NYC Events,”Only the Best” (11/17) + 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:

The Metropolitan Opera
La Bohème (next Nov.21, 7:30PM)
Metropolitan Opera House / 3PM, $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.”

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6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> AUDIOFEMME RELAUNCH PARTY
>> Paul Taylor American Modern Dance
>> Vinicius Cantuaria Sings Jobim & Joao
>> When You Kant Figure It Out, Ask a Philosopher!
>> Salon du Chocolat
>> Sumo & Sushi
You may want to look at previous days posts for events that continue through today.

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

AUDIOFEMME RELAUNCH PARTY
at Rosewood Theater / 7:30 p.m.; $25
“Since 2012, the Brooklyn-based blog Audiofemme has been a stronghold for female and nonbinary music writers. To celebrate the website’s upcoming reboot, the platform’s proprietors booked a stacked musical lineup of women operating in various corners of the pop universe. Purple Pilgrims, a sister duo from New Zealand, make folksy dream pop, and Mothica, a Brooklynite, dabbles in gloomy synth pop. Topping the bill is Zola Jesus, the experimental electro-pop project of the onetime opera singer Nika Roza Danilova. In performances, her haunting stage presence is as intense as her music, which, on her most recent album, grapples with topics like suicide and depression.” (NYT-OLIVIA HORN)

Paul Taylor American Modern Dance
NYS Theater @ Lincoln Center / 2PM; $58+
“Paul Taylor American Modern Dance returns to Lincoln Center with 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).”

Vinicius Cantuaria Sings Jobim & Joao (Nov.14-17)
Jazz Standard / 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $30
“Brazilian singer, songwriter and guitarist Vinicius Cantuária, now in the fifth decade of his professional career, is revered for his deeply personal adaptation of the bossa nova, integrating this classically Brazilian form with jazz, avant–garde and pop. This week, Vinicius Cantuária revisits the songs of two Brazilian masters, Jobim and João Gilberto – don’t miss him!

“Vinicius Cantuária is the doyen of Brazilian singer–songwriters – more melodic than Caetano Veloso, more consistent than Gilberto Gil, and with more talent than Max de Castro, Otto and Patricia Marx put together. If more people covered his songs, we’d be talk­ing about him as the new Tom Jobim.” (John L. Walters, The Guardian)

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Smart Stuff / Other NYC EventS

When You Kant Figure It Out, Ask a Philosopher!
Albertine, 972 Fifth Ave. / 3PM, FREE
“Educator Marie Robert presents her new book (When You Kant Figure It Out, Ask a Philosopher), which through a dozen chapters provides timeless guidance for contemporary problems—think Epicurus on disconnecting from social, Nietzsche on fitness, or J.S. Mill on how to handle bad birthday gifts.” (ThoughtGallery)

Salon du Chocolat (Nov.16-17)
Get your fix du chocolat
Javits Center / 10AM-5PM, $25+
“Chocoholics can get their much-needed fix this weekend at the Salon du Chocolat in the Javits Center. There will be demonstrations by world-renowned chocolatiers and pastry chefs, tons of tips about baking for the holiday seasons, a lot of delicious samples, and a dangerously melty chocolate fashion show. Plus, there will be an international chocolate shop where you can find gifts for everyone on your “impossible-to-buy-for” list. (thrillist)

Sumo & Sushi (Nov.15-17)
Playstation Theater / 5-7PM, + 8:30-10:30PM, $54
this may be a tough ticket – try Sunday’s 8:30PM showing
“If you’re of the mindset that a sushi meal can only be enhanced by two tremendous men undertaking an ancient type of wrestling, you’ve found your ultimate chow-down as guests get to watch sumo matches while eating and drinking sake, beer and mixed drinks. The event is hosted by iconic wrestler Konishiki Yasokichi” (Newsday)

WHEN | WHERE 7:30 p.m. Friday and 5 and 8:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, PlayStation Theater, 1515 Broadway, Manhattan
INFO $53.75 wrestling, $139.75 sushi and sumo


Continuing Events

Richard III (Nov.7–23)
Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival
Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College / 7PM, $40+
“Conscience is but a word that cowards use, devised at first to keep the strong in awe.” Shakespeare’s Richard III is a chilling story of power and ambition. His ruthless monarch resonates through the ages in DruidShakespeare: Richard III, a darkly comic production from Ireland’s Druid theater company and Tony Award–winning director Garry Hynes.”

Canstruction New York (Nov.7-21)
Brookfield Place, 230 Vesey St./ 10AM-8PM, FREE
“New York’s top architects, engineers and students have created sculptures out of unopened cans of food, which will be donated later to City Harvest, for Canstruction New York. You’ll see sculptures based on the Women’s FIFA trophy, “The Little Mermaid,” Yankee Stadium and Apollo’s 50th anniversary, among others. Feel free to bring cans of food for donation.” (amNY)

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COMING SOON (WFUV)

11/17 Guitar Mash/Urban Campfire, (le) Poisson Rouge
11/17-18 Sylvan Esso, Beacon Theatre
11/18 Prince “Beautiful Ones” Tribute, Town Hall
11/20 Alice Merton, Music Hall of Williamsburg
11/20 FKA Twigs, Kings 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.

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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 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.

I MEMORIALIZE THESE TWO WONDERFUL CLUBS AS A WARNING.
WE HAVE TO WORK HARDER TO SAVE THESE SPECIAL PLACES.

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