NYC Events,”Only the Best” (09/04) + US Tennis Open (Day 8)

“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:

Daniil Simkin (also Sept. 05)
at the Guggenheim Museum / 8PM, 9:30PM, $35–$40
“Daniil Simkin, a 29-year-old principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre, has spearheaded a project resulting in Falls the Shadow, a new work composed in and for the seven-story, quarter-mile-long rotunda designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Alejandro Cerrudo choreographed the piece, which has multimedia projections engineered by Dmitrij Simkin, Daniil’s dad, who after a 25-year dance career now works as a stage designer. Performing the 30-minute premiere are Ana Lopez of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Cassandra Trenary of ABT, former Alonzo King LINES dancer Brett Conway, and the effervescent, often airborne Daniil himself. Spectators will view the piece from the spiraling rotunda, standing through the entire work: Wear comfortable shoes and leave your baggage at home.” (Elizabeth Zimmer, Village Voice)

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

>>THE DIZZY GILLESPIE AFRO CUBAN EXPERIENCE
>>Met Summer HD Festival — La Traviata
>>Jim Caruso’s Cast Party
>>The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra
>>Mad. Sq. Eats
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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

THE DIZZY GILLESPIE AFRO CUBAN EXPERIENCE
Blue Note Jazz Club / 8:00PM, 10:30PM, $30-$45
“Dizzy Gillespie was introduced to Chano Pozo in 1947 by Mario Bauza. Both became life-long friends and Dizzy and Chano Pozo developed Afro-Cuban jazz, which became extremely successful, attracting people to dance to its unique rhythms. Gillespies most famous contributions to Afro-Cuban music are the compositions “Manteca” and “Tin Tin Deo”.

Machitos Afro Cubans (formed in 1940), the creators of Cu-Bop, were a major influence on musicians like Dizzy Gillespie. Dizzy loved it so much, that in 1975, he invited Machitos son, Mario Grillo or Machito Jr., to join Dizzys band for the recording of Afro-Cuban Jazz Moods. So it only makes sense to have him join the Dizzy Gillespie (TM) Afro Cuban Experience, under the direction of John Lee, Dizzys long-time bassist.”

Met Summer HD Festival — La Traviata
The Metropolitan Opera / 8PM
FREE Opera Screenings on Lincoln Center Plaza
“Verdi’s timeless tragedy stars Sonya Yoncheva as the conflicted courtesan who hopes that pure love can save her from self-destruction. Michael Fabiano is her beloved Alfredo and Thomas Hampson is the imperious father standing in the way of their happiness.”

Jim Caruso’s Cast Party (Cabaret)
Birdland, 315 West 44th St. (btw 8/9 ave) / 9:30PM, $25
the witty host attracts broadway stars on their night off, along with up and comers.
“Part cabaret, part piano bar and part social set, Cast Party offers a chance to hear rising and established talents step up to the microphone (backed by the slap and tickle of Steve Doyle on bass and Billy Stritch at the ivories, plus the bang of Daniel Glass on drums). The waggish Caruso presides as host.” (TONY)

The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra
Village Vanguard, 178 7th Ave. South (btw W11th/Perry St.) / 8:30Pm +10:30PM, $30
world class big band with 16 members on that small stage, a monday night institution.
“Almost exactly half a century ago, the trumpeter-composer-arranger Thad Jones and the drummer Mel Lewis began their Monday-night big band residency at the Village Vanguard, establishing what became a hallowed tradition.” (NYT)

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)

TODAY’S TOP EVENT

U.S. TENNIS OPEN Day 8 (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.

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.

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USOpen.org Day 8 picks
By Andrew Eichenholz / Monday, September 04, 2017

MEN
(3) Roger Federer vs. (33) Philipp Kohlschreiber
Federer did not look in the same form that has helped him win two Grand Slam titles this season in his first two matches in Flushing Meadows. Both Frances Tiafoe and Mikhail Youzhny pushed the “Swiss Maestro” to five sets. But a straight-sets, rather uncomplicated victory over the tricky Feliciano Lopez should leave fans of the 19-time major champion optimistic. It will be a completely different matchup for Federer against No. 33 Philipp Kohlschreiber, who will use the angles of the court with far more topspin than Lopez to work the point rather than rush the net. The third seed has an 11-0 lead in the duo’s head-to-head, and don’t expect that to change. Federer will take another step toward a possible semifinal against Rafael Nadal in straight sets.

(9) David Goffin vs. Andrey Rublev
Those who don’t know Rublev likely will after this match. The 19-year-old is one of the best pure ball-strikers pound-for-pound in the world, and you will never find that he lacks intensity on the court. It should be an interesting clash of styles with Goffin, another excellent ground-stroker who can counterpunch with the very best. The Belgian will look to frustrate Rublev and force the Russian out of his rhythm. Expect him to try to take the baseline away from his younger opponent when possible to play on his terms rather than the Russian’s. Rublev has only dropped one set in singles or doubles this US Open, against Damir Dzumhur. And if he maintains his composure once again, look for the teenager to back up his upset of No. 7 Grigor Dimitrov with a tough five-set victory against Goffin.

WOMEN
(1) Karolina Pliskova vs. Jennifer Brady
Pliskova has not looked her best over the course of the tournament’s first week. If it wasn’t for saving match point in her third-rounder against No. 27 Zhang Shuai, the Czech would already be on her way home, with no chance of maintaining her No. 1 ranking. One thing is for sure: former UCLA Bruin Jennifer Brady will not be afraid of going for her shots against a fellow big-hitter like Pliskova, especially on the forehand wing. One of two things will happen Monday: Brady will earn the win of her life or Pliskova will return to or near the form that got her to last year’s US Open final. While Brady’s run in New York has capped off an excellent first season of Grand Slam main draws, take the latter. Pliskova in two.

Daria Kasatkina vs. Kaia Kanepi
In general, this matchup will be similar to Kasatkina’s last match, and entirely different for Kanepi. The Estonian faced a fellow big-hitter in Naomi Osaka, surviving a three-set battle in the third round. Kasatkina will attempt to put as many balls back in play as possible and use Kanepi’s aggression against her. She did a good job of that after a slow start against French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko, eventually ousting arguably the most aggressive player on tour, 6-3, 6-2. Kasatkina and Kanepi have never played before, but expect Kasatkina to advance to her first Grand Slam quarterfinal in straight sets.

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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, villagevanguard.com, 212-255-4037
Blue Note – 131 W3rd St. nr 6th ave. bluenotejazz.com, 212-475-8592
55 Bar – basement @55 Christopher St. nr 7th ave.S. 55bar.com, 212-929-9883
Mezzrow – basement @ 163 W10th St. nr 7th Ave. mezzrow.com,646-476-4346
Smalls – basement @ 183 W10th St. smallslive.com, 646-476-4346
Cornelia Street Cafe – UG, 29 Cornelia St. corneliastreetcafe.com, 212-989-9319

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

Special Mention:
Caffe Vivaldi – 32 Jones St. nr Bleecker St. — caffevivaldi.com / 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.

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♦ 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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