Today’s Sweet 6 > TUESDAY / SEPT. 01, 2015
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Music, Dance, Performing Arts
>Miguel Zenón Quartet (through Sept. 6)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave South, at 11th St. / 8:30PM+10:30PM, $30
“Identities Are Changeable” is the most recent album by the alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón, who has turned the exploration of Puerto Rican culture into an aesthetic signature. His focus on the album is the Nuyorican experience, with snippets of oral history woven into his state-of-the-art big band arrangements — which he compresses here to their core, with his longtime quartet.” (Chinen-NYT)
Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:
>Delta Rae + Liz Longley
Music Hall of Williamsburg, 66 N6th St, Bklyn / 8PM, $20
“Fronted by velvet-voiced singer Brittany Hölljes, the rootsy, harmonious ensemble Delta Rae brings its folksy power pop to celebrate its recent second disc, After It All.” (TONY)
Smart Stuff / Other
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)
Summer HD Festival (through Sept. 7)
Lincoln Center Plaza, Columbus Ave and W63rd St / 7:30PM, FREE
tonight: “Iolanta/Bluebeard’s Castle”
a compelling and chilling two-in-one opera, Tchaikovsky’s fairy tale “Iolanta” followed by the story of a troubled wife in Bartok’s “Bluebeard’s Castle.”
“For 11 nights the Metropolitan Opera will take over Lincoln Center Plaza to bring some of the company’s most memorable recent performances to the masses. The series features 10 screenings of previously recorded operas. Seating is first come first served. At various times, 212-721-6500, metopera.org” (NYT-SpareTimes)
>Dylan’s Candy Bar: Union Square Grand Opening
33 Union Square West / 11AM, FREE
“Grab a signature goody box of gummy bears, rainbow sour belts, and chocolate-covered candies at the brand new location of one of New York’s favorite candy stores! ) The ribbon cutting will be accompanied by Brooklyn United Marching Band.” (TONY)
Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour on a late summer day:
>Wave Hill: Gallery Tour
Wave Hill, W249th St and Independence Avenue, the Bronx / 2PM, “This guided tour of the garden’s Glyndor Gallery includes a walk through the exhibition “Seven Deadly Sins: Wrath — Force of Nature,” a painting and sculpture exploration of anxieties about extreme weather and the environment.” (NYT-SpareTimes)
TODAY’S TOP EVENT
Elsewhere, but absolutely worth the detour:
U.S. TENNIS OPEN (Day 2)
The U.S. Open continues play today (11AM) at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens and runs through Sept. 13. This is the fourth and final Grand Slam tennis tournament of the year. Everyone is looking for the Serena slam this year.
subway: #1-2-3 to Times Square; transfer to #7 to Willets Point. (about 45 min. from Times Square)
Matches to watch today in Louis Armstrong stadium (LA) & the Grandstand (GS):
(predictions per Matt Cronin (USOpen.org)
GS – JACK SOCK (28) VS. VICTOR ESTRELLA BURGOS
“The 22-year-old Sock has been pretty consistent this year, which is how he managed to get into the Top 30. He will face Estrella Burgos from the Dominican Republic, who is 35 years old and might be playing his best ball ever. The American will be pushed but win in four long sets.”
LA – VICTORIA AZARENKA (20) VS. LUCIE HRADECKA
“Azarenka’s serves have been erratic and she isn’t running like the wind the way she was back in 2012 and 2013, when she reached the final at the US Open twice in a row. Now, the former two-time Australian Open champion is struggling.
Still, Azarenka should be able to best the veteran Czech Hradecka, who has one of the biggest first serves but who can be yanked around. Hradecka can move into the net and she can threaten her, but the Belarussian has too much game for her, assuming she will be healthy. Azarenka will win in two sets.”
I think Court 17 looks to have some interesting matches today:
Donald Young (USA) vs. Gilles Simon (FRA) 
Sam Querrey (USA) vs. Nicolas Mahut (FRA)
Timea Babos (HUN) vs. Samantha Stosur (AUS) 
Today’s tips: Arrive early. Security screening was brutal on Monday, with long delays to enter. The best, most comprehensive review of the tournament and the current state of tennis can be found at the NYTimes/Sports.
Forget mismatches in the Big House (Arthur Ashe Stadium) early in the tournament. Get a grounds pass and once inside check out one of the electronic scoreboards listing matches in progress. Find a match or players that interest you. Head over to their court for some great tennis, because in this tournament even the qualifiers are great players.There is no other major sporting event where you can get so close to world class athletes as at the U.S. Open – on the outer field courts, the Grandstand court, or even Louis Armstrong stadium. Courts where you can get a real sense of the pace of the game.
Unfortunately, this is the last year for the Grandstand court, which is being replaced by a larger, less intimate court. It will be sorely missed. Make sure you find your way over there to see some matches while you can.
Bonus – 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’s playing tonight:
Village Vanguard – 178 7th Ave. South — villagevanguard.com / 212-255-4037
Blue Note – 131 W3rd St. nr 6th ave. — bluenotejazz.com / 212-475-8592
55 Bar – 55 Christopher St. nr 7th ave.S. — 55bar.com / 212-929-9883
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
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.
♦ 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 56 million visitors last year and is TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2015. Quality shows draw crowds. Try to reserve seats in advance, even if just on day of performance.
A PremierPub / West Village
Corner Bistro / 331 W. 4th St.
Sometimes you just need a beer and a burger. If so, Corner Bistro is the place you want. Located just outside the hip Meatpacking district, this corner bar and grill is decidedly unhip, but it’s not uncrowded, especially at night. Seems that everyone knows this place has one of the better burgers in town.
In the maze of streets known as the West Village, where West 4th intersects with West 12th (and West 11th, and West 10th, go figure), you will eventually find Corner Bistro on the corner of West 4th and Jane Street. An unassuming neighborhood tavern, it looks just like dozens of other taverns around town.
The bartender tells me that the Corner Bistro celebrated it’s 50th anniversary last year. The well worn interior tells me that the place itself is much older.
Corner Bistro has outlasted many of those other taverns around town because they know how to keep it simple — just good burgers and beer, fairly priced. The classic bistro Burger is only $6.75, and should be ordered medium rare, which will be plenty rare for most folks. Actually, it will be a juicy, messy delight – make sure you have extra napkins. I like to pull up a stool and sit by the large front window in the afternoon, where I can rest my burger and beer on the shelf, and watch the Villagers walk by.
Corner Bistro seems to attract very different groups of patrons depending on time of day. While it’s crowded with locals in the evening, in the afternoon you hear different foreign languages, and watch groups of euro tourists wander in, led by their guidebooks and smartphones.
For the classic Bistro experience, order your burger with a McSorley’s draft, the dark preferably. This is the same beer that you can get over at the original McSorley’s in the East Village, the pub that claims to be the oldest continually operating bar in NYCity. The only difference is that this McSorley’s ale is served with a smile by the bartenders here. Or you can get a Sierra Nevada, Stella, or Hoegaarden on tap if you want to go upscale a bit. Either way this is a simple, but quality burger and beer experience that is just too rare these days (sorry for the pun).
Phone #: 212-242-9502
Hours: 11:30am-4am Mon-Sat; 12pm-4am Sun
Happy Hour: NO
Music: Juke Box
Subway: #1/2/3 to 14th St. (S end of platform)
Walk 2 blk W. on 13th St. to 8th Ave.; 1 blk S. on 8th Ave. to Jane St.
“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.