NYC Events,”Only the Best” (07/12) + Today’s Featured Pub (Tribeca)

Today’s Super 7  NYC Events > WEDNESDAY/JULY 12, 2017

“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 NYC Events be sure to check the tab above: “Notable NYC Events-July”

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

Monty Alexander’s Junkanoo Swing (July 12-16)
Dizzy’s Club / 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $35
“With pianist Monty Alexander, bassist Hassan Shakur, drummer Obed Calvaire, electric bassist Joshua Thomas, guitarist Andy Bassford, drummer/percussionist Karl Wright, and special guests to be announced.

In a career spanning five decades, pianist Monty Alexander has built a reputation by exploring and bridging the worlds of American jazz, popular song, and the music of his native Jamaica. In the process, he has performed and recorded with artists from every corner of the musical universe and entertainment world, including Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Ray Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Clark Terry, Quincy Jones, Ernest Ranglin, Barbara Hendricks, Bobby McFerrin, Sly Dunbar, and Robbie Shakespeare. Combining classic, swinging jazz with the rhythms and vibrations of Jamaica, Alexander always makes good on his promise to “get everybody moving below the waist.”

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6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>Ron Carter
>>THE HEATH BROTHERS
>>Michael Gamble and the Rhythm Serenaders
>>Opening Skinner’s Box
>>Ronald Rand’s “CREATE! How Extraordinary People Live to Create and Create to Live”
>>Fear City: New York’s Fiscal Crisis and the Rise of Austerity Politics
>>French Restaurant Week  

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Ron Carter  (July 11-16)
Blue Note, 131 W. 3rd St./ 8Pm, +10:30PM, $30-$45
“Having recently turned eighty, the master bassist Carter is officially a jazz patriarch, though his nimble fingers and agile responsiveness regularly make light of the calendar. He’s joined here by another revered elder figure, the saxophonist Benny Golson, and by the fine younger trumpeter Wallace Roney.” (NewYorker)

Michael Gamble and the Rhythm Serenaders
Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center / 8PM, $17
“International swing scene veteran Michael Gamble and his Rhythm Serenaders are one of the most in-demand dance bands around. For this evening of swinging small-group repertoire, Gamble stacks the deck with an all-star lineup—including Jonathan Stout on guitar and Laura Windley on vocals—and offers a wide range of infectious 1930s–40s dance tunes and American songbook classics.

This evening features a free dance lesson from 5:30 to 6:00 pm that is accessible to people with limited mobility and will include seated versions of every dance. The lesson will be led by instructors from the Mark Morris Dance Group’s Dance for PD program, which specializes in creatively addressing balance, cognition, motor skills, and physical confidence through dance. All are welcome to participate, and guests are encouraged to purchase tickets to the dance floor afterward.

Fashion Contest To compete for best-dressed prizes, be on the dance floor by 7:30 pm in your chicest swing-era vintage fashion.
Judges: Zoe Beery, Voon Chew, and Mutsumi Gee
Prizes: Tickets to Midsummer Night Swing 2018 and more”

AND FOR MEMBERS / FRIENDS OF LINCOLN CENTER
Wine Down Wednesday
Bubbly Bar: Hearst Plaza at Lincoln Center / 6PM
“Toast to summer with complimentary rosé and good company at Lincoln Center’s outdoor pop-up lounge.
Rosé generously provided by Wölffer Estate Vineyard.”

THE HEATH BROTHERS (July 11-16)
at the Village Vanguard / 8:30 and 10:30PM, $30
“The saxophonist Jimmy and the drummer Albert Heath (known as Tootie) have been touring and recording since bebop’s heyday in the 1940s and ’50s. In 1975 they formed the Heath Brothers, along with their bassist brother Percy, who died in 2005; over the years the band has maintained a swinging, straight-ahead sound while allowing for the occasional nod to funk, soul and West African music. Jimmy Heath, 90, is one of jazz’s most revered living composers, and the band often draws upon his bright, silvery originals.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

Opening Skinner’s Box (Jul 10–12)
Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College/ 8PM, $35+
“Why do we love? When would we kill? How do we learn? Why do we believe in the unbelievable?

With their trademark mix of wit, insight, and inventive stagecraft, Britain’s Improbable theater company takes us on a “fascinating, if at times alarming” (Times, U.K.) tour of ten famous 20th-century psychological experiments, starting with B.F. Skinner’s notorious rat boxes. Inspired by Lauren Slater’s acclaimed book, Opening Skinner’s Box is a time-traveling dialogue with the audacious scientists who set out to unlock the secrets of human behavior. Amidst ethically questionable methods, shocking results, and blinding biases, one thing becomes abundantly clear: Everything we thought we knew about ourselves is wrong.”

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

Book Event/Panel Discussion: Ronald Rand’s “CREATE! How Extraordinary People Live to Create and Create to Live”
Barnes & Noble – Union Square, 33 E. 17th St./ 6PM, FREE
“U.S. Goodwill Cultural Ambassador Ronald Rand leads an all-star night looking at the heart of creativity. Actor Brian Cox joins an all-star panel that also includes a painter, a singer, a sculptor, and theatre pros.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

“CREATE! published by Wyatt-Mackenzie Publishing, is curated by International Goodwill Ambassador & best-selling author, Ronald Rand — features over 100 rare interviews sharing extraordinary artists’ insights on the process of creativity and the importance of the arts for humankind.”

Fear City: New York’s Fiscal Crisis and the Rise of Austerity Politics
Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 Fifth Ave./ 6:30PM, FREE
With Kim Phillips-Fein, author of “Invisible Hands,” and an associate professor of American history in the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University.
“This illustrated lecture provides an epic, riveting history of New York City on the edge of disaster―and an anatomy of the austerity politics that continue to shape the world today.”

Let’s not forget these marvelous continuing events:

French Restaurant Week  (thru July 16)
VARIOUS HOURS AND LOCATIONS
“Can’t make it to Paris this summer? Do the next best thing and eat like a Parisian in your own city. Part of a full slate of Bastille Week festivities, the annual French Restaurant Week is an opportunity to taste your way through some of the city’s best bistros and brasseries. Special prix-fixe menus will be available at dinner (and at lunch, at some locations) at dozens of spots across the area, including Le Cirque and La Sirene (in Manhattan) and Bar Omar (in Brooklyn). Three menu options may be available at each: $17.89, $38, or $178.90. At Les Halles, for instance, they forgo the top-price option but offer a glass of wine and a choice of housemade pork confit spread or merguez au couscous for $17.89; for $38 there, you can pick an appetizer (salad or garlic-butter roasted escargots), an entreé (coq au vin or roast trout in a lemon-caper sauce), along with a glass of wine. It’s enough to make you say oh là là.” (Mary Bakija, VillageVoice)

New York Asian Film Festival (thru July 16)
“Catch more than 50 new films, including blockbusters, art films and beautiful historical dramas, plus appearances from more than 20 international filmmakers at this 17-day festival. This year’s stellar lineup, which features films hailing from Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, China and Southeast Asia, features films like Chinese romance Soul Mate on July 7, fantastical Japanese drama Vanishing Time: a Boy Who Returned on July 13, and wraps with the U.S. premiere of Jung Byung-gil’s acclaimed assassin film, The Villainess, on July 16.” (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:
(5 underground, classic jazz joints. all 6 within walking distance of each other):
Village Vanguard – UG, 178 7th Ave. South, villagevanguard.com, 212-255-4037
Blue Note – 131 W3rd St. nr 6th ave. bluenotejazz.com, 212-475-8592
55 Bar – basement @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 – UG, 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 60 million visitors last year and was TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2017.  Quality shows draw crowds.
Try to reserve seats for these top NYC events 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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