NYC Events,”Only the Best” (10/26) + Today’s Featured Pub (Tribeca)

“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 better check the tab above: “Notable NYC Events-OCTOBER”
It’s the most comprehensive list of top events this month that you will find anywhere.
Carefully curated from “Only the Best” NYC event info on the the web, it’s a simply superb resource that will help you plan your NYC visit all through the month.

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

‘THE RED SHOES’  (Oct. 26 through Nov. 5 at various times).
at New York City Center / 7:30PM, $35+
“Matthew Bourne/New Adventures returns to New York City Center with his first new production in four years. An adaptation of the treasured Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger film, “The Red Shoes” explores Victoria Page’s battle between life and art. The New Adventures dancers Ashley Shaw and Cordelia Braithwaite perform the part, along with Sara Mearns, a principal of New York City Ballet. The composer Julian Craster is played, alternately, by Marcelo Gomes of American Ballet Theater and Dominic North of New Adventures. And finally, Sam Archer plays the impresario Boris Lermontov.” (NYT-GIA KOURLAS)

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8 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> YOSVANY TERRY AND BAPTISTE TROTIGNON
>> Sven Ratzke and Band in Concert
>> Tammy Faye: Just a Kiss Away
>> The Breithaupt Brothers Songbook Revue
>> Terell Stafford Quintet
>> AMERICAN BALLET THEATER
>> Reza Farazmand: Comics for a Strange World
>> IFPDA Print Fair
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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

YOSVANY TERRY AND BAPTISTE TROTIGNON (Oct. 26-29)
at Jazz Standard / 7:30 and 9:30PM, $30.
“Mr. Terry, a deft and blistering alto saxophonist hailing from Cuba, recently partnered with Mr. Trotignon, a French pianist of rippling sensitivity. The result was “Ancestral Memories,” an engaging album, out this year, that explores the African diaspora through the lens of French colonial incursion. Mellifluous and buoyant, these tunes dance with a well-plotted grace. Mr. Terry and Mr. Trotignon present that music here, joined by the bassist Yunior Terry (Yosvany’s brother) and the drummer Clarence Penn.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

Sven Ratzke and Band in Concert
Atrium at Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, FREE, but get there early for a seat.
“German-Dutch cabaret star Sven Ratzke returns to Lincoln Center, bringing along his amazing live band. Together they’ll perform songs from their new hit show Homme Fatale, featuring songs by history’s great songwriters, including David Bowie, Rufus Wainwright, Jacques Brel, and Bertolt Brecht, plus some Ratzke originals. Prepare to be entertained.”

Tammy Faye: Just a Kiss Away
Pangea / 7:30PM, $20
The daring, hilarious, persona-shifting singer, who has previously taken on the oeuvres of Nico and Marianne Faithfull, blasts through the rock & roll canon of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards in a new concert series. Each week for a month at Pangea, she takes on a different Rolling Stones album: TONIGHT it’s “Exile on Main Street”. (TONY)

The Breithaupt Brothers Songbook Revue
Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater / 7PM, $25
“Janis Siegel, Alyson Palmer, Christian Campbell, Marissa Mulder, Jeremy Kushnier and Greg Naughton are among those performing songs by the acclaimed Canadian musical-theater team of Don and Jeff Breithaupt.” (TONY)

Terell Stafford Quintet (Oct. 24-29.)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave. S., at 11th St. / 8:30PM, +10:30PM, $30
“Hearing Stafford’s work as a whirlwind trumpeter in decades past, with the bands of Bobby Watson and others, you could practically taste his promise. True to predictions, Stafford has developed into a distinguished bandleader and composer whose horn playing still startles with its verve and conviction. His quintet is bolstered by the pianist Bruce Barth and the saxophonist Tim Warfield.” (NewYorker)

AMERICAN BALLET THEATER (thru Oct.29)
at the NYS / DHK Theater, Lincoln Center (at various times).
“The company continues its fall season with performances of Alexei Ratmansky’s latest ballet, “Songs of Bukovina,” set to a new score by Leonid Desyatnikov, and a pair of premieres by Benjamin Millepied. Along with “I Feel the Earth Move,” which will be unveiled on Oct. 25, Mr. Millepied also contributes “Counterpoint for Philip Johnson,” a work created in homage to the architect and performed during select intermissions. Other programs include understated beauties: Frederick Ashton’s “Symphonic Variations” (1946) and Jerome Robbins’s “Other Dances” (1976), originally created for Natalia Makarova and Mikhail Baryshnikov.” (NYT-BRIAN SCHAEFER)

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

Reza Farazmand: Comics for a Strange World
The Strand, 828 Broadway / 7PM
$20 Admission & Signed Copy grants you admission for one, plus one signed copy of the book. $15 Admission & Gift Card grants you admission for one, plus one $15 Strand gift card to be used at any time on any product.
“Reza Farazmand is known for his shrewd and hilarious comics that take jabs at our modern age. Now, in his follow up collection to Poorly Drawn Lines, Reza brings you even more bizarre ideas and scenarios to enjoy. What does a squirrel need to blend into society? How would a crotchety version of you describe the internet to your grandchildren? Would a party that never ends truly be fun after the first 32 hours? In these small vignette comics, Reza illustrates his musings in a charming style that will keep you wanting more.”

IFPDA Print Fair (Oct.26-29)
Javits Center River Pavilion, 655 West 34th St./ 12-8PM, $20
This week the Javits Center will be filled with prints spanning a wide range of artistic periods, from Dürer to Tacita Dean (with an emphasis on contemporary and modern works), all part of the International Fine Print Dealers Association’s yearly fair, now in its twenty-sixth edition.

View and purchase a diverse collection of rare works that span a range of periods and prices at the largest and most celebrated art fair dedicated to the artistic medium of printmaking.

Continuing Events

Archtober  (Oct.01-31)
31 days, 100+ ways to celebrate design in NYC! The seventh-annual, month-long festival of architecture activities, programs, and exhibitions in New York City will take place October 1-31, 2017.  Archtober’s calendar features 200 architecture and design lectures, conferences, programs, and exhibitions at more than 70+ collaborating institutions across the city.

For more details go to my Tab in the Header: “Notable Events October”  and scroll all the long way to the bottom. This event makes America, or at least NYCity, great again.

TASTING CIDER WEEK (thru Oct.29)
“If cider is the apple of your eye, then Cider Week is for you. Hop around town for tastings, celebrate the opening of the Bad Seed Cider Brooklyn Taproom and check out the Cider in the Square Apple Market to find hard and sweet ciders, apples, pie and donuts. Festivities also include cider­centric feasts, talks and extended happy hours.” (Newsday)
WHEN | WHERE Friday through Sunday, , Oct. 20­29 at various venues, including the Bad Seed Brooklyn Tap Room, 585 Franklin Ave.,
INFO Free -­$85, ciderweeknyc.com

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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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