NYC Events,”Only the Best” (07/06) + Today’s Featured Pub (Times Square / Theater District)

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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:

KCON 2019 (July 6-7)
Bring your appetite to the K-Food Fair at KCON
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, 655 W. 34th St. / 10AM-6PM,
Two-day tickets start at $30.99
“KCON 2019 bills itself as the “world’s largest Korean Pop Music and Culture Convention,” and among the featured events is the K-Food Fair, focused on Korean cuisine. Aside from sampling foods such as chicken roulade with ginseng puree and aged kimchi relish, pictured, attendees can visit a mock Korean village that offers a deeper look at dishes and snacks from the Land of the Morning Calm.” (amNY)

Special Notice:
Only two days left to see “The Ferryman” on Broadway. This TONY award winner is one of the great plays of the last decade. If you have not seen it, please just drop everything, find your way to the Bernard Jacobs theater, and enjoy a classic Broadway experience.

Time Out New York Theater critic Adam Feldman’s review is here.


7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Dr. Lonnie Smith
>> Charles Turner & Uptown Swing

>> American Ballet Theatre
>> First Saturday at the Brooklyn Museum

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


Music, Dance, Performing Art

Dr. Lonnie Smith (July 2-7)
Jazz Standard, 116 E. 27th St./ 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $35
“Don’t question Dr. Lonnie Smith’s trademark turban or ask him to produce a diploma—just trust in this eminently funky organist’s ability to swing a room into submission. Splitting this residency between a lithe trio (featuring a dexterous foil in Jonathan Kreisberg, on guitar) and a horn-heavy octet (which, for one night, welcomes the saxophone star Chris Potter), the good doctor offers up a wily blend of invention and sass, much as he has since the sixties.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)

Charles Turner & Uptown Swing
Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center / 6PM, $22
Dance floor opens at 6:00 pm
Dance lesson at 6:30 pm
Live music at 7:30 pm
Style: Swing, Jazz, Blues
Dance Instructors: LaTasha Barnes and Joshua Mclean teach Lindy Hop
DJ: Odysseus Bailer

“Young jazz vocalist and bandleader Charles Turner III—winner of the first-annual Duke Ellington Center for the Arts vocal competition, among other accolades—has quickly made his mark in the New York City jazz scene, playing regularly at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s late-night dance sessions, Ginny’s Supper Club, Smoke, and more. Turner slides effortlessly from crooning jazz melodies to hard swinging standards to down-and-out blues, all backed by a flawless five-piece rhythm and horn section. There’s no time like the present to hear from the new generation of swing ambassadors.”

at Birdland / 8:30 and 11 p.m.; $30-$40
“Swift is a 25-year-old vocalist of nimble grace and forceful disclosure, as if Annie Ross had gotten more of Sarah Vaughan’s influence. She will perform here with backing from Cohen, a prodigious young straight-ahead pianist, and his trio. (His group will start things off on Thursday and Saturday with a set of its own at 5:30 p.m.)” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

at Smoke / 7, 9 and 10:30 p.m.; $40
“Harper plays the tenor saxophone in spirally, darting movements, with a pearly-hot intensity and steady focus. A luminary figure in post-bop, he emerged in the 1960s and ’70s playing music that leapt from the core of the jazz tradition — with titles like “Black Saint” and “Knowledge of Self” — and bespoke a mind-set of restive, contemporary vision. At Smoke, he appears with Freddie Hendrix on trumpet, Francesca Tanksley on piano (on Thursday, George Cables will be behind the keys), Hwansu Kang on bass and Aaron Scott on drums.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

at the Joyce Theater / 8PM, $45+
“The tap master returns to the Joyce with a new evening-length work inspired by an imaginary conversation between himself and Gregg Burge, a tap dancer and choreographer who died in 1998. In “Lady5 @ Savion Glover’s BaRoQUe’BLaK TaP CaFe,” Glover explores ideas around identity and the development of thought. The first half, to classical music, has a baroque theme, while the second takes a contemporary turn. As Glover states in press materials, it shows “the transition to becoming more ourselves and really getting into the tap.” (NYT-Gia Kourlas)

American Ballet Theatre (LAST DAY)
Metropolitan Opera House / 2PM, +8PM, $25+
“In the hundred and twenty-nine years since its première, “The Sleeping Beauty”—Marius Petipa’s first collaboration with Tchaikovsky—has undergone countless revivals. Each time, a new director has put his or her stamp on the work, adding, subtracting, changing details. Enter the choreographer Alexei Ratmansky, who mounted this revival on A.B.T. in 2015. In preparation, he went back to a trove of archival sources: notations from Petipa’s time, kept at Harvard; photos and drawings of the original production and a subsequent Ballets Russes revival; firsthand accounts. His staging is like a critical edition in music—in other words, an attempt to get as close to the original text as possible. In the process, a wealth of detail—musical, theatrical, stylistic—has been revealed.” (Marina Harss, NewYorker)


Smart Stuff / Other NYC EventS

Elsewhere, but this is always worth the detour:

First Saturday at the Brooklyn Museum
Brooklyn Museum / 5-10PM, $16
“Spend a Saturday at the Brooklyn Museum with free art and entertainment programs, including tours, live music from Egyptian cinema, Tunde Olaniran and Cumbia River Band (pictured), a talk with author Adreinne Waheed and photographer Zun-Lee, a wearable art workshop, poetry readings and much more.” (amNY)

“Poetry, live music, and a screening of a Garry Winogrand documentary (his rarely seen color work is on display now) highlight this month’s Target First Saturday at the Brooklyn Museum.”

Continuing Events

‘Midsummer Night Swing’ (July 2-6, 9-13)
Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center
“Each summer, some of the dance at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts takes place outside, in Damrosch Park, where a variety of bands and orchestras will serve up R&B, swing, disco and other styles. Guests can dance the night away — and for those who could use a hand learning steps, group lessons are offered. ($18-$22; 6 p.m.; Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center, 60 Lincoln Center Plaza, Manhattan;” (amNY)



7/4-7 Dirty Dozen Brass Band, The Blue Note
7/6 Charles Turner and the Uptown Swing, Damrosch Park Lincoln Center
7/7 The Lone Bellow, City Winery
7/9 Citizen Cope, Brooklyn Steel
7/9-10 Earth, Wind & Fire, Beacon Theatre
7/9 WFUV’s on Your Radar, Rockwood Music Hall
7/10 Belle & Sebastian, Brooklyn Steel
7/10 Dar Williams, City Winery

♦ 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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