Selected Events Manhattan’s WestSide (03/30) + Today’s Featured Neighborhood: Tribeca

Today’s “Fab 5” / Selected NYCity Events – SUNDAY, MAR. 30, 2014.

For other useful and curated NYCity event info for Manhattan’s WestSide check out:
♦ “Notable NYC Events-Mar”, and also “on Broadway”, and “Top10 Free” in the header above.
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The Heath Brothers
“Jimmy Heath, a saxophonist and composer, and Albert (Tootie) Heath, a drummer, have been staples of the postbop landscape from the beginning. This group used to include another brother, the great bassist Percy Heath, who died in 2005; its lineup, still sturdy, now includes David Wong on bass and Jeb Patton on piano.” (Chinen-NYT)
At 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. / $25 and $30 cover, with a one-drink minimum.
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village,
212-255-4037, villagevanguard.com

The Complete Hitchcock: Television
“Good e-e-evening.” So intones Alfred Hitchcock at the opening of his groundbreaking TV series, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, a veritable electronic laboratory where the film director could develop new ideas, themes, and talent. The Paley Center presents the twenty telefilms that Hitch directed for the small screen between 1955 and 1962, along with rarely seen interviews, documentaries, and other treats. In New York, this TV retrospective is screening in conjunction with the Film Forum’s The Complete Hitchcock, organized by Bruce Goldstein, February 21 to March 27. For more information go to filmforum.org.

For those who know Hitch only through film, you are in for a treat: the ghoulish “Funeral March” of Gounod; the sardonic opening and closing remarks from the master of suspense himself; and the diabolical twists that the cherubic-looking director created for prime-time family enjoyment, bringing “murder back into the living room—where it belongs.” For those revisiting this work, you will doubly enjoy the black humor on our big screen.
Paley Center for Media, 25 West 52nd Street, Manhattan,
At 1 p.m.,/ $10, $8 for students, $5 for children under 14.
212-621-6800, paleycenter.org

Parsons Dance (and Tuesday through Jan. 26)
“This company’s 30th-anniversary engagement includes a premiere by its artistic director, David Parsons, and his signature work, “Caught,” which features copious strobe lights and one athletic male dancer. Just as hypermasculine is “The Hunt” by Robert Battle, a former company member.” (Burke-NYT)
Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue, at 19th Street, Chelsea
Sundays at 1 and 6 p.m., Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 8 p.m.,/ $10 to $69.
(212) 242-0800, joyce.org

Freddy Cole Quintet featuring Harry Allen
“Freddy has an impeccable sense of swing…the most maturely expressive male jazz singer of his generation, if not the best alive.” – The New York Times

Referred to as a “national treasure” by The Huffington Post, jazz pianist and singer Freddy Cole is a prolific artist of undisputed pedigree. Building his career at the same time as his brother, the iconic Nat King Cole, it was never going to be easy for Cole to establish his own musical identity. However, with 20 albums released in just the last two decades, including the GRAMMY® Award-nominated 2010 album, Freddy Cole Sings Mr. B, Cole has carved out a reputation as an individual and prolific force in the jazz world.
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 60th Street and Broadway,
212-258-9595, jalc.org;
At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., / $40 and $45 cover, with a $10 minimum

The 2nd Annual NYC Hot Sauce Expo
“Get your gastroenterologist on speed dial and prepare your taste buds for this year’s NYC Hot Sauce Expo—if you dare! Now that we know sriracha isn’t the be all and end all, take a taste of some less widely known fiery condiments and maybe find a new favorite scrambled egg topping. Vendors with names like Dragon’s Blood Elixir and Defcon should give you an indication of what’s in store; they’re also doing wing eating competitions, bloody mary mix throwdowns and other questionable eating events.” (Gothamist)
Penn Plaza Pavilion, 401 Seventh Avenue,
at 10 a.m /tickets are $10 – $75.

Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change ==============================================================

New York Panorama

Tough Room – Madison Square Park

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“Johnny Marx plays piano in Madison Square Park in Manhattan. Yes, he hauls in the piano every day. And no, he doesn’t move it by himself. (He has a friend with a truck.)”

Every Sunday in the Metropolitan section, a photographer offers a new slice of New York.

A wonderful slice of life it is – Thanks NewYorkTimes: N.Y. / Region section

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A PremierPub – 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

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“Pub” is used in it’s broadest sense – bars, bar/restaurants, jazaz 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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