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Nov
8
Fri
2013
At Symphony Space: November 21, 1963: The Day Before
Nov 8 – Nov 9 all-day

Symphony Space Logo

At Symphony Space

November 21, 1963: The Day Before

Fri, Nov 8, 2013, 7:30pm

JFKThis multimedia event reimagines the day before the assassination of JFK, a day when the world as we knew it was irrevocably changed. Contributing artists include Nico Muhly, Craig Lucas, Bill Morrison, Eve Beglarian, Phil Kline, Arthur Kopit, Bora Yoon, John Guare, Nathan Currier, Doug Cuomo, Lera Auerbach, Josip Novakovich, and Fang Man.

Performers include soprano Megan Weston, bass-baritone Robert Osborne, pianist Margaret Kampmeier, and actors BD Wong, Carson Grant, Olympia Dukakis, and Eisa Davis.

Presented in collaboration with the Hermitage Artist Retreat.

Artists are subject to change.

Part of Symphony Space’s In the Salon series.

Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space

$32; Member $27; 30 and under (with valid id) $20

 

Purchase Tix here…

Nov
16
Sat
2013
America’s Got Talent NYC Auditions on November 16th & 17th
Nov 16 – Nov 18 all-day

America Got Talent

America’s Got Talent NYC Auditions

November 16th & 17th

Mercedes Benz of Manhattan

AGT is the only talent competition show open to any age and any talent! It’s truly a shocking modern variety show! Over the past seasons, AGT has developed a massive social media presence and their numbers only continue to grow. It goes to show that AGT’s platform can give artists of ANY kind of serious amount of exposure!

Pre-registration:

agtauditions.com

 

Apr
21
Mon
2014
28TH ANNUAL EASTER BONNET COMPETITION at the Minskoff Theater : 2014
Apr 21 – Apr 23 all-day

28TH ANNUAL EASTER BONNET COMPETITION

Monday, April 21 & Tuesday, April 22

Minskoff Theatre
200 West 45th Street, NYC

Easter-Bonnet-2013-Lion-King-200x300The 28th Annual Easter Bonnet Competition returns in April with the companies of Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring productions offering skits, songs and dances, as well as elaborately designed bonnets created especially for the event.

The 2014 edition of Easter Bonnet Competition will again be presented at the Minskoff Theatre, currently the home of Disney’s The Lion King.

The two-day event will be held April 21 at 4:30 pm and April 22 at 2 pm. Get tickets now.

The Easter Bonnet Competition, which benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, ends a six-week period of intensive fundraising by dozens of Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring companies.

Last year’s Easter Bonnet Competition raised $4,250,542. Since 1987, the 26 editions of this highly anticipated annual event have brought in more than $53 million.

Continue to check their site for additional details, including the announcement of this year’s judges and special guests.

Oct
16
Thu
2014
The Turn of the Screw At the Morris Jumel Mansion
Oct 16 – Nov 2 all-day

Turn of the Screw

The Turn of the Screw

At the Morris Jumel Mansion

October 16 through November 2

Thursday-Saturday shows being at 8:00 pm

Sunday shows begin at 6:00 pm

Figures pass through the shadows and stare into windows, watching the children, waiting to take them away.

Their young governess stands ready to protect them – but do they want to be saved?

Everyday Inferno Theatre Company

presents a haunting new adaptation of Henry James’ classic novella of innocence, sensuality, and horror

in a site-specific staging produced in partnership with The Morris-Jumel Mansion.

Tickets are $18 per person and $13 for members.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.morrisjumel.org .

Members should call the Mansion at 212-923-8008 for the membership discount code before purchasing tickets.

Dec
3
Wed
2014
Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting on December 3, 2014
Dec 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting  Ceremony

on December 3, 2014

Featuring numerous artists, performances and much more!

In front of millions of television viewers and tens of thousands on hand in person.

Join in for the great countdown to the Annual Tree Lighting.

Here's a 2004 photo of the tree at Rockefeller Center on the evening following the grand lighting in NYC.
Here’s a 2004 photo of the tree at Rockefeller Center on the evening following the grand lighting in NYC.
Apr
15
Wed
2015
2015 Tribeca Film Festival®
Apr 15 – Apr 26 all-day
2015 Tribeca Film Festival®

2015 Tribeca Film Festival®

April 15 to April 26, 2015

Featuring numerous related events.

Visit the following to learn more:

Monty Python Cast To Celebrate 40th Anniversary Of Monty Python And The Holy Grail At 2015 Tribeca Film Festival®

World-Class Contemporary Artists Donate Works To 2015 Tribeca Film Festival Artists Awards Program

LIVE FROM NEW YORK!: IT’S OPENING NIGHT OF THE 2015 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL®

Tribeca Film Festival® Reveals 2015 Innovation Programming Featuring Digital Interactive Storytelling, Virtual Reality, Gaming, And Conversations On The Technology And Issues Shaping Today’s Creative Community

The 2015 Tribeca/Espn Sports Film Festival Lineup Announced

Tribeca Film Festival® To Launch New Downtown Creative Hub For Filmmakers, Festival Pass Holders, Industry And Press During 2015 Edition April 15-26

About the Tribeca Film Festival

The Tribeca Film Festival helps filmmakers reach the broadest possible audience, enabling the international film community and general public to experience the power of cinema and promote New York City as a major filmmaking center. It is well known for being a diverse international film festival that supports emerging and established directors.

Founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff in 2001, following the attacks on the World Trade Center, to spur the economic and cultural revitalization of the lower Manhattan district through an annual celebration of film, music, and culture, the Festival brings the industry and community together around storytelling.

The Tribeca Film Festival has screened more than 1,600 films from more than 80 countries since its first edition in 2002. Since inception, it has attracted an international audience of more than 4.9 million attendees, and has generated an estimated $900 million in economic activity for New York City.

About the 2015 Festival Sponsors

As Presenting Sponsor of the Tribeca Film Festival, AT&T is committed to supporting the Festival and the art of filmmaking through access and innovation, aiming to make this the most interactive film festival in the country, where visitors experience the Festival in ways they never imagined.

The Tribeca Film Festival is pleased to announce its Signature Sponsors: Accenture, American Express, Bloomberg, BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Gin, Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC), Brookfield Place, ESPN, IWC Schaffhausen, The Lincoln Motor Company, NCM Media Networks, The New York Times, Santander, United Airlines, and VDKA 6100™. The Festival welcomes new Signature Sponsors: NBC 4 New York and Spring Studios.

Passes and tickets for the 2015 Festival

The new Spring Pass is on sale now at tribecafilm.com/festival/tickets. This pass will provide access to Spring Studios, throughout the Festival, including innovation talks, exhibitions, as well as a resource center, and creative workspace, with food, and drinks. It also includes access to select special events at Spring Studios. The Pass will give discounts to all general screenings and panels during the Festival. The Spring Pass costs $400, discounted to $300 if purchased before April 15.  Pass holders can invite one guest to accompany them to Spring Studios each day of the Festival. An Individual Day Pass for Spring Studios costs $50, discounted to $40 if purchased before April 15.

Advance selection ticket packages are on sale now. All advance selection packages and passes can be purchased online at tribecafilm.com/festival/tickets, or by telephone at (646) 502-5296 or toll free at (866) 941-FEST (3378).

Single tickets cost $18.00 for evening, and weekend screenings, and $10.00 for weekday matinee screenings.

Single ticket sales begin Tuesday, March 31 for American Express Card Members, Sunday, April 5 for downtown residents, and Monday, April 6 for the general public. Single tickets can be purchased online, by telephone, or at one of the Ticket Outlets, with locations at Regal Cinemas Battery Park (102 North End Avenue), Bow Tie Cinemas Chelsea (260 W. 23rd Street), and the Tribeca Film Festival creative hub at Spring Studios (50 Varick Street). The 2015 Festival will offer ticket discounts on general screenings and Tribeca Talks: After the Movie and Directors Series panels for students, seniors and select downtown Manhattan residents. Discounted tickets are available at Ticket Outlet locations only.

LUDACRIS TO PERFORM “LIVE FROM NEW YORK!” AT 2015 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL® @ The Beacon Theatre
Apr 15 all-day

LUDACRIS TO PERFORM “LIVE FROM NEW YORK!” AT 2015 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL®

OPENING NIGHT APRIL 15

Comedy Central Roast Of Justin Bieber - ArrivalsTickets on sale now for world premiere of “Saturday Night Live” documentary followed by a special concert at The Beacon Theatre

New York, NY – April 10, 2015 – The Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) announced today that rapper/actor Chris “Ludacris” Bridges will perform at the opening night of its 14th edition on Wednesday, April 15, at the Beacon Theatre, presented by AT&T.  The concert will follow the world premiere of the documentary Live From New York!, which explores 40 years of American politics, tragedy and popular culture through the comedic lens of SNL, directed by Bao Nguyen and produced by JL Pomeroy and Tom Broecker. Tickets for the TFF 2015 Opening Night Gala are on sale at https://tribecafilm.com/livefromnewyork. The Tribeca Film Festival runs April 15 to April 26.

“This year’s Tribeca Film Festival is a true celebration of the convergence of music and film and Ludacris is an artist who embodies that cultural collaboration,” said Paula Weinstein, EVP, Tribeca Enterprises. “As both a TFF and SNL alum, he is the perfect entertainer to help us open the Festival and celebrate a beloved institution.”

“Appearing on “Saturday Night Live”– both as a host and a musical guest –were some of the most thrilling moments of my career,” said Ludacris.  “I’m excited to be a part of this premiere and the Tribeca Film Festival Opening Night. As a storyteller through music and acting, it is especially meaningful for me to participate in an event that is centered on spotlighting great stories.”

Ludacris, a multitalented recording artist and acclaimed actor, has sold more than 15 million albums domestically, thanks to the blockbuster success of such singles as “Stand Up,” “Get Back,” “Southern Hospitality,” “Number One Spot,” “Money Maker” and “My Chick Bad.” All of these records were accompanied by ingenious videos that demonstrated Bridges’ far-reaching imagination, and his willingness to stretch the boundaries of what rap videos should look and feel like.

He recently released his 8th studio album, Ludaversal and starred in Furious 7, the seventh installment in the global box-office hit franchise. His other feature film credits include Universal Pictures’ Fast & Furious 6; Fast Five;  2 Fast 2 Furious; Garry Marshall’s ensemble comedy New Year’s Eve; and Ivan Reitman’s romantic comedy, No Strings Attached, opposite Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman, and he has given acclaimed performances in film, (CrashHustle & Flow), and television, (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit).

Visit www.tribecafilm.com/festival for more information about TFF’s 2015 programs and the full line-up of films.

Connect with Tribeca: To keep up with Tribeca, visit www.tribecafilm.com/festival. Like the Tribeca Film Festival Facebook page at facebook.com/TribecaFilm. Follow us on Twitter @TribecaFilmFest and on Instagram @tribeca and join the conversation by using the hashtag #TribecaTogether or #TFF2015.

Connect with Live From New York! at www.livefromnewyorkmovie.com. Like the Facebook page at facebook.com/Livefromnewyorkmovie. Follow the film on Twitter at @lfnymovie and on Instagram @lfnymovie

About the Tribeca Film Festival

The Tribeca Film Festival helps filmmakers reach the broadest possible audience, enabling the international film community and general public to experience the power of cinema. It is well known for being a diverse international film festival that supports emerging and established directors.

Founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff in 2001, following the attacks on the World Trade Center, to spur the economic and cultural revitalization of the lower Manhattan district through an annual celebration of film, music and culture, the Festival brings the industry and community together around storytelling.

The Tribeca Film Festival has screened more than 1,600 films from more than 80 countries since its first edition in 2002. Since inception, it has attracted an international audience of more than 4.9 million attendees, and has generated an estimated $900 million in economic activity for New York City.

About the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival Sponsors

As Presenting Sponsor of the Tribeca Film Festival, AT&T is committed to supporting the Festival and the art of filmmaking through access and innovation, aiming to make this the most interactive film festival in the country, where visitors experience the Festival in ways they never imagined.

The Tribeca Film Festival is pleased to announce its Signature Sponsors: Accenture, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, American Express, Bloomberg, BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Gin, Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC), Brookfield Place, ESPN, IWC Schaffhausen, The Lincoln Motor Company, NBC 4 New York, NCM Media Networks, The New York Times, Santander, United Airlines, and VDKA® 6100. The Festival welcomes new Signature Sponsor: Spring Studios and Thompson Hotels.

Passes and tickets for the 2015 Festival

The new Spring Pass is on sale now at tribecafilm.com/festival/tickets. This pass will provide access to Spring Studios, throughout the Festival, including innovation talks, exhibitions, and special events, as well as a resource center, and creative workspace, with food, and drinks. This Pass will also provide reduced ticket prices for select special events. The Spring Pass costs $400, discounted to $300 if purchased before April 15.  Pass holders can invite one guest to accompany them to Spring Studios each day of the Festival. An Individual Day Pass for Spring Studios costs $50, discounted to $40 if purchased before April 15.

Single tickets cost $18.00 for evening, and weekend screenings, and $10.00 for weekday matinee screenings.

Single tickets are now on sale and can be purchased online at tribecafilm.com/festival/tickets, by telephone at (646) 502-5296 or toll free at (866) 941-FEST (3378), or at one of the Ticket Outlets, with locations at Regal Cinemas Battery Park (102 North End Avenue) and Bow Tie Cinemas Chelsea (260 W. 23rd Street). The 2015 Festival will offer ticket discounts on general screenings and Tribeca Talks: After the Movie and Directors Series panels for students, seniors and select downtown Manhattan residents. Discounted tickets are available at Ticket Outlet locations only.

Apr
23
Thu
2015
Shakespeare’s Birthday Bash in Bryant Park
Apr 23 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Shakespeare’s Birthday Bash

In Bryant Park Will Offer Performances, Music And Participatory Events, All Free.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

12:30 to 2:30 pm

Come for the Shakespeare Flash Mob, read a Shakespeare monologue & stay for lunch.

ShakespeareNEW YORK — William Shakespeare turns 451 on Thursday, April 23 and on that day, to celebrate the Bard’s birthday, The Drilling Company and Bryant Park Shakespeare will take over Bryant Park for the second year in a row with “Shakespeare’s Birthday Bash” from 12:30 to 2:30. An energetic, two-hour collection of live performances and participatory events will be offered, all free to the public.

Peppering the park from 12:30 to 1:00 PM, a “Shaksepearean Flash Mob” of over fifty actors from The Drilling Company will perform excerpts from every play in the Shakespeare Canon. Great speeches, scenes, sonnets and more will be offered.  Performers will include (as of this writing) Robert Agis, Vanessa Altshuler, Marlain Angelides, Ivory Aquino, Ella Dershowitz, Adit Dilep, Lauren Downie, Tori Ernst, Noelle Franco, Lauriel Friedman, Ziv Gidron, Sara Glancy, Andrew Gombas, Tygar Hicks, Luke Hoffmaier, Kelsie Jepsen, Meg Kiley Smith, Kineta Kunutu, Amanda Lederer, Michaela Lind, Dave Marantz, Iris McQuilla-Grace, Tom McVey, Zlatomir Moldovanski, Michael Sazonov, John Smiley, Jack Sochet, Drew Valins, Ryan Ward, Grace Winchester and Katie Zaffran.

On the Fountain Terrrace Stage from 1:00 to 1:30, Shakespearean song stylings will be performed with vocals and string instruments by Thicket & Thistle, a NYC-based folk band and writing/performance collective which focuses on devising new works which interweave theater and original music.  The ensemble is led by Jonathan Eric Foster, Artistic Director and Sarah George, Managing Director and includes company members Kyle Acheson, Sam De Roest, Nyssa Duchow and Corley Pillsbury.  Songs based on sonnets will be the day’s fare.

On the Fountain Terrace Stage from 1:30 to 2:00, audience members can win a free T-shirt by grabbing a microphone and reading a Shakespearean speech aloud. Last year, bystanders formed a sizeable and appreciative mob of groundlings around the Fountain Terrace Stage for this event.

Througout the bash, on the Fountain Terrace, a Shakespeare’s Birthday Banner will be raised for all to enjoy.  You can write your own sonnet or favorite Shakespearean quotation, or inscribe your own birthday greeting, on a large scrolling banner.  Messages from last year’s attendees will be on display in what is becoming an installation of perennial contributions from New York aficianados.

Bryant Parks food service kiosks will be open, making this event a delightfully complete lunchtime diversion for Midtown.

The Drilling Company made its Bryant Park debut last Spring with this birthday celebration and a production of “Hamlet.” This year, The Drilling Company has been invited back to for a three-show season in Bryant Park, and will present “Two Gentlemen of Verona” May 15 to 31, directed by Hamilton Clancy; “Romeo and Juliet” July 10 to 26, directed by Dave Marantz and “The Taming of the Shrew” September 4 to 20, directed by Alessandro Colla.

The Drilling Company is well known as the producer of Shakespeare in the Parking Lot, a series of free Shaksepare productions that have been presented on the Lower East Side for over 20 years.  This year, the series is moving from its original space in the Municipal Parking lot at Ludlow and Broome Streets to a new parking lot behind The Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Educational Center (CSV), 114 Norfolk located on the east side of Norfolk Street between Delancey and Rivington Streets.  “As You Like It,” directed by Hamilton Clancy, will be presented July 9 to 26 and “Macbeth,” director TBA, will be staged July 30 to August 15.

Shakespeare’s Birthday Bash is presented by Bryant Park Corporation and The Drilling Company.  For info on upcoming Drilling Company productions call 212-873-9050 or visit www.shakespeareintheparkinglot.com and www.drillingcompany.org.  For info on Bryant Park events only, see:  www.bryantpark.org, @bryantparknyc and #bpshakespeare.

May
6
Wed
2015
22nd African Film Festival New York
May 6 – May 25 all-day

22nd African Film Festival New York

May 6 – 25, 2015

At various venues

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THE NEW YORK AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL RETURNS 

TO THE FILM SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER MAY 6-12

The 22nd edition of one of the nation’s premier film festivals celebrating African cinema includes Opening Night film Cold Harbour by Carey McKenzie, Centerpiece film Red Leaves by Bazi Gete, and Closing Night film Mossane by Safi Faye

African Film Festival, Inc. marks its silver anniversary

NEW YORK, NY (April 15, 2015) – The Film Society of Lincoln Center (FSLC) and African Film Festival, Inc. (AFF) have once again joined forces to present the New York African Film Festival (NYAFF), running May 6-12. Under the banner of the United Nations’ International Decade for People of African Descent (2015–2024), the 22nd edition of the festival presents a diverse crop of 15 features and 13 short films from Africa and the Diaspora. The NYAFF continues throughout May at the Cinema at the Maysles Documentary Center and the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s BAMcinématek. The festivities take place as AFF celebrates its 25th anniversary.

Isa Cucinotta, Film Society of Lincoln Center Programmer said: “We are thrilled by this year’s selection of films exploring the breadth and depth of the African experience both on the continent and beyond. Through comedy, drama, and documentary, the striving of a people on the move is vibrantly expressed. We are happy to be able to share the dreams and hard work of today’s artists.”

“As we reach our anniversary, it is clear that on many levels we have achieved all we set out to do some 25 years ago in creating a festival to challenge the prevailing narrative about Africa through the cinematic arts,” said AFF Executive Director and NYAFF Founder Mahen Bonetti. “As we revisit our mission this year, we see that our community has not only helped bring our masters to the attention of global audiences but that we continue to push to the forefront new voices that celebrate Africa in this important moment in our history.”

A preview town hall event will take place on Friday, May 1 at WNYC’s Jerome L. Greene Performance Space. African artists living in the Diaspora will discuss how living outside of the Continent, but occupying a space where they are still “of the continent” influences their work and lives. The event will feature live musical performances by Les Nubians and hip-hop artist Blitz the Ambassador, as well as a reading from a literary work by Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond. Popular international journalist and Upworthy curator Femi Oke will then moderate a discussion with these artists and director Andrew Dosunmu.

The NYAFF will open on Wednesday, May 6 with the New York premiere of the South African film noir Cold Harbour. Directed by Carey McKenzie, the film pits township cop Sizwe (Tony Kgoroge, who won Best Actor at the 2014 Durban International Film Festival for the role) against a seedy underworld of criminals and fellow cops in his quest to investigate a smugglers’ turf war. The Opening Night reception will follow at the Frieda and Roy Furman Gallery at the Walter Reade Theater. Regular festival prices apply for the screening, and tickets can be purchased at filmlinc.com. Tickets for the movie and Opening Reception are $75 and are available online at www.africanfilmny.org.

The Centerpiece film, the stunning debut Red Leaves by up-and-coming Ethiopian-Israeli director Bazi Gete, is the tale of an aging Ethiopian immigrant in Israel who finds himself caught between his zealous fight to keep his homeland’s traditions alive and his children’s way of life in Israel. Gete offers audiences a masterful portrayal of the clash between family, culture, and modernity as well as an intriguing glimpse at an often overlooked realm of the African Diaspora. Directly following the U.S. premiere of the film on Friday, May 8, the Centerpiece Reception will be held at Frieda and Roy Furman Gallery at the Walter Reade Theater. Regular festival prices apply for the movie, and tickets can be purchased at filmlinc.com. Tickets for the screening and benefit are $75 and available online at www.africanfilmny.org.

The Closing Night film on Tuesday, May 12, is Safi Faye’s acclaimed 1996 drama Mossane, named after the 14-year-old rural beauty whose refusal to marry the rich man to whom she has been promised in favor of a poor university student brings on tragic consequences. Regular festival pricing applies.

The subtheme “Digital Africa: The Continuum” allows the NYAFF to note the numerous ways in which Africans—especially the youth—are using digital technology and art to connect with cultures around the world and create new visions of Africa and “Africanness.” Films include the small-budget, huge-impact digital film Love the One You Love by Jenna Bass as well as the U.S. premiere of a slew of titles on the vibrant arts scene taking place on the Continent. The film 100% Dakar – More Than Art by Sandra Krampelhuber explores the young artists in the Senegalese capital who have taken on the role of agents of change for their generation. Afripedia by Teddy Goitum, Benjamin Taft, and Senay Berhe is a five-part documentary short series that focuses on art in Kenya, Ghana, Angola, Senegal, and South Africa. The Prophecy documents two artists (photographer Fabrice Monteiro and designer Jah Gal) merging art with environmentalism through a photographic project taking on Senegal’s environmental destruction.

The accompanying free art exhibition The Prophecy will run from May 6-17 at the Amphitheater in the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center. The series of hypnotic, environmental-themed photographs represent the intersection of art, fashion, mythology, and nature and raise awareness of environmental concerns. A digital exhibit of stills from the series shot by Fabrice Monteiro will show how the Beninese-Belgian photographer and his team created each image.

Through the subtheme “Women in the Media,” the festival will explore the incredible strides female filmmakers have made over the past decade and a half. Films include 100% Dakar – More Than Art by Sandra Krampelhuber, Cold Harbour by Carey McKenzie, Love the One You Love by Jenna Bass, The Narrow Frame of Midnight by Tala Hadid, Mossane by Safi Faye, The Prophecy by Marcia Juzga, and Ziara. Beyond the Thresholdby Sonia Gámez, with many of these filmmakers in attendance. Additionally, Shorts Program #2: Women in the Media presents seven insightful and diverse films by women ranging from a retelling of the story of Rosa Parks in Akosua Adoma Owusu’s Bus Nut (starring actress MaameYaa Boafo of An African City fame) to a young girl’s encounters with Orishas in Brazil in The Summer of Gods by Eliciana Nascimento.

Screenings will take place at the Walter Reade Theater, 165 West 65th Street (north side, upper level, between Broadway and Amsterdam) and the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, 144 West 65th Street (south side, between Broadway and Amsterdam). Tickets for the New York African Film Festival will go on sale to the general public on April 23 at the Film Society’s box offices and online at filmlinc.com. Pre-sale to Film Society members begins on April 21. Single screening tickets are $14; $11 for students and seniors (62+); and $9 for Film Society members. See more for less with a 3+ Film Discount Package starting at $33; $27 for students and seniors (62+); and $24 for Film Society members.

Following its opening leg at Film Society of Lincoln Center, NYAFF then heads to Maysles Cinema Institute in Harlem (May 14-17) and concludes over Memorial Day Weekend (May 22-25) at the Brooklyn Academy of Music BAMcinématek as part of its popular dance and music festival DanceAfrica.

The programs of AFF are made possible by the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Lambent Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Open Society Institute for West Africa, Bradley Family Foundation, International Organization of La Francophonie, Domenico Paulon Foundation, New York Community Trust, NYC & Company, French Cultural Services, Manhattan Portage Bags, City Bakery, Metrowine, South African Consulate General, Consulate General of Israel in New York, Hudson Hotel, and Divine Chocolate. WNYC, The New York Times, and the Africa Channel serve as media sponsors.

Jun
20
Sat
2015
Hedgepig Presents 15 Minute Hamlet at Governor’s Island
Jun 20 @ 11:00 am – Jun 27 @ 5:00 pm
Hedgepig Presents 15 Minute Hamlet at Governor's Island @ New York | New York | United States

Hedgepig Presents 15 Minute Hamlet

June 20 – June 27
11:00 am - 5:00 pm

South Battery, Governor’s Island

Hedgepig Ensemble Theatre presents The World’s Fastest Hamlet. Join us for this 15 minute romp through one of Shakespeare’s greatest plays

http://www.hedgepigensembletheatre.org/

Jul
3
Fri
2015
Classical Theatre Of Harlem: CTH Under the Stars
Jul 3 – Jul 26 all-day

Classical Theatre Of Harlem

CTH Under the Stars

Classical Theatre of HarlemFor its annual free summer production, CTH proudly presents the classic The Tempest by William Shakespeare, directed by Carl Cofield. The production will run from July 3 through July 26 at the Richard Rodgers Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park. Cofield helmed the critically-acclaimed production of Amiri Baraka/LeRoi Jones’s Dutchman for CTH last spring. He brings back many artists from that creative team to work on The Tempest, including: Christopher and Justin Swader (scenic design), Rachel Dozier-Ezell (costume design), Alan C. Edwards (lighting design), Eric Sluyter (sound design) and Ralph Stan Lee (stage management).

“What fascinates me about the play—and its iconic characters of Prospero, Caliban, and Ariel—is that it’s a theatrical gumbo, with an intricate blend of usurping villains, youthful romance, music, humor, and conspiracy,” said Cofield. “I am also intrigued by how the protagonist Prospero’s quest for justice leads him to become unjust himself.”Shakespeare

Sharing his concept for the CTH production, Cofield continues, “Prospero’s magical island could be anywhere. Our production references the enchanting island of Hispaniola, the island that is home to both the Dominican Republic and Haiti. The history of Haiti is nothing short of magical. This tiny Caribbean country won its independence by defeating three European superpowers: France, Britain and Spain, demonstrating the same fighting spirit found in Caliban, and the same longing for freedom as Ariel. The Tempest highlights the dynamics of freedom and captivity, imprisonment and rebellion, authority and tyranny. My hope is that after spending time with these characters, we learn something about ourselves.”

The Richard Rodgers Amphitheater is located in Marcus Garvey Park (enter at 124th Street and Fifth Avenue and walk south to the venue). Performances are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 8:00 p.m. Friday’s curtain is at 8:15 p.m., following Jazzmobile’s free concerts at 7:00 p.m. The venue opens for seating at 7:00 p.m. each night and 6:30 p.m. on Fridays.

The Tempest is presented by The Classical Theatre of Harlem and City Parks Foundation’s SummerStage festival. All performances are free and no tickets are required.

Aug
24
Mon
2015
“Life’s A Picnic in Grand Central” : August 24 – 28, 2015
Aug 24 – Aug 28 all-day

“Life’s A Picnic in Grand Central”

August 24 – 28, 2015

with Free Indoor, Public Picnic Space in Vanderbilt Hall

Grand Central LogoAugust 24-28, 2015
Monday – Thursday, 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Friday, 7:00 am – 2:00 pm

Food available for purchase in Vanderbilt Hall
Monday – Thursday: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Friday: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Grand Central Terminal, Vanderbilt Hall
89 E. 42 St., New York, NY 10017

Live entertainment daily, including live cooking demos and performances from
Big Apple Circus, Broadway’s “On the Town,” “Something Rotten!,”
“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder,” “Wicked” and More

Grand Central Terminal invites visitors and commuters to escape the heat of summer and join in on the second annual “Life’s A Picnic in Grand Central,” featuring a free indoor, public picnic space located in Vanderbilt Hall.

With Astroturf floor, picnic tables bedecked with classic gingham tablecloths, and live entertainment, visitors can relax in air-conditioned comfort with free Wi-Fi and food of their own or purchased from Grand Central vendors. The space will be open all day, with select vendors setting up shop in Vanderbilt Hall during the lunch and after-work hours. Participating vendors include Jacques Torres Ice Cream, Central Market, Junior’s Bakery, Murray’s Cheese, Financier Patisserie, and Shiro of Japan, among others.

The event features live entertainment every day during lunch, including live cooking demonstrations with Grand Central chefs, such as Chef Cenobio Canalizo from Michael Jordan’s The Steak House N.Y.C. and Executive Chef Hiro Ishikawa from Shiro of Japan. The lineup also includes performances from Big Apple Circus and “Broadway Hour” performances from hit musicals “Wicked,” “On the Town,” “Finding Neverland,” “Chicago,” “Something Rotten!” and “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder.”

Each evening will feature board games for the public to play, as well as a giant chess board. The relaxed after-work atmosphere will be accompanied by Music Under New York musicians setting the convivial mood. Beer and wine will be available for purchase from select vendors.

*Performances subject to change.

Sep
7
Mon
2015
Between the Seas, New York’s only Mediterranean Performance Festival!
Sep 7 – Sep 13 all-day

Between-the-Seas

Between the Seas, New York’s only Mediterranean Performance Festival! 

September 7-13, 2015

Between the Seas is North America’s only Mediterranean performance festival. Each year, we bring artists from across the Mediterranean -spanning Southern Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa- for a week that showcases the latest in contemporary dance, theatre, and music from these portions of the globe. Between the Seas is a fun, multicultural, and diverse week wherein New York audiences experience new, innovative, and risk taking work that is unlike anything else currently being shown in NYC. 

This year, we have a truly compelling program which includes theatre from Catalonia and Lebanon, flamenco performances, contemporary dance from Italy, and a multidisciplinary performance of live sand art drawing, puppetry and music from Catalonia. Based out of The Wild Project in the heart of the Lower East Side, Between the Seas is the best place in NYC to experience the latest and best from the Mediterranean.

For information on their individual artists, and dates and time, visit them here…

You can purchase tickets at their OvationTix page here…

Oct
4
Sun
2015
2015 NYC – Medieval Festival at Fort Tryon Park
Oct 4 @ 11:30 am – 6:00 pm

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2015 NYC – Medieval Festival

Camelot Returns to Manhattan!

Sunday, October 4, 2015
from 11:30 am – 6:00 pm

Rub the rust off thy armor, iron thy chain mail and polish up on ye chivalry because the 2015 Medieval Festival at Fort Tryon Park is coming up!

Oct
21
Wed
2015
Big Apple Circus’ Returns to Lincoln Center with the World Premiere of THE GRAND TOUR
Oct 21 2015 – Jan 10 2016 all-day

Big Apple Circus

Returns to Lincoln Center with the World Premiere of

The Grand Tour

October 21, 2015 – January 10, 2016

1-Big-Apple-Circus-as-Smart-Object-1New York, NY (August 31, 2015) – Big Apple Circus returns to the Big Top at Lincoln Center for the company’s 38th season with the World Premiere of its all-new show, The Grand Tour! Tickets start at $25, and the show runs from October 21, 2015 to January 10, 2016. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.bigapplecircus.org.

The Grand Tour transports audiences to the Roaring 1920s, the advent of the modern travel era, when the most adventuresome began to tour the world in ships, planes, trains, and automobiles. With every seat less than 50 feet from the stage, audiences will be awed by the world-class entertainers as they perform breathtaking acts from the four corners of the globe. Clowns, jugglers, acrobats, and aerialists from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North and South America appear with ponies, puppies and more; the troupe sets off on their own whirlwind adventure, accompanied by the live, seven-piece Big Apple Circus Band at each of more than 100 performances.

“Awe-Inspiring!”  The New York Times

“There’s no shortage of thrills.Fun for all!”New York Post

“The Finest Up-Close Circus in America.”Variety

“America’s Best Circus for Children”Parents Magazine

Nov
30
Mon
2015
16th Annual Winter’s Eve At Lincoln Square
Nov 30 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

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16th Annual Winter’s Eve At Lincoln Square

Monday, November 30, 2015

From 5:30 – 9:00 pm

Rain, Snow or Shine!

The celebration begins with the lighting of the Upper West Side Holiday Tree in Dante Park at Broadway & 63rd Street and continues along Broadway from Time Warner Center to 68th Street.

Feb
1
Mon
2016
4714: Year of the Monkey – NYC Chinese Lunar New Year Festivities
Feb 1 – Feb 29 all-day

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NYC Chinese Lunar New Year Festivities

4714: Year of the Monkey

Events taking place a numerous locations over this span of time from Lower Manhattan’s Chinatown to the one in Queens and more.

Lion Dances, Performances, Celebrations and other related cultural events available.

Visit this page for a listing of events taking place throughout New York City.

Apr
28
Thu
2016
Shakespeare The Thirteenth Annual WILL-A-THON
Apr 28 – Apr 30 all-day

Shakespeare

The Thirteenth Annual

WILL-A-THON

A 400th Anniversary of His Passing

Bard-Stravaganza!

April 28-30, 2016

The Workshop Theater

Conceived and Directed by Charles E. Gerber

April 28 – Will’s Way, Part II

A night of Scenes, Speeches, and Soliloquies
Showcasing members of Will’s PlayShop

April 29 – For Thy Sweet Love Rememb’red

A night of Sonnets, Scenes, and Songs of Love
Featuring members of Will’s PlayShop

April 30 – Will’s Way, Part II

A night of Scenes, Speeches, and Soliloquies
Showcasing members of Will’s PlayShop

Free Admission – Reservations are a must!

All performances promptly at 7:00 PM

RESERVE FREE SEATS

Cast:

Zack Banks
Mick Bleyer*
Greg Oliver Bodine*
Donte Bonner*
Letty Ferrer*
Charles E. Gerber*
Ken Glickfeld*
Julie Grega
Rebecca Johnson*
Mary Lauren
Natalie Mosco*
J. Warren Weber*

Stage Manager: Charles C. Casano
Lighting: Kim Marie Jones*
Production Manager: Mary Lauren

* Member, Actors’ Equity Association

May
19
Thu
2016
The Drilling Company’s Shakespeare In The Parking Lot Productions 2016
May 19 – Sep 18 all-day
The Drilling Company’s Shakespeare In The Parking Lot Productions 2016

The Drilling Company’s Shakespeare In The Parking Lot Productions

2016 Season in the Parking Lot

The Drilling Company performs free outdoor Shakespeare in the Parking Lot behind The Clemente (Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Educational Center), located at 114 Norfolk Street (east side of Norfolk Street between Delancey and Rivington Streets), just three blocks from the municipal parking lot.

Learn more at the official site…

July 7 TO 24

“MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM”

This production launches their second season in its current location at 114 Norfolk Street.

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July 28 – August 14

“THE MERCHANT OF VENICE”

Continuing this season’s theme of spotlighting powerful women in Shakespeare’s plays, watch what we do with the characters of Portia and Jessica in “The Merchant of Venice.”

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2016 Season – Full Length Plays In Bryant Park

ALL ADMISSION IS FREE.

Show times to all three plays are Thursdays at 9:00 PM, Fridays and Saturdays at 6:30 PM, most Sundays at 2:00 PM (check links here for Sunday schedules).

Bryant Park, bet 5th and 6th Aves. & betw. 40th and 42nd Streets, Manhattan Bryant Par

In 2016, they will present three of William Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies.

May 19 to June 4

“Much Ado About Nothing”
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July 21 to 23

“As You Like It” with music by Natalie Smith

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September 1 to 18

“Measure for Measure”

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May
24
Tue
2016
Shakespeare in the Park 2016
May 24 – Aug 14 all-day

Shakespeare

Shakespeare in the Park 2016

Featuring The Taming of the Shrew & Troilus and Cressida
At The Delacorte Theater in Central Park this Summer!

All performances begin at 8pm

Go below to learn about Ticket Distribution – See Map at Bottom of this Page

Please visit as well the official page for additional details…

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW

by William Shakespeare

May 24 – June 26

Except for May 30, June 6, 15, 16, 20

All performances begin at 8pm

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TROILUS AND CRESSIDA

by William Shakespeare

July 19 – August 14

Except for July 25, August 1, 8

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TWELFTH NIGHT

Details yet to come…

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Tickets

FREE FOR ALL. ALL SUMMER. EVERY SUMMER.

Free tickets also are available in the following ways for every public performance, with seating locations in every section of the theater:

In person at the Delacorte

Downtown at Astor Place

Mobile Ticket Lottery Powered by TodayTix

Through borough distributions

Important Note:

New Yorkled’s Webmaster once got to see the ‘Tempest’ at the Shakespeare Festival within Central Park.

Patrick Stewart had the leading role and it was awesome!

Mind you, even though you definitely need to stand on line for hours to get your free tickets, yours truly never did. We tried once then gave up. BUT, days following our attempt, we happened upon the line to the Delacorte Theater and managed to be the last ones on line and yet, we still got in.
So, you never know!

May
31
Tue
2016
Classical Theatre’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream – 2016
May 31 – Jul 17 all-day

Shakespeare

Classical Theatre

Previously known as ‘Shakespeare on the Run’
2016 Season

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

by William Shakespeare

All performances begin @ 7:00 pm

Please visit as well the official site for additional details…

Central Park

(Enter @ West 103rd St. & Central Park West)
Open Rehearsals: May 9-30  12:00-5:30PM

Tuesday & Wednesday, May 31 & June 1
Thursdays through Sundays, June 2-26

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Nelson A. Rockefeller Park in Battery Park City

(North end of Battery Park City, west of River Terrace)

Wednesday through Saturday, June 29 – July 2

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Prospect Park

(Enter at Grand Army Plaza)

Wednesday through Sunday, July 6 – 10

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Carl Schurz Park

(Enter @ East 86th St.)

Tuesday, July 12
Thursday through Sunday, July 14-17

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Jun
2
Thu
2016
Hudson Warehouse Summer Theater 2016
Jun 2 – Aug 21 all-day
Hudson Warehouse Summer Theater 2016 @ New York | New York | United States

Hudson Warehouse Summer Theater 2016

Join them For their 13th Season of Classical Theater on the North Patio of
The Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument
in Riverside Park – West 89th Street and Riverside Drive
All Performances are Thursday through Sunday Nights at 6:30pm

No tickets necessary! Admission is pay what you can.

Please visit as well the official site for additional details…

Much Ado About Nothing

June 2 – 26, 2016

By William Shakespeare

Directed by
Nicholas Martin-Smith

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Lysistrata:

“Let’s Make America Great Again”

June 30 – July 24, 2016

By Aristophanes

Adapted and Directed by
Susane Lee

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Othello

July 28 – August 21, 2016

By William Shakespeare

Directed by
Nicholas Martin-Smith

Jun
8
Wed
2016
Shakespeare Festival at Inwood Hill Park, 2016
Jun 8 – Jun 25 all-day

Shakespeare

Shakespeare Festival at Inwood Hill Park, 2016

In Inwood Hill Park located in upper Manhattan, produced by the

Moose Hall Theatre Company

Inwood Hill Park Penninsula
Entrances at 218th Street
& Indian Road, NYC
And at Isham Street & Seaman Avenue

“THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA”

June 8 – June 25

Wednesday thru Saturday

“Comedy, love and a bit with a dog, that’s what they want” – Henslow from Shakespeare in Love by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard With William Shakespeare’s 400 anniversary in mind, we’re featuring what many believe to be his earliest play; TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA. See star-crossed lovers, cross-dressing, betrayal, intrigue, clowns and a real dog! . . . Comedy with a pastiche of romance, melancholy and a startling conclusion. Directed by Ted Minos. Technical director/Costumes, Catherine Bruce. Music, Luke St. Francis. Fight choreography, Ray A. Rodriguez. Graphic art, Lee Kaplan. Come and be cheered!

ANNUAL CHILDREN’S CONCERT – CHAMBERLAIN BRASS

Monday, July 18

For 2016 we present CHAMBERLAIN BRASS. Founded in 2010 as a friendly brass chamber music ensemble dedicated to serious brass repertoire. They will demonstrate the instruments for the Children and play a variety of wonderful pieces. Children’s Concert Musical Director Gil Dejean, Co-Producer.

Directions courtesy of the folks at Moose Hall:

Train Directions:

The A Train

  • Take the A train to its terminus at 207th street.
  • Exit the station at the North exit.
  • Come above ground at the intersection of Isham Street and Broadway. An easy landmark is the Church of the Good Shepherd on the corner.
  • Proceed West on Isham Street to its terminus at Seaman Avenue.
  • Cross to the Park side of Seaman Avenue.
  • Proceed North to 214th Street.
  • Take a left and proceed down the hill. This street becomes Indian Road.
  • Proceed to the terminus of Indian Road at 218th Street.
  • Entrance to the park is to the left. Follow the road straight back, cross the bridge, pass the Nature Center on your left.
  • Performance area is on the lawn directly ahead.

The #1 Train

  • Take the #1 Train to 215th Street.
  • Exit the station walk west on 215th Street to its terminus at Broadway.
  • Walk North to 218th Street turn left.
  • Proceed to its terminus, which is the entrance to Inwood Hill Park.
  • Enter the park. Follow the road straight back, cross the bridge, pass the Nature Center on your left.
  • Performance area is on the lawn directly ahead.

By Car

Entrance Inwood Hill Park is 218 and Indian Road and Isham Street & Seaman Avenue.
Northbound- Henry Hudson Parkway
 (9A) (from downtown Manhattan or GW Bridge):
Take the Dyckman Street exit
Turn Left at Broadway (2nd light)
Go to north 218th Street take left
Proceed west until you reach Inwood Hill Park.

Southbound Henry Hudson Parkway (9A):

Take the Dyckman Street exit
Take Left turn at the end of the ramp.
Turn Left at Seaman (2nd lifht)
Proceed north until you reach 218th Street
Take Left at 218th Street
Proceed west until you reach Inwood Hill Park

From Fordham Road/207th Street Bridge:

Take 207th Street to Seaman Avenue
Take Right to 218th Street
Take Left to Inwood Hill Park

BUS

Bx7, Bx20 and M100 to 207th Street & Indian Road

PARKING

Un-metered street parking is available
via fate, faith (any denomination or philosophy) and perseverance.
There are parking facilities in Inwood. Look up parking facilities Inwood NYC on the internet.

 

Jun
29
Wed
2016
Classical Theatre’s The Winter’s Tale
Jun 29 – Aug 14 all-day

Shakespeare

Classical Theatre

Previously known as ‘Shakespeare on the Run’
2016 Season

The Winter’s Tale

by William Shakespeare

All performances begin @ 7:00 pm

Please visit as well the official site for additional details…

The Battery (Battery Park)

(Meet @ Castle Clinton)
Open Rehearsals: June 29-July 17  12:00-5:30pm

Performances:
July 18-August 7, excluding Thursdays

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Brooklyn Bridge Park

(Meet @ Bargemusic on Pier 1)

Performances: August 8-14
No performance Thursday, August 11

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Jul
8
Fri
2016
The Classical Theatre of Harlem’s Performance of MACBETH
Jul 8 – Jul 31 all-day

Classical Theatre of Harlem

The Classical Theatre of Harlem’s Performance of

MACBETH

July 8 – 31, 2016

at the Richard Rodgers Amphitheater at Marcus Garvey Park

(enter the park at 124th Street & Fifth Avenue, and walk south to the venue)

Please visit as well the official site for more details…

Shakespeare

Pre-Curtain Performances at 7pm include:

Friday, July 8 – Jazzmobile
Wednesday, July 13 – Chamber Music Center of NYC
Thursday, July 14 – Young People’s Chorus
Friday, July 15 – Jazzmobile
Saturday, July 30 – CTH’s Project Classics Shakespeare Intensive Presentation

FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

No tickets required. Just arrive at the Amphitheater and select your seats.

Made Possible With Support From:
Parks Department, Ford Foundation, Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone

Additional Support Provided By:
ConEdison; Harlem Community Development Corporation; National Endowment for the Arts; NYC Department of Cultural Affairs; L & N Andreas Foundation ; The Office of Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer; The Offices of NYC Councilmembers Inez Dickens & Mark Levine; Puffin Foundation West; SHS Foundation

Local Business Partners & Sponsors:
Angel of Harlem; Art in FLUX; Barawine; Cheri; Harlem Shake; Land Yoga; Lido; Marcus Garvey Park Alliance; Settepani

at the Richard Rodgers Amphitheater at Marcus Garvey Park (enter the park at 124th Street & Fifth Avenue, and walk south to the venue)

**Please note:
Preview Performances Friday, July 8, and Saturday, July 9
Opening Night Performance Sunday, July 10

 

Sep
18
Sun
2016
2016 NYC – Medieval Festival at Fort Tryon Park
Sep 18 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

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2016 NYC – Medieval Festival

Camelot Returns to Manhattan!

Sunday, September 18, 201 6
from 11:30 am – 6:00 pm

Rub the rust off thy armor, iron thy chain mail and polish up on ye chivalry because the 2015 Medieval Festival at Fort Tryon Park is coming up!

Oct
14
Fri
2016
Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes @ Radio City Music Hall
Oct 14 – Dec 23 all-day

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Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes

Tickets Available from
November 11 – December 23, 2016

Radio City Music Hall (New York, NY)

Purchase Tickets Right Here…

The holidays are better when celebrated together, and you will always remember shared memories of the Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes presented by Chase. Join us for a one-of-a-kind tradition, where iconic Rockettes dance, ice-skaters glide, snowflakes swirl, and the unmistakable spirit of Christmas in New York City comes alive at Radio City in a show for all ages.

Jan
21
Sat
2017
NYC Chinese Lunar New Year Festivities / 4715: Year of the Rooster
Jan 21 – Feb 20 all-day

NYC Chinese Lunar New Year Festivities

4715: Year of the Rooster

January 21st – February 20th

Events taking place a numerous locations over this span of time from Lower Manhattan’s Chinatown to the one in Queens and more.

Lion Dances, Performances, Celebrations and other related cultural events available.

Visit this page for a listing of events taking place throughout New York City.

Apr
24
Mon
2017
Easter Bonnet Competition at the Minskoff Theatre
Apr 24 – Apr 25 all-day

Easter Bonnet Competition at the Minskoff Theatre

Monday, April 24, 4:30 pm
Tuesday, April 25, 2 pm

Minskoff Theatre
200 W 45th St, NYC

Get tickets here….

A spectacular showcase of Broadway’s best performers and beautiful, handcrafted bonnets will celebrate six weeks of fundraising when the 31st annual Easter Bonnet Competition returns this spring.

Performers from Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring companies will share unforgettable original skits, songs and dances, as well as their unique bonnet designs, for two delightful afternoons at the Minskoff Theatre, home to Disney’s The Lion King. Awards will be presented to the best presentation and best bonnet design across both performances and top fundraisers from the preceding six weeks.

The two-day event will be held at 4:30 pm Monday, April 24, and 2 pm Tuesday, April 25.

Casts, crews and volunteers at Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring productions around the country will take their places at theatre exits to accept donations with Broadway Cares’ iconic red buckets in hand, beginning March 10.

Twenty-eight Broadway and Off-Broadway shows have begun their appeals from the stage: Aladdin; Amélie; Avenue Q; Beautiful – The Carole King Musical; The Book of Mormon; A Bronx Tale; Cagney; Cats; Chicago; Dear Evan Hansen; Hamilton; In Transit; Kinky Boots; The Lion King; Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812; On Your Feet!; Paramour; The Phantom of the Opera; The Play That Goes Wrong; The Price; School of Rock – The Musical; Significant Other; Sunday in the Park with George; Sunset Boulevard; Sweat; The View UpStairs; Waitress and Wicked, as well as more than a dozen national tours. Last year, 58 Broadway, Off-Broadway and national tours raised $5.5 million during the Easter Bonnet Competition fundraising.

This year’s special guests and celebrity judges at the April 24 and 25 performances will be announced later this spring.

Jun
18
Sun
2017
Broadway Bares Burlesque Fund-raising Event
Jun 18 all-day

Broadway Bares Burlesque Event

Sunday, June 18, 9:30 pm and midnight

Hammerstein Ballroom
311 West 34th Street, NYC

Visit as well the official page here…

Class will be in session this summer at the only college campus where clothing is optional and bodacious burlesque is always in the curriculum. This year’s theme for Broadway Bares is Strip U, an unrivaled evening of seductive striptease production numbers with an academic twist.

Broadway Bares: Strip U will feature more than 150 of the hottest male and female dancers in New York City sharing their hearts and well-toned bodies with an energetic crowd of thousands. The 90-minute show features Broadway’s most talented movers and shakers in a highly choreographed, highly produced spectacular.

Tickets to this in-demand event are now on sale. Get tickets.

Using the collegiate theme as a jumping off point, Broadway Bares: Strip U combines the winking humor of classic burlesque with today’s pop music to create a truly unparalleled show. Imagine the Broadway Bares take on a science lab exploding with sizzling chemistry or sculpted studs exhibiting model behavior in art class. You could wait to watch highlights online, but there’s nothing like experiencing the live show where anything can happen.

The theme was created and will be directed by Nick Kenkel. Special guests for the evening will be announced later this spring.

Tickets for Broadway Bares range from $50 to $3,000. VIP tickets include unlimited specialty cocktails and exclusive seating. The fabulous “Stripper Spectacular” package includes a premium reserved table seat at either show with specialty cocktails, admission to a private cocktail party at Broadway Bares creator and executive producer Jerry Mitchell’s penthouse apartment and a backstage tour. The “Barest Backstage Insider Experience” includes a premium reserved table seat at the midnight show with specialty cocktails, a pre-show, behind-the-scenes backstage tour and access to the final “undressed” rehearsal the evening of the show. Get tickets.

Donate now to Stripathon, the online fundraising competition among Broadway Bares: Strip U‘s cast and crew.

Broadway Bares was created in 1992 by Mitchell, then a Broadway dancer, as a way to raise awareness and money for those living with HIV/AIDS. In Broadway Bares‘ first year, Mitchell and six of his friends danced on a New York City bar and raised $8,000.

Last year, the event celebrated its 26th edition with a tech-savvy, television-inspired spectacular. Broadway Bares: On Demand, which also was directed by Kenkel,raised $1,482,724. The 26 editions of Broadway Bares have raised more than $15.8 million for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

In addition to presenting sponsor M∙A∙C VIVA Glam, Broadway Bares receives generous support from Broadway Cares corporate partner United Airlines.

Jun
28
Wed
2017
Upcoming Events in our New York City Parks :: June 28 – July 4, 2017
Jun 28 – Jul 4 all-day

Upcoming Events in our New York City Parks :: June 28 – July 4, 2017

Courtesy of the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Farm and Compost Volunteer Days 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. at Queens Botanical Garden, Queens

Central Park Tour: Southern Welcome Tour 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. at Inside the Park at Fifth Avenue and 61st Street, Central Park, Manhattan

Farm Open Hours 3:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. at Queens Botanical Garden, Queens

Evening Group Hike and Trail Run 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. at Greenbelt Nature Center, Blood Root Valley, Staten Island

Keeping Chickens Part 1: Spring and Summer (Brooklyn) 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. at Tranquility Garden, Brooklyn

Dance Fitness in the Park 6:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m. at Wards Picnic Area, Randall’s Island Park, Manhattan

Free African Dance Workout 6:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m. at Target Brooklyn Garden, Brooklyn

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Fitness Walk 9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m. at Fort Totten Front Gate, Fort Totten Park, Queens

Bi-weekly Gardening Club 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. at Stuyvesant Square, Stuyvesant Square, Manhattan

Central Park Tour: The Ramble 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. at Belvedere Castle, Central Park, Manhattan

Tour The Battery 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. at Netherland Monument, The Battery, Manhattan

Kayaking 5:30 p.m.–6:45 p.m. at Pier 2 Dock, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn

Central Park Tour: West Side Evening Stroll 6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. at Central Park Conservancy Kiosk at Merchant’s Gate, Central Park, Manhattan

Outdoor Composting 101 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. at La Plaza Cultural, Manhattan

Friday, June 30, 2017

Central Park Tour: Iconic Views of Central Park 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. at Outside the Dairy Gift Shop, Central Park, Manhattan

Central Park Tour: Legendary Landmarks 2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m. at Belvedere Castle, Central Park, Manhattan

Free Community Rowing at Van Cortlandt Park Lake 4:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m. at South end of lake, Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Bird Walks 8:00 a.m.–9:30 a.m. at Van Cortlandt Nature Center, Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx

Socrates Farmers Market 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. at Socrates Sculpture Park, Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens

Upper River Paddle 9:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m. at 219th Street and Bronx Boulevard, Bronx

Kayaking 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. at Pier 2 Dock, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn

Garden Highlights Walk 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. at Perkins Visitors Center, Wave Hill, Bronx

Central Park Tour: Hallett Nature Sanctuary and the Pond 11:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m. at Sixth Avenue and Central Park South, Central Park, Manhattan

Compost 101 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. at Queens Botanical Garden, Queens

Plover Day 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. at Beach 86th Street and Shorefront Parkway, Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk, Queens

Urban Farm Exploration Day 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. at Urban Farm, Randall’s Island Park, Manhattan

Family Garden Walk 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. at Wave Hill House, Wave Hill, Bronx

Rowing on Prospect Park Lake 12:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. at The Well House, Prospect Park, Brooklyn

Art Exhibition: Flora/Fauna/Feathers of Richmond County 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. at H.H. Biddle House, Conference House Park, Staten Island

Seasonal Garden Tours and Activity Table 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. at Queens Botanical Garden, Queens

Rocking the Boat: Free Community Rowing and Sailing 1:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. at Hunts Point Riverside Park, Hunts Point Riverside Park,

Union Square Park: Crossroads of New York Walking Tour 2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m. at Abraham Lincoln Statue, Union Square Park, Manhattan

Central Park Tour: West Side Stories 2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m. at 81st Street and Central Park West, Central Park, Manhattan

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Early Morning Bird Walk 8:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m. at Audubon Center at the Boathouse, Prospect Park, Brooklyn

Garden Highlights Walk 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. at Perkins Visitors Center, Wave Hill, Bronx

Sunday Tai Chi 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. at Socrates Sculpture Park, Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens

Urban Farm Exploration Day 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. at Urban Farm, Randall’s Island Park, Manhattan

Free Community Rowing at Pier 40 12:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. at Pier 40, Manhattan

Seasonal Garden Tours & Activity Table 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. at Queens Botanical Garden, Queens

Alley Pond Adventure Course: Free Public Sundays 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. at Alley Pond Park Adventure Center, Alley Pond Park, Queens

Kayak Staten Island 2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. at Page Avenue Beach, Staten Island

Monday, July 3, 2017

Central Park Tour: Heart of the Park 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. at East 72nd Street and Fifth Avenue, Central Park, Manhattan

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Fitness Walk 9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m. at Fort Totten Front Gate, Fort Totten Park, Queens

Bi-weekly Gardening Club 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. at Stuyvesant Square, Stuyvesant Square, Manhattan

Garden Highlights Walk 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. at Perkins Visitors Center, Wave Hill, Bronx

Central Park Tour: Northern Forts 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. at Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, Central Park, Manhattan

Painting Nature with the Art Student’s League 2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m. at Woodlawn Playground, Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx

Free Community Rowing at Pier 40 5:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m. at Pier 40, Manhattan

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Jan
24
Wed
2018
MOCA FEST 2018 :: In Celebration of the Lunar New Year
Jan 24 – Mar 3 all-day

Celebrate Lunar New Year At The Museum Of Chinese In America’s

MOCA FEST  2018

Celebration Combines Festivities, History and Culture to Support MOCA’s Education Programs on Chinese American heritage

[New York, NY] January 23, 2018 – The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) announces the launch of MOCA FEST 2018 to welcome the Year of the Dog and the start of year 4716 on the Chinese calendar. From now until March 3, MOCA will feature special Lunar New Year programs, speakers, exhibits, children’s activities, a Family Festival, walking tours of historic Chinatown, exclusive access to MOCA’s Collections, and the return of MOCA’s popular Night Market showcasing cuisine from famed Chinese American chefs.

All proceeds go towards supporting the Museum of Chinese in America, the only national museum in the U.S. dedicated to preserving and honoring the history and achievements of Chinese people in America, and teaching future generations about Chinese American heritage through its educational and outreach programs.

“For anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the historical and cultural foundations behind Lunar New Year, MOCA is the natural destination for finding these answers.

We created MOCA FEST 2018 so that visitors of all ages can better appreciate the

Lunar New Year holiday and what it means to New York City’s Chinatown, the

Chinese American community and the Chinese diaspora as a whole,” said Nancy Yao

Maasbach, president of Museum of Chinese in America. “The funds raised by MOCA FEST 2018 are critically important to sustaining the Museum and its continued efforts to educate the public about the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, its aftermath and its effect on contemporary American society today.”

At MOCA, visitors can experience how food and Lunar New Year tradition converge as Auntie Tina Yao, cooking author and founder of DIY Lucky Dumplings, teaches how to make your own dumplings on Saturday Jan. 27. MOCA’s Tastes of Lunar New Year walking tours will take visitors to culinary hotspots in Chinatown on Sunday Feb. 11 and Saturday Feb. 24.

MOCA’s popular Night Market returns on Thursday Feb. 1 and will be hosted by Kian Lam Kho, founder of the Red Cook blog on Chinese home style cooking, and cocurator of MOCA’s critically acclaimed exhibition Sour, Sweet, Bitter, Spicy: Stories of Chinese Food and Identity in America. From 7pm to 10pm, the Museum will be transformed into a night market, with food, drinks, live music and performances. Guests will have the opportunity to meet the chefs and taste special culinary creations from restaurants including Nom Wah, East Wind Snack Shop, Red Egg, Taiwan Bear House and Mr Bing. Individual tickets to the Night Market are $100 general admission and $88 for MOCA members. To purchase tickets, visit www.mocanyc.org or contact Gee-Wey Yue at 917.484.4152.

MOCA FEST 2018 also marks the official kickoff of MOCA’s Mission Possible speaker series for the year, with:

  • Acclaimed author Gish Jen discussing her latest book The Girl at the Baggage Claim (book signing afterward) on Wednesday Jan. 24;
  • Betty Wong Ortiz sharing her experience as the first female editor in chief of Runner’s World magazine on Wednesday Jan. 31; and
  • David Liu and Carley Roney, co-founders of NYSE-listed wedding, home and family media company XO Group (formerly The Knot) sharing the joys and challenges of being husband-and-wife entrepreneurs on Thursday Feb. 22.

MOCA’s Collections and Research Center at 70 Mulberry Street invites the public to an exclusive behind-the-scenes Open House from 6:30pm to 8:30pm on Thursday Jan. 25. The evening will include a look at artifacts not available to the public and a Letters Alive performance reading in Mandarin and English of historical letters in our archive written to Chinese American immigrants by their loved ones left behind in China.

Families can enjoy a special exhibit The Lions of Lunar New Year showcasing the history and craftsmanship behind traditional Chinese lion heads, and liven up MOCA in our annual Museum Makeover on Saturday Feb. 3, when they can make their own handmade decorations that will be displayed until our Lunar New Year Family Festival on Saturday Feb. 17.

MOCA’s celebration of the Lunar New Year will culminate with a Lunar New Year

Ball, one of the Museum’s most important and intimate fundraisers of the year, at China Blue in Tribeca. On Wednesday Feb. 28, guests will enjoy an authentic

Shanghainese banquet served in a vintage 1930s Shanghai setting with live music. Tickets to the ball are: Jade Table of 12 guests is $12,000.00; Gold Table of 6 guests is $6,000.00; and Ruby Ticket for 1 person is $1,000. To purchase tickets, visit www.mocanyc.org or contact Gee-Wey Yue at 917.484.4152.

All event ticket prices include admission to MOCA and its critically acclaimed exhibition Fold: Golden Venture Paper Sculptures, which tells the story of the passengers of the Golden Venture, a ship carrying 286 undocumented Chinese immigrants that ran aground in New York City in 1993. Selected from MOCA’s collection, over 40 sculptures collectively created by the immigrants during their multiyear detention in prison is on display until March 25, 2018.

About the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)

The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) aims to engage audiences in an ongoing and historical dialogue, in which people of all backgrounds are able to see American history through a critical perspective, to reflect on their own experiences, and to make meaningful connections between: the past and the present, the global and the local, themselves and others.

Hours:

Monday – Closed

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday – 11am-6pm

Thursday – 11am-9pm

MOCA First Free Thursdays: Free gallery admission on the first Thursday of each month

 

Admission:

General Admission: $10.00

MOCA Members: Free

Seniors (65+ with ID), Students (with school ID), Children 2 and up: $5 Cool Culture Families: Free 

Apr
7
Sat
2018
Prospect Park Opening Weekend
Apr 7 – Apr 8 all-day
Prospect Park Opening Weekend @ New York | United States

Prospect Park Opening Weekend

April 7 – 8, 2018

On April 7 + 8, Prospect Park Alliance kicks off the start of spring with a full weekend of special events and activities! Enjoy an Opening Day Parade and Fair, an 1860s-style ballgame, a scavenger hunt, a campfire conversation, Smorgasburg Prospect Park and more!

Sponsored in part by NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital; Media Partner: Brownstoner.

The following listing is borrowed from the Prospect Park page at Facebook. Please be sure to check back over there for any updates. Keep in mind, as well, their official site here…

Saturday, April 7

Opening Weekend Family Yoga
Saturday, April 7, 8:30-9:30 am
Free, advanced registration required.
Join the Alliance and Bend + Bloom Yoga for this free family yoga class. Located in the historic Picnic House, young yogis and their families can take in stunning views of the Prospect Park Long Meadow while Bend + Bloom’s experienced instructors lead a fun and interactive class all ages will enjoy. Participants should bring their own mats. Please note: capacity is limited and paper tickets will be required for each participant. Please RSVP for yourself, your child and any other family members who wish to attend. Open to children under 12 accompanied by at least one adult.

Opening Weekend Baseball Parade + 1860s Exhibition Baseball Game
10 am–2 pm, Free
Long Meadow Ball Field 1 I Map It
Join Prospect Park Alliance and the Prospect Park Baseball Association for this beloved community event. Over 1,000 youth league players will parade down 7th Avenue in Park Slope, led by local marching bands and civic leaders, to the Long Meadow Ball Fields, where ceremonial first pitches will be thrown to start the season. Starting at 11 am, enjoy an 1860s exhibition game with the Brooklyn Atlantics, bedecked in historic uniforms and gear.

Prospect Park Alliance Opening Weekend Fair
11 am–3 pm, Free
Bartel-Pritchard Entrance I Map It
After the Opening Day Parade, join the Alliance and community partners for music, activities and food the whole family will enjoy.

Prospect Park Grillout at Greenmarket
11 am–1 pm, Free
Grand Army Plaza I Map It
Join Prospect Park Alliance and GrowNYC as we celebrate spring with a grill out of meats and veggies sourced from Greenmarket farmers.

Prospect Park Running History Tour
11 am–12 pm
Free, advance registration required.
Join New York Road Runners and Prospect Park Alliance to experience the Park’s history at a comfortable pace (10 min/mile) that will allow for plenty of photo ops and questions along the way.

Prospect Park Scavenger Hunt
12–3 pm
Free, advance registration required. Please RSVP once per team; with 4 people max per team.
Join Prospect Park Alliance and Urban Archive for an historical scavenger hunt of Prospect Park in celebration of Opening Weekend! Participants of all ages can join as a team or individuals, and explore this 151-year-old Park, locating historic landmarks and racking up points. Participants will need at least 1 team member with an iPhone (iOS 10.0+) and the Urban Archive App. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams!

Introduction to Bird Watching
12–1 pm
Prospect Park Audubon Center, Free
Join Prospect Park Alliance and the Brooklyn Bird Club for a birdwatching walk in Prospect Park. Learn about Prospect Park’s magnificent array of birds and how to identify them! Please note tour leaves promptly at noon.

Campfire Conversations: Opening Weekend Open Mic
Saturday, April 7, 7–8 pm, $3 Suggested Donation
Lefferts Historic House I Map It
Prospect Park Alliance and the Brooklyn Public Library present Campfire Conversations, a series of readings and talks set around an outdoor campfire, complete with music and refreshments. Bring your poetry or music to share for our first Open Mic night, in partnership with Urban Word NYC. Sign up for a 3-minute slot, available on a first come, first served basis. MC to be announced.

Sunday, April 8

Early Morning Bird Walk
8 am–9 am​, Free
Audubon Center
Join Prospect Park Alliance to welcome the earliest migrants of the year, and to say goodbye to some of our winter residents. This birdwatching tour is led by the Brooklyn Bird Club and leaves promptly at 8 am.

Opening Weekend Fun Run
9 am–10 am
Free, advance registration required.
Join Prospect Park Alliance and the Prospect Park Track Club for a celebratory run through Brooklyn’s Backyard! The route will spell out “Park” in honor of Prospect Park’s Opening Weekend.

Prospect Park History Walking Tour
Sunday, April 8, 10:30 am–12:30 pm
$20 for adults, $18 for seniors, $10 for children
Advance registration required.
Join Prospect Park Alliance and Turnstile Tours for a special guided walking tour of this iconic park in the heart of Brooklyn, which will examine the Park’s many layers of natural and human history, from the flora and geology to the architectural eras visible in the built environment.

Smorgasburg Prospect Park
11 am–6 pm
Breeze Hill I Map It
Ring in spring with a visit to Smorgasburg Prospect Park, the celebrated open-air food market. On Sundays from April through October, over 100 local and regional food purveyors will gather on Breeze Hill to offer a range of cuisines.

All Weekend

Nature Exploration
Saturday + Sunday, 10 am–1 pm, Free
Prospect Park Audubon Center I Map It
Celebrate the season opening of the Prospect Park Audubon Center! Join the Prospect Park Alliance for nature education programs at the Prospect Park Audubon Center, the first urban Audubon Center in the nation. Activities include Animal Encounters (11 am–12 pm), where you can learn more about the animals in the Center’s collection; and Nature’s Helpers (12–1 pm), where you can help the Alliance clean up the lakeshore. Families are also invited to check out a free Discovery Pack, ready-to-go kits filled with nature activities for families.

Spring Planting 
Saturday + Sunday, 1–4 pm, $3 Suggested Donation
Lefferts Historic House I Map It
It’s time for spring planting. Join Prospect Park Alliance to celebrate the start of spring at Lefferts Historic House! Help plant our annual flax crop, then make a small newspaper pot, fill it with soil and plant some seeds to take home.

Ice Skating Fun
Saturday, 12–9 pm + Sunday, 12–5 pm
$10 Admission; $7 Skate Rentals
LeFrak Center at Lakeside I Map It
Last chance to hit the ice! Come out to the LeFrak Center at Lakeside for this final weekend of ice skating before the rink closes for the season.

Carousel Rides 
Saturday + Sunday, 12–5 pm
$2 per ride; ​$2 per ride; Free with Alliance Family Supporter membership.
What better way to enjoy the start of spring then with a spin on the Park’s historic 1912 Carousel, featuring hand-painted horses, a lion, a giraffe, a deer and two dragon-pulled chariots.

Prospect Park Zoo 
Saturday + Sunday, 11 am–4 pm
Children under 12 free; Adults, $8; Seniors (65+), $6
Prospect Park Zoo is home to nearly 400 animals of more than 100 species. Kids will be amazed by close-up views of some of the wild’s most unusual animals. For Opening Weekend, all children 12 and under can visit for free!

May
19
Sun
2019
Imagine Ellis Island Arts Festival :: NAI-NI CHEN DANCE COMPANY 
May 19 all-day

NAI-NI CHEN DANCE COMPANY

in partnership with the NATIONAL PARK SERVICE

Presents the Fourth

Imagine Ellis Island Arts Festival

In Celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 12 noon

The National Park Service in partnership with Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company presents the Ellis Island Asian American Heritage Festival on Sunday, May 19, 2019, with ceremony and performances starting at 12 noon at The Great Hall of Immigration at Ellis Island, located on the second floor of the main Ellis Island building. A full schedule of performances of one hour by nationally renowned artists and performers will celebrate the 2019 Asian American Heritage Month with the National Park Service.  The festival will showcase traditional and contemporary Asian American Music and Dance, with notable performing artists from the community in New York and New Jersey including the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, Kindling Sindaw (Philipines), Vietnam Heritage Center, the Kalagangothri Foundation (India), and Hālau Hula O Na Mele ‘Āina O Hawaii'(Hawaii).

This year, Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, will perform the opening Dragon Dance, the ending Lion Dance as well as two new, contemporary works that reflect the immigrant identity of the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company. The Kalagangothri Foundation will feature Guru Akhilandeshwari .V and Chetan Hebbar  performing Indian Classical Dance Nectar ; Kindling Sindaw  will perform Dances from Indigenous Southern Philippines; and Hālau Hula O Na Mele ‘Āina O Hawaii’ will perform traditional and contemporary Hula.

No admission ticket is required for the event. However, audience members must take a ferry to Ellis Island for the festival.  Ferry tickets are available for purchase at Statue Cruises in Castle Clinton in Manhattan in Battery Park, and in the Liberty State Park of Jersey City, NJ or online at www.statuecruises.com.

Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company

A blossom of color, energy and motion, “like endlessly proliferating forces of cosmic energy,” says the New York Times.

Bringing the dynamic freedom of American modern dance together with the elegant splendor of Asian art, the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company is one of the most visible Asian American dance companies in America. Ms. Chen’s unique choreography transports audiences beyond cultural boundaries to the common ground between tradition and innovation, discipline and freedom, and form and spirit.

Since its inception in 1988, the company has earned a broad base of public support and has toured extensively to major performing arts centers throughout more than thirty states. Presented by some of the most prestigious concert halls in the United States, from the Joyce Theater in New York to the Ordway Center in Minnesota and the Cerritos Center in California, the Company has mounted more than twenty national tours and nine tours abroad. Ms. Chen’s work has been presented by such acclaimed international festivals as the Silesian International Contemporary Dance Festival and the Konfrontations International Dance Festival, both in Poland, the Chang Mu International Arts Festival in Korea and the Meet in Beijing International Arts Festival. The Company was also honored by a distinctive grant award from both the President’s Committee on Arts and Humanities and the Department of State to represent the United States in a seven-city tour arranged by the Tamaulipas International Arts Festival in Mexico. Also, the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company has the unique honor of having received more than fifteen awards from the  National Endowment for the Arts and numerous Citations of Excellence and grants from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

In addition to its extensive season of touring and performing, the company has developed Arts in Education residency programs in school districts to bring culture and arts into educational settings. It’s colorful and engaging in-school assembly program “The Art of Chinese Dance” has been presented in hundreds of schools in NJ, NY, CT and PA, reaching hundreds of thousands of youth. The Company is currently in-residence at New Jersey City University and assisting NJCU in the development of a new BFA in Dance.

For additional Company information, visit our website, www.nainichen.org; write to Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, P.O. Box 1121, Fort Lee, NJ 07024; or call (800) 650-0246.

Luana Haraguch and Hālau Hula O Na Mele ‘Āina O Hawaii’

Halau Hula O Na Mele Aina O Hawaii first opened its doors in New York City in May 1968 under the guidance of Luana Haraguchi, where Haraguchi would hold hula classes in her studio apartment in the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The halau was given its name from her teacher, Iolani Luahine. From its small roots flourished a group that comprised of dedicated students who were interested in learning hula and Hawaiian traditions.

The halau practices the traditional style of hula and protocols. The ancient style of hula, known as the kahiko and the modern style, known as auana, are both taught by Haraguchi. Haraguchi also emphasizes the learning of the chant, or `oli of each dance that is learned.

Kalagangothri Foundation

‘Kala’ meaning Art and ‘Gangothri’ meaning the Birth place of sacred river Ganges. Art take its birth in the creative minds of the people leading to happier world. Kalagangothri Foundation works on the objective of creating Happier Mind = Happier World by inspiring young talents into the divine art ‘Bharthanataya’ – Indian Classical Dance. This knowledge of divine art  imbibes Love, Peace and Humanity among the younger generation. In the year 2005, Akhilandeshwari and Chetan Hebbar renowned Bharthanatya artists established a Dance Company “Kalagangothri” at Mysore the cultural capital of Karnataka, India and run their company in India & US for the purpose of propagation of Knowledge of this Ancient Art & Culture – ‘Bharthanataya’.

Kalagangothri Foundation, belives that artistic and cultural activities are essential components of a healthy and vibrant communities. We are committed to our role as a catalyst for change and greater impact through dedicated art education which we serve.

Kalagangothri Foundation believes that the arts are a human right and should be available to all without regard to age, location and socioeconomic status. Access to a spectrum of artistic expressions and cultural experiences is crucial to the development of healthy communities and contributes to the overall academic achievement and social well-being of our younger population. Kalagangothri embodies artistic excellence and foster cultural participation in order to amplify the voice of young aspiring talents.

Kinding Sindaw

The cultures, traditions and existence of the indigenous peoples of the Philippines are threatened by corporate development. Because they have been subjected to systematic discrimination and political disenfranchisement, their cultures have been viewed as inferior, primitive, irrelevant, or something to be eradicated and transformed. Through art, theater, and cultural workshops and classes, Kinding Sindaw seeks to assert, reclaim, recreate, and preserve indigenous Philippine culture and traditions, and shows workshop participants its richness, vibrancy and significance to current and future generations.

Through the use of movements and musical training taught by Potri Ranka Manis and other tradition-bearers, interspersed with lectures about the historical significance of the music and movements, as well as integrated theater arts workshops, participants internalizes the indigenous experience. These workshops are targeted to a broad audience, who wants to develop both artistic skill, and take advantage of educational opportunities of learning an ancient culture. These workshops also develop artists as advocates and leaders in their communities.

Instructors include Potri Ranka Manis, Diane Camino, Rose Yapching, Amira Roca, Guro Frank Ortega, and Nonilon Queano. Potri Ranka Manis, founder and artistic director, have extensively learned directly from indigenous communities, and is from the Maranao tribe, herself. Rose Yapching, Diance Camino, and Amira Roca are all Dance Captains, with extensive training and experience. Nonilon Queano is a master musician, in both drums and kulintang. Guro Frank Ortega who is a martial arts instructor.

May
26
Sun
2019
Passport to Taiwan Festival 2019
May 26 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Passport to Taiwan Festival 2019

Sunday, May 26
12:00 – 5:00 pm

Union Square North

A week celebrating Taiwanese American Heritage.

You can expect thousands to attend and join in on the festivities.

On hand will be authentic food, culture and music from Taiwan.

Also, get set to enjoy Stage Performances, Food Adventures, and much more!

Have a look at some of these Youtube videos featuring past occurrences of this festival from past years.

Visit the official site here…

Passport to Taiwan Festival as posted by Vision Times

Passport to Taiwan Festival 2017 as posted by p2twnyc