Today’s Elite 8+ > THURSDAY / JULY 23, 2015
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Music, Dance, Performing Arts
> Broadway in Bryant Park (weekly through Aug 13)
Bryant Park, 6th ave at 40th St. / 12:30PM, FREE
The best of musicals on and off Broadway showcase their hits.
today is a special treat: “Kinky Boots,” “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical,” “The Phantom of the Opera” and “Sayonara.”
No better way to spend your lunch hour.
> River and Blues: Henry Butler and Friends
Robert F Wagner Jr. Park, 20 Battery Place / 7PM, FREE
Jazz musician Henry Butler has been described as the greatest proponent of the classic New Orleans piano tradition.
Enjoy a summer evening listening to the blues while the sun sets over the Hudson River.
> “Piano Icons: From Jelly Roll to Oscar” / Jazz in July (through July 30)
92nd Street Y, Kaufmann Concert Hall, Lexington Avenue at 92nd St / 8PM, $62
“Jelly Roll Morton claimed he “invented” jazz. True?
Well, he and other keyboard giants—from ragtime pioneer Scott Joplin to swinging virtuoso Oscar Peterson to elegant master Marian McPartland—enriched the form like nobody else. Hear their syncopated stylings come alive in the lightning hands of modern-day piano greats Bill Charlap, Marcus Roberts and Jeb Patton.”
> MoMA Nights with Jon Batiste & Stay Human
Museum of Modern Art, 53rd St.(btw 5/6ave)
Set begins at 6:30PM. Regular Museum admission applies.
Now is your chance to check out Jon Batiste and his band Stay Human before they become uber-famous when they join the Late Show with Stephen Colbert later this year.
Performances take place in the Sculpture Garden
> Jenny Scheinman (through July 26)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th St. / 8:30PM+10:30PM, $30
“violinist Scheinman returns to her downtown roots as an instrumental improviser, finding pathos in a hybridized style drawing from Appalachian fiddle, klezmer, and the avant-garde that has helped redefine the role of the violin in the jazz diaspora.” (VillageVoice)
Elsewhere, but almost any event in this gloriously restored theater is worth the detour:
> Jill Scott (also Thursday)
Kings Theatre,1027 Flatbush Ave, near Tilden Avenue, Brooklyn / 8PM, $43
“Jill Scott’s music is generous and contains multitudes: scorching brushfires of soul tracks with the Roots and (in her best spot this decade) Eve, plus fifteen years’ worth of post-r&b flecked with spoken word and inhabited by one of the genre’s warmest voices.” (Katherine St Asaph, VillageVoice)
Smart Stuff / Other
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)
> Space and Science Festival (through July 26)
Pier 86, 46th Street and 12th Avenue,
The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum hosts four days of talks, activities and screenings to celebrate exploration and innovation. It begins Thursday with a flight deck screening of “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” introduced by Steve Howell from NASA’s Ames Research Center. The showing is free and begins at sunset; doors open at 7:30 p.m. (NYT) The festival’s schedule and tickets are at: intrepidmuseum.org/SpaceScienceFestival2015.aspx.
> NYC Restaurant Week Summer 2015 (through Aug 14)
Various locations and times; $25 for lunch, $38 for dinner
Today marks the start of the summer edition of the “week” (actually three weeks) of prix-fixe three course meals at many of the city’s best restaurants. Mangia!
> Live Sculpting with Michael Evert: Anna Sui
Museum of Arts and Design, 2 Columbus Circle / 6PM
FREE with Pay-What-You-Wish Admission
Sculptor Michael Evert will be bringing models to life in a real-time demonstration in the studio of the Museum of Arts and Design exhibition Ralph Pucci: The Art of the Mannequin. Catch him as he live-sculpts fashion designer Anna Sui on Thursday night.
Stop by the re-created studio in the exhibition Ralph Pucci: The Art of the Mannequin for free demonstrations in sculpting from live models. Revealing his process of using traditional sculpting methods to create unique and forward-thinking mannequins, Michael Evert, Pucci’s sculptor, will sculpt new busts onsite. Working from a variety of models, ranging from Pucci collaborators to MAD members, Evert demonstrates firsthand what goes into making a mannequin for Ralph Pucci—a manufacturer who still engages in creating mannequin figures by hand. (ThoughtGallery.org)
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