NYC Events,”Only the Best” (08/27) + U.S. Tennis Open (Day 2)

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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.”

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

Shoshana Bean (Aug. 27, 29-31)
Feinstein’s/54 Below / 7PM, $75+
“Best known to theater audiences for replacing Idina Menzel as Elpheba in Wicked and, more recently, starring as Jenna in Waitress the big-voiced Bean dips into the Broadway catalog in her Feinstein’s/54 Below debut. Although she has diversified into pop in her four studio albums, this concert is devoted exclusively to musical-theater songs from roles she has played onstage, would like to play onstage or knows she will never play onstage.” (TONY)

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6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> JOHNATHAN BLAKE AND PENTAD
>> Pangea Jazz Festival
>> The Lineup with Susie Mosher
>> mmm
>> Alejandro Escovedo Duo
>> A Founding Martyr: Dr. Joseph Warren and the Early American Revolution

Today’s Top Event: US Tennis Open Day 2

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

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Music, Dance, Performing Art

JOHNATHAN BLAKE AND PENTAD (Aug. 27-28)
at the Jazz Gallery / 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.; $
“Blake’s drumming is as bold as thunder and as subtle as the patter of rain. He recorded his most recent album, the impressive double disc “Trion,” over a couple nights last year at the Jazz Gallery. He returns to that club on Tuesday and Wednesday with Pentad, a new ensemble featuring some of New York’s finest young musicians. As you might have guessed, Trion was a trio, and Pentad is a quintet; it features Immanuel Wilkins on alto saxophone, David Virelles on piano, Joel Ross on vibraphone and Dezron Douglas on bass.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

Pangea Jazz Festival (Aug. 27-31)
Pangea, 178 Second Ave. /
“The eclectic nature of the current jazz scene renders attempts at strictly defining it a fool’s errand, and the loopy lineup of this downtown festival only makes its borders that much fuzzier. The event’s final days feature such between-the-cracks artists as the Brazilian tap dancer Felipe Galganni, the off-center piano trio the Theory Conspiracy, and the Jazz Bastards, a cheeky sextet whose members haven’t forgotten that jazz and levity aren’t mutually exclusive.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)

The Lineup with Susie Mosher
Birdland / 9:30PM, $25
“Mosher is one of those talents you need to see to believe: warm, funny, biting, ferociously committed. In her weekly series at the downstairs Birdland Theater, she invites a gaggle of performers from Broadway and beyond to show their talents. Guests at the August 27 edition include Klea Blackhurst, Scott Coulter, Stacy Sullivan, Jessica Hendy, Elizabeth Ward Land, Dave Hill, Blaine Krauss, Tiffany Abban, Natasha Nemergut and guest musical director John Boswell.” (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)

More coming soon.

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Smart Stuff / Other NYC EventS

Elsewhere but this looks worth the detour:

A Founding Martyr: Dr. Joseph Warren and the Early American Revolution
Learn about an overlooked Brooklyn patriot
Brooklyn Historical Society / 6:30PM, $10
“Celebrating the anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn during the Revolutionary War (Aug. 27, 1776), the Brooklyn Historical Society will hold a talk about Joseph Warren, a doctor and Son of Liberty who was a part of the early rebellion with Samuel Adams.”

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Today’s Top Event

US Tennis Open Day 2 (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: Simona Halep vs. Nicole Gibbs

“Round one continues on Day Two of the 2019 US Open, as defending US Open women’s champion Naomi Osaka and men’s second seed Rafael Nadal lead a host of top talents into action. Sharing court tine with those two today will be former US Open champions Sloane Stephens, Marin Cilic, and Svetlana Kuznetsova, along with 2019 Wimbledon women’s titlist Simona Halep. Add in surging stars Bianca Andreescu, Coco Gauff, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev, Belinda Bencic, and Flushing fan favorites Gael Monfils, Nick Kyrgios, Petra Kvitova, Caroline Wozniacki and John Isner, and you’re looking at a lineup of luminaries that begs for a bigger marquee.”

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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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