Today’s Fab 5 NYC Events > TUESDAY / AUGUST 02, 2016
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Have time for only one NYC event today? Do this:
Geri Allen Quintet (through Aug. 7)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th St./ 8:30PM, +10:30PM, $30
“Geri Allen, long one of the finest postbop pianists of her generation, has become a force in jazz education and a conscientious steward of jazz history. Additionally, she remains a composer, arranger and bandleader of considerable resources. In this group, she will call on the tenor saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, the bassist Kenny Davis and the drummer Victor Lewis — as well as her son, the trumpeter Wallace Roney Jr., a serious up-and-comer now studying at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.” (Chinen-NYT)
Music, Dance, Performing Arts
Voxfest (Aug 2-4)
Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia St./
You may not recognize all the singers in this intriguing festival—curated by the gifted and nurturing singer and teacher Deborah Latz—but each brings a compelling presence to the stage while reminding us that New York remains a hothouse for jazz vocal talent.” (NewYorker)
Provincial Dances Theater / Rosie Herrera Dance Theater
Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Ave./ 7:30PM, $
“A shared week, presented by the American Dance Festival, opens with the New York début of the Russian company Provincial Dances Theatre (Aug. 1-3). In “Sepia,” choreographed by Tatiana Baganova and inspired by Kobo Abe’s novel “The Woman in the Dunes,” streams of sand rain down on the dancers.
Rosie Herrera, a Miami-based artist, brings her company (Aug. 4-6) to perform “Carne Viva,” a short première that sets passion against anomie, along with her “Various Stages of Drowning: A Cabaret,” an episodic piece that uneasily crosses watered-down surrealism and violence reminiscent of Pina Bausch with jokey skits born in South Beach drag clubs.” (NewYorker)
Smart Stuff / Other NYC Events
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other
Chasing the Last Laugh: Mark Twain’s Raucous and Redemptive Round-the-World Comedy Tour
Mid Manhattan Public Library/ 6:30PM, FREE
“With Richard Zacks, bestselling author of “Island of Vice” and “The Pirate Hunter.
This illustrated lecture presents a rich and lively account of how Mark Twain’s late-life adventures abroad helped him recover from financial disaster and family tragedy—and revived his world-class sense of humor.”
AMNH Presents: Grand Illusion, Celestial Motions
American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th St./ 7PM, $15
“Why does the Sun appear to move across the sky, when in fact it remains stationary in our solar system? Why do the constellations appear different in the Northern versus Southern hemispheres? Rutgers astronomer Ted Williams guides you through patterns of celestial motion and explores how our location on Earth determines what we observe in the sky.”
PLUS: EAT & DRINK
NYCity Restaurant Week Summer 2016 (July 25 – Aug 19, 2016)
Enjoy gourmet, 3-course $29 lunch and $42 dinner at 380 participating NYC Restaurant Week restaurants. (Saturdays excluded; Sundays optional. Beverages, gratuities and taxes are not included).
Where to get the best Restaurant Week deals?
See Georgia Kral’s recommendations in AMNY.
OR Zagat’s 8 NYC Restaurant Week Reservations to Make Right Now
OR Thrillist’s advice on the best deals.
OR TimeOutNewYork’s picks of the top Restaurant Week restaurants.
OR CBS Local’s Best Deals in Manhattan.
Reservations are definitely recommended. Mangia!
Bonus NYC Events – 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
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 for these top NYC events 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 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.
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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