NYC Events,”Only the Best” (06/16) + Today’s Featured Pub (Times Square / Theater District)

Today’s Super 7  NYC Events > FRIDAY/JUNE 16, 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:

Tierney Sutton (June 15-17)
Jazz Standard, 116 E. 27th St./ 7:30PM, $35
“Three years after she trained her sights on Joni Mitchell, with her 2013 musical mash note “After Blue,” the inclusive jazz vocalist Sutton put a personal spin on the work of Gordon Sumner with “The Sting Variations.” “Roxanne” didn’t make the cut, but such soundtrack-of-a-generation material as “Message in a Bottle” and “Fields of Gold” is given new life.” (NewYorker)

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6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>GEORGE COLEMAN QUARTET
>>Contemporary Dance: Ballet
>>Marilyn Maye
>>Swan Lake
>>Bloomsday on Broadway XXXVI
>>AMIR ELSAFFAR AND RIVERS OF SOUND
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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

GEORGE COLEMAN QUARTET
at Smoke Jazz Club, / 7PM and 9PM, $45
“A leading elder statesman in jazz, Mr. Coleman is known for his subtly adventurous solos, full of extended arpeggios; his keen but coolheaded tone; and a brief affiliation with the Miles Davis Quintet in the 1960s that jump-started his career. He didn’t record as a leader until the mid-1970s, but has released a steady stream of satisfying work ever since. Last year’s “A Master Speaks” was recorded at Smoke, and Mr. Coleman — a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master — returns to the club this weekend for a three-night run. He’s joined by the pianist Jeb Patton, the bassist John Webber and the drummer Joe Farnsworth.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

Contemporary Dance: Ballet
BRYANT PARK PRESENTS (Fridays through July 14)
at Bryant Park / 6PM, FREE
“For the opening of its Friday evening summer dance series, Bryant Park Presents offers a program devoted to ballet including David Fernandez’s neoclassical Some Dance Company, which includes members from New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theater; Gabrielle Lamb’s Pigeonwing Dance; Da’ Von Doane & Artists of the Shift, led by that Dance Theater of Harlem dancer; Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance; and Bennyroyce Dance, which will present dances by Norbert De La Cruz III, Bennyroyce Royon and the former Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater principal Elizabeth Roxas-Dobrish. Coming performances in this weekly mixed bill include the Ashley Bouder Project, HopeBoykinDance and the Limón Dance Company.” (NYT-GIA KOURLAS)

Marilyn Maye (June 14-17)
Metropolitan Room, 34 W. 22nd St./ 9PM, $35
“Posting herself at the crossroads where cabaret, jazz, and Broadway meet, the resilient octogenarian vocalist Maye embodies showbiz experience that seems unimaginable today—including seventy-six appearances on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.” She may be a throwback to another era, but her life force speaks firmly of the now.” (NewYorker)

Swan Lake (Jun 12 – 17)
American Ballet Theatre @ Metropolitan Opera House / 7:30PM, $22+
“The swans haven’t left the lake just yet: This weekend is your final chance to catch performances of “Swan Lake.” (And Saturday night, Misty Copeland is scheduled to dance.) Beginning Monday, another love story consumes Ballet Theater when John Cranko’s “Onegin,” based on Pushkin’s novel in verse, opens with Diana Vishneva in the first of her final two performances with the company. That remarkably lush dancer will pour her emotions into the part of Tatiana opposite the debonair Marcelo Gomes. On Tuesday and Thursday, Alessandra Ferri, the veteran ballerina, performs as a guest artist with Roberto Bolle.” (NYT-GIA KOURLAS)

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

Bloomsday on Broadway XXXVI
Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway / 7PM, $26
“For over a decade, Joyce’s great work was famously banned throughout the United States. This year’s Bloomsday features authors, actors and devoted Joyceans performing readings from the offensive, subversive, obscene, political, sexual and heretical elements of Ulysses. Featuring a Whirlwind Tour of all 18 chapters of Ulysses, hosted by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon; Kirsten Vangsness (Criminal Minds) as Molly Bloom; and an exploration of the court battles and impassioned efforts to save or condemn Joyce’s contentious book, hosted by author Kevin Birmingham (The Most Dangerous Book: The Battle for James Joyce’s Ulysses).”

More selected events coming soon.

and don’t forget this continuing event, an eclectic extravaganza that is an annual highlight in Lower Manhattan –  the very lowest WestSide of Manhattan:

River To River Festival (June 14–25)
The 16th annual River To River Festival will have over 100+ performances — with 12 days of dance, music, theater and the visual arts activities. The festival will take place across 31 unique sites across Lower Manhattan and Governors Island.

TONIGHT: AMIR ELSAFFAR AND RIVERS OF SOUND
at 28 Liberty Plaza / 6PM, FREE
“In Rivers of Sound, Mr. ElSaffar’s 17-piece ensemble, rhythm is a load-bearing vehicle, steadily carrying his compositions across land and sea. The pulse changes hands often, Mr. ElSaffar’s trumpet working in an exchange with the tabla and the guitar and the buzuq, a stringed instrument from the eastern Mediterranean. Rivers of Sound brings together virtuosos from Middle Eastern, South Asian and Western jazz traditions, and its music has a liquid quality: It’s full of momentum, but not in the way of a single moving thing. Instead, it seems to flow and spill across bounds. The group’s release of “Not Two,” its arresting debut album, on Friday occasions this free concert, part of the serendipitously named River to River Festival.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

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

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 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

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

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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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