NYC Events,”Only the Best” (09/06) + US Tennis Open (Day 10)

“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:

Sierra Boggess (Sept 6-9)
Feinstein’s/54 Below, 254 W 54th St./ 7PM, $55+
“Olivier Award nominated actress and Broadway favorite Sierra Boggess returns to Feinstein’s/54 Below with her new solo show. Since first appearing here with Awakening, she has toured a new concert evening all over the world: Australia, Japan, Paris, and London. She now returns “home” to bring New York audiences this new evening of song and storytelling. Backed by a 6 piece orchestra, Sierra will share songs from stage and screen that she has never sung before along with songs associated with her career, but with new twists.”


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

>>Roy Haynes
>>Jeff (Tain) Watts
>>Caveat Presents: What Is Life? | With NYT Columnist Carl Zimmer

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

CRAIG TABORN (Sept. 5-10)
at the Stone / 8:30PM, $
“Mr. Taborn, a quietly untamable pianist, has released a slow but powerful stream of albums over the past few years: “Junk Magic,” a prismatic, electric-acoustic patchwork; the stoic and minimalist solo piano record “Avenging Angel”; the trio album “Chants,” full of dance-like beats and trellised interplay; and, this year, “Daylight Ghosts,” a luminous, almost quiescent recording with a quartet. At the Stone next week, performing with a different project each night, he will have the chance to engage with something like the full breadth of his affinities. On Thursday Mr. Taborn plays with the “Daylight Ghosts” ensemble; on Sept. 9 he and the tenor saxophonist Chris Potter will helm a quintet; and on Sept. 10 he will perform a solo set.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

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)

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)

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

Caveat Presents: What Is Life? | With NYT Columnist Carl Zimmer
Caveat, 21 Clinton St./ 8PM, $20
“New York Times science writer Carl Zimmer asks some fundamental questions—like “What Is Life?“—as he speaks with experts about what the latest research reveals about existence. Night 1 of the series features philosopher Carlos Mariscal and astrobiologist Sara Imari Walker.” (


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 10 quarterfinal picks
Wednesday, September 06, 2017
Check out the picks of the editorial team for the Day 10 quarterfinal matches:

Victoria Chiesa: The teenager has had a breakout Grand Slam in Flushing Meadows, taking out two Top 10 seeds in straight sets, but the world No. 1 presents a whole new challenge. Nadal in 3.
E.J. Crawford: Rublev has played tremendous tennis in stunning two Top 10 seeds to advance this far. Nadal has started slow this tournament, so Rublev can sneak a set, but expect the two-time champ to settle down and gut this one out. Nadal in 4.
Richard Finn: Nadal is too strong mentally and physically for the Russian teen who idolized the all-time great as a child. Nadal in 3.
Arthur Kapetanakis: Nadal has rounded into form, dismantling Alexandr Dolgopolov in Round 4 after dropping the opening set in his previous two matches. Rublev may test the Spaniard early, but he won’t hang for the duration. Nadal in 3.

Victoria Chiesa: After a mythical comeback from two sets down against Dominic Thiem, a rematch of the 2009 final is on the cards in a blockbuster men’s quarterfinal. If he’s feeling right, this could be a cracker – but Federer wins in 4.
E.J. Crawford: This all boils down to how Delpo can recover from his marathon win over Thiem. He might be gassed – and if so, this will be quick – but the hunch here says he makes this one memorable. Federer in 5.
Robbie Frischling-Sosman: It will be hard to top del Potro’s performance in his last round against Thiem, and he will feel the effects from that match. The crowd will bring out great tennis and inspire del Potro, but ultimately fatigue will set in. Roger will get some revenge from his loss in the 2009 final, advance in 4 tight sets and set up the dream semifinal we all want.
Clair Maciel: If he were in top shape and good health, I would give this one to del Potro. But after all the drama of his back-from-the-dead win over Thiem, his body might not be able to handle the demands of a match against Federer. The Swiss wins in 4.
Neil Schlecht: The question is whether the tall Argentine with the big heart has anything left to reprise his classic five-set win in the ’09 final here. Much as I’d like to see it happen, we’re overdue for Fedal, so Roger prevails in 4 entertaining-as-all-get-out sets that get the crowd roaring.

Jeremy Borden: The American seems confident /poised. Vandeghwe takes Pliskova in 3.
Victoria Chiesa: World No. 1 Pliskova seemingly found her form in a fourth-round win over Jennifer Brady, and in what will surely be a battle of big serves, Pliskova will edge this by a whisker – maybe in two tiebreaks?
E.J. Crawford: Pliskova got a second lease on life after tough second- and third-round contests. CoCo’s  streaks of inconsistency will be her undoing. Pliskova in 2.
Andrew Eichenholz: This is not the first time CoCo has made a deep run at a major, but has she ever looked so focused? CoCo in 3.
Robbie Frischling-Sosman: These two have had a bit of a war of words in their respective press conferences, and that will come out on court. Expect big hitting and a broken racquet by CoCo, who will push the No. 1 seed to the edge. At the end of the day, Pliskova will be the steadier of the two and come away with the victory in 3 sets.
Richard Osborn: There’s no love lost here, as both players have been less than complimentary in the lead-up to the match. There’ll be some high-risk/high-reward tennis here from both competitors, but the world No. 1 will pull through in three tough sets.

Jeremy Borden: Keys is playing well and should win in straights.
Victoria Chiesa: Former Top 15 player Kaia Kanepi has been the Cinderella of the tournament, reaching the last eight after a year out with injury. Now ranked No. 418, will the qualifier have enough left in the tank to win her eighth match of the tournament – when it takes seven to win a Grand Slam? Keys ends her run in 2 tight sets.
E.J. Crawford: Keys will be a heavy favorite, a mantle she hasn’t worn in her last two evening contests, but expect the partisan crowd to once again lift her to the win over a very game opponent. Keys in a tough 2.
Robbie Frischling-Sosman: Madison Keys has been the “Night Queen” in Queens this year. The crowd continues to motivate her under the bright lights of Ashe. That combined with her power off the forehand gets her through to her first semifinal at the US Open in 2 sets.
Shazeen Kahn: Although Kanepi has played well, she has not played any seeded players so far at the Open. I expect Keys to be too much for her. Keys in 3 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.
NYCity Vacation Travel Guide Video (Expedia):

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