NYC Events,”Only the Best” (02/07) + 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-February”
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:

CLASSIC NYCB (Feb 6-May 31,next performance Feb.10, 2PM)
New York City Ballet
NYS Theater, Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, $30+
“Exemplifying three choreographers’ distinct styles, this diverse program is the perfect primer on the breadth of NYCB’s unparalleled repertory. Accented by clean lines and dynamic speed, Balanchine expertly reconceives square dancing in balletic form, and Bigonzetti’s brooding and intensely physical manner depicts the journey towards a new life with all its struggles and anticipation. With his Broadway experience, Robbins dramatically envisions the four seasons of the year as enchanting allegories.”

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7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Vivian Reed Sings Lena Horne
>> Stew & the Negro Problem
>>Miguel Zenon
>> Ronald K. Brown Evidence
>> Joe Lovano
>> VICE Media Watch & Learn: America First
>>Bob Roth in Conversation with Mary-Louise Parker: Transcendental Meditation
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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Vivian Reed Sings Lena Horne
Feinstein’s/54 Below / 7PM, $45
“The star of Broadway’s Bubbling Brown Sugar, among other things, is a lithe and dynamic triple-threat performer, with a voice that roams magically from contralto depths to R&B peaks. Her new set honors the career and legacy of Lena Horne; songs include “A Fine Romance,” “The Lady Is a Tramp” and, of course, “Stormy Weather.”” (TONY)

Stew & the Negro Problem
The Appel Room / 8:30PM, $100
“As Spike Lee’s film version eternally confirms, Stew & the Negro Problem’s Tony-winning rock musical Passing Strange is still the most ecstatically undiluted such creation to end up on Broadway. But what have they done for you lately? Find out when the commanding singer-songwriter, quiet-storming bassist-collaborator Heidi Rodewald, and their improv-ready crew use this American Songbook appearance to play material rarely or never heard in their hometown. Expect lyrically dazzling, politically sly, and often downright hilarious songs from their blues-meets-Bayreuth song cycle Wagner, Max! Wagner!, originally a Kennedy Center commission; the rock-group self-analysis Family Album, which premiered at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival; song omnibuses composed for Brooklyn and Chicago, respectively; the NYU Abu Dhabi commission Mosquito Net; and yet another work-in-progress, Resurrection City.” (Richard Gehr, Village Voice)

Miguel Zenon (Feb. 6-11)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave. S., at 11th St./ 8:30PM, +10:30PM, $35
“Tipico,” Zenon’s current album, is a dedicatory project that celebrates the unity and inventiveness of the alto saxophonist’s longtime quartet, now completing its second decade as a fierce modernist ensemble. The leader’s lapel-grabbing style of playing may remain the focus, but his bandmates—the pianist Luis Perdomo, the bassist Hans Glawischnig, and the drummer Henry Cole—are invaluable contributors, having thoroughly absorbed Zenon’s integration of Latin musical sources and jazz. They are all worthy of his obvious pride.” (NewYorker)

Ronald K. Brown Evidence (Feb. 6-11)
at the Joyce Theater / 7:30PM, $36+
“Ronald K. Brown’s singular style — a savory blend of African dance, modern dance, social dances and ballet — is on fine display in a mixed-bill program that includes “March,” an excerpt from a 1995 work set to a Martin Luther King Jr. speech; “Come Ye,” inspired by Nina Simone; “Dancing Spirit,” created for the Alvin Ailey company and now performed by Mr. Brown’s dancers; and the new “Den of Dreams,” a duet between Mr. Brown and Arcell Cabuag, an exuberant performer and the company’s associate artistic director, who’s celebrating 20 years with the troupe.” (NYT-BRIAN SCHAEFER)

Joe Lovano (Feb.6-10)
Birdland / 8:30PM, 11PM, $40
“Us Five surrounds genial saxophonist Joe Lovano with a sophisticated piano man, James Weidman, plus the red-hot rhythm team of bass phenom and all-around polymath Esperanza Spalding, drummer Otis Brown III and percussionist Francisco Mela (bassist Peter Slavlov fills in Feb 6). Settling into Birdland for a five-night run, Lovano’s crew shares tunes from its broad-minded, querying catalogue.” (TONY)

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

VICE Media Watch & Learn: America First
Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center/ 7:30PM, FREE, get there early for a seat.
“VICE returns to the Atrium for a screening of America First and talk-back with VICE on HBO Producer Jana Kozlowski and Executive Producer Tim Clancy. Airing nearly one year to the day since Donald Trump entered office, VICE News Tonight on HBO examines the policies Trump campaigned on, and how his “America First” policy is functioning one year into his administration

From the Arizona voters who claim to see a constant flow of migrants and drugs coming from Mexico to the Indianapolis workers whose jobs Trump promised to save, VICE News Tonight correspondents Michael Moynihan and Isobel Yeung travel across the country—and south of the border—to chart the progress of key campaign promises and meet the voters once rallied by political revolution but now questioning the reality behind Trump’s rhetoric.”

Bob Roth in Conversation with Mary-Louise Parker: Transcendental Meditation
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave./ 7:30PM, $35 (may have to wait list)
“Can a 5,000-year-old practice help alleviate modern stresses? Meditation teacher Bob Roth speaks with Mary-Louise Parker about his new book, Strength in Stillness. Roth will explain the science behind transcendental meditation and how it’s become a source of power for his many celebrity students.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

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BONUS:
NYC Restaurant Week (Jan.22-Feb.9)

NYC Restaurant Week® guide (TONY)

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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 6 days left, because the exhibition closes February 12.

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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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