Selected NYC Events (08/31) + US Tennis Open (Day 3)

Today’s Sweet6 NYC Events> WEDNESDAY/AUGUST 31, 2016

“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 be sure to check the tab above: “Annual NYC Events / August”

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

CHARLIE PARKER BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION (thru sept. 03)
Birdland, 315 West 44th St./ 8:30PM, +11PM, $
“This all-star tribute to Charlie Parker features two prominent alto saxophonists, Greg Osby and Vincent Herring, alongside the singer Sheila Jordan, the tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander, the pianist Helen Sung, the bassist Lonnie Plaxico and the drummer Billy Drummond. This engagement, a respectful but freethinking spin through Parker’s music, begins the day after what would have been his 96th birthday.” (Chinen-NYT)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Kevin Smith Kirkwood: Classic Whitney—Alive!
Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St./ 9:30PM, $20
“On a night off from his ensemble role in Broadway’s Kinky Boots, Kevin Smith Kirkwood takes center stage as Whitney Houston in a show that re-creates the doomed diva’s greatest hits and concert banter.” (TONY)

KURT ROSENWINKEL TRIO (thru sept 04)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave. S., at 11th St./ 8:30PM, +10:30PM, $
“This astonishingly fluid and harmonically adventurous guitarist is among the most gifted players of his generation, who followed such visionary six-string giants as Pat Metheny and Bill Frisell. Guitar wonks drool over Rosenwinkel’s wizardry; general listeners bathe in his warming tone.” (NewYorker)

Michael Feinstein with Marilyn Maye: Summertime Swing
54 Below, 254 W 54th St./ 7PM, $85
“Popular standards bearer Feinstein returns to the midtown boïte that bears his name in a new set devoted to romantic songs from the Great American Songbook. The show teams him once again with the husky-voiced, earthy, octogenarian belter Maye, who is a wonder of the nightclub world.” (TONY)

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

Metropolitan Opera Summer HD Festival (through Sept. 5)
Lincoln Center, Josie Robertson Plaza, Columbus Ave at 64th St./ various times, FREE
“Want to show up to the Metropolitan Opera like Cher in Moonstruck, but lack the cash? Fear not! Grab a date and take in an epic onscreen opera performance at Lincoln Center’s plaza, where the Met presents recent adaptations of Otello, Il Trovatore, Lucia de Lammermoor and other heartbreaking tragedies.” (TONY)

Tonight: Lucia di Lammermoor / 8PM, FREE
Natalie Dessay sings opera’s most famous mad scene as the unhinged bride of Lammermoor, opposite Joseph Calleja as her faithful lover and Ludovic Tézier as her scheming brother. (Original transmission: March 19, 2011)

Not So Different: Finding Human Nature in Animals
New York Public Library—Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 Fifth Ave./ 6:30PM, FREE
“With Nathan H. Lents, professor of molecular biology and director of the biology and cell and molecular biology programs at John Jay College of the City University of New York.

This illustrated lecture shows that the same evolutionary forces of cooperation and competition have shaped both humans and animals and that identical emotional and instinctual drives govern our actions.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

TODAY’S TOP NYC EVENT

U.S. TENNIS OPEN (Day 3)

The U.S. Open starts play today at 11AM at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens (about 45 min. from Times Square). The tournament runs through Sept. 11 and is the fourth and final Grand Slam tennis tournament of the year.
subway: #1-2-3 to Times Square; transfer to #7 to Willets Point.

Today’s tips: Arrive Early. Security screening seemed to have been ratcheted up last week during qualifying which may cause delays to enter. The best, most comprehensive review of the tournament and the current state of tennis can be found at the NYTimes/Sports.

Early in the tournament forget the Big House (Arthur Ashe Stadium). 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 and Louis Armstrong stadium, which are being replaced by a much larger, less intimate stadium. They will be sorely missed. Make sure you find your way over there to see some matches while you can.

Today’s Top Matches:
Angelique+Kerber+new+pic+2012+06“Round 2 play headlines Day 3 at the 2016 US Open, as a host of the game’s greatest look to take a second step in the rigorous run that ends with tennis’ toughest title. The first two days have claimed half of the field; those who remain know that in order to keep running, they need to keep winning. The race is on.

Setting the pace Wednesday are men’s top seed Novak Djokovic and women’s second seed Angelique Kerber (see pic). Hot on their heels are a host of contenders, including men’s No. 4 seed Rafael Nadal, No. 5 Milos Raonic, and No. 10 Gael Monfils. On the women’s side, No. 3 seed Garbiñe Muguruza, seventh-seeded Roberta Vinci, and No. 8 Madison Keys, top the bill.” (USOpen.org)

The most entertaining match is likely to be whichever match Gael Monfils is playing.

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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 (all six are within walking distance of each other):
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
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 – 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 58 million visitors last year and was TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2016.  Quality shows draw crowds.
Try to reserve seats in advance at these top NYC events, even if just on day of performance.
NYCity Vacation Travel Guide Video (Expedia):
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This week’s fave and FREE NYCity AppS: 
Trip Advisor
An enormous base of NYCity user reviews (2.1 million) provides the widest coverage of hotels (468), restaurants (12,645) and things to do (yes, 3,246). Have a specific question? Then try one of Trip Advisor’s forums. Just remember that with all those reviews you have to try to find the consistency among the comments, and ignore the outliers.

OpenTable
Instantly locate restaurants near you with open reservations and then place a reservation right from your iOS device. A great interface and the ability to see a menu from the restaurant you’re interested in makes this my go to restaurant reservation app.

Subway Time 
Need to catch your #1,2,3 subway to attend an event? Use the Subway Time app from the MTA to find out when the next train arrives at your station. The MTA also has Train and Bus Time info available on their mobile website.
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