NYC Events,”Only the Best” (11/05) + Today’s Featured Pub (Midtown West)

“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:

MADISON MCFERRIN PRESENTS THE SISSIERETTA SERIES
at the Greene Space / 7 p.m.; $
“An heir to the towering musical legacy of her father, the jazz vocalist Bobby McFerrin, this singer, songwriter and one-woman band is on track to reclaim a cappella music from its current collegiate affiliations. As she prepares to release a new EP, “You + I,” McFerrin is also organizing an encore run of her Sissieretta series, which she began programming earlier this year. Named for Sissieretta Jones, a groundbreaking 19th-century soprano, the series celebrates creative women of color. The first installment hosted at this New York Public Radio incubator will feature the D.J. Luna Rósa and the R&B artist Melissa McMillan.’ (OLIVIA HORN-NYT)

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5 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> La Bohème
>> Ephrat Asherie Dance
>> The Lineup with Susie Mosher
>> Tara O’Grady
>> The Roots of Disagreement

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

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Music, Dance, Performing Art

The Metropolitan Opera
La Bohème (next Nov.9, 8PM)
Metropolitan Opera House / 7:30PM, $53+
“Three casts of captivating artists bring Puccini’s classic tragedy of bohemian friends and lovers to life in Franco Zeffirelli’s immortal staging. Tenors Matthew Polenzani, Roberto Alagna, and Joseph Calleja trade off as the exuberant Rodolfo, alongside sopranos Ailyn Pérez, Hei-Kyung Hong, and Maria Agresta as the fragile Mimì. Marco Armiliato and Emmanuel Villaume share conducting duties.”

Ephrat Asherie Dance (Nov. 5-7)
Joyce Theatre,175 Eighth Ave./ 7:30PM, $40+
“As a b-girl, Ephrat Asherie honed her craft in underground clubs, where she earned the sobriquet Bounce, and her works for the stage retain the loose, playful, accepting vibe of club-dance utopia. The most unorthodox aspect of her piece “Odeon” is the music, which is by the fin-de-siècle Brazilian composer Ernesto Nazareth (arranged by Asherie’s brother, the jazz pianist Ehud Asherie, and played live). Nazareth’s was a hybrid style, playing on the border between classical and popular, and Asherie meets it with her own hybrid style, mixing in breaking, house, vogue, and West African elements. The parallel makes sense, and the match of moves and music is incongruous enough to feel fresh.” (Brian Seibert, NewYorker)

The Lineup with Susie Mosher
Birdland / 9:30PM, $25
“Mosher is one of those talents you need to see to believe: warm, funny, biting, ferociously committed. In her weekly series at the downstairs Birdland Theater, she invites a gaggle of performers from Broadway and beyond to show their talents. Guests at the November 5 edition include Dan Finnerty, Charles Turner, Gene Reed, Andrew Gerle, Alena Watters, Amy Friedl Stoner, Jonathan Russell, Laura Pavles, Kenny Holcomb, John Miller and musical director Brad Simmons.” (TONY)

PLUS one of my favorite Jazz performers:

Tara O’Grady
Winnie’s Jazz Bar, Refinery Hotel, 63 W38th St./ 8-11PM, no cover
An eclectic Jazz singer in a small intimate lounge. She covers Billie Holiday, and Etta James, then Jazzes up a traditional Irish ballad like “Danny Boy.” Her original songs show the heart of an accomplished, published author. She takes all kinds of requests – makes for a fun evening.
Her two accompanists are also superb,
with a guitar player who makes you remember B.B. King.

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Smart Stuff / Other NYC EventS

The Roots of Disagreement
Subject, 188 Suffolk St./ 7:30PM, $15
“Celebrate Election Day with a look at reasonable minds disagreeing. NYU professor Dr. Pascal Wallisch, an expert in cognitive and computational neuroscience, delves into illusions of perception. He’ll explain why people experience the “objective” world in diverse ways and how disagreements can be resolved.”


Continuing Events

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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 / Midtown West

Russian Vodka Room / 265 W 52nd St (btw 7th/8th ave)

Sure, you could travel to Minsk or even Brighton Beach, for an authentic Russian experience, but why bother. On those days when you feel you must wash down your dish of kasha with a few glasses of icy, cold vodka, the Russian Vodka Room will definitely satisfy your urge.

From the outside this place looks a bit drab, and with no windows, a bit mysterious. Midtown tourists walk right by on their way to see “Jersey Boys,” just down the block.
(Alas, no more. After 10 years, “Jersey Boys” finally closed, now it’s “Mean Girls.”)

lThose in the know enter a secret hideaway, a dimly lit front room with soft jazz playing – a perfect spot for an illicit late-night rendezvous, or maybe a meet-up with your Russian spy handler, but that’s later in the evening. Early in the evening the large U-shaped bar fills with the after work happy hour crowd, a group made very happy by the much reduced prices.

Their website says: “Welcome Comrades”. Of course, this welcome focuses on dozens of different vodkas, including their own special infusions, which marinate in giant, clear glass jugs visible around the room. The large vodka martinis ensure that you won’t confuse this place with your mother’s Russian Tea Room.

But man does not live by vodka alone. Eat some food, especially the tapa like appetizers. Be decadent and try the cheese blintzes with chocolate, or try a main dish like beef stroganoff with kasha.

Your best bet is to go on a night when the piano man is playing. This guy, who looks like he has eaten a lot of those cheese blintzes, plays five nights a week from 7 to 12 (no Mondays and Thursdays). When the piano man is playing American pop tunes, and you are at the crowded, dimly lit bar testing the horseradish infused vodka, that’s when the RVR shines.

It’s the kind of place where the noise gets louder and the crowd gets happier as the happy hour goes on. I’m generally a beer guy, but I like to come here with a group of friends. We find a table in the back room near the piano man; we eat, and we drink vodka ‘till it hurts (and it will hurt).
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Website: http://www.russianvodkaroom.com/
Phone #: 212-307-5835
Hours: 4pm-2am; Fri-Sun closes 4am (that could be trouble)
Happy Hour: 4-7pm every day
$4 shots infused vodka (2oz), $5 cosmos; $4 czech draft beer
Music: FR-SU; TU-WE / 7pm-12am
Subway: #1 to 50th St.
Walk 2 blk N. on B’way to 52nd St.; 1 blk W. to RVR
Confusingly, the Russian Samovar is right across the street, on the S. side of 52nd St.
The RVR, your destination, is on the N. side of 52nd St.
Update: music now includes a younger, trimmer piano man. “Tiny” we miss you.

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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 W 54th St.

The Green Room 42 – 570 Tenth Ave.

Don’t Tell Mama – 343 W 46th St.

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

Laurie Beechman Theatre – 407 W 42nd St.

Marie’s Crisis – 59 Grove St.

The Rum House, in the Hotel Edison – 228 W. 47th St.

The Duplex – 61 Christopher 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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