Past Events

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March 3rd – Wien V – Cabaret Night – The Brooklyn Art Song Society presents cabaret songs by William Bolcom, Benjamin Britten, Edith Piaf, Francis Poulenc, Erik Satie, Arnold Schoenberg, Germaine Tailleferre, and Kurt Weill.  Featuring Justine Aronson, soprano; Kristin Gornstein, Samantha Malk, mezzo soprano; Michael Brofman, Spencer Myer, Richard Valitutto, piano. 7:00 pm, At the Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn

March 4th – Historic Districts Council Preservation Conference – This day-long conference will dive deep into current campaigns to preserve communities throughout the city, with sessions led by the participants themselves.  9:00AM to 4:00PM, New York Law School, 185 West Broadway

Through March 6th – Spring Break Art Show – New York City’s curator-driven art fair.  Now in it’s sixth year, over one hundred curators will premiere new artworks created by over 800 artists, all selected around this year’s central art theme, BLACK MIRROR.

Through March 5th – VOLTA NY – Celebrating its first decade, this invitation fair of solo artists projects, showcasing contemporary art from emerging international arts.   Pier 90, West 50th Street at 12th Avenue

Through March 5th – The Armory Show – featuring presentations by leading international galleries, innovative artist commissions and dynamic public programs.  Piers 92 & 94, West 53rd Street and 12th Ave.

Through March 5th – Art on Paper – The name says it all, with works on paper – prints, drawings, collages and sculptures – presented by over 75 galleries across the US and overseas.  Pier 36, 299 South Street, Lower Manhattan

Through March 5th – NADA (New Art Dealers Alliance) Art Show – The sixth edition of this show of new contemporary art returns to the West Side, with over 100 exhibitors and galleries from 14 countries. At the Skylight  Clarkson North, 572 Washington Street

Through March 5th – Queer as Volk is the theme of this year’s Festival Neue Literature,  featuring numerous free literary events with high-profile German speaking  and  American authors: Jürgen Bauer and Marlen Schachinger (Austria), Fabian Hischmann and Antje Ràwic Strubel (Germany), Zora del Buono and Simon Froehling (Switzerland), and Darryl Pinckney and Francine Prose (United States).

March 5th – Dance/NYC 2017 Symposium – Discussion on the cultural planning underway by the City of New York and deep dive into the topics of growing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workforce, increasing dance education, addressing the challenge of affordability, and driving interagency cooperation, among others.  Presentation on the New York City Cultural Plan by Hester Street Collaborative and Conversation about the Future of Dance in New York City with Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl, Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission Chair Susana Leval, and Citizens Advisory Committee Chair Ben Rodríguez-Cubeñas.  Please note that paid registration is required to attend this event.

March 2nd – 8th – ReelAbilities Film Festival – Films, conversations and artistic programs of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different abilities.   The closing night documentary on the gospel quartet The Blind Boys from Alabama promises to be exciting – I saw them perform The Gospel at Colonus, and it was wonderful.  

March 8th – Mural Arts Project – Open studio and exhibition opening.  Meet the lead muralist and other collaborating artists, learn more about the mural theme and design, see the artwork the participants have produced, and hear from New Yorkers telling their stories about living with mental illness.  6:00pm – 8:00pm, Fountain House Gallery, 702 Ninth Avenue  The exhibition continues through Wednesday, May 31st.

March 9th –    El Violin Latino Quartet – An evening of Latin Jazz filled with tango, samba, bossa-nova, and salsa rhythms with Gregor Huebner, guitar, Klaus Muller, piano, Itaiguara Brandao, bass, Jerome Goldschmidt, percussion. 2 sets:  8:00pm and 10:00pm Kitano Hotel jazz club, 66 Park Avenue (38th Street)

March 10thJocelyn Medina Group  showcasing songs and arrangements from
“Common Ground,” featuring core members of her recoding ensemble Art
Hirahara on piano, Pete McCann on guitar, Evan Gregor on bass, Robert Levin
on percussion,and Mark Ferber on drums, in anticipation of her upcoming album release in spring, 2017.  I’ve studied with Jocelyn and I think she’s great!  (if you missed my interview with her, you can hear it here)   7:30 at Club Bonafide, 212 East 52nd Street

through March 12th – Teknopolis – Three floors of interactive installations and immersive technology, bridging arts and digital media, designed for kids and their parents.  Exhibition runs for 3 weekends at BAM Fisher, 321 Ashland Place, Brooklyn

March 13th – The Pastor’s Children—Punks, Politicians, and Philosophers  – A screening of this documentary will be followed by a conversation between the film’s director/co-producer, Angela Zumpe, the pastor of the German Lutheran Church of St. Paul in New York, Miriam Gross, and her son, Amos Gross. The film (84min) will be shown with English subtitles. You can watch the trailer of the film here.  6:30pm at Deutsches Haus at NYU

March 14th – Art As Necessity – In the depths of the economic crisis of the 1970s, New York City slashed arts education from the public school curriculum. In response, philanthropist and arts advocate Agnes Gund founded Studio in a School in 1977, the first of several private arts organizations committed to the belief that the arts were a necessity, not a privilege. Now, more than forty years later, join leading advocates and innovators to assess the past, present, and future of the arts in New York City’s public schools. This program delves into themes from our exhibition The City and the Young Imagination: Art from Studio in a School.  Opening Remarks:  Agnes Gund, Philanthropist and President Emerita of the Museum of Modern Art  Panelists: Tom Cahill, President and CEO, Studio in a School and Randall Bourscheidt, Director, Archive of New York City Cultural Policy.  Additional speakers to be announced.  6:30 PM, Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue @ 103rd Street.

March 14th –  Fest Noz  – the Lorient Interceltic Festival in the Big Apple – NYC’s own version of this summer festival that takes place in the Celtic land of Lorient for the Festival Interceltique, celebrating the cream of Celtic music from Galicia to Scotland.  The line up in NYC will feature Solas, Bagad de Lorient and Banda Gaites Llacin.   7:30 pm, the  Highline Ballroom, 431 West 16th Street.

March 16thThe Legacy of Jane Jacobs – In 1960 Jane Jacobs’ book The Death and Life of Great American Cities sent shockwaves through the architecture and planning worlds. Join us as New York Times columnist Ginia Bellafante talks to Matt Tyrnauer, director and producer of the acclaimed documentary Citizen Jane: Battle For the City, Robert Hammond, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Friends of the High Line, and Dr. Samuel Zipp, Associate Professor of American and Urban Studies at Brown University and co-editor of Vital Little Plans: The Short Works of Jane Jacobs, about Jacobs’ extraordinary impact on the urban landscape.  Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn Heights.

March 16th – Leon Gurvitch: I Got Rhythm – This Germany-based pianist & composer combines classical and jazz elements along with world music influences and European folkloric themes.  He’ll be making his debut at Carnegie Hall later this month.  Catch him first at a free performance where he’ll perform works by Works by Bach, Piazzolla, Gershwin, Gurvitch.  6:00 pm, German Consulate General, 871 UN Plaza.  RSVP Required  

March 17th – Paper as Social Practice, Engagement, and Intervention – this panel will treat paper itself as an active maker of community development, suggesting the complex ways in which paper can unite and build communities or create cultural identity. Join panel members  Drew Matott; John Risseeuw;  Melissa Potter; and Deborah Tlani Salahu-din, and moderator Jessica Cochran.  6:30 pm, The Center for Book Arts, 28 West 27th Street, 3rd Floor.

March 9th – 18th – Asia Week New York – Asian art specialists, major auction houses, and world-renowned museums and Asian cultural institutions in the metropolitan New York area featuring contemporary and  traditional works painting, sculpture, bronzes, ceramics, jewelry, jade, textiles, prints and photographs gathered from all over Asia.

Through March 19th – NY International Children’s Film Festival  – the name says it all!  See the best new films for ages 3-18: animation, live action, documentary, and experimental film at venues throughout NYC.

March 22nd – Photo and Jewelry Exhibition :  Portrait d’Atmosphere, photographs by Jessica de Vreeze  and Spring Fairies, jewelry by Daphne Seligmann.  6:30pm -8:30pm, Consulate General of Luxembourg, 17 Beekman Place.   Register on or before March 15th with 

March 22nd – Loah – Irish-Sierra Leonean singer-songwriter Sallay Garnett, aka Loah, returns with her full band for an intimate show showcasing her unique blend of musical styles which can only be described as ArtSoul.  8:00pm, The Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st Street

March 23rd – Tobin’s Run on 51 – a showcase of jazz, this time with a focus on the Mingus album, a collaboration between folk singer Joni Mitchell and the great jazz bassist Charles Mingus.  Join Kate McGarry & Keith Ganz Duo Palooza; The Ingrid Jensen Quartet; and Christine Tobin & Phil Robson as they explore the work of these two outstanding artists.  8:00pm, The Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st Street

 March 24th – Reis/Demuth/Wiltgen – Your chance to hear this fabulous jazz trio for free!  I’ve heard them several times – if you haven’t, be sure to see them: Michael Reis, piano, Marc Demuth, bass, Paul Wilten, drums.  6:30pm, Consulate General of Luxembourg, 17 Beekman Place.  Register on or before March 17th with

March 24th – Hannah Arendt – Margarethe von Trotta’s acclaimed biographical drama of the political theorist and influential thinker during her controversial coverage of Nazi officer Adolf Eichmann’s war crimes trial at Nuremberg for The New Yorker. Pam Katz, who wrote the film’s screenplay, will present the film.  FREE, but RSVP required.  6:00pm, Deutsches Haus at NYU, 42 Washington Mews

March 24th – 26th – Colombian Film Festival – shorts, documentaries and feature-length movies, this festival is dedicated to the exhibition of Columbia’s roots and talent.

March 26th – Francophone Pop Up Exhibit – Is there a francophone community in New York? If so, who is a part of it? What connections do they have? How can French speakers become represented in the city? We embarked on a playful pursuit to connect with French-speaking New Yorkers across the five boroughs. The results of this cultural exploration in New York will be revealed to all through a dynamic multimedia exhibition. From dawn to dusk, La maison d’art gallery, 259 W 132nd St.

March 28th – Rock le Cabaret!  – Adrienne Haan and her 5 piece band return to re-interpret French chansons with a rock & roll spirit.  I’ve seen her, and she’s high energy!  7:00pm, The Metropolitan Room, 34 West 22nd Street.

March 28th – Music & Literature – This event will include readings and performances that emphasize the spectrum of Music & Literature’s focus, featuring renowned novelist and music critic Paul Griffiths; writer, ethnomusicologist, and activist Rebecca Lentjes; writer and editor Jeremy M. Davies; composers Kaija Saariaho and Unsuk Chin; pianist Lee Dionne; violinist Emily Daggett Smith; and violinist and conductor Jacob Ashworth.  7:30pm, The Center for Fiction, 17 East 47th Street

March 30th – An Evening with Niamh Hyland – I’ve heard her, and I think this is going to be great!  And The Cell is a wonderful, intimate space, so get on down to 23rd Street. 7:30pm – 9:30pm,  The Cell,  West 23rd Street

March 30th – Starz and On the Lig   – a side-splitting double screening of two Irish comedy dramas that explore the daily struggles of Irish actors on both side of the pond. Starz features Gerard McSorley as Dan Campbell, an actor’s agent who faces all sorts of challenges for his actors on a daily basis in Belfast. On the Lig is the art of the mooch. Set against the backdrop of high-society parties, receptions, and black-tie events, Dara and his friends, struggling Irish artists in New York, mooch their way through life by attending any event to kickstart their careers and fill up their stomachs. The screening will be followed by a Q & A with the artists from both shows. 7:30pm, the New York Irish Center, 1040 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, Queens

March is le Mois de la Francophonie!  The Organization International de la francophonie has a list of events here 

March 30th – April 2nd – Affordable Art Fair – the name says it all, with over 70 exhibitors from locations like New York, Buenos Aires, Hong Kong and Tokyo, plus workshops, talks and tours.  The Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street.

March 30th – April 2ndAIPAD  The Photography Show – featuring photography from over 115 galleries around the globe.  Pier 94, 55th Street and 12th Avenue

March 31st – We Like it Like That:  The Story of Latin Boogaloo – El Museo del Barrio in collaboration with the Museum of the City of New York present a free screening of We Like it Like That: The Story of Latin Boogaloo as part of the Metro Mashup: New York Meets Havana series.  Join us after the film for a special musical Q+A with Latin boogaloo legend Johnny Colon and Joe Bataan, and legendary NYC Latin Percussionist Benny Bonilla, moderated by Latin Jazz great Bobby Sanabria. We Like It Like That tells the story of Latin boogaloo, a colorful (musical) expression of 1960s Latino soul, straight from the streets of New York City. 6:30pm, El Teatro@El Museo, 1230 Fifth Avenue.  RSVP required

April 1st – Salif Keita in Concert – come hear this legendary Malian singer, the “Golden Voice of Africa,” who is undoubtedly one of the most influential and important artists in African music.  Ive heard him before – he’s great!  8:00pm, the Town Hall, 123 West 43rd Street

April 3rd – The Scots Who Built New York – the Early Days (1664-1750)  – Historian and architect John Kinnear, President of the American Friends of the Georgian Group and Board Member of the ASF, will take us back to the Early Days of New York – of Col. Robert Livingston and Captain Kidd, of New Amsterdam. 6:00pm, The Arsenal at Central Park.

April 4th – Closing the Cycle: Sustainable Fashion with Eileen Fisher and Patagonia – a discussion with two fashion leaders whose companies are at the forefront of the industry’s sustainability movement. Eileen Fisher, who founded her eponymous company in 1984, and Nellie Cohen, Patagonia’s Worn Wear program manager, will explain how their organizations have innovated the reuse of textiles in the production process and transformed “closed cycle” design into a profitable business model. Moderated by Associate Curator of Textiles Susan Brown.  6:30pm –8:00pm, Cooper Hewitt, 2 East 91st Street.

April 4th – HOW CULTURES THINK: My Adventures Managing the Mindsets of French and Americans – Have a fabulous dinner with the Paris American Club, and hear Dean Foster speak about cross-cultural differences. 7:00pm, The National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South

April 4th – Performance Space 122 Spring Gala – Celebrate PS122’s important history as a haven for artistic expression during the culture wars and AIDS crisis of the 80’s and 90’s. Choreographer Jack Ferver will M.C. the evening with performances by singer-songwriter Justin Vivian Bond, choreographer and arts advocate Ishmael Houston-Jones, Emmy award-winning composer and lyricist Lance Horne, cabaret star and DJ Amber Martin, and singer and comedian Erin Markey.  7:00 pm, Diamond Horseshoe, 235 W. 46th Street

April 6th – MOCA’s 6th Annual Celebration of Community Heroes   Join the fun as the Museum of Chinese in America pays  tribute to people and institutions who have inspired hope and helped advance the community: Glenn Lau-Kee, Chinatown Ice Cream Factory, Wing on Wo & Co., and First American International Bank 7:00 pm, Joy Luck Palace, 98 Mott Street

April 7th – We Are the City. Contemporary Art & Community Participation Strategies in Berlin Thomas Koehler, the Director of the Berlinische Galerie,  will tackle questions pertaining to what defines quality of life in growing metropolises. Berlin, like New York, is a rapidly growing metropolis and finds itself as a focal point of diverging interest in the city and its design. He will outline the different strategies proposed and developed by several groups of artists, architects, and urbanists on how to best include Berlin’s population in the decision-making process and re-appropriate the public space, and will present some of the most striking examples.  6:30 pm, Deutsches Haus at NYU, 42 Washington Mews.  FREE.

April 1st – 7th – Annual Tartan Week Celebrations  – music, theatre, and dancing for all!

April 8th – 19th Annual Tartan Day Parade –  Tommy Flanagan, famed actor of the popular TV Series, Sons of Anarchy, and also appearing in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol II, is this year’s Grand Marshal.   Join the American-Scottish Foundation prior to the Parade on the Fountain Terrace, Bryant Park from 11.15 am – 1.15 pm The parade steps off at 2:00 PM and marches up Sixth Avenue from 44th Street to 55th Street.

April 8th – Family Treasures – Learn how to save, store, and share your family heirlooms, photographs, and digital memories.  12:00pm – 4:00pm, Museum of Chinese in America, 215 Centre Street

April 12th – Screening of Documentary: Jackie RobinsonPart One  Ken Burn’s film about this American icon.  This evening will feature Part One, which looks at Robinson’s journey from his birth in rural Georgia through his successful first season with the Dodgers.  It will be introduced by co-directors, producers, and writers Sarah Burns and David McMahon.  6:30pm, Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn Heights.  FREE.

 April 14th – The Blarney Star Concert Series: Cathal Hayden – As a teenager in the 1970s, Cathal Hayden won a big following with his fast-paced, innovative style on the tenor banjo. In later years, with the group Four Men and a Dog, he was more often heard playing the fiddle but recently returned to his first instrument with an acclaimed new recording, “Hooked on Banjo”.  Tickets at the door only.  8:00pm, at Glucksman Ireland House NYU, One Washington Mews

April 15th – Queens Opera Theatre –  Be sure to catch the free Inaugural Season Preview of this exciting new artistic initiative.  At 7:30pm,  Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard (at the corner of Linden Place) in Downtown Flushing, Queens.  Just show up  –  NO RSVP required!

Through April 16th – Tilt Kids Festival – Art, film, music, dance, and circus, with 5 world premieres and 4 US debuts at venues around the city.  Kids and adults alike will discover new works by international artists that offer mind-opening experiences and celebrate diversity across cultures.

April 19th – Inside The Jazz Age – Discover how Americans adopted and created multiple styles in the 1920s for new fashions, architecture, and decor. Cooper Hewitt curators Sarah D. Coffin and Emily M. Orr will be joined by Stephen Harrison, curator of decorative art and design from the Cleveland Museum of Art, co-organizer of the exhibition, to discuss how The Jazz Age has prompted new scholarship on the design of the period. 6:30, Cooper Hewitt, Fifth Avenue at 91st Street

April 19th – Screening of Documentary:  Jackie Robinson, Part Two  Ken Burn’s documentary about his American icon,  which takes us through Robinson’s career with the Brooklyn Dodgers and into his life beyond baseball, when he found new ways to fight discrimination. Wall Street Journal sports columnist Jason Gay introduces the film.  6:30 pm, Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn Heights.  FREE.

April 20thThe Power of Native Design – an evening of fashion and music, and you can hear the personal stories of designers Dorothy Grant (Haida), Jamie Okuma (Luiseno/Shoshone Bannock), Bethany Yellowtail (Apsaalooke/Northern Cheyenne) and others.  Admission is free! 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Museum of the American Indian, Bowling Green.

April 20th – 22nd – The Auction Project – Fusing Celtic, jazz, and Afro-Latin influences, supergroup The Auction Project—led by Grammy-Award winning pianist and composer Arturo O’Farrill and alto saxophonist and composer David Bixler—create a surprising, richly textured, and thoroughly enjoyable sound. 8:00pm, The Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st Street

April 21st –  A Night of Country Music with Cathy Maguire and Friends – Hear great music and help support the NY Irish Center!   An accomplished singer and performer, Maguire began her career as a successful child star in Ireland, then moved to Nashville where she was mentored as a songwriter by some of Nashville’s finest writers, artists and producers. Maguire has toured extensively and has opened for internationally known artists such as Martina McBride, Randy Travis and the High Kings. 7:30pm, NY Irish Center, 1040 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, Queens

April 21st – Spring Woodwinds and Guitars – Co-produced by New School guitar faculty Richard Boukas (Jazz) and Michael Newman (Mannes), this COPA collaborative performance will feature contemporary classical and Brazilian music scored for a variety of woodwind and guitar ensembles.  I’ve heard Richard before, and he’s great! Repertoire will include works by Boukas, Gnattali, Guinga, Piazzola among others.  8:00pm, The New School Glass Box Performance Space, 55 West 13th Street.

April 22nd Native/American Fashion: Inspiration, Appropriation and Cultural Identity  – an all-day symposium, bringing together Native and non-Native historians, fashion designers and artists working in the fields of fashion, law and indigenous studies, addressing  fashion as a creative endeavor and an expression of cultural identity, issues of problematic cultural appropriation, and offering examples of creative collaborations and best practices between Native designers and fashion brands. The symposium is co-sponsored with the Fashion Institute of Technology. Admission is free!

April 22nd – England Day Block Party – Unite in the Queen Elizabeth II Garden in the heart of Lower Manhattan to recognize England and Englanders contribution to New York and the world.  Enjoy the family music and entertainment, take part in the sing-a-longs with Broadway singers, show us your rugby skills and enter the dog and costume competition.   1-4pm at The Queen Elizabeth II Garden, Hanover Square, Lower Manhattan.  FREE ENTRY FAMILY FRIENDLY

April 22nd – Record Store Day – if like me, you’ve got a turntable, this is a great day to buy some vinyl to play on it!  And to support independent shops that make our neighborhoods so great.

April 23rd – I Remember Harlem – a screening of this singular documentary (240 minutes,1981, 16mm film), directed and produced by legendary filmmaker William Miles. Miles’ epic lovingly renders the diverse, 350-year history of Harlem as both a living, breathing neighborhood and as the cultural hub of African-American life. The film will be screened in two parts, from 1 pm to 3 pm and from 4 pm to 6 pm, with a 60-minute intermission from 3 pm to 4 pm.  Museum of the City of New York, Fifth Avenue @ 103rd Street

April 24th – What Stalked through the Post Office? – On the 101st anniversary of the Easter Rising, the Yeats Society will stage a reading of a short play that has Yeats writing (with Lady Gregory) Cathleen ni Houlihan and wondering if he did the right thing. Written by Andrew McGowan, produced by Kate Gill, directed by Don Creedon. 7:00 pm, The National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South. Free; followed by dinner, $59.

April 26th – How Can Art Activate Public Spaces?  – Join five prominent art programmers, artists, and advocates in New York City and beyond. Moderated by Jonathan Kuhn, NYC Parks Director of Art & Antiquities and Jennifer Lantzas, Deputy Director for Public Art, the panel will examine opportunities and challenges faced by public art — past, present, and future.  6:00pm – 8:00pm, The Arsenal, 830 Fifth Avenue, in Central Park   FREE, but registration required.

April 26th – Dancewave Gala – Honoring educator Jody Gottfried Arnhold, choreographer Camille A. Brown and NYS Senator Velmanette Montgomery.  Enjoy a fun evening of food, music and dance, while supporting  Dancewave, a dance education nonprofit that brings together a diverse community of young people through dance education and performance.  6:00pm, Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn.

April 27th – Tobin’s Run on 51 – Zem Audu, James Genus of Saturday Night Live, and Angelica Sanchez play alongside even more of the best musicians on the scene at our last jazz night of the season.  8:00 pm, Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st Street

April 28th – Jocelyn Medina Group – In anticipation of the official unveiling next month of Jocelyn’s new album, Common Ground, she’ll be performing with an incredible configuration of jazz musicians and Indian masters. I’ve heard her – I think she’s great! (listen to my interview with her here)  Show begins at 7:30pm at  Club Bonafide, 212 East 52nd Street

Through April 29th – Brainwave 2017:  Perception – Do we see reality? Our perception of the world is colored by and filtered through our past experiences. The tenth season of Brainwave talks and events will help us better understand the limits of our perception, allowing us to change our brains, unshackle ourselves from the past, and unleash creativity, growth, and inspiration.  Rubin Museum, 150 West 17th Street

April 28th – 30th – Brooklyn Folk Festival Blues, folk, barrelhouse blues, bluegrass, gospel, western swing, concerts, jam sessions, workshops, readings, discussions and more.  Featuring talent from New York’s own thriving folk music scene as well as from the national and international world of folk, traditional and vernacular music  St. Anne’s Church, 157 Montague Street, Brooklyn

April 29th – UpBeat NYC Solo and Chamber Ensembles Recital – Members of the UpBeat Youth Orchestra will present an intimate concert of solo and small group performances followed by a  reception.  I’ve heard these kids and they’re great! Free Admission 3:00pm, Tercera Iglesia Bautista, 322 Alexander Avenue, The Bronx

April 29th & 30th – Sakura Matsuri – The annual Cherry Blossom Festival and celebration of traditional and contemporary Japanese culture, with music, dance, tea ceremonies and activities for the whole family.  10:00am – 6:00pm Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn

April 30th – Viva la Musica de Argentina – Join Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International,  for an evening of Argentinean music, including the world premier for Martin Palmeri’s Tango Credo.  7:00pm, Carnegie Hall, West 57th Street.

May 2nd – Paris American Club Young Member Cocktail – American Francophiles, French people who love the USA, members and friends are welcome to join and celebrate. Jazz band, wine, hors-d’oeuvres, networking/mingling quiz, CEO tips, and swing dance introduction lesson by Spencer Weisbond. First drink included in registration, cash bar thereafter. 6:30pm, Hotel Chantelle, 92 Ludlow Street.

May 3rd – Adrienne Haan Sings the American Songbook – Accompanied by a dynamic four piece swing band comprised of piano, bass, drums, and alto sax/clarinet, this production includes songs such as Adrienne’s special version of Blue Skies, a Sinatra Medley and her bossa nova rendition of All or Nothing At All.  I’ve seen her several times, and I’m sure it will be a high-energy performance!  7:00pm, The Metropolitan Room, 34 West 22nd Street

May 5thAngelique Kidjo – Remain in Light She is a remarkable performer – I’ve seen her several times – and is one of the strongest African voices the world over.  This concert is a premiere related to her new album about African roots in rock music.  Join her as she creates her own takes on Talking Heads songs.   8:00pm, Carnegie Hall, West 57th Street and 7th Avenue.

May 5th – Art New York  provides a fresh alternative for important, never-before exhibited works from both primary and secondary markets.   Pier 94, 55th Street and 12th Avenue

May 5th – CONTEXT New York dedicated to the development and reinforcement of emerging and mid-career artists.  Located alongside Art New York, the open atmosphere is designed to generate meaningful dialogue between artists, galleries and collectors while providing the ultimate platform to show cutting-edge talent from leading galleries around the world.  I’ve been to both these shows, and I think they’re good.

May 5th – 7th – 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair – 19 galleries from Angola, Côte d’Ivoire, France, Ghana, Italy, Kenya, Morocco, the UK, the US and South Africa will showcase the work of more than 60 contemporary artists of emerging and established profile. Curator Koyo Kouoh will return to organize the fair’s education program, 1:54 FORUM, which will take place throughout the entirety of the fair. I’ve been to the two previous edition of this fair, and highly recommend it!   Pioneer Works, Red Hook, Brooklyn.

May 5th – 7th – Frieze New York – back on Randall’s Island, this fair will feature works by over 1,000 contemporary and 20th century artists, as well as Frieze Talks, focusing on questions of agency, politics and perspective.  I’ve been several times, and it’s a great place to get an idea of what’s happening in art today. Be sure to leave yourself plenty of time to explore!

May 6th – In the Highlands – Origin Theatre’s Annual Cultural Symposium celebrates Scotland – with readings/video and panel on Theatre for Young Audiences in Scotland, followed by a round table on International Relations in the Arts – A Scottish Perspective.  If this is like last year’s event, it’s gonna be great!  @ The Cell, 338 West 23rd Street. FREE, but reservation required.

May 6th – Urban Glass Open Studios  – Voyage into our spectacular– and closed to the public– 17,000 square foot facility, and watch artists work! Participate in hands-on activities for all ages, and tour our incredible space, learning about glass and the ways it can be used. Bring your bravery, and come experience the magic of glass with us in our Fort Greene Studio!  1:00pm – 5:00pm, Urban Glass, 647 Fulton Street, Brooklyn

May 6th – Toward the Sea – A concert for flute and guitar with flutist Laura Falzon and New York-based Australian guitarist Rupert Boyd. Featuring works by Music by J.S. Bach, Celso Machado, Toru Takemitsu, Osvaldo Golijov, Véronique Vella and Astor  Piazzolla.  7:00pm in Milbank Chapel at Columbia University’s Teachers College, 525 West 120th Street.

May 7th – Opening reception for Celebrating 80 Years of the Sculptor’s Guild  – see the work and talk with the artists.  2:00pm – 5:00pm, Governor’s Island

Through May 7th – Salon Zürcher Africa featuring the work of seven  artists from across the continent.  @33 Bleeker Street

Through May 7th – PEN America World Voices Festival  of International Literature – the only international literary festival in America, this year’s edition will feature 150 writers from 40 nations, with a special focus on today’s restive relationship between gender and power. In addition,The International Play Festival will feature readings of works by writers hailing from five different continents.  All readings will be followed by discussion with the playwright.

Through May 7th – Superfine – this is the first time this fair from Miami will be setting up in NYC featuring 45 international exhibitors focusing on accessibly-priced artwork geared towards both savvy entry-level collectors and seasoned art aficionados. @ 459 West 14th Street

Through May 7th – Conception Art Fair – making its debut, this Miami-based fair, owned and produced exclusively by women, will feature pioneering artists, collectives and galleries with a strong focus on art for social and political change as well as work by women and other under-represented minorities. @80 Wooster Street. 

Through May 7th – Collective Design Fair   – with 28 international exhibitors and 21 special presentations.  bringing together a selection of established and emerging galleries that showcase 20th and 21st century design from around the globe.   @Skylight Clarkson Square

Through May 8th – Portal – featuring the work of approximately 30 artists from the U.S. and abroad.  This is the group that organizes the Governor’s Island art fair. @ 435 Broome Street.

Through May 8th – TEFAF New York – The European Fine Art Fair returns to the  Park Avenue Armory with a focus on modern and contemporary art and design from 92 galleries, as well as a small number of dealers exhibiting jewelry, African & Oceanic art, and antiquities.

Through May 9th – NY African Film Festival – The festival’s theme, “The Peoples’ Revolution,” taps into the pulse of protest and the calls for change bubbling up throughout the peoples of the world, a reform charge championed by a new wave of artists throughout Africa and its diaspora. The festival will present a total of 25 feature-length films and 36 short films from 25 countries—celebrated African films from the continent and the diaspora.

 Through May 10th – Asia Week New York Contemporary  – Making its debut, 7 galleries will present the works of renowned Asian artists and will hold open houses on Friday evening, May 5, from 6–8pm.

May 10th – Measuring Our Harbor:  Strong Healthy and Open – Join the Waterfront Alliance’s annual Waterfront Conference—the conference on a boat—has grown into the region’s premier forum for dialogue and discourse about our shared waterfront.

May 10th & 11th – Battery Dance NYC – Experience the artistry that has propelled Battery Dance into international prominence and inspired its passionate social activism  as the Company unveils four new works in its 41st Annual New York Season. This New York Season marks a new era for the company, a creative crescendo arising from four decades worth of global artistic influences and a resounding humanitarian mission that is more important than ever.  I’ve got my ticket!   7:30 pm, Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University, Park Row.

May 12th – Celebrate the power of TRANSFORMATION  with an evening packed with fun, free activities! Browse our exhibitions, enjoy a Brooklyn Brewery beer and live accordion music by Matt Veligdan, and check out the activities happening throughout the building, from meditation and a talk on how to become a tree in your afterlife, to some magic by Noah Levine and drink-n-draw rainbow scratch drawing! 5:00 – 9:00pm, Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont Street  FREE

Through May 14th – Spring/Break Bklyn Immersive – a curated exhibition featuring a dozen artists focusing on site-specific, immersive installations and environments.  @ City Point, downtown Brooklyn

Through May 14th – 100 Works on Paper Exhibition – with original drawings & works on paper donated by over 100 artists in support of the gallery’s benefit on May 20th.   Kentler International Drawing Space, 353 Van Brunt Street, Red Hook, Brooklyn

May 14th – Do Re Mi – Four people, four explosive tales of life in contemporary Malta:  This all-too-rare example of Maltese cinema tackles a host of hot-button issues—from the refugee crisis to mental illness—with a mix of dark surrealism and unflinching candor. With director Chris Zarb in person and actor Sean O’Neil in person.  3:00 pm, the Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Avenue, Astoria, Queens

May 15th – Origin Theatre 15th Anniversary Gala  – always a great time in support of a wonderful organization that presents US premiers of European plays and produces the First Irish Theatre Festival. A great organization worth supporting!  At Mutual of America, Park Avenue.

May 15th – Municipal Arts Society Spirit of the City Awards – featuring a conversation among honorees Rebecca Solnit and Joshua Jelly-Schapiro, Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas and Matthew “Levee” Chavez, Subway Therapy.  6:30, El Museo del Barrio, 1230 5th Avenue at 104th Street  FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

May 15th – Journalism in Troubled Times – a conversation among the Russian-American journalist Masha Gessen, SPIEGEL ONLINE’s New York correspondent Marc Pitzke, and NYU journalism professor Jay Rosen.  Moderated by Christian Martin, Max Weber Chair of the Center for European and Mediterranean Studies.  6:30 pm, Deutsches Haus at NYU, 42 Washington Mews.

May 16th – Do Re Mi – Four people, four explosive tales of life in contemporary Malta:  This all-too-rare example of Maltese cinema tackles a host of hot-button issues—from the refugee crisis to mental illness—with a mix of dark surrealism and unflinching candor. Q&A with Director Chris Zarb & Actor Sean O’Neil  7:00pm,  Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street.

May 16th – Urban Glass Gala & Auction celebrating 40 years of UrbanGlass!  6:30pm – 11:00pm, Urban Glass, 647 Fulton Street, Brooklyn

May 18th – Art Museum Day – will offer free or reduced admission, educational programs, and/or discounts on or around May 18.

May 19th – Color of the Ocean – While vacationing in the Canary Islands, German tourist Nathalie witnesses a boat full of African refugees attempting to land on shore. She tries to help and in doing so sets in motion a disastrous chain of events none could have foreseen. A red-hot film about the humanitarian and political crises in Europe in connection with the tide of African immigration. 6:30pm, Goethe Institute, 30 Irving Place.

May 20th – Free Verse for a Free Nation – with readings by Maggie Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard, Monique Truong, Adam Haslett, Péter Zilahy, John Hockenberry and many more!  Join us to support the Waterfront Barge Museum, the ACLU, PEN America, the NEA and Sunny’s Bar, with a night of poetry, the sunset over the Brooklyn waterfront and Walt Whitman’s favorite snack. The first reading will begin at 5:30PM and an after party will take place at Sunny’s Bar.  5:30, the Waterfront Museum, 290 Conover Street

May 20th – 100 Works on Paper Benefit  with original drawings & works on paper donated by over 100 artists Kentler International Drawing Space, 353 Van Brunt Street, Red Hook, Brooklyn

May 21st – Lower East Side Scavenger Hunt – The Lower East Side Ecology Center, Media education non-profit MIRA, and the East River Park Coalition are joining forces once again to explore the history, art and culture of the Lower East Side and East River Park through an exciting story-based Scavenger Hunt on May 21. The event is open to all people age 12 and over.  2:00 – 4:00pm.  Meet outside the E. Broadway “F” station.

May 17th – 21st – Long Island City Artists Open –  Your chance to talk to the artists in their studios, or in group shows.  There will also be live performances and parties! Long Island City, Queens.

May 18th – 21st – Design Pavillion – a five-day cultural event and outdoor activation with a curated set of interactive displays bringing design and innovation directly to Times Square’s renovated plazas, encouraging community engagement and increasing awareness of design. Times Square.

May 19th – 21st – Queens New Music Festival – highlighting the wealth of artists living and working in Queens, as well as inviting artists from other parts of New York City and the country to contribute to the livelihood of the most diverse borough of the city.   All festival performances will be held at the Secret Theatre’s Main Stage (44‐02 23rd Street, Long Island City, Queens).

May 20th & 21stThe Fountain House Gallery studio welcomes all to stop by Suite 203 in the historic Silks Building, 37-24 24th Street in Long Island City.  Explore the new space, view the art that has been created, and meet the artists!  Part of the LIC Artists Open festival.

 through May 21st – Panorama Europe Film Festival – featuring seventeen vibrant works—including witty comedies, gritty thrillers, and timely documentaries—representing some of the finest and most riveting films coming out of Europe today. The Festival will be filled with New York premieres, with opening and closing night events featuring special guests in person. This is a great opportunity to discover some of the most exciting new international filmmakers. Screenings will take place at Museum of the Moving Image in Queens and at the Bohemian National Hall in Manhattan.

May 22nd – Reading of Pink Mist by Owen Sheers – From the author of I Saw a Man comes a powerful drama in verse that captures both the trauma of modern warfare and the difficulty of transitioning back to normal life after combat.  Part of Origin Theatre’s Mondays in May series. Free, but reservation required.  7:00pm, Glucksman Ireland House at NYU, 1 Washington Mews.

Through May 24th – NYC X Design  – The city-wide celebration of design.  Now in its fifth year, this event brings together all the disciplines of design, commerce, culture, education, and entertainment with a full, varied program, including exhibitions, installations, trade shows, talks, launches and open studios.

May 25th – MOCA Reads:  Chinese Mexicans and the Shaping of a Mexican National Identity – Join the conversation with Jason Chang, author of Chino: Anti-Chinese Racism in Mexico, 1880-1940 as he sheds light on antichinismo–the politics of racism against Chinese Mexicans and delves into the untold story of how antichinismo helped the revolutionary Mexican state, and the elite in control of it, build their nation. 6:30 – 8:30pm, Museum of Chinese in America, 215 Centre Street

May 25th –  Yeats Society visit to the New York Public Library’s Berg Collection, which houses much material related to Yeats and his circle. Focusing on new acquisitions related to the Irish Literary Renaissance, librarian Josh McKeon will give a talk and answer questions.  To reserve a place, email

May 26th – Scientific Controversy – Consciousness – Pioneer Works Director of Sciences Janna Levin invites neuroscientist Christof Koch (President and Chief Scientific Officer of the Allen Institute for Brain Science) and cognitive scientist David Chalmers (Director of the Center for Mind, Brain and Consciousness at New York University) to ask: Do androids actually dream of electric sheep?   8:00pm, Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer Street, Red Hook, Brooklyn.

May 26th – 29th – Dance Africa 2017 – The nation’s largest festival of African dance returns for its 40th anniversary celebration. This year’s performance, under the leadership of Artistic Director Abdel R. Salaam, is a special curated program that pays tribute to the past, present, and future of the landmark festival and the transformative power of movement.  And, you can see African films May 26th- 29th, and find African, Caribbean, and African-American food, crafts, and fashion at the African Bazaar May 27th-29th.  Brooklyn Academy of Music, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn.

May 28th – Annual Loisaida Festival – Now in its 30th year, this is a fun a celebration of music, art and theatre of the Lower East Side with performances, workshops, presentations and shows, not to mention one of the funkiest parades ever!  Parade kicks off at 11:00am, at 10th Street and Avenue C.   at 12:40 catch the UpBeat Youth Orchestra on the main stage at 12th Street and Avenue C.  I’ve been to this event several times, and it’s a lot of fun!!

May 28th –  THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED  Ol’ Blue Eyes and the 1940s/50s are Back!  – Shows at 3:00pm and 7:30pm – The Waterfront Museum, 290 Conover Street, Pier 44, Red Hook, Brooklyn

May 28th – Adrienne Haan at Bemelman’s Bar at Hotel Carlyle – This high energy chanteuse will be accompanied by Richard Danley.  9:00pm – midnight

May 29th – Reading of OVERSHADOWED by Eva O’Connor (Ireland), directed by Rory Dominick McGregor UK)  Imogene used to be sparkly, vivacious and outgoing. She used to fancy lads, have curves and love chips….  FREE but reservation required.  7:00pm, NYU Glucksman Ireland House, 1 Washington Mews

May 30th – Berlin To Broadway-Transatlantic – high energy chanteuse Adrienne Haan brings back her show accompanied by Richard Danley on piano and Mike Campenni on drums.  7:00pm, The Metropolitan Room, 34 West 22nd Street

May 31st – Common Ground CD release – hear Jocelyn Medina with her trio performing her newest compositions, fusing jazz harmonies with raga- based melodies from India and polyrhythms from Ghana .  I’ve seen her – she’s great!  Shows at 8:00pm and 10:00pm, Jazz @ the Kitano, 66 Park Avenue (38th Street).

June 2nd – Opening Reception for Bigger, Bolder, Better  – Inspired by last-January’s Women’s Marches, where women and allies gathered in record numbers, the notion of “strength in numbers” can be felt throughout BIGGER, BOLDER, BETTER. Curators Jaynie, Crimmins, Christina Massey, and Etty Yaniv bring together fifteen women artists whose work utilize fragmentation, repetition, distinct use of daily ephemeral materials, and labor intensive processes.  6:00pm – 8:00pm, 470 Vanderbilt Avenue, Brooklyn.

June 2nd – European Literature Night – A special literary event and book fair, with actors performing a curated selection of passages from exceptional literary works of fiction and poetry from across the European continent. The selected books will be available in a book fair along with other international titles.  The selected books come from countries representing a diverse and varied Europe: Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia and Spain. FREE but reservation required 7:00pm – 10:00pm, Bohemian National Hall,  321 East 73rd Street

June 3rd – MOCA Dragon Boat Festival – an afternoon of family fun–filled with pests, potpourri, and plenty of activities!  Museum of Chinese in America, 215 Centre Street

June 3rd & 4th – Craft in Focus Festival – over a hundred hands-on workshops for all ages, inspiring lectures by renowned international craftsmen, master classes for professionals and outstanding documentaries on master craftsmanship.  Learn how to make Origami, spoons, jewelry and more – even your own Shaun the Sheep!  Industry City, Brooklyn

Through June 4th – World Science Festival  – with programs for every age, educational and fun!  Through discussions, debates, theatrical works, interactive explorations, musical performances, intimate salons, and major outdoor experiences, the Festival takes science out of the laboratory and into the streets, parks, museums, galleries and premier performing arts venues of New York City and beyond.

June 7th – Sovereign: Recent Works by Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz – Opening Reception will feature drawings, photographs, and props created for her “Reinas/Queens” series, in which five allegorical self portraits depicting a royal archetype, deeply rooted in a personal trauma, fear, and anxieties. 5:00pm – 9:00pm, Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos, 450 Grand Concourse, Rm C-190, the Bronx

June 7th – Bronx Council on the Arts Art & Culture Trolley Tour  discover the arts organizations in the City’s northernmost borough. 

June 9th – Sea Shanties and Folk Music by Slackjaw & Holler – celebrate New York City’s waters with a lively mix of traditional, new and original bluegrass songs. Multi-layered harmonies are supported by bluegrass instrumentation. Enjoy the talents of the Slackjaw/Holler crew featuring Rachael Benjamin, Beth Sulimani, Rob Meador and Doug Pierson. Special guest appearance by Emmerson playing original compositions. 7:30pm, Waterfront Barge Museum, 290 Conover Street, Red Hook, Brooklyn

June 10th – Red Hook FestivalFree music and dance festival on the Brooklyn Waterfront, including performances by musical spoken word duo Climbing PoeTree, theatrical contemporary dance group The Dash Ensemble, Princess Grace Award-winning choreographer Loni Landon and the Loni Landon Dance Project, and the electrifying Dabka and Zaffa team The Freedom Dabka Group.  2:00pm – 7:00pm, Louis J. Valentino, Jr. Park & Pier, Coffey & Ferris Streets, Red Hook, Brooklyn

through June 11th – Northside Festival   – three days of music, innovation and art.  Northside Innovation will feature talks on emerging tech, media innovations, the future of original video content, startup pitch competitions, talks on design, tactical workshops for entrepreneurs, and cultural discussions with Brooklyn influencers.  Northside Music bring together over 300 artists, both emerging and established, to perform on outdoor stages and in the beloved indie clubs scattered throughout north Brooklyn for one massive celebration of the borough’s ongoing artistic life.  Northside Art transforms Bedford Avenue into a creative oasis, covering 13 city blocks.  The Festival takes place in Williamsburg, Greenpoint and Bushwick,  Brooklyn.

June 12th – A Celebration of W.B. Yeats’s 152nd birthday – with short films about the poet. At the National Arts Club, free; followed by a “literary dinner,” $59. Coole Swan tasting before and after the play and after dinner.  See Yeats Society website for information  

June 13th – Fear City: New York’s Fiscal Crisis and the Rise of Austerity Politics  – The October 30, 1975, edition of the New York Daily News led off with a startling headline: “Ford to City: Drop Dead.” This blunt declaration referenced a speech by then-President Gerald Ford denying any federal bailout money to the financially-troubled city of New York, notorious for poverty and crime throughout the 70’s and 80’s. Historian and New York University professor Kim Phillips-Fein dives into the crises of this turbulent period in New York’s history, surveying the fiscal policies that led the city to the brink of bankruptcy, the scare tactics used by the powerful to enforce austerity, and the lasting effects on the city and nation at large.  This is sure to be a very lively talk, with a very engaging author.  6:30pm, Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn Heights

June 15th – Cabaret Français – Join members of the Paris-American Club, for an event that promises to be a sold-out evening. A French buffet with French wines – bien sûr – will be served prior to the performance by Jean Brassard that begins at 8:00. An exquisite evening of delicious food and drink with spectacular entertainment.   6:30pm, National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South.

June 16th – Bloomsday Breakfast  – This annual free event, hosted by Origin Theatre – commemorates the Dublin summer morning chronicled in James Joyce’s landmark novel ‘Ulysses,’ which takes place in a single day, June 16, 1904.  Join friends, actors, musicians and Malachy McCourt; Charlotte Moore; Alan Gogarty; David O’Hara; Paula Nance; Aedin Maoloney; David Staller; Terry Donnolly; Fiona Walsh; The James Joyce Reading Group and David O’Leary of Trí – The New Irish Tenors – and a host of others …  there’s a prize for the best costume!  FREE, but RSVP recommended.  7:30am – 10:00 am, Bloom’s Tavern, 208 East 58th Street 

June 16th – Bloomsday on Broadway – One Book Called Ulysses – This year’s Bloomsday features readings from the offensive, subversive, obscene, political, sexual and heretical elements of Ulysses, including a Whirlwind Tour of all 18 chapters of Ulysses hosted by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon.  7:00pm, At Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street

through June 17th – Chelsea Music Festival – Presenting its 8th annual summer season with an exploration of its theme “Measuring Time.” The Festival will present nine days of events throughout the Chelsea neighborhood and beyond in a wide-ranging exploration of pulse and time through the performing, visual and culinary arts, and will feature world-class artists in music ranging from Classical to Jazz, art exhibitions, curated dinners and receptions, Family Events, Panel Talks and Lectures by noted scholars, daytime Open-Air events and more.  I’ve been to this festival, and it’s fabulous!

through June 17th – Bigger, Bolder, Better  – Inspired by last-January’s Women’s Marches, where women and allies gathered in record numbers, the notion of “strength in numbers” can be felt throughout BIGGER, BOLDER, BETTER. Curators Jaynie, Crimmins, Christina Massey, and Etty Yaniv bring together fifteen women artists whose work utilize fragmentation, repetition, distinct use of daily ephemeral materials, and labor intensive processes.  470 Vanderbilt Avenue, Brooklyn

June 17th – Native Sounds Downtown concert series  Quechua band Inkarayku perform  indigenous music forms that have evolved into the contemporary mestizo music heard today, blending the organic power of Quechua folk songs with the energy and edge unique to New York.  1:00pm and 3:00pm, National Museum of the American Indian, Bowling Green

June 17th – Coney Island Mermaid Parade – need I say more?  Deborah Harry and Chris Stein of Blondie will be this year’s parade royalty.  1:00pm, West 21st Street and Surf Avenue.

June 17th & 18th – Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival – Founded by musician and activist Pete Seeger and his wife Toshi, this year’s Great Hudson River Revival’s confirmed headliners include: Lake Street Dive, the reunion of Cry Cry Cry (first performance in more than nineteen years), Los Lobos, Arlo Guthrie. Richard Thompson, Joan Osborne singing a set of Bob Dylan’s songs; Josh Ritter, Alejandro Escovedo, Joe Purdy.  Croton Point Park, Croton-on-Hudson, NY.  Full list of performers on the website.

through June 18th – ARC Music Sale – your chance to get cd’s and vinyl – classical, jazz, rock, world music and more – at rock bottom prices!  I’ve gotten some great music here. The ARChive of Contemporary Music, 54 White Street, Tribeca.

through June 18th – Alvin Ailey Dance See works created because of their Musical Inspirations, including the Company premiere of Robert Battle’s Mass. Enjoy Global Voices, a showcase of choreographers from Europe and America, including Mauro Bigonzetti’s sensual Deep. Or choose a program of diverse American works that share Bold Visions, including Hope Boykin’s elegant r-Evolution, Dream.  A fabulous dance company – be sure to see them.   At Lincoln Center.

June 16th – 18th – New Traditions Festival 2017    A 3-night festival featuring local Caribbean choreographers and dancers who push the boundaries of Caribbean dance forms and/or use cultural narratives or traditions as a throughline in their work.  At the Mark Morris Dance Center, 3 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn.

June 20th – Night at the Museums – Explore the museums and historic sites of Lower Manhattan – 15 venues within walking distance of each other.  FREE  4:00pm – 8:00pm

June 20th – Culture Goes to War  Inspired by the Museum of the City of New York exhibition, Posters and Patriotism: Selling World War I in New York, join leading historians, authors, and curators to investigate new modes of literature, painting, and music that arose in response to the war and consider how traditional ideas about Western art were yet another casualty of war.  6:30 pm, Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street

June 21st – Make Music New York – A unique festival of 1,000+ free concerts in public spaces throughout the five boroughs of New York City. From 10 in the morning to 10 at night, musicians of all ages, creeds, and musical persuasions – from hip hop to opera, Latin jazz to punk rock – perform on streets, sidewalks, stoops, plazas, cemeteries, parks and gardens.  What better way to celebrate the first day of Summer!

June 22nd – Math is Sexy – Pride Event A celebration of the intersection between freedom of expression and mathematics.  Advocate and artist Domingo Zapata will be honored with the MoMath Diversity Champion Award in this exciting evening hosted by Jorge Bustillos. National Museum of Mathematics, 11 East 26th Street

June 23rd – Judging a Book by its Cover  – Michael Reynolds, Editor-in-Chief at Europa Editions, Jennifer Tobias, MoMA Librarian, and artist Liz Linden discuss social implications of romance novels through the book cover design of Elena Ferrante’s The Neapolitan Series, Linden’s Damaged Goods, and Julia Weist’s Sexy Librarian in conversation with culture writer Alina Cohen. 6:30 – 8:00pm, The Center for Book Arts, 28 West 27th Street, 3rd Floor

June 24th – Global Water Dance Festival  – an outdoor dance performance! New York choreographers join with more than 100 cities worldwide as part of Global Water Dances, a project of the NY-based Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies, to raise awareness of the dangers that threaten this life-sustaining resource.  FREE  see website for locations and time.

June 27th – A Taste of the World – New York Social – Come enjoy an evening of haute cuisine by notable chefs from around the world accompanied by international music, all while raising money to  benefit the global projects of Aga Khan Foundation USA.  The evening will feature a guest appearance by Aasif Mandvi from Comedy Central’s The Daily Show and music by Satya Hinduja.

through June 29th – TACT New Play Festival – with four brand-new works that invite you to explore new worlds and expect the unexpected with plays that are funny, touching, thought provoking, and always compelling, as well as post-show discussions! 7:00pm, Wednesdays and Thursdays, at The Actor’s Company Theatre, 900 Broadway, Suite 905.

through June 30th – Blue Note Jazz Festival – your chance to hear established artists and discover new talent!  Check website  for venues and times

June 30th –  movie screening:  Bornholmer Straße – At the Bornholmer Straße border crossing in Berlin, Lieutenant Colonel Schäfer and the GDR border patrol officers under his command are surprised by the news that, effective immediately, all East German citizens are free to travel to the West… A captivatingly ironic and surprisingly moving comedy on the edge of despair, about heroes who absolutely don’t want to become them. FREE 6:30, Goethe Institut, 30 Irving Place

through July 3rd – Urban Art Fair  – This French fair of contemporary urban art makes its w.ay to our shores for the first time, with 21 galleries specializing in urban (street) art from New York, Paris, Berlin and New Jersey.  Spring Studios, 50 Varick Street

July 6th – First Thursdays Jazz – Socrates Sculpture Park and The Jazz Foundation of America present a fun and dynamic series of jazz in the Park on our summer events stage near the East River, and feature local food vendors, and culminate on August 3, Louis Armstrong’s 116th birthday.  6:30pm – 8:00pm, Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City, Queens

July 8th – Wonderful World Festival    Eight hours of jazz in celebration of Louis Armstrong. led by Jon Batiste, and featuring Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, as well as members of the Dap Kings.  FREE 1:00-8:00, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens

July 8th & 9th – Insitu Site Specific Dance Festival – Featuring a diverse program of unique, site-specific dance works by 24 distinguished and emerging New York City-based choreographers, the festival will take place at four LIC waterfront parks: Hunters Point South Park, Gantry Plaza State Park, Queensbridge Park and Socrates Sculpture Park.  From noon to 7 PM on both days.  FREE

July 9th – Math Metropolis – The New York Math Festival  – A full day of mathematical fun. Take the entire family and enjoy hands-on math exhibits, entertaining mathematical games, and intriguing puzzles and brainteasers. 10:00am – 4:00pm, on the plaza  at 28 Liberty Street

July 9th – FIAF Bastille Day Enjoy French food, wine, music, and activities for the whole family, not to mention  a special show presented by the cast of hit musical An American in Paris, East 60th Street, between 5th and Lexington Avenues. 

July 11th – Paris-American Club Pre-Bastille Cocktail Dînatoire -After all of les fêtes dans la rue,  join us for a Bastille Day cocktail dînatoire along the banks of the Hudson in sight of La Liberté.  6:30pm – 8:30pm, Le District, Brookfield Place, 225 Liberty Street at North Cove Harbor (WFC).  Pre-registration required

July 11th – Book Talk: Chief Engineer: Washington Roebling, The Man Who Built the Brooklyn Bridge – After his father’s tragic death, Washington Roebling stepped in to finish John Roebling’s pièce de résistance: the Brooklyn Bridge. Biographer Erica Wagner chronicles this monumental accomplishment and reveals new archival material, including Roebling’s personal memoir, thought to be lost to the historical record.  6:30pm, Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn Heights

July 12th – Opening of Summer Exhibitions – Animation + Printing features a selection of short animated films from around the US and the world, each created using techniques common in the book arts such as letterpress printing from moveable type, wood type, pressure printing, lino and wood cut, etching, silkscreen as well as animation in watermarked paper;  Protest ≠ Profest: Global Burdens presents artworks that deal with activism or passionate convictions toward current societal concerns, issues, desires and/or trends. Focusing on artists’ books and works that relate to the concept of book arts.  6:00pm-8:00pm, Center for Book Arts, 28 West 27th Street.

July 13th – Bastille Day Ball Enjoy French food, wine, champagne, and live music at this annual event, hosted by the Committee of French Speaking Societies.  6:00pm – midnight, Club 404, 404 Tenth Avenue

June 14th – 25th – River to River – 12 days of dance, music, theater and the visual arts — 100 + performances and events spanning 17 projects at 31 unique sites across Lower Manhattan and Governors Island.  Schedule to be announced June 1st

June 27th – July 15th – Midsummer Night Swing – live music and dance lessons – salsa, honky-tonk, swing, tango, Latin and more!  under the stars.  The music is free – there’s a fee for the dance lessons.  Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center

July 8th – 15 – Tap City – Tap dancing! And movies about tap, a tour of tap dance landmarks, a boat ride and tap treasure hunt are part of this weeklong extravaganza.

July 15th – Go Africa Harlem Street Festival – Food, music and more!  West 116th Street, between 7th & 8th Avenues, 10:00am to 7:00pm

July 3rd – 16th – French Restaurant Week – In partnership with OpenTable®, this special week offers customers the ability to enjoy special prix-fixe menu options during dinner, and in some cases, lunch at over 40 restaurants. Ooh la la!

July 16th – Brooklyn Bar Tabac Bastille Day – Eat, drink, and play pétanque.  Noon to 10:00pm, Smith Street from Pacific Street to Bergen Street.  Further up Smith street, at Degraw, La Provence en Boite is also feting the day.

May 6th – July 16th – Celebrating 80 Years of The Sculptor’s Guild –  includes work by 50 of its’ present members in wood, clay, steel, stone, bronze, fabric, neon, paper, installations, and digital multi-media.  You can find my review here.

July 16th – City of Water Day – The Waterfront Alliance’s 9th Annual free, family-oriented celebration of the world-class potential of the New York and New Jersey waterfront.  Held on Governors Island, New York; Maxwell Place Park, Hoboken, New Jersey; and dozens of In Your Neighborhood locations around New York Harbor, the event draws thousands of people to the water for a day of fun, including free boat tours on all kinds of vessels, from tall ships to tugboats; free rowing, kayaking, paddle-boarding, and the highly anticipated Con Edison Cardboard Kayak Race; and the Waterfront Activity Fair and Disney Children’s Activities offer something for the whole family  10:00am – 4:00 pm

July 21st – Dinner with the Curators – Gather around the dinner table with co-curators Audra Ang, Kian Lm Kho, Andrew Rebatta, and Herb Tam for conversations about Chinese food and identity while enjoying dishes prepared by some of the NYC-based featured chefs of MOCA’s hit exhibit, Sour, Sweet, Bitter, Spicy.  Museum of Chinese in America, 215 Centre Stret.

July 22nd – Summer Saturday  – Bring the kids to hear folk tales from years past. Performances by singer-songwriters will take place throughout the day, and docents will lead guided tours of the museum’s exhibitions between sets. Artisans will demonstrate their skills – a fun day for all.  FREE.  Starting at 11:00, American Museum of Folk Art,  Columbus Avenue between 65th & 66th Streets.

July 22nd – The Grand Neptune Ball – enjoy specialty cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a midsummer sunset. Most importantly, and in the liveliest Neptunian fashion, everyone will dance. The Zac Greenberg Quartet will be bursting and roaring and floating our boat.  8:00pm, Waterfront Barge Museum, 290 Conover Street, Red Hook, Brooklyn

July 24th – Art & Math – Award-winning artist Antal Kelle ArtFormer discusses his artwork, Helix Opus 124, on display at the National Museum of Mathematics, and enjoy the mathematical surprise underlying his artistic creation.  Plus, enjoy seeing many of ArtFormer’s other artworks through a series of photographs from his “Eroded Theories” collection, taken by his daughter, Emese Kelle-Kaleem, and curated by Kristof Fenyvesi.  6:00pm,  National Museum of Mathematics, 11 East 26th Street

July 24th – 26th – The Next Big Thing – Each night features a reading of a new play. And wine. FREE, no need to reserve.  6:30pm, Urban Stages, 259 West 30th Street.

July 25th – The Amazing, Incredible History and Future of Brooklyn Animation – Long before Pixar, The Simpsons, WB Looney Tunes, and Walt Disney became synonymous with cartoons, American animation was born and bred in Brooklyn. Join animators John Canemaker and Jennifer Oxley, collector Tommy Stathes, and archivist David Kay for a panel exploring the past, present, and future of Brooklyn animation.  6:30pm, Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn Heights

through July 28th – Condo Art Pop-Up – In this variation on an art fair, 36 galleries from Europe, Latin America, Asia and the US will be sharing space in 16 NYC galleries, giving them a chance to show their work in the Big Apple in a less-hurried fashion. 

through July 28th – Films on the Green – In its landmark 10th year, Films on the Green will present French cinema through the eyes of 10 guest curators and some of the most creative and compelling filmmakers, actors, and artists of our time: Wes Anderson, Jim Jarmusch, James Ivory, Saul Williams, Isabella Rossellini, Wanda Sykes, Laurie Anderson, Matthew Weiner, Matías Piñeiro, and Amy Hargreaves.  All films are in French with English subtitles, except for the July 12th screening which is in French and English with Spanish subtitles.  Music by WNYU and WHCS DJs prior to the screenings! Free and open to the public.

August 1st – Disability.  Dance. Artistry. – Join Dance/NYC for a series of conversations about integrated and disability dance artistry. Organized around upcoming New York City metropolitan area performance activity at the nexus of disability and dance, the series will feature leading artists working at that nexus in conversation with their presenters. Dance/NYC will launch its series with a conversation with Heidi Latsky Dance, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., followed by a master class, 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

August 1st – Art of Fashion inspired clothing swap and panel discussion – with curator Kathy Battista, photographer Elizabeth Bick, and Fountain House Gallery artists Susan Spangenberg and Alyson Vega. Fountain House Gallery, 702 9th Ave, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

August 2nd – Art & Math – Join mathematical sculptor Carlo Séquin and artist Hans Schepker as they explore the interrelationship between mathematics and art using the Platonic solids as their medium.  This unique presentation juxtaposes a demonstration of intriguing geometric relationships with the realization of those relationships in beautiful glass and metal constructions.  Learn more and register at 4:30pm  Note that this presentation precedes the free Math Encounters presentation at 7:00 pm, featuring Persi Diaconis (  Sign up for both events and spend your evening enjoying the wonder and beauty of math!  National Museum of Mathematics, 11 East 26th Street

August 2nd – Sunset Tea & Pims – Join the American-Scottish Foundation in the tranquility of the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation Arsenal’s Rooftop, overlooking the Central Park Zoo, with fabulous Manhattan views, the Arsenal’s rooftop will provide a striking backdrop for an Iced Tea and Pimms end to your day. 6:00pm-8:00pm

August 3rd –  First Thursdays Jazz – celebrating Louis Armstrong’s 116th birthday, Socrates Sculpture Park and The Jazz Foundation of America present a fun and dynamic series of jazz in the Park on our summer events stage near the East River, and feature local food vendors.  6:30pm – 8:00pm, Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City, Queens

August 5th- 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 6th – Secret Summer Festival  New York’s first and only farm-to-bar festival, where food, music, fashion and performance converge,  4:00pm – 10:00pm, The Foundry, 42-38  9th Street Long Island City

August 6th – Artist’s Talk  In conjunction with Linda Cunningham’s summer solo exhibition,  Whose Land? Whose God?  a conversation with Cunningham and artists Jeanne Heifetz and Glendalys Medina, each of whose interests in language, culture, abstraction, and history have brought them together for this compelling exhibition.  This is an opportunity to meet the artists and learn about their concept development and process first-hand. Q & A will follow.  FREE.  3:00pm, Odetta Gallery, 229 Cook Street, Bushwick, Brooklyn.

August 6th – 8th –  MOVES: Mathematics of Various Entertaining Subjects    Explore America’s only museum of math in a night open exclusively to conference attendees, then participate in two days of sessions on the mathematics of games and puzzles. Bring your family along; we’ll have a special family track to entertain.  National Museum of Mathematics, 11 East 26th Street

 August 8th – 12th – Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival – now in its 40th year, hear new works from 30 playwrights!

August 12th – 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 12th – Princess Iron Fan:  The Stories and Music of Cantonese Opera – This session offers an introduction to Cantonese opera’s traditional stories and musical styles. Learn the difference between a role type and a tune type, between Princess Changping and Princess Iron Fan. Two of Hong Kong’s noted experts, Patrick P. Lee and Joanna C. Lee, guide you through this stylized yet populist entertainment. I’ve heard Joanna speak before, so I’m sure this will  be a fun event!    2:30pm – 4:00pm, Museum of Chinese in America, 215 Centre Street

August 12th & 13th – Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival  – New festival events consist of six new ten person boats and several Special/Invitational Cup races, as well as presentations of traditional Chinese arts, martial arts demonstrations, the traditional Dragon dance, musical and other diverse performances and demonstrations of folk arts and crafts. The Festival will be held at Meadow Lake, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, New York rain or shine. Admission is free.  9:00am – 5:00pm

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

 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.

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 

through August 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.

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.

August 31st – September 3rd – NYC Unicycle Festival  – Produced by Bindlestiff Family Variety Arts, Inc., the New York City Unicycle Festival brings together recreational riders, world-class performers, mountain and off-road unicycle enthusiasts, mono—wheel vehicle inventors, and thousands of people who have not ridden in umpteen years, along with circus enthusiasts, extreme sports viewers, and anyone seeking an unusual sight––even for NYC!

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 4th – West Indian Day Parade – come join this celebration of West Indian Heritage in Brooklyn on Eastern Parkway from Schenectady Ave to Grand Army Plaza  11:00am to 6:00pm

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 6th – The Bilingual Revolution – Fabrice Jaumont discusses his new book The Bilingual Revolution: The Future of Education Is in Two Languages that tells the story of successes and setbacks through vignettes of parents and educators who founded dual language programs in their schools, sharing the belief that dual language education is a great public good that should be developed everywhere as it can positively transform a child, a school, a community, even a country.  Fabrice has been the major force behind the development of French-English dual language programs in NYC public schools, so this is an event not to be missed!  6:30pm-8:30pm, Albertine Bookstore, 972 Fifth Avenue at 79th Street

September 8th – Opening State Property – A three-venue exhibition, State Property is a multi-disciplinary examination of American consumerism of prison labor and our daily choices to purchase, condone or reject goods created in penitentiaries.  The exhibition asks guests to consider more carefully what “Made in the U.S.A” currently means in relation to the incarceration system, corporate outsourcing, and public consumerism. Currency and choice (or lack thereof) are the springboards towards a much deeper dialogue that recognizes these present injustices. 6:00pm-9:00pm, Bronx Art Space, 305 East 140th Street, the Bronx.

September 8th – 10th – Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair – more than 100 quality antiquarian book, print, photo, autograph and ephemera dealers from all over the world.. Whether you are looking for a book for under $50 to start a collection or a rare signed first edition, you’ll find those and so much more.  Brooklyn Expo Center, 79 Franklin Street, Greenpoint, Brooklyn

September 11th – Tales from the Vault: Scrapbooks from a Changing Brooklyn – At the turn of the century, Brooklyn was at a crossroads between a rural past and an industrial future. Eugene L. Armbruster, an early 20th-century photographer, captured these big changes and now-forgotten scenes in photographs and scrapbooks. Join Tess Colwell and Regina Carra, as they share stories and imagery from this fascinating collection. 6:30pm, Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn.

September 14th – Paris-American Club – Enjoy dinner with guest speaker Emmanuel Roux, Special Representative of INTERPOL to the United Nations, who will talk about how INTERPOL provides a high-tech infrastructure of technical and operational support to enable police forces around the world to meet the growing challenges of crime in the 21st century.  7:00pm,   National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South 

September 15th – Opening State Property – A three-venue exhibition, State Property is a multi-disciplinary examination of American consumerism of prison labor and our daily choices to purchase, condone or reject goods created in penitentiaries.  The exhibition asks guests to consider more carefully what “Made in the U.S.A” currently means in relation to the incarceration system, corporate outsourcing, and public consumerism. Currency and choice (or lack thereof) are the springboards towards a much deeper dialogue that recognizes these present injustices.  6:00pm-8:00pm, Swing Space, 900 Grand Concourse, the Bronx

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 16th – IdeasCity New York  Explore the future of cities with art and culture as a driving force, this event, themed around “100 Actions for the Future City,” will be a day-long investigation of strategies, ideas, and propositions featuring artist talks, initiatives by local organizations, performances, workshops, and a mayoral panel with Kasim Reed of Atlanta, Gregor Robertson of Vancouver, and Maurice Cox, former mayor of Charlottesville, Virginia, moderated by Majora Carter, Urbanist.  FREE  10:00am – 7:00pm, Sara D. Roosevelt Park at the Bowery

Through September 17th – Affordable Art Fair – Now in its 24th edition, the fair features more than 60 local, national and international exhibitors, with works priced between $100 to $10,000.  Metropolitan Pavillion, 125 West 18th Street

Through September 17th – Brooklyn Book Festival – one of America’s premier book festivals and the largest free literary event in New York City. Presenting an array of national and international literary stars and emerging authors, it includes a week of Bookend Events throughout New York City, a lively Children’s Day and a celebratory Festival Day with more than 300 authors and 200 booksellers in a vibrant Literary Marketplace.

September 17th –  Palio and Pétanque – The Paris-American Club joins their neighbors at the Minetta Block Association  to set up a game of pétanque at the “Palio on Minetta” block party.  The Palio is a gathering of residents and friends, sans cheveaux, modeled on the ‘rehearsal victory banquet’ held in each contrada (ward) on the eve of the centuries-old Palio horse race in Sienna, Italy. Unlike the typical NYC Street Fair, there are no commercial promoters.  2:00pm-5:00pm

Sept 17th –  Festival del Huapango  – Ballet Folklórico Mexicano de Nueva York presents the debut of their Festival del Huapango. The Huapango is one of the most beautiful expressions of Mexico, 100% mestizo culture with qualities worthy of the world’s most elaborated traditional music. The Huapango Festival is Mexico’s second most important music, song, and dance event after the Guelaguetza. 3:00pm – 7:00pm Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens.

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 22nd – Opening State Property – A three-venue exhibition, State Property is a multi-disciplinary examination of American consumerism of prison labor and our daily choices to purchase, condone or reject goods created in penitentiaries.  The exhibition asks guests to consider more carefully what “Made in the U.S.A” currently means in relation to the incarceration system, corporate outsourcing, and public consumerism. Currency and choice (or lack thereof) are the springboards towards a much deeper dialogue that recognizes these present injustices.  6:00pm-11:00pm, the Andrew Freedman Home, 1125 Grand Concourse, the Bronx.

September 23rd – Open Studios: Beads! Celebrating 20 years of The Bead Project – with activities, demonstrations and a celebration of The Bead Project’s 20th anniversary!  1:00pm – 5:00 pm, Urban Glass, 647 Fulton Street, Brooklyn.

September 23rd – Ghosts in the Machine:  East German Culture in Unified Germany    Join us on the eve of the German federal elections for a showcase of East German cultural endeavors. In a panel filmmaker Petra Epperlein, author Tim Mohr, and artist Cornelia Thomson reflect the impacts on their artistic work of growing up East German in re-unified Germany. FREE 6:00pm, Goethe Institute, 30 Irving Place.

through September 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 25th – Red Hook Regatta – Watch as participants race 3D-printed and laser-cut boats along the Red Hook waterfront. The Regatta purposefully connects Red Hook’s rich history as a shipping port to new technologies like 3D modeling/printing, electronic circuitry, and digital game design.  Fun activities for all ages throughout the day, including carnival games and music on the main stage. Kids can participate by building, decorating, and racing their own paper boats in our Children’s Wind-Powered Boat Race.  1:00pm – 5:00pm, Valentino Pier, corner of Coffey and Ferris Streets, Red Hook, Brooklyn.

September 26th – Censorship and the Arts – Censorship as a possibility, as a reality, is always near at hand. We like to think of it as being the problem of others, but the US has had and continues to have its share of battles over freedom of expression. The panelists on this symposium bring different insights to this timely and all-too-relevant topic.   With Monika Fabijanska, art historian, independent curator; Patricia Karetzky, Oskar Munsterberg Chair of Asian Art, Bard College; Svetlana Mintcheva, program director, the National Coalition Against Censorship; and Richard Vine, managing editor, Art in America.  6:00pm – 8:00pm, National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South

September 28th – Gender, Politics and Textiles – Art historian Julia Bryan-Wilson will present an illustrated overview of her forthcoming publication Fray: Art and Textile Politics (University of Chicago Press, 2017), and explore the relationship between textiles, gender, and war. 6:30pm, American Folk Art Museum, Columbus Avenue between 65th & 66th streets

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.

Through September 29th – Textile Month Celebration – with exhibits and talks all across the City, celebrating textile makers, designers, crafters and transformers.

September 28th – October 1st – Taste of Iceland  Iceland Naturally invites New York City to celebrate Icelandic culture with the return of Taste of Iceland Sept. 28 – Oct. 1! The four-day festival highlights the best of Icelandic culture, showcasing the Nordic nation’s cuisine, music, art, film and literature with events all over Brooklyn.

September 29th – October 1st – Irish Screen America – a showcase of contemporary Irish film, games and animation.  At NYU’s Cantor Film Center.

October 1st – Chile Pepper Festival – Start your festival tour with a funky Indian bhangra dance party, Brooklyn-style, by Red Baraat before turning up the heat with an eye-watering tasting of Hernán Mexican Mole and some fiery rhythms from Colombia, Brazil, and Venezuela with global gal group Ladama. Work up a sweat from dancing to all five sizzling bands and sampling dozens of artisanal food vendors’ tongue-numbingly delicious hot sauces, chile-chocolate confections, jams, honeys, salsas, and more!  11:00am – 6:00pm, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn.

October 3rd – Karl Geary: Montpelier Parade – Karl Geary, the Irish-born actor (Sex and the City) and co-founder of legendary East Village music institution Sin-é, launches his debut novel with an evening of words and music.  The luminous Montpelier Parade—a story of desire, longing, grief, and hope in grim 1980s Dublin—will come alive with Karl’s readings and musical responses from Jenna Nicholls and Gerry Leonard. A conversation with the author, moderated by actor, poet, and playwright Dael Orlandersmith, will close the evening.  7:30pm, Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st Street.

October 3rd – Paris-American Club Dinner  – mentoring launch dinner, featuring Dr. Irene Finel-Honigman of Columbia University, who will discuss the value of mentoring, for both the mentee and the mentor.

October 6th – The Gospel According to Kafka a Literary Collage – Elysium – between two continents and the Consulate General of the Czech Republic in New York present: “The Gospel According to Kafka a Literary Collage”.Texts from Franz Kafka’s short stories, letters, diaries, and aphorisms are woven together to a poetic collage.  6:00pm, Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street (between 1st and 2nd Avenues)   Free but tickets are required  For reservations, please call Elysium at (212) 744 4875 or send an e-mail to elysiumbtc(at)  (Limit of two tickets per request).

October 8th – Conversation with Dancing Wheels Company & School Please join Dance/NYC for a series of conversations about integrated and disability dance artistry, dance made and performed by and with disabled dancers. Featured Speakers: Catherine Meredith, Rehearsal Director, Dancing Wheels Company & School; and Mary Verdi-Fletcher, President/Founding Artistic Director, Dancing Wheels Company & School.  4:00 – 5:30 pm, The Ailey Studios at The Joan Weill Center for Dance.

October 12th – CALL/VoCA Talk: Mario Martinez – abstract painter and Yaqui Indian Mario Martinez will sit down with Steven O’Banion, Director of Conservation at Glenstone, to discuss his life, work, and personal philosophy. FREE, but space is limited so RSVP.  6:00pm-8:00pm, National Museum of the American Indian, One Bowling Green





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