NY*Confidential What's On:

The U.S. Open Edition!!

Greetings, NYConfidants!

Most people say that their city really comes alive during a certain time of year. Portland, Maine is known for the "leaf-peepers" who drive through on the gigantic buses every fall; DC has its cherry blossoms; Chicago has the Blues Fest. Well, New York has the U.S. Open. Even the non-tennis fans love the U.S. Open... the tour players like Federer, Bouchard, Cilic, and the others pop up anywhere they can hit, really (and not pay for a permit, like the rest of us) while the old-times shoot Heineken commercials on the West Side Highway (I see you Lindsay Davenport and Andy Roddick!) Anyway, get out to Flushing if you don't have your tickets. 

And if tennis isn't your jam, there is Inside the Public Design Commission Archive, NYC's Design Review Agencya behind-the-scenes look at the Public Design Commission Archive, or how the City’s public works actually happened. Also, the Moth StorySLAM (Lessons) is looking for five-minute story about Lessons. From school, to parents at the dinner table. PEN Out Loud presents Salman Rushdie  celebrating the release of his newest novel, Quichotte, a dazzling, modern take on Don Quixote, and Greenlight presents Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Water Dancer his first novel. On Broadway, there is The Great Society which captures LBJ’s passionate and aggressive attempts to build a just society for all, as well as Slave Play getting a lot of attention for its take on modern-day race relations. Finally, if you're up for a good UN mystery, check out Cold Case Hammarskjold investigating the unsolved plane crash of United Nations secretary-general Dag Hammarskjöld.

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Think it will be a love fest between Serena Williams, who is seeking a 25th Grand Slam, and Maria Sherapova, who is coming back from an injury plagued 2019? Or will Twitter prevail? See your U.S. Open action.

BOOK/LECTURE/FESTIVAL

 The US OpenAmerica’s premiere tournament rose to new heights in 2018. Naomi Osaka derailed Serena Williams to become the first player from Japan to win a Grand Slam singles title. Novak Djokovic of Serbia swept past Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro to win his second consecutive major, his third US Open crown and his 14th Grand Slam title. Can that action be topped? You bet. USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, Queens, 26 Aug. through 8 September, Tickets.

PEN Out Loud presents Salman Rushdie and Marlon JamesSalman Rushdie celebrates the release of his newest novel, Quichotte, a dazzling, modern take on Don Quixote. Strand Bookstore, 4 September.

Greenlight presents Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Water DancerTa-Nehisi Coates launches his boldiy imagined first novel. The Water Dancer is the dramatic story of an atrocity inflicted on generations of women, men, and children. Kings Theatre, 4 September.

Union Hall Presents David Cross, Seeing What SticksFrom being a new dad, who happens to be hyper aware of hacky “new dad” bits, and the joys and terrors of a “couples colonic,” to American life in the Trump era. Union Hall, Brooklyn 4-25 September. 

Roosevelt Island, From Abandoned Laboratories to Landmarked RuinsRoosevelt Island has been home to Dutch farms, rehabilitation institutions, asylums, hospitals, scientific laboratories, and more. Roosevelt Island Tramway Plaza, 7 September. 

Exploring the East River, From General Slocum Disaster to Abandoned Islands: A two-part aquatic adventure to explore the General Slocum disaster, and historic sights and stories along the East River, all by NYC Ferry. Pier 11 / Wall St., 7 September.

My Hometown, A Fundraiser for Make the Road NYEach year, millions of people from all over the world start their lives in New York, but where did they come from? Each month, see the city's funniest comedians to talk all about their hometowns.Union Hall, Brooklyn 8 September. 

Madonna is coming to Brooklyn, but changing some dates. Check your tickets before you turn up at BAM.

SUMMER CONCERT

Future Islands: 30-31 Aug., White Eagle Hall, Jersey City

Of Monsters and Men: 5 Sept.,Radio City Music Hall

The Raconteurs: 5-6, 7 Sept., Hammerstein Ballroom, Kings Theatre

Vampire Weekend: 6 Sept., Madison Square Garden

Morrissey w/Interpol: 7 Sept., Forest Hills Stadium

Mitski: 7 Sept., Central Park SummerStage

Live From Here with Chris Thile, Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend: 7 Sept., Town Hall

Willie Nelson & Family, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats + Alison Krauss, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real: 11 Sept., Forest Hills Stadium.

Madonna: 12, 14-15, 17, 19, 21-22, 24-26 Sept., BAM, Gilman Opera House

Boy & Bear: 13 Sept., Bowery Ballroom

Jethro Tull: 14 Sept., Forest Hills Stadium

Brandi Carlile: 14 Sept., Madison Square Garden

Live From Here with Chris Thile, The Lumineers, Raphael Saadiq: 14 Sept., Town Hall

Andrew Bird: 17-18 Sept., Kings Theatre, Brooklyn Steel

Tycho: 19 Sept., Central Park SummerStage

Mac DeMarco: 19 Sept., Brooklyn Steel

Bloc Party: 20 Sept., Central Park SummerStage

Fink: 20 Sept., RoughTrade

Josh Ritter: 21 Sept., Beacon Theatre

Lana Del Rey: 21 Sept., Jones Beach Theater @ Wantagh, NY

Cat Power: 22 Sept., Webster Hall

Conversations w/Nick Cave: 23 Sept., Town Hall

B-52s w/ OMD + Berlin: 24 Sept., Central Park SummerStage

Bastille: 24 Sept., Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden

Teagan + Sara: 24 Sept., Murmrr, Brooklyn

Jade Bird: 24 Sept., Webster Hall

Atlas Genius: 26 Sept, Hammerstein Ballroom

Pharrell Williams: 28 Sept., Great Lawn at Central Park

SUMMER SPORT

New York Red Bulls (Red Bull Arena)

v. Colorado Rapids: 31 August, 7pm

The controversial Slave Play, which revolves around three interracial couples participating in an irreverent form of cosplay of the Antebellum Slavery era, debuts on Broadway in September.

THEATRE

Measure for MeasureShakespeare’s strikingly current play speaks powerfully #MeToo in the story of the devout novice Isabella, whose faith is tested when her brother is sentenced to death for impregnating Juliet out of wedlock. The Duke,through 24 August.

Lady Fest: Features new work by some of the most exciting lady and gender non-conforming artists in New York.  The Tank, through 28 August. 

The Great SocietyCapturing LBJ’s passionate and aggressive attempts to build a just society for all, The Great Society follows his epic triumph to the agonizing decision not to run for re-election. Lincoln Center Theater-Vivian Beaumont, 6 September through 30 November.

Slave PlayThe old South lives on at the MacGregor Plantation — in the breeze, in the cotton fields...and in the crack of the whip. Golden Theatre, 10 September through 5 January.

Midsummer, A BanquetTakes a page from the royal wedding for Theseus and Hippolyta. Emilie Baltz will create the menu. Cafe Fae, through 7 September.

Little GemOne year can bring extraordinary change; just ask Amber, Lorraine and Kay, three generations of North Dublin women who find themselves suddenly facing the unexpected. The Irish Rep, through 8 September.

BetrayalWith poetic precision, rich humour and an extraordinary emotional force, Betrayal charts a compelling seven-year romance, thrillingly captured in reverse chronological order. Bernard B. Jacobs Theater, through 8 December.

A new New York Historical Society exhibit explores the history and continued impact of panoramas from the 17th to the 21st century, as they were used to create spatial illusions, map places, and tell stories.

CANVAS

Panoramas: The Big Picture: Explores the history and continued impact of panoramas from the 17th to the 21st century, as they were used to create spatial illusions, map places, and tell stories. New York Historical Society, through 8 December.

The Fletcher Family, A Lifetimes in SurfThe legendary Fletcher family has been an institution in surf and skate culture for decades, with an influence that extends to the worlds of fashion, music, streetwear, and art. Gagosian, through 30 August.

Mid-Century Master: The Photography of Alfred Eisenstaedt: With his acumen for capturing larger-than-life personalities in genuine moments, Eisenstaedt was the perfect photographer for Marjorie Merriweather Post. Hillwood Estate, Washington, DC, through 12 January.

TWA Hotel Historical ExhibitA flight attendant’s log detailing five years of airborne adventures. Vintage furniture from the TWA headquarters. In-flight amenities — gilded playing cards, silver serving ware — from a more elegant era. These are just some of the items showcased at the TWA Hotel. JFK Airport near Terminal 5, Ongoing.

In 1961, United Nations secretary-general Dag Hammarskjöld's plane mysteriously crashed in Rhodesia, killing Hammarskjöld and most of the crew. With the case still unsolved 50-plus years later, Danish filmmakers are trying to solve his death.

CINEMA

Brittany Runs a Marathon: Brittany Forgler is a hot mess of a New Yorker. When she stops by a Yelp-recommended doctor's office, she finds herself slapped with a prescription she never wanted. Angelika, West Village.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette: After her anxiety-ridden mother disappears, 15-year-old Bee does everything she can to track her down, and uncovers her troubled past in the process. From acclaimed director Richard Linklater. Angelika, West Village.

Miles Davis, Birth of the Cool: A visionary, innovator, and originator who defied categorization and embodied the word cool: a foray into the life and career of musical and cultural icon Miles Davis. Film Forum, SoHo.

Los Reyes ("The Kings"): At the oldest skatepark in the Chilean capital of Santiago, the real kings are Football and Chola, two stray dogs that have made their home in this open space full of hurtling skateboards and rowdy teenagers. Film Forum, SoHo.

Fiddler, A Miracle of MiraclesThe origin story behind one of Broadway's most beloved musicals, Fiddler on The Roof, and its creative roots in early 1960s New York. Quad Cinema, West Village.

Vita & VirginiaSet amidst the bohemian high society of 1920s England, Vita & Virginia tells the scintillating true story of a literary love affair between Vita Sackville-West, the brash, aristocratic wife of a diplomat and the brilliant but troubled Virginia Woolf. Quad Cinema, West Village.

American Factory: In post-industrial Ohio, a Chinese billionaire opens a new factory in the husk of an abandoned General Motors plant, hiring two thousand blue-collar Americans. IFC Center, West Village.

Give Me Liberty: Medical transport driver Vic is late, but it's not his fault. The new route uproots his scheduled clients, particularly Tracy, a vibrant young woman with ALS. As the day goes from hectic to off-the-rails, their collective ride a hilarious, intersectional portrait of American dreams and disenchantment. IFC Center, West Village.

One Child Nation: China's One Child Policy, the extreme population control measure that made it illegal for couples to have more than one child, may have ended in 2015, but the process of dealing with the trauma of its brutal enforcement is only just beginning. Film Forum, SoHo.

Cold Case Hammarskjold: In 1961, United Nations secretary-general Dag Hammarskjöld's plane mysteriously crashed, killing Hammarskjöld and most of the crew. With the case still unsolved 50-plus years later, Danish journalist, filmmaker, and provocateur Mads Brügger leads us down an investigative rabbit hole to unearth the truth.. IFC Center, West Village.