NYC Events,”Only the Best” (01/26) + Today’s Featured Pub (Upper West Side)

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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.”

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

New York City Ballet (through March 1)
Practice your pas de deux at the ballet
NYS Theater, Lincoln Center / 3PM, $78+
“New York City Ballet’s “Stravinsky & Balanchine” features the rarely performed Danses Concertantes, a spectacular, colorful collaboration between choreographer George Balanchine and composer Igor Stravinsky. Starring soloists Brittany Pollack and Daniel Applebaum, the ballet — first mounted for the Ballet Russe de Monte-Carlo at New York’s City Center Theater in 1944 — is presented with the original costumes and scenery by artist Eugene Berman. A more classic Balanchine piece, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, highlights the choreographer’s breathtaking pas de deux.” (thrillist)

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7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Dizzy Gillespie All-Stars
>> La Traviata
>> Lyrics & Lyricists: Yip Harburg—Follow the Fellow Who Follows a Dream
>> JOE LOVANO AND DAVE DOUGLAS SOUND PRINTS
>> New York Times Travel Show
>> Sunday Platform – Jason Haber – FutureCity: A Look at the Past, Present, and Future of NYC and Cities Around the World
>> BroadwayCon 2020

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

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Dizzy Gillespie All-Stars (LAST DAY)
at the Blue Note / 8 and 10:30PM, $20-$35
“As a performer, John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie left behind an incredible record of innovation and inspiration and as a composer, a broad repository of musical masterpieces.

For Dizzy Gillespie, playing in a small combo was never enough. His artistry compelled him to seek and to create larger ensembles because as a composer and arranger, a big band was the ultimate vehicle for self-expression.

The Dizzy Gillespie™ Big Band and Alumni All-Star group (small group) is the direct descendant of these ventures, and happily, the tradition lives on, nurtured by Gillespie alumni and executive director, producer, and bassist John Lee.”

La Traviata (next Jan.31, 8PM)
Metropolitan Opera House / 3PM, $30+
“Michael Mayer’s sumptuous staging, a highlight of the 2018–19 season, returns with two casts of bright stars. Sopranos Aleksandra Kurzak and Lisette Oropesa share the role of Violetta, the opera’s tragic heroine, opposite tenors Dmytro Popov and Vittorio Grigolo as her ardent lover, Alfredo, and baritones Quinn Kelsey and Luca Salsi as Alfredo’s stern father, Germont. Karel Mark Chichon and Bertrand de Billy conduct one of opera’s greatest scores.”

Lyrics & Lyricists: Yip Harburg—Follow the Fellow Who Follows a Dream (Jan.25-27)
92nd Street Y / 2PM, +7PM,$45+
“The 92nd Street Y’s estimable Lyrics & Lyricists series begins its new season with a salute to Great American Songbook giant and leftist social activist Yip Harburg, who gave us the words to “Over the Rainbow” as well as “April in Paris,” “Paper Moon,” and “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?” The singers are Mikaela Bennett, Clifton Duncan, Desi Oakley, Megan Sikora and Nick Spangler; Matt Kunkel directs, and Paul Masse is the musical director.” (TONY)

JOE LOVANO AND DAVE DOUGLAS SOUND PRINTS (through Jan. 26)
at the Village Vanguard / 8:30 and 10:30 p.m.; $
“Two leading voices in jazz since the 1980s, the trumpeter Douglas and the saxophonist Lovano teamed up close to 10 years ago to establish this quintet, a fertile playground for their wily post-bop compositions. The group features Lawrence Fields on piano, Linda May Han Oh on bass and Joey Baron on drums.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

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

New York Times Travel Show (Jan.24-26)
Travel the world (or just the Javits Center)
Javits Center / $20 for a one-day pass; $25 for two-day pass
“Can’t wait to plan your next big trip? Head to the New York Times Travel Show, where you’ll find seminars — “So You Think You Know Paris?”, “Pack Like a Pro”, “How to Travel to Cuba in 2020” — and special onsite deals to Alaska, Africa, the Finger Lakes, and Chernobyl. If all that travel talk makes you a little peckish, the Taste of the World presentations let you try bites from all corners of the globe. With 747 exhibitors from over 176 countries, you’ll come away inspired, informed, and ready to pack your suitcase for a trip to the exclusion zone.” (thrillist)

Sunday Platform – Jason Haber – FutureCity: A Look at the Past, Present, and Future of NYC and Cities Around the World
New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 W. 64th St./11AM, FREE
“Social entrepreneur Jason Haber (The Business of Good) visits the New York Society for Ethical Culture for a Sunday Platform looking at the past, present, and future of NYC and cities around the world.” (thoughtgallery)

BroadwayCon 2020
at the New York Hilton Midtown.
“It’s a three-day meet & greet fest with your favorite Broadway stars!” (cityguideny.com)


Continuing Events

NYC Restaurant Week (Jan.21—Feb.9)

A celebration of NYC’s most fabulous pastime: dining out. With hundreds of restaurants throughout the City rolling out special prix-fixe menus for a limited time, this is your chance to revel without a cause.

Restaurants offer a minimum of three choices for appetizers and three choices for entrées at lunch ($26). Restaurants offer a minimum of three choices for appetizers, three choices for entrées and at least two desserts at dinner ($42). Several restaurants may also offer drink specials, supplemental items and other à la carte options for an additional price.
2-course lunch $26 | 3-course dinner $42

The Winter Show  (Jan.24-Feb.2)

The Winter Show is the leading art, antiques, and design fair in America, featuring 72 of the world’s top experts in the fine and decorative arts.

Held at the historic Park Avenue Armory in New York City, the fair highlights a dynamic mix of works dating from ancient times through the present day and maintains the highest standards of quality in the art market. Each object at the fair is vetted for authenticity, date, and condition by a committee of 150 experts from the United States and Europe.

FrostFest
A winter celebration with live entertainment, Bumper Cars on Ice, Cozy Igloos, and more!
Bryant Park
“Manhattan’s famed midtown oasis is hosting this 10-day celebration of offbeat things to do in cold weather, including riding in ice bumper cars, hanging out in artificial igloos and a kids scavenger hunt. Highlights include dueling pianos from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, a Cozy Sweater Pup Meetup (put Fido in his favorite sweater) at noon on Jan. 25 and a silent outdoor disco at 6 p.m. on Jan. 26.” (Newsday)
WHEN | WHERE Jan. 24-Feb. 2, 40th-42nd streets between Fifth and Sixth avenues, Manhattan I
NFO Free to enter, some events require tickets; 212-768-4242, bryantpark.org

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COMING SOON (WFUV)

1/23-26 Toshi Reagon’s 36th Annual Birthday Concerts, Joe’s Pub
1/28 Jill Sobule, Joe’s Pub
1/28-29 Madison Cunningham, (le) Poisson Rouge
1/28-29 The Hot Sardines, Birdland

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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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