Selected NYC Events (04/05) + Today’s Featured Pub (Midtown West)

Today’s Sweet 6 NYC Events > WEDNESDAY/APR.05, 2017

“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to.” We make it as easy as 1-2-3.
For future NYC Events be sure to check the tab above: “Notable NYC Events-April”

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

The ABCs of DNA: A Genomic Revolution
New York Genome Center , 101 Sixth Ave./ 6:30PM, FREE
“Scientists from the New York Genome Center will explain the basics of DNA and the human genome, and describe how the newest discoveries are advancing precision medicine and other areas of research. This free public presentation and audience Q&A is part of the New York Genome Center’s “Evening Talks” lecture series.
A cocktail reception will follow.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

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

>>Christian McBride Big Band
>>Michael Feinstein: The Unforgettable Nat “King” Cole
>>Compagnie CNDC-Angers
>>Stanley Clarke Band
>>Women in the World Summit

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

Christian McBride Big Band (Apr.05-09)
Dizzy’s Club, Broadway at 60th St./ 7:30PM, 9:30PM, $35
“Not content with being one of the premier jazz bassists of his generation, McBride also juggles ensembles that highlight his skills as a spectacular soloist, a keen composer, and an adroit leader. His big band, packed with first-rate soloists, is a fitting example of the musician’s ambition and accomplishment.” (NewYorker)

Michael Feinstein: The Unforgettable Nat “King” Cole (also Apr.06)
The Appel Room, Jazz @ Lincoln Center / 7PM, $42.50+; Ticket availability for this show is limited. Todays Tip: Tickets for Michael Feinstein’s upcoming shows, The Music of Mel Tormé, May 3-4, and Ella on My Mind, June 7-8, are still available.
“With hits such as “The Christmas Song,” “Unforgettable,” “Nature Boy,” and “(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66,” Michael Feinstein – known as the Ambassador of the Great American Songbook – explores the artistry of quintessential crooner Nat “King” Cole. With the Tedd Firth Big Band and special guest vocalists, Feinstein will channel the extraordinary qualities that made Cole a star on stage and on screen.”

Compagnie CNDC-Angers (Apr.04-09)
A Living Library of Cunningham Works
at the Joyce Theater, 175 8th Ave./ 7:30PM, $26-$46
“When the Merce Cunningham Dance Company closed in 2012, its most senior member, Robert Swinston, moved to France to direct this ensemble. A longtime assistant to Cunningham, Mr. Swinston transformed the group into a living archive of his dances. For its return to the Joyce, Tuesday through April 9, the troupe offers “Place” (1966), set to a Gordon Mumma score; “How to Pass, Kick, Fall and Run” (1965), danced to stories by John Cage; and “Inlets 2” (1983), in which the sequence of movements is determined by chance each night.” (SIOBHAN BURKE-NYT)

Stanley Clarke Band
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)

Women in the World Summit
NYS/ DHK Theater (at Lincoln Center)/ 6PM; $150–$250
“The New York Times gathers an impressive roster of powerful ladies—including Hillary Clinton, Scarlett Johansson, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Lena Dunham, Cecile Richards, Gretchen Carlson and Arianna Huffington—for this two-day program. Throughout the course of the event, attendees will hear discussions on topics such as health initiatives in Syria, honor killings, fighting sexual harassment in the workplace, the rise of women athletes in Saudi Arabia, India’s third gender and more.” (TONY)

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 – 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 are underground, classic jazz joints. all 6 are 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 is 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 / Midtown West.

Russian Vodka Room / 265 W 52nd St (btw 7th/8th ave)

Sure, you could travel to Minsk or even Brighton Beach, for an authentic Russian experience, but why bother. On those days when you feel you must wash down your dish of kasha with a few glasses of icy, cold vodka, the Russian Vodka Room will definitely satisfy your urge.

From the outside this place looks a bit drab, and with no windows, a bit mysterious. Midtown tourists walk right by on their way to see “Jersey Boys,” just down the block.
(Alas, no more. After 10 years, “Jersey Boys” closed Jan.15)

lThose in the know enter a secret hideaway, a dimly lit front room with soft jazz playing – a perfect spot for an illicit late-night rendezvous, or maybe a meet-up with your Russian spy handler, but that’s later in the evening. Early in the evening the large U-shaped bar fills with the after work happy hour crowd, a group made very happy by the much reduced prices.

Their website says: “Welcome Comrades”. Of course, this welcome focuses on dozens of different vodkas, including their own special infusions, which marinate in giant, clear glass jugs visible around the room. The large vodka martinis ensure that you won’t confuse this place with your mother’s Russian Tea Room.

But man does not live by vodka alone. Eat some food, especially the tapa like appetizers. Be decadent and try the cheese blintzes with chocolate, or try a main dish like beef stroganoff with kasha.

Your best bet is to go on a night when the piano man is playing. This guy, who looks like he has eaten a lot of those cheese blintzes, plays five nights a week from 7 to 12 (no Mondays and Thursdays). When the piano man is playing American pop tunes, and you are at the crowded, dimly lit bar testing the horseradish infused vodka, that’s when the RVR shines.

It’s the kind of place where the noise gets louder and the crowd gets happier as the happy hour goes on. I’m generally a beer guy, but I like to come here with a group of friends. We find a table in the back room near the piano man; we eat, and we drink vodka ‘till it hurts (and it will hurt).
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Website: http://www.russianvodkaroom.com/
Phone #: 212-307-5835
Hours: 4pm-2am; Fri-Sun closes 4am (that could be trouble)
Happy Hour: 4-7pm every day
$4 shots infused vodka (2oz), $5 cosmos; $4 czech draft beer
Music: FR-SU; TU-WE / 7pm-12am
Subway: #1 to 50th St.
Walk 2 blk N. on B’way to 52nd St.; 1 blk W. to RVR
Confusingly, the Russian Samovar is right across the street, on the S. side of 52nd St.
The RVR, your destination, is on the N. side of 52nd St.
Update: music now includes a younger, trimmer piano man. “Tiny” we miss you.
Update#2: Rumor that “Tiny” is back playing only on Friday nights – need to check it out.

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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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