The Best Week August 2011

So you’ve gotten into the groove of the long and hot days of summer and the bursting good times across Long Island. Keep it cooking with these highlights of this issue to make it the best week.

3 Can’t Miss Events

US Open
Mon, Aug. 29-Sun, Sept. 11
USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center,
Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Queens

The top international players will compete in one of the oldest tennis championships in the world.

Quiksilver Pro New York
Sun, Sept. 4-Thurs, Sept. 15
Long Beach

World-class surfers competing for a million-dollar purse. Not bad for a day at the beach.

Mickey Hart
Sat, Aug 20 @ 8:30pm
Blue Point Brewing Company, Patchogue

Cosmic sound from this jam giant.

Seven Great Days

Head to the beach and learn to ride the waves on a surfboard, or at least go to Long Beach and watch. Maybe you’ll catch a world-class surfer demonstrating his expert technique. Start, stop or end at one of Allegria’s top-notch eateries for brunch, lunch or dinner. There’s no greater LI experience: Sun, surf, beach, eat.

Borrow a page from our “Dark Night” fashion spread and bring a little poetry into your evening. Gazebo Readings (Oceanside) is a relaxed, animated, outdoor series that draws writers and artists from across the island. Afterwards? Pop into Pop’s Seafood Shack (Island Park) for cocktails and ocean breezes.

Take advantage of local outdoor sculpture. Stroll through the gardens at Mather Hospital (Port Jeff) and see some of the best works on the island in plein air. After watching the sunset over the water, wind your way towards Toast Coffeehouse in the village and share wine and tapas.

Most art walks happen Thurs-Sun but you can get an advance on your next acquisition by visiting that buzzing local gallery you keep hearing about. You may run into the very artist whose work is on the walls and get the inside scoop on the process.

Headstart on the weekend in the city and get into its bigger-than-life groove. Find out where Blow Up Hollywood is playing and get a dose of futuristic music. Afterwards? Stay at Midtown’s fantastic Carlton, linger over breakfast in the morning and bask in the unabashed luxury.

There is no excuse to miss live music tonight, no matter what your preference. LI is teeming with bands of every stripe with plenty of venues willing to host them. Singer songwriter? Jilly Talvé is probably playing somewhere. Jam? C’mon, the August moon is all for the Dead. Stellar GD tribute bands play out on LI all the time.

Segue to the North Fork through Riverhead with a stop at Filling the Void, a music and arts festival at Vail-Leavitt Theatre. Or head south and make the Uncommon Ground show (Bridgehampton) your pit stop.