NYC Events,”Only the Best” (06/06) + Today’s Featured Pub (Times Square / Theater District)

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For future NYC Events, check the tab above:  “June 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:

¡Urban stomp! The Artistic and Cultural Connections between Swing, Mambo, and Salsa
Derrick León Washington
Munroe Film Center, Lincoln Center/ 7:30PM, FREE
“Cultural anthropologist and curator Derrick León Washington shares the sometimes overlooked, interconnected histories and cultures of these genres by highlighting the music, dance, community migrations, and activism that nurtured these three art forms from their roots to the present. Artists will demonstrate some of the movement to help illuminate the power and defiant joy of swing, mambo, and New York salsa.”


7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>Hilary Gardner and Ehud Asherie
>> Hudson River Dance Festival
>> The Losers Lounge: Tribute to ABBA
>> Ravi Coltrane

>> American Ballet Theatre

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


Music, Dance, Performing Art

Hilary Gardner and Ehud Asherie
Dizzy’s Club, Jazz at Lincoln Center / 9:30 pm, $40
“For one set only, enjoy the elegant vocal and piano duet of Hilary Gardner and Ehud Asherie. Performing classic repertoire including songs written or made famous by Rodgers & Hart, Irving Berlin, Harold Arlen, Nancy Wilson, Fats Waller, and more, Gardner and Asherie evoke a timeless sound well-suited for Dizzy’s Club and its gorgeous views of New York City. Come experience a refined but lively take on early jazz and the Great American Songbook.”

Hudson River Dance Festival (June 6-7)
Pier 63, Hudson River Park / 7PM, FREE
This annual festival of free, sunset-backed shows at Pier 63, presented by Hudson River Park and the Joyce Theatre, has a particularly strong lineup this year. Along with the peerless tap dancer Dormeshia, there’s Taylor 2, chilling out with the lyrical classic “Aureole”; Doug Elkins, tossing everything into “O, Round Desire”; Ballet Hispánico, with the stylish “Sombrerísimo”; and Camille A. Brown & Dancers, in her New Orleans-inspired “New Second Line.” (Brian Seibert, NewYorker)

The Losers Lounge: Tribute to ABBA (June 6-8)
Joe’s Pub / 7PM, +9:30PM, $35
“Joe McGinty has led The Loser’s Lounge since the ’90s, paying tribute to a different artist every month with a cavalcade of guest vocalists. This weekend should be an especially good time as they’ll be singing the songs of ABBA.” (BrooklynVegan)

at Zankel Hall / 7:30 p.m.; $45+
“The first of three Bach Festival performances from period specialist Bernard Labadie and this ensemble includes the jubilant cantata for soprano, “Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen!,” as well as “Tilge, Höchster, meine Sünden,” Bach’s arrangement of Pergolesi’s “Stabat Mater.” Lydia Teuscher is the soprano, joined by the countertenor Benno Schachtner.” (NYT-David Allen)

Ravi Coltrane (June 4-8)
Birdland, 315 W. 44th St./ 8:30PM, + 11PM; $30+
“It took time and persistence, but Ravi Coltrane has thrown off the yoke of his familial legacy—he’s the son of John and Alice Coltrane—and emerged as an imaginative saxophonist, composer, and bandleader in his own right. Coltrane hasn’t released a new solo recording in a few years, but his impressive showing on the stirring 2016 release “In Movement,” with Jack DeJohnette and Matthew Garrison, still registers seismic activity. His own quartet features the venturing pianist David Virelles.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)

American Ballet Theatre (through July 6)
Metropolitan Opera House / 7:30PM, $22+
“Plan accordingly: The final performances of Twyla Tharp’s stellar triple bill consisting of the gems “Deuce Coupe,” “The Brahms-Haydn Variations” and “In the Upper Room” take place Friday, Saturday and Monday. Ballet Theater shifts its mood starting on Tuesday with the company premiere of Cathy Marston’s “Jane Eyre,” based on the Charlotte Brontë novel and featuring Devon Teuscher and James Whiteside as the leads on opening night. Marston, who choreographed the work for Northern Ballet in 2016, prides herself on bringing new perspectives to old narratives. As for the other principals who will take a stab at Jane? Isabella Boylston and Misty Copeland. The ballet continues through June 10.” (Gia Kourlas-NYT)
Tonight: Jane Eyre
Choreography: Cathy Marston


Smart Stuff / Other NYC EventS

at Caveat / 9 p.m.; $10
“The “How I Learned” storytelling showcase has taken place in New York City since 2009, and for this edition, it turns its theme inward, as Blaise Allysen Kearsley asks her guests to tell stories that reflect on adapting to the biggest city in America. Hear and learn from the comedians Rosebud Baker and Nore Davis, NPR’s “Ask Me Another” host Ophira Eisenberg, the writer Mike Albo, and Dodai Stewart, a deputy editor for the Metro desk at The New York Times.” (Sean L. McCarthy-NYT)

Continuing Events

“Masters of the Fantastic” (thru June 8)
Society of Illustrators, 128 E63rd St. / 10AM-5PM, $15
“The Society of Illustrators celebrates the original artwork that of our most celebrated fictional worlds. Trip out as you look back on book covers, movie posters, fable illustrations, and concept designs that have expanded the possibilities of fantasy and sci-fi storytelling.” (TONY)
Subway: F to Lexington Ave–63rd St; N, Q, R to Lexington Ave–59th St; 4, 5, 6 to 59th St

OutdoorFest 2019 (thru June 9)
Various locations and prices
“OutdoorFest, a ten-day lineup of activities, classes and volunteering opportunities, aims to get New York apartment dwellers to engage with the natural environment around the five boroughs and beyond. Look up the full schedule and save your spot for canoeing, camping, bouldering, stand-up paddleboarding, hiking, running, surfing and more.” (TONY)

Chelsea Music Festival (June 6-15)
Various locations and prices
“The ten day Chelsea Music Festival commemorates its tenth season with the theme “200° Due Clara” inspired by the 200th anniversary of the birth of celebrated Romantic composer Clara Schumann. In addition to classical, jazz, and contemporary music, expect sound sculptures from from artist Julianne Swartz (June 13), food from renowned culinary artists, walking tours, family events and more.” (TONY)

Underground Railroad Game (thru June 15)
A comedy, actually.
“Created by Jennifer Kidwell and Scott R. Sheppard with the Philly-based company Lightning Rod Special, the incendiary Underground Railroad Game returns to New York for 18 performances. Welcome to Hanover Middle School, where a pair of teachers tackle American history, race, sex, and power in a ferocious, sensational, very R-rated lesson.” (S.H.- NY Magazine)
Ars Nova at Greenwich House, 27 Barrow Street, May 30 to June 15.



6/6-7 Local Natives w/ Middle Kids, Brooklyn Steel
6/8 The Mavericks, Beacon Theatre
6/8 Parquet Courts, Summerstage
6/8 Ibeyi, BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival
6/9-10 Beach House, Brooklyn Steel
6/11 Justin Townes Earle, City Winery
6/12 The National with Courtney Barnett, Celebrate Brooklyn – live broadcast on 90.7 FM
6/12 Happy Together Tour w/ The Turtles & more, St. George Theater

♦ 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.”


Bonus#2 – 13 Plays and Musicals to Go to in N.Y.C. This Weekend New York Times (05/30/19)

NYT Theater Reviews – Our theater critics on the plays and musicals currently open in New York City.


NYCity Vacation Travel Guide Video (Expedia):



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