NYC Events,”Only the Best” (05/13) + Today’s Featured Pub (WestVillage)

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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:

American Ballet Theatre (through July 6)
Metropolitan Opera House / 7:30PM, $22
“The city enters peak ballet season this week, with its two major companies facing off across the plaza at Lincoln Center. A.B.T. begins eight weeks at the Metropolitan Opera House with a kind of Alexei Ratmansky retrospective—the choreographer has been at the company for a decade. It begins with his charming rendition of Marius Petipa’s 1900 commedia-dell’arte ballet “Harlequinade” (May 13-18). After that comes a trio of shorter Ratmansky works, including a new ballet set to Alexander Glazunov’s rich and danceable suite “The Seasons.” A Twyla Tharp program, two weeks later (May 30-June 3), includes an exciting company première, “Deuce Coupe,” from 1973, a playful, all-American romp to music by the Beach Boys, originally made for the Joffrey. For those who like their ballet with a heavy dose of drama, there is another company première, “Jane Eyre,” by the British choreographer Cathy Marston. The work, which is set to a selection of nineteenth-century music, premièred at Northern Ballet, in 2016, to good reviews.” (Marina Harss-NewYorker)


6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Jim Caruso’s Cast Party
>> Frontiers Lecture: Cassini, Explorer of the Outer Solar System
>> Speaking of Shakespeare with Oscar-Winning Actor F. Murray Abraham
>> Will Outer Space Save Humanity? Tribunal for Future Generations

You may want to look at previous days posts for events that continue through today.


Music, Dance, Performing Art

at Madison Square Garden / 7:30 p.m.; $114+
“Fans of this British Invasion band should make their way to Midtown on Monday night to see them perform, possibly for the final time: Crossing the half-century mark in 2014 and down to two members from the original lineup, the group has hinted that their current tour may be their last. This go-round, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey have a 52-piece orchestra in tow, poised to bring new life to their older material, including their classic anthem “Baba O’Riley.” They may also debut new material from a studio album — their first since “Endless Wire” from 2006 — due out later this year.” (NYT-OLIVIA HORN)

at Dizzy’s Club / 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.; $35
“This band’s natural home is Terraza 7, an intimate club in Queens where the 18-piece group has held down a monthly residency for the past four years, developing a repertoire of soaring, self-propelling original compositions and a tight group rapport. But on Monday they will venture into Manhattan to celebrate the release of their debut album at Dizzy’s. So unified has this band become that they recorded the entire record — an impressive document, featuring nine complex, splendidly woven tunes — in a single day at the recording studio. The album’s title? “One Day Wonder.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

Jim Caruso’s Cast Party
Birdland, / 9:30PM, $30
Jim Caruso’s Cast Party is a wildly popular weekly soiree that brings a sprinkling of Broadway glitz and urbane wit to the legendary Birdland in New York City every Monday night. It’s a cool cabaret night-out enlivened by a hilariously impromptu variety show. Showbiz superstars, backed by Steve Doyle on bass, Billy Stritch on piano and Daniel Glass on drums, hit the stage alongside up-and-comers, serving up jaw-dropping music and general razzle-dazzle.” (broadwayworld)


Smart Stuff / Other NYC EventS

AMNH Presents | Frontiers Lecture: Cassini, Explorer of the Outer Solar System
American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th St./ 7:30PM, $15
Hayden Planetarium Space Theater, Enter at 81st Street entrance
“The extraordinary Cassini spacecraft ended its 13-year mission in 2017 with a fiery plunge into Saturn. Its reach extended across our solar system’s distant sixth planet and the objects in its orbit. Planetary scientist Jani Radebaugh discusses the storms and structures Cassini revealed in Saturn’s colorful atmosphere, the movement and order of its complex rings, and the surface of its moons.” (ThoughtGallery)

Speaking of Shakespeare with Oscar-Winning Actor F. Murray Abraham
National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South / 8PM, FREE
“Although he is best known for his award-winning work in film and television, F. Murray Abraham is also a classically-trained stage actor who has appeared in a number of Shakespeare productions, including a Central Park performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Merchant of Venice. Welcome him for what promises to be a delightful conversation about his career and passion for Shakespeare.”

Will Outer Space Save Humanity? Tribunal for Future Generations
Lycée Francais de New York / 6:30PM, FREE
“Fight or flight?” is the question animating a conversation about space exploration. Will it save our species? Or will it divert resources at a time when all hands should be on deck to save Earth? This will be the first international edition of French magazine Usbek & Rica’s “tribunal,” an original staged trial, complete with judge, lawyers, expert witnesses, and a verdict handed down by the audience.”

Continuing Events

NYCxDESIGN (May 10-22)
“New York City’s annual celebration of design, attracts hundreds of thousands of attendees and designers from across the globe. Taking place each May, the event celebrates a world of design and showcases over a dozen design disciplines through events taking place across the city’s five boroughs.”

Times Square transforms into a design paradise for NYCxDESIGN: What to See

“Here’s a reason for New Yorkers to head to Times Square: there are sixteen installations to check out at DESIGN PAVILION, the hub of NYCxDESIGN, the annual city-wide celebration of design.  Stretching from 42nd Street to 47th Street across five plazas (kiosks will show maps to aid your journey), there is everything from an “ecocapsule,”, a tiny house, a carousel of creative chairs, to an iconic Eastern European bloc kiosk shown in the United States for the first time.” (untapped cities)


5/12-13 Lizzo, Brooklyn Steel
5/13 The Who, Madison Square Garden
5/13 “Sound Mind” A Mental Health Benefit w/Langhorne Slim, Rough Trade NYC
5/14 My Brightest Diamond, Rough Trade NYC
5/14 Moby & John Hodgman, National Sawdust
5/15 Gordon Lightfoot, Town Hall

♦ 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 / 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.
Bonus Live Music: 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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