featured Pub (Midtown West)

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

NYC MARATHON
Weather forecast looks superb, just a great day to join a million cheering on all those courageous runners facing the biggest challenge of their running lives. GO JEREMY!
tcs-nycm-2015_finisher2_tcs-page “It’s too late to join the tens of thousands of participants running 26.2 miles, but you can certainly cheer them on. Check the spectator guide on the marathon website for the best spots along the course — such as Fourth Avenue in Brooklyn or the Queens side of the Pulaski Bridge — and how to track the progress of a friend or family member in the race.
WHEN | WHERE starting between 9:50 and 11 a.m. from Staten Island and ending at 67th Street on West Drive in Central Park
INFO Free (along route), $75 (for grandstand seating overlooking finish) 646-701-0010, tcsnycmarathon.org — (STAV ZIV, Newsday)

6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY

Music, Dance, Performing Arts
JEREMY PELT QUINTET
RALPH PETERSON & AGGREGATE PRIME
Kristin Chenoweth: My Love Letter to Broadway

Smart Stuff / Other NYC Events
IFPDA Print Fair
SHALL WE TANGO NYC
Vladimir Putin: Beyond Good and Evil
Bonus: New York Comedy Festival

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

JEREMY PELT QUINTET
Smoke Jazz Club, 2751 Broadway, at 106th St./ 7, 9, 10:30PM, $
“Mr. Pelt, a postbop trumpeter, has been a fierce and winningly self-assured talent since his mid-20s. He begins this weekend run on his 40th birthday, leading a band with Victor Gould on piano, Vicente Archer on bass, Jacqueline Acevedo on percussion and Jonathan Barber on drums.” (Chinen-NYT)

RALPH PETERSON & AGGREGATE PRIME
Dizzy’s Club, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Broadway/60th St./ 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $
“Mr. Peterson is a maelstrom of a drummer with some similarly strong accomplishments as a bandleader, especially in a combustible small-group mode. His new album, “Dream Deferred,” could be described as a response to the Black Lives Matter movement, though that shortchanges its broader mission. What’s indisputable is that it introduces Aggregate Prime, the same all-star quintet found here, with Gary Thomas on saxophones and flute, Mark Whitfield on guitar, Vijay Iyer on piano, and Kenny Davis on bass.” (NYT-Chinen)

Kristin Chenoweth: My Love Letter to Broadway
Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 205 W46th St./ 8PM, $47+
“Petite powerhouse Kristin Chenoweth (On the Twentieth Century) returns to the Great White Way with a concert to celebrate the release of her latest album, The Art of Elegance. Like the new CD, the song list should be dominated by American standards by Rodgers & Hart, the Gershwins and others.” (TONY)

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

IFPDA Print Fair (LAST DAY)
Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Avenue, at 67th St./ 12-6PM,
“The IFPDA Print Fair, run by the Fine Print Dealers Association, sets up shop at the Park Avenue Armory through Nov. 6. More than eighty dealers, from the U.S., Canada, and Europe, will take part, exhibiting everything from Bruegel engravings to conceptual art.” (NewYorker)

SHALL WE TANGO NYC
“Unleash your inner dancer for a week and a half of tango events. You can watch concerts featuring an all-female troupe, and other ensembles and professionals, often with live music; participate in seminars open to all levels (and no partner required); and learn about the history and evolution of the tango at an “illustrated history” presentation. Pictured: Gabriel Misse and Carla Espinoza, from Buenos Aires.”
WHEN | WHERE Thursday, Nov. 3, through Sunday, Nov. 13, at various venues including the Dardo Galletto Studios, 151 W. 46th St. INFO Free-$40 (shows), $20-$500 (classes and seminars); shallwetango.com. (STAV ZIV, Newsday)

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:
Vladimir Putin: Beyond Good and Evil
Downstairs at Unnameable Books, 600 Vanderbilt Avenue, Brooklyn/ 7PM, $16
“Join us for an exploration of the stories and hidden history of Russia’s controversial leader—the first of two talks on the untold history and contemporary realities of Russia.

Russia is a land of magic and wonder, with more than a thousand years’ history that reads like the most unlikely of fairy tales. Straddling Europe and Asia, with its scarce and incredibly diverse population, nearly one-sixth of the dry land on Planet Earth transforms constantly to remain itself. Ruled by oligarchs, spies and monarchs—allegories that keep being reborn in one form or another. In the first of a pair of talks, resident Russia expert, host of Understand Russia Daniel Veksler presents the life and career of Russia’s current hybrid monarch Vladimir Putin, set in the context of late-Soviet and post-Soviet history.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

And here’s a bonus for you Comedy Fans:
New York Comedy Festival (LAST DAY)
various comedy clubs and venues in New York, various prices
“Every autumn, the changing of the leaves also brings the best fall festivals in NYC. The New York Comedy Festival, produced by Carolines on Broadway in association with Comedy Network, is one of them (not to mention one of the best NYC events in November). Whether you want to see the stars from cutting-edge television programs, touring powerhouses or even hometown heroes who happen to be some of the 50 funniest New Yorkers, there’s a show for you—just another something to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.

This year’s festival features comedians Bridget Everett, Tracy Morgan, Trevor Noah and more. Use the TONY magazine guide as your go-to for everything you need to know about the hilarious spectacle. And for info on the best shows at this year’s Festival you can’t beat TONY magazine’s listing.”

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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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