Today’s Elite 8 – THURSDAY / JULY 09, 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.”
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Music, Dance, Performing Arts
Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing
> Tribute to Octavio Brunetti featuring Pedro Giraudo Tango Orchestra
Dance Instructors: Ana Padron and Diego Blanco teach Tango
Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center, W62nd St (btw Columbus/Amsterdam Ave.)/ 6PM, $17
Dance Floor Opens at 6/ Dance Lesson at 6:30/ Live Music at 7:30
“great Argentine tango pianist Octavio Brunetti’s sultry sets at last year’s Midsummer Night Swing were the stuff of legend. It was also the brilliant musician’s unexpected swan song—he passed away shortly after the triumphant evening. To honor him, Brunetti’s friend and colleague, the highly versatile bassist, composer, and arranger Pedro Giraudo, will lead the night’s loving tribute.”
> Barb Jungr: Hard Rain – The Songs Of Bob Dylan & Leonard Cohen
Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St. / 7PM, $25
“one of the best interpreters of Jacques Brel and Bob Dylan anywhere on this angst ridden planet today” (Village Voice, New York) and “one of the best nightclub singers in the world” (Time Out New York).”
> Broadway in Bryant Park (weekly through Aug 13)
Bryant Park, 6th ave at 40th St. / 12PM, FREE
The best of musicals on and off By roadway showcase their hits, plus lots of surprises from other Broadway shows.
today: STOMP, WICKED, It Shoulda Been You, FUERZA BRUTA
> River and Blues: John Hammond
Robert F Wagner Jr. Park, 20 Battery Place / 7PM, FREE
the Grammy Winner & Blues Hall of Fame virtuoso of harmonica and slide guitar provides the music to accompany your picnic.
> Momix (through Aug 1)
Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Ave at West 19th St. / 7:30PM, $10+
“Moses Pendleton’s whimsical troupe, a hybrid of modern dance, circus and visual spectacle, celebrates its 35th anniversary with a nearly monthlong run of the new work “Alchemia.”
> Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton (through July 12)
Avery Fisher Hall, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza / 8PM, $45 (third tier)
“A raucous and unforgettable evening powered by a full orchestra and choir.”
Smart Stuff / Other
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)
> Beneath the Streets: The Hidden Relics of New York City’s Subway System
NYPL- Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 Fifth Ave. / 6:30PM, FREE
”only a handful of transit workers, daring explorers and graffiti writers have experienced the full scope of the New York subway system. Beneath the Streets reveals this world for the first time with fantastic photographs captured from throughout the tunnels and byways of the subway.”
> DruidShakespeare: The History Plays
Gerald W. Lynch Theater (at John Jay College) / 7PM, $45–$175.
“Ireland’s estimable Druid Theatre Company returns to Lincoln Center Festival to present all four plays of Shakespeare’s Henriad in rep, tracking the English throne from the fall of Richard II to the rise of Henry V.” (TONY)
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:
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
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.
♦ 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.
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 iot 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