NYC Events,”Only the Best” (09/07) + US Tennis Open (Day 11)

“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:

Roopa Panesar
Atrium @ Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, FREE, but get there early for a seat.
“After studying chemical engineering, English-Indian sitar player Roopa Panesar gave up a career in the petroleum industry to become a full-time musician. She’d already begun her musical training at the age of seven, with Ustad Dharambir Singh, a disciple of the legendary Ustad Vilayat Khan; she released her debut album, Khoj (Devotion), in 2011. Along with Anoushka Shankar, Mita Nag, and Anupama Bhagwat, Panesar exists among a coterie of terrific Indian female musicians who, predictably, receive less collective attention than their male equivalents. Although she performs mostly Hindustani (North Indian) classical music, her mother sings in the Carnatic (South Indian) style. Panesar, who plays sitar in a warm, deeply meditative manner, will synthesize the two modes at this free concert by performing alongside both Carnatic percussionist Pirashanna Thevarajah and Hindustani tabla player Nitin Mitta.” (Richard Gehr, Village Voice)

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

>>Seaport Music Festival
>>PAA KOW
>>DAYNA STEPHENS SEXTET
>>The Spoils of War: Greed, Power, and the Conflicts that made our Greatest Presidents
>>How Seinfeld Can Help Us Understand the Science of Love
>>Salman Rushdie: The Golden House
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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Seaport Music Festival
South Street Seaport / various times, FREE
“Since 2002, the Seaport Music Festival — which the Voice is putting on this year in partnership with the South Street Seaport Museum — has continued to showcase indie artists and bands with a series of free outdoor concerts right on the water. This year’s edition marks the event’s fifteenth anniversary with a special lineup of appearances from Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, the Make-Up, the Wolfmanhattan Project, Jean Grae, the Dance Cartel, and more. In addition to the performances, there will also be screenings, comedy, and dance throughout the weekend; check the website for more programming details.” (Sharell Jeffrey, Village Voice)

PAA KOW
at Club Bonafide / 7:30 and 9:30PM, $15
“Raised in Ghana and now a world-traveling drummer based in Colorado, Paa Kow makes music that draws on various brands of free-flowing musical uplift: Ghanaian high life, American jam-band music and funk. He performs here with a nine-piece band to celebrate the coming release of a warm-blooded third album, “Cookpot.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

DAYNA STEPHENS SEXTET
at Smalls / 7:30 and 9PM, $
“A tenor saxophonist of lissome tone and square-shouldered attack, Mr. Stephens released an album this year titled “Gratitude.” It’s driven by his gravity-defying melodicism and peopled by an all-star band; it should have received more attention than it did. At Smalls he will play twice-nightly sets with a different but similarly exciting group: Philip Dizack on trumpet, Gilad Hekselman on guitar, Eden Ladin and Dan Tepfer trading nights on piano, Aidan Carroll on bass, and Jaimeo Brown on drums.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

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

The Spoils of War: Greed, Power, and the Conflicts that made our Greatest Presidents
Fraunces Tavern Museum, 54 Pearl St./ 6:30PM, $10
“Even America’s greatest presidents, like Washington, Madison, Lincoln, and FDR fought wars to advance their personal interests. War presidents are much more likely to be re-elected than those who produced peace and prosperity. Find out how we can eliminate needless wars through simple procedural changes.”

Elsewhere, but these two sure look worth the detour:

How Seinfeld Can Help Us Understand the Science of Love
WeWork- DUMBO Heights, 81 Prospect Street (6th Floor) / 7PM, FREE
“Dr. Marisa T. Cohen (From First Kiss to Forever: A Scientific Approach to Love) leads a free WeWork Dumbo Heights session on relationship science. She’ll bring together psychology, biology, and sociology as she looks at attraction through a very particular test tube: the TV show Seinfeld.” (ThoughtGallery,org)

Salman Rushdie: The Golden House
Brooklyn Public Library / 8PM, $34
“Salman Rushdie fans can get their fill this week, with two appearances by the Booker Prize–winning novelist celebrating the release of his disconcertingly prescient new novel, The Golden House. On Thursday, Rushdie will speak at the Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza, in conversation with Colum McCann. Like a cross between The Great Gatsby and The Bonfire of the Vanities, updated for our times, The Golden House takes the famously fantastical author into a locational realism, inspired by the city Rushdie has called home for almost two decades. Set in a lavish Greenwich Village neighborhood shaken by the arrival of an enigmatic family, the tale launches with Barack Obama’s inauguration and winds down with the rise of a buffoonish political malcontent, perhaps one of literature’s first veiled Trump characters of note.” (David Swanson, Village Voice)

TODAY’S TOP EVENT

U.S. TENNIS OPEN Day 11 (thru Sept. 10)

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

The U.S. Open Women’s SemiFinals begins play today @ 7PM 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: 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.

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American women look to be semi-tough
By Mark Preston – Thursday, September 07, 2017

No. 15 MADISON KEYS (USA) vs. NO. 20 COCO VANDEWEGHE (USA)
No. 9 VENUS WILLIAMS (USA) vs. SLOANE STEPHENS (USA)

Two women’s semifinals top the bill on Day 11 of the 2017 US Open, as four women now find themselves two matches removed from one impressive title. For the first time since 1981, when the lineup included Tracy Austin, Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert and Barbara Potter, the US Open women’s semis are an All-American affair.

Under the lights of Arthur Ashe Stadium this evening, Venus Williams takes on Sloane Stephens before Coco Vandeweghe goes up against Madison Keys. At the start of this event, 128 names filled the lines of the women’s draw; tonight the deal is two pair. As the days of this tournament narrow, so does the margin for error. Intensity is the order of the evening.

For Mark Preston’s full analysis see this, but it looks like most experts think Venus will make the final easily and the Keys – Vandeweghe match is a toss up.

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Bonus NYC events– Jazz Clubs:
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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