NYC Events,”Only the Best” (04/18) + Today’s Featured Pub (WestVillage)

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For future NYC Events, better check the tab above: “NYC Events-April”
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:

Bernstein at 100! – Michael Brown, pianist
Baruch Performing Arts Ctr, Engelman Recital Hall / 7:30PM, $36
“Celebrate the centenary of the great American conductor, composer, and pianist Leonard Bernstein with solo piano works by, for, and about Bernstein played by 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient, Michael Brown “one of the leading figures in the current renaissance of performer-composers” (The New York Times). In addition to works by Bernstein, this program features music by his contemporaries Lucas Foss, Aaron Copland and George Perle. It includes Aaron Copland’s Sonata and his El Salon Mexico as arranged for solo piano by Bernstein, three commemorative compositions: George Perle’s Celebratory Invention composed for Bernstein’s 70th birthday, Bernstein’s own Anniversaires, celebrating the birthdays of his friends, and the premiere of Michael Brown’s 100 Chords for Bernstein.”

5 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Anne Carrere: Piaf! The Show
>> Linda May Han Oh Quintet
>> PEN America World Voices Festival
>> Berenice Abbott: A Life in Photography
Continuing Events
>> The Orchid Show

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Anne Carrere: Piaf! The Show (Apr.18-21)
French Institute Alliance Française, Florence Gould Hall / 7:30PM, $45-$55
“Carrere keeps her eye on the Little Sparrow in a two-act tribute to the great 20th-century chanteuse Edith Piaf. The show, which has toured extensively, is directed by France’s Gil Marsalla, who has previously staged similar tributes to Paris and Charles Aznavour.” (TONY)

at the Joyce Theater / 7:30 p.m., $
“One of the most enduring names in American modern dance, Lar Lubovitch has been choreographing for half a century. He will honor that remarkable milestone this week with three programs spanning more than 30 years, from “A Brahms Symphony” (1985), performed by students, to the premiere of a new work. Members of the Martha Graham Dance Company will join the anniversary celebration with performances of Mr. Lubovitch’s “The Legend of Ten,” as will dancers from the Joffrey Ballet with a selection from Mr. Lubovitch’s full-length “Othello.” His acclaimed, tender exploration of masculinity in dance, “Men’s Stories: A Concerto in Ruin,” anchors each program.” (NYT-BRIAN SCHAEFER)

Linda May Han Oh Quintet (April 17-22)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave. S., at 11th St.
“It seems like just yesterday that the Australian bassist Oh was the new kid in town, dazzling listeners with her levitating bass lines; she’s since played with such estimable artists as Kenny Barron and Pat Metheny. Now leading her own unit at this most hallowed of jazz venues, Oh fronts a quintet that includes the saxophonist Ben Wendel, the pianist Fabian Almazan, and the drummer Rudy Royston.” (NewYorker)

at Ailey Citigroup Theater / 7PM, $
“Before they hit the big leagues, catch the next generation of ballet stars in intimate environs as Ballet Theater’s junior ensemble presents a mixed bill of classical and contemporary work. The program includes August Bournonville’s “William Tell” pas de deux and an excerpt from the Romantic staple “Giselle” as interpreted by Ethan Stiefel and Johan Kobborg. “Untitled” by the young British choreographer Liam Scarlett and new works by Marco Pelle and Lauren Lovette, a principal ballerina at New York City Ballet, will also be featured.” (NYT-BRIAN SCHAEFER)


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

PEN America World Voices Festival
Multiple times and venues; Prices vary (Apr. 16-22)
“In a 2005 article on the first PEN America World Voices Festival, Salman Rushdie wrote of the need for Americans to listen to the voices of the globally oppressed. “Those voices — Arab or Afghan or Latin American or Russian — need to be magnified, so that they can be heard loud and clear just as the Soviet dissidents once were.” This was, of course, long before the 2016 election of Donald Trump, the surge of white nationalist rhetoric into the mainstream discourse, and the global reckoning of the #MeToo movement. This year’s PEN World Voices Festival: Resist and Reimagine promises to interrogate America’s own dissident histories and power dynamics. Click here to peruse the complete schedule.” (Alana Mohamed, VillageVoice)

Berenice Abbott: A Life in Photography
New York Public Library—Schwarzman Building / 476 Ffth Ave. / 6:30PM, FREE
“Julia van Haaften, founding curator of the Library’s photography collection, returns to talk with artist Anna Craycroft about Berenice Abbott: a Life in Photography, Van Haaften’s comprehensive biography of the iconic 20th-century American photographer.”


♦ 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  8.6 million, had a record 63 million visitors last year and was TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2018 – 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.

Continuing Events

The Orchid Show (thru April 22)
New York Botanical Garden; 2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx; various dates and times; $20
“Now in its 16th year, this mesmerizing show displays thousands of orchids in geometric, illuminated sculptural presentations. Catch special Orchid evenings for dancing, music and drinks among the flowers.”

“With less than a month left to see the 16th edition of the Orchid Show, there’s no better time to go to the New York Botanical Garden. Marvel over Belgian floral artist Daniël Ost’s wabi-sabi installations, which find beauty in imperfection and impermanence.” (TONY)

The Orchid Show in NYC guide

Bonus: Nifty 9 – Best Cabarets / Piano Bars NYCity
These are my favorite places for an after dinner night on the town – music and drinks.
Hit the Hot Link and 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.


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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