Selected Events + Today’s Featured Neighborhood: Tribeca (06/26)

Selected NYCity Events – WEDNESDAY, Jun. 26, 2013

For other useful and curated NYCity event info for Manhattan’s WestSide be sure to check out :
“Notable Events-June”, “on Broadway”,  and “Top10 Free” in the header above.
For NYCity trip planning see links in “Resources” and “Smart Stuff” in the header above.

“LARRY KRAMER AND THE NORMAL HEART”
Larry Kramer, a co-founder of Gay Men’s Health Crisis, talks about his 1985 play, “The Normal Heart,” with Tony Kushner, in an evening presented in conjunction with the Society’s exhibition “AIDS in New York: The First Five Years.”
NEW-YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY
170 Central Park W., at 77th St.
at 6:30pm / $30; members $18
212-873-3400 / Nyhistory.org

Oscar Gets Wild and Fitzgerald’s Nick Carraway 
Meets Hemingway’s Jake Barnes!
Ever wonder what some of your favorite literary icons would talk about if they could jump off the page and have a party together? Join us for a fun and unique discussion surrounding two books that add their own flavor to the worlds of The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Great Gatsby, and The Sun Also Rises.

Nicole Audrey Spector takes Dorian Gray to hilarious, super-sexy new heights with her hybrid novel, Fifty Shades of Dorian Gray. Nicole is a writer and editor, contributing weekly to the New Yorker’s nightlife section. She co-runs the Guerrilla Lit Reading Series in Manhattan. Jonathan Richards and Tad Richards are the authors of Nick & Jake, a hilarious, epistolary novel imagining correspondence between classic literary characters Nick Carraway and Jake Barnes. Jonathan is a writer, journalist, and cartoonist whose political cartoons are regularly featured in the Huffington Post. Tad is an author, playwright, and songwriter.
STRAND BOOK STORE, Broadway at 12th St.
At 7pm / Purchase a $15 Strand gift card in order to attend this event.
212-473-1452 / strandbooks.com

Comedy Central Stars Under the Stars
Rumsey Playfield, Central Park
Comics including Jeff Ross, Amy Schumer and John Mulaney play a free show. It should be funny, but you’ll probably want to make sure the kids are nowhere near this one. For more info, visit nyc.gov/parks.

Buddy Guy
“Any discussion of Buddy Guy invariably involves a recitation of his colossal musical resume and hard-earned accolades. He’s a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, a chief guitar influence to rock titans like Hendrix, Clapton, Beck, and Vaughan, a pioneer of Chicago’s fabled West Side, and a living link to that city’s halcyon days of electric blues.”
B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 West 42nd Street,
at 8 p.m. / $67 in advance, $75 at the door.
(800) 745-3000 / bbkingblues.com

Savion Glover*
“The renowned tap dancer and rhythmic genius returns to the Joyce Theater with “STePz,” in which he and his ensemble explore the give-and-take between embracing tradition and radically breaking with it. While the musical selections may be recognizable, the movement they inspire may prove more surprising.” (Burke-NYT)
Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue, at 19th Street, Chelsea
at 8 p.m., $10 to $59.
242-0800 / joyce.org

Marisa Monte* (and next Friday)
“One of the top-selling performers in her native Brazil, this lovely, classically trained singer combines the samba and rock-based hybrid genre of Música Popular Brasileira with softer pop influences. She deploys both for the odd Marvin Gaye or Lou Reed cover. Her latest album, “O Que Você Quer Saber de Verdade” (“What You Really Want to Know”), was released last year in the United States by Blue Note.” (Anderson-NYT)
Beacon Theater, 2124 Broadway, at 74th Street
at 8 p.m.,/ $49.50 to $95.
(800) 745-3000 / beacontheatre.com

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A PremierPub and 3 Good Eating places – Tribeca

B-Flat
277 Church st (Btw Franklin/White)

There 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 1 blk E to Church; 1 blk N to bFlat

“Pub” is used in it’s broadest sense – bars, bar/restaurants, wine bars, cocktail lounges,  tapas bars, craft beer bars, dive bars – just about anyplace you can get a drink without a cover charge.

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