Selected NYC Events (03/24) + Today’s Featured Pub (WestVillage)

Today’s Super 7 NYC Events > FRIDAY/MAR.24, 2017

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

Renee Rosnes (Mar.24-26)
Smoke, 2751 Broadway, btw105th/106th Sts./ 7,9,10;30PM, $38
“On the gifted pianist’s recent album, “Written in the Rocks,” composition assumes equal importance with instrumental invention. After paying initial dues with such monumental modernists as Wayne Shorter and Joe Henderson, Rosnes has stepped firmly into the role of assured bandleader. She’s joined by key collaborators, including the vibraphonist Steve Nelson, the bassist Peter Washington, and the drummer Lewis Nash.” (NewYorker)

6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>VICTOR GOINES QUARTET WITH DON VAPPIE
>>Hamburg Ballet / “Old Friends”
>>THE TRISTANO PROJECT
>>One Step Beyond
>>The Plague of War: Athens, Sparta and the Struggle for Ancient Greece
>>Dharma in a Crumbling Democracy

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

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

VICTOR GOINES QUARTET WITH DON VAPPIE (Mar.24-26)
at Dizzy’s Club, 7:30 and 9:30PM, $40
“Mr. Goines plays both tenor saxophone and clarinet with robust warmth and gentlemanly humor. He learned at the elbow of Ellis Marsalis, New Orleans’s great bebop patriarch, and for nearly 25 years he’s been a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, led by Mr. Marsalis’s son Wynton. Mr. Goines steps to the fore here with a three-night run at Dizzy’s. But he is taking the opportunity to shine light on another New Orleanian, too: the banjo player, guitarist and vocalist Don Vappie. The two will perform alongside the pianist Jo Ann Daugherty, the bassist Emma Dayhuff and the drummer Greg Artry.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

Hamburg Ballet / “Old Friends” (Mar.21-25)
Joyce Theatre, 175 Eighth Ave., at 19th St./ 8PM, $51+
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)

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)

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

One Step Beyond with Classixx (DJ Set), Lloydski, and Alex Behnke
American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th St./ 9PM, $30
Enter through the Weston Pavilion entrance on Columbus Avenue at 79th Street. A beer and wine cash bar is available.
“The American Museum of Natural History continues One Step Beyond with Classixx (DJ set), Lloydski, and Alex Behnke. The event will take place in the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Hall of the Universe on Friday, March 24.

Each month, the American Museum of Natural History presents a different DJ performing in the Museum’s Rose Center for Earth and Space. Guests can also experience the Hayden Big Bang Theater, located in the lower part of the Hayden Sphere, which features a dynamic multimedia presentation, narrated by acclaimed actor Liam Neeson, that takes visitors on a thrilling four-minute trip from Earth to the edge of the visible universe.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

The Plague of War: Athens, Sparta and the Struggle for Ancient Greece
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave./ 12PM, $25
“In 431 BC, the long simmering rivalry between the city states of Athens and Sparta erupted into open warfare and, for more than a generation, the two were locked in a life-and-death struggle.

Whole cities were exterminated, their men killed, their women and children enslaved. Join historian Jennifer Roberts as she discusses the conflict in detail — from its history to the murders and lies to the impact of the war on Greece’s cultural life.”

Dharma in a Crumbling Democracy: Ancient Wisdom for Troubling Times
The Strand, 828 Broadway / 7PM, $20
“If the story of a time when an autocrat takes control and meritocracy and noble ideas are left behind has any resonance for you, head for The Strand. Philosophy and religion professor Vishwa Adluri will look at the Sanskrit epic Mahabharata (c. 600 B.C.) and what it has to say about how to flourish in troubling times.” (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– 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, 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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