Selected NYC Events (05/18) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s Super 7 NYC Events > THURSDAY/MAY 18, 2017

“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 be sure to check the tab above: “Notable NYC Events-May”

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

Steve Coleman and Five Elements
Village Vanguard, / 8:30, +10:30PM, $30
It’s a pressure-cooker type of deal: Steve Coleman’s Five Elements outfit simmers and bubbles and boils until the lid blows off and the steam screams out. Thanks to the intricate interplay — which has been the DNA of the saxophonist/conceptualist’s stuff since he established his lab in the heady Fort Greene of the Eighties — watching the process can be mind-boggling, like body music posing as a chess match. Trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson, guitarist Miles Okazaki, bassist Anthony Tidd, and drummer Sean Rickman comprise the quintet, and their agility is unparalleled. A concert-hall set from last summer’s Montreal Jazz Fest was unforgettably explosive, and when they set up shop in a cozy room like the Vanguard, every micro maneuver boasts an even greater impact. Don’t take your eyes off the rhythm section.” (Jim Macnie,Village Voice)

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

>>DAFNIS PRIETO SÍ O SÍ QUARTET
>>Bill Charlap Trio
>>American Ballet Theatre
>>Art Museum Day
>>Islamic Civilization in Thirty Lives: The First 1,000 Years
>>“How Money Got Free: Bitcoin and the Fight for the Future of Finance”
>>PLUS Mad. Sq. Eats
AND The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is throwing a concert.
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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

DAFNIS PRIETO SÍ O SÍ QUARTET
at the Jazz Gallery, 1160 Broadway / 7:30 and 9:30PM, $25
“Mr. Prieto, a Cuban drummer and MacArthur fellow, assigns a spry rhythmic identity to every member of his Sí o Sí Quartet. His original compositions focus on melodies and phrases that repeat and amplify without adding any excess weight. The quartet — featuring Roman Filiu on alto saxophone, Manuel Valera on piano and Johannes Weidenmueller on bass — appears at the Jazz Gallery in a two-night run that Mr. Prieto is using to raise money for a coming big band album.” (GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO-NYT)

Bill Charlap Trio (May 16 – 21)
With pianist Bill Charlap, bassist Peter Washington, and drummer Kenny Washington
Dizzy’s Club / 7:30PM +9:30PM, $35
“Charlap approaches a song the way a lover approaches his beloved…when he sits down to play, the result is an embrace, an act of possession. The tune rises, falls, disappears, and resurfaces in new forms as Charlap ranges over the keyboard with nimble, crisply swinging lines, subtly layered textures, dense chords, and spiky interjections.” TIME Magazine

One of the world’s premier jazz pianists, Bill Charlap has performed and recorded with modern masters ranging from Phil Woods and Wynton Marsalis, to Tony Bennett and Barbra Streisand. Since 1997, he has led the GRAMMY® Award-nominated Bill Charlap Trio with bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington, now recognized as a leading group in jazz. Veterans of top jazz clubs including the Village Vanguard, Birdland, and – of course – Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, this trio is exemplary for its jaw-dropping level of chemistry and on-the-fly interactivity, made possible by both technical chops and hard-earned experience.”

PLUS, for the remainder of May it is dueling ballet companies, as the city’s two major companies, A.B.T. and New York City Ballet, face off at Lincoln Center – only in NY.

American Ballet Theatre (May 15 thru July 08)
Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center / (May 15-16, 7:30 p.m.; May 17, 2 and 7:30 p.m.; May 18, 7:30 p.m). $22+
“ABT kicks off its eight-week spring engagement with its 1995 production of “Don Quixote,” the first in this season’s lineup of full-length story ballets. It may not be the most nuanced or substantive work, but as a vehicle for pyrotechnic feats, it sparkles. Casting for the leading couple — Kitri and Basilio — includes Gillian Murphy and Cory Stearns on Monday and Thursday, and Misty Copeland and Jeffrey Cirio on Tuesday.” (SIOBHAN BURKE-NYT)
and
NYC Ballet (May 16 thru May 28)
NYS/DHK Theater, Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, $30+
“Of the works in City Ballet’s four-week Here/Now festival, those by Justin Peck, the company’s artist in residence, have been among the freshest — the most aligned with the festival’s title. On Friday Mr. Peck unveils his third collaboration with the indie composer Sufjan Stevens, “The Decalogue,” performed by 10 dancers to a commissioned score for solo piano. It repeats on Sunday, Thursday andMay 20, sharing a bill with ballets by Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Jorma Elo and Peter Martins.” (GIA KOURLAS – NYT)

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

Art Museum Day
Make today a museum day and escape the heat at one of the museums offering free admission in celebration of Art Museum Day.

Islamic Civilization in Thirty Lives: The First 1,000 Years
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave./ 12PM, $45
“Distinguished professor Chase F. Robinson draws on the long tradition in Muslim scholarship of commemorating in writing the biographies of notable figures. He weaves together the lives of religious thinkers, political leaders, lawmakers, writers and philosophers to create a rich narrative of Islamic civilization — a vivid picture of life in all arenas of the pre-modern Muslim world. There will be a book signing following the event.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

“How Money Got Free: Bitcoin and the Fight for the Future of Finance”
Museum of American Finance, 48 Wall St./12:30PM, $5
“In the space of a few years, Bitcoin has gone from an idea ignored or maligned by almost everyone to an asset with a market cap of more than $12 billion. Venture capital firms, Goldman Sachs, the NYSE and entrepreneurs such as Richard Branson have invested more than $1 billion in companies built on this groundbreaking technology. Bill Gates has even declared it “better than currency.”

Join us for an afternoon of provocative discussion with Brian Patrick Eha, journalist and author of a new book about Bitcoin, How Money Got Free. An exciting, behind-the-scenes narrative of the rise and fall and rise of this disruptive technology, his book has been compared to “a fiber-optic cable extending into our uncertain economic future.” He will draw on his deep knowledge of Bitcoin’s history to discuss how this brilliant invention is shaping the debate around competing ideas of money and liberty, and what that means for the rest of us.”

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:
My Soul Looks Back: Jessica B. Harris in Conversation with Nicole Taylor
Museum of Food and Drink 62 Bayard Street on the south side of McCarren Park in Williamsburg, Brooklyn./ 6:30pm; $10
“The famed cookbook author, professor and specialist in the cultures of the African diaspora sits down with writer Nicole Taylor to discuss her new memoir of the West Village in the ’70s, My Soul Looks Back.” (TONY)  OOPS!  this now looks SOLD OUT.

AND from New York Today, a wonderfully quirky feature on the NYT (Mon-Fri) comes this idea for beating today’s record breaking heat:

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is throwing a concert.

“Inside the Vanderbilt Hall of Grand Central Terminal, 70 musical acts will compete for the chance to play at coveted spots throughout the city’s subway stations and commuter rail terminals and at the Staten Island Ferry terminal.

The competition is part of Music Under New York, a program that brings music to commuters by staging performances from more than 350 buskers.

The competitors today include guitarists, a hulusi player and pop music singers, among others. They will be judged by previous winners, music industry professionals, members of cultural institutions and transportation authority staff.

About 20 winners will be chosen to join other performers on the Music Under New York roster. The auditions run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Past winners will perform a concert from noon to 12:30 p.m., during a break in the auditions.”

PLUS Mad. Sq. Eats (thru Jun 03)
General Worth Square; 11am; free access
“Twice a year, this outdoor food fest brings buzzworthy bites from the city’s best restaurants to Worth Square in the Flatiron District. Best eats include Roberta’s sensational pizza, MeltKraft grilled cheese sandwiches and cheesesteaks by the Truffleist. The one-stop shop for the tastiest grub in town will be available every day until June 3, so make sure to wear your stretchy pants.” (TONY)

The great food options here along with the lovely Madison Square Park across the street make an unbeatable combo.

And don’t forget these outer borough events:
Day 7 of Bronx Week 2017, which celebrates the citizens of the borough with events through May 21. Times and prices vary.

And while you are in the Bronx you won’t want to miss this:
CHIHULY (thru Oct.29)
New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd./ $20 to $25
“Step into the sublimely colorful mind of multimedia artist Dale Chihuly at this larger-than-life exhibition, where over twenty of the celebrated creators’ gigantic pieces will take over the 250-acre grounds of the New York Botanical Garden, with installations created especially for the exhibit. Don’t miss special after-dark hours to experience the glassworks illuminated.”

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Bonus NYC events– Jazz Venues:
Many consider NYCity the Jazz capital of the world. Here are my favorite Jazz clubs, all on Manhattan’s WestSide. Check out who is playing tonight:

Greenwich Village
(5 are underground, classic jazz joints. all 6 are within walking distance of each other):
Village Vanguard – UG, 178 7th Ave. South, villagevanguard.com, 212-255-4037
Blue Note – 131 W3rd St. nr 6th ave. bluenotejazz.com, 212-475-8592
55 Bar – basement @55 Christopher St. nr 7th ave.S. 55bar.com, 212-929-9883
Mezzrow – basement @ 163 W10th St. nr 7th Ave. mezzrow.com,646-476-4346
Smalls – basement @ 183 W10th St. smallslive.com, 646-476-4346
Cornelia Street Cafe – UG, 29 Cornelia St. corneliastreetcafe.com, 212-989-9319

Outside Greenwich Village:
Dizzy’s Club – Broadway @ 60th St. — jazz.org/dizzys / 212-258-9595
Birdland – 315 W44th St.(btw 8/9ave) — birdlandjazz.com / 212-581-3080
Smoke Jazz Club – 2751 Broadway nr.106th St. — smokejazz.com / 212-864-6662

Special Mention:
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 enjoyment and discovery.

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♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity, with a population of  8.5 million, had a record 60 million visitors last year and was TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2017.  Quality shows draw crowds.
Try to reserve seats for these top NYC events in advance, even if just on day of performance.
NYCity Vacation Travel Guide Video (Expedia):

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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 York Times really likes:

PETER DREHER (thru May 20)
Koenig & Clinton, 459 West 19th Street

“Peter Dreher has spent much of his career producing thousands of high-concept but technically exacting oil portraits of an empty water glass. This 84-year-old German painter’s latest show at Koenig & Clinton collects seven decades’ worth of his treatment of skulls, instead.

The works range from a 1947 watercolor with an upward gaze of doomed innocence to six 10-foot-wide black-and-gray gouaches, made between 2005 and 2007, that manage to look equally like punk-chic bedspreads and coolly abstract reckonings with wartime atrocity. They have a strange, motion-activated flicker, their more or less reflective skulls passing in and out of view as you shift your position.

This subtle formal paradox — a suggestion that black and white, as equal partners in a singular action of contrast, are essentially interchangeable — is a good lead-in to the back room, which holds 15 recent head-on views. Painted in thin, overlapping layers of white gouache, these skulls look like X-rays printed on celluloid. They vary widely in their particulars: One has a jackal’s grimace and a cleft chin, another a severe underbite and eight separately articulated lower teeth. But hanging them all in a line makes those details read as passing accidents, like the constantly mutating patterns of a tide pool.

Standing in front of them, I had what felt like a Buddhist revelation: For a moment, I could see that impermanence was inextricable from form.” (WILL HEINRICH)

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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 to 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 the 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 05/16 and 05/14.

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Selected Events (05/17) + Today’s Featured Pub (Times Square / Theater District)

Today’s Super 7 NYC Events > WEDNESDAY/MAY 17, 2017

“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 be sure to check the tab above: “Notable NYC Events-May”

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

ANAT COHEN & TRIO BRASILEIRO (LAST NIGHT)
Jazz Standard / 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $30
“Over two nights and four sets, charismatic clarinetist Anat Cohen and her Trio Brasileiro cohorts will be celebrating the release of her new recording, Rosa Dos Ventos, on Anzic Records. The clarinetist says: “Playing with Trio Brasileiro – three of the most sensitive, inventive musicians I know, along with being sweet guys – is such a joy for me. And I think you can hear that joy in the music we make together.”

Commenting on a 2016 performance by Anat Cohen and Trio Brasileiro, veteran critic Don Heckman described “a stunning display of Brazilian choro and samba music…All of the tunes stood on their own (many were original compositions), contrasting beautifully composed segments against the guitar and mandolin improvisation of Dudu Maia with Anat Cohen’s high–flying clarinet solos…At their best, the players illuminated the deep, creative comparisons between choro and jazz.”

Anytime Anat is playing in this town she is going to be my top event. I’ll be there tonight to hear one of America’s top clarinet players perform her magic.
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6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)

>>Bill Charlap Trio
>>Brandon Uranowitz: The Songs of William Finn
>>FLAMENCO VIVO CARLOTA SANTANA
>>American Ballet Theatre
>>The Final Season of the Gilded Age
>>“It Happens Every Spring” with Pulitzer Prize-Winner Ira Berkow
>>PLUS Mad. Sq. Eats

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Bill Charlap Trio (May 16 – 21)
With pianist Bill Charlap, bassist Peter Washington, and drummer Kenny Washington
Dizzy’s Club / 7:30PM +9:30PM, $35
“Charlap approaches a song the way a lover approaches his beloved…when he sits down to play, the result is an embrace, an act of possession. The tune rises, falls, disappears, and resurfaces in new forms as Charlap ranges over the keyboard with nimble, crisply swinging lines, subtly layered textures, dense chords, and spiky interjections.” TIME Magazine

One of the world’s premier jazz pianists, Bill Charlap has performed and recorded with modern masters ranging from Phil Woods and Wynton Marsalis, to Tony Bennett and Barbra Streisand. Since 1997, he has led the GRAMMY® Award-nominated Bill Charlap Trio with bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington, now recognized as a leading group in jazz. Veterans of top jazz clubs including the Village Vanguard, Birdland, and – of course – Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, this trio is exemplary for its jaw-dropping level of chemistry and on-the-fly interactivity, made possible by both technical chops and hard-earned experience.”

Brandon Uranowitz: The Songs of William Finn
Feinstein’s/54 Below, 254 W54th St. / 9:30PM, $35+
“A 2015 Tony nominee for An American in Paris, Uranowitz recently charmed audiences (and earned a second Tony nomination) as the neurotic psychiatrist Mendel in the Broadway revival of William Finn’s Falsettos. In his solo Feinstein’s/54 Below act, he shows how well he fits the Bill with more of Finn’s vibrant, stubborn, zig-zagging songs.” (TONY)

Elsewhere, but flamenco is always worth the detour.
FLAMENCO VIVO CARLOTA SANTANA (thru May 21)
at BAM Fisher, 321 Ashland Place / 7:30PM, $25
“Dedicated to keeping flamenco alive and growing, this New York-based ensemble comes to BAM Fisher with three new works by Spanish choreographers, performed by 14 dancers and musicians from Spain and the United States. “El Pintor,” by Antonio Hidalgo, takes inspiration from the symbolist painter Julio Romero de Torres; José Maldonado’s “Pa’ Triana Voy” evokes life in the Seville neighborhood of Triana; and Angel Muñoz riffs on the traditional style known as soleá por bulerías in a piece for four men.” (SIOBHAN BURKE-NYT)

PLUS, for the remainder of May it is dueling ballet companies, as the city’s two major companies, A.B.T. and New York City Ballet, face off at Lincoln Center – only in NY.

American Ballet Theatre (May 15 thru July 08)
Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center / (May 15-16, 7:30 p.m.; May 17, 2 and 7:30 p.m.; May 18, 7:30 p.m). $22+
“ABT kicks off its eight-week spring engagement with its 1995 production of “Don Quixote,” the first in this season’s lineup of full-length story ballets. It may not be the most nuanced or substantive work, but as a vehicle for pyrotechnic feats, it sparkles. Casting for the leading couple — Kitri and Basilio — includes Gillian Murphy and Cory Stearns on Monday and Thursday, and Misty Copeland and Jeffrey Cirio on Tuesday.” (SIOBHAN BURKE-NYT)
and
NYC Ballet (May 16 thru May 28)
NYS/DHK Theater, Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, $30+
“Of the works in City Ballet’s four-week Here/Now festival, those by Justin Peck, the company’s artist in residence, have been among the freshest — the most aligned with the festival’s title. On Friday Mr. Peck unveils his third collaboration with the indie composer Sufjan Stevens, “The Decalogue,” performed by 10 dancers to a commissioned score for solo piano. It repeats on Sunday, Thursday andMay 20, sharing a bill with ballets by Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Jorma Elo and Peter Martins.” (GIA KOURLAS – NYT)

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

The Final Season of the Gilded Age
New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West/ 6:30PM, $48
“Architectural historian Barry Lewis talks about the uniquely American take on neo-classicism that appeared in U.S. architecture in the decades leading up to WWI. The talk is in anticipation of the new New-York Historical Society exhibition W​orld War I Beyond the Trenches​, which opens a week from Friday.” (ThoughtGallery.org)
I enjoyed an entire semester with Barry Lewis and there is no one more fascinating and knowledgeable about New York history.

“It Happens Every Spring” with Pulitzer Prize-Winner Ira Berkow
Bergino Baseball Clubhouse, 67 E. 11th St./ 7PM, FREE, RSVP required to attend.
Opinions and reflections on the National Pastime from one of New York’s most popular sportswriters.

Ira Berkow is a former sports columnist and feature writer for “The New York Times,” where he worked for more than 25 years. He shared the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting in 2001 and was a finalist for the Pulitzer for commentary in 1988.

We’ll let these gents have the word…
“It can be stated as a law that the sportswriter whose horizons are no wider than the outfield fences is a bad sportswriter because he has no sense of proportion and no awareness of the real world around him. Ira Berkow knows that what is important about a game is not the score but the people who play it.” -Red Smith

“Ira Berkow belongs to that rare breed: a writer who specializes in sports but whose subjects represent a broad range in human aspirations and challenges.” -Gay Talese

Mad. Sq. Eats (thru Jun 03)
General Worth Square; 11am; free access
“Twice a year, this outdoor food fest brings buzzworthy bites from the city’s best restaurants to Worth Square in the Flatiron District. Best eats include Roberta’s sensational pizza, MeltKraft grilled cheese sandwiches and cheesesteaks by the Truffleist. The one-stop shop for the tastiest grub in town will be available every day until June 3, so make sure to wear your stretchy pants.” (TONY)

The great food options here along with the lovely Madison Square Park across the street make an unbeatable combo.

And don’t forget these outer borough events:
Day 6 of Bronx Week 2017, which celebrates the citizens of the borough with events through May 21. Times and prices vary.

And while you are in the Bronx you won’t want to miss this:
CHIHULY (thru Oct.29)
New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd./ $20 to $25
“Step into the sublimely colorful mind of multimedia artist Dale Chihuly at this larger-than-life exhibition, where over twenty of the celebrated creators’ gigantic pieces will take over the 250-acre grounds of the New York Botanical Garden, with installations created especially for the exhibit. Don’t miss special after-dark hours to experience the glassworks illuminated.”

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Bonus NYC Events – Music Venues:
So much fine live music every night in this town. These are my favorite non jazz music venues, almost all on Manhattan’s WestSide. Check out who’s playing tonight:

City Winery – 155 Varick St., citywinery.com, 212-608-0555
Feinstein’s/54 Below – 254 W54th St., 54below.com, 646-476-3551
Joe’s Pub @ Public Theater – 425 Lafayette St., joespub.com, 212-967-7555
Metropolitan Room – 34W22ndSt., metropolitan room.com, 212-206-0440
Beacon Theatre – 2124 Broadway @ 74th St., beacontheatre.com, 212-465-6500
Town Hall – 123 W43rd St., thetownhall.org, 212-997-6661
B.B. King’s Blues Bar – 237W42nd St., bbkingblues.com, 212-997-2144
Bowery Ballroom – 6 Delancey St. boweryballroom.com,
Le Poisson Rouge – 158 Bleecker St., lepoissonrouge.com, 212-505-3474

Special Mention:
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 enjoyment and discovery.

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♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity, with a population of  8.5 million, had a record 60 million visitors last year and was TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2017.  Quality shows draw crowds.
Try to reserve seats for these top NYC events in advance, even if just on day of performance.
NYCity Vacation Travel Guide Video (Expedia):

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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 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 great 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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Selected NYC Events (05/16) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s 5th Avenue

Today’s Super 7 NYC Events > TUESDAY/MAY 16, 2017

“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 be sure to check the tab above: “Notable NYC Events-May”

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

Bill Charlap Trio (May 16 – 21)
With pianist Bill Charlap, bassist Peter Washington, and drummer Kenny Washington
Dizzy’s Club / 7:30PM +9:30PM, $35
“Charlap approaches a song the way a lover approaches his beloved…when he sits down to play, the result is an embrace, an act of possession. The tune rises, falls, disappears, and resurfaces in new forms as Charlap ranges over the keyboard with nimble, crisply swinging lines, subtly layered textures, dense chords, and spiky interjections.” TIME Magazine

One of the world’s premier jazz pianists, Bill Charlap has performed and recorded with modern masters ranging from Phil Woods and Wynton Marsalis, to Tony Bennett and Barbra Streisand. Since 1997, he has led the GRAMMY® Award-nominated Bill Charlap Trio with bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington, now recognized as a leading group in jazz. Veterans of top jazz clubs including the Village Vanguard, Birdland, and – of course – Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, this trio is exemplary for its jaw-dropping level of chemistry and on-the-fly interactivity, made possible by both technical chops and hard-earned experience.”

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

>>HOMAGE TO BILLIE HOLIDAY
>>FLAMENCO VIVO CARLOTA SANTANA
>>Lea Salonga
>>Charlie Mars
>>American Ballet Theatre
>>Everything Food with Melissa Clark and Julia Moskin
>>PLUS Mad. Sq. Eats

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

HOMAGE TO BILLIE HOLIDAY
Opening Concert for Harlem EatUp! festival
Apollo Theater, / 8PM, $43-$143
“Opening kick off concert for the Harlem EatUp Festival, a four-day festival offering a sample of Harlems sights, flavors and sounds. Founded by award-winning chef, Marcus Samuelsson and food festival legend, Herb Karlitz, the festival now in third year joined with music producer Michael Dorf to create this classic opening night event. Billie Holiday got her start in Harlem and the line up of 10-12 amazing artists honoring her songbook will be a rare and special night at the Apollo.”
ARTISTS:
ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER
LIZZ WRIGHT
BETTYE LAVETTE

Elsewhere, but flamenco is always worth the detour.
FLAMENCO VIVO CARLOTA SANTANA (thru May 21)
at BAM Fisher, 321 Ashland Place / 7:30PM, $25
“Dedicated to keeping flamenco alive and growing, this New York-based ensemble comes to BAM Fisher with three new works by Spanish choreographers, performed by 14 dancers and musicians from Spain and the United States. “El Pintor,” by Antonio Hidalgo, takes inspiration from the symbolist painter Julio Romero de Torres; José Maldonado’s “Pa’ Triana Voy” evokes life in the Seville neighborhood of Triana; and Angel Muñoz riffs on the traditional style known as soleá por bulerías in a piece for four men.” (SIOBHAN BURKE-NYT)

Lea Salonga (May 11-22)
Feinstein’s/54 Below, 254 W 54thSt./ 7PM, $95+
“The radiant star of Broadway’s Miss Saigon and Allegiance (and Disney’s Mulan and Aladdin) returns to the cabaret stage with a show that includes show tunes, standards and pop songs.” (TONY)

“After a sold-out engagement last April, Lea Salonga returns to Feinstein’s/54 Below with a show The New York Times called “one of the year’s most satisfying cabaret shows” and Theatermania touted as “unmissable”! Salonga smartly weaves together a set list of her favorite standards, go-to pop tunes, and Broadway ballads. This trio of piano, guitar, and voice ensures an intimate experience with a true Broadway icon. Salonga joins us for a record-breaking run of 15 performances this spring!”

Charlie Mars
Joe’s Pub at The Public, 425 Lafayette St./ 9:30PM, $20
“The Money, the final volume in Charlie Mars’ Texas trilogy, opens with a scene of cinematic vividness. “Looking out a rainy window/In a hotel in Caroline/Drinking free coffee, smoking that smoke/From an apple by the exit sign.” He called the song “Hell Yeah,” a Rebel yell from this Oxford, Mississippi, resident not of celebration but of recognition.

It’s a theme as old as The Odyssey, laid out in crisp contemporary verse over a lowdown, hickory-smoked backbeat, in the tradition of fellow Southern minimalists Tony Joe White and J.J. Cale.”

PLUS, for the remainder of May it is dueling ballet companies, as the city’s two major companies, A.B.T. and New York City Ballet, face off at Lincoln Center – only in NY.

American Ballet Theatre (May 15 thru July 08)
Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center / (May 15-16, 7:30 p.m.; May 17, 2 and 7:30 p.m.; May 18, 7:30 p.m). $22+
“ABT kicks off its eight-week spring engagement with its 1995 production of “Don Quixote,” the first in this season’s lineup of full-length story ballets. It may not be the most nuanced or substantive work, but as a vehicle for pyrotechnic feats, it sparkles. Casting for the leading couple — Kitri and Basilio — includes Gillian Murphy and Cory Stearns on Monday and Thursday, and Misty Copeland and Jeffrey Cirio on Tuesday.” (SIOBHAN BURKE-NYT)
and
NYC Ballet (May 16 thru May 28)
NYS/DHK Theater, Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, $30+
“Of the works in City Ballet’s four-week Here/Now festival, those by Justin Peck, the company’s artist in residence, have been among the freshest — the most aligned with the festival’s title. On Friday Mr. Peck unveils his third collaboration with the indie composer Sufjan Stevens, “The Decalogue,” performed by 10 dancers to a commissioned score for solo piano. It repeats on Sunday, Thursday andMay 20, sharing a bill with ballets by Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Jorma Elo and Peter Martins.” (GIA KOURLAS – NYT)

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

Everything Food with Melissa Clark and Julia Moskin
92Y, Lexington Avenue at 92nd St./ 7PM, $29
“Join renowned New York Times journalists and cookbook authors Melissa Clark and Julia Moskin as they discuss the latest in food news, trends, what’s hot and what’s not on the NYC dining scene and the best must-try recipes of the year.”

Mad. Sq. Eats (thru Jun 03)
General Worth Square; 11am; free access
“Twice a year, this outdoor food fest brings buzzworthy bites from the city’s best restaurants to Worth Square in the Flatiron District. Best eats include Roberta’s sensational pizza, MeltKraft grilled cheese sandwiches and cheesesteaks by the Truffleist. The one-stop shop for the tastiest grub in town will be available every day until June 3, so make sure to wear your stretchy pants.” (TONY)

The great food options here along with the lovely Madison Square Park across the street make an unbeatable combo.

And don’t forget these outer borough events:
Day 5 of Bronx Week 2017, which celebrates the citizens of the borough with events through May 21. Times and prices vary.

And while you are in the Bronx you won’t want to miss this:
CHIHULY (thru Oct.29)
New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd./ $20 to $25
“Step into the sublimely colorful mind of multimedia artist Dale Chihuly at this larger-than-life exhibition, where over twenty of the celebrated creators’ gigantic pieces will take over the 250-acre grounds of the New York Botanical Garden, with installations created especially for the exhibit. Don’t miss special after-dark hours to experience the glassworks illuminated.”

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Bonus NYC events– Jazz Venues:
Many consider NYCity the Jazz capital of the world. Here are my favorite Jazz clubs, all on Manhattan’s WestSide. Check out who is playing tonight:

Greenwich Village
(5 are underground, classic jazz joints. all 6 are within walking distance of each other):
Village Vanguard – UG, 178 7th Ave. South, villagevanguard.com, 212-255-4037
Blue Note – 131 W3rd St. nr 6th ave. bluenotejazz.com, 212-475-8592
55 Bar – basement @55 Christopher St. nr 7th ave.S. 55bar.com, 212-929-9883
Mezzrow – basement @ 163 W10th St. nr 7th Ave. mezzrow.com,646-476-4346
Smalls – basement @ 183 W10th St. smallslive.com, 646-476-4346
Cornelia Street Cafe – UG, 29 Cornelia St. corneliastreetcafe.com, 212-989-9319

Outside Greenwich Village:
Dizzy’s Club – Broadway @ 60th St. — jazz.org/dizzys / 212-258-9595
Birdland – 315 W44th St.(btw 8/9ave) — birdlandjazz.com / 212-581-3080
Smoke Jazz Club – 2751 Broadway nr.106th St. — smokejazz.com / 212-864-6662

Special Mention:
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 enjoyment and discovery.

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♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity, with a population of  8.5 million, had a record 60 million visitors last year and was TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2017.  Quality shows draw crowds.
Try to reserve seats for these top NYC events in advance, even if just on day of performance.
NYCity Vacation Travel Guide Video (Expedia):

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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)

Morgan Library & Museum
‘I’M NOBODY! WHO ARE YOU? THE LIFE AND POETRY OF EMILY DICKINSON’ (through May 28).
“This is the second-largest gathering ever, anywhere, of prime Dickinson relics, and as such it comes with an aura the size of a city block. It instantly turns the Morgan into a pilgrimage site, a literary Lourdes, a place to come in contact with one aspect of America that truly can claim greatness. And the show has a mission, to give 21st-century audiences a fresh take on Dickinson. Gone is the white-gowned Puritan nun, and the Belle of Amherst, that infantilized charmer. At the Morgan we get a different Dickinson, a person among people: a member of a household, a village dweller, a citizen.” 212-685-0008, themorgan.org. (NYT-Holland Cotter)

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

at the very least you will want to see this one:
‘CELEBRATING THE ARTS OF JAPAN: THE MARY GRIGGS BURKE COLLECTION’ (through May 2017)
“This lavish collection of 160 objects came to the Met from the Mary and Jackson Burke Foundation in early 2015. The Burkes loved Japanese art — all of it — and the exhibition is close to compendious in terms of media, from wood-carved Buddhas to bamboo baskets, with a particular strength in painting, early and late. The quality of the work? Japan thinks highly enough of it to have made the Burke holdings the first Japanese collection from abroad ever to show at Tokyo National Museum. 212-535-7710, metmuseum.org.” (Cotter)

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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)

Although technically not part of the Museum Mile, the Frick Collection (closed Mon) (SUN 11am-1pm PWYW) 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 05/14 and 05/12.
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Selected NYC Events (05/15) + Today’s Featured Pub (Greenwich Village)

Today’s Super 7 NYC Events > MONDAY/MAY 15, 2017

“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 be sure to check the tab above: “Notable NYC Events-May”

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

THE DIZZY GILLESPIE AFRO CUBAN EXPERIENCE
Blue Note, 131 W 3rd St./ 8:00PM, 10:30PM, $20-$35
“Dizzy Gillespie was introduced to Chano Pozo in 1947 by Mario Bauza. Both became life-long friends and Dizzy and Chano Pozo developed Afro-Cuban jazz, which became extremely successful, attracting people to dance to its unique rhythms. Gillespies most famous contributions to Afro-Cuban music are the compositions “Manteca” and “Tin Tin Deo”.

Machitos Afro Cubans (formed in 1940), the creators of Cu-Bop, were a major influence on musicians like Dizzy Gillespie. Dizzy loved it so much, that in 1975, he invited Machitos son, Mario Grillo or Machito Jr., to join Dizzys band for the recording of Afro-Cuban Jazz Moods. So it only makes sense to have him join the Dizzy Gillespie (TM) Afro Cuban Experience, under the direction of John Lee, Dizzys long-time bassist.”

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

>>JAZZMEIA HORN
>>Lea Salonga
>>American Ballet Theatre
>>Deep Life: The Hunt for Hidden Biology of Earth, Mars, and Beyond
>>Let’s Get Organized!
>>Mad. Sq. Eats

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

JAZZMEIA HORN
at Dizzy’s Club / 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., $30
“On Friday the young vocalist Ms. Horn releases her debut album, “A Social Call.” The record declares her allegiance to the jazz tradition, while claiming space for a contemporary perspective. Its 10 tracks include the standards “Tight” and “East of the Sun (And West of the Moon)”; the Stylistics’ “People Make the World Go Round”; and the gospel number “Up Above My Head.” Ms. Horn, who won the 2015 Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Competition, has an arrestingly precise attack — dilated in the low end and neatly pinched up top. She’s joined at these shows by the tenor saxophonist Stacy Dillard, the trumpeter Josh Evans, the trombonist Frank Lacy, the pianist Victor Gould, the bassist Barry Stephenson and the drummer Henry Conerway III.” (GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO-NYT)

Lea Salonga (May 11-22)
Feinstein’s/54 Below, 254 W 54thSt./ 7PM, $95+
“The radiant star of Broadway’s Miss Saigon and Allegiance (and Disney’s Mulan and Aladdin) returns to the cabaret stage with a show that includes show tunes, standards and pop songs.” (TONY)

“After a sold-out engagement last April, Lea Salonga returns to Feinstein’s/54 Below with a show The New York Times called “one of the year’s most satisfying cabaret shows” and Theatermania touted as “unmissable”! Salonga smartly weaves together a set list of her favorite standards, go-to pop tunes, and Broadway ballads. This trio of piano, guitar, and voice ensures an intimate experience with a true Broadway icon. Salonga joins us for a record-breaking run of 15 performances this spring!”

PLUS, for the remainder of May it is dueling ballet companies, as the city’s two major companies, A.B.T. and New York City Ballet, face off at Lincoln Center – only in NY.

American Ballet Theatre (May 15 thru July 08)
Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center / (May 15-16, 7:30 p.m.; May 17, 2 and 7:30 p.m.; May 18, 7:30 p.m). $22+
“ABT kicks off its eight-week spring engagement with its 1995 production of “Don Quixote,” the first in this season’s lineup of full-length story ballets. It may not be the most nuanced or substantive work, but as a vehicle for pyrotechnic feats, it sparkles. Casting for the leading couple — Kitri and Basilio — includes Gillian Murphy and Cory Stearns on Monday and Thursday, and Misty Copeland and Jeffrey Cirio on Tuesday.” (SIOBHAN BURKE-NYT)
and
NYC Ballet (May 16 thru May 28)
NYS/DHK Theater, Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, $30+
“Of the works in City Ballet’s four-week Here/Now festival, those by Justin Peck, the company’s artist in residence, have been among the freshest — the most aligned with the festival’s title. On Friday Mr. Peck unveils his third collaboration with the indie composer Sufjan Stevens, “The Decalogue,” performed by 10 dancers to a commissioned score for solo piano. It repeats on Sunday, Thursday andMay 20, sharing a bill with ballets by Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Jorma Elo and Peter Martins.” (GIA KOURLAS – NYT)

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

Deep Life: The Hunt for Hidden Biology of Earth, Mars, and Beyond
AMNH, Hayden Planetarium Space Theater, 7:30PM, $15
“Geoscientist Tullis Onstott provides an insider’s look at pioneering fieldwork on Earth’s thriving subterranean biosphere—a place where scientists once thought life could not possibly exist. Onstott reveals how astonishing new discoveries by geomicrobiologists exploring Earth’s most extreme environments are furthering the search for life elsewhere in the solar system. A book signing follows.”

Let’s Get Organized!
92Y, Lexington Avenue at 92nd St. / 7:00PM, $30 ​
“Personal organizer Meryl Starr offers her organizing solutions and strategic maintenance tips in this workshop. Identify what clutter is, where it is in your environment, how it is affecting you and how to let go.”

Mad. Sq. Eats (thru Jun 03)
General Worth Square; 11am; free access
“Twice a year, this outdoor food fest brings buzzworthy bites from the city’s best restaurants to Worth Square in the Flatiron District. Best eats include Roberta’s sensational pizza, MeltKraft grilled cheese sandwiches and cheesesteaks by the Truffleist. The one-stop shop for the tastiest grub in town will be available every day until June 3, so make sure to wear your stretchy pants.” (TONY)

The great food options here along with the lovely Madison Square Park across the street make an unbeatable combo.

And don’t forget these outer borough events:
Day 4 of Bronx Week 2017, which celebrates the citizens of the borough with events through May 21. Times and prices vary.

And while you are in the Bronx you won’t want to miss this:
CHIHULY (thru Oct.29)
New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd./ $20 to $25
“Step into the sublimely colorful mind of multimedia artist Dale Chihuly at this larger-than-life exhibition, where over twenty of the celebrated creators’ gigantic pieces will take over the 250-acre grounds of the New York Botanical Garden, with installations created especially for the exhibit. Don’t miss special after-dark hours to experience the glassworks illuminated.”

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Bonus NYC Events – 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
Feinstein’s/54 Below – 254 W54th St., 54below.com, 646-476-3551
Joe’s Pub @ Public Theater – 425 Lafayette St., joespub.com, 212-967-7555
Metropolitan Room – 34W22ndSt., metropolitan room.com, 212-206-0440
Beacon Theatre – 2124 Broadway @ 74th St., beacontheatre.com, 212-465-6500
Town Hall – 123 W43rd St., thetownhall.org, 212-997-6661
B.B. King’s Blues Bar – 237W42nd St., bbkingblues.com, 212-997-2144
Bowery Ballroom – 6 Delancey St. boweryballroom.com,
Le Poisson Rouge – 158 Bleecker St., lepoissonrouge.com, 212-505-3474

Special Mention:
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.
See Below.

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♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity, with a population of  8.5 million, had a record 60 million visitors last year and was TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2017.  Quality shows draw crowds.
Try to reserve seats for these top NYC events in advance, even if just on day of performance.
NYCity Vacation Travel Guide Video (Expedia):
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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.

Website: http://caffevivaldi.com/
Phone #: (212) 691-7538
Hours: Music generally 7:30PM – 11PM, but varies
Lunch/Dinner 11AM-on
Subway: #1 to Christopher St.
Walk 1 blk S. on 7th ave S. to Bleecker St., 1 blk left on Bleecker to Jones St., 50 yards left on Jones St. to Caffe V.
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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:

Fish280 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 Fall 2017).
◊ Order before Aug. 31, 2017 and receive a bonus – 27 of my favorite casual dining places with free Wi-Fi.

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Selected NYC Events (05/14) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

Today’s Super 7 NYC Events > SUNDAY/MAY 14, 2017

“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 be sure to check the tab above: “Notable NYC Events-May”

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

Lea Salonga (May 11-22)
Feinstein’s/54 Below, 254 W 54thSt./ 7PM, $95+
“The radiant star of Broadway’s Miss Saigon and Allegiance (and Disney’s Mulan and Aladdin) returns to the cabaret stage with a show that includes show tunes, standards and pop songs.” (TONY)

“After a sold-out engagement last April, Lea Salonga returns to Feinstein’s/54 Below with a show The New York Times called “one of the year’s most satisfying cabaret shows” and Theatermania touted as “unmissable”! Salonga smartly weaves together a set list of her favorite standards, go-to pop tunes, and Broadway ballads. This trio of piano, guitar, and voice ensures an intimate experience with a true Broadway icon. Salonga joins us for a record-breaking run of 15 performances this spring!”

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

>>VIJAY IYER TRIO
>>NYC Ballet
>>Chucho Valdés Quartet 75th Birthday Celebration
>>WARREN WOLF QUARTET 
>>Japan Day
>>Food Book Fair

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

VIJAY IYER TRIO (LAST DAY)
at the Village Vanguard / 8:30 and 10:30PM, $30
“The pianist, MacArthur fellow and Harvard professor Vijay Iyer has been performing steadily with his trio for about a decade. The group’s urgent flow and turbid harmonic beauty have made it one of the few obvious answers to the question, “What’s exciting in jazz today?” But astonishingly, it has never before played the Village Vanguard, a rite of passage in the music. Appearing here with Mr. Iyer, in twice-nightly performances Tuesday through May 14, are the bassist Stephan Crump and the drummer Tyshawn Sorey (who does not typically record with the trio, but will play in a sextet on Mr. Iyer’s next album).” (GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO-NYT)

NYC Ballet (thru May 28)
NYS/DHK Theater, Lincoln Center / 8PM. $30+
“Of the works in City Ballet’s four-week Here/Now festival, those by Justin Peck, the company’s artist in residence, have been among the freshest — the most aligned with the festival’s title. On Friday Mr. Peck unveils his third collaboration with the indie composer Sufjan Stevens, “The Decalogue,” performed by 10 dancers to a commissioned score for solo piano. It repeats on Sunday, Thursday and May 20, sharing a bill with ballets by Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Jorma Elo and Peter Martins.” (GIA KOURLAS – NYT)

Chucho Valdés Quartet 75th Birthday Celebration (LAST DAY)
Blue Note, 131 W. 3rd St./ 8PM,+10:30PM, $40-$55
“A powerhouse virtuoso, the Cuban pianist Valdés remains a force of nature, both lushly romantic and bitingly percussive in his sweeping improvisations. Celebrating his seventy-fifth birthday at the helm of a galvanic quartet, Valdés will demonstrate an undiminished ability to fuse Afro-Caribbean rhythms and Stateside hard bop with joyous abandon.” (NewYorker)

WARREN WOLF QUARTET
at Smoke Jazz Club, / 7, 9 and 10:30 p.m.; $38
“Mr. Wolf, a multi-instrumentalist who focuses on the vibraphone, strikes a comfortable balance between stately precision and trenchant swing. He’s best known for his work with the bassist Christian McBride and the SFJazz Collective, but don’t miss his own formidable catalog, including last year’s “Convergence,” on Mack Avenue. Mr. Wolf appears here with Russell Hall on bass and Rodney Green on drums. Alex Brown will be at the piano on Friday and Sunday; Emmet Cohen takes his place on Saturday.” (GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO-NYT)

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

Japan Day
Naumburg Bandshell Central Park; / 8am, FREE
“Make the most of a sunny afternoon in Central Park at the annual Japan Day, an all-day celebration of Japanese culture that unfolds under trees in full bloom. The party starts with a 5K run at 8am hosted by New York Road Runners. Then, starting at 9:30, you can explore the activity tents and learn calligraphy and origami, get your face painted Kabuki-style, and take a photograph with Hello Kitty herself. On the live stage, catch Japanese taiko drumming, karate and musical performances, and pick up some mouthwatering ramen, okonomiyaki and other traditional Japanese bites at the food tents. Gotta try ’em all!” (TONY)

Food Book Fair 
If you’re excited about all things food – eating talking about it reading books and magazines about it – then this annual event is for you. They will be workshops, panels, so launch, signage, cocktail hours, tastings, screenings, readings, meals and more. Participants include Mario Batali April Bloomfield Frank Bruni, Emma Staub.” (STAV ZIV-Newsday)
WHEN | WHERE Thursday, May 11, to Sunday, May 14,
the Ace Hotel, New York, 20 W. 29th St.
INFO $5­$150; foodbookfair.com.

Mad. Sq. Eats (thru Jun 03)
General Worth Square; 11am; free access
“Twice a year, this outdoor food fest brings buzzworthy bites from the city’s best restaurants to Worth Square in the Flatiron District. Best eats include Roberta’s sensational pizza, MeltKraft grilled cheese sandwiches and cheesesteaks by the Truffleist. The one-stop shop for the tastiest grub in town will be available every day until June 3, so make sure to wear your stretchy pants.” (TONY)

And don’t forget this annual outer borough event:
Day 3 of Bronx Week 2017, which celebrates the citizens of the borough with events through May 21. Times and prices vary.
And while you are in the Bronx you won’t want to miss this:
CHIHULY (thru Oct.29)
New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd./ $20 to $25
“Step into the sublimely colorful mind of multimedia artist Dale Chihuly at this larger-than-life exhibition, where over twenty of the celebrated creators’ gigantic pieces will take over the 250-acre grounds of the New York Botanical Garden, with installations created especially for the exhibit. Don’t miss special after-dark hours to experience the glassworks illuminated.”

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Bonus NYC events– Jazz Venues:
Many consider NYCity the Jazz capital of the world. Here are my favorite Jazz clubs, all on Manhattan’s WestSide. Check out who is playing tonight:

Greenwich Village
(5 are underground, classic jazz joints. all 6 are within walking distance of each other):
Village Vanguard – UG, 178 7th Ave. South, villagevanguard.com, 212-255-4037
Blue Note – 131 W3rd St. nr 6th ave. bluenotejazz.com, 212-475-8592
55 Bar – basement @55 Christopher St. nr 7th ave.S. 55bar.com, 212-929-9883
Mezzrow – basement @ 163 W10th St. nr 7th Ave. mezzrow.com,646-476-4346
Smalls – basement @ 183 W10th St. smallslive.com, 646-476-4346
Cornelia Street Cafe – UG, 29 Cornelia St. corneliastreetcafe.com, 212-989-9319

Outside Greenwich Village:
Dizzy’s Club – Broadway @ 60th St. — jazz.org/dizzys / 212-258-9595
Birdland – 315 W44th St.(btw 8/9ave) — birdlandjazz.com / 212-581-3080
Smoke Jazz Club – 2751 Broadway nr.106th St. — smokejazz.com / 212-864-6662

Special Mention:
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 enjoyment and discovery.

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♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity, with a population of  8.5 million, had a record 60 million visitors last year and was TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2017.  Quality shows draw crowds.
Try to reserve seats for these top NYC events in advance, even if just on day of performance.
NYCity Vacation Travel Guide Video (Expedia):

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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 these exhibitions)

 Whitney Museum of American Art:

2017 WHITNEY BIENNIAL (through June 11).
This is arguably the best Biennial in years, and perhaps the best ever in its combination of demographics, aesthetics and political urgency. Nearly half of the featured artists are female, and half nonwhite. Their works reach from figure painting to virtual reality. Income inequality, racism, misogyny, immigration and violence are confronted in ways that set a high standard for social engagement sustained by formal ambition. (Smith-NYT)
212-570-3600, whitney.org

FAST FORWARD: PAINTING FROM THE 1980S (LAST DAY)
“Fast Forward: Painting from the 1980s presents a focused look at painting from this decade with works drawn entirely from the Museum’s collection.

In the 1980s, painting recaptured the imagination of the contemporary art world against a backdrop of expansive change. An unprecedented number of galleries appeared on the scene, particularly in downtown New York. Groundbreaking exhibitions—that blurred distinctions between high and low art—were presented at alternative and artist-run spaces. New mediums, including video and installation art, were on the rise. Yet despite the growing popularity of photography and video, many artists actively embraced painting, freely exploring its bold physicality and unique capacity for expression and innovation.

The exhibition includes work by artists often identified with this explosive period—Jean-Michel Basquiat, Sherrie Levine, David Salle, and Julian Schnabel—as well as by several lesser-known painters. These artists explored the traditions of figuration and history painting, and offered new interpretations of abstraction. Many addressed fundamental questions about artmaking in their work, while others took on political issues including AIDS, feminism, gentrification, and war. In the face of a media-saturated environment, artists in the 1980s recommitted to painting. Far from dead, painting came to represent an important intersection between new ways of seeing and a seemingly traditional way of making art.”

Museum of Modern Art:

A special pat on the back to MOMA, who is now displaying art from the seven countries affected by Trump’s travel ban.

“Trump’s ban against refugees from seven Muslim-majority nations has sparked acts of defiance in NYC, from demonstrations across town, to striking taxicab drivers at JFK to Middle Eastern bodega owners closing their shops in protest. Recently, the Museum Of Modern added its two cents by bringing out artworks it owns from the affected countries, and hanging them prominently within the galleries usually reserved for 19th- and 20th-century artworks from Europe and the United States. Paintings by Picasso and Matisse, for example, were removed to make way for pieces by Tala Madani (from Iran), Ibrahim El-Salahi (from Sudan) and architect Zaha Hadid (from Iraq). The rehanging, which was unannounced, aims to create a symbolic welcome that repudiates Trump by creating a visual dialog between the newly added works and the more familiar objects from MoMA’s permanent collection.” (TONY)

American Museum of Natural History:

Mummies (thru 1/7/18)
“For thousands of years, peoples around the world practiced mummification as a way of preserving and honoring their dead. Mummies brings you face to face with some of these ancient individuals and reveals how scientists are using modern technology to glean stunning details about them and their cultures. In Mummies, ancient remains from the Nile Valley of Africa and the Andes Mountains of South America will be on view, allowing visitors to connect with cultures from the distant past. Mummification, a more widespread practice than most think, was used not only for royal Egyptians but also for common people and even animals. Interactive touch tables let visitors virtually “unravel” or see inside mummies as they delve deep into the unique stories of the people or animals who lie within. Other parts of the exhibition showcase the latest isotopic and DNA testing being performed on mummies, and explain how these sophisticated analytical techniques are helping scientists discover important clues about long-vanished practices. Mummies was developed by The Field Museum, Chicago.” (NY CityGuide)

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PLUS, These wonderful museum exhibitions elsewhere, continue through this period:

‘GEORGIA O’KEEFFE: LIVING MODERN’ at the Brooklyn Museum (through July 23). Given that most artists are to some extent dandies, it would be wrong to view this fascinating show through an exclusively feminist lens. But it does demonstrate the powerful, carefully cultivated aesthetic and inborn independence that connects the art, wardrobe, living spaces and public persona of America’s first celebrity artist. In and around her art, she redefined gender and style. (Roberta Smith-NYT)
718-638-5000, brooklynmuseum.org

(3/3-7/3) Georgia O’Keeffe: “Living Modern” provides a new look at an iconic American artist at the very institution that hosted her first solo museum exhibition in 1927—the Brooklyn Museum. Presenting O’Keeffe’s remarkable wardrobe in dialogue with iconic paintings and photographs, this singular exhibition focuses in on the modernist persona O’Keeffe crafted for herself. With photographs by luminaries like Alfred Stieglitz, Ansel Adams, and Annie Leibovitz, the show reflects O’Keeffe’s radical rethinking of female identity, and the artist’s commitment to elements of modernism—minimalism, seriality, simplification—not only in her art, but also in her distinctive style of dress. (NYCity Guide)

(now-9/6/17) The newest show at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Visionaries: Creating a Modern Guggenheim, provides a rare chance to explore in-depth some of the key artists of this essential New York institution. Framed by the interests of six leading patrons, Visionaries brings together canvases from masters like Max Ernst, René Magritte, and Yves Tanguy, and sculptures by Joseph Cornell and Alberto Giacometti. In addition, Jackson Pollock’s Alchemy (1947) is being shown in the U.S. for the first time in nearly 50 years. More than a dozen works on paper by Picasso and Van Gogh, rarely on view to the public, can be seen in the Thannhauser Gallery, and paintings by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Gauguin, and Édouard Manet are displayed on the museum’s legendary ramps.

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For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right Sidebar dated 05/12 and 05/10.
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Selected NYC Events (05/13) + Today’s Featured Pub (Tribeca)

Today’s Super 7 NYC Events > SATURDAY/MAY 13, 2017

“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 be sure to check the tab above: “Notable NYC Events-May”

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

WARREN WOLF QUARTET (also Sunday)
at Smoke Jazz Club, / 7, 9 and 10:30 p.m.; $38
“Mr. Wolf, a multi-instrumentalist who focuses on the vibraphone, strikes a comfortable balance between stately precision and trenchant swing. He’s best known for his work with the bassist Christian McBride and the SFJazz Collective, but don’t miss his own formidable catalog, including last year’s “Convergence,” on Mack Avenue. Mr. Wolf appears here with Russell Hall on bass and Rodney Green on drums. Alex Brown will be at the piano on Friday and Sunday; Emmet Cohen takes his place on Saturday.” (GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO-NYT)

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

>>Chucho Valdés Quartet 75th Birthday Celebration
>>THE BAD PLUS
>>Juilliard Jazz Orchestra: Music of Duke Ellington
>>COFFEECON 
>>Mad. Sq. Eats
>>Food Book Fair

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Chucho Valdés Quartet 75th Birthday Celebration (May 9-14)
Blue Note, 131 W. 3rd St./ 8PM,+10:30PM, $40-$55
“A powerhouse virtuoso, the Cuban pianist Valdés remains a force of nature, both lushly romantic and bitingly percussive in his sweeping improvisations. Celebrating his seventy-fifth birthday at the helm of a galvanic quartet, Valdés will demonstrate an undiminished ability to fuse Afro-Caribbean rhythms and Stateside hard bop with joyous abandon.” (NewYorker)

THE BAD PLUS (May 9-14)
at Jazz Standard, / 7:30, + 9:30PM, $35
“Thanks to its group chemistry (slyly combustible) and repertoire (dissected pop tunes; slap-happy original compositions), the Bad Plus has for nearly two decades been one of improvised music’s most reliable entities. But last month the band announced that Ethan Iverson, its pianist and de facto figurehead, would leave the group in January, to be replaced by Orrin Evans. These shows are the band’s first in New York since the news broke. (GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO-NYT)

Juilliard Jazz Orchestra: Music of Duke Ellington (May 11-14)
Dizzy’s Club, Jazz at Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $35
“The Juilliard School has been a destination for world-class music education since its founding, and these incredible young musicians will exemplify that legacy at Dizzy’s. The Juilliard Jazz Orchestra features some of the world’s most talented emerging jazz artists, many of whom are already professional musicians, and they are taught by some of today’s most active, innovative, and respected jazz musicians. No stranger to Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola (which they regularly sell out), the Orchestra has also performed at noted venues such as the Blue Note and Alice Tully Hall. These gifted young musicians are proof of jazz’s bright future, and they honor an essential part of its living legacy in this celebration of Duke Ellington.”

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

COFFEECON 
Watch the caffeine intake this weekend while learning the basics of home espresso making, what cupping is, how to taste like an expert, or how to grind, roast or brew in a variety of ways.
This celebration of coffee features exhibitors such as Birch, Illy, Oren’s Daily Roast,
Cafe Grumpy, Joe, Blue Bottle, Butter Lane Bakery, Oxo and Brewista.” (STAV ZIV- Newsday)
WHEN | WHERE Saturday, May 13, 9 a.m.­- 4 p.m., at the
Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W. 18th St.
INFO $15 – ­$45; coffee­con.com/newyork ­­

Mad. Sq. Eats (thru Jun 03)
General Worth Square; 11am; free access
“Twice a year, this outdoor food fest brings buzzworthy bites from the city’s best restaurants to Worth Square in the Flatiron District. Best eats include Roberta’s sensational pizza, MeltKraft grilled cheese sandwiches and cheesesteaks by the Truffleist. The one-stop shop for the tastiest grub in town will be available every day until June 3, so make sure to wear your stretchy pants.” (TONY)

Food Book Fair 
If you’re excited about all things food – eating talking about it reading books and magazines about it – then this annual event is for you. They will be workshops, panels, so launch, signage, cocktail hours, tastings, screenings, readings, meals and more. Participants include Mario Batali April Bloomfield Frank Bruni, Emma Staub.” (STAV ZIV-Newsday)
WHEN | WHERE Thursday, May 11, to Sunday, May 14,
the Ace Hotel, New York, 20 W. 29th St.
INFO $5­$150; foodbookfair.com.

And don’t forget this annual outer borough event:
Day 3 of Bronx Week 2017, which celebrates the citizens of the borough with events through May 21. Times and prices vary.
And while you are in the Bronx you won’t want to miss this:
CHIHULY (thru Oct.29)
New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd./ $20 to $25
“Step into the sublimely colorful mind of multimedia artist Dale Chihuly at this larger-than-life exhibition, where over twenty of the celebrated creators’ gigantic pieces will take over the 250-acre grounds of the New York Botanical Garden, with installations created especially for the exhibit. Don’t miss special after-dark hours to experience the glassworks illuminated.”

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Bonus NYC Events – Jazz Clubs:
Many consider NYCity the Jazz capital of the world. Here are my favorite Jazz clubs, all on Manhattan’s WestSide. Check out who is playing tonight:

Greenwich Village
(5 underground, classic jazz joints. all 6 within walking distance of each other):
Village Vanguard – UG, 178 7th Ave. South, villagevanguard.com, 212-255-4037
Blue Note – 131 W3rd St. nr 6th ave. bluenotejazz.com, 212-475-8592
55 Bar – basement @55 Christopher St. nr 7th ave.S. 55bar.com, 212-929-9883
Mezzrow – basement @ 163 W10th St. nr 7th Ave. mezzrow.com,646-476-4346
Smalls – basement @ 183 W10th St. smallslive.com, 646-476-4346
Cornelia Street Cafe – UG, 29 Cornelia St. corneliastreetcafe.com, 212-989-9319

Outside Greenwich Village:
Dizzy’s Club – Broadway @ 60th St. — jazz.org/dizzys / 212-258-9595
Birdland – 315 W44th St.(btw 8/9ave) — birdlandjazz.com / 212-581-3080
Smoke Jazz Club – 2751 Broadway nr.106th St. — smokejazz.com / 212-864-6662

Special Mention:
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 enjoyment and discovery.

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♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity, with a population of  8.5 million, had a record 60 million visitors last year and was TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2017.  Quality shows draw crowds.
Try to reserve seats for these top NYC events in advance, even if just on day of performance.
NYCity Vacation Travel Guide Video (Expedia):

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A PremierPub / Tribeca

B-Flat / 277 Church St. (btw Franklin/White St))

b_flat4There are some places that are tough to find, then add a layer of mystery when you do find them. B-Flat has a nondescript, almost unmarked door at street level – today’s speakeasy vibe. Open this door and you face a dimly lit stairway down to their basement location. It almost takes a leap of faith to follow the stairs down to their interior door.
But open that door and a pleasant surprise awaits you.

It’s a basement jazz spot all right, but not like any traditional jazz joint you may have been to before. This place looks as fresh as today, probably because it’s only been open for 6 years. Even though it hasn’t had a chance to age gracefully, the cherry wood accents and low lighting make this small space very inviting.

There is always jazz, often progressive jazz, playing over their very discrete, stylish bose speakers, setting just the right tone as you find a seat at the bar, or one of the small tables. There is wine and beer available, but this place has some expert mixologists making some very creative cocktails, which I’m told change seasonally, a nice touch.

Come at happy hour and tasty cocktails like the el Diablo or the lychee martini are $8 – not bad. I am a sucker for any drink made with lychee and how can you not try a tequila drink named el Diablo. There is also nice selection of small bites available at happy hour and a food menu that is as innovative as the cocktail menu, so this does not have to be a happy hour only stop.

It wasn’t surprising to find a tasty prosciutto and arugula salad with yuzu dressing, but I did not expect to find such a good version of fried chicken breast on the apps menu. Here it’s called “Tatsuta.” Best bet is to sample happy hour, then dinner on a Monday or Wednesday night, when you can finish with no cover live jazz that starts around 8.

This place is tough to find (look for a small slate sandwich board on the sidewalk out front advertising happy hour) and on some nights when there is no live music it may be a little too quiet for some. But I think it’s worth searching out if you want a place with good music, food, and especially drinks, away from the maddening crowd.

Website: http://http://www.bflat.info/index.html
Phone #: 212-219-2970
Hours: Mo-Wed 5pm-2am; Th-Sat 5pm-3am; no Sun
Happy Hour: 5-7pm every day; $8 cocktails + special prices on apps
Music: Mon/Wed 8pm
Subway: #1 to Franklin; walk E 1 blk to Church; N 1 blk to bFlat

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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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Selected NYC Events (05/12) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s Super 7 NYC Events > FRIDAY/MAY 12, 2017

“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 be sure to check the tab above: “Notable NYC Events-May”

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

Lea Salonga (May 11-22)
Feinstein’s/54 Below, 254 W 54thSt./ 7PM, $95+
“The radiant star of Broadway’s Miss Saigon and Allegiance (and Disney’s Mulan and Aladdin) returns to the cabaret stage with a show that includes show tunes, standards and pop songs.” (TONY)

“After a sold-out engagement last April, Lea Salonga returns to Feinstein’s/54 Below with a show The New York Times called “one of the year’s most satisfying cabaret shows” and Theatermania touted as “unmissable”! Salonga smartly weaves together a set list of her favorite standards, go-to pop tunes, and Broadway ballads. This trio of piano, guitar, and voice ensures an intimate experience with a true Broadway icon. Salonga joins us for a record-breaking run of 15 performances this spring!”

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

>>VIJAY IYER TRIO
>>E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial in Concert
>>Juilliard Jazz Orchestra: Music of Duke Ellington
>>NYC Ballet
>>The Path Forward: Our Age of Anxiety
>>Food Book Fair

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

VIJAY IYER TRIO (May 9-14)
at the Village Vanguard / 8:30 and 10:30PM, $30
“The pianist, MacArthur fellow and Harvard professor Vijay Iyer has been performing steadily with his trio for about a decade. The group’s urgent flow and turbid harmonic beauty have made it one of the few obvious answers to the question, “What’s exciting in jazz today?” But astonishingly, it has never before played the Village Vanguard, a rite of passage in the music. Appearing here with Mr. Iyer, in twice-nightly performances Tuesday through May 14, are the bassist Stephan Crump and the drummer Tyshawn Sorey (who does not typically record with the trio, but will play in a sextet on Mr. Iyer’s next album).” (GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO-NYT)

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial in Concert
David Geffen Hall (at Lincoln Center)/ 7pm; $45–$125
“Forget the ride at Universal Studios: The best way to experience America’s favorite alien is with New York Philharmonic. Witness the spectacle of the Steven Spielberg classic as conductor David Newman and the NY Phil take on John Williams’ iconic score while the movie plays on the big screen.” (TONY)

Juilliard Jazz Orchestra: Music of Duke Ellington (May 11-14)
Dizzy’s Club, Jazz at Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $35
“The Juilliard School has been a destination for world-class music education since its founding, and these incredible young musicians will exemplify that legacy at Dizzy’s. The Juilliard Jazz Orchestra features some of the world’s most talented emerging jazz artists, many of whom are already professional musicians, and they are taught by some of today’s most active, innovative, and respected jazz musicians. No stranger to Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola (which they regularly sell out), the Orchestra has also performed at noted venues such as the Blue Note and Alice Tully Hall. These gifted young musicians are proof of jazz’s bright future, and they honor an essential part of its living legacy in this celebration of Duke Ellington.”

NYC Ballet (thru May 28)
NYS/DHK Theater, Lincoln Center / 8PM. $30+
“Of the works in City Ballet’s four-week Here/Now festival, those by Justin Peck, the company’s artist in residence, have been among the freshest — the most aligned with the festival’s title. On Friday Mr. Peck unveils his third collaboration with the indie composer Sufjan Stevens, “The Decalogue,” performed by 10 dancers to a commissioned score for solo piano. It repeats on Sunday, Thursday and May 20, sharing a bill with ballets by Lynne Taylor-Corbett, Jorma Elo and Peter Martins.” (GIA KOURLAS – NYT)

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

The Path Forward: Our Age of Anxiety
New York Public Library—476 Fifth Ave./ 6:30PM, FREE
“Taking as a starting point the W.H. Auden poem, New Yorker staff writer George Packer, National Review executive editor Reihan Salam, and president of The New York Public Library Anthony Marx get together to look at civics, politics, and the alienation conjured by our accelerated societal change.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

Food Book Fair
If you’re excited about all things food – eating talking about it reading books and magazines about it – then this annual event is for you. They will be workshops, panels, so launch, signage, cocktail hours, tastings, screenings, readings, meals and more. Participants include Mario Batali April Bloomfield Frank Bruni, Emma Staub.” (STAV ZIV-Newsday)
WHEN | WHERE Thursday, May 11, to Sunday, May 14,
the Ace Hotel, New York, 20 W. 29th St.
INFO $5­$150; foodbookfair.com.

And don’t forget this annual outer borough event:
Day 2 of Bronx Week 2017, which celebrates the citizens of the borough with events through May 21. Times and prices vary.
And while you are in the Bronx you won’t want to miss this:
CHIHULY (thru Oct.29)
New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd./ $20 to $25
“Step into the sublimely colorful mind of multimedia artist Dale Chihuly at this larger-than-life exhibition, where over twenty of the celebrated creators’ gigantic pieces will take over the 250-acre grounds of the New York Botanical Garden, with installations created especially for the exhibit. Don’t miss special after-dark hours to experience the glassworks illuminated.”
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Bonus NYC events– Jazz Venues:
Many consider NYCity the Jazz capital of the world. Here are my favorite Jazz clubs, all on Manhattan’s WestSide. Check out who is playing tonight:

Greenwich Village
(5 are underground, classic jazz joints. all 6 are within walking distance of each other):
Village Vanguard – UG, 178 7th Ave. South, villagevanguard.com, 212-255-4037
Blue Note – 131 W3rd St. nr 6th ave. bluenotejazz.com, 212-475-8592
55 Bar – basement @55 Christopher St. nr 7th ave.S. 55bar.com, 212-929-9883
Mezzrow – basement @ 163 W10th St. nr 7th Ave. mezzrow.com,646-476-4346
Smalls – basement @ 183 W10th St. smallslive.com, 646-476-4346
Cornelia Street Cafe – UG, 29 Cornelia St. corneliastreetcafe.com, 212-989-9319

Outside Greenwich Village:
Dizzy’s Club – Broadway @ 60th St. — jazz.org/dizzys / 212-258-9595
Birdland – 315 W44th St.(btw 8/9ave) — birdlandjazz.com / 212-581-3080
Smoke Jazz Club – 2751 Broadway nr.106th St. — smokejazz.com / 212-864-6662

Special Mention:
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 enjoyment and discovery.

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♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity, with a population of  8.5 million, had a record 60 million visitors last year and was TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2017.  Quality shows draw crowds.
Try to reserve seats for these top NYC events in advance, even if just on day of performance.
NYCity Vacation Travel Guide Video (Expedia):

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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 York Times really likes:

PETER DREHER (thru May 20)
Koenig & Clinton, 459 West 19th Street

“Peter Dreher has spent much of his career producing thousands of high-concept but technically exacting oil portraits of an empty water glass. This 84-year-old German painter’s latest show at Koenig & Clinton collects seven decades’ worth of his treatment of skulls, instead.

The works range from a 1947 watercolor with an upward gaze of doomed innocence to six 10-foot-wide black-and-gray gouaches, made between 2005 and 2007, that manage to look equally like punk-chic bedspreads and coolly abstract reckonings with wartime atrocity. They have a strange, motion-activated flicker, their more or less reflective skulls passing in and out of view as you shift your position.

This subtle formal paradox — a suggestion that black and white, as equal partners in a singular action of contrast, are essentially interchangeable — is a good lead-in to the back room, which holds 15 recent head-on views. Painted in thin, overlapping layers of white gouache, these skulls look like X-rays printed on celluloid. They vary widely in their particulars: One has a jackal’s grimace and a cleft chin, another a severe underbite and eight separately articulated lower teeth. But hanging them all in a line makes those details read as passing accidents, like the constantly mutating patterns of a tide pool.

Standing in front of them, I had what felt like a Buddhist revelation: For a moment, I could see that impermanence was inextricable from form.” (WILL HEINRICH)

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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 to 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 the 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 05/10 and 05/08.

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