Selected NYC Events (09/01) + US Tennis Open (Day 4)

Today’s Sweet6 NYC Events > THURSDAY / SEPT 01, 2016

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

Tabou Combo
David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, 61 W. 62nd St./ 7:30PM, FREE
“Singing in English, Spanish, French, or their native Haitian Creole, this legendary band has been packing dance floors for nearly four decades with a hot mix of grooves and textures with roots from around the world.

Considered the ambassadors of Haitian konpa, Tabou Combo folds in other Haitian influences like rara, the dance-till-you-drop carnival music, and the hypnotic drums of Haitian voodoo rituals plus Dominican merengue, French quadrilles and contra-dances, and American funk. Employing the repetition and breaks of Afro-American gospel music, Tabou Combo entices the listener to become listener and dancer. According to Fanfan, the band’s main songwriter, “We want people to dance and forget their sorrows.”

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

TAYLOR EIGSTI (also Friday)
Mezzrow, 163 W. 10th St./ 8PM, +9:30PM, $20
Eigsti, a former finger-busting keyboard prodigy, has matured into a lyrical and focussed jazz pianist who doesn’t shy away from contemporary pop styles. An evening of solo piano will demonstrate why a swath of bold bandleaders have clamored for his billowing talents.” (NewYorker)

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)

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: La Cenerentola / 7:45PM, FREE
“Joyce DiDonato triumphs in the title role of the unlikely heroine, opposite Juan Diego Flórez as her Prince Charming. Fabio Luisi conducts Rossini’s sparkling take on the Cinderella story. (Original transmission: May 10, 2014).”

Frackopoly: The Battle for the Future of Energy and the Environment
New York Public Library—Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 Fifth Ave./ 6:30PM, FREE
‘With Wenonah Hauter, founder and Executive Director of Food & Water Watch.
This illustrated lecture chronicles the rise of the fracking industry and the growing movement against fracking.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

TODAY’S TOP NYC EVENT

U.S. TENNIS OPEN (Day 4)
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:
MEN
(2) Andy Murray vs. Marcel Granollers
(19) Steve Johnson vs. Juan Martin del Potro
(11) David Ferrer vs. Fabio Fognini

This is the match I am looking forward to:
(21) Ivo Karlovic vs. Donald Young
Ivo Karlovic is the kind of player no one wants to see their name next to come draw time. Dr. Ivo – all 6 feet, 11 inches of him – is capable of serving anyone off the court. One of only two players to hurdle the 10,000-ace mark (along with Goran Ivanisivec), his height and angle of serve can trip up even the best of them. The 37-year-old veteran hasn’t faced Donald Young in half a decade, the Croat claiming their one and only meeting on clay in Houston back in 2011. The American has played some of his most memorable matches on the grounds of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, twice reaching the fourth round. If he brings his A-game, he could push Karlovic to the brink, but we’ll take the ace king in five.

WOMEN
(1)Serena Williams vs. Vania King
(5) Simona Halep vs. Lucie Safarova
(11) Carla Suarez Navarro vs. Jelena Jankovic

RIOEC861RHZOM_768x432This is the match I am looking forward to:
(6) Venus Williams vs. Julia Goerges
The resurgent Venus Williams insists that, at the tennis-old age of 36, she loves the game more than ever. Maybe that’s why she hasn’t been ranked this high (No. 6) in five years. Williams was pushed hard in the first round, needing every ounce of her energy and three sets to edge upset-minded Kateryna Kozlova. She straight-setted Julie Goerges in Wuhan last year, but will likely face a tougher test from the 64th-ranked German in Flushing Meadows. Buoyed by the home crowd, the two-time US Open champion Williams will push through in three.

 (USOpen.org)

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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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