Today’s “Fab 5″+1 / Selected NYCity Events – SATURDAY, JAN. 24, 2015.
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Christine Ebersole – Big Noise From Winnetka — Cabaret (7pm)
Winter Jam – NYC’s Ultimate Snow Day — Sporting Life (11am) [FREE]
The Big Cheesy — Food & Drink (11am)
Robert Herridge: TV’s Forgotten Auteur — Music on TV (2pm)
Prohibition Saturdays — Jazz (5pm) [FREE]
The Mariinsky Ballet — Ballet (7:30pm)
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Christine Ebersole – Big Noise From Winnetka (also Jan. 28-31)
The return engagement of two-time Tony Award winner Christine Ebersole following a sold out 2 week run of her new show “Big Noise From Winnetka.”
Christine’s ”stirring new show” as described by the New York Times’ Stephen Holden, returns for 8 performances, with Musical Director Bette Sussman (Whitney Houston, Cyndi Lauper, Bette Midler) leading Christine’s 4 piece band and vocalist Tabitha Fair. The concert features both classic and re-imagined Broadway hits, pop and jazz classics and anecdotes about growing up.
Winner of two Tony Awards for Best Actress in a Musical (42nd Street and Grey Gardens), Christine co-stars on the hit TBS series “Sullivan & Son (now in its 3rd season). Christine has starred in film (Wolf of Wall Street), television (Royal Pains) and has performed concerts in theaters and concert halls across the country, from The Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall to The Pasadena and Boston Pops.
54 Below, 254 West 54th St.
7PM / $60-$90
Winter Jam – NYC’s Ultimate Snow Day
Presented by NYC Parks, Lake Placid, I Love NY, and I Ski NY, Winter Jam NYC is the ultimate snow day: a free winter sports festival for New Yorkers of all ages! Our partners at Gore Mountain will blow lots of fresh snow in the heart of Manhattan, so there will be plenty for all to enjoy! (looks like this event has perfect snow timing this year).
Lake Placid Snow Field
Learn to Ride: Skiing and Snowboarding
Sledding and Kicksledding
Snow Man Building
Taste NY Winter Market
Equipment provided at no cost, or bring your own snow sports gear and enjoy the terrain! Please note: lines for activities may close early.
Central Park, Manhattan, Bandshell Area, Enter at 72nd Street
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. / FREE
The Big Cheesy (also Jan. 25)
The only thing better than a good grilled cheese sandwich is six artisan grilled cheese sandwiches paired with a local NYC brew, which is precisely what you’ll get at Openhouse Gallery’s The Big Cheesy.
- The Big Cheesy: Winter Edition takes place in one-hour time slots over the course of two extraordinarily delicious days, January 24 and 25, from noon to 7pm. Enjoy a mouthwatering lineup of grilled-cheese contenders including Sons of Essex, Hudson Common, Eggs Travaganza, Twist and Smash’d, Mrs. Dorsey’s Kitchen and Fame by Alex Mitow.
- Tickets are $30 and provide exclusive access to taste sandwiches from the six featured contenders, enjoy two beers courtesy of Goose Island and vote for your favorite in the Big Cheesy People’s Choice Award.
*A portion of the proceeds will benefit Food Bank For NYC.
Openhouse Gallery, 201 Mulberry St. (btw Kenmare and Spring Sts)
11am / $30
212-334-0288 / openhousegallery.org
Robert Herridge: TV’s Forgotten Auteur (also Sun. Jan.25)
Robert Herridge was one of television’s visionaries, creating programs in many genres, always with a signature style. The Paley Center spotlights Herridge’s musical achievements in jazz, folk, and blues. Highlights include: 1957’s The Sound of Jazz featuring Thelonious Monk, Count Basie, Billie Holiday, Coleman Hawkins, Jimmy Rushing, and more; The Sound of Miles Davis (1959) featuring Miles Davis with John Coltrane and the Gil Evans Orchestra performing “So What,” “The Duke,” “Blues for Pablo,” and “New Rhumba”; 1960’s Folk Sound, U.S.A., a program that had a major impact on the teenaged Bob Dylan. Performers include Joan Baez, Cisco Houston, Peter Yarrow, John Jacob Niles, John Lee Hooker, and Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys.
The Paley Center for Media, 25 W 52nd St.
2pm / $10
212-621-6600 / paleycenter.org
Prohibition Saturdays (monthly, formerly the Empire Salon)
”The prohibition saturdays vintage jazz party at the gansevoort park rooftop features an evening of live music by professor cunningham and his old school, burlesque by calamity chang and minx arcana, and sexy trivia. free swing dance lesson at 6:45pm.” (the skint)
Gansevoort Park Hotel, 420 Park Ave South (btw 28/29 St.)
5-10pm / no minimum, free admission.
Elsewhere, but not too far for fans of classical ballet:
The Mariinsky Ballet (last 2 days!)
Chopin: Dances for Piano
Choreography by Michel Fokine, Benjamin Millepied, and Jerome Robbins
Musical direction by Valery Gergiev
Frédéric Chopin (1810—49) composed some of Western history’s most intimately romantic music, exquisite works that have served as the inspiration for countless choreographers. In this mixed program, the Mariinsky Ballet convenes three dances from distinct eras set to his piano music, performed live.
Michel Fokine’s ethereal Chopiniana (1908), one of the oldest works in the Mariinsky repertory, embodies the soul of classical ballet. Jerome Robbins’ ballet In the Night (1970), set to a slate of nocturnes, captures three couples in varying emotional states. And Benjamin Millepied (L.A. Dance Project, 2014 Next Wave)—inspired by his early exposure to Chopin’s preludes and études as a young dancer—expresses the music’s timelessness and passion in Without (2011), performed by 10 dancers.
It is the beating heart of Russian culture: St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre, a bastion of arts excellence that has endured regime changes and revolutions for over two centuries. As a cultivator of innovation and talent, it is unparalleled. Balanchine studied there, as did Baryshnikov, Nijinsky, and Nureyev. Tchaikovsky and Rimsky-Korsakov premiered operas there. And Mahler, Berlioz and Rachmaninoff all conducted on its stages.
Brooklyn Academy of Music, 30 Lafayette Ave. (btw St. Felix St. and Ashland Place)
subway: #2, 3, to Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center (about 30 min from TimesSquare)
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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.
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