NYC Events -“Only the Best” (02/27) + 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.

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:

CURTIS BROTHERS
at the Jazz Gallery / 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.; $15-$25
“Over the past decade, Zaccai Curtis, a pianist, and Luques Curtis, a bassist, have become a bridge between jazz’s older generations and their own (the brothers are in their mid-to-late 30s), and between Latin and straight-ahead jazz. They have served as side musicians for some of the music’s most respected figures — from Eddie Palmieri to Orrin Evans to Jerry and Andy Gonzalez — and they also run a label, Truth Revolution Records, devoted to elevating underappreciated musicians in the generation above them, as well as younger artists on the rise. The brothers themselves recently released a potent new album, “Algorithm,” full of sharp, driving postbop; they will likely play some of that material here, joined by Nick Biello on saxophone, Josh Lawrence on trumpet and Mark Whitfield Jr. on drums.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

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5 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Così fan tutte
>> Molly Pope, a Gay Man, and a Piano
>> Imani Uzuri: Conjure Woman
>> RONALD K. BROWN/EVIDENCE
>> JON IRABAGON

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

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

The Metropolitan Opera
Così fan tutte (next Mar.04, 7:30PM)
Metropolitan Opera House / 7:30PM, $30+
“Coney Island once again comes to the stage of the Met with the first revival of Phelim McDermott’s popular staging inspired by the side shows of the boardwalk. The pairs of young lovers are a casting dream: soprano Nicole Car, mezzo-soprano Serena Malfi, tenor Ben Bliss, and bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni, with the glorious bass-baritone Gerald Finley as the cynical Don Alfonso and the charming soprano Heidi Stober as the mischievous maid Despina. Harry Bicket conducts.”

RONALD K. BROWN/EVIDENCE (Feb.25-Mar.1)
at the Joyce Theater / 8PM, $
“For decades, Brown has created profound choreography that grapples with life and faith, and his exuberant blend of contemporary and African dance can feel like physical prayer. He celebrates his company’s 35th anniversary with a program that includes “High Life” (2000), which begins with a depiction of a slave auction; “Grace” (2000), a work made for the Alvin Ailey company in which a woman in white welcomes people to heaven; and “Mercy,” the companion piece to “Grace,” which premiered last year and is set to music by Meshell Ndegeocello. Wednesday’s gala performance also includes an excerpt from “Open Door” with the Ailey dancers Linda Celeste Sims and Glenn Allen Sims.” (NYT-Brian Schaefer)

Molly Pope, a Gay Man, and a Piano
The Duplex / 9:30PM, $20
“Pope’s viscerally thrilling alto is a rich gusher of sound that emerges like a full-on blast from the past, but her cabaret shows are hilariously full of present tension. In this new series of sets at the Duplex, she sets her sights on joy by applying her Ed Sullivan Show neoretro vocals to standards and contemporary pops. Joining her at the piano are rotating music directors: Drew Wutke (March 26, May 28), Matt Aument (February 27) and Brian Nash (April 23).” (TONY)

Imani Uzuri: Conjure Woman
Atrium @ Lincoln Center / 7:30PM,, FREE
“Imani Uzuri, raised in rural North Carolina, is an award-winning vocalist, composer, librettist, and improviser called “a postmodernist Bessie Smith” by the Village Voice. She creates interdisciplinary works and performs at international venues and festivals. Her ritual performance Wild Cotton was recently cited as one “with subtlety and vision” by the New York Times. In 2018, Uzuri was a commissioned composer for Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Uzuri is a former Park Avenue Armory Artist-in-Residence and was a 2019 Jerome Foundation Composer-in-Residence at Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France. Uzuri and ensemble will share an intimate concert of compositions from her various works for voice, strings, flute, and piano, including music from her large music work Placeless, her cantata Conjure Woman, the world premiere of her Chamber Music America New Jazz Works commission, and selections from her forthcoming chamber opera Hush Arbor (The Opera), a mercurial musical meditation exploring themes of death, transcendence, rebirth, impermanence and “liminality” (standing at the threshold).”

JON IRABAGON (Feb.25-29)
at the Stone / 8:30 p.m.; $20
“Among the most preternaturally gifted saxophonists working today, Irabagon puts few limits on his expression. He’s as likely to blow a startlingly swinging chorus over a jazz standard as he is to unleash a searing blast of sound over a dissolute, free-jazz backing. Here he presents five different projects in as many nights, including 3Dom Factor, an inside-outside group helmed by the elder drummer Barry Altschul, on Tuesday; and a quartet featuring Matt Mitchell on piano, Chris Lightcap on bass and Dan Weiss on drums, on Feb. 28.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

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Smart Stuff / Other NYC EventS
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)

More smart stuff coming soon.


Continuing Events

The Orchid Show: Jeff Leatham’s Kaleidoscope

Saturday, February 15, 2020 – Sunday, April 19, 2020

Experience Famed Designer Jeff Leatham’s Bold and Colorful Vision

“The dazzling floral creations of Jeff Leatham, famed artistic director of the Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris and floral designer to the stars, energize the 18th annual Orchid Show. Leatham’s bold and colorful vision unfolds through captivating installations and designs, transforming each gallery of the exhibition in the historic Enid A. Haupt Conservatory into a different color experience and visual effect, like the turn of a kaleidoscope.

Thousands of orchids provide bursts of forms and colors—in purples, reds, oranges, and hot pink—revealed through overhead arches, vine-inspired ribbons, mirrored sculpture, dramatic lighting, and other artistic embellishments.”

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COMING SOON (WFUV)

2/28 Widespread Panic, Beacon Theatre
2/28 Hall & Oates, Squeeze, KT Tunstall, MSG
2/29 Widespread Panic, Beacon Theatre
2/29 Allen Stone, Brooklyn Steel
2/29 Martin Sexton, The Appel Room
3/1 Widespread Panic, Beacon Theatre
3/1 Lou Reed Birthday Celebration, Bowery Electric
3/2 Dan Luke and the Raid, Baby’s All Right
3/2 Widespread Panic, Beacon Theatre
3/2 Iyla, Rough Trade
3/3 Puck, Elsewhere
3/3 Eric Johnson, Sony Hall
3/3 Chelsea Cutler, Terminal 5
3/4 Noah Cyrus, Bowery Ballroom
3/4 Macy Gray, Brooklyn Bowl
3/4 Heart Bones, Knitting Factory Brooklyn
3/4 Orville Peck, MoMA
3/4 Wye Oak, Music Hall of Williamsburg
3/4 Sun Ra Arkestra, The Town Hall
3/5 Jeanines, Alphaville
3/5 Bandits on the Run, Baby’s All Right
3/5 Silversun Pickups, Brooklyn Steel

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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 2019 – the ninth consecutive year. 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 Live Music  – NYC 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.

I MEMORIALIZE THESE TWO WONDERFUL CLUBS AS A WARNING.
WE HAVE TO WORK HARDER TO SAVE THESE SPECIAL PLACES.

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