Selected Events (06/23) + Today’s Featured Pub (Tribeca)

Today’s TOP 10 – TUESDAY, JUNE 23, 2015

“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to.”
We make it as easy as 1-2-3.  (click on links for complete event info)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts
Blue Note Jazz Festival
> Cosmic Jibaros
Subrosa, 63 Gansevoort St. / 8PM & 10PM, $15
“band builds from Latin and Caribbean rhythms, Rock guitars and World music influences for a sound that’s both cross-cultural and highly danceable.”

> The Washington Square Music Festival (every Tuesday through July 7)
Washington Square Park / 8PM, FREE
Harp & Chamber Orchestra features an unusual program ranging from a setting of Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Mask of Red Death” by André Caplet, to the more familiar Peer Gynt suite by Grieg.

> “Summer Sessions’ / Julia Easterlin
Waterfront Plaza at Brookfield Place, 230 Vesey St. / 6:30PM, FREE
“she uses loop technology and her one-of-a-kind voice to create music that draws freely from influences ranging from jazz, to pop, to gospel and soul”

> Kaufman Music’s Winners Showcase
for the International Youth Piano Competition
Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center, 129 W67th St. / 2PM, FREE
“winners of a week-long competition perform in this showcase, which features young people from around the world.”

> Fifth Annual Hudson Square Music Series + wine festival
Ballroom Thieves (Full Band) w/ Driftwood
City Winery, 155 Varick St. / 5:30PM, FREE
free concerts in city winery’s courtyard all summer (Tuesday’s thru Aug 25)

> Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing
Jonathan Stout’s All-Star Orchestra, featuring Hilary Alexander
Damrosch Park. Lincoln Center / 6:30PM, $17
Dance Floor Opens at 6/ Dance Lesson at 6:30/ Live Music at 7:30
Swing dance and honor the jazz greats.

> Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga
Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Sixth Ave / 8PM, $60-$150
an unlikely duo take some classic jazz standards and make beautiful music.

> “The Tempest” (thru July 5) / Shakespeare in the Park
Central Park, Delacorte Theater / 8PM, FREE
actor Sam Waterston, makes his 13th Shakespearean production.
FREE tickets are available via a lottery system. check The Public Theater website.

Have time for only one event today? Do this:

> River to River Festival’s Night at the Museums
Various locations Downtown (All museums and historical sites are within walking distance from one another!) / 4PM-8PM, FREE
Discover where New York City’s history and culture began through free admission at 15 distinctive museums and cultural institutions in Lower Manhattan.

For a full schedule of this special night of programming, please visit each institution’s website. Participating institutions include the African Burial Ground, Federal Hall, the National September 11 Memorial Museum and many more.
(find in “Connected Places” / http://www.mjhnyc.org/nightatthemuseums/index.html).

I like what Fraunces Tavern Museum will be doing: “Historical musician Linda Russell will fill the Flag Gallery with ballads as instructors from the Tricorne Dance Ensemble teach guests popular social dances from the Colonial Era.”

Visitors of all ages can spend a summer evening immersed in New York City’s history, explore what makes the United States unique, discover new cultures and heritages, take a walking tour of the area, or stop for refreshments, including restaurants offering special “Night at the Museums” discounts.

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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