Around NYC Today (9/17) Should I Stay or Should I Go, Barber of Seville, Butterboy

THINGS TO DO Bryant Park Picnics: New York City Opera performs The Barber of Seville, Upper Terrace in Bryant Park, 6pm – 7pm New York City Opera performs a free hour-long preview of The Barber of Seville. Gioachino Rossini’s sparkling music animates the hijinks of Figaro, opera’s most famous barber. Free. Should I Stay or Should I Go?, Housing Works Bookstore Café, 126 Crosby St – SoHo, 7pm – … Continue reading Around NYC Today (9/17) Should I Stay or Should I Go, Barber of Seville, Butterboy

Around NYC Today (9/14) Accordion Festival, Skate Night, House of Bricks

THINGS TO DO Skate Night, John Jay Park – UES, 4:30pm – 7:30pm Dance and enjoy an outdoor roller skating night with a live DJ. Skates will be provided. Free. RSVP. Accordion Festival, Bryant Park Stage in Bryant Park, 5pm – 10pm Experience the wide range of this often-overlooked and little-known instrument at this special event, featuring Shashmaqam (Bukharian Jewish Music and Dance from Central Asia), Rhode Island-based João Cirilo … Continue reading Around NYC Today (9/14) Accordion Festival, Skate Night, House of Bricks

Around NYC Today (9/11) Bryant Park Tap-A-Long, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

THINGS TO DO Tap-A-Long in Bryant Park, Upper Terrace in Bryant Park, 12:30pm – 2:30pm Grab your tap shoes and hoof on down to the Piano in Bryant Park for a September Tap-A-Long. Featuring tappers Marietta Clark, Rod Ferrone, Megan Haungs, Yuka Kameda, Hank Smith, and Kazu Kumagai. With Kuni Mikami on piano. Free. Strictly Tango at Washington Square Park, Holley Plaza in Washington Square Park, 6pm – 8pm Put on your dancing shoes and learn with Strictly Tango NYC … Continue reading Around NYC Today (9/11) Bryant Park Tap-A-Long, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Around NYC Today (9/8) Phys. Ed. B, Shame! of the Doomsday Machine

THINGS TO DO SHAME! Or The Doomsday Machine, Garibaldi Plaza in Washington Square Park, 2pm – 3pm As part of their Street Theater program, the Theater for the New City is presenting “SHAME! Or The Doomsday Machine,” written and directed by Theater for the New City co-founder, artistic director and OBIE award-winning actress, Crystal Field. Free. Rockaway Beach Super Boardwalk Street Fair, Beach 86th Street and Shorefront … Continue reading Around NYC Today (9/8) Phys. Ed. B, Shame! of the Doomsday Machine

Around NYC Today (9/5) Comedians You Should Know, Big Bliss, Weekly Humorist

THINGS TO DO Accordions Around the World, Bryant Park, 5:30pm – 7:30pm Join this weekly series featuring accordionists as well as bandoneon, bayan, concertina, and harmonium-players of different musical genres. Hear music from all over the world to experience the wide range of this often overlooked and little-known instrument. Free. Herald Square Reading Room, Herald Square, 10am – 5:30pm Enjoy free use of newspapers and magazines … Continue reading Around NYC Today (9/5) Comedians You Should Know, Big Bliss, Weekly Humorist

Around NYC Today (8/31) Outdoor Silent Disco, Macbeth, Cross the Bridge Comedy

THINGS TO DO Bryant Park Shakespeare: Macbeth, Upper Terrace in Bryant Park, 7pm – 9pm A “Gangs of New York”-styled Macbeth, set in the mid-1800s when early settlers fought for turf in the infamous Five Points area. Watch this full production of the famous play, produced by the Drilling Company. Free. For Which It Stands – A Contemporary Art Exhibit, Old Stone House in J.J. Byrne Playground, 336 3rd St – Brooklyn, 7pm … Continue reading Around NYC Today (8/31) Outdoor Silent Disco, Macbeth, Cross the Bridge Comedy

Around NYC Today (8/29) Future Punx, Joe Pera, Accordions Around the World

THINGS TO DO Tango with Live Music and Skyline Views, LIC Landing in Hunter’s Point South Park – Queens, 6pm – 8pm Ever want to visit Argentina? The home of the romantic tango? Come spend a special evening with a Taste of Tango. Enjoy live music by world class musicians from Argentina including Mauricio Najt, who has toured with Tony Winner Broadway show, Forever Tango. Free. Watercolors on … Continue reading Around NYC Today (8/29) Future Punx, Joe Pera, Accordions Around the World

Around NYC Today (8/28) La traviata, Isle of Dogs, Voices of a People’s History

THINGS TO DO New York City Opera Performs ‘La traviata,’ Upper Terrace in Bryant Park, 6pm – 7pm New York City Opera presents Verdi’s La traviata, one of the most beloved operas of all time, to the Bryant Park stage. Grab a blanket (and a tissue) and find the perfect spot to enjoy a one-hour adaptation of Verdi’s classic that inspired Moulin Rouge, with instantly recognizable tunes famously featured in Pretty … Continue reading Around NYC Today (8/28) La traviata, Isle of Dogs, Voices of a People’s History

Around NYC Today (8/22) Comedy of Errors, Interpol Listening Party, Up

THINGS TO DO Bryant Park Author: TV Writers Gone Novelists, Reading Room in Bryant Park, 12:30pm – 1:45pm TV writers gone novelists discuss the differences between writing a novel and for television. Featuring Peter Blauner, the author of Sunrise Highway and writer for Law & Order and Blue Bloods; Seth Greenland, the author of The Hazards of Good Fortuneand writer for Big Love; Kevin Fox, author of Until the Next Time and writer for Law & Order and Lie to … Continue reading Around NYC Today (8/22) Comedy of Errors, Interpol Listening Party, Up

Around NYC Today (8/18) Hudson River Park Blues BBQ, Summer Streets

THINGS TO DO Summer Streets, Various locations, 7am – 1pm On the first three Saturdays in August between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., nearly seven miles of New York City’s streets are open to the public to play, run, walk, and bike. Enjoy live performances, zip-lining, adaptive basketball games, free fitness classes with Shape Up NYC, art and science workshops, and more along the … Continue reading Around NYC Today (8/18) Hudson River Park Blues BBQ, Summer Streets

Around NYC Today (8/17) Emerging Music Festival, Silver Linings Comedy, Selma

THINGS TO DO Emerging Music Festival, Bryant Park Stage in Bryant Park, 5pm – 10pm Emerging Music Festival returns for its fourth year with rising New York-based bands performing on one of the biggest stages of their young careers. Thousands of music lovers pack the Bryant Park lawn for the city’s best new music, including indie rock, soul, R&B, singer-songwriter, and more. Between sets attendees can play giant lawn … Continue reading Around NYC Today (8/17) Emerging Music Festival, Silver Linings Comedy, Selma

Around NYC Today (8/15) Alice Smith, Tampopo, Accordions Around the World

THINGS TO DO Local & Delish, Reading Room in Bryant Park, 12:30pm – 1:45pm Author Wendy Tyson (Rooted in Deceit) and food writers Marisa Bulzone and Francesca Pardo (150ish Newsletter) chat about local and delicious food with host Jeanne Muchnick, food and dining reporter, Journal News. Free. Accordions Around the World, Bryant Park, 5:30pm – 7:30pm Join this weekly series featuring accordionists as well as bandoneon, bayan, concertina, and harmonium-players of different musical genres. … Continue reading Around NYC Today (8/15) Alice Smith, Tampopo, Accordions Around the World

Around NYC Today (8/8) All’s Well That Ends Well, Carnegie Hall Citywide

THINGS TO DO Carnegie Hall Citywide Concert, Bryant Park Stage in Bryant Park, 5:30pm – 7:30pm Carnegie Hall offers five free concerts featuring outstanding classical, blues, Latin, gospel, and world music artists. This week’s event features Sinkane. Free. Shakespeare in the Park: All’s Well That Ends Well, Unisphere in Flushing Meadows Corona Park – Queens, 7pm – 10pm Having restored the King’s health with a miraculous potion, Helena asks … Continue reading Around NYC Today (8/8) All’s Well That Ends Well, Carnegie Hall Citywide

Around NYC Today (8/7) Sunset Salsa, Brooklyn Traditional Slow Jam, Jumanji

THINGS TO DO Bryant Park Classics BookClub: ‘This Side of Paradise,’ Reading Room in Bryant Park, 12:30pm – 1:45pm Join fellow enthusiasts and expert literary facilitators to discuss the classics under the canopy of the park’s London Plane trees. Stop by the Reading Room and get your free book for the discussion, available while supply lasts. This week’s book is This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Hosted by … Continue reading Around NYC Today (8/7) Sunset Salsa, Brooklyn Traditional Slow Jam, Jumanji

Around NYC Today (8/1) NPR Music’s Turning the Tables, The Winter’s Tale

THINGS TO DO NPR Music’s Turning the Tables Live: 21st-Century Edition, Damrosch Park, Amsterdam Ave. and W. 62 St  – UWS, Aug. 1 (Wed.), 7:30pm Music and conversation featuring Carly Rae Jepsen, Jamila Woods, Mitski, Phoebe Bridgers and I’m With Her (Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O’Donovan). Moderated by Ann Powers. Free. The Winter’s Tale – South Brooklyn Shakepeare, Washington Park Field in J.J. Byrne Playground – Brooklyn, … Continue reading Around NYC Today (8/1) NPR Music’s Turning the Tables, The Winter’s Tale