NYC Events,”Only the Best” (09/03) + US Tennis Open (Day 7)

“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 better check the tab above: “Notable NYC Events-September”
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:

Roy Hargrove (LAST DAY)
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)


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

>>Olga Pericet
>>Met Summer HD Festival — Nabucco
>>Kurt Rosenwinkel
>>Peter Bernstein Quartet
>>Mad. Sq. Eats

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Olga Pericet
Repertorio Espanol / 3PM, $35+
“Whether she’s rocking flamenco’s traditional batucada or jockeying with a set of antlers, wrapping herself in fringe or shedding a jeweled vest, the remarkable dancer and choreographer Olga Pericet is always thinking outside the traditional boxes of Spanish dance. Petite and powerful, and a highlight of last spring’s Flamenco Festival at City Center, she interrupts months of international touring to spend three weeks in the intimate precincts of Manhattan’s tiny Spanish theater in a Gramercy Park townhouse, performing to live music and with her innate intensity. Spark your staycation and encounter this powerful avant-garde performer and her gifted ensemble up close.” (Elizabeth Zimmer, Village Voice)

Met Summer HD Festival — Nabucco
The Metropolitan Opera / 8PM
FREE Opera Screenings on Lincoln Center Plaza
“As the title king of Babylon, Plácido Domingo adds another role to his historic Met career, joining forces once again with Music Director Emeritus James Levine. The Metropolitan Opera Chorus delivers a poignant performance of Verdi’s famous “Va, pensiero.””

Kurt Rosenwinkel (LAST DAY)
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)

Peter Bernstein Quartet (LAST DAY)
Smoke, 2751 Broadway, between 105th and 106th Sts./
“In 1994, the guitarist Bernstein roped together a pretty decent band for the recording of his album “Signs of Life.” These same former up-and-comers—Brad Mehldau, Christian McBride, and Gregory Hutchinson—rejoined Bernstein for his latest album, “Signs Live!,” proving that potential can reap dividends. His supporting crew here may not be quite as illustrious, but the pianist Sullivan Fortner, the bassist Doug Weiss, and the drummer Leon Parker will surely do the fret-board marvel proud.” (NewYorker)

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

Mad. Sq. Eats
Worth Square, 11AM, FREE
“The fall version of this twice-a-year event from UrbanSpace and the Madison Square Park Conservancy runs daily from September 2–29, and it’s your chance to try food from two dozen vendors who converge on the park from all corners of the city. It’ll be hard to go wrong with any of it, but we recommend the po’boys from the Gumbo Brothers and whatever sweet concoction that Renegade Lemonade, Ice & Vice, and Macaron Parlour have teamed up to create. (Hint: It’s called “Renegade Vice Parlour.”) Or, if you look at a plate of chicken and waffles and think, “Wish I didn’t have to sit at a table and bother with utensils to enjoy this,” Chick’nCone is your food trend du jour.” (Mary Bakija, Village Voice)


U.S. TENNIS OPEN Day 7 (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.

For the full schedule of play today, click here.

========================================= Day 7 picks
By Clair Maciel / Sunday, September 03, 2017

(16) Lucas Pouille vs. (29) Diego Schwartzman
Without a doubt, this is the must-see match of the day. But if you decide to take a seat in Grandstand on Sunday morning, make sure you are willing to dedicate at least three hours to this match because it has the potential go the distance. Frenchman Lucas Pouille has brought some serious drama to the Open during the first week, producing a five-set thriller over Jared Donaldson in the second round, followed by coming back from a set down against Mikhail Kukushkin to reach the round of 16. His high-voltage game will be quite a match for the ATP’s leading returner, Diego Schwartzman. The 5-foot-7 Argentine uses an effective all-court game and speedy footwork to frustrate his opponents, just as he did when he toppled former champion Marin Cilic in the previous round. As long as both players feel fresh, this bout could go five rounds. And Pouille will have the edge.

Paolo Lorenzi vs. (28) Kevin Anderson
Kevin Anderson’s serve has proven to be untouchable through three rounds at the US Open. Not only has he struck 52 aces, but his serve has not yet been broken all week. He’s used this weapon to breeze through J.C. Aragone, Ernests Gulbis and Croatian upstart Borna Coric. And he’s looking to add one more name to that list: round of 16 opponent Paolo Lorenzi. The Italian workhorse plays a vicious baseline game that defeated No. 19 seed Gilles Muller in the second round, then eased past compatriot Thomas Fabbiano to score his first-ever US Open fourth-round appearance. Though Lorenzi rarely lets anything get past him, the South African’s serve might be too much to handle. Anderson advances in three.

(16) Anastasija Sevastova vs. (WC) Maria Sharapova
No. 16 seed Anastasija Sevastova has had a fairly favorable draw through her first three rounds at the US Open. Last year’s quarterfinalist has faced three opponents ranked outside the Top 50, allowing her to advance without dropping a set. But reaching the quarters for a second consecutive year will be a tall order (no pun intended), as the 5-foot-7 Latvian takes on 6-foot-2 former champion Maria Sharapova. While Sharapova is technically also ranked outside the Top 50, at No. 146, her game is nearly back to No. 1 status, and she’s proved that she belongs back at the top. In three, Sharapova with the win.

(30) Julia Goerges vs. Sloane Stephens
This matchup could be an interesting one, as the fiery Sloane Stephens aims for her first US Open quarterfinal berth. The American owns a 3-1 advantage over opponent Julia Goerges, all on hard courts, with Stephens taking their last meeting in the quarterfinal round of Cincinnati. Stephens has shown no signs of trouble from a recent foot injury that sidelined her for most of this season, and back-to-back semifinal finishes at US Open tune-ups in Toronto and Cincy have certainly given her the confidence she needs to secure a spot in the second week here.
But Goerges is no pushover, as she’s reached three WTA finals this season, the latest in Washington this summer, and has not yet been tested in Flushing Meadows. After three rounds, she has dropped 10 games, and her highest ranked opponent was No. 78 Aleksandra Krunic. Goerges ranks 50 spots higher than Stephens and could pose a difficult challenge, but you have to give this one to Sloane on sheer grit. The American takes it in three.


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.
NYCity Vacation Travel Guide Video (Expedia):

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