NYC Events,”Only the Best” (01/24) + 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: “NYC Events-January”
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 over town, all through the month.
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Have time for only one NYC Event today? Do this:

Benny Golson (Jan. 24-27)
Jazz Standard, 116 E. 27th St./ 7:30PM, 9:30PM, $35
“A living link to the golden era of nineteen-fifties hard bop, the saxophonist and composer Golson can still extract riches from a ballad and stir up trouble, as exhibited on his most recent release, the 2016 album “Horizon Ahead.” If the eighty-nine-year-old Golson unleashes but one of the durable classics he’s written, such as “Killer Joe,” “I Remember Clifford,” and “Whisper Not,” it’ll be a memorable event.” (NewYorker)

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6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>‘N.Y. LOVES KIDS’
>>JEN SHYU
>> NEW YORK CITY BALLET
>>RAY ANGRY, WARREN WOLF AND FRIENDS
>>Waco: World Premiere Screening and Discussion
>> The Rage: The Vicious Circle of Islamist and Far-Right Extremism
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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

‘N.Y. LOVES KIDS’
at Gotham Comedy Club / 7:30PM, $115+
“This fund-raiser, benefiting a nonprofit of the same name whose objective is combating child sexual abuse in New York, is a comedy lover’s dream come true. With John Oliver, Janeane Garofalo, Sasheer Zamata, Todd Barry, Jo Firestone and others on the lineup, the event will be the ideal blend of funny and philanthropic.” (NYT-KASIA PILAT)

JEN SHYU
at the Jazz Gallery / 7:30 and 9:30PM, $20
“Ms. Shyu, a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist and movement artist, recently released “Song of Silver Geese,” a nine-part suite that she calls a “ritual music drama,” sung in a variety of Asian and European languages. Here she performs “Nine Doors,” a related solo piece, at 7:30, and then at 9:30 she follows that with “Song of Silver Geese,” featuring Mat Maneri on viola and Dan Weiss on drums.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

NEW YORK CITY BALLET (Jan. 23-March 4 at various times).
at the NYS/dhk Theater, Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, $30+
“Over the holidays, City Ballet’s longtime director Peter Martins retired amid an ongoing investigation into his conduct. Though the winter season’s repertory was set well before his departure, it now heralds not just a new year but a new era. Fittingly, the first week begins with a nod to the past and future. Tuesday and Wednesday evenings offer two separate programs of three works each by the company’s revered founder, George Balanchine, including “Apollo” and “The Four Temperaments.” Thursday’s program features newer works, mostly by young choreographers, including the recent discovery Gianna Reisen and the company’s star resident choreographer, Justin Peck, who is one of four people filling in as an interim leader.” (NYT)

RAY ANGRY, WARREN WOLF AND FRIENDS (Jan. 22-24)
at Blue Note / 8 & 10:30PM, $20-$35
“Mr. Angry, a powerful pianist, tends toward soul-influenced, sparkling forms of contemporary jazz; Mr. Wolf hews more closely to a straight-ahead style. Together for three nights at the Blue Note, they will convene a rotating cast of all-star collaborators. The band will be different every evening; some of the big names on deck include the trumpeter Sean Jones, the saxophonists Tia Fuller and James Carter, and the drummer Marcus Gilmore.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

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

Waco: World Premiere Screening and Discussion
Paley Center for Media, 25 W. 52nd St./ 6:30PM, $32
“Almost 25 years later, it is likely that most everything you know about this event is a lie,” according to executive producers of the new 6-part television miniseries Waco. The cast, a survivor, and former FBI Chief Negotiator Gary Noesner will be on hand.” (ThoughtGallery.org)
“Join us for a preview screening of the first episode, followed by a chat with the cast and producers, plus survivor David Thibodeau, who was inside the compound at the time; and former FBI Chief Negotiator Gary Noesner.”

The Rage: The Vicious Circle of Islamist and Far-Right Extremism
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave./ 7PM, $29
The early 21st century has been defined by a rise in Islamist radicalization and a concurrent rise in far-right extremism.
Austrian journalist Julia Ebner looks at the symbiosis between two seemingly opposed ideologies. She speaks on her book The Rage: The Vicious Circle of Islamist and Far-Right Extremism, and the ways the two narratives complement each other as they foster a burgeoning hate.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

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PLUS the Winter Antiques Show, which will run from the 19th to the 28th. Head to the Park Avenue Armory to find one-of-a-kind finds from 70 exhibitors.” (UntappedCities)

The world’s top-ranked squash players compete at The J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions in Grand Central Terminal.
TODAY: Women’s Semifinals 5PM, Men’s Semifinals 8PM

BONUS:

Broadway Week began last week! Get two-for-one tickets to your favorite shows, from Chicago to Wicked.  NYC Restaurant Week began on Monday.

Try  a double header. “NYC Broadway Week and NYC Restaurant Week will overlap this winter, creating the perfect storm of events where you can sit down indoors. NYC Broadway Week begins first with two-for-one tickets to the best shows from January 16 through February 4. NYC Restaurant Week joins in on January 22, and it runs through February 9, offering lunches for $29 and dinner for $42.”

See TONY magazine:  Your guide to combining NYC Broadway Week and NYC Restaurant Week

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Continuing Events

‘MICHELANGELO: DIVINE DRAFTSMAN AND DESIGNER’
Metropolitan Museum of Art (through Feb. 12).

”A monument to a monument. With 133 drawings by the beyond-famous artist on loan from some 50 front-rank collections, this show is a curatorial coup and an art historical tour de force: a panoptic view of a titanic career as recorded in the most fragile of media: paper, chalk and ink. And it demands that you be fully present. Drawing is more than a graphic experience; it’s a textural one, about the pressure of crayon and pen on a page; the subliminal fade and focus of lines; the weave and shadow-creating swells of surfaces. These are effects that can’t be captured by a smartphone.” (Cotter-NYT)
212-535-7710, metmuseum.org

The art world has been agog about this exhibition for sometime. One critic after another exclaims that it is the “Exhibition of a lifetime!” The hype has been over the top. Usually that means you’ll be disappointed when you actually experience it, because it couldn’t possibly live up to the hype. Not this time.

This is a huge and marvelous exhibition that shows the evolution of Michelangelo from a young artist to a mature, divine genius. An exhibition that you will remember for sometime. Even the works of other artists that are included for contrast and context are amazing.

Here are a few reviews from the critics to give you a fuller flavor of this exhibition. They strongly encourage you to make the time to see this “once in a lifetime” exhibition. I also encourage you to see it.

Only 20 days left, because the exhibition closes February 12, and that last week it will probably be crazy packed.

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Let there be light!
Erwin Redl’s Whiteout, a newly commissioned public art project, will light up in Madison Square Park. It consists of hundreds of transparent white spheres, each embedded with a white LED light, and suspended from a square grid of steel poles. The swaying sequence of light will be on display until April 2018.

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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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NYCity Vacation Travel Guide Video (Expedia):

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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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