NYC Events,”Only the Best” (01/18) + 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: “NYC Events-January”
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.

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

¡VAYA! 63: José Fajardo Jr. y Sus Estrellas
Opening set by DJ Mar y Sol
Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, FREE, better get there early for a seat.
¡VAYA! 63
“The son of Cuban “flute king” and legendary bandleader José Fajardo keeps the spirit of his father alive. A percussionist who has played with everyone from Larry Harlow and Orchestra Broadway to El Canario and Tito Puente, Fajardo Jr. has led the band his father started in Cuba in 1949—one of the best charangas around—into a new era of smoking salsa.
Opening set by DJ Mar y Sol
“HOT Salsa Dura with all the necessary ingredients to make it a dance floor hit. This young man who is the son of Afro Cuban music royalty (José Fajardo) is carving his own place in this genre and I’m sure his dad is looking down at him with a smile.” —NewGenSalsa”


8 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Tom Harrell
>> Keyon Harrold and Friends
>>Malpaso Dance Company
>>Modigliani Unmasked
>> Film Screening: “John Philip Holland: Inventor of the Modern Submarine”
>> Valrhona Hot Chocolate Festival Kickoff Party
>> Intelligence & Counterterrorism: National Security Challenges

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

at the Jazz Gallery / 7:30 and 9:30PM, $15
“The compositions of Ms. Webber, a saxophonist and multi-reedist, play in fresh ways with chime and repetition and schematics. The synced-up interactions she has with her band don’t feel clinical or bolted down; they’re open and resonant and exposed to the wind. Here she leads a remarkable septet, featuring Jeremy Viner on tenor saxophone and clarinet, Jacob Garchik on trombone, Chris Hoffman on cello, Matt Mitchell on piano, Chris Tordini on bass and Ches Smith on drums and vibraphone.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

Malpaso Dance Company (Jan.17-21)
Joyce Theater / 7:30PM, $41+
“The Joyce has taken this ten-member, five-year-old Cuban contemporary dance troupe, whose name means something like misstep, under its wing, which has led to the commissioning of new works by several North American choreographers. Malpaso’s winter season includes the New York premiere of Aszure Barton’s Indomitable Waltz, to music by Alexander Balanescu, Michael Nyman, and Nils Frahm, as well as Face the Torrent, a new dance by Emmy nominee Sonya Tayeh, and a 2013 piece, Ocaso, by the troupe’s artistic director and resident choreographer, Osnel Delgado.” (Elizabeth Zimmer, Village Voice)

Tom Harrell (Jan. 16-23)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave. S., at 11th St./ 8:30PM, +10:30PM, $35
“Parsing the components of the trumpeter Harrell’s stylistic identity is the easy part—bebop, post-bop, Latin, and classical influences clearly run through his playing. But understanding just how this admired veteran absorbed it all and emerged with a thoroughly integrated and distinctive musical approach is more difficult. His robust quintet finds room for the saxophonist Jaleel Shaw and the pianist Danny Grissett.” (NewYorker)

Keyon Harrold and Friends (LAST DAY)
The Blue Note / 8PM, 10:30PM, $20–$35
In the fall Mr. Harrold released a bold, expansive album, “The Mugician.” It finds his trumpet coaxing an electrified ensemble into all sorts of approaches — slow-jam, vague Caribbean groove, contemporary jazz balladry — then tearing into them with animated, inventive soloing. He will draw on that material here, likely with special guests. (The album features a long list of guest vocalists, and when he played the Blue Note last January, Mr. Harrold brought along the rapper Big K.R.I.T. and the vocalist Bilal.)” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

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

Modigliani Unmasked
The Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Ave./ 7:30PM, $50
“Kick off the new year with ADSNY when we have an exclusive guided tour at the Jewish Museum’s latest exhibition, which displays approximately 150 rarely seen paintings, sculptures, and drawings by celebrated early twentieth century artist Amedeo Modigliani. Many of these works, assembled for this exhibition from collections around the world, have not been seen before in New York.

This evening tour will highlight how the artist originated important Art Deco aesthetic principles and will also spotlight Modigliani’s drawings in the context of the unprecedented artistic melting pot of Paris before and during the Jazz Age.

This tour will also explore how Modigliani’s art incorporated the various multicultural influences prevalent in the design from the Art Deco movement—African, Greek, Egyptian, etc.—which inspired the young artist during this lesser-known early period.”

Film Screening: “John Philip Holland: Inventor of the Modern Submarine”
The American Irish Historical Society / 6:30PM, $5
“Join us at the AIHS for a screening of: “JOHN P. HOLLAND – Inventor of the Modern Submarine” by Macdara Vallely followed by a Q&A session with Mr. Vallely and Gerard Brady, the film’s editor.

This is the story of John P. Holland, an inventor, a visionary and a man of peace, who in 1878 joined forces with the Irish Republican Brotherhood in New York City and invented the world’s first modern submarine.

Holland’s achievement is remarkable. He was a man without any formal third level education. He was born into a poor and struggling family in the Clare Gaeltacht during the darkest years of the Great Hunger. Yet he was able to transcend these humble beginnings and solve a problem which for centuries had confounded military and scientific geniuses such as Da Vinci and Alexander the Great.

Many of the features of what we have come to recognise as the modern submarine were Holland inventions: Internal ballast, torpedoes, electrical propulsion. His designs were, in fact, so revolutionary that by the 1950’s, that US Naval designers were unable to improve upon the hull design of his earliest prototype and incorporated into the world’s first nuclear powered submarine.”


Valrhona Hot Chocolate Festival Kickoff Party
Ladurée Soho, 398 WBroadway / 5:30PM, $35
“The chocolate aficionados at Valrhona launch their third annual Hot Chocolate Festival with treats from Ladurée, Fika, La Maison du Chocolat, Baked, Epicerie Boulud and more, plus previews of some of the fest’s most creative cocoa concoctions. Proceeds from ticket sales go to nonprofit org Careers through Culinary Arts Program, which helps prepare underserved high school students for culinary careers.” (TONY)

Intelligence & Counterterrorism: National Security Challenges
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave./ 8PM, $35
“The national security experts and intelligence contributors of NBC NEWS will join Andrea Mitchell, NBC News’ Chief Foreign Affairs correspondent and host of MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports, for a panel discussion about the national security challenges facing the United States, our evolving counterterrorism policy and the dangers facing the intelligence community around the world” (


Broadway Week began on Tuesday! Get two-for-one tickets to your favorite shows, from Chicago to Wicked

AND “NYC Broadway Week and NYC Restaurant Week will overlap this winter, creating the perfect storm of events where you can sit down indoors.

NYC Broadway Week begins first with two-for-one tickets to the best shows from January 16 through February 4. NYC Restaurant Week joins in on January 22, and it runs through February 9, offering lunches for $29 and dinner for $42.”

See TONY magazine:  Your guide to combining NYC Broadway Week and NYC Restaurant Week


Continuing Events


”A monument to a monument. With 133 drawings by the beyond-famous artist on loan from some 50 front-rank collections, this show is a curatorial coup and an art historical tour de force: a panoptic view of a titanic career as recorded in the most fragile of media: paper, chalk and ink. And it demands that you be fully present. Drawing is more than a graphic experience; it’s a textural one, about the pressure of crayon and pen on a page; the subliminal fade and focus of lines; the weave and shadow-creating swells of surfaces. These are effects that can’t be captured by a smartphone.” (Cotter-NYT)

The art world has been agog about this exhibition for sometime. One critic after another exclaims that it is the “Exhibition of a lifetime!” The hype has been over the top. Usually that means you’ll be disappointed when you actually experience it, because it couldn’t possibly live up to the hype. Not this time.

This is a huge and marvelous exhibition that shows the evolution of Michelangelo from a young artist to a mature, divine genius. An exhibition that you will remember for sometime. Even the works of other artists that are included for contrast and context are amazing.

Here are a few reviews from the critics to give you a fuller flavor of this exhibition. They strongly encourage you to make the time to see this “once in a lifetime” exhibition. I also encourage you to see it.

Only 25 days left, because the exhibition closes February 12, and that last week it will probably be crazy packed.


Let there be light!
Erwin Redl’s Whiteout, a newly commissioned public art project, will light up in Madison Square Park. 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.

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,, 212-255-4037
Blue Note – 131 W3rd St. nr 6th ave., 212-475-8592
55 Bar – basement @55 Christopher St. nr 7th ave.S., 212-929-9883
Mezzrow – basement @ 163 W10th St. nr 7th Ave.,646-476-4346
Smalls – basement @ 183 W10th St., 646-476-4346
Cornelia Street Cafe – UG, 29 Cornelia St., 212-989-9319

Outside Greenwich Village:
Dizzy’s Club – Broadway @ 60th St. — / 212-258-9595
Birdland – 315 W44th St.(btw 8/9ave) — / 212-581-3080
Smoke Jazz Club – 2751 Broadway nr.106th St. — / 212-864-6662

Special Mention:
Caffe Vivaldi – 32 Jones St. nr Bleecker St. — / 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.

♦ 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.


NYCity Vacation Travel Guide Video (Expedia):


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).
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.
“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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