NYC Events,”Only the Best” (08/28) + U.S. Tennis Open (Day 3)

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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:

Andy Statman with Brooklyn Raga Massive
Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W. 17th St./ 7PM, $30
“Indian classical, Jewish, and American roots music come together at the Rubin. Catch a live performance by klezmer revivalist Andy Statman and raga renaissance vanguard the Brooklyn Raga Massive. Together they’ll experiment with the “rich traditions of improvisation and spiritual yearning that animate Indian classical” traditions.” (ThoughtGallery)


6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Hannah Epperson / Line Gøttsche
>> Pangea Jazz Festival

>>  The Miracle Of The Little Prince
>> Kindred Wayfarers: A Tribute to William Cullen Bryant & Walt Whitman
>> Eastern Philosophy and Relationships: The Interplay of Yin & Yang

Today’s Top Event: US Tennis Open Day 3

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


Music, Dance, Performing Art

Hannah Epperson / Line Gøttsche
Joe’s Pub / 9:30PM, $15
“American-Canadian violinist/singer Hannah Epperson’s breadth as a collaborative and compositional powerhouse stems from an eclectic experiential and educational background: from learning Appalachian folk tunes and lore with a cowgirl in Utah to traveling as an improvisational accompanist through Scandinavia; from touring her solo project by sailboat with permaculturists in the Gulf Islands to accompanying Flamenco dancers in Spain; and from receiving an Honours Degree in Human Geography at UBC to representing Canada at World Championships for Ultimate Frisbee in 2015 and 2017.”

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)


Smart Stuff / Other NYC EventS

Screening and Q&A: Marjoleine Boonstra (Writer/Director) The Miracle Of The Little Prince Moderated by Susannah Greenblatt (Words Without Borders)
Film Forum, 209 W. Houston St./ 8PM, $15
“Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince can be read in a staggering 375 languages, more than any book other (except the Bible). Dutch filmmaker Marjoleine Boonstra traveled the world talking to people who have translated it into different languages, to see what this beautiful work has meant to them. Her resulting documentary, The Miracle of the Little Prince, will be on view at Film Forum for a week, and Boonstra will do a Q&A on opening night. The conversation will be moderated by filmmaker and translator Susannah Greenblatt and is presented by Words Without Borders.” (

Kindred Wayfarers: A Tribute to William Cullen Bryant & Walt Whitman
Bryant Park/Bryant Park Reading Room
Between 40th & 42nd Sts. and Fifth and Sixth Aves./ 7PM, FREE
“Kindred Wayfarers: William Cullen Bryant and Walt Whitman, will explore the life, work and friendship of the two celebrated, 19th-century poets. The panel will feature poets and scholars from the Friends of Cedarmere, the historic estate of William Cullen Bryant, the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association, and other institutions.’ (

Eastern Philosophy and Relationships: The Interplay of Yin & Yang
The Assemblage—NoMad, 114 E. 25th St./ 7PM, $15
“How much do you know about Yin and Yang? The tenets are believed to have originated in Yoruba culture more than 20,000 years ago. Taoist healing and meditation arts practitioner Darryl Aiken-Afam leads a Think Olio session into making use of Yin, Yang, and the philosophy of the Five Elements today. Shift away from western conditioning and find tools for better navigating relationships through a presentation of ancient Chinese Taoist concepts.” (ThoughtGallery)


Today’s Top Event

US Tennis Open Day 3 (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: E. Svitolina (UKR) [5] vs.V. Williams (USA)

“Second-round play headlines Day Three of the 2019 US Open, as men’s top seed Novak Djokovic and six-time US Open women’s champ Serena Williams lead an all-star lineup into action here at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Three more former US Open champs—Roger Federer, Venus Williams, and Stan Wawrinka—also see action on Wednesday, along with a host of leading crown contenders that includes Ashleigh Barty, Daniil Medvedev, Elina Svitolina, Kei Nishikori, Madison Keys, and Karolina Pliskova. All told, it’s a particularly deep pool of talent that promises to drench the day in excitement.”


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.



8/28 King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, SummerStage Central Park

♦ 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.

Bonus Live Music  – NYC Jazz Clubs:
Many consider NYCity the Jazz capital of the world. My favorite Jazz Clubs, all on Manhattan’s WestSide, feature top talent every night of the week.
Hit the Hot Link and check out who is playing tonight:

Greenwich Village:
(4 are underground, classic jazz joints. all 6 are within walking distance of each other):
Village Vanguard – UG, 178 7th Ave. So.,, 212-255-4037 (1st 8:30)
Blue Note – 131 W3rd St. nr 6th ave., 212-475-8592 (1st set 8pm)
55 Bar – basement @55 Christopher St. nr 7th ave.S., 212-929-9883 (1st 7pm)
Mezzrow – basement @ 163 W10th St. nr 7th Ave.,646-476-4346 (1st 8)
Smalls – basement @ 183 W10th St., 646-476-4346 (1st set 7:30pm)
The Stone at The New School – 55 w13 St. (btw 6/5 ave) – (8:30PM)

Outside Greenwich Village:
Dizzy’s Club – Broadway @ 60th St. — / 212-258-9595 (1st set 7:30pm)
Birdland – 315 W44th St.(btw 8/9ave) — / 212-581-3080 (1st 8:30pm)
Smoke Jazz Club – 2751 Broadway nr.106th St. — 212-864-6662 (7pm)
Jazz Standard – 116 E27 St. (btw Park/Lex) – – (1st set 7:30)

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

In Memoriam:
Caffe Vivaldi – 32 Jones St. nr Bleecker St. — / 212-691-7538 (1st 7pm)
a classic, old jazz club in the Village, Caffe V often surprised with a wonderfully eclectic lineup. It was my favorite spot for an evening of listening enjoyment and discovery.
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.
Cornelia Street Cafe – UG, 29 Cornelia St., 212-989-9319
And more recently we have lost Cornelia Street Cafe. After 41 years, it too became another victim of an unreasonable rent increase.


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