By Carol Tannenhauser
Monday, August 15, 2022
Morning clouds followed by afternoon sun, high 80 degrees.
Our calendar has lots of local events! Click on the link or the lady in the upper righthand corner.
Country music legend Willie Nelson turned 89 years old this April. What did he do for his birthday? Released a new album (A Beautiful Time) and planned his Outlaw Music Fest tour, which will bring him to Central Park’s SummerStage on Tuesday, September 20, from 6 pm – 10 pm. This is not a free concert like other SummerStage performances; tickets range from $75 to $100. Willie will be with his family, and Charley Crockett will open. Tickets are on sale now at the City Parks Foundation SummerStage website.
Here’s a clip from Willie’s 89th birthday celebration.
The West Side Hawks gave us something to root for this summer. The 13- and 14-year-old Little Leaguers, from all corners of the Upper West Side, won the New York Juniors State Championship, sending them to the Eastern Regionals, on their way to the Little League World Series. The Hawks started off strong, dominating Delaware and Connecticut, but fell to Massachusetts and New Jersey, ending their season on Friday. “Heartbreaking defeats, but nonetheless, we are so proud of how far our team went,” said Debbie Kling, president of West Side Little League. “There are 241 Little Leagues in the Eastern Region and we were one of 11 to make it,” Hawk’s Manager Jim Glasgow said. “Our goal for next year is the Seniors League Eastern Regional Championship!” Go Hawks!
The homeless man who sucker punched actor Rick Moranis in October 2020 has pleaded guilty and is likely to go to jail for two years, according to the New York Post. The lengthy sentence reflects a series of other assaults committed by Marquis Venture, 37, including an attack on a liquor-store owner in Soho, the same day he slugged Moranis without provocation. “Ventura, who has been diagnosed as…paranoid schizophrenic, according to his lawyer, [is] set to be sentenced on August 23,” the Post reported.
The New York Times endorsed Rep. Jerry Nadler for the newly created New York Congressional District 12 Democratic primary race. The primary is August 23 — read our profile of the Republican who will face the winner. We also profiled Jerry Nadler, Carolyn Maloney, and Suraj Patel, the Democratic candidates. (Click the links to read.)
Finally, The Times ran a review of “The Latecomer,” the new novel by Jean Hanff Korelitz, an Upper West Sider, who “takes on complicated family dynamics, infidelity, race, class, religion, guilt, art and real estate….The result is a sparkling novel that is in essence satirical and wise, in style old and new.” Read the Rag’s interview with Korelitz here.
Enjoy the week!