NYC Events,”Only the Best” (11/02) + Today’s Featured Pub (Upper West Side)

“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to.” We make it as easy as 1-2-3.

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

George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic
Sony Hall / 8PM, $60
“George Clinton—the one and only Uncle Jam, the godfather of interplanetary funk—is on a farewell tour. As of 2019 he’ll no longer be bringing the mothership to the masses (though the collective will still go on without him). A P-Funk show is always an hours-long exploration of funk past, presents, and future, and this should be no exception. Check in with the band’s excellent new album Medicaid Fraud Dogg, if you have any doubts about the outfit’s funky prowess. Read our 2017 interview with George Clinton.” (TONY)

OR maybe this:

Pat Martino Trio Plus Horns (also Nov.3)
Jazz Standard / 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $35
“Years ago, the big story about this Philly guitarist was his return to touring and recording after a brain aneurysm forced him to relearn guitar from scratch. These days, Martino’s tale is of a veteran playing like the boy wonder he was in the late ’60s. His fretwork is its old incendiary self, and this week he’s playing a series of trio-plus performances.” (TONY)

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7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> THIEFS AND BIG YUKI
>> Eric Reed Quartet
>> Melissa Errico Sings Sondheim
>> Hungarian State Opera and Ballet
>> BALANCHINE: THE CITY CENTER YEARS
>> Ken Peplowski: The Great American Songbook
>> Festival Albertine
Continuing Events
>> White Light Festival
>> Harry Potter: A History of Magic
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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

THIEFS AND BIG YUKI
at Nublu 151 / 10PM, $
“On their new album, “Graft (La Greffe),” the shape-shifting Thiefs join up with both French- and English-speaking vocalists, who deliver ruminations on political uncertainty, anxiety and the inevitable arrival of history on today’s shores. Electronics, drums and tenor saxophone all take on a dark hue, pulling you in but offering no promise of deliverance. At this show, presented in a partnership between WBGO and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, the trio — Christophe Panzani on saxophone, Keith Witty on bass and David Frazier Jr. on drums — welcomes the vocalist Keith Middleton as a special guest. Big Yuki, a young keyboardist with equal debts to hip-hop, postbop and post-1970 R&B, will play an opening set with his band.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

Eric Reed Quartet (Nov.2-4)
Smoke, 2751 Broadway, (btw105th/106th Sts.)/ 7, 9, 10:30PM, $40
From such early recordings as “It’s All Right to Swing” and “The Swing and I,” which laid Reed’s plainspoken aesthetic right on the dotted line, the convivial pianist and composer has woven the integrated dialects of bebop, gospel, and the sui-generis stylings of Thelonious Monk into his poised playing. This weekend engagement finds the outstanding reedist Tim Green staking his place in Reed’s quartet.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)

Hungarian State Opera and Ballet (select dates thru Nov.11)
NYS Theater, Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, $10+
“The Hungarian State Opera of Budapest makes its Lincoln Center debut with a rich variety of ballet and opera productions to choose from. It will present Hungarian iconic historical opera pieces: Erkel’s Bánk bán (The Viceroy Bank), Goldmark’s The Queen of Sheba, world-famous 20th century one-act operas Vajda’s Mario and the Magician and Bartók Bluebeard’s Castle, but also beloved classical ballets: Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, and Petipa and Minkus’ Don Quixote. Those who prefer more modern ballet pieces can also see Hans van Manen’s 2017 triple bill LOL.”

Melissa Errico Sings Sondheim (Nov.01-03)
Feinstein’s/54 Below / 7PM, $40+
“Errico is a smart-edged musical-theater leading lady whose silvery voice has brightened such shows as My Fair Lady, Amour and the Off Broadway revival of Passion. In this set, she sets her mind on songs by show-tune deity Stephen Sondheim, from the comic neurosis of “Getting Married Today” and “Everybody Loves Louis” to the despair of “No More.” (TONY)

BALANCHINE: THE CITY CENTER YEARS (Oct. 31-Nov. 4)
at New York City Center / 8PM, $
“Though New York City Ballet now lives elsewhere, it was born and raised at City Center. In a thrilling and ambitious project, the theater is presenting 13 significant works by the company’s co-founder, George Balanchine, that had premieres on its stage. The kicker is that the pieces will be performed over six different programs by eight major international companies, including London’s Royal Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet and Mariinsky Ballet, as well as American companies such as San Francisco Ballet, American Ballet Theater and, of course, City Ballet. Among the works that will be performed are “Serenade,” “Apollo,” “Agon,” and “The Four Temperaments.” (NYT-Brian Schaefer)

Ken Peplowski: The Great American Songbook (Nov.1-4)
Dizzy’s Club / 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $40
“The clarinet basically died out as a leading jazz instrument after the bebop onslaught of the mid-forties, but a player like Peplowski makes you wonder why. With a tone like finely woven silk, wondrous technical agility, and an itching curiosity that encompasses the stylistic breadth of mainstream jazz, Peplowski can take his outsider horn in any direction he cares to. (He plays a galloping tenor saxophone as well.) Here, Peplowski lands himself in luxury by approaching both classic and overlooked work from the heyday of American popular song.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)

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

Festival Albertine (Oct. 30-Nov. 3)
Albertine, 972 Fifth Ave./
“The New Yorker staff writer Masha Gessen curates this year’s raft of discussions at the independent bookstore housed in the palatial cultural-services arm of the French Embassy. The theme for the event is “Reimagining Democracy”; it includes the topics “Rethinking Gender” (moderated by Jack Halberstam), “Redefining Normality and Disease” (with Siri Hustvedt and Laure Murat), “A Post-Work World” (with Joseph Stiglitz and Daniel Cohen), and “Beyond States and Borders,” the series kickoff, moderated by Gessen.” (K. Leander Williams, NewYorker)

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Continuing Events

White Light Festival (through Nov.18)
“Lincoln Center’s annual White Light Festival, integrating performances from around the world in a cross-cultural extravaganza, will play six venues across the city.

The festival will include performances of Waiting for Godot from Ireland’s Druid Theatre Company, directed by Tony-winning director Garry Hynes—the first female to win a Tony Award for direction of a play.

Belgian choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui brings Sutra to the stage, featuring martial arts from China’s Shaolin monks. Hip-hop, contemporary dance, and aerial work combine in the presentation of Borderline by Company Wang Ramirez. The U.S. premiere of Blak Whyte Gray, a mix of hip-hop and African-inspired movement, makes its way from across the pond to the Lincoln Center stage, as well as the U.S. premiere of Kaija Saariaho’s chamber opera Only the Sound Remains, directed by Peter Sellars and starring Philippe Jaroussky and Davóne Tines.”

Harry Potter: A History of Magic (Now-1/27/19)
New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park W.
“Gather round ye muggles and wizards, squibs and witches, tourists and natives: magic is on its way. Harry Potter: A History of Magic, commemorating the beloved series’s 20th anniversary, is now open at the New-York Historical Society. One of the most eagerly anticipated exhibits to hit the city since, well, ever, the show comes straight from the British Library in London, where, not surprisingly, it was the institution’s most successful exhibition.

Artifacts like crystal balls, Leonardo da Vinci notebooks, and the first written record of the magic word “abracadabra” are among the treasures on display, joined by original materials from author J.K. Rowling’s archives. Also on view to the public for the first time will be Mary GrandPré’s illustrations created for Scholastic’s original editions of the novels. Costumes and set models from Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which opened on Broadway in April, will be showcased in the exhibition. A long list of events will take place in conjunction with the exhibit, including trivia night, talks, an adult costume party, and more.” (cityguideny)
Daily, except most Mondays, $21, $6 ages 5-13, free 4 and younger

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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: 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.

The Rum House, in the Hotel Edison – 228 W. 47th St.

Laurie Beechman Theatre – 407 W 42nd St.

Marie’s Crisis – 59 Grove 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.

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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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