NYC Events,”Only the Best” (04/27) + Today’s Featured Pub (WestVillage)

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For future NYC Events, check the tab above:  “APRIL 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.
OR to make your own after dinner plans TONIGHT, see the tab above;  “LiveMusic.”


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

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:
Creole Food Festival
DL Rooftop Lounge, 95 Delancey St./ $25-$75, 3-8 p.m.
“The best Creole chefs are gathering for the second annual Creole Food Festival, where you can taste food and drinks from the Caribbean, Africa, Europe, Asia, South America and North America.”

“Harlem resident Fabrice Armand has been eating Creole food since he was “literally out of the womb,” and the Haitian-born marketing specialist is sharing his lifelong love for the flavorful cuisine as founder of New York City’s Creole Food Festival.

In its second year, the April 27 festival at the Lower East Side’s DL rooftop lounge is bringing together six chefs from around the world who will serve Creole cuisine based on their own upbringings and experiences.

Creole food blends spices and techniques from French, Spanish, West and North African, Haitian, Portuguese and Native American cuisines, among others.

Many of the chefs have major accolades, including Kelvin Fernandez, who won Best Young Chef in Forbes’ 30 Under 30: Food and Wine list and “beat” Bobby Flay on the Food Network; chef Stephan Berrouet Durand, who founded the Taste of Haiti and Haiti Food and Spirits festivals; and Daniel Pontes-Macedo, who was a finalist on Fox’s “MasterChef,” among others.” (amNY)


6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)

>> Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival
>> Independent Bookstore Day
Continuing Events
>> Tribeca Film Festival

4/27 Django A Go Go, Town Hall
4/27 Roger McGuinn, Concert Hall at the New York Society For Ethical Culture
4/29 The New York Pops 36th Birthday Gala honoring Cyndi Lauper, Carnegie Hall
4/29-30 John Hiatt, City Winery
4/30 Deer Tick, Rough Trade
4/30 The Mountain Goats, Brooklyn Steel
5/01 Patti Smith, Webster Hall
5/01 Joan Baez, Beacon Theatre


Music, Dance, Performing Art

‘DANCING THE GODS’ (April 27-28)
at Symphony Space / 8 p.m.; $25+
“This program of classical Indian dancing offers two separate programs on back-to-back evenings. On Saturday, the Maryland-based Kalanidhi Dance presents “Rasa,” a work inspired by the Sanskrit epic “Ramayana”; it embodies a range of emotions from disgust to wonderment through the South Indian Kuchipudi style. On Sunday, Sujata Mohapatra will perform in the Odissi style, accompanied by live music. The two styles, while sharing similarities, are distinguished by their music, costumes and contrasting physical emphases. Together they provide a look at two facets of classical Indian dance as interpreted by skilled artists.” (Brian Schaefer-NYT)

at Smoke / 7, 9 and 10:30 p.m.; $38
“The vocalists Charenée Wade and Brianna Thomas both root themselves snugly within the bluesier realms of jazz’s vocal tradition, and though neither sounds much like Ella Fitzgerald, there is no escaping the influence of the First Lady of Song. Wade’s clear but forceful voice will lead the way on Friday; the next evening, Thomas — whose singing is laden with rousing, youthful energy — will take the helm.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

DIG DANCE (April 26-27)
at the 92nd Street Y / 8 p.m.; $25+
“This recurring dance series travels to the Emerald Isle this week with “New Dance Ireland: Choreographers of Nowness,” featuring a handful of choreographers, each of whom explore Irish identity and dance from a different angle. Participants include Jean Butler, Darrah Carr, Sean Curran and John Scott, among others, who are mixed and matched over three programs. For this week’s installment of Fridays at Noon, Scott also curates excerpts from many of these choreographers alongside a panel discussion moderated by Siobhan Burke, a dance critic for The New York Times.” (NYT-Brian Schaefer)

WADADA LEO SMITH (April 26-28)
at the Kitchen / 8 p.m.; $25+
“This trumpeter, composer and farsighted musical thinker has only ripened with age; at 77, he’s making some of the most affecting music of his career, and he is as prolific as ever. His most recent album is “Rosa Parks: Pure Love. An Oratorio of Seven Songs,” on which he blends brass, electronics and a string quartet to make slow, glassy music that’s often as faint as a memory, yet as urgent as a protester’s chant. He presents the 15-part work here alongside a deep cast of collaborators: The Diamond Voices trio, the RedKoral string quartet, the BlueTrumpet Quartet and the Janus Duo (Pheeroan akLaff on drums and Hardedge on electronics) will all be onstage with him. Jesse Gilbert will present a video component, and the butoh dancer Oguri will also perform.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)


Smart Stuff / Other NYC EventS

Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival (April 27-28)
Brooklyn Botanic Garden / 10AM-6PM, $30
“Rise and shine for Sakura Matsuri — the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s annual spring soirée and weekend of cherry blossom appreciation. Taiko drummers, martial arts masters, and live bands will grace the stage; origami and bonsai experts will demonstrate their skills; and vendors will offer Raaka chocolate, hand-crafted Kokeshi Dolls, and vintage kimonos.” (Thrillist)

Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day
“To celebrate indie bookstores, local shops are throwing parties and offering discounts on Saturday for Independent Bookstore Day, including stores like Bluestockings, Books Are Magic, Word Brooklyn, Book Culture, Greenlight Bookstore, Astoria Bookshop and many more. To find out where your nearest shop is, we’ve gathered a healthy listing of bookstores for your perusal and even a map to help you locate them.” (amNY)


Continuing Events

Tribeca Film Festival (April 24 to May 5)

“Robert De Niro and Co.’s Tribeca Film Festival has long shown a spotlight on local indie features, documentaries, foreign films, the latest from big-name talent and the greatest from up-and-coming filmmakers.

TimeOutNY has got your complete one-stop-shopping guide to Tribeca Film Festival: their personal must-see picks, movie screenings, ticket info, a list of nearby bars and restaurants and much more.”

See Also:
IndieWire – Tribeca 2019: 12 Must-See Films at This Year’s Festival, From Danny Boyle to a Wild ‘Showgirls’ Doc.
CBS News – 15 highlights at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival in NYC. (NYMag) – Tribeca Film Festival What to see at the independent film fest.


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 NYC events– Jazz Clubs:
Many consider NYCity the Jazz capital of the world. My favorite Jazz Clubs, all on Manhattan’s WestSide, feature top talent every night of the week.
Hit the Hot Link and check out who is playing tonight:

Greenwich Village:
(4 are underground, classic jazz joints. all 6 are within walking distance of each other):
Village Vanguard – UG, 178 7th Ave. So.,, 212-255-4037 (1st 8:30)
Blue Note – 131 W3rd St. nr 6th ave., 212-475-8592 (1st set 8pm)
55 Bar – basement @55 Christopher St. nr 7th ave.S., 212-929-9883 (1st 7pm)
Mezzrow – basement @ 163 W10th St. nr 7th Ave.,646-476-4346 (1st 8)
Smalls – basement @ 183 W10th St., 646-476-4346 (1st set 7:30pm)
The Stone at The New School – 55 w13 St. (btw 6/5 ave) – (8:30PM)

Outside Greenwich Village:
Dizzy’s Club – Broadway @ 60th St. — / 212-258-9595 (1st set 7:30pm)
Birdland – 315 W44th St.(btw 8/9ave) — / 212-581-3080 (1st 8:30pm)
Smoke Jazz Club – 2751 Broadway nr.106th St. — 212-864-6662 (7pm)
Jazz Standard – 116 E27 St. (btw Park/Lex) – – (1st set 7:30)

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

In Memoriam:
Caffe Vivaldi – 32 Jones St. nr Bleecker St. — / 212-691-7538 (1st 7pm)
a classic, old jazz club in the Village, Caffe V often surprised with a wonderfully eclectic lineup. It was my favorite spot for an evening of listening enjoyment and discovery.
Alas, Caffe V is no more, another victim of a rapacious NYC landlord. Owner Ishrat fought the good fight and Caffe V will be sorely missed.
Cornelia Street Cafe – UG, 29 Cornelia St., 212-989-9319
And more recently we have lost Cornelia Street Cafe. After 41 years, it too became another victim of an unreasonable rent increase.


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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