Around NYC Today (9/10) Thelonious Monk Listen List, Brooklyn Book Festival

THINGS TO DO

Thelonious Monk Listen List with Helen Sung and Jason Moran, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, The Bruno Walter Auditorium, 111 Amsterdam Ave – UWS, 6pm – 7:30pm

Before Robert Moses and John D. Rockefeller ever broke ground on Lincoln Center, one of the twentieth century’s most important composers was already walking the sidewalks of the Upper West Side, humming to himself. Thelonious Monk, the composer of “Round Midnight,” “Blue Monk,” and “Straight, No Chaser,” lived in an apartment near the corner of Amsterdam and 64th Street. Join a Monk centennial celebration, in the neighborhood that he called home. The Library for the Performing Arts presents an evening of Monk listening and discussion, featuring two of today’s most visionary and original jazz voices, Helen Sung and Jason Moran. Free. RSVP.

Brooklyn Book Festival Kick-Off, Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer St – Brooklyn, 7pm – 11pm

Come raise a glass as the Brooklyn Book Festival kicks off at Pioneer Works with complimentary drinks, DJ sets and dancing. This event presents an array of national and international literary stars and emerging authors, including a week of Bookend Events throughout New York City, a lively Children’s Day and a celebratory Festival Day with more than 300 authors plus 250 booksellers filling a vibrant outdoor Literary Marketplace. Free. RSVP.

BK Burn, The Plaza at 300 Ashland, 300 Ashland Place – Brooklyn, 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Come chase the burn in this 45-minute, high intensity interval training workout. This class is designed to sculpt your upper body, define your legs and glutes, and tighten your core. Using just your body weight, BKBurn combines strength exercises with short bursts of cardio intervals to give you a fantastic total body workout. Free. RSVP.

Herald Square Reading Room, Herald Square, 10am – 5:30pm

Enjoy free use of newspapers and magazines at outdoor Reading Rooms. Located both in Herald Square Park and Park East at One Penn Plaza, Reading Rooms are staffed with a coordinator for recommendations. Free.

 

MUSIC

Spencer Zahn, Meg Remy’s Last Tape, Andrew Fox (solo), Baby’s All Right, 146 Broadway – Brooklyn, 8pm, $10.

Late Slip, Brother Reverend, Mercury Lounge, 217 East Houston St – LES, 6:30pm, $10.

Kuni Mikami, Upper Terrace in Bryant Park, 12:30pm, Free.

 

COMEDY

Butterboy w/ Doogie Horner, Andy Erikson, Daniel Webb, Will Miles, Aminah Imani, Matty Litwack, Michelle Buteau, Hosted by Jo Firestone, Aparna Nancherla and Maeve Higgins, Guest Host Michelle Buteau, Littlefield, 635 Sackett St – Brooklyn, 8pm, $8 – $10.

Side Ponytail w/ Randall Otis (VICE), Erin Dohony (Comedy for Gentlemen), Gaby Hornig (Shakespeare Theatre Company), Bryan Yang (NBC Late Night Writers Program),  Gena Gephart (Limestone Comedy Festival), Matt Kelly (Co-Founder of Jersey City Comedy Festi, Friends and Lovers, 641 Classon Ave – Brooklyn, 8pm, Free, RSVP.

 

FILM

Back to the Future (1985), Bay 8th Street and Independence Avenue in Dyker Beach Park – Brooklyn, 7:15pm, Free.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Baisley Pond Park – Queens, 7:30pm, Free.

 

ONGOING

Open Garden Days: Alice’s Garden at the H.H. Biddle House, H.H. Biddle House in Conference House Park, 70 Satterlee Street – Staten Island, Every day until Dec. 31, 7am – 7pm, 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.

Sunset Tai Chi, The Conference House in Conference House Park, 7455 Hylan Blvd -Staten Island, Every Monday until Sept. 17, 6pm – 7:15pm, Free.

 

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Around NYC Today (8/12) Second Sundays, Kimchipalooza, Macaulay Culkin Festival

THINGS TO DO

Second Sundays, Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer St – Brooklyn, 4pm – 10pm

This event features open studios with current artists in residence, live music, exhibitions and participatory programs exploring art, science, technology and education. Featuring artists Shiri Rozenberg, Gozde Ilkin, Louis Fratino, Mary Helena Clark and Nic Kay. Music by Abdu Ali. $10 suggested donation.

Kimchipalooza VIII, Arrogant Swine, 173 Morgan Ave – Brooklyn, 3pm – 9pm

Make your own kimchi and watch a spicy kimchi eating contest. Featuring music from Looms, Cushions and Them Fangs. Free.

Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in New York, Meadow Lake, 9am – 5pm

Enjoy multicultural music and dance performances, martial arts demonstrations, traditional arts and crafts, storytelling, dragon dancing, and international food while watching more than 200 teams compete in the U.S. Dragon Boat Open Championship races at the oldest, largest, and most traditional dragon boat festival in the United States. Free.

World Music Performance and Conversation on Immigrants, Music, and Cultural Hybridity, Library Plaza in Seward Park, 12pm – 7pm

Join artists-in-residence Art Parley for a performance and conversation on immigrants, music and cultural hybridity. The event features a performance from violinist and composer, Sita Chay, and her all immigrant band. This program is part of Round Robin, which started as a free trilingual newspaper in Chinese, English, and Spanish for the communities in Chinatown, LES and Two Bridges. Free.

West African Dance Class, Morris-Jumel Mansion in Roger Morris Park, 65 Jumel Terrace – Washington Heights, 12pm – 1:30pm

Join a West African Dance Class led by world renowned drummer/teacher Yahyah Kamate. Free.

Smorgasburg Prospect Park, Breeze Hill in Prospect Park – Brooklyn, 11am – 6pm

Smorgasburg, the celebrated open-air food fair presented by Brooklyn Flea, returns to Prospect Park this spring! Over 100 local and regional food purveyors will gather to offer a range of cuisines. Free.

 

MUSIC

Stimulant, Fluoride, Meth, Tweak, Saint Vitus, 1120 Manhattan Ave – Brooklyn, 2pm, $10.

Skullshitter, Deathgrave, Belus, Syndromes, Saint Vitus, 1120 Manhattan Ave – Brooklyn, 7pm, $10.

Nico Hedley, Transistor Ray, Rose Blanshei, Alphaville, 140 Wilson Ave – Brooklyn, 8pm, $8.

Stuyedeyed, Retail, Nice Knife, Shadow Year, Baby’s All Right, 146 Broadway – Brooklyn, 8pm, $8 – $10.

Maxband, Loosie, Twiga, Berlin, 25 Ave A – East Village, 8pm, $10.

 

COMEDY

The Macaulay Culkin Summer Comedy Fest w/ Mike Abrusci, JD Amato, Matt Barats, Colin Burgess, Joe Castle Baker, Pat Byrne, Carmen Christopher, Tynan DeLong, Steve DeSiena, Ayo Edebiri, Lena Einbinder, Brian Fiddyment, Wes Haney, Seth Herzog, Dave Hill, Sandy Honig, Mary Houlihan, Nick Naney, Anthony Oberbeck, Clare O’Kane, Eudora Peterson, Tim Platt, Please Don’t Destroy (Ben Marshall, Martin Herlihy, and John Higgins), Gary Richardson, Joe Rumrill, Bardia Salimi, Maya Sharma & Kelly Cooper, Shalewa Sharpe, Peter Smith, Alyssa Stonoha, Sam Taggart, Andrew Tisher, “Mr. Jokes” Steve Whalen, Amy Zimmer, H0L0, 1090 Wyckoff Ave – Queens, 8pm, $5.

 

ONGOING

Open Garden Days: Alice’s Garden at the H.H. Biddle House, H.H. Biddle House in Conference House Park, 70 Satterlee Street – Staten Island, Every day until Dec. 31, 7am – 7pm, Free.

 

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Around NYC Today (6/13) Madama Butterfly, Summer Seduction, Fancy Show

THINGS TO DO

Drawing in the Park, H.H. Biddle House in Conference House Park, 70 Satterlee Street – Staten Island, 10am – 12pm

Participants of all levels will learn tips and techniques to drawing from life by observing natural and man-made settings while exploring beautiful Conference House Park. Outdoor sketching workshops will meet at the historic Biddle House. Art materials are provided, bringing a lawn chair is suggested but not a requirement. To register, email francis.gessner@parks.nyc.gov . Free.

Bryant Park Author: The Doctor Is In, Reading Room in Bryant Park, 12:30pm – 1:45pm

Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer discusses her new book From You to Two: Dr. Ruth’s Rules for Real Relationships. Get the inside scoop on the authors’ work, then stick around and get your book signed. Free.

New York City Opera performs Madama Butterfly, Upper Terrace in Bryant Park, 6pm – 7pm

The New York City Opera performs a free hour-long preview of Madama Butterfly. Giacomo Pucci composed some of his greatest music for this tragic story of an abandoned geisha bride.

This event is part of the Bryant Park Picnics series. Each Picnics evening is free to the public with no dress code, no tickets, and no lines. Over 200 blankets are free to borrow. Beer and wine are available for purchase, along with food from Hester Street Fair. Free.

Recipe Exchange Roundtable, Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer Street – Brooklyn, 7pm – 9pm

Led by former resident Tahir Karmali, this three-part series of participatory roundtables uses recipe exchanges and the history of ingredients as a platform to discuss migration, immigration, and cultural exchange. Each session will focus on one specific ingredient to touch on themes around trade, exploitation, colonialism, and ownership. Participants are asked to submit a recipe (can be culturally specific, completely original, or fusion) that uses the specific ingredient behind the session, and come prepared to discuss the recipe’s origin and the inspiration for sharing.

During the first session of the roundtable, the discussion will center on garlic.  Garlic consumption has tripled in the United States since the 1990s. Chinese prisoners are forced to peel garlic for commercial sale. In Ancient Egypt, a garlic crop failure caused a slave revolt. Submit your recipe here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdrgilmBG82SUOO4_25BzA8QEeFqYapz7Qbq5x6H-UsrT4IGw/viewform . Donation.

New York Philharmonic Concert in the Park, Parade Ground in Van Cortlandt Park – Bronx, 8pm – 9:30pm
The New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks , presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer, have become an iconic New York summer experience since it began in 1965. The program includes Saint-Saëns (Bacchanale from Samson and Delilah), Jordan Millar (Boogie Down Uptown), Camryn Cowan (Harlem Shake), Bernstein (Three Dance Episodes from On the Town), Rimsky-Korsakov (Scheherazade). Conductor: James Gaffigan. There will be fireworks following the performance. Free.

Summer Seduction, House of Yes, 2 Wyckoff Avenue – Brooklyn, 9pm – 3am

Featuring live jazz and DJs Secret Guest, Sasha Barbot, Kat Cunning and The Jehiah Bray Jazz Quintet. Entrance and Amaro cocktails are free all night.

 

MUSIC

Mount Sharp, Spouse, Dares, Bowery Electric, 327 Bowery – LES, 7pm, $8 – $10.

Dona Carter, Upper Terrace in Bryant Park, 12:30pm, Free.

 

COMEDY

Hyperbole! The Best Comedy Show w/ Myq Kaplan (Netflix), Kenny DeForest (Late Night with Seth Meyers), Stavros Halkias (Cum Town Podcast), Clare O’Kane (Bridgetown), Sam Evans (Just For Laughs), The Creek and The Cave, 10-93 Jackson Avenue – Queens, 8pm, Free, RSVP.

The Fancy Show w/ Roy Wood Jr. (The Daily Show), Daniel Simonsen (Edinburgh Fringe Festival), Tyler Richardson (New York Comedy Club), Shelby Taylor (Bitches Brew), Hosted by Liza Treyger (Late Night with Seth Myers), The Douglass, 149 4th Avenue – Brooklyn, 8:30pm, Free, RSVP.

 

FILM

Despicable Me 3, St. Catherine’s Park – UES, 8pm, Free.

The Emoji Movie, Slattery Playground – Bronx, 8:30pm, Free.

 

ONGOING

Free Yoga at Washington Square Park, Garibaldi Plaza in Washington Square Park, Every Wednesday and Thursday until Sept. 12, 8:30am – 9:30am, 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.

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

Family Yoga, Pats Lawn in Inwood Hill Park, Every Wednesday until Aug. 29, 5:30pm – 6:15pm, Free.

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

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

Yoga at The Battery, Woodland Lawn in The Battery, Every Wednesday until Sept. 26, 6:30pm – 7:30pm, Free.

Yoga Evening Salute to the Sun, The Plaza at 66th Street in Riverside Park South, Every Wednesday until Sept. 26, 6:30pm – 7:30pm, Free.

Free Waterfront Zumba, LIC Landing Events Space in Hunter’s Point South Park, Borden Avenue and Center Boulevard – Queens, Every Wednesday until June 27, 7pm – 8pm, 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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Around NYC Today (4/8) Milk ‘N’ Cookies, Second Sundays, Musical Mayhem

THINGS TO DO

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.

Kerouac International Festival (Day 5), InsBowery Poetry Club – LES, 7pm – 9pm

The Kerouac Festival is an international event that started in Spain, in the city of Vigo, seven years ago. This is the event’s third edition in New York. Featuring poetry and performances from Mahogany L. Browne, Sheila Blanco, Francisco Castro and more. Free. RSVP.

Heather Gardens History Tour, Fort Tryon Park – Inwood, 1pm – 2pm

Join a walking tour of the Heather Garden and former Billings Estate in Fort Tryon Park with local historian Robin Boomer. See the views of the majestic Palisades and Hudson River, discover the historic remnants of the C.K.G. Billings Estate, and learn about the garden’s history and how it compares to the original 1935 Olmsted brothers’ design. Free.

Opening Weekend in Prospect Park, Prospect Park – Brooklyn, 9am – 6pm

Kick off the start of spring with a full weekend of special events and activities! Events include an Opening Day Parade and Fair, an 1860s-style ballgame, a campfire conversation, scavenger hunt, Smorgasburg Prospect Park. Free. RSVP.

Musical Theatre Mayhem, QED – Queens, 8:30pm – 10pm

Musical theatre nerds unite. Join a night of showtunes and comedy. Act 1: Broadway Bonanza: two comedians as musical theatre characters decide who’ll win in a physical fight. Act 2: Sing For Your Life: the audience chooses musicals that a guest will have to sing songs from. Act 3: 10-Minute Musical: three comedians improv a classic musical. Hosted by Sarah Kennedy and Patrick J. Reilly. $5.

 

MUSIC

Lillet Blanc, Great Wight, Shelter Dogs, Hit Like a Girl, Alphaville – Brooklyn, 8pm, $8 – $10.

Sharon De La Cruz, Johann Diedrick, Delphine Fawundu, GENG, Pamela Liou, Knockdown Center – Queens, 7pm, Free.

Milk ‘N’ Cookies, Baby Shakes, Rough Trade – Brooklyn, 8pm, $10.

Halcionne, Friend Roulette, Whiner, Trans-Pecos – Queens, 3pm, $8.

Earnhardt, The Rungs, Haunted Horses, Union Pool – Brooklyn, 8pm, $10.

 

COMEDY

Denise Simon, Paul Warhit, Mitch Benson, Nicholle Kun, and Brian Schiller, Hosted By Scott Blakeman, Comic Strip Live – UES, 6pm, $10.

Tom Cassidy (Adult Swim), Edward Farrell (New York Comedy Festival), Napoleon Emill (New York Comedy Festival), Hosted by Katharyn Henson (Pear), Old Man Hustle – LES, 8pm, Free, RSVP.

 

ONGOING

Seasonal Garden Tours, Queens Botanical Garden – Queens, First weekend of each month, 1pm – 2pm, Free with garden admission.

Central Park Tour: Stroll to Strawberry Fields, Central Park Conservancy Kiosk at Merchant’s Gate, Every Thursday and Friday until March 8, 2pm – 3:30pm, Free.

 

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