NYC Events,”Only the Best” (9/02) + U.S. Tennis Open (Day 8)

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For future NYC Events, check the tab above:  “September NYC Events
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.
OR to make your own after dinner plans TONIGHT, see the tab above;  “LiveMusic.”


It’s Labor Day so there’s a light schedule of events.
Better to just go find yourself a friendly barbecue.

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

Ruben Fox presents Ellingtonia
featuring Joy Brown, Samara Joy, Vuyo Sotashe and Vanisha Gould

“Our month-long Generations in Jazz Festival kicks off with some top young talent performing works written and inspired by the timeless Duke Ellington. Under the music direction of pianist Chris Pattishall and saxophonist/bandleader Ruben Fox, a phenomenal trio of vocalists will perform a wide range of Duke’s famous vocal compositions. The instrumentalists are some of the city’s finest young players, each of them increasingly recognized for adding their own spirited brands to the tradition of swinging jazz. A version of this show originally debuted as a huge hit during Dizzy’s Club Late Night Sessions, and now we’re bringing it back for these regular sets. It’s the perfect way to kick off a monthlong celebration of our multigenerational art form.”


6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra
Jim Caruso’s Cast Party
Monday Night Magic

Today’s Top Event: US Tennis Open Day 8

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


Music, Dance, Performing Art

The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra
Village Vanguard, 178 7th Ave. South (btw W11th/Perry St.) / 8:30PM +10:30PM, $35
“World class big band with 16 members on that small stage, a monday night institution.
“Almost exactly half a century ago, the trumpeter-composer-arranger Thad Jones and the drummer Mel Lewis began their Monday-night big band residency at the Village Vanguard, establishing what became a hallowed tradition.” (NYT)

Jim Caruso’s Cast Party (Cabaret)
Birdland, 315 West 44th St. (btw 8/9 ave) / 9:30PM, $25-$30
“The witty host attracts broadway stars on their night off, along with up and comers.”
“Part cabaret, part piano bar and part social set, Cast Party offers a chance to hear rising and established talents step up to the microphone (backed by the slap and tickle of Steve Doyle on bass and Billy Stritch at the ivories, plus the bang of Daniel Glass on drums). The waggish Caruso presides as host.” (TONY)


Smart Stuff / Other NYC EventS

Monday Night Magic
Players Theatre, West Village / 8PM, $42.50
“For more than two decades,, this proudly old-school series has offered a different lineup of professional magicians every week: opening acts, a headliner and a host, plus two or three close-up magicians to wow the audience at intermission. Housed for the past seven years at the unprepossessing Players Theatre, it is an heir to the vaudeville tradition.

Many of the acts incorporate comedic elements, and audience participation is common. (If you have young children, bring them; they make especially adorable assistants.) Shows cost just $37.50 in advance and typically last well over two hours, so you get a lot of value and variety for your magic dollar. In contrast to some fancier magic shows, this one feels like comfort food: an all-you-can eat buffet to which you’re encouraged to return until you’re as stuffed as a hat full of rabbits.” (TONY)


Today’s Top Event

US Tennis Open Day 8 (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: M. Cilic (CRO) [22]  vs. R. Nadal (ESP) [2]

“On this Labor Day Monday, tennis’ best report to work here at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, each looking to complete a job begun one week ago today. Some of those who punch in on Day 8 have a wealth of experience in the fine art of stringing together seven matches over a two-week span; others are experiencing long-term Grand Slam employment for the first time. Men’s second seed Rafael Nadal, owner of one of the most impressive resumes in this sport, headlines this Labor Day workforce, which also includes former US Open champs Naomi Osaka and Maric Cilic, along with Alexander Zverev, Bianca Andreescu, Belinda Bencic, Taylor Townsend, Gael Monfils, and more. All have excellent resumes, but each one now needs to be willing to log some serious overtime. The job only gets tougher from here.”

If you always wondered how much money is at stake in this tournament, here are the numbers for 2018: (the total purse for the US Open: 2018 $53M; 2019 $57M)

In the men’s and women’s singles tournaments, players earned $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 took home $266,000 for reaching the fourth round, $475,000 for contesting the quarterfinals and $925,000 for making the semifinals. Reaching the final was worth $1.85M, and the winner got $3.8M, which means that final match was worth $2M for winning. Don’t make any unforced errors!

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


Continuing Events

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.



9/3-4 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: Nifty 9 – Best Cabarets / Piano Bars NYCity
These are my favorite places for an after dinner night on the town – music and drinks.
Hit the Hot Link and check out what’s happening tonight:

Feinstein’s/54 Below – 254 W 54th St.

The Green Room 42 – 570 Tenth Ave.

Don’t Tell Mama – 343 W 46th St.

The Rum House, in the Hotel Edison – 228 W. 47th St.

Laurie Beechman Theatre – 407 W 42nd St.

Marie’s Crisis – 59 Grove St.

The Duplex – 61 Christopher St.

Sid Gold’s Request Room – 165 W 26th St.

Cafe Carlyle, in the Carlyle Hotel – 35 E. 76th St.
This is the only one not located on Manhattan’s WestSide, and it ain’t cheap, but it has some of the finest singers.

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


NYT Theater Reviews – Our theater critics on the plays and musicals currently open in New York City.


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