Selected NYC Events (05/15) + Today’s Featured Pub (Greenwich Village)

Today’s Super 7 NYC Events > MONDAY/MAY 15, 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:

THE DIZZY GILLESPIE AFRO CUBAN EXPERIENCE
Blue Note, 131 W 3rd St./ 8:00PM, 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.”

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

>>JAZZMEIA HORN
>>Lea Salonga
>>American Ballet Theatre
>>Deep Life: The Hunt for Hidden Biology of Earth, Mars, and Beyond
>>Let’s Get Organized!
>>Mad. Sq. Eats

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

JAZZMEIA HORN
at Dizzy’s Club / 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., $30
“On Friday the young vocalist Ms. Horn releases her debut album, “A Social Call.” The record declares her allegiance to the jazz tradition, while claiming space for a contemporary perspective. Its 10 tracks include the standards “Tight” and “East of the Sun (And West of the Moon)”; the Stylistics’ “People Make the World Go Round”; and the gospel number “Up Above My Head.” Ms. Horn, who won the 2015 Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Competition, has an arrestingly precise attack — dilated in the low end and neatly pinched up top. She’s joined at these shows by the tenor saxophonist Stacy Dillard, the trumpeter Josh Evans, the trombonist Frank Lacy, the pianist Victor Gould, the bassist Barry Stephenson and the drummer Henry Conerway III.” (GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO-NYT)

Lea Salonga (May 11-22)
Feinstein’s/54 Below, 254 W 54thSt./ 7PM, $95+
“The radiant star of Broadway’s Miss Saigon and Allegiance (and Disney’s Mulan and Aladdin) returns to the cabaret stage with a show that includes show tunes, standards and pop songs.” (TONY)

“After a sold-out engagement last April, Lea Salonga returns to Feinstein’s/54 Below with a show The New York Times called “one of the year’s most satisfying cabaret shows” and Theatermania touted as “unmissable”! Salonga smartly weaves together a set list of her favorite standards, go-to pop tunes, and Broadway ballads. This trio of piano, guitar, and voice ensures an intimate experience with a true Broadway icon. Salonga joins us for a record-breaking run of 15 performances this spring!”

PLUS, for the remainder of May it is dueling ballet companies, as the city’s two major companies, A.B.T. and New York City Ballet, face off at Lincoln Center – only in NY.

American Ballet Theatre (May 15 thru July 08)
Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center / (May 15-16, 7:30 p.m.; May 17, 2 and 7:30 p.m.; May 18, 7:30 p.m). $22+
“ABT kicks off its eight-week spring engagement with its 1995 production of “Don Quixote,” the first in this season’s lineup of full-length story ballets. It may not be the most nuanced or substantive work, but as a vehicle for pyrotechnic feats, it sparkles. Casting for the leading couple — Kitri and Basilio — includes Gillian Murphy and Cory Stearns on Monday and Thursday, and Misty Copeland and Jeffrey Cirio on Tuesday.” (SIOBHAN BURKE-NYT)
and
NYC Ballet (May 16 thru May 28)
NYS/DHK Theater, Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, $30+
“Of the works in City Ballet’s four-week Here/Now festival, those by Justin Peck, the company’s artist in residence, have been among the freshest — the most aligned with the festival’s title. On Friday Mr. Peck unveils his third collaboration with the indie composer Sufjan Stevens, “The Decalogue,” performed by 10 dancers to a commissioned score for solo piano. It repeats on Sunday, Thursday andMay 20, sharing a bill with ballets by Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Jorma Elo and Peter Martins.” (GIA KOURLAS – NYT)

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

Deep Life: The Hunt for Hidden Biology of Earth, Mars, and Beyond
AMNH, Hayden Planetarium Space Theater, 7:30PM, $15
“Geoscientist Tullis Onstott provides an insider’s look at pioneering fieldwork on Earth’s thriving subterranean biosphere—a place where scientists once thought life could not possibly exist. Onstott reveals how astonishing new discoveries by geomicrobiologists exploring Earth’s most extreme environments are furthering the search for life elsewhere in the solar system. A book signing follows.”

Let’s Get Organized!
92Y, Lexington Avenue at 92nd St. / 7:00PM, $30 ​
“Personal organizer Meryl Starr offers her organizing solutions and strategic maintenance tips in this workshop. Identify what clutter is, where it is in your environment, how it is affecting you and how to let go.”

Mad. Sq. Eats (thru Jun 03)
General Worth Square; 11am; free access
“Twice a year, this outdoor food fest brings buzzworthy bites from the city’s best restaurants to Worth Square in the Flatiron District. Best eats include Roberta’s sensational pizza, MeltKraft grilled cheese sandwiches and cheesesteaks by the Truffleist. The one-stop shop for the tastiest grub in town will be available every day until June 3, so make sure to wear your stretchy pants.” (TONY)

The great food options here along with the lovely Madison Square Park across the street make an unbeatable combo.

And don’t forget these outer borough events:
Day 4 of Bronx Week 2017, which celebrates the citizens of the borough with events through May 21. Times and prices vary.

And while you are in the Bronx you won’t want to miss this:
CHIHULY (thru Oct.29)
New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd./ $20 to $25
“Step into the sublimely colorful mind of multimedia artist Dale Chihuly at this larger-than-life exhibition, where over twenty of the celebrated creators’ gigantic pieces will take over the 250-acre grounds of the New York Botanical Garden, with installations created especially for the exhibit. Don’t miss special after-dark hours to experience the glassworks illuminated.”

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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 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 discovery and enjoyment.
See Below.

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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 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’. ”

maxresdefaultEach 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.

Website: http://caffevivaldi.com/
Phone #: (212) 691-7538
Hours: Music generally 7:30PM – 11PM, but varies
Lunch/Dinner 11AM-on
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.
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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.

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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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:

Fish280 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.

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“3 Good Eating places” focuses on a quick bite, what I call “Fine Fast Food – NYCity Style”
No reservations needed.
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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.

◊ For all my picks of 54 Good Eating places, and essays on my favorite 18 PremierPubs in 9 Neighborhoods on Manhattan’s WestSide, order a copy of my e-book:
“Eating and Drinking on NYCity’s WestSide” ($4.99, available Fall 2017).
◊ Order before Aug. 31, 2017 and receive a bonus – 27 of my favorite casual dining places with free Wi-Fi.

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