NYC Events,”Only the Best” (09/05) + US Tennis Open (Day 9)

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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:

Fantasyland: Kurt Andersen in Conversation with Kwame Anthony Appiah
NYPL main building Celeste Auditorium, / 6:30PM, FREE
“Fantasyland, the latest book by Kurt Andersen, bestselling author and co-creator of the public radio show Studio 360, is a comprehensive examination of our post-truth world and the history of the American instinct to believe in make-believe.

Andersen argues that the tendency to see our current “alternative-facts” moment as a new phenomenon belies four centuries of magical thinkers and true believers, hucksters and suckers, who have embedded an appetite for believe-whatever-you-want fantasy into our national DNA. From the Salem witch trials to P. T. Barnum to extraterrestrial conspiracy theories, Fantasyland suggests that America’s love of the fantastic has made this country exceptional in a way that has yet to be explored.

Andersen will speak with writer, philosopher, and NYU professor Kwame Anthony Appiah. A book signing will follow the program.”


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

>>Jeff (Tain) Watts
>>Sugar: In Concert
>>Roy Haynes
>>Daniil Simkin
>>Book Launch: Mean Men by Professor Mark Lipton

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

at Birdland / 8:30 and 11PM, $40
“Mr. Kuhn is a prodigious pianist whose talents reveal themselves gently. For over 50 years he has honed a sound that’s bright and stark, especially in the upper register. His playing is pleasant and reassuring, but also distinctive: He’s influenced in equal measure by Bill Evans and Red Garland. He appears here with his working trio, featuring the bassist Steve Swallow and the drummer Joey Baron. The group will enter the studio to record its third album soon after this run of shows ends.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

Jeff (Tain) Watts (Sept. 5-10)
Jazz Standard, 116 E. 27th St./ 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $30
“Paying tribute to Elvin Jones, the late genius of modern-jazz drumming whose name is indelibly linked with that of John Coltrane, the relentlessly propulsive drummer brings together veterans of Jones’s bands, including the saxophonists Sonny Fortune, Dave Liebman, and Ravi Coltrane. He concludes the engagement with a trio featuring the guitarist Kevin Eubanks that will also honor Jones.” (NewYorker)

Sugar: In Concert
Feinstein’s/54 Below / 7PM, +9:30PM, $30+
“Lesli Margherita, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka, Matt Hetherington, Tony Sheldon and original cast member Tony Roberts star in a concert version of this 1972 musical adaptation of Some Like It Hot, with a book by Peter Stone and a score by the Funny Girl team of Jule Styne and Bob Merrill.” (TONY)

Roy Haynes
Blue Note / 8pm,+10:30pm; $30-$45
“When this drum legend says that he’s played with “everybody,” it’s not just a figure of speech: The virtuoso’s former employers include Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Louis Armstrong, to name only a few. Haynes remains a galvanizing bandleader and garrulous crowd-pleaser, not to mention one of the hardest-swinging percussionists ever to pick up sticks.” (TONY)

Daniil Simkin
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)

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

Book Launch: Mean Men by Professor Mark Lipton
The New School, 66 W. 12th St./ 6PM, FREE, resv. required
“There may be human echoes to the story of “The Garbage Dump Troop,” a tribe of Kenyan baboons who shifted into a markedly less jerky society after its alpha males died off from poisoned meat. A panel of experts joins the author of Mean Men: The Perversion of America’s Self-Made Man, which synthesizes decades of psychological research to look at success stories like Steve Jobs, Lance Armstrong, and Donald Trump—all known for their meanness—and to propose more humanistic approaches to leadership. The New School.” (


U.S. TENNIS OPEN Day 9 (thru Sept. 10)

September 1, 2017 – Sloane Stephens in action against Ashleigh Barty at the 2017 US Open.

The U.S. Open begins play today @ 12PM 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.

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 9 quarterfinal picks
Tuesday, September 05, 2017
Check out the picks of the editorial team for the Day 9 quarterfinal matches:

Jonathon Braden: The Spaniard stays tough, determined to advance. Carreno Busta in 4.
E.J. Crawford: Schwartzman was hurting at the end of his win over Lucas Pouille, which could spell trouble against the indefatigable Carreno Busta. Carreno Busta in 4.
Andrew Eichenholz: If Denis Shapovalov could not consistently hit through the Spaniard’s steady level, it is hard to see Schwartzman doing so. Carreno Busta in 4.
Richard Finn: The little big man takes advantage of a letdown from the Spaniard after beating Shapovalov. Schwartzman wins in 4.

Jonathon Braden: Sloane continues to thrive out of the spotlight and returns to a Grand Slam semifinal. Stephens in 2.
E.J. Crawford: Sevastova is a gutty competitor and a tough out, but this has the feel of a special run for Stephens. The American in 3.
Richard Finn: The unseeded American keeps going with the support of the home crowd. Stephens defeats Sevastova in 3 sets.
David Satriano: Stephens missed three of the past four Slams because of a foot injury but has come back and found a way to advance to the quarters, beating two seeded players along the way. Expect her run in Flushing to continue with a three-set win and a trip to the semifinals.

Robbie Frischling-Sosman: Venus saves match points before getting through in a tight 3
Shazeen Khan: Kvitova has been performing really well since returning from her injury. If she plays as well as she did against Muguruza in the last round, I expect her to defeat Venus Williams in 3.
David Satriano: Kvitova has looked sharp to this point and hasn’t expended much energy, with none of her four matches going beyond two sets. The two-time Wimbledon champion will end Williams’ chance at her first Open title since 2001 and first Slam since 2005. Kvitova in 2.
Neil Schlecht: A Tuesday-night final is what this essentially is, a heavyweight bout between two of the most aggressive players and nicest women on tour. Petra is playing with house money, and she will outlast Venus in a classic that goes to the wire.

Jonathon Braden: No one is playing better than Querrey right now, and the American uses the home-court advantage to oust Anderson in a Grand Slam for the second time this year. Querrey in 5.
Andrew Eichenholz: Querrey and Anderson played an absolute epic at Wimbledon, but the American has gained even more confidence since and will not allow Anderson to control points. Querrey in 4.
Richard Osborn: Buoyed by his run at the All England Club (where he stunned then-world No. 1 Andy Murray), Querrey has enjoyed a strong summer. The power-serving South African Anderson won’t give it away, but the American will advance in 5.
David Satriano: The last remaining American in the draw defeated Anderson in five sets in the fourth round at Wimbledon this year and will have the home crowd behind him, becoming the first American to reach the semifinals here since Andy Roddick in 2006. Querrey in 4.
Neil Schlecht: A titanic battle between two big-hitting, big dudes. Anderson won their last match convincingly this summer, but Sam the Wimbledon semifinalist has never looked better. The American in 4 tight ones.


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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