Around NYC Today (6/1) Summer Dance-A-Thon, #TotallyPublicKaraoke, Literati


ECOPOETIC Dance Performance, Washington Square Park, 6:30pm – 7:30pm

ECOPOETIC is a free site-specific performing arts event that expresses the Laban dance community’s desire to collaborate in taking care of the planet we share with millions of species, through artistic practices that cultivate meaningful relationships and create exciting and healthier livable places. The event has been conceived as a multi-centered spatial structure formed by interconnected spots, presenting simultaneous performances throughout the Washington Square Park/Garibaldi Plaza, highlighting its paths, spaces, and species, and inviting people to enjoy art as part of their everyday life. Free.

Movies Under the Stars: Black Panther Movie Screening and Wakanda Fashion Show, Richard Rodgers Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park – Harlem, 6pm – 10:30pm

Come early. Before this screening, in partnership with ImageNation, there will be a Wakanda Style Fashion Show, music, live African drumming, and more activities related to the movie. Free.

#TotallyPublicKaraoke, Pier I in Riverside Park South – UWS, 6pm – 10pm

Amaze the crowd when you rock the mic at #TotallyPublicKaraoke nights. Bring your friends, your voice, and your courage. Sign-ups are required and close between 8:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. depending on attendance. One song per person/group. Free.

Bryant Park Shakespeare – A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Bryant Park Lawn, 7pm – 9pm

This event is a full production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, produced by The Drilling Company. A familiar sight – a romantic Bryant Park wedding – develops into a modern-day twist on Shakespeare’s classic comedy, full of madcap revelry and literary fantasy. Free.

Introduction to Meditation, Pats Lawn in Inwood Hill Park (W. 218th St. and Indian Road), 7am – 7:45am

This class is designed to introduce brand new beginners to the practice of mediation. Bring a mat or blanket for the session. Free.

Literati: A Comedy Show About Books and the Idiots Who Write Them, Caveat – LES, 8:30pm – 10pm

Literati is a night of comedians in character performing hilarious readings. Sophisticated, satirical, and sometimes wigs. Do you ever leave a comedy show saying “Hmm that was pretty funny but not enough reading.” Well then this is the show for you. Featuring guests Lynn Brunelle (Emmy Award-winning writer for Bill Nye the Science Guy), Julio Torres (SNL), Ariel Dumas (The Late Show with Stephen Colbert), Ayo Edebiri (The Rundown with Robin Thede), Hosted by Colin O’Brien (JFL New Faces) and Becky Chicoine (Reductress). $8 – $10.

Studio 351 Summer Dance-A-Thon, J. Hood Wright Recreation Center in J. Hood Wright Park (351 Fort Washington Avenue) – Washington Heights, 5:30pm – 8:30pm

Celebrate Black Music Month in the Heights with songs from the 70’s and 80’s. Last person standing wins a prize. Free.

Bryant Park Fencing, Fifth Avenue Terrace in Bryant Park – Midtown, 1:30pm – 2:30pm

Learn the basics with masters from Manhattan Fencing Center. You must be 16 years old or older to participate. Registration is required at Free.

Family and Friends Day, Pelham Fritz Recreation Center in Marcus Garvey Park – Harlem, 10am – 3pm

Pelham Fritz is hosting an outdoor event. Activities will include a live DJ, games for children, fitness classes, line dance, aerobics, painting classes a quilt show and more. Free.

Checkers Tournament, Tony Dapolito Recreation Center – Greenwich Village, 10am – 1pm

Showcase your checkers skills by competing against other New Yorkers in 1 on 1 play. RSVP by emailing and Free.



Halsey, Rumsey Playfield in Central Park (via the 72nd Street entrance on Fifth Avenue), 7am, Free.

Annie Hart, Domino Kirke, Gussie, Alphaville – Brooklyn, 8pm, $10.

Umru, Ella Hu$$le, Chase Jam, Niros & Holt, Brooklyn Bazaar, 10pm, Free.

.Atlas, Johnny Petrop, Michael From The East, Brenden, TheHittList, Coyote Lee, RIZR, Champ Beatz, Mio Soul, Seven AM, Rocket Jackson, Vada, Brooklyn Bazaar, 7pm, $10 – $15.

Field trip (single release show), Ghost King, Clara Joy, Marinara, Brooklyn Bazaar, 8pm, $10.

Say She She, On High, C’mon Everybody – Brooklyn, 8pm, $10.

Somos Unidos, Monsignor Del Valle Square – Bronx, 4:30pm, Free.

Sue Maskaleris, Upper Terrace in Bryant Park, 12:30pm, Free.



Coast2Coast Comedy w/ Stacy Kendro (The Comedy Cove), Mara Marek (Happy Never Ever Podcast), Phil from Chico (Sirius XM), Brett Schmidt (The Not So Late Show), Teresa Wyckoff (The He and She Show), Josh Darsky (The Open Mic Tour), Karma – East Village, 7pm, Free.



Thor: Ragnarok, Willowbrook Park Archery Range in Willowbrook Park – Staten Island, 8pm, Free.

Paddington, Rory Staunton Field (79th Street and 34th Avenue) – Queens, 8pm, Free.

Stonewall, McCarren Park Pool Deck in McCarren Park – Brooklyn, 8:30pm, Free.

Le Grand Restaurant, Cedar Hill in Central Park, 8:30pm, Free.

The Lego Ninjago Movie, Leif Ericson Park – Brooklyn, 8:30pm, Free.



Yoga, Hockey Rink in Little Bay Park – Queens, Every Friday until June 29, 10am – 11am, Free.

Arsenal Gallery Exhibition – 1978: The NYC Parks/New York Times Photo Project, Arsenal in Central Park, Every weekday until June 14, 9am – 5pm. Free.

Central Park Tour: Heart of the Park, East 72nd Street and Fifth Avenue – UES, Every day except Wednesday until June 30, 2pm – 3:30pm, Free.


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