NYC Events,”Only the Best” (03/14) + 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.

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.”


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

Marta Pereira da Costa: A Portuguese Guitar
Atrium at Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, FREE, but get there early for a seat.
“Marta Pereira da Costa, the world’s only professional female Portuguese Fado guitar player, is quickly becoming an ambassador of Portugal’s most iconic musical tradition. She is a 2014 recipient of the prestigious Instrumentalist Award from the Amália Rodrigues Foundation, named after the world-renowned “Queen of Fado.” Joined by a viola, contrabass, piano, and percussion, da Costa will showcase her soulful playing and stunning virtuosity in a dynamic and intense instrumental show at the Atrium.”


7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Joan Belgrave Quintet
>> Harold Mabern

>> Miguel Zenón

>> Ailey II
>> The Joyous Music of Beethoven
>> Saving Washington: The Forgotten Story of The Maryland 400 and The Battle of Brooklyn

Continuing Events
>> Suzanne Vega.
>> Hubbard Street

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Joan Belgrave Quintet
Dizzy’s Club, Jazz at Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $40
“Vocalist Joan Belgrave first started singing in church, went on to study classical voice, and is now known in jazz, blues, gospel, and R&B circles. A hometown hero in her native Detroit, Belgrave is a versatile singer, natural entertainer, and proven crowd-pleaser. Tonight she’ll be performing a show she calls You’re My Everything: Songs of Love & Life, featuring saxophonist JD Allen, pianist Zen Zadravec, bassist Santi Debriano, and drummer Brandon Williams. Start your week with some soul at Dizzy’s Club.”

Harold Mabern (March 14-16.)
Smoke, 2751 Broadway, btw 105/106 St. / 7, 9, 10:30PM, $40
“Harold Mabern may just be the hardest-working octogenarian in jazz. To celebrate his eighty-third birthday, the hard-bop patriarch will do what he does best: get out of the house and play some gigs. He’s joined by a rhythm team—the bassist John Webber and the drummer Joe Farnsworth—who, by now, react to the bluesy machinations of Mabern’s pianistics with the intimacy of family members.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)

Miguel Zenón (March 12-17)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave. S., at 11th St./ 8:30PM, +10:30PM, $35
“The virtuosic saxophonist and questing composer Miguel Zenón is anything but old school, but he does hold to a traditional approach to band-leading: he’s somehow kept the same aggregation of players together for more than a decade. With the pianist Luis Perdomo, the bassist Hans Glawischnig, and the drummer Henry Cole in tow, Zenón explores his Latin-American roots as refracted through a cutting-edge lens.’ (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)

Ailey II (Mar.13-17)
N.Y.U. Skirball, 566 LaGuardia Pl. / 7:30PM,
“Not many feeder troupes look like this one, always packed with extraordinary dancers who seem fully ready for the varsity team. Many Ailey II dancers do graduate into the main Ailey company, and guessing who will make it is part of the fun. As in the past, the programs are divided between “All New” and “Returning Favorites.” The novelties are by members of the extended Ailey family—from the Ailey alum Uri Sands and the Ailey II alum Bradley Shelver to Ailey II’s artistic director, Troy Powell, and the man in charge of Ailey, Robert Battle.” (Brian Seibert, NewYorker)

NYS Theater, Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, $80+
“Shen Yun takes you on an extraordinary journey through China’s 5,000 years of divinely inspired civilization. Exquisite beauty from the heavens, profound wisdom from dynasties past, timeless legends and ethnic traditions all spring to life through classical Chinese dance, enchanting orchestral music, authentic costumes, and dynamic animated backdrops. It is an immersive experience that will uplift your spirit and transport you to another world. It’s 5,000 years of civilization reborn!”


Smart Stuff / Other NYC EventS

The Joyous Music of Beethoven
Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America
58 Park Ave. / 8PM, $25
“Keyboard Conversations® with internationally acclaimed pianist Jeffrey Siegel.
“The third concert in this season’s 4-part series, now in its 14th season! Exhilarating, uplifting evening of piano masterpieces! Includes the uproarious “Rage Over A Lost Penny;” the “Thérèse” Sonata,” a favorite of the composer; the “Les Adieux” (Farewell) Sonata—who was leaving and why was Beethoven so deeply affected? Music to enchant the ear and touch the heart.”

Dynamic performances—captivating comments—lively Q & A!
Entertaining, enriching, instantly accessible!
“An achievement of a sort seldom heard.” The New York Times

Saving Washington: The Forgotten Story of The Maryland 400 and The Battle of Brooklyn
Fraunces Tavern Museum, 54 Pearl St./ 6PM, $10
“Join author Chris Formant as he discusses the research that went into his new historical fiction novel Saving Washington: The Forgotten Story of The Maryland 400 and The Battle of Brooklyn. Formant will explore his research into this group of citizen soldiers who heroically charged against the more experienced British forces at the Battle of Brooklyn, allowing the Continental Army to escape and saving General George Washington.”


Continuing Events

Suzanne Vega (through March 16)
at Café Carlyle
“This New York-based singer-songwriter has been composing and performing folk-inspired acoustic tunes since she was a Barnard student in the early 1980s. The venerable cabaret Café Carlyle might be considerably more upscale than Tom’s Restaurant — the Upper West Side student haunt that inspired Vega’s enduring and influential single “Tom’s Diner” — but both offer a glimpse of a bygone New York. A product of the bohemian Greenwich Village folk scene, which has all but disappeared, Vega herself presents an evening of time travel to a completely different period in the city’s history.” (NYT-NATALIE WEINER)

Hubbard Street (thru Mar.17)
Joyce Theatre, 175 Eighth Ave., at 19th St./
“Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, one of the country’s most prominent contemporary-dance ensembles, returns to New York after a four-year absence. Each half of the two-week run is devoted to a single choreographer: the Tel Aviv-based Ohad Naharin first, followed by the Canada-born Crystal Pite. “Decadance/Chicago” is an updated version of Naharin’s popular 2000 work, a series of surrealistic vignettes that concludes with a section in which audience members slow-dance with the cast onstage. The Pite evening, in contrast, is made up of three works—“A Picture of You Falling,” “The Other You,” and “Grace Engine”—executed in Pite’s highly articulated, sinuous movement style.” (Marina Harss, NewYorker)

at the Connelly Theater
“This splendid flamenco company, led by Martín Santangelo, its artistic director, and the dancer Soledad Barrio, presents “Entre Tú y Yo” (“Between You and Me”), an evening of solos, duets and ensemble works that includes “Refugiados” (“Refugees”), which has been recently added to the company’s repertoire. The piece transforms poems written by children in refugee camps into song and dance. The program also features the latest iteration of “La Ronde,” which is inspired by Max Ophüls’s 1950 film and spotlights the talents of a guitarist, a vocalist and a solo dancer.” (NYT-Gia Kourlas)
(March 12-14, 7:30 p.m.; through March 31).
If you like flamenco even a little, you must see Soledad’s performance.

♦ 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.

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.”


NYCity Vacation Travel Guide Video (Expedia):


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 55th 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 $9.75, 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).
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: 1 blk W. on 13th St. to 8th Ave.; 1 blk S. on 8th Ave. to Jane St.
“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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