NYC Events,”Only the Best” (07/24) + Today’s Featured Pub (Upper West Side)

Today’s Sweet 6 NYC Events > MONDAY/JULY 24, 2017

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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:

BALLET FESTIVAL (through July 29).
at the Joyce Theater 175 Eighth Ave., at 19th St./ 7:30PM, $31-$51
“This festival of small and enterprising ballet troupes continues with Claudia Schreier & Company (Friday and Saturday), Cirio Collective (Sunday and Monday), Gemma Bond Dance (Tuesday and Wednesday), and Amy Seiwert’s Imagery (Thursday through July 29). Although they create their work outside of large institutions, many of the choreographers have culled their dancers from the ranks of New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Boston Ballet and other established companies. Among the high-profile guests is the former City Ballet principal Wendy Whelan, who appears on Ms. Schreier’s program.” (SIOBHAN BURKE, NYT)

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6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>Linda Lavin: My Second Farewell Concert
>>ABIGAIL LEVINE
>>Jim Caruso’s Cast Party
>>Ramin Karimloo
>>Not a Scientist: How Politicians Mistake, Misrepresent, and Utterly Mangle Science
>>Dennis Lim on David Lynch: The Man from Another Place
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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Linda Lavin: My Second Farewell Concert
Birdland, 315 W44th St./ 7PM, $35-$45
“Singer-actor extraordinaire Linda Lavin, most recently on Broadway in Our Mother’s Brief Affair but perhaps still best known to general audiences as the title character of the sitcom Alice, gets back to her musical-theater roots, with Billy Stritch at the piano and a guest appearance by Aaron Weinstein on violin. Lavin has few peers as a performer, so this should be a treat.” (TONY)

ABIGAIL LEVINE (July 23-27)
at Fridman Gallery. / 12PM – 6PM,
“A square white wall, 12 feet on each side, is Ms. Levine’s canvas for “Restagings No. 1: Choreographing LeWitt,” a 25-hour performance unfolding over five days. Interpreting the written instructions for Sol LeWitt’s “Wall Drawing #56” (1970) as a choreographic score, Ms. Levine will complete the 3,744 lines with attention to the physicality of drawing, raising questions about precision, reproduction and impermanence. Accompanied by Dave Ruder’s sound design, the performance is the first in her “Restagings” series, which considers the body’s role in the production of visual art.” (NewYorker)

Jim Caruso’s Cast Party
Birdland, 315 W44th St. / 9:30PM, $30
“Part cabaret, part piano bar and part social set, Cast Party offers a chance to hear rising and established talents step up to the microphone (backed by the slap and tickle of Steve Doyle on bass and Billy Stritch at the ivories, plus the bang of Daniel Glass on drums). The waggish Caruso presides as host.” (TONY)

Ramin Karimloo
BB King Blues Club, 237 W 42nd St. / 8PM, $45
“Having played the titular sensitive masked killer in The Phantom of the Opera and its ill-fated West End sequel, Love Never Dies, this Iranian-Canadian theater vocalist currently stars as the hunky heavy in Broadway’s Anastasia. At this B.B. King show, expect selections from his 2012 debut Human Heart.” (TONY)

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

Not a Scientist: How Politicians Mistake, Misrepresent, and Utterly Mangle Science
Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 Fifth Ave./ 6:30PM, FREE
With journalist Dave Levitan.
“This illustrated lecture features an eye-opening tour of the political tricks that subvert scientific progress.”

Dennis Lim on David Lynch: The Man from Another Place
Bryant Park/Bryant Park Reading Room
Between 40th & 42nd Sts. and Fifth and Sixth Aves./ 12:30PM, FREE
​Join film connoisseur Scott Adlerberg and special guests for talks on film, the culture of cinema and filmmaking.
Hosted by Scott Adlerberg, resident film expert.
Part of the Reel Talks program.

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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 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 discovery and enjoyment.
See Below.

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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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