NYC Events,”Only the Best” (08/15) + Today’s Featured Pub (Times Square / Theater District)

Today’s Elite 8 NYC Events > TUESDAY/ AUGUST 15, 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:

Atlas Circus Company (also Aug.16)
Dixon Place, / 7:30PM, $18–$25
“You thought “Get Lucky” was just a Daft Punk song. It’s also the rallying cry for a young circus troupe out of Allentown, whose new Lucky, their third full-length work, runs through August 16 in this welcoming subterranean space. Atlas’s previous undertaking, Wild, followed the classic story of a juggle-happy kid who runs away to join the circus and finds himself in a wooded glade with aerial acrobats, clowns, other jugglers, and some really touching plot twists. Lucky, created by Thomas McCarthy and Henry Evans, aims to provide “meaningful narrative,” combining theater, dance, and circus arts into a hilarious experience for all ages; it features a man who can’t stop falling on his face trying to navigate the challenges of city life. David Evans provides original music, and Tyler Holoboski choreographs.” (Elizabeth Zimmer, VillageVoice)


7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>Billy Hart Quartet
>>Erasing Borders Festival of Indian Dance
>>Songbook Summit
>>Glenn Tilbrook
>>Jarett Kobek: The Future Won’t Be Long
>>Summer of Know: Artificial Intelligence, Simulation, and Esoteric Knowledge and Practices in Art

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Billy Hart Quartet
VILLAGE VANGUARD / 8:30PM, 10:30PM; $30
“As a sideman, drummer Billy Hart played on some of the heaviest, headiest jazz albums of the late Sixties and early Seventies, including Karma by Pharoah Sanders, Herbie Hancock’s Mwandishi, and the Miles Davis psych-bop classic On the Corner. Yet, as a leader, there is a sense of warmth and beauty to his oeuvre that jibes more with Hart’s time with Stan Getz in the late Seventies — particularly when he’s in the company of his longtime quartet, rounded out by Ethan Iverson on piano, bassist Ben Street, and saxophonist Mark Turner. Six months after a successful run at the Jazz Standard, the BHQ head downtown to the Vanguard, a place where Billy has banged the drums countless times before. And since they’re three years removed from the release of their 2014 LP on ECM, One Is the Other, we can only hope this six-night residency (which also promises special-guest appearances) will debut some new material for their next record as well.” (Ron Hart, VillageVoice)

Erasing Borders Festival of Indian Dance
Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park / 7PM, FREE
“This festival of classical Indian dance is a two-part celebration. On Monday, the Indo-American Arts Council presents an indoor showcase that includes the Bharatanatyam duo Viraja and Shyamjith Kiran; the soloist Ashwini Ramaswamy; and Parul Shah, a Kathak dancer and choreographer. On Tuesday, Erasing Borders is presented as part of the Battery Dance Festival. Artists taking part include Aakansha Maheshwari and Malini Taneja, known for their performances in the Festival of Colors tour, and Dimple Saikia, a Sattriya dancer.” (NYT- GIA KOURLAS)

Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1 Harbor View Lawn / 7PM, FREE
“New York’s favorite traveling jazz venue, Jazzmobile, is returning to Brooklyn Bridge Park with The Eric Person Band, Jazz Master Houston Person, and special guests Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium.” Head over to this free event, bring a blanket, and get ready to hear some of the best tunes around! Jazzmobile, founded in 1964 and based in New York, is an outreach organization that aims to spread jazz to the largest possible audiences by creating special events like this one. If you’re a jazz fan and have never attended one of their events, now’s the time to see what they’re all about!”
Trust Me: The Harbor View lawn is a spectacular location to hear great music.

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 15 – 20: George Gershwin
Featuring ‘Rhapsody in Blue’, ‘Summertime’, ‘I Got Rhythm’, ‘They Can’t Take That Away from Me’, ‘Our Love is Here to Stay’, and more!

Glenn Tilbrook (of Squeeze)
at City Winery / 8PM, $32-$45
“Co-songwriter and lead singer for Squeeze, Glenn Tilbrook has a great catalog of songs to pull from and is quite the raconteur as well. Expect lots of songs and stories at this intimate show tonight.”
“Don’t be fooled by the title of Glenn Tilbrook’s latest album, Happy Ending, or at least not all of it. He’s happy, of course, and why wouldn’t he be? He’s more than earned his place at pop’s top table as one of our most cherished singers, guitarists and songwriters, not to mention an in-demand and endlessly endearing live performer.” (BrooklynVegan)

Let’s not forget this wonderful continuing event:

Dave Chappelle Live feat. very special guest (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)

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

Jarett Kobek: The Future Won’t Be Long (w/ Ivy Pochoda)
Strand Bookstore, 828 Broadway./ 7PM, FREE
“Last year, Jarett Kobek self-published “I Hate the Internet,” a dig at Silicon Valley culture, the digital-clout economy, and the changes to society both forces have wrought. The book found a wide audience, including Bret Easton Ellis and several Pitchfork columnists. Kobek has followed it up with “The Future Won’t Be Long,” a novel that throws its two protagonists into the WiFi-less New York art world of the nineteen-eighties, where their friendship is tested by the ebb and flow of the city’s night-life scenes. If the Internet has eroded our sense of closeness, the author seems to wonder, how close were we to begin with? He appears in conversation with Ivy Pochoda, a Brooklyn native and the author of “Visitation Street.””

Summer of Know: Artificial Intelligence, Simulation, and Esoteric Knowledge and Practices in Art
Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Ave. (at 89th St.) / 6:30PM,
Free with museum admission
“Artist Ian Cheng and Kenric McDowell, Artists and Machine Intelligence at Google, discuss the role of artificial intelligence, simulation, and esoteric knowledge and practices in art. Moderated by Troy Conrad Therrien, Curator, Architecture and Digital Initiatives.”

Bonus NYC Events – Music Venues:
So much fine live music every night in this town. These are my favorite non jazz music venues, almost all on Manhattan’s WestSide. Check out who’s playing tonight:

City Winery – 155 Varick St.,, 212-608-0555
Feinstein’s/54 Below – 254 W54th St.,, 646-476-3551
Joe’s Pub @ Public Theater – 425 Lafayette St.,, 212-967-7555
Metropolitan Room – 34W22ndSt., metropolitan, 212-206-0440
Beacon Theatre – 2124 Broadway @ 74th St.,, 212-465-6500
Town Hall – 123 W43rd St.,, 212-997-6661
B.B. King’s Blues Bar – 237W42nd St.,, 212-997-2144
Bowery Ballroom – 6 Delancey St.,
Le Poisson Rouge – 158 Bleecker St.,, 212-505-3474

Special Mention:
Caffe Vivaldi – 32 Jones St. nr Bleecker St., 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.

♦ 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.
NYCity Vacation Travel Guide Video (Expedia):


A PremierPub

Jimmy’s Corner / 140 W 44th St (btw B’way & 7th ave)

IMG_2083Jimmy’s Corner is right in the heart of Times Square, but you won’t find it on the corner, it’s mid-block. Enter this long narrow bar and you are struck by the walls covered with mostly black-and-white boxing photographs, and memorabilia. Soon enough you learn that “Corner” refers to proprietor Jimmy Glenn’s long career as a corner man for some of boxing greats – Liston, Tyson, even “the greatest,” Ali.

Jimmy’s is a sort of time machine, taking you back to a time and place that no longer exists. All around you Times Square has cleaned up, grown up, assumed a new identity. Jimmy’s probably hasn’t changed a bit since it first opened in 1971. Certainly the bar itself looks original and the prices haven’t changed much either. When I brought a friend, who owns her own bar, she was surprised when she got the small tab for a round of drinks. Figured there must be a mistake, that maybe they forgot to charge for all the drinks.

Times Square today is filled with neon glitz and wandering tourists from Dubuque, but not Jimmy’s. You’ll likely find some old timer’s at the bar nursing their drinks, some younger locals at tables in the back, and maybe a few adventuresome tourists clutching their trusty guidebooks. There’s no food served here because this is just a bar, and sometimes that’s all you need.

On nights when no local team is playing, it’s a fine place to sip some drafts and listen to a great old time jukebox, with a great selection of  40s& 50s R&B and soul. On sports nights this very narrow bar can get a bit claustrophobic, filled with excited fans watching their team on the TVs. Either way, Jimmy’s is the place to be if you are looking for an old time bar in the new Times Square.
Website: are you kidding !
(although there is a facebook page with lots of photos –
Phone #: 212-221-9510
Hours: 11am – 4 am, except Sunday they open 12 noon
Happy Hour: not necessary, low prices all day, every day
Subway: #1,2,3 to TimesSquare 42nd st
walk 2 blks N on 7th ave to 44th st; ½ blk E to Jimmy’s

“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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