Dear Friends,

What I’ve looked like for most of the summer:

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No, I don’t play the accordion. But yes, I’ve been running around a lot, often times for the sake of accordions and good music. In general, I think this gif is representative of how I live most of my life, but I’ll save that for a therapist.

In many ways, I’m relieved the summer is winding down. But in many ways, it’s now culminating, at least for me!

Accordion Band Festival

Wednesday, August 31st

5 – 10pm

 

As you’ll see in the listings below, Wednesday, August 31st is the final night of Accordions Around the World in Bryant Park.

RSVP here.

For the past two months, you’ve been able to hear six accordionists play in different pockets of Bryant Park each Wednesday (and we started with 24 at the Accordion Picnic that launched the series.) For the end of Accordions, come listen to six bands that feature accordion as well as five solo accordionists, all playing music from around the globe.

Experience music inspired from different parts of the world, including the US, the Mediterranean, Russia, Ireland, Latin America, France, Eastern Europe, the Balkans, the Dominican Republic, Colombia and Pakistan with blends of jazz, roots, rock, punk, and soul. Get ready to listen. Get ready to dance.

Here’s the line-up:

5pm Silver City Bound (American Roots)

5:50pm Barynya Balalaika Trio (Russian folk music)

6:45pm Pistolera (Latin Alt Party)

7:35pm Golem (Klezmer Punk)

8:30pm Fidelina Pascual (Dominican Perico Ripiao)

9:20pm Brooklyn Qawwali Party (Pakistani inspired Party Funk)

With interludes between sets by:

Ismail Butera with Natalia Perlaza: Epyllion (music of the Mediterranean)

Gregory Grene from the Prodigals (Celtic Roots Rock)

Albert Behar (Gypsy Jazz + Waltz Musette)

Eva Salina & Peter Stan (music from the Balkans)

Gregorio Uribe (Colombian Cumbia + Vallenato)

 

I’m emceeing the evening. In addition to imagining everyone naked (public speaking is scary and I’ve been told this helps even though it’s super weird?), it would be nice to have some friendly faces in the crowd. Please come out. Please come say hi. Please bring your friends. Please cross your fingers and pray (if you do that type of thing) to the weather gods that it will be a beautiful evening. Please eat, drink, and be merry (yes, there will be food and alcoholic beverages sold on the lawn!) It should be fun.

We were written up in the Wall Street Journal two weeks ago. If you would like more information on how the series came to be and a sampling of the music, we were also on WFMU with my friend Rob Weisberg a few weeks ago. The backstory is also here and here. And check out my blog post for the Bryant Park last summer. It is a joy to produce this project. And I want to share it with everyone. Here’s what you, the beautiful audience looked like last year:

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(You may recognize the image as the cover photo of the Ariana’s List Facebook page.)

 

Quick backstory: A number of years back, I met up with Ethan Lercher from Bryant Park (hi Ethan!), who was subscribed to this list, to talk shop around performing arts and public space. A few weeks later, I wrote about my experience attending the Festival de Vallenato in Valledupar, Colombia, an annual vallenato festival, the style of Colombian music that features the accordion.  Soon after, Ethan contacted me to ask what I knew about accordions because Bryant Park was hoping to create a higher profile accordion series. And the rest of history.

In many ways, I have this list and the readers to thank for this gig that I love so much. Thanks, Ethan (as well as Dan Fishman who has truly made Accordions happen this year.) Thanks, List. Thanks, readers.

Thank you, thank you, thank you. I hope to see you Wednesday.

 

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Before we get started, here’s a key to the recommendations:

💁: an Ariana’s List-produced event (because, obviously, I’m biased and, you should know that.);

👍: a recommendation of the day;

😀: where I’ll most likely be. Let’s hang.

 

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Anyway…here’s what I got:

 

Friday, August 26

 

👍 Music: In/TER/Sect. I really enjoy this summer monthly jazz and classical music series (all in one bill!) On this final night, the line-up is: classical cellist Inbal Segev, harpist Bridget Kibbey with violinist Kristen Lee and percussionist John Hadfield, composer Patrick Zimmerli Quintet, brass chamber ensemble Kenari Quartet and jazz pianist Dan Tepfer Trio and String Quartet. Bryant Park, 40 – 42nd Sts./5th-6th Aves., NYC, 5 – 10pm >>

Talk: Mark Morris in conversation with Ara Guzelimian. Choreographer Mark Morris sits down with the dean of the Juilliard School, to talk about the creation of his masterpiece, Mozart Dances. Commissioned by Lincoln Center ten years ago, the work is being revived for the 50th anniversary Mostly Mozart Festival. David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, 61 W 62nd St, NYC, 6:15pm >>

Dancing: Silent Disco. An all-ages dance party where DJs broadcast disco, salsa, and dance hits directly to your headphones. Bring your best moves—they’ll provide the rest (including headphones). Note: Bags are not permitted on the dance floor. Hunter’s Point South Park, Center Boulevard btw. 50th/54th Aves, Long Island City, Queens, Silent Dance Lesson, 7–7:30pm,  Party 7:30–10pm >>

👍 Music: Charlie Parker Jazz Festival:  Jason Lindner: Breeding Ground / Antoinette Montague and Jazzmobile Friends / DJ Greg Caz. Jason Lindner: Breeding Ground combines the two most successful projects of New York-bred pianist Jason Lindner:  Now Vs. Now, his propulsive groove trio with bassist Panagiotis Andreou and drummer Mark Guiliana; and his big band, which started at the Greenwich Village basement club Smalls twenty years ago. “Electro-acoustic, poly-rhythmic, cross-pollinated, dirty and mixed up, improvised and composed, multi-formatted and ever shifting, Breeding Ground is the epitome of liquid modernity.” Their debut full-length album will be released in 2016. Mentored by vocalists Etta Jones and Carrie Smith, Antoinette Montague grew up listening to Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan. You can hear all this in her music. Summerstage, Marcus Garvey Park, 18 Mt Morris Park W, NYC, 7 – 9pm >>

Music/Film: Summer HD Festival: Amadeus. The Metropolitan Opera presents 11 free outdoor screenings (9/10 being opera) on Lincoln Center Plaza for the third year in a row. Their HD series gives close up views of the operas as well as interviews with the cast during intermission. It’s a glimpse of the opera most of us never sees. Opening night gives us the 1985 film on the life of Wolgang Amadeus Mozart. Lincoln Center Plaza, Columbus Ave. btw. 62nd-65th Sts., NYC, 7:45pm >>

 

Saturday, August 27

Day

Dancing: 6th Annual Brooklyn Loves Michael Block Party. Hosted by Spike Lee and Sway, music by DJ Spinna. I went to the 1st one, right after Michael Jackson passed in Prospect Park. Energy was high and it was fun. Stuyvesant Ave. btw. Lexington Ave. & Quincy St., Brooklyn, 12-6pm >>

👍 Music: Rite of Summer: Inuksuit. Led by percussionist and Music Director Amy Garapic, more than 60 percussionists will come together to perform John Luther Adams’s “Inuksuit,” an epic “ultimate environmental” (NY Times) outdoor piece that has helped to redefine what live musical experience can be in the 21st-century. The Inuksuit Band will feature drummers Greg Saunier (Deerhoof) and Brian Chase (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), as well as members of many of NYCs top percussion groups and schools including: TIGUE, Mantra Percussion, Iktus Percussion, Ensemble et al, Sandbox Percussion, Loop 2.4.3, Palladium Percussion and students from: Stony Brook, Queens College, NYU, and Mantra Youth Percussion. This sounds pretty epic! Also, this is your last opportunity this summer to catch this contemporary classical series. Governors Island at The Hills, 1 & 3pm. (Note: if it rains, the performance will be on Sunday, August 28th at 2pm in the same location.) >>

Theater: Hamlet. This “Mobile Unit” Public Theater production of Hamlet features Olivier Award winner Chukwudi Iwuji (The Histories, King Lear at The Public) and is going to different neighborhoods around the city. For this specific production, RSVP by email to Anthony.traverso@parks.nyc.gov to reserve your seat. Al Oerter Recreation Center in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, 131-40 Fowler Ave., Queens, 2 – 4pm >>

👍😀 Music: Charlie Parker Jazz Festival: Randy Weston African Rhythms Sextet / Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles / The Artistry of Jazzmeia Horn / Charles Turner III / Master Class: Samuel Coleman. I always look forward to the Charlie Park Jazz Festival. It may not be apparent but the reason this original two-day (now more) jazz festival took place in Harlem and the East Village is because that’s where Bird lived. I like the place-based association. Randy Weston is the maestro – he recently celebrated his 90th birthday! His An African Nubian Suite, a major new work for jazz orchestra, is based on his lifelong research on and interest in the culture, heritage and music of Africa, “to help them know and feel proud of this heritage.” I’m also really looking forward to checking out Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles. Cory Henry has worked with so many important musicians across genres and is a member of the Grammy Award-winning collective Snarky Puppy. This project showcases Henry’s musical roots in “the celebratory aspects of neon-lit Saturday nights with reverent praise-filled Sunday mornings” (i.e., gospel, jazz and soul.) On the Hammond B-3 organ, the musician is joined by drummer James Williams and his godfather, Bishop Jeffrey White. Winner of the 2015 Thelonius Monk International Vocal Jazz Competition and 2013 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, Jazzmeia Horn is a name to follow.  The First Winner of the Annual Duke Ellington Vocal Competition in New York City, hosted by Mercedes Ellington, 27 year old Charles Turner has taken the jazz scene by storm. Samuel Coleman is an Alvin Ailey School trained dancer and teacher, with a focus on lindy hop (swing) dancing, and performs with the Big Apple Lindy Hoppers and the Rhythm Stompers. This festival is always one of my favorites of the summer. Such amazing talent. Summerstage, Marcus Garvey Park, 18 Mt Morris Park W, NYC, 2 – 7pm >>

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Dancing: Silent Disco. It’s the summer of the silent disco! This time in Upper Manhattan. An all-ages dance party where DJs broadcast disco, salsa, and dance hits directly to your headphones. Shift DJs with a flick of a switch and sway along to the same song as your friends or to your own tune. Pier I in Riverside Park South, W. 70th St./Hudson River, NYC, 5-10pm >>

Dance/Art-Making/Music/Poetry: Ladies of the Bronx: Boogie on the Bruckner. This event celebrates women’s role in hip hop. From graffiti on display, to creating your own masterpiece, to the musical stylings of prominent women. Art Activities to include: Painting on tee-shirts, participating in a traveling community mural, artist discussion, poetry by Denise Garcia, percussion by “Puertominicana” I-Shea and Julissa, Yejide the Night Queen, Beat boxing by Beasty, Hosted by Cindy Sugar Rush with DJ KS360/Behind the Groove. Rhodebeck Community Garden, 927 Faile St., Longwood, Bronx, 6:30-8pm >>

Music/Film: Summer HD Festival: Le Nozze di Figaro. The Metropolitan Opera presents 11 free outdoor screenings on Lincoln Center Plaza for the third year in a row. The second night is James Levine-conducted The Marriage of Figaro. I saw this rendition a few years back and it was wonderful. Lincoln Center Plaza, Columbus Ave. btw. 62nd-65th Sts., NYC, 7:30pm >>

 

Sunday, August 28

 

👍😀 Music: Charlie Parker Jazz Festival: DeJohnette – Holland – Moran / Allan Harris / Donny McCaslin / Grace Kelly. I love the Charlie Parker Festival. I particularly like the Sunday because it takes place in my home-park. This is a spectacular line-up.  In a career that spans five decades and includes collaborations with some of the most iconic figures in modern jazz (think Coltrane, Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman, Monk, Bill Evans, Stan Getz, Sonny Rollins, +), NEA Jazz Master and Grammy Award winner drummer  Jack DeJohnette plays with Grammy Award winning bassist Dave Holland and pianist Jason Moran. Preceded by vocalist/guitarist/bandleader/composer Allan Harris with drummer Jake Goldbas, bassist Leon Boykins, and pianist/keyboardist Pascal Le Boeuf; with special guests, percussionist Samuel Torres and guitarist Yotam Silberstein. Then acclaimed tenor saxophonist known “for brawny melodies in lurching dub rhythms, swirling electronica-inspired atmospheres, and arena-rock power” Donny McCaslin takes the stage with keyboardist Jason Lindner, bassist Tim Lefebvre, and drummer Mark Guiliana. Twenty-three year-old sax-player/vocalist Grace Kelly has been voted seven- times to the Downbeat Critics Poll, five-time winner of ASCAP Composers Award, and headlined more than 700 shows in over 30 countries. Summerstage, Tompkins Square Park, 7th St. btw. Ave. A/B), 3-7pm >>

Dancing/Music: Soul Summit White Party. Over the past ten years, the Soul Summit Music Festival has become a staple party in NYC. On this day, wear white, dance hard, and enjoy a performance by Melba Moore. The Center for Arts & Culture at Restoration, 1368 Fulton St., Brooklyn, 3-8pm >>

Music: JP Jofre Hard Tango BandThe Jefferson Market Community Garden is one of the most beautiful in NYC. Along with this incredible bandoneonist, I’m sure this will be a really nice event. Greenwich Ave. btw. Sixth Ave./W. 10th St., NYC, 5 – 7pm >>

Music/Dancing: A Swingin’-to-BeBop Evening Outing presented by The Center for Arts & Culture at Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration & BrownstoneJAZZ. A live band of high-quality jazz cats plays while you have the opportunity to swing dance. The Center for Arts & Culture at Restoration, West Plaza, 1368 Fulton St., Brooklyn, 6-9pm >>

Music/Film: Summer HD Festival: Il Trovatore. The Metropolitan Opera presents 11 free outdoor screenings on Lincoln Center Plaza for the third year in a row. Night 3: Anna Netrebko stars as Leonora in Sir David McVicar’s Goya-inspired production of Verdi’s tragedy. Lincoln Center Plaza, Columbus Ave. btw. 62nd-65th Sts., NYC, 8pm >>

 

Monday, August 29

Day

Music: Bobby Sanabria’s LA CLAVE: A Rhythmic Journey from Africa to the New World. I’ve seen this presentation and it’s pretty awesome. GRAMMY-nominated jazz percussionist Bobby Sanabria shows us the evolution of music from Africa to Puerto Rico, Cuba, and in general, the “new world.” Bronx Music Heritage Center, 1303 Louis Nine Blvd., Bronx, 4-6pm >>

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👍💁😀 Music: #liveatpennplaza presents: Mary C & the Stellars.  Mary C and The Stellars will remind you that soul music grew up right here in the States, and they play it old school!”- WNYC. Penn Plaza, 33rd St. off of 7th Ave., NYC, 6-7:30pm >>

 

Music/Film: Summer HD Festival: Otello. The Metropolitan Opera presents 11 free outdoor screenings on Lincoln Center Plaza for the third year in a row. Night 4: Verdi’s powerful Shakespeare adaptation in Bartlett Sher’s production. Lincoln Center Plaza, Columbus Ave. btw. 62nd-65th Sts., NYC, 8pm >>

 

Tuesday, August 30

Day

👍💁 Music: #liveatpennplaza presents Epyllion. In preparation for the Accordions Around the World Band Festival the next day, Accordionist Ismail Butera and percussionist Natalia Perlaza utilize several traditional instruments, focusing on ancient style music accompanied by recitation and dance. Penn Plaza, 33rd St. off of 7th Ave., NYC, 12:30 – 1:30pm (not 6 -7:30 as previously indicated) >>

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👍💁😀 Music: #liveatpennplaza presents Mariachi Flor de Toloache. These Latin Grammy Nominees are NYC’s first and only all­-women Mariachi group. With members hailing from all over, they create a cultural bouquet and an edgy, versatile and fresh take on traditional Mexican music. They coalesce with a grace and vibrant beauty that casts a spell over their audiences, not unlike the legendary Toloache flower still being used in Mexico as a love potion. Penn Plaza, 33rd St. off of 7th Ave., NYC, 6-7:30pm >>

Music: Fleur Seule. I wrote about Fleur Seule last week – they have been making the NYC rounds this summer and they’ve signed up for another gig. Part of the new Sessions at the Circle series that Jazz at Lincoln Center provides the talent for. I just found out about this series but it was a high-quality season. Looking forward to featuring it more next year. Second Floor, Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle, NYC, 6-8pm >>

Music/Film: Summer HD Festival: La Fille du Régiment. The Metropolitan Opera presents 11 free outdoor screenings on Lincoln Center Plaza for the third year in a row. Night 5: Vocal fireworks meet slapstick comedy in Donizetti’s lighthearted opera. Lincoln Center Plaza, Columbus Ave. btw. 62nd-65th Sts., NYC, 8pm >>

 

Wednesday, August 31

Day

Theater: Hamlet. This times the “Mobile Unit” Public Theater production of Hamlet that features Olivier Award winner Chukwudi Iwuji (The Histories, King Lear at The Public) is in Brooklyn (see 8/27 listing) For this specific production, RSVP by email to Vivian.jett@parks.nyc.gov to reserve your seat. Brownsville Recreation Center in Brownsville Playground, 1555 Linden Blvd, Brooklyn, 2 – 4pm >>

Music: Baby Soda / The Blue Dahlia. The Lincoln Square Business Improvement District partnered with MTA Arts & Design’s Music Under New York to present a weekly lunchtime series. This one is the best of the best. First, check out the old-timey jazz of Baby Soda, followed by the French Chanson-reggae of The Blue Dahlia. Richard Tucker Park, Broadway/66th St., NYC,12-2pm >>

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👍💁😀 Music: Accordion Band Festival. As I already wrote above in the introduction, this is it! It’s the final day of the series! Accordions Around the World has been a weekly series that regularly features six accordionists as well as bandoneon/bayan/concertina/harmonium-players of different musical genres performing in various locations around Bryant Park. In this final night, we have invited six different bands, all with an accordion, of course, to perform music from around the world, with solo accordion interluds. I hope to see all of you. RSVP here!  Bryant Park (btw. 40 – 42nd Sts. & 5th/6th Aves.), NYC, 5 – 10pm >>

👍 Music: The Temptations. This is a pretty big deal, no? Loreto Park, Morris Park Ave. btw. Haight/Tomlinson Aves. (Rain location: P.S. 83, 950 Rhinelander Ave.), Bronx, 7pm >>

Music/Film: Summer HD Festival: Lucia di Lammermoor. The Metropolitan Opera presents 11  free outdoor screenings on Lincoln Center Plaza for the third year in a row. Night 6: Natalie Dessay sings opera’s most famous mad scene as the unhinged bride of Lammermoor. Lincoln Center Plaza, Columbus Ave. btw. 62nd-65th Sts., NYC, 8pm >>

 

Thursday, September 1

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👍💁 Music: #liveatpennplaza presents The Blue Dahlia. Dahlia is doing it! It’s her week! Paris-meets-Brooklyn: Dahlia Dumont, influenced by her years living in Senegal, France and New York City, sings in both French and in English, mixing classic chanson française and klezmer melodies with reggae and Latin grooves. With its Tex-Mex accordion, its upright bass and its bright ukulele, Dahlia Dumont’s ‘Blue Dahlia’ trio creates a unique, exotic and organic sound with an electric energy. “The delicate strength of Edith Piaf meets the naughty intelligence of Serge Gainsbourg, with the rhythms of Alpha Blondy that pulse through you.” Penn Plaza, 33rd St. off of 7th Ave., NYC, 12:30 – 1:30pm (not 6 – 7:30 as previously indicated.) >>

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Dance: Live at the Archway: White Wave & Oniin Dance. WHITE WAVE Young Soon Kim Dance Company strives to inspire audiences through multi-dimensional dance productions reflecting themes and philosophies both modern and timeless. Teatro delle Celebrazioni’s contemporary dance company, Oniin Dance Company based in Bologna, Italy, imagine a lively style which utilizes new motions full of dynamism, technique, and harmony, breaking academic clichés. Under the Manhattan Bridge, DUMBO, Brooklyn, 6pm >>

👍 Music: Tabou Combo. Singing in English, Spanish, French, or their native Haitian Creole, this legendary band, the ambassadors of Haitian kompa, has been packing dance floors for nearly four decades with a hot mix of grooves and textures with roots from around the world.  They folds in other Haitian influences like rara, carnival music, and the hypnotic drums of Haitian voodoo rituals plus Dominican merengue, French quadrilles and contra-dances, and American funk. David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, 61 W 62nd St, NYC, 7:30pm >>

Music/Film: Summer HD Festival: La Cenerentola. The Metropolitan Opera presents 11 free outdoor screenings on Lincoln Center Plaza for the third year in a row. Night 7: Rossini’s sparkling take on the Cinderella story. Lincoln Center Plaza, Columbus Ave. btw. 62nd-65th Sts., NYC, 7:45pm >>

Friday, September 2

 

Dance: Willi Ninja Tribute. Pioneer B-girl Ana “Rokafella” Garcia hosts a tribute to choreographer/dancer/one of Voguing’s visionary pioneers Willi Ninja in memory of the 10th anniversary of his passing. Ninja was an advocate for HIV/AIDS awareness. This evening will include a  presentation of the first Willi Ninja Award, a performance by the NYC Legendary House of Ninja, runway show, video and film montage celebrating his life, and a reception featuring music by Guest DJ’S including DJ KS360. Bronx Museum, Lower Gallery, 1040 Grand Concourse, Bronx, 6-10pm >>

Theater: Measure for Measure. The Drilling Company returns to Bryant Park for the last time this season for this Shakespeare production. This repeats again over the weekend. Bryant Park, 41st St. off 6th Ave., NYC, 7 – 9pm >>

Music/Film: Summer HD Festival: Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci. The Metropolitan Opera presents 11 free outdoor screenings on Lincoln Center Plaza for the third year in a row. Night 8: Opera’s most popular double bill stars Marcelo Álvarez in both leading tenor role. Lincoln Center Plaza, Columbus Ave. btw. 62nd-65th Sts., NYC, 8pm >>

👍 Theater: Public Works presents Twelth Night. I was blown away by the community production of Public Works last year. Public Works is a major initiative of The Public Theater that seeks to engage the people of New York by making them creators and not just spectators. Working deeply with partner organizations in all five boroughs, Public Works invites members of diverse communities to participate in workshops, take classes, attend performances at The Public, and, most importantly, to join in the creation of ambitious works of participatory theater. It was truly a beautiful performance that The Public Theater should be extremely proud of; perhaps even more so than their currently-acclaimed productions that are receiving all the big press! Check out the different ways you can secure your free tickets at the website. Delacorte Theater, Central Park, 8pm >>

 

Saturday, September 3

 

Music: Bargemusic. Free classical music concerts against a backdrop of NYC. This is a great little series with a Q&A with the musicians at the end! Bargemusic, Fulton Ferry Landing near the Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn, 4pm >>

Theater: Measure for Measure. See 9/3. Bryant Park, 41st St. off 6th Ave., NYC, 7 – 9pm >>

Music/Film: Summer HD Festival: The Merry Widow. The Metropolitan Opera presents 11 free outdoor screenings on Lincoln Center Plaza for the third year in a row. Night 9: ARenée Fleming stars in Lehár’s sumptuous operetta, in a production by Broadway director and choreographer Susan Stroman. Nathan Gunn and Tony Award winner Kelli O’Hara, in her Met debut, complete the principal cast. Lincoln Center Plaza, Columbus Ave. btw. 62nd-65th Sts., NYC, 8pm >>

👍 Theater: Public Works presents Twelth Night. See 9/2. Check out the different ways you can secure your free tickets at the website. Delacorte Theater, Central Park, 8pm >>

 

Sunday, September 4

 

Festival: Guyanese Folk Festival. I just learned about this festival. Who knew? For the past 15 years, the Guyana Cultural Association of New York has hosted a series of programs that highlight Guyana’s rich multi-ethnic heritage and advocate for its presentation and preservation. This event celebrates the strong connection of the Guyanese diaspora with their homeland. They will showcase the Indian and African origins in Guyanese culture with a program of storytelling, music, and dance. Rhythm Tolee will teach and showcase bhangra, a form of music and dance that originated in the Punjab region of India and Pakistan. Guyanese cultural leaders Claire Goring and Rose October Edun will discuss the significance of Guyana’s 50th anniversary of independence. Winston “Jeggae” Hoppie will share Guyanese folktales and poetry, followed by a demonstration of the colorful pre-wedding Kwe Kwe ritual with Rose October Edun. Indo-Caribbean dancer Romanee Kalicharran will teach and perform Indian and Guyanese dance traditions in Kathak dance, the foundation of the Indo-Caribbean dance tradition. This looks amazing and celebrates and supports a strong NYC immigrant community. PS 249: The Caton School, 18 Marlborough Rd. (btw. Caton/Church Aves.), Brooklyn, 12-5pm >>

Theater: Measure for Measure. See 9/3. Bryant Park, 41st St. off 6th Ave., NYC, 3 – 5pm >>

Music/Film: Summer HD Festival: Turandot. The Metropolitan Opera presents 11 free outdoor screenings on Lincoln Center Plaza for the third year in a row. Night 10: Puccini’s final opera is seen in Franco Zeffirelli’s spectacular production, a classic of the Met reper­toire. Lincoln Center Plaza, Columbus Ave. btw. 62nd-65th Sts., NYC, 8pm >>

👍 Theater: Public Works presents Twelth Night. See 9/2. Check out the different ways you can secure your free tickets at the website. Delacorte Theater, Central Park, 8pm >>

Parade: J’Ouvert. As part of Carnival (the Caribbean Day Parade which you’ll see listed below), there is a late night parade where colored powder is thrown and all is ridiculously festive. It looks like a lot of fun and has always been on my “NYC To Do” list. There isn’t information listed just yet so check the link again soon. Technically, this happens on 9/5 but I’m listing it here. The parade begins on a stretch of Flatbush Ave. on the northern corner of Prospect Park and heads south, turning left on Empire Blvd., then right on Nostrand Ave. before stopping at Maple Avenue, Brooklyn 4 – 10am >>

 

Monday, September 5

 

Parade: Caribbean Day Parade. Show your Caribbean pride! This event is always so colorful and spirited though the crowds are great and it can get rowdy. The parade begins at Schenectady Ave. along Eastern Parkway and ends at Grand Army Plaza. Brooklyn, 11am – 6pm >>

Music/Film: Summer HD Festival: Les Pêcheurs de Perles. The Metropolitan Opera presents 11 free outdoor screenings on Lincoln Center Plaza for the third year in a row. Night 11: Not seen at the Met in a century, Bizet’s opera returned to the stage last winter, with Diana Damrau in the leading role, and Matthew Polenzani and Mariusz Kwiecien singing the famous duet “Au fond du temple saint.” Gianandrea Noseda conducts. Lincoln Center Plaza, Columbus Ave. btw. 62nd-65th Sts., NYC, 8pm >>

👍 Theater: Public Works presents Twelth Night. See 9/2. Check out the different ways you can secure your free tickets at the website. Delacorte Theater, Central Park, 8pm >>

 

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Aight friends, that’s what I got. I’ll be back next week for the last list of the season! I leave you with some Edith Piaf to get you in the accordion mood. “Sous le ciel de Paris” translates to “Under Paris skies.” You may feel like you’re in Paris in the Parisian-like Bryant Park on Wednesday! 

 

All good things,

Ariana