Selected Events (05/17) + Today’s Featured Pub (Times Square / Theater District)

Today’s Super 7 NYC Events > WEDNESDAY/MAY 17, 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:

Jazz Standard / 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $30
“Over two nights and four sets, charismatic clarinetist Anat Cohen and her Trio Brasileiro cohorts will be celebrating the release of her new recording, Rosa Dos Ventos, on Anzic Records. The clarinetist says: “Playing with Trio Brasileiro – three of the most sensitive, inventive musicians I know, along with being sweet guys – is such a joy for me. And I think you can hear that joy in the music we make together.”

Commenting on a 2016 performance by Anat Cohen and Trio Brasileiro, veteran critic Don Heckman described “a stunning display of Brazilian choro and samba music…All of the tunes stood on their own (many were original compositions), contrasting beautifully composed segments against the guitar and mandolin improvisation of Dudu Maia with Anat Cohen’s high–flying clarinet solos…At their best, the players illuminated the deep, creative comparisons between choro and jazz.”

Anytime Anat is playing in this town she is going to be my top event. I’ll be there tonight to hear one of America’s top clarinet players perform her magic.

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

>>Bill Charlap Trio
>>Brandon Uranowitz: The Songs of William Finn
>>American Ballet Theatre
>>The Final Season of the Gilded Age
>>“It Happens Every Spring” with Pulitzer Prize-Winner Ira Berkow
>>PLUS Mad. Sq. Eats


Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Bill Charlap Trio (May 16 – 21)
With pianist Bill Charlap, bassist Peter Washington, and drummer Kenny Washington
Dizzy’s Club / 7:30PM +9:30PM, $35
“Charlap approaches a song the way a lover approaches his beloved…when he sits down to play, the result is an embrace, an act of possession. The tune rises, falls, disappears, and resurfaces in new forms as Charlap ranges over the keyboard with nimble, crisply swinging lines, subtly layered textures, dense chords, and spiky interjections.” TIME Magazine

One of the world’s premier jazz pianists, Bill Charlap has performed and recorded with modern masters ranging from Phil Woods and Wynton Marsalis, to Tony Bennett and Barbra Streisand. Since 1997, he has led the GRAMMY® Award-nominated Bill Charlap Trio with bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington, now recognized as a leading group in jazz. Veterans of top jazz clubs including the Village Vanguard, Birdland, and – of course – Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, this trio is exemplary for its jaw-dropping level of chemistry and on-the-fly interactivity, made possible by both technical chops and hard-earned experience.”

Brandon Uranowitz: The Songs of William Finn
Feinstein’s/54 Below, 254 W54th St. / 9:30PM, $35+
“A 2015 Tony nominee for An American in Paris, Uranowitz recently charmed audiences (and earned a second Tony nomination) as the neurotic psychiatrist Mendel in the Broadway revival of William Finn’s Falsettos. In his solo Feinstein’s/54 Below act, he shows how well he fits the Bill with more of Finn’s vibrant, stubborn, zig-zagging songs.” (TONY)

Elsewhere, but flamenco is always worth the detour.
at BAM Fisher, 321 Ashland Place / 7:30PM, $25
“Dedicated to keeping flamenco alive and growing, this New York-based ensemble comes to BAM Fisher with three new works by Spanish choreographers, performed by 14 dancers and musicians from Spain and the United States. “El Pintor,” by Antonio Hidalgo, takes inspiration from the symbolist painter Julio Romero de Torres; José Maldonado’s “Pa’ Triana Voy” evokes life in the Seville neighborhood of Triana; and Angel Muñoz riffs on the traditional style known as soleá por bulerías in a piece for four men.” (SIOBHAN BURKE-NYT)

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)
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)

The Final Season of the Gilded Age
New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West/ 6:30PM, $48
“Architectural historian Barry Lewis talks about the uniquely American take on neo-classicism that appeared in U.S. architecture in the decades leading up to WWI. The talk is in anticipation of the new New-York Historical Society exhibition W​orld War I Beyond the Trenches​, which opens a week from Friday.” (
I enjoyed an entire semester with Barry Lewis and there is no one more fascinating and knowledgeable about New York history.

“It Happens Every Spring” with Pulitzer Prize-Winner Ira Berkow
Bergino Baseball Clubhouse, 67 E. 11th St./ 7PM, FREE, RSVP required to attend.
Opinions and reflections on the National Pastime from one of New York’s most popular sportswriters.

Ira Berkow is a former sports columnist and feature writer for “The New York Times,” where he worked for more than 25 years. He shared the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting in 2001 and was a finalist for the Pulitzer for commentary in 1988.

We’ll let these gents have the word…
“It can be stated as a law that the sportswriter whose horizons are no wider than the outfield fences is a bad sportswriter because he has no sense of proportion and no awareness of the real world around him. Ira Berkow knows that what is important about a game is not the score but the people who play it.” -Red Smith

“Ira Berkow belongs to that rare breed: a writer who specializes in sports but whose subjects represent a broad range in human aspirations and challenges.” -Gay Talese

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 6 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.”

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.,, 212-608-0555
Feinstein’s/54 Below – 254 W54th St.,, 646-476-3551
Joe’s Pub @ Public Theater – 425 Lafayette St.,, 212-967-7555
Metropolitan Room – 34W22ndSt., metropolitan, 212-206-0440
Beacon Theatre – 2124 Broadway @ 74th St.,, 212-465-6500
Town Hall – 123 W43rd St.,, 212-997-6661
B.B. King’s Blues Bar – 237W42nd St.,, 212-997-2144
Bowery Ballroom – 6 Delancey St.,
Le Poisson Rouge – 158 Bleecker St.,, 212-505-3474

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


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.
Website: are you kidding !
(although there is a facebook page with lots of photos –
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

“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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