Selected NYC Events (02/20) + Today’s Featured Pub (Greenwich Village)

Today’s Sweet 6 NYC Events>MONDAY/FEB.20, 2017

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

ORCHESTRA NATIONAL DE LYON
at Carnegie Hall / 8PM, $12.50-$95
imagegen “Leonard Slatkin brings his French orchestra to town with a program heavy on, well, French composers. Ravel dominates, with the Suite No. 2 from “Daphnis et Chloé,” and Renée Fleming singing “Shéhérazade.” There’s also a Ravel arrangement of Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Antar,” with Thomas Hampson as narrator, and the American debut of Guillaume Connesson’s “Celephaïs.” (NYT – DAVID ALLEN)

Any performance with Renée Fleming will always be my top event of the day – she’s just wonderful.

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

Juilliard Jazz Ensembles: Louis Armstrong’s Hot Five and Hot Seven
THE MUSIC OF MARVIN GAYE & BILL WITHERS, 
   FEAT. PAPA J. & MO’ SOUL
“The Lady and President Tramp: I Can’t Believe I’m The President”
An All-Female Cast Presents 1776
Theater Talks: August Wilson Effect

Plus Continuing Events:
The Orchid Show

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Juilliard Jazz Ensembles: Louis Armstrong’s Hot Five and Hot Seven
Dizzy’s Club, Jazz at Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $25
“The Juilliard School has been a destination for world-class music education since it was founded, and these incredible young musicians will exemplify that legacy for this special performance. The Juilliard School Jazz Ensemble features some of the world’s most talented emerging jazz artists, many of whom are already professional musicians. No stranger to Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, the ensemble has also performed at noted venues such as the Blue Note and Alice Tully Hall. These gifted young musicians are proof of jazz’s bright future.”

THE MUSIC OF MARVIN GAYE & BILL WITHERS,
FEAT. PAPA J. & MO’ SOUL
B.B. KING BLUES CLUB & GRILL / 8PM, $25
“A true musical icon, the late Marvin Gaye, known as the Prince of Motown, possessed a musical genius that enabled him to easily transition from creating upbeat pop to more socially conscious music, from upbeat funk to “satin-sheet soul.” His long string of hits includes “I Heard it Through the Grapevine,” “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You),” “What’s Going On,” “Let’s Get it On,” “Got to Give It Up” and “Sexual Healing.” Meanwhile, musical luminary Bill Withers is known for irresistible chart-toppers like “Lean on Me,” “Ain’t No Sunshine,” “Just the Two of Us” and more. He has three Grammys and is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Join Harlem-based Papa J. and Mo’ Soul as they pay homage to these two legends. Incorporating soul, funk and blues into their unique sound, the pair’s tribute to Marvin Gaye and Bill Withers is sure to work your groove.”

“The Lady and President Tramp: I Can’t Believe I’m The President,”
starring Donald J. Tramp and comedienne April Brucker,
Don’t Tell Mama, 343 W46th St./ 7PM, $10
The self-proclaimed President of the Uninformed States of America is coming to the Broadway Theater District on President’s Day. Donald J. Tramp is a ventriloquist’s dummy that bears a striking resemblance to the 45th U.S. President, complete with an orange quiff, squinty eyes and outrageous mouth.

The ventriloquist is April Brucker, a petite, Monroe-esque actress, comedienne and media personality who launched a YouTube video series for Mr. Tramp’s presidential campaign on April Fools’ Day 2016.

“From Jeff Dunham and Walter all the way back to Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy, ventriloquists’ dummies have always gotten away with outrageous remarks,” says Ms. Brucker. “Now there’s going to be a President who makes professional dummies look like amateurs.”

“What? There’s another dummy that claims to be President,” says Mr. Tramp. “I’m the legitimate graduate of the Electoral College for Dummies.”

An All-Female Cast Presents 1776
Feinstein’s/54 Below, 254 W54th St./ 7PM, +9:30PM, $ may have to wait list
“This President’s Day, come crack the glass ceiling with Feinstein’s/54 Below as we present an all-female cast singing Sherman Edward’s seminal piece, 1776. Enjoy this contemporary take on one of Broadway’s beloved classics, performed by some of New York’s finest leading ladies. America’s birth has never felt so fresh, or so feminine. The concert will serve as a benefit for DC based non-profit Running Start, which grew out of the Women Under Forty Political Action Committee (WUFPAC), and financially supports young women running for office.”

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

Theater Talks: August Wilson Effect
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Blvd./ 6:30PM, FREE
“Amidst a moment of vibrant reimaginings of August Wilson’s work, both on stage and screen, this conversation will contemplate the meaning of his work and legacy, explore the practice of contemporary practitioners of stage and screen craft, and imagine the future of the trajectory of black storytelling. Producer Kamilah Forbes, playwright Chisa Hutchinson, and writer, actor, and recording artist Carl Hancock Rux participate in a conversation moderated by Professor and Director of the August Wilson Society, Dr. Sandra G. Shannon.”

And don’t forget this continuing event:

The Orchid Show
New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., the Bronx.
“This edition of the New York Botanical Garden’s annual Orchid Show, now in its fifteenth year, focusses on Thailand’s rich history and the flower’s cultural status as one of the country’s leading exports. Held in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, the display features blooming orchids by the hundreds in lush tropical environments, leading into an arched installment styled in the manner of a traditional Thai pavilion. The schedule includes several panel discussions, tours, and after-hours viewings with music and cocktails.” (NewYorker)

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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 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 discovery and enjoyment.
See Below.

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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.
NYCity Vacation Travel Guide Video (Expedia):
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A PremierPub and 3 Good Eating Places – Greenwich Village

Caffe Vivaldi / 32 Jones Street (btw. Bleecker St./W4th St.)

Café Vivaldi is a classic, intimate club located in Greenwich Village on Jones Street, the street featured on the cover of Bob Dylan’s second album, “Freewheelin’. ”

maxresdefaultEach night Ishrat, the long time proprietor and impresario, carefully curates and schedules an eclectic series of musicians. You can often see him at his table in the corner, hard at work reviewing music videos and listening to cd demos on his laptop, scouting out future bookings. Musicians come from all over to play and sing in a club in Greenwich Village. Some are local New Yorkers, others are just passing through, in town for a few days.

There is a small bar, seating maybe 10. It’s close to the stage and I find it’s a perfect spot to sip a glass of red wine while listening to the music. The room itself has the performance area at one end and a cozy fireplace at the other. The performance area here is small, dominated by a large black Yamaha Grand piano. Tables are bunched together and most people at the tables are eating lite meals or sampling the wonderful desserts.

There is also a good selection of fairly priced wines,  but you are here because of the music. You can never be quite sure what you’re going to find, and that’s half the charm of this place. It’s not a home run every night, but many nights it’s pretty special.

I remember the night I saw the most talented bossa nova group, just in from San Paulo. As I listened, I wondered if there was any better music playing anywhere else in New York City that night. And at Caffé Vivaldi there is never a cover charge. Their recently redesigned web site does give you a better idea of the type of music playing each night.

At one time Greenwich Village was filled with clubs just like this, but times change. Real estate interests have impacted the village, and not for the better. Even Caffé Vivaldi had a rough time recently, when a new landlord raised the rent exorbitantly. Fortunately, Ishrat has built a loyal following over the years, and a fund raiser and slightly more reasonable rent has kept Café Vivaldi in business.

When Woody Allen and Al Pacino wanted to make movies featuring the timeless quality of Greenwich Village they came to Vivaldi. It’s important that we keep this special place alive, for if we lose Cafe Vivaldi, NYCity will have lost a piece of it’s soul.

Website: http://caffevivaldi.com/
Phone #: (212) 691-7538
Hours: Music generally 7:30PM – 11PM, but varies
Lunch/Dinner 11AM-on
Subway: #1 to Christopher St.
Walk 1 blk S. on 7th ave S. to Bleecker St., 1 blk left on Bleecker to Jones St., 50 yards left on Jones St. to Caffe V.
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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.

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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3 Good Eating places

It’s not difficult to find a place to eat in Manhattan.
Finding a good, inexpensive place to eat is a bit harder.
Here are a few of my faves in this neighborhood:

Fish280 Bleecker St. (just a bit S. of 7th ave South)
This was an easy pick – the best raw bar special in town. $9 gets you 6 of the freshest oysters or clams + a glass of wine or beer. Don’t know how they can do it, but I tell everyone I know about this place. And it’s located right in the heart of some of the best no cover music in town.

Bleecker Street Pizza – 69 7th ave S. (corner of Bleecker St.)
The place is tiny and not much to look at, but this is one good slice. They like to brag that they have been voted “Best pizza in NY” 3 years in a row by the Food Network. I believe them. I would have voted for them.

Num Pang – 21 E 12th St. (btw. University Place/5th ave.)
This is a Cambodian banh mi sandwich shop that kept me well fed while I was in class nearby recently. It’s cramped, even for NYCity, but usually there is room up the spiral staircase to sit down and eat. In good weather carry your sandwich a few blocks to Union Square park. You may have to wait a few minutes, because everything is freshly made, but it’s worth it. Can you believe – an unheard of 26 food rating by Zagat.

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“3 Good Eating places” focuses on a quick bite, what I call “Fine Fast Food – NYCity Style”
No reservations needed.
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NYCity is the most diverse and interesting place to find a meal anywhere in the world. With more than 24,000 eating establishments you might welcome some advice.

◊ For all my picks of 54 Good Eating places, and essays on my favorite 18 PremierPubs in 9 Neighborhoods on Manhattan’s WestSide, order a copy of my e-book:
“Eating and Drinking on NYCity’s WestSide” ($4.99, available Summer 2017).
◊ Order before May.31, 2017 and receive a bonus – 27 of my favorite casual dining places with free Wi-Fi.

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