NYC Events,”Only the Best” (09/03) + US Tennis Open (Day 8)

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For future NYC Events, check the tab above: NYC Events-September”
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: Madama Butterfly
Metropolitan Opera Plaza, Lincoln Center / 8PM, FREE
“Anthony Minghella’s striking production stars soprano Kristine Opolais as the tragic title geisha, opposite tenor Roberto Alagna as her unfaithful American lover. Original transmission: April 2, 2016 Approximate running time: 2 hours 30 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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4 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Bebel Gilberto
>> Michael Feinstein and Christine Ebersole:
>> West Indian Day Parade
>> Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit
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

Bebel Gilberto
City Winery / 8PM, $55–$65
“Bebel Gilberto launched a thousand boutiques around the turn of the millennium with Tanto Tempo, an oxygenated blend of bossa nova and electronica. The daughter of bossa inventor João Gilberto has subsequently dialed down the synths; her latest release, Live at the Belly Up, is a stripped-down set with longtime guitarist Masa Shimizu. Gilberto sounds kittenish and comfortable among awkward sing-alongs, the occasional flubbed lyric, and a cover of Radiohead’s “Creep” that really shouldn’t work as well as it does. If she sometimes sounds as though she really doesn’t give a hoot, it makes her a refreshing alternative to more self-conscious purveyors of sultry nightclub standards. The cool, calming influence of Sade pervades everything from her expatriate take on Caetano Veloso’s “Baby” to Marcos Valle’s seasonally appropriate “So Nice (Summer Samba).” (Richard Gehr, VillageVoice)

 Michael Feinstein and Christine Ebersole: Two For the Road (Sep.01-03)
54 Below / 7PM, $85+
“Feinstein, the popular and polished standard-bearer of American song, returns to the club that bears his name for a long run that teams him with one of the best cabaret performers out there: Broadway leading lady Ebersole (Grey Gardens), who is equally skilled at comedy and sentiment and who moves with ease between her lustrous belt and legit soprano. Among the selections in their Great American Songbook–centered set are “Stormy Weather,” “Time After Time” and “On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe.” (TONY)

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

West Indian Day Parade
Various Locations / 11AM, FREE
“Celebrate Brooklyn’s West Indian/Caribbean diaspora and its carnival tradition at this annual fest. Expect a boisterous J’Ouvert pre-party to kick things off, then a massive march featuring vibrant steel-pan and calypso bands, and larger-than-life colorful costumes, along with food vendors shelling out authentic island fare like jerk, roti and doubles.” (TONY)
try TimeOut’s West Indian Day Parade 2018 guide

Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit (Sept. 1-3)
University Place at East 13th Street to the east side of Washington Square Park at West Third Street./ 12-6PM, FREE
“The Fall Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit will be held from on Saturday, Sept. 1, Sunday, Sept. 2 and Monday, Sept. 3 from noon to 6 p.m. (as well as Sept. 8-9). It will feature fine arts, mixed media, jewelry, ceramics and more.” (amNY)

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Continuing Events

Today’s Top Event

U.S. TENNIS OPEN (Day 8)

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 backpack.

The most comprehensive review of the tournament and the current state of tennis can be found at the NYTimes/Sports. OR for another 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 60% 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 the electronic scoreboard 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, but we still have the outer courts and Grandstand.

If you always wondered how much money is at stake in this tournament, here are the numbers: (the total purse for the 2018 US Open is $53 million.)

In the men’s and women’s singles tournaments this year, players will earn $54,000 for playing in the main draw, $93,000 for reaching the second round and $156,000 for advancing to the Round of 32. They will take home $266,000 for reaching the fourth round, $475,000 for contesting the quarterfinals and $925,000 for making the semifinals. Reaching the final is worth $1.85M, and the winner gets $3.8M, which means that final match is worth $2M for winning. Don’t make any unforced errors!

Both the men’s and women’s doubles champion teams will earn $700,000, the highest in US Open history. First- and second-round losing teams will earn $16,500 and $27,875, respectively. Teams reaching the Round of 16 will receive $46,500, quarterfinalists will win $85,275 and semifinal teams will take home $166,400. Finalists will collect $350,000.

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Metropolitan Opera Summer HD Festival (LAST DAY)
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: Nifty 9 – Best Cabarets / Piano Bars NYCity
These are my favorite places for an after dinner night on the town – music and drinks.
Hit the Hot Link and check out what’s happening tonight:

Feinstein’s/54 Below – 254 W 54th St.

The Green Room 42 – 570 Tenth Ave.

Don’t Tell Mama – 343 W 46th St.

The Rum House, in the Hotel Edison – 228 W. 47th St.

Laurie Beechman Theatre – 407 W 42nd St.

Marie’s Crisis – 59 Grove St.

The Duplex – 61 Christopher St.

Sid Gold’s Request Room – 165 W 26th St.

Cafe Carlyle, in the Carlyle Hotel – 35 E. 76th St.
This is the only one not located on Manhattan’s WestSide, and it ain’t cheap, but it has some of the finest singers.

 

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