Selected Events Manhattan’s WestSide + Today’s Featured Neighborhood: Tribeca (08/25)

Today’s “Fab 5″+1/ Selected NYCity Events  – MONDAY, AUGUST 25, 2014

For other useful and curated NYCity event info for Manhattan’s WestSide check out:
“9 Notable Events-August”and “Top10 Free” in the header above.
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‘Tomorrow’s World: The New York World’s Fairs and Flushing Meadows Corona Park’ (through Wednesday)

NEW YORK WORLDS FAIR 1964Celebrations of the New York World’s Fairs — it’s the 50th anniversary of the 1964-65 edition and the 75th of the 1939-40 fair — have been taking place around the city. One display, “Tomorrow’s World,” at the Arsenal Gallery in Central Park, closes soon. It includes photographs from private collections and the archive of the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation as well as memorabilia — like a commemorative spoon from 1939 and matchbox covers from both fairs.

As someone who worked at the World’s Fair after college, I better get over to see this exhibit before it closes.
Arsenal Gallery in Central Park, 830 Fifth Avenue, at 64th Street, third floor,
From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. / FREE
212-360-8111, nycgovparks.org

‘MetroStar Talent Challenge’
After seven weeks of singing competition. . .five finalists . . .and finally tonight, the finalists sing two songs each to a packed room and a table of judges. Sounds pretty special.

“For the seventh year running the room has made a July-August point of ferreting out up-and-coming cabaret talent. Sometimes you wonder why anyone would want to make a career doing this. It’s that difficult and often only intermittently rewarding. But still they come, the gifted and the not so gifted, to vie for a chance at a week’s engagement in the venue if they win and some guaranteed performances if they finish in second or third place. There’s a panel of judges who know what’s what or should, and the audience gets to vote, too. So go pick a winner.” (David Finkle, VillageVoice)
Metropolitan Room, 34 W 22nd St. (btw Fifth and Sixth Aves)
subway: F, M, N, R (all transfer from 1-2-3 at Times Sq.) to 23rd St
At 7PM / $20 + 2 drink minimum
212-206-0440 / metropolitanroom.com

“Women of New York,” with Marty Schneit, a Licensed New York City Tour Guide.
See how Mae West and 13 other women shaped the city’s history, in an illustrated lecture at the Mid-Manhattan Library.

This illustrated lecture details the history of fourteen women, who made significant contributions to New York, and the world at large, at a time in United States history, when full equality for women was not yet recognized. Rose Schneiderman, Emma Lazarus, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, Bess Myerson, Alva Smith Vanderbilt and Mae West are included with the many talented and dedicated women, who made a difference then, and still affect us all today.
Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 5th Ave (btw 40th/39th St.)
6:30 p.m. / FREE
www.nypl.org/locations/mid-manhattan-library

Taka Kigawa
“In honor of Pierre Boulez’s 90th birthday next year, Taka Kigawa performs the composer-conductor’s complete works for piano, an instrument with which this modernist’s modernist had a life-long, if intermittent, relationship. But Kigawa, who has already toured Elliott Carter’s complete piano oeuvre, has been getting rave reviews for his non-chronological approach to Boulez, whose first acknowledged composition was the seriously serial 12 Notations for piano (1946).

The second and third of Boulez’s three piano sonatas are particularly badass. Moving beyond serialism, Boulez sought more elegant solutions to problems of control and freedom, adding flashes and fields of beauty throughout. Suffice to say that Kigawa brings both virtuosity and deep feeling to Boulez’s often convulsively gorgeous conundrums, radical restlessness, and temporal suspensions.” (Richard Gehr-VillageVoice)
(Le) Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St. (btw Sullivan/Thompson St.)
subway: #1 to Houston St..
6:30 p.m., $25-$30
http://lepoissonrouge.com / 212-505-fish

The Michael Carvin Experience
“A drummer with a baseline in hard bop, and a teacher of broad influence, Michael Carvin has a new album, “Flash Forward,” with the same supporting cast he brings here: Keith Loftis on tenor saxophone, Yayoi Ikawa on piano and Jansen Cinco on bass.” (Chinen-NYT)
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 60th St. and Broadway,
212-258-9595, jalc.org
At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.,/ $30 cover, with a $10 minimum

Elsewhere, but absolutely worth the detour:

U.S. TENNIS OPEN (Day 1) / TODAY’S PREMIER EVENT
Maria-Sharapova-hot-picture-2013The U.S. Open begins play today (11AM) at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens (about 45 min. from Times Square) and runs through Sept. 8. This is the fourth and final tennis tournament which culminates the Grand Slam each year. It consists of five event championships: men’s and women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles, and mixed doubles, with additional tournaments for senior, junior, and wheelchair players. subway: #1-2-3 to Times Square; transfer to #7 to Mets-Willets Point.

Forget the Big House (Arthur Ashe Stadium). Get a grounds pass and once inside check out one of the electronic scoreboards listing current matches. Find a match or players that interest you. Head over to their court for some great tennis, because in this tournament even the qualifiers are great players.

There is no other major sporting event where you can get so close to world class athletes as at the U.S. Open – on the outer courts, the Grandstand court, or even Louis Armstrong stadium. Courts where you can get a real sense of the pace of the game.

Today’s tip: arrive early. Security screening seemed to have been ratcheted up last week during qualifying which may cause delays to enter. The best, most comprehensive review of the tournament and the current state of tennis can be found at the NYTimes: www.nytimes.com

Finally, these places around the grounds provide special fan experiences, a place to beat the heat, and are open to the public:
Heineken House – big screen tv’s, quality photo booth op, various sporting challenges, sandwiches & beer available for purchase.
American Express Fan Experience – swing analysis, 180 degree photo op, charging lockers. Second level of the lounge is only open to card members, where food and drinks are available for purchase.
Time Warner Cable Studios – photo ops, prizes, charging stations.

And only for Chase Bank customers:
Chaise Lounge – snacks and light refreshments (requires pre-registration).

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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 St)

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 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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