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

THINGS TO DO

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.

 

MUSIC

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.

 

COMEDY

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.

 

ONGOING

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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Around NYC Today (5/16) House of Vogue, The Space Between Us, Told You So

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House of Vogue, House of Yes – Brooklyn, 10pm – 4am

Vogue Balls are spaces for queer and trans people of color. It has its roots in the historically marginalized urban black and Latino gay and trans communities. Featuring DJ Mike Q and guests. $10 – $15.

Bryant Park Author Talk: Olympic Sailor Kevin Hall, Reading Room in Bryant Park, 12:30pm – 1:45pm

Hear bestselling author Mary Pilon in conversation with Olympic sailor Kevin Hall and his wife Amanda Hall on her new book The Kevin Show: An Olympic Athlete’s Battle with Mental Illness. Get the inside scoop on the author’s work, then stick around and get your book signed.

Bryant Park Dance Party, Fountain Terrace in Bryant Park, 6pm – 8:30pm

Dance Party, hosted and produced by Talia Castro-Pozo, features superb bands and expert dance instruction. Each week, the event will switch between genres such as salsa, bhangra and swing. Free.

High Line Design Tour, High Line – Chelsea, 6pm – 7:15pm

Get an insider’s look at the unique design elements of the High Line and the notable architecture in the neighborhood with Patrick Hazari, Friends of the High Line Director of Design and Construction. Learn about the behind-the-scenes work that led to the development of the High Line and its impact locally and worldwide. Free. RSVP.

 

MUSIC

Headlines, Doll Baby, Bat Boy, Nevva, Alphaville – Brooklyn, 8pm, $8 – $10.

Sodium Beast, Colatura, Oceanator, Our Wicked Lady – Brooklyn, 8pm, $10.

Mad Diesel, REPLICANT, Sick Shit, Deject, Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, 7pm, $10.

Young Bugs, Doug Berns Band, Lizzie and The Makers, Orissa, Bowery Electric – LES, 7:30pm, $8 – $10.

Ellen & The Degenerates, The Up! Up! Ups!, Nevous Triggers, The Safari Room at El Cortez – Brooklyn, 7pm, $10.

 

COMEDY

Comedians You Should Know w/ Liza Treyger (Comedy Central), Jo Firestone (Fallon), Tyler Fischer (NBC), Emily Winter (Sirius XM), Jake Head (Fox), Kara Klenk (MTV), Hosted by Jeff Steinbrunner, The Gutter – Brooklyn, 8:30pm, $5.

The Fancy Show w/ Cyrus McQueen (Last Comic Standing), Dave Merheje (Just for Laughs Montreal), Katie Hannigan (College Humor), Charlie Bury (Bridgetown Comedy Festival), Joel Kim Booster (Conan), Hosted by Lane Pieschel, The Douglass – Brooklyn, 8:30pm, Free, RSVP.

Told You So w/ Roy Wood Jr. (The Daily Show), Dulce Sloan (The Daily Show), Josef Anolin, Erik Bergstrom (The Late Show), Carmen Lagala (Creek Bros), Kelly MacFarland (Last Comic Standing), Max and Nicky Weinbach (Vintage Basement), Zinc Bar – West Village, 7:30pm, $5.

 

FILM

The Space Between Us, Tecumseh Playground – UWS, 7:30pm, Free.

 

ONGOING

Fitness Boot Camp, Hudson Park Fountains in Hudson Park, Every Wednesday until Sept. 26, 6:30am – 7:30am, 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.

Zumba, Hockey Rink in Little Bay Park – Queens, Every Wednesday until July 25, 6:30pm – 7:30pm, Free.

 

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Around NYC Today (5/15) Bryant Park Poetry, Dirty Little Secrets Improv Show

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Bryant Park Poetry, Reading Room – Bryant Park, 7pm – 8:30pm

Sit under the park’s London Plane trees and enjoy award-winning poetry by established and emerging poets throughout the summer. Featuring poets Amy Barone, Nausheen Eusuf, Jerome Sala and Daryl Sznyter. Free.

Stargazing, The High Line at 14th Street – Chelsea, 6:45pm – 9:30pm

Head to the High Line for a walk along the park and a chance to take a closer look at the stars. Peer through high-powered telescopes provided by members of the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York to see rare celestial sights. Free.

Dirty Little Secrets Improv Show, Niagara – East Village, May 15 (Tues.), 7:30pm – 9pm

Have an urge to get something off your chest but don’t feel comfortable paying $100 an hour for therapy? Anonymously divulge your secrets and watch a group of improvisers play with your deepest darkest truths onstage. This show is a mix of short-form and long-form improv inspired by your secrets (be they dirty, clean, little or big – don’t let the title pigeonhole you). $6.

Angela’s Wars, Casa Italiana New York University – Greenwich Village, 8pm – 9:30pm

This is the story of four Italian women during World War I, all named Angela. Donation.

 

MUSIC

UV Rays, Fovea, Sharkswimmer, Plight, Alphaville – Brooklyn, 8pm, $8.

Ghostly Times, Clone Wolf, Mercury Lounge – LES, 9:30pm, $10.

 

COMEDY

Comedy at the Corner w/ Neko White (Montreal’s Just For Laughs), Alyssa Limperis (Conde Nast’s The Scene), Kenice Mobley (Women in Comedy Festival), Alexander Payne (Uninspired Comedy Show), Tom Cassidy (Boston Comedy Festival), Keenan Steiner (NY Comedy Festival), Hosted by Thiago Macklin, Hungry Ghost – Brooklyn, 8pm, Free, RSVP.

The Uncanny Valley w/ Joyelle Nicole Johnson (Comedy Cellar), Robyn Schall (Live at Gotham), Corinne Fisher (Guys We F*cked), Luke Mones (Skootch Comedy), David Tveite (Last Comic Standing), Kendall Farrell (Vermont’s Funniest Comedian), Hosted by: Amber Rollo and Danny Felts, Musical act Rebecca Vigil (Netflix), Hell Phone – Brooklyn, 8pm, Free, RSVP.

 

ONGOING

Morning Fitness, Fort Tryon Park (Inwood), Every Tuesday and Thursday until Dec. 31, 7:30am – 8:30am, Free.

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

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

Central Park Tour: Southern Welcome Tour, Inside the Park at Fifth Avenue and 61st Street – Midtown, Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday until May 15, 2pm – 3pm, 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: Riverside HIIT, Terrace at 108th Street – Riverside Park, Every Tuesday until Oct. 30, 6:30pm – 7:15pm, Free.

Yoga in the Park, Sunken Meadow Picnic Area in Randall’s Island Park, Every Tuesday until Sept. 11, 6:30pm – 7:30pm, Free.

 

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Around NYC Today (5/14) Opera at Bryant Park, Come You Back to Manila Bay

THINGS TO DO

Come You Back to Maynila Bay, 384 Broadway – Tribeca, 2pm

Come You Back to Maynila Bay is a community engagement printmaking project by Karl Orozco that uses hand-carved mahjong tiles to retell family narratives of his grandmother’s underground gambling den in the Philippines. In partnership with Think!Chinatown and Chashama, Orozco activates the space at 384 Broadway to create a public gambling hall and lead intergenerational printmaking workshops with Chinatown residents. Free.

Free Opera at Bryant Park, Bryant Park, 6pm – 7:30pm

The innkeeper Lillas Pastia narrates the tempestuous story of the irresistible seductress Carmen and her hapless lover Don José in this hour-long presentation of highlights from Carmen, Bizet’s beloved opera. Free.

 

MUSIC

Tall Juan, The Medium, Sam Kogon, Alphaville – Brooklyn, 8pm, $8 – $10.

Jade Helm, Young House, Mercury Lounge – LES, 9:30pm, $10.

Razia, The Standard Hotel – East Village, 7pm, Free, RSVP by emailing annieo@standardhotels.com .

 

COMEDY

Butterboy w/ Joyelle Nicole Johnson and Alex English, Nico Santos, Eliza Skinner, Jess Salomon, Joel Kim Booster, Mike Lawrence, Danny Jolles, Hosted by Jo Firestone, Aparna Nancherla and Maeve Higgins, Littlefield – Brooklyn, 8pm, $8 – $10.

Side Ponytail Comedy w/ Aaron Kominos-Smith (MTV, Inside Amy Schumer), Wendy Steiner (Refinery 29) , David Agyekum (Comedy Central Comics to Watch), Calise Hawkins (@midnight), Tyler Snodgrass (We Still Like You), Friends and Lovers – Brooklyn, 8pm, Free.

Savage: A Comedy Show w/ Tim Duffy (Comedy Central), Camen Christopher (The Chris Gethard Show, Comedy Central, Seth Meyers), Carmen Lagala (Bridgetown), Veronica Garza (NPR, MTV), Fawkner – Brooklyn, 8pm, Free, RSVP.

 

ONGOING

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

Tour of Gracie Mansion, Gracie Mansion in Carl Schurz Park – Yorkville, Every Monday until Dec. 10, 10am – 10:50; 11am – 11:50am, 5pm – 5:50pm, Free.

Central Park Tour: Stroll to Strawberry Fields, Columbus Circle Information Kiosk (West 59th and Central Park West), Every Monday and Friday until May 18, 2pm – 3:30pm, Free.

 

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Around NYC Today (5/13) Smorgasburg, Second Sundays, OE After Party

THINGS TO DO

Smorgasburg, Breeze Hill East Drive at Lincoln Road – Brooklyn, 11am

Smorgasburg is the largest weekly open-air food market in America, attracting 20,000-30,000 people to Brooklyn each weekend to eat from 100 local vendors—Saturdays on the Williamsburg waterfront and Sundays in Prospect Park. Free.

Second Sundays, Pioneer Works – Brooklyn, 4pm – 9pm

Second Sundays is a free event series presented on the second Sunday of every month. The program features open studios with current artists in residence, live music, exhibitions and participatory programs exploring art, science, technology and education. Free. RSVP.

Basic Canoeing, Audubon Center at the Boathouse in Prospect Park, Brooklyn and Harlem Meer in Central Park – Manhattan, 11am – 12:30pm

Few experiences compare with being on the open water in New York City. This program is first-come, first-served. The line may be closed prior to 12:30pm due to demand. Free.

Mother’s Day Celebration, Elizabeth Street Garden – LES, 1pm – 3pm

Elizabeth Street Garden is celebrating all of the amazing mammas in the garden with card-making arts and crafts and free family portraits. Free.

Open Engagement After Party, Flux Factory – Queens, 9pm – 12am

Join a tender turn up as Party Noire will carries us into the future with vibes galore. As a closing event for the Social Justice conference Open Engagement (OE), artists and activists from around the city, country and world will sing and dance their farewells. In partnership with Flux Factory’s Major Exhibition, Wilder LIC Group Exhibition Opening Reception.

Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market, West 39th Street between 9th and 10th Avenue, 9am

Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market is the place where collectors shop for antiques, collectibles, vintage clothing, home decorations, furniture, ephemera, jewelry, and more. Free.

Single Channel Video Art Festival, Anthology Film Archives – East Village, 2pm

Single Channel 2018 is a video art and short film festival that will screen the work of 19 artists. The festival, with a focus on emerging and under-represented artists, provides the context for single channel video work and short film to be screened outside of exhibition spaces in a more suitable context. Featuring works by Collin Bradford, Valery Jung Estabrook, Autumn Knight and Chelsea Knight, Katy McCarthy, Mores McWreath, Joiri Minaya, Bárbara Oettinger, Rachel Rampleman and Hidemi Takagi. Free.

 

MUSIC

Suspect, Human Man, Emily Weekes, Mercury Lounge – LES, 8pm, $10.

Stephen Merritt (of Magnetic Fields), Xenia Rubinos, Bang on a Can All Stars, Gyan Riley, Mazz Swift and Therese Workman, NYU Skirball Center – Greenwich Village, 10am, Free.

Rooftop Soul A Go-Go w/ Ben Pirani, The Jay Vons, Radio Martiko (Belgium), Ruffy TNT (Discodelic Records / Mexico City), Jeremy World , Featuring live dance by Baya Delicioso, Our Wicked Lady – Brooklyn, 4pm, $10.

Alien Trilogy, Oof, Woodhull, Dickicker, The Footlight – Queens, 8pm, $8 – $10.

Lifted Bells, Yazan (Record Release), Bethlehem Steel, Fire is Motion, Trans-Pecos – Queens, 8:30pm, $10.

Alpenglow, Air Waves, Carroll, Union Pool – Brooklyn, 7pm, $10.

 

COMEDY

Free Puppies Comedy w/ Nick Kocher (SNL), Courtney Davis (Twitch TV), Mark Benjamin The Stand), Aminah Imani (Wine Before Nine Podcast), Francis Ellis (Barstool Sports), The Lantern Comedy Club – Greenwich Village, 6pm, Free, RSVP.

 

ONGOING

Summer on the Hudson: Tai Chi, Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument in Riverside Park – UWS, Every Sunday until Aug. 12, 8am – 9am, Free.

World’s Fair History Walking Tour, Unisphere in Flushing Meadows Corona Park – Queens, Every second Sunday of the month until October 14, 11am – 12pm, Free.

Central Park Tour: Stroll to Strawberry Fields, Columbus Circle Information Kiosk (West 59th and Central Park West), Every Sunday until May 13, 2pm – 3:30pm, Free.

Community Rowing, Pier 40 – Hudson River Park, Every Sunday until Oct. 21, 12pm – 1pm, Free.

Central Park Tour: Heart of the Park, East 72nd Street and Fifth Avenue – UES, Every Thursday and Sunday until May 17, 2pm – 3:30pm, Free.

 

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