Selected NYC Events (02/22) + Today’s Featured Pub (WestVillage)

Today’s Super 7 NYC Events>WEDNESDAY/FEB.22, 2017

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For future NYC Events be sure to check the tab above: “Notable NYC Events-Feb.”

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

Blue Note Jazz Club / 8PM, +10:30PM, $15-$25
imgres “Ivan Neville will debut his “Piano Sessions” at the Blue Note for 3 nights only, 2 shows each night featuring special sets of songs from his solo albums, rare covers, traditional Nola music reinvented and much more. He will be accompanied by bass player Nick Daniels and drummer Raymond Weber.

New Orleans-born keyboardist, singer and songwriter, Ivan Neville’s music career began as a teenager performing alongside his father, Aaron, and his uncles, Art, Charles and Cyril in the Neville Brothers. In 1988, his first solo record, If My Ancestors Could See Me Now, landed him a Top 40 Billboard hit with “Not Just Another Girl.”

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

Cyrus Chestnut Quartet
Henry Threadgill, Vijay Iyer, and Dafnis Prieto
Speaking American: How Y’all, Youse , and You Guys Talk: A Visual Guide
An Evening with Al Gore

Plus Continuing Events:
The Orchid Show


Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Cyrus Chestnut Quartet (thru Feb.25)
Birdland, 315 W44th St./ 8:30PM, +11PM, $40
“Chestnut’s piano has a tactile quality that assures you you’ve picked the right spot for the night. Mixing high spirits and soulful, deeply satisfying improvisation touched by gospel music and by the blues, Chestnut is a trusted stylist who has judiciously balanced mainstream and modernist leanings since he arrived on the scene, in the late nineteen-eighties. Here, he plays with the bassist Buster Williams and the drummer Lenny White, the same rhythm team that makes his recent album “Natural Essence” a treat; additional support comes in the form of the noteworthy vibraphonist Steve Nelson.” (NewYorker)

Henry Threadgill, Vijay Iyer, and Dafnis Prieto (also Thur.)
Jazz Gallery, 1160 Broadway, at 27th St., 5th fl./ 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $30-$45
The saxophonist Threadgill, the pianist Iyer, and the drummer Prieto, three progressive players, have much in common—not least, that each is deeply committed to advancing the state of present-day jazz, incorporating outside sources ranging from world music to classical. At seventy-three years old, Threadgill may be the nominal patriarch, but he’s sure to make his adventurous younger cohorts sweat.” (NewYorker)

RAVI COLTRANE (Feb. 21-26)
Jazz Standard, / 7:30PM, + 9:30PM, $
(Feb. 25, additional performance at 11:30 p.m.).
“Mr. Coltrane has a warbling sound that’s as thick as ink on the tenor and soprano saxophones. He’s a passionate, whole-body player, but his impulse is to obscure: His stippled, scattering tunes don’t give you a lot of melodies or rhythms to latch on to. Instead they immerse you in his disposition: poised, meditative, bold. Mr. Coltrane appears here with Adam Rogers on guitar, Dezron Douglas on bass and E. J. Strickland on drums.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

NEW YORK CITY BALLET (through Feb. 26)
at NYS/DHK Theater, Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, $30+
“The company enters the homestretch of its winter season with a selection of works by Jerome Robbins, one of its founding choreographers. That program (Tuesday and Thursday) includes the bracing “Glass Pieces,” driven by the repetitive structures of its Philip Glass score; “Moves,” a ballet in silence; and “The Concert (or, The Perils of Everybody),” a comedy set at a piano recital. Wednesday brings a trio of Broadway-inspired ballets danced to the music of Richard Rodgers, including Balanchine’s “Slaughter on Tenth Avenue.” (NYT-SIOBHAN BURKE)

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

Author @ the Library:
Speaking American: How Y’all, Youse , and You Guys Talk: A Visual Guide
with Josh Katz, graphics editor at “The New York Times.”
Mid-Manhattan Library / 6:30PM, FREE
“This illustrated lecture is a delightful exploration of American language, taking the audience on an extraordinary and beautiful tour through the American vernacular.”

An Evening with Al Gore
Temple Emanu-El, 1 E. 65th St./ 7:30PM, $45
“It’s been over a decade since former Vice President Al Gore released his Oscar-winning documentary. In those years, the planet has received mixed news; i.e., the Paris Agreement and the ascendancy of climate change deniers in U.S. government. Gore will ask important questions about sustainability, and present the latest data (solar and wind jobs are currently increasing at 12 times the rate of the rest of the American economy, if that offers any hope).” (

And don’t forget these continuing events:

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)

at the Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Ave., at 19th St./ 7:30PM, $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)

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,, 212-255-4037
Blue Note – 131 W3rd St. nr 6th ave., 212-475-8592
55 Bar – basement @55 Christopher St. nr 7th ave.S., 212-929-9883
Mezzrow – basement @ 163 W10th St. nr 7th Ave.,646-476-4346
Smalls – basement @ 183 W10th St., 646-476-4346
Cornelia Street Cafe – 29 Cornelia St., 212-989-9319

Outside Greenwich Village:
Dizzy’s Club – Broadway @ 60th St. — / 212-258-9595
Birdland – 315 W44th St.(btw 8/9ave) — / 212-581-3080
Smoke Jazz Club – 2751 Broadway nr.106th St. — / 212-864-6662

Special Mention:
Caffe Vivaldi – 32 Jones St. nr Bleecker St. — / 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.

♦ 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):


A PremierPub / West Village

Corner Bistro / 331 W. 4th St.

Sometimes you just need a beer and a burger. If so, Corner Bistro is the place you want. Located just outside the hip Meatpacking district, this corner bar and grill is decidedly unhip, but it’s not uncrowded, especially at night. Seems that everyone knows this place has one of the better burgers in town.

kac_120405_phude_corner_bistro_bar_1000-600x450In the maze of streets known as the West Village, where West 4th intersects with West 12th (and West 11th, and West 10th, go figure), you will eventually find Corner Bistro on the corner of West 4th and Jane Street. An unassuming neighborhood tavern, it looks just like dozens of other taverns around town.

The bartender tells me that the Corner Bistro celebrated it’s 50th anniversary last year. The well worn interior tells me that the place itself is much older.

Corner Bistro has outlasted many of those other taverns around town because they know how to keep it simple — just good burgers and beer, fairly priced. The classic bistro Burger is only $6.75, and should be ordered medium rare, which will be plenty rare for most folks. Actually, it will be a juicy, messy delight – make sure you have extra napkins. I like to pull up a stool and sit by the large front window in the afternoon, where I can rest my burger and beer on the shelf, and watch the Villagers walk by.

Corner Bistro seems to attract very different groups of patrons depending on time of day. While it’s crowded with locals in the evening, in the afternoon you hear different foreign languages, and watch groups of euro tourists wander in, led by their guidebooks and smartphones.

For the classic Bistro experience, order your burger with a McSorley’s draft, the dark preferably. This is the same beer that you can get over at the original McSorley’s in the East Village, the pub that claims to be the oldest continually operating bar in NYCity. The only difference is that this McSorley’s ale is served with a smile by the bartenders here. Or you can get a Sierra Nevada, Stella, or Hoegaarden on tap if you want to go upscale a bit. Either way this is a simple, but quality burger and beer experience that is just too rare these days (sorry for the pun).
Phone #: 212-242-9502
Hours: 11:30am-4am Mon-Sat; 12pm-4am Sun
Happy Hour: NO
Music: Juke Box
Subway: #1/2/3 to 14th St. (S end of platform)
Walk 2 blk W. on 13th St. to 8th Ave.; 1 blk S. on 8th Ave. to Jane St.
“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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