Selected Events (01/17) + Today’s Featured Pub (Times Square/ Theater District)

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

New York City Ballet
NYS/DHK Theater, Lincoln Center/ 7:30PM, $65+
Leaps and spins easily earn audience applause, but there’s something truly breathtaking about the way the title character bursts backward across the stage in fearless flutters in Balanchine’s haunting 1946 work “La Sonnambula,” part of the opening program for the winter season, which begins on Tuesday. Joining it are two more Balanchine one-acts: “Prodigal Son,” the classic tale of redemption to music by Prokofiev, and “Firebird,” with music by Stravinsky and designs by Marc Chagall.

On Wednesday, the company will introduce another all-Balanchine program, with “Allegro Brillante,” a one-act “Swan Lake” and “The Four Temperaments.” There are more programs and premieres to come this season.” (BRIAN SCHAEFER, NYT)

6  OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY
Roméo et Juliette
JILL SOBULE
MICHELLE WOLF: SO BRAVE
Noche Flamenca: Antigona
From Mannahatta to Manhattan: Four Centuries In the Life of An Island City
‘CRUEL AND UNUSUAL COMEDY’

PLUS – NYC Restaurant Week reservations now open

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Roméo et Juliette
Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center/ 7:30PM, $28+
“When Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo starred opposite each other in Manon at the Met in 2015, the New York Times said, “the temperature rises nearly to boiling every time Damrau and Grigolo are on stage together.” Now they’re back as opera’s classic lovers, in Gounod’s lush Shakespeare adaptation. The production, by director Bartlett Sher, has already won acclaim for its vivid 18th-century milieu and stunning costumes during runs at Salzburg and La Scala. Gianandrea Noseda conducts the sumptuous score.”

JILL SOBULE
at Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St./ 7PM, $20
“In the mid-1990s, Ms. Sobule was part a class of female singer-songwriters like Alanis Morissette, Meredith Brooks and Fiona Apple who scored Top 40 success and heavy MTV airplay thanks to their fiercely catchy and proudly feminist pop. Her hits, including “Supermodel” and “I Kissed a Girl,” fused sugary melodies and her bright, girlish vocals with storytelling that was brilliantly subversive for mainstream audiences. Although Ms. Sobule has not matched that commercial success in recent years, she remains just as restlessly creative: For her 2014 album, “Dottie’s Charms,” she asked literary stars like Jonathan Lethem, Luc Sante and David Hajdu to contribute lyrics that were inspired by a vintage bracelet she received as a birthday gift.” (NYT- KEVIN O’DONNELL)

MICHELLE WOLF: SO BRAVE (also Feb.15)
at the Village Underground, / 8PM, $%
“Ms. Wolf, a writer and a contributor to “The Daily Show With Trevor Noah,” is a feisty stand-up whose comedy is a blend of absurd storytelling and sharp political commentary. Her show, “So Brave,” was nominated for a best newcomer award at the 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe; The Guardian called it “a striking debut.” (NYT-ELISE CZAJKOWSKI)

Noche Flamenca: Antigona (through Jan. 28)
West Park Presbyterian Church, 165 W86th St./ 8PM, $25-$60
“Traditional Spanish dance and ancient Greek theater are an unlikely but well-suited pair in Noche Flamenca’s sharp production “Antigona,” based on Sophocles’s famous tragedy. The dance lights a fire under the play while discovering in itself a knack for narrative drama. In the title role, the powerhouse Soledad Barrio is both fierce and fragile. The century-old church where the performance takes place is filled with striking sets, darkly amorous music played by a live band and a ferocious Greek chorus of dancers.” (NYT-Schaefer)

Noche Flamenca is Spain’s most successful touring company and its greatest exponent of the art of flamenco. Soledad Barrio is a goddess of dance and brings so much passion to her role as Antigona. Two wonderful Spanish guitarists and two vocalists do not get the credit they deserve. Every piece of this performance is outstanding.
Go See It!

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

From Mannahatta to Manhattan: Four Centuries In the Life of An Island City
moderator Sam Roberts and panelists Eric Sanderson, Gerard Koeppel, and Jason Barr.
Mid-Manhattan Library / 6:30 PM, FREE
“A panel of New York City authors and experts discusses the city’s evolution, highlighting the connections between landscape ecology, infrastructure investment, and real estate, that continue to shape patterns of development today.”

‘CRUEL AND UNUSUAL COMEDY’
“The 1926 film “Honest Injun,” starring Johnny Arthur, pictured, will be among the films featured at MoMA on Saturday, Jan. 14, as part of the series “Cruel and Unusual Comedy: Astonishing Shorts From the Slapstick Era.” This series features dozens of silent-era short films that find humor in the darker corners of the American psyche. Themes include domestic abuse, ethnic stereotypes, political anarchists and violence. Screenings generally comprise several films with a total running time of 90 minutes.
WHEN | WHERE Friday, Jan. 13, through Jan. 26 at the Museum of Modern Art, 11 W. 53rd St. ADMISSION $12 or free with museum admission
INFO 212-708-9400, moma.org — (STAV ZIV, Newwday)

PLUS – NYC Restaurant Week reservations now open
From Jan. 23 to Feb. 10, have your pick from 375 participating restaurants, with a three-course prix fixe lunch or dinner; lunches are $29, and dinners are $42, not including beverages, gratuities and taxes, a great deal for some of the city’s most popular spots…

This year there are 32 new restaurants participating, joining the array of restaurants that span 41 neighborhoods and four boroughs.
To see the full list, go to nycgo.com/restaurantweek.

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Bonus NYC Events – Music Venues:
So much fine live music every night in this town. These are my favorite non jazz music venues, almost all 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
Town Hall – 123 W43rd St., thetownhall.org, 212-997-6661
B.B. King’s Blues Bar – 237W42nd St., bbkingblues.com, 212-997-2144
Bowery Ballroom – 6 Delancey St. boweryballroom.com,
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.

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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 60 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

Jimmy’s Corner / 140 W 44th St (btw B’way & 7th ave)

IMG_2083Jimmy’s Corner is right in the heart of Times Square, but you won’t find it on the corner, it’s mid-block. Enter this long narrow bar and you are struck by the walls covered with mostly black-and-white boxing photographs, and memorabilia. Soon enough you learn that “Corner” refers to proprietor Jimmy Glenn’s long career as a corner man for some of boxing greats – Liston, Tyson, even “the greatest”, Ali.

Jimmy’s is a sort of time machine, taking you back to a time and place that no longer exists. All around you Times Square has cleaned up, grown up, assumed a new identity. Jimmy’s probably hasn’t changed a bit since it first opened in 1971. Certainly the bar itself looks original and the prices haven’t changed much either. When I brought a friend, who owns her own bar, she was surprised when she got the small tab for a round of drinks. Figured there must be a mistake, that maybe they forgot to charge for all the drinks.

Times Square today is filled with neon glitz and wandering tourists from Dubuque, but not Jimmy’s. You’ll likely find some old timer’s at the bar nursing their drinks, some younger locals at tables in the back, and maybe a few adventuresome tourists clutching their trusty guidebooks. There’s no food served here because this is just a bar, and sometimes that’s all you need.

On nights when no local team is playing, it’s a fine place to sip some drafts and listen to a great old time jukebox (40s, 50s, R&B, and soul). On sports nights this very narrow bar can get a bit claustrophobic, filled with excited fans watching their team on the TVs. Either way, Jimmy’s is the place to be if you are looking for an old time bar in the new Times Square.
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Website: are you kidding !
(although there is a facebook page with lots of photos –
facebook.com/jimmyscornernyc)
Phone #: 212-221-9510
Hours: 11am – 4 am, except Sunday they open 12 noon
Happy Hour: not necessary, low prices all day, every day
Subway: #1,2,3 to TimesSquare 42nd st
walk 2 blks N on 7th ave to 44th st; ½ blk E to Jimmy’s

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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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