NYC Events,”Only the Best” (09/04) + US Tennis Open (Day 9)

“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, check the tab above: 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 superb resource that will help you plan your NYC visit all over town, all through the month.


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

Bill Charlap Trio (Sept. 4-9; Sept. 11-16)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave. S., at 11th St./ 8:30Pm, +10:30PM, $35
“Melding spit-and-polish precision with low-simmering passion, this long-standing unit has evolved into the premier mainstream piano trio of its time. Charlap, who prizes interpretation above original composition, buffs up the ensemble’s songbook and jazz standards with an airborne momentum provided by two non-relative Washingtons: the bassist Peter and the drummer Kenny.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)

5 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> The Lineup with Susie Mosher
>> John Krasinski in Conversation with Stephen Colbert
>> Workshop | iPhone Photography Crash Course
Continuing Events
>> Today’s Top Event –  U.S. TENNIS OPEN

>> Fear & Force: New York City’s Sons of Liberty

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

at City Winery / 8 p.m., $30+
“Ahead of the first anniversary of Fats Domino’s death, Mr. Crawford, a fellow New Orleans pianist, is leading a short tour dedicated to the rock ’n’ roll legend. Mr. Crawford’s jubilant blend of rhythm and blues, rock, gospel and jazz ties him both to his home city and to icons like Ray Charles and Mr. Domino himself, who was among his musical mentors. He’ll appear at City Winery alongside pioneering funk drummer Bernard Purdie and the Neville Brothers’ Cyril Neville, as well as members of Mr. Domino’s band.” (NYT-NATALIE WEINER)

The Lineup with Susie Mosher
Birdland Theater / 9:30PM, $15-$25
“Mosher is one of those talents you need to see to believe: warm, funny, biting, ferociously committed. In her biweekly series at the brand-new Birdland Theater, she invites a gaggle of performers from Broadway and beyond to show off their talents. Guests at the September 4 edition include Leslie Kritzer, Dan Finnerty, Jim Brochu, Steve Schalchlin, Scott Coulter, Sarah Rice, Romelda Teron Benjamin, Aaron Ramey, Jayke Workman, Stacy Sullivan, Leenya Rideout and Jessica Hendy.” (TONY)

STEEL HOUSE (Sept. 4-5)
at Jazz Standard / 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., $30
“Edward Simon, a Venezuelan pianist and longstanding member of the SFJazz Collective, recently released “Sorrows and Triumphs,” an impressive album of adventurous orchestrations and smooth propulsion. It features the Imani Winds ensemble and a jazz quartet, but at its core is a standout rhythm section: the sturdy bassist Scott Colley and the stealthy, instigative drummer Brian Blade. In Steel House, Mr. Colley, Mr. Blade and Mr. Simon perform as a trio.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)


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

John Krasinski in Conversation with Stephen Colbert
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave./ 8PM, $40
“Don’t miss the chance to join actor/director John Krasinski for an engaging conversation on all aspects of his career.
Actor/director John Krasinski talks about his Office days, his new film A Quiet Place, called by Esquire “The scariest and most innovative movie of 2018,” and forthcoming projects, including the new Amazon series Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan.” (

Workshop | iPhone Photography Crash Course
Bryant Park, Sixth Ave. and W. 42nd St. (Art Cart)/ 5:30 pm, FREE; RSVP required
“Focusing on the people, plants, and architecture of the park, this introductory course also covers basic camera handling, composition, light, and subject matter. Bring your own camera!

The best camera in the world is the one that’s with you and for most people that camera is their iPhone. In this rapid-fire crash course you’ll learn how to become a better iPhone photographer by understanding the fundamental principles of photography, learning the ins and outs of the iPhone’s camera, it’s advantages as well as it’s limitations. They’ll discuss the difference between “good light” and “bad light,” framing and composition as well as tips and tricks you can put to work immediately to create better images.

Instructor: Clint Weldon, Brooklyn-based portrait photographer, actor and director. He is an instructor at the International Center of Photography and a co-founder of the Global 48 Hour Guerrilla Film Challenge.”


Continuing Events

Today’s Top Event


   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) and runs through Sept.09. This tournament, which serves up the world’s best tennis players right in our backyard,    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 backpack.

The most comprehensive review of the tournament and the current state of tennis can be found at the NYTimes/Sports. OR for another useful guide to the U.S. Open, try TimeOutNewYork’s guide.

Roger and Maria were both knocked out of the tournament last night. Have to find someone else to root for. Go Sloane Stevens (today @12PM)

If you always wondered how much money is at stake in this tournament, here are the numbers: (the total purse for the 2018 US Open is $53 million.)

In the men’s and women’s singles tournaments this year, players will earn $54,000 for playing in the main draw, $93,000 for reaching the second round and $156,000 for advancing to the Round of 32. They will take home $266,000 for reaching the fourth round, $475,000 for contesting the quarterfinals and $925,000 for making the semifinals. Reaching the final is worth $1.85M, and the winner gets $3.8M, which means that final match is worth $2M for winning. Don’t make any unforced errors!

Both the men’s and women’s doubles champion teams will earn $700,000, the highest in US Open history. First- and second-round losing teams will earn $16,500 and $27,875, respectively. Teams reaching the Round of 16 will receive $46,500, quarterfinalists will win $85,275 and semifinal teams will take home $166,400. Finalists will collect $350,000.


Fear & Force: New York City’s Sons of Liberty
Fraunces Tavern Museum, 54 Pearl St./ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, $7
“We may not like paying taxes, but we would never think to tar and feather the tax collector. Yet as many of the colonists prepared for what would be the American Revolution, there was an organized group who opposed the government through violent resistance. Come see objects preserved from pivotal moments relating to the New York Sons of Liberty, like the tearing down of the King George statue in Bowling Green Park, and throwing chests of tea into the New York Harbor.”

♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, plus dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity, with a population of  8.6 million, had a record 63 million visitors last year and was TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2018 – awesome! BUT quality shows draw crowds. Try to reserve seats for these top NYC events in advance, even if just earlier on the day of performance.


Bonus NYC Events – Music Venues:
So much fine live music every night in this town. These are my favorite non jazz music venues on Manhattan’s WestSide. Hit the Hot Link and check out who’s playing tonight:

City Winery – 155 Varick St.,, 212-608-0555
Joe’s Pub @ Public Theater – 425 Lafayette St.,, 212-967-7555
Beacon Theatre – 2124 Broadway @ 74th St.,, 212-465-6500
Town Hall – 123 W43rd St. (btw 6/7),, 212-997-6661
Le Poisson Rouge – 158 Bleecker St.,, 212-505-3474
Sony Hall – 235 W 46th St. (btw 7/8),, 212-997-5123
and one more, not exactly WestSide:
Bowery Ballroom – 6 Delancey St.,

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 discovery and enjoyment.

Alas, Caffe V is no more, another victim of a rapacious NYC landlord. Owner Ishrat fought the good fight and Caffe V will be sorely missed.


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