Selected NYC Events (09/03) + US Tennis Open (Day 6)

Today’s Fab 5 NYC Events > SATURDAY / SEPT 03, 2016

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

Radio City Music Hall/ 8PM, $95+
may be a tough ticket; may need to stub hub it.
“It’s not often that titans ask for help. But last Sunday, the salsa and pop star Marc Anthony tearfully asked his fans at Radio City Music Hall to assist him in honoring the life of his friend Juan Gabriel, the Mexican pop heavyweight, who had died that day in California. That night Mr. Anthony performed the Juan Gabriel song “Abrázame Muy Fuerte”; in this pair of shows, he may cover several more of the singer’s staples.” (Paula Mejia-NYT)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Dollypalooza: An Epic Fan Tribute to Dolly Parton
Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St./ 6PM, $27
“Fans are encouraged to dress up at this wiggy annual tribute to national treasure Dolly Parton, which includes costume and trivia contests and a silent auction that benefits her charity, Imagination Library. Performers, drawn mostly from the worlds of drag and burlesque, include World Famous *BOB*, Sweetie, Sequinette Jaynesfield, Nath Ann Carrera, Tammy Cannons, Darlinda Just Darlinda, Lady Quesa’Dilla and Doll Parts: The Dolly Parton Tribute Band.” (TONY)

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)

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)

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: The Merry Widow / 8PM, FREE
“Renée Fleming stars in Lehár’s sumptuous operetta, in a production by Broadway director and choreographer Susan Stroman. Nathan Gunn and Tony Award winner Kelli O’Hara, in her Met debut, complete the principal cast. (Original transmission: January 17, 2015).”


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.

ed. note: We saw the last match at the old Grandstand court last night – a sad goodbye, indeed. However, matches are still being played on Armstrong.

Today’s Top Matches:

(WC) Juan Martin del Potro vs. (11) David Ferrer
It may be odd to call former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro the dark horse in this year’s men’s draw, but given his wild-card status, a ranking of No. 142 and his recent comeback from a three-year injury absence, it’s safe to say that he is. Despite his long hiatus, becoming an Olympic silver medal just two weeks ago, which included wins over Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, is enough to prove that the Tower of Tandil has made an emphatic return. And his unforgiving forehand has made its presence known, as well. So far this US Open, del Potro has not dropped a set en route to the third round, taking wins over countryman Diego Schwartzman before dismissing American favorite Steve Johnson. His opponent in the next round, David Ferrer, may not be so quick to bow out.

The tenacious Ferrer is known for his dogged ability to track down everything that falls on his side of the net. He’s also had a habit of stretching opponents to five thrilling sets, just as he did with Fabio Fognini in Thursday’s second-round match. Expect a grueling, hard-hitting match as these two battle it out from the baseline in a test of wills and endurance. Without a doubt, this match will go the distance, with del Potro taking the edge in five sets and offering a warm embrace at the net as consolation.

(21) Ivo Karlovic vs. (Q) Jared Donaldson
The hopes of American tennis certainly looks bright with a teenager like Jared Donaldson coming up the ranks. In his first two rounds at the US Open, the 19-year-old qualifier has already defeated No. 12 seed David Goffin and Viktor Troicki, neither of whom are easy competition on the hard courts of New York. During the summer hard-court swing, Donaldson secured victories over Nicolas Almagro, Fabio Fognini and big-server Sam Groth, proving that he can hang with top players. In Saturday’s third-round match, he’ll face perhaps the biggest server of them all. No. 21 seed Ivo Karlovic, who also had a solid summer by winning the title in Los Cabos and finishing runner-up in Washington, is fresh off a straight-sets win over American Donald Young. Though he had a rough first-round win over Yen-Hsun Lu that went to a triple-tiebreak five-set match, he was much sharper in his victory over Young. This will be the first time the two go head to head, but give the edge to the more experienced Karlovic in four.

(8) Dominic Thiem vs. Pablo Carreno Busta

(6) Venus Williams vs. (26) Laura Siegemund
(4) Agnieszka Radwanska vs. (25) Caroline Garcia
(31) Timea Babos vs. (5) Simona Halep

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,, 212-255-4037
Blue Note – 131 W3rd St. nr 6th ave., 212-475-8592
55 Bar – 55 Christopher St. nr 7th ave.S., 212-929-9883
Mezzrow – basement @ 163 W10th St. nr 7th Ave.,646-476-4346
Smalls – basement @ 183 W10th St., 646-476-4346
Cornelia Street Cafe – 29 Cornelia St., 212-989-9319

Outside Greenwich Village:
Dizzy’s Club – Broadway @ 60th St. — / 212-258-9595
Birdland – 315 W44th St.(btw 8/9ave) — / 212-581-3080
Smoke Jazz Club – 2751 Broadway nr.106th St. — / 212-864-6662

Special Mention:
Caffe Vivaldi – 32 Jones St. nr Bleecker St. — / 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 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):

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.

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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