NYC Events,”Only the Best” (11/14) + Today’s Featured Pub (WestVillage)

“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.

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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.

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Have time for only one NYC Event today? Do this:

RHIANNON GIDDENS
at Symphony Space / 8PM, $45-$65
“The banjoist and singer has earned considerable acclaim and a MacArthur Genius grant through her work as both a dynamic folk performer and deft musical historian, reviving long-dormant strains of traditional American music without invoking a trace of golden age syndrome. That mission is reflected in the lineup for her four-show residency at Symphony Space, where she’s paying tribute to historical and contemporary women of color. Wednesday’s performance, titled “Sisters Past,” will pay homage to artists and activists like Nina Simone, Ethel Waters and Fannie Lou Hamer.” (NYT-NATALIE WEINER)

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7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> TWYLA THARP DANCE
>> SAM HARRIS TRIO
>> Les Pêcheurs de Perles
>> ‘GRAHAM DECONSTRUCTED: MARTHA’S MEN’
>> Marc Ribot
>>  Frankenstein and His Monster in Today’s World
>>  StarTalk Live!
Continuing Events
>> Canstruction
>> White Light Festival
>> Harry Potter: A History of Magic
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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

TWYLA THARP DANCE
at the Joyce Theater (Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 15-16, 8 p.m.; through Dec. 9), $60+
“Tharp takes inspiration from just about anything fit for a stage — from ballet to the circus to baton twirling — so she can sometimes feel like a stylistic maximalist. But early in her career, she caught the minimalism bug sweeping through the arts at the time. This nearly four-week engagement, called “Minimalism and Me,” focuses on works she created between 1965 and 1971. Among them are the now-classic “Tank Dive,” “The History of Up and Down” and “Eight Jelly Rolls,” a richly layered romp to music by the ragtime master Jelly Roll Morton.” (NYT-Brian Schaefer)

SAM HARRIS TRIO
at the Jazz Gallery / 7:30 and 9:30PM, $15
“Best known for his work in Ambrose Akinmusire’s groups, Harris, a pianist, will soon be on the jazz radar as a bandleader himself. This concert celebrates the release of “Harmony,” an album featuring a five-part suite performed by his trio. The record has a distinctive sound, at once unprecedented and nourished by a deep well of history. He plays roughly and beautifully, connoting both seriousness and indifference to decorum. His rich, carefully shaded harmonies draw equally on gospel, R&B and the avant-garde. He appears here with the trio from “Harmony”: the bassist Martin Nevin and the drummer Craig Weinrib.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

Les Pêcheurs de Perles (The Pearl Fishers) (next Nov.17, 8PM)
Metropolitan Opera House / 7:30PM, $20+
“Penny Woolcock’s breathtaking production, a highlight of the 2015–16 season, makes its much awaited return with an all-star cast. Soprano Pretty Yende is the beautiful priestess Leïla, with tenor Javier Camarena and baritone Mariusz Kwiecien as rivals for her forbidden love. Emmanuel Villaume conducts Bizet’s sensual score.”

‘GRAHAM DECONSTRUCTED: MARTHA’S MEN’ (Nov.13-14)
at the Martha Graham Studio Theater / 7PM, $
“This season, the Martha Graham Dance Company is highlighting historical and contemporary ideas of femininity in Graham’s work. As a complement to that theme, this iteration of the company’s casual, intimate showcase series in its home studio focuses on Graham’s depiction of men by presenting male solos from classic works like “Cave of the Heart,” “Night Journey” and “Errand Into the Maze.” A preview of the revival of the 1962 comedic work “Secular Games” will also be performed. As usual, the artistic director Janet Eilber will offer context.” (NYT-Brian Schaefer)

Marc Ribot (Nov. 13-17)
The Stone at the New School, 55 W. 13th St. / 8:30PM, $20
“As socially conscious and politically active as he is musically inventive, the guitarist Marc Ribot is understandably piqued these days. How that will affect the intensity of his upcoming performances at this residency is anyone’s guess, but his solo recitals—featured Nov. 13-14 and Nov. 16—are generally special events. A duet with the pianist Anthony Coleman on Nov. 15 also has promise.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)

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

Frankenstein and His Monster in Today’s World
Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Ave./ 6:30PM, $15
“Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein has held a place in the popular imagination for 200 years. Join us for an evening exploring two themes from the novel and their relevance to today’s world. First, discover ways the monster is represented in Queer art and how its descendants find their way into contemporary culture and media with Charlie Fox, author of This Young Monster. Next, Rosalind Williams, Bern Dibner Professor of the History of Science and Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, talks about the conundrums posed in the novel—how can we exercise responsibility in a world of innovation beset by unintended consequences?

The exhibition It’s Alive! Frankenstein at 200 will open at 5:30 pm for program attendees.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

StarTalk Live!
Beacon Theatre, 2124 Broadway / 8PM, $37-$48
“StarTalk Live! returns to the Beacon with host Neil deGrasse Tyson and co-host Eugene Mirman and their special guests.

Other than a StarTalk Live! show, where else can you get your brain and your funny bone titillated at the same time? If you’ve ever been to a StarTalk Live!, you know how you can end up laughing so hard, you miss some of the science. (Never fear, we always record our shows for future podcasts.)

And, if you’ve never been to a StarTalk Live! show, especially one at the Beacon, what are you waiting for? What do you have against spending a night in a room filled with hundreds of fellow science and comedy lovers? The first time you hear an entire theatre unabashedly applauding for science, you know you’re where you belong.”

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Continuing Events

Canstruction (Nov.02-15)
Brookfield Place | Battery Park City / 10AM-8PM, FREE
“This annual cans-for-a-cause competition pits architecture teams against each other to create larger-than-life Pop Art–installations using more than 120,000 cans of nonperishable food, all in the name of ending hunger (every can is donated to City Harvest). Head down to Brookfield Place to see the unveiling of these engineering spectacles, all built overnight after months of planning, and check back to see if your favorite takes home any titles in judges’ categories like Best Use of Labels, Best Meal and Structural Ingenuity. Admission is free, but do your part by bringing the suggested donation of one canned good per person.” (TONY)

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 / 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).
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Website: cornerbistrony.com
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.
Update:
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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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