NYC Events,”Only the Best” (07/08) + Today’s Featured Pub (Midtown West)

“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to.” We make it as easy as 1-2-3.

For future NYC Events, check the tab above:  “July NYC Events”
It’s the most comprehensive list of top events this month that you will find anywhere.
Carefully curated from “Only the Best” NYC event info on the the web, it’s a simply superb resource that will help you plan your NYC visit all over town, all through the month.
OR to make your own after dinner plans TONIGHT, see the tab above;  “LiveMusic.”

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

Into the Woods in Concert
The Town Hall / 7:30PM, $77+
“Fairy-tale characters get to their happily-ever-afters and then face giant aftershocks in Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s brilliantly disenchanted 1987 musical. This one-night concert staging, a benefit for Cleveland Musical Theatre, features a starry cast of actors with backgrounds in Ohio, including Alice Ripley as the Witch, Tony Yazbeck as the Baker, Kate Shindle as the Baker’s Wife, Betsy Wolfe as Cinderella, Matt Bogart as the Wolf, John Riddle as Cinderella’s Prince, Pamela Myers as Jack’s Mother, Lee Wilkof as the Mysterious Man and Maureen McGovern as Cinderella’s Stepmother.” (TONY)

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5 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Gratitude – Band Members of Earth, Wind & Fire
>> ‘BONNIE MCFARLANE’S WORLD’S BEST COMEDY SHOW’
>> Jim Caruso’s Cast Party 
>> Lame Brains and Lunatics: The Good, The Bad, and The Forgotten of Silent Comedy
>> Monday Night Magic

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

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Music, Dance, Performing Art

Gratitude – Band Members of Earth, Wind & Fire
Blue Note / 8PM, $20-$35
“Gratitude is the assembly of 9 gifted musicians of which 7 are currently touring and performing as band members of Earth Wind & Fire. This very special evening of music will feature Classic Soul, Funk and R&B Classics in addition to selections inspired by the aforementioned “Elements of the Universe” having you feel as if you’re in a Fantasy… Like a Shining Star beyond Jupiter! You’ll want to Sing a Song and exclaim Let’s Groove as you and your fellow music lovers dance your way to a Boogie Wonderland!” (wfuv.org)

‘BONNIE MCFARLANE’S WORLD’S BEST COMEDY SHOW’
at Gotham Comedy Club / 8 p.m.; $15
“The title sounds like a reach, but this new monthly showcase hosted by Ken Krantz features McFarlane and some of the funniest comedians working in the city today. The lineup includes Keith Robinson, Ted Alexandro and Gary Gulman, who just filmed a stand-up special for HBO.” (NYT-Sean L. McCarthy)

Jim Caruso’s Cast Party 
Birdland Jazz Club / 9:30PM, $25-$30
“Jim Caruso’s Cast Party is the best thing to happen to nightlife since prohibition ended.” Think “American Idol” meets “The Tonight Show.” Imagine Martin Short and Liza throw a hip house party around the baby grand…and you’re invited! Cast Party is a wildly popular happening that has brought Broadway glitz and urbane wit to the legendary Birdland in New York City every Monday night since 2003. It is the ultimate spot to mix and mingle with show folk and the people who love them. Cast Party is a hilariously impromptu variety show where showbiz superstars and up-and-comers deliver jaw-dropping musical performances and razzle-dazzle.” (cityguideny.com)

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Smart Stuff / Other NYC EventS

Reel Talks | Lame Brains and Lunatics: The Good, The Bad, and The Forgotten of Silent Comedy
Bryant Park/Bryant Park Reading Room, Between 40th & 42nd Sts. and Fifth and Sixth Aves./ 12:30PM, FREE
“Talks on movies, the culture of cinema, and filmmaking.
Hosted by film connoisseur Scott Adlerberg.
Steve Massa, Lame Brains and Lunatics: The Good, The Bad, and The Forgotten of Silent Comedy.”

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

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


Continuing Events

‘Midsummer Night Swing’ (July 2-6, 9-13)
Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center
“Each summer, some of the dance at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts takes place outside, in Damrosch Park, where a variety of bands and orchestras will serve up R&B, swing, disco and other styles. Guests can dance the night away — and for those who could use a hand learning steps, group lessons are offered. ($18-$22; 6 p.m.; Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center, 60 Lincoln Center Plaza, Manhattan; lincolncenter.org)” (amNY)

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COMING SOON (WFUV)

7/9 Citizen Cope, Brooklyn Steel
7/9-10 Earth, Wind & Fire, Beacon Theatre
7/9 WFUV’s on Your Radar, Rockwood Music Hall
7/10 Belle & Sebastian, Brooklyn Steel
7/10 Dar Williams, City WinerY

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♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, plus dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity, with a population of  8.6 million, had a record 65 million visitors last year and was TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2018 – awesome! BUT quality shows draw crowds. Try to reserve seats for these top NYC events in advance, even if just earlier on the day of performance.
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A PremierPub / 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” finally closed, now it’s “Mean Girls.”)

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.

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“Pub” is used in it’s broadest sense – bars, bar/restaurants, jazz clubs, wine bars, tapas bars, craft beer bars, dive bars, cocktail lounges, and of course, pubs – just about anyplace you can get a drink without a cover charge (except for certain jazz clubs).
If you have a fave premier pub or good eating place on Manhattan’s WestSide let us all know about it – leave a comment.

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Bonus Live Music  – NYC Jazz Clubs:
Many consider NYCity the Jazz capital of the world. My favorite Jazz Clubs, all on Manhattan’s WestSide, feature top talent every night of the week.
Hit the Hot Link and check out who is playing tonight:

Greenwich Village:
(4 are underground, classic jazz joints. all 6 are within walking distance of each other):
Village Vanguard – UG, 178 7th Ave. So., villagevanguard.com, 212-255-4037 (1st 8:30)
Blue Note – 131 W3rd St. nr 6th ave. bluenotejazz.com, 212-475-8592 (1st set 8pm)
55 Bar – basement @55 Christopher St. nr 7th ave.S. 55bar.com, 212-929-9883 (1st 7pm)
Mezzrow – basement @ 163 W10th St. nr 7th Ave. mezzrow.com,646-476-4346 (1st 8)
Smalls – basement @ 183 W10th St. smallslive.com, 646-476-4346 (1st set 7:30pm)
The Stone at The New School – 55 w13 St. (btw 6/5 ave) – thestonenyc.com (8:30PM)

Outside Greenwich Village:
Dizzy’s Club – Broadway @ 60th St. — jazz.org/dizzys / 212-258-9595 (1st set 7:30pm)
Birdland – 315 W44th St.(btw 8/9ave) — birdlandjazz.com / 212-581-3080 (1st 8:30pm)
Smoke Jazz Club – 2751 Broadway nr.106th St. — smokejazz.com/ 212-864-6662 (7pm)
Jazz Standard – 116 E27 St. (btw Park/Lex) – jazzstandard.com – (1st set 7:30)

For a comprehensive list of the best places to hear All Types of Live Music in Manhattan see the tab above “LiveMusic.”

In Memoriam:
Caffe Vivaldi – 32 Jones St. nr Bleecker St. — caffevivaldi.com / 212-691-7538 (1st 7pm)
a classic, old jazz club in the Village, Caffe V often surprised with a wonderfully eclectic lineup. It was my favorite spot for an evening of listening enjoyment and discovery.
Alas, Caffe V is no more, another victim of a rapacious NYC landlord. Owner Ishrat fought the good fight and Caffe V will be sorely missed.
Cornelia Street Cafe – UG, 29 Cornelia St. corneliastreetcafe.com, 212-989-9319
And more recently we have lost Cornelia Street Cafe. After 41 years, it too became another victim of an unreasonable rent increase.

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

“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to.” We make it as easy as 1-2-3.

For future NYC Events, check the tab above:  “July NYC Events”
It’s the most comprehensive list of top events this month that you will find anywhere.
Carefully curated from “Only the Best” NYC event info on the the web, it’s a simply superb resource that will help you plan your NYC visit all over town, all through the month.
OR to make your own after dinner plans TONIGHT, see the tab above;  “LiveMusic.”

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

Only one thing to do today – watch the Women’s World Cup Finals: USA v Netherlands.

Watch the historic Women’s World Cup
Dumbo / 11AM, FREE
“The United States has made it to the Women’s World Cup Finals, and you’re invited to a gigantic viewing party in the Dumbo Archway. It’ll get crowded quick, but the space (and screen) are large enough to accommodate a lot of revelers. Paint your face red, white, and blue, and cheer on our team as they fight their way to international victory. What could be more patriotic than chanting “U-S-A! U-S-A!” for a bunch of kickass women at the end of a 4th of July weekend?” (thrillist)

Lots of other places to catch the match:

Where To Watch Team USA In The Women’s World Cup Final In NYC (Patch)

Watch Team USA in the Women’s World Cup final at these NYC bars, restaurants (amNY)

The Best NYC Bars for Watching the 2019 Women’s World Cup (NYT)

Special Notice:
Last Chance to see “The Ferryman” on Broadway. This TONY award winner is one of the great plays of the last decade. If you have not seen it, please just drop everything, find your way to the Bernard Jacobs theater, and enjoy a classic Broadway experience.

Time Out New York Theater critic Adam Feldman’s review is here.

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6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Dirty Dozen Brass Band
>> Claude Jay & Purple MaJic Ensemble
>> Linda May Han Oh
>> Dr. Lonnie Smith
>> SAVION GLOVER
>> KCON 2019

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

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Music, Dance, Performing Art

Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Blue Note / 8PM, +10:30PM, $20-$35
“Celebrating over 40 years since their founding in 1977, New Orleans-based Dirty Dozen Brass Band has taken the traditional foundation of brass band music and incorporated it into a blend of genres including Bebop Jazz, Funk and R&B/Soul. This unique sound, described by the band as a ‘musical gumbo,’ has allowed the Dirty Dozen to tour across 5 continents and more than 30 countries, record 12 studio albums and collaborate with a range of artists from Modest Mouse to Widespread Panic to Norah Jones.”

Harlem Meer Performance Festival:
Claude Jay & Purple MaJic Ensemble
Feel the music in Central Park
Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (110th St. btwn Fifth and Lenox Avenues) / 2PM, FREE
“If you’ve been partying for three days straight (no judgements here!), you might want to head to Harlem to hear some gospel music. Claude Jay and the Purple MaJic Ensemble will perform a Sunday afternoon concert for the spiritually hungry and the spiritually hungover. Bring a blanket, a bagel, a big bottle of water, and let your long weekend be carried away on the wings of some gorgeous gospel songs.” (thrillist.com)

Linda May Han Oh (July 2-7)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave. S./ 8:30PM, +10:30PM, $35
“There was once a time when the sight of a female jazz bass player on the bandstand was an anomaly, but that era has passed. Since relocating from Australia, in 2006, Linda May Han Oh, an omnivorous whiz on both the acoustic and electric versions of the instrument, has been providing authoritative support for others—hear her recent dazzling work with Dave Douglas or her performances with Pat Metheny—while calling attention to her own providential gifts. In her return to the venerated Village Vanguard, July 2-7, Han Oh, whose four albums reveal a knack for resourceful composition, leads a quintet that includes the pianist Fabian Almazan and the saxophonist Ben Wendel. But, remember, it’s all about that bass.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)

Dr. Lonnie Smith (July 2-7)
Jazz Standard, 116 E. 27th St./ 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $35
“Don’t question Dr. Lonnie Smith’s trademark turban or ask him to produce a diploma—just trust in this eminently funky organist’s ability to swing a room into submission. Splitting this residency between a lithe trio (featuring a dexterous foil in Jonathan Kreisberg, on guitar) and a horn-heavy octet (which, for one night, welcomes the saxophone star Chris Potter), the good doctor offers up a wily blend of invention and sass, much as he has since the sixties.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)

SAVION GLOVER (July 2-7).
at the Joyce Theater / 8PM, $45+
“The tap master returns to the Joyce with a new evening-length work inspired by an imaginary conversation between himself and Gregg Burge, a tap dancer and choreographer who died in 1998. In “Lady5 @ Savion Glover’s BaRoQUe’BLaK TaP CaFe,” Glover explores ideas around identity and the development of thought. The first half, to classical music, has a baroque theme, while the second takes a contemporary turn. As Glover states in press materials, it shows “the transition to becoming more ourselves and really getting into the tap.” (NYT-Gia Kourlas)

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Smart Stuff / Other NYC EventS

KCON 2019 (July 6-7)
Bring your appetite to the K-Food Fair at KCON
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, 655 W. 34th St. / 10AM-6PM,
Two-day tickets start at $30.99
“KCON 2019 bills itself as the “world’s largest Korean Pop Music and Culture Convention,” and among the featured events is the K-Food Fair, focused on Korean cuisine. Aside from sampling foods such as chicken roulade with ginseng puree and aged kimchi relish, pictured, attendees can visit a mock Korean village that offers a deeper look at dishes and snacks from the Land of the Morning Calm.” (amNY)


Continuing Events

‘Midsummer Night Swing’ (July 2-6, 9-13)
Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center
“Each summer, some of the dance at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts takes place outside, in Damrosch Park, where a variety of bands and orchestras will serve up R&B, swing, disco and other styles. Guests can dance the night away — and for those who could use a hand learning steps, group lessons are offered. ($18-$22; 6 p.m.; Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center, 60 Lincoln Center Plaza, Manhattan; lincolncenter.org)” (amNY)

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COMING SOON (WFUV)

7/7 The Lone Bellow, City Winery
7/9 Citizen Cope, Brooklyn Steel
7/9-10 Earth, Wind & Fire, Beacon Theatre
7/9 WFUV’s on Your Radar, Rockwood Music Hall
7/10 Belle & Sebastian, Brooklyn Steel
7/10 Dar Williams, City WinerY

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♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, plus dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity, with a population of  8.6 million, had a record 65 million visitors last year and was TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2018 – awesome! BUT quality shows draw crowds. Try to reserve seats for these top NYC events in advance, even if just earlier on the day of performance.
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Chelsea Art Gallery District*

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

Here is one exhibition the New Yorker likes:

and one the NYTimes likes:

‘JEFF WALL’ (extended through July 26)

“Rumination and risk-taking, in equal measure, mark this conceptual photographer’s spellbinding new exhibition. The show, Wall’s first at this Chelsea gallery since ending a 25-year run with the rival dealer Marian Goodman, feels decidedly introspective. Figures alone in contemplative trances, or alienated from their partners in scenes of evident tension, define most of the works. The encyclopedic visual literacy that has long characterized Wall’s pictures (with their compositional echoes of old master paintings) has been pared back, allowing more psychological complexity to emerge. Just as new is an emphasis on narrative and sequence; among the pieces are two diptychs and an enveloping, cinematic triptych.” (Karen Rosenberg)
212-741-1717, gagosian.com

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

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

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

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For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see recent posts in right sidebar dated 07/05 and 07/03.
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Bonus NYC Music Venues:
So much fine live music every night in this town. These are my favorite non jazz music venues on Manhattan’s WestSide. Check out who’s playing tonight:

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

For a comprehensive list of the best places to hear All Types of Live Music in Manhattan see the tab above “LiveMusic.”

In Memoriam:
Caffe Vivaldi – 32 Jones St. nr Bleecker St. caffevivaldi.com, 212-691-7538
a classic, old jazz club in the Village, Caffe V often surprises with a wonderfully eclectic lineup. It’s my favorite spot for an evening of listening discovery and enjoyment.
Alas, Caffe V is no more, another victim of a rapacious NYC landlord. Owner Ishrat fought the good fight and Caffe V will be sorely missed.

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NYC Events,”Only the Best” (07/06) + Today’s Featured Pub (Times Square / Theater District)

“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to.” We make it as easy as 1-2-3.

For future NYC Events, check the tab above:  “July NYC Events”
It’s the most comprehensive list of top events this month that you will find anywhere.
Carefully curated from “Only the Best” NYC event info on the the web, it’s a simply superb resource that will help you plan your NYC visit all over town, all through the month.
OR to make your own after dinner plans TONIGHT, see the tab above;  “LiveMusic.”

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

KCON 2019 (July 6-7)
Bring your appetite to the K-Food Fair at KCON
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, 655 W. 34th St. / 10AM-6PM,
Two-day tickets start at $30.99
“KCON 2019 bills itself as the “world’s largest Korean Pop Music and Culture Convention,” and among the featured events is the K-Food Fair, focused on Korean cuisine. Aside from sampling foods such as chicken roulade with ginseng puree and aged kimchi relish, pictured, attendees can visit a mock Korean village that offers a deeper look at dishes and snacks from the Land of the Morning Calm.” (amNY)

Special Notice:
Only two days left to see “The Ferryman” on Broadway. This TONY award winner is one of the great plays of the last decade. If you have not seen it, please just drop everything, find your way to the Bernard Jacobs theater, and enjoy a classic Broadway experience.

Time Out New York Theater critic Adam Feldman’s review is here.

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7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Dr. Lonnie Smith
>> Charles Turner & Uptown Swing
>> VERONICA SWIFT WITH THE EMMET COHEN TRIO
>> BILLY HARPER QUINTET
>> SAVION GLOVER

>> American Ballet Theatre
>> First Saturday at the Brooklyn Museum

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

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Music, Dance, Performing Art

Dr. Lonnie Smith (July 2-7)
Jazz Standard, 116 E. 27th St./ 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $35
“Don’t question Dr. Lonnie Smith’s trademark turban or ask him to produce a diploma—just trust in this eminently funky organist’s ability to swing a room into submission. Splitting this residency between a lithe trio (featuring a dexterous foil in Jonathan Kreisberg, on guitar) and a horn-heavy octet (which, for one night, welcomes the saxophone star Chris Potter), the good doctor offers up a wily blend of invention and sass, much as he has since the sixties.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)

Charles Turner & Uptown Swing
Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center / 6PM, $22
Dance floor opens at 6:00 pm
Dance lesson at 6:30 pm
Live music at 7:30 pm
Style: Swing, Jazz, Blues
Dance Instructors: LaTasha Barnes and Joshua Mclean teach Lindy Hop
DJ: Odysseus Bailer

“Young jazz vocalist and bandleader Charles Turner III—winner of the first-annual Duke Ellington Center for the Arts vocal competition, among other accolades—has quickly made his mark in the New York City jazz scene, playing regularly at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s late-night dance sessions, Ginny’s Supper Club, Smoke, and more. Turner slides effortlessly from crooning jazz melodies to hard swinging standards to down-and-out blues, all backed by a flawless five-piece rhythm and horn section. There’s no time like the present to hear from the new generation of swing ambassadors.”

VERONICA SWIFT WITH THE EMMET COHEN TRIO
at Birdland / 8:30 and 11 p.m.; $30-$40
“Swift is a 25-year-old vocalist of nimble grace and forceful disclosure, as if Annie Ross had gotten more of Sarah Vaughan’s influence. She will perform here with backing from Cohen, a prodigious young straight-ahead pianist, and his trio. (His group will start things off on Thursday and Saturday with a set of its own at 5:30 p.m.)” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

BILLY HARPER QUINTET
at Smoke / 7, 9 and 10:30 p.m.; $40
“Harper plays the tenor saxophone in spirally, darting movements, with a pearly-hot intensity and steady focus. A luminary figure in post-bop, he emerged in the 1960s and ’70s playing music that leapt from the core of the jazz tradition — with titles like “Black Saint” and “Knowledge of Self” — and bespoke a mind-set of restive, contemporary vision. At Smoke, he appears with Freddie Hendrix on trumpet, Francesca Tanksley on piano (on Thursday, George Cables will be behind the keys), Hwansu Kang on bass and Aaron Scott on drums.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

SAVION GLOVER (July 2-7).
at the Joyce Theater / 8PM, $45+
“The tap master returns to the Joyce with a new evening-length work inspired by an imaginary conversation between himself and Gregg Burge, a tap dancer and choreographer who died in 1998. In “Lady5 @ Savion Glover’s BaRoQUe’BLaK TaP CaFe,” Glover explores ideas around identity and the development of thought. The first half, to classical music, has a baroque theme, while the second takes a contemporary turn. As Glover states in press materials, it shows “the transition to becoming more ourselves and really getting into the tap.” (NYT-Gia Kourlas)

American Ballet Theatre (LAST DAY)
Metropolitan Opera House / 2PM, +8PM, $25+
“In the hundred and twenty-nine years since its première, “The Sleeping Beauty”—Marius Petipa’s first collaboration with Tchaikovsky—has undergone countless revivals. Each time, a new director has put his or her stamp on the work, adding, subtracting, changing details. Enter the choreographer Alexei Ratmansky, who mounted this revival on A.B.T. in 2015. In preparation, he went back to a trove of archival sources: notations from Petipa’s time, kept at Harvard; photos and drawings of the original production and a subsequent Ballets Russes revival; firsthand accounts. His staging is like a critical edition in music—in other words, an attempt to get as close to the original text as possible. In the process, a wealth of detail—musical, theatrical, stylistic—has been revealed.” (Marina Harss, NewYorker)

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Smart Stuff / Other NYC EventS

Elsewhere, but this is always worth the detour:

First Saturday at the Brooklyn Museum
Brooklyn Museum / 5-10PM, $16
“Spend a Saturday at the Brooklyn Museum with free art and entertainment programs, including tours, live music from Egyptian cinema, Tunde Olaniran and Cumbia River Band (pictured), a talk with author Adreinne Waheed and photographer Zun-Lee, a wearable art workshop, poetry readings and much more.” (amNY)

“Poetry, live music, and a screening of a Garry Winogrand documentary (his rarely seen color work is on display now) highlight this month’s Target First Saturday at the Brooklyn Museum.”


Continuing Events

‘Midsummer Night Swing’ (July 2-6, 9-13)
Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center
“Each summer, some of the dance at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts takes place outside, in Damrosch Park, where a variety of bands and orchestras will serve up R&B, swing, disco and other styles. Guests can dance the night away — and for those who could use a hand learning steps, group lessons are offered. ($18-$22; 6 p.m.; Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center, 60 Lincoln Center Plaza, Manhattan; lincolncenter.org)” (amNY)

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COMING SOON (WFUV)

7/4-7 Dirty Dozen Brass Band, The Blue Note
7/6 Charles Turner and the Uptown Swing, Damrosch Park Lincoln Center
7/7 The Lone Bellow, City Winery
7/9 Citizen Cope, Brooklyn Steel
7/9-10 Earth, Wind & Fire, Beacon Theatre
7/9 WFUV’s on Your Radar, Rockwood Music Hall
7/10 Belle & Sebastian, Brooklyn Steel
7/10 Dar Williams, City Winery

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♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, plus dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity, with a population of  8.6 million, had a record 65 million visitors last year and was TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2018 – awesome! BUT quality shows draw crowds. Try to reserve seats for these top NYC events in advance, even if just earlier on the day of performance.
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A PremierPub

Jimmy’s Corner 140 W 44th St (btw B’way & 7th ave)

IMG_2083Jimmy’s Corner is right in the heart of Times Square, but you won’t find it on the corner, it’s mid-block. Enter this long narrow bar and you are struck by the walls covered with mostly black-and-white boxing photographs, and memorabilia. Soon enough you learn that “Corner” refers to proprietor Jimmy Glenn’s long career as a corner man for some of boxing greats – Liston, Tyson, even “the greatest,” Ali.

Jimmy’s is a sort of time machine, taking you back to a time and place that no longer exists. All around you Times Square has cleaned up, grown up, assumed a new identity. Jimmy’s probably hasn’t changed a bit since it first opened in 1971. Certainly the bar itself looks original and the prices haven’t changed much either. When I brought a friend, who owns her own bar, she was surprised when she got the small tab for a round of drinks. Figured there must be a mistake, that maybe they forgot to charge for all the drinks.

Times Square today is filled with neon glitz and wandering tourists from Dubuque, but not Jimmy’s. You’ll likely find some old timer’s at the bar nursing their drinks, some younger locals at tables in the back, and maybe just a few adventuresome tourists clutching their trusty guidebooks. There’s no food served here because this is just a bar, and sometimes that’s all you need.

On nights when no local team is playing, it’s a fine place to sip some drafts and listen to a wonderful old time jukebox, with a great selection of  40s& 50s R&B and soul. On sports nights this very narrow bar can get a bit claustrophobic, filled with excited fans watching their team on the TVs. Either way, Jimmy’s is the place to be if you are looking for an old time bar in the new Times Square.
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Website: are you kidding !
(although there is a facebook page with lots of photos –
facebook.com/jimmyscornernyc)
Phone #: 212-221-9510
Hours: 11am – 4 am, except Sunday they open 12 noon
Happy Hour: not necessary, low prices all day, every day
Subway: #1,2,3 to TimesSquare 42nd st
walk 2 blks N on 7th ave to 44th st; ½ blk E to Jimmy’s

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“Pub” is used in it’s broadest sense – bars, bar/restaurants, jazz clubs, wine bars, tapas bars, craft beer bars, dive bars, cocktail lounges, and of course, pubs – just about anyplace you can get a drink without a cover charge (except for certain jazz clubs).
If you have a fave premier pub or good eating place on Manhattan’s WestSide let us all know about it – leave a comment.

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Bonus: Nifty 9 – Best Cabarets / Piano Bars NYCity
These are my favorite places for an after dinner night on the town – music and drinks.
Hit the Hot Link and check out what’s happening tonight:

Feinstein’s/54 Below – 254 W 54th St.

The Green Room 42 – 570 Tenth Ave.

Don’t Tell Mama – 343 W 46th St.

The Rum House, in the Hotel Edison – 228 W. 47th St.

Laurie Beechman Theatre – 407 W 42nd St.

Marie’s Crisis – 59 Grove St.

The Duplex – 61 Christopher St.

Sid Gold’s Request Room – 165 W 26th St.

Cafe Carlyle, in the Carlyle Hotel – 35 E. 76th St.
This is the only one not located on Manhattan’s WestSide, and it ain’t cheap, but it has some of the finest singers.

For a comprehensive list of the best places to hear All Types of Live Music in Manhattan see the tab above “LiveMusic.”

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NYC Events,”Only the Best” (07/05) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s 5th Avenue

“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to.” We make it as easy as 1-2-3.

For future NYC Events, check the tab above:  “July NYC Events”
It’s the most comprehensive list of top events this month that you will find anywhere.
Carefully curated from “Only the Best” NYC event info on the the web, it’s a simply superb resource that will help you plan your NYC visit all over town, all through the month.
OR to make your own after dinner plans TONIGHT, see the tab above;  “LiveMusic.”

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

VERONICA SWIFT WITH THE EMMET COHEN TRIO (also July 6)
at Birdland / 8:30 and 11 p.m.; $30-$40
“Swift is a 25-year-old vocalist of nimble grace and forceful disclosure, as if Annie Ross had gotten more of Sarah Vaughan’s influence. She will perform here with backing from Cohen, a prodigious young straight-ahead pianist, and his trio. (His group will start things off on Thursday and Saturday with a set of its own at 5:30 p.m.)” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

Special Notice:
Only three days left to see “The Ferryman” on Broadway. This TONY award winner is one of the great plays of the last decade. If you have not seen it, please just drop everything, find your way to the Bernard Jacobs theater, and enjoy a classic Broadway experience.

Time Out New York Theater critic Adam Feldman’s review is here.

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7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Joe Battaglia & The New York Big Band
>> Oliver Beer: Vessel Orchestra
>> BILLY HARPER QUINTET
>> Joanna Gleason: Out Of The Eclipse
>> Linda May Han Oh
>> SAVION GLOVER

>> American Ballet Theatre

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

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Music, Dance, Performing Art

Joe Battaglia & The New York Big Band
Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center / 6PM, $22
Dance floor opens at 6:00 pm
Dance lesson at 6:30 pm
Live music at 7:30 pm
Style: Ballroom
Dance Instructor: Sandra Cameron teaches Foxtrot, Swing, and Rumba
DJ: Gene Eagle

“For more than 20 years, trumpet player Joe Battaglia and his 16-piece big band have been playing fresh arrangements of everyone’s favorite rumba, foxtrot, cha cha, and other ballroom styles. Well known by dance lovers around town for his longstanding gigs at Tavern on the Green, the Rainbow Room, and the Edison Ballroom, this native New Yorker and his New York Big Band keep dancers gliding around the floor with a melodic sensibility that “showcases Battaglia’s lyrical and sweet sounding horn” (Cabaret Scenes).”

Oliver Beer: Vessel Orchestra
at the Met Breuer / 6:30 p.m.
“Oliver Beer’s new “Vessel Orchestra” turns a collection of objects taken from the Met’s vast holdings into parts of a massive musical instrument, one played automatically during the day and in live concerts on Friday nights. The first features this excellent vocal ensemble, joined by the pianist Bruce Brubaker, performing medieval monophony and pieces by John Cage, Alvin Lucier and Philip Glass. The concert is free with museum admission.” (NYT-David Allen)

BILLY HARPER QUINTET (also July 6)
at Smoke / 7, 9 and 10:30 p.m.; $40
“Harper plays the tenor saxophone in spirally, darting movements, with a pearly-hot intensity and steady focus. A luminary figure in post-bop, he emerged in the 1960s and ’70s playing music that leapt from the core of the jazz tradition — with titles like “Black Saint” and “Knowledge of Self” — and bespoke a mind-set of restive, contemporary vision. At Smoke, he appears with Freddie Hendrix on trumpet, Francesca Tanksley on piano (on Thursday, George Cables will be behind the keys), Hwansu Kang on bass and Aaron Scott on drums.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

Joanna Gleason: Out Of The Eclipse (also July 6)
Feinstein’s/54 Below / 7PM, $50+
“The warm, witty Gleason, whose long résumé of stage and screen roles includes a Tony-winning turn as the Baker’s Wife in the original Into the Woods, returns to 54 Below with a new set that explores her recent journey through a dark time in her life. She is joined by musical director Jeffrey Klitz and backed by the Moontones.” (TONY)

Linda May Han Oh (July 2-7)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave. S./ 8:30PM, +10:30PM, $35
“There was once a time when the sight of a female jazz bass player on the bandstand was an anomaly, but that era has passed. Since relocating from Australia, in 2006, Linda May Han Oh, an omnivorous whiz on both the acoustic and electric versions of the instrument, has been providing authoritative support for others—hear her recent dazzling work with Dave Douglas or her performances with Pat Metheny—while calling attention to her own providential gifts. In her return to the venerated Village Vanguard, July 2-7, Han Oh, whose four albums reveal a knack for resourceful composition, leads a quintet that includes the pianist Fabian Almazan and the saxophonist Ben Wendel. But, remember, it’s all about that bass.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)

SAVION GLOVER (July 2-7).
at the Joyce Theater / 8PM, $45+
“The tap master returns to the Joyce with a new evening-length work inspired by an imaginary conversation between himself and Gregg Burge, a tap dancer and choreographer who died in 1998. In “Lady5 @ Savion Glover’s BaRoQUe’BLaK TaP CaFe,” Glover explores ideas around identity and the development of thought. The first half, to classical music, has a baroque theme, while the second takes a contemporary turn. As Glover states in press materials, it shows “the transition to becoming more ourselves and really getting into the tap.” (NYT-Gia Kourlas)

American Ballet Theatre (July 1-6)
Metropolitan Opera House / 7:30PM, $25+
“In the hundred and twenty-nine years since its première, “The Sleeping Beauty”—Marius Petipa’s first collaboration with Tchaikovsky—has undergone countless revivals. Each time, a new director has put his or her stamp on the work, adding, subtracting, changing details. Enter the choreographer Alexei Ratmansky, who mounted this revival on A.B.T. in 2015. In preparation, he went back to a trove of archival sources: notations from Petipa’s time, kept at Harvard; photos and drawings of the original production and a subsequent Ballets Russes revival; firsthand accounts. His staging is like a critical edition in music—in other words, an attempt to get as close to the original text as possible. In the process, a wealth of detail—musical, theatrical, stylistic—has been revealed.” (Marina Harss, NewYorker)

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Smart Stuff / Other NYC EventS

More smart stuff coming soon.


Continuing Events

‘Midsummer Night Swing’ (July 2-6, 9-13)
Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center
“Each summer, some of the dance at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts takes place outside, in Damrosch Park, where a variety of bands and orchestras will serve up R&B, swing, disco and other styles. Guests can dance the night away — and for those who could use a hand learning steps, group lessons are offered. ($18-$22; 6 p.m.; Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center, 60 Lincoln Center Plaza, Manhattan; lincolncenter.org)” (amNY)

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COMING SOON (WFUV)

7/4-7 Dirty Dozen Brass Band, The Blue Note
7/5 David Bromberg, City Winery
7/6 Charles Turner and the Uptown Swing, Damrosch Park Lincoln Center
7/7 The Lone Bellow, City Winery
7/9 Citizen Cope, Brooklyn Steel
7/9-10 Earth, Wind & Fire, Beacon Theatre
7/9 WFUV’s on Your Radar, Rockwood Music Hall
7/10 Belle & Sebastian, Brooklyn Steel
7/10 Dar Williams, City Winery

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♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, plus dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity, with a population of  8.6 million, had a record 65 million visitors last year and was TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2018 – awesome! BUT quality shows draw crowds. Try to reserve seats for these top NYC events in advance, even if just earlier on the day of performance.
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WHAT’S ON VIEW
These are My Fave Special Exhibitions @ MUSEUMS / Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue
(See the New York Times Arts Section for listings of all museum exhibitions,
and also see the expanded reviews of these exhibitions)

‘SCENES FROM THE COLLECTION’

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

Museum of the City of New York

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

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

“In Praise of Painting” (thru Oct.4, 2020)

“How great are the Met’s holdings in the Dutch golden age? Very. This long-term installation rings the lower level of the Lehman Wing with scores of lesser-known gems from the mid-seventeenth century, many of them rarely on view before, amid masterworks by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hals, and Ruisdael. The period, vivified here, began in 1648, when the end of the Eighty Years’ War with Spain brought a boom in wealth and morale, expressed by genre paintings that exalt the national ideal of gezelligheid—social warmth, comfort, belonging. A key figure was Gerard ter Borch, who had travelled widely and worked at the court of Philip IV, in company with Velázquez. Ter Borch’s lustrous, ineffably witty domestic scenes inspired a generation of masters, notably Vermeer, whose genius rather eclipsed his elder’s. The pictures often star ter Borch’s younger sister Gesina, preening in satins or enigmatically musing. Herself a painter, she is cutely funny-looking—pointy nose, weak chin—and desperately lovable. There’s much to be said for a world with such a family in it.”

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

Although technically not part of the Museum Mile, the Frick Collection (closed Mon) (Wed 2-6pm PWYW; First Friday each month (exc Jan+Sep) 6-9pm FREE) on the corner of 70th St. and Fifth Avenue and the The Morgan Library & Museum (closed Mon) (Fri 7-9 FREE) on Madison Ave and 37th St are also located near Fifth Ave.
Now plan your own museum crawl (info on hours & admission updated June 2, 2015).
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For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right Sidebar dated 07/03 and 07/01.
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Bonus Live Music  – NYC Jazz Clubs:
Many consider NYCity the Jazz capital of the world. My favorite Jazz Clubs, all on Manhattan’s WestSide, feature top talent every night of the week.
Hit the Hot Link and check out who is playing tonight:

Greenwich Village:
(4 are underground, classic jazz joints. all 6 are within walking distance of each other):
Village Vanguard – UG, 178 7th Ave. So., villagevanguard.com, 212-255-4037 (1st 8:30)
Blue Note – 131 W3rd St. nr 6th ave. bluenotejazz.com, 212-475-8592 (1st set 8pm)
55 Bar – basement @55 Christopher St. nr 7th ave.S. 55bar.com, 212-929-9883 (1st 7pm)
Mezzrow – basement @ 163 W10th St. nr 7th Ave. mezzrow.com,646-476-4346 (1st 8)
Smalls – basement @ 183 W10th St. smallslive.com, 646-476-4346 (1st set 7:30pm)
The Stone at The New School – 55 w13 St. (btw 6/5 ave) – thestonenyc.com (8:30PM)

Outside Greenwich Village:
Dizzy’s Club – Broadway @ 60th St. — jazz.org/dizzys / 212-258-9595 (1st set 7:30pm)
Birdland – 315 W44th St.(btw 8/9ave) — birdlandjazz.com / 212-581-3080 (1st 8:30pm)
Smoke Jazz Club – 2751 Broadway nr.106th St. — smokejazz.com/ 212-864-6662 (7pm)
Jazz Standard – 116 E27 St. (btw Park/Lex) – jazzstandard.com – (1st set 7:30)

For a comprehensive list of the best places to hear All Types of Live Music in Manhattan see the tab above “LiveMusic.”

In Memoriam:
Caffe Vivaldi – 32 Jones St. nr Bleecker St. — caffevivaldi.com / 212-691-7538 (1st 7pm)
a classic, old jazz club in the Village, Caffe V often surprised with a wonderfully eclectic lineup. It was my favorite spot for an evening of listening enjoyment and discovery.
Alas, Caffe V is no more, another victim of a rapacious NYC landlord. Owner Ishrat fought the good fight and Caffe V will be sorely missed.
Cornelia Street Cafe – UG, 29 Cornelia St. corneliastreetcafe.com, 212-989-9319
And more recently we have lost Cornelia Street Cafe. After 41 years, it too became another victim of an unreasonable rent increase.

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NYC Events,”Only the Best” (07/04)

“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to.” We make it as easy as 1-2-3.

For future NYC Events, check the tab above:  “July NYC Events”
It’s the most comprehensive list of top events this month that you will find anywhere.
Carefully curated from “Only the Best” NYC event info on the the web, it’s a simply superb resource that will help you plan your NYC visit all over town, all through the month.
OR to make your own after dinner plans TONIGHT, see the tab above;  “LiveMusic.”

Weather forecast looks super for today –

Happy Independence Day!

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

On July 4 there is only one place to be in NYCity. Macy’s promises to explode more than 70,000 fireworks from the world-famous Brooklyn Bridge and from four barges positioned on the lower East River along the shores of Pier 17 at the Seaport District, all choreographed to a 25-minute patriotic score.

Celebrating 4th of July 2019 in NYC

June 24, 2019 – by City Guide News Desk

In 2019 the 4th of July falls on a Thursday and the nation’s largest patriotic pyrotechnic display will illuminate the NYC night sky once more. The main event is the Macy’s 4th of July free fireworks show, which celebrates its 43rd anniversary this year.

4th of July New York: Fireworks

macys 4th of july 2016

This year’s theme of the Macy’s show is a celebration of American cinema, with the soundtrack shouting out to summer blockbusters and some of Hollywood’s most beloved scores. Recorded on original Metro-Goldwyn Mayer grounds in L.A., the highlight of the soundtrack will be Jennifer Hudson’s take on “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” backed by an orchestra that makes everything that much more epic.

This is the nation’s largest Independence Day fireworks show and this year it will launch from the Brooklyn Bridge itself, in addition to four barges on the East River. (Don’t miss the firework waterfall bursting from between the towers on the main span of the bridge.) The fireworks begin at nightfall, 9:20pm or so, but for the best views you’ll want to get situated hours in advance. Viewing information and other spectator tips are available at macys.com/fireworks or 212-494-4495. Here are some of our favorite options for viewing:

Free Fireworks Viewing Spots in NYC 

The official view spots have entries at Houston, 23rd, 34th and 42nd streets on Manhattan’s FDR Drive, starting at Houston Street and going all the way up to Midtown East. Access will be open starting from 7pm and closed when the areas fill with people.

fireworks over brooklyn

Image: Grisha Levit/Flickr

Brooklyn

East River State Park
11-acre state park located in Williamsburg along the East River that will guarantee you a close view of the fireworks, amid a mix of Polish and artsy folks from the neighborhood.

Manhattan

East River Park
This newly reopened park on the Lower East Side runs 1 1/2 miles alongside the FDR Drive and the East River. It has become one of the go-to spots for the fireworks show.

South Street Seaport
New York City wouldn’t be the same without jazz. Head to Fulton Street to experience a live jazz festival in a free event that will take place outdoors on Fulton Street from 5:30pm to 9pm. Afterwards you can enjoy a special view of the Macy’s fireworks from this waterfront area just off the Financial District.

Queens

Gantry Plaza State Park
This 12-acre riverside oasis in Queens offers spectacular views of midtown Manhattan.

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If fireworks is not your thing, then this is the only place I would be tonight:

Bobby Valentín Orchestra
Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center / 6PM, $22

Dance floor opens at 6:00 pm
Dance lesson at 6:30 pm
Live music at 7:30 pm
Style: Salsa
Dance Instructor: Carlos Konig teaches Salsa
DJ: DJ Broadway

“A true Fania all-star, the multi-instrumentalist bandleader and arranger Bobby Valentín is one of the most respected musicians on the Latin music scene, having collaborated from a young age with artists such as Celia Cruz, Tito Rodriguez, Ray Barretto, Charlie Palmieri, and more. Celebrate the true spirit of American independence at an evening of classic salsa with the “Rey del Bajo” (“King of the Bass”) and his orchestra.”

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Special Notice:
Only four days left to see “The Ferryman” on Broadway. This TONY award winner is one of the great plays of the last decade. If you have not seen it, please just drop everything, find your way to the Bernard Jacobs theater, and enjoy a classic Broadway experience.

Time Out New York Theater critic Adam Feldman’s review is here.

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NYC Events,”Only the Best” (07/03) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to.” We make it as easy as 1-2-3.

For future NYC Events, check the tab above:  “July NYC Events”
It’s the most comprehensive list of top events this month that you will find anywhere.
Carefully curated from “Only the Best” NYC event info on the the web, it’s a simply superb resource that will help you plan your NYC visit all over town, all through the month.
OR to make your own after dinner plans TONIGHT, see the tab above;  “LiveMusic.”

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

Sisterhood of Swing Seven
led by Bria Skonberg, featuring Catherine Russell
Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center / $22
Dance floor opens at 6:00 pm
Dance lesson at 6:30 pm
Live music at 7:30 pm
Style: 1930s-40s Classic Swing
Dance Instructor: Shana Maria Weaver teaches Lindy Hop
DJ: Heather Flock

“Following the wildly successful Midsummer Night Swing kickoff last summer, trailblazing trumpet player and bandleader Bria Skonberg returns to Damrosch Park with yet another all-star project. This year’s combination of talented and swinging musicians promises to deliver an unforgettable evening of 1930s–‘40s style classic swing.”

Special Notice:
Only five days left to see “The Ferryman” on Broadway. This TONY award winner is one of the great plays of the last decade. If you have not seen it, please just drop everything, find your way to the Bernard Jacobs theater, and have a classic Broadway experience.

Time Out New York Theater critic Adam Feldman’s review is here.

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5 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Linda May Han Oh
>> SAVION GLOVER

>> Dr. Lonnie Smith
>> American Ballet Theatre
>> Democracy May Not Exist, But We’ll Miss It When It’s Gone: Astra Taylor with Atossa Araxia Abrahamian

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

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Music, Dance, Performing Art

Linda May Han Oh (July 2-7)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave. S./ 8:30PM, +10:30PM, $35
“There was once a time when the sight of a female jazz bass player on the bandstand was an anomaly, but that era has passed. Since relocating from Australia, in 2006, Linda May Han Oh, an omnivorous whiz on both the acoustic and electric versions of the instrument, has been providing authoritative support for others—hear her recent dazzling work with Dave Douglas or her performances with Pat Metheny—while calling attention to her own providential gifts. In her return to the venerated Village Vanguard, July 2-7, Han Oh, whose four albums reveal a knack for resourceful composition, leads a quintet that includes the pianist Fabian Almazan and the saxophonist Ben Wendel. But, remember, it’s all about that bass.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)

SAVION GLOVER (July 2-7).
at the Joyce Theater / 7:30PM, $45+
“The tap master returns to the Joyce with a new evening-length work inspired by an imaginary conversation between himself and Gregg Burge, a tap dancer and choreographer who died in 1998. In “Lady5 @ Savion Glover’s BaRoQUe’BLaK TaP CaFe,” Glover explores ideas around identity and the development of thought. The first half, to classical music, has a baroque theme, while the second takes a contemporary turn. As Glover states in press materials, it shows “the transition to becoming more ourselves and really getting into the tap.” (NYT-Gia Kourlas)

Dr. Lonnie Smith (July 2-7)
Jazz Standard, 116 E. 27th St./ 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $35
“Don’t question Dr. Lonnie Smith’s trademark turban or ask him to produce a diploma—just trust in this eminently funky organist’s ability to swing a room into submission. Splitting this residency between a lithe trio (featuring a dexterous foil in Jonathan Kreisberg, on guitar) and a horn-heavy octet (which, for one night, welcomes the saxophone star Chris Potter), the good doctor offers up a wily blend of invention and sass, much as he has since the sixties.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)

American Ballet Theatre (July 1-6)
Metropolitan Opera House / 2PM, +7:30PM, $25+
“In the hundred and twenty-nine years since its première, “The Sleeping Beauty”—Marius Petipa’s first collaboration with Tchaikovsky—has undergone countless revivals. Each time, a new director has put his or her stamp on the work, adding, subtracting, changing details. Enter the choreographer Alexei Ratmansky, who mounted this revival on A.B.T. in 2015. In preparation, he went back to a trove of archival sources: notations from Petipa’s time, kept at Harvard; photos and drawings of the original production and a subsequent Ballets Russes revival; firsthand accounts. His staging is like a critical edition in music—in other words, an attempt to get as close to the original text as possible. In the process, a wealth of detail—musical, theatrical, stylistic—has been revealed.” (Marina Harss, NewYorker)

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Smart Stuff / Other NYC EventS

Democracy May Not Exist, But We’ll Miss It When It’s Gone: Astra Taylor with Atossa Araxia Abrahamian
New York Public Library—Mid-Manhattan Library
476 Fifth Ave. (42nd St. Entrance) / 6:30PM, FREE
“The current moment of imperiled democracies is a good opportunity to examine what exactly the form of government entails. Astra Taylor talks about her new book, Democracy May Not Exist, but We’ll Miss It When It’s Gone, which brings together history and critical theory to examine notions of “ruling” and “the people” that we may take for granted.” (ThoughtGallery)


Continuing Events

‘Midsummer Night Swing’ (July 2-6, 9-13)
Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center
“Each summer, some of the dance at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts takes place outside, in Damrosch Park, where a variety of bands and orchestras will serve up R&B, swing, disco and other styles. Guests can dance the night away — and for those who could use a hand learning steps, group lessons are offered. ($18-$22; 6 p.m.; Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center, 60 Lincoln Center Plaza, Manhattan; lincolncenter.org)” (amNY)

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COMING SOON (WFUV)

7/3 Bedouine, Brooklyn Mirage

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♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, plus dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity, with a population of  8.6 million, had a record 65 million visitors last year and was TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2018 – awesome! BUT quality shows draw crowds. Try to reserve seats for these top NYC events in advance, even if just earlier on the day of performance.
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WHAT’S ON VIEW
My Fave Special Exhibitions – MUSEUMS / Manhattan’s WestSide
(See the New York Times Arts Section for listings of all museums,
and also to see their expanded reviews of exhibitions)

American Museum of Natural History

‘T. REX: THE ULTIMATE PREDATOR’  (through Aug. 9, 2020).
“Everyone’s favorite 18,000-pound prehistoric killer gets the star treatment in this eye-opening exhibition, which presents the latest scientific research on T. rex and also introduces many other tyrannosaurs, some discovered only this century in China and Mongolia. T. rex evolved mainly during the Cretaceous Period to have keen eyes, spindly arms and massive conical teeth, which could bear down on prey with the force of a U-Haul truck; the dinosaur could even swallow whole bones, as affirmed here by a kid-friendly display of fossilized excrement. The show mixes 66-million-year-old teeth with the latest 3-D prints of dino bones, and also presents new models of T. rex as a baby, a juvenile and a full-grown annihilator. Turns out this most savage beast was covered with — believe it! — a soft coat of beige or white feathers.” (Farago-NYT)

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‘ART AFTER STONEWALL, 1969-1989’
at Grey Art Gallery (through July 20) and at Leslie-Lohman Museum (through July 21).
“For this summer’s half-century anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall riots, substantial displays of art produced in the long wake of the uprising are filling New York City museums and public spaces. The largest is this two-part exhibition, organized by Jonathan Weinberg and shared by Grey Art Gallery at N.Y.U. and Leslie-Lohman Museum. The Leslie-Lohman half, which focuses on the 1970s and has lots of archival matter, feels tight and combustible. Much of what’s in it was hot off the political burner, responsive to crisis conditions. The pace at Grey, where much of the work dates from the 1980s, is more measured, but has tensions of its own as the story encompasses AIDS and the culture wars. (NYT-Holland Cotter)


‘2019 WHITNEY BIENNIAL’
at the Whitney Museum of American Art (through Sept. 22).
“Given the political tensions that have sent spasms through the nation over the past two years, you might have expected — hoped — that this year’s biennial would be one big, sharp Occupy-style yawp. It isn’t. Politics are present but, with a few notable exceptions, murmured, coded, stitched into the weave of fastidiously form-conscious, labor-intensive work. As a result, the exhibition, organized by two young Whitney curators, Rujeko Hockley and Jane Panetta, gives the initial impression of being a well-groomed group show rather than a statement of resistance. But once you start looking closely, the impression changes artist by artist, piece by piece — there’s quiet agitation in the air.” (NYT-Cotter)

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

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For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Posts in right Sidebar dated 07/01 and 06/29.

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Bonus: Nifty 9 – Best Cabarets / Piano Bars NYCity
These are my favorite places for an after dinner night on the town – music and drinks.
Hit the Hot Link and check out what’s happening tonight:

Feinstein’s/54 Below – 254 W 54th St.

The Green Room 42 – 570 Tenth Ave.

Don’t Tell Mama – 343 W 46th St.

The Rum House, in the Hotel Edison – 228 W. 47th St.

Laurie Beechman Theatre – 407 W 42nd St.

Marie’s Crisis – 59 Grove St.

The Duplex – 61 Christopher St.

Sid Gold’s Request Room – 165 W 26th St.

Cafe Carlyle, in the Carlyle Hotel – 35 E. 76th St.
This is the only one not located on Manhattan’s WestSide, and it ain’t cheap, but it has some of the finest singers.

For a comprehensive list of the best places to hear All Types of Live Music in Manhattan see the tab above “LiveMusic.”

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NYC Events, “Only the Best” (07/02) + Today’s Featured Pub (Tribeca)

“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to.” We make it as easy as 1-2-3.

For future NYC Events, check the tab above:  “July NYC Events”
It’s the most comprehensive list of top events this month that you will find anywhere.
Carefully curated from “Only the Best” NYC event info on the the web, it’s a simply superb resource that will help you plan your NYC visit all over town, all through the month.
OR to make your own after dinner plans TONIGHT, see the tab above;  “LiveMusic.”

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

American Ballet Theatre (July 1-6)
Metropolitan Opera House / 7:30PM, $25+
“In the hundred and twenty-nine years since its première, “The Sleeping Beauty”—Marius Petipa’s first collaboration with Tchaikovsky—has undergone countless revivals. Each time, a new director has put his or her stamp on the work, adding, subtracting, changing details. Enter the choreographer Alexei Ratmansky, who mounted this revival on A.B.T. in 2015. In preparation, he went back to a trove of archival sources: notations from Petipa’s time, kept at Harvard; photos and drawings of the original production and a subsequent Ballets Russes revival; firsthand accounts. His staging is like a critical edition in music—in other words, an attempt to get as close to the original text as possible. In the process, a wealth of detail—musical, theatrical, stylistic—has been revealed.” (Marina Harss, NewYorker)

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7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Linda May Han Oh
>> SAVION GLOVER

>> Joe McGinty & The Loser’s Lounge
>> Dr. Lonnie Smith
>> Holman Trio
>> Dirty Dozen
>> The Lineup with Susie Mosher
You may want to look at previous days posts for events that continue through today.

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Music, Dance, Performing Art

Linda May Han Oh (July 2-7)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave. S./ 8:30PM, +10:30PM, $35
“There was once a time when the sight of a female jazz bass player on the bandstand was an anomaly, but that era has passed. Since relocating from Australia, in 2006, Linda May Han Oh, an omnivorous whiz on both the acoustic and electric versions of the instrument, has been providing authoritative support for others—hear her recent dazzling work with Dave Douglas or her performances with Pat Metheny—while calling attention to her own providential gifts. In her return to the venerated Village Vanguard, July 2-7, Han Oh, whose four albums reveal a knack for resourceful composition, leads a quintet that includes the pianist Fabian Almazan and the saxophonist Ben Wendel. But, remember, it’s all about that bass.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)

SAVION GLOVER (July 2-7).
at the Joyce Theater / 7:30PM, $45+
“The tap master returns to the Joyce with a new evening-length work inspired by an imaginary conversation between himself and Gregg Burge, a tap dancer and choreographer who died in 1998. In “Lady5 @ Savion Glover’s BaRoQUe’BLaK TaP CaFe,” Glover explores ideas around identity and the development of thought. The first half, to classical music, has a baroque theme, while the second takes a contemporary turn. As Glover states in press materials, it shows “the transition to becoming more ourselves and really getting into the tap.” (NYT-Gia Kourlas)

Joe McGinty & The Loser’s Lounge
Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center / 6PM, $22
BUT, The dance floor is sold out. Damrosch Park is open with first-come, first-served admission. Live music at 7:30 pm
“Crowd favorites Joe McGinty & The Loser’s Lounge—deemed part of “essential New York” by Time Out—make their annual return to Damrosch Park to celebrate the golden era of disco. Put down your phone, grab a subway token, and hustle the night away like it’s 1979.”

Silent Disco at 10:00 pm
Style: Disco
Dance Instructor: Alessandra Marconi teaches Hustle
DJ: Bill Coleman
Silent Disco DJs: Bill Coleman, Rita Houston of WFUV, and Rimarkable

Dr. Lonnie Smith (July 2-7)
Jazz Standard, 116 E. 27th St./ 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $35
“Don’t question Dr. Lonnie Smith’s trademark turban or ask him to produce a diploma—just trust in this eminently funky organist’s ability to swing a room into submission. Splitting this residency between a lithe trio (featuring a dexterous foil in Jonathan Kreisberg, on guitar) and a horn-heavy octet (which, for one night, welcomes the saxophone star Chris Potter), the good doctor offers up a wily blend of invention and sass, much as he has since the sixties.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)

Holman Trio
Atrium @ Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, FREE
“Ernesto Holman, one of Chile’s most renowned bass players and a member of the indigenous Mapuche community, has been an integral part of the rock scene for the past 40 years. A dedicated ambassador of the bass, Holman has changed the musical landscape by elevating the instrument beyond the rhythm section and recasting it as a melodic necessity. With Josué Villalobos on drums and Gustavo Cerqueiras on piano, the Holman Trio offers a unique musical fusion of ancestral Chilean rhythms, cueca, and traditional jazz techniques. They bring their award-winning “Etnojazz” sound to the Atrium on the eve of the release of their new album, Árbol.”

Dirty Dozen
​Blue Note Jazz Club / 8PM, +10:30PM, $20-$35
“Celebrating over 40 years since their founding in 1977, New Orleans-based Dirty Dozen Brass Band has taken the traditional foundation of brass band music and incorporated it into a blend of genres including Bebop Jazz, Funk and R&B/Soul. This unique sound, described by the band as a ‘musical gumbo,’ has allowed the Dirty Dozen to tour across 5 continents and more than 30 countries, record 12 studio albums and collaborate with a range of artists from Modest Mouse to Widespread Panic to Norah Jones.”

The Lineup with Susie Mosher
Birdland / 9:30PM, $25
“Mosher is one of those talents you need to see to believe: warm, funny, biting, ferociously committed. In her weekly series at the downstairs Birdland Theater, she invites a gaggle of performers from Broadway and beyond to show their talents. Guests at the July 2 edition include Nicolas King, Erica Lustig, Jelani Remy, Katrina Rose, Gianmarco Soresi, Sean Harkness, Andrew Swackhamer, Big City Rollers and Corinna Sowers Adler.” (TONY)

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Smart Stuff / Other NYC EventS

More smart stuff coming soon.


Continuing Events

‘Midsummer Night Swing’ (July 2-6, 9-13)
Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center
“Each summer, some of the dance at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts takes place outside, in Damrosch Park, where a variety of bands and orchestras will serve up R&B, swing, disco and other styles. Guests can dance the night away — and for those who could use a hand learning steps, group lessons are offered. ($18-$22; 6 p.m.; Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center, 60 Lincoln Center Plaza, Manhattan; lincolncenter.org)” (amNY)

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COMING SOON (WFUV)

7/2 Matisyahu, City Winery
7/3 Bedouine, Brooklyn Mirage

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♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, plus dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity, with a population of  8.6 million, had a record 65 million visitors last year and was TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2018 – awesome! BUT quality shows draw crowds. Try to reserve seats for these top NYC events in advance, even if just earlier on the day of performance.
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A PremierPub / 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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Bonus Live Music  – NYC Jazz Clubs:
Many consider NYCity the Jazz capital of the world. My favorite Jazz Clubs, all on Manhattan’s WestSide, feature top talent every night of the week.
Hit the Hot Link and check out who is playing tonight:

Greenwich Village:
(4 are underground, classic jazz joints. all 6 are within walking distance of each other):
Village Vanguard – UG, 178 7th Ave. So., villagevanguard.com, 212-255-4037 (1st 8:30)
Blue Note – 131 W3rd St. nr 6th ave. bluenotejazz.com, 212-475-8592 (1st set 8pm)
55 Bar – basement @55 Christopher St. nr 7th ave.S. 55bar.com, 212-929-9883 (1st 7pm)
Mezzrow – basement @ 163 W10th St. nr 7th Ave. mezzrow.com,646-476-4346 (1st 8)
Smalls – basement @ 183 W10th St. smallslive.com, 646-476-4346 (1st set 7:30pm)
The Stone at The New School – 55 w13 St. (btw 6/5 ave) – thestonenyc.com (8:30PM)

Outside Greenwich Village:
Dizzy’s Club – Broadway @ 60th St. — jazz.org/dizzys / 212-258-9595 (1st set 7:30pm)
Birdland – 315 W44th St.(btw 8/9ave) — birdlandjazz.com / 212-581-3080 (1st 8:30pm)
Smoke Jazz Club – 2751 Broadway nr.106th St. — smokejazz.com/ 212-864-6662 (7pm)
Jazz Standard – 116 E27 St. (btw Park/Lex) – jazzstandard.com – (1st set 7:30)

For a comprehensive list of the best places to hear All Types of Live Music in Manhattan see the tab above “LiveMusic.”

In Memoriam:
Caffe Vivaldi – 32 Jones St. nr Bleecker St. — caffevivaldi.com / 212-691-7538 (1st 7pm)
a classic, old jazz club in the Village, Caffe V often surprised with a wonderfully eclectic lineup. It was my favorite spot for an evening of listening enjoyment and discovery.
Alas, Caffe V is no more, another victim of a rapacious NYC landlord. Owner Ishrat fought the good fight and Caffe V will be sorely missed.
Cornelia Street Cafe – UG, 29 Cornelia St. corneliastreetcafe.com, 212-989-9319
And more recently we have lost Cornelia Street Cafe. After 41 years, it too became another victim of an unreasonable rent increase.

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