Selected NYC Events (11/12) + Today’s Featured Pub (Upper WestSide)

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

Seu Jorge
Town Hall, 123 W43rd St./ 8PM, $
imgres “This favela legend opened ears far and wide to the sounds of Brazilian pop, reviving samba in the process. Jorge has shared a musical kinship with David Bowie for more than a decade, since his moving Portuguese covers of Bowie hits graced Wes Anderson’s 2004 movie, “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou,” in which he played a singing sailor. Those recordings had significant cultural impact, adding newfound depth to Bowie’s catalogue and sparking interest in acoustic Brazilian music in the U.S. As part of its “Masters of Brazilian Music” series, the World Music Institute taps Jorge for a tribute to Bowie.” (NewYorker)

6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY

Ellis Marsalis Quintet
Tierney Sutton
Natalia Osipova & Artists
Harold Mabern Trio
In Our Time: A Year of Architecture in a Day
Brooklyn Crush Wine & Artisanal Food Festival
bonus: SHALL WE TANGO NYC

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Ellis Marsalis Quintet (also Sunday)
Dizzy’s Club, Broadway at 60th St./
“Yes, he’s got talented kids, but Dad’s no slouch, either. The New Orleans-based pianist and educator is a sharp mainstream player, who reminds us that elegance will always have a secure place in jazz. His quintet comes manned with Big Easy talent, including the saxophonist Derek Douget.” (NewYorker)

Tierney Sutton (LAST DAY)
Birdland, 315 W. 44th St./ 8:30PM, 11PM, $40
The vocalist took on Joni Mitchell with her 2013 musical mash note “After Blue,” and recently she put a personal spin on the work of Gordon Sumner, with her latest album “The Sting Variations.” “Roxanne” didn’t make the cut, but Sutton did refashion soundtrack-of-a-generation hits like “Message in a Bottle” and “Fields of Gold.” (NewYorker)

Natalia Osipova & Artists
City Center, 131 W55th St./ 8PM, $
“Like Wendy Whelan, the Russian ballerina Natalia Osipova is a restless creature, probing the limits of classical ballet. This triple bill of commissioned works is her second independent project to come to New York. Her partner is Sergei Polunin, ballet’s current enfant terrible, who, a few years back, walked away from a career at the Royal Ballet to pursue his dream of becoming a movie star. This program includes works by Arthur Pita, Russell Maliphant, and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. The most curious may be Pita’s period piece “Run Mary Run,” in which the two dancers play a young couple experiencing love, drugs, and heartbreak, all to the sixties pop of the Shangri-Las.” (NewYorker)

Harold Mabern Trio (through Nov. 13)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave. S., at 11th St./ 8:30PM, +10:30PM, $30
“You can take the man out of Memphis, but the bluesy refinement and soulful phrasing that the veteran stylist Mabern soaked up from such resident masters as Phineas Newborn, Jr., has cohered to his pianistic DNA. Mabern, a New York fixture for nearly sixty years, will churn up the room with assistance from two trusted associates, the bassist John Webber and the drummer Joe Farnsworth.” (NewYorker)

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

In Our Time: A Year of Architecture in a Day
Metropolitan Museum of Art / 10:30AM-6PM, FREE with museum admission.
“presents the most exciting and critical design projects of 2016 in a daylong convening organized and hosted by the museum. Architects, curators, theorists, photographers, and filmmakers construct a global view of contemporary architectural practice.”

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:

Brooklyn Crush Wine & Artisanal Food Festival
Factory Floor at Industry City / 2:30PM +7:30PM; $69 per three-hour session
“At this autumnal drinking extravaganza, fill up a souvenir wine glass with limitless samples of more than 200 wines from locales both near (Brooklyn Winery) and far (Australia, South Africa). Your ticket is good for three hours of nonstop sipping set to the sounds of a live jazz performance from Elon Trotman. To complement the vino, snack on gratis hors d’oeuvres (cheese, crudités), with more grub for purchase at the new Supper Section stocked with borough eats like subs, sandwiches and pastries.” (TONY)

And for you tango fans, here’s a special bonus:
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)

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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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