Selected Events (07/17) + Today’s Featured Pub (Tribeca)

Today’s Sweet 6 > SUNDAY / JULY 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.
For future events be sure to check the tab above: “Annual Events / July”

Have time for only one event today? Do this:

Rubin Museum Block Party 2016
Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W17th St./ 1-4PM, FREE
includes free admission to the museum
“Join the Rubin for a celebration inspired by the exhibition Nepalese Seasons: Rain and Ritual. Activities and performances will celebrate Nepal’s festivals, nature, and culture with connections to the art and ideas of the region.” (ThoughtGallery.org)
Art Making
Museum Tours and Gallery Search
Musical and Dance Performances
Refreshments

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

“Summergarden: New Music for New York”
Museum of Modern Art, 11 W53rd St./ Garden opens at 7, Concert begins at 8; FREE
“Members of the New Juilliard Ensemble led by conductor Joel Sachs will perform in MoMA’s Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden as part of the museum’s Summergarden series on Sunday night. The series, titled “New Music for New York,” will take place over the course of four evenings and will offer “adventurous contemporary” musical selections. Summergarden, established in 1971, seeks to continue the MoMA’s history of presenting jazz and classical music in the Sculpture Garden. Although the exhibition galleries are closed, the Garden Bar will be open and offer a selection of light fare as well as wine, craft beer and cocktails.” (the Observer)
Tonight: Jazz Concert I: Elliot Mason & Creation

International Keyboard Institute and Festival (through July 31)
Kaye Playhouse, Hunter College, 68th St., btw Lexington/Park Ave./8PM, $
For pianists and their fans, for those who love piano music and for everything piano-related, the 18th season of the International Keyboard Institute and Festival will open on Sunday at Hunter College. True to tradition, the festival offers recitals (sometimes two a day) by acclaimed as well as emerging pianists, lectures, master classes and a competition. The founding director, Jerome Rose, will open the series with a recital on Sunday night.” (Anthony Tommasini-NYT)

Summer on the Hudson: Amplified Sundays – DeLeon
Pier I in Riverside Park South, W70th St./ 7PM, FREE
“Enjoy vibrantly-danceable live music accompanied by a spectacular sunset over the Hudson River! Join us every Sunday in July!

DeLeon – indie rock band plays Sephardic folk songs in a modern context. The band is named for 12th century Kabalistic philosopher Moses de León and the great-grandfather of front man Daniel Saks, Giorgio DeLeon.”

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:
‘Gabe Liedman Send’
Bell House, 149 Seventh Street, Gowanus, Brooklyn/ 8PM, $
“Mr. Liedman, a writer for “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and “Inside Amy Schumer,” is a brilliantly funny stand-up and a fantastic storyteller. Here, he’s supported by John Early and Michelle Collins.” (Czajkowski-NYT)

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

Elsewhere, but this looks too tasty to miss and worth the detour:
Grace American Jerk Festival
Roy Wilkins Park, Queens / 12-8PM, $30
“New York’s biggest Caribbean food festival is turning up the heat, showcasing the signature Jamaican cooking style featuring hot and spicy seasonings. Enjoy a jerk cook-off, bites from more than 20 vendors, and plenty of reggae and soca music.” (EpochTimes)

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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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