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Arthur Ashe Kids' Day

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Carly Rae Jepsen plays Arthur Ashe Kids Day on Sat 25.

Here’s a US Open–related event perfect for folks whose interest in tennis extends about as far as Serena Williams’s Olympics Crip Walk: the 17th annual Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day, complete with face painting, hair braiding and an all-star pop concert inside the Tennis Center’s 20,000-seat stadium. (We’re told that actual sports activities are planned as well.) Beyond athletes like Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Brad Richards of the New York Rangers, the bill includes an impressive cast of current Hot 100 hit-makers, headlined by the Wanted, whose appealingly lewd “Glad You Came” might boast the best boy-band double entendre since the Backstreet Boys’ “I Want It That Way” in 1999.

You’ll also get Carly Rae Jepsen, the Canadian Idol alum responsible for the summer’s biggest single (“Call Me Maybe”); electropop knob-twirler Owl City, on the chart right now with the bubbly Jepsen duet “Good Time”; pint-size X Factor finalist Rachel Crow; and Mindless Behavior, eager inheritors of an R&B tradition once tended to by New Edition and Pretty Ricky. Your hosts for the day? Jordin Sparks (who may be persuaded to sing something from Sparkle) and Quddus, from ABC’s Duets. Bargain hunters, take note: At press time $10 tickets were still available. That constitutes a legitimate steal.—Mikael Wood

Event phone: 718-760-6200
Event website: http://ntc.usta.com
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