NYC Events,”Only the Best” (09/09) + US Tennis Open (Day 13)

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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 will find anywhere.
Carefully curated from “Only the Best” NYC event info on the the web it’s a simply spectacular resource.


Have time for only one NYC Event today? Do this:

PETE TOWNSHEND (Sept. 9-10).
at the Metropolitan Opera / 8PM, $
“With the Who on a break between legs of its latest world tour, Mr. Townshend, the group’s guitarist and principal songwriter, is spending September on a passion project: a five-date run of shows at which he performs the Who’s landmark 1970s rock opera “Quadrophenia” with symphonic accompaniment. After passing through Lenox, Mass., earlier in the month for a Tanglewood appearance, the Classic Quadrophenia tour visits the home of the Metropolitan Opera on Saturday and Sunday.” (NYT-SIMON VOZICK-LEVINSON)


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

>>Sierra Boggess
>>Seaport Music Festival
>>Steve Wilson and Wilsonian’s Grain
>>Bill Charlap Trio
>>Jeff (Tain) Watts 
>>Chelsea “Best Exhibits” Gallery Tour

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Sierra Boggess (LAST DAY)
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.”

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)

at Radio City Music Hall / 7PM, $46+
“When the Kentucky-raised singer Bryson Tiller headlined Radio City Music Hall for the first time, in the spring of 2016, it felt like a coronation for one of R&B’s new royals. His return to that ornate stage in Midtown Manhattan this week is more like a victory lap: Mr. Tiller’s second album, “True to Self,” debuted atop the Billboard chart in June, and there is little debate over whether he’s a big enough star to fill the room. The omnipresent rap producer Metro Boomin and the rising singer H.E.R. will open the show.” (NYT-SIMON VOZICK-LEVINSON)

Steve Wilson and Wilsonian’s Grain (Sept. 8-10)
Smoke, 2751 Broadway, between 105th and 106th Sts./ 7, 9, 10:30PM, $38
“A trusted A-list sideman (Maria Schneider’s orchestra, Chick Corea’s Origin band) who knows just what to do when he takes command of the spotlight, the expressive alto and soprano saxophonist and flutist Wilson’s own quartet is bolstered by such stalwarts as the pianist Orrin Evans (soon to be a member of the Bad Plus) and the bassist Ugonna Okegwo.” (NewYorker)

Bill Charlap Trio
Village Vanguard / 8:30PM, 10:30PM, $30
“This year marks the twentieth anniversary of pianist Bill Charlap’s acclaimed trio, rounded out by Peter Washington on bass and Kenny Washington on drums, who since 1997 have been keeping the flame of Ellingtonian elegance eternally lit on the New York City jazz scene. The combo’s excellent new album, Uptown Downtown, is a continued love letter to Charlap’s hometown metropolis, following up on last year’s Notes From New York with another collection of quaint and compelling versions of favorite compositions from both Broadway’s theater district and Lower Manhattan’s nightclub circuit. For the first two weeks of September, the Charlap Trio will be celebrating the record’s release at the hallowed Village Vanguard, giving these classic tunes from the likes of Gerry Mulligan, Richard Rodgers, Jim Hall, Ella Fitzgerald, and the Duke himself a fresh breath of 21st-century air. As the Director of Jazz Studies at William Paterson University, Charlap certainly knows the importance of jazz music on young minds, and this lengthy residence is a perfect opportunity for students to experience an education on the art in real-time.” (Ron Hart, Village Voice)

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)

Chelsea “Best Exhibits” Gallery Tour
New York Gallery Tours, 1PM, +3:45PM, $25
“EXCITING highlights of our first tour of the new art season: (1) INVENTIVE paintings that give astounding 3-D illusions even though they are flat, (2) colorful, utterly original sculptures using “pointillism” technique seen only in paintings until now, and (3) an Asian artist’s RADICAL and ground-breaking installation of textile art that you’ll be able to touch! These are just 3 of 7 exhibits on our most extraordinary tour of the month.”

The tour will take place no matter what the weather – rain, snow or shine (the art is all indoors). Meet at 526 W. 26th St. between 10th & 11th Ave. Nearest subways: C- or E-Train to 23rd St.


U.S. TENNIS OPEN Day 13 (thru Sept. 10)

The U.S. Open Women’s Finals begins play today @ 4PM at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens (about 45 min. from Times Square.)  But get there @ noon for the Mixed Doubles Finals.

This tournament has served 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.


Women’s Final: Madison Keys vs. Sloane Stephens

The Americans will take center stage on Day 13, with 22-year-old Madison Keys taking on 24-year-old Sloane Stephens in first all-American singles final since Venus and Serena played for the championship in 2002. Keys is bidding to become the youngest woman to win the singles title since Maria Sharapova in 2006, with Stephens vying to join Kim Clijsters in 2009 as the only unseeded winners of the Open era.

Keys, Stephens headline All-American final
By Mark Preston – Saturday, September 09, 2017

September 7, 2017 – Madison Keys reacts to winning a Women’s Singles Semifinal match against CoCo Vandeweghe at the 2017 US Open.

Let’s review: At the start of the 2017 US Open, 128 names filled the lines of the women’s draw. Six-time US Open champ Serena Williams was absent, days away from giving birth to her first child, a daughter. The defending champion, Angelique Kerber, lost in the first round, as did the No. 2 seed, Simona Halep. One former champ, Maria Sharapova, played her wild card into three-of-a-kind before getting trumped in the fourth, the same round that claimed No. 3 seed Garbiñe Muguruza and No. 4 Elina Svitolina. Only two Top 10 seeds reached the quarters, where No. 9 Venus Williams pushed on and No. 1 Karolina Pliskova pushed off. You get the idea; it’s been pretty wacky around here.

For Mark Preston’s full analysis see THIS. It looks like most experts think that, after the way she demolished Coco in the semi finals, Keys will win the final match easily. We’ll see.


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,, 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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