NYC Events,”Only the Best” (03/21) + Today’s Featured Pub (Upper West Side)

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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.

ALERT: the weather forecast for this evening is bad. be careful out there, and be sure to contact the venue to see if the event is still scheduled.

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

Duchess
Dizzy’s Club, Jazz at Lincoln Center / 7:30Pm, +9:30PM, $30
With vocalists Amy Cervini, Hilary Gardner, and Melissa Stylianou, pianist Michael Cabe, bassist Matt Aronoff, and drummer Jared Schonig
“Duchess is an outstanding young vocal trio boasting vocal harmonies that are technically challenging and yet always easy on the ears. Tonight, Duchess will use their signature blend of charm and humor to celebrate a century of vocal harmony. They will perform repertoire made famous in the 1920s and ‘30s by the Boswell Sisters; superstar vocal groups of the 1940s and ‘50s like the Andrews, Lennon, and McGuire Sisters; and “playful doo-wop inflected girl groups” of the 1960s, such as the Chordettes. Rather than performing straight takes on the classics, however, Duchess sings creative arrangements that are uniquely tailored for their voices and 21st century tastes.”

I love listening to these ladies and Dizzy’s is a wonderful spot for music.

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5 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>STEPHEN PETRONIO COMPANY
>>PAUL TAYLOR AMERICAN MODERN DANCE
>>BILL FRISELL
>> CANCELLED
>> CANCELLED
Continuing Events
>>STREB EXTREME ACTION
>>Whiteout
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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

PAUL TAYLOR AMERICAN MODERN DANCE (through March 25)
at the NYS Theater, Lincoln Center / 7PM, $10+
“Paul Taylor’s spring season continues at Lincoln Center, featuring works from his ample repertory from the 1960s to today, plus newly commissioned work by choreographers Doug Varone and Bryan Arias, and guest appearances by Trisha Brown Dance Company, performing the 1983 postmodern classic “Set and Reset.” This week also sees Sara Mearns, a top ballerina with New York City Ballet, channeling the free-spirited modern dance pioneer Isadora Duncan in “Dances of Isadora,” reconstructed by the Isadora Duncan Dance Company.” (NYT-BRIAN SCHAEFER)
Tonight: Dances of Isadora* | Bryan Arias New Work* | Piazzolla Caldera

BILL FRISELL (through March 25)
at the Village Vanguard / 8:30 and 10:30PM, $35
On Friday, the guitarist, an eminence on New York’s greater improvised music scene, released “Music Is,” his first solo album in almost 20 years. Mr. Frisell has exerted his influence gently, funneling inspiration from 1960s folk rock and 1970s free jazz into a sound that’s hearthlike and imperturbable, whether spinning through reverb-drenched runs or caressing its way through a slow, major-chord progression. This weekend he’s at the Village Vanguard with his trio, featuring the bassist Thomas Morgan and the drummer Rudy Royston. He takes a break on Monday, then returns for six more nights with the violist Eyvind Kang joining the group.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

STEPHEN PETRONIO COMPANY (March 20-25)
at the Joyce Theater / 7:30 p.m.$41+
“In 2015, the choreographer Stephen Petronio introduced the “Bloodlines” project to honor the artists who influenced him. For its fourth iteration, his company performs Merce Cunningham’s 1970 work “Signals,” which features an unpredictable live score. Mr. Petronio also presents a new work of his own called “Hardness 10,” inspired by the multiple facets of diamonds, for which Nico Muhly contributes an original score and the designer Patricia Field provides the costumes. “Wild Wild World,” an excerpt from Mr. Petronio’s 2003 work “Underland” with music by Nick Cave, rounds out the evening.” (NYT-BRIAN SCHAEFER)

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

All the lectures, book talks, and other SmartStuff that I wanted to list have been canceled due to the bad weather. Come back tomorrow for some more SmartStuff.

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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 63 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- April 8, Friday-Sunday 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 NYC events– Jazz Clubs:
Many consider NYCity the Jazz capital of the world. Here are my favorite Jazz clubs, all on Manhattan’s WestSide. Hit the Hot Link and check out who is playing tonight:

Greenwich Village:
(5 are underground, classic jazz joints. all 6 are within walking distance of each other):
Village Vanguard – UG, 178 7th Ave. So., villagevanguard.com, 212-255-4037 (1st 8:30)
Blue Note – 131 W3rd St. nr 6th ave. bluenotejazz.com, 212-475-8592 (1st set 8pm)
55 Bar – basement @55 Christopher St. nr 7th ave.S. 55bar.com, 212-929-9883 (1st 7pm)
Mezzrow – basement @ 163 W10th St. nr 7th Ave. mezzrow.com,646-476-4346 (1st 8)
Smalls – basement @ 183 W10th St. smallslive.com, 646-476-4346 (1st set 7:30pm)
Cornelia Street Cafe – UG, 29 Cornelia St. corneliastreetcafe.com, 212-989-9319 (6pm)

Outside Greenwich Village:
Dizzy’s Club – Broadway @ 60th St. — jazz.org/dizzys / 212-258-9595 (1st set 7:30pm)
Birdland – 315 W44th St.(btw 8/9ave) — birdlandjazz.com / 212-581-3080 (1st 8:30pm)
Smoke Jazz Club – 2751 Broadway nr.106th St. — smokejazz.com/ 212-864-6662 (7pm)

Special Mention:
Caffe Vivaldi – 32 Jones St. nr Bleecker St. — caffevivaldi.com / 212-691-7538 (1st 7pm)
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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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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