Selected Events (03/18) + Today’s Featured Pub (Times Square/ Theater District)

Today’s Super 7 NYC Events > SATURDAY/MAR.18, 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:

Roméo et Juliette
Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center/ 1PM, $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.”

This is your last chance to catch these young lovers.

6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>Free to Be: Jazz of the 60s & Beyond
>>HEADS OF STATE
>>MARTHA REEVES AND THE VANDELLAS
>>Wilco
>>The Cameraman | Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks
>>NYC COFFEE AND TEA FESTIVAL

Plus, don’t forget these Continuing Events:
>> New Directors / New Films festival
>>Asia Week New York (LAST DAY)
>>The Orchid Show

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Free to Be: Jazz of the 60s & Beyond
Rose Theatre, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Broadway at 60th St./ 8PM, $17.50+
“As diverse as the jazz scene is today, it doesn’t have anything on the nineteen-sixties, when such influential icons as Sonny Rollins, Charles Mingus, John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, and Dave Brubeck—each with a distinct aesthetic agenda—were making prime music. The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra will salute these titans, and, in addition, present the saxophonist Walter Blanding’s opus “The Happiness of Being.” (NYR)
Free pre-concert discussion, 7pm

HEADS OF STATE (Mar.17-19)
at Smoke Jazz Club/ 7, 9 and 10:30PM, $45
“The saxophonist Gary Bartz, the pianist Larry Willis and the drummer Al Foster all hit the spotlight in the 1970s, when jazz was forming a range of high-intensity partnerships with other genres. Mr. Bartz and Mr. Foster played in some of Miles Davis’s most remarkable electric ensembles; Mr. Willis toured and recorded with Blood, Sweat & Tears, as well as with Hugh Masekela. In the years since, all three of them have tended toward more traditional, acoustic jazz, where they are also deeply at home. Together with the bassist Buster Williams, they released a fine album in 2015, “Heads of State.” The group appears here under that name, but with David Williams on bass.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

MARTHA REEVES AND THE VANDELLAS
Summer’s not here yet, but the time is still right for “Dancing in the Street” and all the other hits other hits mother hits made popular by these great ladies of Motown. Reeves may even sing a few cuts from her most recent album, “Home to You.”
WHEN | WHERE: Saturday, March 18, at 7:30 p.m., B.B. King Blues Club and Grill, 237 W. 42nd St.
INFO $36.50 advance, $40 day of; 800-­745-­3000, ticketmaster.com ­­
(DANIEL BUBBEO, Newsday)

Wilco (also Mar.19,21,22)
Beacon Theatre / 7:30pm; $55–$89.50
“Jeff Tweedy and his band deliver four shows behind its tenth studio album, last year’s cheekily titled Schmilco. The record acts as a companion to 2015’s Star Wars—a more subdued collection of succinct pop songs that’s reminiscent of frontman Jeff Tweedy’s 2014 solo release, Sukierae. Expect a sprawling, deep set stuffed with classics like “Jesus, etc.” and “I’m The Man Who Loves You.” (TONY)

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

The Cameraman | Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks
The Town Hall, 123 W43rd St./ 3PM. $25-$35
“One of Buster Keaton‘s richest and funniest pictures–a brilliantly constructed succession of sight gags, action, suspense, thrills, and romance–is provided a live score of songs from the Twenties, as the acclaimed Vince Giordano and his Nighthawks return to Town Hall for this special family film in concert.

Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks are renowned on the New York scene for their commitment to preserving and authentically presenting 1920s and ‘30s jazz and popular music. Giordano’s film credits include Public Enemies, The Aviator, and The Good Shepherd, and in 2012 Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks won a Grammy for their work on Boardwalk Empire.

This performance will include a special guest appearance by slapstick genius Bill Irwin!”

NYC COFFEE AND TEA FESTIVAL (also Sunday)
“Coffee nerds and tea enthusiasts will be thrilled to learn about the return of this event, featuring dozens of exhibitors. There will be a brand new Coffee & Tea Cocktail Lounge this year; free seminars such as “Five Teas That Brewed a Revolution,” “Coffee Decaffeination: How It’s Done!” and “Tea for Cocktails: The Art of Blending Tea & Spirits”; and special seminars (with participation fees) including a “Chemex Brew Method Class.”
WHERE: at the Brooklyn Expo Center, 72 Noble St., Brooklyn
INFO: $25; 631­940­7290, coffeeandteafestival.com ­­ (STAV ZIV, Newsday)

And don’t forget these continuing events:

New Directors / New Films festival (Mar.15 – 26)
Film Society of Lincoln Center and The Museum of Modern Art, @ various times
“Celebrating its 46th edition in 2017, the New Directors/
New Films festival introduces New York audiences to the work of emerging filmmakers from around the world. Throughout its rich, nearly half-century history, New Directors has brought previously little-known talents like Pedro Almódovar, Chantal Akerman, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Christopher Nolan, Laura Poitras, Spike Lee, and Kelly Reichardt to wider audiences. We hope you’ll join us in celebrating a group of filmmakers who represent the present and anticipate the future of cinema: daring artists whose work pushes the envelope and is never what you’d expect.”

This is a wonderful, only in New York, film festival that starts its first weekend. For full programming and ticketing information, please visit newdirectors.org.

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)

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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., 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

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 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

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.
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Website: are you kidding !
(although there is a facebook page with lots of photos –
facebook.com/jimmyscornernyc)
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

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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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