Selected NYC Events (09/06) + US Tennis Open (Day 9)

Today’s Sweet6 NYC Events > TUESDAY / SEPT 06, 2016

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

John Pizzarelli
Birdland, 315 W44th St./ 8:30PM, +11PM, $50
John Pizzarelli charms audiences with his warmth, sense of humor and musical chops. Through his multi-faceted career as a jazz guitarist, vocalist and bandleader, the son of the legendary guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli and New Jersey native, has become one of the most recognizable faces and voices in contemporary jazz for his interpretations of classic standards, romantic ballads and the cool jazz flavor he brings to his performances and recordings. While maintaining a busy touring schedule, John also founded “Radio Deluxe with John Pizzarelli” a nationally syndicated radio program co-hosted with his wife, Broadway star Jessica Molaskey. On his recent CD, Pizzarelli put his signature spin on songs by Paul McCartney.” (WFUV.org)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

MCCOY TYNER (also Wed)
Blue Note, 131 W. 3rd St.
“Although he can no longer stir up keyboard tsunamis with his fingers, there’s still plenty of spirit and spark emanating from the piano of the legendary Tyner. His quartet includes the saxophonist Gary Bartz, a consequential collaborator since the sixties.” (NewYorker)

CÉCILE MCLORIN SALVANT & AARON DIEHL TRIO (thru Sept.11)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave. S., at 11th St./ 8:30PM, +10:30PM, $35
“It’s inevitable that Salvant and Diehl will eventually go their separate ways, but no one looks forward to their split. In a case of singular talents who bring out their respective bests, Salvant and Diehl (at the helm of his polished trio) read each other like twins, accelerating together when bolting swing is called for and ruminating in tandem when balladry beckons.” (NewYorker)

Frank Sinatra – The Second Century – A Celebration of Sinatra’s Timeless Hit Songs!
54 Below, 254 W54th St./ 7PM, $35
“An all-star cast of Broadway and Nightclub stars will perform the songs that propelled Ol’ Blue Eyes into the stratosphere of superstars. Hear the hits that turned Sinatra into an icon for the ages, making him one of rare show business beacons who continues to shine even in his second century. You’ll hear songs like “One For My Baby,” “Chicago,” “My Way,” “It Was a Very Good Year,” and so many more.” (broadwayworld.com)

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

Michael Kranish and Marc Fisher on “Trump Revealed”
Book Culture on Columbus, 450 Columbus Ave./ 7PM, FREE
“Authoritative, timely, and provocative, this deeply researched biography of Donald Trump provides a complex portrait of the man who despite broad skepticism could be the next president of the United States.

Who is Donald J. Trump? Despite decades of scrutiny, many aspects of his life are not well known. To discover Trump in full, The Washington Post assembled a team of award-winning reporters and researchers to delve into every aspect of Trump’s improbable life, from his privileged upbringing in Queens to his astonishing 2016 rise to seize the Republican candidacy for president.

Coauthored by Washington Post investigative political reporter Michael Kranish and senior editor Marc Fisher, this comprehensive book documents Trump’s fascinating family roots, his aggressive efforts to make a name for himself in New York social circles, and his penchant for big bets on real estate, branded businesses, and, ultimately, on himself.

Drawn from in-depth reporting by The Washington Post, Trump Revealed is essential reading as the 2016 American presidential election looms.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

The Gatekeeper: Missy LeHand, FDR, and the Untold Story of the Partnership That Defined a Presidency
New York Public Library—Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 Fifth Ave./ 6:30PM, FREE
With Kathryn Smith, a journalist and writer with a life-long interest in FDR and his circle.
“This illustrated lecture tells the captivating and forgotten story of an intelligent, loyal, and clever woman who had a front-row seat to history in the making.

Dr. Steven Lomazow, co-author of “FDR’s Deadly Secret” and an FDR Library Trustee, will introduce Kathryn Smith.”

TODAY’S TOP NYC EVENT

U.S. TENNIS OPEN (Day 9)
The U.S. Open starts play today at 12 noon 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
(1) Novak Djokovic vs. (9) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

(10) Gael Monfils vs. (24) Lucas Pouille
Pouille scored the upset of the tournament with a dramatic fifth-set tiebreak win over Rafael Nadal. He’s spent plenty of time on court this tournament, having also needed five sets to advance through his second- and third-round matches. Meanwhile, Monfils has moved through the draw in decidedly less dramatic fashion, having not yet dropped a set. To put this into perspective, Monfils has spent seven hours and 24 minutes on court. Pouille: 11 hours and 54 minutes.
This match will come down to fitness. Pouille simply doesn’t have enough left in the tank for another five-set match, and the match will move even more in Monfils’ favor the longer it goes. Pouille to start strong, but Monfils to prevail in four sets.

WOMEN
(2) Angelique Kerber vs. (7) Roberta Vinci
One of the Cinderella stories of last year’s US Open is still alive this year. Vinci has continued her love affair with New York this year, reaching fourth US Open quarterfinal. Meanwhile, Kerber has cruised through the draw without losing a set.
Their head-to-head is even at 2-2, but they haven’t played in over three years and both have become decidedly better players since then. Vinci has been struggling with an assortment of injuries that have essentially kept her off the practice court and has been the benefactor of a very kind draw. The Italian has yet to face a player ranked in the Top 40 this tournament.
Vinci will have the crowd behind her, but Kerber will race through the match in two sets.

Caroline Wozniacki vs. Anastasija Sevastova
 (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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