NYC Events,”Only the Best” (08/07) + Today’s Featured Pub (Greenwich Village)

Today’s Sweet 6  NYC Events > MONDAY/ AUGUST 07, 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 one NYC Event today? Do this:

Kinky Boots Sings Cyndi Lauper
Feinstein’s/54 Below / 7PM, +9:30PM, $45+
“You say go slow, but buy tickets fast.
Billy Porter, the current cast of Kinky Boots, and some special favorites come together to sing Cyndi Lauper’s pop hits and new versions of songs from the show. Check out YouTube for belter Bonnie Milligan performing Céline Dion’s “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now” and you won’t be able to resist seeing her take on Cyndi.” (NewYorkMagazine)

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

>>EARTH, WIND & FIRE, AND CHIC FEATURING NILE RODGERS
>>Herbie Hancock
>>Joseph Luzzi, The Total Art: Italian Cinema From Silent Screen to Digital Image
>>Nordic Noir Book Club: The Ice Beneath Her
>>Hollywood Does History…Poorly: Pocahontas
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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

EARTH, WIND & FIRE, AND CHIC FEATURING NILE RODGERS
at Madison Square Garden / 8PM, $40+
“There are few dance-party playlists that wouldn’t be improved by the addition of a song by Earth, Wind & Fire or Chic, two of the greatest funk and pop acts of the 1970s. While both groups have lost important members over the years — including the Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White, who died in 2016 — the surviving musicians have joined forces this summer for a tour packed with such irrepressible grooves as Earth, Wind & Fire’s “Shining Star” and Chic’s “Le Freak.” (NYT- SIMON VOZICK-LEVINSON)

Herbie Hancock
Beacon Theatre / 7:30PM, $75
“Few jazz pianists have had as wide an impact on American popular culture as Herbie Hancock. He scored hits with songs such as “Watermelon Man” and “Chameleon” in the ’70s, blew up MTV with “Rockit” in the ’80s, and provided fodder for hip-hop heads to bite into with “Cantaloupe Island” and “Maiden Voyage”—and that’s not even taking into account his epochal playing with Miles Davis. His tour dates this summer include support from drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, bassist James Genus, guitarist Lionel Loueke and multi-instrumentalist Terrace Martin.” (TONY)

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

Joseph Luzzi, The Total Art: Italian Cinema From Silent Screen to Digital Image
Bryant Park/Bryant Park Reading Room /12:30PM , FREE
(Between 40th & 42nd Sts. and Fifth and Sixth Aves.)
Join film connoisseur Scott Adlerberg and special guests for talks on film, the culture of cinema and filmmaking.
Joseph Luzzi, The Total Art: Italian Cinema from Silent Screen to Digital Image
Hosted by Scott Adlerberg, resident film expert.
Part of the Reel Talks program.

Nordic Noir Book Club: The Ice Beneath Her
Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America, 58 Park Ave./ 7PM, FREE
“Abby Endler, author of the popular “Crime by the Book” blog, leads this special summer book club focused on the best Scandinavian crime fiction released in the United States in the past year.

Acclaimed Swedish author Camilla Grebe makes her solo American debut with The Ice Beneath Her, a psychological thriller as cunning in its twists as it is captivating in its storytelling—for fans of the celebrated crime fiction of Camilla Läckberg, Jo Nesbø, Ruth Ware, and Fiona Barton.”

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:

Hollywood Does History…Poorly: Pocahontas
Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St./ 6:30PM, FREE
“Go just beyond the river bend for this screening of Disney’s Pocahontas and a conversation on how it’s historically missed the mark.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

“Our summer film series continues with this Disney classic that rewrites the harsh story of colonialism as a tale of love, and even casts the wrong Englishman along the way! Kristen Meinzer of Slate and Rafer Guzman, film critic at Newsday, provide the context and some real history.”

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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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♦ 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 for these top NYC events in advance, even if just on day of performance.
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A PremierPub and 3 Good Eating Places – Greenwich Village

Caffe Vivaldi / 32 Jones Street (btw. Bleecker St./W4th St.)

Café Vivaldi is a classic, intimate club located in Greenwich Village on Jones Street, the street featured on the cover of Bob Dylan’s second album, “Freewheelin’. ”

maxresdefaultEach night Ishrat, the long time proprietor and impresario, carefully curates and schedules an eclectic series of musicians. You can often see him at his table in the corner, hard at work reviewing music videos and listening to cd demos on his laptop, scouting out future bookings. Musicians come from all over to play and sing in a club in Greenwich Village. Some are local New Yorkers, others are just passing through, in town for a few days.

There is a small bar, seating maybe 10. It’s close to the stage and I find it’s a perfect spot to sip a glass of red wine while listening to the music. The room itself has the performance area at one end and a cozy fireplace at the other. The performance area here is small, dominated by a large black Yamaha Grand piano. Tables are bunched together and most people at the tables are eating lite meals or sampling the wonderful desserts.

There is also a good selection of fairly priced wines,  but you are here because of the music. You can never be quite sure what you’re going to find, and that’s half the charm of this place. It’s not a home run every night, but many nights it’s pretty special.

I remember the night I saw the most talented bossa nova group, just in from San Paulo. As I listened, I wondered if there was any better music playing anywhere else in New York City that night. And at Caffé Vivaldi there is never a cover charge. Their recently redesigned web site does give you a better idea of the type of music playing each night.

At one time Greenwich Village was filled with clubs just like this, but times change. Real estate interests have impacted the village, and not for the better. Even Caffé Vivaldi had a rough time recently, when a new landlord raised the rent exorbitantly. Fortunately, Ishrat has built a loyal following over the years, and a fund raiser and slightly more reasonable rent has kept Café Vivaldi in business.

When Woody Allen and Al Pacino wanted to make movies featuring the timeless quality of Greenwich Village they came to Vivaldi. It’s important that we keep this special place alive, for if we lose Cafe Vivaldi, NYCity will have lost a piece of it’s soul.

Website: http://caffevivaldi.com/
Phone #: (212) 691-7538
Hours: Music generally 7:30PM – 11PM, but varies
Lunch/Dinner 11AM-on
Subway: #1 to Christopher St.
Walk 1 blk S. on 7th ave S. to Bleecker St., 1 blk left on Bleecker to Jones St., 50 yards left on Jones St. to Caffe V.
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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.

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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3 Good Eating places

It’s not difficult to find a place to eat in Manhattan.
Finding a good, inexpensive place to eat is a bit harder.
Here are a few of my faves in this neighborhood:

Fish – 280 Bleecker St. (just a bit S. of 7th ave South)
This was an easy pick – the best raw bar special in town. $9 gets you 6 of the freshest oysters or clams + a glass of wine or beer. Don’t know how they can do it, but I tell everyone I know about this place. And it’s located right in the heart of some of the best no cover music in town.

Bleecker Street Pizza – 69 7th ave S. (corner of Bleecker St.)
The place is tiny and not much to look at, but this is one good slice. They like to brag that they have been voted “Best pizza in NY” 3 years in a row by the Food Network. I believe them. I would have voted for them.

Num Pang – 21 E 12th St. (btw. University Place/5th ave.)
This is a Cambodian banh mi sandwich shop that kept me well fed while I was in class nearby recently. It’s cramped, even for NYCity, but usually there is room up the spiral staircase to sit down and eat. In good weather carry your sandwich a few blocks to Union Square park. You may have to wait a few minutes, because everything is freshly made, but it’s worth it. Can you believe – an unheard of 26 food rating by Zagat.

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“3 Good Eating places” focuses on a quick bite, what I call “Fine Fast Food – NYCity Style”
No reservations needed.
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NYCity is the most diverse and interesting place to find a meal anywhere in the world. With more than 24,000 eating establishments you might welcome some advice.

◊ For all my picks of 54 Good Eating places, and essays on my favorite 18 PremierPubs in 9 Neighborhoods on Manhattan’s WestSide, order a copy of my e-book:
“Eating and Drinking on NYCity’s WestSide” ($4.99, available Fall 2017).
◊ Order before Nov. 30, 2017 and receive a bonus – 27 of my favorite casual dining places with free Wi-Fi.

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