Selected Events (03/25) + Today’s Featured Neighborhood: Tribeca

Today’s “Fab 5″/ Selected NYCity Events – WEDNESDAY, MAR. 25, 2015
“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.”

Colson Whitehead   SmartStuff/ Book Talk    (12pm)   

Paul Taylor’s American Modern Dance   —   Dance   (7pm) 

Jeffrey Deitch | Massimiliano Gioni  —   SmartStuff/ Conversation    (7pm)

Ms. Lauryn Hill    —   Pop / Rock      (8pm)

 Gary Hustwit   —   SmartStuff/ Book Talk    (7pm)  

For other useful and curated NYCity event info for Manhattan’s WestSide:

♦ “9 Notable Events-Mar.”, and “Top10 Free” in the header above.
♦ For NYCity trip planning see links in “Resources” and “Smart Stuff” in the header above.
♦ For NYCity Sights, Sounds and Stories visit out our sister site: nyc123blog.wordpress.com
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Colson Whitehead
“This writer joins the New York Public Library for its Books at Noon series to discusses his most recent work, “The Noble Hustle: Poker, Beef Jerky, and Death.” Mr. Whitehead, a Pulitzer Prize finalist and MacArthur Fellowship recipient, will recount how a magazine writing assignment led to his brief stint at the World Series of Poker.” (NYT)
New York Public Library, Main Building (with the Lions), 5th Avenue, 42nd St.
Books at Noon events are standing room only and take place under the center arch in historic Astor Hall. An audience Q&A and book-signing will follow each half-hour program. / FREE
917-275-6975, nypl.org/locations/schwarzman

Paul Taylor’s American Modern Dance (through Mar. 29)
“This season, the legendary choreographer includes works by Doris Humphrey and Shen Wei—but, mercifully, he’s also presenting 19 of his splendid dances.

Paul Taylor unveils his newest enterprise in its inaugural season. The three-week Lincoln Center engagement honors its founding principles: to present new and repertory Taylor works, mount classic and contemporary pieces by other choreographers and use live music. In addition to a variety of Taylor masterworks, the program includes the New York premiere of his Sea Lark and a premiere; the Limón Dance Company performs Doris Humphrey’s Passacaglia and Fugue in C Minor; and Shen Wei Dance Arts presents Wei’sRite of Spring. It’s all set to live music played by the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, conducted by Donald York.” (TONY)
Tonight: Passacaglia, Big Bertha, Troilus and Cressida (reduced) and Beloved Renegade.
NYS Theater (now DHK Theater) at Lincoln Center
7pm / $10-$175

LIVE FROM THE NYPL
Jeffrey Deitch | Massimiliano Gioni
On the occasion of the release of Jeffrey Deitch’s Live the Art, he and Massimiliano Gioni, artistic director of New York’s New Museum, will discuss the way art and its audiences have changed over the past fifteen years. Jeffery Deitch has been involved with modern and contemporary art for more than forty years as an artist, writer, curator, dealer, and advisor.
New York Public Library Main Building (with the lions) 5th Avenue, 42nd St.
7pm / $25
917-275-6975

Ms. Lauryn Hill 
“Ms. Hill seems to be warming to local showmanship; in recent years, she has had a handful of concerts at small clubs. Now she’ll perform a few acoustic sets at City Winery and Highline Ballroom, which may be more ideal settings for this talented singer and rapper: In his review of one of her outings last year, Jon Pareles lamented that she “was often buried in the mix of her band’s hyperactive funk.” (Anderson-NYT)
City Winery, 155 Varick Street, near Spring Street, South Village,
8pm / $ this may be a tough ticket, need to stub hub it.
212-608-0555, citywinery.com.

Gary Hustwit
“The filmmaker Gary Hustwit discusses his book “Helvetica/Objectified/Urbanized: The Complete Interviews,” a companion to his trilogy of documentaries about design. He will lead a panel with the designer Paula Scher, the type designer Tobias Frere-Jones, the industrial designer Karim Rashid, Smart Design founder Davin Stowell and the architecture expert Noah Chasin.” (NYT)
Strand Book Store, 828 Broadway, at 12th St.
7pm / buy a copy of Helvetica, Objectified, Urbanized: The Complete Interviews or a $15 Strand gift card in order to attend this event. The event will be located in the Strand’s 3rd floor Rare Book Room.
212-473-1452, strandbooks.com.

BONUS JAZZ PICKS:
Many consider NYCity the Jazz capital of the world. Here are my favorite Jazz clubs, all on Manhattan’s WestSide. Check out who is playing tonight:
Greenwich Village:
Village Vanguard – 178 7th Ave. South, villagevanguard.com, 212-255-4037
Blue Note – 131 W3rd St. nr 6th ave. bluenotejazz.com, 212-475-8592
55 Bar – 55 Christopher St. nr 7th ave.S. 55bar.com, 212-929-9883
Outside Greenwich Village:
Dizzy’s Club – Broadway @ 60th St. jazz.org/dizzys, 212-258-9595
Birdland – 315 W44th St.(btw 8/9ave), birdlandjazz.com, 212-581-3080
Smoke Jazz Club – 2751 Broadway nr.106th St. smokejazz.com, 212-864-6662
Special Mention:
Caffe Vivaldi – 32 Jones St. nr Bleecker St. caffevivaldi.com, 212-691-7538
a classic, old jazz club in the Village, Caffe V often surprises with a wonderfully eclectic lineup. It’s my favorite spot for an evening of listening enjoyment and discovery.

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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, with a population of  8.5 million, had a record 56 million visitors last year and is TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2015.  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))

b_flat4There 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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