Selected Events (02/16) + Today’s Featured Pub (Times Square/ Theater District)

Today’s Sweet 6 NYC Events>THURSDAY/FEB.16, 2017

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

Works & Process Rotunda Project:
Michelle Dorrance with Nicholas Van Young
Guggenheim Museum / at 6:30 pm, 8 pm, and 9:30 pm, $40
“The tap dancer Michelle Dorrance’s dynamic performances are as notable for her quicksilver steps as for the way she seems to transform into a live percussion instrument. Here, Dorrance will be joined by dancer Van Young, members of her ­company Dorrance Dance, and musicians to ­create a “performative soundscape.” (NY mag)

“In 2017, Works & Process launches a new initiative, commissioning site-specific residencies and performances for the iconic Guggenheim rotunda. The first Works & Process Rotunda Project features MacArthur Fellow Michelle Dorrance, one of the most sought-after tap dancers of her generation, working in collaboration with Bessie Award winner Nicholas Van Young. Dorrance and Van Young lead a large cast of dancers and musicians from her company, Dorrance Dance, using dance and percussion to create a performative soundscape incorporating the rotunda as a musical instrument.
This 30-minute performance will be viewed from the ramps and requires audience members to stand for the duration of the program.”
Walk-up tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors will open 15 minutes before each performance.

5 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)

Laura Mvula
Catherine Russell and Her Sextet
MARTHA GRAHAM DANCE COMPANY
The Golden Age of the Venetian Republic
The Women Who Made New York

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Music, Dance, Performing Art

Laura Mvula
The Appel Room (Rose Hall-Jazz @ Lincoln Center) / 8:30PM, $40+
“With a Mercury Prize nomination and MOBO win, Laura Mvula is a creative leader of the U.K.’s current soul revival. Critics love her, but perhaps her brightest endorsement came from Prince, who listened to her 2013 debut album, Sing to the Moon, before shows and was an outspoken fan. With effortless originality, a molasses-rich voice that contains echoes of Nina Simone, delight for digital effects, and “an eye on transcendence” (NPR), Mvula invites listeners into a glowing, poetic world. A stay in New York last winter unlocked the ideas for her “visionary” second album (Pitchfork), The Dreaming Room, and she returns this February to conjure an evening of magic with the twinkling Manhattan skyline as a backdrop.”

Catherine Russell and Her Sextet
A Valentine’s Celebration: “Nothing But Love Songs”
Birdland, / 8:30PM, +11PM, $40
“With the Grammy® nominated, “Harlem On My Mind,” vocalist Catherine Russell journeys to the blue heart of the great American songbook. “One of the outstanding singers of our time,” (Wall Street Journal) and her sextet bolster her reputation as one of the foremost interpreters of early-20th century American music. The daughter of pioneering jazz musician Carline Ray and long-time Louis Armstrong band leader and arranger Luis Russell, Catherine Russell has ”a voice that wails like a horn and whispers like a snake in the Garden of Eden.” (NPR) In addition to her own acclaimed recordings, Russell has been prominently featured providing period music on the soundtracks to HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” and other film and television productions.”

MARTHA GRAHAM DANCE COMPANY (Feb.14-26)
at the Joyce Theater175 Eighth Ave., at 19th St./ 8PM, $56-$76
imgres“With classic works by Martha Graham and pieces by four contemporary choreographers — Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Annie-B Parson, Pontus Lidberg and Nacho Duato — the Graham company hosts a two-week season with the theme “Sacred/Profane.” The runs includes premieres by Mr. Cherkaoui, who takes on Sufi mysticism, and Ms. Parson, who is inspired by Graham’s “Punch and the Judy,” a comic work from 1941. Promisingly, there is text by the witty Will Eno.

But the real attraction comes in the Graham masterworks, especially “Primitive Mysteries” (1931), an all-female dance divided into three sections that explores the virgin myths of the American Southwest. There are also sections from the haunting “Dark Meadow” (1946) and Act II from “Clytemnestra” (1958), as well as some lighter fare, including the always lovely “Diversion of Angels” (1948) and the comic work “Maple Leaf Rag” (1990).” (NYT-GIA KOURLAS)

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

The Golden Age of the Venetian Republic
>’Venice and the Ottoman Empire”
with Alessandro Barbero
>”Freedom of Thought in Renaissance Venice”
with Edward Muir Jr.
Italian Cultural Institute, 686 Park Ave. / 6PM, FREE
“In talks that explore La Serenissima’s social, cultural, and political history, bestselling Italian historian and novelist Alessandro Barbero views Venice’s relationship with the Ottoman Empire through the lens of the epic Battle of Lepanto in 1571, while Edward Muir Jr. examines the remarkably free exchange of ideas that flourished in Venice—some of them incendiary.”

The Women Who Made New York
Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 Fifth Ave./ 6:30PM, FREE
“Julie Scelfo comes to the Mid-Manhattan Library in support of her new book, The Women Who Made New York, speaking about the icons, mythmakers, and editrixes who helped turn NYC in a world capital.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

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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 2017.  Quality shows draw crowds.
Try to reserve seats for these top NYC events in advance, even if just on day of performance.
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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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