Selected Events (04/10) + Today’s Featured Neighborhood: Tribeca

Today’s “Fab 5″/ Selected NYCity Events – FRIDAY, APR. 10, 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.”

Art of the Real 2015 – SmartStuff/Documentary Films   (various times)     

E-Moves: Celebrating James Baldwin and Billie Holiday – Dance    (7:30pm)  

ETHEL and Friends –  Classical Music   (5pm)

It’s Hard Being Loved By Jerks – SmartStuff/ Film + Conversation (7pm)

“Filles A Fromage” –  Photography + Food & Drink  (11am-7pm)

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

♦ “9 Notable Events-Apr.”, 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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Art of the Real 2015 (April 10 – 26)
imgres-2Our annual nonfiction showcase is founded on the most expansive possible view of documentary film. The second edition features new work from around the world and in a variety of genres alongside retrospective and thematic selections, including a tribute to the great French director Agnès Varda and a spotlight on the art and history of reenactment. Art of the Real is a platform for filmmakers and artists who have given us a wider view of nonfiction cinema and at the same time brought the form full circle, pointing to its early, boundary-pushing days. Co-programmed by Dennis Lim and Rachael Rakes.
Film Society of Lincoln Center, 144 W. 65th St.
various times / $14 general, $11 students/seniors
(212) 875-5610 / filmlinc.com

E-Moves: Celebrating James Baldwin and Billie Holiday (also Sat. April 11)
imgres-3“The bold, the funky, the essential E-Moves is one of the best demonstrations that dance is still cookin’ in New York and will continue.” – Bill T. Jones, Choreographer, Director, New York Live

Now in its 16th year, the acclaimed dance series E-Moves commissions 4 exceptional choreographers to create works inspired by the words and ideas of Baldwin and the soulful songs of Holiday. Performed over two consecutive weekends, the series concludes with a roving performance of site-specific works by nine emerging choreographers in and outside the Gatehouse for the Harlem Stage Takeover. It all concludes with a dance party you won’t want to miss.

Artists include: modern ballet choreographer Andre Zachery/Renegade Performance Group, tap artist Brinae Ali and contemporary choreographers Malcolm Low/Formal Structure and Love/Forte (Nia Love and Marjani Forte).
Q&A with the choreographers and mentors scheduled for April 11, after the performance!
Harlem Stage Gatehouse, 150 Convent Ave.
7:30pm / $20
212-650-7100

ETHEL and Friends ( also Saturday, April 11)
A music series specifically designed for the Museum’s Balcony Bar.

Ethel-webETHEL is one of the most acclaimed string quartets in the contemporary classical field. With an eye on tradition and an ear to the future, ETHEL is a leading force in concert music’s reengagement with musical vernaculars, fusing diverse traditions into a vibrant sound. Expect familiar classical tunes mixed with a fair share of the group’s signature, cutting-edge repertoire. Guest artists and collaborators will also make periodic appearances. Relax and enjoy cocktails and appetizers while looking out over the majestic Great Hall.
Works by Jones, Lawson, Farris, Kline, Lee, Hu, Friel
Ralph Farris, viola
Kip Jones, violin
Dorothy Lawson, cello
Corin Lee, violin
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd St.
5pm / FREE, with museum’s flexible admission.
212-535-7710

It’s Hard Being Loved By Jerks
imgresCartoonists Cabu, Charb, Tignous and Wolinski were among the Charlie Hebdo artists who were murdered on January 7, 2015. They’re interviewed in Daniel Leconte’s film It’s Hard Being Loved By Jerks, which examines the magazine’s trial for defamation in 2007, including reactions from prosecutors and Muslim nations. The screening will be followed by a conversation with Françoise Mouly and Art Spiegelman, moderated by Bill Kartalopoulos.
Screening: SVA Theater, 333 W. 23rd St.,(btw 8th and 9th Aves)
at 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm / $15.

“Filles A Fromage”
In celebration of springtime, the French Cheese Board will be transformed into a vibrant floral garden, complete with the debut of “Filles A Fromage,” a fashion-forward photography installation. The FREE event will highlight the delicious flavors of a dozen Bloomy Rind cheeses, perfectly paired with French wines and ON SALE at half-price for your at-home enjoyment. So stop by and celebrate the bloomy flavors of spring — Camembert, Brie and Triple Crème cheese!
French Cheese Board, 26 West 39th St,
11:00am – 7:00pm
thecheesesofeurope.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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