NYC Events,”Only the Best” (07/15) + Today’s Featured Pub (Midtown West)

Today’s Elite 8  NYC Events > SATURDAY/JULY 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-July”

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

Monty Alexander’s Junkanoo Swing (July 12-16)
Dizzy’s Club, 60th  St. & B’way  / 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $35
“With pianist Monty Alexander, bassist Hassan Shakur, drummer Obed Calvaire, electric bassist Joshua Thomas, guitarist Andy Bassford, drummer/percussionist Karl Wright, and special guests to be announced.

In a career spanning five decades, pianist Monty Alexander has built a reputation by exploring and bridging the worlds of American jazz, popular song, and the music of his native Jamaica. In the process, he has performed and recorded with artists from every corner of the musical universe and entertainment world, including Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Ray Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Clark Terry, Quincy Jones, Ernest Ranglin, Barbara Hendricks, Bobby McFerrin, Sly Dunbar, and Robbie Shakespeare. Combining classic, swinging jazz with the rhythms and vibrations of Jamaica, Alexander always makes good on his promise to “get everybody moving below the waist.”

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7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>MOMIX
>>ORRIN EVANS LIBERATION BLUES QUINTET
>>‘ASSASSINS’
>>Christine Andreas: Piaf—No Regrets
>>Dick Hyman and Ken Peplowski
>>‘THE ART OF WATCHES’
>>CITY OF WATER DAY
>>French Restaurant Week  

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

MOMIX
Joyce Theatre, 175 Eighth Ave., at 19th St./ 2PM, +8PM, $51-$66
“Like some rarely blooming desert flower, “Opus Cactus,” from 2001, pops up in New York after a long hiatus. This particular parade of clever theatrical illusions, creative props, and picturesque vignettes has a Southwestern theme, incorporating columnar saguaros, a four-man Gila monster, and a giant gyroscope called a dream catcher. But the sensibility is standard MOMIX, with debased “ethnic” music accompanying primitivism befitting a vintage Las Vegas revue. Ingenuity, impressive acrobatic skill, and even visual poetry flicker like mirages in a desert of bad taste.” (NewYorker)

ORRIN EVANS LIBERATION BLUES QUINTET
at Smoke Jazz Club / 7, 9 and 10:30PM, $40
“Mr. Evans, a Philadelphia-based pianist, makes a minefield out of the typical postbop form — impishly twisting up a song’s flow or washing out the harmonies with big, dissonant chords. “Liberation Blues,” the 2014 album he recorded live at Smoke, is a master class in outside-the-box bluesiness and ear-catching contemporary composition. He appears here with the front line from that recording, although with a different rhythm section: Sean Jones on trumpet, J. D. Allen on tenor saxophone, Ben Wolfe on bass, and Mark Whitfield Jr. on drums.” (NYT – GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

‘ASSASSINS’
“Getting inside the head of John Wilkes Booth, Lee Harvey Oswald and a host of other killers of U.S. presidents was no easy task, but leave it to Stephen Sondheim to find a way in that’s both musical and mesmerizing. Written with John Weidman, the show is part of the Encores! Off­Center season and features “Rescue Me” star Steven Pasquale, pictured, as Booth.” (JOSEPH V. AMODIO, Newsday)
WHEN | WHERE Wednesday, July 12, through Saturday, July 15, at New York City Center, 131 W. 55th St.
INFO $25­$125; 212­581­1212, nycitycenter.org

Christine Andreas: Piaf—No Regrets
54 Below, 254 W54th St./ 7PM, $50
“Broadway leading lady Andreas could coast on her pure, silvery soprano, but she is also a strong storyteller who knows how to dip beneath the pretty surfaces. In her new show, she pays homage to great French songbird Edith Piaf, putting her own stamp on such classic chansons as “La Vie en Rose,” “Hymne à L’Amour,” “Milord” and “Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien.”” (TONY)

Dick Hyman and Ken Peplowski (July 14-15)
Jazz at Kitano, 66 Park Ave., at 38th St./ 8PM, +10PM, $32
“When it comes to extraordinarily gifted musicians like the pianist Hyman and the clarinettist and saxophonist Peplowski—men who can tackle any idiomatic jazz you might throw at them—the term “traditionalist” seems a tad limiting. Yet both of these virtuosos exhibit a remarkable fluency with early jazz and swing styles. Though Hyman is Peplowski’s elder by a few decades, these musical soul mates seem to have been born to duet with each other.” (NewYorker)

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

‘THE ART OF WATCHES’
“Swiss watchmaker Patek Philippe has been practicing its art and science for 178 years. Now, visitors can immerse themselves in the past and present of the company’s timekeeping traditions with historical timepieces ­­ such as the astronomical pocket watch, pictured ­­ and their contemporary counterparts. The exhibition inhabits several rooms of a two­ story structure set up within Cipriani specifically for the occasion.” (STAV ZIV, Newsday)
WHEN | WHERE Thursday, July 13, thru July 23 at Cipriani 42nd Street, 110 E. 42nd St.
INFO FREE; 212-­218-­1240, patek.com

CITY OF WATER DAY
“There’s water all around New York City. Here’s a day to “revel in the opportunity and beauty of this precious resource,” says Roland Lewis, president and CEO of the Waterfront Alliance. “It’s a day to play, and also a day to acknowledge our shared responsibility.” Enjoy boat tours, kayaking, sailing and paddleboarding lessons, as well as games, science experiments and “The Rejuvenary River Circus,” a puppet and mask performance for kids.” (STAV ZIV, Newsday)
WHEN | WHERE Saturday, July 15, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Governors Island and in various venues
INFO FREE; 212-­935-­9831, waterfrontalliance.org ­­

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CLOSING ALERT: These two special exhibitions at the Met will be closing soon, and they are both don’t miss events. “Age of Empires” is especially noteworthy, it’s almost as if you had travelled to Xian in China to see the terra cotta warriors in situ.

‘AGE OF EMPIRES: CHINESE ART OF THE QIN AND HAN DYNASTIES (221 B.C.-A.D. 220)’ at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (through July 16). No one does epic better than the Met, and this hypnotic, glow-in-the-dark exhibition of 160 objects from 32 museums in mainland China is in that line. Of the museum’s several recent showcases of Chinese antiquities, this may be visually the most dramatic and emotionally the most accessible. It features a type of art the Met is a bit too comfortable with: imperial bling. But here the material feels purposeful, evidence of a time in China when the very idea of empire, and branding, was an experiment. (Holland Cotter)
212-535-7710, metmuseum.org

‘IRVING PENN: CENTENNIAL’ at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (through July 30). In this crystalline exhibition, nearly every gallery exhales its own delicious breath, offering up concentrated views of Penn’s innovative still-life and fashion work for Vogue; his portraits of cultural luminaries and tradesmen, as well as of indigenous Peruvians; his nearly abstract close-ups of voluptuous nudes; and his colossal cigarette butts, with their tragicomic evocations of Roman columns, tombstones and even corpses. Also on display: his perfectionism, curious eye and innate classicizing style. (Smith)
212-535-7710, metmuseum.org

Let’s not forget these marvelous continuing events:

French Restaurant Week  (thru July 16)
VARIOUS HOURS AND LOCATIONS
“Can’t make it to Paris this summer? Do the next best thing and eat like a Parisian in your own city. Part of a full slate of Bastille Week festivities, the annual French Restaurant Week is an opportunity to taste your way through some of the city’s best bistros and brasseries. Special prix-fixe menus will be available at dinner (and at lunch, at some locations) at dozens of spots across the area, including Le Cirque and La Sirene (in Manhattan) and Bar Omar (in Brooklyn). Three menu options may be available at each: $17.89, $38, or $178.90. At Les Halles, for instance, they forgo the top-price option but offer a glass of wine and a choice of housemade pork confit spread or merguez au couscous for $17.89; for $38 there, you can pick an appetizer (salad or garlic-butter roasted escargots), an entreé (coq au vin or roast trout in a lemon-caper sauce), along with a glass of wine. It’s enough to make you say oh là là.” (Mary Bakija, VillageVoice)

New York Asian Film Festival (thru July 16)
“Catch more than 50 new films, including blockbusters, art films and beautiful historical dramas, plus appearances from more than 20 international filmmakers at this 17-day festival. This year’s stellar lineup, which features films hailing from Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, China and Southeast Asia, features films like Chinese romance Soul Mate on July 7, fantastical Japanese drama Vanishing Time: a Boy Who Returned on July 13, and wraps with the U.S. premiere of Jung Byung-gil’s acclaimed assassin film, The Villainess, on July 16.” (TONY)

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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 is 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 / Midtown West.

Russian Vodka Room / 265 W 52nd St (btw 7th/8th ave)

Sure, you could travel to Minsk or even Brighton Beach, for an authentic Russian experience, but why bother. On those days when you feel you must wash down your dish of kasha with a few glasses of icy, cold vodka, the Russian Vodka Room will definitely satisfy your urge.

From the outside this place looks a bit drab, and with no windows, a bit mysterious. Midtown tourists walk right by on their way to see “Jersey Boys,” just down the block.
(Alas, no more. After 10 years, “Jersey Boys” closed Jan.15)

lThose in the know enter a secret hideaway, a dimly lit front room with soft jazz playing – a perfect spot for an illicit late-night rendezvous, or maybe a meet-up with your Russian spy handler, but that’s later in the evening. Early in the evening the large U-shaped bar fills with the after work happy hour crowd, a group made very happy by the much reduced prices.

Their website says: “Welcome Comrades”. Of course, this welcome focuses on dozens of different vodkas, including their own special infusions, which marinate in giant, clear glass jugs visible around the room. The large vodka martinis ensure that you won’t confuse this place with your mother’s Russian Tea Room.

But man does not live by vodka alone. Eat some food, especially the tapa like appetizers. Be decadent and try the cheese blintzes with chocolate, or try a main dish like beef stroganoff with kasha.

Your best bet is to go on a night when the piano man is playing. This guy, who looks like he has eaten a lot of those cheese blintzes, plays five nights a week from 7 to 12 (no Mondays and Thursdays). When the piano man is playing American pop tunes, and you are at the crowded, dimly lit bar testing the horseradish infused vodka, that’s when the RVR shines.

It’s the kind of place where the noise gets louder and the crowd gets happier as the happy hour goes on. I’m generally a beer guy, but I like to come here with a group of friends. We find a table in the back room near the piano man; we eat, and we drink vodka ‘till it hurts (and it will hurt).
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Website: http://www.russianvodkaroom.com/
Phone #: 212-307-5835
Hours: 4pm-2am; Fri-Sun closes 4am (that could be trouble)
Happy Hour: 4-7pm every day
$4 shots infused vodka (2oz), $5 cosmos; $4 czech draft beer
Music: FR-SU; TU-WE / 7pm-12am
Subway: #1 to 50th St.
Walk 2 blk N. on B’way to 52nd St.; 1 blk W. to RVR
Confusingly, the Russian Samovar is right across the street, on the S. side of 52nd St.
The RVR, your destination, is on the N. side of 52nd St.
Update: music now includes a younger, trimmer piano man. “Tiny” we miss you.
Update#2: Rumor that “Tiny” is back playing only on Friday nights – need to check it out.

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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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NYC Events,”Only the Best” (07/14) + Today’s Featured Pub (Greenwich Village)

Today’s Elite 8  NYC Events > FRIDAY/JULY 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-July”

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

Prime Time: A Reunion
Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center/ 8PM, $35–$75
“Inspired, perhaps, by Miles Davis, jazz visionary Ornette Coleman formed the band Prime Time in 1976 as a funky electric extension of his decentered “harmolodic” theory of music. Prime Time’s doubled guitars, basses, and drums created a divine chaos, a caterwaul of sound as jubilantly unhinged and uninhibited as its creator. Coleman’s spirit abides in “Prime Time: A Reunion,” the climax of a four-part Lincoln Center Festival tribute to the saxophonist, who died in 2015. Prime Time members Charlie Ellerbe (guitar), Jamaaladeen Tacuma (bass), Dave Bryant (keyboards), and Denardo Coleman (drums) join guests Wallace Roney (trumpet), Badal Roy (tabla), and saxophonists Joshua Redman, Kidd Jordan, and David Murray, to perform 1995’s Tone Dialing, and Dancing in Your Head, the band’s exultant 1976 debut.” (Richard Gehr, Village Voice)

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7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>ORRIN EVANS LIBERATION BLUES QUINTET
>>Christine Andreas: Piaf—No Regrets
>>TAP CITY
>>Dick Hyman and Ken Peplowski
>>Gong Linna + Bang on a Can All-Stars
>>Conrad Herwig’s “Latin Side Of…”
>>Monty Alexander’s Junkanoo Swing
>>French Restaurant Week  

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

ORRIN EVANS LIBERATION BLUES QUINTET
at Smoke Jazz Club / 7, 9 and 10:30PM, $40
“Mr. Evans, a Philadelphia-based pianist, makes a minefield out of the typical postbop form — impishly twisting up a song’s flow or washing out the harmonies with big, dissonant chords. “Liberation Blues,” the 2014 album he recorded live at Smoke, is a master class in outside-the-box bluesiness and ear-catching contemporary composition. He appears here with the front line from that recording, although with a different rhythm section: Sean Jones on trumpet, J. D. Allen on tenor saxophone, Ben Wolfe on bass, and Mark Whitfield Jr. on drums.” (NYT – GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

Christine Andreas: Piaf—No Regrets
54 Below, 254 W54th St./ 7PM, $50
“Broadway leading lady Andreas could coast on her pure, silvery soprano, but she is also a strong storyteller who knows how to dip beneath the pretty surfaces. In her new show, she pays homage to great French songbird Edith Piaf, putting her own stamp on such classic chansons as “La Vie en Rose,” “Hymne à L’Amour,” “Milord” and “Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien.”” (TONY)

TAP CITY (through July 15).
The Appel Room, B’way & 60th St./ 7PM, $75
“This annual celebration of tap dance wraps up this weekend, with two events. In “Tap Ellington,” at 7 p.m. on Friday at the Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center, the American Tap Dance Foundation and its artistic and executive director, Tony Waag, pay tribute to Duke Ellington. The program, featuring the Duke Ellington Center’s Big Band, conducted by Eli Yamin, features performances by Brenda Bufalino, Ayodele Casel, Mercedes Ellington, Caleb Teicher, Sarah Reich, Sam Weber, New American Tap Orchestra, and the brother-and-sister team of Josette and Joseph Wiggan. Saturday at 5 p.m., Symphony Space provides the setting for “Tap Future,” an informal showcase featuring students of all ages.” (NYT-GIA KOURLAS)

Dick Hyman and Ken Peplowski (July 14-15)
Jazz at Kitano, 66 Park Ave., at 38th St./ 8PM, +10PM, $32
“When it comes to extraordinarily gifted musicians like the pianist Hyman and the clarinettist and saxophonist Peplowski—men who can tackle any idiomatic jazz you might throw at them—the term “traditionalist” seems a tad limiting. Yet both of these virtuosos exhibit a remarkable fluency with early jazz and swing styles. Though Hyman is Peplowski’s elder by a few decades, these musical soul mates seem to have been born to duet with each other.” (NewYorker)

Gong Linna + Bang on a Can All-Stars
Gerald Lynch Theater at John Jay College / 8PM, $15–$25
“Classically trained Chinese singer Gong Linna’s exquisitely odd 2010 TV performance of Lao Luo’s wordless “Tan Te” made her an overnight sensation. It also led to a flamboyant appearance at the 2015 Bang on a Can Marathon and an album, Cloud River Mountain, which she’ll perform with the Bang on a Can All-Stars as part of the Lincoln Center Festival. Along with Lao Luo (Gong’s German composer-husband, whose given name is Robert Zollitsch), BOAC’s Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolf wrote music that blends the Bangers’ high-octane minimalism with classical Chinese poet Qu Yuan’s nature-reverent verses. While Gong’s affinity with Björk is apparent, the Chinese singer wears her heart much less obviously on her flowing sleeves. She’s a more distanced diva, rooted in China’s deeply coded folk culture, and she can take you far away.” (Richard Gehr, Village Voice)

Conrad Herwig’s “Latin Side Of…” (July 13-18.)
Jazz Standard, 116 E. 27th St./ 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $30
“In the view of the trombonist Herwig, applying Latin rhythms and tonal coloring to any great jazz composition can only add lustre. In the course of a compact engagement, Herwig and company will spice up the iconic work of Joe Henderson, Miles Davis, Horace Silver, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, and John Coltrane.” (NewYorker)

Monty Alexander’s Junkanoo Swing (July 12-16)
Dizzy’s Club / 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $35
“With pianist Monty Alexander, bassist Hassan Shakur, drummer Obed Calvaire, electric bassist Joshua Thomas, guitarist Andy Bassford, drummer/percussionist Karl Wright, and special guests to be announced.

In a career spanning five decades, pianist Monty Alexander has built a reputation by exploring and bridging the worlds of American jazz, popular song, and the music of his native Jamaica. In the process, he has performed and recorded with artists from every corner of the musical universe and entertainment world, including Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Ray Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Clark Terry, Quincy Jones, Ernest Ranglin, Barbara Hendricks, Bobby McFerrin, Sly Dunbar, and Robbie Shakespeare. Combining classic, swinging jazz with the rhythms and vibrations of Jamaica, Alexander always makes good on his promise to “get everybody moving below the waist.”

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

No smart stuff today, too much good music happening. Come back tomorrow for more smart stuff events – “only the best.”

Let’s not forget these marvelous continuing events:

French Restaurant Week  (thru July 16)
VARIOUS HOURS AND LOCATIONS
“Can’t make it to Paris this summer? Do the next best thing and eat like a Parisian in your own city. Part of a full slate of Bastille Week festivities, the annual French Restaurant Week is an opportunity to taste your way through some of the city’s best bistros and brasseries. Special prix-fixe menus will be available at dinner (and at lunch, at some locations) at dozens of spots across the area, including Le Cirque and La Sirene (in Manhattan) and Bar Omar (in Brooklyn). Three menu options may be available at each: $17.89, $38, or $178.90. At Les Halles, for instance, they forgo the top-price option but offer a glass of wine and a choice of housemade pork confit spread or merguez au couscous for $17.89; for $38 there, you can pick an appetizer (salad or garlic-butter roasted escargots), an entreé (coq au vin or roast trout in a lemon-caper sauce), along with a glass of wine. It’s enough to make you say oh là là.” (Mary Bakija, VillageVoice)

New York Asian Film Festival (thru July 16)
“Catch more than 50 new films, including blockbusters, art films and beautiful historical dramas, plus appearances from more than 20 international filmmakers at this 17-day festival. This year’s stellar lineup, which features films hailing from Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, China and Southeast Asia, features films like Chinese romance Soul Mate on July 7, fantastical Japanese drama Vanishing Time: a Boy Who Returned on July 13, and wraps with the U.S. premiere of Jung Byung-gil’s acclaimed assassin film, The Villainess, on July 16.” (TONY)

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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:

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 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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NYC Events,”Only the Best” (07/13) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

Today’s Elite 8  NYC Events > THURSDAY/JULY 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-July”

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

France Rocks Festival: Blick Bassy
David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, FREE, but get there early for a seat.
“In the richly inventive music of Cameroonian singer-songwriter Blick Bassy, layers of guitar, banjo, kora, cello, and trombone underscore the soulfulness and warmth of Bassy’s soft falsetto with a dash of whimsy. Singing in his native Bassa language, one of 260 spoken in Cameroon, Bassy rose to prominence in his home country as part of the award-winning jazz fusion group Macase before moving to his current home in France. With a track chosen to be featured in Apple’s iPhone 6 ad campaign, his critically acclaimed third full-length album, Ako, launched him into the international spotlight. Discover the “charming and wildly eclectic songs” (Guardian, U.K.) of a true African original during this rare New York appearance.”

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7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>Broadway in Bryant Park
>>Saburo Teshigawara / “Sleeping Water”
>>Aces of Rhythm: Hardcore Tango
>>THE HEATH BROTHERS
>>Monty Alexander’s Junkanoo Swing
>>Ron Carter 
>>Ellington and The Far East
>>French Restaurant Week  

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Broadway in Bryant Park
Bryant Park / 12:30PM, FREE
“LiteFM radio hosts a showcase of actors from the hottest on and off Broadway shows playing their hits in Bryant park. Try not to sing and dance along to tunes from classics like Wicked, Phantom of the Opera, Chicago, and Avenue Q, as well as newcomers like Kinky Boots, Waitress, and Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812. The recurring event will take place every Thursday from July 6 through August 10th.” (TONY)
TODAY:
Today’s show is hosted by Delilah and Will Roland from Dear Evan Hansen and includes performances from:
Preshow: Aruba Tourist Authority Carnival Dancers
Kinky Boots
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
School of Rock
Soulpepper on 42nd Street

Saburo Teshigawara / “Sleeping Water” (July 13-15)
Rose Theatre, 60th St. at Broadway / 7:30PM,
Known for imagistic, meditative dance-theatre works that feel like moving art installations, the Japanese choreographer has an interest in exploring liminal states of mind. To Lincoln Center Festival, he brings “Sleeping Water,” an expansion of a 2014 piece that featured the French ballerina Aurélie Dupont (now the dance director of the Paris Opera Ballet). Teshigawara creates a dreamlike landscape, dotted with floating objects, through which several figures move with sinuous ease. Dupont returns to perform the work.” (NewYorker)

Aces of Rhythm: Hardcore Tango
Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center / 6PM, $17
“Led by Astoria Tango Orchestra’s Pablo Aslan, Aces of Rhythm pays tribute to the innovative style of legendary Argentinian bandleader Juan D’Arienzo, known as “El Rey del Compás” (“the King of the Beat”). Join us at this outdoor milonga for an evening of refined, barely contained passion.”

THE HEATH BROTHERS (July 11-16)
at the Village Vanguard / 8:30 and 10:30PM, $30
“The saxophonist Jimmy and the drummer Albert Heath (known as Tootie) have been touring and recording since bebop’s heyday in the 1940s and ’50s. In 1975 they formed the Heath Brothers, along with their bassist brother Percy, who died in 2005; over the years the band has maintained a swinging, straight-ahead sound while allowing for the occasional nod to funk, soul and West African music. Jimmy Heath, 90, is one of jazz’s most revered living composers, and the band often draws upon his bright, silvery originals.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

Monty Alexander’s Junkanoo Swing (July 12-16)
Dizzy’s Club / 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $35
“With pianist Monty Alexander, bassist Hassan Shakur, drummer Obed Calvaire, electric bassist Joshua Thomas, guitarist Andy Bassford, drummer/percussionist Karl Wright, and special guests to be announced.

In a career spanning five decades, pianist Monty Alexander has built a reputation by exploring and bridging the worlds of American jazz, popular song, and the music of his native Jamaica. In the process, he has performed and recorded with artists from every corner of the musical universe and entertainment world, including Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Ray Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Clark Terry, Quincy Jones, Ernest Ranglin, Barbara Hendricks, Bobby McFerrin, Sly Dunbar, and Robbie Shakespeare. Combining classic, swinging jazz with the rhythms and vibrations of Jamaica, Alexander always makes good on his promise to “get everybody moving below the waist.”

Ron Carter  (July 11-16)
Blue Note, 131 W. 3rd St./ 8Pm, +10:30PM, $30-$45
“Having recently turned eighty, the master bassist Carter is officially a jazz patriarch, though his nimble fingers and agile responsiveness regularly make light of the calendar. He’s joined here by another revered elder figure, the saxophonist Benny Golson, and by the fine younger trumpeter Wallace Roney.” (NewYorker)

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

Ellington and The Far East
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave./ 1:30PM, $45
“The Duke Ellington Orchestra embarked on a world tour in 1963, which included performances in cities such as Damascus, Ramall’ah, Kabul, New Delhi, Bombay (now Mumbai), Calcutta, Tehran, Isfahan, Baghdad, Beirut and many others. The Ellington/Strayhorn compositions the tour inspired became The Far East Suite (1966), the title being something of a misnomer since only one track — inspired by a 1964 tour of Japan — is actually concerned with a country in the “Far East.” Names aside, the eleven movements that comprise the final version of The Far East Suite, almost all collaborations, include some of the greatest music they ever composed together, and mark the end of their extraordinary collaboration, for Billy Strayhorn died five months after the recording was completed. One of the highlights of the Ellington oeuvre, we conclude our seven lecture series on the work of one of the great 20th century masters, Edward Kennedy Ellington, with his last great work, The Far East Suite.”

Let’s not forget these marvelous continuing events:

French Restaurant Week  (thru July 16)
VARIOUS HOURS AND LOCATIONS
“Can’t make it to Paris this summer? Do the next best thing and eat like a Parisian in your own city. Part of a full slate of Bastille Week festivities, the annual French Restaurant Week is an opportunity to taste your way through some of the city’s best bistros and brasseries. Special prix-fixe menus will be available at dinner (and at lunch, at some locations) at dozens of spots across the area, including Le Cirque and La Sirene (in Manhattan) and Bar Omar (in Brooklyn). Three menu options may be available at each: $17.89, $38, or $178.90. At Les Halles, for instance, they forgo the top-price option but offer a glass of wine and a choice of housemade pork confit spread or merguez au couscous for $17.89; for $38 there, you can pick an appetizer (salad or garlic-butter roasted escargots), an entreé (coq au vin or roast trout in a lemon-caper sauce), along with a glass of wine. It’s enough to make you say oh là là.” (Mary Bakija, VillageVoice)

New York Asian Film Festival (thru July 16)
“Catch more than 50 new films, including blockbusters, art films and beautiful historical dramas, plus appearances from more than 20 international filmmakers at this 17-day festival. This year’s stellar lineup, which features films hailing from Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, China and Southeast Asia, features films like Chinese romance Soul Mate on July 7, fantastical Japanese drama Vanishing Time: a Boy Who Returned on July 13, and wraps with the U.S. premiere of Jung Byung-gil’s acclaimed assassin film, The Villainess, on July 16.” (TONY)

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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:

Calder: Hypermobility (thru Oct 23)
“focuses on the extraordinary breadth of movement and sound in the work of Alexander Calder. This exhibition brings together a rich constellation of key sculptures and provides a rare opportunity to experience the works as the artist intended—in motion. Regular activations will occur in the galleries, revealing the inherent kinetic nature of Calder’s work, as well as its relationship to performance. Influenced in part by the artist’s fascination and engagement with choreography, Calder’s sculptures contain an embedded performativity that is reflected in their idiosyncratic motions and the perceptual responses they provoke.”

Museum of Arts and Design (thru Aug 20)
2 Columbus Circle
Counter-Couture: Handmade Fashion in an American Counterculture
“In all its sumptuous, ragtag, iconoclastic, and utopian forms, hippie clothing reflected the seismic cultural shifts of Vietnam War-era America, eschewing the mass-produced in favor of the personalized and the handmade. This captivating exhibition, installed in moodily lit galleries against purple-and-gold wallpaper, goes beyond the expected caftans and macramé to detail the nuances and extremes of countercultural aesthetics. A section devoted to stage costumes includes a medieval-inspired muumuu, its pastel-ombré velvet adorned with a starburst appliqué; Mama Cass Elliot, of the Mamas & the Papas, wore it in 1967. Nearby, looping film footage includes performance documentation of the Cockettes, an anarchic theatre group whose psychedelic, thrift-store drag sensibility helped shape a nascent queer aesthetic. From the Army-surplus garments appropriated and painstakingly embroidered by flower children to the dashikis and African fabrics embraced by the black-pride movement to the ascetic styles of communes and cults, the exhibition emphasizes how vernacular fashion signalled antiestablishment values and group identity. That said, high fashion isn’t neglected. One highlight is the visionary designer Kaisik Wong’s glittering, futuristic “wearable art,” which resembles armor and cocoons from another planet—or the next Aquarian age.” (NewYorker)

Museum of Modern Art:

‘ROBERT RAUSCHENBERG: AMONG FRIENDS’ (thru Sept.17)

“This retrospective of one of America’s great artists includes more than 250 paintings, sculptures, drawings, sound and video recordings, prints and photographs created over the course of a six­decade career. Rauschenberg sometimes worked with artists, dancers, musicians and writers (including John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Yvonne Rainer and Jasper Johns), and the exhibition will be supplemented by dance and performance.” ( STAV ZIV-Newsday)

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.”(NYCity Guide)

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PLUS, These wonderful museum exhibitions elsewhere are closing soon:

‘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)
>and another view of this exhibition–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)

‘AGE OF EMPIRES: CHINESE ART OF THE QIN AND HAN DYNASTIES (221 B.C.-A.D. 220)’ at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (through July 16). No one does epic better than the Met, and this hypnotic, glow-in-the-dark exhibition of 160 objects from 32 museums in mainland China is in that line. Of the museum’s several recent showcases of Chinese antiquities, this may be visually the most dramatic and emotionally the most accessible. It features a type of art the Met is a bit too comfortable with: imperial bling. But here the material feels purposeful, evidence of a time in China when the very idea of empire, and branding, was an experiment. (Holland Cotter)

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For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right Sidebar dated 07/11 and 07/09.
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NYC Events,”Only the Best” (07/12) + Today’s Featured Pub (Tribeca)

Today’s Super 7  NYC Events > WEDNESDAY/JULY 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-July”

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

Monty Alexander’s Junkanoo Swing (July 12-16)
Dizzy’s Club / 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $35
“With pianist Monty Alexander, bassist Hassan Shakur, drummer Obed Calvaire, electric bassist Joshua Thomas, guitarist Andy Bassford, drummer/percussionist Karl Wright, and special guests to be announced.

In a career spanning five decades, pianist Monty Alexander has built a reputation by exploring and bridging the worlds of American jazz, popular song, and the music of his native Jamaica. In the process, he has performed and recorded with artists from every corner of the musical universe and entertainment world, including Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Ray Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Clark Terry, Quincy Jones, Ernest Ranglin, Barbara Hendricks, Bobby McFerrin, Sly Dunbar, and Robbie Shakespeare. Combining classic, swinging jazz with the rhythms and vibrations of Jamaica, Alexander always makes good on his promise to “get everybody moving below the waist.”

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6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>Ron Carter
>>THE HEATH BROTHERS
>>Michael Gamble and the Rhythm Serenaders
>>Opening Skinner’s Box
>>Ronald Rand’s “CREATE! How Extraordinary People Live to Create and Create to Live”
>>Fear City: New York’s Fiscal Crisis and the Rise of Austerity Politics
>>French Restaurant Week  

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Ron Carter  (July 11-16)
Blue Note, 131 W. 3rd St./ 8Pm, +10:30PM, $30-$45
“Having recently turned eighty, the master bassist Carter is officially a jazz patriarch, though his nimble fingers and agile responsiveness regularly make light of the calendar. He’s joined here by another revered elder figure, the saxophonist Benny Golson, and by the fine younger trumpeter Wallace Roney.” (NewYorker)

Michael Gamble and the Rhythm Serenaders
Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center / 8PM, $17
“International swing scene veteran Michael Gamble and his Rhythm Serenaders are one of the most in-demand dance bands around. For this evening of swinging small-group repertoire, Gamble stacks the deck with an all-star lineup—including Jonathan Stout on guitar and Laura Windley on vocals—and offers a wide range of infectious 1930s–40s dance tunes and American songbook classics.

This evening features a free dance lesson from 5:30 to 6:00 pm that is accessible to people with limited mobility and will include seated versions of every dance. The lesson will be led by instructors from the Mark Morris Dance Group’s Dance for PD program, which specializes in creatively addressing balance, cognition, motor skills, and physical confidence through dance. All are welcome to participate, and guests are encouraged to purchase tickets to the dance floor afterward.

Fashion Contest To compete for best-dressed prizes, be on the dance floor by 7:30 pm in your chicest swing-era vintage fashion.
Judges: Zoe Beery, Voon Chew, and Mutsumi Gee
Prizes: Tickets to Midsummer Night Swing 2018 and more”

AND FOR MEMBERS / FRIENDS OF LINCOLN CENTER
Wine Down Wednesday
Bubbly Bar: Hearst Plaza at Lincoln Center / 6PM
“Toast to summer with complimentary rosé and good company at Lincoln Center’s outdoor pop-up lounge.
Rosé generously provided by Wölffer Estate Vineyard.”

THE HEATH BROTHERS (July 11-16)
at the Village Vanguard / 8:30 and 10:30PM, $30
“The saxophonist Jimmy and the drummer Albert Heath (known as Tootie) have been touring and recording since bebop’s heyday in the 1940s and ’50s. In 1975 they formed the Heath Brothers, along with their bassist brother Percy, who died in 2005; over the years the band has maintained a swinging, straight-ahead sound while allowing for the occasional nod to funk, soul and West African music. Jimmy Heath, 90, is one of jazz’s most revered living composers, and the band often draws upon his bright, silvery originals.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

Opening Skinner’s Box (Jul 10–12)
Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College/ 8PM, $35+
“Why do we love? When would we kill? How do we learn? Why do we believe in the unbelievable?

With their trademark mix of wit, insight, and inventive stagecraft, Britain’s Improbable theater company takes us on a “fascinating, if at times alarming” (Times, U.K.) tour of ten famous 20th-century psychological experiments, starting with B.F. Skinner’s notorious rat boxes. Inspired by Lauren Slater’s acclaimed book, Opening Skinner’s Box is a time-traveling dialogue with the audacious scientists who set out to unlock the secrets of human behavior. Amidst ethically questionable methods, shocking results, and blinding biases, one thing becomes abundantly clear: Everything we thought we knew about ourselves is wrong.”

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

Book Event/Panel Discussion: Ronald Rand’s “CREATE! How Extraordinary People Live to Create and Create to Live”
Barnes & Noble – Union Square, 33 E. 17th St./ 6PM, FREE
“U.S. Goodwill Cultural Ambassador Ronald Rand leads an all-star night looking at the heart of creativity. Actor Brian Cox joins an all-star panel that also includes a painter, a singer, a sculptor, and theatre pros.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

“CREATE! published by Wyatt-Mackenzie Publishing, is curated by International Goodwill Ambassador & best-selling author, Ronald Rand — features over 100 rare interviews sharing extraordinary artists’ insights on the process of creativity and the importance of the arts for humankind.”

Fear City: New York’s Fiscal Crisis and the Rise of Austerity Politics
Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 Fifth Ave./ 6:30PM, FREE
With Kim Phillips-Fein, author of “Invisible Hands,” and an associate professor of American history in the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University.
“This illustrated lecture provides an epic, riveting history of New York City on the edge of disaster―and an anatomy of the austerity politics that continue to shape the world today.”

Let’s not forget these marvelous continuing events:

French Restaurant Week  (thru July 16)
VARIOUS HOURS AND LOCATIONS
“Can’t make it to Paris this summer? Do the next best thing and eat like a Parisian in your own city. Part of a full slate of Bastille Week festivities, the annual French Restaurant Week is an opportunity to taste your way through some of the city’s best bistros and brasseries. Special prix-fixe menus will be available at dinner (and at lunch, at some locations) at dozens of spots across the area, including Le Cirque and La Sirene (in Manhattan) and Bar Omar (in Brooklyn). Three menu options may be available at each: $17.89, $38, or $178.90. At Les Halles, for instance, they forgo the top-price option but offer a glass of wine and a choice of housemade pork confit spread or merguez au couscous for $17.89; for $38 there, you can pick an appetizer (salad or garlic-butter roasted escargots), an entreé (coq au vin or roast trout in a lemon-caper sauce), along with a glass of wine. It’s enough to make you say oh là là.” (Mary Bakija, VillageVoice)

New York Asian Film Festival (thru July 16)
“Catch more than 50 new films, including blockbusters, art films and beautiful historical dramas, plus appearances from more than 20 international filmmakers at this 17-day festival. This year’s stellar lineup, which features films hailing from Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, China and Southeast Asia, features films like Chinese romance Soul Mate on July 7, fantastical Japanese drama Vanishing Time: a Boy Who Returned on July 13, and wraps with the U.S. premiere of Jung Byung-gil’s acclaimed assassin film, The Villainess, on July 16.” (TONY)

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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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NYC Events,”Only the Best” (07/11) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s Super 7  NYC Events > TUESDAY/JULY 11, 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-July”

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

Ornette Coleman: Tomorrow Is the Question
A score to remember.
Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, $40+
“Lincoln Center Festival revisits one of its original heroes: Ornette Coleman, the radical, ecstatic saxophonist and composer who died in 2015. The four-night tribute series opens with a screening of David Cronenberg’s Naked Lunch and the live Ensemble Signal performing the soundtrack Coleman co-created with Howard Shore.” (J.D.,NYMAG)

“David Cronenberg’s 1991 film inspired by William S. Burroughs’s hallucinatory novel owes a lot of its surrealist mood to its famous score—a collaboration between Howard Shore and Ornette Coleman. In this screening and live performance, saxophonists Ravi Coltrane and Henry Threadgill summon Ornette’s spirit in otherworldly riffs and fevered tangents while Ensemble Signal evokes Shore’s shadowy orchestral textures.

Burroughs’s novel—an experimental, nonlinear set of vignettes about a junkie known sometimes as William Lee—was released in 1959, the same year as Coleman’s album The Shape of Jazz to Come, and the two artists both inhabited the same fringes. Listen closely to hear Coleman’s composition “Midnight Sunrise” from the album Dancing in Your Head. Burroughs was at the 1973 recording session.”

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6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>Eddie Montalvo
>>Christine Andreas: Piaf—No Regrets
>>Sunset Salsa
>>Opening Skinner’s Box
>>Astronomy Live: You Ask, Astronomers Answer
>>Chief Engineer: The Man Who Built the Brooklyn Bridge
>>French Restaurant Week  

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Eddie Montalvo
Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center / 6PM, $17
“Bronx-born conguero Eddie Montalvo started keeping time when he was just five years old, eventually backing superstars Celia Cruz, Héctor Lavoe, Willie Colón, and Johnny Pacheco, and in 1979 he became the youngest member of the Fania All Stars. Montalvo’s most recent, Grammy-nominated solo album Desde Nueva York a Puerto Rico proves that this rhythm prodigy still brings it. For this special evening, the iconic composer, arranger, and trumpet player Humberto Ramírez, whose “airy tone has drawn comparisons to Miles Davis” (JazzTimes), contributes his innovative take on big-band Latin dance.”

Christine Andreas: Piaf—No Regrets
54 Below, 254 W54th St./ 7PM, $50
“Broadway leading lady Andreas could coast on her pure, silvery soprano, but she is also a strong storyteller who knows how to dip beneath the pretty surfaces. In her new show, she pays homage to great French songbird Edith Piaf, putting her own stamp on such classic chansons as “La Vie en Rose,” “Hymne à L’Amour,” “Milord” and “Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien.”” (TONY)

Sunset Salsa
Hudson River Park’s Pier 45 / 6:30PM, FREE
“How about some salsa with that tango? Sunset Salsa has been introducing new dancers to the salsa scene for over 10 years. Starting July 11, the beginner-friendly party starts at 6:30 on Tuesdays at Hudson River Park’s Pier 45. Instructor Talia Castro-Pozo carefully guides newbies through the basic steps for the first hour before the city’s most popular salsa DJs spin the classics for salseros.” (thrillist.com)

Opening Skinner’s Box (Jul 10–12)
Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College/ 8PM, $35+
“Why do we love? When would we kill? How do we learn? Why do we believe in the unbelievable?

With their trademark mix of wit, insight, and inventive stagecraft, Britain’s Improbable theater company takes us on a “fascinating, if at times alarming” (Times, U.K.) tour of ten famous 20th-century psychological experiments, starting with B.F. Skinner’s notorious rat boxes. Inspired by Lauren Slater’s acclaimed book, Opening Skinner’s Box is a time-traveling dialogue with the audacious scientists who set out to unlock the secrets of human behavior. Amidst ethically questionable methods, shocking results, and blinding biases, one thing becomes abundantly clear: Everything we thought we knew about ourselves is wrong.”

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

Astronomy Live: You Ask, Astronomers Answer
American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th St./ 7PM, $15
“Try to stump astronomer Jackie Faherty as she explains the secrets of the universe while Brian Levine illustrates using the Hayden Planetarium Space Theater’s “Digital Universe” software on a night of cosmic questions and answers.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:
Chief Engineer: The Man Who Built the Brooklyn Bridge
Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St./ 6:30PM, $5
“After his father’s tragic death, Washington Roebling stepped in to finish John Roebling’s pièce de résistance: the Brooklyn Bridge. Biographer Erica Wagner chronicles this monumental accomplishment and reveals new archival material, including Roebling’s personal memoir, thought to be lost to the historical record.”

Let’s not forget these marvelous continuing events:

French Restaurant Week  (thru July 16)
VARIOUS HOURS AND LOCATIONS
“Can’t make it to Paris this summer? Do the next best thing and eat like a Parisian in your own city. Part of a full slate of Bastille Week festivities, the annual French Restaurant Week is an opportunity to taste your way through some of the city’s best bistros and brasseries. Special prix-fixe menus will be available at dinner (and at lunch, at some locations) at dozens of spots across the area, including Le Cirque and La Sirene (in Manhattan) and Bar Omar (in Brooklyn). Three menu options may be available at each: $17.89, $38, or $178.90. At Les Halles, for instance, they forgo the top-price option but offer a glass of wine and a choice of housemade pork confit spread or merguez au couscous for $17.89; for $38 there, you can pick an appetizer (salad or garlic-butter roasted escargots), an entreé (coq au vin or roast trout in a lemon-caper sauce), along with a glass of wine. It’s enough to make you say oh là là.” (Mary Bakija, VillageVoice)

New York Asian Film Festival (thru July 16)
“Catch more than 50 new films, including blockbusters, art films and beautiful historical dramas, plus appearances from more than 20 international filmmakers at this 17-day festival. This year’s stellar lineup, which features films hailing from Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, China and Southeast Asia, features films like Chinese romance Soul Mate on July 7, fantastical Japanese drama Vanishing Time: a Boy Who Returned on July 13, and wraps with the U.S. premiere of Jung Byung-gil’s acclaimed assassin film, The Villainess, on July 16.” (TONY)

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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 Yorker really likes:

COMING SOON

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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 07/09 and 07/07.

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NYC Events,”Only the Best” (07/10) + Today’s Featured Pub (Upper West Side)

Today’s Sweet 6  NYC Events > MONDAY/JULY 10, 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-July”

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

Opening Skinner’s Box (Jul 10–12)
Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College/ 8PM, $35+
“Why do we love? When would we kill? How do we learn? Why do we believe in the unbelievable?

With their trademark mix of wit, insight, and inventive stagecraft, Britain’s Improbable theater company takes us on a “fascinating, if at times alarming” (Times, U.K.) tour of ten famous 20th-century psychological experiments, starting with B.F. Skinner’s notorious rat boxes. Inspired by Lauren Slater’s acclaimed book, Opening Skinner’s Box is a time-traveling dialogue with the audacious scientists who set out to unlock the secrets of human behavior. Amidst ethically questionable methods, shocking results, and blinding biases, one thing becomes abundantly clear: Everything we thought we knew about ourselves is wrong.”

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5 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>Jennifer Damiano
>>UCB All Stars feat. Sasheer Zamata
>>Broadway Goes A Cappella 2
>>BROADWAY RISING STARS Concert
>>Mental Health: The Latest
>>French Restaurant Week  

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Jennifer Damiano
Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St. / 7:30PM, $20
“Damiano earned a Tony nomination for playing the yearning, neglected daughter in Next to Normal, but you might remember her more as Mary Jane in Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark. Expect greatest hits from both shows in this intimate evening.” (NYMagazine)

UCB All Stars feat. Sasheer Zamata
SummerStage, Central Park, Rumsey Playfield / 7PM, FREE
Seating for the 8pm performance starts at 7pm and is first come, first served until venue reaches capacity.
“Veteran performers from New York’s iconic comedy troupe improvise alongside SNL cast member Sasheer Zamata

UCB Tour Co brings some of the best improvisers in NYC and LA to new audiences nationwide, and is thrilled to be playing SummerStage in Central Park. Our show will consist of a 75-minute longform improv comedy performance by three of our veteran performers, alongside Saturday Night Live cast-member and UCB alumna, Sasheer Zamata. Unscripted, hilarious, and high-energy, this is a show that has never been seen before and will never be seen again!”

Broadway Goes A Cappella 2
Feinstein’s/54 Below / 7PM, $40-$50
“After a sold out debut, Broadway Goes A Cappella returns to Feinstein’s/54 Below! Broadway and A Cappella veterans come together for another very special performance of all new arrangements of classic and contemporary theatre songs, performed completely without instruments. There’s something very special about performers creating harmony with nothing but each other.”

BROADWAY RISING STARS Concert
Town Hall, / 8PM, $25-$40
“Town Hall’s Broadway Rising Stars, the concert event that launched the careers of stars who were in the opening night casts of Hamilton, Waitress, Beautiful, The Color Purple and more is back for its 11th annual edition at The Town Hall. It is the must-see show to catch the stars of tomorrow, today.

The creator/writer/host of Broadway’s Rising Stars, Scott Siegel, has this to say about the brand new cast that will be unveiled on July 10th: “This exceptionally talented cast, culled from ten different performing arts institutions as far flung as CCM, NYU, and the University of Northern Colorado, and from countries as diverse as Norway, Belgium, and Israel, will come together on the Town Hall stage to prove that they are ready to take their place in the ranks of Broadway’s next generation of stars. There is no other show in New York City that has more at stake for its performers than this thrilling concert event – and you feel the excitement in every single performance!” (BroadwayWorld)

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

Mental Health: The Latest
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave./ 7Pm, $30
“Expert psychologist Dr. Robert Reiner shares the most common mental health conditions, such as anxiety, depression and ADHD, as well as the top research-based interventions.”

Let’s not forget these marvelous continuing events:

French Restaurant Week  (thru July 16)
VARIOUS HOURS AND LOCATIONS
“Can’t make it to Paris this summer? Do the next best thing and eat like a Parisian in your own city. Part of a full slate of Bastille Week festivities, the annual French Restaurant Week is an opportunity to taste your way through some of the city’s best bistros and brasseries. Special prix-fixe menus will be available at dinner (and at lunch, at some locations) at dozens of spots across the area, including Le Cirque and La Sirene (in Manhattan) and Bar Omar (in Brooklyn). Three menu options may be available at each: $17.89, $38, or $178.90. At Les Halles, for instance, they forgo the top-price option but offer a glass of wine and a choice of housemade pork confit spread or merguez au couscous for $17.89; for $38 there, you can pick an appetizer (salad or garlic-butter roasted escargots), an entreé (coq au vin or roast trout in a lemon-caper sauce), along with a glass of wine. It’s enough to make you say oh là là.” (Mary Bakija, VillageVoice)

New York Asian Film Festival (thru July 16)
“Catch more than 50 new films, including blockbusters, art films and beautiful historical dramas, plus appearances from more than 20 international filmmakers at this 17-day festival. This year’s stellar lineup, which features films hailing from Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, China and Southeast Asia, features films like Chinese romance Soul Mate on July 7, fantastical Japanese drama Vanishing Time: a Boy Who Returned on July 13, and wraps with the U.S. premiere of Jung Byung-gil’s acclaimed assassin film, The Villainess, on July 16.” (TONY)

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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 (UG), 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 in advance at these top NYC events, even if just on day of performance.
NYCity Vacation Travel Guide Video (Expedia):
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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. Au contraire. 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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NYC Events,”Only the Best” (07/09) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s 5th Avenue

Today’s Sweet 6  NYC Events > SUNDAY/JULY 09, 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-July”

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

Bastille Day
E 60th St./ 12PM, FREE
“Holidays celebrating an unusually radical approach to prison reform aren’t typically so chic, but leave it to New York to cheer the French Revolution with Champagne and lawn games. Scheduled for the weekend before the actual day, the French Institute Alliance Française takes over a few blocks of East 60th with music, can-can dancing, chocolate tastings, a mustache-heavy photo booth and free French workshops. In Brooklyn the following weekend, Bar Tabac and its fellow restaurants turn Smith Street into one long pétanque court (72 teams compete in a tournament) and pastis haven. Vive les aperitifs!” (Alexis Soloski, VillageVoice)

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5 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>BUFFY SAINTE-MARIE AND A TRIBE CALLED RED
>>HOUSTON PERSON QUARTET
>>The Django Reinhardt NY Festival All Stars
>>French Restaurant Week  
>>‘History of Burlesque’ Lecture Cabaret

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

BUFFY SAINTE-MARIE AND A TRIBE CALLED RED
at Rumsey Playfield / 7PM, FREE
“The Canadian singer-songwriter and Native American activist Buffy Sainte-Marie is in the midst of a much-deserved late-career renaissance: Her passionate 2015 album, “Power in the Blood,” drew her strongest reviews since the 1960s, and prompted many new fans to discover the riches in her back catalog for the first time. At this free SummerStage show in Central Park, Ms. Sainte-Marie’s opening act is A Tribe Called Red, an Ottawa-based group whose ecstatic performances draw equally on EDM beats and traditional native chanting and dance.” (NYT-SIMON VOZICK-LEVINSON)

HOUSTON PERSON QUARTET (Last Day)
Jazz Standard, / 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $30
“Houston Person and Jazz Standard go way back: It was in May 2002 that he made his first appearance as a leader on our stage. The great tenor saxophonist has put fifteen more years under his belt since then but “his playing just goes on getting better,” declared Dave Gelly in The Observer. In his review of a January 2012 engagement at Ronnie Scott’s in London, The Guardian’s John Fordham wrote: “Like Sonny Rollins and a handful of other survivors, Person is an eloquent messenger from a jazz era rooted in traditional blues, black church music, Broadway love songs and the impersonation, by sax, of a singer’s tone palette…His sound has become uniquely characterful: an idiosyncratic edit of all he has learned, expressed in shrugging hoots, briefly cantering bop sprints, spacious and softly blown ballads.”

The Django Reinhardt NY Festival All Stars  (Last Day)
Birdland, 315 W. 44th St./ 8:30PM, +11PM, $50
“This annual celebration of the music and influence of the unparalleled Belgian Gypsy guitarist features such acolytes as the guitarist Samson Schmitt. Guest soloists include the saxophonist Grace Kelly and the vocalists Veronica Swift and Jazzmeia Horn.” (NewYorker)

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

French Restaurant Week  (thru July 16)
VARIOUS HOURS AND LOCATIONS
“Can’t make it to Paris this summer? Do the next best thing and eat like a Parisian in your own city. Part of a full slate of Bastille Week festivities, the annual French Restaurant Week is an opportunity to taste your way through some of the city’s best bistros and brasseries. Special prix-fixe menus will be available at dinner (and at lunch, at some locations) at dozens of spots across the area, including Le Cirque and La Sirene (in Manhattan) and Bar Omar (in Brooklyn). Three menu options may be available at each: $17.89, $38, or $178.90. At Les Halles, for instance, they forgo the top-price option but offer a glass of wine and a choice of housemade pork confit spread or merguez au couscous for $17.89; for $38 there, you can pick an appetizer (salad or garlic-butter roasted escargots), an entreé (coq au vin or roast trout in a lemon-caper sauce), along with a glass of wine. It’s enough to make you say oh là là.” (Mary Bakija, VillageVoice)

Elsewhere, but this looks like too much fun to miss and worth the detour:
‘History of Burlesque’ Lecture Cabaret
Littlefield, 635 Sacket St./ 7PM, $20
“Join the Atlas Obscura Society New York for an evening of bawdy discovery as we delve into the history of burlesque, an enchanting form of performance that has shimmied, shaked, and shifted with the times over a transformative century in America.

 The sensational Doctor Lucky, the World’s Premiere Ph(Double)D, will be your guide as we fill your imaginations with titillating tales from the past. As the evening chronicles the story of burlesque, a dazzling array of in-the-flesh performances will demonstrate a range of burlesque styles from the past and present on the new, state-of-the-art Littlefield stage.

Performers for this event have been curated to include many of the greatest currently operating in the New York scene: Gin Minsky, Corvette Le Face, Ms. Tickle, Perle Noire, Lil’ Miss Lixx and the Lady Aye.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

Let’s not forget this marvelous continuing event from The Film Society Lincoln Center :

New York Asian Film Festival (thru July 16)

“Catch more than 50 new films, including blockbusters, art films and beautiful historical dramas, plus appearances from more than 20 international filmmakers at this 17-day festival. This year’s stellar lineup, which features films hailing from Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, China and Southeast Asia, features films like Chinese romance Soul Mate on July 7, fantastical Japanese drama Vanishing Time: a Boy Who Returned on July 13, and wraps with the U.S. premiere of Jung Byung-gil’s acclaimed assassin film, The Villainess, on July 16.” (TONY)

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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)

Museum of the City of New York
‘A CITY SEEN: TODD WEBB’S POSTWAR NEW YORK, 1945­-1960’ (thru Sept.04)
“Webb, a Detroit native who lost his money in the 1929 crash, served as a Navy photographer during World War II. His first major solo exhibition, “I See a City,” opened at the Museum of the City of New York in September 1946. Now the museum is putting the photographer, who died in 2000, in the spotlight again with more than 100 of his pictures of the city, including this shot of 125th Street in Harlem in 1946.
WHEN | WHERE Through Sept. 4, at the Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave.
INFO $18; 212­534­1672, mcny.org ­­ (STAV ZIV-Newsday)

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)

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum  (now-9/6/17)
“This newest show, 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.”

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:
Age of Empires: Chinese Art of the Qin & Han Dynasties (221 B.C.-A.D. 220)
“Not least among the achievements of Ying Zheng, the founding emperor of the short-lived Qin dynasty (221-206 B.C.), was propaganda, some of which still echoes bombastically on the walls of this show: you won’t depart with any confusion about who first unified China. But the chance to see a platoon of his spectacular terra-cotta warriors, half a dozen or so of the thousands that were buried with the emperor, who died in 210 B.C., and excavated in the nineteen-seventies, is not to be missed. Fitted together like action figures from mass-produced body parts and originally equipped with real bronze weapons, the life-size sculptures have individually detailed faces of surprising charisma. One kneeling archer, with square-toed shoes and a mustache, is so striking he may trigger déjà vu. Along with the soldiers comes a wide-ranging selection of contemporaneous artifacts, many of them demonstrating a naturalistic approach to anatomy and an untrammelled expressive whimsy—both of which were later eradicated by the heavy stylization during the Han dynasty. Examples of the former include a recently discovered terra-cotta strongman with a potbelly; examples of the latter include a bronze lamp shaped like a mythical bird tipping its head back to swallow its own smoke. But, if many of the show’s pieces make Qin and Han culture look unexpectedly relatable, its highlights are those that were unmistakably made long ago and far away, particularly the unforgettable jade burial suit of the Han princess Dou Wan. Discovered in a cliffside tomb in Hebei Province, in 1968, the ritual object is made of more than two thousand rectangular panels of jade, sewn together with gold.” (NewYorker)  THRU JULY 16.

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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 07/07 and 07/05.
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