NYC Events,”Only the Best” (07/10) + Today’s Featured Pub (Upper West Side)

Today’s Sweet 6  NYC Events > MONDAY/JULY 10, 2017

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

Opening Skinner’s Box (Jul 10–12)
Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College/ 8PM, $35+
“Why do we love? When would we kill? How do we learn? Why do we believe in the unbelievable?

With their trademark mix of wit, insight, and inventive stagecraft, Britain’s Improbable theater company takes us on a “fascinating, if at times alarming” (Times, U.K.) tour of ten famous 20th-century psychological experiments, starting with B.F. Skinner’s notorious rat boxes. Inspired by Lauren Slater’s acclaimed book, Opening Skinner’s Box is a time-traveling dialogue with the audacious scientists who set out to unlock the secrets of human behavior. Amidst ethically questionable methods, shocking results, and blinding biases, one thing becomes abundantly clear: Everything we thought we knew about ourselves is wrong.”

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5 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>Jennifer Damiano
>>UCB All Stars feat. Sasheer Zamata
>>Broadway Goes A Cappella 2
>>BROADWAY RISING STARS Concert
>>Mental Health: The Latest
>>French Restaurant Week  

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Jennifer Damiano
Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St. / 7:30PM, $20
“Damiano earned a Tony nomination for playing the yearning, neglected daughter in Next to Normal, but you might remember her more as Mary Jane in Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark. Expect greatest hits from both shows in this intimate evening.” (NYMagazine)

UCB All Stars feat. Sasheer Zamata
SummerStage, Central Park, Rumsey Playfield / 7PM, FREE
Seating for the 8pm performance starts at 7pm and is first come, first served until venue reaches capacity.
“Veteran performers from New York’s iconic comedy troupe improvise alongside SNL cast member Sasheer Zamata

UCB Tour Co brings some of the best improvisers in NYC and LA to new audiences nationwide, and is thrilled to be playing SummerStage in Central Park. Our show will consist of a 75-minute longform improv comedy performance by three of our veteran performers, alongside Saturday Night Live cast-member and UCB alumna, Sasheer Zamata. Unscripted, hilarious, and high-energy, this is a show that has never been seen before and will never be seen again!”

Broadway Goes A Cappella 2
Feinstein’s/54 Below / 7PM, $40-$50
“After a sold out debut, Broadway Goes A Cappella returns to Feinstein’s/54 Below! Broadway and A Cappella veterans come together for another very special performance of all new arrangements of classic and contemporary theatre songs, performed completely without instruments. There’s something very special about performers creating harmony with nothing but each other.”

BROADWAY RISING STARS Concert
Town Hall, / 8PM, $25-$40
“Town Hall’s Broadway Rising Stars, the concert event that launched the careers of stars who were in the opening night casts of Hamilton, Waitress, Beautiful, The Color Purple and more is back for its 11th annual edition at The Town Hall. It is the must-see show to catch the stars of tomorrow, today.

The creator/writer/host of Broadway’s Rising Stars, Scott Siegel, has this to say about the brand new cast that will be unveiled on July 10th: “This exceptionally talented cast, culled from ten different performing arts institutions as far flung as CCM, NYU, and the University of Northern Colorado, and from countries as diverse as Norway, Belgium, and Israel, will come together on the Town Hall stage to prove that they are ready to take their place in the ranks of Broadway’s next generation of stars. There is no other show in New York City that has more at stake for its performers than this thrilling concert event – and you feel the excitement in every single performance!” (BroadwayWorld)

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

Mental Health: The Latest
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave./ 7Pm, $30
“Expert psychologist Dr. Robert Reiner shares the most common mental health conditions, such as anxiety, depression and ADHD, as well as the top research-based interventions.”

Let’s not forget these marvelous continuing events:

French Restaurant Week  (thru July 16)
VARIOUS HOURS AND LOCATIONS
“Can’t make it to Paris this summer? Do the next best thing and eat like a Parisian in your own city. Part of a full slate of Bastille Week festivities, the annual French Restaurant Week is an opportunity to taste your way through some of the city’s best bistros and brasseries. Special prix-fixe menus will be available at dinner (and at lunch, at some locations) at dozens of spots across the area, including Le Cirque and La Sirene (in Manhattan) and Bar Omar (in Brooklyn). Three menu options may be available at each: $17.89, $38, or $178.90. At Les Halles, for instance, they forgo the top-price option but offer a glass of wine and a choice of housemade pork confit spread or merguez au couscous for $17.89; for $38 there, you can pick an appetizer (salad or garlic-butter roasted escargots), an entreé (coq au vin or roast trout in a lemon-caper sauce), along with a glass of wine. It’s enough to make you say oh là là.” (Mary Bakija, VillageVoice)

New York Asian Film Festival (thru July 16)
“Catch more than 50 new films, including blockbusters, art films and beautiful historical dramas, plus appearances from more than 20 international filmmakers at this 17-day festival. This year’s stellar lineup, which features films hailing from Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, China and Southeast Asia, features films like Chinese romance Soul Mate on July 7, fantastical Japanese drama Vanishing Time: a Boy Who Returned on July 13, and wraps with the U.S. premiere of Jung Byung-gil’s acclaimed assassin film, The Villainess, on July 16.” (TONY)

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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.
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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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