NYC Events,”Only the Best” (08/02) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

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For future NYC Events, check the tab above:  “August NYC Events”
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.
OR to make your own after dinner plans TONIGHT, see the tab above;  “LiveMusic.”


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

Definitely not Manhattan’s WestSide, but this is Sarah McLachlan and this is Forest Hills Stadium, a lovely venue easy to get to from Penn Station on the LIRR.

Sarah McLachlan and The New York Pops
at Forest Hills Stadium / 7:30PM, $65
“Sarah McLachlan is one of the most celebrated singer songwriters in entertainment with over 40 million albums sold worldwide. She has received three Grammy Awards and twelve Juno Awards over her career and was recently inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.”


7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> “From Paris With Love” Salute To Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel

>> Ben Wolfe Quintet featuring Randy Brecker and Warren Wolf
>> Avishai Cohen Trio
>> The New York Musical Festival 2019
>> Medieval Herbs and Remedies: Foraging in the Shadow of the Cloisters
>> NYAFAIR • TriBeCa’s Contemporary Art Fair

You may want to look at previous days posts for events that continue through today.


Music, Dance, Performing Art

“From Paris With Love” Salute To Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel ,Charlez Aznavour & More Feat. So French Cabaret
Club Bonafide / 8PM, $29
“Brush up on your French accent
If you love “La Vie en Rose,” Club Bonafide has a lot more French jazz standards where that came from. Featuring the best of Édith Piaf, Jacques Brel (most famous on this side of the Atlantic for “Ne Me Quitte Pas”), and Charles Aznavour, the band So French Cabaret will play French hits from the 30’s and 40’s. The club’s a bit of a throwback, too, with its bistro tables and red velvet curtains — the perfect place to take somebody you’d like to kiss in the French fashion.” (thrillist)

BOY BLUE (Aug. 1-3)
at Gerald W. Lynch Theater / 7:30 p.m.; $45
“This East London hip-hop group, last seen at the 2018 White Light Festival, returns to Lincoln Center for an encore of its acclaimed political and virtuosic “Blak Whyte Gray.” Presented this time by the Mostly Mozart Festival, the company explores themes of oppression, identity and transcendence. Michael Asante (also known as Mikey J) is credited with creative direction and music, while Kenrick Sandy (who goes by H2O) is the piece’s choreographer.” (NYT-Gia Kourlas)

Ben Wolfe Quintet featuring Randy Brecker and Warren Wolf (Aug.1-4)
Dizzy’s Club / 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $40
Ben Wolfe is a bassist and composer who “swings with authority,” according to Wynton Marsalis.Wolfe’s annual return to Dizzy’s Club is always an anticipated occasion, and his shows this year will be extra special, serving as a combined birthday and album release celebration. From August 1–4, Wolfe will give audiences exclusive access to his upcoming album, Fatherhood, set for release on August 30.

Special guests include trumpet icon Randy Brecker (8/1-8/3), a six-time Grammy Award winner as a bandleader, and Warren Wolf, one of the leading voices on the vibraphone and protégé of the all-time great Bobby Hutcherson. The entire lineup is outstanding, and anyone interested in contemporary jazz should make sure to catch at least one of these sets.”

Avishai Cohen Trio (Aug.1-4)
Blue Note, 131 W. 3rd St./ 8PM, +10:30PM, $20-$35
“Avishai Cohen, the Israeli bassist (not the fine Israeli trumpeter of the same name), has been drawing attention as a first-rank instrumentalist since he began associating with Chick Corea, in the late nineties. As a leader of his own small, inquisitive groups, Cohen aligns his superlative gifts with those of topnotch players; here, he reunites with a 2008 trio that featured the pianist Shai Maestro and the drummer Mark Guiliana, two questing improvisers who have since gone on to individual acclaim.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)

The New York Musical Festival 2019 (Until Aug 4, 2019)
Various locations and times, $32
“NYMFomaniacs, rejoice! The impressive annual feast of new musical theater takes over multiple venues on 42nd Street for its 16th annual edition. Selections include 30 productions, readings, concerts and other events. Among the full stagings: Riley Thomas’s My Real Mother, about the bond between a birth mother and the women who adopts her child; Cordelia O’Driscoll and Tom Williams’s Buried, a romantic comedy about serial killers; Leo Schwartz and DC Cathro’s Till, about the murder of a black teenager in 1955; and Yuri Worontschak and Paul Western-Pittard’s Illuminati Lizards from Outer Space, about exactly what it sounds like it’s about. Buried treasure could lie anywhere, so dig around.” (TONY)


Smart Stuff / Other NYC EventS

Medieval Herbs and Remedies: Foraging in the Shadow of the Cloisters
Meet at the chess tables at the Anne Loftus Playground, Dyckman Street (200th St) and Broadway. / 5-7PM, $25
“Discover the dozens of edible and medicinal herbs, greens, roots, fruits, berries, and mushrooms that grow unrecognized in Fort Tryon Park.

Foraging expert “Wildman” Steve Brill leads a session on the edible urban environment. Learn how to spot medicinal herbs and edible berries while taking in some Met Cloisters history.” (ThoughtGallery)

NYAFAIR • TriBeCa’s Contemporary Art Fair (Aug.2-4)
NYA Art Center, 7 Franklin Place / 12-6PM, FREE
“Head downtown to check out this four-day fest that spans the NYA Gallery and features works from more than 100 artists and spanning several types of media.” (amNY)

Continuing Events

“Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival will run from July 10 through August 10, 2019. Harnessing Mozart’s innovative spirit as its inspiration, this edition will feature groundbreaking, multidisciplinary, international productions and acclaimed artists from a variety of genres, introducing the audience to emerging creative voices, commissions and premieres.  The program will include performances from Mark Morris Dance Company, a panel discussion on Mozart’s Magic Flute, a screening of the film The Great Buster: A Celebration, and much more. For a full festival lineup, visit the Mostly Mozart Festival event page.” (

NYC Restaurant Week 2019: Start making your reservations.

“The more than three-week-long promotion featuring two-course lunches ($26) and three-course dinners ($42) at some of the city’s best restaurants is back for its summer edition starting July 22. This time around, the celebration features prix-fixe meals at more than 380 eateries, with deals through Aug. 16.

You can find links to menus and the restaurants involved here, but check out our picks for some of the most enticing deals below.” (amNY)




8/2 Sarah McLachlan, Forest Hills Stadium
8/2 Greensky Bluegrass, The Rooftop at Pier 17
8/3 Barbra Streisand, Madison Square Garden
8/4 Corinne Bailey Rae, Jose James and more, SummerStage Central Park
8/6 Mac DeMarco, Celerate Brooklyn
8/6 Keane, Bowery Ballroom
8/7 Chuck Leavell, The Gramercy Theatre

♦ 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 65 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.

My Fave Special Exhibitions – MUSEUMS / Manhattan’s WestSide
(See the New York Times Arts Section for listings of all museums,
and also to see their expanded reviews of exhibitions)

American Museum of Natural History

‘T. REX: THE ULTIMATE PREDATOR’  (through Aug. 9, 2020).
“Everyone’s favorite 18,000-pound prehistoric killer gets the star treatment in this eye-opening exhibition, which presents the latest scientific research on T. rex and also introduces many other tyrannosaurs, some discovered only this century in China and Mongolia. T. rex evolved mainly during the Cretaceous Period to have keen eyes, spindly arms and massive conical teeth, which could bear down on prey with the force of a U-Haul truck; the dinosaur could even swallow whole bones, as affirmed here by a kid-friendly display of fossilized excrement. The show mixes 66-million-year-old teeth with the latest 3-D prints of dino bones, and also presents new models of T. rex as a baby, a juvenile and a full-grown annihilator. Turns out this most savage beast was covered with — believe it! — a soft coat of beige or white feathers.” (Farago-NYT)


at the Whitney Museum of American Art (through Sept. 22).
“Given the political tensions that have sent spasms through the nation over the past two years, you might have expected — hoped — that this year’s biennial would be one big, sharp Occupy-style yawp. It isn’t. Politics are present but, with a few notable exceptions, murmured, coded, stitched into the weave of fastidiously form-conscious, labor-intensive work. As a result, the exhibition, organized by two young Whitney curators, Rujeko Hockley and Jane Panetta, gives the initial impression of being a well-groomed group show rather than a statement of resistance. But once you start looking closely, the impression changes artist by artist, piece by piece — there’s quiet agitation in the air.” (NYT-Cotter)


at the Museum of Jewish Heritage (through Jan. 3).
“Killing as a communal business, made widely lucrative by the Third Reich, permeates this traveling exhibition about the largest German death camp, Auschwitz, whose yawning gatehouse, with its converging rail tracks, has become emblematic of the Holocaust. Well timed, during a worldwide surge of anti-Semitism, the harrowing installation strives, successfully, for fresh relevance. The exhibition illuminates the topography of evil, the deliberate designing of a hell on earth by fanatical racists and compliant architects and provisioners, while also highlighting the strenuous struggle for survival in a place where, as Primo Levi learned, “there is no why.” (NYT-Ralph Blumenthal)

For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Posts in right Sidebar dated 07/31 and 07/29.


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.

For a comprehensive list of the best places to hear All Types of Live Music in Manhattan see the tab above “LiveMusic.”


NYT Theater Reviews – Our theater critics on the plays and musicals currently open in New York City.


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