NYC Events,”Only the Best” (06/26) + Today’s Featured Pub (WestVillage)

“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:  “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:

Ann Hampton Callaway: Jazz Goes to the Movies (also June 28,29)
Feinstein’s/54 Below / 7PM, $50-$80
“A swinging fixture of the cabaret world, Ann Hampton Callaway has also branched into jazz and TV theme songs (The Nanny). She has a reassuringly mellow way with the standards, sung in a wry, dark-toned contralto. Her latest set explores intersections of jazz and film, from silver-screen classics like “As Time Goes By” to songs that she herself she has recorded for soundtracks.” (TONY)


7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Regina Spektor
>> Wadada Leo Smith

>> Django Reinhardt Festival
>> American Ballet Theatre
>> The Dictionary as Data: What the Online Dictionary Tells Us About English
>> Lisa Duggan | Mean Girl: Ayn Rand and the Culture of Greed
>> Washington Insiders: Carl Hulse in Conversation with Maureen Dowd on the Supreme Court

More Smart Stuff coming soon.
You may want to look at previous days posts for events that continue through today.


Music, Dance, Performing Art

Regina Spektor
Lunt-Fontanne, 205 W. 46th St. / 8PM, $54+
“The latest badge of prestige for a singer-songwriter is a miniature Broadway residency to call one’s own. Following Morrissey’s run, last month, Regina Spektor sets up her band at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. The pianist, who grew up in the Soviet Union and the Bronx, seems a natural fit for such gilded confines: even when she was playing modest clubs, in the early two-thousands, her songs, with their small moments of big drama, conveyed a faded grandeur that seemed beamed in from a bygone Manhattan.” (Jay Ruttenberg, NewYorker)

Wadada Leo Smith (June 25-29)
The Stone at the New School, 55 W. 13th St./ 8:30PM, $20
“Best known as a magisterial improvising trumpeter, Wadada Leo Smith has, in recent years, begun to receive his due as a composer of substantial large-scale works, including “Rosa Parks: Pure Love,” the ambitious, moving oratorio he brought to the Kitchen in April. His five-night Stone residency includes chamber music, intimate tributes to Thelonious Monk and Ed Blackwell, and a cosmos-storming electric band anchored by the bassists Melvin Gibbs and Bill Laswell.” (Steve Smith, NewYorker)

Django Reinhardt Festival (June 25-29)
Birdland, 315 W. 44th St./ 8:30PM, $40-$50
“Django Reinhardt, the original guitar hero, was a Belgian-born Romany who, despite a seriously damaged fretting hand, set a template for virtuosic jazz guitar that still casts an expansive shadow over the European musical community. This annual lovefest features the French guitarist Samson Schmitt and includes such improvisers as the saxophonist Grace Kelly and the trombonist Chris Washburne.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)

American Ballet Theatre (through July 6)
Metropolitan Opera House / 7:30PM, $25+
“Beginning on Monday, Ballet Theater embarks on its annual pilgrimage to the lake — “Swan Lake” — for which the company’s top ballerinas offer individual interpretations of the double role of Odette/Odile. Some excel at evoking the poignant longing of the former, while others take great pleasure in depicting the devilishness of the latter. Year after year, it’s a joy to see fine artists grow and experiment in these roles.” (NYT-Brian Schaefer)


Smart Stuff / Other NYC EventS

The Dictionary as Data: What the Online Dictionary Tells Us About English
New York Public Library—Grand Central Library, 135 E. 46th St./ 6PM, FREE
“In 2018, Merriam-Webster selected “justice” as its word of the year. Peter Sokolowski, Editor at Large at Merriam-Webster, talks about the “dictionary as data“: what language can teach us about popular culture.” (ThoughtGallery)

Lisa Duggan | Mean Girl: Ayn Rand and the Culture of Greed
The Strand, 828 Broadway / 7:30PM, $15
“How much of this nation’s current thrall to selfishness can be traced back to Alisa Zinovyevna Rosenbaum? A new book from historian, journalist, activist, and NYU professor Lisa Duggan, Mean Girl: Ayn Rand and the Culture of Greed, explores Rand’s adventures, from the Russian Revolution to Cold War America.” (ThoughtGallery)

Washington Insiders: Carl Hulse in Conversation with Maureen Dowd on the Supreme Court
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave./ 7PM, $40
“Carl Hulse, whose new book is Confirmation Bias: Inside Washington’s War Over the Supreme Court, knows more about the machinations of Washington than virtually anyone. The veteran New York Times Chief Washington Correspondent argues that the pitched political fight surrounding Justice Kavanaugh’s confirmation was unprecedented. He’s joined by Pullitzer Prize-winning columnist Maureen Dowd to go behind the news reports and share the full story of how the Supreme Court has now been transformed into another branch of the federal government—riven by partisanship—and the implications for the future of our very democracy.”

Continuing Events

RIVER TO RIVER FESTIVAL at various locations (through June 29).

“Hurricane Sandy hit South Street Seaport hard in 2012. Now that event is part subject and that site is part performance space for Jennifer Monson’s new work, “Ditch,” which also explores gentrification and income inequality. One performance takes place at sunrise on Sunday at Pier 35 on the East River Esplanade; two more occur at the South Street Seaport Museum on Wednesday and June 28 at 7 p.m. Also this week, the witty, rigorous Sarah Michelson presents the New York premiere of “june2019:/\” for three performances on Monday and two on Wednesday, the location of which will be divulged only to those who R.S.V.P.” (NYT-Brian Schaeffer)



6/26 Canada Day w/ Alvvays & Foxwarren, SummmerStage Central Park

♦ 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  – NYC 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.


Bonus#2 – 9 Plays and Musicals to Go to in N.Y.C. This Weekend New York Times (06/20/19)

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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