Selected Events (06/17) + Today’s Featured Pub (Tribeca)

Today’s Super 7 > FRIDAY / JUNE 17, 2016

“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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Have time for only one event today? Do this:

Duduka Da Fonseca Group featuring Anat Cohen (also Sat)
Kitano, 66 Park Ave @ 38th St./ 8PM +10PM, $32
Any chance to hear Anat Cohen, one of America’s great clarinet players, is a special treat not to be missed.
“Tonight’s showcase of samba jazz features an outstanding small group of musicians, Duduka da Fonseca (of Trio da Paz), Helio Alves, and vocalist Maucha Adnet – each a native of Brazil – who share an expertise in this music, and each member is internationally recognized for expanding the worlds of jazz and Latin music.”

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (through Sunday)
NYS/DHK Theater, Lincoln Center/ $50+
“One of America’s most popular dance companies concludes its spring season with five more performances. The “21st Century Voices” program includes works by Rennie Harris, Ronald K. Brown, Robert Battle and Kyle Abraham (Friday and Sunday afternoon). The “Bold Visions” program features a new work by Mauro Bigonzetti, one from Ulysses Dove, another by Mr. Battle and the Ailey staple “Revelations” (Saturday afternoon and Sunday evening). Saturday evening’s program comprises dances from Mr. Battle, Mr. Brown, the Ailey muse Judith Jamison and, again, “Revelations.” (Brian Schaefer-NYT)
Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. with an additional 2 p.m. performance on Saturday. Sunday at 3 and 7:30 p.m.

Rufus Wainwright Sings Judy Garland
Isaac Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall / 8PM, $
“In 1961, Judy Garland delivered a classic, bombastic run through the Great American Songbook at Carnegie Hall. Forty-five years later, Rufus Wainwright recreated the show note for note in the same building: “Not even Madonna, pop music’s ultimate provocateur, has attempted anything so ambitious,” Stephen Holden wrote in a 2006 review. On Friday, Mr. Wainwright brings his wit, poise and unflagging energy back to Carnegie for a revival of the revival. (His distinguished father, Loudon Wainwright III, performs at the Bell House on Monday.) (Chow-NYT)

Blue Note Jazz Festival (through June 30)
“This monthlong event rolls on with a mix of marquee names and crossover fare. Highlights in the coming week include the world-beating tenor saxophonist Kamasi Washington, in a free concert on Saturday at Central Park SummerStage; the Rebirth Brass Band at the Highline Ballroom on Sunday and at the Blue Note on Monday; and the pianist Robert Glasper at the Blue Note, appearing first with his trio (Tuesday and Wednesday) and then in a duo with another leading pianist, Jason Moran (Thursday and June 24). A full schedule is at bluenotejazzfestival.com.” (Chinen)

Ethan Iverson Quintet (thru June 19)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave. S., at 11th St./ 8:30PM, +10:30PM, $30
“As a member of the Bad Plus, the pianist and composer Iverson keeps his eye trained to the future; as an obsessive jazz fan, he reveres his elders, seizing any chance to play with honored musicians. Here he tangles with the great tenor saxophonist Houston Person, a soulful stylist who, in old-school form, can grease a blues song or offer a warm-bath ballad.” (NewYorker)

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

Cabaret Cinema: Rashômon
Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W17th St./ 9:30PM, $10
“Director Akira Kurosawa masterfully laces three different perspectives on the story of the murder of a Samurai warrior. Three men are forced to take refuge from the rain in the shell of a former gatehouse called Rashômon. After one of the men admits he knows more about the murder than he originally let on, Rashômon becomes a space of revelations and changes in perception.

This movie is often cited as the reason why the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences created the “Best Foreign Film” category.”

The Supermodel Era
The Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Ave./ 2PM, FREE with museum admission
“This talk focuses on the Supermodel era of the early nineties, and is led by Chris Gartrell, Senior Coordinator of Adult Programs, in conjunction with the exhibition Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History.”

Bonus:
River to River Festival (through June 26)
“This annual event is something of a performance-inspired scavenger hunt around Lower Manhattan, both confusing and delighting unsuspecting passers-by. This week, the witty Dance Heginbotham weaves through a harbor-side business complex; the captivating Eiko Otake continues her multiyear project “A Body in Places” on Governors Island; Okwui Okpokwasili takes inspiration from Nigerian women in the 1920s; the hip-hop dancer Ephrat Asherie collaborates with her jazz pianist brother, Ehud; and Will Rawls, left, nods to Balkan folklore. At various times and locations. lmcc.net/program/river-to-river.”(Schaefer-NYT)

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Bonus – Jazz Clubs:
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

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 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.
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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 it 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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This week’s fave and FREE NYCity AppS: 
Trip Advisor
An enormous base of NYCity user reviews (2.1 million) provides the widest coverage of hotels (468), restaurants (12,645) and things to do (yes, 3,246). Have a specific question? Then try one of Trip Advisor’s forums. Just remember that with all those reviews you have to try to find the consistency among the comments, and ignore the outliers.
OpenTable
Instantly locate restaurants near you with open reservations and then place a reservation right from your iOS device. A great interface and the ability to see a menu from the restaurant you’re interested in makes this my go to restaurant reservation app.
Subway Time 
Need to catch your #1,2,3 subway to attend an event? Use the Subway Time app from the MTA to find out when the next train arrives at your station. The MTA also has Bus Time info available on their mobile website.
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