Selected NYC Events (03/06) + Today’s Featured Pub (Midtown West)

Today’s Super 7 NYC Events >MONDAY/MAR.06, 2017

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

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

Women’s Jazz Festival:
Ella, Ella: A Centennial Celebration of Mama Jazz
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture / 7PM, $30
“This annual tradition in honor of Women’s History Month features some of the best-known and unsung female performers in jazz today. Our 2017 festival will celebrate Ella Fitzgerald’s centennial birthday and continued influence on the evolution of jazz.

“Ella, Ella: A Centennial Celebration of Mama Jazz!” is slated for four consecutive Mondays–March 6, 13, 20, and 27. Each night will explore the multi-dimensional music, life, and legacy of this jazz legend.

March 6: Divine Ella
Acclaimed harpist Brandee Younger will join singer Jean Baylor, Camille Thurman (alto sax and vocals), Courtney Bryan (piano), Dezron Douglas (bass) and Kassa Overall (drums) as they highlight Ella Fitzgerald’s influence in both sacred and secular music. The evening will draw on Fitzgerald’s record, “Brighten the Corner,” offering original compositions and new arrangements of favorite Fitzgerald masterpieces that evoke a spiritual essence.”

6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>The Music of Aretha Franklin
>>Jill Eikenberry: Songs I’ve Sung
>>Karen Mason Celebrates the CD Release of “It’s About Time”
>>Banff Mountain Film Festival
>>Modern Mondays: An Evening with Suzan Pitt
>>Immigration in Trump’s America

Plus Continuing Events:
>>The Orchid Show

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

The Music of Aretha Franklin
Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage / 8PM, $48+
Performers include:
Kenny Loggins, Melissa Etheridge, Rhiannon Giddens
Bettye LaVette, Allen Stone, Glen Hansard, Taj Mahal & Deva Mahal

08aretha-item-master768 “Each year impresario Michael Dorf puts together an eclectic lineup to honor a musical legend at Carnegie Hall in New York City. The 2017 honoree will be 18-time Grammy Winner and Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame inductee Aretha Franklin. Tonight’s concert will be Dorf’s 14th annual tribute concert held at Carnegie Hall, with 100% of the net proceeds given to music education organizations for underprivileged youth.”
This looks pretty special!

Jill Eikenberry: Songs I’ve Sung
Feinstein’s/54 Below / 7PM, $30-$40
“In her return to the nightclub stage, Eikenberry celebrates her impending 70th birthday and looks back on her long career, which notably includes her Emmy-nominated portrayal of hard-driving attorney and Venus Butterfly beneficiary Ann Kelsey on L.A. Law.”

Karen Mason Celebrates the CD Release of “It’s About Time”
Birdland, 315 W44th St./ 7PM, $30
“The Broadway at Birdland concert series is proud to announce that Broadway/Cabaret star Karen Mason will celebrate her newest recording, “It’s About Time,” with with songs that include “A House Is Not A Home,” “What Are You Doing The Rest of Your Life,” “Everything’s Coming Up Roses,” and the title cut, “It’s About Time,” a glorious anthem of love and marriage equality, written by Mason’s husband Paul Rolnick.”

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

Banff Mountain Film Festival
Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway / 7:30PM, $28
“The Banff Mountain Film Festival is the largest and the most prestigious mountain festival in the world. The World Tour showcases award-winning films and audience favorites from approximately 300 films entered from over 35 countries with stops planned at 390 locations in all seven continents.

Traveling from remote landscapes and cultures to up close and personal with adrenaline-packed action mountain sports, the tour is an exhilarating exploration and celebration of the spirit of adventure. Exhilarating and thought-provoking, this is a must-see for mountain enthusiasts and those with a spirit of adventure. Through the big screen, audiences can visit remote cultures and the world’s last great wild places as well as experiencing footage of adrenaline packed action sports.”

Modern Mondays: An Evening with Suzan Pitt
Museum of Modern Art, 11 W. 53rd St./ 7PM, $12
“Suzan Pitt’s wildly imaginative and comically sinister animation has dazzled MoMA audiences for nearly 45 years. The award-winning artist and filmmaker returns to introduce the New York premiere of five newly restored films as well as her most recent work. This career-encompassing Modern Mondays is presented in partnership with the Academy Film Archive as a featured event in MoMA’s To Save and Project festival.”

Immigration in Trump’s America
Graduate Center, CUNY, 365 Fifth Ave./ 6:30PM, FREE, RSVP required.
“President Trump’s hard-line rhetoric, from “Build the Wall” to his call for a ban on Muslims entering the country, created a highly charged atmosphere. WNYC’s Brian Lehrer hosts a panel of experts with diverse viewpoints on what US immigration policy should be and how it will affect undocumented workers and the economy.”

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)

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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
(5 underground (UG), classic jazz joints. all 6 within walking distance of each other):
Village Vanguard – UG, 178 7th Ave. South, villagevanguard.com, 212-255-4037
Blue Note – 131 W3rd St. nr 6th ave. bluenotejazz.com, 212-475-8592
55 Bar – basement @55 Christopher St. nr 7th ave.S. 55bar.com, 212-929-9883
Mezzrow – basement @ 163 W10th St. nr 7th Ave. mezzrow.com,646-476-4346
Smalls – basement @ 183 W10th St. smallslive.com, 646-476-4346
Cornelia Street Cafe – UG, 29 Cornelia St. corneliastreetcafe.com, 212-989-9319

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

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 is 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 / Midtown West.

Russian Vodka Room / 265 W 52nd St (btw 7th/8th ave)

Sure, you could travel to Minsk or even Brighton Beach, for an authentic Russian experience, but why bother. On those days when you feel you must wash down your dish of kasha with a few glasses of icy, cold vodka, the Russian Vodka Room will definitely satisfy your urge.

From the outside this place looks a bit drab, and with no windows, a bit mysterious. Midtown tourists walk right by on their way to see “Jersey Boys,” just down the block.
(Alas, no more. After 10 years, “Jersey Boys” closed Jan.15)

lThose in the know enter a secret hideaway, a dimly lit front room with soft jazz playing – a perfect spot for an illicit late-night rendezvous, or maybe a meet-up with your Russian spy handler, but that’s later in the evening. Early in the evening the large U-shaped bar fills with the after work happy hour crowd, a group made very happy by the much reduced prices.

Their website says: “Welcome Comrades”. Of course, this welcome focuses on dozens of different vodkas, including their own special infusions, which marinate in giant, clear glass jugs visible around the room. The large vodka martinis ensure that you won’t confuse this place with your mother’s Russian Tea Room.

But man does not live by vodka alone. Eat some food, especially the tapa like appetizers. Be decadent and try the cheese blintzes with chocolate, or try a main dish like beef stroganoff with kasha.

Your best bet is to go on a night when the piano man is playing. This guy, who looks like he has eaten a lot of those cheese blintzes, plays five nights a week from 7 to 12 (no Mondays and Thursdays). When the piano man is playing American pop tunes, and you are at the crowded, dimly lit bar testing the horseradish infused vodka, that’s when the RVR shines.

It’s the kind of place where the noise gets louder and the crowd gets happier as the happy hour goes on. I’m generally a beer guy, but I like to come here with a group of friends. We find a table in the back room near the piano man; we eat, and we drink vodka ‘till it hurts (and it will hurt).
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Website: http://www.russianvodkaroom.com/
Phone #: 212-307-5835
Hours: 4pm-2am; Fri-Sun closes 4am (that could be trouble)
Happy Hour: 4-7pm every day
$4 shots infused vodka (2oz), $5 cosmos; $4 czech draft beer
Music: FR-SU; TU-WE / 7pm-12am
Subway: #1 to 50th St.
Walk 2 blk N. on B’way to 52nd St.; 1 blk W. to RVR
Confusingly, the Russian Samovar is right across the street, on the S. side of 52nd St.
The RVR, your destination, is on the N. side of 52nd St.
Update: music now includes a younger, trimmer piano man. “Tiny” we miss you.
Update#2: Rumor that “Tiny” is back playing only on Friday nights – need to check it out.

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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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