Selected NYC Events (03/28) + Today’s Featured Pub (Greenwich Village)

Today’s Super 7 NYC Events > TUESDAY/MAR.28, 2017

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

Project Broadway: The Art of Collaboration
Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space/ 8PM, $35+
“Symphony Space presents a week of programs focusing on the creation of musical theater, including a song-and-dance concert (March 27), an evening spun out of a Fiddler on the Roof sequel (March 28), a show devoted to harmony (March 30) and a celebration of Richard Rodgers. (April 2).” (TONY)

TONIGHT: “This unique evening celebrates Alexandra Silber’s new novel After Anatevka, an evocative sequel to the beloved musical Fiddler on the Roof, to be released by World Rights/Pegasus in the summer of 2017. Ms. Silber, who played Hodel in London’s West End and Tzeitel in the recent Broadway revival, has imagined the plight of Hodel as she searches for her fiancé in a Siberian work camp.

Alongside excerpts from the novel read by the author, Symphony Space is delighted to present eight world-premiere, text-inspired songs by renowned theatre songwriters Julianne Wick Davis and Maggie-Kate Coleman, Oran Eldor and Adam Overett, Lance Horne, Will Reynolds and Eric Price, Matthew Sklar and Amanda Green, Jeffrey Stock, Joseph Thalken, and Ben Toth.

Featuring stage luminaries Jessica Fontana, Santino Fontana, Ron Raines, Daniel Rowan, Isabel Santiago, Ryan Silverman, and Broadway legend John Cullum, plus a special introduction by Fiddler’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning lyricist, Sheldon Harnick.”

6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>THE 31st ANNUAL MAC AWARDS
>>Stanley Clarke / Ron Carter Duo w/ special guest Russell Malone
>>‘GARDEN OF LAUGHS’
>>PETER BERNSTEIN
>>Toscanini 150: The Maestro Lives On
>>“Fantasy Life”: Book Launch Party with Tabitha Soren

Plus, with spring in the air, don’t forget these Continuing Events:
>>MACY’S Flower Show
>>The Orchid Show

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

THE 31st ANNUAL MAC AWARDS
B.B. KING BLUES CLUB & GRILL / 7PM, $50+
“The Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs presents its annual awards show celebrating the best in New York City live nightlife entertainment. Packed with live performances from the award winners and honorees.

In addition, a Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Tony Award nominee Michele Lee, who will be performing live at the show.” (wfuv.org)

Stanley Clarke / Ron Carter Duo w/ special guest Russell Malone
Blue Note, 131 W3rd St./ 8PM, +10:30PM, $30-$45
What hasn’t Clarke played over the course of his four-decade career? He’s proficient in mainstream jazz, of course, but he has also taken on chamber-scaled projects of genuine delicacy and electric fusion of arena-rock proportions. This two-week residency at the Blue Note features the veteran bassist in two settings: First he turns up with the iconic Ron Carter for a jazz bass duet of legendary proportions (Tue 28–Apr 2); the week after, the maestro brings his Stanley Clarke Band to the stage to celebrate the release of a new album (Apr 4–9). (TONY)

‘GARDEN OF LAUGHS’
at the Theater at Madison Square Garden / 8PM, $65+
“Steve Schirripa hosts this enormous stand-up show to raise money for the Garden of Dreams Foundation, a Madison Square Garden-affiliated organization that works with children’s charities around the city. The performance features Chris Rock, who will soon release his first stand-up special in eight years; John Oliver, host of the popular “Last Week Tonight” on HBO; the former “Saturday Night Live” star Tracy Morgan and the current “S.N.L.” star Leslie Jones; and the stand-ups Bob Saget and Sebastian Maniscalco. (NYT- ELISE CZAJKOWSKI)

PETER BERNSTEIN (March 28 through April 2)
at the Village Vanguard / 8:30 and 10:30PM, $30
“Husky and dark and dazzlingly precise, Mr. Bernstein’s guitar sound has the power to soothe and energize at the same time. His most recent album, “Let Loose” from 2016, features a handful of original tunes built on simple, evocative melodies. Expect to hear some of that material during this run at the Vanguard, where Mr. Bernstein will be joined by an all-star cast: Brad Mehldau on piano, Doug Weiss on bass and Al Foster on drums. (For the last two dates, Aaron Goldberg replaces Mr. Mehldau.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

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

Philharmonic Insights at the Atrium
Toscanini 150: The Maestro Lives On
David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, FREE
“Arturo Toscanini left an indelible mark on the New York Philharmonic, both musically and politically. Drawing on materials from the Philharmonic’s archives and collections of Toscanini’s letters, writer and Toscanini expert Harvey Sachs surveys the New York Philharmonic milestones that defined Toscanini at the height of his career. Harvey Sachs, speaker.”

“Fantasy Life”: Book Launch Party with Tabitha Soren
Bergino Baseball Clubhouse, 67 E. 11th St./ 6:30PM, FREE, RSVP required to attend.
“In 2002, Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane crafted a new kind of major league baseball draft class. For the next 15 years, Tabitha Soren, who is married to author Michael Lewis, followed the class made famous by “Moneyball,” chronicling with her camera the vagaries of the players’ lives on and off the field.

Some of the subjects, like Nick Swisher and Joe Blanton, have gone on to become well-known, respected players at the highest level of the game. Some left baseball to pursue other lines of work, such as selling insurance and coal mining. Others have struggled with poverty and even homelessness.

Accompanied by five linked stories by novelist Dave Eggers, “Fantasy Life” explores the enduring spirit of this quintessential American dream of making it to the major leagues.
Join Tabitha Soren, as we celebrate her work and the book release of “Fantasy Life.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

Film Festival season starts today

Focus on French Cinema, a festival at French Institute Alliance Française, Lycée Français de New York and the United Nations, Tuesday through Thursday. (Schedule and tickets vary.)

Single tickets go on sale for the Tribeca Film Festival, which runs April 19-30.

The Havana Film Festival New York, celebrating Latin American cinema, begins on Thursday.

Kino! 2017 which highlights German movies, begins on Friday.

And with spring in the air, don’t forget these continuing events:

MACY’S FLOWER SHOW (thru Apr.09)
“It may not have felt like spring is here this March, but Macy’s is using more than 5,000 types of flowers and plants to brighten up the main floor of its flagship store this month & hopefully, mark a turn of the weather. The theme for this year’s flower show is “Carnival” with  a two tier roller coaster, bumper cars, Ferris wheel and more. “(STAV ZIV-Newsday)
WHEN |  Sunday, March 26, to April 9 
WHERE I at Macy’s Herald Square Flagship, 151 West 34th St. 
INFO Free; 212­494­4495, macys.com/flowershow ­­

The Orchid Show (thru Apr.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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