NYC Events,”Only the Best” (11/12) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

“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:

Roy Haynes (Nov. 11-13)
Blue Note, 131 W. 3rd St./ 8PM, +10:30PM; $30-$45
“Sitting down to reminisce with the magisterial drummer Roy Haynes would be a singular experience: he’s the only musician alive who can tell you what it was like to play with Lester Young in the forties; Charlie Parker in the fifties; Stan Getz and John Coltrane in the sixties; and Chick Corea and Pat Metheny in the nineties. Here, this brilliantly idiosyncratic stylist brings his matchless spirit to one of his staple venues.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)

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6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> JEFF GOLDBLUM AND THE MILDRED SNITZER ORCHESTRA
>> Brian Stokes Mitchell: Plays with Music—Holiday
>> Richard III
>> ‘AKHNATEN’
>> The Lineup with Susie Mosher
>> Intelligence Squared U.S. Presents: Capitalism Is a Blessing

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

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

JEFF GOLDBLUM AND THE MILDRED SNITZER ORCHESTRA
at Sony Hall / 8 p.m.; $65+
“Yes, this is real. And to a surprising degree, it’s also serious. Goldblum, Hollywood’s patron saint of droll humor and artful corniness, also happens to be a serviceable jazz pianist, who first started gigging as a teenager. Over the past few years he has performed here and there with the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, which plays big-band arrangements of tunes from the classic jazz songbook. (There’s no Mildred Snitzer in the group; that was the name of a friend of Goldblum’s parents.) Here the group of Los Angeles-based musicians celebrates its newly released second album, “I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This,” featuring various guest vocalists accompanied by the pertly swinging ensemble on tunes like “The Thrill Is Gone,” “The Sidewinder” and “Make Someone Happy.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

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)

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.”

‘AKHNATEN’ (next Nov.12,7:30PM)
at the Metropolitan Opera / 7:30 p.m.; $119+
“Phelim McDermott’s take on Philip Glass’s opera, originally produced by the English National Opera and the L.A. Opera, arrives in New York, with the superlative countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo in the title role. He is joined by J’Nai Bridges as Nefertiti, Disella Larusdottir as Queen Tye, Aaron Blake as the High Priest of Amon, Will Liverman as Horemhab, Richard Bernstein as Aye, Zachary James as Amenhotep III, and a troupe of acrobats and jugglers. Karen Kamensek conducts.” (NYT-David Allen)

The Lineup with Susie Mosher
Birdland Theater / 9:30PM, $25
“Mosher is one of those talents you need to see to believe: warm, funny, biting, ferociously committed. In her weekly series at the downstairs Birdland Theater, she invites a gaggle of performers from Broadway and beyond to show their talents. Guests at the November 12 edition include Karen Mason, Mariah Bonner,
Tim Cahill and Jim Harder, Carla Bordonada, Meg Flather, Marissa Licata, and Ric Ryder.” (TONY)

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Smart Stuff / Other NYC EventS

Intelligence Squared U.S. Presents: Capitalism Is a Blessing
Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, 695 Park Ave./ 7PM, $40
“The quote “Capitalism has generated massive wealth for some, but it’s devastated the planet and has failed to improve human well-being at scale” comes from, of all places, Forbes. Skepticism about capitalism seems to be growing, as does the intensity of anti-socialist viewpoints. Join Intelligence Squared for a debate on the proposition Capitalism Is a Blessing. John Mackey, Co-Founder & CEO of Whole Foods Market, joins Katherine Mangu-Ward, Editor-in-Chief of Reason, to front for free enterprise. They’ll square up against Bhaskar Sunkara, Founding Editor of Jacobin, and Marxian economist Richard D. Wolff.” (ThoughtGallery)


Continuing Events

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COMING SOON (WFUV)

11/12 Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, Sony Hall
11/12 WFUV’s On Your Radar with John Platt, Rockwood Music Hall
11/13 Charly Bliss, Webster 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.

Ariana Grande
November 12
Barclays Center
Ariana Grande has a great voice; enjoy it at this show.

The Ergs
November 15
Brooklyn Bazaar
New Jersey pop punks the Ergs—fronted by a singing drummer—play their loud, fast, catchy songs live.

Taking Back Sunday
November 15–16
Terminal 5
These Long Island screamo practitioners are still at it.

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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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WHAT’S ON VIEW
My Fave Special Exhibitions – MUSEUMS / Manhattan’s WestSide
(See the New York Times Arts Section for listings of all museums,
and also to see their expanded reviews of exhibitions)

‘BETYE SAAR: THE LEGENDS OF “BLACK GIRL’S WINDOW”at the Museum of Modern Art (through Jan. 4).

“Black Girl’s Window,” which consists of an old window frame that Saar filled with a constellation of images, is the focus of this exhibition, one of several helping to reopen MoMA. Concentrating on Saar’s early years as an artist, it tracks the experiments in printmaking and assemblage that led her to arrive at the titular work. Despite the unusual color of the gallery’s deep purple walls, the show is relatively modest — a scholarly study of a specific period, anchored by MoMA’s recent acquisition of a group of 42 of her works on paper. Two pieces from 1972 that represent her shift from the mystical to the political — “Black Crows in the White Section Only,” which brings together a variety of racist advertisements, and “Let Me Entertain You,” which shows a minstrel singer with a guitar transforming into a black liberation fighter with a rifle — serve as a kind of coda. Their appearance at the end offers a tantalizing glimpse of the iconoclastic artist Saar was on her way to becoming. (Jillian Steinhauer-NYT)
212-708-9400, moma.org

‘T. REX: THE ULTIMATE PREDATOR’
American Museum of Natural History (through Aug. 9, 2020).

“Everyone’s favorite 18,000-pound prehistoric killer gets the star treatment in this eye-opening exhibition, which presents the latest scientific research on T. rex and also introduces many other tyrannosaurs, some discovered only this century in China and Mongolia. T. rex evolved mainly during the Cretaceous Period to have keen eyes, spindly arms and massive conical teeth, which could bear down on prey with the force of a U-Haul truck; the dinosaur could even swallow whole bones, as affirmed here by a kid-friendly display of fossilized excrement. The show mixes 66-million-year-old teeth with the latest 3-D prints of dino bones, and also presents new models of T. rex as a baby, a juvenile and a full-grown annihilator. Turns out this most savage beast was covered with — believe it! — a soft coat of beige or white feathers.” (Farago-NYT)

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‘AUSCHWITZ. NOT LONG AGO. NOT FAR AWAY’
at the Museum of Jewish Heritage (through Jan. 3).
“Killing as a communal business, made widely lucrative by the Third Reich, permeates this traveling exhibition about the largest German death camp, Auschwitz, whose yawning gatehouse, with its converging rail tracks, has become emblematic of the Holocaust. Well timed, during a worldwide surge of anti-Semitism, the harrowing installation strives, successfully, for fresh relevance. The exhibition illuminates the topography of evil, the deliberate designing of a hell on earth by fanatical racists and compliant architects and provisioners, while also highlighting the strenuous struggle for survival in a place where, as Primo Levi learned, “there is no why.” (NYT-Ralph Blumenthal)

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For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right Sidebar dated 11/10 and 11/08.
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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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NYC Events,”Only the Best” (11/11) + Today’s Featured Pub (Upper West Side)

“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:

The Seine: The River That Made Paris
92nd St. Y / 7PM, $29
“Voyage down the Seine with journalist Elaine Sciolino as she explores the history of the beloved Parisian river and the lives it shapes.

In the spring of 1978, as a young journalist in Paris, Elaine Sciolino was seduced by a river. In The Seine, she tells the story of that river through its rich history and lively characters—a bargewoman, a riverbank bookseller, a houseboat dweller, a famous cameraman known for capturing the river’s light. She patrols with river police, rows with a restorer of antique boats, discovers a champagne vineyard, and even dares to swim in the Seine. Sciolino’s keen eye and vivid prose bring the river to life as she discovers its origins on a remote plateau of Burgundy, where a pagan goddess healed pilgrims at an ancient temple. She follows the Seine to Le Havre, where it meets the sea. Braiding memoir, travelogue and history through the Seine’s winding route, Sciolino offers a love letter to Paris and the river at its heart and invites readers to explore its magic.”

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6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Guitar Masters Series: Sheryl Bailey
>> Broadway Under the Stars
>> The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra
>> Jim Caruso’s Cast Party
>> Villains of History: On Adolf Hitler with Dr. Benjamin Hett
>> Monday Night Magic

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

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Guitar Masters Series: Sheryl Bailey
Zinc Bar, 82 w3rd St. / 7:30PM, +9PM, $20
“Acclaimed guitarist Sheryl Bailey brings his trio to Zinc jazz club on Monday, November 11. She’s supported by organist Ron Oswanski and drummer Ian Froman. There’s no description more apt for Sheryl Bailey than “A sizzling guitar goddess”, coined by Elliot Simon of All About Jazz. He’s not alone with his superlatives-Adam Levy of Guitar Player Magazine calls Sheryl “One of the most compelling tones of her generation”, and Frank Forte of Just Jazz Guitar ranks her “among the best bop guitar players with a fresh approach and something new.” (cityguide)

Broadway Under the Stars
The Shops at Columbus Circle – Second Floor Mezzanine / 5PM, FREE
“Select cast from today’s hottest Broadway musicals will perform against the backdrop of the destination’s famous twelve massive stars. These stars are the largest specialty crafted exhibit of illuminated color display in the world, which hang from the 100-foot-high ceilings. Performances are free to attend and open to the public, no reservations or tickets are required.”

Hosted by Actor George Psomas (Fiddler on the Roof, South Pacific) Broadway performances from the casts of: Waitress Chicago Oklahoma! The Lightening Thief.”

The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra
Village Vanguard, 178 7th Ave. South (btw W11th/Perry St.) / 8:30PM +10:30PM, $35
“World class big band with 16 members on that small stage, a monday night institution.
“Almost exactly half a century ago, the trumpeter-composer-arranger Thad Jones and the drummer Mel Lewis began their Monday-night big band residency at the Village Vanguard, establishing what became a hallowed tradition.” (NYT)

Jim Caruso’s Cast Party (Cabaret)
Birdland, 315 West 44th St. (btw 8/9 ave) / 9:30PM, $25-$30
“The witty host attracts broadway stars on their night off, along with up and comers.”
“Part cabaret, part piano bar and part social set, Cast Party offers a chance to hear rising and established talents step up to the microphone (backed by the slap and tickle of Steve Doyle on bass and Billy Stritch at the ivories, plus the bang of Daniel Glass on drums). The waggish Caruso presides as host.” (TONY)

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Smart Stuff / Other NYC EventS

Villains of History: On Adolf Hitler with Dr. Benjamin Hett
92nd St. Y / 12PM, $29
“Behind the infamous deeds of history’s most notorious figures lie complex and mysterious human minds. Dr. Gail Saltz, the author, psychoanalyst and television commentator, invites experts and brings her own expertise to bear as she examines the psychology of the villains of history, including Adolph Hitler.”

Monday Night Magic
Players Theatre, West Village / 8PM, $42.50
“For more than two decades,, this proudly old-school series has offered a different lineup of professional magicians every week: opening acts, a headliner and a host, plus two or three close-up magicians to wow the audience at intermission. Housed for the past seven years at the unprepossessing Players Theatre, it is an heir to the vaudeville tradition.

Many of the acts incorporate comedic elements, and audience participation is common. (If you have young children, bring them; they make especially adorable assistants.) Shows cost just $37.50 in advance and typically last well over two hours, so you get a lot of value and variety for your magic dollar. In contrast to some fancier magic shows, this one feels like comfort food: an all-you-can eat buffet to which you’re encouraged to return until you’re as stuffed as a hat full of rabbits.” (TONY)


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COMING SOON (WFUV)

11/12 Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, Sony Hall
11/12 WFUV’s On Your Radar with John Platt, Rockwood Music Hall
11/13 Charly Bliss, Webster 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.

Ariana Grande
November 12
Barclays Center
Ariana Grande has a great voice; enjoy it at this show.

The Ergs
November 15
Brooklyn Bazaar
New Jersey pop punks the Ergs—fronted by a singing drummer—play their loud, fast, catchy songs live.

Taking Back Sunday
November 15–16
Terminal 5
These Long Island screamo practitioners are still at it.

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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 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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NYC Events,”Only the Best” (11/10) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

“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:

New York Comedy Festival
Laugh your ass off all weekend
Citywide ; Ticket prices vary by event
“With over 100 shows and over 200 comedians, the New York Comedy Festival brings way more than a week’s worth of laughs to the city. See extremely famous funnymen like Bill Maher at Madison Square Garden and Nick Kroll at BAM, or check out up-and-comers like Jena Friedman (straight from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival) and the cathartic comedy of Rape Jokes by Survivors. Check out the schedule to find what tickles your funny bone.” (Thrillist)

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6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Tom Harrell
>> FRED HERSCH, DREW GRESS AND JOEY BARON
>> The Renegade Craft Fair
>> The American Presidency: Past, Present, and Future
>> Sunday Platform—The Cult of Trump: An Interview with Author Steven Hassan
>> Fall Crawl at The Hall

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

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Tom Harrell (Nov. 7-10)
Dizzy’s Club, 33 W. 60th St. / 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $
Tom Harrell may not be the lickety-split trumpet phenom he was when he first hit New York, back in the early seventies, but, at age seventy-three, he still knows the value of a buffed tone, a perfectly placed note, and a gracefully symmetrical musical line; he’s long displayed the wisdom of a jazz master. His “Infinity” quintet cohorts include a younger wonder—the saxophonist Mark Turner—and the guitarist Charles Altura.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)

FRED HERSCH, DREW GRESS AND JOEY BARON
at the Village Vanguard / 8:30 and 10:30 p.m.; $35,
may be a tough ticket, try Sunday’s 2nd set.
“A pianist of famous elegance and restraint, Hersch is most often seen at the Vanguard with his longtime trio, featuring the bassist John Hébert and the drummer Eric McPherson. The group has amassed a trove of excellent recordings over the past 10 years, some of them recorded here. But throughout this weekend he appears nightly with a different, equally redoubtable group, featuring Gress, a lissome bassist, and Baron, a buoyant drummer.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

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Smart Stuff / Other NYC EventS

The Renegade Craft Fair (Nov.9-10)
Get a jumpstart on holiday gifts
Metropolitan Pavilion / 11AM-5PM, FREE to enter
“The Renegade Craft Fair sells cute, kooky, and one-of-a-kind goods all over the country — and this weekend, it’s coming back to New York. Over 230 local makers and designers will gather at the Metropolitan Pavilion, ready to help you cross off your holiday shopping list. They’ll be joined by Instagram-ready art installations, arts-and-crafts workshops, live DJ sets, and seasonal cocktails. They’ve got to do something to pull you away from the fearsome grip of Amazon Prime!” (Thrillist)

The American Presidency: Past, Present, and Future
New York Institute of Technology, 1855 Broadway / 9:30AM-1:15PM, $159

9:30 am – 10:35 am
The Presidency Emerges: From Washington to LincolnAkhil Amar / Yale University
10:50 am – 11:55 am
The Future of the PresidencySam Potolicchio / Georgetown University
12:10 pm – 1:15 pm
U.S. Presidential Debates: Why We Watch and Why They MatterDiana Carlin / Saint Louis University

Sunday Platform—The Cult of Trump: An Interview with Author Steven Hassan
New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 W. 64th St./ 11AM, FREE
“Cult and mind-control expert Steven Hassan (a one time “Moonie” himself) presents his new book, delving into Trump’s cult-leader social psychology and indoctrination tactics.” (ThoughtGallery)

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:

Fall Crawl at The Hall
Join Schaller’s Stube at a fall beer crawl
Dekalb Market Hall, Brooklyn / 2 – 6 p.m.
“Fall Crawl at The Hall will feature eight breweries and more than 40 food choices, including Schaller’s Stube, a German-style charcuterie sausage bar, KATZ’s, Chicks Isan, Wiki Wiki and more. By purchasing bite tokens, you’ll be able to get snack-sized versions of the vendors’ food during the crawl. General admission tickets ($45-$65) include two 8-ounce beers from all eight breweries (that’s 16 in total), a $5 Craft+Carry gift cards, a souvenir mug and one bite token.” (amNY)


Continuing Events

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COMING SOON (WFUV)

11/12 Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, Sony Hall
11/12 WFUV’s On Your Radar with John Platt, Rockwood Music Hall
11/13 Charly Bliss, Webster 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.

Ariana Grande
November 12
Barclays Center
Ariana Grande has a great voice; enjoy it at this show.

The Ergs
November 15
Brooklyn Bazaar
New Jersey pop punks the Ergs—fronted by a singing drummer—play their loud, fast, catchy songs live.

Taking Back Sunday
November 15–16
Terminal 5
These Long Island screamo practitioners are still at it.

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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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Chelsea Art Gallery District*

Chelsea is the heart of the NYCity contemporary art scene. Home to more than 300 art galleries, the Rubin Museum, the Joyce Theater and The Kitchen performance spaces, there is no place like it anywhere in the world. Come here to browse free exhibitions by world-renowned artists and those unknowns waiting to be discovered in an art district that is concentrated between West 18th and West 27th Streets, and 10th and 11th Avenues. Afterwards stop in the Chelsea Market, stroll on the High Line, or rest up at one of the many cafes and bars and discuss the fine art.

Here is one exhibition the New Yorker likes:

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For a listing of 25 essential galleries in the Chelsea Art Gallery District, organized by street, which enables you to create your own Chelsea Art Gallery crawl, see the Chelsea Gallery Guide (nycgo.com) Or check out TONY magazine’s list of the “Best Chelsea Galleries” and click through to see what’s on view.

*Now plan your own gallery crawl, but better plan your visits for Tuesday through Saturday; most galleries are closed Sunday and Monday.

TIP: After your gallery tour, stop in Ovest at 513W27th St. for Aperitivo Italiano (Happy Hour on steroids). Discuss all the great art you have viewed over a drink and a very tasty selection of FREE appetizers (M-F, 5-8pm). OR try this NYT recommendation: “When you’re done, adjourn to the newly renovated Bottino , the Chelsea art world’s unofficial canteen on 10th Avenue (btw 24/25 St.) “

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For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see recent posts in right sidebar dated 11/08 and 11/06.
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Bonus NYC Music Venues:
So much fine live music every night in this town. These are my favorite non jazz music venues on Manhattan’s WestSide. Check out who’s playing tonight:

City Winery – 155 Varick St., citywinery.com, 212-608-0555
Joe’s Pub @ Public Theater – 425 Lafayette St., joespub.com, 212-967-7555
Beacon Theatre – 2124 Broadway @ 74th St., beacontheatre.com, 212-465-6500
Town Hall – 123 W43rd St., thetownhall.org, 212-997-6661
Le Poisson Rouge – 158 Bleecker St., lepoissonrouge.com, 212-505-3474
and one more, not quite WestSide
Bowery Ballroom – 6 Delancey St. boweryballroom.com

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
a classic, old jazz club in the Village, Caffe V often surprises with a wonderfully eclectic lineup. It’s my favorite spot for an evening of listening discovery and enjoyment.
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.

I MEMORIALIZE THIS WONDERFUL CLUB AS A WARNING.
WE HAVE TO WORK HARDER TO SAVE THESE SPECIAL PLACES.

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Must-see theater coming to New York City stages this fall (amNY)

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10 must-see Off-Broadway shows (amNY)

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NYC Events,”Only the Best” (11/09) + Today’s Featured Pub (WestVillage)

“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:

FRED HERSCH, DREW GRESS AND JOEY BARON (also Nov.10)
at the Village Vanguard / 8:30 and 10:30 p.m.; $35,
may be a tough ticket, try Sunday’s 2nd set.
“A pianist of famous elegance and restraint, Hersch is most often seen at the Vanguard with his longtime trio, featuring the bassist John Hébert and the drummer Eric McPherson. The group has amassed a trove of excellent recordings over the past 10 years, some of them recorded here. But throughout this weekend he appears nightly with a different, equally redoubtable group, featuring Gress, a lissome bassist, and Baron, a buoyant drummer.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

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6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Madama Butterfly
>> New York Comedy Festival
>> Tom Harrell
>> DENITIA
>> The Renegade Craft Fair
>> White Light Conversation: Let’s Talk About Religion

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

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Music, Dance, Performing Art

The Metropolitan Opera
Madama Butterfly (next Nov.13, 7:30PM)
Metropolitan Opera House / 1PM, $53+
“One of opera’s most devastating tragedies returns in Anthony Minghella’s classic production. Soprano Hui He reprises her celebrated portrayal of the title geisha, opposite tenors Piero Pretti and Andrea Carè in their Met debuts as Pinkerton. Pier Giorgio Morandi conducts.”

New York Comedy Festival
Laugh your ass off all weekend
Citywide ; Ticket prices vary by event
“With over 100 shows and over 200 comedians, the New York Comedy Festival brings way more than a week’s worth of laughs to the city. See extremely famous funnymen like Bill Maher at Madison Square Garden and Nick Kroll at BAM, or check out up-and-comers like Jena Friedman (straight from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival) and the cathartic comedy of Rape Jokes by Survivors. Check out the schedule to find what tickles your funny bone.” (Thrillist)

Tom Harrell (Nov. 7-10)
Dizzy’s Club, 33 W. 60th St. / 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $
Tom Harrell may not be the lickety-split trumpet phenom he was when he first hit New York, back in the early seventies, but, at age seventy-three, he still knows the value of a buffed tone, a perfectly placed note, and a gracefully symmetrical musical line; he’s long displayed the wisdom of a jazz master. His “Infinity” quintet cohorts include a younger wonder—the saxophonist Mark Turner—and the guitarist Charles Altura.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:

DENITIA
at Baby’s All Right / 7 p.m.; $12
“Known as half of the atmospheric R&B duo Denitia and Sene, this singer retreated from the Brooklyn music collective Club Casa a couple of years ago and holed up in the Rockaways to experiment with solo work. The move seems to have been fruitful: Since 2016, Denitia has released three EPs’ worth of colorful electro-pop reveries, like “Waiting,” that center on themes of growth, personal limits and the search for home and community. Her performance at this Brooklyn hot spot comes one day after the release of her first solo full-length, titled “Touch of the Sky.” (OLIVIA HORN-NYT)

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Smart Stuff / Other NYC EventS

The Renegade Craft Fair (Nov.9-10)
Get a jumpstart on holiday gifts
Metropolitan Pavilion / 11AM-5PM, FREE to enter
“The Renegade Craft Fair sells cute, kooky, and one-of-a-kind goods all over the country — and this weekend, it’s coming back to New York. Over 230 local makers and designers will gather at the Metropolitan Pavilion, ready to help you cross off your holiday shopping list. They’ll be joined by Instagram-ready art installations, arts-and-crafts workshops, live DJ sets, and seasonal cocktails. They’ve got to do something to pull you away from the fearsome grip of Amazon Prime!” (Thrillist)

White Light Conversation: Let’s Talk About Religion
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza / 3PM, FREE
“John Schaefer’s annual White Light Conversation looks at the contradictions of religion, fading from some recent societies and increasing in fervor elsewhere. A composer, author, theoretical physicist, and Episcopal priest come together to discuss “the evolutionary pathways of religious belief.” (ThoughtGallery)


Continuing Events

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COMING SOON (WFUV)

11/9 Pete Yorn, Warsaw
11/9 Toro Y Moi, Brooklyn Steel
11/12 Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, Sony Hall
11/12 WFUV’s On Your Radar with John Platt, Rockwood Music Hall
11/13 Charly Bliss, Webster 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.

Slayer and Ministry
November 9
Madison Square Garden
It’s a metal show! Slayer is billing this as their last tour, so catch ’em while you’ve got the chance.

Ariana Grande
November 12
Barclays Center
Ariana Grande has a great voice; enjoy it at this show.

The Ergs
November 15
Brooklyn Bazaar
New Jersey pop punks the Ergs—fronted by a singing drummer—play their loud, fast, catchy songs live.

Taking Back Sunday
November 15–16
Terminal 5
These Long Island screamo practitioners are still at it.

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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 / West Village

Corner Bistro 331 W. 4th St.

Sometimes you just need a beer and a burger. If so, Corner Bistro is the place you want. Located just outside the hip Meatpacking district, this corner bar and grill is decidedly unhip, but it’s not uncrowded, especially at night. Seems that everyone knows this place has one of the better burgers in town.

kac_120405_phude_corner_bistro_bar_1000-600x450In the maze of streets known as the West Village, where West 4th intersects with West 12th (and West 11th, and West 10th, go figure), you will eventually find Corner Bistro on the corner of West 4th and Jane Street. An unassuming neighborhood tavern, it looks just like dozens of other taverns around town.

The bartender tells me that the Corner Bistro celebrated it’s 55th anniversary last year. The well worn interior tells me that the place itself is much older.

Corner Bistro has outlasted many of those other taverns around town because they know how to keep it simple — just good burgers and beer, fairly priced. The classic bistro Burger is only $9.75, and should be ordered medium rare, which will be plenty rare for most folks. Actually, it will be a juicy, messy delight – make sure you have extra napkins. I like to pull up a stool and sit by the large front window in the afternoon, where I can rest my burger and beer on the shelf, and watch the Villagers walk by.

Corner Bistro seems to attract very different groups of patrons depending on time of day. While it’s crowded with locals in the evening, in the afternoon you hear different foreign languages, and watch groups of euro tourists wander in, led by their guidebooks and smartphones.

For the classic Bistro experience, order your burger with a McSorley’s draft, the dark preferably. This is the same beer that you can get over at the original McSorley’s in the East Village, the pub that claims to be the oldest continually operating bar in NYCity. The only difference is that this McSorley’s ale is served with a smile by the bartenders here. Or you can get a Sierra Nevada, Stella, or Hoegaarden on tap if you want to go upscale a bit. Either way this is a simple, but quality burger and beer experience that is just too rare these days (sorry for the pun).
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Website: cornerbistrony.com
Phone #: 212-242-9502
Hours: 11:30am-4am Mon-Sat; 12pm-4am Sun
Happy Hour: NO
Music: Juke Box
Subway: #1/2/3 to 14th St. (S end of platform)
Walk: 1 blk W. on 13th St. to 8th Ave.; 1 blk S. on 8th Ave. to Jane St.
Update:
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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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Must-see theater coming to New York City stages this fall (amNY)

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10 must-see Off-Broadway shows (amNY)

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NYC Events,”Only the Best” (11/08) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s 5th Avenue

“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:

Truffle Hunt Wine & Food Festa
Head out on a truffle hunt
Eataly, 4 World Trade Center, 101 Liberty Street, Floor 3 / 6-8PM, $75
“Turns out, you don’t need a specially trained pig to head out on a Truffle Hunt in New York City. Eataly’s hosting its annual truffle-themed festa with Urbani truffles and over 20 wines designed to pair perfectly with the “black diamond.” A ticket gets you unlimited access to the Truffle Hunt for two hours, and that time is best spent drinking Italian wine, eating truffle-laced dishes, and not asking when they’re going to bring out the pigs.” (Thrillist)

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7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>‘AKHNATEN’
>> Paul Taylor American Modern Dance
>> Storm Large
>> New York Comedy Festival
>> Tom Harrell
>> ‘A GATHERING OF THE MASTERS’
>> FROM THE HORSE’S MOUTH

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

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Music, Dance, Performing Art

‘AKHNATEN’ (next Nov.12,7:30PM)
at the Metropolitan Opera / 8 p.m.; $
“Phelim McDermott’s take on Philip Glass’s opera, originally produced by the English National Opera and the L.A. Opera, arrives in New York, with the superlative countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo in the title role. He is joined by J’Nai Bridges as Nefertiti, Disella Larusdottir as Queen Tye, Aaron Blake as the High Priest of Amon, Will Liverman as Horemhab, Richard Bernstein as Aye, Zachary James as Amenhotep III, and a troupe of acrobats and jugglers. Karen Kamensek conducts.” (NYT-David Allen)

Paul Taylor American Modern Dance
NYS Theater, Lincoln Center / 8PM, $
“Paul Taylor American Modern Dance will return to the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center from October 29 to November 17, with Paul Taylor: Celebrate the Dancemaker, featuring the Paul Taylor Dance Company in a tribute to its founder, who died in 2018.

The engagement marks PTAMD’s first Lincoln Center Season under Artistic Director Michael Novak. Highlights include 19 Taylor masterworks and commissioned works created on PTDC by Mr. Abraham (World Premiere) and Guest Resident Choreographers Ms. Gillis and Ms. Tanowitz (Lincoln Center Premieres).”

New York Comedy Festival
Laugh your ass off all weekend
Citywide ; Ticket prices vary by event
“With over 100 shows and over 200 comedians, the New York Comedy Festival brings way more than a week’s worth of laughs to the city. See extremely famous funnymen like Bill Maher at Madison Square Garden and Nick Kroll at BAM, or check out up-and-comers like Jena Friedman (straight from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival) and the cathartic comedy of Rape Jokes by Survivors. Check out the schedule to find what tickles your funny bone.” (Thrillist)

Storm Large (Nov.6-8)
Feinstein’s/54 Below / 9:30PM, $45
“Husky-voiced rock belter Large made her name on the TV show Rock Star: Supernova, and previously fronted the dubiously named Storm and the Balls. She is also known for her vagina-power novelty hit “8 Miles Wide” and her work with the cabaret supergroup Pink Martini. At Feinstein’s/54 Below she is backed by her band, Le Bonheur, in a new set of love songs with a twist.” (TONY)

Tom Harrell (Nov. 7-10)
Dizzy’s Club, 33 W. 60th St. / 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $
Tom Harrell may not be the lickety-split trumpet phenom he was when he first hit New York, back in the early seventies, but, at age seventy-three, he still knows the value of a buffed tone, a perfectly placed note, and a gracefully symmetrical musical line; he’s long displayed the wisdom of a jazz master. His “Infinity” quintet cohorts include a younger wonder—the saxophonist Mark Turner—and the guitarist Charles Altura.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)

Elsewhere, but if you can find a ticket this looks worth the detour:

‘A GATHERING OF THE MASTERS’
at Flushing Town Hall / 8 p.m.; $
“No fewer than six esteemed jazz veterans — all recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts as Jazz Masters, and hailing from various corners of the improvised-music world — will share the stage at Flushing Town Hall on Friday. This all-star group features the conguero Candido Camero and the saxophonist and clarinetist Paquito D’Rivera (two Cuban musicians a generation apart, who both defected to the United States), the pianist Joanne Brackeen, the trumpeter Jimmy Owens, the bassist Reggie Workman and the drummer Jimmy Cobb. The show has sold out, but check the website on Friday or call the box office for any tickets that might become available.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

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Smart Stuff / Other NYC EventS

FROM THE HORSE’S MOUTH (Nov.7-10)
at the 14th Street Y / 7:30 p.m.; $
“For 21 years, Tina Croll and Jamie Cunningham have celebrated important personalities and milestones of modern dance with this series, a unique fusion of performance, storytelling and history. This iteration focuses on the 75th anniversary of the Jerome Robbins Dance Division, located at the New York Public Library’s Performing Arts branch in Lincoln Center, an invaluable archive that has been protected and expanded over the years by a fiercely dedicated staff. Dance luminaries — writers, historians, dancers and choreographers among them — have lined up for this production to honor the collection’s legacy. Supplementary programming includes a critic’s panel on Wednesday and a lecture-demonstration on Nov. 8.” (NYT-Brian Schaefer)


Continuing Events

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COMING SOON (WFUV)

11/9 Pete Yorn, Warsaw
11/9 Toro Y Moi, Brooklyn Steel
11/12 Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, Sony Hall
11/12 WFUV’s On Your Radar with John Platt, Rockwood Music Hall
11/13 Charly Bliss, Webster 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.

Slayer and Ministry
November 9
Madison Square Garden
It’s a metal show! Slayer is billing this as their last tour, so catch ’em while you’ve got the chance.

Ariana Grande
November 12
Barclays Center
Ariana Grande has a great voice; enjoy it at this show.

The Ergs
November 15
Brooklyn Bazaar
New Jersey pop punks the Ergs—fronted by a singing drummer—play their loud, fast, catchy songs live.

Taking Back Sunday
November 15–16
Terminal 5
These Long Island screamo practitioners are still at it.

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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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WHAT’S ON VIEW
These are My Fave Special Exhibitions @ MUSEUMS / Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue
(See the New York Times Arts Section for listings of all museum exhibitions,
and also see the expanded reviews of these exhibitions)

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

‘ARTISTIC LICENSE: SIX TAKES ON THE GUGGENHEIM COLLECTION’  (through Jan. 12). “Displays that artists select from a museum’s collection are almost inevitably interesting, revealing and valuable. After all, artists can be especially discerning regarding work not their own. Here, six artists — Cai Guo-Qiang, Paul Chan, Richard Prince, Julie Mehretu, Carrie Mae Weens and Jenny Holzer — guided by specific themes, have chosen, which multiplies the impact accordingly. With one per ramp, each selection turns the museum inside out. The combination sustains multiple visits; the concept should be applied regularly.” (NYT-Roberta Smith)
212-423-3840, guggenheim.org

Neue Galerie

ERNST LUDWIG KIRCHNER (through Jan. 13).

“You could be forgiven for drawing a connection between Kirchner’s shocking color palette and his character. It would be understandable enough, considering his problems with morphine, Veronal and absinthe; the nervous breakdown precipitated by his artillery training in World War I; and his suicide in 1938, at the age of 58, after the Nazis had denounced him as a degenerate. But to linger on Kirchner’s lurid biography would be unfair to the mesmerizing technical genius of his style, amply on display in this exhibition. Surrounding more or less sober portrait subjects with backgrounds of flat but brilliant color, as Kirchner did, wasn’t just a youthful revolt against the staid academic painting he grew up with. It was also an ingenious way to articulate subjective experience in an increasingly materialist modern world. (NYT-Heinrich)
neuegalerie.org

‘SCENES FROM THE COLLECTION’

“After a surgical renovation to its grand pile on Fifth Avenue, the Jewish Museum has reopened its third-floor galleries with a rethought and refreshed display of its permanent collection, which intermingles modern and contemporary art, by Jews and gentiles alike — Mark Rothko, Lee Krasner, Nan Goldin, Cindy Sherman, and the excellent young Nigerian draftswoman Ruby Onyinyechi Amanze — with 4,000 years of Judaica. The works are shown in a nimble, non-chronological suite of galleries, and some of its century-spanning juxtapositions are bracing; others feel reductive, even dilletantish. But always, the Jewish Museum conceives of art and religion as interlocking elements of a story of civilization, commendably open to new influences and new interpretations.” (Farago) 212-423-3200, thejewishmuseum.org

Museum of the City of New York

NY AT ITS CORE (ongoing)
“Ten years in the making, New York at Its Core tells the compelling story of New York’s rise from a striving Dutch village to today’s “Capital of the World.” The exhibition captures the human energy that drove New York to become a city like no other and a subject of fascination the world over. Entertaining, inspiring, important, and at times bemusing, New York City “big personalities,” including Alexander Hamilton, Walt Whitman, Boss Tweed, Emma Goldman, JP Morgan, Fiorello La Guardia, Jane Jacobs, Jay-Z, and dozens more, parade through the exhibition. Visitors will also learn the stories of lesser-known New York personalities, like Lenape chieftain Penhawitz and Italian immigrant Susie Rocco. Even animals like the horse, the pig, the beaver, and the oyster, which played pivotal roles in the economy and daily life of New York, get their moment in the historical spotlight. Occupying the entire first floor in three interactive galleries (Port City, 1609-1898, World City, 1898-2012, and Future City Lab) New York at Its Core is shaped by four themes: money, density, diversity, and creativity. Together, they provide a lens for examining the character of the city, and underlie the modern global metropolis we know today. mcny.org” (NYCity Guide)

and you should be sure to check out these special exhibitions at that little museum on Fifth Ave., The Metropolitan Museum of Art
(open 7 days /week, AND always Pay What You Wish for NewYorkers)

‘THE LAST KNIGHT: THE ART, ARMOR, AND AMBITION OF MAXIMILIAN I’ (through Jan. 5).

“Kaiser Max, who ruled the Holy Roman Empire in the years around 1500, anchors the Met’s largest show of arms and armor in decades: a gleaming showcase of heavy metal and Hapsburg propaganda. Maximilian I, who ruled a swath of Europe stretching from the Netherlands to Croatia, would have looked resplendent on the battlefield when he wore the tapered suit of ribbed and fluted steel here. What really broadcast his power were public spectacles of chivalric glory, in which he jousted with local noblemen and foreign champions in ritualized, but still dangerous, mock combat. He also embraced the hottest technology of the late 15th century: printmaking, which allowed the emperor to broadcast his military prowess through books and monumental woodcuts. The pen, or at least movable type, was for Maximilian even mightier than the sword.” (Farago-NYT)
212-535-7710, metmuseum.org

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Museum Mile is a section of Fifth Avenue which contains one of the densest displays of culture in the world. Eight museums can be found along this section of Fifth Avenue:
• 105th Street – El Museo del Barrio (closed Sun-Mon)*
• 103rd Street – Museum of the City of New York (open 7 days /week)
•  92nd Street – The Jewish Museum (closed Wed) (Sat FREE) (Thu 5-8 PWYW)
•  91st Street  –  Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum (open 7 days /week)
•  89th Street –  National Academy Museum (closed Mon-Tue)
•  88th Street –  Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (closed Thu) (Sat 6-8 PWYW)
•  86th Street –  Neue Galerie New York (closed Tue-Wed) (Fri 6-8 FREE)
Last, but certainly not least, America’s premier museum
•  82nd Street – The Metropolitan Museum of Art (open 7 days /week)*
*always Pay What You Wish (PWYW) for NewYorkers

Although technically not part of the Museum Mile, the Frick Collection (closed Mon) (Wed 2-6pm PWYW; First Friday each month (exc Jan+Sep) 6-9pm FREE) on the corner of 70th St. and Fifth Avenue and the The Morgan Library & Museum (closed Mon) (Fri 7-9 FREE) on Madison Ave and 37th St are also located near Fifth Ave.
Now plan your own museum crawl (info on hours & admission updated June 2, 2015).
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For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right Sidebar dated 11/06 and 11/04.
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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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NYC Events,”Only the Best” (11/07) + Today’s Featured Pub (Greenwich Village)

“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:

Tom Harrell (Nov. 7-10)
Dizzy’s Club, 33 W. 60th St. / 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $
Tom Harrell may not be the lickety-split trumpet phenom he was when he first hit New York, back in the early seventies, but, at age seventy-three, he still knows the value of a buffed tone, a perfectly placed note, and a gracefully symmetrical musical line; he’s long displayed the wisdom of a jazz master. His “Infinity” quintet cohorts include a younger wonder—the saxophonist Mark Turner—and the guitarist Charles Altura.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)

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7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> The Tune: Wandering Melodic Road
>> Orfeo ed Euridice
>> Storm Large
>> Ephrat Asherie Dance
>> The Central Park: Original Designs for New York’s Greatest Treasure.
>> FROM THE HORSE’S MOUTH
>> Thirty Years After the Fall of the Berlin Wall: A Tale of Two Germanies
You may want to look at previous days posts for events that continue through today.

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Music, Dance, Performing Art

The Tune: Wandering Melodic Road
ATRIUM @ Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, FREE
“The all-female Korean band The Tune fills the David Rubenstein Atrium with its experimental spirit and songs of South Korean. Featuring piano, percussion, traditional Korean string instruments, and vocals, this groundbreaking group combines shamanistic music with a contemporary sound, breathing new life into old musical stories.”

The Metropolitan Opera
Orfeo ed Euridice (next Nov.10, 3PM)
Metropolitan Opera House / 8PM, $53+
“Mark Morris’s spirited take on the ancient Orpheus myth stars mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton as Orfeo, the grieving lover on a quest through the underworld. Soprano Hei-Kyung Hong sings the plaintive Euridice. Mark Wigglesworth conducts Gluck’s elegant score, a pinnacle of the Baroque repertoire.”

Storm Large (Nov.6-8)
Feinstein’s/54 Below / 9:30PM, $45
“Husky-voiced rock belter Large made her name on the TV show Rock Star: Supernova, and previously fronted the dubiously named Storm and the Balls. She is also known for her vagina-power novelty hit “8 Miles Wide” and her work with the cabaret supergroup Pink Martini. At Feinstein’s/54 Below she is backed by her band, Le Bonheur, in a new set of love songs with a twist.” (TONY)

Ephrat Asherie Dance (Nov. 5-7)
Joyce Theatre,175 Eighth Ave./ 7:30PM, $40+
“As a b-girl, Ephrat Asherie honed her craft in underground clubs, where she earned the sobriquet Bounce, and her works for the stage retain the loose, playful, accepting vibe of club-dance utopia. The most unorthodox aspect of her piece “Odeon” is the music, which is by the fin-de-siècle Brazilian composer Ernesto Nazareth (arranged by Asherie’s brother, the jazz pianist Ehud Asherie, and played live). Nazareth’s was a hybrid style, playing on the border between classical and popular, and Asherie meets it with her own hybrid style, mixing in breaking, house, vogue, and West African elements. The parallel makes sense, and the match of moves and music is incongruous enough to feel fresh.” (Brian Seibert, NewYorker)

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Smart Stuff / Other NYC EventS

The Central Park: Original Designs for New York’s Greatest Treasure.
Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium, 417 East 61st St. / 6PM, $25
“Join Friends of the Upper east Side Historic Districts and art historian and New York City Municipal Archives conservator Cynthia Brenwall for an illustrated book talk on her latest release. Attendess will get to see previously-unpublished designs, notes, maps and materials from the NYC Municipal Archives featured in Ms. Brenwall’s new book, to get a more complete understanding of the development and early history of Central Park. In this illustrated lecture, Brenwall will give us a lush look at the park’s creation, and show off early examples of Olmsted and Vaux’s extraordinary vision.” (untappedcities)

FROM THE HORSE’S MOUTH (Nov.7-10)
at the 14th Street Y / 7:30 p.m.; $
“For 21 years, Tina Croll and Jamie Cunningham have celebrated important personalities and milestones of modern dance with this series, a unique fusion of performance, storytelling and history. This iteration focuses on the 75th anniversary of the Jerome Robbins Dance Division, located at the New York Public Library’s Performing Arts branch in Lincoln Center, an invaluable archive that has been protected and expanded over the years by a fiercely dedicated staff. Dance luminaries — writers, historians, dancers and choreographers among them — have lined up for this production to honor the collection’s legacy. Supplementary programming includes a critic’s panel on Wednesday and a lecture-demonstration on Nov. 8.” (NYT-Brian Schaefer)

Thirty Years After the Fall of the Berlin Wall: A Tale of Two Germanies
Deutsches Haus at NYU, 42 Washington Mews / 6PM, FREE
“Deutsches Haus at NYU and NYU’s Center for European and Mediterranean Studies present a keynote address by DAAD Visiting Scholar at Deutsches Haus at NYU Christiane Lemke (Leibniz Universität Hannover) as part of the conference “Memories Are Made of This: 30 Years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall.” Christiane Lemke will analyze and reflect on the current state of German politics and how the historical narrative of what happened on November 9, 1989, and the perception of the aftermath of this event have transformed over the last 30 years.”


Continuing Events

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COMING SOON (WFUV)

11/7 The New Pornographers, Brooklyn Steel
11/9 Pete Yorn, Warsaw
11/9 Toro Y Moi, Brooklyn Steel
11/12 Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, Sony Hall
11/12 WFUV’s On Your Radar with John Platt, Rockwood Music Hall
11/13 Charly Bliss, Webster 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.

The New Pornographers
November 7
Brooklyn Steel
We love a good Canadian supergroup, of which the New Pornographers are one.

Slayer and Ministry
November 9
Madison Square Garden
It’s a metal show! Slayer is billing this as their last tour, so catch ’em while you’ve got the chance.

Ariana Grande
November 12
Barclays Center
Ariana Grande has a great voice; enjoy it at this show.

The Ergs
November 15
Brooklyn Bazaar
New Jersey pop punks the Ergs—fronted by a singing drummer—play their loud, fast, catchy songs live.

Taking Back Sunday
November 15–16
Terminal 5
These Long Island screamo practitioners are still at it.

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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 and 3 Good Eating Places – Greenwich Village

Caffe Vivaldi / 32 Jones Street (btw. Bleecker St./W4th St.)

Café Vivaldi is a classic, intimate club located in Greenwich Village on Jones Street, the street featured on the cover of Bob Dylan’s second album, “Freewheelin’. ”

maxresdefaultEach night Ishrat, the long time proprietor and impresario, carefully curates and schedules an eclectic series of musicians. You can often see him at his table in the corner, hard at work reviewing music videos and listening to cd demos on his laptop, scouting out future bookings. Musicians come from all over to play and sing in a club in Greenwich Village. Some are local New Yorkers, others are just passing through, in town for a few days.

There is a small bar, seating maybe 10. It’s close to the stage and I find it’s a perfect spot to sip a glass of red wine while listening to the music. The room itself has the performance area at one end and a cozy fireplace at the other. The performance area here is small, dominated by a large black Yamaha Grand piano. Tables are bunched together and most people at the tables are eating lite meals or sampling the wonderful desserts.

There is also a good selection of fairly priced wines,  but you are here because of the music. You can never be quite sure what you’re going to find, and that’s half the charm of this place. It’s not a home run every night, but many nights it’s pretty special.

I remember the night I saw the most talented bossa nova group, just in from San Paulo. As I listened, I wondered if there was any better music playing anywhere else in New York City that night. And at Caffé Vivaldi there is never a cover charge. Their recently redesigned web site does give you a better idea of the type of music playing each night.

At one time Greenwich Village was filled with clubs just like this, but times change. Real estate interests have impacted the village, and not for the better. Even Caffé Vivaldi had a rough time recently, when a new landlord raised the rent exorbitantly. Fortunately, Ishrat has built a loyal following over the years, and a fund raiser and slightly more reasonable rent has kept Café Vivaldi in business.

When Woody Allen and Al Pacino wanted to make movies featuring the timeless quality of Greenwich Village they came to Vivaldi. It’s important that we keep this special place alive, for if we lose Cafe Vivaldi, NYCity will have lost a piece of it’s soul.

CAFFE VIVALDI HAS CLOSED, VERY SAD.
I HAVE LEFT THIS REVIEW ON MY SITE AS A KIND OF MEMORIAL and A WARNING. WE HAVE TO WORK HARDER TO SAVE THESE SPECIAL PLACES.

As reported in the “Gothamist”:
“Caffe Vivaldi, one of the last bohemian bastions of the West Village, is set to close this weekend. During its 35 years on Jones Street, the casual cafe won the hearts of locals and celebs alike, including Oscar Isaac, Bette Midler, and Al Pacino.

Despite that friendly communal atmosphere, the owners ultimately struggled to survive under their notorious vulture landlord Steve Croman, who they say waged a harassment campaign against the restaurant, and eventually tripled their rent.”
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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.

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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3 Good Eating places

It’s not difficult to find a place to eat in Manhattan.
Finding a good, inexpensive place to eat is a bit harder.
Here are a few of my faves in this neighborhood:

Fish – 280 Bleecker St. (just a bit S. of 7th ave South)
This was an easy pick – the best raw bar special in town. $9 gets you 6 of the freshest oysters or clams + a glass of wine or beer. Don’t know how they can do it, but I tell everyone I know about this place. And it’s located right in the heart of some of the best no cover music in town.

Bleecker Street Pizza – 69 7th ave S. (corner of Bleecker St.)
The place is tiny and not much to look at, but this is one good slice. They like to brag that they have been voted “Best pizza in NY” 3 years in a row by the Food Network. I believe them. I would have voted for them.

Num Pang – 21 E 12th St. (btw. University Place/5th ave.)
This is a Cambodian banh mi sandwich shop that kept me well fed while I was in class nearby recently. It’s cramped, even for NYCity, but usually there is room up the spiral staircase to sit down and eat. In good weather carry your sandwich a few blocks to Union Square park. You may have to wait a few minutes, because everything is freshly made, but it’s worth it. Can you believe – an unheard of 26 food rating by Zagat.

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“3 Good Eating places” focuses on a quick bite, what I call “Fine Fast Food – NYCity Style”
No reservations needed.
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NYCity is the most diverse and interesting place to find a meal anywhere in the world. With more than 24,000 eating establishments you might welcome some advice.

◊ For all my picks of 54 Good Eating places, and essays on my favorite 18 PremierPubs in 9 Neighborhoods on Manhattan’s WestSide, order a copy of my e-book:
“Eating and Drinking on NYCity’s WestSide” ($4.99, available WINTER 2020).
◊ Order before FEB. 28, 2020 and receive a bonus – 27 of my favorite casual dining places with free Wi-Fi.

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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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Must-see theater coming to New York City stages this fall (amNY)

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10 must-see Off-Broadway shows (amNY)

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NYC Events,”Only the Best” (11/06) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

“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:

The Metropolitan Opera
Madama Butterfly (next Nov.9,1PM)
Metropolitan Opera House / 7:30PM, $53+
“One of opera’s most devastating tragedies returns in Anthony Minghella’s classic production. Soprano Hui He reprises her celebrated portrayal of the title geisha, opposite tenors Piero Pretti and Andrea Carè in their Met debuts as Pinkerton. Pier Giorgio Morandi conducts.”

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5 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Storm Large
>> BRENTANO STRING QUARTET
>> Inside Chamber Music
>> Ephrat Asherie Dance
>> Mongolian Contortionists: Himalayan Heritage

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

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Music, Dance, Performing Art

Storm Large (Nov.6-8)
Feinstein’s/54 Below / 9:30PM, $45
“Husky-voiced rock belter Large made her name on the TV show Rock Star: Supernova, and previously fronted the dubiously named Storm and the Balls. She is also known for her vagina-power novelty hit “8 Miles Wide” and her work with the cabaret supergroup Pink Martini. At Feinstein’s/54 Below she is backed by her band, Le Bonheur, in a new set of love songs with a twist.” (TONY)

BRENTANO STRING QUARTET
at Zankel Hall / 7:30 p.m.; $40+
“Matthew Aucoin’s String Quartet, in its New York premiere, is the highlight of this solid foursome’s Carnegie appearance. Also on the bill are Mozart’s String Quartet in E flat and Ravel’s String Quartet in F.” (David Allen-NYT)

Inside Chamber Music
Rose Studio, Lincoln Center / 6:30PM, $25
“This season, Inside Chamber Music expands to explore twelve milestone chamber music works. Join distinguished composer and radio personality Bruce Adolphe for investigations and insights into masterworks that changed the trajectory of the genre. Inside Chamber Music lectures are beloved by regulars and a revelation to first-timers for their depth, accessibility, and brilliance. Each lecture is supported by excerpts from the featured piece, performed live by CMS artists.”
Limited availability. Call 212-875-5788 for more information.

Ephrat Asherie Dance (Nov. 5-7)
Joyce Theatre,175 Eighth Ave./ 7:30PM, $40+
“As a b-girl, Ephrat Asherie honed her craft in underground clubs, where she earned the sobriquet Bounce, and her works for the stage retain the loose, playful, accepting vibe of club-dance utopia. The most unorthodox aspect of her piece “Odeon” is the music, which is by the fin-de-siècle Brazilian composer Ernesto Nazareth (arranged by Asherie’s brother, the jazz pianist Ehud Asherie, and played live). Nazareth’s was a hybrid style, playing on the border between classical and popular, and Asherie meets it with her own hybrid style, mixing in breaking, house, vogue, and West African elements. The parallel makes sense, and the match of moves and music is incongruous enough to feel fresh.” (Brian Seibert, NewYorker)

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Smart Stuff / Other NYC EventS

Screening and Conversation | Mongolian Contortionists: Himalayan Heritage
Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W. 17th St./ 6:30PM, $19
“Mongolian filmmaker Sarnai Tessitore presents her film Body in Motion: Exploring the Art of Contortion, which looks at a tradition that goes back at least to the 17th century, when it was entertainment in Mongolian royal courts. An intro and conversation bookend the screening.” (ThoughtGallery)


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COMING SOON (WFUV)

11/6 Little Stephen and the Disciples of Soul, Beacon Theatre

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.

The New Pornographers
November 7
Brooklyn Steel
We love a good Canadian supergroup, of which the New Pornographers are one.

Slayer and Ministry
November 9
Madison Square Garden
It’s a metal show! Slayer is billing this as their last tour, so catch ’em while you’ve got the chance.

Ariana Grande
November 12
Barclays Center
Ariana Grande has a great voice; enjoy it at this show.

The Ergs
November 15
Brooklyn Bazaar
New Jersey pop punks the Ergs—fronted by a singing drummer—play their loud, fast, catchy songs live.

Taking Back Sunday
November 15–16
Terminal 5
These Long Island screamo practitioners are still at it.

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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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WHAT’S ON VIEW
These are My Fave Special Exhibitions @ MUSEUMS / Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue
(See the New York Times Arts Section for listings of all museum exhibitions,
and also see the expanded reviews of these exhibitions)

‘SCENES FROM THE COLLECTION’

“After a surgical renovation to its grand pile on Fifth Avenue, the Jewish Museum has reopened its third-floor galleries with a rethought and refreshed display of its permanent collection, which intermingles modern and contemporary art, by Jews and gentiles alike — Mark Rothko, Lee Krasner, Nan Goldin, Cindy Sherman, and the excellent young Nigerian draftswoman Ruby Onyinyechi Amanze — with 4,000 years of Judaica. The works are shown in a nimble, non-chronological suite of galleries, and some of its century-spanning juxtapositions are bracing; others feel reductive, even dilletantish. But always, the Jewish Museum conceives of art and religion as interlocking elements of a story of civilization, commendably open to new influences and new interpretations.” (Farago) 212-423-3200, thejewishmuseum.org

Museum of the City of New York

NY AT ITS CORE (ongoing)
“Ten years in the making, New York at Its Core tells the compelling story of New York’s rise from a striving Dutch village to today’s “Capital of the World.” The exhibition captures the human energy that drove New York to become a city like no other and a subject of fascination the world over. Entertaining, inspiring, important, and at times bemusing, New York City “big personalities,” including Alexander Hamilton, Walt Whitman, Boss Tweed, Emma Goldman, JP Morgan, Fiorello La Guardia, Jane Jacobs, Jay-Z, and dozens more, parade through the exhibition. Visitors will also learn the stories of lesser-known New York personalities, like Lenape chieftain Penhawitz and Italian immigrant Susie Rocco. Even animals like the horse, the pig, the beaver, and the oyster, which played pivotal roles in the economy and daily life of New York, get their moment in the historical spotlight. Occupying the entire first floor in three interactive galleries (Port City, 1609-1898, World City, 1898-2012, and Future City Lab) New York at Its Core is shaped by four themes: money, density, diversity, and creativity. Together, they provide a lens for examining the character of the city, and underlie the modern global metropolis we know today. mcny.org” (NYCity Guide)

and you should be sure to check out these special exhibitions at that little museum on Fifth Ave., The Metropolitan Museum of Art
(open 7 days /week, AND always Pay What You Wish for NewYorkers)

Coming Soon

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Museum Mile is a section of Fifth Avenue which contains one of the densest displays of culture in the world. Eight museums can be found along this section of Fifth Avenue:
• 105th Street – El Museo del Barrio (closed Sun-Mon)*
• 103rd Street – Museum of the City of New York (open 7 days /week)
•  92nd Street – The Jewish Museum (closed Wed) (Sat FREE) (Thu 5-8 PWYW)
•  91st Street  –  Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum (open 7 days /week)
•  89th Street –  National Academy Museum (closed Mon-Tue)
•  88th Street –  Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (closed Thu) (Sat 6-8 PWYW)
•  86th Street –  Neue Galerie New York (closed Tue-Wed) (Fri 6-8 FREE)
Last, but certainly not least, America’s premier museum
•  82nd Street – The Metropolitan Museum of Art (open 7 days /week)*
*always Pay What You Wish (PWYW) for NewYorkers

Although technically not part of the Museum Mile, the Frick Collection (closed Mon) (Wed 2-6pm PWYW; First Friday each month (exc Jan+Sep) 6-9pm FREE) on the corner of 70th St. and Fifth Avenue and the The Morgan Library & Museum (closed Mon) (Fri 7-9 FREE) on Madison Ave and 37th St are also located near Fifth Ave.
Now plan your own museum crawl (info on hours & admission updated June 2, 2015).
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For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right Sidebar dated 11/04 and 11/02.
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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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10 must-see Off-Broadway shows (amNY)

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