Selected Events + Today’s Featured Neighborhood: Tribeca (11/09)

Today’s “TOP 3″/ Selected NYCity Events – SUNDAY, NOV. 09, 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.”

Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca
“In this latest production, “Flamenco y Antigona,” this flamenco star and her cohort, the musicians and dancers of Noche Flamenca, put their impassioned spin on “Antigone.” The program includes flamenco-imbued excerpts from the Greek tragedy alongside three works choreographed by the company’s artistic director, Martín Santangelo.” (Burke-NYT)
at 2 p.m. / $10-$59
Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue, at 19th Street, Chelsea,
212-242-0800, joyce.org

Harlem Gospel Choir
“Ah, finally. . . a “choir” that’s actually a choir and not just some hipster band name. For about 13 years now, this uptown institution has been entertaining here in Times Square, featuring seven singers backed by a keyboard trio. If you’re gonna party on the weekend, you might as well get some religion for yourself now and then, and this is one of the best ways. Plus, you get to stuff yourself silly at the soul-food buffet that’s included too.” (Jason Gross-VillageVoice)
B.B. King Blues Club and Grill
1:30pm / $44.00-$47.00

Randy Weston and his African Rhythms Orchestra celebrate James Reese Europe
“All of a sudden, latest musical trend in the air is ragtime! Following performances by Victor Goines (at Jazz at Lincoln Center) and the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra (at Shanghai Mermaid), now the veteran Afrocentric pianist Randy Weston is celebrating the legendary bandleader James Reese, who brought ragtime both to Europe and to Broadway 100 years ago. Knowing Mr. Weston’s propensity for both modern jazz and African music, we can safely expect that this concert won’t be a strict recreation of antique World War I-era styles but a creative mixture of all three genres, and he may even include a syncopated, ragtime version of his own jazz standard, “Hi Fly.” (WSJ)
Skirball Center for the Performing Arts at NYU, 566 LaGuardia Place,
6pm / $15
(866) 811-4111

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 next week.

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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 (pop. 8.4 million) had 54 million visitors last year and 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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