Selected Events (03/02) + Today’s Featured Pub (Times Square/ Theater District)

Today’s Elite 8 NYC Events >THURSDAY/MAR.02, 2017

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

Bajah and The Dry Eye Crew and Sahr + Ricardo Performing FELA aKUsTIc
Atrium 360° David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center/ 7:30PM, FREE, but Atrium seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis, better get there early.
“A double bill and jam of boundary crossing international soul with Bajah’s conscious blend of dancehall and hip-hop from Sierra Leone and Fela AKUsTIc’s exploration of the soulful essence of Afrobeat. With special guests.

SAHR + RICARDO’s FELA aKUsTIc is a radical reinterpretation of the music of Afrobeat creator Fela Kuti. Fela’s 15 to 30-piece orchestra has been stripped down to a two-piece core and the songs considerably reinvented.

African superstars Bajah + The Dry Eye Crew are poised to conquer the global airwaves with their international debut album and their unique sound, which blends the swagger and funk of hip-hop, the passion and energy of dancehall, and the socially conscious vibe of reggae.”

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

>>The Greatest Songs of the Great American Songbook
>>Kelly Burke: Love for Sale
>>John Pizzarelli Trio +Special Guest Jerry Weldon
>>Boston Symphony Orchestra
>>Armory Show
>>Countdown to Pearl Harbor: The Twelve Days to the Attack,

Plus Continuing Events:
>>The Orchid Show


Music, Dance, Performing Arts

The Greatest Songs of the Great American Songbook
Feinstein’s/54 Below, 254 W 54th St./ 8PM, $35+
“The Great American Songbook, the treasure trove of popular music written by American composers from Tin Pan Alley, Broadway, Hollywood, Vaudeville, Radio, and Recordings includes all of America’s great songs of the 20th Century. Our show will present the very best, most enduring, most beloved of these songs. Where else can you hear iconic numbers like “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” (movies), “Stardust” (radio/recording), “Moon River” (movies), “Can’t Help Lovin’ that Man” (theater), “Cry Me a River” (pop song) in the same show, performed by a glittering cast of New York City’s greatest entertainers? One hit after another, one classic song after the other, one great performance – one after the other – brought to you by Broadway and nightclub stars of the very first rank. The most popular music of our time can all be found in The Greatest Songs of The Great American Songbook.”

Kelly Burke: Love for Sale
Huron Club, 17 Vandam St./ 5PM, $40
image-1“English singer-actor Burke makes her U.S. debut in a “cabaret-play” set in the 1930s, featuring songs by Kurt Weill and others. The winning Charlie Alterman costars as her pianist.” (TONY)

“Developed for London’s historic Wilton’s Music Hall, and following sell-out performances in London and Edinburgh, Love for Sale is a 1930’s cabaret celebrating the music of Kurt Weill, Cole Porter and their contemporaries. Featuring OffWestEnd Award nominee Kelly Burke and Broadway musical director Charlie Alterman (Pippin, Next to Normal).
“A heartfelt, stylish show – as intelligent as it is decadent” The List

John Pizzarelli Trio +Special Guest Jerry Weldon
Birdland, / 8:30PM, +11PM, $50
“John Pizzarelli charms audiences with his warmth, sense of humor and musical chops. Through his multi-faceted career as a jazz guitarist, vocalist and bandleader, the son of the legendary guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli and New Jersey native, has become one of the most recognizable faces and voices in contemporary jazz for his interpretations of classic standards, romantic ballads and the cool jazz flavor he brings to his performances and recordings.”

Boston Symphony Orchestra – A Russian affair.
Carnegie Hall, / 8PM, $12.50+
“If Dmitri Shostakovich spent his whole career struggling with the rewards and dangers of being a famous Soviet composer, his student Sofia Gubaidulina bided her time, writing music of sublime but unauthorized strangeness that leaked to the West before it was recognized at home. Teacher and disciple are united in this program that includes her new concerto for violin, cello, and a Russian accordion called the bayan; also, Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 7.” (J.D.-NYMag)

CRAIG TABORN (Feb. 28 through March 5)
at the Village Vanguard / 8:30PM, +10:30PM $30.
“Mr. Taborn, a masterly pianist, is celebrating this month’s release of “Daylight Ghosts,” his third album on ECM and his first with a quartet. It has a standard format — Chris Speed on saxophone and clarinet, Chris Lightcap on bass, and Dave King on drums — but a different kind of sound that cools and focuses your ear. Mr. Taborn is a kind of miniaturist, building small and powerful patterns; clearing space for Mr. Speed’s simple, threadlike saxophone; and letting force accumulate without clouding the picture. All the album’s musicians will join him for this string of twice-nightly performances.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

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

Armory Show
Pier 94, W55th St., at 12th Ave./
“This week, one of the city’s biggest contemporary-art extravaganzas, the Armory Show, takes over two piers (92 and 94) on the Hudson River. (March 2-5; on March 1, MOMA kicks things off with a big party at the museum.) The fair has jazzed things up this year with multiple installations, most notably a large hanging chicken-shaped sculpture by the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei.” (NewYorker)

Author @ the Library:
Countdown to Pearl Harbor: The Twelve Days to the Attack,
with Steve Twomey, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter.
Mid-Manhattan Library / 630PM, FREE
“This illustrated lecture provides a fascinating look at the twelve days leading up to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor—the warnings, clues, and missteps.”

And don’t forget these continuing events:

The Orchid Show (thru April 09)
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)

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.,, 212-608-0555
Feinstein’s/54 Below – 254 W54th St.,, 646-476-3551
Joe’s Pub @ Public Theater – 425 Lafayette St.,, 212-967-7555
Metropolitan Room – 34W22ndSt., metropolitan, 212-206-0440
Beacon Theatre – 2124 Broadway @ 74th St.,, 212-465-6500
Town Hall – 123 W43rd St.,, 212-997-6661
B.B. King’s Blues Bar – 237W42nd St.,, 212-997-2144
Bowery Ballroom – 6 Delancey St.,
Le Poisson Rouge – 158 Bleecker St.,, 212-505-3474

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 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):


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, with a great selection of  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.
Website: are you kidding !
(although there is a facebook page with lots of photos –
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

“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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