NYC Events,”Only the Best” (11/21) + 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:

Trisha Yearwood “Every Girl”
Town Hall / 8PM, $45+
“Following three decades in the spotlight, numerous GRAMMY®, CMA®, and ACM® Awards to her name, countless multiplatinum certifications, and millions of fans entertained, the same passion still motivates and moves Trisha Yearwood. The singer, actress, author, chef, personality, and entrepreneur derives deep fulfillment from simply walking up to a microphone and pouring her heart out by way of a celebrated powerhouse voice.”

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7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> NY Philharmonic Open Rehearsal
>> Daryl Sherman
>> The Mighty Sparrow
>> FKA Twigs
>> Stanley Clarke Band
>> Brian Stokes Mitchell: Plays with Music—Holiday
>> SOLEDAD BARRIO & NOCHE FLAMENCA

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

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

NY Philharmonic Open Rehearsal
David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center / 9:45AM, $22
An Open Rehearsal is a fascinating opportunity to watch the New York Philharmonic at work, and see how a piece of music is shaped and polished by the conductor and the musicians. All Open Rehearsals are “working” rehearsals and therefore the program may not be played in its entirety.

Today:
Borodin Symphony No. 2
Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No. 1
Dvořák Symphony No. 6

Open Rehearsals begin at 9:45 AM (except where noted) in David Geffen Hall, and end at approximately 12:30 PM (sometimes extending to 1 PM, at the discretion of the conductor).

Daryl Sherman
Birdland Theatre, 315 W. 44th St./ 7PM, $20-$30
“Daryl Sherman, with her low-key charm and chirping voice, might not be the first singer you would think of to honor Louis Armstrong, the gregarious gravel-toned father of modern American vocalizing. But Sherman’s wit, taste, and dedication to choice repertoire—not to mention her just-right piano accompaniment—give her an unimpeachable edge.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)

The Mighty Sparrow
Rubenstein Atrium @ Lincoln Center / 7;30PM, FREE, but is there early for a seat.
“The Mighty Sparrow, known as the Calypso King of the World, is a vocalist, songwriter, and guitarist, and a veritable living legend. A prolific songwriter, he has written over 600 songs and recorded over 60 albums and has been recognized by such songwriters as Bob Dylan and Van Dyke Parks for his genius as a wordsmith. With a legacy that spans recorded history from 78s to digital downloads, his importance to the second half of twentieth-century music stands alongside Bob Marley, Brian Wilson, James Brown, and Frank Sinatra. Since his early hits “Jean and Dinah” (1956) and “Carnival Boycott” (1957), the Grenada-born singer has balanced romance and politics, carrying the torch for Trinidadian Calypso for over six decades. For this very special evening at the Atrium, The Mighty Sparrow will play an intimate acoustic set that explores his artistry and personal history.”

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:

FKA Twigs
Kings Theatre, 1027 Flatbush Ave., / 8PM, $55
“It had been three years since the English artist FKA twigs last released music when, in April, she dropped the crushingly beautiful video for her single “cellophane.” In it, she steps onto a celestial stage and proceeds to pole dance toward the heavens, her muscles glistening as aching chords spill out of a piano. The performance is gorgeous, entrancing, and frighteningly exposed—a preview of the surreal live shows she’s planned in support of her exquisite new album, “MAGDALENE.” (Julyssa Lopez, NewYorker)

Stanley Clarke Band (Nov.19-23)
Blue Note / 8PM, +10:30PM, $30-$45
“What hasn’t Clarke played over the course of his four-decade career? He’s proficient in mainstream jazz, of course, but he has also taken on chamber-scaled projects of genuine delicacy and electric fusion of arena-rock proportions. He turns up here with a combo that includes young drumming prodigy Mike Mitchell, whose furious chops never fail to inspire awe.” (TONY)

Brian Stokes Mitchell: Plays with Music—Holiday (Nov.12-23)
Feinstein’s/54 Below / 7PM, $105
“The baritone star of such shows as Ragtime and Man of La Mancha, Mitchell is one of Broadway’s most accomplished leading men and has proved to be a suave and affable concert performer as well. His solo Feinstein’s/54 Below show is a mix of holiday favorites and theater and jazz standards from his latest album, Plays with Music.” (TONY)

SOLEDAD BARRIO & NOCHE FLAMENCA
at the Joyce Theater / 7:30 p.m.; $45+
“The fleet footwork of flamenco can be mightily impressive, but this company doesn’t aim to merely wow. In recent years, Noche Flamenca and Barrio, its incandescent headliner, have moved away from spectacle seeking authentic communal encounters. A new iteration of its production “Entre Tú y Yo” (“Between You and Me”) comprises three works: a revised version of “La Ronde,” which explores facets of the duet form; “Refugiados,” created 15 years ago from poems by refugee children; and “Soleá,” a semi-improvised solo by Barrio that impresses not only for its virtuosity, but for the thrilling internal drama she shares.” (NYT)

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Smart Stuff / Other NYC EventS

MORE SMART STUFF COMING SOON.


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 (LAST DAY)
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)

11/21 FKA Twigs, Kings Theatre
11/21-23 Angel Olsen, Brooklyn Steel
11/21-23, 25-26 Hozier, Hammerstein Ballroom
11/22-24 The “Vibe Of The Village” Festival, Museum of the City of New York
11/23-24, 26-27 Bob Dylan, Beacon Theatre
11/23 Live From Here with Chris Thile, Paul Simon, Anais Mitchell and more, Town Hall
11/24 Matt & Kim, Terminal 5
11/25 Matt & Kim, Brooklyn Steel
11/26 Son Little, Bowery Ballroom
11/26 Marcia Griffiths, Sony Hall
11/27 Vintage Trouble, Rough Trade NYC

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 / 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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