Happening This Week Only (August 18th – 24th)   

through August 19th – Annual Battery Dance Festival – Now in its 36th year, the Battery Dance Festival provides a unique opportunity for both professional and emerging dancers and choreographers to present original works of high artistic merit in a free public forum.  I caught a performance early in the week, and all the dancers were fabulous!  Free Outdoor Performances at Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park in Lower Manhattan.

through August 20th – Harlem Week  – enjoy food, film music, walking tours, and more!  Activities for the whole family.

August 19th – Summer Streets – Nearly seven miles of Manhattan streets are open to the public to play, run, walk and bike in this annual celebration. Summer Streets provides space for healthy recreation and encourages New Yorkers to use more sustainable forms of transportation. From 7:00am to 1:00pm

August 19th – Battle of Brooklyn Colonial Day Cookout – Enjoy  for a day of colonial cooking and activities! Stop by the Fort Putnam Redoubt beside the Visitor Center for cooking demonstrations from the colonial times: bread-making, spit cooking, and Dutch oven cooking. Play colonial games, take a picture by a wagon, visit a Revolutionary War Colonel’s tent, and write a letter to your loved one with a feather quill and ink.  10:00am – 3:00 pm, Fort Green Park Visitor Center, Brooklyn.

August 22nd – Jocelyn Medina Trio Concert + Jam Session – come hear this wonderful vocalist accompanied by Tuomo Uusitalo on keyboard and Evan Gregor on bass.  No Cover! 8:00pm-11:00pm, Velvet Lounge Brooklyn, 174 Broadway

Happening This Week and Continuing On

August 21st – 27th – Brooklyn Comedy Film Festival – a diverse week-long program of feature-film premieres, cult classics revisited mind-blowing shorts, and live conversations with the creators behind this year’s official selections.  at various locations in Brooklyn.

 Upcoming Events

August 25th – Film Screening:  Victoria – Victoria, a young woman from Madrid, meets four local guys outside a nightclub. Sonne and his friends are real Berliners who promise to show her a good time and the real side of the city. But these boys have gotten themselves into hot water: they owe someone a dangerous favor that needs repaying that evening. In German with English subtitles.  6:30, Goethe Institute, 30 Irving Place

August 26th – Artists Open Studios – Take a walk through the studios of BronxArtSpace’s 6 summer residents and get a sneak peek of the artists’ latest projects in culmination of the program’s first year.  Bruckner Building, 2417 Third Avenue, Bronx, NY.  Light refreshments will be served. RSVP here

August 28th – Battle of the Chefs – Join Amal Alliance and savor mini versions of Burger & Lobster’s famous Original Burger and Original Lobster Roll, drinks, and tasty treats during a fun filled evening. All proceeds from this event will go directly to help give hope and happiness to refugee children through education and integration programs.  6:00pm – 9:00pm, Burger & Lobster, 132 43rd Street

August 31st & September 1st – An Enemy of the People  – Through a curated collection of original music, dance, and devised scenes, this workshop production explores the tension between the charisma of political leaders and the will of the people they lead. Smith Street Stage examines this classic tale through the lens of the question, “Who owns truth?” Directed by Beth Ann Hopkins. The Actor’s Fund, 160 Schermerhorn St, Brooklyn

September 3rd – Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, famous for their fiddle classic “The Lover’s Waltz;” Kimball, Canning, Bolt & McClure, presenting the music of traveling troupes along the canal in its heyday; and a screening of Boom and Bust: America’s Journey on the Erie Canal, a short documentary by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Paul Wagner that meditates on the economic cycles along the canal that speak to the fate and promise of the American dream.  This stop is the first of The Heartland Passage Tour, a unique new performance event that will travel on the Erie Canal September 2 – 23 to celebrate the bicentennial of the digging of the canal and demonstrate its cultural and historic impact. Waterfront Museum Barge, 200 Conover Street, Red Hook, Brooklyn.  Ticket info here 

September 5th – Berlin To Broadway Transatlantic – Chanteuse Adrienne Haan brings her wide ranging talent back to the Big Apple, accompanied by Richard Danley on piano and Mike Campenni on drums.  7:00pm, The Metropolitan Room, 34 West 22nd Street

September 13th – 24th – Photoville   beneath the majestic span of the Brooklyn Bridge you’ll find an immersive photography village populated by 55+ shipping containers repurposed into galleries.   Plus five nights of programming, numerous hands-on workshops and family activities.   Brooklyn Bridge Park

September 15th – Lower East Side Ecology Center Open House  – join the fishing clinic, or learn about native flower pressing, or how to make an electric wire lanyard.  These an other activities for the whole family.  FREE.  5:00pm – 7:00pm, East River Park Fireboat House. 

September 19th – Africa-America Institute Awards Gala – bringing together  African Heads of State and diplomats, international and senior U.S. government officials, business and civil society leaders, educators, journalists, philanthropists and other prominent figures who are working towards advancing economic and development progress in Africa.  At the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.

September 22nd – 40 Years of Deutches Haus at NYU – join in the celebration with music, dancing and food.  Deutsches Haus at NYU, 42 Washington Mews.

September 28th – French-American Chamber of Commerce Foundation Gala  – Celebrating global business leadership and the strength of French-American business relations, and raising funds for the French-American Chamber of Commerce Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization.  This year’s Guest of Honor is Yves Bigot, CEO of TV5MONDE.

October 14th – The Loft Party 2017: A Night for the Soul  – Join the Jazz Foundation of America in the old silent movie studios on West 26th Street with full views of the Hudson River at sunset. Everyone will be coming out for this one, from legendary blues masters to jazz geniuses, including the next Billie Holiday. Don’t miss an entire segment of guitar heroes past and present, and to end the night a soul train full of R&B royalty. 7:00pm, Hudson Studios, 601 West 26th Street

October 14th – 21st – BRIC Jazzfest – the third annual BRIC JazzFest features film, dance, panel discussions, and a three-stage, three-night live music marathon that brings some of the most exciting global legends in jazz and groundbreaking emerging jazz artists to Brooklyn. Each evening is designed so that the audience can move freely among performances and catch some or all of the artists each night while enjoying great food and drink from the BRIC House café and bar.

October 18th – Sciences Po US Foundation Annual Gala – honoring Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild, Founder and Chief Executive of the Coalition for Inclusive Capitalism.  The theme chosen for this year, Inclusive Capitalism, is part of a global reflection on the place of the economic world in society. This initiative will be presented extensively during a lively and thought provoking discussion with Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild led by Gillian Tett, Financial Times US Managing Editor.

November 14th – Legacy Awards Gala Dinner    Join the Museum of Chinese in America as they honor  The Sit Family of Minneapolis, Chieh Huang of, Gish Jen, Author and Phillipa Soo, Actress (Hamilton (Eliza) and Amelie)  at Cipriani, 25 Broadway

November 16th – Museum of Folk Art Fall Benefit Gala – honoring Elizabeth & Irwin Warren, Jill Soltau, President and CEO, Joann Stores, and Gail O. Mellow, President, LaGuardia Community College.  6:30pm, J.W. Marriot Essex House, 160 Central Park South.

November 28th – French American Foundation Gala – honoring Sophie Bellon, Chairwoman of Sodexo and Jane D. Hartley, former Ambassador of the United States to France and Monaco (with others to be announced).  At Gotham Hall.

December 7th & 8th – Forward Festival – hear fabulous music by today’s top musicians, including some previews.  Daniel Carter, Patrick Holmes, Matthew Putman, Hilliard Greene, Federico Ughi, presenting their new album Telepathic Alliances; Legendary musicians Andrew Lamb and Warren Smith; the experimental songs of L’Rain; Kid Millions & Sarah Bernstein presenting their new album Tense Life.  At Shapeshifter Lab, 18 Whitwell Place, Brooklyn, NY 11215 (between 1st and Carroll Streets, off 4th Ave)

December 17 & 18 – Gift of the Magi  – hear Ekstrom’s opera in Queen’s Flushing Town Hall, performed by the borough’s newest opera company!  

FREE (and low cost) Events

Brooklyn Bridge Park

On the East River waterfront, you’ll find dance parties, opera, film, kids activities and great public art!  Not to mention a view of the NYC skyline like in the movies.  Brooklyn Bridge Park’s activities go through the end of October.  To see the full list, click here

May 1st – Governor’s Island opens!  Need I say more…

May 14th – September 13th – Central Park (and other parks) Summer Stage – featuring Elvis Costello, Mavis Staples, Metropolitan Opera, jazz, Latin, hip-hop, folk… as well as dance and poetry in all 5 boroughs

Hudson River Park – music, dance, story telling, sports and more at various locations on this ribbon of green along the Hudson River that stretches from Tribeca up to Clinton.

May 23rd – August 13th – Shakespeare in the Park – This year’s annual FREE festival features performances of Julius Caesar and A Mid Summer’s Night Dream!

June 7th – August 2nd – Celebrate Brooklyn – Music, dance, and film at the Bandshell in Prospect Park

July 26th – August 13th – Lincoln Center Out of Doors – Music, dance, performance, and a weekend of Double Dutch!  Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center.

All Year Round…

Ongoing throughout the year, walking tours by the Historic Districts Council and the Municipal Arts Society 

Every Sunday, starting at 8:30, jazz performance followed by open mic/jam at Rue B in the East Village, hosted by Jocelyn Medina.  Yeah, I know its a school night, but what better way to end the week than with some musical firepower.