Selected Events + Today’s Featured Neighborhood: Tribeca (09/24)

Today’s “Fab 5″+1/ Selected NYCity Events – WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 24, 2014
“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to. We make it as easy as 1-2-3.”

“Macbeth”
metropolitan-opera-preview-macbeth-L-8E3Sma“After kicking off the Metropolitan Opera’s season for three years in a row, Anna Netrebko is not the star on opening night. Instead she is waiting a couple of days for her latest diva turn, but it’s a doozy: Lady Macbeth, who rages her way through Verdi’s opera before a delicate, creepy sleepwalking scene, capped by an ethereal high D flat. The other singers are also notable, including Zeljko Lucic in the title role, the golden-toned Joseph Calleja as Macduff and René Pape as Banquo. Fabio Luisi leads the revival of Adrian Noble’s aptly grim production.” (NYT-Zachary Woolfe)
Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center,
212-362-6000 /metopera.org;
At 7:30 p.m./ $30 to $475

David Ostwald’s Louis Armstrong Eternity Band
Inspired by the noble jazz pioneers Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, Duke Ellington, Jelly Roll Morton and their colleagues, David Ostwald’s Louis Armstrong Eternity Band breathes life and passion into America’s own great art form.

Legendary record producer George Avakian describes the band in this way:
“There has never been a band quite like this one. Most groups, past and present, stick to one style. Some current groups attempt to recreate early recordings in their entirety. These guys do neither. Inspired by divergent bands of the 1920s and 30s, you’ll hear them swing a variety of styles in music by a wide range of composers, always true to the joy and heart of the music.”

Now in its 14th year of residency at Birdland, the weekly post-workday engagement is the city’s best musical bargain! Tuba player David Ostwald leads a rotating lineup that features talents such as clarinetist Anat Cohen, trombonist/vocalist Wycliffe Gordon, pianist Ehud Asherie, drummer Marion Felder and more!
Birdland, 315 W 44th St., (btw 8/9 ave.)
At 5:30PM / $25
birdlandjazz.com

The Historic Opening of the High Line at the Rail Yards
New York’s extraordinary public space now extends all the way to 34th Street. Join us, starting Sunday, September 21, and experience the city from an entirely new perspective as the High Line goes west toward the Hudson River. Experience the High Line in a new way when you join us at one of forty opening week activities.
Let the High Line take you further.
Today:
wellness programs: yoga 8am, meditation 9am
nature walk: 9:30am
(Gansevoort Street entrance – On the High Line at Gansevoort and Washington)
lunch break concert: Flor de Toloache 1p
(10th Avenue Square – On the High Line at West 17th Street)
walk & talk: Eating from the Ground up 6pm
tonight, an ¡arriba! dance party 7pm
(14th Street Passage – On the High Line at West 14th Street)
The High Line is a public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. It runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, between 10th and 12th Avenues.

Martha Stewart
“One Pot: 120+ Easy Meals from Your Skillet, Slow Cooker, Stockpot, and More”
268503344Martha Stewart will be in conversation with Margaret Russell, editor in chief of Architectural Digest.
Barnes & Noble, Union Square, 33 East 17th St.
At the north side of Union Square between Broadway and Park Avenue,
north of the Union Square (14th Street)
212-253-0810
7PM /Special Instructions: Event space seating will open at 5:00 pm on 4th floor. Priority seating with book purchase.

The Cookers
“This combustible hard-bop wrecking crew — Eddie Henderson and David Weiss on trumpets, Billy Harper and Donald Harrison on saxophones, George Cables on piano, Cecil McBee on bass and Billy Hart on drums — recently released its excellent fourth album, “Time and Time Again.” The band has been on tour for much of the last six weeks and should be in strong fighting form here.” (Chinen-NYT)
Blue Note, 131 West Third St., 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.

Elsewhere, but absolutely worth the detour:

Derek Jeter’s Last Homestand at Yankee Stadium
02.derek-jeterYou don’t have to be a Yankee fan (I sure am not) to appreciate the career of the Yankee shortstop. We all know how good he was on the field.

He is a 14 time All-Star, with Five World Series titles, and who can forget that iconic “flip play” against Oakland in the playoffs.

But maybe his most impressive accomplishment has been the way he has handled himself off the field in the media fishbowl that is NYCity. Over his 20 year career he has hardly ever made a misstep. He was a star professional athlete and a role model. These days that is pretty rare.

Derek’s last game at the Stadium is tomorrow night and those tickets will be priced in the stratosphere. I think today’s day game is your best chance to pay your respects and see DJ on the field one last time.

It’s a triple play – day baseball, good weather, and Bob Sheppard, “the voice of God”, saying one more time: “Now batting for the Yankees, #2, Derek Jeter, #2.”
Yankee Stadium, River Ave, “da Bronx”.
Subway: #4 from Grand Central to 161st St.
Game Time: 1PM
Try stub hub or the yankee site, there are reasonably priced tickets available.
I’ll be in Section 313, stop by and say Hi.

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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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