Selected NYC Events (09/08) + US Tennis Open (Day 11)

Today’s Sweet6 NYC Events > THURSDAY / SEPT 08, 2016

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

New Yorker Cartoons Past, Present & Future with Bob Mankoff
Museum of the City of New York, Fifth Avenue at 103rd St./ 6:30PM, $25 (Registration is required.)
“Meet the man behind The New Yorker’s witty illustrations in this discussion with the magazine’s cartoon editor, Bob Mankoff. In addition to sprinkling clever cartoons throughout the magazine’s pages for the past 20 years, Mr. Mankoff has also written four books, including a 2014 memoir, “How About Never — Is Never Good For You?: My Life in Cartoons.” The title was inspired by one of his creations, which became one of the magazine’s most popular cartoons of all time. The event accompanies the museum’s exhibition “Roz Chast: Cartoon Memoirs” about the New Yorker cartoonist.” (NYT-AroundTown)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

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)

Rebirth Brass Band (Sep 08-11)
Blue Note, 131 W3rd St./ 8PM, +10:30PM, $20-$35
“Whether seen on HBO’s Treme or at their legendary Tuesday night gig at The Maple Leaf, Grammy-winning Rebirth Brass Band is a true New Orleans institution. Formed in 1983 by the Frazier brothers, the band has evolved from playing the streets of the French Quarter to playing festivals and stages all over the world. While committed to upholding the tradition of brass bands, they have also extended themselves into the realms of funk and hip-hop to create their signature sound.

“Rebirth can be precise whenever it wants to,” says The New York Times, “but it’s more like a party than a machine. It’s a working model of the New Orleans musical ethos: as long as everybody knows what they’re doing, anyone can cut loose.” In the wake of the sometimes-stringent competition among New Orleans brass bands, Rebirth is the undisputed leader of the pack, and they show no signs of slowing down.”

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.” (

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

Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy
Barnes & Noble, 150 E86th St./ 7PM, FREE
“Welcome to the dark side of big data. A former Wall Street quantitative analysis expert sounds the alarm on the opaque, unregulated, uncontestable and discriminatory mathematical models that pervade modern life—and threaten to rip apart our social fabric. In Weapons of Math Destruction, Cathy O’Neil provides tangible solutions toward creating a more equitable and transparent future for all.”

How We Got Here: History and the 2016 Election with David Gergen
The Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Ave./ 6:30PM, $15
“The Park Avenue Armory has seen a parade of presidents and candidates come through its doors, from Rutherford B. Hayes to Harry S. Truman to George W. Bush. But who will be next? In the case of the 2016 election, what’s past is prologue. As Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton face off for the presidency, history continues to shape the issues facing voters and candidates alike. Political commentator David Gergen will explore how political, social, and economic history—both in the American and global context—have shaped 2016 and what it means for Election Day on November 8th.”


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 tips:
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 today for Armstrong Stadium, along with free grounds admission from 12 to 6 PM. So come out today, head over to the new Grandstand court and watch the Doubles SemiFinals for both Men and Women. Should be some great tennis and it’s FREE.

The best, most comprehensive review of the tournament and the current state of tennis can be found at the NYTimes/Sports.

Today’s Top Matches:
(1) Serena Williams vs. (10) Karolina Pliskova
Nobody will deny what Serena Williams is capable of – if the American plays her best tennis, there is nobody who could beat her. Karolina Pliskova’s strong summer and impressive US Open does not change that.

Pliskova has a ton of firepower. She already has won battles of power against No. 6 Venus Williams (4-6, 6-4, 7-6) in the round of 16 and unseeded Ana Konjuh (6-2, 6-2) in the quarterfinals. But Serena is a far different challenge.

The top seed brings more than simply power to the table. She starts off points with arguably the greatest weapon in tennis history: her serve. But she can do more than hit through the court, but around it as well by dropping shots shorter in the court with angles to open up space in which to finish off points. In her win over Simona Halep Wednesday night, Serena used almost every tool in her repertory to fight back after a sloppy second set to win, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.

The last time Williams and Pliskova played was their only meeting, and it was relatively straightforward. The six-time US Open champion beat the Czech two years ago in Stanford, closing the match out with a strong second set, 7-5, 6-2.

If Serena brings her “A” game Thursday night, Pliskova will have little chance. The 24-year-old made her first Grand Slam fourth round this major, and has kept it going since. But while she has handled the success well thus far, Williams is the world No. 1 for a reason. Expect her to come through in two.

(2) Angelique Kerber vs. Caroline Wozniacki
On Feb. 18, 2013, Serena Williams reclaimed the top spot in the rankings for the sixth time in her career. The American star has not lost it since, and can tie Steffi Graf’s WTA record of 186 consecutive weeks on top of the world at the end of the US Open. But world No. 2 Angelique Kerber is two wins from taking her throne, potentially becoming the first German to hold the top spot since Graf had it last in 1996.

But Kerber still has work to do to get there, starting with a clash against close friend and unseeded former No.1 Caroline Wozniacki. Wozniacki came to Flushing Meadows as the 74th-ranked player in women’s tennis, but she has proven that she certainly is in far better form than that with marquee victories throughout the tournament over the likes of No. 8 Madison Keys and No. 9 Svetlana Kuznetsova.

Wozniacki has played her trademark backboard-style game, forcing her opponents into rushing points and bad shot selection. Kerber, on the other hand, is not like any of the players the Dane has faced this tournament. Her game can be described as patiently aggressive – not necessarily just scraping balls back in the court but not punishing them either. And thus far she has played it to perfection, advancing to this stage without dropping a set.

Kerber has won seven of the 12 meetings between the pair, although Wozniacki has won five of nine hard-court matchups. This will be a far different match than those, as it will be their first clash in a Grand Slam, in the semifinals no less.

While Wozniacki has played her best tournament in a long time here in New York, it will not be enough against Kerber, who can possibly be the best player in the world at week’s end. Take the German in two tight sets.

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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