NYC Events,”Only the Best” (04/07) + Today’s Featured Pub (Times Square / Theater District)

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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.
To make your own after dinner plans TONIGHT, see the tab above;  “LiveMusic.”


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

Alex Ferreira (also Apr.12)
Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St./ 9:30PM, $50
Whether he’s cradling a ukulele or crouching over a synth machine, the Dominican singer-songwriter Alex Ferreira takes his cues from the kind of old-school Latin balladry that allows for a generous outpouring of feelings. Even though he’s a classic romantic at heart, he delights in his own hyperactive need to experiment, which has allowed him to build a wildly eclectic catalogue. His solo albums and collaborative projects feature songs that dabble in the assorted dance rhythms of bachata, merengue, electro-pop, and folk.” (Julyssa Lopez, NewYorker)


7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Gabrielle Stravelli Sings Willie Nelson
>> Sullivan Fortner Trio
>> Joshua Redman Quartet
>> Brooklyn Folk Festival
>> The Photography Show
>> Beer Festival at Dekalb Market! Crawl at the Hall!

Continuing Events
>> New Directors/New Films Festival

4/8-9 Jeff Tweedy, Town Hall
4/8-9 Andrew Bird, National Sawdust
4/8 Muse, Madison Square Garden
4/9 Charlotte Gainsbourg, Brooklyn Steel
4/10 Melissa Etheridge, Town Hall
4/10 The Wallflowers & Mott the Hoople, Beacon Theatre


Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Gabrielle Stravelli: Pick Up My Pieces—Gabrielle Stravelli Sings Willie Nelson
Birdland / 6PM, $30
“Stravelli has a groovy ’70s-chick vibe and a supple, versatile voice that can navigate multiple genres with ease but has a special affinity for jazz. After many years as one of New York’s best-kept secrets, she is finally riding a well-deserved tide of acclaim. At Birdland she rifles through the songbook of country icon Willie Nelson, from songs he wrote (including “Crazy”) to standards he memorably covered (such as “Stardust”).” (TONY)

at the Joyce Theater / 2PM, +7:30PM, $45+
“A century ago, the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote, was submitted to the states for ratification. In honor of that anniversary, the Graham company presents the EVE Project, a robust collection of work from several generations of female choreographers, spread over a half-dozen programs. There are Graham classics, like “Herodiade,” “Errand Into the Maze” and “Chronicle,” as well as pieces by Annie-B Parson and Lucinda Childs. Two new works will be introduced, too: one by Pam Tanowitz and one by Maxine Doyle and Bobbi Jene Smith.” (NYT-Brian Schaefer)

Sullivan Fortner Trio (LAST DAY)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave. S., at 11th St./ 8:30PM, +10:30PM, $35
A highlight of his latest album, “Moments Preserved,” finds the adroit pianist Sullivan Fortner reunited with his former employer, the late trumpeter Roy Hargrove, for a lovely account of Elmo Hope’s early-sixties gem “Eyes So Beautiful As Yours.” It’s an off-center and cunning choice that showcases Fortner’s historical awareness as well as the shining touch and unerring taste that he displayed on his recent work with the singer Cécile McLorin Salvant. He leads a trio that features the bassist Ameen Saleem and the drummer Jeremy (Bean) Clemons.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)

Joshua Redman Quartet (LAST DAY)
Blue Note / 8PM, +10:30PM, $30-$45
“One of the biggest saxophone stars of the modern era, Redman plays innovative cuts from an upcoming quartet album—what will be his first in nearly two decades. This agile combo consists of pianist Aaron Goldberg, bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Gregory Hutchinson.” (TONY)

“Critics and fans alike are blown away by Redman’s passionate live performances and acclaimed recordings. In The Joshua Redman Quartet, Redman evokes a sound that can be challenging, provocative, and forward-looking, but also hard-swinging, melodic, and soulful – music with a joyous and celebratory spirit.”

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:

Brooklyn Folk Festival (Ap.5-7)
St. Ann & the Holy Trinity, 157 Montague St., Bklyn / 7PM, $25
“The Brooklyn Folk Festival is entering its eleventh year, which makes it a battle-tested stalwart among music festivals and, in the folk world, a sexy young comer. Presented at St. Ann’s Church by the Jalopy Theatre and School of Music, it thrives on its inclusiveness. This year’s edition opens on April 5 with a Sardinian vocal quartet and concludes, two days and more than forty acts later, with a Malian kora player. It also features workshops on such pursuits as flat-foot dancing; like the beloved Newport festivals of yore, the prevailing vibe is that of a socialist summer camp. Fittingly, one highlight is a sing-along to commemorate Pete Seeger—no doubt presently engaged in unionizing his fellow-angels—on his centennial. Another is the annual Banjo Toss, a wish-fulfillment exercise for generations of bluegrass audiences in which the festival producer Eli Smith leads contestants in hurling the instrument into the poor, unsuspecting Gowanus Canal.” (Jay Ruttenberg, NewYorker)


Smart Stuff / Other NYC EventS

The Photography Show (Apr.05-07)
Marvel at the longest-running photography fair
Pier 94 / 12-7PM, $30
“If a picture’s worth a thousand words, the Photography Show at Pier 94 is swimming in ‘em. Cheryl Medow’s shots of tropical birds in their environments will stop landscape lovers in their tracks, a solo exhibition spotlighting documentary photographer Danny Lyon’s influences will quench journalism junkies’ curiosity, and dudes donning dangly earrings will gawk at David LaChapelle’s iconic portraits.” (

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:

Beer Festival at Dekalb Market! Crawl at the Hall!
Find a new favorite brewer
Dekalb Market Hall / 2-5PM, $35
“Downtown Brooklyn’s newest beer festival is kicking off at the Dekalb Market Hall this weekend. Admission to Crawl at the Hall will get you a souvenir mug and two 8-ounce beers from each of the eight local breweries present (in other words, 128 ounces of beer). Add $15 to the ticket and you’ll get early admission, a Bavarian pretzel necklace, a $5 Dekalb Market Hall credit, and a 32-ounce Craft + Carry crowler for the road. Not a bad Sunday afternoon.” (

Join us as we host our first ever Craft + Carry Crawl At The Hall at Dekalb Market Hall in Downtown Brooklyn! Featuring 8 different local breweries, you’ll be sure to find a new favorite on Sunday, April 7th!


Continuing Events

New Directors/New Films Festival (LAST DAY)
The future of cinema.
MoMA Theaters and Walter Reade Theater, Lincoln Center
“At 48, the joint Museum of Modern Art and Film Society of Lincoln Center festival is one of the most venerable New York film fests — but also the one that’s still most apt to challenge, vex, and explode your perceptions. This year’s starts with a bang — the Sundance sensation Clemency, Chinonye Chukwu’s prison drama with Alfre Woodard and Aldis Hodge. Another Sundance winner, Monos, stars Julianne Nicholson as an American engineer held captive in a South American jungle by teenage guerrillas. The programmers say it’s “sure to be one of the most hotly debated films of 2019,” so see it early and stake out your position.” (David Edelstein, NewYork Magazine)

My favorite NYCity film festival. These films are not all home runs, but it is so exciting when you find the next Pedro Almodóvar.

at the Shed
(April 5 and 7, 8 p.m.; April 9, 8:30 p.m.; through April 14).
“For its opening, this flashy new interdisciplinary arts space — a cultural counterweight to the surrounding commercial development in Hudson Yards — will host five nights of concerts honoring the influence of African-American musicians. Developed by the filmmaker Steve McQueen, the series aims to explore the story of black music in America from early spirituals to today’s diverse forms. To that end, the performances in the coming week feature artists such as the jazz pianist and bandleader Jon Batiste, the rappers Smino and Rapsody, the avant-pop cellist Kelsey Lu and the R&B singer Emily King.” (NYT-OLIVIA HORN)


STREB (weekends through May 12)
Streb Lab for Action Mechanics, 51 N. 1st St., Bklyn. / Sat.5PM, Sun.3PM; $25
“The shows that STREB Extreme Action puts on at its Williamsburg headquarters  have a carnival atmosphere, and not just because eating and drinking are encouraged. Will the Action Heroes, as the intrepid dancer-acrobats are styled, collide as they hurl themselves off a trampoline? Will they get whacked by swinging cinder blocks or huge metal contraptions? Probably not, but they want you to cringe. Their newest machine is the Molinette, a giant bar that revolves like the blade of a windmill.” (Brian Seibert, NewYorker)

The Streb performers are absolutely amazing and so worth the detour.
I try to see them every year, can’t get enough.

♦ 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

Jimmy’s Corner 140 W 44th St (btw B’way & 7th ave)

IMG_2083Jimmy’s Corner is right in the heart of Times Square, but you won’t find it on the corner, it’s mid-block. Enter this long narrow bar and you are struck by the walls covered with mostly black-and-white boxing photographs, and memorabilia. Soon enough you learn that “Corner” refers to proprietor Jimmy Glenn’s long career as a corner man for some of boxing greats – Liston, Tyson, even “the greatest,” Ali.

Jimmy’s is a sort of time machine, taking you back to a time and place that no longer exists. All around you Times Square has cleaned up, grown up, assumed a new identity. Jimmy’s probably hasn’t changed a bit since it first opened in 1971. Certainly the bar itself looks original and the prices haven’t changed much either. When I brought a friend, who owns her own bar, she was surprised when she got the small tab for a round of drinks. Figured there must be a mistake, that maybe they forgot to charge for all the drinks.

Times Square today is filled with neon glitz and wandering tourists from Dubuque, but not Jimmy’s. You’ll likely find some old timer’s at the bar nursing their drinks, some younger locals at tables in the back, and maybe a few adventuresome tourists clutching their trusty guidebooks. There’s no food served here because this is just a bar, and sometimes that’s all you need.

On nights when no local team is playing, it’s a fine place to sip some drafts and listen to a great old time jukebox, with a great selection of  40s& 50s R&B and soul. On sports nights this very narrow bar can get a bit claustrophobic, filled with excited fans watching their team on the TVs. Either way, Jimmy’s is the place to be if you are looking for an old time bar in the new Times Square.
Website: are you kidding !
(although there is a facebook page with lots of photos –
Phone #: 212-221-9510
Hours: 11am – 4 am, except Sunday they open 12 noon
Happy Hour: not necessary, low prices all day, every day
Subway: #1,2,3 to TimesSquare 42nd st
walk 2 blks N on 7th ave to 44th st; ½ blk E to Jimmy’s

“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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