NYC Events,”Only the Best” (06/08) + Today’s Featured Pub (Greenwich Village)

Today’s Super 7  NYC Events > THURSDAY/JUNE 08, 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:

Pop-Up Magazine: Spring Issue
TOWN HALL / 7:30PM, $35–$55
“These days, there’s a news medium for everyone: newspapers, podcasts, video, and more. Pop-Up Magazine, a project founded by Douglas McGray and Chas Edwards of the California Sunday Magazine, combines them all for an unforgettable night free from the onslaught of tweets and push notifications. Join a talented coterie of writers, filmmakers, radio producers, and photographers as they present a multimedia-enhanced “live magazine” detailing stories about pop culture, social issues, politics, and more. The roster of “contributors” to the spring issue, which has been presented in San Francisco, Chicago, and Washington, D.C., before landing in New York, includes novelist Daniel Alarcón (At Night We Walk in Circles), photographer Gillian Laub, and former Voice staffer Brittany Spanos (now at Rolling Stone). Afterward, mingle with the evening’s performers at the bar and take advantage of the opportunity to interact — through more than just an @-mention — with dozens of journalists, storytellers, and other creatives in one place.” (Tatiana Craine, Village Voice)


6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>France Rocks Festival: Fishbach
>>Nicki Parrott
>>Hiromi & Edmar Castaneda Duet
>>Paulo Szot: Salute to Broadway
>>Lower Manhattan Through Time,

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola / 7:30 and 9:30PM, $40
“A tenor saxophonist of svelte tone and free-flowing lyricism, Mr. Freeman, 67, is most at home in a swinging post-bop mode. Originally from Chicago, Mr. Freeman spent most of his career in New York before moving to Europe for a decade; he returned to the United States last year, and he is still working to reinsert himself in the scene. He performs here with his Plus-tet, a group he assembled upon his return that includes the pianist Anthony Wonsey, the bassist Kenny Davis, the vibraphonist Warren Wolf and the drummer Nasheet Waits.” (GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO-NYT)

France Rocks Festival: Fishbach
Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center/ 7:30PM, FREE, better get there early.
“Here’s your chance to experience the moody, ’80s inspired music of “one of the most promising women of French pop” (RFI). Fishbach, the synth-pop project of 25-year-old singer-songwriter Flora Fischbach, burst onto the scene at the Festival des InRocks in 2015, gathering critical accolades and a growing legion of fans at major French music festivals, including the Printemps de Bourges and Trans Musicales de Rennes. With her darkly sensual voice set over electro beats, Fishbach brings magic to macabre lyrics that recall poète noir Arthur Rimbaud, who also hails from Fischbach’s hometown of Charleville-Mézières in eastern France.”

Nicki Parrott
Birdland, 315 W. 44th St./ 8;30PM, +11PM, $40
“Parrott, a formidable mainstream bassist and singer of considerable charm, has discovered a sweet spot in the repertoire of the late vocal legend Blossom Dearie, as revealed on her enchanting new album, “Dear Blossom.” Her effervescent trio includes the neo-swing guitarist Frank Vignola.” (NewYorker)

Hiromi & Edmar Castaneda Duet (June 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

Paulo Szot: Salute to Broadway (June 06-10)
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)

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

Lower Manhattan Through Time,
Mid-Manhattan Library / 6:30PM, FREE
“This illustrated presentation features a discussion of how much some parts of Lower Manhattan have changed over time, while also showing just how much other downtown locations have remained the same, using the popular “then and now” format.”

with Richard Panchyk, author of 26 books, including “New York City Skyscrapers,” “German New York City,” “Catholic New York City,” and “New York City History for Kids.”

Split Screens Festival  (LAST DAY)
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)


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)

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.,, 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 discovery and enjoyment.
See Below.

♦ 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 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.

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.
“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.

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:

Fish – 280 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.

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