Selected NYC Events (09/11) + US Tennis Open (Day 14)

Today’s Sweet6 NYC Events > SUNDAY / SEPT 11, 2016

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

Rebirth Brass Band (LAST DAY)
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.”

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

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)

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)

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

Tribute in Light – 7:30PM
“From dusk tonight until dawn, get a good view of lower Manhattan’s skyline for the 9/11 Tribute in Light. As remembrance for all that was lost during the attacks fifteen years ago, two large lights beam from the ground to the clouds in the place where the twin towers once stood.

The beams of blue light arranged in the shape of the Twin Towers are visible for 60 miles on a clear night. For the best views, head to Washington Square and Union Square parks in Manhattan, Gantry Plaza State Park in Queens, Brooklyn Bridge Park and the Staten Island Ferry Terminal.” (TONY)

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza/ 8:15AM-8:45AM. FREE
“This annual Sept. 11 commemoration, which began on the 10th anniversary of the attacks and returns for the 15th, features the choreography of Jacqulyn Buglisi and the art of Rossella Vasta. (The title comes from Ms. Vasta’s installation of 100 terra-cotta plates arranged around a banquet table, meant to represent united humanity.) Set at Josie Robertson Plaza in Lincoln Center, the performance is simple: a meditative procession of 100 dancers, all in white, who form circles and create a “peace labyrinth,” a symbol of purity and eternity. The event will be streamed online at” (NYT-AroundTown)

Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit,
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)


The U.S. Open concludes its two week run and 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 Women’s Doubles Finals, followed at 4 PM by the Men’s Singles Final. It has been  a heck of a tournament, and I hope you found time yesterday to watch the Women’s Final  –  a classic.
subway: #1-2-3 to Times Square; transfer to #7 to Willets Point.

Today’s Top Match:
(1) Novak Djokovic vs. (3) Stan Wawrinka
Mark Preston:
A win for Djokovic would mark his 13th major crown, putting him behind only Federer, Rafael Nadal and Pete Sampras on the all-time men’s list. Wawrinka is looking to become just the fifth man in the Open era to win two or more Slam singles titles after turning 30. This will be a good one, the sort of heavyweight slugfest that usually has ropes around it. In a furious four, Djokovic is still standing to answer the bell.
Neil Schlecht:
Wawrinka has a taste for the big moment: He is 10-0 in his last 10 finals and he memorably summoned his best slugging to beat Nadal and Djokovic to win his two Slam titles (where he’s undefeated). Though just 4-19 against Djokovic and with double the time on court, Stan will prove himself the Man in New York again, and take down the Serb No. 1 in four delicious sets.
Richard Osborn:
Don’t be fooled by Stan’s 4-19 mark against the No. 1. His most recent wins over the Serb have come on the Slam stage, including the ‘15 Roland Garros final and the ‘14 Aussie Open quarters, so he won’t be intimidated. The Swiss is zoning at the right time in Queens, where Djokovic has yet to look like his world-beating self. Wawrinka will pull off an upset in four.
E.J. Crawford:
Wawrinka has proven a tough out at this year’s Open, fending off a match point against Dan Evans and ousting title contenders Juan Martin del Potro and Kei Nishikori. Judging Djokovic’s form and fitness is nearly impossible considering his peculiar route to the final. So we’ll rely on precedent: The defending champ is burnishing a legacy as the best hard-court performer in men’s tennis history. He adds to that on Sunday. Djokovic in four.
McCarton Ackerman:
This match will ultimately come down to fitness. Wawrinka has spent a total of 13 hours and eight minutes on court for his past four matches. Djokovic has spent six hours and 21 minutes. Beating Djokovic is already a daunting physical task given how grueling the rallies are, and Wawrinka will simply run out of steam as the match progresses. Djokovic to win in four sets.
Richard Finn:
Djokovic’s trip to the final featured several retirements, a walkover and a very uneven semifinal over Gael Monfils. The world No. 1 started the tournament with questions about his left wrist and had his shoulder worked on during the Monfils match. So does the combination of little match toughness and possible health issues make a difference. It will against Stan the Man, who has fought through by playing high-caliber tennis. Wawrinka in four.
Andrew Eichenholz:
Winning six of the last nine Grand Slams is jaw-dropping. It is clear that Djokovic has not been at his best all US Open, but it is hard to see him not bringing close to it in this Slam final. Stan will go for his shots and land many, like he did at the 2014 Australian Open and 2015 French Open, but how can you pick against the best in the sport? Djokovic in five.
Arthur Kapetankis:
Djokovic’s bizarre path to the final has only perpetuated the pre-tournament uncertainty surrounding his game and physical condition. Meanwhile, Wawrinka is peaking at the right time, proving his mettle by wearing down del Potro and Nishikori in two quality wins. It’s always difficult to fade Djokovic, no matter the circumstances, but Wawrinka is a proven big-match player and could edge it here. Wawrinka in five.
Matt Cronin’s Pick
The 12-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic has beaten Stan Wawrinka 19 times, but in the past couple years, the Swiss has raised his game and has managed to win two titles: the Aussie Open and the French Open. Can Wawrinka win another title, this time under the bright lights at the US Open? Perhaps, but the Serb has done it before, and while his body is a little bit injured, Djokovic hasn’t played long matches,so he is ready to sacrifice whatever he has to to win it once again.

In 2013, Wawrinka decided that he wanted to push hard until he retires. His hard work finally paid off at the 2014 Australian Open. Stan finally did what he had to, upsetting Novak, 9-7, in the fifth. He was not going to back down; he went for his backhand and forehand and returned beautifully. In 2015 French Open final, Wawrinka did not back down for one second and he won in four sets.

With all that said, Djokovic has the right strategy, because he can move faster, he is more consistent, he can run, he can chip, he can get aggressive, he can be patient – he can just focus all the time. Can he slip mentally on occasion? Sure, but for Djokovic, his brain locks in more often than not.

In this one, the Serb will want to find out in the first set whether Wawrinka will go straight at him, or whether he will be patient. Either way, Djokovic wants to move the ball around and be very close to the lines. Stan now loves the big stage and it will be pretty tight, backhand-to-backhand, but this time, Novak will be pleased that he can rip his forehand. Djokovic will win another classic, grabbing a five-setter.
I hesitate to pick against Djokovic, but I like Wawrinka, and his one hand (old school) backhand, in a five set grind.

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