NYC Events,”Only the Best” (11/27) + Today’s Featured Pub (Times Square / Theater District)

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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 Chase Brock Experience (Nov.27–Dec. 9)
Clurman, 410 W. 42nd St./ 8PM, $29
“Only thirty-four, with choreography credits that include a video game for Nintendo’s Wii and the ill-fated Broadway musical “Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark,” Brock is already celebrating the tenth anniversary of his troupe. His sensibility is peppy, poppy, amped up with theatre-geek zeal. His on-the-beat, on-the-nose illustrations of music and lyrics have a let’s-put-on-a-show innocence. This anniversary program ranges chronologically from the 2007 work “Slow Float,” which treats Laura Nyro songs in the manner of “Hair,” to the première of “Men I’ve Known,” which is set, more ambitiously, to Satie’s austere “Ogives.” (NewYorker)

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7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>Broadway Under the Stars
>>Requiem – Giuseppe Verdi
>>Jeff Harnar: The 1959 Broadway Songbook
>>The 18th Annual Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square
>>CHARENEE WADE, BRIANNA THOMAS AND SHENEL JOHNS
>>Astro Poets: Dorothea Lasky and Alex Dimitrov
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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Broadway Under the Stars
Time Warner Center-Shops at Columbus Circle, 2nd Fl. / 5PM, FREE
For the next four Mondays you’ll have a chance to nibble on musical theater at Broadway Under the Stars, an annual series on a makeshift stage at the Shops at Columbus Circle. It’s a lot like the ever-popular Broadway in Bryant Park, except later in the year and indoors. (The stars of the title are the massive decorative ones that hang from the ceiling at the Time Warner Center each winter.)

Cast members from a dozen different Broadway shows—plus Off Broadway’s Red Roses, Green Gold—head to Columbus Circle on Mondays at 5pm to sing for their shoppers. Hosted by Broadway actor George Psomas (Fiddler on the Roof), it’s a casual affair, without costumes or sets but with plenty of up-and-coming talent.
Today: Wicked •

Requiem – Giuseppe Verdi (Nov.24 – Dec.2; next Nov.29)
The Metropolitan Opera / 7:30PM, $125+ (but a few standing room @$17)
“For the first time since 2008, James Levine conducts a special series of concerts of Verdi’s great mass, written in memory of Italian poet Alessandro Manzoni. The company has assembled a quartet of extraordinary soloists to join the incomparable Met Orchestra and Chorus: Krassimira Stoyanova, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Aleksandrs Antonenko, and Ferruccio Furlanetto.”

Jeff Harnar: The 1959 Broadway Songbook
The Laurie Beechman Theatre / 7PM, $25
“Jeff Harnar returns to The Laurie Beechman Theatre with his hit show featuring songs from the musicals Bells Are Ringing, Gypsy, The Music Man, My Fair Lady, The Sound of Music, West Side Story, and many more!”
Reviews of Jeff Harnar’s “The 1959 Broadway Songbook”:
“Superb” – New York Times
“Extraordinary” – New York Daily News
“A Hit!” – Chicago Tribune
“Harnar’s ‘Broadway Songbook’ something to sing about.” – Dallas Morning News
“Top Five” Critic’s Choice” – The Times London

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

The 18th Annual Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square
This is the first of the city’s many tree lightings this season.

“Kick off the holiday season with a tree lighting ceremony, along with performances by more than 20 world-class musicians, processional groups, dancers and strolling circus performers. There will also be face-painting, ice-sculpting, free movie screenings of A Christmas Story at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and other street festivities that will take place on Broadway.” (UntappedCities)
Foodies and Holiday Cheer
Over 30 of Lincoln Square’s finest restaurants and eateries will offer food tastings at nominal cost ($1 to $4) at three separate outdoor locations from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Dozens of local stores and neighborhood institutions will host activities and holiday cheer throughout the evening.
PLUS
CHARENEE WADE, BRIANNA THOMAS AND SHENEL JOHNS
at the American Folk Art Museum (Nov. 27, 6 p.m.).
“Three rising talents with plenty of promise, these vocalists will each perform one set at this free concert, part of the annual Winter’s Eve celebration in Lincoln Square. All of these artists have fierce straight-ahead chops and the will to address a broader lineage of 20th-century American music.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

Astro Poets: Dorothea Lasky and Alex Dimitrov
NYPL, Main Bldg./ 6:30PM, FREE
“The poets Dorothy Lasky and Alex Dimitrov have been doling out astrological analysis via emojis, memes, and poetry on Twitter for almost a year now, gaining a cult following in the process. As of this writing, their Twitter account has 219k followers; the pair have nabbed a book deal; and they are also regular contributors to W magazine’s advice column, “Ask the Astro Poets.” To celebrate the Astro Poets’ birthday (the account is a Sagittarius, if you were wondering), Lasky and Dimitrov will be reading at the Mid-Manhattan Library and talking about the connections between poetry, astrology, and pop-culture. Lasky will read from her forthcoming book, Milk, to be published by Wave Books, and Dimitrov will be reading from a collection that was released earlier this year, Together and by Ourselves. Stick around after for a Q&A with this viral duo. Make sure you get there early, as seating is first-come, first-served, and registration won’t guarantee admission.” (Alana Mohamed, VillageVoice)

More coming soon.

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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New York City Ballet / “The Nutcracker” (Through Dec. 31)
NYS/DHK Theater, Lincoln Center / various times and prices
“As a young dancer in St. Petersburg in the nineteen-tens, George Balanchine performed the lead in the Harlequins’ “Hoop Dance” in the Mariinsky Ballet’s “Nutcracker.” By all accounts, he was rather proud of his performance, and in 1954, when he created his own “Nutcracker” for the New York City Ballet, he included the dance verbatim in the second act, and renamed it “Candy Cane.” With its double hoop jumps, it is still one of the most beloved sections of the ballet, performed by one adult dancer and eight children from the school. This merging of past and present, adult prowess and youthful flair, has helped insure this production’s enduring appeal for more than sixty years. It returns for a monthlong run.” (NewYorker)

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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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Erwin Redl’s Whiteout, a newly commissioned public art project, will light up in Madison Square Park tonight. It consists of hundreds of transparent white spheres, each embedded with a white LED light, and suspended from a square grid of steel poles. The swaying sequence of light will be on display until April 2018.

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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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