NYC Events,”Only the Best” (06/07) + 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.

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

WYNTON MARSALIS WITH JARED GRIMES (June 7-9)
at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater at Frederick P. Rose Hall / 8PM, $35+
“Mr. Marsalis works with the tap dancer Mr. Grimes in “(The Ever-Fonky Lowdown),” a production featuring three dancers, the 15-piece Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, three guest vocalists and Wendell Pierce as the narrator. The piece comes nearly 25 years after Mr. Marsalis presented the premiere of “Blood on the Fields,” which traces a couple’s journey from slavery to freedom and earned him the Pulitzer Prize. In the “(The Ever-Fonky Lowdown),” he continues his exploration of America’s relationship to race.” (NYT-Gia Kourlas)

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6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>NORTHSIDE FESTIVAL
>>Noura Mint Seymali:
>> Scott Colley Trio
>> AMERICAN BALLET THEATER
>>Linda Yueh: What Would the Great Economists Do?
>> “Populist Revolt… Democracy Under Duress” with Alexander Heffner
Continuing Events
>> Othello
>> OutdoorFest
>> ‘THE LET GO’
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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:
NORTHSIDE FESTIVAL  (June 7-10).
at various locations
“A slew of bars and clubs in the Williamsburg and Bushwick neighborhoods in Brooklyn will be opening their doors to Northside Festival badge holders for three nights starting on Thursday. Liz Phair’s first New York show in two years is featured in the first evening’s lineup at National Sawdust (the buzzy singer-songwriter Soccer Mommy opens), but there’s plenty of opportunities for music discovery across the festival’s 18 venues. On Thursday, try some punk with Pissed Jeans at Rough Trade, introspective folk-rock with Lou Barlow at the Knitting Factory, off-the-wall hip-hop with Milo at Brooklyn Bowl or Township Rebellion NYC — self-described as the city’s “only queer tribute to Rage Against the Machine” — at El Cortez. Tickets to individual shows are available for those without badges.” (NYT-NATALIE WEINER)

TONIGHT: Liz Phair
National Sawdust / 8pm; $35–$40
“The alt-rock icon celebrates the 25th anniversary of her raw breakout record, Exile in Guyville, with a gig that promises cuts from her protean demo recordings under the name Girly Sound.” (TONY)

Noura Mint Seymali: Traditional Mauritanian Instruments and Hypnotic Grooves
Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, FREE, but get there early for a seat.
“Mauritania’s defining artist on the international stage, Noura Mint Seymali draws deep on her West African and Maghreb roots to carry her family’s Moorish griot tradition into the 21st century. Her band conjures “a full-blown sandstorm of hypnotic grooves, melding traditional Mauritanian instruments, like the ardine and tidinite, within an electrified psychedelic rock band” (Quietus, U.K.). Its debut album, Tzenni (2014), was hailed by VICE/Noisey as “arguably the best psych/blues album of the year” and its follow-up—Arbina (2016)—”the best album in the universe.”

Scott Colley Trio (Jun 05-09)
Village Vanguard / 8:30pm, 10:30pm; $35
“Bassist Colley, who’s anchored many jazz legends including Andrew Hill and Jim Hall, offers a supple yet sophisticated take on postbop, with a little avant-garde at the fringes, in his own trio.” (TONY)

AMERICAN BALLET THEATER (through July 7)
at the Metropolitan Opera House / 7:30PM, $30+
“Beginning Monday, Alexei Ratmansky’s new production of “Harlequinade,” a comic ballet in two acts set to music by Riccardo Drigo, takes the stage with what looks to be a stellar opening-night cast: Isabella Boylston as Columbine, James Whiteside as Harlequin, Gillian Murphy as Pierrette and Thomas Forster as Pierrot.” (NYT-Gia Kourlas)

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

Linda Yueh: What Would the Great Economists Do?
Book Culture on Columbus, 450 Columbus Ave./ 7PM, FREE
“A timely exploration of the life and work of world-changing thinkers–from Adam Smith to John Maynard Keynes–and how their ideas would solve the great economic problems we face today.

Since the days of Adam Smith, economists have grappled with a series of familiar problems – but often their ideas are hard to digest, even before we try to apply them to today’s issues. Linda Yueh is renowned for her combination of erudition, as an accomplished economist herself, and accessibility, as a leading writer and broadcaster in this field. In What Would the Great Economists Do? she explains the key thoughts of history’s greatest economists, how our lives have been influenced by their ideas and how they could help us with the policy challenges that we face today.”

“Populist Revolt… Democracy Under Duress” with Alexander Heffner
Shakespeare & Co, 939 Lexington Ave. (corner of 69th St.)/ 6:30PM, FREE
“Join Alexander Heffner, host of The Open Mind on PBS, in conversation with veteran political columnist Walter Shapiro.

Alexander Heffner is the host of The Open Mind on PBS. He has covered American politics, civic life and Millennials since the 2008 presidential campaign. He is co-author of A Documentary History of the United States, now in its 10th expanded and updated edition. Walter Shapiro is a journalist, writer and columnist, who has covered the last 10 presidential elections.”

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Continuing Events

Othello (May28-Jun24)
Shakespeare Delacorte Theater, Central Park / 8PM, FREE* (the Bard is off on Mondays)
“Ruben Santiago-Hudson (Jitney) directs the first offering of the Public Theater’s 2018 season of Shakespeare in the Park: an account of the Bard’s fast-paced tragedy of jealousy and misplaced trust, in which a villain preys on the insecurities of a Moorish war hero married to a white woman. The cast is headed by Chukwudi Iwuji as Othello, Corey Stoll as Iago and Heather Lind as Desdemona.”
*tickets are free (two per person) and may be picked up after noon on the day of performance (be prepared for long lines.) Some tickets are also distributed via online lottery.
See TONY’s complete guide to Shakespeare in the Park tickets for details.

OutdoorFest (June 1-10)
multiple times and events, prices vary,
“You can love the city and still maintain your love of the outdoors — or fall in love with it for the first time. Embrace the spirit of adventure and beauty of nature during OutdoorFest with 10 days of events, starting this Friday. Activities take place across all five boroughs, starting with a campout on Staten Island. There’s also night fishing, oyster preservation, kayaking around Governors Island, canoeing the Gowanus Canal and surfing, yoga or shoreline cleanup at the Rockaways.”

‘THE LET GO’ (June 7-July 1)
at the Park Avenue Armory
“This large-scale, site-specific multiweek event is masterminded by the interdisciplinary artist Nick Cave, who transforms the armory into a vivid dance landscape in which spectators are invited to do just what the title says they should: let go. Within this dance hall environment are performances, an installation in the form of a Mylar sculpture, dance-based encounters and music provided by D.J.s. For some programs, Mr. Cave works with the choreographer Francesca Harper; for others, there will be dancing by community groups. On June 26, as part of “An Evening of Artistic Responses: The Let Go,” the musician Nona Hendryx, the vocalist and artist Helga Davis, Ms. Harper and Reggie (Regg Roc) Gray and his company, D.R.E.A.M. Ring, respond to the installation, which references issues of social justice, with site-specific performances.” (NYT-Gia Kourlas)

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♦ 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  8.6 million, had a record 63 million visitors last year and was TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2018 – 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.

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Bonus NYC events– Jazz Clubs:
Many consider NYCity the Jazz capital of the world. My favorite Jazz Clubs, all on Manhattan’s WestSide, feature top talent every night of the week.
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., villagevanguard.com, 212-255-4037 (1st 8:30)
Blue Note – 131 W3rd St. nr 6th ave. bluenotejazz.com, 212-475-8592 (1st set 8pm)
55 Bar – basement @55 Christopher St. nr 7th ave.S. 55bar.com, 212-929-9883 (1st 7pm)
Mezzrow – basement @ 163 W10th St. nr 7th Ave. mezzrow.com,646-476-4346 (1st 8)
Smalls – basement @ 183 W10th St. smallslive.com, 646-476-4346 (1st set 7:30pm)
Cornelia Street Cafe – UG, 29 Cornelia St. corneliastreetcafe.com, 212-989-9319 (6pm)

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

Special Mention:
Caffe Vivaldi – 32 Jones St. nr Bleecker St. — caffevivaldi.com / 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.

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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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