NYC Events,”Only the Best” (02/29) + 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:  “February 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:

RONALD K. BROWN/EVIDENCE (Feb.25-Mar.1)
at the Joyce Theater / 8PM, $
“For decades, Brown has created profound choreography that grapples with life and faith, and his exuberant blend of contemporary and African dance can feel like physical prayer. He celebrates his company’s 35th anniversary with a program that includes “High Life” (2000), which begins with a depiction of a slave auction; “Grace” (2000), a work made for the Alvin Ailey company in which a woman in white welcomes people to heaven; and “Mercy,” the companion piece to “Grace,” which premiered last year and is set to music by Meshell Ndegeocello. Wednesday’s gala performance also includes an excerpt from “Open Door” with the Ailey dancers Linda Celeste Sims and Glenn Allen Sims.” (NYT-Brian Schaefer)

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5 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> MISSY MAZZOLI AND KELLY MORAN
>> GINA BRILLON
>> Branford Marsalis Quartet
>> Peel your way through an all you can eat shrimp boil
>> JON IRABAGON

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

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

MISSY MAZZOLI AND KELLY MORAN 
at Merkin Hall / 7:30 p.m.;$
“Mazzoli may have built much of her reputation on the back of operas like “Proving Up” and “Breaking the Waves,” but her writing at a smaller scale is rewarding, too. Appearing in the Ecstatic Music series, she performs solo works; pieces with the violinist Olivia De Prato; and the premiere of “The Night Ahead and No Real Fate,” for piano four-hands and electronics. Mazzoli is joined for that premiere by Moran, a composer and performer whose albums have garnered acclaim from both pop and classical critics in The Times. She performs songs from the album “Ultraviolet,” and plays, with Mazzoli, in the premiere of “Don’t Trust Mirrors,” for two pianos, one prepared.” (NYT-David Allen)

GINA BRILLON 
at Gotham Comedy Club / 8 and 10 p.m.; $28+ 
“A Bronx native, Brillon started performing stand-up while still a teenager, and was a winner of StandUp NBC (formerly NBC’s Stand Up for Diversity) competition in 2013. After she appeared on multiple episodes of the CBS sitcom “Kevin Can Wait,” the star Kevin James tried to develop a starring vehicle for Brillon. Her most recent TV credits included a guest-starring role on the ABC sitcom “The Conners,” and a half-hour stand-up special last year for HBO.” (NYT-Sean L. McCarthy)

Jazz at Lincoln Center (Feb.28–29)
Branford Marsalis Quartet
Rose Theater / 8PM, $70+
“The multi-Grammy Award–winning Branford Marsalis Quartet is a standard-bearer of modern instrumental jazz. In a concert season loaded with big ideas and premier collaborations, the story of tonight’s show is simply one of jazz’s longest-running bands playing extraordinary music like no one else.

The group will play music from the brand-new record, The Secrets Between the Shadow and the Soul, featuring new originals by Marsalis and members of the band, as well as a couple of upbeat selections by Keith Jarrett and Andrew Hill. Ask Marsalis what the album title means, and he’ll tell you, “There is no further explanation—it’s just a nice sound.”

We don’t need to know anything more to be excited for the return of the ever-evolving, always-superb Branford Marsalis Quartet.”

JON IRABAGON (Feb.25-29)
at the Stone / 8:30 p.m.; $20
“Among the most preternaturally gifted saxophonists working today, Irabagon puts few limits on his expression. He’s as likely to blow a startlingly swinging chorus over a jazz standard as he is to unleash a searing blast of sound over a dissolute, free-jazz backing. Here he presents five different projects in as many nights, including 3Dom Factor, an inside-outside group helmed by the elder drummer Barry Altschul, on Tuesday; and a quartet featuring Matt Mitchell on piano, Chris Lightcap on bass and Dan Weiss on drums, on Feb. 28.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

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

Peel your way through an all you can eat shrimp boil
Aqua Boil Cajun restaurant /
“Celebrate a (slightly belated) Mardi Gras with an all-you-can-eat shrimp boil at Aqua Boil Cajun restaurant. For 90 minutes, you can chow down on all the shrimp, garlic bread, and fries you can fit in your belly — it’s not called Fat Tuesday for nothing. Sip a colorful rum-based cocktail (the green “Beach Bum” and blue “Under the Sea” are particularly party-ready) and pretend that you’re on Bourbon Street instead of Ninth Avenue.” (thrillist)

Cost: $35 for 90 minutes of all-you-can-eat shrimp; additional food and drinks available for purchase


Continuing Events

The Orchid Show: Jeff Leatham’s Kaleidoscope

Saturday, February 15, 2020 – Sunday, April 19, 2020

Experience Famed Designer Jeff Leatham’s Bold and Colorful Vision

“The dazzling floral creations of Jeff Leatham, famed artistic director of the Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris and floral designer to the stars, energize the 18th annual Orchid Show. Leatham’s bold and colorful vision unfolds through captivating installations and designs, transforming each gallery of the exhibition in the historic Enid A. Haupt Conservatory into a different color experience and visual effect, like the turn of a kaleidoscope.

Thousands of orchids provide bursts of forms and colors—in purples, reds, oranges, and hot pink—revealed through overhead arches, vine-inspired ribbons, mirrored sculpture, dramatic lighting, and other artistic embellishments.”

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COMING SOON (WFUV)

2/28 Widespread Panic, Beacon Theatre
2/28 Hall & Oates, Squeeze, KT Tunstall, MSG
2/29 Widespread Panic, Beacon Theatre
2/29 Allen Stone, Brooklyn Steel
2/29 Martin Sexton, The Appel Room
3/1 Widespread Panic, Beacon Theatre
3/1 Lou Reed Birthday Celebration, Bowery Electric
3/2 Dan Luke and the Raid, Baby’s All Right
3/2 Widespread Panic, Beacon Theatre
3/2 Iyla, Rough Trade
3/3 Puck, Elsewhere
3/3 Eric Johnson, Sony Hall
3/3 Chelsea Cutler, Terminal 5
3/4 Noah Cyrus, Bowery Ballroom
3/4 Macy Gray, Brooklyn Bowl
3/4 Heart Bones, Knitting Factory Brooklyn
3/4 Orville Peck, MoMA
3/4 Wye Oak, Music Hall of Williamsburg
3/4 Sun Ra Arkestra, The Town Hall
3/5 Jeanines, Alphaville
3/5 Bandits on the Run, Baby’s All Right
3/5 Silversun Pickups, Brooklyn Steel

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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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