Selected NYC Events (10/01) + Today’s Featured Pub (Tribeca)

Today’s Top 10 NYC Events > SATURDAY / OCT 01, 2016

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Have time for only one NYC Event today? Do this:

JOHN SCOFIELD (through Oct. 2)
Blue Note, 131 W3rd St./ 8PM, +10:30PM, $20-$35
“For his latest project, “Country for Old Men,” the guitarist didn’t exactly run down to Nashville and start cutting duets with the likes of Kenny Chesney. What he did do was transform some favorite country songs into jazz excursions for a crack ensemble featuring longtime collaborators, including the celebrated electric bassist Steve Swallow and the keyboardist Larry Goldings. The result is a clever genre mashup; it’s not every day that you hear Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” transformed into a stirring jazz-waltz jam.” (NewYorker)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

RON CARTER (last day)
Birdland, 315 W44th St./ 8:30PM, +11pm, $40
“Carter, the top bassist of his era, has never been shy about training the spotlight on his virtuosic abilities, even when he’s playing with the fully stocked big band that he occasionally leads. Grounded by the imperturbable pulse of this ever-in-demand craftsman (Carter has been heard on more than two thousand recordings), the band swings mightily.” (NewYorker)

A Cappella Along the Hudson
Wagner Park, Battery Park City/ 1-5PM, FREE
“Some of the best college a cappella groups in New York and beyond showcase their pitch perfect harmonies for several hours along the Hudson.’ (DNAINFO.COM)

“Join us for an autumn celebration of intricately woven harmonies along the Hudson River. Many of the finest college a cappella groups in New York and beyond will showcase their pitch-perfect vocal renditions from a diverse variety of musical genres.”

Tedeschi Trucks Band (also October 1, 4, 5, 7 & 8)
Beacon Theatre, Broadway & 74th St./ 8PM, $30+
“Tedeschi Trucks Band will continue their Beacon Theatre tradition of multiple-night residencies for the sixth consecutive year with the greatest number of shows to date. The 12-piece band led by husband and wife Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi have performed at the Beacon Theatre since 2011, and this year’s run has expanded to six shows with special guest openers Amy Ray (9/30), Dave Mason (10/4), and Jorma Kaukonen (10/5). Select weekend nights (10/1, 10/7, 10/8) will feature TTB performing two full sets with no openers.

The return to the Beacon adds to the Grammy Award-winning band’s growing legacy of delivering a one-of-a-kind, unforgettable performances in New York City. Last year, during its sold-out 4-night run, the ensemble debuted numerous new songs, changed up their set lists nightly for fans and played host to brilliant surprise collaborations with guests Jon Batiste, Rosanne Cash, Charles Bradley and David Hidalgo.”

HENRY THREADGILL’S ZOOID (through Oct. 2)
Village Vanguard, 178 7th Avenue South, at 11th St./ 8:30PM, +10:30PM, $30
“Mr. Threadgill recently won a well-deserved Pulitzer Prize for music, on the strength of his assuredly spiky 2015 album, “In for a Penny, In for a Pound.” He’ll be at the Village Vanguard this week with the same band featured on the album: Zooid, a blazingly intuitive chamber-improv unit with Liberty Ellman on guitar, Jose Davila on tuba, Christopher Hoffman on cello and Elliot Kavee on drums.” (Chinen-NYT)

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:
Taylor Mac: A 24-Decade History of Popular Music
St. Ann’s Warehouse, 45 water St.DUMBO/ 7:30PM, $56
“A Fabergé radical—beautiful, ridiculous and full of hidden tricks—the sublimely freakish Taylor Mac pilots audiences through fantastical journeys, guided only by the compass of his magnetic individuality. In the culmination of a project that has been in the works for five years, the performer surveys the past 250 years of American music, first in eight three-hour installments and then, on October 8, as a 24-hour marathon.” (TONY)

BONUS DANCE EVENTS:

FALL FOR DANCE (through Oct. 8)
City Center, 131 W55th St./ 8PM, all seats $15
“The best sampler platter of dance in town — and of the year, for that matter — continues with Program 3 on Friday and Saturday, featuring Compagnie Accrorap, a French troupe mixing street dance and acrobatics; the tapper Ayodele Casel in a solo dedicated to unsung female dancers; Hong Kong Ballet with a work by Jorma Elo; and Bangarra Dance Theater from Australia, telling stories of that country’s indigenous peoples (2:05). On Wednesday and Thursday, in Program 4, Jessica Lang presents a work inspired by architecture; Royal Ballet Flanders offers “Fall,” an ode to the season by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui; Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater presents the seminal solo “Cry”; and the Sarasota Ballet performs Frederick Ashton’s “Marguerite and Armand” (2:15).” (Schaefer-NYT)

NEW YORK CITY BALLET (through Oct. 16)
NYS / DHK Theater, Lincoln Center/ at various times, $
“City Ballet’s season continues with George Balanchine’s shimmering triptych “Jewels” (Friday, Saturday matinee, Sunday) and encores for new works by the company members Justin Peck, Lauren Lovette and Peter Walker, as well as Annabelle Lopez Ochoa. Accompanying them is Mr. Peck’s exhilarating “Everywhere We Go” from 2014 (Saturday evening and Wednesday). Tuesday and Thursday’s program honors American composers, with Jerome Robbins’s “Glass Pieces,” referring to Philip Glass; Peter Martins’s “Thou Swell,” a jazzy fling to Richard Rodgers; and Balanchine’s patriotic “Stars and Stripes,” to the music of John Philip Sousa.” (Schaefer-NYT)

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

ARCHTOBER (through Oct. 31)
“Tours, talks, exhibitions — it’s difficult to keep track of all the events going on during New York’s annual monthlong celebration of architecture and design. Each day features a “building of the day,” with a tour. Make reservations early; coveted tours, like one of the Lowline underground-park site, are already sold out. You can still get into a tour of the New York State Pavilion, designed by Philip Johnson for the 1964-65 World’s Fair in Flushing, Queens (Thursday at noon). Other highlights for the coming week include daily architecture boat tours and “The Stories They Tell: Trees of Steel,” a lecture about the architectural history of the World Trade Center site (Monday at noon, National September 11 Memorial & Museum).” (NYT-AroundTown)

TODAY: A tour of the architecture of the South Street Seaport begins at the South Street Seaport Museum in Lower Manhattan/ 3PM, $15

ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN FILM FESTIVAL (through Sunday)
Cinépolis Chelsea, 260 W23rd St./ various times, $
“This niche, but informative, festival began on Wednesday and continues through the weekend with a lineup that looks to architecture’s past — “Peter Behrens: A Pioneer in Architecture” (Friday at 9:15 p.m.) and “Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future” (Sunday at 8:30 p.m.) — as well as the present, including a program that explores the homes of contemporary architects, “Where Architects Live” (Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.).”

The 54th New York Film Festival (thru Oct.16)
Alice Tully Hall, various times
“Founded in 1963, as the auteur theory and European cinematic modernism were crashing upon the shores of American film culture, the New York Film Festival continues to introduce audiences to the most exciting, innovative and accomplished works of world cinema. Join us as North America’s second oldest film festival marks its 54th edition with 17 days of exciting world premieres, award winners from Cannes, Berlin and Venice, retrospective screenings, spotlights on emerging filmmakers, panels, galas and much more!”
09/30/2016 The 54th New York Film Festival
10/01/2016 Gimme Danger
10/13/2016 Pablo Larraín’s Jackie
10/15/2016 New York Film Festival Closing Night – Lost City of Z

Lincoln Center Autumn Crafts Festival (also Sunday and Oct.08,09)
This festival in its 27th year, will be held rain or shine in Hearst Plaza, Columbus Avenue and 64th Street, on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. FREE ADMISSION. 280 juried craft displays, craft demonstrations, live entertainment, and delicious food! craftsatlincoln.org

Elsewhere, but these look worth the detours:
GRUB STREET FOOD FESTIVAL
Essex Street at Hester Street / 11AM-5PM,
“This tasting event — put on by New York magazine’s food website, Grub Street — returns to the Hester Street Fair on the Lower East Side with more than 50 vendors. Come with an empty stomach and clear priorities: Among the restaurants taking part are indulgent gems like Melt Bakery, Babu Ji and Red Hook Lobster Pound. A Heineken-sponsored beer garden will broadcast college football (for those so inclined), and live music will be performed throughout the day.”(NYT-AroundTown)

NYC Craft Coffee Festival
Villain, 50 N3rd St. Bklyn/ starts 9AM, $35-$45
“Kicking off this year’s NYC Coffee Week is a Kings County festival of beans, boasting blends from more than twenty different small-batch roasters and independent cafés, including Ithaca’s Gimme! Coffee, Toby’s Estate in Brooklyn and East Harlem’s Uptown Roasters. Coffee samples are unlimited, but another 10 bucks gets you an extra hour of caffeinating. Beyond brews, snack on for-purchase biscuits and scones from Brooklyn Biscuit Company and puffy bites from Doughnut Plant, and kick back to live vocals from local outfits like Ida Blue and DJ Joe Crisp.” (TONY)

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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

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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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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