NYC Events,”Only the Best” (06/25) + Today’s Featured Pub (Times Square / Theater District)

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For future NYC Events, check the tab above: NYC Events-JUNE”
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:

American Ballet Theatre (thru July 7)
Tonight: Don Quixote
Metropolitan Opera House / 7:30PM, $22+
“The most classic of the classic ballets, “Swan Lake,” continues with three more performances on Friday and Saturday. Starting Monday, Ballet Theater switches gears from somber to sprightly with “Don Quixote,” another ballet staple. The company’s adaptation, with vibrant music by Ludwig Minkus, stems from 19th-century productions by Marius Petipa and Alexander Gorsky that highlight folk dances and showcase virtuosic variations for the characters Kitri and Basilio, who will be danced by different pairings of Ballet Theater principals through June 30..” (NYT-Brian Schaefer)

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7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Chita Rivera
>> ALEXANDRA BACHZETSIS
>> Westerlies Concert
>> Jim Caruso’s Cast Party
>> TEN
>> History Salon with Samantha Bee and Irin Carmon
>> Did Comets Kill the Dinosaur?
Continuing Events
>> ‘THE LET GO’
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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Chita Rivera
92nd Street Y / 2PM, +7:30PM, $40
“Come celebrate the one and only Chita Rivera in a unique solo concert event starring the incomparable Broadway legend! The two-time Tony Award winner will recreate signature moments from her legendary career including numbers from West Side Story; Sweet Charity; Chicago; Kiss of the Spider Woman; Bye, Bye, Birdie, The Rink and The Visit. Accompanied by her trio, Rivera will perform songs by Bernstein, Sondheim, Kander & Ebb and others.”

ALEXANDRA BACHZETSIS (June 25-28)
at the High Line at 14th St./ 8 p.m., FREE
“Ms. Bachzetsis, a Swiss artist and choreographer, visits the High Line, New York’s lushly landscaped elevated promenade, with two works in tow. On Monday and Wednesday, she performs her hourlong solo “Private: Wear a Mask When You Talk to Me,” inspired by the postmodern dance pioneer Trisha Brown and featuring a succession of sultry poses, yoga exercises and moves from Michael Jackson. On Tuesday and Thursday, she is joined by Sotiris Vasiliou and Thibault Lac in “Private Song,” which deconstructs gestures, drawing from Greek folk music and dance.” (NYT-Brian Schaefer)

Westerlies Concert
A brass quartet performs jazz, roots, classical and more
Miller Recital Hall, Manhattan School of Music / 7PM, FREE
“The Westerlies are a brass quartet comprised of four childhood friends from Seattle, Washington. The Quartet explores jazz, roots, and chamber music influences to create the rarest of hybrids: music that is both “folk-like and composerly, lovely and intellectually rigorous” (NPR Music).”

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)

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:
TEN
at Murmrr Theater / 8 p.m., $38-$45
“At the time of her death in 2017, the renowned pianist Geri Allen was just entering an exciting chapter with the ACS Trio, a collective featuring the bassist Esperanza Spalding and the drummer Terri Lyne Carrington. In the past year, Ms. Spalding and Ms. Carrington have worked to find another outlet for the comfortable, seeking rapport they had developed in that group. Now with TEN, their new trio with the virtuoso trumpeter and sometime pianist Nicholas Payton, they seem on their way to becoming one of jazz’s great working bands. The early concerts have had a biting, chancy energy. (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

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

Center for Women’s History Salon with Samantha Bee and Irin Carmon
New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West/ 7PM, $35
“Emmy-winning journalist and comedian Samantha Bee joins journalist Irin Carmon to discuss women, politics, and the media today at a Center for Women’s History salon.”

Did Comets Kill the Dinosaur? | The Role of Geological Cataclysms in Earth’s History
The Explorers Club, 46 E. 70th St./ 7PM, $25
Public Lecture Series with Mike Rampino
“A report last month suggested the carbon dioxide released by the Chicxulub Asteroid Impact warmed the climate for 100,000 years. Given our current experiments with rising CO2 levels, understanding the regular role cataclysms play in planetary history is an urgent matter. Hear from Michael R. Rampino (NYU and NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies) as he shares his expertise in astrobiology and mass extinctions.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

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Continuing Events

more coming soon

‘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)

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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  8.6 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.

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Bonus NYC events– Jazz Clubs:
Many consider NYCity the Jazz capital of the world. My favorite Jazz Clubs, all on Manhattan’s WestSide, feature top talent every night of the week.
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.

Alas, Caffe V is no more, another victim of a rapacious NYC landlord. Owner Ishrat fought the good fight and Caffe V will be sorely missed.

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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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