Selected Events Manhattan’s WestSide + Today’s Featured Neighborhood: Tribeca (05/27)

Today’s “Fab 5″/ Selected NYCity Events – TUESDAY, MAY 27, 2014.

For other useful and curated NYCity event info for Manhattan’s WestSide check out:
“9 Notable NYCity Events-May”, and also “on Broadway”, and “Top10 Free” in the header above.
♦ For NYCity Sights, Sounds and Stories check out our sister site: nyc123blog.wordpress.com
♦ For NYCity trip planning see links in “Resources” and “Smart Stuff” in the header above.
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Indie Authors Naked Reading: “After the Rising/Before the Fall” Orna Ross
To kick off ALLi’s presence at Book Expo America, we would like to invite all our friends to a special launch party. Authors Unbound and IndieReader are joining forces for the launch of Indie Authors Naked – a compendium that defines and explores the world of indie publishing. Orna Ross is joined by Hugh Howey and other contriibutors from the book for a special night of readings, with Orna reading from “After the Rising and Before the Fall.”
Entwine Wine Bar, 765 Washington St.
From 7pm EST / FREE
selfpublishingadvice.org

BossaBrasil (through May 31)
“Antônio Carlos Jobim is the composer most closely associated with bossa nova, but other outstanding Brazilian songwriters and performers helped shape the genre. Joining forces here are two accomplished figures, Marcos Valle, the hand behind “Samba de Verão”—best known to U.S. listeners as “So Nice (Summer Samba)” as performed by Walter Wanderley and Astrud Gilberto—and Roberto Menescal, whose “O Barquinho” (“Little Boat”) has become a jazz standard. Accompanied by a handpicked cadre of Brazilian musicians, the duo will perform signature tunes and touch on the work of the Master, Jobim. “ (NewYorker)
Birdland, 315 West 44th Street, Clinton,
212-581-3080, birdlandjazz.com
At 8:30 and 11 p.m. / $40 cover, with a $10 minimum.

Joe Lovano’s Village Rhythms Band (through June 1)
“Though he has hardly made it the crux of his career, the saxophonist Joe Lovano had a formative experience with the Afrobeat king Fela Kuti in the early 1980s, a fact that he commemorates with this band. His lineup includes Liberty Ellman on guitar, Matthew Garrison on bass, Abdou Mboup on percussion and Otis Brown III on drums — and for this engagement, also his wife, the singer Judi Silvano, and the trumpeter Tim Hagans.“ (Chinen-NYT)
Blue Note, 131 West Third Street, Greenwich Village
212-475-8592, bluenote.net
At 8 and 10:30 p.m.,/ $35 cover at tables, $20 at the bar, with a $5 minimum.

The Glass House – Commemorative performance
The Glass House Project is named for the legendary Glass House (Üvegház), the most famous among 76 safe houses established around Budapest by the Swiss diplomat Carl Lutz, where thousands of Jews took refuge and found protection from their persecutors during the Holocaust. It is curated by Jewish music virtuoso Frank London and features a selection of long forgotten songs from Central Europe’s Jewish past. The concert is in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Holocaust in Hungary and is an expression of the participating artists’ belief that music has the potential to communicate both the loss and give a sense of the crimes committed, while also teaching about the richness of Jewish culture in historic Hungary and the surrounding countries.

The line-up features a veritable supergroup curated by Grammy Award winning trumpeter, bandleader and composer Frank London of The Klezmatics, bringing together musicians from both sides of the Atlantic
Edward J Safra Hall, Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Place
7pm (doors) 7:15pm (concert) / FREE Seating guaranteed only with RSVP.

“Artists, Writers, Thinkers, Dreamers” by James Gulliver Hancock, with Josh Zepps
The Brooklyn-based illustrator provides quirky annotated portraits for 50 famous figures, from Leonardo da Vinci to Coco Chanel. Josh Zepps joins Hancock in conversation.
The powerHouse Arena, 37 Main St., at Water St.
At 7:00pm / FREE
718-666-3049 / powerhousearena.com
not Manhattan’s WestSide, but it is Bklyn’s westside, and this looks worth the detour.
easy to get to. subway:#1 to 14th St.; transfer to F to York; 1st stop in Bklyn
walk towards the river and Water St.; 2 blks S to powerHouse
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♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity is a big town with many visitors where quality shows draw crowds. Try to reserve seats in advance, even if just on day of performance.
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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, 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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