NYC Events,”Only the Best” (09/17) + Today’s Featured Pub (Upper West Side)

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

Natalie Douglas: Tributes—Cher
Birdland / 7PM, $30-$35
“In her ongoing Tributes series, dectuple MAC Award winner Douglas has previously plumbed the catalogs of Nina Simone, Stevie Wonder, Lena Horne, Abbey Lincoln, Shirley Bassey, Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald, among many others. Now she reprises her breezy homage to showbiz titan Cher.” (TONY)

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7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Leslie Kritzer: Burn It to the Ground
>> Jim Caruso’s Cast Party
>> DAVID BYRNE
>> FDR, Al Smith, and the Golden Age of NY Politics
>> The Subway…Ugh, How Did It Get So Bad? Will It Ever Get Better?
>> From the Faculty Lounge: Biology and the Sexes
>> Reese Witherspoon’s Whiskey in a Teacup Tour
Continuing Events
>> Photoville
>> The Feast of San Gennaro
>> Oktoberfest NYC
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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Leslie Kritzer: Burn It to the Ground
Joe’s Pub / 7PM, +9:30PM, $25
“Kritzer exploded like a supernova in her first Joe’s Pub show, Leslie Kritzer Is Patti LuPone at Les Mouches, and has since starred in A Catered Affair, Elf and The Robber Bridegroom. Now the talented comic singer-actor returns to Joe’s with a new collection of stories and songs, backed by her hubby, Vadim Feichtner, and The Big Extinguisher Orchestra.” (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)

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:
DAVID BYRNE
Kings Theater / 8 p.m., $
“The former frontman of the pioneering new wave band Talking Heads has spent the summer promoting “American Utopia,” his first solo album in 14 years, with an ambitious live show. The tour’s concept is egalitarian: The set is minimal. The drum kit has been replaced with marching band percussion. Mobile and often barefoot, Mr. Byrne and his backing musicians perform a collection of songs from his latest release, his solo catalog and the vast Talking Heads archive. The result is unexpected and convivial — two adjectives that have long been associated with Mr. Byrne’s creations.” (NYT-NATALIE WEINER)

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

FDR, Al Smith, and the Golden Age of NY Politics
Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave./ 6:30PM, $12
“Ahead of the 2018 gubernatorial election, historians Terry Golway and Peter Quinn take a look back at two iconic New York governors, Al Smith and Franklin Roosevelt, whose careers intertwined in the 1920s. Franklin Roosevelt and Al Smith were two of New York’s greatest governors whose careers intertwined throughout the 1920s and they created a new coalition that would dominate U.S. politics for decades. In 1932, however, the two ran against each other for the Democratic presidential nomination, setting off one of the great feuds of American history. Historians Terry Golway and Peter Quinn sit down for a conversation about this largely untold story in celebration of the launch of Golway’s new book, Frank and Al: FDR, Al Smith and the Unlikely Alliance that Created the Modern Democratic Party.

The Subway…Ugh, How Did It Get So Bad? Will It Ever Get Better?
Graduate Center, CUNY, 365 Fifth Ave./ 6:30PM, FREE
“Explore these questions and gripes at The Gotham Center for New York City History in a discussion with Joseph B. Raskin, author of The Routes Not Taken, Philip Plotch, who led MTA planning for the 7 Extension to Hudson Yards and the Second Avenue Subway, Jaqi Cohen, campaign coordinator for the Straphangers Campaign, Alon Levy, and Independent transportation researcher and moderator Hayley Richardson of TransitCenter.”

From the Faculty Lounge: Biology and the Sexes
Barnard College, 3009 Broadway /6:30PM, FREE
“A Barnard College professor of women’s, gender, and sexuality studies sits down with a professor of biology for a look at “the interdependency between biology and culture that shapes how we understand sexuality and sexual attraction.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

Reese Witherspoon’s Whiskey in a Teacup Tour
The Town Hall, 123 W. 43rd St./ 8PM, $78+
“Grab your friends and join Reese Witherspoon for a fun night of lively conversation! With her debut book, Whiskey in a Teacup, the Academy award-winning actress, producer, and entrepreneur invites you into her world, where she infuses the Southern style, parties, and traditions she loves with contemporary flair and charm. Ticket includes her book, a Draper James tote bag, and other goodies.” (cityguideny.com)
Each ticket includes a copy of Reese’s book, Whiskey in a Teacup (a $35 value, published by Touchstone/Simon & Schuster). VIP holders will walk away with a limited-edition Draper James tote bag filled with some of Reese’s favorite products.

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Continuing Events

Photoville (Sept.13-16 and 20-23)
Brooklyn’s outdoor photo garden is back
Dumbo’s Brooklyn Bridge Plaza, 4-10 p.m. Thurs/Fri;
noon-10 p.m. Sat.; noon-9 p.m. Sun
“Whatever the weather, don’t let it keep you from the spectacular outdoor exhibit that is Photoville, the annual survey of photography where more than 600 artists cram entertaining and eye-opening images into 90 exhibitions and installations. In addition to browsing your way through the 65 shipping containers making their home in Brooklyn Bridge Park for two weekends, make time for panels, artist lectures, professional seminars, hands-on workshops — all free and open to everyone. There’s also a food and beer garden courtesy of Smorgasburg. “ (Metro)

The Feast of San Gennaro (Sept.15-23)
Little Italy throws a two-week party (It’s the 92nd Annual Feast!)
Mulberry Street between Canal and Houston streets, FREE,
“You don’t have to be Catholic to take part in the Feast of San Gennaro, the 10-day holiday that turns Little Italy into one big street festival with delicacies being grilled up on the sidewalk, bakeries turning out their best traditional treats, live music nightly, eating contests and more.” (Metro)
11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Sun-Thurs, to midnight Fri-Sat.
Find out what to eat at the Feast of San Gennaro here (cityguideny)

Oktoberfest NYC: Where to grab a beer and celebrate (Sept.22-Oct.15)
“Oktoberfest may seem far off, but it’s less than a month away. The Bavarian festival is kicking off Sept. 22 in Munich and the city’s festivities will begin in earnest.
So, if you’re looking for some lederhosen-laden action closer to home, here are beer-and-sausage-fueled affairs in New York City.” (amNY)
Check here for a full description of each of 11 events.

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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 (UG), 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 / 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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