NYC Events,”Only the Best” (11/21) + Today’s Featured Pub (Upper West Side)

“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: “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 over town, all through the month.
The curated list of events you will find in the “This WEEK” tab ain’t bad, either.

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

The Exterminating Angel (LAST PERFORMANCE)
The Metropolitan Opera / 7:30PM, $20+
“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.”

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6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>DOMINIQUE EADE, RAN BLAKE AND KAVITA SHAH
>>Dee Dee Bridgewater
>>Joey Arias
>>JASON MORAN AND THE BANDWAGON
>>Maria Schneider Orchestra
>>BOB DYLAN AND MAVIS STAPLES

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

DOMINIQUE EADE, RAN BLAKE AND KAVITA SHAH
at the Park Avenue Armory / 7PM, +9PM, $
“When you’re singing with Mr. Blake, the eminent 82-year-old pianist, maintaining the harmonic arc of a piece becomes your prerogative. His accompaniments are abstract impastos, moving images within and apart from plot. For vocalists up to the task, his approach becomes a challenge, and an empowerment. Ms. Eade is possessed of a deep, ink-thick voice; on “Town and Country” — a recent duo album of American folk songs and standards — she and Mr. Blake prove an excellent pair. Ms. Shah, also a talented vocalist, will perform separately, debuting a new song cycle titled “Folk Songs of Naboréa.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

Dee Dee Bridgewater
@ Blue Note / 8PM, +10:30PM, $30, $45
“Grammy and Tony Award-winning performer Dee Dee Bridgewater has demonstrated her talents in jazz clubs, in the recording studio, and on the Broadway stage. Now she’s bringing her career to where it all started, by dedicating her next album to her hometown of Memphis, Tennessee. Titled Memphis… Yes I’m Ready, the album will feature the Blues, R&B, and Soul classics that came out of “Bluff City.” This week Bridgewater is celebrating the album’s release at the Blue Note.” (The Jonathan Channel)

Joey Arias (also Wednesday)
Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater / 9:30PM, $25
“A demigod of the demimonde, Arias has entertained and scandalized the club world for decades with his fetish-drag getups, extravagant charisma, filthy patter and Billie Holiday stylings. In his latest Joe’s set, he looks back on his storied career with help from Charly Zastrau at the piano.” (TONY)

JASON MORAN AND THE BANDWAGON (Nov. 21-26)
at the Village Vanguard / 8:30PM, +10:30PM, $
“As Mr. Moran has grown into his identity as a conceptualist and curator and boundary-crossing collaborator, his piano style has grown only richer, more heartfelt and more engaging. Should we find that remarkable, or entirely unsurprising? Either way, it’s partly due to his commitment to a few core practices and creature comforts. Chief among them is this trio — featuring the bassist Tarus Mateen and the drummer Nasheet Waits — which has been together since the turn of the millennium, and has played a weeklong run around Thanksgiving at the Village Vanguard for the past five years. The band, one of jazz’s most durable institutions, features the bassist Tarus Mateen and the drummer Nasheet Waits.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

Maria Schneider Orchestra (also Nov.22,24,25,26)
Jazz Standard / 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $40
“Maria Schneider has a handsome collection of Grammys, and the accolades are well deserved: This protégée of the late bandleading/arranging genius Gil Evans fronts the most polished modern jazz orchestra on the planet, a vehicle for her lush, intricate and refreshingly accessible works. Catch her at this annual Thanksgiving engagement.” (TONY)

BOB DYLAN AND MAVIS STAPLES (Nov.20-25)
at Beacon Theater / 7:30PM, $155+
“Seeing Bob Dylan in 2017 is a wondrously strange experience. Unlike many of his contemporaries, he seems uninterested in giving his live audiences a close approximation of their favorite records; instead, he twists his songs into wild new forms, laying on the brimstone and blues. It’s anything but a canned nostalgia trip, which is refreshing in an age with plenty of nostalgia to go around. Opening for Mr. Dylan at this five-night stand, which begins on Monday and continues into next week, is his longtime friend Mavis Staples, whose latest album, “If All I Was Was Black,” arrives Nov. 17.” (NYT-SIMON VOZICK-LEVINSON)

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)
Tree Lighting
As one of the most popular holiday markets in NYC, the Winter Village has big plans to make their tree-lighting ceremony (held 6PM, Friday, December 1) a smash. When you go, you’ll be dazzled by a theatrical ice-skating show starring World Champions and Olympian skaters Kimmie Meissner, Meryl Davis and Charlie White as well as Jeff Buttle. The legendary Johnny Weir will also hit the 17,000-square-foot rink.

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(11/10/17-1/1/18) The NYC perennial holiday favorite Christmas Spectacular Starring The Radio City Rockettes® returns. Fan favorites include “New York at Christmas,” where the Rockettes® board a real double-decker bus, and the high-energy tap number “Twelve Days of Christmas.” Of course, beloved classics like “The Parade of the Wooden Soldiers” and “The Living Nativity” will also be back. rockettes.com/christmas

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“Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer”
Metropolitan Museum / 10AM-5:30PM, $25
“The largest Michelangelo in the history of the Met opened on Monday Nov 13.  “Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer” features 133 drawings, three marble sculptures and the iconic Renaissance artist’s earliest painting.

The last Michelangelo exhibition to take place in New York consisted of a reproduction of the Sistine Ceiling at the Oculus in Lower Manhattan. But now, the real deal is coming to town thanks to the exhibition, “Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer,” at The Metropolitan Museum Of Art. Announced in May, the show is the largest monograph of the Renaissance genius ever mounted at The Met. It’s been hyped—not without reason—as a once-in-a-lifetime exhibit featuring 133 drawings, three marble sculptures, as well as the artist’s earliest painting.

The show also includes a wooden architectural model for a chapel he designed, along with paintings by some of his contemporaries. “Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer” opens November 13, and is bound to be packed.” (TONY)

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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 (UG), 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 2017.  Quality shows draw crowds.
Try to reserve seats in advance at these top NYC events, even if just on day of performance.
NYCity Vacation Travel Guide Video (Expedia):
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A PremierPub / Upper West Side

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que 700 W125th St. @ 12th ave.

Walk only five minutes from the 125th St. station on the #1 line to find this authentic honky-tonk barbecue joint. Some folks think Dinosaur is just a place to eat ribs. Au contraire. With 24 carefully selected taps, this is a place to drink beer, and eat ribs.

HarlHostStandNo food goes better with American craft ales than American barbecue. Dinosaur may be the best combo of good beer drinking and hearty eating in town, which makes the trip uptown to West Harlem totally worthwhile.

This second incarnation of Dinosaur in Harlem is in a two story, old brick warehouse near the Hudson River. Don’t let that run down exterior fool you. Inside it’s a large space with huge, rough wooden columns and unfinished wooden floors and brick walls – just right for a bbq joint. As soon as you open the front door you are hit with that tantalizing aroma of barbecue coming from the large open kitchen. Reminds me of those great rib joints I frequented when stationed in North Carolina all those years ago. If your stomach wasn’t grumbling before, it is now.

Head to the bar, sit down and try to decide on a beer. It’s not an easy decision – a good problem to have. This is a pretty damn good beer list to choose from, one that most beer bars should be jealous of. I love that they feature NY craft beers. You may want to try the four beer sampler, which is always fun, and in this place may be necessary.

The blues music playing in the background will get you in the mood for their North Carolina style barbecue, and even when it’s a full house your order shouldn’t take too long (assuming you snagged a table). The food is all slow smoked, so it’s already mostly done and ready to go. I always start with an order of their giant, spice rubbed wings, so good they may make you give up Buffalo wings.

Unfortunately, a place this good does not fly under the radar. There can be some long waits for a table at dinnertime. So you need a strategy – avoid prime time, and try not to arrive with your entire posse, which will limit your seating options.

A seat at the bar, a small table in the bar area, or in the summer, an outside table underneath what’s left of the elevated West Side Highway, all may open before a table inside the main dining room. Otherwise, try Dinosaur for lunch, or come very late for dinner, maybe after a show at the nearby Cotton Club nightclub.

Website: http://www.dinosaurbarbque.com/
Phone #: 212-694-1777
Hours: Mo-Th 11:30am-11:00pm; Fr-Sa 11:30am-12:00am;
Su 12:00pm-10:00pm
Happy Hour: 4-7pm every day; $1 off all drinks
Music: Fri / Sat 10:30pm
Subway: #1 to 125th St.
Walk 2 blk W on 125th St. to Dinosaur Bar-B-Q,
just past the elevated highway.
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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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