Selected Events (10/21) + Today’s Featured Pub (Tribeca)

Today’s SWEET 6 > WEDNESDAY / OCT. 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.
(click on links for complete event info.)

Have time for only one event today? Do this:
Joe Jackson
Town Hall, 123 W. 43rd St./ 8PM, $49-$89
“Joe Jackson had an elegance about him even in his early “angry young man” phase. His first hit came in 1979 in the form of “Is She Really Going Out With Him?” Others, especially the snappy 1982 single “Steppin’ Out,” showcased an unusual sense of musicality that has grown more sophisticated in the decades since.

His new album “Fast Forward” draws from studio sessions in four cities close to Mr. Jackson’s musical heart: New York, Berlin, Amsterdam and New Orleans. Each song was recorded with musicians from the locale in question, and the nativist elements mesh well with Mr. Jackson’s urbane, cosmopolitan pop.” (WSJ)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts
Josie Long: ‘Cara Josephine’ (through Oct. 25)
SoHo Playhouse, 15 Vandam St./ 9PM, $25
“A gem of the British comedy scene, Ms. Long is a stand-up and storyteller who dwells in earnestness and optimism. “Cara Josephine,” perhaps the best-reviewed comedy show at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival, is a sweet and very funny hour about relationships, love and family.” (Czajkowski-NYT)

Fred Hersch (through Oct. 25)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave South, at 11th St./ 8:30 +10:30PM, $30
“Fred Hersch’s combo with bassist John Hébert and drummer Eric McPherson is one of the quintessential NYC piano trios. As you can hear on last year’s Floating, the band manages to sound at once archetypal and individualistic, and this run at one of Hersch’s favorite rooms is the perfect place to savor its elegant chemistry.” (TONY)

Ignacio Berroa Celebrates Dizzy Gillespie
Dizzy’s Club,Jazz at Lincoln Center, 60th St./Broadway, 7:30,+9:30PM, $40
“Mr. Berroa is an authoritative Cuban drummer who worked steadily with Dizzy Gillespie during the last dozen years of that trumpeter’s life and career. For this tribute to his former mentor, in the club that bears his name, Mr. Berroa joins forces with the trumpeter Jon Faddis, perhaps the world’s most devoted Gillespieologist.” (Chinen-NYT)

José Limón Dance Company (through Oct. 25)
Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue, at 19th St./ $10 and up
“José Limón is a pillar of American modern dance, though perhaps the most unassuming of them. The work of the Mexican-born choreographer is celebrated for its proud nobility, palpable spirituality and high drama. Marking its 70th anniversary, the company that bears his name presents 15 works spanning three decades, from 1942 until Limón’s death in 1972. The works will be performed by companies and academies from around the United States, as well as South America, Europe and Asia.” (NYT-Schaefer)

Program C: Oct 21 at 7:30pm; Oct 22 at 8pm
Mazurkas, performed by sjDANCEco; Carlota, performed by Limón Dance Company; There is a Time, performed by American Repertory Ballet

Smart Stuff / Other
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)
Archtober (Oct. 01-31)
This month offers a prime opportunity to honor the beauty of the NYCity skyline with Archtober, a festival of tours, talks and exhibitions exploring the city’s architecture. In addition, the festival showcases a different building each day.
Today’s Building of the Day:
Cary Leeds Center for Tennis & Learning
Crotona Park, Bronx (Tour Time: 12PM/$10)
“Explore this award-winning tennis center in the heart of the Bronx’s Crotona Park! The new flagship for Arthur Ashe’s New York Junior Tennis & Learning program, the center will serve an estimated 30,000 students in the South Bronx. Conceptually, the venue is designed as a series of platforms—both for viewing tennis, from beginner to professional level—and metaphorically a platform to encourage afterschool learning—a project to create the opportunity for inner city kids to experience success on the tennis court, as well as in life.

The Cary Leeds Center received the 30th Annual Award for Excellence in Design by the New York City Public Design Commission.”
For all other events today check out the calendar at archtober.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:
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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