Selected Events (05/01) + Today’s Featured Pub (Times Square / Theater District)

Today’s Sweet 6 NYC Events > MONDAY/MAY 01, 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-May”

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

Broadway Unplugged
The Town Hall, 123 W43rd St./ 8PM, $30+
“For the 15th installment of this deservedly popular event, impresario Scott Siegel gathers a new group of belters to prove that real theater singers don’t need body mics. Singing au naturel, these pros cut loose and let their glorious voices carry the day. This year’s edition features Emily Skinner, Stephanie J. Block, Max Von Essen, Ben Davis, Lesli Margherita, Kyle Scatliffe, Maxine Linehan, William Michals, Jeremy Kushnier and Klea Blackhurst.” (TONY)

5 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>THE DIZZY GILLESPIE AFRO CUBAN EXPERIENCE
>>The New York Pops 34th Birthday Gala
>>The Legacy: JFK at 100 with Stephen Kennedy Smith, Douglas Brinkley, Robert MacNeil and Jonathan Alter
>>Architecture & Well Being
>> Confessions of a Wall Street Insider: A Cautionary Tale of Rats, Feds, and Banksters

HOT TICKET – TUESDAY
Queens Taste 2017
New York Hall of Science, Flushing Meadows Corona Park/ Tuesday May 2 – 6PM to 9PM
Not exactly Manhattan’s WestSide, but my mouth waters just thinking about this.

More than 60 vendors will serve samples of their delicious dishes, divine drinks, and dazzling desserts. This is Queens, America’s most ethnically diverse county, so expect Cypriot, French, Georgian, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Kosher, Malaysian, Moldovan, Paraguayan, Peruvian, Puerto Rican, and Thai cuisine! And if you need a beverage Chris Murillo, who owns the local distillery Queens Courage, will mix gin-based drinks. In addition, four wine purveyors will pour and at least seven beer products will be on tap. Tea totalers will be able to quench their thirst with – what else? — bubble tea provided by Chatime.

Tickets ($125 each or two for $200) are available at http://www.thequeenstaste.com. Proceeds support the Queens Economic Development Corporation’s ongoing efforts to attract, create, and maintain jobs in the borough. As QEDC is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit, proceeds are tax deductible as permitted by law.

For more information, call Rob MacKay at 718.263.0546 or send him an email via rmackay@queensny.org.
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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

THE DIZZY GILLESPIE AFRO CUBAN EXPERIENCE
BLUE NOTE, 131 W3rd St./ 8PM, +10:30PM, $20-$35
“Dizzy Gillespie was introduced to Chano Pozo in 1947 by Mario Bauza. Both became life-long friends and Dizzy and Chano Pozo developed Afro-Cuban jazz, which became extremely successful, attracting people to dance to its unique rhythms. Gillespies most famous contributions to Afro-Cuban music are the compositions “Manteca” and “Tin Tin Deo”.

Machitos Afro Cubans (formed in 1940), the creators of Cu-Bop, were a major influence on musicians like Dizzy Gillespie. Dizzy loved it so much, that in 1975, he invited Machitos son, Mario Grillo or Machito Jr., to join Dizzys band for the recording of Afro-Cuban Jazz Moods. So it only makes sense to have him join the Dizzy Gillespie (TM) Afro Cuban Experience, under the direction of John Lee, Dizzys long-time bassist.”

The New York Pops 34th Birthday Gala
Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Ave./ 7PM, $68+
“The Pops snap and crackle through a star-studded gala evening of orchestral delight in a tribute to the collaborations between actor Kelli O’Hara and director Bartlett Sher, including South Pacific and The King and I. Featured performers include Paulo Szot, Matthew Broderick, Danny Burstein, Judy Kuhn, Rebecca Luker, Marin Mazzie, Steven Pasquale, Ruthie Ann Miles, Laura Osnes, Adam Kantor and Chris Sullivan. Steven Reineke wields the baton.” (TONY)

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

The Legacy: JFK at 100 with Stephen Kennedy Smith, Douglas Brinkley, Robert MacNeil and Jonathan Alter
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave./ 8PM, $40
“To celebrate the centennial of JFK’s birth, a panel of expert historians and commentators takes a fresh look at John F. Kennedy’s lasting contributions. Discover JFK at his best — thought-provoking, inspiring, eloquent and wise — on wide-ranging topics, including civil rights, the race to the moon, the environment, immigration, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and much more, as brought together in the new book, JFK, A Vision for America. We’ll see the deep relevance of his words today, as well as his lasting power and influence as an outstanding American leader and orator.”

Architecture & Well Being
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave./ 7PM, $32
“The psychology of being placed in New York City—from surfing the chaos of a midtown avenue to enveloping pockets downtown—is often tangible. A new book by architecture critic Sarah Williams Goldhagen reveals recent discoveries in cognitive psychology and neuroscience that show the ways built environments impact our memories, emotions, and well-being. Find her in conversation with Paul Goldberger and Michael Van Valkenburgh, designer of the Brooklyn Bridge Park.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

Confessions of a Wall Street Insider: A Cautionary Tale of Rats, Feds, and Banksters
Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 Fifth Ave./ 6:30PM, FREE
With Michael Kimelman, an entrepreneur.
“This illustrated lecture reveals the triumphs, pains, and struggles in the high-risk life of a former proprietary trader.”

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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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