Around NYC Today (5/17) Pole Play, Ray Mantilla, Bomb Shelter Comedy, Capoeira


Pole Play, DROM – East Village, 7pm – 10pm

Pole Play comes to DROM for one night only. Enjoy ten of New York City’s best pole dancers in this sultry and acrobatic show. $10.

Out of Line: MELT by James Scruggs, On the High Line at 14th Street, 9pm – 10pm

Don’t miss this somewhat-satirical and very timely performance exploring race, gender, and social justice in a not-too-distant possible future by the outstanding creator of “3/Fifths.” It’s May 17, 2060. The 17th Annual Post Racial America Day Rally. White people in America have been the minority for 17 years. The mixed race, gender fluid President of the United States, who refuses to disclose birth gender, speaks: “America is the great melting pot…MELT!”

The Mejerchold Twins, Goddard Riverside’s Bernie Wohl Center – UES, 8pm – 9pm

The Mejerchold Twins are two distinctly different siblings who continue an eternal struggle for domination on the cabaret stage and in real life. This is a comedy-musical blend rooted in Vaudeville, variety shows and revues.

Mekong NYC Spring Recital, Poe Park Visitor Center – Bronx, 4:30pm – 6:30pm

Mekong NYC Spring Music Recital features performances from students of Mekong NYC’s Dan Tranh (Vietnamese Zither) Class. Food and refreshments will be served. Free.

“Focus Up” Where Hip Hop and Reality Meet, Pelham Fritz Recreation Center in Marcus Garvey Park – Harlem, 6pm – 8pm

This forum will discuss how music, literature and film affect youth in the present day and age, dissecting the three forms of entertainment in which messages are hidden. Free.



Richard Papiercuts, Lame Drivers, Kitchen, Coney Island Baby – East Village, 7pm, $10.

Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio, Harlem Stage Gatehouse, 7:30pm, Free, RSVP by calling 212-281-9240 ext. 19 or 20.

Tonya Harding, Desert Sharks, The Loneliers, The Values, Sunnyvale – Brooklyn, 8:30pm, $8 – $10.

Darlin Darlin, Stephen Karl & Handsome Animals , Swimming Bell, The Safari Room at El Cortez – Brooklyn, 7:30pm, $10.

Ray Mantilla, Hansborough Recreation Center – Harlem, 1pm, Free, RSVP.



Bomb Shelter Comedy w/ Dana Moon (Netflix, FOX, MTV), Barry Ferns (The Malcom Hardee Award, Angel Comedy Club), Joseph Vecsey (AXS TV, Caroline’s on Broadway), Gianmarco Soresi (TBS, Caroline’s on Broadway), Sheba Mason (Artie Lang Show, Broadway Comedy Club), Jeff Cerulli (NBC, VH1, MTV), Erik Bransteen (FOX, TimeOut NY), Matt Azark (Cart Talk Podcast), The Gaf West – Midtown West, 8pm, Free, RSVP.

On a Lighter Note w/ Meg Cupernall (Carolines / Gotham), Calvin Cato (GSN), Omar Shaukat (HBO’s “Crashing”), Myka Fox (Funny or Die), Matt Koff (Daily Show), Halyards – Brooklyn, 8pm, Free, RSVP.

Casual Town w/ Solomon Georgio (Conan), Samantha Ruddy (NY Comedy Festival) Tom Thakkar (Conan), Andy Haynes (Comedy Central Half Hour), Sing Sing Ave. A – East Village, 7pm, $5.



Bryant Park Tai Chi, Fountain Terrace – Bryant Park, Every Tuesday and Thursday until Sept. 27, 7:30am – 8:30am, Free.

Bryant Park Spring Birding Tours, Meet at Helskell Plaza in Bryant Park, Every Monday until June 4, 8am – 9am, Free.

Fitness Walk, Fort Totten Front Gate in Fort Totten Park – Queens, Every Tuesday and Thursday until Nov. 1, 9am – 10am, Free.

Tour the Battery, Netherland Monument in The Battery, Every Thursday until Oct. 25, 1pm – 2pm, Free.

Arsenal Gallery Exhibition – 1978: The NYC Parks/New York Times Photo Project, Arsenal in Central Park, Every weekday until June 14, 6pm – 8pm. Free.

Summer on the Hudson: Yoga Flow, Lawn at 74th Street in Riverside Park South, Every Thursday until Oct. 25, 6:30pm – 7:30pm, Free.

Capoeira Class, Lawn east of Memorial Grove in Van Cortlandt Park – Bronx, Every Thursday until June 28, 6:30pm – 8pm, Free.

Yoga in the Park, East River Picnic Area in Randall’s Island Park, Every Thursday until Sept. 13, 6:30pm – 7:30pm, Free.


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