NYC Events, “Only the Best” (03/04) + 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:  March 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:

Aida (next Mar.7, 7:30PM)
Metropolitan Opera House / 7:30PM, $20+
“In what should be a highlight of the new season, soprano Anna Netrebko sings her first Met Aida, going toe-to-toe with mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili as Amneris. Later in the season, a second star-studded cast takes over, with Sondra Radvanovsky and Dolora Zajick as the leading ladies.Tenors Aleksandrs Antonenko and Yonghoon Lee alternate as Radamès, and Nicola Luisotti and Plácido Domingo take the podium for the Met’s monumental production.”

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7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Monday Nights with WBGO: Gwilym Simcock
>> Broadway Sings Adele

>> CHIAROSCURO QUARTET AND KRISTIAN BEZUIDENHOUT
>> WEEK AT THE CREEK WITH JORDAN TEMPLE
>> Jim Caruso’s Cast Party 
>> Songs of Bukovina: A Conversation with Alexei Ratmansky
>> Waking up to the Facebook Catastrophe: Team Human with Roger McNamee

Continuing Events 
>> more continuing events coming soon.

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Monday Nights with WBGO: Gwilym Simcock
Dizzy’s Club, Jazz at Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, $35
“Gwilym Simcock is a brilliant young pianist and composer from Wales. He’s spent the last several years touring extensively in Pat Metheny’s quartet alongside Linda Oh and Antonio Sanchez, but he is also renowned for his stunning solo concerts, which he has performed at prestigious venues such as the Montreal Jazz Festival. Tonight’s show is the only New York stop on Simcock’s solo tour of the United States, United Kingdom, and Europe in promotion of his upcoming release, Near and Now. Join us at Dizzy’s Club for an evening of impeccable jazz-meets-classical piano music.”

Broadway Sings Adele
Sony Hall / 8PM, $20+
“The acclaimed Broadway Sings concert series will continue honoring singer-songwriter Adele with a bombshell cast of Broadway stars including Matt Doyle (The Book of Mormon), Bonnie Milligan (Head Over Heels), Wesley Taylor (SpongeBob SquarePants), and Jessica Vosk (Wicked). The one-night-only concert will feature completely new arrangements of the hits of the English singer, accompanied by a 14-piece orchestra playing original orchestrations of her music.”

CHIAROSCURO QUARTET AND KRISTIAN BEZUIDENHOUT
at Zankel Hall / 7:30 p.m.; $42+
“Period instruments all around in this concert, as a leading fortepianist joins a strong quartet led by the noted soloist Alina Ibragimova. On the bill are Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden” quartet, Mozart’s Piano Sonata in C minor, K. 457, and an arrangement of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 12 in A.” (NYT-David Allen)

WEEK AT THE CREEK WITH JORDAN TEMPLE (March 1-8)
at the Creek and the Cave / 7 p.m.; $5
“This comedian not only performed stand-up on “Conan,” but also created and produced the cult-hit stage production “Hidden Fences.” Temple is also a new story editor for the award-winning Amazon series “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” and is working on a new hour of stand-up. His “Maisel” co-workers Noah Gardenswartz and Alison Leiby will open for his run at the Creek. Ticket proceeds will go to the American Bird Conservancy in the memory of the comedian Kevin Barnett.” (NYT-Sean L. McCarthy)

Jim Caruso’s Cast Party (Cabaret)
Birdland, 315 West 44th St. (btw 8/9 ave) / 9:30PM, $30
the witty host attracts broadway stars on their night off, along with up and comers.
“Part cabaret, part piano bar and part social set, Cast Party offers a chance to hear rising and established talents step up to the microphone (backed by the slap and tickle of Steve Doyle on bass and Billy Stritch at the ivories, plus the bang of Daniel Glass on drums). The waggish Caruso presides as host.” (TONY)

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Smart Stuff / Other NYC EventS

Songs of Bukovina: A Conversation with Alexei Ratmansky
Atrium at Lincoln Center / 7PM, FREE
“In celebration of his 10th anniversary as Artist in Residence at American Ballet Theatre, Alexei Ratmansky joins scholars and artists in a special conversation that situates his recent work, Songs of Bukovina, within its cultural and political contexts.”

Presented in collaboration with American Ballet Theatre, The Center for Ballet and the Arts at NYU, and NYU’s Remarque Institute

Waking up to the Facebook Catastrophe: Team Human with Roger McNamee
The Greene Space, 44 Charlton St./ 7PM, $25
“Digital theorist Douglas Rushkoff hosts a Team Human night with Roger McNamee, original Facebook investor and Mark Zuckerberg’s mentor. McNamee will talk about his new book, Zucked: Waking up to the Facebook Catastrophe, and the case for breaking up Facebook before it breaks up our democracy.” (ThoughtGallery)

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Continuing Events

more continuing events coming soon.

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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 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:
(4 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)
The Stone at The New School – 55 w13 St. (btw 6/5 ave) – thestonenyc.com (8:30PM)

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)
Jazz Standard – 116 E27 St. (btw Park/Lex) – jazzstandard.com – (1st set 7:30)

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

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 surprised with a wonderfully eclectic lineup. It was my favorite spot for an evening of listening enjoyment and discovery.
Alas, Caffe V is no more, another victim of a rapacious NYC landlord. Owner Ishrat fought the good fight and Caffe V will be sorely missed.
Cornelia Street Cafe – UG, 29 Cornelia St. corneliastreetcafe.com, 212-989-9319
And more recently we have lost Cornelia Street Cafe. After 41 years, it too became another victim of an unreasonable rent increase.

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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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