Selected Events (09/21) + Today’s Featured Pub (Tribeca)

Today’s SWEET 6 > MONDAY / SEPT. 21, 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.
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Music, Dance, Performing Arts
> The Coca-Cola Generations In Jazz Festival (through Sept. 30)
Dizzy’s Club, 60th St and Broadway, / At 7:30PM; $30
This monthlong series at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola explores a loose multigenerational theme. Highlights of the coming week include tonight’s pianist Victor Gould, with Ben Wolfe on bass and Ralph Peterson on drums.

>A View from the River / The Songs of Will Van Dyke & Jeff Talbott
54 Below, 254 W54th St./ 9:30PM, $40-85
“A View of the River is an evening of music from the team of Will Van Dyke and Jeff Talbott. Top-tier Broadway performers will join Will and Jeff to share songs from their upcoming EP A View of the River a collection of songs about how we love and how we live, all told through the pop-infused melodies and thoughtful lyrics that mark their writing.”

> Christina Bianco – Party of One
Birdland, 315 W44th St./ 7PM; $30
“Bianco is a comic firecracker with a pyrotechnic voice and a great gift for mimicry, which broke her out last year when a video of her performing “Total Eclipse of the Heart”—as sung by19 different divas—went megaviral. In her return to Birdland, the petite performer takes on more of the biggest songs ever.” (TONY)

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour. (+the Bowery Ballroom is a great music venue)
> Albert Hammond, Jr.
Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey St./8PM; $20
“Seven years lay stacked between Albert Hammond, Jr.’s new LP and 2008’s ¿Cómo Te Llama? and during this time the slick guitarist reunited with his band – garage rock revivalists the Strokes – and recorded two albums with consistent world touring.

This is the first of two Bowery Ballroom shows with the second on Tuesday night.”(Silas Valentino, VillageVoice). Tonight looks to be sold out, so better get tickets now for tomorrow.

Smart Stuff / Other
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)
> Climate Shock: The Economic Consequences of a Hotter Planet
NY Public Library – Mid-Manhattan Branch, 455 Fifth Ave./ 6:30PM, FREE
This illustrated lecture explores the likely repercussions of a hotter planet, drawing on and expanding from work previously unavailable to general audiences. It demonstrates that climate change can and should be dealt with—and what could happen if we do not.

with Gernot Wagner, lead senior economist at the Environmental Defense Fund and also the author of But Will the Planet Notice?

Mycroft Holmes – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Barnes & Noble in Union Square, 33 E17th St. / 6PM, FREE
this six-time NBA Most Valuable Player, is the author of the New York Times bestseller Giant Steps, as well as Kareem and A Season on the Reservation. ANTHONY WALTON is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Mississippi, as well as the coauthor of Reverend Al Sharpton’s book Go and Tell the Pharoah.

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 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.

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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