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February 2nd – Guy Sorman at the Paris American Club luncheon – come hear this leading French public intellectual and author, as well as President of the monthly magazine France-Amerique, who has written more than 25 books on social, economic, and global affairs. In addition to The American Heart: In Praise of Giving, his books include Economics Does Not Lie, Rifaa’s Children, In Search of Moderate Islam, and The Truth about China, among many others. 12:30pm, National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South (East 20th Street)
All Chinese (Lunar) New Year events are listed on the home page.
February 3rd – MOCAMIX: From Harlem to Shanghai and Back – pipa master/vocalist/ composer Min Xiao-Fen and her trio perform her thrilling new project From Harlem to Shanghai and Back, which reinterprets the work of legendary jazz trumpeter and composer Buck Clayton, Chinese composer Li Jinhui, Count Basie and Duke Ellington. The result is a bold cutting-edge Chinese fusion that transcends time and borders. 8:00pm, Museum of Chinese in America, 215 Centre Street.
February 4th – MOCAEATS: Dumpling Making Workshop – Why are dumplings eaten during Lunar New Year? Join us with Joanna C. Lee and Ken Smith (co-authors of the Pocket Chinese Almanac – see my earlier interview ) in celebrating The Year of the Rooster by making, cooking, and eating Chinese dumplings! Learn the craft of wrapping and cooking both dumplings and wontons while Joanna and Ken share a range of tips and tricks for having a fortuitous and auspicious new year. 2:00pm, Museum of Chinese in America, 215 Centre Street
February 4th – M: The Language of STEM – An evening of Music & Math – join saxophonist Marcus G. Miller and his band — Noah Jackson on bass, Eli Menezes on guitar, Bobby Sanabria on drums/percussion, and ELEW on piano — along with Princeton professor Dr. William A. Massey for a unique evening! 6:00pm, National Museum of Mathematics, 11 East 26th Street
February 11th – Central Park Ice Festival – Witness ice-carving artists from Okamoto Studio use electric chain saws, chisels, and picks to transform more than 6,000 pounds of ice into a glistening replica of one of the Park’s most beloved statues. As night falls, revel among colorful lights as the Mall becomes a vibrant silent disco with live DJs. 3:00pm – 7:00pm, Naumburg Bandshell, Central Park
February 11th – Kotchegna: Dance Traditions from Ivory Coast – Performing in elaborate masks to the explosive percussion of a corps of brilliant drummers, Kotchegna Dance Company’s irresistible excitement and pulsating rhythms are an experience to behold. Join master dancer and percussionist Vado Diomande with Kotchegna as they bring to life the ancient stories and legends of Africa’s Ivory Coast through music and dance. 1:00pm. Brooklyn Central Library at Grand Army Plaza
February 12th – MOCAEATS: Dim Sum Brunch – Find out what the hubbub is all about and eat dim sum like a local. Feast with us and Joanna C. Lee and Ken Smith (co-authors of the Pocket Chinese Almanac – see my earlier interview ) for a special weekend morning brunch outing at Golden Unicorn. Learn how to order dim sum in Cantonese and follow Cantonese traditions as we start the New Year. Then, walk back to the Museum for a fun guided tour of Sour, Sweet, Bitter, Spicy: Stories of Chinese Food and Identity in America.
February 15th – Six to Celebrate Launch Party – Each year, the Historic Districts Council selects six community preservation initiatives for ongoing guidance and support. Join us for a lively party as we announce this year’s choices and celebrate last year’s successes! 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Calvary-St. George’s Parish Hall, 61 Gramercy Park North
February 16th – MADmakes – Join artist-in-residence Lauren Skelly Bailey in this iteration of MADmakes, a drop-in, hands-on series where visitors can test their skills at art making and creative production. MADmakes provides an opportunity for visitors to better understand and appreciate the workmanship that goes into contemporary studio practice today. 6:00pm. Museum of Arts and Design, Columbus Circle
Through February 16th – NY Historical Society Train Show – A spectacular exhibition of treasures from the renowned Jerni Collection of model trains, scenic elements, and toys, owned by New-York Historical. The dynamic display appeals to all ages, showcasing the beauty and allure of toys from a bygone era. At the New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West.
February 17th – Come hear Cillian Vallely and Kevin Crawford the Uilleann piper and flute players in Lúnasa, one of the most acclaimed and influential bands in the recent history of Irish music. 7:30 pm, NY Irish Center, 1040 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, Queens.
Through February 18th – College Art Association Conference – the largest international gathering of professionals in the visual arts, with more than 250 sessions and meetings on a wide range of topics on art scholarship and practice, and a chance to connect with colleagues from across the country and around the world. New York Hilton Midtown, 1335 Ave of the Americas
February 17th – 19th – Beloved balladeer Declan O’Rourke with a ten-piece chamber orchestra conducted by Henry Hey, music director of David Bowie’s Lazarus. These performances mark the U.S. launch of Declan’s latest studio album In Full Colour, a collection of fifteen brand new recordings of musical treasures from across his career. 8:00pm, Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st Street
February 19th – The Glory of Freedom – A Concert to Honor Our Veterans – Featuring Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International performing selections by Randall Thompson, Francis Poulenc and the music of Marquez, Mahler & Wagner. 1:00pm, Carnegie Hall, West 57th Street @ 7th Avenue.
February 21st – The Scots Who Built New York’s Landmarks 1664 – 1750 – Learn about the contributions of men such as Robert Livingston and Captain William Kidd. Talk and reception. 6:00pm-8:00pm, The Friars Club, 57 East 55th Street.
February 23rd – Irish Jazz – explore through words and music Ireland’s own storied jazz journey, including an homage to one of the world’s greatest jazz guitarists, Louis Stewart. The evening’s lineup: Justin Carroll and Simon Jermyn Trio and David O’Rourke Trio. 8:00pm, Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st Street
February 26th – Straight Outta ‘Conda – My friend and cabaret artist Mary Sue Daniels brings her show back to Don’t Tell Momma for some Sunday afternoon fun. I’ve seen it – she’s great! 3:00pm, Don’t Tell Mamma, 343 West 46th Street. You can listen to my interview with Mary Sue here
Through February 26th – Grand Central Terminal Holiday Train Show – Now in its 15th year, this popular model railroad exhibition features Metro-North, New York Central, and subway trains departing from a miniature Grand Central Terminal on a 34’-long, two-level “O” gauge layout. At the New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex at Grand Central Terminal.
February 26th – Leonardo and Luca: Using Art to Understand Mathematics – The mysterious powers of mathematics and its application to art were favorite subjects in the court of Milan when Luca Pacioli and Leonardo da Vinci were there in the late 1490s. Hundreds of years later, making models can still help us understand mathematics. MoMath welcomes Dutch artist Rinus Roelofs, whose work exemplifies the connection between math and art, as he guides us all in making our own Leonardo-style polyhedral models. 6:30pm, National Museum of Mathematics, 11 East 26th Street
February 27th – Songbook: Broadway’s Future – A concert of new music by Broadway composers and lyricists sung by Broadway vocalists, Presented by Arts and Artists at St. Paul and directed by John Znidarsic. Free admission on a first come, first served basis. Admission lines form one hour prior to each program. At that time one ticket is provided per person. Tickets are not available for advance reservation and saving seats is not permitted. General admission seating. 6:00pm, The Library for the Performing Arts, Lincoln Center
February 28th – Paris-American Club Mardi Gras Luncheon – “When Paris went Trump: Napoleon III era of profits, police and parties.” Columbia professor Dr. Irene Finel-Honigman will discuss the Second Empire, which was derided as illegitimate, vulgar and censorious, yet judged as France’s leap into capitalism, finance and global reach. 12:30, National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South (East 20th Street)
February 28th – Pancakes and a Performance – Fiona Walsh performs her marvelous one-woman show Great White American Teeth, about her travails getting a visa for the US. I saw this show last year, and it was hysterical. I recommend it. Performances at 2:00pm and 7:30pm, NY Irish Center, 1040 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, Queens.
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 10th – Jocelyn 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 16th – The 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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 2nd – AIPAD 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. I’ve 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 Robinson, Part 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 20th –The 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 5th – Angelique 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 & 21st – The 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 Info@YeatsSociety.org
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 Festival – Free 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.
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 platonic.momath.org. 4:30pm Note that this presentation precedes the free Math Encounters presentation at 7:00 pm, featuring Persi Diaconis (mathencounters.org). 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