NYC Events,”Only the Best” (08/31) + US Tennis Open (Day 4)

Today’s Elite 8 NYC Events > THURSDAY/ AUGUST 31, 2017

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It’s the most comprehensive list of top events this month that you’ll find anywhere.

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

Jazzrausch Bigband
David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, FREE, but better get there early for a seat for this one.
“Founded in 2014 as the house band of a Munich club, this big band has been quietly revolutionizing the German club scene with endlessly inventive performances of everything from hip-hop and house to dubstep and classical. Over the last two years they have become a regular presence at several renowned Munich music venues, including the famed jazz club Unterfahrt, indie spot Cord, and techno club Harry Klein, making them the only resident big band of a techno club in the world. With German fans already won over, the band has begun to attract a fervent international following soon to include Lincoln Center audiences.”


7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)

>>Fini International Dance Festival
>>Met Summer HD Festival — Tristan und Isolde Act I
>>Roy Hargrove
>>Charlie Parker Birthday Celebration
>>Kurt Rosenwinkel 

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Fini International Dance Festival
“With sponsorship from the Italian Cultural Institute, dancer-producer Antonio Fini held a showcase for dancers and choreographers in February at the Danzainfiera, in Florence. Then he held summer intensives in Villapiana Calabria in July, and in New York last week. This Thursday he gathers guest dance companies from Italy, as well as U.S.–based troupes with an “Italian connection,” for a gala event hosted by Milanese dancer and TV hostess Tabata Caldironi. Receiving a lifetime achievement award is Terese Capucilli. Also celebrated will be “extraordinary dancer” Marie Lorene Fichaux, and “rising stars” Alessio Crognale and Antonio Cangiano; these performers appear in works by Nacho Duato and Michael Mao. Completing the bill are dancers from the Rome International Dance Academy, Bologna’s JH Dance Company, Antonella Perazzo’s Movin Beat Company from Rome, and others.” (Elizabeth Zimmer, VillageVoice)

at the Museum of Modern Art / 6:30PM, FREE with museum admission
“Private Energy,” the South Florida-born musician Roberto Carlos Lange’s fifth album as Helado Negro, is a minor masterpiece of warmth and rhythm, and it’s been justly celebrated since its release last fall: The LP was lavished with widespread critical praise, and the standout track “Young, Latin and Proud” has been embraced by fans as an anthem of self-respect. Onstage, Mr. Lange is often joined by his so-called tinsel mammals, charmingly low-key backup dancers in shaggy, sparkly costumes.” (SIMON VOZICK-LEVINSON, NYT)

at the Iridium / 8 and 10PM, $35-$45
“Each of these four saxophonists is a master of straight-ahead jazz, though most have dipped into other styles, too. Mr. Heath, 90, wears the hard-bop mantle: In the 1950s and ’60s, he was one of the style’s notable composer-practitioners. Mr. Bartz played in some of Miles Davis’s best jazz-rock ensembles, and honed a personal brand of frisky soul jazz. Mr. Jackson is known as a deft exponent of John Coltrane’s clear and untempered sound on the tenor saxophone. Mr. Harrison, a guiding light in the world of New Orleans culture, has a slippery and groove-soaked approach to the alto saxophone.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

Met Summer HD Festival — Tristan und Isolde Act I
The Metropolitan Opera / 8PM
FREE Opera Screenings on Lincoln Center Plaza
“Sir Simon Rattle conducts Wagner’s meditation on transcendent love, with an acclaimed cast led by Nına Stemme and Stuart Skelton. Mariusz Treliński’s insightful production sets the timeless tale against a backdrop of modern-day warfare.”

Roy Hargrove (Aug. 29-Sept. 3.)
Blue Note, 131 W. 3rd St./ 8PM, +10:30PM, $30-$45
“The bebop bug that got the teen-age trumpeter Hargrove, back in Texas in the nineteen-eighties left its stinger in. This vigorous improviser has since investigated other byways, including fruitful forays into Cuban music and funk, but he always returns to draw from his initial inspiration. He leads a steaming quintet that offers plenty of room for his charging and lyrical brass ventures.” (NewYorker)

Charlie Parker Birthday Celebration (Aug 30 – Sep 02)
Featuring Vincent Herring, Greg Osby, Jeremy Pelt, Helen Sung, Lonnie Plaxico, and Billy Drummond
Birdland, / 8:30PM, +11PM, $40
“Born August 29th, 1920, Charlie “Bird” Parker was one of the most influential and iconic artists in jazz history. As the central figure in the development of bebop in the 1940s Bird was a legendary figure in his own lifetime and was idolized by those who worked with him including Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, Bud Powell and Miles Davis. He was the inspiration for Birdland and practically defined its mission as the home for modern jazz in New York City. Since his death in 1955 at age 34 Bird has inspired every subsequent generation of jazz artist and left a rich legacy of distinctive compositions and signature melodic vocabulary that still informs every style of jazz. For his celebration Birdland presents a group of jazz all-stars who can move seamlessly between classic and contemporary Bird-inspired material.”

Kurt Rosenwinkel (Aug 30-Sep 03)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave. S., at 11th St./ 8:30, 10:30PM, $30
“With its Brazilian and rock flavoring, “Caipi,” Rosenwinkel’s latest recording, is a bit of a left turn for the imaginative guitarist, who has taken his place among the most gifted players in the generation that followed such visionary six-string giants as Pat Metheny and Bill Frisell. A trim trio setting, with the drummer Greg Hutchinson and the bassist Dario Fromit, will effectively showcase Rosenwinkel’s fretboard wizardry.” (NewYorker)


U.S. TENNIS OPEN Day 4 (thru Sept. 10)

The U.S. Open begins play today @ 11AM at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens (about 45 min. from Times Square.) This tournament serves up the world’s best tennis players right in our backyard. Celebrating its 20th year at Arthur Ashe Stadium, it is the fourth and final Grand Slam tennis tournament of the year.
subway: @ Times Square take #7 to Willets Point.

Today’s tips: Arrive Early. Security screening seems to have been ratcheted up which may cause delays to enter. Best not to bring a bag. The best, most comprehensive review of the tournament and the current state of tennis can be found at the NYTimes/Sports.

Early in the tournament forget the Big House (Arthur Ashe Stadium). Get a grounds pass and once inside check out one of the electronic scoreboards listing matches in progress. Find a match or players that interest you. Head over to their court for some great tennis, because in this tournament even the qualifiers are great players.There is no other major sporting event where you can get so close to world class athletes as at the U.S. Open – on the outer field courts, the Grandstand court, and the new Armstrong stadium, temporary for just this year. These are courts where you can get a real sense of the pace of the game.

PLUS, head over to Sports Illustrated for their comprehensive list of insider tips for attending the U.S. Open.

========================================= Day 4 picks
By David Satriano

(18) Gael Monfils vs. Donald Young
Monfils provided some entertainment in a straight-sets win over Jeremy Chardy on Wednesday, 7-6, 6-3, 6-4, and the Frenchman always endears himself to the pro-American crowd in Flushing. He’s made at least the quarterfinals at the US Open three times, including the semifinals last year, losing to Novak Djokovic, 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2. Still, Young, the Atlanta native, could see the crowd on his side as he looks to make it past the second round for the first time in his past seven Grand Slams events. The two men have split two head-to-head matches but haven’t played since 2011. It will be hard for Young to keep up with the unpredictable Monfils, who covers a lot of the court with his wheels and wingspan. Expect Monfils, who turns 31 on Friday, to beat Young in four sets.

(6) Dominic Thiem vs. Taylor Fritz
Thiem had a fairly easy time defeating Alex de Minaur, surrendering just games to win in three sets. Fritz, the 19-year-old from Palos Verdes, Calif., advanced to the second round of a Grand Slam for the first time in his career Wednesday with a straight-sets win over Marcos Baghdatis, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3. Fritz helped his cause with five breaks of serve but only won 55 percent of his net points (12 of 22), which could hurt him if he tries to be aggressive against Thiem, the No. 6 seed. Thiem, 23, only faced three break points (losing one of them) and won 73 percent of his net points (16 of 22). Theim wins in straight sets.

(25) Daria Gavrilova vs. Shelby Rogers
Gavrilova, 23, earned her first win in the US Open main draw in three tries with a straight-sets win over Allie Kiick, 6-2, 6-1, on Wednesday and didn’t expend much energy in the 60-minute match. She looked sharp, converting seven of 10 break points and making only 13 unforced errors. Rogers, the 24-year-old Charleston, S.C., native needed three sets to get past Kayla Day on Wednesday, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4. Rogers made the third round at the French Open and Wimbledon but likely will be no match for Gavrilova, who won her first WTA title last week at the Connecticut Open, the prelude to the US Open. The No. 25-ranked Gavrilova wins in straight sets.

Naomi Osaka vs. Denisa Allertova
Osaka is coming off the biggest win of her career, upsetting last year’s US Open champion, No. 6-seeded Angelique Kerber, with a 6-3, 6-1 straight-sets win in Arthur Ashe Stadium. The 19-year-old did make the third round in Flushing last year and has an advantage of having an extra day’s rest. Allertova, 27, needed 98 minutes to defeat Rebecca Peterson 6-2, 7-6 on Wednesday in a rain-delayed first-round contest and could show signs of fatigue with two matches in two days. She’s made the second round each of hte past three years at the US Open. The two have never played each other, so there’s no head to head to go one, but expect Osaka to ride her momentum into the third round, winning in three sets.

Bonus NYC events– Jazz Venues:
Many consider NYCity the Jazz capital of the world. Here are my favorite Jazz clubs, all on Manhattan’s WestSide. Check out who is playing tonight:

Greenwich Village:
(5 are underground, classic jazz joints. all 6 are within walking distance of each other):
Village Vanguard – UG, 178 7th Ave. South,, 212-255-4037
Blue Note – 131 W3rd St. nr 6th ave., 212-475-8592
55 Bar – basement @55 Christopher St. nr 7th ave.S., 212-929-9883
Mezzrow – basement @ 163 W10th St. nr 7th Ave.,646-476-4346
Smalls – basement @ 183 W10th St., 646-476-4346
Cornelia Street Cafe – UG, 29 Cornelia St., 212-989-9319

Outside Greenwich Village:
Dizzy’s Club – Broadway @ 60th St. — / 212-258-9595
Birdland – 315 W44th St.(btw 8/9ave) — / 212-581-3080
Smoke Jazz Club – 2751 Broadway nr.106th St. — / 212-864-6662

Special Mention:
Caffe Vivaldi – 32 Jones St. nr Bleecker St. — / 212-691-7538
a classic, old jazz club in the Village, Caffe V often surprises with a wonderfully eclectic lineup. It’s my favorite spot for an evening of listening enjoyment and discovery.

♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity, with a population of  8.5 million, had a record 60 million visitors last year and was TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2017.  Quality shows draw crowds.
Try to reserve seats for these top NYC events in advance, even if just on day of performance.
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