NYC Events,”Only the Best” (03/02) + 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:  March NYC Events”
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.
To make your own after dinner plans TONIGHT, see the tab above;  “LiveMusic.”

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

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:

On Air Fest (Mar.1-3)
Wythe Hotel, Bklyn / 9AM-6PM, $79
(tickets only available for Sunday, better jump on this right now)
“Why just listen to the radio when you can discuss how to to harness the technology for the better? Through Sunday, the On Air Fest contributors including Roxane Gay, Radiolab’s Jad Abumrad, Amber Tamblyn, Still Processing’s Jenna Wortham, and more converge at the Wythe Hotel for discussions, performances, live podcast tapings, and more, all exploring the future of audio.” (grubstreet)

“On Air Fest may be about bringing podcasters to Brooklyn in front of an audience — but don’t call it a podcast festival. Instead of just sitting in a room watching people talk to each other, On Air Fest 2019 features immersive soundscapes, live concerts, poetry, stories told with projections and art installations.” (Metro)

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7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> KURT ELLING
>> NEW YORK CITY BALLET

>> ALFREDO RODRIGUEZ AND PEDRITO MARTINEZ
>> Cyrille Aimee: A Sondheim Adventure
>>Andy Warhol After Pop
>> New York City Drone Film Festival
>> Target First Saturday at the Brooklyn Museum

Continuing Events 
>> NYC Beer Week
>> Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

KURT ELLING (March 1-2)
at the Rose Theater / 8 p.m.; $40+
“An esteemed jazz crooner whose vocal power is matched by his cool sensitivity to each song, Elling presents the premiere of “The Big Blind,” a drama in the format of an old radio musical. Written by Elling and the composer Phil Galdston, it tells of a young jazz singer in midcentury Chicago who’s trying to catch his big break. The show’s cast includes the vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater (a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master), the stage actor Ben Vereen, the drummer Ulysses Owens Jr.’s New Century Jazz Orchestra and a Foley artist providing live sound effects.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

NEW YORK CITY BALLET (through March 3).
at the NYS Theater, Lincoln Center / 8PM, $35+
The final weekend of City Ballet’s winter season offers a tidy recap of the previous weeks. On Friday and Saturday afternoon, the company presents a Balanchine double bill with “Prodigal Son” and “Liebeslieder Walzer”; on Saturday evening it serves up a triple bill of new and revised work by William Forsythe, Kyle Abraham and Justin Peck; and on Sunday it concludes the season with a trifecta of works by Jerome Robbins, featuring “Interplay,” “In the Night” and “N.Y. Export: Opus Jazz.” (NYT-Brian Schaefer)

ALFREDO RODRIGUEZ AND PEDRITO MARTINEZ (Feb. 28-March 3)
at Jazz Standard / 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.; $30
“Rodriguez, a pianist, and Martinez, a percussionist and vocalist, are masters of Afro-Cuban rhythm who both hail from Havana, though they learned their craft in different settings: Rodriguez at clubs and solares — the housing units where much of Cuba’s African musical inheritance is passed down — and Martinez at various conservatories in the city. On “Duologue,” their new, Quincy Jones-produced album, the pair find plenty of generative energy in the space between their styles. They appear at the Standard in an unadorned duo.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

Cyrille Aimee: A Sondheim Adventure (Feb.26-Mar.2)
Birdland, 315 W. 44th St./ 8:30PM, +11PM, $30-$40
Six decades after Stephen Sondheim’s ascendance as the doyen of Broadway composers, many jazz-inflected vocalists have yet to fully warm to his oeuvre, which bursts with songs whose musical constructions are as adroit as their lyrics are emotively penetrating. But the ever-game Cyrille Aimée is diving right in: on her smart new album, “Move On: A Sondheim Adventure,” she does justice to the master’s work with his warhorse “Send in the Clowns” nowhere in sight.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)

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Smart Stuff / Other NYC EventS

Andy Warhol After Pop
The New School, 66 W. 12th St./ 10AM-3PM, FREE, reservation required
“Andy Warhol’s activities after 1968 have long been understood as less influential and less innovative than his work in the early 1960s. However, his wide-ranging production in the ‘70s and ‘80s reveals a period of great experimentation, in which the artist further explored the possibilities of painterly abstraction, media technologies, studio practices, mass cultural forms and phenomena, and underground subcultures.

This symposium brings together scholars, curators, and artists to reassess Warhol’s activities in the period from 1968 until his death in 1987 in light of the Whitney exhibition Andy Warhol—From A to B and Back Again.”

Elsewhere, but these two Brooklyn events definitely  look worth the detour:

Target First Saturday at the Brooklyn Museum
Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway (Washington Ave.) / 5PM-11PM, FREE
“The free Target First Saturday at the Brooklyn Museum celebrates the special exhibition Half the Picture: A Feminist Look at the Collection with a night of film, music, and dance. Highlights include a performance by Ajna Dance Company, a film screening of Little Woods, and music from Quay Dash. ” (ThoughtGallery)

This is not exactly Manhattan’s WestSide but it is just across the river. Take the ferry.

New York City Drone Film Festival (Mar.1-2)
Liberty Science Center, NJ / Fri 5pm-12am; Sat 10am-4pm, $15-$25
“Drone enthusiasts can see the object of their affections and its cinematographic applications at the New York City Drone Film Festival on Friday and Saturday at the Liberty Science Center, with panels, screenings of movies shot using drones, and classes with hands-on experiences. Try it at your own risk.” (grubstreet)

“Drone camerawork has already attained new realms of astonishment. What’s so cool about the New York City Drone Film Festival is that it culls the best of that brilliance, and presents to the world the best of the best. I thought I’d seen it all—I was wrong.”  -David Pogue, Founder, Yahoo Tech

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Continuing Events

NYC Beer Week (Feb. 23-March 2)
The best week for craft beer lovers
“The NYC Brewers Guild’s annual celebration of all things hops, malt and a little madness, NYC Beer Week, returns with over 60 breweries taking part in more than 150 events, from walk-around tastings to tap takeovers, brewer talks and pairing dinners. With beers brewed special for the festival, it’s a chance to taste things you won’t find anywhere else in the company of people who love one thing above all else”. (Metro)

Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park
Midtown Manhattan’s winter wonderland.
Bryant Park (btw 5th/6th Ave. @42nd St.) / shops to 8PM, rink to 10PM
Enjoy The Lodge by Urbanspace, and The Rink, the centerpiece of Winter Village and New York City’s only free admission ice skating rink.
The Rink
This 17,000 square foot rink features free admission ice skating, high quality rental skates, and free skating shows, special events, and activities.
​October 27, 2018 – March 3, 2019 (only 3 more days!)
Daily, 8am-10pm (Rink hours are weather permitting and Rink may be closed for events – check here)

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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 65 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.

For a comprehensive list of the best places to hear All Types of Live Music in Manhattan see the tab above “LiveMusic.”

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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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