NYC Events,”Only the Best” (01/02) + 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:  “January 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.”


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

at Mezzrow / 7:30 and 9 p.m.; $20
“Few guitarists put as much care, sensitivity and subtle strength into every single note as Bernstein does. Among the finest melodists in jazz, he has a full-breadth command of his instrument, but his biggest assets are his knack for crisp understatement and simplicity. At Mezzrow Bernstein will be joined by the bassist Omer Avital, whose playing verges more toward the rambunctious and ecstatic. On the first evening, the piano chair will be held by the pianist Aaron Goldberg, and on the second by Miki Yamanaka.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)


7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)

>> John Lloyd Young: Jukebox Hero
>> Chris Potter Circuits Trio
>> Chris Botti Holiday Residency

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


Music, Dance, Performing Arts

John Lloyd Young: Jukebox Hero (Jan.2-7)
Feinstein’s/54 Below / 7PM, $75+
“The Tony-winning star of Jersey Boys, both the Broadway musical and the Clint Eastwood film, brings his musical highs and puppyish eyes back to Feinstein’s/54 Below in a set of hit tunes from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s—including, surely, at least one by the Four Seasons.” (TONY)

at Smalls / 7:30 and 9 p.m.; $20
A Canadian-born tenor saxophonist on the rise in New York, Doxas boasts a tonally rich, flexible style of improvising and a willingness to blend influences from jazz, Western classical and prog rock. You can get a sense of the breadth of his interests by listening first to “Landline” — the self-titled debut of a collective quartet that features Doxas and came out this fall — and then to “Rich in Symbols,” his own surging jazz-rock fusion effort from 2017. Here Doxas leads a trio with two expert musicians of similarly diverse proclivities: the bassist Michael Formanek and the pianist Ethan Iverson.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

at St. Jean Baptiste Church / 7 p.m.; $10+
“The Green Mountain Project reaches its final performance of Monteverdi’s “Vespers” of 1610, the last in a series that has been ongoing since 2010, when the project gave what was thought to be the first performance of the work for its 400th anniversary. Performers will include the soprano and artistic director Jolle Greenleaf, and the cornets and sackbuts of the Dark Horse Consort.” (NYT-David Allen)

at New York City Center / 7:30PM, $95+
“Ailey’s winter season rolls into the new year with programs that feature company classics (you can see the timelessly rousing “Revelations” on Saturday afternoon, on Sunday afternoon and evening, and on Tuesday and Thursday) and works recently added to the repertory. Among those are “Ode,” a profound statement on gun violence by Jamar Roberts, a company dancer and the resident choreographer (on Sunday afternoon, Wednesday and Thursday); “Fandango,” a demanding duet by Lar Lubovitch not performed by this company in a decade; and works by Camille A. Brown, Aszure Barton and Donald Byrd.” (NYT-Brian Schaefer)

Chris Potter Circuits Trio (Dec. 31-Jan. 5)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave. S./ m
“Chris Potter, thanks to his profuse gifts as a saxophonist, could have easily maintained his position as a mainstream jazz power figure, but he’s been stretching himself as a player, a composer, and a bandleader, juxtaposing offbeat outfits with his recognized work as a post-bop juggernaut. His Potter Circuits Trio links the leader’s horns of plenty to the shape-shifting textures of James Francies’s keyboards and the multidirectional rhythms of Eric Harland’s drums.’ (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)

‘WOZZECK’  (next Jan.7, 8PM)
at the Metropolitan Opera / 8 p.m.; $
“The artist William Kentridge follows up his pioneering productions of “Lulu” and “The Nose” with Berg’s first opera, a take that my colleague Zachary Woolfe called extraordinary on its debut at the Salzburg Festival in 2017. The Met’s music director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, wields the baton for this run, with Peter Mattei as Wozzeck, Elza van den Heever as Marie, Christopher Ventris as the Drum Major, Gerhard Siegel as the Captain, Andrew Staples as Andres and Tamara Mumford as Margret. Also at the Met are “Der Rosenkavalier” on Saturday and Wednesday evening and the family-friendly “Magic Flute” on Saturday and Thursday afternoon.” (NYT-)

Chris Botti Holiday Residency
Blue Note / 7PM, $85+
“This trumpet players’s skills are actually as good as his telegenic looks, even if he rarely puts them to use playing the kind of bop he cut his teeth on. A consummate showman, Botti presents his blend of smooth jazz-funk, glossily Miles-ian ballads and assorted pop and classical chestnuts at the Blue Note for his 13th annual holiday residency.” (TONY)


Smart Stuff / Other NYC EventS
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)

More smart stuff coming soon.

Continuing Events

NYC holiday markets  (Newsday)

AFTER CHRISTMAS only one left.


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


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)

Here is the extensive Holiday Windows rundown from amNY.


NYS Theater, Lincoln Center/ TODAY: 2PM, +8PM,; $95+
“’Twas the day after Thanksgiving and all through the land, ballet companies began trotting out productions of “The Nutcracker,” a holiday dance tradition most grand. And in New York, the grandest among them is City Ballet’s, formally known as “George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker,” which has been performed since 1954. That title rightly emphasizes this version’s secret weapon: Act II’s glorious choreography, particularly the breathtaking final pas de deux between the Sugarplum Fairy and her cavalier. Act I has its own virtuosic feat in the form of a supersize Christmas tree, which captures all the magic and wonder of this familiar tale.” (NYT-Brian Schaefer)


“The Waltz of the Snowflakes becomes a nor’easter this week with a deluge of “Nutcracker” productions around town. Among them are Dances Patrelle’s “The Yorkville Nutcracker,” set in 19th-century New York (Friday to Sunday, the Kaye Playhouse, Hunter College); New York Theater Ballet’s hourlong “Keith Michael’s the Nutcracker” (Friday to Sunday, Florence Gould Hall); a hip-hop infused “The Brooklyn Nutcracker” by Brooklyn Ballet (Saturday, Kings Theater); the wacky “Nut/Cracked” by the Bang Group (Dec. 19-21, the Flea Theater); a traditional staging by National Ballet Theater of Odessa (Saturday, New Jersey Performing Arts Center); and, of course, the splendid “George Balanchine’s the Nutcracker” by New York City Ballet (David H. Koch Theater, through Jan. 5). ” (NYT)



1/1-1/2 Joseph Arthur, City Vineyard
1/2 Gustaf, Baby’s All Right
1/3 Colleen Green, Alphaville
1/3 Sipper, Baby’s All Right
1/4 The Felice Brothers, Brooklyn Bowl
1/4 Four Tet, Nowadays
1/4 David Berman Tribute Show, Union Pool
1/5 Whiner, Alphaville
1/5 Steve Schiffman & The Land of No, Mercury Lounge
1/7 Talib Kweli, Blue Note
1/8 Yola, Music Hall of Williamsburg
1/8 Motion City Soundtrack, Webster Hall

Fall Concerts (

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.”

♦ 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.

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

“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.


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.”


NYCity Vacation Travel Guide Video (Expedia):
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