The 2010 U.S. Open tournament is underway as the men’s and women’s qualifying rounds began on August 24th. Unlike previous years, the 2010 U.S. Open was actually “open” to everyone. All interested tennis players above the age of 14 were invited to compete for a wild card spot in the tournament. 1200 players came out to 16 sectional qualifying tournaments for a chance at their dreams in the inaugural U.S. Open National Playoffs. The two wild cards were earned by Blake Strode for the men and Alexandra Mueller for the women. Both Strode and Mueller are now off to compete in the first round of the U.S. Open Qualifying tournament.
In addition to the new National Playoffs that give everyone a chance to compete, the United States Tennis Association (USTA) have announced a few more “enhancements” to look out for this year . These include upgraded facilities across all grounds, brand new concessions areas, expanded streaming on usopen.org to include all matches, and a star-studded opening ceremony that celebrates the tournament theme Dream, Succeed, Inspire. The opening ceremonies will take place on Monday, August 30th and will be broadcast on ESPN to kickoff their prime time coverage of the Open.
This year’s tournament, which officially takes place August 30th through September 12th, will most likely prove a very entertaining one, as top-seeded Rafael Nadal will compete for a chance to earn a career Grand Slam of the year and first U.S. Open title ever. On the women’s side, number one seed Serena Williams will be sidelined because of a right foot injury, and Caroline Wozniacki will step up in the top spot.
There are a few fun ways for everyone to get involved in the 2010 U.S. Open without breaking the bank on tickets to Arthur Ashe Stadium. One way is to participate in the “Bracket Challenge” that is a totally free and fun way to interactively place your picks for each rounds winners. Also, Madison Square Park is once again hosting U.S. Open Live, presented by American Express. A live viewing screen will be set up in the conservancy so fans can enjoy all the action. Guests are welcome to sit in the bleachers provided and enjoy concessions from area restaurants. Live screening in the park will take place September 3rd through the 12th.
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Looking for something fun to do over Labor Day Weekend this year? How about an open-air electronic music festival…
The growing genre of techno music (also referred to as “electric”, “house”, “trance” and “electro”) has mainly been celebrated in Europe, only recognized in the United States as underground “rave” music only acceptable at night time in dance clubs. All this was changed last year when Made Event put on the first Electric Zoo Music Festival on Randall’s Island Park in NYC. Last year’s festival proved a grand success with a reported 26,000 people in attendance. All of which enjoyed the mayhem of dancing and singing along to a diverse set of artists performing on four separate stages around the park.
This year’s event will take place on September 4th and 5th and feature artists such as The Chemical Brothers, Pretty Lights, Axwell, Richie Hawtin, Moby, Above & Beyond, Armin Van Buuren and Bassnectar.
For complete details including ticket information, directions, full line-up and recent news see the official Electric Zoo page. You can also follow the festival on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.
Last year’s event had perfect weather so cross your fingers for another beautiful weekend this year!
For the third year in a row NYC is hosting the ‘Summer Streets‘ event. Break out your bicycle and bring out your inner Lance Armstrong, dance your way down Park Avenue or perfect your backstroke at Grand Central .
From 7am to 1pm the streets of the Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park and Park Avenue will be closed to traffic and open to pedestrians. What’s really cool for this year’s event is there will be swimming pools! Three clean unused shipping containers are being turned into swimming pools and will be located near Grand Central and open to the public.
On August 24th ,the East Coast Modball Rally will kick off in New York City with a Tunnel Run that starts at the Roosevelt Hotel and continues through Midtown, Brooklyn, Holland and Park Avenue. Registration begins at 2PM at the Roosevelt Hotel and the run will begin at 8PM. This event is not exclusively for cars that are participating in the Modball Rally that travels down the East Coast, but open to all modified cars in the New York City area. After the tunnel run, all teams are welcome to the Mad 46 Rooftop Lounge to celebrate the start of the Modball Rally.
Not sure what the Modball Rally even is? It is described by one of its sponsors as “the most bonkers road trip around”. Teams from around the country assemble each year for a road rally that spans across many state borders. The term “modball” is given because it is said to be a modified ‘Gumball Rally’. The Modball Rally is known less for its actual race and more for the partying that ensues later each night. This years rally takes place from August 25th-29th and stops in New York, Washington D.C., Virginia Beach, Atlanta, Orlando and finally Miami.
If you are interested in participating in this years rally, more info is available here.
If you would like to participate in the NYC Tunnel Run please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org indicating your name, number and a request for more info.
According to Wikipedia, Fringe Theater is a term used to describe an alternative form of theater; not typical of mainstream. It can be compared to indie productions in the film industry. According to FringeNYC, it is reason to celebrate what has been called “New York’s Best Staycation”. Of course, New York City is the perfect place to host the largest multi-arts festival in North America, so that is exactly what is happening August 13th-29th. The 14th annual International Fringe Festival will be coming to town to showcase 1200 performances from 200 companies from around the world at 20 different venues spread throughout Manhattan over 16 days. That’s a lot of fringe! Because shows include everything from drama to musicals in its entirety, it may seem overwhelming trying to figure out what productions may interest you and your family, that is why FringeNYC has broken up the productions into some subdivisions or themes that can be easily researched and sorted through. Here’s a quick look at what you can expect from each one:
FringeJr- these productions are specifically aimed at families with children ages 5 to 12. Tickets are just $10 and can be purchased at the Central Box office or over the phone 24 hours before the show. List of FringeJr shows here.
FringeHIGH- shows in this category are guaranteed to stretch the limits, entertain teens. Issues presented are sure to resonate with young adults as they capture modern-day issues. Some themes for this year include race and racism, magic and juggling, war and politics, and struggling to find and define your own identity. List of FringeHIGH shows here.
Fringe AL FRESCO- these FREE events happen throughout the festival and include the opening ceremonies and teasers/snippets of some of the show selections and everything else the Fringe Festival has to offer. All AL FRESCO events are outdoors so you can stay the whole time or just drop by. Find the full schedule here.
FringeArt- Blast through the flat and ordinary! Come get your photo taken with one of the live artists and add it to the collage at FringeCentral. Find more details here.
FringeClub- this is an after-the-show event that happens every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Visit with the artists in the Artist Lounge on Thursdays or attend the Variety Show Power Hour on Fridays and Saturdays. This completely improvised show includes many special guests and is sure to entertain. Find more information here.
Tickets for shows can be purchased at the FringeNYC website or at the FringeCentral box office. The Box office also includes a community center where you can find maps, program guides, volunteer registration, performance applications etc.