Selected Events (12/06) + Today’s Featured Pub (Tribeca)

Today’s SWEET 6 > SUNDAY / DEC. 06, 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 more complete event info.)

Have time for only one event today? Do this:
The Metropolitan Opera National Council Holiday Sing-A-Long
Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, near Thompson St./ $30-$40
“The Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, which selects young opera singers through regional competition, is hosting this holiday event featuring audition finalists and the soprano Erin Morley. Traditional carols, modern songs and opera will be performed. Children are especially welcome to the early show, at 6 p.m.; a second show begins at 9 p.m.” (NYT-SpareTimes)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts
Jay Campbell
Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall,/ 7:30PM; FREE
“Juilliard grad and cellist extraordinaire Jay Campbell shows off his diversity of passions in a wide-ranging performance, with pieces from the established avant garde of Pierre Boulez and Elliott Carter, to downtown champions David Lang and John Zorn, to compositions by members of Einstürzende Neubauten and Radiohead.” (TONY)

Fourplay: ‘Blue & Silver Holiday Celebration’ (through Dec. 6)
Blue Note, 131 W3rd St./ 8PM, +10:30PM, $30 bar; $45 tables
“Fourplay, a gleaming standard-bearer for smooth jazz, is celebrating its 25th anniversary with an aptly titled new album, “Silver,” and a related tour. The band still features three of its accomplished charter members — the pianist Bob James, the bassist Nathan East and the drummer Harvey Mason — alongside the well-traveled guitarist Chuck Loeb.” (Chinen-NYT)

Lena Hall: The Villa Satori—Growing Up Haight Ashbury (thru Dec. 7)
Feinstein’s/54 Below, 254 W54th St./ 7PM, $60-$70
“After belting her face off for years in Off Broadway theaters and downtown rock clubs, Hall hit the big time in 2014 with her Tony-winning turn as Yitzhak in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. In her latest solo show (her 54 Below debut) she looks back on her hippie childhood and shows off her astonishing vocal range in an eclectic selection of songs.”(TONY)

Pilobolus (LAST DAY)
Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, 566 La Guardia Place,
at Washington Square South/ 7PM, $
“A girl on the verge of womanhood falls asleep and wakes up in a surreal fantasy world. Nope, not “The Nutcracker” (though stay tuned). This is “Shadowland,” a new adventure from Pilobolus receiving its United States premiere. In collaboration with Steven Banks, a writer of “SpongeBob SquarePants,” the company delivers a mix of theatrical spectacle and physical inventiveness soaked in wonder. As per its title, “Shadowland” showcases two-dimensional silhouettes formed by creative contortions of the body.” (Schaefer-NYT)
Saturday at 2 and 8PM., Sunday at 2PM

Smart Stuff / Other
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)
Meatball & Beer Chowdown
Houston Hall, / 2–7PM; $35
“Time Out New York hosts this first ever balls-and-brews extravaganza featuring meaty creations from eight purveyors, including Houston Hall, the Atwood and Crave.NY. After filling up on the gut-busting creations, wash it all down with suds from Greenpoint Beer Works in Clinton Hill.

Taste your way through creative takes on this hearty classic from 5 restaurants and enjoy craft brews by Greenpoint Beer Works, the brewery for Houston Hall.
When purchasing tickets, you can choose from three sessions (Noon-2pm; 2:30-4:30pm; or 5pm-7pm). Your ticket includes 5 meatball tastings and two drink tickets that can be redeemed for any craft beer or house wine at Houston Hall. Additional beverages available for purchase.” (TONY)

Meatball & Beer Chowdown Restaurants:
Houston Hall
The Ainsworth
Brother Jimmy’s BBQ
Atwood Kitchen & Bar Room
crave.it”

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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