NYC Events, “Only the Best” (05/03) + 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:  “May 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.
OR 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:

‘DIALOGUES DES CARMÉLITES’ (next May 8, 7:30 p.m)
at the Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, $154+
“The Met often sneaks in one of the most interesting prospects of the year right at the end of its season, and these three performances, reprising a 2013 run, certainly qualify as that. Its music director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, leads John Dexter’s 1977 production of Poulenc’s masterwork with a cast that includes Isabel Leonard as Blanche, Karita Mattila as the Prioress and Adrianne Pieczonka as Madame Lidoine.” (NYT-David Allen)

“Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads the classic John Dexter production of Poulenc’s devastating story of faith and martyrdom. Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard sings the touching role of Blanche and soprano Karita Mattila, a legend in her own time, returns to the Met as the Prioress.”

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6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> CONVERSATIONS WITH MERCE
>> Gilad Hekselman
>> Art New York
>> Frieze New York

>> Harlem Whiskey Renaissance
>> Reckless: Henry Kissinger and the Tragedy of Vietnam

Continuing Events
>> Tribeca Film Festival
>> STREB

COMING SOON (WFUV)
5/2-3 Deer Tick, Music Hall of Williamsburg
5/2-4, 5/7-8 Morrissey, Lunt-Fontaine Theatre
5/3 Santigold, Hammerstein Ballroom
5/4 Son Volt, Music Hall of Williamsburg
5/5 Al Green, The Apollo Theater
5/5 Vampire Weekend, Webster Hall
5/6 Bjork’s Cornucopia, The Shed
5/6-7 Nickel Creek, Music Hall of Williamsburg
5/7 Delta Rae, Sony Hall
5/7-8 Imogen Heap, Town Hall
5/8 Dandy Warhols, Brooklyn Steel

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Music, Dance, Performing Art

CONVERSATIONS WITH MERCE (May 3-4)
at N.Y.U. Skirball Center for the Performing Arts / 7:30 p.m.; $25
“The Merce Cunningham Centennial festivities continue with three new works celebrating the choreographer’s legacy. This presentation, curated by Rashaun Mitchell, a former company member and a trustee with the Merce Cunningham Trust, explores the theoretical, practical and experiential approaches to Cunningham’s work. Three respected choreographers take part: Moriah Evans, Mina Nishimura and Netta Yerushalmy. In their responses to his lineage, they focus on conceptual, formal and personal connections with the choreographer. In addition to the commissioned works, Cunningham solos will be performed by Shayla-Vie Jenkins and Keith Sabado.” (NYT)

more coming soon

Gilad Hekselman (April 30-May 5)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave. S. / 8:30PM, +10:30PM, $35
“If the previous generation of jazz guitarists, flourishing in the wake of seventies fusion, were open to incorporating the extravagant sonics of avant rock and R. & B., the six-string maestros of today—among them, Gilad Hekselman—positively throw bear hugs around transformative contemporary textures. Here, Hekselman, an entrancing stylist who cleverly employs a small arsenal of pedals and effects, is joined by an ensemble that includes the outstanding saxophonist Mark Turner.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)

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Smart Stuff / Other NYC EventS

Art New York (5/2-5/5)
Get inspired at an art fair
at Pier 92/94 / 12-8PM, $25 one-day ticket; $55 multi-day ticket
“An important exhibition facility for the arts that annually attracts over 150,000 collectors. Art New York will offer both noteworthy and fresh works by important artists from the modern, post-war, and pop eras, and feature paintings, photography, prints, drawings, design, and sculpture.” (cityguideny.com)

“Whether you’re most moved by paintings, photography, prints, drawings, or sculptures, contemporary, modern, post-war, or pop art, you’ll find something that speaks to you at Art New York. The fair features nearly 300 artists from 18 countries, displaying both up-and-coming talent and the biggest of the big names (read: Shepard Fairey, Dali, Matisse, Picasso, and Warhol).” (thrillist)

Not as convenient as Art New York, but worth a look:

Frieze New York (May 2- 5)
Randalls Island Park, Randall’s Island / 11AM, $27+
“Plan to spend some serious time immersing yourself in imaginative projects from 200 international galleries, both indoors and out, at Randall’s Island Park. This year, some of the art fest’s works are displayed off-site and even virtually. Frieze has teamed up with real estate company Tishman Speyer for a free public sculpture park at Rockefeller Center that presents 20 statues crafted by 14 far-reaching artists. Plus, Acute Art’s Daniel Birnbaum curates an exhibition dedicated to virtual-reality in which tech-loving aesthetes can view works in an immersive booth. If you can’t make it to the island, you can still experience the fest: Five hundred VR headsets are free to use at the aforementioned sculpture park, the Standard High Line and the Standard East Village.” (TONY)

Harlem Whiskey Renaissance
Take a trip to the Jazz Age
Museum of the City of New York / 6-10PM, $125-175
“Hark back to Harlem’s early 20th-century boom at the Harlem Whiskey Renaissance. The fourth annual event toasts to the neighborhood’s past at the Museum of the City of New York with live entertainment, food, and a whole lot of whiskey. Learn the history of spirits while you sip and enjoy jazzy tunes from musicians like Dandy Wellington.” (thrillist)

Reckless: Henry Kissinger and the Tragedy of Vietnam
Soldiers’, Sailors’, Marines’, Coast Guard and Airmens’ Club, 283 Lexington Ave./ 7PM, FREE
“The New York Military Affairs Symposium hosts author Robert K. Brigham, whose recent book draws on new scholarship to illuminate Henry Kissinger‘s four-year delay of the end of the Vietnam War (without any shift in the terms of the truce that ended the conflict.)” (ThoughtGallery)

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Continuing Events


Tribeca Film Festival (April 24 to May 5)

“Robert De Niro and Co.’s Tribeca Film Festival has long shown a spotlight on local indie features, documentaries, foreign films, the latest from big-name talent and the greatest from up-and-coming filmmakers.

TimeOutNY has got your complete one-stop-shopping guide to Tribeca Film Festival: their personal must-see picks, movie screenings, ticket info, a list of nearby bars and restaurants and much more.”

See Also:
IndieWire – Tribeca 2019: 12 Must-See Films at This Year’s Festival, From Danny Boyle to a Wild ‘Showgirls’ Doc.
CBS News – 15 highlights at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival in NYC.
vulture.com (NYMag) – Tribeca Film Festival What to see at the independent film fest.

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STREB (weekends through May 12)
Streb Lab for Action Mechanics, 51 N. 1st St., Bklyn. / Sat.5PM, Sun.3PM; $25
“The shows that STREB Extreme Action puts on at its Williamsburg headquarters  have a carnival atmosphere, and not just because eating and drinking are encouraged. Will the Action Heroes, as the intrepid dancer-acrobats are styled, collide as they hurl themselves off a trampoline? Will they get whacked by swinging cinder blocks or huge metal contraptions? Probably not, but they want you to cringe. Their newest machine is the Molinette, a giant bar that revolves like the blade of a windmill.” (Brian Seibert, NewYorker)

The Streb performers are absolutely amazing and so worth the detour.
I try to see them every year, can’t get enough.

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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.”

In Memoriam:
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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