NYC Events, “Only the Best” (09/21) + 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:

Ann Hampton Callaway: The Linda Ronstadt Songbook (also Sept.22)
Feinstein’s-54 Below / 7PM, $50+
“A swinging fixture of the cabaret world, Ann Hampton Callaway has also branched into jazz and TV theme songs (The Nanny). She has a reassuringly mellow way with the standards, sung in a wry, dark-toned contralto. Her latest set is devoted to songs by the underrated Linda Ronstadt, including pop hits (like “Different Drum” and “Desperado”) as well as standards from the albums she recorded with Nelson Riddle. The adept Billy Stritch mans the keys.” (TONY)

7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Bettye LaVette
>> Nellie McKay
>> Tribeca TV Festival
>> Space & Science Festival
Continuing Events
>> Photoville
>> The Feast of San Gennaro
>> Oktoberfest NYC

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Bettye LaVette
Sony Hall / 7:30PM, $55
When the singer Bettye LaVette launched her comeback, in the early two-thousands, she was quickly embraced by the blues circuit, as a symbol of soulful authenticity and of the will to keep on keeping on. Little did anyone know that her next move would be to recast rock and roll in her image; in the past decade, LaVette’s repertoire has expanded to include canonical songs by bands like the Who and Pink Floyd. Her taste has proved to be exquisite, and is matched by a raspy delivery that can wring every bit of meaning from each selection’s lyrics, even tapping reservoirs of emotion that few knew were there. When LaVette comes to Sony Hall, on Friday, Sept. 21, she’ll unpack the raft of Bob Dylan tunes she recorded for her latest triumph, “Things Have Changed.” (K. Leander Williams, NewYorker)

at various locations (Sept. 20-23).
“For the fourth year running, American folk musicians of all stripes will take over Downtown Brooklyn for a weekend of free and ticketed concerts. There will be shows at bookstores, like Queen Esther at Powerhouse Arena or Miriam Elhajli at Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop. There will be shows at Brooklyn Bridge Park (like the “reggae bluegrass” band City Billies) and under the Manhattan Bridge (like Nashville’s Wild Ponies), for an acoustic and visual thrill. In all parts of the festival, though, audiences will find a diverse array of artists putting a fresh spin on traditional music.” (NYT-NATALIE WEINER)

JEWELS (Sep.18-25)
New York City Ballet
NYS Theater, Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, $35+
“A cherished staple of the repertory since its 1967 debut, Jewels was inspired by a visit George Balanchine made to the jewelers Van Cleef & Arpels. Widely considered to be the first full-length abstract ballet, its three sections — the lyrical Emeralds, the jazz-inflected Rubies, and the regal Diamonds — express the breadth of Balanchine’s ability.”

STANLEY CLARKE (Sept. 18-23)
at the Blue Note / 8 and 10:30 p.m., $30-$45
“A pre-eminent electric bassist since his early years in the original Return to Forever, Mr. Clarke has a new album out titled “The Message,” a smoothly confrontational disc that reflects the ongoing influence of his younger band mates. The group lines up somewhere near the shared border of popular country, radio gospel, straight-ahead jazz and New Age. It features the keyboardist Cameron Graves, the pianist Beka Gochiashvili and the drummer Mike Mitchell.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

Nellie McKay (Sept.19-22)
Birdland / 7PM, $30-$40
“Fearless singer-songwriter and deceptively feather-light song stylist McKay is always guaranteed to flabber your gast with her witty, unwieldy and beguiling performances. In this Birdland run, she toasts the release of her seventh album, Sister Orchid, which includes versions of standards including “My Romance,” “The Nearness of You” and “Georgia on My Mind.” (TONY)


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

Tribeca TV Festival (Sept.20-23)
Tribeca / $30-$40
“Move over, film. The annual Tribeca TV festival presents three days of premieres and panels featuring the very best of television. This year’s bash toasts two decades of Law and Order: SVU with a panel discussion including Mariska Hargitay, Ice T, Dick Wolf and the rest of the cast. Bryan Cranston looks back on Breaking Bad for the tenth anniversary of its premiere, and Tracey Ullman shows up to preview a new season of HBO zaniness. Along with screening premieres of new series and returning favorites like Ray Donovan and Madam Secretary, the festival will host a viewing of one of Anthony Bourdain’s finale episodes of Parts Unknown, followed by a discussion on his legacy with producers and episode guest W. Kamau Bell. Most events run for $20–$30 a pop. It’s a golden era of episodics; don’t miss the chance to bask in the glow of the small screen.” (TONY)

Space & Science Festival (Sept. 20-23)
Pier 86, Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum/ All activities on Pier 86 are free to the public. Programs inside the Museum require admission.
“The idea of cosmic pursuits can still fire up the collective imagination, even in the face of more dubious manifestations, like the President’s push for a new military branch devoted to space-based defense systems, or Elon Musk’s eying Mars for colonization. Meanwhile, NASA, the source of so much of America’s gravity-defying wonder, turned sixty in July. Sept. 20-23, the Space & Science Festival takes over Pier 86, the permanent dock for the decommissioned aircraft carrier that is now the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. The event will feature science talks, interactive installations, and astronautical guests, like NASA’s Sunita Williams, and visitors will be able to test out the Space Camp Multi-Axis Trainer, the anti-gravity simulator used to prepare astronauts for space travel. A free screening of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” takes place on the flight deck of the museum at sunset on Sept. 22; viewers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to experience what U.S. Navy personnel call a steel-beach picnic.” (K. Leander Williams, NewYorker)


Continuing Events

Photoville (Sept.13-16 and 20-23)
Brooklyn’s outdoor photo garden is back
Dumbo’s Brooklyn Bridge Plaza, 4-10 p.m. Thurs/Fri;
noon-10 p.m. Sat.; noon-9 p.m. Sun
“Whatever the weather, don’t let it keep you from the spectacular outdoor exhibit that is Photoville, the annual survey of photography where more than 600 artists cram entertaining and eye-opening images into 90 exhibitions and installations. In addition to browsing your way through the 65 shipping containers making their home in Brooklyn Bridge Park for two weekends, make time for panels, artist lectures, professional seminars, hands-on workshops — all free and open to everyone. There’s also a food and beer garden courtesy of Smorgasburg. “ (Metro)

The Feast of San Gennaro (Sept.15-23)
Little Italy throws a two-week party (It’s the 92nd Annual Feast!)
Mulberry Street between Canal and Houston streets, FREE,
“You don’t have to be Catholic to take part in the Feast of San Gennaro, the 10-day holiday that turns Little Italy into one big street festival with delicacies being grilled up on the sidewalk, bakeries turning out their best traditional treats, live music nightly, eating contests and more.” (Metro)
11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Sun-Thurs, to midnight Fri-Sat.
Find out what to eat at the Feast of San Gennaro here (cityguideny)

Oktoberfest NYC: Where to grab a beer and celebrate (Sept.22-Oct.15)
“Oktoberfest may seem far off, but it’s less than a month away. The Bavarian festival is kicking off Sept. 22 in Munich and the city’s festivities will begin in earnest.
So, if you’re looking for some lederhosen-laden action closer to home, here are beer-and-sausage-fueled affairs in New York City.” (amNY)
Check here for a full description of each of 11 events.

♦ 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.

Bonus: Nifty 9 – Best Cabarets / Piano Bars NYCity
These are my favorite places for an after dinner night on the town – music and drinks.
Hit the Hot Link and check out what’s happening tonight:

Feinstein’s/54 Below – 254 W 54th St.

The Green Room 42 – 570 Tenth Ave.

Don’t Tell Mama – 343 W 46th St.

The Rum House, in the Hotel Edison – 228 W. 47th St.

Laurie Beechman Theatre – 407 W 42nd St.

Marie’s Crisis – 59 Grove St.

The Duplex – 61 Christopher St.

Sid Gold’s Request Room – 165 W 26th St.

Cafe Carlyle, in the Carlyle Hotel – 35 E. 76th St.
This is the only one not located on Manhattan’s WestSide, and it ain’t cheap, but it has some of the finest singers.


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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