Selected Events (04/24) + Today’s Featured Pub (Tribeca)

Today’s “Fab 5″/ Selected NYCity Events – FRIDAY, APR. 24, 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.”   

Green Festival (April 24-26)
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, 655 W. 34th St., at 11th Ave.
Fri. noon-6 p.m.; Sat. and Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.,
single-day pass $12, weekend pass $22, 3-day pass $32;
212-216-2000, greenfestivals.org

Jazz & Colors: The Full Spectrum Edition
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd St.
Sets at 6:00 and 7:30 p.m. / FREE , with pay-what-you-wish museum admission
212-535-7710, metmuseum.org

Peter and Will Anderson
Metropolitan Room, 34 West 22nd Street, Chelsea,
7PM / $22.50
212-206-0440, metropolitanroom.com.

My Night with Philosophers (a 12 hour happening, only in NYCity)
Cultural Services of the French Embassy, 972 Fifth Ave., New York, NY
Ukrainian Institute of America, 2 E. 79th St., New York, NY
FREE and open to the public./ Food and drinks will be available throughout the night.
7PM Fri., Apr. 24, 2015 to 7AM – Sat., Apr. 25, 2015

Elsewhere, but these are two wonderful music halls and worth the detour:
Hurray for the Riff Raff (also Saturday)
Friday at 9 p.m., Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey Street, near the Bowery, Lower East Side, 800-745-3000, boweryballroom.com.
Saturday at 8:30 p.m., Music Hall of Williamsburg, 66 North Sixth Street, Brooklyn, 800-745-3000, musichallofwilliamsburg.com.

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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Green Festival (April 24-26)
“Earth—We’ve only got one (as far as we know). New York may be one of the greenest cities in America—we have the highest percentage of workers who commute by public transportation, bike or foot–but there’s still more individuals could do. Over 300 exhibitors gather at this annual three-day festival to offer eco-friendly services, earth-conscious products and educational demonstrations. There will also be a vast selection of vegetarian, vegan, non-GMO and organic food items available for sale—tasty and good for the environment!” (TONY)
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, 655 W. 34th St., at 11th Ave.
Fri. noon-6 p.m.; Sat. and Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.,
single-day pass $12, weekend pass $22, 3-day pass $32;
212-216-2000, greenfestivals.org

Jazz & Colors: The Full Spectrum Edition
jazzandcolorsLose yourself at the Met and find dazzling masterpieces of art and jazz.

“This annual Central Park event has moved indoors. It scatters ten jazz ensembles throughout the Met; each group plays repertory masterworks akin to the artworks in the museum’s galleries. The spirit of improvisation that earned jazz the title “the sound of surprise” will be in abundance, with one constant: All the groups, whether swinging, groovy or avant-gardist, will choose from the same repertoire of tunes, among them, Bigard-Ellington’s “Mood Indigo,” Fats Waller’s “Honeysuckle Rose,” Ray Henderson’s “Bye Bye Blackbird,” Miles Davis’s “Blue In Green,” Bronislaw Kaper’s “On Green Dolphin Street,” Thelonious Monk’s “Green Chimneys” and Irving Berlin’s “Blue Skies.” It’s a chance to experience every corner of the museum with its very own jazz soundtrack.” (seniorplanet.org)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd St.
Sets at 6:00 and 7:30 p.m. / FREE with pay-what-you-wish museum admission
212-535-7710, metmuseum.org

Peter and Will Anderson
Anderson-Oct-2014-Promo-41“The 20-something twin wunderkind of the reeds first came to our attention as stars of the emerging neo-hot jazz movement, but their latest efforts take them into wholly new directions. Their new album, “Deja Vu,” which they’ll launch on Friday at the Metropolitan Room, combines the twin titans with an exemplary mainstream modern jazz rhythm section, including the equally precocious piano and bass team of Jeb Patton and David Wong and veteran drummer Tootie Heath.

Then, next week at 59E59 they’ll launch a two week run of what seems to be a soul jazz project, joining Hammond B-3 organist Pat Bianchi, drummer (and “jazz maniac”) Kenny Washington and yet a third saxophone player, the formidable tenor champion Harry Allen.” (WSJ)
Metropolitan Room, 34 West 22nd Street, Chelsea,
7PM / $22.50
212-206-0440, metropolitanroom.com.

My Night with Philosophers (a 12 hour happening, only in NYCity)
banner“The program, presented by Columbia Maison Française and Cultural Services of the French Embassy, gathers 60 eminent philosophers from Europe and the U.S. for a wide array of conferences and discussions. This original all-night format allows one to see and think of philosophy in a different light, to “think philosophy outside the box.” By bringing the event outside of the academic sphere, the goal of the night is to intrigue and surprise the audience by exposing them to works of art which touch upon philosophy and offer singular and unusual answers. The night offers a special programming of live artistic performances as well as film, music and readings of plays by actors.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

Presented at the French Cultural Services and Ukrainian Institute of America landmark mansions, on Fifth Ave. and 79th St.
Cultural Services of the French Embassy, 972 Fifth Ave., New York, NY
Ukrainian Institute of America, 2 E. 79th St., New York, NY
Free and open to the public / Food and drinks will be available throughout the night.
7PM Fri., Apr. 24, 2015 to 7AM – Sat., Apr. 25, 2015

Elsewhere, but these are two wonderful music halls and worth the detour:
Hurray for the Riff Raff (also Saturday)
images-1“An informal leader of the roots music scene in New Orleans, the singer and multi-instrumentalist Alynda Lee Segarra creates intimate, earnest pop yarns with traditional Americana anchoring. Her project Hurray for the Riff Raff released its cool, confident fifth album, “Small Town Heroes,” in Feb. 2014. With Clear Plastic Masks.” (Anderson-NYT)

Alynda Lee Segarra, the leader of this folk-rock ensemble, is from the Bronx, but she ran away as a teen-ager to New Orleans, where she immersed herself in the city’s soulful music scene, honed her chops as a performer, and eventually formed this collective. The band—whose key members, including Segarra, identify as queer and advocate on behalf of the L.G.B.T. community—saw breakthrough success with their fifth album, “Small Town Heroes,” last year. Since then, they have been tirelessly touring, both as a headliner and as a supporting act, though in the case of the latter, it’s easy to imagine them stealing the show. The songs, all effortlessly catchy, shift beautifully from sorrowful to ebullient, and seamlessly fuse elements of doo-wop, country, blues, honky-tonk, and sixties pop.” (NewYorker)
Friday at 9 p.m., Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey Street, near the Bowery, Lower East Side, 800-745-3000, boweryballroom.com.
Saturday at 8:30 p.m., Music Hall of Williamsburg, 66 North Sixth Street, Brooklyn, 800-745-3000, musichallofwilliamsburg.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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