NYC Events,”Only the Best” (05/01) + 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:  “MAY 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:

at the Town Hall / 8 p.m.; $71+
“Since right around the turn of the millennium, Mariza has carried the lineage of fado — a Portuguese tradition centered on songs of heartache and lament — into the present day, drawing upon the deep sensitivity and raw, cinematic power of her voice. Born in Mozambique, she moved to Lisbon as a girl and learned fado at the knee of the music’s elders. Here she will perform pieces from her acclaimed, self-titled 2018 album.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)


7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Nina Sky
>> Rigoletto
>> Willerm Delisfort Project

>> Why Dinosaurs Matter
>> Midnight Society: The Science of Scary Stories
Continuing Events
>> Tribeca Film Festival

5/01 Joan Baez, Beacon Theatre


Music, Dance, Performing Art

Nina Sky
Mercury Lounge, 217 E. Houston St./ 9PM, $20+
“Nicole and Natalie Albino, the Puerto Rican twins together known as Nina Sky, monopolized the airwaves in the early two-thousands with two touchstones of the era: “Move Ya Body,” a sun-drenched single that unspooled over a bouncy “Coolie Dance” riddim, and N.O.R.E.’s “Oye Mi Canto,” which featured the duo’s infectious “whoa-a-a” chorus. Both hits gave reggaetón a hefty mainstream boost; as today’s Latin urban music strikes a chord across the globe, the sisters celebrate a sound that has proved its staying power.” (Julyssa Lopez, NewYorker)

Rigoletto (next May 4, 11AM)
Metropolitan Opera House / 7:30PM, $30+
“Verdi’s tragic jester returns in Michael Mayer’s neon-bedecked, Las Vegas–themed production. Tenors Matthew Polenzani and Stephen Costello share the role of the libertine Duke, with baritone George Gagnidze in the title role of Verdi’s stirring tragedy. Soprano Rosa Feola makes her Met debut as the demure Gilda, and Nicola Luisotti conducts.”

Willerm Delisfort Project
Dizzy’s Club, Jazz at Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $30
“Pianist, organist, and composer Willerm Delisfort is a versatile musician and a go-to bandmate across jazz, gospel, R&B, hip hop, soul, and all sorts of fusions. In addition to leading the Willerm Delisfort Project, Delisfort’s stylistic breadth has led him to work with artists such as Fareed Haque, T-Pain, Lauryn Hill, Kirk Whalum, Louis Bellson, Lew Soloff, Calvin Newborne, Corey Wilkes, Curtis Fuller, Jimmy Heath, David Sanchez, Jennifer Holiday, George Freeman, Red Holloway, and many more. His band tonight features a group of similarly openminded musicians: Alexa Barchini, Philip Dizack, Brent Birckhead, Luke Carlos O’Reilly, Jonathan Michel, Jonathan Barber, and Cedric Easton. Enjoy new arrangements of modern standards and a vast array of original repertoire with the Willerm Delisfort Project.”

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:
at C’mon Everybody, 325 Franklin Ave. / 8 p.m.; $15
“As the frontwoman of the Brooklyn band Escort, this Parisian-born singer lent her sultry vocals to slick nu-disco tracks. Now performing solo, she remains committed to her 1970s influences, as seen on the self-titled debut album she put out in November. After playing her record release show at this bar in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, Adeline returns for the first of four Wednesday-night concerts, over the course of which she will feature guest artists like the funk group IGBO and the electronic duo Life on Planets.” (NYT-OLIVIA HORN)
G train: Classon Ave. , 1 blk E to Franklin

KARRIEM RIGGINS (April 30-May 1)
at the Blue Note / 8 and 10:30 p.m.; $15-$25
“Riggins, a drummer and producer, has dual citizenship in the worlds of straight-ahead jazz (he has been a sideman for Mulgrew Miller and Diana Krall, among others) and left-wing hip-hop. His two albums, 2012’s “Alone Together” and last year’s “Headnod Suite,” attest to the strong influence of J. Dilla — the game-changing rap producer who mentored Riggins — but have a heavy swing vibe reflective of Riggins’s drumming. He recently served as one-third of the crossover supergroup August Greene, which also features the keyboardist Robert Glasper and the rapper Common. Here he presents a band of his own, one likely to toggle between hip-hop, dub reggae and jazz.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

NEW YORK CITY BALLET   (through June 2).
at the NYS Theater, Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, $35+
“City Ballet begins its spring season with work by living choreographers. A program appearing in two parts, “21st Century Choreographers” includes dances by William Forsythe, Alexei Ratmansky, Matthew Neenan, Gianna Reisen and Justin Peck, the company’s resident choreographer and artistic adviser. For the Spring Gala, on Thursday, Peck introduces a new piece, as does the shrewd and much-in-demand contemporary choreographer Pam Tanowitz — her first for City Ballet. Their works are paired with a Balanchine classic, and those looking for more of him can check out “All Balanchine” on Tuesday.” (NYT-Brian Schaefer)


Smart Stuff / Other NYC EventS

The American Museum of Natural History Presents: SciCafe: Why Dinosaurs Matter
American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th St./ 7PM, FREE
Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Hall of the Universe, Enter at 81st Street entrance
“Is a penguin a dinosaur? Are the tiny arms of T. rex the key to its power and ferocity? What can long-dead dinosaurs teach us about our future? Plenty, according to paleontologist Diego Pol, who has discovered some of the largest dinosaurs to ever walk the Earth, including The Titanosaur. Pol weaves together stories of our planet’s geological history, exploring the meaning of fossils and our own place on the vast and bountiful tree of life.”

Midnight Society: The Science of Scary Stories
Caveat, 21 Clinton St./ 9PM, $20
“Was it Aliens… or Hypnosis, Ghosts… or Hallucination, Demons… or Delusion? Our storytellers dive in to the scary stories that have haunted us for generations, and the psychology behind them. We explore the unexplained and find that the reasons we invent supernatural stories are often more terrifying than the stories themselves.
This Month: Ghosts of NYC
Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn You.”


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: 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 / 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.

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.
“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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