NYC Events, “Only the Best” (02/18) + 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, check the tab above:  February NYC Events”
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.
To make your own after dinner plans TONIGHT, see the tab above;  “LiveMusic.”

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

Juilliard Jazz Ensembles
Dizzy’s Club, Jazz at Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $30
“The Juilliard School has been a destination for world-class music education since it was founded, and these incredible young musicians will exemplify that legacy in this performance. The Juilliard School Jazz Ensemble features some of the world’s most talented emerging jazz artists, many of whom are already professional musicians. No stranger to Dizzy’s Club, the ensemble has also performed at noted venues such as the Blue Note and Alice Tully Hall. These gifted young musicians are proof of jazz’s bright future, and tonight they will explore jazz music from the early-1970s and late-1980s that reflects the civil rights and social justice movements of their times, including pieces by Rashaan Roland Kirk, Eddie Harris, and Wes Montgomery.”

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7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Derek Klena
>> MERCE CUNNINGHAM CENTENNIAL
>> La Fille du Régiment

>> John Doe (of X) w/ Jeff Slate
>> MIRO MAGLOIRE’S NEW CHAMBER BALLET
>> Presidents’ Day Open House
>> Drink like a founding father.
Continuing Events 
>> Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park
>>NEW YORK CITY BALLET
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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Derek Klena
Feinstein’s/54 Below, / 7PM, $55+
“The handsome and polished Klena took to the F/54 stage five years ago opposite Lindsay Mendez, with whom he had shared two awkward girl–jerky guy musical-theater romances (first in Dogfight, then in Wicked). Now the star of Anastasia and the upcoming Jagged Little Pill—to say nothing of his turn as a dimwitted DJ on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt—returns for a solo show that looks back on his California childhood, his reality-TV history and his backstage adventures.” (TONY)

MERCE CUNNINGHAM CENTENNIAL
at Anthology Film Archives / 7:30 p.m.
“For the past six weeks, as part of this year’s extensive celebrations of the centennial of Cunningham’s birth (he died in 2009), the Anthology Film Archives has presented weekly screenings of his works. The final screening on Monday focuses on a 2005 film of “Biped,” a 1999 piece that made imaginative use of computer-generated imagery and that Cunningham likened to “the feeling of switching channels on the TV.” Alastair Macaulay, the former chief dance critic at The New York Times, called it “a triumphant outpouring of pure dance invention and a masterpiece of theatrical poetry,” and will be on hand to introduce the film and participate in a post-screening Q. and A.” (NYT-Brian Schaefer)

La Fille du Régiment (next Feb.23, 8PM)
Metropolitan Opera House / 7:30PM, $30+
“Tenor Javier Camarena and soprano Pretty Yende team up for a feast of bel canto vocal fireworks—including the show-stopping tenor aria “Ah! Mes amis … Pour mon âme,” with its nine high Cs. Alessandro Corbelli and Maurizio Muraro trade off as the comic Sergeant Sulpice, with mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe as the outlandish Marquise of Berkenfield. And in an exciting piece of casting, stage and screen icon Kathleen Turner makes her Met debut in the speaking role of the Duchess of Krakenthorp. Enrique Mazzola conducts.”

John Doe (of X) w/ Jeff Slate
City Winery / 8PM, $22-$28
“Doe beautifully balances a rocker’s heart and a poet’s soul.” – The LA Times
“One of the warmest, most welcome voices in pop music.” – NPR Music

“John Doe calls his new album, The Westerner, “psychedelic soul music from the Arizona desert.” In addition to being a founding member of the ground-breaking LA band, X, he has recorded 8 solo records and acted in over 50 films and television productions.”

MIRO MAGLOIRE’S NEW CHAMBER BALLET (Feb. 18-19)
at New York City Center Studio 5 / 7:30 p.m.
“In an upstairs studio that is part of the City Center complex, Magloire has long presented thoughtful, intimate ballets that he creates for live contemporary music. For this presentation, he introduces “Sanctum,” a new work for six dancers that is meant to be viewed in the round and is set to music by Kaija Saariaho and Karin Rehnqvist. Two vocal sections, sung live by three members of the Ekmeles vocal ensemble, bookend instrumental selections from both composers. Preceding this work is a solo called “Morning Song” set to John Cage’s “Cheap Imitation.” (NYT-Brian Schaefer)

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Smart Stuff / Other NYC EventS

Presidents’ Day Open House (Feb.16-18)
Fraunces Tavern Museum, 54 Pearl St./ 11AM-5PM, $1
Celebrate George Washington’s birthday and Presidents’ Day at Fraunces Tavern Museum with dollar admission!

Can’t get enough Washington? Make sure to check out our Scott Gallery featuring A Stoic Countenance: Portraits of George Washington exhibition. Then, head up to the McEntee Gallery to sneak a peek at a lock of Washington’s hair and a fragment of his tooth!”

Drink like a founding father.
Fraunces Tavern, Porterhouse Brew Co. /
“To really drink like a founding father you’d basically have to give up your liver: James Madison was said to have a pint of whiskey a day, John Adams started every day with cider and once tried to import 500 bottles of Bordeaux tax-free, and during George Washington’s lifetime, he became the largest distiller of spirits in America. He and his buddies also racked up a $17,253 bar tab just before the signing of the Constitution, in today’s currency, but still impressive!

This Presidents Day weekend (with Mr. Washington’s birthday on Monday), pay homage to the old chap by sampling an old-timey fave of his, the Hot Ale Flip, at Porterhouse Brew Co., the sister establishment to his actual old haunt Fraunces Tavern. In the colonial preparation, brandy or rum is mixed with molasses or sugar and beer and frothed up with a hot poker right out of the fireplace. Porterhouse’s version, which you can get starting on Friday, takes their Irish Red Ale, Lemon Hart & Son 151, and demerara sugar, and heats it table-side with a blowtorched loggerhead. Or you can just have a glass of Madeira, also a Washington fave.” (grubstreet)

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Continuing Events
NEW YORK CITY BALLET  (through March 3, next performance Tue. Feb.19, 7:30PM)
at the NYS Theater, Lincoln Center
“In the coming week, City Ballet’s winter season belongs to Princess Aurora. Through Feb. 24, the company presents “The Sleeping Beauty” in a 1991 version by the former director Peter Martins, who followed a blueprint from the 19th-century master Marius Petipa (a section by George Balanchine made the cut, too). Over the next 10 days, several of City Ballet’s top ballerinas embody the titular character in this streamlined, two-act production. Lilac Fairy aside, the true fairy godfather here is Tchaikovsky, whose enduring score many consider ballet’s best.” (NYT-Brian Schaefer)
212-496-0600, nycballet.com

Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park
Midtown Manhattan’s winter wonderland.
Bryant Park (btw 5th/6th Ave. @42nd St.) / shops to 8PM, rink to 10PM
Enjoy The Lodge by Urbanspace, and The Rink, the centerpiece of Winter Village and New York City’s only free admission ice skating rink.
The Rink
This 17,000 square foot rink features free admission ice skating, high quality rental skates, and free skating shows, special events, and activities.
​October 27, 2018 – March 3, 2019
Daily, 8am-10pm (Rink hours are weather permitting and Rink may be closed for events – check here)

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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 65 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: 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.

For a comprehensive list of the best places to hear All Types of Live Music in Manhattan see the tab above “LiveMusic.”

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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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