NYC Events,”Only the Best” (08/29) + US Tennis Open (Day 2)

Today’s Sweet 6 NYC Events > TUESDAY/ AUGUST 29, 2017

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

Roy Hargrove (Aug. 29-Sept. 3.)
Blue Note, 131 W. 3rd St./ 8PM, +10:30PM, $30-$45
“The bebop bug that got the teen-age trumpeter Hargrove, back in Texas in the nineteen-eighties left its stinger in. This vigorous improviser has since investigated other byways, including fruitful forays into Cuban music and funk, but he always returns to draw from his initial inspiration. He leads a steaming quintet that offers plenty of room for his charging and lyrical brass ventures.” (NewYorker)


5 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)

>>Kurt Rosenwinkel
>>Met Summer HD Festival — Manon Lescaut
>>Sarah Rice: Music of the Night

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

at Dizzy’s Club / 7:30 and 9:30PM, $35
“As rugged as he is lithe, this pianist fuses the percussive piano stylings of Afro-Cuban montuno with the full-fisted attack of a postbopper, as well as Western classical precision and the theatricality of funk. For his debut at Dizzy’s he presents a program, “A Night in Havana,” featuring the bassist Alex Smith, the drummer Mark Whitfield Jr., the vibraphonist and percussionist Felipe Fournier, and the vocalist Xiomara Laugart.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

Kurt Rosenwinkel
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave. S., at 11th St./ 8:30, 10:30PM, $30
“With its Brazilian and rock flavoring, “Caipi,” Rosenwinkel’s latest recording, is a bit of a left turn for the imaginative guitarist, who has taken his place among the most gifted players in the generation that followed such visionary six-string giants as Pat Metheny and Bill Frisell. A trim trio setting, with the drummer Greg Hutchinson and the bassist Dario Fromit, will effectively showcase Rosenwinkel’s fretboard wizardry.” (NewYorker)

Met Summer HD Festival — Manon Lescaut
The Metropolitan Opera / 8PM
Free Opera Screenings on Lincoln Center Plaza
“Soprano Kristine Opolais gives an enthralling performance as the mercurial title character opposite tenor Roberto Alagna as her passionate young lover, the Chevalier des Grieux. Fabio Luisi leads Puccini’s heartbreaking early masterpiece.”

Elsewhere, but this just may be worth the detour:

at Terraza 7, 40-19 Gleane St. Elmhurst, NY / 8PM, $20
“Mr. Pacheco is New York’s most prominent exponent of bullerengue, the Afro-Colombian music tradition that still thrives on Colombia’s Caribbean coast. With Bulla en el Barrio, a group of more than a dozen musicians, he has performed this reverberant, boisterous music on stages across New York City over the past three years. Here the band appears at a Colombian-run, Pan-American watering hole, where the intimate surroundings will help to amplify the energy.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

Sarah Rice: Music of the Night
Metropolitan Room, 34 W22nd St. / 7PM, $25
“Best known for originating the role of Johanna in Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, Rice now complements her lovely soprano with the eerie sounds of the theremin.” (TONY)


U.S. TENNIS OPEN Day 2 (thru Sept. 10)

The U.S. Open begins play today @ 11AM at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens (about 45 min. from Times Square.) This tournament, which serves up the world’s best tennis players right in our backyard, is celebrating its 20th year at Arthur Ashe Stadium and is the fourth and final Grand Slam tennis tournament of the year.
subway: @ Times Square take #7 to Willets Point.

Today’s tips: Arrive Early. Security screening seems to have been ratcheted up which may cause delays to enter. Best not to bring a bag. The best, most comprehensive review of the tournament and the current state of tennis can be found at the NYTimes/Sports.

Early in the tournament forget the Big House (Arthur Ashe Stadium). Get a grounds pass and 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, and the new Armstrong stadium, temporary for just this year. These are  courts where you can get a real sense of the pace of the game.

Matt Cronin’s Day 2 picks

Marcos Baghdatis vs. Taylor Fritz

The veteran Baghdatis reached the final at the Aussie Open in 2006, and at the time, it seemed that he would eventually become a Top 5 player and a force to be reckoned with at the Slams. But that never happened. In fact, here at Flushing Meadows, Baghdatis, now 32, has yet to reach the quarters, owning a sub-par 8-11 career US Open record. Fritz, one of the bounty of young American talents, is only 19 years old, and this season he has looked very good at times, notching a big win over Marin Cilic at the heard-court Indian Wells event this spring. But Fritz also sometimes becomes frustrated, and like many young players, needs to learn to be patient and understand that you cannot be perfect on court every day. Fritz, who has yet to win a main draw match at a Slam, has the game to engage in long rallies with Baghdatis, and he should win a couple of sets here. But in the end, the man from Cyprus will grind him down and win in five long sets.

(20) CoCo Vangeweghe vs. Alison Riske

August 29, 2016 – Coco Vandeweghe in action against Naomi Osaka during the 2016 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, NY.

This figures to be a very close match between these two Americans. They know each other well as they have been teammates in Fed Cup play. They are both very strong and accurate off the ground; both are capable of painting the lines. Vangeweghe, who reached the semis at the Australian Open this year, has a gigantic first serve, while Riske, whose best-career performance at a major was reaching the fourth round here in 2013, is fast and strong. Over the last few years, Vandeweghe has become more calm and a smarter player. This will go three sets and in the end, Vangeweghe will win it.

Bonus NYC events– Jazz Venues:
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:
(5 are underground, classic jazz joints. all 6 are within walking distance of each other):
Village Vanguard – UG, 178 7th Ave. South,, 212-255-4037
Blue Note – 131 W3rd St. nr 6th ave., 212-475-8592
55 Bar – basement @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 – UG, 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 60 million visitors last year and was TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2017.  Quality shows draw crowds.
Try to reserve seats for these top NYC events in advance, even if just on day of performance.
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