NYC Events,”Only the Best” (06/11) + Today’s Featured Pub (Times Square / Theater District)

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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:

American Ballet Theatre (Jun 11-16)
Metropolitan Opera House / 7:30PM, $22+
“Audiences never tire of “Romeo and Juliet,” Shakespeare’s tale of teen-age lovers in Renaissance Verona, or of its lustrous score, by Prokofiev. A.B.T.’s version, by Kenneth MacMillan, is more than half a century old, but it continues to make its point with its violent street scenes, ardent pas de deux, and tear-inducing resolution. Misty Copeland, who first danced Juliet in 2015, returns to the role on June 12 and for the June 16 matinée. Devon Teuscher and Stella Abrera will dance Juliet at the June 13 matinée and on June 14, respectively. Teuscher is a thrilling actress; Abrera, a touching and pure dancer. Teuscher will be partnered by a new Romeo, Aran Bell, only nineteen years old and in the corps de ballet; many will remember him as an eleven-year-old boy in the movie “First Position.” (NewYorker)

6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> The Campbell Brothers
>> Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley: Heart to Heart
>> Jim Caruso’s Cast Party
>>The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series
>> Frontiers Lecture: Mercury Rising
>> ‘The Simpsons’ book signing and Q&A
Continuing Events
>> Othello

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

The Campbell Brothers
Joe’s Pub / 7PM, $30
“The House of God church believes in praising the Lord in the presence of the Holy Ghost with dance and stringed instruments — most notably, for about fifty years, the steel guitar, which reportedly provides more bang for buck than an organ or piano. The Campbell Brothers, perhaps the country’s most highly regarded exponents of the sacred-steel tradition, take a stylistic detour here with a reprise of their 2014 Lincoln Center Out of Doors commission to adapt John Coltane’s A Love Supreme to their sound. House of God members like their music loud and hard, so expect the Campbells — consisting of Chuck and Darick on steel guitars, brother Phil on electric guitar, his son Carlton on drums, and bassist Daric Bennett — to rev up Coltrane’s sound into a sinuous maelstrom of instrumental vocalese.” (Richard Gehr, VillageVoice)

Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley: Heart to Heart (Jun 11-13, 15-16)
Feinstein’s/54 Below / 7PM, $60+
“Golden-voiced Broadway power couple Mazzie (Ragtime) and Danieley (The Full Monty) have songs in their hearts and “heart” in their songs in their latest set of standards from the Great American Songbook. Expect “My Heart Stood Still,” “Be Careful, It’s My Heart” and other cardiac classics.” (TONY)

Jim Caruso’s Cast Party
Birdland, / 9:30PM, $30
Jim Caruso’s Cast Party is a wildly popular weekly soiree that brings a sprinkling of Broadway glitz and urbane wit to the legendary Birdland in New York City every Monday night. It’s a cool cabaret night-out enlivened by a hilariously impromptu variety show. Showbiz superstars, backed by Steve Doyle on bass, Billy Stritch on piano and Daniel Glass on drums, hit the stage alongside up-and-comers, serving up jaw-dropping music and general razzle-dazzle.” (broadwayworld)

The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series
Metropolitan Opera stars perform the world’s greatest opera arias and duets.
Central Park, Rumsey Playfield, off Fifth Avenue at 69th St./ 8PM, FREE
Featuring Met Opera stars Latonia Moore, Mario Chang, and Joshua Hopkins.


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

AMNH Presents, Frontiers Lecture: Mercury Rising
American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th Street / 7:30PM, $15
“Thanks to NASA’s completed MESSENGER probe mission, we can now explore Mercury in detail. Resembling our Moon, and with a similar atmosphere, our solar system’s innermost planet has enough activity in its interior to generate a small magnetic field. Join guides Denton Ebel and Carter Emmart for an up-close examination of our solar system’s smallest planet.”

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:

‘The Simpsons’ book signing and Q&A
Powerhouse Arena, 28 Adams St., Brooklyn / 7 p.m., FREE
Springfield Confidential: Jokes, Secrets, and Outright Lies from a Lifetime Writing for The Simpsons by Mike Reiss & Mathew Klickstein

“The Simpsons” writer/producer/showrunner Mike Reiss is telling all in his new book, “Springfield Confidential,” and is making the rounds in NYC to share some of the stories, secrets and scandals he covers in the book, using rare animated clips during a Q&A session. We interviewed him ahead of time to get the scoop.”


Continuing Events

Othello (May28-Jun24)
Shakespeare Delacorte Theater, Central Park / 8PM, FREE* (the Bard is off on Mondays)
“Ruben Santiago-Hudson (Jitney) directs the first offering of the Public Theater’s 2018 season of Shakespeare in the Park: an account of the Bard’s fast-paced tragedy of jealousy and misplaced trust, in which a villain preys on the insecurities of a Moorish war hero married to a white woman. The cast is headed by Chukwudi Iwuji as Othello, Corey Stoll as Iago and Heather Lind as Desdemona.”
*tickets are free (two per person) and may be picked up after noon on the day of performance (be prepared for long lines.) Some tickets are also distributed via online lottery.
See TONY’s complete guide to Shakespeare in the Park tickets for details.

‘THE LET GO’ (June 7-July 1)
at the Park Avenue Armory
“This large-scale, site-specific multiweek event is masterminded by the interdisciplinary artist Nick Cave, who transforms the armory into a vivid dance landscape in which spectators are invited to do just what the title says they should: let go. Within this dance hall environment are performances, an installation in the form of a Mylar sculpture, dance-based encounters and music provided by D.J.s. For some programs, Mr. Cave works with the choreographer Francesca Harper; for others, there will be dancing by community groups. On June 26, as part of “An Evening of Artistic Responses: The Let Go,” the musician Nona Hendryx, the vocalist and artist Helga Davis, Ms. Harper and Reggie (Regg Roc) Gray and his company, D.R.E.A.M. Ring, respond to the installation, which references issues of social justice, with site-specific performances.” (NYT-Gia Kourlas)

♦ 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.

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

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.
Website: are you kidding !
(although there is a facebook page with lots of photos –
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

“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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