Selected NYC Events (09/10) + US Tennis Open (Day 13)

Today’s Sweet6 NYC Events > SATURDAY / SEPT 10, 2016

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

Obscura Society New York:
The Wildlife Dioramas of the American Museum of Natural History
American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th St./ 10:30AM, $30
“Wildlife dioramas first appeared in science museums in the 1800s. In a time when photography was newly invented and travel much more limited, they allowed viewers a detailed glimpse into wild spaces of the natural world that they would likely never be able to visit themselves. Each diorama at the American Museum of Natural History re-creates a real nature scene based on the observations of early 20th-century naturalists in the field and the on-site sketches and photographs of the artists who accompanied them. The dioramas feature taxidermy specimens, three-dimensional foreground elements that add to the scene such as indigenous plants, and a curved background painting that gives the illusion of space and distance.

Join us for a talk and tour on the history and making of the museum’s dioramas with museum artist and diorama expert Tom Doncourt. Trained by a lineage of diorama builders and artists that traces back to Carl Akeley, the originator of the modern diorama building methods, Tom has worked to build new exhibits, sculpt models, and maintain the classic diorama halls for more than 20 years. You’ll discover the unique history and and explore the development of the craft through this rare expert perspective into one of New York City’s most celebrated museums.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

STEVE TURRE QUINTET (thru Sept.11)
Smoke Jazz Club, 2751 Broadway, between 105th and 106th Sts./7, 9, 10:30PM, $40
“When it comes to stylists who double on dissimilar instruments, Turre is assuredly in a class by himself. A trombone virtuoso, he also can blow the stuffings out of seashells. He leads a no-nonsense neobop outfit with the saxophonist Eric Alexander and the living legend drummer Jimmy Cobb, who powers Turre’s new album, “Colors for the Masters.” (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)

Rebirth Brass Band (thru Sept.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.”

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

Chelsea “Best Exhibits” Gallery Tour
New York Gallery Tours / 1PM or 3:45PM, $25
“Take a fascinating gallery tour of Chelsea – the world’s center for contemporary art – and see the very latest in painting, sculpture, electronic media & photography. Our guide, who holds a Ph.D. in arts education, helps explain the artwork and leads the group in lively discussion.

The tour takes place rain or shine (the art is all indoors). Meet at 526 W. 26th St. between 10th & 11th Ave. Nearest subways: C- or E-Train to 23rd St. Admission is $25. SPECIAL OFFER: use DISCOUNT code “chelsea29” for $8-off admission! For more info, visit http://www.nygallerytours.com or call 917-250-0052.”

Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit, (also Sept.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 13)
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 opening match is the Men’s Doubles Finals, followed at 4 PM by the Women’s Singles Final. The tournament finishes tomorrow with the Men’s Singles Final.
subway: #1-2-3 to Times Square; transfer to #7 to Willets Point.

Today’s Top Match:
WOMEN’S Singles FINAL
(2) Angelique Kerber vs. (10) Karolina Pliskova

Mark Preston: Pliskova came away with the win in their last meeting, in the Cincinnati final, but Kerber holds a slim 4-3 edge in their career head-to-heads, and it would seem that the game’s new No. 1 will come out wanting to show that she belongs at the top. Give Pliskova a set, but give Kerber the win. In three, Kerber is the 2016 women’s champion.

Neil Schlecht: Pliskova is on fire. In one month, she has beaten five Top 10 players. She not only looks like she belongs; she acts as though she has been here before. It is tough to bet against someone on that kind of streak, but the feisty and fit Kerber will blunt the Czech’s power, dig in and battle to her second major title in three tough, entertaining sets.

Richard Osborn: When you become the first German in nearly two decades to ascend to No. 1, aligning yourself with the likes of countrywoman and 22-time Slam champ Steffi Graf, you make the most of the opportunity. Sure, Karolina got the best of Angie in their last outing (Cincinnati final), but Kerber will prove too tough a task in claiming her second major. Kerber in three.

E.J. Crawford: Pliskova has earned her place in this title tilt, delivering steady, fearless performances in ousting both Serena and Venus to reach this stage. But Kerber is playing the best ball of any player at this year’s Open, advancing to the final without surrendering a set. She continues that run Saturday. Call if for Kerber in a tough two.

Ashley Marshall: Kerber is the easy choice on both ranking and reputation, but this has all the makings for an upset. Pliskova is serving beautifully and firing well from both wings, and nobody is getting into return games the way she has over the past 12 days. With the hottest hand on tour, Pliskova rolls to a maiden Slam victory in an unexpectedly smooth 6-4, 6-3 win.

McCarton Ackerman: Angelique Kerber is the more in-form player, but Pliskova has nothing to lose, having never reached the second week of a Grand Slam prior to this fortnight. Kerber will struggle as the favorite for the first time in a major final. Pliskova to complete her dream run with a straight-sets win.

Richard Finn: After beating Venus and Serena Williams, you would hope to have won the tournament. But that is not the case for Pliskova, who must now come back and beat the new No. 1 player to hoist the champion’s trophy. Hall of Famer Mats Wilander doesn’t think Pliskova will have a mental letdown, but Kerber is too solid. I go with Mats here. Kerber in two.

Andrew Eichenholz: What a difference a shot could make. Misaki Doi held a match point against Kerber in the first round of the Australian Open and now the German is looking for her second Slam title of 2016. Pliskova is a deserving finalist, becoming one of only three players (Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin, the others) to beat both Williams sisters at the same US Open. But expect the German to be too solid all-around, winning her second Slam in straights. Kerber in two.

Arthur Kapetankis: Kerber’s recent 6-3, 6-1 defeat against Pliskova in Cincinnati raises some concerns, but the German was running on fumes after her run to the Olympic final, playing her 11th match in 16 days. Pliskova’s aggressive game plays into the new No. 1’s counter-punching style. Kerber in two.
 (USOpen.org)

Pliskova has a big serve, no nerves, and beat both of the Williams sisters. Who has Kerber beat in this Open? I like Pliskova in 3 sets.

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