NYC Events,”Only the Best” (08/27) + US Tennis Open (Day 1)

“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to.” We make it as easy as 1-2-3.

For future NYC Events, check the tab above: NYC Events-August”
It’s the most comprehensive list of top events this month that you will find anywhere.
Carefully curated from “Only the Best” NYC event info on the the web, it’s a simply superb resource that will help you plan your NYC visit all over town, all through the month.

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

Summer HD Festival: Elektra
Metropolitan Opera Plaza, Lincoln Center / 8PM, FREE
“Soprano Nina Stemme delivers a shattering performance as the deranged title princess lusting for vengeance, in Patrice Chéreau’s acclaimed production. Original transmission: April 30, 2016. Approximate running time: 1 hour 55 minutes.”

“The tenth Summer HD Festival features ten thrilling performances from the Met’s Live in HD series of cinema transmissions. The showings run from August 24 through September 3, with approximately 3,000 seats set up in front of the opera house each night, as well as additional standing room around Lincoln Center Plaza.”

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6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>  EDDIE PALMIERI & FRIENDS:
>> The Songs of Alan Jay Lerner
>> Evan Ruggiero
>> Jim Caruso’s Cast Party
>> The Secret History of Sushi:
>> Skye & Massimo’s Philosophy Cafe:
Continuing Events
>> Today’s Top Event –  U.S. TENNIS OPEN

>> Metropolitan Opera Summer HD Festival
>> Fear & Force: New York City’s Sons of Liberty
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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

EDDIE PALMIERI & FRIENDS: HONORING THE LEGACY OF MCCOY TYNER
Blue Note / 8PM, +10:30PM, $30-$45
“In 1961, Palmieri formed his own band, La Perfecta, which featured an unconventional front line of trombones rather than the trumpets customary in Latin orchestras. This created an innovative sound that mixed American jazz into Afro-Caribbean rhythms, surprising critics and fans alike.” (TONY)

We Remember Him Well: The Songs of Alan Jay Lerner
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Bruno Walter Auditorium / 6PM, FREE
“To celebrate the centenary of one of the American musical theatre’s most literate lyricists/ librettists, Steve Ross and Max St. James present We Remember Him Well – The Songs of Alan Jay Lerner. Lerner’s musical partners include Kurt Weill, Burton Lane, Andre Previn, John Barry and, most famously and prolifically, Frederick Loewe. Lerner & Loewe’s many and marvelous contributions to the world of musical theatre and film include: Paint Your Wagon, Brigadoon, Camelot, Gigi and the eternal treasure that is My Fair Lady. The talented cast of faces fresh and familiar will perform such classics as: I Talk to the Trees, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, I Remember It Well, What Did I Have That I Don’t Have?, Heather On the Hill, Wouldn’t It Be Loverly? and Almost Like Being In Love as well as some treasures from the trunk -all accompanied as usual by Steve and Max’s backstage stories.”

Evan Ruggiero
Birdland / 7:30PM, $40
“A Drama Desk Award nominee for his super-charming star turn in the scrappy 2017 musical Bastard Jones, Ruggiero has not allowed his prosthetic leg to impede his career in song and dance. At Birdland he performs a mix of pop hits and reworked Broadway favorites, with support from a band called the S’Evan Legs.” (TONY)

Jim Caruso’s Cast Party
Birdland, / 9:30PM, $30
“Jim Caruso’s Cast Party is a wildly popular weekly soiree that brings a sprinkling of Broadway glitz and urbane wit to the legendary Birdland in New York City every Monday night. It’s a cool cabaret night-out enlivened by a hilariously impromptu variety show. Showbiz superstars, backed by Steve Doyle on bass, Billy Stritch on piano and Daniel Glass on drums, hit the stage alongside up-and-comers, serving up jaw-dropping music and general razzle-dazzle.” (broadwayworld)

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

The Secret History of Sushi: Presented by Masters of Social Gastronomy
Caveat, 21 Clinton St./ 7PM, $12
“The Masters of Social Gastronomy take on sushi as “historic gastronomist” Sarah Lohman tells the stories behind the Americanized version of a Japanese staple. Co-host Jonathan Soma talks the science of sushi and how it’s possible to safely eat raw fish.” (ThoughtGallery.org)
Please note this is a mixed seated and standing venue. Please arrive early for best seats.

Skye & Massimo’s Philosophy Cafe: Philosophy & Human Nature
New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 W. 64th St./ 6PM, $5
“The next meeting of Skye & Massimo’s Philosophy Cafe will present a Socratic dialogue on the shift in stances toward human nature. Using contemporary biology, philosophers Skye Cleary and Massimo Pigliucci will push against a trend among modern philosophers to discount what’s inborn in us.”

“The Café is run by philosophers Skye Cleary (http://tinyurl.com/yddu38tf) and Massimo Pigliucci (http://tinyurl.com/msm6d6u). It is based on the principle of the Socratic dialogue. Every meeting has a simple theme (e.g., should we be afraid of death? What’s the ethics of eating?), which is introduced by Skye and Massimo on the basis of short, accessible, suggested (but not mandatory!) readings. The rest of the meeting then features an open discussion among participants, facilitated by Skye and Massimo, aiming at sharpening our thinking about whatever subject matter is being examined.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

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Continuing Events

Today’s Top Event

U.S. TENNIS OPEN (Day 1)

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) and runs through Sept.09. This tournament, which serves up the world’s best tennis players right in our backyard,    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 most comprehensive review of the tournament and the current state of tennis can be found at the NYTimes/Sports.

OR for a useful guide to the U.S. Open, try TimeOutNewYork’s guide.

Early in the tournament forget the Big House (Arthur Ashe Stadium), which is a full 50% larger than any of the stadiums at the other majors and not a good place to watch tennis. 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 – at least on the outer field courts, and the Grandstand court. These are  courts where you can get a real sense of the pace of the game.

Unfortunately, the brand new Armstrong stadium carries on the USTA tradition of building humongous stadiums which provide good viewing only for those on expense accounts who can afford to sit in their lower bowls. Not nice places to watch tennis for the rest of us. But we still have the outer courts and Grandstand.

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Metropolitan Opera Summer HD Festival (Aug.24-Sep.03)
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
“Think you can’t afford the finer things? Think again. We got the hookup on free opera. For its tenth summer in a row, the Metropolitan Opera invites you to Lincoln Center Plaza for nightly alfresco screenings of epic performances from previous seasons. From August 24–September 3, the Met will set up over 2,800 seats in front of the Opera House, where you and your date can eat and enjoy tapes of the shows under the stars.

The Met opens the series with a self-aware screening of the Marx Brothers’ A Night at the Opera on August 24. After that, you can check out classics like Anthony Minghella’s stunning Madama Butterfly production (September 3 and 8) and many more. Here’s the lineup: A Night at the Opera (August 24) Roméo et Juliette (August 25) Norma (August 26) Elektra (August 27) Il Barbiere di Siviglia (August 28) Lulu (August 29) Rusalka (August 30) L’Elisir d’Amore (August 31) Un Ballo in Maschera (September 1) Der Rosenkavalier (September 2) Madama Butterfly (September 3 and 8)” (TONY)

Fear & Force: New York City’s Sons of Liberty
Fraunces Tavern Museum, 54 Pearl St./ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, $7
“We may not like paying taxes, but we would never think to tar and feather the tax collector. Yet as many of the colonists prepared for what would be the American Revolution, there was an organized group who opposed the government through violent resistance. Come see objects preserved from pivotal moments relating to the New York Sons of Liberty, like the tearing down of the King George statue in Bowling Green Park, and throwing chests of tea into the New York Harbor.”

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♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, plus dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity, with a population of  8.6 million, had a record 63 million visitors last year and was TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2018 – awesome! BUT quality shows draw crowds. Try to reserve seats for these top NYC events in advance, even if just earlier on the day of performance.

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Bonus NYC Events – Music Venues:
So much fine live music every night in this town. These are my favorite non jazz music venues on Manhattan’s WestSide. Hit the Hot Link and check out who’s playing tonight:

City Winery – 155 Varick St., citywinery.com, 212-608-0555
Joe’s Pub @ Public Theater – 425 Lafayette St., joespub.com, 212-967-7555
Beacon Theatre – 2124 Broadway @ 74th St., beacontheatre.com, 212-465-6500
Town Hall – 123 W43rd St. (btw 6/7), thetownhall.org, 212-997-6661
Le Poisson Rouge – 158 Bleecker St., lepoissonrouge.com, 212-505-3474
Sony Hall – 235 W 46th St. (btw 7/8), sonyhall.com, 212-997-5123
and one more, not exactly WestSide:
Bowery Ballroom – 6 Delancey St. boweryballroom.com,

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 discovery and enjoyment.

Alas, Caffe V is no more, another victim of a rapacious NYC landlord. Owner Ishrat fought the good fight and Caffe V will be sorely missed.

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