NYC Events, “Only the Best” (06/18) + Today’s Featured Pub (Tribeca)

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

The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra (June 18–19)
Dizzy’s Club / 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $35
“The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra (SNJO) is one of Europe’s foremost contemporary big bands. Tonight, the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra invites you to enjoy new swinging big-band jazz interpretations of Prokofiev’s popular classical work, Peter & the Wolf.

The SNJO will be joined by leading Scots actor Tam Dean Burn to create a wildly vivid jazz version of Prokofiev’s famous cautionary fable. Combining virtuosity and ingenuity with striking theatricality, it’s a delightful collision between a folk tale and big-band swing with the music woven around expressive dialogue adapted by former Scots Makar (National Poet of Scotland) Liz Lochhead. Though full of fresh ideas, Smith’s orchestration remains true to the composer’s much-loved musical characterizations while being energized by the creation of new inventive ideas inspired by the ingenuous original score.”

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7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Pilobolus
>> The Lineup with Susie Mosher
>> American Ballet Theatre
>> SEA WOLF
>> Toots and the Maytals,
>> Brad Mehldau Quintet
>> Taste of Grand Central Market

You may want to look at previous days posts for events that continue through today.

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Music, Dance, Performing Art

Pilobolus (through June 29)
Joyce Theatre, 175 Eighth Ave. / 7:30PM, $55+
“For a long time, summer at the Joyce was synonymous with a monthlong encampment by this popular troupe of acrobat-illusionists. But five years have passed since the company’s last visit. How has the group evolved in the meantime? Its two comeback programs don’t offer many chances to find out; the most recent item is “Branches,” an ebb-and-flow nature study, from 2017. The most reliable selections, in any case, come from the better, stranger early period: “Day 2” (1980), with its primordial creatures and Slip ‘N Slide coda; “Walklyndon” (1971), with its silly stage crossings; and, best of all, “Untitled” (1972), a Victorian picnic for giantesses.” (Brian Seibert, NewYorker)

The Lineup with Susie Mosher
Birdland Theater / 9:30PM, $25
“Mosher is one of those talents you need to see to believe: warm, funny, biting, ferociously committed. In her weekly series at the downstairs Birdland Theater, she invites a gaggle of performers from Broadway and beyond to show their talents. Guests at the June 18 edition include Candice Woods, Alysha Umphress, Gabrielle Stravelli, Natalie Joy Johnson, Brian Kalinoski, Tony Daniels and Cassandra Kubinski, Alison Nusbaum, Will Taylor and John Miller.” (TONY)

American Ballet Theatre (through July 6)
Metropolitan Opera House / 7:30PM, $22+
“The company continues its Lincoln Center spring season with “Le Corsaire” through Saturday, followed by eight performances of Kenneth MacMillan’s sumptuous “Manon” beginning on Monday. In that performance, Hee Seo makes her debut in the titular role, opposite Roberto Bolle as Des Grieux. The full-length production is also Bolle’s swan song at Ballet Theater: On Thursday, he gives his farewell performance. And Wednesday’s matinee will surely be a hot ticket, too, with debuts by Misty Copeland, Catherine Hurlin and Calvin Royal III.” (NYT-Gia Kourlas)
Tonight: “Manon”

Elsewhere, but these two look worth the detour:

SEA WOLF (June 18-19)
at National Sawdust / 8 p.m.; $25
“Alex Brown Church, the creative mind behind this Los Angeles-based band, spins stormy romance and natural imagery into graceful indie-folk melodies. The group’s most recent project, “Song Spells No. 1: Cedarsmoke,” was a more experimental release funded through Kickstarter; in press materials, Church called it “not an official record.” Though it came out nearly five years ago, its songs have never been performed live by the full band. That will change on Tuesday and Wednesday, when they, accompanied by a string quartet, will take the project to the stage for the first time.” (NYT-OLIVIA HORN)

Toots and the Maytals, Live in Concert, Selectress Iriela
​Brooklyn Bowl / 8PM, $36
“Toots is one of the true architects of reggae –so much so that “Do the Reggay,” a 1968 single by Toots and his group, theMaytals, is credited with giving the genre its name. Classic songs written and recorded by Toots and the Maytals have been covered by the likes of the Clash and the Specials, and the group was featured in reggae’s greatest breakthrough event –“The Harder They Come,” the 1972 film that became an international sensation.”

Brad Mehldau Quintet (June 18-23)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave. S./ 8:30PM, +10:30PM, $35,
BUT SOLD OUT his entire engagement.
Will need to try secondary market. Mark your calendar for the next time he is in town.
“The pianist Brad Mehldau, best known for the state-of-the-art trios he’s steered for the past three decades, cut his teeth in larger bands flanked by horn players. Here, he mixes things up with a quintet featuring a contemporary phenomenon, the trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, and also a few faces from the past, including the saxophonist Joel Frahm and the drummer Leon Parker.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)

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Smart Stuff / Other NYC EventS

Taste of Grand Central Market
Grand Central Terminal, Main Concourse / 2-3PM, $2+
“New Yorkers will gladly cough up change for great food, but when there’s a chance to snag excellent grub for the price of nada, we pounce! Make sure to hit Grand Central’s “Taste of Grand Central Market.” The foodie heaven (located between Graybar Building and the 4/5/6 subway lines) serves a ton of cheap bites from merchants such as Ceriello Fine Foods, Eli Zabar’s Bread & Pastry, Eli Zabar’s Farm to Table, Oren’s Daily Roast, Pescatore Seafood Co., Sushi by Pescatore, Murray’s Cheese and more.The tastings last for an hour (2pm to 3pm) every Tuesday in June. The price will run you $2. So, if you’re in dire need of a snack during your commute, this is the spot to hit! While we have you, make sure to check our list of 10 fascinating secrets about Grand Central.” (TONY)


Continuing Events

‘MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING’
at the Delacorte Theater (thru June 23).
“Sigh no more, Shakespeare fans. Shakespeare in the Park — its tickets distributed free by line and lottery — returns with this sparkling comedy of sparring lovers. In postwar Messina, Beatrice (Danielle Brooks) and Benedick (Grantham Coleman) are a couple who despise each other. Until they don’t. Kenny Leon directs. ” (NYT-Alexis Soloski)
212-967-7555, publictheater.org
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COMING SOON (WFUV)

6/19 Father John Misty with Jason Isbell, BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival
6/19 The Lumineers, Pioneer Works

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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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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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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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