Selected NYC Events (09/05) + US Tennis Open (Day 8)

Today’s Sweet6 NYC Events > MONDAY / SEPT 05, 2016

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

WEST INDIAN DAY CARNIVAL
Parade starts at Eastern Parkway and Utica Ave., and continues through Grand Army Plaza / 11AM
“Carnival returns to Crown Heights, a Labor Day tradition that’s capped summers in Brooklyn for decades. Rooted in the masquerade balls of Versailles, transported to the Caribbean via French colonialism, and disseminated through the African diaspora, the parade remains a highlight of the city’s cultural calendar. Revellers march down the four lanes of Eastern Parkway, in central Brooklyn, wearing extravagant, hand-stitched costumes, as floats carry booming speakers and performers of several Caribbean-grown sounds, including soca, calypso, and dancehall.” (NewYorker)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

ROBIN EUBANKS & THE MASS LINE BIG BAND
Dizzy’s Club, 60th St. and Broadway / 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $
“The trombonist and composer Robin Eubanks has logged countless hours in big bands, including one led by his longtime associate, the bassist Dave Holland. But “More Than Meets the Ear,” released last year, is the first big band effort under Mr. Eubanks’s name, with brisk new arrangements deftly executed by peers like the saxophonist Antonio Hart.” (Chinen-NYT)

Natalie Douglas: Stevie Songs
Birdland, 315 W44th St./ 7PM, $30
“Septuple MAC Award winner Natalie Douglas has recently plumbed the catalogs of Nina Simone, Lena Horne, Abbey Lincoln and Billie Holiday, among others. Now she applies her her formidable voice to songs by Stevie Wonder and Stevie Nicks in a new set, with piano wizard Brian Nash at the keys.” (TONY)

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:
ANAÏS MITCHELL
Rockwood Music Hall,196 Allen St, btw Stanton/Houston St./ 8:30PM, $
“Anaïs Mitchell’s instruments of choice — acoustic guitar and her own voice — can be a bit isolating. Yet Ms. Mitchell, an evocative folk musician, has never been far from the collaborative rush of a theatrical production: Her opus “Hadestown,” a work based on the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, was first a folk opera, then a 2010 album featuring Justin Vernon of Bon Iver and Ani DiFranco, then an Off Broadway production that ran for 12 sold-out weeks this summer. Ms. Mitchell’s latest venture is a residency at Rockwood Music Hall, where she will be joined onstage by a revolving cast of talented friends every Monday through September.’ (Mejia-NYT)

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

Metropolitan Opera Summer HD Festival (LAST DAY)
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:Les Pêcheurs de Perles / 8PM, FREE
“Not seen at the Met in a century, Bizet’s opera returned to the stage last winter, with Diana Damrau in the leading role, and Matthew Polenzani and Mariusz Kwiecien singing the famous duet “Au fond du temple saint.” Gianandrea Noseda conducts. (Original transmission: January 16, 2016).”

Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit, (also sep 10-11)
Washington Square Park vicinity/ 12PM- 6PM, FREE
University Place, starting at East 13th Street and continuing south along the east side of Washington Square Park to West 3rd Street.
“This city tradition feels fresh every spring when artists following in the footsteps of Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning set up shop in the park. Hundreds of exhibitors, from NYU students to artists who remember the Village as a creative enclave, display their paintings, sculptures, photography, jewelry and woodcraft.” (TONY)

TODAY’S TOP NYC EVENT

U.S. TENNIS OPEN (Day 8)
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 Top Matches:
MEN
(6) Kei Nishikori d. (21) Ivo Karlovic
With his huge serve, Karlovic is a player that nobody wants to face. But if anybody has to, a player with a solid return like Nishikori is a perfect choice. Although Karlovic leads their head-to-head by 2-1, one of those wins was by retirement and they haven’t played in more than two years. It’s also safe to say that Nishikori is a much different player from the last time they squared off. Karlovic did well to achieve his best US Open result ever this tournament, but Nishikori will advance in four sets.

(8) Dominic Thiem d. (WC) Juan Martin del Potro
Del Potro has modestly passed Thiem off as the favorite in their upcoming match, but the Argentine won their only previous meeting this May on the clay courts of Madrid. He’s also in red-hot form, while Thiem has had a relatively modest summer for his recent standard. There will be plenty of entertaining rallies in this match, but del Potro will prevail in four sets.

(2) Andy Murray vs. (22) Grigor Dimitrov
(3) Stan Wawrinka d. Illya Marchenko

WOMEN
(6) Venus Williams vs. (10) Karolina Pliskova
Venus has seemingly turned back the clock a decade this tournament, producing two routine wins in Arthur Ashe Stadium in her past two matches. She’s also in familiar territory at the second week of a Grand Slam, while the big-serving Pliskova is in the fourth round at a major for the first time. She’s done well to overcome that hurdle, but Venus will prevail in two tight sets.

(1) Serena Williams vs. Yaroslava Shvedova
(4) Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Ana Konjuh
(5) Simona Halep vs. (11) Carla Suarez Navarro
 (USOpen.org)

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.

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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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