NYC Events,”Only the Best” (03/09) + Today’s Featured Pub (Tribeca)

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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.


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

Elsewhere, but I’ll travel miles for Flamenco, worth the detour:

Encuentro Flamenco
Thalia Spanish Theatre, 8PM, $37–$45
“Danza España, under the direction of Yloy Ybarra, assays an ambitious dance and musical encounter between Spain and the cultures of India and the Middle East, bringing together flamenco dancers Xianix Barrera, Sol La Argentinita, and Ybarra himself with Middle Eastern performer Reyna Alcala, and Kathak dancers Henna Khanijou and Urvashie Kissoon; they will plumb the relationship of these diverse cultures to the flamenco form. Supporting these artists are singer Juan Murube, guitarists Miguel Aragon and Basilio Georges, and percussionist Walid Guzman. The theater is six stops from Grand Central on the 6 local; lots of interesting food to be found in the area.” (Elizabeth Zimmer, Village Voice)

6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>Steven Bernstein’s Sexmob
>> The Armory Show 
>> Perverts, Creepers, and Freaks: A History of Sexual Perversions
>> StarTalk at BAM: Science Is Everywhere
Continuing Events

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

at the Apollo Theater / 8PM, $44+
“On her latest album, “Let Love Rule,” the vocalist Ledisi refuses to sit still. She moves from snakily grooving songs of uplift to romantic entreaties to reggae-tinged protest anthems. Altogether, the album seems to suggest a liberated neo-soul concept, constantly reimagining what a groove can feel like and how a voice can be woven into an ensemble sound. In the depth of her convictions and the proud intimacy of her reveal, Ledisi has some things in common with Nina Simone. At this concert, she will perform classics from Simone’s repertoire, as well as her own tunes. Her strong backing band includes the esteemed pianist and vocalist Patrice Rushen.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

Steven Bernstein’s Sexmob (Mar.8-11)
Jazz Standard / 7:30PM, 9:30PM, $30
“Ringmasterly slide trumpeter Steven Bernstein leads two bands over four nights. First up is Sexmob, his rambunctious quartet with Briggan Krauss (saxophones), Tony Scherr (bass), and Kenny Wolleson (drums). Expect Sexmob — unbelievably playing its first jazz-club gig in twenty years of existence — to pump up the volume and pull out the stops on its repertoire of pop covers and allusive Bernstein originals. (Combustible keyboardist John Medeski joins in Friday.)

Bernstein’s Millennial Territory Orchestra, on the other hand, is returning to its early-Nineties weekly residence with a 2017 album of Sly Stone covers in tow. Inspired by the itinerant pre-swing territory bands of the Twenties and Thirties, who brought popular songs to outlying audiences, the nine-piece MTO rips outrageously in response to Bernstein’s conductive antics. You won’t find a more entertaining stand-on-your-chair-and-holler conclave of jazz adventurists.” (Richard Gehr, Village Voice)

Village Vanguard/ 8:30 and 10:30PM, $
“These three expert musicians all boast a lightness of touch and a keen sense of suspenseful development. Mr. Hersch, a pianist, has played separately with the bassist Mr. Gress and the drummer Mr. Hart, but they haven’t performed as a trio in more than a decade. This week provides a chance to hear three elder musicians whose creative drive remains undiminished, exploring a fresh scenario.” (NYT – GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)


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

The Armory Show (March 8-11)
Pier 94, 12th Ave. at 55th St./ mm
“During a slow week at the big auction houses, two fairs pick up the slack. The Armory Show, a sprawling contemporary-art fair, returns to Piers 92 and 94 on Manhattan’s West Side. This year’s edition focusses on themes of immigration and access in its “Platform” series, a curated subsection of the fair devoted to larger, site-specific works. One of these pieces will be installed outside the venue: a huge image of immigrant families waiting in line, entitled “So Close,” by the French artist JR. Inside Pier 94, another installation, by the Brooklynite Tara Donovan, will feature a towering pile of plastic tubes.” (NewYorker)

Perverts, Creepers, and Freaks: A History of Sexual Perversions
The Strand, 828 Broadway/ 7PM, $20, includes complimentary beer
“Historian Jamie Warren leads a Think Olio at The Strand that questions what we call “normal” as it covers “the history of sexual insiders and outsiders from the colonial era through the twentieth century.” (

Elsewhere, but Neil deGrasse Tyson is always worth the detour:

StarTalk at BAM: Science Is Everywhere
Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). 30 Lafayette Ave./ 7:30PM, $35
“Astrophysicist and star of StarTalk Neil deGrasse Tyson returns to BAM for the RadioLoveFest. He’ll be joined by the hosts of StarTalk All-Stars and Playing with Science for a session called “Science Is Everywhere.” They’ll show off the major, if occasionally overlooked, role that science plays in our lives.” (

♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, plus 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 – awesome! BUT quality shows draw crowds. Try to reserve seats for these top NYC events in advance, even if just earlier on the day of performance.

Continuing Events

This is not Manhattan’s WestSide, but it is Brooklyn’s WestSide. If you have never seen these crazy, fearless performers, they are well worth the detour:

STREB EXTREME ACTION (March 2-25 at various times)
at SLAM, 51 N 1st St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
“Elizabeth Streb’s cavernous Brooklyn space is known as SLAM (Streb Lab for Action Mechanics), which is also a frequent move that occurs at one of her shows. For the month of March, her fearless team of action heroes, as they’re called, will navigate intimidating industrial contraptions and fling themselves from unnatural heights, seemingly defying physics with the pep of cheerleaders. The hourlong show, “S.E.A.” (“Singular Extreme Actions”), encapsulates all the thrill, humor and energizing fun that makes this company so singular.” (NYT-BRIAN SCHAEFER)

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.

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. Hit the Hot Link and check out who is playing tonight:

Greenwich Village:
(5 are underground, classic jazz joints. all 6 are within walking distance of each other):
Village Vanguard – UG, 178 7th Ave. So.,, 212-255-4037 (1st 8:30)
Blue Note – 131 W3rd St. nr 6th ave., 212-475-8592 (1st set 8pm)
55 Bar – basement @55 Christopher St. nr 7th ave.S., 212-929-9883 (1st 7pm)
Mezzrow – basement @ 163 W10th St. nr 7th Ave.,646-476-4346 (1st 8)
Smalls – basement @ 183 W10th St., 646-476-4346 (1st set 7:30pm)
Cornelia Street Cafe – UG, 29 Cornelia St., 212-989-9319 (6pm)

Outside Greenwich Village:
Dizzy’s Club – Broadway @ 60th St. — / 212-258-9595 (1st set 7:30pm)
Birdland – 315 W44th St.(btw 8/9ave) — / 212-581-3080 (1st 8:30pm)
Smoke Jazz Club – 2751 Broadway nr.106th St. — 212-864-6662 (7pm)

Special Mention:
Caffe Vivaldi – 32 Jones St. nr Bleecker St. — / 212-691-7538 (1st 7pm)
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.


NYCity Vacation Travel Guide Video (Expedia):


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://
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

“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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