NYC Events,”Only the Best” (11/03) + Today’s Featured Pub (WestVillage)

“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-November
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:

Nuevo Jazz Latino (Nov.3-4)
30th Anniversary Landmark Concert
Jazz at Lincoln Center / 7PM, +9:30PM, $34+
“Back by extremely popular demand, Nuevo Jazz Latino returns to The Appel Room. This all-star ensemble features some of the greatest young leaders in Afro-Latin music today.

When the group was first assembled in 2014, each musician contributed original music specifically for this ensemble. The result was an eclectic repertoire of new music that beautifully utilized the unique talents of each musician. The super-group reassembled for a sold-out week at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, and they’re now joining forces again to present new pieces and expand upon the original Nuevo Jazz Latino compositions.”

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7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> The Exterminating Angel 
>> NICOLE MITCHELL
>>‘THE RED SHOES’
>> John McLaughlin + Jimmy Herring
>> FRED HERSCH
>> George Coleman
>> Architecture & Design Film Festival
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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

The Exterminating Angel (next performance Nov.07; +various dates thru Nov.21)
The Metropolitan Opera / 8PM, $30+
“Following the rapturous response to his last opera, The Tempest, the Met presents the American premiere of Thomas Adès’s The Exterminating Angel, inspired by the classic Luis Buñuel film of the same name. Hailed by the New York Times at its 2016 Salzburg Festival premiere as “inventive and audacious … a major event,” The Exterminating Angel is a surreal fantasy about a dinner party from which the guests can’t escape. Tom Cairns, who wrote the libretto, directs the new production, and Adès conducts his own adventurous new opera.”

NICOLE MITCHELL (Nov.3-4)
at the Stone at the New School / 8:30PM, $
“Ms. Mitchell is one of the most creative jazz musicians to have played the flute. And one of the most tireless: To her fans it’s little surprise that she has released two remarkable recordings this year, one with her Black Earth Ensemble (“Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds”) and another in collaboration with the poet Haki Madhubuti (“Liberation Narratives”). Ever on to the next thing, she performs this weekend with a new intriguing team of diverse associates: Taylor Ho Bynum on trumpet, Rufus Reid on bass, Shirazette Tinnin on drums and Fay Victor on vocals.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

‘THE RED SHOES’ (Oct.26 – Nov.5)
at New York City Center / 8PM, $35+
“Matthew Bourne/New Adventures returns to New York City Center with his first new production in four years. An adaptation of the treasured Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger film, “The Red Shoes” explores Victoria Page’s battle between life and art. The New Adventures dancers Ashley Shaw and Cordelia Braithwaite perform the part, along with Sara Mearns, a principal of New York City Ballet. The composer Julian Craster is played, alternately, by Marcelo Gomes of American Ballet Theater and Dominic North of New Adventures. And finally, Sam Archer plays the impresario Boris Lermontov.” (NYT-GIA KOURLAS)

John McLaughlin + Jimmy Herring
The Town Hall, / 8PM, $65+
“Fusion guitarists collide when chakra-blasting speed demon John McLaughlin meets Berklee-trained Jimmy Herring. After sets with their respective 4th Dimension and Invisible Whip bands, the pair will convene for a summit session focusing on the alternately searing and serene sounds of McLaughlin’s still-breathtaking early-’70s albums with the Mahavishnu Orchestra. That band served as a high-volume transition between his stint with Miles Davis and Shakti, the fusion ensemble that introduced Indian classical music to the jazz world. Herring is a journeyman virtuoso best known for stints with Col. Bruce Hampton’s Aquarium Rescue Unit, the Allman Brothers Band, and, currently, Widespread Panic. Blaming arthritis, McLaughlin, 75, claims this will be his final tour, so if you’d like him to fan your inner-mounting flame, now’s the time.” (Richard Gehr, Village voice)

FRED HERSCH (Oct. 31-Nov. 5)
at the Village Vanguard / 8:30 and 10:30PM, $30
“Mr. Hersch, a starkly articulate and affecting pianist, recently put out “Open Book,” a solo record that comprises original compositions, covers of jazz standards and a 20-minute free improvisation. He will take the stage alone for the first three nights of this run, then will be joined by his trio mates, the bassist John Hébert and the drummer Eric McPherson, for the next three.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

George Coleman (Nov.2-5)
Jazz Standard, 116 E. 27th St./ 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $35
“The tenor saxophonist Coleman may be conserving his energy these days, as he reflects on a career that took root in the late fifties, but his forceful spirit is still very much willing. A stomping album from 2016, “A Master Speaks,” found this hard-bop patriarch doing what he does best—crafting lush ballads and giving his all to lively mainstream romps.”

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

Architecture & Design Film Festival (Nov.1-5)
Cinépolis Chelsea / 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm, $16.50
“The Architecture & Design Film Festival (ADFF) – the nation’s largest film festival devoted to the creative spirit that drives architecture and design – will take place in New York City from November 1-5 at Cinépolis Chelsea. Through a curated selection of films, director Q&As and panel discussions, ADFF creates an opportunity to educate, entertain and engage all who are excited about architecture and design. The ninth edition will showcase 30+ feature-length and short films offering explorative portraits of architecture icons such as Mies van der Rohe, Glenn Murcutt and Rem Koolhaas, and delving into topics ranging from imaginative solutions for homeless housing and how drones will impact architecture.”

Continuing Events

Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park (6th Ave. & 42nd St.)
Midtown Manhattan’s winter wonderland.
Enjoy Bryant Park through the winter with the Holiday Shops food and gift boutiques (thru Jan.02), Danny Meyer’s pop-up rinkside eatery Public Fare (thru Mar.04), and The Rink, the centerpiece of Winter Village and New York City’s only free admission ice skating rink.
The Rink
This 17,000 square foot rink features free admission ice skating, high quality rental skates, and free skating shows, special events, and activities.
​October 28, 2017 – March 4, 2018
Daily, 8am-10pm (Rink hours are weather permitting)

Canstruction (Nov.02-15)
Brookfield Place; /10AM – 8PM; FREE
“Give “food as art” new meaning beyond those food-porn Instagrams at this 24th annual cans-for-a-cause competition, pitting architecture teams against each other to create larger-than-life Pop-Art–installations using more than 120,000 cans of nonperishable food, all in the name of ending hunger (every can is donated to City Harvest). Head down to Brookfield Place to see the unveiling of these engineering spectacles, all built overnight after months of planning, and check back to see if your favorite takes home any titles in judges’ categories like Best Use of Labels, Best Meal and Structural Ingenuity. You’ll also be able to cast a ballot for the “People’s Choice” winner online. Admission is completely free, but you can do your part by bringing the suggested donation of one canned good per person.” (TONY)

EXHIBIT ‘TO QUENCH THE THIRST OF NEW YORKERS: THE CROTON AQUEDUCT AT 175’ (thru Dec 31)
“Many New Yorkers today take for granted the appearance of clean water in the city’s taps. This exhibit focuses on the history of the Croton Aqueduct, an engineering feat that brought fresh water from the Croton River upstate to fountains in the middle of the city when it was completed in the 1840s.” (STAV ZIV, Newsday)
WHEN | WHERE: Opens Saturday, Sept. 2 at the Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave. – INFO: $18; 212­-534­-1672, mcny.org.

Learn all about the High Bridge, which carried the Croton Aqueduct across the Harlem River. This magnificent civic structure was modeled on the old Roman Aqueduct bridges, and is New York City’s oldest and best bridge. I know, because I lived nearby in the far west Bronx neighborhood of Highbridge, and have strolled across it many times.

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Bonus NYC events– Jazz Clubs:
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 underground, classic jazz joints. all 6 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.
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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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