Selected Events (04/01) + Today’s Featured Pub (Times Square/ Theater District)

Today’s Fab 5 NYC Events > SATURDAY/APR.01, 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:

MoCCA Arts Festival (Apr.01-02)
Metropolitan West, 639 W46th St./ 11AM-6PM, $5
“For two days, thousands of illustration enthusiasts will enjoy a buffet of independent comics and cartoons at Manhattan’s largest festival of its kind. This year, the festival honors the work of Christian Hincker, known to fans as Blutch, a pillar of the contemporary comics community; his graphic novel, “Peplum,” from 2016, follows a group of bandits in ancient Rome and draws influences from Shakespeare and the Satyricon. Hundreds of additional guests will showcase their work, including R. Sikoryak, whose “Terms and Conditions” grafts Apple legalese onto iconic cartoon panels; Israel’s Rutu Modan and David Polonsky; the French Web-comic author Penelope Bagieu; and Wojciech Stefaniec, from Poland.” (NewYorker)
Exhibitor Hall at Metropolitan West, Programming at Ink48

4 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>PETER BERNSTEIN
>>Stanley Clarke / Ron Carter Duo w/ special guest Russell Malone
>>Affordable Art Fair
>>The Photography Show

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

PETER BERNSTEIN (March 28 through April 02)
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)

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)

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

Affordable Art Fair (thru Apr.02)
Metropolitan Pavilion,125 W18th St./ 11AM-8PM, $20
“The price-conscious art fair returns for its 23rd edition in NYC. For an $18 ticket, you can shop original paintings, drawings, photographs and sculptures from over 70 local, national and international galleries. With price tages ranging from $100 to $10,000, you can fix up your apartment without breaking the bank.” (TONY)

The Photography Show (Mar.30-Apr.02)
Pier 94, on the Hudson, 12th Ave @ 55th St./ 12PM-8PM, $30
“An expanded Photography Show—presented, as always, by the Association of International Photography Art Dealers—has a new location this year: Pier 94, on the Hudson. The fair, will host more than a hundred dealers, with works ranging from mid-nineteenth-century photogravures to video, mixed media, and beyond. In addition to the bustling booths, there will be public programs, including a screening room showing documentaries, a roving photographer shooting portraits of attendees, and an outdoor video projection that explores the knotty issue of animal captivity.” (NewYorker)

Film Festival season in full bloom this week

Kino! 2017 which highlights German movies, began Friday.

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

Single tickets went on sale Tuesday for the Tribeca Film Festival, (April 19-30.)

Focus on French Cinema, a festival at French Institute Alliance Française, Lycée Français de New York and the United Nations. (WAS Tue. thru Thur.)

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, 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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