Selected Events + Today’s Featured Neighborhood: Tribeca (10/10)

Today’s “TOP 3″/ Selected NYCity Events – FRIDAY, OCT. 10, 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.”

Hugh Masakela+Vusi Mahlasela
“Ubuntu: Music and Arts of South Africa”

“This year, the 20th anniversary of South African democracy’s beginning and apartheid’s end, Carnegie Hall wrestles with that legacy in an ambitious, month-long festival dedicated to the music and culture of South Africa. The programming ranges from jazz and classical to traditional and pop, and includes both South African stars—the male choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo and jazz greats Hugh Masekela and Abdullah Ibrahim —and music rarely heard in the U.S., like that from the Cape Malay community, based in Cape Town. Paul Simon and Dave Matthews, who was born in South Africa, will also make appearances.” (WSJ)

for the full festival schedule see: www.carnegiehall.org/ubuntu/

“Mr. Masekela, the South African fluegelhorn player, is among the most statesman-like of jazz musicians, a melodist forever aware of his transaction with an audience. He will perform on Friday night with the singer-songwriter and activist Vusi Mahlasela at Carnegie Hall as part of its UBUNTU: Music and Arts of South Africa festival. They will also be joined by Dave Matthews and Somi in this celebration of 20 years of democracy and the end of apartheid in South Africa.” (NYT)
Isaac Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall,
212-247-7800, carnegiehall.org
at 8 p.m./ limited ticket availability.

Archtober / October 1–31
“To New York City’s architects and building buffs, October is Archtober, or Architecture and Design Month. For 31 days, the City’s design community opens its doors for more than 150 tours, lectures, films and celebrations, offering a behind-the-scenes look at the buildings that give this metropolis its distinct character.” (nycgo.com)
For a complete calendar see: archtober.org/2014-calendar
For “20 Great Events to Check out at 2014 Archtober Festival in NYC” see: untappedcities.com

Highlight’s from Today’s Events:

Building of the Day: The Barbarian Group / 11:00am
The Barbarian Group, a new generation internet advertising agency, required a workspace design that would foster collaboration and transparency in their growing company, and challenge their creativity. They leased a 23,000 SF loft in the New York garment district to house their 125 employees which we surgically gutted to create a large open space. Since […]

American Society of Landscape Achitects, New York Chapter
Insider’s Tour of Washington Square and Union Square Parks / 3:00pm-5:00pm
Many of NYC’s parks have undergone dramatic transformations over the past few decades. Adrian Benepe, former Parks Dept. Commissioner, will lead a tour of two of the city’s most historic and famous parks focusing on his own experiences working to improve NYC’s parks and surrounding neighborhoods.

Tom Harrell Quintet (through Sunday)
“The trumpeter Tom Harrell favors a precise but shadowy sort of post-bop, sonorous and warm and alert. This weekend he leads an excellent quintet with Wayne Escoffery on saxophone, Danny Grissett on piano, Ugonna Okegwo on bass and Johnathan Blake on drums.” (Chinen-NYT)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th St., West Village,
212-255-4037, villagevanguard.com
At 8:30 and 10:30 p.m./ $25 and $30 cover, with a one-drink minimum

editor’s note: a 2nd hard drive failure in 7 months (what’s going on here Apple!) requires a reduction in daily event info on this site until the hardware issues have been resolved. while we use borrowed equipment and until further notice, the daily “Fab 5” is now the “Top 3”. we look forward to restoring full service soon.

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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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