NYC Events,”Only the Best” (05/07) + Today’s Featured Pub (Times Square / Theater District)

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

Artists of the Air
The Greene Space, 44 Charlton St./ 7PM, $30
“Among the many intriguing events in this year’s PEN World Voices Festival, catch a duo known for their derring-do. Philippe Petit, who walked between the two unfinished World Trade Center towers, joins “action architect” Elizabeth Streb of the Streb Lab for Action Mechanics for a conversation about the ways extremes can transform our understanding.” (ThoughtGallery)

“In 1974, Philippe Petit danced in the sky, effortlessly traversing the air between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center via high wire and electrifying audiences around the world. That feat, just one among many tightrope miracles Petit has created, inspired a Caldecott Medal-winning children’s book, an Oscar-winning documentary, a feature film, and global admiration. On the occasion of the reissuing of his out-of-print classic On the High Wire (New Directions), Petit discusses his death-defying art with fellow daredevil artist Elizabeth Streb, a choreographer, performer, and MacArthur “Genius” grant winner who incorporates high-risk elements of circus arts and rodeo in her work. How do daring and transgressive acts redefine our sense of art and performance? How can artists’ airborne actions transform the ways we look at the buildings that anchored their ropes, the cities in which they appear, and global issues of peace and conflict? Join these masters of extreme performance as they discuss virtuosity, daring, and Petit’s boundary-shattering career.”

See Below:  Streb Lab for Action Mechanics, (continuing events)


7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
Maceo Parker
Imogen Heap
>> Sax & Taps with DeWitt Fleming, Jr. & Erica von Kleist
>> David Murray with Saul Williams
>> The Lineup with Susie Mosher
>> Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, Laurie Anderson


Music, Dance, Performing Art

Maceo Parker (May 7-12)
Blue Note / 8PM, +10:30PM, $35-$45
“The saxophonist Maceo Parker’s fame was insured by his work as the Johnny-on-the-spot soloist for James Brown and by his later contributions to modern funk, but his affection for R. & B.-inflected jazz-horn work—a tradition that runs from Louis Jordan to Hank Crawford and beyond—is never far below the surface. At seventy-six, he remains a soulful instrumentalist and occasional singer who still bows to the majesty of the groove.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)

Imogen Heap (May 7-8)
@ Town Hall / 8PM, $35+
“Imogen Heap is on her first North American tour in nine years, and making the tour even more exciting is that she is reuniting with her Frou Frou partner Guy Sigsworth for it. The tour is happening in conjunction with the launch of Mycelia, Imogen’s new “research and development hub for music makers,” but she isn’t letting the unique concept deter her from playing lots of solo and Frou Frou classics.” (brooklynvegan)

NEW YORK CITY BALLET (through June 2)
at the NYS Theater, Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, $35+
“The season continues with repeats of premieres by Justin Peck and Pam Tanowitz, as well as several George Balanchine gems, including “Slaughter on Tenth Avenue,” “Stravinsky Violin Concerto” and “Western Symphony.” But, really, isn’t it all about “Diamonds”? Suzanne Farrell, the magnificent ballerina and muse to Balanchine, has recently been coaching dancers in the 1967 work, which is set to Tchaikovsky and pays homage to Russian schooling. The tiaras will glitter even more brightly than usual.” (NYT)

Sax & Taps with DeWitt Fleming, Jr. & Erica von Kleist
Dizzy’s Club, Jazz at Lincoln Center / 10PM, $35
“Sax & Taps brings two top artists together for an unexpected musical journey full of rhythm, soul, humor, and improvisation. The show spotlights a thrilling musical connection between DeWitt Fleming, Jr. and Erica von Kleist as they perform a repertoire spanning from the Jazz Age to today’s most popular songs.

Tap dancer, actor, singer, and drummer DeWitt Fleming, Jr. is a top talent in jazz, Broadway, and on screen. Saxophonist, flutist, and piccoloist Erica von Kleist is one of the most versatile multi-instrumentalists around. Backed by a rhythm section, these two musical veterans offer audiences something brand new and hugely entertaining with Sax & Taps.”

David Murray with Saul Williams (May 7-11)
Birdland, 315 W. 44th St./ 8:30PM, +11PM, $40
Back in the eighties and nineties, it might have seemed as if every new dawn also brought a new David Murray recording. The still mighty tenor saxophonist and bass clarinettist may have cut down on his productivity of late, but his taste for experimentation and variety remains. Here, he reunites with the politically attuned spoken-word poet Saul Williams in a collaborative venture entitled “Blues for Memo”; they front a quintet that also features the acclaimed drummer Nasheet Waits.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)

The Lineup with Susie Mosher
Birdland Theater/ 9:30PM, $25
“Mosher is one of those talents you need to see to believe: warm, funny, biting, ferociously committed. In her biweekly series at the brand-new Birdland Theater, she invites a gaggle of performers from Broadway and beyond to show their talents. Guests at the May 7 edition include Amanda Green, T. Oliver Reid, Rick Crom, Gaelen Gilliland, Mishti, Joan Ryan, Anna Anderson, Jonathan Hoover, AJ Hunsucker and Eric Gilliland.” (TONY)


Smart Stuff / Other NYC EventS

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the easy detour:

Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, Laurie Anderson
Murmrr, 17 Eastern Pkwy./ 7:30PM, $20+
“A rare, intimate account of a world-renowned Buddhist monk’s near-death experience and the life-changing wisdom he gained from it.”

“Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche is an eminent meditation master among the new generation of Tibetan Buddhist teachers trained outside of Tibet. Mingyur Rinpoche teaches throughout the world, with centers on five continents.”

Continuing Events

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.


5/7 Delta Rae, Sony Hall
5/7-8 Morrissey, Lunt-Fontaine Theatre
5/8 Dandy Warhols, Brooklyn Steel

♦ 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.

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 just 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 wonderful 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.


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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