NYC Events,”Only the Best” (10/28) + Today’s Featured Pub (Times Square / Theater District)

“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:

AMERICAN BALLET THEATER (thru Oct.29)
at the NYS / DHK Theater, Lincoln Center / 2PM, +8PM, $40+
“The company continues its fall season with performances of Alexei Ratmansky’s latest ballet, “Songs of Bukovina,” set to a new score by Leonid Desyatnikov, and a pair of premieres by Benjamin Millepied. Along with “I Feel the Earth Move,” which will be unveiled on Oct. 25, Mr. Millepied also contributes “Counterpoint for Philip Johnson,” a work created in homage to the architect and performed during select intermissions. Other programs include understated beauties: Frederick Ashton’s “Symphonic Variations” (1946) and Jerome Robbins’s “Other Dances” (1976), originally created for Natalia Makarova and Mikhail Baryshnikov.” (NYT-BRIAN SCHAEFER)

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7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>Terell Stafford Quintet
>> MIN XIAO-FEN WITH THE CREATIVE MUSIC ORCHESTRA
>> ‘LAYLA AND MAJNUN’
>> Johnny O’Neal
>> Marilyn Maye
>> A Wasabassco Halloween : Costume Party & Burlesque
>> IFPDA Print Fair
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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Terell Stafford Quintet (Oct. 24-29.)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave. S., at 11th St. / 8:30PM, +10:30PM, $30
“Hearing Stafford’s work as a whirlwind trumpeter in decades past, with the bands of Bobby Watson and others, you could practically taste his promise. True to predictions, Stafford has developed into a distinguished bandleader and composer whose horn playing still startles with its verve and conviction. His quintet is bolstered by the pianist Bruce Barth and the saxophonist Tim Warfield.” (NewYorker)

MIN XIAO-FEN WITH THE CREATIVE MUSIC ORCHESTRA
at El Taller Latino Americano, 215 E 99th St./ 8:30PM, $20
“Ms. Min, a spry and fearless practitioner of the pipa, a Chinese lute, has a new album out, titled “Mao, Monk and Me.” On it she performs and sings unaccompanied, blending the music of Thelonious Monk with Chinese folk song and her own experimental excursions. She will appear here as a special guest of Karl Berger’s Creative Music Orchestra, a collective of improvisers whose approach to spontaneous composition, like Ms. Min’s, attempts to neutralize the divides between genres and cultural lineages.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

‘LAYLA AND MAJNUN’ (also Sunday 3PM)
at the Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center/ 7:30PM, $
“As part of the White Light Festival, the choreographer Mark Morris presents “Layla and Majnun,” an acclaimed production spotlighting a pair of star-crossed lovers central to Persian and Arabian folklore that predates “Romeo and Juliet.” For it, the Mark Morris Dance Group is joined by the Silk Road Ensemble, and the sumptuous sets and costumes are by the British painter and printmaker Howard Hodgkin.” (NYT-GIA KOURLAS)

Johnny O’Neal (Oct.27-29)
Smoke, 2751 Broadway, between 105th and 106th Sts./ 7, 9, 10:30PM, $38
“O’Neal is a survivor, and he’d be the first person to tell you so. Obscurity and illness diverted his path for a good part of the past few decades, but this fine pianist and singer is a throwback to the long-gone days when performers had to know any song that was thrown at them, and then toss it off with authority. He has built a coterie of devoted listeners entranced by his old-school erudition. O’Neal celebrates the release of his album “In the Moment” in charge of an agreeably empathic trio.” (NewYorker)

Marilyn Maye
@ The Appel Room, TimeWarnerCenter / 7PM, +9:30PM, $60+
“Legendary cabaret singer Marilyn Maye has performed on Broadway, The Tonight Show, at Carnegie Hall, and alongside legends like Count Basie and Charlie Parker. This week she is headlining a new stage. For the first time ever Maye will be giving a full feature performance at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Appel Room. Accompanied by the Tedd Firth Big Band, she’ll perform cornerstones of the Great American Songbook like “On The Street Where You Live,” “Put on a Happy Face,” and “Here’s to Life.” (WNYC)

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

A Wasabassco Halloween : Costume Party & Burlesque
City Winery , 155 Varick St./ 8PM, $25
“It’s time to Dress up, dress all-out, and undress with New York’s greatest burlesque show. This year Wasabassco celebrates Halloween on Saturday Oct 29. Avoid the maddening crowd-filled the streets and chaos and do halloween with class, elegance and lots of fancy stripping burlesquers.
It’s a Halloween party Wasabassco style, with ridiculously costumed numbers from the performers, a costume contest for all of the guests, music, food and wine! Win prizes for you daring flair, including bottles of wine from City Winery, and enjoy one of the most acclaimed burlesque shows in the world.

Hosted by Nasty Canasta with a cast of our most amazing performers: Sapphire Jones, Amuse Bouche, Audrey Love, Dangrrr Doll, Ivory Fox, Penny Wren, Qualms Galore, and Tiger Bay!” (cityguideny.com)

IFPDA Print Fair (Oct.26-29)
Javits Center River Pavilion, 655 West 34th St./ 12-8PM, $20
This week the Javits Center will be filled with prints spanning a wide range of artistic periods, from Dürer to Tacita Dean (with an emphasis on contemporary and modern works), all part of the International Fine Print Dealers Association’s yearly fair, now in its twenty-sixth edition.

View and purchase a diverse collection of rare works that span a range of periods and prices at the largest and most celebrated art fair dedicated to the artistic medium of printmaking.

Continuing Events

Archtober  (Oct.01-31)
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.

TASTING CIDER WEEK (thru Oct.29)
“If cider is the apple of your eye, then Cider Week is for you. Hop around town for tastings, celebrate the opening of the Bad Seed Cider Brooklyn Taproom and check out the Cider in the Square Apple Market to find hard and sweet ciders, apples, pie and donuts. Festivities also include cider­centric feasts, talks and extended happy hours.” (Newsday)
WHEN | WHERE Friday through Sunday, , Oct. 20­29 at various venues, including the Bad Seed Brooklyn Tap Room, 585 Franklin Ave.,
INFO Free -­$85, ciderweeknyc.com

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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, almost all 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 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 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):

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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.
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Website: are you kidding !
(although there is a facebook page with lots of photos –
facebook.com/jimmyscornernyc)
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

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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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