NYC Events,”Only the Best” (08/05) + Today’s Featured Pub (WestVillage)

Today’s Elite 8  NYC Events > SATURDAY/ AUGUST 05, 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-August”
It’s the most comprehensive list of top events this month that you’ll find anywhere.

Have time for only two NYC Events today? Do this:

Space & Science Festival (also Sunday)
Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, various times & prices
“Space and science enthusiasts of all ages can experience some of NASA’s most exciting projects, missions, and technologies at the sixth-annual edition of this Intrepid festival. Check out presentations by NASA astronauts and scientists, take a spin in a NASA Multi-Axis Space Trainer, and explore the International Space Station and faraway planets using state-of-the-art virtual-reality technology. Visitors can also get an up-close look at the 5,500-pound, nearly 11-foot-tall Mars rover concept vehicle; hang out on the flight deck for free film screenings (Back to the Future screens on August 8); and visit the museum’s current exhibition, “Drones: Is the Sky the Limit?” which offers an interactive survey that traces the technology’s origins to its current applications.” (Amelia Rina, VillageVoice)

Elza Soares + Liniker e os Caramelows + Teleseen
Central Park, SummerStage / 7PM, FREE
“Brazilian singer Soares made a name for herself in the 1950s, incorporating elements of New Orleans jazz into traditional samba music. Since then, her inimitable rasp and unwavering courage in the face of tragedy, exile and hardship has made her a living legend. Expect to hear from her superb 2016 album, The Woman at the End of the World, which ventures into the gritty blend of samba and punk known as samba suja, or dirty samba, at this show.” (TONY)

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6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)

>>INTERSECT
>>Tony Malaby Festival
>>Songbook Summit
>>Summer Streets NYC 2017
>>TARGET FIRST SATURDAYS
>>Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock, Jeff Ross
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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

INTERSECT
at Bryant Park / 6PM< FREE
“This free two-day festival in Midtown is stacked with an intergenerational buffet of talent. All four of the first day’s performances, which start at 6 p.m., include music by the pianist and composer Billy Childs. His music integrates the influences of Chick Corea, CTI Records’ studio-driven sound, contemporary chamber music, and the film scores of composers like Howard Shore and Hans Zimmer. Mr. Childs himself will close Friday evening’s programming with his quartet. Saturday’s program, beginning at 2 p.m., features performances by the pianist Helen Sung and the vocalist Luciana Souza, followed by three different groups exploring music by the clarinetist, composer and conductor Derek Bermel.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

Tony Malaby Festival
Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia St./ 8PM, $10
“Brawny-toned and tough-minded, yet reflective and lyrical when the music calls for it, the saxophonist Malaby has been a significant presence on the jazz scene for the past twenty-plus years. This trim gala finds him collaborating with such noteworthy peers as the bassist William Parker, the guitarist Ben Monder, and the drummer Tom Rainey in a variety of ensembles.” (NewYorker)

Songbook Summit
59E59 Theaters,/ 7PM, $35
It’s delightful, it’s delicious, it’s de-lovely.
Will Anderson and Peter Anderson are identical twins who play the saxophone and clarinet. They will perform in a six-piece ensemble throughout August highlighting four great American composers: Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, George Gershwin, and Richard Rodgers. The first week is Porter, so anything goes!

“Virtuosos on clarinet and saxophone,” (The New York Times) identical twins Peter & Will Anderson return to 59E59 Theaters by popular demand for a celebration of the great American Songbook. Shining the spotlight on the work of four of its most distinguished composers (one composer each week), a 6-piece ensemble featuring vocalist Molly Ryan will perform hits such as ‘Summertime’, ‘My Favorite Things’, ‘Night & Day’,’Somewhere Over the Rainbow’, and ‘Rhapsody in Blue’.
August 2 – 6: Cole Porter
Featuring ‘Night & Day’, ‘Begin the Beguine’, ‘I Get a Kick out of You’, ‘I’ve Got You Under My Skin’, ‘Just One of Those Things’, and more!

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

Summer Streets NYC 2017
“Seven miles of Gotham turf along Lafayette Street and Park Avenue is completely cleared of vehicles in order to create a pedestrian paradise. Hundreds and thousands of revelers descend upon the asphalt for invigorating sight-filled tours, plus free activities including a rock climbing wall, a zipline, outdoor art installations and misting stations. You won’t want to miss this year’s six rest stops which include a 270-foot water slide, fitness classes, a dog park, arts and crafts workshops, plus walking tours that explore NYC parks and some of the most beautiful NYC buildings. This is one of the best NYC events in August, so make sure to hit the streets for the first three Saturdays.” (TONY)

Elsewhere, but this is always worth the detour:
TARGET FIRST SATURDAYS
at the Brooklyn Museum /5–11PM, FREE. / Happy Hour is 5–7PM.
“The next installment of this free monthly series celebrates the 50th anniversary of the West Indian American Day Parade. The lineup of performances, talks and other activities includes a 6 p.m. soca dance workshop taught by Krista Martin and a screening of Cori Wapnowska’s new documentary, “Bruk Out!,” which follows the journeys of several performers at an international dancehall competition in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The film is followed by a conversation with the director and the dancehall queen known as Famous Red, moderated by Seph Rodney.” (SIOBHAN BURKE-NYT)

Let’s not forget these wonderful continuing events:

Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock, Jeff Ross (thru Aug 24 with various guests)
at Radio City Music Hall / 8PM, $55+
“For years withdrawn from public life, Mr. Chappelle is touring once again, bringing his insightful and often controversial comedy to his legion of fans. Over the course of a three-week residency, he will perform alongside comics including Chris Rock, Trevor Noah and Ali Wong, as well as musical guests like Erykah Badu, Chance the Rapper and Lauryn Hill.” (ELISE CZAJKOWSKI-NYT)

“Dave Chappelle’s 16-show Radio City run has had amazing guests each night, both announced ones and surprise ones. This is the first of two nights with Chris Rock, and Jeff Ross is billed too.”

Lincoln Center Out of Doors 2017
“Lincoln Center Out of Doors, one of the country’s longest-running free outdoor summer festivals, opens this year on July 26 and runs through August 13. The 47th edition of the popular festival will fill the Lincoln Center campus with a diverse range of music, dance, spoken word, and family events, featuring dozens of artists from across the city, country, and world-all completely free and open to the public.

“We are thrilled about this year’s festival,” says Jill Sternheimer, Director of Public Programming at Lincoln Center. “It’s a profound reminder of what is truly great about this city-the opportunity to come together on a beautiful summer night and experience totally free world-class concerts and performances from such a wide array of incredible artists, and to be able to share in the sense of community that goes along with that. It’s what Lincoln Center Out of Doors is all about”
Tonight:
Nick Lowe’s Quality Rock ‘n’ Roll Revue, Los Straitjackets, Cut Worms
@ Damrosch Park, 7:30PM, FREE
“The great Nick Lowe teams once again with collaborators Los Straightjackets for this free show at part of the Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival. Making for a nice pairing is Cut Worms’ Everly Brothers-style pop (which will be augmented by a few members of Woods tonight).

For more info on this terrific festival, Time Out NY has it all covered.

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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 was TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2016.  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 / West Village

Corner Bistro / 331 W. 4th St.

Sometimes you just need a beer and a burger. If so, Corner Bistro is the place you want. Located just outside the hip Meatpacking district, this corner bar and grill is decidedly unhip, but it’s not uncrowded, especially at night. Seems that everyone knows this place has one of the better burgers in town.

kac_120405_phude_corner_bistro_bar_1000-600x450In the maze of streets known as the West Village, where West 4th intersects with West 12th (and West 11th, and West 10th, go figure), you will eventually find Corner Bistro on the corner of West 4th and Jane Street. An unassuming neighborhood tavern, it looks just like dozens of other taverns around town.

The bartender tells me that the Corner Bistro celebrated it’s 50th anniversary last year. The well worn interior tells me that the place itself is much older.

Corner Bistro has outlasted many of those other taverns around town because they know how to keep it simple — just good burgers and beer, fairly priced. The classic bistro Burger is only $6.75, and should be ordered medium rare, which will be plenty rare for most folks. Actually, it will be a juicy, messy delight – make sure you have extra napkins. I like to pull up a stool and sit by the large front window in the afternoon, where I can rest my burger and beer on the shelf, and watch the Villagers walk by.

Corner Bistro seems to attract very different groups of patrons depending on time of day. While it’s crowded with locals in the evening, in the afternoon you hear different foreign languages, and watch groups of euro tourists wander in, led by their guidebooks and smartphones.

For the classic Bistro experience, order your burger with a McSorley’s draft, the dark preferably. This is the same beer that you can get over at the original McSorley’s in the East Village, the pub that claims to be the oldest continually operating bar in NYCity. The only difference is that this McSorley’s ale is served with a smile by the bartenders here. Or you can get a Sierra Nevada, Stella, or Hoegaarden on tap if you want to go upscale a bit. Either way this is a simple, but quality burger and beer experience that is just too rare these days (sorry for the pun).
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Website: cornerbistrony.com
Phone #: 212-242-9502
Hours: 11:30am-4am Mon-Sat; 12pm-4am Sun
Happy Hour: NO
Music: Juke Box
Subway: #1/2/3 to 14th St. (S end of platform)
Walk 2 blk W. on 13th St. to 8th Ave.; 1 blk S. on 8th Ave. to Jane St.
Update:
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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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