NYC Events,”Only the Best” (11/03) + Today’s Featured Pub (Times Square / Theater District)

“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:  “November 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:

New York City Marathon
Cheer for the city’s runners
“It’s the first Sunday in November, and that means the 50,000 runners in the New York City Marathon are about to run, sweat, and puke through our streets. They’ve been training for months — bleeding through socks and sucking down watermelon-flavored goos — in order to face those 26.2 miles. If you’re feeling a little less…motivated, chances are high that the course will come pretty close to your apartment. Make a sign, bring a folding chair and a thermos of spiked coffee, and cheer them on.” (Thrillist)

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5 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> MIGHTY MOUNTAINS – GORANA 3rd INT’L FOLK DANCE FESTIVAL
>> BRAXTON COOK
>> New Masada Quartet
>> Paul Taylor American Modern Dance
>> Israel and the Middle East

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

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Music, Dance, Performing Art

MIGHTY MOUNTAINS – GORANA 3rd INT’L FOLK DANCE FESTIVAL
See folk dancing from Bulgaria and Georgia
Riverside Theater, 91 Claremont Ave., / 3 p.m.; $27
“The Third International Gorana Folk Dance Festival showcases unique Bulgarian and Georgian folk dance by Gorana Dance and Dancing Crane Georgian Theater. The two companies come together to dance “Colors of Love” by Thomas Bergersen, courtesy of Extreme Music.” (amNY)

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:

BRAXTON COOK
at Rough Trade / 8 p.m.; $15
“After a few years in the trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah’s band, Cook is starting to make his name as a bandleader. A Juilliard grad, he has unimpeachable bebop chops on the alto saxophone — but he embeds them in a personal brand of refined neo-soul (he refers to his sound as “future jazz soul”). Cook’s svelte singing voice gives him another key tool, making him the rare virtuoso instrumentalist who doesn’t need to rely on a guest singer to win a crossover audience. At this show, Cook will draw from his latest album, “No Doubt,” with Andrew Renfroe on guitar, Julius Rodriguez on keyboards, Henoc Montes on bass and Curtis Nowosad on drums.” (GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO-NYT)

New Masada Quartet (Oct. 29-Nov. 3)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave. S./ 8:30PM, +10:30PM, $35
“John Zorn’s long-running Masada project is a Hydra-headed endeavor that allows the composer and saxophonist to adapt his voluminous musical output for multiple ensembles. One such group, his Masada quartet—with Dave Douglas, Greg Cohen, and Joey Baron—was an acclaimed acoustic outfit that wired together Jewish-themed music and free improvisation. This updated version includes the guitarist Julian Lage, the bassist Jorge Roeder, and the drummer Kenny Wollesen.” (Steve Futterman, New Yorker)

Paul Taylor American Modern Dance
NYS Theater, Lincoln Center / 2PM, $58+
“Paul Taylor: Celebrate the Dancemaker, featuring the Paul Taylor Dance Company in a tribute to its founder, who died in 2018.

The engagement marks PTAMD’s first Lincoln Center Season under Artistic Director Michael Novak. Highlights include 19 Taylor masterworks and commissioned works created on PTDC by Mr. Abraham (World Premiere) and Guest Resident Choreographers Ms. Gillis and Ms. Tanowitz (Lincoln Center Premieres).”

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Smart Stuff / Other NYC EventS

Israel and the Middle East
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave./ 5PM, $35
“Political analyst Ralph Buultjens takes a perceptive examination of current developments in the Middle East: Israel after the elections, Iran and nuclear issues, Saudi prospects, wars and jihadism, the Arab states and America.

Will the energy revolution change the power structure of the Middle East? Can princes and radicals coexist or will the Persian Gulf explode? Who will be the key power brokers in the region? Can peace ever come, or will tension and conflict be a permanent feature?” (ThoughtGallery)


Continuing Events

Coming Soon.

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COMING SOON (WFUV)

11/6 Little Stephen and the Disciples of Soul, Beacon Theatre

Fall Concerts (nycgo.com)

David Byrne’s American Utopia on Broadway
October 4­, 2019–January 19, 2020
Hudson Theatre
The Talking Heads frontman hits Broadway with a show based on his latest album—but you can expect some old favorites as well.

The New Pornographers
November 7
Brooklyn Steel
We love a good Canadian supergroup, of which the New Pornographers are one.

Slayer and Ministry
November 9
Madison Square Garden
It’s a metal show! Slayer is billing this as their last tour, so catch ’em while you’ve got the chance.

Ariana Grande
November 12
Barclays Center
Ariana Grande has a great voice; enjoy it at this show.

The Ergs
November 15
Brooklyn Bazaar
New Jersey pop punks the Ergs—fronted by a singing drummer—play their loud, fast, catchy songs live.

Taking Back Sunday
November 15–16
Terminal 5
These Long Island screamo practitioners are still at it.

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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 2019 – the ninth consecutive year. 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

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.
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Website: are you kidding !
(although there is a facebook page with lots of photos –
facebook.com/jimmyscornernyc)
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

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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: 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 W54th St.

The Green Room 42 – 570 Tenth Ave. (nr 42nd St.)

Don’t Tell Mama – 343 W 46th St.

The Triad – 158 W72nd Street (btw Amsterdam/Columbus Ave.)

Laurie Beechman Theatre – 407 W42nd St.

Marie’s Crisis – 59 Grove St.

The Rum House, in the Hotel Edison – 228 W47th St.

The Duplex – 61 Christopher St.

Cafe Carlyle, in the Carlyle Hotel – 35 E76th 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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Must-see theater coming to New York City stages this fall (amNY)

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

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NYCity Vacation Travel Guide Video (Expedia):

 

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