Selected Events (10/07) + Today’s Featured Pub (Tribeca)

Today’s SUPER 7 > WEDNESDAY / OCT. 07, 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

Fall for Dance (through Oct. 11)
NY City Center, 131 West 55th St./ 8PM, $20
“This popular, packed-to-the-gills festival rolls out three more programs this week, with four companies on each. Program 3 (Tuesday and Wednesday) features Companhia Urbana de Danca, Houston Ballet, the Paul Taylor Dance Company and the modern dance and ballet superstars Fang-Yi Sheu and Herman Cornejo.” (Burke-NYT)

Karrin Allyson (through Oct. 10)
Birdland, 315 W44th St. / 8:30PM +11PM, $
“Allyson is a gently swinging singer whose peripatetic musical wanderings have found her flitting from France to Brazil and disparate jazz points between. Her album “Many a New Day: Karrin Allyson Sings Rodgers & Hammerstein” reimagines well-worn favorites associated with “South Pacific,” “The Sound of Music,” and “Oklahoma.” (NewYorker)

Cécile McLorin Salvant
Ginny’s Supper Club, 310 Lenox Avenue, Harlem / 7:30; 9:30PM, $25 “Ms. Salvant, 26, is the most widely and fervently acclaimed jazz singer of her generation, and on her new album, “For One to Love,” she deepens her game, delving into original songs. This one-nighter uptown won’t include the pianist Adam Diehl, her astute musical director and partner, but it will feature the august bassist Rufus Reid, along with Adam Birnbaum on piano and Joe Farnsworth on drums.” (Chinen-NYT)

Tom Harrell (through Oct. 18, except Oct. 12)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave. S., at 11th St./
“With his First Impressions ensemble, the estimable trumpeter and composer Tom Harrell augments a standard jazz quintet with a guitar, cello, and violin—in effect, a compact string section. Harrell is a veteran player who seems to be getting more adventurous as he ages. (NewYorker)

Smart Stuff / Other
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)

Comics and the Jews (to celebrate NYCC Super Week)
Center for Jewish History, 15W16th St (btw5/6 ave) / 6:30pm; $10,
“Superman, Spider-Man, the X-Men and many more of your favorite superheroes were created by Jewish artists and writers in New York City’s pre- and post-war years. Learn about how Jewish creators have influenced the mammoth comic book industry and bid on an original comic book created by Rich Buckler, Jerry Ordway, Joe Staton, Roy Thomas and Ellen Weiss.” (TONY)

Slice Out Hunger
Shrine Church of St. Anthony of Padua, 155 Sullivan St, at Houston St./ 6PM, $1 a slice
“Eating pizza and banding together for a good cause are two things that New Yorkers do exceptionally well. At Wednesday’s seventh annual Slice Out Hunger charity feast, you’ll have the chance to do both with over 50 of Gotham’s top pizza counters—including Di Fara, Lombardi’s, Emily and Roberta’s—hawking their cheesy wares for just a dollar each. The nearly 1,000 pies are all donated, so proceeds go directly towards funding Food Bank for New York City’s hunger-combatting initiatives.” (TONY)

New York Super Week (through Oct. 11)
“This festival is a sort of warm-up act and partner for New York Comic Con, which begins on Thursday, and will turn the city into a playground for fans of super heroes, vampires, zombies — typical Comic Con fare. There are dozens of events, from comedy shows and concerts to food tastings and lectures, planned covering a broad range of locations and topics. The lineup is at newyorksuperweek.com.” (NYT-SpareTimes)

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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