Selected NYC Events (09/02) + US Tennis Open (Day 5)

Today’s Sweet6 NYC Events > FRIDAY / SEPT 02, 2016

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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

The English Beat
City Winery, 155 Varick St./ 8PM, $40
“One tempestuous weekend in March 1979 was not only the date of the Three Mile Island nuclear incident, but also, in Birmingham, England, the very first show by a nascent band known as The Beat. Introduced as “the hottest thing since the Pennsylvania meltdown”, the band had a sense that the next few years could well be explosive!

The band crossed over fluidly between soul, reggae, pop and punk, and from these disparate pieces they created an infectious dance rhythm. Along with their contemporaries The Specials, The Selecter, and Madness, the band became an overnight sensation and one of the most popular and influential bands of the British Two Tone Ska movement.”

TAYLOR EIGSTI
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: Cavalleria Rusticana-Pagliacci / 8PM, FREE
“Opera’s most popular double bill stars Marcelo Álvarez in both leading tenor roles, along with Eva-Maria Westbroek, Patricia Racette, and George Gagnidze. Fabio Luisi leads this production. (Original transmission: April 25, 2015).”

AMNH Presents: Wonders of the Arctic (thru Mar 2, 2017)
American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th St./ 10:30AM-4:30PM,
$27 (adults), $22 (students/seniors), $16 (children); Member Discount: $13.50 adults

LEFRAK THEATRE
Daily, every half hour from 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM.
Film Examining the Vast Ice Wilderness of the Arctic Will Screen in 3D Digital and 2D

“Set in the frozen wilderness at the top of the world, Wonders of the Arctic tells the story of survival in one of the most unforgiving environments on earth dominated by a single element: ice. Far away in this glittering world of ice and snow, polar bears tussle, huskies howl, and narwhals dive within the turquoise waters. Through compelling stories told by scientists and Inuit leaders, viewers will discover the impact of ice on the Arctic’s inhabitants, both animals and humans. For thousands of years, the Inuit and their predecessors have adapted and thrived in this beautiful yet harsh environment. Today, their survival has inspired scientists to conduct intense research and answer troubling questions about life in this fragile and largely uninhabited landscape.”

Directed by award-winning filmmaker David Lickley, Wonders of the Arctic takes audiences on a journey across one of the most beautiful and frigid places on earth, exploring how humans and animals have adapted and flourished for thousands of years in the vast ice wilderness of the Arctic.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

TODAY’S TOP NYC EVENT

U.S. TENNIS OPEN (Day 5)
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: Security screening for those with bags means it’s best to arrive early. Food options are varied, but expensive – bring snacks and a water bottle for what is a long day. 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
[1] Novak Djokovic vs. Mikhail Youzhny   ASHE 3RD MATCH
The intrigue surrounding Novak Djokovic was only heightened by his walkover on Wednesday, with the world No. 1 receiving an extra day off after his scheduled opponent, Jiri Vesely, withdrew due to an inflamed left forearm. Vesely is one of only two players on the Tour to lead his head-to-head against Djokovic – the other being Ivo Karlovic – so on paper this looked like an extremely fortuitous outcome for the No. 1 seed, especially as he seemed to be struggling with an elbow issue during his opener.

But not playing for three whole days in the early stages of a tournament can be disruptive, and the Serb looked in real need of some rhythm during his relatively unconvincing win over Jerzy Janowicz in the first round.

A win over a dangerous opponent like Vesely would have provided momentum, and Mikhail Youzhny, a two-time semifinalist who hasn’t dropped a set thus far, will provide stiff opposition. Still, Djokovic should have too much for the Russian, and while he may drop a set, he should come through in four.

[26] Jack Sock vs. [7] Marin Cilic   ARMSTRONG 2ND MATCH
Could either of these two have posted better second-round results? Sock demolished Mischa Zverev for the loss of just three games, while Cilic dealt with Sergiy Stakhovsky comfortably, winning 6-1, 6-2, 6-3. Both players should be fresh for what promises to be a highly intriguing match, but you have to favor the Croat. Cilic has coped admirably after a morale-crushing loss to Roger Federer from two sets up in the Wimbledon quarterfinals, going on to end Andy Murray’s career-best run of 22 consecutive wins in the Cincinnati final. If he can reach that level tomorrow, he should progress.

[20] John Isner vs. Kyle Edmund   ARMSTRONG >5:30PM
[10] GAEL MONFILS   3RD MATCH GRANDSTAND
[3] BRYAN BROTHERS   4TH MATCH GRANDSTAND

WOMEN
[8] Madison Keys vs. Naomi Osaka   ASHE >1PM
Feel sorry for the tennis balls. One thing is certain about this match – both players will hit the ball very hard, very flat, very often. Playing in her first US Open main draw, Osaka has enjoyed a productive week, only dropping one set en route to the third round. Keys, meanwhile, comes into the match off the back of her demolition job against 16-year-old Kayla Day. The eighth seed will have watched last night’s proceedings with interest –Garbiñe Muguruza’s elimination means Keys cannot face a higher seed than herself until the semifinals. Osaka is a tough proposition, but Keys should be strong enough to come through in three.

CiCi Bellis vs. [2] Angelique Kerber   ASHE NITE
Monica Niculescu vs. Caroline Wozniacki   ASHE 11AM
 (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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