NYC Events,”Only the Best” (03/07) + 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-March”
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:

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:

Elvis Costello
Brooklyn Steel, 319 Frost St.,/ 8PM, $80
“Costello isn’t the intense spitfire he was in the late seventies, when he led the crop of angry young men who bridged the gap between punk and New Wave. Nor is he the songwriting superhero he was in the eighties, when he could knock out classic albums like “King of America” and “Blood and Chocolate” in the same year, or the restless talent of the nineties, when he jumped from genre to genre, often via collaboration, flirting with classical (“The Juliet Letters,” with the Brodsky Quartet) and sublimely subtle adult pop (“Painted from Memory,” with Burt Bacharach). These days, though, Costello still makes interesting choices (his last record, “Wise Up Ghost,” was a team-up with the Roots), and he’s increasingly sharing the details of his life with his fans; recent New York concerts have included a large-screen display of family photos, scribbled notes, and other personal ephemera.” (NewYorker)

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5 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> EZRA FURMAN AND ANNA BURCH
>> FRED HERSCH, DREW GRESS AND BILLY HART
>> La Bohème
>>Bernie Williams
>> AMNH Presents, SciCafe: Primate Palate: Orangutans, Obesity, and Human Evolution
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Continuing Events
>>STREB EXTREME ACTION
>>Whiteout
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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

EZRA FURMAN AND ANNA BURCH
at Bowery Ballroom / 9 p.m., $17
“Ezra Furman’s most recent album, “Transangelic Exodus,” is a radical revision of the American rock canon. Songs like “Suck the Blood From My Wound” (where Mr. Furman rhymes “Pasadena” with “deus ex machina”) use distinctly Springsteen-esque tropes — forbidden lovers, cars speeding toward state lines — to tell a story about life outside restrictive social binaries. Arrive at this show early to catch an opening set by the witty singer-songwriter Anna Burch.” (NYT-SIMON VOZICK-LEVINSON)

La Bohème (Oct 2-Mar 10) next and last performance Mar.10- 8:30PM
Metropolitan Opera House / 8PM, $
“The world’s most popular opera returns in Franco Zeffirelli’s classic production, with a series of exciting casts. Angel Blue, Anita Hartig, and Sonya Yoncheva share the role of the fragile Mimì, with Dmytro Popov, Russell Thomas, and Michael Fabiano alternating as the poet Rodolfo. Alexander Soddy and Marco Armiliato share conducting duties.”

FRED HERSCH, DREW GRESS AND BILLY HART (March 6-11)
at the Village Vanguard / 8:30 and 10:30PM, $
“These three expert musicians all boast a lightness of touch and a keen sense of suspenseful development. Mr. Hersch, a pianist, has played separately with the bassist Mr. Gress and the drummer Mr. Hart, but they haven’t performed as a trio in more than a decade. This week provides a chance to hear three elder musicians whose creative drive remains undiminished, exploring a fresh scenario.” (NYT – GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

Bernie Williams
Café Carlyle / 8:45PM, $80
“…. But no other professional baseball player in the sport’s history has perhaps enjoyed a cooler post-MLB career outside of Moe Berg than Bernie Williams, who followed up his tenure on the winningest Yankees team in history by diving deep into the art of Latin jazz guitar, which he had begun in his final years with the club. His solo debut from 2003, The Journey Within, was an out-of-left-field surprise featuring an all-star band comprised of such names as Leland Sklar on bass, E-Street Band keyboardist David Sancious, and the great Kenny Aronoff on drums, among others. His 2009 follow-up, Moving Forward, scored cameos from Mike Stern, Bruce Springsteen, and the late NBA star–turned–jazz bassist Wayman Tisdale.

Now, Williams makes his return to jazz since retiring from baseball in 2015, with a week-long stint at the Café Carlyle, where no confirmed set list is promised (“elements of improv jazz” are foretold). Are we going to see Bernie the guitar player go full Joe Pass in the house that Bobby Short built? For fans of both jazz and baseball who are lucky enough to land a ticket to this special homecoming for one of the most beloved guys to ever don the pinstripes, we can only hope.” (Ron Hart, Village Voice)

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

AMNH Presents, SciCafe: Primate Palate: Orangutans, Obesity, and Human Evolution
American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th St. (Enter at 81st St.) / 7PM, FREE
Primate dietary ecologist Dr. Erin Vogel shares her research on wild orangutans from the tropical forests of Sumatra and Borneo. She’ll reveal how their diets, behavior, and metabolism provide insights into human conditions.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

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♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, plus 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 – awesome! BUT quality shows draw crowds. Try to reserve seats for these top NYC events in advance, even if just earlier on the day of performance.
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Continuing Events

This is not Manhattan’s WestSide, but it is Brooklyn’s WestSide. If you have never seen these crazy, fearless performers, they are well worth the detour:

STREB EXTREME ACTION (March 2-25 at various times)
at SLAM, 51 N 1st St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
“Elizabeth Streb’s cavernous Brooklyn space is known as SLAM (Streb Lab for Action Mechanics), which is also a frequent move that occurs at one of her shows. For the month of March, her fearless team of action heroes, as they’re called, will navigate intimidating industrial contraptions and fling themselves from unnatural heights, seemingly defying physics with the pep of cheerleaders. The hourlong show, “S.E.A.” (“Singular Extreme Actions”), encapsulates all the thrill, humor and energizing fun that makes this company so singular.” (NYT-BRIAN SCHAEFER)

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: Nifty 9 – Best Cabarets / Piano Bars NYCity
These are my favorite places for an after dinner night on the town – music and drinks.
Check out what’s happening tonight:

Feinstein’s/54 Below – 254 W 54th St.

The Green Room 42 – 570 Tenth Ave.

Don’t Tell Mama – 343 W 46th St.

Marie’s Crisis – 59 Grove St.

The Rum House, in the Hotel Edison – 228 W. 47th St.

Laurie Beechman Theatre – 407 W 42nd St.

The Duplex – 61 Christopher St.

Sid Gold’s Request Room – 165 W 26th St.

Cafe Carlyle, in the Carlyle Hotel – 35 E. 76th St.
This is the only one not located on Manhattan’s WestSide, and it ain’t cheap, but it has some of the finest singers.

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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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