Today’s Sweet 6 NYC Events > TUESDAY/MAY 09, 2017
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NYC Ballet (thru May 28)
NYS/DHK Theater, Lincoln Center / 7:30PM. $65+
“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)
5 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
Music, Dance, Performing Arts
EMPIRE OF THE SUN
at Terminal 5 / 8PM, $45
“The Australian duo Empire of the Sun, which scored sleeper hits in 2008 with the synth-pop anthems “Walking on a Dream” and “We Are the People,” has become a must-see act on the summer-music-festival circuit. This concert promises to be more immersive than those outdoor performances, as Empire of the Sun will pair effervescent songs from its latest album, “Two Vines,” with an elaborate stage show that feels like the movie “Labyrinth” come to life. With Grandmaster Flash.” (KEVIN O’DONNELL-NYT)
THE BAD PLUS (May 9-14)
at Jazz Standard, / 7:30, + 9:30PM, $35
“Thanks to its group chemistry (slyly combustible) and repertoire (dissected pop tunes; slap-happy original compositions), the Bad Plus has for nearly two decades been one of improvised music’s most reliable entities. But last month the band announced that Ethan Iverson, its pianist and de facto figurehead, would leave the group in January, to be replaced by Orrin Evans. These shows are the band’s first in New York since the news broke. (GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO-NYT)
Smart Stuff / Other NYC Events
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)
William Cohan on “Why Wall Street Matters”
Museum of American Finance, 48 Wall St./ 5:30PM, $15
“Join us for an evening with New York Times bestselling author William D. Cohan on Why Wall Street Matters. Cohan’s latest book is a timely, counter-intuitive defense of Wall Street and the big banks as the invisible—albeit flawed—engines that power our ideas, and should be made to work better for all of us.”
Welcome to Your World: A Conversation
Rizzoli Bookstore, 31 W. 57th St./ 6PM, FREE
“Construct a way to hear from architecture critic Sarah Williams Goldhagen, whose new book reveals recent discoveries in cognitive psychology and neuroscience that reflect on the ways built environments impact our memories, emotions, and general well-being.” (ThoughtGallery.org)
Sketch & Sip: A City Seen
Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd St./ 6PM, $30
“From portraits to fire hydrants, street scenes to skylines, Todd Webb used his camera to capture the many contrasts of New York City in the years following World War II. Enjoy a tour of his photographs in A City Seen: Todd Webb’s Postwar New York, 1945-1960 and then choose one to sketch under the guidance of fine artist and educator Simon Levenson.
Sketch & Sip is open to adults ages 21 years old & up, of all artistic abilities. Fee includes two drinks (wine, beer, soda, and juice will be served) and drawing materials for use during class time. Advance registration is required. Space limited to 25 participants per class.”
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
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.
♦ 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.
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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’. ”
Each 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.
Phone #: (212) 691-7538
Hours: Music generally 7:30PM – 11PM, but varies
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.
“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.
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:
Fish – 280 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.
“3 Good Eating places” focuses on a quick bite, what I call “Fine Fast Food – NYCity Style”
No reservations needed.
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.
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