Selected NYC Events (03/22) + Today’s Featured Pub (Greenwich Village)

Today’s Super 7 NYC Events > WEDNESDAY/MAR.22, 2017

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

Tynan Davis Nonet
Featuring Kenny Rampton, Ted Nash, Sherman Irby, and Paul Nedzela
Dizzy’s Club, Jazz @ Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $35
“A marvel: a stylish singer and a perky actress whose presence lighted up the stage.” – The New York Times

“Tynan Davis is a young vocalist on a phenomenal career path, having performed numerous operas around the United States, sung with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in The Abyssinian Mass, performed with the Grammy Award-winning vocal octet Roomful of Teeth, and joined the national Phantom of the Opera tour.

She just recorded her debut album, and tonight’s performance will be the official album release celebration! The record was produced by Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra trumpeter Kenny Rampton, and Rampton will be performing along with several other members of the JLCO and a group of first-call jazz musicians, seven of whom contributed arrangements to this project. Most recording debuts don’t come with the backing of such a prestigious roster, and we can’t wait to hear what Davis can do.”

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

>> THE SIXTH ANNUAL NYC IMPROV FEST
>>Joan Shelley
>>Wilco
>>THE TRISTANO PROJECT
>>Hamburg Ballet / “Old Friends”
>>Why Magicians Are Master Manipulators

Plus, don’t forget these Continuing Events:
>> New Directors / New Films festival
>>The Orchid Show

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Joan Shelley
Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse, 165 W65th St., 10th Floor/ 8PM, $40
“With timeless vocal purity and an Appalachian poet’s soul, Kentucky native Joan Shelley has held audiences rapt everywhere from Nashville to New York by way of Newport. With roots in the American and British folk revival, her serenely evocative songs don’t tell stories as much as they paint pictures. Her most recent album, Over and Even, was called “one of the most beautiful releases of the year” by NPR Music and “as compelling a record as that genre has seen” (Pitchfork). During this intimate evening of song, Shelley invites us into a world of limitless beauty.”

THE SIXTH ANNUAL NYC IMPROV FEST (Mar 22-26)
at the Peoples Improv Theater,+ other locations/ various times, mostly FREE today
“This yearly festival will feature more than 50 shows over five days. It includes house teams, independent groups and visiting performers, and it offers an eclectic mix of styles and shows. Wednesday night’s performances are all free and feature regular Peoples Improv Theater shows. Thursday night will be a mix of New York and out-of-town teams, including musical improv from Baby Wants Candy and North Coast. ” (NYT)

Wilco
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)

THE TRISTANO PROJECT (Mar.21-25)
at Birdland, 315 W44th St./ 8:30PM, 11PM, $40
“Few musicians in jazz have generated as much mystified interest as Lennie Tristano, the pianist, composer and instructor who in the 1940s and ’50s helped create the sound known as cool jazz, but rarely emerged from behind the scenes. Here, five of today’s strongest improvisers celebrate Tristano’s legacy: the pianist Helen Sung, the alto saxophonists Greg Osby and Jaleel Shaw, the bassist Ben Allison and the drummer Matt Wilson.” (NYT- GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

Hamburg Ballet / “Old Friends” (Mar.21-25)
Joyce Theatre, 175 Eighth Ave., at 19th St./ 7:30PM, $51-$66
“For the past forty-four years, the American-born choreographer John Neumeier has been the director of Hamburg Ballet, creating work in his highly emotive, theatrical style. (Many know him for his “Lady of the Camellias,” which is in the repertory at American Ballet Theatre.) For the company’s first appearance at the Joyce—part of an American tour—it will perform “Old Friends,” a compendium of intimate scenes from Neumeier’s vast catalogue. It is set mostly to Chopin pieces, plus a Bach orchestral suite and several songs by Simon and Garfunkel.” (NewYorker)

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

Prakash Peru + Tony Ro | Why Magicians Are Master Manipulators
Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W17th St./ 7PM, $25
“Magicians are master manipulators of human perception. Neuroscientist Tony Ro shines a light on how sleight of hand diverts attention and distorts our perception, and how the brain processes illusion.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

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.

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 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 discovery and enjoyment.
See Below.

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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 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’. ”

maxresdefaultEach 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.

Website: http://caffevivaldi.com/
Phone #: (212) 691-7538
Hours: Music generally 7:30PM – 11PM, but varies
Lunch/Dinner 11AM-on
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.
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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.

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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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:

Fish280 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.

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“3 Good Eating places” focuses on a quick bite, what I call “Fine Fast Food – NYCity Style”
No reservations needed.
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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.

◊ For all my picks of 54 Good Eating places, and essays on my favorite 18 PremierPubs in 9 Neighborhoods on Manhattan’s WestSide, order a copy of my e-book:
“Eating and Drinking on NYCity’s WestSide” ($4.99, available Summer 2017).
◊ Order before May.31, 2017 and receive a bonus – 27 of my favorite casual dining places with free Wi-Fi.

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