NYC Events,”Only the Best” (09/15) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

“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 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 through the month.

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

Maxine Linehan: One—The Songs of U2 (also Oct.13)
Feinstein’s/54 Below / 9:30PM, $35
“Already considered the premiere interpreter of the U2 songbook, concert and recording artist Maxine Linehan breaks new ground with a unique, lyrically driven orchestral show devoted to the work of this world-famous band. The extraordinary songs written by Bono and U2 find a new voice in a concert that holds to the beautiful melodic lines of the songs, while bringing the lyrics forward into a fresh light. Accompanied by piano, cello, violin, bass, and drums, Linehan will continue her mission of providing audiences with the unexpected experience of hearing U2’s famous songs as if for the first time — while always being true to the heart and soul of each time-honored hit.”(TONY)

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

>>ANTONIO SANCHEZ GROUP
>>“Jubilation!”: Celebrating Cannonball Adderley
>>Joe Battaglia and the New York Big Band
>>Lindsay Mendez
>>Bill Charlap Trio 
>>Affordable Art Fair
>>Jane Campion’s Own Stories
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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

ANTONIO SANCHEZ GROUP (Sept. 15-17)
at Jazz Standard / 9:30PM, $30 (7:30PM sold out)
“Later this month, Mr. Sanchez will release “Bad Hombre,” an album of liquid electronics and ebullient drumming; it refers equally to post-rock and ambient techno experimentalism. When he gets going, Mr. Sanchez’s drumming is an emulsion of low surge and high patter, distinctive enough that you might be able to recognize it from the “Birdman” film score, which he recorded. Both that soundtrack and his new album are solo affairs, but for this engagement he will play two sets each night with a quartet: Chris Potter and Donny McCaslin — two of today’s great tenor saxophonists — plus the bassist Matt Brewer.”(NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

“Jubilation!”: Celebrating Cannonball Adderley (Sept. 15-17)
Smoke, 2751 Broadway, between 105th and 106th Sts./ 7. 9, 10:30PM, $38
“There’s never been a more joyful and spirited alto saxophonist than the late, great Julian (Cannonball) Adderley, and it’s looking like there never will be. Honoring this musical giant and the compelling soul-bop bands he co-led with his cornet-playing brother, Nat, will be an ensemble of Adderley aficionados, including the saxophonist Jim Snidero, the trumpeter Jeremy Pelt, and, as special guest, the acclaimed drummer Al Foster.” (NewYorker)

Joe Battaglia and the New York Big Band
Edison Ballroom / 7:30PM, $100 (includes dinner and open bar)
“The expansive Art Deco grandeur of the Edison Ballroom is the scene of this highly retro evening of dinner and swing music, courtesy of Battaglia and his brassy 16-piece crew. If you’re looking for a time-capsule New York dance hall experience, this is where to find it.” (TONY)

Lindsay Mendez (sept 14-16)
Feinstein’s/54 Below / 7PM, $40
“The lovable and super-voiced Mendez has won audiences’ hearts in shows including Wicked, Dogfight, Godspell and last season’s Significant Other. In this nightclub set, her selections include classic show tunes as well as collaborations with contemporary musical-theater songwriters.” (TONY)

Bill Charlap Trio (sept 12-17)
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)

AUNTS (think it’s too late, this looks sold out, but it sure looked interesting)
NYU Skirball Center, 7:30PM, FREE WITH RSVP
“Launching the first season curated by the Skirball’s new director, Jay Wegman, who recently moved over from the Abrons Arts Center, is a free performance party — a/k/a an “immersive underground dance event” — organized by some of downtown’s most ambitious experimenters: Laurie Berg, Liliana Dirks- Goodman, Ali Rosa-Salas, and Ash R.T. Yergens. They’ll set you loose in the hallways, lobby, backstage, and dressing rooms of the Skirball, where you’ll encounter performances by a crew that includes Alexandra Tatarsky, Christine Elmo, Nia Love, the Freedom Dabka Group, Lime Rickey International, and others; anything can happen, and probably will.” (Elizabeth Zimmer, Village Voice)

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

Affordable Art Fair (sept. 13-17)
Metropolitan Pavilion / 11AM-6PM, $20; Friday is FREE 6-8PM
“The price-conscious art fair returns for its 24th edition in NYC. For an $18 advance ticket, you can shop original paintings, drawings, photographs and sculptures from 67 local, national and international galleries. With price tags ranging from $100 to $10,000, you can fix up your apartment without breaking the bank.” (TONY)

Jane Campion’s Own Stories   (sept 08-17)
FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER
various times, FREE–$14
“Since her first feature, the peculiar family drama Sweetie (1989), Jane Campion has been one of the defining feminist voices of world cinema. Her work is imbued with a radically female sensibility that challenges viewers to reconsider their presumptive views of both society’s ills and the possibilities of film form. This month, the Film Society of Lincoln Center celebrates Campion with a retrospective timed around the U.S. premiere of the second season of her acclaimed crime show, Top of the Lake. The series spans her entire career, from her earliest short films to her most recent feature, the underrated Bright Star (2009). Other highlights include an adaptation of Henry James’s classic novel The Portrait of a Lady (1996), starring Nicole Kidman, and The Piano (1993), which remains the only film directed by a woman to have won the Palme d’Or at Cannes. The first season of Top of the Lake (2013) will be shown in its entirety for free, and Campion will participate in a public conversation on the retro’s opening night.” (Morgan Leigh Davies, VillageVoice)

Continuing Events

Elsewhere, but this one is sure worth the detour:
Photoville  (sept. 13-17; 21-24)
Brooklyn Bridge Park / 4pm; FREE
“Your insta is about to get meta. NYC hosts a bounty of beautiful photography exhibitions, but only Photoville can claim to be as pretty as the photographs it showcases. Held in and around giant shipping containers in Brooklyn Bridge Park, the massive celebration of pictures features more than 500 artists, 75 exhibitions, talks, screenings and a beer garden.” (TONY)

Not just Photos – Smorgasburg Beer Garden and food vendors return, alongside nighttime events and this is one gem of a park – no better view of the Manhattan skyline. I was there last night, so worth your time.

Feast of San Gennaro  (sept. 14-24)
“Little Italy welcomes all New Yorkers to join The 91st Annual Feast of San Gennaro, which commences on September 14th, bringing 11 days of festivities to the neighborhood. The feast keeps the spirit and faith of the early Italian immigrants alive and celebrates the annual Salute to the Patron Saint of Naples. There will be colorful parades, free musical entertainment every day, a wide variety of ethnic food delicacies, charming restaurants and cafes and even a world-famous cannoli-eating competition!”(untapped cities)

EXHIBIT ‘TO QUENCH THE THIRST OF NEW YORKERS: THE CROTON AQUEDUCT AT 175’   (thru Dec 31)
“Many New Yorkers today take for granted the appearance of clean water in the city’s taps. This exhibit focuses on the history of the Croton Aqueduct, an engineering feat that brought fresh water from the Croton River upstate to fountains in the middle of the city when it was completed in the 1840s.” (STAV ZIV, Newsday)
WHEN | WHERE Opens Saturday, Sept. 2 at the Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave.
INFO $18; 212­534­1672, mcny.org.

Learn all about the High Bridge, which carried the Croton Aqueduct across the Harlem River. This magnificent civic structure was modeled on the old Roman Aqueduct bridges, and is New York City’s oldest and best bridge. I know, because I lived nearby in the far west Bronx neighborhood of Highbridge, and have strolled across it many times.

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Madison Square Eats  (thru sept 29)
Worth Square, 11AM, FREE
“The fall version of this twice-a-year event from UrbanSpace and the Madison Square Park Conservancy runs daily from September 2–29, and it’s your chance to try food from two dozen vendors who converge on the park from all corners of the city. It’ll be hard to go wrong with any of it, but we recommend the po’boys from the Gumbo Brothers and whatever sweet concoction that Renegade Lemonade, Ice & Vice, and Macaron Parlour have teamed up to create. (Hint: It’s called “Renegade Vice Parlour.”) Or, if you look at a plate of chicken and waffles and think, “Wish I didn’t have to sit at a table and bother with utensils to enjoy this,” Chick’nCone is your food trend du jour.” (Mary Bakija, Village Voice)

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Bonus NYC events– Jazz Venues:
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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Chelsea Art Gallery District*

Chelsea is the heart of the NYCity contemporary art scene. Home to more than 300 art galleries, the Rubin Museum, the Joyce Theater and The Kitchen performance spaces, there is no place like it anywhere in the world. Come here to browse free exhibitions by world-renowned artists and those unknowns waiting to be discovered in an art district that is concentrated between West 18th and West 27th Streets, and 10th and 11th Avenues. Afterwards stop in the Chelsea Market, stroll on the High Line, or rest up at one of the many cafes and bars and discuss the fine art.

Here is one exhibition that is about to close and deserves a visit:

‘MAIRA KALMAN: THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE’ at Julie Saul Gallery (closes Sept. 16). “This show reunites all 57 of Ms. Kalman’s illustrations for William Strunk Jr. and E. B. White’s classic guide to grammar and writing. Painted in opulent (gouache) hues and a quasi-naïve art-savvy style, and given titles — all from the book’s rules — that are alternately literal and elliptical, they combine aspects of Surrealism’s exquisite corpses, Conceptual Art’s deadpan humor and appropriation art’s repurposing of existing images.”(Smith-NYT)
212-627-2410, saulgallery.com

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For a listing of 25 essential galleries in the Chelsea Art Gallery District, organized by street, which enables you to create your own Chelsea Art Gallery crawl, see the Chelsea Gallery Guide (nycgo.com) Or check out TONY magazine’s list of the “Best Chelsea Galleries” and click through to see what’s on view.

*Now plan your own gallery crawl, but better to plan your visits for Tuesday through Saturday; most galleries are closed Sunday and Monday.

TIP: After your gallery tour, stop in Ovest at 513W27th St. for Aperitivo Italiano (Happy Hour on steroids). Discuss all the great art you have viewed over a drink and a very tasty selection of FREE appetizers (M-F, 5-8pm). OR try the NYT recommendation: “When you’re done, adjourn to the newly renovated Bottino , the Chelsea art world’s unofficial canteen on 10th Avenue (btw 24/25 St.) “

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For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see recent posts in right sidebar dated 09/11 and 09/13.

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NYC Events,”Only the Best” (09/14) + Today’s Featured Pub (Times Square / Theater District)

“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 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 through the month.

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

PATTI SMITH AND HER BAND
at Rumsey Playfield / 7:30PM, $50
“Since the release of her National Book Award-winning memoir “Just Kids” in 2010, Patti Smith has arguably been known as much for her elegiac writing as for her contributions to punk rock. This show is a tribute of another kind — a performance in honor of her husband, the musician Fred (Sonic) Smith, who died in 1994, with help from their two children, Jackson Smith and Jesse Paris Smith. Ticket sales benefit City Parks Foundation’s free SummerStage programming.” (NYT – SIMON VOZICK-LEVINSON)

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

>>Antibalas + the Shacks
>>CAMILLE BERTAULT
>>Lindsay Mendez
>>JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER ORCHESTRA
>>Bill Charlap Trio 
>>Affordable Art Fair
>>Jane Campion’s Own Stories
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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Antibalas + the Shacks
Gramercy Theater, / 7PM, $25
“Brooklyn-bred Afrobeat ensemble Antibalas have been honoring and developing Fela Kuti’s political polyrhythms for nearly two decades, testing the style’s limits while staying true to its utopian-activist ideals. The big band takes a big retrofuturist step forward on its new Where the Gods Are in Peace, which focuses on nineteenth-century California, when the perpetually romanticized gold rush hastened the extermination of the West’s Native American population. Singer Duke Amayo describes an upside-down creation myth in which an “alien cowboy” arrives in a chariot of fire to disrupt the natural order. The band hits hard, as usual, laying down dynamic vamps and fiery solos over Amayo’s Yoruban and Nigerian Pidgin lyrics. Antibalas, which also play the Meadows Festival on Saturday, will likely fill out the evening with tunes from their substantial repertoire of delirious agitprop. Also: the Shacks.” (Richard Gehr, Village Voice)

CAMILLE BERTAULT
at Jazz Standard / 7:30 and 9:30PM, $25
“Ms. Bertault posted a video on YouTube two years ago of herself singing along to John Coltrane’s famously treacherous “Giant Steps” solo. It became a small sensation: She doesn’t just nail every note; she approximates the saxophonist’s inflection, approaching moments of climax with a similar ramping effect, while exerting her own bright persona. Last year she released a diffuse but smartly constructed album, “En Vie,” on which she builds rich vocal harmonies and digs in deeply across lithesome ballads and dashing postbop.” (NYT – GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

Lindsay Mendez (sept 14-16)
Feinstein’s/54 Below / 7PM, $40
The lovable and super-voiced Mendez has won audiences’ hearts in shows including Wicked, Dogfight, Godspell and last season’s Significant Other. In this nightclub set, her selections include classic show tunes as well as collaborations with contemporary musical-theater songwriters.” (TONY)

JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER ORCHESTRA (Sept. 14-16)
at the Rose Theater / 8PM, $65+
“Jazz at Lincoln Center rings in its 30th season with a three-night run by its namesake orchestra, led by Wynton Marsalis. These concerts focus on the compositions of Jelly Roll Morton, the sovereign composer-arranger. Two pianists on the rise, Aaron Diehl and Sullivan Fortner, will make guest appearances.” (NYT – GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

Bill Charlap Trio (sept 12-17)
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)

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

Affordable Art Fair (sept. 13-17)
Metropolitan Pavilion / 11AM-6PM, $20
“The price-conscious art fair returns for its 24th edition in NYC. For an $18 advance ticket, you can shop original paintings, drawings, photographs and sculptures from 67 local, national and international galleries. With price tags ranging from $100 to $10,000, you can fix up your apartment without breaking the bank.” (TONY)

Jane Campion’s Own Stories   (sept 08-17)
FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER
various times, FREE–$14
“Since her first feature, the peculiar family drama Sweetie (1989), Jane Campion has been one of the defining feminist voices of world cinema. Her work is imbued with a radically female sensibility that challenges viewers to reconsider their presumptive views of both society’s ills and the possibilities of film form. This month, the Film Society of Lincoln Center celebrates Campion with a retrospective timed around the U.S. premiere of the second season of her acclaimed crime show, Top of the Lake. The series spans her entire career, from her earliest short films to her most recent feature, the underrated Bright Star (2009). Other highlights include an adaptation of Henry James’s classic novel The Portrait of a Lady (1996), starring Nicole Kidman, and The Piano (1993), which remains the only film directed by a woman to have won the Palme d’Or at Cannes. The first season of Top of the Lake (2013) will be shown in its entirety for free, and Campion will participate in a public conversation on the retro’s opening night.” (Morgan Leigh Davies, VillageVoice)

Continuing Events

Elsewhere, but this one is sure worth the detour:
Photoville  (sept. 13-17; 21-24)
Brooklyn Bridge Park / 4pm; FREE
“Your insta is about to get meta. NYC hosts a bounty of beautiful photography exhibitions, but only Photoville can claim to be as pretty as the photographs it showcases. Held in and around giant shipping containers in Brooklyn Bridge Park, the massive celebration of pictures features more than 500 artists, 75 exhibitions, talks, screenings and a beer garden.” (TONY)

Not just Photos – Smorgasburg Beer Garden and food vendors return, alongside nighttime events and this is one gem of a park – no better view of the Manhattan skyline. I was there last night, so worth your time.

Feast of San Gennaro  (sept. 14-24)
“Little Italy welcomes all New Yorkers to join The 91st Annual Feast of San Gennaro, which commences on September 14th, bringing 11 days of festivities to the neighborhood. The feast keeps the spirit and faith of the early Italian immigrants alive and celebrates the annual Salute to the Patron Saint of Naples. There will be colorful parades, free musical entertainment every day, a wide variety of ethnic food delicacies, charming restaurants and cafes and even a world-famous cannoli-eating competition!”(untapped cities)

EXHIBIT ‘TO QUENCH THE THIRST OF NEW YORKERS: THE CROTON AQUEDUCT AT 175’   (thru Dec 31)
“Many New Yorkers today take for granted the appearance of clean water in the city’s taps. This exhibit focuses on the history of the Croton Aqueduct, an engineering feat that brought fresh water from the Croton River upstate to fountains in the middle of the city when it was completed in the 1840s.” (STAV ZIV, Newsday)
WHEN | WHERE Opens Saturday, Sept. 2 at the Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave.
INFO $18; 212­534­1672, mcny.org.

Learn all about the High Bridge, which carried the Croton Aqueduct across the Harlem River. This magnificent civic structure was modeled on the old Roman Aqueduct bridges, and is New York City’s oldest and best bridge. I know, because I lived nearby in the far west Bronx neighborhood of Highbridge, and have strolled across it many times.

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Madison Square Eats  (thru sept 29)
Worth Square, 11AM, FREE
“The fall version of this twice-a-year event from UrbanSpace and the Madison Square Park Conservancy runs daily from September 2–29, and it’s your chance to try food from two dozen vendors who converge on the park from all corners of the city. It’ll be hard to go wrong with any of it, but we recommend the po’boys from the Gumbo Brothers and whatever sweet concoction that Renegade Lemonade, Ice & Vice, and Macaron Parlour have teamed up to create. (Hint: It’s called “Renegade Vice Parlour.”) Or, if you look at a plate of chicken and waffles and think, “Wish I didn’t have to sit at a table and bother with utensils to enjoy this,” Chick’nCone is your food trend du jour.” (Mary Bakija, Village Voice)

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Bonus NYC Events – Music Venues:
So much fine live music every night in this town. These are my favorite non jazz music venues, almost all on Manhattan’s WestSide. Check out who’s playing tonight:

City Winery – 155 Varick St., citywinery.com, 212-608-0555
Feinstein’s/54 Below – 254 W54th St., 54below.com, 646-476-3551
Joe’s Pub @ Public Theater – 425 Lafayette St., joespub.com, 212-967-7555
Metropolitan Room – 34W22ndSt., metropolitan room.com, 212-206-0440
Beacon Theatre – 2124 Broadway @ 74th St., beacontheatre.com, 212-465-6500
Town Hall – 123 W43rd St., thetownhall.org, 212-997-6661
B.B. King’s Blues Bar – 237W42nd St., bbkingblues.com, 212-997-2144
Bowery Ballroom – 6 Delancey St. boweryballroom.com,
Le Poisson Rouge – 158 Bleecker St., lepoissonrouge.com, 212-505-3474

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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A PremierPub

Jimmy’s Corner / 140 W 44th St (btw B’way & 7th ave)

IMG_2083Jimmy’s Corner is right in the heart of Times Square, but you won’t find it on the corner, it’s mid-block. Enter this long narrow bar and you are struck by the walls covered with mostly black-and-white boxing photographs, and memorabilia. Soon enough you learn that “Corner” refers to proprietor Jimmy Glenn’s long career as a corner man for some of boxing greats – Liston, Tyson, even “the greatest,” Ali.

Jimmy’s is a sort of time machine, taking you back to a time and place that no longer exists. All around you Times Square has cleaned up, grown up, assumed a new identity. Jimmy’s probably hasn’t changed a bit since it first opened in 1971. Certainly the bar itself looks original and the prices haven’t changed much either. When I brought a friend, who owns her own bar, she was surprised when she got the small tab for a round of drinks. Figured there must be a mistake, that maybe they forgot to charge for all the drinks.

Times Square today is filled with neon glitz and wandering tourists from Dubuque, but not Jimmy’s. You’ll likely find some old timer’s at the bar nursing their drinks, some younger locals at tables in the back, and maybe a few adventuresome tourists clutching their trusty guidebooks. There’s no food served here because this is just a bar, and sometimes that’s all you need.

On nights when no local team is playing, it’s a fine place to sip some drafts and listen to a great old time jukebox, with a great selection of  40s& 50s R&B and soul. On sports nights this very narrow bar can get a bit claustrophobic, filled with excited fans watching their team on the TVs. Either way, Jimmy’s is the place to be if you are looking for an old time bar in the new Times Square.
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Website: are you kidding !
(although there is a facebook page with lots of photos –
facebook.com/jimmyscornernyc)
Phone #: 212-221-9510
Hours: 11am – 4 am, except Sunday they open 12 noon
Happy Hour: not necessary, low prices all day, every day
Subway: #1,2,3 to TimesSquare 42nd st
walk 2 blks N on 7th ave to 44th st; ½ blk E to Jimmy’s

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“Pub” is used in it’s broadest sense – bars, bar/restaurants, jazz clubs, wine bars, tapas bars, craft beer bars, dive bars, cocktail lounges, and of course, pubs – just about anyplace you can get a drink without a cover charge (except for certain jazz clubs).
If you have a fave premier pub or good eating place on Manhattan’s WestSide let us all know about it – leave a comment.
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NYC Events,”Only the Best” (09/13) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s 5th Avenue

“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 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 through the month.

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

Chris Thile, Brad Mehldau
@ Town Hall / 8PM, $40+
“Pianist Brad Mehldau and mandolinist (and A Prairie Home Companion host) Chris Thile released a collaborative album earlier this year, featuring a mix of originals and covers.

As New York Times jazz critic Nate Chinen put it after a 2013 concert, “Chris Thile and Brad Mehldau come from different worlds but the same species, and whatever feels unlikely about their pairing is eclipsed by what feels perfectly natural. Mr. Thile, the mandolinist and singer with Punch Brothers, is a progressive-bluegrass pacesetter; Mr. Mehldau is the most influential jazz pianist of the last 20 years.”

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

>>James Blake
>>Norbert Leo Butz: Memory and Mayhem
>>Bill Charlap Trio 
>>Affordable Art Fair
>>Photoville
>>Jane Campion’s Own Stories
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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

James Blake (solo piano)
@ The Appel Room (Jazz at Lincoln Center) / 10:30PM, $100
“Though James Blake is often known as an electronic artist, he shines as a piano-pop singer/songwriter too, and he’ll show off that side at these two intimate shows at one of the most spectacular venue settings in NYC.” (BrooklynVegan)

“James Blake climaxed the world tour in support of his award winning second record, Overgrown, to successive standing ovations over two nights at The Sydney Opera House. ‘Just mind-blowing, the kind of thing you dream of,’ he says. ‘Every night ended with just me and piano’. Following the 2016 release of his third suite The Colour In Anything, James embarks on a new challenge, stripping back his headline stage show to perform a special solo improvised set of his signature piano vocal songs.”

Norbert Leo Butz: Memory and Mayhem
Feinstein’s/54 Below / 7PM, $55+
“Two-time Tony winner Butz (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Catch Me If You Can) has leapt to Broadway stardom based largely on his unlikely but winning combination of everyday guyness and star magnetism. He’s one of the rare bona fide male stars of the modern Broadway musical, but he also knows how to command a smaller stage. In his latest nightclub run, he updates his mnemonically themed 2012 cabaret debut.” (TONY)

Bill Charlap Trio (sept 12-17)
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)

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

Elsewhere, but this one is sure worth the detour:
Photoville  (sept. 13-17; 21-24)
Brooklyn Bridge Park / 4pm; FREE
“Your insta is about to get meta. NYC hosts a bounty of beautiful photography exhibitions, but only Photoville can claim to be as pretty as the photographs it showcases. Held in and around giant shipping containers in Brooklyn Bridge Park, the massive celebration of pictures features more than 500 artists, 75 exhibitions, talks, screenings and a beer garden.” (TONY)

Not just Photos – Smorgasburg Beer Garden and food vendors will return, alongside nighttime events and this is one gem of a park – no better view of the Manhattan skyline.

Affordable Art Fair (sept. 13-17)
Metropolitan Pavilion / 6pm; $18–$80
“The price-conscious art fair returns for its 24th edition in NYC. For an $18 advance ticket, you can shop original paintings, drawings, photographs and sculptures from 67 local, national and international galleries. With price tags ranging from $100 to $10,000, you can fix up your apartment without breaking the bank.” (TONY)

Jane Campion’s Own Stories   (sept 08-17)
FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER
various times, FREE–$14
“Since her first feature, the peculiar family drama Sweetie (1989), Jane Campion has been one of the defining feminist voices of world cinema. Her work is imbued with a radically female sensibility that challenges viewers to reconsider their presumptive views of both society’s ills and the possibilities of film form. This month, the Film Society of Lincoln Center celebrates Campion with a retrospective timed around the U.S. premiere of the second season of her acclaimed crime show, Top of the Lake. The series spans her entire career, from her earliest short films to her most recent feature, the underrated Bright Star (2009). Other highlights include an adaptation of Henry James’s classic novel The Portrait of a Lady (1996), starring Nicole Kidman, and The Piano (1993), which remains the only film directed by a woman to have won the Palme d’Or at Cannes. The first season of Top of the Lake (2013) will be shown in its entirety for free, and Campion will participate in a public conversation on the retro’s opening night.” (Morgan Leigh Davies, VillageVoice)

Continuing Events

EXHIBIT ‘TO QUENCH THE THIRST OF NEW YORKERS: THE CROTON AQUEDUCT AT 175’   (thru Dec 31)
“Many New Yorkers today take for granted the appearance of clean water in the city’s taps. This exhibit focuses on the history of the Croton Aqueduct, an engineering feat that brought fresh water from the Croton River upstate to fountains in the middle of the city when it was completed in the 1840s.” (STAV ZIV, Newsday)
WHEN | WHERE Opens Saturday, Sept. 2 at the Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave.
INFO $18; 212­534­1672, mcny.org.

Learn all about the High Bridge, which carried the Croton Aqueduct across the Harlem River. This magnificent civic structure was modeled on the old Roman Aqueduct bridges, and is New York City’s oldest and best bridge. I know, because I lived nearby in the far west Bronx neighborhood of Highbridge, and have strolled across it many times.

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Madison Square Eats  (thru sept 29)
Worth Square, 11AM, FREE
“The fall version of this twice-a-year event from UrbanSpace and the Madison Square Park Conservancy runs daily from September 2–29, and it’s your chance to try food from two dozen vendors who converge on the park from all corners of the city. It’ll be hard to go wrong with any of it, but we recommend the po’boys from the Gumbo Brothers and whatever sweet concoction that Renegade Lemonade, Ice & Vice, and Macaron Parlour have teamed up to create. (Hint: It’s called “Renegade Vice Parlour.”) Or, if you look at a plate of chicken and waffles and think, “Wish I didn’t have to sit at a table and bother with utensils to enjoy this,” Chick’nCone is your food trend du jour.” (Mary Bakija, Village Voice)

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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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WHAT’S ON VIEW
These are My Fave Special Exhibitions @ MUSEUMS / Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue
(See the New York Times Arts Section for listings of all museum exhibitions,
and also see the expanded reviews of these exhibitions)

Museum of the City of New York
NY AT ITS CORE (ongoing)
“Ten years in the making, New York at Its Core tells the compelling story of New York’s rise from a striving Dutch village to today’s “Capital of the World.” The exhibition captures the human energy that drove New York to become a city like no other and a subject of fascination the world over. Entertaining, inspiring, important, and at times bemusing, New York City “big personalities,” including Alexander Hamilton, Walt Whitman, Boss Tweed, Emma Goldman, JP Morgan, Fiorello La Guardia, Jane Jacobs, Jay-Z, and dozens more, parade through the exhibition. Visitors will also learn the stories of lesser-known New York personalities, like Lenape chieftain Penhawitz and Italian immigrant Susie Rocco. Even animals like the horse, the pig, the beaver, and the oyster, which played pivotal roles in the economy and daily life of New York, get their moment in the historical spotlight. Occupying the entire first floor in three interactive galleries (Port City, 1609-1898, World City, 1898-2012, and Future City Lab) New York at Its Core is shaped by four themes: money, density, diversity, and creativity. Together, they provide a lens for examining the character of the city, and underlie the modern global metropolis we know today. mcny.org” (NYCity Guide)

Guggenheim Museum
‘MYSTICAL SYMBOLISM: THE SALON DE LA ROSE+CROIX IN PARIS, 1892-1897’ (through Oct. 4). This brilliantly tasteless exhibition, complete with carmine walls and blue velvet settees, plunges viewers into a spiritualist — and, let’s say it, tawdry — Parisian collective of the last decade of the 19th century. Around the time Cézanne and van Gogh were down in Provence analyzing apples and mountains, the artists of the Salon de la Rose+Croix painted lovesick Orpheuses, busty femmes fatales and virginal shepherdesses, all in the service of the salon’s dubious mystic founder, Joséphin Péladan, an author with a taste for high drama and white robes. Most of the artists here are little exhibited today. Much of their work is sordid; some is simply gross. But it’s all weirdly compelling, and a reminder of the hunger even we alleged moderns still nurse for worlds beyond this one. (Jason Farago-NYT)

and you should be sure to check out the special exhibitions at that little museum on Fifth Ave., The Metropolitan Museum of Art
(open 7 days /week, AND always Pay What You Wish)

at the very least you will want to see these three:

‘CRISTÓBAL DE VILLALPANDO: MEXICAN PAINTER OF THE BAROQUE’  (through Oct. 15). “In 1683, the leading painter of colonial Mexico painted a stupefying altarpiece for the cathedral of Puebla: a 26-foot showstopper that merged a radiant vision of Jesus’ transfiguration into light with a grimmer narrative of Israelites attacked by snakes. Now, for the first time ever, Villalpando’s altarpiece has left Mexico and stands alone in the Robert Lehman Collection wing of the Met, where you could spend days gaping at its churning collision of saints and mortals, and puzzling over the strange confluence of Old and New Testament visions. Compared with Baroque painting in Italy or Flanders, the Mexican version was lighter and less rigid, making use of bright color and free ornamentation. Ten other paintings by Villalpando, all but one lent from Mexican collections, round out the presentation, but it’s the altarpiece that matters, and it’s here for your veneration into the fall.” (NYT-Farago) 212-535-7710, metmuseum.org

‘TALKING PICTURES: CAMERA-PHONE CONVERSATIONS BETWEEN ARTISTS’  (through Dec. 17). “One of the wisest, savviest museum exhibitions of the summer may not have much actual art in it, but it circles the subject like a satellite around a planet. Using prints, slide shows, books and iPads, it presents image-only camera-phone exchanges between 12 pairs of artists and is full of flashes of wit, poetry, even genius. Observers will find occasional momentous events, both personal and presidential.” (NYT – Roberta Smith) 212-535-7710, metmuseum.org

‘JAPANESE BAMBOO ART: THE ABBEY COLLECTION’  (through Feb. 4). “This fabulous show celebrates Diane and Arthur Abbey’s gift of some 70 bamboo baskets and sculptures, which nearly doubles the Met’s already outstanding holdings in this genre and brings them into the 20th and 21st centuries. The curator has embedded this trove within what is essentially a second exhibition that traces bamboo’s presence through folding screens, ink paintings, porcelain, netsuke, kimonos and more.” (NYT-Roberta Smith)
212-535-7710, metmuseum.org

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Museum Mile is a section of Fifth Avenue which contains one of the densest displays of culture in the world. Eight museums can be found along this section of Fifth Avenue:
• 105th Street – El Museo del Barrio (closed Sun-Mon)*
• 103rd Street – Museum of the City of New York (open 7 days /week)
•  92nd Street – The Jewish Museum (closed Wed) (Sat FREE) (Thu 5-8 PWYW)
•  91st Street  –  Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum (open 7 days /week)
•  89th Street –  National Academy Museum (closed Mon-Tue)
•  88th Street –  Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (closed Thu) (Sat 6-8 PWYW)
•  86th Street –  Neue Galerie New York (closed Tue-Wed) (Fri 6-8 FREE)
Last, but certainly not least, America’s premier museum
•  82nd Street – The Metropolitan Museum of Art (open 7 days /week)*
*always Pay What You Wish (PWYW)

Although technically not part of the Museum Mile, the Frick Collection (closed Mon) (SUN 11am-1pm PWYW) on the corner of 70th St. and Fifth Avenue and the The Morgan Library & Museum (closed Mon) (Fri 7-9 FREE) on Madison Ave and 37th St are also located near Fifth Ave.
Now plan your own museum crawl (info on hours & admission updated June 2, 2015).
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For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right Sidebar dated 09/11 and 08/28.
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NYC Events,”Only the Best” (09/12) + Today’s Featured Pub (Greenwich Village)

“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 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 through the month.

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

Bill Charlap Trio (sept 12-17)
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)

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

>>ETHAN IVERSON TRIO WITH RON CARTER AND BILLY HART
>>Logan Strosahl Quintet
>>BIG THIEF
>>FESTIVAL OF NEW TRUMPET MUSIC
>>Star Wars: Music for a Galaxy
>>Jane Campion’s Own Stories
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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

ETHAN IVERSON TRIO WITH RON CARTER AND BILLY HART
at Jazz Standard / 7:30 and 9:30PM, $25
“Mr. Iverson, a pianist, has played in the Bad Plus since 2000. But in December he will leave that trio of louche provocateurs to focus on his own solo career (as both a musician and a writer). He will have more time to explore partnerships like this one, in which he’s joined by two jazz luminaries: Mr. Carter, a bassist and a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master, and Mr. Hart, a tonally astute drummer with a thriving career as a bandleader.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

Logan Strosahl Quintet
Cornelia Street Cafe / 9:30PM, $20
Saxophonist-composer Logan Strosahl kicks off a medieval jazz trilogy with his new Book I of Arthur, which employs a banquet of compositional techniques to recount the legend of King Arthur from the scandalous circumstances of his birth to the Knights of the Round Table. If there is such a thing as prog jazz, Strosahl’s blend of polyphonic writing, nods to contemporary composers like Stravinsky and Messiaen, and outlier jazz moves probably defines it. (Fans of Jethro Tull’s Passion Play might also take notice.) The melodic bounty of Strosahl’s 2015 Sunnyside label debut, Up We Go, along with an album of conversational duets with pianist Nick Sanders, set the stage for his ambitious new direction. Jessica Pavone (viola), Aquiles Navarro (trumpet), Lim Yang (bass), and Allan Mednard (drums) join him here.” (Richard Gehr, Village Voice)

Elsewhere, but this one looks worth the detour:
BIG THIEF (Sept. 11-12)
at Music Hall of Williamsburg / 8PM, $20
“This Brooklyn-based folk-rock band turned heads in 2016 with its first album, the cheekily (but not undeservedly) titled “Masterpiece”; this summer, it drew even stronger reviews for its follow-up, “Capacity.” Both LPs are full of sharply sketched story-songs, which the band’s singer, Adrianne Lenker, invests with striking emotional clarity. Big Thief will be joined at these shows by Lucy Dacus (Monday) and Palehound (Tuesday) — two powerful acts in their own rights — among others.” (NYT-SIMON VOZICK-LEVINSON)

FESTIVAL OF NEW TRUMPET MUSIC (Sept. 11-12)
at Dizzy’s Club / 7:30PM, 9:30PM, $30
“Since 2003, the trumpeter Dave Douglas has led the Festival of New Trumpet Music, an ecumenical celebration hitting its 15th year this week, with events on seven straight nights. Highlights include a five-trumpeter conclave on Saturday at the Stone’s glass box at the New School; an award ceremony and panel discussion on Sunday honoring Charles Tolliver, the postbop trumpeter; and this two-night run featuring Keyon Harrold, Marquis Hill and Maurice Brown, trumpeters who mine the fault line between funk, hip-hop and straight-ahead jazz.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

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

Star Wars: Music for a Galaxy
Philharmonic Insights
Atrium at Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, FREE, but better get there early for a seat.
“From Tatooine to Hosnian Prime, the scope of the Star Wars galaxy is reflected in John Williams’s legendary scores. Join conductor and composer David Newman for an exploration of John Williams’s compositional techniques, leitmotifs, and musical philosophy and discover how the orchestra helps to bring imaginary worlds to life.”
David Newman, speaker
Habib Azar, speaker
Mark Travis, moderator

Jane Campion’s Own Stories
FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER
various times, FREE–$14
“Since her first feature, the peculiar family drama Sweetie (1989), Jane Campion has been one of the defining feminist voices of world cinema. Her work is imbued with a radically female sensibility that challenges viewers to reconsider their presumptive views of both society’s ills and the possibilities of film form. This month, the Film Society of Lincoln Center celebrates Campion with a retrospective timed around the U.S. premiere of the second season of her acclaimed crime show, Top of the Lake. The series spans her entire career, from her earliest short films to her most recent feature, the underrated Bright Star (2009). Other highlights include an adaptation of Henry James’s classic novel The Portrait of a Lady (1996), starring Nicole Kidman, and The Piano (1993), which remains the only film directed by a woman to have won the Palme d’Or at Cannes. The first season of Top of the Lake (2013) will be shown in its entirety for free, and Campion will participate in a public conversation on the retro’s opening night.” (Morgan Leigh Davies, VillageVoice)

Continuing Events

EXHIBIT ‘TO QUENCH THE THIRST OF NEW YORKERS: THE CROTON AQUEDUCT AT 175’
“Many New Yorkers today take for granted the appearance of clean water in the city’s taps. This exhibit focuses on the history of the Croton Aqueduct, an engineering feat that brought fresh water from the Croton River upstate to fountains in the middle of the city when it was completed in the 1840s.” (STAV ZIV, Newsday)
WHEN | WHERE Opens Saturday, Sept. 2 at the Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave.
INFO $18; 212­534­1672, mcny.org.

Learn all about the High Bridge, which carried the aqueduct across the Harlem River. It is New York City’s oldest and best bridge. I know, because I lived there and have strolled across it many times.

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Madison Square Eats
Worth Square, 11AM, FREE
“The fall version of this twice-a-year event from UrbanSpace and the Madison Square Park Conservancy runs daily from September 2–29, and it’s your chance to try food from two dozen vendors who converge on the park from all corners of the city. It’ll be hard to go wrong with any of it, but we recommend the po’boys from the Gumbo Brothers and whatever sweet concoction that Renegade Lemonade, Ice & Vice, and Macaron Parlour have teamed up to create. (Hint: It’s called “Renegade Vice Parlour.”) Or, if you look at a plate of chicken and waffles and think, “Wish I didn’t have to sit at a table and bother with utensils to enjoy this,” Chick’nCone is your food trend du jour.” (Mary Bakija, Village Voice)

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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. Check out who’s playing tonight:

City Winery – 155 Varick St., citywinery.com, 212-608-0555
Feinstein’s/54 Below – 254 W54th St., 54below.com, 646-476-3551
Joe’s Pub @ Public Theater – 425 Lafayette St., joespub.com, 212-967-7555
Metropolitan Room – 34W22ndSt., metropolitan room.com, 212-206-0440
Beacon Theatre – 2124 Broadway @ 74th St., beacontheatre.com, 212-465-6500
Town Hall – 123 W43rd St., thetownhall.org, 212-997-6661
B.B. King’s Blues Bar – 237W42nd St., bbkingblues.com, 212-997-2144
Bowery Ballroom – 6 Delancey St. boweryballroom.com,
Le Poisson Rouge – 158 Bleecker St., lepoissonrouge.com, 212-505-3474

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 discovery and enjoyment.
See Below.

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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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A PremierPub and 3 Good Eating Places – Greenwich Village

Caffe Vivaldi / 32 Jones Street (btw. Bleecker St./W4th St.)

Café Vivaldi is a classic, intimate club located in Greenwich Village on Jones Street, the street featured on the cover of Bob Dylan’s second album, “Freewheelin’. ”

maxresdefaultEach night Ishrat, the long time proprietor and impresario, carefully curates and schedules an eclectic series of musicians. You can often see him at his table in the corner, hard at work reviewing music videos and listening to cd demos on his laptop, scouting out future bookings. Musicians come from all over to play and sing in a club in Greenwich Village. Some are local New Yorkers, others are just passing through, in town for a few days.

There is a small bar, seating maybe 10. It’s close to the stage and I find it’s a perfect spot to sip a glass of red wine while listening to the music. The room itself has the performance area at one end and a cozy fireplace at the other. The performance area here is small, dominated by a large black Yamaha Grand piano. Tables are bunched together and most people at the tables are eating lite meals or sampling the wonderful desserts.

There is also a good selection of fairly priced wines,  but you are here because of the music. You can never be quite sure what you’re going to find, and that’s half the charm of this place. It’s not a home run every night, but many nights it’s pretty special.

I remember the night I saw the most talented bossa nova group, just in from San Paulo. As I listened, I wondered if there was any better music playing anywhere else in New York City that night. And at Caffé Vivaldi there is never a cover charge. Their recently redesigned web site does give you a better idea of the type of music playing each night.

At one time Greenwich Village was filled with clubs just like this, but times change. Real estate interests have impacted the village, and not for the better. Even Caffé Vivaldi had a rough time recently, when a new landlord raised the rent exorbitantly. Fortunately, Ishrat has built a loyal following over the years, and a fund raiser and slightly more reasonable rent has kept Café Vivaldi in business.

When Woody Allen and Al Pacino wanted to make movies featuring the timeless quality of Greenwich Village they came to Vivaldi. It’s important that we keep this special place alive, for if we lose Cafe Vivaldi, NYCity will have lost a piece of it’s soul.

Website: http://caffevivaldi.com/
Phone #: (212) 691-7538
Hours: Music generally 7:30PM – 11PM, but varies
Lunch/Dinner 11AM-on
Subway: #1 to Christopher St.
Walk 1 blk S. on 7th ave S. to Bleecker St., 1 blk left on Bleecker to Jones St., 50 yards left on Jones St. to Caffe V.
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“Pub” is used in it’s broadest sense – bars, bar/restaurants, jazz clubs, wine bars, tapas bars, craft beer bars, dive bars, cocktail lounges, and of course, pubs – just about anyplace you can get a drink without a cover charge.

If you have a fave premier pub or good eating place on Manhattan’s WestSide let us all know about it – leave a comment.
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3 Good Eating places

It’s not difficult to find a place to eat in Manhattan.
Finding a good, inexpensive place to eat is a bit harder.
Here are a few of my faves in this neighborhood:

Fish – 280 Bleecker St. (just a bit S. of 7th ave South)
This was an easy pick – the best raw bar special in town. $9 gets you 6 of the freshest oysters or clams + a glass of wine or beer. Don’t know how they can do it, but I tell everyone I know about this place. And it’s located right in the heart of some of the best no cover music in town.

Bleecker Street Pizza – 69 7th ave S. (corner of Bleecker St.)
The place is tiny and not much to look at, but this is one good slice. They like to brag that they have been voted “Best pizza in NY” 3 years in a row by the Food Network. I believe them. I would have voted for them.

Num Pang – 21 E 12th St. (btw. University Place/5th ave.)
This is a Cambodian banh mi sandwich shop that kept me well fed while I was in class nearby recently. It’s cramped, even for NYCity, but usually there is room up the spiral staircase to sit down and eat. In good weather carry your sandwich a few blocks to Union Square park. You may have to wait a few minutes, because everything is freshly made, but it’s worth it. Can you believe – an unheard of 26 food rating by Zagat.

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“3 Good Eating places” focuses on a quick bite, what I call “Fine Fast Food – NYCity Style”
No reservations needed.
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NYCity is the most diverse and interesting place to find a meal anywhere in the world. With more than 24,000 eating establishments you might welcome some advice.

◊ For all my picks of 54 Good Eating places, and essays on my favorite 18 PremierPubs in 9 Neighborhoods on Manhattan’s WestSide, order a copy of my e-book:
“Eating and Drinking on NYCity’s WestSide” ($4.99, available Fall 2017).
◊ Order before Nov. 30, 2017 and receive a bonus – 27 of my favorite casual dining places with free Wi-Fi.

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NYC Events,”Only the Best” (09/11) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

“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 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 through the month.

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

Christine Ebersole: After the Ball
Feinstein’s/54 Below, 254 W 54thSt. / 7PM, $95+
“Broadway leading lady Ebersole (Grey Gardens) can really land a joke and knock out a number, moving with ease between her lustrous belt, her mock-operatic soprano and multiple other modes. On select Monday nights this fall, she spends her night off from the musical War Paint, in which she plays makeup titan Elizabeth Arden, to share standards at Feinstein’s/54 Below.” (TONY)

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

>>Melissa Manchester
>>FESTIVAL OF NEW TRUMPET MUSIC
>>Ryan Raftery: The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of Martha Stewart
>>Jane Campion’s Own Stories
>>Tribute in Light
>>The Prince of Theater: A Times Square Walking Tour Featuring Harold Prince
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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Melissa Manchester
Birdland, 315 W44th St./ 7PM, $45
“Storied New York–native singer-songwriter Melissa Manchester, whose biggest hits include “Whenever I Call You Friend,” “Through the Eyes of Love” and “Don’t Cry Out Loud,” offers a set of tunes and tales to celebrate the release of her 21st album, The Fellas.” (TONY)

FESTIVAL OF NEW TRUMPET MUSIC (Sept. 11-12)
at Dizzy’s Club / 7:30PM, 9:30PM, $30
“Since 2003, the trumpeter Dave Douglas has led the Festival of New Trumpet Music, an ecumenical celebration hitting its 15th year this week, with events on seven straight nights. Highlights include a five-trumpeter conclave on Saturday at the Stone’s glass box at the New School; an award ceremony and panel discussion on Sunday honoring Charles Tolliver, the postbop trumpeter; and this two-night run featuring Keyon Harrold, Marquis Hill and Maurice Brown, trumpeters who mine the fault line between funk, hip-hop and straight-ahead jazz.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

Ryan Raftery: The Rise and Fall (and Rise) of Martha Stewart (also Tue)
Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater / 7PM, $35
“After scoring a hit with a solo musical devoted to Vogue’s Anna Wintour and her discontents—and then another about Bravo diva wrangler Andy Cohen—the boyish and persistently irreverent singer-actor Raftery returns to Joe’s with a new camp biography. This one uses pop music to tell the story of style maven, media titan and ex-prisoner Martha Stewart.”(TONY)

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

Jane Campion’s Own Stories
FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER
various times, FREE–$14
“Since her first feature, the peculiar family drama Sweetie (1989), Jane Campion has been one of the defining feminist voices of world cinema. Her work is imbued with a radically female sensibility that challenges viewers to reconsider their presumptive views of both society’s ills and the possibilities of film form. This month, the Film Society of Lincoln Center celebrates Campion with a retrospective timed around the U.S. premiere of the second season of her acclaimed crime show, Top of the Lake. The series spans her entire career, from her earliest short films to her most recent feature, the underrated Bright Star (2009). Other highlights include an adaptation of Henry James’s classic novel The Portrait of a Lady (1996), starring Nicole Kidman, and The Piano (1993), which remains the only film directed by a woman to have won the Palme d’Or at Cannes. The first season of Top of the Lake (2013) will be shown in its entirety for free, and Campion will participate in a public conversation on the retro’s opening night.” (Morgan Leigh Davies, VillageVoice)

Tribute in Light
A commemorative art installation, shines twin beams from the Memorial Plaza of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. / 3 to 10PM, FREE

Tribute in Light is a commemorative public art installation first presented six months after 9/11 and then every year thereafter, from dusk to dawn, on the night of September 11. It has become an iconic symbol that both honors those killed and celebrates the unbreakable spirit of New York.

This year, we are extraordinarily grateful to the Carnegie Corporation of New York, who stepped forward to be our first presenting sponsor for Tribute in Light. Through their generosity, we were also able to launch a program for small businesses in lower Manhattan—our neighboring hotels, retailers and restaurants—to come together and support this iconic tribute.

Assembled on the roof of the Battery Parking Garage south of the 9/11 Memorial, the twin beams reach up to four miles into the sky and are comprised of 88 7,000-watt xenon light bulbs positioned into two 48-foot squares, echoing the shape and orientation of the Twin Towers.

On the anniversary of 9/11, the Memorial Plaza is open to the public from 3 p.m. to midnight for the viewing of Tribute in Light. The installation can also be viewed from a 60-mile radius around lower Manhattan.

The Prince of Theater: A Times Square Walking Tour Featuring Harold Prince
The Strand, 828 Broadway / 1PM,
$29.99 Admission & Signed Copy grants you admission for one, plus one signed copy of the book.
“The name Harold Prince immediately evokes a sense of excellence in the field of theater. The producer and director of many stage plays, Mr. Prince holds more Tony awards than any other individual in the industry. On the launch of his latest book Sense of Occasion, the Strand will be hosting a tour of Times Square and its historic theater spaces. Come learn about which timeless shows had their debut in Times Square, and celebrate the artistic contributions of one of the greatest minds theater has ever known.

The tour will be directed by acclaimed author/ film and drama scholar Foster Hirsch and include a book signing with the legendary Harold Prince!”

Continuing Events

EXHIBIT ‘TO QUENCH THE THIRST OF NEW YORKERS: THE CROTON AQUEDUCT AT 175’
“Many New Yorkers today take for granted the appearance of clean water in the city’s taps. This exhibit focuses on the history of the Croton Aqueduct, an engineering feat that brought fresh water from the Croton River upstate to fountains in the middle of the city when it was completed in the 1840s.” (STAV ZIV, Newsday)
WHEN | WHERE Opens Saturday, Sept. 2 at the Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave.
INFO $18; 212­534­1672, mcny.org.

Learn all about the High Bridge, which carried the aqueduct across the Harlem River. It is New York City’s oldest and best bridge. I know, because I lived there and have strolled across it many times.

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Madison Square Eats
Worth Square, 11AM, FREE
“The fall version of this twice-a-year event from UrbanSpace and the Madison Square Park Conservancy runs daily from September 2–29, and it’s your chance to try food from two dozen vendors who converge on the park from all corners of the city. It’ll be hard to go wrong with any of it, but we recommend the po’boys from the Gumbo Brothers and whatever sweet concoction that Renegade Lemonade, Ice & Vice, and Macaron Parlour have teamed up to create. (Hint: It’s called “Renegade Vice Parlour.”) Or, if you look at a plate of chicken and waffles and think, “Wish I didn’t have to sit at a table and bother with utensils to enjoy this,” Chick’nCone is your food trend du jour.” (Mary Bakija, Village Voice)

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Bonus NYC events– Jazz Venues:
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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WHAT’S ON VIEW
My Fave Special Exhibitions – MUSEUMS / Manhattan’s WestSide
(See the New York Times Arts Section for listings of all museums,
and also to see their expanded reviews of these exhibitions)

Whitney Museum of American Art:

Calder: Hypermobility (thru Oct 23)
“focuses on the extraordinary breadth of movement and sound in the work of Alexander Calder. This exhibition brings together a rich constellation of key sculptures and provides a rare opportunity to experience the works as the artist intended—in motion. Regular activations will occur in the galleries, revealing the inherent kinetic nature of Calder’s work, as well as its relationship to performance. Influenced in part by the artist’s fascination and engagement with choreography, Calder’s sculptures contain an embedded performativity that is reflected in their idiosyncratic motions and the perceptual responses they provoke.”

Museum of Modern Art:

‘ROBERT RAUSCHENBERG: AMONG FRIENDS’ (thru Sept.17)

“This retrospective of one of America’s great artists includes more than 250 paintings, sculptures, drawings, sound and video recordings, prints and photographs created over the course of a six­decade career. Rauschenberg sometimes worked with artists, dancers, musicians and writers (including John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Yvonne Rainer and Jasper Johns), and the exhibition will be supplemented by dance and performance.” ( STAV ZIV-Newsday)

A special pat on the back to MOMA, who is now displaying art from the seven countries affected by Trump’s travel ban.

“Trump’s ban against refugees from seven Muslim-majority nations has sparked acts of defiance in NYC, from demonstrations across town, to striking taxicab drivers at JFK to Middle Eastern bodega owners closing their shops in protest. Recently, the Museum Of Modern added its two cents by bringing out artworks it owns from the affected countries, and hanging them prominently within the galleries usually reserved for 19th- and 20th-century artworks from Europe and the United States. Paintings by Picasso and Matisse, for example, were removed to make way for pieces by Tala Madani (from Iran), Ibrahim El-Salahi (from Sudan) and architect Zaha Hadid (from Iraq). The rehanging, which was unannounced, aims to create a symbolic welcome that repudiates Trump by creating a visual dialog between the newly added works and the more familiar objects from MoMA’s permanent collection.” (TONY)

American Museum of Natural History:

Mummies (thru 1/7/18)
“For thousands of years, peoples around the world practiced mummification as a way of preserving and honoring their dead. Mummies brings you face to face with some of these ancient individuals and reveals how scientists are using modern technology to glean stunning details about them and their cultures. In Mummies, ancient remains from the Nile Valley of Africa and the Andes Mountains of South America will be on view, allowing visitors to connect with cultures from the distant past. Mummification, a more widespread practice than most think, was used not only for royal Egyptians but also for common people and even animals. Interactive touch tables let visitors virtually “unravel” or see inside mummies as they delve deep into the unique stories of the people or animals who lie within. Other parts of the exhibition showcase the latest isotopic and DNA testing being performed on mummies, and explain how these sophisticated analytical techniques are helping scientists discover important clues about long-vanished practices. Mummies was developed by The Field Museum, Chicago.”(NYCity Guide)

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NYC Events,”Only the Best” (09/10) + US Tennis Open (Day 14)

“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 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 through the month.

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

Bill Charlap Trio  (LAST DAY)
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)

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

>>BAND OF OTHER BROTHERS
>>PETE TOWNSHEND
>>Seaport Music Festival
>>Steve Wilson and Wilsonian’s Grain
>>Jeff (Tain) Watts 
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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

BAND OF OTHER BROTHERS
at the Iridium / 8 and 10PM, $27.50
“A group with a funky disposition and a deep, rustling power, Band of Other Brothers features several high-powered session musicians who are used to generating sparks from behind the curtain. The ensemble includes the bassist Will Lee, a veteran of David Letterman’s band; the drummer Keith Carlock, who has backed acts like Sting and Steely Dan; the saxophonist Jeff Coffin, a driving force in the Dave Matthews Band; the keyboardist Jeff Babko, who performs and composes music for the “Jimmy Kimmel Live” ensemble; and Nir Felder, a jazz guitarist who has supported Esperanza Spalding and Meshell Ndegeocello. This concert celebrates the release of a winsome debut album, “City of Cranes.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

PETE TOWNSHEND
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)

Seaport Music Festival (LAST DAY)
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)

Steve Wilson and Wilsonian’s Grain (LAST DAY)
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)

Jeff (Tain) Watts (LAST DAY)
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)

Too much good music today. Smart Stuff events coming back tomorrow.

TODAY’S TOP EVENT

U.S. TENNIS OPEN Day 14 (LAST DAY)

The U.S. Open Men’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 @ 1PM for the Women’s Doubles Finals to see the ageless Martina Hingis show you how to play the game of doubles.

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.

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Men’s Final:
No. 1 RAFAEL NADAL (ESP) vs. No. 28 KEVIN ANDERSON (RSA)

MATCH OF THE DAY

September 8, 2017 – Rafael Nadal in action against Juan Martin del Potro in a men’s singles semifinal match at the 2017 US Open.

“The US Open officially draws the curtain on the 2017 Grand Slam season Sunday afternoon with the men’s singles final pitting top seed, two-time US Open winner and 15-time Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal against No. 28 seed Kevin Anderson, appearing in his first major final.

The two 31-year-olds have enjoyed relatively smooth rides into the title match. Both have lost just three sets through six matches and neither has yet been stretched past four sets in any one encounter.”

For an in-depth analysis of today’s Men’s Final see USTA’s Mark Preston’s piece here.

But let’s be honest, the real men’s match to determine the champion was yesterday when Nadal played Del Potro. Today’s match is a mere formality to crown Nadal.

What I want to know is who is the knucklehead who created the draw for the men’s tournament. How did Nadal, Federer and Del Potro all end up on one side of the bracket while nobody of note was on the other half of the bracket.

CHAMPIONSHIP SUNDAY

“Be sure to come to the US Open early to see championship matches around the grounds. Sunday will feature the women’s doubles final followed by the men’s singles final in Arthur Ashe Stadium. Other finals include junior girls’ singles and doubles, junior boys’ singles, wheelchair men’s and women’s singles and quad singles. Matches begin at 12 p.m.”

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

“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 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)

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

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

BRYSON TILLER
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.

TODAY’S TOP EVENT

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.

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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.

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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.
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