NYC Events,”Only the Best” (06/24) + Today’s Featured Pub (Upper West Side)

Today’s Super 7 NYC Events > SATURDAY/JUNE 24, 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:

Mike LeDonne and Peter Washington
Mezzrow, 163 W. 10th St./ 8PM, 9:30PM, $20-$25
“LeDonne possesses a split musical personality. Though he can be found uptown at an electric organ nearly every Tuesday night, leading his aptly named Groover Quartet, this bop-soaked stylist made his name as a vigorous pianist alongside such legends as Milt Jackson and Benny Golson. He sticks to the 88’s here, joined by the elegant bassist Washington.” (NewYorker)

I love this basement jazz club, but pay the extra $5 for a reserved table – much better seating than way back in the bar area.


6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>Harold Mabern Trio
>>The Mountain Goats
>>Masquerade on the Town
>>Art History Lectures – The Great Masters of Art Series: Velázquez, Rembrandt, Goya, Manet


Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Harold Mabern Trio (also Sunday)
Smoke Jazz Club, 2751 Broadway, between 105th and 106th Sts./ 7, 9, 10:30PM, $38
“You can take the man out of Memphis, but the bluesy refinement and soulful phrasing that this veteran stylist soaked up from such resident masters as Phineas Newborn, Jr., is now solidly part of his musical makeup. Mabern, a New York fixture for nearly sixty years, will galvanize the room with assistance from two like-minded associates, the bassist David Wong and the drummer Joe Farnsworth.” (NewYorker)

Onegin (LAST DAY)
American Ballet Theatre (through July 8)
@ Metropolitan Opera House / 2PM +8PM, $22+
“Pushkin’s great verse novel, Eugene Onegin, is interpreted with flawless storytelling skill by John Cranko. With a wealth of magical moments, this compelling tale features an unusual twist of double unrequited love—while the high-handed Onegin at first spurns the young, naive Tatiana, she blooms to become a sophisticated St. Petersburg aristocrat who, in turn, rejects his subsequent advances in a final crushing blow. Tchaikovsky’s vivid music brings to life the world of Imperial Russia with beauty, drama and passion.”

The Mountain Goats
Beacon Theater / 8PM, $40-$60
“Beloved first for his lo-fi boombox recordings of wry, passionate, literature-inflected acoustic songs, John Darnielle has in the last ten years embraced the studio for his full-band recordings as the Mountain Goats. The title of their sixteenth album, Goths, released this May, should not surprise longtime fans: Darnielle has always identified with and championed misunderstood outsiders. He channels this particular subculture through unexpected dulcet tones of vibraphone, brushed drums, and piano. But, weirdly, it works, and the real beauty is as always in the simultaneously heartfelt and nimble lyrics, which tell detail-rich stories of wise, wayward youth. On record these newer studio tracks can come off as dad-rock, but they invariably shine live. The band rocks really hard without losing their jazzlike sense of rhythm, and Darnielle veers between stand-up-esque stage banter and terrifyingly passionate singing. A tour supporting Goths’s tender humor and wacky instrumentation offer a new way to feel the spirit.” (Zoë Beery, VillageVoice)

at the Village Vanguard / 8:30, +10:30PM, $30 (he’s good, may need to try the late show)
“Mr. Potter is a hyper-articulate tenor saxophonist and bass clarinetist, subject to all the attendant triumphs and pitfalls. His most recent album, “The Dreamer Is the Dream,” came out this year on ECM Records, and it has the markers of an ECM release: clarity to match the stoutness of its sound; an unfixed sense of time and motion; a broad harmonic palette that guides the improvisations. The sound suits him. There’s a sense of pacing and depth to everything on the album, and it hardly ever sags. He’s joined by the quartet from “The Dreamer”: David Virelles on piano, Joe Martin on bass and Marcus Gilmore on drums.” (GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO-NYT)

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

Masquerade on the Town
at various locations; 8PM, $25
“Never Sleep Alone’s Dr. Alex Schiller (Roslyn Hart) and performer Alfredo Guenzani invite you to join 100 mysterious strangers for an unpredictable tour through some of downtown’s most decadent bars, restaurants and party spots. Show up in a mask and a getup worthy of The Phantom of the Opera to win the costume contest. And don’t bring friends who aren’t open to making out with strangers and performing insane challenges late into the night.”

Art History Lectures – The Great Masters of Art Series: Velázquez, Rembrandt, Goya, Manet
New York Public Library Mulberry Street Branch Community Room on L2, 10 Jersey Street (between Lafayette St. and Mulberry St.) / 2PM, FREE
“Maestro Francesco Santoro, art history scholar and visual artist, will be giving a lecture series on the life and work of the Great Masters of Art and their time. TODAY: Goya
NB: Lectures in Italian with simultaneous English translation.

Elsewhere, but tonight’s weather forecast is superb, and this looks worth the detour.
Prospect Park Soiree
Prospect Park / 5PM; $40
“In celebration of its 150th anniversary, Brooklyn’s greatest park invites you to this fancy summertime potluck. Wear your most ostentatious hat, cook your finest family recipe, and get ready to dance, dine and play lawn games with strangers by the Prospect Park Lake.” (TONY)

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.

“From City Hall Park to the Financial District to South Street Seaport to Governors Island, the Medici-like Lower Manhattan Cultural Council deploys some of our most interesting dance artists, including the Dance Cartel, Netta Yerushalmy, Faye Driscoll, Marjani Forté-Saunders, Beth Gill, Maria Hassabi, Jodi Melnick, and Will Rawls. If I had to choose, I’d definitely catch Melnick’s Moat (June 17–18 at Fort Jay), and the long-awaited, The Set Up: Island Ghost Sleep Princess Time Story Show (June 18–19 and 24–25 at Governors Island), a six-year collaboration among Wally Cardona, Jennifer Lacey, and multiple international collaborators, all masters of French or Asian dance traditions. Consider taking a week of vacation days so you can wallow in all this talent. Events are free, though some require advance reservations at the website, which offers full descriptions and schedules.” (Elizabeth Zimmer, VillageVoice)

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,, 212-255-4037
Blue Note – 131 W3rd St. nr 6th ave., 212-475-8592
55 Bar – basement @55 Christopher St. nr 7th ave.S., 212-929-9883
Mezzrow – basement @ 163 W10th St. nr 7th Ave.,646-476-4346
Smalls – basement @ 183 W10th St., 646-476-4346
Cornelia Street Cafe – UG, 29 Cornelia St., 212-989-9319

Outside Greenwich Village:
Dizzy’s Club – Broadway @ 60th St. — / 212-258-9595
Birdland – 315 W44th St.(btw 8/9ave) — / 212-581-3080
Smoke Jazz Club – 2751 Broadway nr.106th St. — / 212-864-6662

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 enjoyment and discovery.

♦ 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):

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.

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.
“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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