NYC Events,”Only the Best” (10/18) + Today’s Featured Pub (Greenwich Village)

“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 better check the tab above: “Notable NYC Events-OCTOBER”
It’s the most comprehensive list of top events this month that you will find anywhere.
Carefully curated from “Only the Best” NYC event info on the the web, it’s a simply superb resource that will help you plan your NYC visit all through the month.

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

New York Cabaret Convention 2017 (Oct.16-19)
Rose Theater, Time Warner Center / 6PM, $25+
If you like cabaret even a little bit, you’ll love this show.

Tonight: Intimate Nights—The Golden Age of Cabaret
“Keen-eyed musical biographer James Gavin, who chronicled the peak years of New York cabaret in his book Intimate Nights, hosts the third concert of the Cabaret Convention. The night is packed with first-rate artists, including Nellie McKay, Molly Pope, Charles Busch, Bruce Vilanch, Natalie Douglas, Carol Lipnik, Barbara Brussell and the elusive Maude Maggart.” (TONY)

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5 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>Marta Sanchez Quintet
>> Camille O’Sullivan Sings Jaques Brel
>>Henry Koperski: Halo Pop
>>Welcome to the Future
>>Chasing Consciousness: Virtual Reality to Future Reality
>>COMING SOON
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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Marta Sanchez Quintet
at the Jazz Gallery / 7:30, +9:30PM, $15
Ms. Sanchez’s compositions are like her piano playing: lush and crisp and warm all at once. They seem to be reminding you that welcoming joy is an act of daring — and cherishing it is hard work. Hailing from Madrid but living in New York, Ms. Sanchez recently released “Danza Imposible,” an album featuring a crack ensemble: Roman Filiu on alto saxophone, Jerome Sabbagh on tenor saxophone, Rick Rosato on bass and Daniel Dor on drums.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

Camille O’Sullivan Sings Jaques Brel
Irish Arts Center / 8PM, $32
“Irish chanteuse O’Sullivan (Absinthe) throws herself into songs with spellbinding intensity, as she proved in her triumphant 2014 and 2016 runs at Irish Arts Center. In her new set, she rides the emotional carousel of songs of the great Belgian troubadour Jacques Brel (“Amsterdam,” “Ne Me Quitte Pas”).” (TONY)

Henry Koperski: Halo Pop
The Duplex / 9;30PM, $10
“As a stage and cabaret pianist, Koperski has anchored the shows of legendary performers including Vanessa Williams, Lea DeLaria and Cole Escola. Now the radiant talent becomes his own star in this vividly confessional hour, in which he’ll invoke Beethoven and Miley Cyrus to reconcile with childhood innocence, coming out, teenage angst and spiritual becoming. After years of working with downtown’s finest stage icons, Koperski triumphantly proves that he’s not just an angel in their ears but a peer in creativity and musical instinct.” (TONY)

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

Welcome to the Future
Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Pier 86 / 7:30PM, $15
“A timely dialogue on the enormous impact of new technologies on society.

We are in the early stages of a fourth industrial revolution, transitioning to a “futuristic” world shaped by artificial intelligence, smart robotics, interconnected autonomous systems and 3D manufacturing. The limitless applications of this technology pose potential problems—loss of jobs, threats to privacy and new forms of warfare. Such profound technological advancements will challenge every facet of society, demand innovative responses and inspire new ways of thinking.

What are the cultural, political and ethical challenges of military robotics? How can technology improve life in smart cities? What kinds of jobs will emerge? How do we adapt 20th-century regulations to new technologies with such far-reaching applications? Where will we be in 10 years?”

Chasing Consciousness: Virtual Reality to Future Reality
Caveat, 21 Clinton St./ 5:30PM, $15
“Ordinary reality is so yesterday. Our species has been building new virtual worlds since we told the first fireside story. Now, with increasingly sophisticated technology like Oculus Rift these worlds are becoming all-encompassing. What is the state of the virtual? Where are we going in this new realm of the senses, and what are the implications?

YHouse welcomes two pioneering VR experts, Ken Perlin and Stephanie Riggs, for an evening guaranteed to push the boundaries of what you thought was possible.”

Continuing Events

Archtober
31 days, 100+ ways to celebrate design in NYC! The seventh-annual, month-long festival of architecture activities, programs, and exhibitions in New York City will take place October 1-31, 2017.  Archtober’s calendar features 200 architecture and design lectures, conferences, programs, and exhibitions at more than 70+ collaborating institutions across the city.

For more details go to my Tab in the Header: “Notable Events October”  and scroll all the long way to the bottom. This event makes America, or at least NYCity, great again.

The 10th Annual Imagine Science Film Festival (Oct.13-20)
“Produced by Imagine Science Films — the nonprofit behind science film festivals in New York, Paris, Abu Dhabi and satellite events worldwide – Imagine Science Film Festival showcases new and experimental works that bridge the worlds of science and film in an artful, entertaining, and meaningful way.

All of the events are low cost or FREE. The festival includes short and feature-length films, live cinema performances, discussions, interactive demonstrations and more taking place at museums, universities and cultural institutions across Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. Several of the films will be making their U.S. debuts at the festival.

Notable programming includes:
North American premiere of Honey, Rain and Dust at the American Museum of Natural History (Friday, Oct 20 @ 4 pm) – A unique ethnographic and ecological look into an unseen corner of the Arabian Gulf: beekeeping traditions in the northwestern mountains of the United Arab Emirates.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

For the complete program, visit: http://imaginesciencefilms.org/ny10/program
Tickets: FREE – $18

NEW YORK ARCHIVES WEEK 2017 (Oct.18-25)
“More than 30 New York institutions will host free workshops, lectures, tours and exhibitions for the event, which aims to show off our city’s repositories of art, artifacts and documents.

This week, you can listen to Louis Armstrong’s personal reel-to-reel collection and see rare footage of the jazz musician at Queens College in Flushing on Wednesday.
On Thursday take a tour of the United Nations archives in Midtown, the National Archives at New York City Downtown, or the exhibition “Unlikely Historians: Materials collected by N.Y.P.D. surveillance teams 1960-1975”, also in Downtown Manhattan.

Prefer to chat about archives?
Join a discussion on diversifying the digital historical record at New York University on Friday, or head to Columbia University to learn about the archives of Human Rights organizations like Amnesty International USA, the Committee to Protect Journalists and Human Rights Watch.

For an immersive experience, the Museum of Interesting Things in Lower Manhattan will be screening vintage films on a 1965 Kodak projector, playing original vinyl records and Edison Cylinders, and explaining odd antiques from the 19th and 20th centuries on Saturday.” (NYT-Today)

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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 Winter 2017).
◊ Order before Feb. 28, 2018 and receive a bonus – 27 of my favorite casual dining places with free Wi-Fi.

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