Selected NYC Events (06/10) + Today’s Featured Pub (Upper West Side)

Today’s Super 7  NYC Events > SATURDAY/JUNE 10, 2017

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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:

FEIST (June 10-12)
at the Town Hall / 8PM, $40-60
“The Canadian singer-songwriter Feist prefers not to rush her art. Four years elapsed between the breakthrough pop success of her 2007 album, “The Reminder,” and her next release, “Metals”; another six went by before she returned this spring with her latest album, “Pleasure,” a work of slow-burning beauty. These shows promise to be well worth the wait for Feist’s patient fans.” (NYT-SIMON VOZICK-LEVINSON)

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6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg
>>Paulo Szot: Salute to Broadway
>>Northside Festival
>>Jazz Age Lawn Party
>>Big Apple BBQ
>>Green Festival Expo
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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg / “Red Giselle” (Jun 09-11)
City Center, 31 W. 55th St./ 8PM, $60+
“The Russian choreographer Boris Eifman has built a huge following, particularly in Russia, entranced by his acrobatic and emotionally extreme style. In his 1997 portrait of the legendary Russian ballerina Olga Spessitseva, he finds a subject well suited to his operatic approach: a great but fragile artist’s descent into madness. The metaphor of “Giselle”—the tale of a young woman who dies of heartbreak and becomes a troubled spirit—is a central plot device. (Spessitseva was famous for her depiction of Giselle.) The recorded score consists of bits of Tchaikovsky, Schnittke, and Bizet.” (NewYorker)

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)

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:

Northside Festival
“This weekend, for the ninth year running, North Brooklyn’s Northside Festival of music and innovation will showcase a range of local and touring acts at venues across Williamsburg, Bushwick, and Greenpoint. Northside is probably best known for its outdoor shows in McCarren Park, where some of the fest’s most famous acts perform. This year is no different: Brooklyn’s own avant-popsters Dirty Projectors, who released their excellent, searingly personal new album in February, take that stage on Thursday, while r&b heartthrob Miguel turns up the heat on Saturday. Perhaps Northside’s biggest strength, however, is its emphasis on acts at smaller venues. One option for a more intimate experience is the ambient legend William Basinksi, who plays Williamsburg arts space National Sawdust (with Julianna Barwick’s meditative looping opening). Harder-edged fare is available as well: communist punk provocateurs Downtown Boys at Saint Vitus, or a celebration of Brooklyn label Sacred Bones’ tenth anniversary at Brooklyn Bazaar.” (Sophie Weiner, Village Voice)

Tonight’s Pick: MIGUEL
at McCarren Park / 6:30PM, $39-$44
“Miguel is one of the most versatile talents in pop: His 2015 album, “Wildheart,” drew freely from R&B, rock, funk and more, and received glowing notices from critics. While he’s popular enough to play arenas, this outdoor show, presented by Northside Festival, is a prime opportunity to hear Miguel sing about love, sex and psychedelic dreams in a more relaxed setting. The Los Angeles singer-songwriter Saro and the soul artist BJ the Chicago Kid open.” (NYT-SIMON VOZICK-LEVINSON)

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

Jazz Age Lawn Party (also Sunday)
Governors Island; 12pm; $55+
“Slap on your spats and practice the Charleston because the Jazz Age Lawn party is returning to Governor’s Island. Sip on Prohibition-era cocktails by Lejay Liqueur and local Bootlegger 21 New York, and none of the back-alley hooch of the day. Food vendors will be on hand to keep your Lindy Hop hoppin’ during incredible daylong jazz performances from Philadelphia’s prized Drew Nugent and the Midnight Society, as well as singer-songwriter Queen Esther. Sure to mesmerize is the ultimate 1920s ensemble band Michael Arenella & His Dreamland Orchestra, led by the party’s host, crooner-conductor Arenella. As the tunes blast, partake in dance lessons from instructors and perfect your fox-trot.” (TONY)

Big Apple BBQ (also Sunday)
Madison Square Park; 11am; free entry, fast pass $150
“The only big apple you’ll find here will be jammed inside a swine’s mouth—where fruit belongs. Fifteen pitmasters from across the nation bring their best barbecue offerings to the two-day cookout. There’s free entry to the block party, where you can enjoy the sounds of live bands and pony up a small fee for each plate of the smoky goods. True ’cue lovers may have a hard time stopping at just one.” (TONY)

Green Festival Expo (also Sunday)
Javits Center; 10am; single-day pass $12, run of show $32
“Consider this expo your crash course on how to go green in an urban environment. The festival welcomes sustainable-living aficionados to help attendees discover thousands of green products from the worlds of fashion, wellness, transportation and more. In addition to noshing on healthy eats at the Vegan/Vegetarian Food Court, you can check out hands-on demos, take a yoga or meditation class at the Gita Nagari Yoga Pavilion and listen to talks with over 50 speakers, including Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman.” (TONY)

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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 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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