NYC Events,”Only the Best” (07/18) + Today’s Featured Pub (Midtown West)

Today’s Super 7  NYC Events > TUESDAY/JULY 18, 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-July”
It’s the most comprehensive list of top events this month that you’ll find anywhere.

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

JAZZ IN JULY (through July 27).
at the 92nd Street Y / 7:30PM, $70
“Now in its 33rd year, this festival reliably offers an impressive smorgasbord of straight-ahead jazz. The 2017 edition gets started on Tuesday with a concert celebrating the pianist Dick Hyman, 90, Jazz in July’s founding artistic director. The next night, the tenor saxophone giants Jimmy Heath and Benny Golson — who grew up together in Philadelphia in the 1940s — will make a rare onstage appearance together. On Thursday the vocalist Jane Monheit is featured in a program of Frank Loesser compositions.” (GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO, NYT)

Tonight: “The NEA Jazz Master and former Jazz in July artistic director is joined by his longtime keyboard companions Bill Charlap and Ted Rosenthal — and the timeless vocals of Sandy Stewart. With clarinet virtuoso Ken Peplowski and a rhythm section featuring the great Dennis Mackrel on drums and Jay Leonhart on bass, we salute the master, from his unique versions of beloved standards to his brilliant originals. Here’s to you, Dick!”

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6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>Universal Consciousness: Melodic Meditations of Alice Coltrane
>>MARY HALVORSON OCTET (
>>Karrin Allyson
>>Conrad Herwig’s “Latin Side Of…”
>>Meow Meow
>>Feeding the Fight: The Culinary History of WWI
++ continuing events:
>>‘THE ART OF WATCHES’
>>‘UP CLOSE: MICHELANGELO’S SISTINE CHAPEL’
>>Seaport Food Lab

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

“Universal Consciousness: Melodic Meditations of Alice Coltrane (also July 19)
Jazz Gallery, 1160 Broadway, at 27th St., fifth fl. / 7:30 and 9:30PM, $25
“The recent release of “The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda”—an album of previously unheard music by the late keyboardist, harpist, and singer, recorded at her Los Angeles ashram in the nineteen-eighties—was a cause for celebration among the coterie of listeners who revered the spiritually laden work of this often undervalued figure. The saxophonist Ravi Coltrane explores his mother’s music with an ensemble that includes Brandee Younger on harp and David Virelles on keyboards.” (NewYorker)

MARY HALVORSON OCTET (July 18-23)
at the Village Vanguard / 8:30 and 10:30PM, $30
“Ms. Halvorson’s guitar sound is so distinctive — coiled and tart; unwieldy; both tinny and wooden — that you might wonder how it would fit in a relatively large ensemble. And how could she possibly arrange music for such a band that would both adhere to and expand that idiosyncratic sound? With her octet she accomplishes both those things, as proved on the band’s 2016 debut, “Away With You.” Most of that album’s personnel will join here: Jonathan Finlayson on trumpet, Jon Irabagon on alto saxophone, Ingrid Laubrock on tenor saxophone, Jacob Garchik on trombone, Susan Alcorn on pedal steel guitar, Chris Lightcap on bass, and Ches Smith on drums.” (GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO – NYT)

Karrin Allyson (July 18-22)
Birdland, 315 W. 44th St./ 8:30Pm, +11PM, $40
“Although she can add polish to any number of Great American Songbook standards—as evinced by her most recent album, “Many a New Day,” which focusses on the work of Rodgers and Hammerstein—the singer Karrin Allyson has delved deeply into all manner of material, from tributes to John Coltrane to popular music from France and Brazil. Matching versatility with vocal flair, she’s a staple worth attending to.” (NewYorker)

Conrad Herwig’s “Latin Side Of…” (last day)
Jazz Standard, 116 E. 27th St./ 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $30
“In the view of the trombonist Herwig, applying Latin rhythms and tonal coloring to any great jazz composition can only add lustre. In the course of a compact engagement, Herwig and company will spice up the iconic work of Joe Henderson, Miles Davis, Horace Silver, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, and John Coltrane.” (NewYorker)

Meow Meow
Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater / 9:30PM, $30
“The deliciously deranged postmodern diva Meow Meow, who has bewitched and bewildered audiences the world over, drags cabaret kicking and screaming into the 21st century. From the moment she enters—a vision of frazzled glamour, faintly annoyed—she is on the offensive: badgering the audience into applause, vamping the crowd with her magnetic jadedness. Meow’s parody of glitz is part of a package that also includes physical comedy, social commentary and a brilliantly eclectic polyglot repertoire, with a special affinity for the songs of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill.” (TONY)

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

Feeding the Fight: The Culinary History of WWI
Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave./ 6:30PM, $15
“Savor a bite of culinary history by exploring the food and drinks that defined the American experience during World War I. Inspired by our exhibition, Posters & Patriotism: Selling World War I in New York, food historian Libby O’Connell, author of The American Plate: A Culinary History in 100 Bites, will delve into American cuisine both at home and abroad during war years.

French 75s, a cocktail popular during the period named for the French 75 mm field gun, will be served courtesy of the new wine cocktail company Pampelonne and attendees will receive a copy of an original cake recipe promoted by the Red Cross to send to soldiers overseas.”

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Let’s not forget these marvelous continuing events:

‘THE ART OF WATCHES’
“Swiss watchmaker Patek Philippe has been practicing its art and science for 178 years. Now, visitors can immerse themselves in the past and present of the company’s timekeeping traditions with historical timepieces ­­ such as the astronomical pocket watch, pictured ­­ and their contemporary counterparts. The exhibition inhabits several rooms of a two­ story structure set up within Cipriani specifically for the occasion.” (STAV ZIV, Newsday)
WHEN | WHERE Thursday, July 13, thru July 23 at Cipriani 42nd Street, 110 E. 42nd St.
INFO FREE; 212-­218-­1240, patek.com

‘UP CLOSE: MICHELANGELO’S SISTINE CHAPEL’
“You don’t have to travel all the way to Rome to experience the masterpieces Michelangelo painted on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. This immersive exhibit is comprised of 34 high­ quality reproductions nearly the size of the originals, presented to allow for close observation. Follow an audio guide, or contemplate in silence.” (STAV ZIV, Newsday)
WHEN | WHERE Friday, June 23, through July 23 in The Oculus at Westfield World Trade Center, 186 Greenwich St.
INFO $20; westfield.com/upclose ­­

Seaport Food Lab
203 Front St., various times, prices vary
“What would it take to get you down to the South Street Seaport, a place overrun by tourists, during the heart of summer? The promise of some of the country’s best chefs popping up for two-week residencies might do the trick. Through Friday, July 21, the Seaport Food Lab will be serving Top Chef judge Hugh Acheson’s take on Southern cuisine; Alon Shaya, of the New Orleans restaurants Domenica, Pizza Domenica, and Shaya, then takes over for the July 30–August 12 slot. Those who’ve become enamored of L.A. cuisine via Instagram will be thrilled to know that Jessica Koslow, of the revered Sqirl, is at the helm from August 20 to September 2, before local stars Dale Talde (September 10–23) and Wylie Dufresne (September 29–October 11) work their shifts. Each chef has a distinctive style; tickets for the individual stints will be doled out incrementally on Resy.” (Alicia Kennedy, VillageVoice)

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Bonus NYC Events – Jazz Venues:
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 are underground, classic jazz joints. all 6 are 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 is 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 / Midtown West.

Russian Vodka Room / 265 W 52nd St (btw 7th/8th ave)

Sure, you could travel to Minsk or even Brighton Beach, for an authentic Russian experience, but why bother. On those days when you feel you must wash down your dish of kasha with a few glasses of icy, cold vodka, the Russian Vodka Room will definitely satisfy your urge.

From the outside this place looks a bit drab, and with no windows, a bit mysterious. Midtown tourists walk right by on their way to see “Jersey Boys,” just down the block.
(Alas, no more. After 10 years, “Jersey Boys” closed Jan.15)

lThose in the know enter a secret hideaway, a dimly lit front room with soft jazz playing – a perfect spot for an illicit late-night rendezvous, or maybe a meet-up with your Russian spy handler, but that’s later in the evening. Early in the evening the large U-shaped bar fills with the after work happy hour crowd, a group made very happy by the much reduced prices.

Their website says: “Welcome Comrades”. Of course, this welcome focuses on dozens of different vodkas, including their own special infusions, which marinate in giant, clear glass jugs visible around the room. The large vodka martinis ensure that you won’t confuse this place with your mother’s Russian Tea Room.

But man does not live by vodka alone. Eat some food, especially the tapa like appetizers. Be decadent and try the cheese blintzes with chocolate, or try a main dish like beef stroganoff with kasha.

Your best bet is to go on a night when the piano man is playing. This guy, who looks like he has eaten a lot of those cheese blintzes, plays five nights a week from 7 to 12 (no Mondays and Thursdays). When the piano man is playing American pop tunes, and you are at the crowded, dimly lit bar testing the horseradish infused vodka, that’s when the RVR shines.

It’s the kind of place where the noise gets louder and the crowd gets happier as the happy hour goes on. I’m generally a beer guy, but I like to come here with a group of friends. We find a table in the back room near the piano man; we eat, and we drink vodka ‘till it hurts (and it will hurt).
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Website: http://www.russianvodkaroom.com/
Phone #: 212-307-5835
Hours: 4pm-2am; Fri-Sun closes 4am (that could be trouble)
Happy Hour: 4-7pm every day
$4 shots infused vodka (2oz), $5 cosmos; $4 czech draft beer
Music: FR-SU; TU-WE / 7pm-12am
Subway: #1 to 50th St.
Walk 2 blk N. on B’way to 52nd St.; 1 blk W. to RVR
Confusingly, the Russian Samovar is right across the street, on the S. side of 52nd St.
The RVR, your destination, is on the N. side of 52nd St.
Update: music now includes a younger, trimmer piano man. “Tiny” we miss you.
Update#2: Rumor that “Tiny” is back playing only on Friday nights – need to check it out.

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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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