Selected NYC Events (05/25) + Today’s Featured Pub (Upper West Side)

Today’s Super 7 NYC Events > THURSDAY/MAY 25, 2017

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

GERALD CLAYTON (Mat 23-28)
at the Village Vanguard / 8:30 and 10:30 p.m.$30
“If you could accuse the young pianist Gerald Clayton of anything, it would be of sometimes giving us resolution before we need it. A remarkable player, he seems to understand what our ear wants — blooming harmony, melodic improvisations, firm landings — and how to deliver it. On his new release, “Tributary Tales,” recorded with a core quintet and a handful of guests, he scrambles his formulas a little bit, and it’s all for the best. There’s higher contrast; the clouds hang a bit lower; and even the joyful passages feel rougher, more affecting. Here he’ll play in a trio with his longtime associates Joe Sanders on bass and Kendrick Scott on drums.” (GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO-NYT)

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

>>Bill Charlap Trio
>>Parsons Dance
>>John Lloyd Young
>>American Ballet Theatre and NYC Ballet
>>Easternization: Asia’s Rise and America’s Decline from Obama to Trump and Beyond
>>Back To Brooklyn – Author Event and Signing with Lawrence Kelter
>>PLUS Mad. Sq. Eats

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Bill Charlap Trio (May 23 – 27)
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.”

Parsons Dance (thru May 28)
Joyce Theatre, 175 Eighth Ave., at 19th St./ 7:30PM, $51-$76
“David Parsons is best known for an effective gimmick: the strobe-lighted, gravity-flouting illusions of his 1982 solo “Caught.” That signature piece is on both programs again this season, joined by a more up-to-date device: small drones that buzz around the dancers in “Hello World,” a première that grapples with human and technological evolution. There’s also “UpEnd,” a fresh collaboration between Parsons and Ephrat Asherie, a skilled and imaginative b-girl whose open spirit should fit well with the company’s enthusiastic, athletic style.” (NewYorker)

John Lloyd Young (thru May27)
Feinstein’s/54 Below, 254 W54th St./ 7PM, $95
“The Tony-winning star of Jersey Boys, both the Broadway musical and the Clint Eastwood film, brings his musical highs and puppyish eyes back to Feinstein’s/54 Below with a show that blends career favorites with new selections.” (TONY)

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 (thru July 08)
Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center / May 23, 7:30PM, $22+
“Alexei Ratmansky’s new two-act ballet, Whipped Cream, set to Richard Strauss’s 1924 “Schlagobers,” had its world premiere in Costa Mesa, California, on March 15, and was immediately hailed as a triumph of stylish kitsch — “culture marketed for shopping,” in the sage language of Times critic Alastair Macaulay. Ratmansky, a 48-year-old native of Ukraine who’s been ABT’s artist in residence since 2009, seems to be making a career of rehabilitating lost ballet scores, turning them into American masterpieces; here he takes a German composer’s neglected work and makes a confection for this moment. Whipped Cream, designed by Mark Ryden, makes its first local appearances May 22–24, and returns later in the season (June 26–July 1) for a weeklong run.” (Elizabeth Zimmer, VillageVoice)
AND
NYC Ballet (thru May 28)
NYS/DHK Theater, Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, $30+
“The Here/Now Festival is nearly over, which means one thing: It’s time to wipe the stage clean with the season’s glorious closer, George Balanchine’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” This 1962 ballet, filled with fairies and butterflies — and, of course, the antics of that mischievous goofball Puck — brings Shakespeare to dancing life in a beloved two-act production that starts out with arguments and misunderstandings and ends with a double wedding. For his version, Balanchine, who played an elf in a St. Petersburg production as a child, choreographed one of his most romantic pas de deux; this serene look at love is a jewel within a jewel.” (GIA KOURLAS – NYT)

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

Easternization: Asia’s Rise and America’s Decline from Obama to Trump and Beyond
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave./ 12PM, $25
“Gideon Rachman, the chief foreign affairs commentator for the Financial Times, is one of Britain’s top political writers. His new book, Easternization, argues that the defining trend of our age — the growing wealth of Asian nations — is transforming the international balance of power, that the shift to the East is shaping the lives of people all over the world. There will be a book signing following the event.”

Back To Brooklyn – Author Event and Signing with Lawrence Kelter
The Mysterious Bookshop, 58 Warren St./ 6:30PM, FREE
“Join us at the Mysterious Bookshop, as we celebrate the long-awaited release of the sequel to “My Cousin Vinny,” the classic novel and film from Lawrence Kelter. Picking up where the first book left off, Gambini is hot on the heels of his cousin Bill and Bill’s friend, Stan, and eventually heads home to Brooklyn where he attempts to establish a successful law career. And that’s just the beginning! Meet the author, get a signed copy of the book. and mingle with like-minded mystery fans!”

PLUS Mad. Sq. Eats (thru Jun 03)
General Worth Square; starts 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.

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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, 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 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):
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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.

Website: http://www.dinosaurbarbque.com/
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.
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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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