Selected NYC Events (03/08) + Today’s Featured Pub (WestVillage)

Today’s Super 7 NYC Events >WEDNESDAY/MAR.08, 2017

“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to.” We make it as easy as 1-2-3.
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:

Roméo et Juliette
Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center/ 7:30PM, $30+
“Bright young stars Pretty Yende and Stephen Costello are opera’s classic lovers in Gounod’s lush Shakespeare adaptation. Director Bartlett Sher’s “brilliant and inspired new production … is a revelation” (Huffington Post), and has already won acclaim for its vivid 18th-century milieu and stunning costumes during runs at Salzburg and La Scala. Emmanuel Villaume conducts the sumptuous score.”

6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>The Songs of Elizabeth Swados
>>BILL FRISELL TRIO
>>‘JEPHTHA’
>>Sydney Dance Company
>>HBO’s When the Earth Melts
>>Banff Mountain Film Festival

Plus Continuing Events:
>>The Orchid Show

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

The Songs of Elizabeth Swados
The Appel Room (at Rose Hall), Lincoln Center for Jazz, / 8:30PM, $40+
“Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series salutes the innovative late musical-theater auteur Swados, whose Runaways (1978) earned her Tony nominations for Best Score, Best Book, Best Choreographer and Best Director. Taylor Mac, Grace McLean, Josie de Guzman, Utkarsh Ambudkar are among the performers.” (TONY)

BILL FRISELL TRIO (thru Mar.12)
at the Village Vanguard / 8:30PM, +10:30PM, $
“In his examinations of nostalgia, the guitarist Mr. Frisell doesn’t much challenge our love of bygone times. Instead, his glimmering music seems to question the limits — and the essence — of memory. His most recent album, “When You Wish Upon a Star,” features classic tunes from American cinema; the renditions are lulling and picturesque but not altogether soothing. Mr. Frisell, who turns 66 this month, will begin a two-week stint at the Vanguard with six nights alongside the bassist Thomas Morgan and the drummer Rudy Royston.” (NYT- GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

‘JEPHTHA’
at Trinity Church Wall Street / 1PM, FREE
“On the evidence of his annual “Messiah,” Julian Wachner is a vital, urgent conductor of Handel, so Trinity’s new Handel Project is to be welcomed. This free lunchtime concert presenting the first act of “Jephtha” is the first part of a complete cycle of the oratorios: Catch an act every Wednesday.” (NYT – DAVID ALLEN)

Sydney Dance Company (Mar.07-12)
Joyce Theatre, 175 Eighth Ave., at 19th St./ 7:30PM, $71
Since the Barcelona-born choreographer Rafael Bonachela took over as artistic director, in 2009, this venerable Australian troupe has become indistinguishable from many other purveyors of fashionable European styles. In its current program of New York premières, Jacopo Godani’s “Raw Models” is the worst offender: mannered sinuosity set to a maddening electronic soundtrack. Bonachela’s “Frame of Mind,” a quick-changing and physically demanding piece set to Bryce Dessner music, is more palatable, as is “Wildebeest,” a slightly more original take on the animal nature of humans, by the Australian choreographer Gabrielle Nankivell.” (NewYorker)

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

VICE Media
David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center/ 7:30PM, FREE
HBO’s When the Earth Melts
“With climate change warming the Arctic at an alarming rate, the frozen earth that covers almost a quarter of the Northern Hemisphere’s landmass is beginning to thaw. There are more greenhouse gases trapped in these deep layers of permafrost than all human fossil fuel emissions released since 1850 combined. Now that trapped carbon is escaping into the atmosphere. If this thaw continues unchecked, scientists warn we could awaken “a sleeping giant” of climate change. VICE correspondent Ben Anderson travels across the Arctic to see the devastating impact of thawing permafrost, and the astonishing solution that might keep it frozen.”
HBO’s The Displaced
“2016 was the deadliest year yet for refugees making the dangerous journey across the Mediterranean Sea in the hopes of reaching Europe. And as borders tighten across an increasingly nationalist Europe, the prospects of building a new life are growing darker for the over 180,000 refugees who arrived in Italy alone this past year. From an emerging underground railroad at the Italian border to the demolition of France’s largest refugee settlement, VICE correspondent Gianna Toboni follows the journey of these refugees left in limbo.
The screening will be followed by a discussion and Q&A.”

Banff Mountain Film Festival (LAST DAY)
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.”

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 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):

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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).
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Website: cornerbistrony.com
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.
Update:
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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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