Selected NYC Events (05/11) + Today’s Featured Pub (Upper West Side)

Today’s Super 7 NYC Events > THURSDAY/MAY 11, 2017

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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:

Chucho Valdés Quartet 75th Birthday Celebration (May 9-14)
Blue Note, 131 W. 3rd St./ 8PM,+10:30PM, $40-$55
“A powerhouse virtuoso, the Cuban pianist Valdés remains a force of nature, both lushly romantic and bitingly percussive in his sweeping improvisations. Celebrating his seventy-fifth birthday at the helm of a galvanic quartet, Valdés will demonstrate an undiminished ability to fuse Afro-Caribbean rhythms and Stateside hard bop with joyous abandon.” (NewYorker)


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

>>Charles R. Hale and David Raleigh: Jazz in the City
>>Quarks to Culture: How We Came to Be
>>Hidden Wonders of Korea
>>The Chinese Mind: Traditional Wisdom and Its Transformation in Modern Times


Music, Dance, Performing Arts

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)

at Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St./ 8PM, $35
“Omar Souleyman was a popular wedding singer in his home country of Syria until civil war broke out there, forcing him to flee to Turkey in 2011. But that has not stopped his career; in fact, his audience has only grown thanks to his kinetic and buzzing take on traditional dabke music, which Mr. Souleyman and his band modernize with synthesizers and electric ouds. Next month, Mr. Souleyman will release a new album, “To Syria, With Love,” which he has described as an ode to his native country — and one that is devoid of politics.” (KEVIN O’DONNELL-NYT)

Charles R. Hale and David Raleigh: Jazz in the City
The Duplex, 61 Christopher St. / 7PM, $20
“Hale guides audiences through a spoken tour of NYC’s jazz legacy, musical illustrated by pianist-singer Raleigh and his trio. Natalie Douglas directs.” (TONY)

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

Quarks to Culture: How We Came to Be
Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 Fifth Ave./ 6:30PM, FREE
“Professor of biology and environmental studies Tyler Volk gives an illustrated lecture on his new book, which looks at the way life builds on life. He’ll describe what he calls the “grand sequence,” as it escalates “from elementary quanta to globalized human civilization.”  (

Hidden Wonders of Korea
Location: Near the Hammerstein Ballroom on 34th Street / 8th Avenue – full address provided upon RSVP to 6PM-7:45PM
The event consists of a short film screening followed by a traditional Korean meal.
The film covers Korea’s hidden artistic and cultural legacies of the past. It also covers Korea’s industrial development after the Korean War. After the film we will serve a traditional Korean meal with desserts.

The event is organized by KSCPP (Korean Spirit and Culture Promotion Project), a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness of Korean culture, history, art and modern economy.

The Chinese Mind: Traditional Wisdom and Its Transformation in Modern Times
China Institute,100 Washington St./ 6:30PM, $10
“Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism constitute the “three teachings” that have historically had the largest influence on Chinese culture. This lecture by acclaimed scholar Yu Zhenhua will explore these three influential schools of thought from the perspective of world history, and examine what happened when Chinese society was confronted with the large-scale introduction of Western ideas, beginning in the 17th century. What were the foundations of these three major schools of Chinese thought? What effect has Western philosophy and thought had on these beliefs over time? How have these philosophies shaped the Chinese mind as it exists today?”

And don’t forget these outer borough events:

The annual plant sale (with talks and workshops, too) at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Day 1 of Bronx Week 2017, which celebrates the citizens of the borough with events through May 21. Times and prices vary.

Bonus NYC Events – Jazz Clubs:
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 (UG), classic jazz joints. all 6 within walking distance of each other):
Village Vanguard – UG, 178 7th Ave. South,, 212-255-4037
Blue Note – 131 W3rd St. nr 6th ave., 212-475-8592
55 Bar – basement @55 Christopher St. nr 7th ave.S., 212-929-9883
Mezzrow – basement @ 163 W10th St. nr 7th Ave.,646-476-4346
Smalls – basement @ 183 W10th St., 646-476-4346
Cornelia Street Cafe – UG, 29 Cornelia St., 212-989-9319

Outside Greenwich Village:
Dizzy’s Club – Broadway @ 60th St. — / 212-258-9595
Birdland – 315 W44th St.(btw 8/9ave) — / 212-581-3080
Smoke Jazz Club – 2751 Broadway nr.106th St. — / 212-864-6662

Special Mention:
Caffe Vivaldi – 32 Jones St. nr Bleecker St. — / 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.

♦ 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 in advance at these top NYC events, even if just on day of performance.
NYCity Vacation Travel Guide Video (Expedia):

A PremierPub / Upper West Side

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que / 700 W125th St. @ 12th ave.

Walk only five minutes from the 125th St. station on the #1 line to find this authentic honky-tonk barbecue joint. Some folks think Dinosaur is just a place to eat ribs. Au contraire. With 24 carefully selected taps, this is a place to drink beer, and eat ribs.

HarlHostStandNo food goes better with American craft ales than American barbecue. Dinosaur may be the best combo of good beer drinking and hearty eating in town, which makes the trip uptown to West Harlem totally worthwhile.

This second incarnation of Dinosaur in Harlem is in a two story, old brick warehouse near the Hudson River. Don’t let that run down exterior fool you. Inside it’s a large space with huge, rough wooden columns and unfinished wooden floors and brick walls – just right for a bbq joint. As soon as you open the front door you are hit with that tantalizing aroma of barbecue coming from the large open kitchen. Reminds me of those great rib joints I frequented when stationed in North Carolina all those years ago. If your stomach wasn’t grumbling before, it is now.

Head to the bar, sit down and try to decide on a beer. It’s not an easy decision – a good problem to have. This is a pretty damn good beer list to choose from, one that most beer bars should be jealous of. I love that they feature NY craft beers. You may want to try the four beer sampler, which is always fun, and in this place may be necessary.

The blues music playing in the background will get you in the mood for their North Carolina style barbecue, and even when it’s a full house your order shouldn’t take too long (assuming you snagged a table). The food is all slow smoked, so it’s already mostly done and ready to go. I always start with an order of their giant, spice rubbed wings, so good they may make you give up Buffalo wings.

Unfortunately, a place this good does not fly under the radar. There can be some long waits for a table at dinnertime. So you need a strategy – avoid prime time, and try not to arrive with your entire posse, which will limit your seating options.

A seat at the bar, a small table in the bar area, or in the summer, an outside table underneath what’s left of the elevated West Side Highway, all may open before a table inside the main dining room. Otherwise, try Dinosaur for lunch, or come very late for dinner, maybe after a show at the nearby Cotton Club nightclub.

Phone #: 212-694-1777
Hours: Mo-Th 11:30am-11:00pm; Fr-Sa 11:30am-12:00am;
Su 12:00pm-10:00pm
Happy Hour: 4-7pm every day; $1 off all drinks
Music: Fri / Sat 10:30pm
Subway: #1 to 125th St.
Walk 2 blk W on 125th St. to Dinosaur Bar-B-Q,
just past the elevated highway.
“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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