NYC Events,”Only the Best” (06/06) + Today’s Featured Pub (WestVillage)

Today’s Sweet 7  NYC Events > TUESDAY/JUNE 06, 2017

“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to.” We make it as easy as 1-2-3.
For future NYC Events be sure to check the tab above: “Notable NYC Events-June”

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

BLUE NOTE JAZZ FESTIVAL PRESENTS:
Hiromi & Edmar Castaneda Duet (Jun 06-11)
Blue Note , / 8:00PM, +10:30PM, $30-$45
“Japan has produced an impressive assemblage of jazz pianists; from Toshiko Akiyoshi and Makoto Ozone to Junko Onishi. And now, well into the change of the 21st century, the pianist/composer Hiromi Uehara is the latest in that line of amazing musicians. Ever since the 2003 release of her debut Telarc CD Another Mind, Hiromi has electrified audiences and critics east and west, with a creative energy that encompasses and eclipses the boundaries of jazz, classical and pop parameters; taking improvisation and composition to new heights of complexity and sophistication. Her new CD, Alive, her ninth as a leader, features her critically-acclaimed Trio Project, consisting of contrabass guitarist Anthony Jackson (Steely Dan, Paul Simon, Michel Camilo, The OJays, and Chick Corea) and drummer Simon Phillips (Toto, The Who, Judas Priest, David Gilmour, and Jack Bruce).

“Hiromi is one of the most remarkable pianists of the past half century.” All Music

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6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>The Met Orchestra
>>Paulo Szot: Salute to Broadway
>>Chrysta Bell
>>Split Screens Festival
>>In Search of the Lost Chord: 1967 and the Hippie Idea
>>Jazz 101: Cool Jazz, Hard Bop, Modal Jazz, Free Jazz
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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

The Met Orchestra
at Carnegie Hall / 8PM, $27.50+
“The players of the Metropolitan Opera continue their survey of Mahler, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen. Saturday afternoon, Schumann’s Symphony No. 3 prefaces “Das Lied von der Erde,” with the mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill and the tenor Stuart Skelton. At 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Mahler’s “Blumine” and the “Kindertotenlieder,” sung by Anne Sofie von Otter, come with Sibelius, in the form of the Violin Concerto, played by Christian Tetzlaff, and the Symphony No. 7.” (DAVID ALLEN, NYT)

Paulo Szot: Salute to Broadway
Feinstein’s/54 Below / 7PM, $45-$65
“The vocally superb Brazilian baritone Paulo Szot, who made Broadway audiences swoon as Emile De Becque in the 2008 revival of South Pacific, returns to Feinstein’s/54 with a new batch of favorites from musical-theater history.” (TONY)

Chrysta Bell
JOE’S PUB, / 9:30PM, $15
“It’s going to be a busy summer for Chrysta Bell. Not only does she have an acting role on Showtime’s Twin Peaks reboot, but the Texas native is also hitting the road in support of her album, We Dissolve, out June 9. The record’s first single, “Gravity,” shows the singer’s lighter side, as she moves away from the strained persona of her past works and toward a playful, more optimistic identity. Part of the shift likely comes from the absence of her longtime collaborator and morbid Twin Peaks director, David Lynch, with whom she released her two preceding records. On her own, Bell fashions a straightforward song structure that allows her airy, ethereal voice — instead of a brooding composition — to build the songs. After all, if David Lynch describes you as a “beautiful alien” the first time he sees you perform, you’re probably doing something right already.” (Devon Antonetti, VillageVoice)

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

Split Screens Festival
at IFC Center
“This theater, home to the country’s largest documentary film festival, Doc NYC, is now bingeing on the fictional marvels of television. Programmed by the film and TV critic Matt Zoller Seitz, this festival, which will continue through Thursday, is divided into premieres, including HBO’s “The Deuce”; showcases, including a panel on Amazon’s “The Man in the High Castle”; close-ups — as the festival is calling its onstage interviews — with Margo Martindale and Rami Malek; and a rewind of the nightmarish finale of NBC’s “Hannibal.” (KATHRYN SHATTUCK-NYT)

In Search of the Lost Chord: 1967 and the Hippie Idea
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave./ 7PM, $25
“Fifty years after 1967, Danny Goldberg explores the continued relevance of political and cultural movements from that pivotal year in history. 1967 was the year of the release of the Beatles’s Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and of debut albums from the Doors, the Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, among many others.
In addition to the thriving music scene, 1967 was also the year of the Summer of Love; the year that millions of now-illegal LSD tabs flooded America; Muhammad Ali was convicted of avoiding the draft; Martin Luther King Jr. publicly opposed the war in Vietnam; Stokely Carmichael championed Black Power; Israel won the Six-Day War; and Che Guevara was murdered. It was the year that hundreds of thousands of protesters vainly attempted to levitate the Pentagon. It was the year the word “hippie” peaked and died, and the Yippies were born.

Author and entertainment executive Danny Goldberg tells the subjective history of 1967 — the year he graduated from high school — by looking not only at the political causes but also at the spiritual, musical and psychedelic movements.”

Jazz 101: Cool Jazz, Hard Bop, Modal Jazz, Free Jazz
Jazz at Lincoln Center, Rose Hall/Time Warner Center, 5th Floor/ 6:30PM, $35
“As the 1940s gave way to the 1950s, Jazz developed many new offshoot styles. Cool Jazz arrived, seeking a marriage of BeBop and Swing Era music. Hard Bop sought to infuse bop with Blues and Gospel roots. Modal Jazz wanted to rebuild the music’s harmonic system completely, while Free Jazz sought to uproot many (and sometimes all!) of our preconceptions of what this music should sound like! Join us as we explore these many styles, and the innovators who created them.”

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and don’t forget this continuing event, an eclectic extravaganza that is an annual highlight for the very Upper WestSide of Manhattan:

2017 Uptown Arts Stroll
“The 2017 Uptown Arts Stroll is kicking off with a bang. Since 2003, this annual showcase has offered a variety of arts and cultural events in Washington Heights, Inwood and West Harlem; in addition to performances, it’s presenting art exhibitions, literary events and open studios.” (untappedcities)

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Bonus NYC events– Jazz Venues:
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, 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 2016.  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 / West Village

Corner Bistro / 331 W. 4th St.

Sometimes you just need a beer and a burger. If so, Corner Bistro is the place you want. Located just outside the hip Meatpacking district, this corner bar and grill is decidedly unhip, but it’s not uncrowded, especially at night. Seems that everyone knows this place has one of the better burgers in town.

kac_120405_phude_corner_bistro_bar_1000-600x450In the maze of streets known as the West Village, where West 4th intersects with West 12th (and West 11th, and West 10th, go figure), you will eventually find Corner Bistro on the corner of West 4th and Jane Street. An unassuming neighborhood tavern, it looks just like dozens of other taverns around town.

The bartender tells me that the Corner Bistro celebrated it’s 50th anniversary last year. The well worn interior tells me that the place itself is much older.

Corner Bistro has outlasted many of those other taverns around town because they know how to keep it simple — just good burgers and beer, fairly priced. The classic bistro Burger is only $6.75, and should be ordered medium rare, which will be plenty rare for most folks. Actually, it will be a juicy, messy delight – make sure you have extra napkins. I like to pull up a stool and sit by the large front window in the afternoon, where I can rest my burger and beer on the shelf, and watch the Villagers walk by.

Corner Bistro seems to attract very different groups of patrons depending on time of day. While it’s crowded with locals in the evening, in the afternoon you hear different foreign languages, and watch groups of euro tourists wander in, led by their guidebooks and smartphones.

For the classic Bistro experience, order your burger with a McSorley’s draft, the dark preferably. This is the same beer that you can get over at the original McSorley’s in the East Village, the pub that claims to be the oldest continually operating bar in NYCity. The only difference is that this McSorley’s ale is served with a smile by the bartenders here. Or you can get a Sierra Nevada, Stella, or Hoegaarden on tap if you want to go upscale a bit. Either way this is a simple, but quality burger and beer experience that is just too rare these days (sorry for the pun).
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Website: cornerbistrony.com
Phone #: 212-242-9502
Hours: 11:30am-4am Mon-Sat; 12pm-4am Sun
Happy Hour: NO
Music: Juke Box
Subway: #1/2/3 to 14th St. (S end of platform)
Walk 2 blk W. on 13th St. to 8th Ave.; 1 blk S. on 8th Ave. to Jane St.
Update:
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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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