Today’s Sweet6 NYC Events > THURSDAY / SEPT 15, 2016
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FEAST OF SAN GENNARO (through Sept. 25)
Mulberry Street, from Houston St. to Canal St.
“This annual festival, a tribute to the patron saint of Naples, returns to Little Italy for its 90th edition. Highlights include the traditional cannoli- and meatball-eating contests. (Tony Danza will host the meatball competition.) The celebration will begin on Thursday with a musical performance and a blessing. Additional events at various times and locations; more information at sangennaro.org.” (NYT-AroundTown)
Music, Dance, Performing Arts
TONY BENNETT CELEBRATES 90
Radio City Music Hall / 7PM, $84+
Tony Bennett, whose life began in the Jazz Age, has witnessed the birth of rock ’n’ roll, the fall of disco and hip-hop’s fast climb to pop cultural primacy. Yet if the title of his coming book, “Just Getting Started,” is any indication, Mr. Bennett has no intention of slowing down. He will mark his recent 90th birthday with the help of famous friends and heavyweights, including Stevie Wonder and Lady Gaga, who will treat audiences to solo, duet and medley performances at Radio City Music Hall. With Andrea Bocelli, Michael Bublé, K.D. Lang, Diana Krall and more.” (Paula Melia-NYT)
NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC (through Sept. 17)
David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center/ 7:30PM, $
Hometown pride is the theme of the Philharmonic’s coming season. It will also color this installment of the Art of the Score festival, with two landmark New York movies shown with live orchestral accompaniment. “West Side Story,” with music by the Philharmonic’s own Leonard Bernstein conducted by David Newman, will open the festivities on Tuesday, with screenings through Thursday. (Woody Allen’s “Manhattan,” with a typically omnivorous score conducted by Alan Gilbert, will follow on Sept. 16 and 17.)” (da Fonseca-Wollheim-NYT)
Smart Stuff / Other NYC Events
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other
StarTalk Live! with Neil deGrasse Tyson and Co-Host Eugene Mirman
Beacon Theatre, 2124 Broadway/ 8PM, $37.50+
“Curious about what it takes to bring back those stunning shots of the cosmos? Carolyn Porco is the leader of the imaging science team on the Cassini mission, orbiting Saturn now, and she’ll join comedian Michael Ian Black, musician and actor Sean Lennon, and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson for a live edition of StarTalk at the Beacon Theatre.” (ThoughtGallery.org)
Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour (I’ll be there):
(subway:#2,3 express to Grand Army Plaza)
A Cultural History of Rock’n’Roll
Brooklyn Brainery, 190 Underhill Ave. (Bklyn)/ 6:30PM, $10
“Since its official “birth” in 1955, the music called rock has marked itself as an expression of rebellion for generations.
In this class we will be using an anthropological lens to explore the cultural and political history of rock’n’roll as it has been created and experienced in America. We will also take an historic journey through some of the sights and sounds of this influential musical genre.” (ThoughtGallery.org)
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.
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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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