NYC Events,”Only the Best” (08/26) + 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:  “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.”

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

Milton Suggs Quintet
Dizzy’s Club / 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $40-$30
“The questing spirit of the sixties carried into the 1970 album “That Healin’ Feelin’: The United States of Mind Phase I,” the first of a trilogy by the pianist, composer—and, for this project, lyricist—Horace Silver. Here, the vocalist Milton Suggs takes on the series’ funky vibe of love, peace, and mindfulness, presumably with all contemporary irony left at the door. If he avoids Silver’s more didactic ruminations on, say, diet and exercise, the positive message and incessant groove of the music will win out.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)

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6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Mauricio Martinez: De México To Broadway
>> Klea Blackhurst: One of the Girls
>> Alejandro Escovedo Duo
>> The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra
>> Jim Caruso’s Cast Party
>> Monday Night Magic

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

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Music, Dance, Performing Art

Mauricio Martinez: De México To Broadway
Feinstein’s/54 Below / 7PM, $40+
“The Mexican star of stage and small screen, who made his Broadway debut in On Your Feet! two years ago, returns to F/54 with a survey of his career to date, which has included two Latin pop albums as well as leading roles in shows including Jesus Christ Superstar, Beauty and the Beast, Saturday Night Fever and The Last Five Years. He is joined by guest stars Laura Osnes and Barrie Kealoha.” (TONY)

Klea Blackhurst: One of the Girls
Birdland / 7PM, $30
“The boisterous, trumpet-voiced Blackhurst pulls the stops out in a tribute to the songs of master Broadway tunesmith Jerry Herman, and especially to the powerful female figures he helped create in such shows as Mame, La Cage Aux Folles and Hello, Dolly!” (TONY)

Alejandro Escovedo Duo
@ Iridium / 8PM, $45-$55
“Punk and roots rock vet Alejandro Escovedo plays his first of two consecutive nights at Iridium; tonight’s an “intimate duo set” and Tuesday is a full-band set.” (brooklyvegan)

The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra
Village Vanguard, 178 7th Ave. South (btw W11th/Perry St.) / 8:30PM +10:30PM, $35
“World class big band with 16 members on that small stage, a monday night institution.
“Almost exactly half a century ago, the trumpeter-composer-arranger Thad Jones and the drummer Mel Lewis began their Monday-night big band residency at the Village Vanguard, establishing what became a hallowed tradition.” (NYT)

Jim Caruso’s Cast Party (Cabaret)
Birdland, 315 West 44th St. (btw 8/9 ave) / 9:30PM, $25-$30
“The witty host attracts broadway stars on their night off, along with up and comers.”
“Part cabaret, part piano bar and part social set, Cast Party offers a chance to hear rising and established talents step up to the microphone (backed by the slap and tickle of Steve Doyle on bass and Billy Stritch at the ivories, plus the bang of Daniel Glass on drums). The waggish Caruso presides as host.” (TONY)

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Smart Stuff / Other NYC EventS

Monday Night Magic
Players Theatre, West Village / 8PM, $42.50
“For more than two decades,, this proudly old-school series has offered a different lineup of professional magicians every week: opening acts, a headliner and a host, plus two or three close-up magicians to wow the audience at intermission. Housed for the past seven years at the unprepossessing Players Theatre, it is an heir to the vaudeville tradition.

Many of the acts incorporate comedic elements, and audience participation is common. (If you have young children, bring them; they make especially adorable assistants.) Shows cost just $37.50 in advance and typically last well over two hours, so you get a lot of value and variety for your magic dollar. In contrast to some fancier magic shows, this one feels like comfort food: an all-you-can eat buffet to which you’re encouraged to return until you’re as stuffed as a hat full of rabbits.” (TONY)

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Today’s Top Event

US Tennis Open Day 1 (thru Sept.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.) This tournament, which serves up the world’s best tennis players right in our backyard, is celebrating its 21st year at Arthur Ashe Stadium and 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 may cause delays to enter. Best not to bring a bag. A fine comprehensive review of the tournament and the current state of tennis can be found at the NYTimes/Sports.

Early in the tournament forget the Big House (Arthur Ashe Stadium), which is a pretty poor place to watch tennis unless you have a ton of money for courtside seats. 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 – especially 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.

Today’s Featured Match: Serena Williams v Maria Sharapova

“The spectacular Day One lineup includes eight former US Open champions, including Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka, Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Maria Sharapova, Samantha Stosur, and Angelique Kerber. The fact that two of those former champs will square off on Flushing’s first day only serves to raise the temperature on an already-sizzling slate. Add in French Open champ Ashleigh Barty, women’s No. 3 seed Karolina Pliskova, 2017 US Open runner-up Madison Keys, former men’s Flushing finalist Kei Nishikori, and rocketing Russian star Daniil Medvedev, and you’ve got a lineup that suggests one thing: You should probably get familiar with the edge of your seat.”

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Continuing Events

Trio da Paz & Friends with Maucha Adnet, Harry Allen, and Claudio Roditi (Aug.21-Sep.01)
Dizzy’s Club / 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $40
“Keeping an unprecedented streak alive for the 12th consecutive year, Trio da Paz comes to Dizzy’s Club for a two-week summer residency. Formed in 1990 by three of Brazil’s most in-demand master musicians, Romero Lubambo, Nilson Matta, and Duduka da Fonseca, Trio da Paz updates the infectious spirit of jazz-oriented Brazilian music. With their harmonically adventurous interactions, daring improvisations, and dazzling rhythms, this group redefines Brazilian jazz. Reserve your seats quickly to make sure you don’t miss out on this high-demand annual tradition!”

GD: I made sure to catch their first set on Wednesday night. An evening with this group, especially with Maucha, is like a trip to Rio. Trust me on this.

2019 Summer HD Festival

The 11th Summer HD Festival features ten thrilling performances from the Met’s Live in HD series of cinema transmissions—plus a special pre-festival screening of Stanley Donen’s enchanting Funny Face, featuring songs by George and Ira Gershwin, a co-presentation with Film at Lincoln Center. The free showings run from August 23 through September 2, 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.

for tonight’s screening go here.

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COMING SOON (WFUV)

8/26-27 Ben Harper & Trombone Shorty, The Rooftop at Pier 17
8/27 Lenny Kravitz, Radio City Music Hall
8/28 King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, SummerStage Central Park

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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 65 million visitors last year and was TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2019 – the ninth consecutive year. 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.

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

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