NYC Events,”Only the Best” (07/26) + 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:  “July 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.”

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

AMNH Presents: Excerpts from Moby-Dick, In Concert Under the Whale (July 26-27)
American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th St./ 8:30PM, $120
“The American Museum of Natural History in association with the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University presents a live musical theater event: staged excerpts from Moby-Dick, a musical adaptation of Herman Melville’s 1851 classic novel. Reimagined for a contemporary audience by Tony-nominated composer Dave Malloy (Octet; Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812) and 2019 Tony-Winning director Rachel Chavkin (Hadestown; Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812), Moby-Dick will be presented as an immersive performance under the whale in the Museum’s Milstein Hall of Ocean Life. Featuring a cast of 11 and a live seven-piece orchestra performing a score that draws on a myriad of musical genres, Moby-Dick plays at the Museum for two nights only.”

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7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Endea Owens and The Cookout
>> George Coleman Quintet
>> ‘THE BLACK CLOWN’
>> Sherie Rene Scott and Norbert Leo Butz
>> Meshell Ndegeocello

>> ADAM RUDOLPH
>> John Pizzarelli

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

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Music, Dance, Performing Art

Endea Owens and The Cookout (July 26-27)
Attend an intimate jazz show
Special Club, 43 MacDougal St./ 8PM, +10PM, $20 cover
“Special Club, opened this summer by nightlife expert Ariel Arce, was designed to be reminiscent of the social clubs of New York’s past. With a focus on jazz, blues, and soul music — and a menu that’s conspicuously heavy on champagne — a night at Special Club really does feel like a glamorous step into the past. This weekend, they’re hosting Endea Owens and The Cookout; Owens, a bassist, was named one of Lincoln Center’s Emerging Artists of 2019.” (Thrillist)

George Coleman Quintet (July25-28)
Jazz Standard / 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $35
“Few bands currently active can provide as concentrated a dose of jazz history, spirit, insight and camaraderie as a group led by tenor saxophonist George Coleman.” (TONY)

‘THE BLACK CLOWN’ (July 24-27)
at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater / 7:30 p.m.; $
“Langston Hughes’s 1931 poem is brought to musical life in this setting by the baritone Davóne Tines and the composer Michael Schachter, combining opera and jazz, spiritual and vaudeville. Directed by Zack Winokur, the piece features choreography by Chanel DaSilva and music supervision by Jaret Landon.” (NYT-David Allen)

Sherie Rene Scott and Norbert Leo Butz (thru July 28)
Feinstein’s/54 Below / 7PM, $70+
“The stars of the original Off Broadway production of The Last Five Years, having gone on to major Broadway careers, reunite for a nightclub set. Scott is a blond bombshell with a paradoxical flair for understatement, a reticent power that reached its apex in her 2010 Broadway showcase, Everyday Rapture; Butz has an unlikely but winning combination of everyday guyness and star magnetism. In addition to The Last Five Years, the two have also shared the stage in Rent and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and both are highly accomplished nightclub performers, so this should be a doozy. Todd Almond is the musical director.” (TONY)

Meshell Ndegeocello (July25-28)
Blue Note / 8PM, 10:30PM, $30-$45
“Singer, songwriter and bassist Ndegeocello is endowed with an undeniable charm that enables her to sing about almost any topic—including such heavy subject matter as politics and race—and make it sound as intimate as pillow talk.” (TONY)

ADAM RUDOLPH (July 23-27)
at the Stone / 8:30 p.m.; $20
“Rudolph is a master convener, as well as a talented percussionist. His five-day residency at the Stone will welcome a big family of collaborators. It will begin with a duet performance mixing Rudolph’s hand drumming with James Dellatacoma’s electronic processing. On Wednesday and Thursday he will present an octet performing his “Sonic Mandala,” in which Rudolph and his counterparts feed into a circular exchange of sound. On July 26 and 27, he and the masterful drummer and multi-instrumentalist Tyshawn Sorey will play a series of duets.” (NYT-Giovanni Russonello)

John Pizzarelli  (July 23-27)
Birdland, 315 W. 44th St./ 8:30PM, +11PM, $40-$50
“John Pizzarelli, a gifted guitarist and a genial singer with an encyclopedic repertoire, could easily present a rewarding evening of musical charm all by himself, but when he’s determined to kick up some serious dust he calls upon his Swing 7, a horn-laden mini big band that fully indulges his passion for unadorned mainstream jazz. Fortified by the razor-sharp outfit behind him, this monarch of contemporary cabaret replaces Sondheim with Ellington to satisfying effect.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)

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Smart Stuff / Other NYC EventS

More smart stuff coming soon.


Continuing Events

“Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival will run from July 10 through August 10, 2019. Harnessing Mozart’s innovative spirit as its inspiration, this edition will feature groundbreaking, multidisciplinary, international productions and acclaimed artists from a variety of genres, introducing the audience to emerging creative voices, commissions and premieres.  The program will include performances from Mark Morris Dance Company, a panel discussion on Mozart’s Magic Flute, a screening of the film The Great Buster: A Celebration, and much more. For a full festival lineup, visit the Mostly Mozart Festival event page.” (nyc-arts.org)

NYC Restaurant Week 2019: Start making your reservations.

“The more than three-week-long promotion featuring two-course lunches ($26) and three-course dinners ($42) at some of the city’s best restaurants is back for its summer edition starting July 22. This time around, the celebration features prix-fixe meals at more than 380 eateries, with deals through Aug. 16.

You can find links to menus and the restaurants involved here, but check out our picks for some of the most enticing deals below.” (amNY)

JAPAN CUTS: Festival of New Japanese Film
Japan Society, 333 East 47th St./ various times, $15 individual films
“From July 19 – 28, the Japan Society will present JAPAN CUTS: Festival of New Japanese Film. Premiering 26 features and 16 short films, the festival offers a deep dive into one of the world’s most vital film cultures with a diverse selection across its Feature Slate, Classics: Rediscoveries and Restorations, Documentary Focus, Experimental Spotlight and Shorts Showcase sections. This year’s lineup features 19 first-time filmmakers and 14 female directors (the most in the festival’s history), including 10 International Premieres, 16 North American Premieres, 4 U.S. Premieres, 4 East Coast Premieres and 6 New York Premieres. In addition, over 20 guest filmmakers and talent from Japan will join the festival to participate in post-screening Q&As and parties.”
(NYC-ARTS.ORG)

GregD: This is the Best of Contemporary Japanese Cinema – some films already sold out.

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COMING SOON (WFUV)

7/26 Jeff Tweedy, Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center Out Of Doors
7/26 Sebadoh, Bowery Ballroom
7/27 “Look At My Soul” w/Lee Fields and Black Pumas, Lincoln Center Out Of Doors
7/28 Sheryl Crow, The Rooftop at Pier 17
7/29 Black Pumas, Mercury Lounge
7/30 The Wallflowers, City Winery
7/31 NPR’s Turning The Table live: The Motherlode, Lincoln Center Out Of Doors
7/31 Joan Osborne and special guests, City Winery

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♦ 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.

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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).
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Website: cornerbistrony.com
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.
Update:
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“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.

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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., villagevanguard.com, 212-255-4037 (1st 8:30)
Blue Note – 131 W3rd St. nr 6th ave. bluenotejazz.com, 212-475-8592 (1st set 8pm)
55 Bar – basement @55 Christopher St. nr 7th ave.S. 55bar.com, 212-929-9883 (1st 7pm)
Mezzrow – basement @ 163 W10th St. nr 7th Ave. mezzrow.com,646-476-4346 (1st 8)
Smalls – basement @ 183 W10th St. smallslive.com, 646-476-4346 (1st set 7:30pm)
The Stone at The New School – 55 w13 St. (btw 6/5 ave) – thestonenyc.com (8:30PM)

Outside Greenwich Village:
Dizzy’s Club – Broadway @ 60th St. — jazz.org/dizzys / 212-258-9595 (1st set 7:30pm)
Birdland – 315 W44th St.(btw 8/9ave) — birdlandjazz.com / 212-581-3080 (1st 8:30pm)
Smoke Jazz Club – 2751 Broadway nr.106th St. — smokejazz.com/ 212-864-6662 (7pm)
Jazz Standard – 116 E27 St. (btw Park/Lex) – jazzstandard.com – (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. — caffevivaldi.com / 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. corneliastreetcafe.com, 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.

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