NYC Events,”Only the Best” (02/11) + 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: “NYC Events-February”
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.

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

Bruce Barth (LAST DAY)
Smoke, 2751 Broadway, btw105th/106th Sts. / 7, 9, 10:30PM, $38
“Heart, intangible yet palpable, is the quality that most pervades Barth’s piano playing. A mainstream modernist who wondrously calls to mind a host of classic stylists without ever sounding precisely like any of them, Barth rounds out a sharp quartet with harmonious cohorts, including the saxophonist Steve Wilson, the bassist Vicente Archer, and the drummer Adam Cruz.” (NewYorker)

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5 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Ava Luna
>> AMIR ELSAFFAR AND RIVERS OF SOUND
>> Carmen Cusack
>>Miguel Zenon
>> Joe Lovano
>> Lunar New Year Celebration
>> Lost Landscapes of New York
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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Ryan Raftery: The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of Martha Stewart
Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater / 9:30PM, $35
After scoring a hit with a solo musical devoted to Vogue’s Anna Wintour and her discontents—and then another about Bravo diva wrangler Andy Cohen—the boyish and persistently irreverent singer-actor Raftery returns to Joe’s with a new camp biography. This one uses pop music to tell the story of style maven, media titan and ex-prisoner Martha Stewart.” (TONY)https://www.timeout.com/newyork/music/ryan-raftery-the-rise-and-fall-and-rise-of-martha-stewart#tab_panel_3

NEW COMBINATIONS
NYS Theater, Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, $30+
“NYCB Founder George Balanchine famously said, “There are no new steps, only new combinations,” and each year the Company pays homage to that affirmation with a world premiere. Sharing the stage with this new work are Martins’ The Red Violin, set to a violin concerto at turns faint or frenzied, and Ratmansky’s critically-acclaimed first NYCB ballet, Russian Seasons, an ensemble piece embracing life in myriad emotions.”

Donald K. Brown Evidence (LAST DAY)
at the Joyce Theater / 7:30PM, $36+
“Ronald K. Brown’s singular style — a savory blend of African dance, modern dance, social dances and ballet — is on fine display in a mixed-bill program that includes “March,” an excerpt from a 1995 work set to a Martin Luther King Jr. speech; “Come Ye,” inspired by Nina Simone; “Dancing Spirit,” created for the Alvin Ailey company and now performed by Mr. Brown’s dancers; and the new “Den of Dreams,” a duet between Mr. Brown and Arcell Cabuag, an exuberant performer and the company’s associate artistic director, who’s celebrating 20 years with the troupe.” (NYT-BRIAN SCHAEFER)

BILLY HART QUARTET (LAST DAY)
at Jazz Standard / 7:30 and 9:30PM, $35
“Mr. Hart developed a reputation in the 1970s as one of the most adaptive and sympathetic drummers in jazz, adding subtle shading and suspense-building mobility to Herbie Hancock’s electric fusion, Pharoah Sanders’s avant-garde spiritualism and Billy Harper’s Afrocentric postbop. Mr. Hart is a slow burner with no particular interest in clean resolution, and he’s long produced engrossing work as a bandleader who lives by those principles. In the past dozen years, he has led this esteemed quartet, performing his own dusky compositions and those of his younger band mates: the tenor saxophonist Mark Turner, the pianist Ethan Iverson and the bassist Ben Street.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

Miguel Zenon (LAST DAY)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave. S., at 11th St./ 8:30PM, +10:30PM, $35
“Tipico,” Zenon’s current album, is a dedicatory project that celebrates the unity and inventiveness of the alto saxophonist’s longtime quartet, now completing its second decade as a fierce modernist ensemble. The leader’s lapel-grabbing style of playing may remain the focus, but his bandmates—the pianist Luis Perdomo, the bassist Hans Glawischnig, and the drummer Henry Cole—are invaluable contributors, having thoroughly absorbed Zenon’s integration of Latin musical sources and jazz. They are all worthy of his obvious pride.” (NewYorker)

 

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Continuing Events

‘MICHELANGELO: DIVINE DRAFTSMAN AND DESIGNER’
Metropolitan Museum of Art (through Feb. 12).

”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)
212-535-7710, metmuseum.org

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 2 days left, because the exhibition closes February 12.

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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.

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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.

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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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