NYC Events,”Only the Best” (11/27) + Today’s Featured Pub (Upper West Side)

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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.

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

JOHN SCOFIELD AND DAVE HOLLAND (Nov. 26-Dec.1)
at the Blue Note / 8 and 10:30 p.m.; $30-$45
“There’s really no way to “O.K. boomer” these two. Each has a stint with Miles Davis on his résumé, and they’ve both been in the game for decades. But neither Scofield, an acid-toned guitarist, nor Holland, a brilliantly versatile bassist, has ever planted his feet in a set approach. And both continue to work in conversation with younger musicians — even as they carry the flag for the jazz-rock fusion movement, in which they played an essential role. Here they will perform in an intimate duet.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

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6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> NY Philharmonic Open Rehearsal
>> Jason Moran & the Bandwagon
>> Broadway the Calla-way 
>> Bob Dylan
>> SOLEDAD BARRIO & NOCHE FLAMENCA
>> Judy Collins ‘Winter Stories’

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 (next Thu. Dec.5)
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: Daniil Trifonov Performs Scriabin
Our Artist-in-Residence and Grammy Award-winner Daniil Trifonov (lauded by The New York Times for his “incandescence”) plays Scriabin’s jewel of a Piano Concerto — rhapsodic, poetic, and colorful. Jaap van Zweden then conducts Tchaikovsky’s emotionally charged Fifth, with glorious melodies that never cease to thrill.

Program to Include
Scriabin: Piano Concerto
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5

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).

Jason Moran & the Bandwagon (Nov.26-Dec.1)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave. S. / 8:30PM, +10:30PM, $35
“Since September, the pianist and composer Jason Moran has been applying his conceptual gifts to a mixed-media art exhibition at the Whitney, performing in mock re-creations of iconic jazz venues. For this engagement, at another famed locale a few blocks away, Moran employs his long-standing Bandwagon trio, a daringly inclusive ensemble—with the bassist Tarus Mateen and the drummer Nasheet Waits—that exemplifies the multidirectional, go-for-broke spirit of the most compelling modern jazz.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)

Broadway the Calla-way (Nov.26-30)
Feinstein’s/54 Below (254 W54th St., btw Broadway/Eighth Avenues). / 8PM, $85+
“Starting November 26, the Tony-nominated sisters host their own show at Feinstein’s/54 Below, performing a mixture of Broadway favorites by Sondheim, Bernstein, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Schwartz, and more. For this special Thanksgiving performance, there is a Thanksgiving dinner prix fixe with curated holiday dishes.” (Playbill)

Bob Dylan (thru Dec.6)
Beacon Theatre, 2124 Broadway / 8PM, $99+
“Bob Dylan famously maintains a restless touring schedule that renders him a nomad for much of the year but often returns him to the place of his artistic birth; this year, he settles in for a whopping ten-night stand. Among rock élites, Dylan remains peerless. His concerts are strictly pander-free zones—no cheesy pleas to clap or sing along, no glut of backup musicians, usually no “Like a Rolling Stone.” Rather, Dylan asks audiences to ignore his legend and engage with his firecracker band, its every elegant rumble rooted to the present.” (Jay Ruttenberg, NewYorker)

SOLEDAD BARRIO & NOCHE FLAMENCA
at the Joyce Theater / 7:30 pm.; $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)

Judy Collins ‘Winter Stories’ (Nov.18-27)
Joe’s Pub / 7PM, $40+
“In just a few weeks on November, 29th, singer, songwriter, author, and activist Judy Collins will release her fourth new album in the past four years, Winter Stories, a collection of songs that capture the sounds and feel of the winter season. Just in time for the holiday, Winter Stories features Norwegian folk artist Jonas Fjeld and harmonizing newgrass group Chatham County Line.”
Hear Judy celebrate the release of the album with an eight-night run of shows at Joe’s Pub.

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Smart Stuff / Other NYC EventS

More Smart Stuff coming soon.


Continuing Events

NYC holiday markets – five to explore.  (Newsday)

HOLIDAY SHOPS AT BRYANT PARK

WHEN | WHERE Oct. 31-Jan. 5, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 40th Street and Sixth Avenue
INFO bryantpark.org/eat-drink/holiday-shops

UNION SQUARE HOLIDAY MARKET

WHEN | WHERE Nov. 21-Dec. 24, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday, Union Square Park’s southern side
INFO urbanspacenyc.com

COLUMBUS CIRCLE HOLIDAY MARKET

WHEN | WHERE Dec. 4-24, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday, 59th Street and Central Park West
INFO urbanspacenyc.com

GRAND CENTRAL HOLIDAY FAIR

WHEN | WHERE Nov. 18-Dec. 24, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday (closed Thanksgiving; open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Christmas Eve), Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central Terminal, 89 E. 42nd St.
INFO grandcentralterminal.com

GRAND BAZAAR NYC

WHEN | WHERE Nov. 24 and Dec. 1, 8, 15 and 22, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., 100 W. 77th St.
INFO grandbazaarnyc.org

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Holiday windows in NYC you won’t want to miss

“‘Tis the season! As Thanksgiving draws near, New York City’s department stores are unveiling their holiday windows. Macy’s, Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue, American Girl and others are each putting their festive foot forward for the holidays.” (amNY)

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COMING SOON (WFUV)

11/27 Vintage Trouble, Rough Trade NYC
11/29-30, 12/2-3 Bob Dylan, Beacon Theatre
11/29-30 Hot Tuna, Town Hall
11/29 & 12/2 Darlene Love, Sony Hall
11/30 Guster, Terminal 5
12/1 Beirut, Terminal 5
12/4 Bon Iver, Kings Theatre
12/4 The Hold Steady, Brooklyn Bowl
12/4 Bela Fleck & The Flecktones, Town Hall

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 / Upper West Side

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que 700 W125th St. @ 12th ave.

Walk only five minutes from the 125th St. station on the #1 line to find this authentic honky-tonk barbecue joint. Some folks think Dinosaur is just a place to eat ribs. Not so. With 24 carefully selected taps, this is a place to drink beer, and eat ribs.

HarlHostStandNo food goes better with American craft ales than American barbecue. Dinosaur may be the best combo of good beer drinking and hearty eating in town, which makes the trip uptown to West Harlem totally worthwhile.

This second incarnation of Dinosaur in Harlem is in a two story, old brick warehouse near the Hudson River. Don’t let that run down exterior fool you. Inside it’s a large space with huge, rough wooden columns and unfinished wooden floors and brick walls – just right for a bbq joint. As soon as you open the front door you are hit with that tantalizing aroma of barbecue coming from the large open kitchen. Reminds me of those great rib joints I frequented when stationed in North Carolina all those years ago. If your stomach wasn’t grumbling before, it is now.

Head to the bar, sit down and try to decide on a beer. It’s not an easy decision – a good problem to have. This is a pretty damn good beer list to choose from, one that most beer bars should be jealous of. I love that they feature NY craft beers. You may want to try the four beer sampler, which is always fun, and in this place may be necessary.

The blues music playing in the background will get you in the mood for their North Carolina style barbecue, and even when it’s a full house your order shouldn’t take too long (assuming you snagged a table). The food is all slow smoked, so it’s already mostly done and ready to go. I always start with an order of their giant, spice rubbed wings, so good they may make you give up Buffalo wings.

Unfortunately, a place this good does not fly under the radar. There can be some long waits for a table at dinnertime. So you need a strategy – avoid prime time, and try not to arrive with your entire posse, which will limit your seating options.

A seat at the bar, a small table in the bar area, or in the summer, an outside table underneath what’s left of the elevated West Side Highway, all may open before a table inside the main dining room. Otherwise, try Dinosaur for lunch, or come very late for dinner, maybe after a show at the nearby Cotton Club nightclub.

Website: http://www.dinosaurbarbque.com/
Phone #: 212-694-1777
Hours: Mo-Th 11:30am-11:00pm; Fr-Sa 11:30am-12:00am;
Su 12:00pm-10:00pm
Happy Hour: 4-7pm every day; $1 off all drinks
Music: Fri / Sat 10:30pm
Subway: #1 to 125th St.
Walk 2 blk W on 125th St. to Dinosaur Bar-B-Q,
just past the elevated highway.
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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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