NYC Events,”Only the Best” (9/01) + U.S. Tennis Open (Day 7)

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It’s the most comprehensive list of top events this month that you will find anywhere.
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OR to make your own after dinner plans TONIGHT, see the tab above;  “LiveMusic.”


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

Charlie Parker’s Birthday (Aug. 29-Sept. 1)
Smoke, 2751 Broadway / 7, 9, 10:30PM, $40
“Charlie Parker, the once and future sovereign of bebop, would have turned ninety-nine on Aug. 29. Gary Bartz, Vincent Herring, and Bobby Watson—three biting Parker acolytes who, like the Master did, focus on alto saxophone—fête this still towering figure at Smoke. Farther downtown and days before, Aug. 27-31, the fellow-altoist Greg Osby joins the trumpeter Jeremy Pelt in another deserved celebration of Parker, at Birdland, the club named in his honor.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)


6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> The Rose: We Rose You Live In New York
>> Orrin Evans Trio

>> NYC Unicycle Festival
>> Grand Bazaar NYC – End of Summer Sale
>> Explore the ‘Holographic Embodiment’

Today’s Top Event: US Tennis Open Day 7

You may want to look at previous days posts for events that continue through today.


Music, Dance, Performing Art

The Rose: We Rose You Live In New York
Town Hall / 7PM, $47
“K-pop indie band The Rose is coming to the USA to meet their fans as part of We Rose You Live in USA, a nine-stop tour kicking off in New York on September 1.

Their recent appearance in the local TV Show “Super Band” where they had the chance to perform for a larger audience in the country received great recognition of their talent that led their debut single ‘Sorry’ MV being seen over 10 million times. “

Orrin Evans Trio (Aug.29-Sep.01)
Jazz Standard / 7;30PM, 9:30PM, $30
“One of the leading pianists of his generation, Evans regularly blurs the lines between bluesiness and abstraction, muscularity and tenderness. He’s been busy as of late replacing the masterful Ethan Iverson in jazz-pop crossover trio the Bad Plus, but here he’s heading his own combo. Over this four-night engagement, expect him to play from his most recent release, The Evolution of Oneself.” (TONY)

at the Village Vanguard / 8:30 and 10:30 p.m.; $35
“In the mid- to late 2000s, Potter — one of the most talented (and unfairly taken-for-granted) tenor saxophonists alive — released three albums with a fusion-minded quartet called Underground. The group seemed to unite the kind of joyful, geyser-of-energy grooves that a jam band might play with the daring, taut-wire ethic of contemporary jazz. The band hasn’t played much in recent years, though Potter’s newest trio, Circuits, can be heard as a reworking of some of the same ideas. But this week he has brought an altered form of Underground back to the Vanguard, where they used to play regularly. The current lineup features Adam Rogers, the only other longtime member, on guitar, plus Fima Ephron on bass and Dan Weiss on drums.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)


Smart Stuff / Other NYC EventS

NYC Unicycle Festival
Multiple venues
“For far too long people have looked down upon the unicycle, ridiculing riders for how silly they look perched up high above a single wheel. It’s time that one-wheel lovers unite and take over the streets of New York! That’s just what the NYC Unicycle Festival is planning to do. There’s going to be a ride from Battery Park up to Central Park on Thursday, a parade through Brooklyn on Friday (from Brooklyn Bridge to Coney Island) and an entire weekend of celebration on Governors Island. Witness some unicycle sumo, unicycle basketball and top riders performing tricks as DJ Sky King provides a soundtrack.” (TONY)
GD: A lovely day to spend on the island. I’ll be there.

Grand Bazaar NYC – End of Summer Sale
Save at New York’s favorite flea market
Grand Bazaar, 100 W77th St. / 10AM-5:30PM,
Free to enter; items are priced up to 50% off.
“The Grand Bazaar — a year-round local market that donates 100% of its profits to the neighborhood’s public schools — is hosting a giant end-of-summer sale. With up to 50% off furniture, vintage clothes, and handmade art, you can score a one-of-kind pieces from over 150 vendors. Once it gets cold, you’ll be spending a lot more time in your apartment, so why not buy some home decor you love? There will be plenty of local food vendors, too, if doing all that shopping works up your appetite.” (

Explore the ‘Holographic Embodiment’
“Taking place at the Center for the Holographic Arts, this exhibition is an examination of how the real body is represented in holographic space while trying to define what people do to personify the simulated worlds that are a part of the modern human experience.” (Newsday)
WHEN | WHERE 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays through Oct.27; 403 Comfort Rd., Governors Island, Manhattan
INFO Free; 347-827-0869,


Today’s Top Event

US Tennis Open Day 7 (thru Sept.8)

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.) This tournament, which serves up the world’s best tennis players right in our backyard, is celebrating its 21st year at Arthur Ashe Stadium and 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 may cause delays to enter. Best not to bring a bag. A fine comprehensive review of the tournament and the current state of tennis can be found at the NYTimes/Sports.

There is no other major sporting event where you can get so close to world class athletes as at the U.S. Open – especially on the outer field courts and the Grandstand court. These are courts where you can get a real sense of the pace of the game.

Today’s Featured Match: N. Djokovic (SRB) [1] vs.S. Wawrinka (SUI) [23]

“Week one of the 2019 US Open concludes today, as a host of tennis’ top talents compete in fourth-round play, each hoping to take another step toward their ultimate goal of finishing first in Flushing. Defending US Open men’s champion Novak Djokovic, six-time women’s titlist Serena Williams and five-time Open winner Roger Federer headline the Day Seven lineup, which also includes former US Open champion Stan Wawrinka. Adding to the assortment of those who’ve already won here are an accomplished corps of contenders looking to play their way into the second week, including Ashleigh Barty, Daniil Medvedev, Karolina Pliskova, Alex de Minaur, David Goffin, Johanna Konta, and Madison Keys. Halfway home, each will now need to redouble their efforts if they are to continue in their quest for tennis’ toughest title. On this seventh day, nobody rests.”


Continuing Events

Trio da Paz & Friends with Maucha Adnet, Harry Allen, and Claudio Roditi (LAST DAY)
Dizzy’s Club / 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $40
“Keeping an unprecedented streak alive for the 12th consecutive year, Trio da Paz comes to Dizzy’s Club for a two-week summer residency. Formed in 1990 by three of Brazil’s most in-demand master musicians, Romero Lubambo, Nilson Matta, and Duduka da Fonseca, Trio da Paz updates the infectious spirit of jazz-oriented Brazilian music. With their harmonically adventurous interactions, daring improvisations, and dazzling rhythms, this group redefines Brazilian jazz. Reserve your seats quickly to make sure you don’t miss out on this high-demand annual tradition!”

GD: I made sure to catch their first set on Wednesday night. An evening with this group, especially with Maucha, is like a trip to Rio. Trust me on this.

2019 Summer HD Festival

The 11th Summer HD Festival features ten thrilling performances from the Met’s Live in HD series of cinema transmissions—plus a special pre-festival screening of Stanley Donen’s enchanting Funny Face, featuring songs by George and Ira Gershwin, a co-presentation with Film at Lincoln Center. The free showings run from August 23 through September 2, with approximately 3,000 seats set up in front of the opera house each night, as well as additional standing room around Lincoln Center Plaza.

for tonight’s screening go here.



9/1 The Who, MSG
9/3-4 Hot Chip, Holy F*ck, Brooklyn Steel
9/4 Tash Sultana, SummerStage Central Park
9/4 Hatchie, Rough Trade

♦ 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 65 million visitors last year and was TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2019 – the ninth consecutive year. 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 Music Venues:
So much fine live music every night in this town. These are my favorite non jazz music venues on Manhattan’s WestSide. Check out who’s playing tonight:

City Winery – WAS 155 Varick St., WILL BE Pier 57 in the spring – Blame Disney.
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.,, 212-997-6661
Le Poisson Rouge – 158 Bleecker St.,, 212-505-3474
and one more, not quite WestSide
Bowery Ballroom – 6 Delancey St.

For a comprehensive list of the best places to hear All Types of Live Music in Manhattan see the tab above “LiveMusic.”

In Memoriam:
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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