Selected NYC Events (09/07) + US Tennis Open (Day 10)

Today’s Sweet6 NYC Events > WEDNESDAY / SEPT 07, 2016

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

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)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

John Pizzarelli (thru sept 09)
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.” (

Blue Note, 131 W. 3rd St./ 8PM, +10:30PM, $30-$45
“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)

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

Muhammad Ali: Fighter’s Heaven 1974
Rizzoli Bookstore, 31 W57th St./ 6PM, FREE
“In October 1974, Muhammad Ali attempted to regain the world heavyweight boxing championship title that was stripped from him when he refused the Vietnam draft seven years earlier. He faced the brutal, undefeated George Foreman in Zaire, Africa, the fight he had dubbed “The Rumble in The Jungle.” Only weeks before, on August 11–12, photographer Peter Angelo Simon was invited to experience the private world of one of the most famous people on the planet as he prepared mentally and physically for the biggest challenge of his life.

This two-day photo-essay includes many previously unpublished photographs and captures Ali the man, unguarded, away from the glare of the media spotlight at his Pennsylvania sanctuary. It includes a foreword by D.A. Pennebaker, the foremost chronicler of American counterculture in the 1960s, and an introduction by Peter Angelo Simon, who writes: “I shot 33 rolls in the two days. Ali said nobody had ever taken so many pictures of him. I believe these photographs reveal aspects of Ali’s fascinating character not previously seen.” Few photographers got as close to the boxer behind the legend. This extraordinary book reveals the preparation for a seminal moment in cultural and political history.” (

Alex Webb: La Calle | Opening Reception
Aperture Gallery and Bookstore, 547 W27th St., 4th Fl./ 7PM, FREE
“Master of color photography Alex Webb celebrates the publication of his new book, collecting more than 30 years of his vibrant images of the streets of Mexico.” (

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:
Dr. Strangelove Introduced by Eric Schlosser
Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave. Queens/ 7PM, $15
“Learn to stop worrying and love the bomb at this screening of Dr. Strangelove, which will feature an introduction and discussion with Eric Schlosser, author of Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety.

Dr. Strangelove was satire, of course, but chillingly: nearly everything in it was true. As author Eric Schlosser discovered, American officers could have indeed launched World War III all on their own. The situation may not really be all that different today.” (


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:

(3) Stan Wawrinka vs. Juan Martin del Potro
Few (if any) prognosticators had Juan Martin del Potro penciled through to the quarterfinals in Flushing Meadows, and no one, not even the 6-foot-6 Argentine himself, could have imagined he’d do so without dropping so much as a set. But here we are, just 10 months after his return to the practice courts following no less than three wrist surgeries, and the 27-year-old is playing some of his most inspired tennis since he first took the US Open by storm in 2009, dethroning Roger Federer in the title tilt.

The wild-card entrant has perfected the backhand slice of late. While it hasn’t produced many winners, the stroke has proven quite useful, keeping him in points and allowing him to get around to his powerstroke, his ballistic forehand. Del Potro played a total of just 14 games in his fourth-round matchup with Top 10 force Dominic Thiem, who retired midway through the second set with a bum knee. The extra rest should benefit del Potro, who experienced some right shoulder tightness in the same match.

The Tower of Tandil boasts a 4-2 head-to-head against the No. 3-seeded Stan Wawrinka dating back a decade, including a 3-6, 6-3, 7-6, 6-3 second-round shocker at Wimbledon earlier this summer. Unlike del Potro, the Swiss has at times labored through four matches, needing five tight sets to get past upset-minded Brit Daniel Evans in the third round. But the two-time US Open semifinalist has a knack for finding his groove in the second week here. Look for Wawrinka to push del Potro to the limit in this mouthwatering Arthur Ashe Stadium blockbuster, but del Potro will extend his feel-good run in five competitive sets to reach the semis.

(2) Andy Murray vs. (6) Kei Nishikori

(1) Serena Williams vs. (5) Simona Halep
The records are falling by the day for the world No. 1. With a 6-2, 6-1 dispatch of Yaroslava Shvedova in the fourth round, Serena Williams surpassed Roger Federer with her 308th match win on the Grand Slam stage, a new industry mark. And the American is now just three matches away from yet another hallowed number: 23. A major title on the final Sunday in Flushing would catapult her past Steffi Graf on the all-time charts and cement her place in the history of the sport.

Williams has been workmanlike in advancing to the elite eight at the US Open, surrendering just 20 games over four straight-set victories and winning 87 percent of her first-serve points. “She’s ambitious. She gives everything to win all the matches,” said her quarterfinal opponent, fifth-seeded Simona Halep.

The Romanian has only one win in eight career encounters with Williams, her only triumph a surprise 6-0, 6-2 decision at the WTA Finals in 2014. A semifinalist here last year, Halep is often at her best on the demanding hard courts of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, and she’ll need to be at her best on Day 10 against Williams. She’s more than capable of clocking winners from anywhere on the court, even against a player the caliber of Williams, but it will be the determined American who moves into the semifinals in straight sets.

(10) Karolina Pliskova vs. Ana Konjuh

Today’s tips: Security screening for those with bags means it’s best to arrive early and they are very strict – no backpacks. 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.

Unfortunately, this was 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. There will be a farewell ceremony for Armstrong Stadium tomorrow afternoon, along with free grounds admission from 12 to 6 PM.

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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