Today’s Elite 8 NYC Events > FRIDAY/MAR.10, 2017
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Flamenco Festival 2017 (Mar.09-12)
City Center, 131 W. 55th St./ 8PM, $35+
“This year’s festival, smaller and simpler than recent iterations, leans on the tried-and-true with three gala-style evenings. The lineup is promising: the seasoned showmanship of Juana Amaya, the pulse-raising pyrotechnics of Jesús Carmona, the contemporary-feeling smolder of Olga Pericet, and the blossoming charisma of the up-and-comer Patricia Guerrero. On Sunday, Pericet presents one performance of her own show, “Pisadas” (“Footsteps”), a mix of tradition and innovation with a feminist slant.” (NewYorker)
7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Gary Burton and Makoto Ozone Duets
>>ROY HAYNES 92nd-BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
>>BILL FRISELL TRIO
>>Sydney Dance Company
>>New York Antiquarian Book Fair
>>Be Fearless: What If Technology Could Help You Overcome a Fear of Heights or Public Speaking?
Music, Dance, Performing Arts
Gary Burton and Makoto Ozone Duets (thru Mar.11)
Birdland, 315 W44th St. / 8:30PM, +11PM, $40
If there is one word to describe the Gary Burton & Makoto Ozone Duets, it’s virtuosity. They improvise on any kind of music from traditional jazz, to tango and classical themes, always pushing each other to new and greater heights.
Vibraphonist and 2016 NEA Jazz Master Gary Burton is a living legend in jazz. The recipient of seven Grammy® awards, he is known as an innovator for his pioneering four-mallet vibraphone technique as well as his groundbreaking ensembles, which introduced dozens of young stars.
Prolific composer, arranger, and pianist Makoto Ozone is the premier star of the jazz scene in Japan. In the past decade he has also become a frequent guest soloist with orchestras in Japan and Europe, as well as a regular guest soloist with the New York Philharmonic and San Francisco Symphonies.
*Gary Burton has announced his retirement from touring after completing tours of USA and Japan with friend and 30-year collaborator, Makoto Ozone.
Linda Eder (also Mar.11)
Feinstein’s/54 Below, 254 W54th St. / 7PM, $105
“Linda Eder—the Star Search songstress turned Broadway and concert star—has never been known for the subtlety of her approach, which can be boiled down to two steps: (1) Stand, and (2) Sing. But gee whiz, the lady can really belt a number.” (TONY)
ROY HAYNES 92nd-BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION (thru Mar.12)
at the Blue Note / 8PM, +10:30PM, $30-$45
“Mr. Haynes is one of the few surviving members of bebop’s founding generation. His drumming retains the ardent, propulsive swing that defined recordings by Charlie Parker, Sarah Vaughan, Bud Powell and countless others. Mr. Haynes turns 92 this month, and he will celebrate with four nights of shows at the Blue Note, welcoming an array of special guests, who have yet to be announced, throughout the engagement.” (NYT- GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)
BILL FRISELL TRIO (thru Mar.12)
at the Village Vanguard / 8:30PM, +10:30PM, $30
“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)
Sydney Dance Company (thruMar.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)
New York Antiquarian Book Fair (thru Mar.12)
Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Ave. / 12PM, $25
“If you’ve got a thing for musty old books, this is your fair, with literary works from approximately 200 vendors displayed inside one of NYC’s grandest halls. Look out for tomes dating back to the 14th century, including illuminated books of hours and other hidden gems.” (TONY)
Be Fearless: What If Technology Could Help You Overcome a Fear of Heights or Public Speaking?
Samsung, 837 Wahington St./ 6:30PM, FREE, RSVP required
Come hear real stories from people who have defied personal barriers using technology, and experience how Samsung Gear VR powered by Oculus opens up new worlds, empowering you to do what you can’t.
Be Fearless was created to encourage people to overcome their fears and inspire confidence in all they do. The project is designed to help people gradually overcome two of the most common fears, heights and public speaking. Learn more about Be Fearless at http://www.samsung.com/ae/launchingpeople/
And don’t forget these continuing events:
Asia Week New York (Mar.09-18)
“It’s New York’s salute to the vibrant arts of Asia, a 10-day festival where visitors admire or acquire ancient treasures and contemporary masterworks displayed in lustrous galleries, auction houses and museums. Now in its eighth year, Asia Week New York, has blossomed into a kind of high-culture pub crawl where international and local exhibitors showcase fine art from all corners of Asia, and museums and others stage special events. This year more than 50 vendors are participating — the most ever.” (NYT). Go here for the full list.
“For just over a week, Asian art and culture take over New York City. Among the museums, galleries, auction houses and cultural institutions participating are the Noguchi Museum, China Institute, Museum of Modern Art and the Rubin Museum of Art. Each venue will be showing works from the continent, and art dealers from around the world will display their collections during open houses throughout the week. There will also be a full schedule of films, lectures, symposia, curator talks, tours, auctions and other events.” (nycgo.com)
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 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
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.
♦ 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.
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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’. ”
Each 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.
Phone #: (212) 691-7538
Hours: Music generally 7:30PM – 11PM, but varies
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.
“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.
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:
Fish – 280 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.
“3 Good Eating places” focuses on a quick bite, what I call “Fine Fast Food – NYCity Style”
No reservations needed.
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.
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