Selected NYC Events (05/07) + Today’s Featured Pub (WestVillage)

Today’s Super 7 NYC Events > SUNDAY/MAY 07, 2017

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

Limon Dance Company (LAST DAY)
Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Ave./ 2PM, $51+
“The Limon Dance Company, since 1946 one of the world’s greatest Modern Dance companies, returns to the Joyce for May 2-7 performances, the first NY season under new artistic director Colin Connor, a former 10-year principal dancer with the Company. Repertory for the two programs includes Limon classics: Concerto Grosso, The Exiles, suite from A Choreographic Offering, and Chaconne (all staged by former principal dancers). New works are Connor’s Corvidae, music by Philip Glass, inspired by corvids, the most intelligent of birds; and Night Light by Kate Weare.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

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AND don’t forget to watch the 40th anniversary 40-mile Five Boro Bike Tour, which begins at 7:30 a.m. Hope it doesn’t rain on me, my buddies, and 32,000 of our closest friends. Here’s the route map.

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

>>Jim Rotondi
>>DAVID MURRAY AND CLASS STRUGGLE
>>RON CARTER’S 80th BIRTHDAY WEEK
>>NYC Ballet
>>Jane’s Walk NYC 2017
>>ARTS FRIEZE NEW YORK
>>Art New York
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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Jim Rotondi
Smoke Jazz Club, 2751 Broadway, between 105th and 106th Sts./ 7,9, 10:30PM, $38
“Rock and roll may never die; hard bop appears to be striving for immortality as well. The rip-roaring trumpeter Jim Rotondi wasn’t around for the first flowering of the earthy style, but he’s thoroughly absorbed its playbook. A faithful member of the long-running neo-bop unit One for All, Rotondi here leads a quintet with such reputable associates as the pianist David Hazeltine and the vibraphonist Joe Locke.” (NewYorker)

DAVID MURRAY AND CLASS STRUGGLE (LAST DAY)
at the Village Vanguard / 8:30PM, +10:30PM, $30
“After living in Europe for many years, Mr. Murray, a tenor saxophonist, is diving back into the New York jazz scene that once called him royalty. Mr. Murray’s waggish improvising and brawny tone have rarely sounded better than on last year’s “Perfection,” on which he performs with the pianist Geri Allen and the drummer Terri Lyne Carrington. For this weeklong run Mr. Murray presents a relatively new ensemble, Class Struggle, featuring Mingus Murray, Mr. Murray’s son, on guitar; D. D. Jackson on piano; and the brothers Rashaan and Russell Carter on bass and drums.” (GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO-NYT)

RON CARTER’S 80th BIRTHDAY WEEK (LAST DAY)
at the Blue Note, 131 W3rd St. / 8PM, +10:30PM, $30, $45
“Mr. Carter, a bassist, is one of the most recorded sidemen in jazz history. He’s also the author of some remarkable — if rather overlooked — solo albums, in formats ranging from duets to little big bands. The stately Mr. Carter will celebrate the week of his 80th birthday with concerts alongside an array of collaborators. On Tuesday, he’s in duo with the guitarist Bill Frisell; over the next four days, he will convene various quintets including the likes of Benny Golson, Kenny Barron and Renee Rosnes; and on May 7 he closes the run with his Golden Striker Trio, featuring Russell Malone on guitar and Donald Vega on piano.” (GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO-NYT)

NYC Ballet (thru May 28)
NYS/DHK Theater, Lincoln Center / 3PM. $30+
“The company continues its Here/Now Festival with four new programs that highlight new and recent choreography made for the company since 1988. Along with more performances of Alexei Ratmansky’s anticipated premiere, “Odessa,” set to music by Leonid Desyatnikov — the same composer he used for his marvelous “Russian Seasons” — other highlights include the return of two dances created by company members. Justin Peck’s spirited “The Times Are Racing,” set to electronic music by Dan Deacon and featuring street-wear costumes by Humberto Leon of Opening Ceremony, is a burst of youthful exuberance. And Lauren Lovette’s charming “For Clara,” set to Schumann and rooted in classical ballet, is as fresh as they come.” (GIA KOURLAS – NYT)

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

Jane’s Walk NYC 2017
“Join The Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS) May 5-7th for Jane’ Walk 2017! For one weekend hundreds of New Yorkers will share their expertise and enthusiasm for their city by leading FREE walking tours. Unless otherwise noted in the walk description, there is no advanced registration for Jane’s Walks. To attend, please meet the walk leader at the listed meeting location.
   >About Jane’s Walk
Celebrated in over 200 cities worldwide, Jane’s Walk is an annual festival of walking tours that honors the legendary urban activist Jane Jacobs. Hosted by MAS since 2011, Jane’s Walk NYC brings together thousands of New Yorkers for the largest festival in the world.”

ARTS FRIEZE NEW YORK
Admire the work of established 20th century masters and emerging contemporary voices at this annual visual arts event. More than 200 galleries from cities all over the world ­­including New York, São Paulo, Paris, Warsaw, London, Berlin, and Guatemala City will participate.
The fair will also include interactive, site specific works as well as talks and book signings.
Make an arts extravaganza of it.
Frieze coincides with a slew of other visual arts events this weekend (see next item).
WHEN | Friday, May 5, to Sunday, May 7
WHERE , at Randall’s Island Park, 20 Randall’s Island
INFO $46 for adults; $25 for students and children 13 to 17.
(STAV ZIV – Newsday)

AND MORE ART THIS WEEKEND!

Art New York
Pier 94; 5pm; $40, students $25, seniors $25, multiday pass $75
“Paired with sister fair Context New York, Miami import Art New York brings more than 150 galleries representing nearly 1,200 modern and contemporary artists from 50 countries to Pier 94 during New York Art Week. During fair hours, courtesy shuttle service will run to Pier 94 from the Frieze Ferry at 35th Street.
AND
Context New York
Pier 94; 5pm; $40, students $25, seniors $25, multiday pass $75
Sharing a space (and ticket) with Art New York, the Context New York art fair bills itself as a forum for dialogue between art collectors (even first-timers), galleries and artists. Stop by to check out 60 participating galleries offering work by emerging, midcareer, and cutting-edge talent.” (TONY mag)

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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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