Selected NYC Events (09/04) + US Tennis Open (Day 7)

Today’s Sweet6 NYC Events > SUNDAY / SEPT 04, 2016

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

Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St./ 9:30PM, $20
Fendika is a troupe of accomplished azmari musicians and dancers from Ethiopia. The group draws deeply from the well of Ethiopia’s rich bardic tradition while adding creative movements and sounds that revitalize the ancient artistic forms. Fendika features six performers, including two dancers and a singer, and features authentic instruments including kebero drums, masenko (a one-stringed bowed fiddle), and krar (a five- or six-stringed lyre). Founded in 2009 by Melaku Belay, the world’s foremost interpreter of eskista, a traditional Ethiopian trance dance of athletic shoulder movements that presage hip hop movements of breaking and popping. In early 2016, they were featured in NYC’s annual globalFEST!

“Sparse but mesmerizing, a gallery of regional modes and rhythms matched by twirling, shaking dances.” — The New York Times

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Arturo O’Farrill Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra
Birdland, 315 W44th St./ 9PM +11PM, $30
“Grammy Award winning pianist, composer and educator Arturo O’Farrill — leader of the “first family of Afro-Cuban Jazz” (NY Times) — was born in Mexico and grew up in New York City. The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra is the resident large format ensemble of the nonprofit Afro Latin Jazz Alliance (ALJA) founded by Arturo O’Farrill in 2007 and dedicated to preserving the music and heritage of big band Latin jazz.”

The English Beat
City Winery, 155 Varick St./ 8PM, $40-$50
“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.”

Hammerstein Ballroom, Manhattan Center, 311 W. 34th St./
“Success eluded these Hiroshima vocalists, fifteen-year veterans of the J-pop scene, as they swapped out a member and moved to Tokyo in search of a unique sound. But over time, Perfume expertly crafted a squeaky-clean bubblegum tone, preceding recent kawaii tropes in electronic music. Indeed, the band’s signature style, as much a creative innovation as a bow to their market, is now recognized as avant-garde in certain circles: you can hear similar melodies in releases from the London pop collective PC Music and in the shimmery arrangements of budding super producers like Cashmere Cat and Benny Blanco.” (NewYorker)

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: Turandot / 8PM, FREE
“Puccini’s final opera is seen in Franco Zeffirelli’s spectacular production, a classic of the Met reper­toire. Nina Stemme takes on the title role of the ruthless Chinese princess. (Original transmission: January 30, 2016).”


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.

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.

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

Today’s Top Matches:

(8) Madison Keys vs. Caroline Wozniacki
American Keys has lived a charmed life so far in Flushing Meadows. She was down a set and a break to fellow American Alison Riske in the opening round, at one stage just two points away from crashing out of the tournament when Riske led 5-4 in the second-set breaker, with two serves on her racquet. Then, in the third round against Naomi Osaka of Japan, Keys trailed 5-1 in the deciding set but sent the match to a tiebreak after Osaka failed to serve it out at 5-2 and again at 5-4. By contrast, former world No. 1 and two-time Open finalist Wozniacki is finishing her year strong after an otherwise disastrous, injury-plagued campaign. She’s only been to the fourth round of a major twice in the past two years, but Keys is playing much too inconsistently to keep avoiding defeat. Wozniacki takes this in three.

(14) Petra Kvitova vs. (2) Angelique Kerber

(1) Novak Djokovic vs. Kyle Edmund

(26) Jack Sock vs. (9) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
Sock followed up his Davis Cup defeat of Croatia’s Marin Cilic in July with a straight-sets victory in the third round on Friday. In doing so, the Olympic mixed doubles gold medalist booked his place in the fourth round of the US Open for the first time and matched his deepest-ever run at a major. Tsonga, meanwhile, continued his bid to reach the second week with an impressive win over big-serving Kevin Anderson. The US Open is the only tournament where he has never advanced to the semifinals, but 2016 may not be in his favor, either, as the winner will likely play the defending champion in the quarters. Sock and Tsonga have never met on a hard court, but Sock and his overpowering forehand win in four.”   (

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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