Selected Events Manhattan’s WestSide + Today’s Featured Neighborhood: Tribeca (07/26)

Today’s “Fab 5″/ Selected NYCity Events  – SATURDAY, JULY 26, 2014

For other useful and curated NYCity event info for Manhattan’s WestSide check out:
“9 Notable NYCity Events-July”, and also “on Broadway”, and “Top10 Free” in the header above.
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♦ For NYCity trip planning see links in “Resources” and “Smart Stuff” in the header above.
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New York Poetry Festival on Governors Island (also Sunday)
“A free two-day celebration of New York’s vibrant poetry community

The Poetry Society presents the fourth edition of the New York Poetry Festival on Governors Island this weekend. Slap on some sunscreen and hop a ferry to catch more than 50 poetry organizations and 250 poets lend their voices to a chorus in the sun.

Participants include Paul Muldoon, Mark Doty, the Poetry Brothel, the Renegade Reading Series, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Derangement of the Senses, and many more. In addition to gathering around the event’s three main stages, you can hit up the vendor’s village, which is filled with booksellers, artists and craft makers, as well as food vendors and a beer garden.” (Mindy Bond, Editor-FlavorPill)
Governors Island – Colonels Row
Free ferry service is available from the restored Battery Maritime Building, at South and Whitehall Streets, near Battery Park and the Staten Island ferry terminal.
From 11am – 6pm / govisland.com.

Lincoln Center Out of Doors: Roberta Flack
“Just the mere utterance of song titles like “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,” “Killing Me Softly With His Song” and “Feel Like Makin’ Love” immediately conjures the distinctive, honey-smooth vocals of Ms. Flack. She is undoubtedly a national treasure. Fortunately for us she is taking part in this year’s Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival, where she’ll share the stage with Davell Crawford, a pianist from New Orleans.” (Nicole Herrington-NYT)
Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center,
At 7:30 p.m. / FREE
212-721-6500, lincolncenter.org

John Pizzarelli and the Swing Seven
“Pizzarelli, an outstanding guitarist and a winning singer who balances suavity with endearing goofiness, takes on different musical personas with regularity and ease. With his horn-heavy Swing Seven ensemble, he gets to indulge the jazziest aspects of his nature, exemplified by his 2010 tribute to Duke Ellington, “Rockin’ in Rhythm.” (NewYorker)
Birdland, 315 West 44th St.
212-581-3080, birdlandjazz.com
At 8:30 & 11 p.m. / $45 cover, with a $10 minimum.

Brasil Summerfest
Brasil Summerfest hits Joe’s Pub tonight with BaianaSystem. BaianaSystem explores new sound possibilities for the “guitara baiana” — a mini electric guitar that grooves with the syncopations of Afro beat and the psychedelica of dub and electronica.
Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St., Greenwich Village.
9PM / $15.

Barbara Carroll
Ms. Carroll, “the first lady of jazz piano”, does it all. She is an elegant jazz pianist, composer, and vocalist. The NewYorker says: “Barbara Carroll’s jazz pianism is the subtlest and most intricate that New York has to offer.”

Long recognized as one of the premier players of swinging jazz and expressive vocals she holds forth weekly in this Saturday gig, accompanied by bassist, Jay Leonhart.
Birdland, 315 West 44th St. (btw 8th/9th Ave)
212-581-3080, birdlandjazz.com
At 6 p.m. / $30 cover, with a $10 minimum.

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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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The Week That Was in NYCity
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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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