Today’s Sweet 6 > FRIDAY / JUNE 03, 2016
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Have time for only one event today? Do this:
Stars in the Alley
Shubert Alley—shortcut between 44th and 45th Streets, just west of Broadway /
“Broadway’s biggest annual feast, the Tony Awards telecast, is on Sunday, June 12. But first: Broadway’s annual tasting buffet! Since the late 1980s, performers from shows on the Great White Way have gathered in Shubert Alley—the poster-lined shortcut between 44th and 45th Streets, just west of Broadway—for a free afternoon concert known as Stars in the Alley. This year’s edition is on Friday, June 3, from 12:30pm to 2:30pm. Alley-oop!”
Nearly every show currently on Broadway will be represented. Sean Hayes, currently starring in An Act of God, will cohost the event with CBS Sunday Morning wag Mo Rocca. The stars scheduled to shine include Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Heather Headley, Michael Shannon, Billy Porter, Danny Burstein, James Monroe Iglehart, Beth Malone and Carmen Cusack. School of Rock costars Alex Brightman and Sierra Boggess will cover it live on Twitter and Instagram. (TONY)
Music, Dance, Performing Arts
Ballet BC (through June 5)
Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Ave./ 7:30PM, $35, $50 (try the $35 loge seats, they are fine.)
“There’s constant hand-wringing about the dearth of female directors and choreographers in ballet. So it’s a welcome statement that this Canadian troupe, celebrating its 30th year and making its first Joyce appearance since 1998, arrives with a program by three exceptional women.
“Solo Echo” comes from the riveting Crystal Pite, an alumna of the company; “Bill” is a funky and surreal dance party by Sharon Eyal, who is Israeli; and “16+ a room” is by Emily Molnar, also a company alumna and the artistic director since 2009.” (Schaefer-NYT)
Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 and 7:30 p.m.
Russell Malone Quartet (through June 5)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave. South/ 8:30PM, +10:30PM, $30
“The title of Mr. Malone’s new album, “All About Melody,” could be reasonably understood as his artistic credo. A guitarist of taste and tradition, along with a brisk technique that he applies with careful restraint, he appears next week with the album’s supportive rhythm team: the pianist Rick Germanson, the bassist Luke Sellick and the drummer Willie Jones III.” (Chinen-NYT)
Scofield, Mehldau, Guiliana (through June 5)
Blue Note, 131 W3rd St./ 8PM, +10:30PM, $40, $55
“The guitarist Scofield is no one’s idea of a jazz purist—thankfully. Here he mixes it up with the piano titan Mehldau and the widely admired drummer Guiliana, who was recently heard on David Bowie’s “Blackstar.” The omnivorously eclectic trouble these three get into will be worth the price of admission.” (NewYorker)
Smart Stuff / Other
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other
World Science Festival (through June 5)
“Science will transform the future,” says Brian Greene, co-founder of this annual festival. It’ll certainly transform the city over these five days, with fifty events, in a myriad of venues, bringing together the brightest minds across the fields of biology, medicine, technology, and more to show how deeply science is embedded in our daily city life. Attendees can stargaze in Brooklyn Bridge Park with the astronaut Anna Fisher; catch, count, and release fish in the waters surrounding the boroughs; debate the ethics and morals of artificial intelligence; or just quietly take in the spread of talks and screenings scheduled in museums and lecture halls throughout the week. (worldsciencefestival.com)” (NewYorker)
Ticket buyers will be contacted concerning the meeting location.
New Taste of the Upper West Side’s Surf and Turf Event (also June 4)
O’Shea Schoolyard (Columbus Avenue and W77th St.) / 7PM-10PM
“Dive into summer-inspired bites from more than 45 restaurants and chefs including April Bloomfield, who will debut a few sample bites from her upcoming restaurant. Guests can also enjoy bites from new neighborhood-area restaurants like Playa Betty and Han Dynasty, with old favorites like Shake Shack returning this year. Ticket offers start at $92.50 for a pair.” (VillageVoice)
Celebrate National Doughnut Day with free samples at Krispy Kreme outlets, and Entenmann’s in Union Square Park. OR
Check out Broadway Bites in Greeley Square, where a mix of chefs, artisans and baristas will be offering up their best stuff.
Bonus – Jazz Venues:
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 (all six are within walking distance of each other):
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
Mezzrow – basement @ 163 W10th St. nr 7th Ave. mezzrow.com,646-476-4346
Smalls – basement @ 183 W10th St. smallslive.com, 646-476-4346
Cornelia Street Cafe – 29 Cornelia St. corneliastreetcafe.com, 212-989-9319
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 58 million visitors last year and was TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2016. 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
“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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