Dear Friends,

Pardon the silence. Too much summer – too little time! I hope you’re all enjoying music, dance, beach, barbecues, field trips, hikes, and all that comes with summer. Personally, I haven’t had enough of all these things but I’m working on it. I want the rest of my summer to feel like this:

I need some soul and big sunglasses in my life. I could also use the Statue of Liberty’s torch too (as depicted in Hall & Oates cover of the great song):

 

My motto for the end of the summer: “work less, summer more!” Help me accomplish this. Are you going to an event? Invite me! Seriously. A great joy has been meeting subscribers of this list and seeing NYC through their eyes. I love emails; tell me what’s good!

In other news, I’m programming a new series at One Penn Plaza, which is a privately-owned public space between 33rd/34th Sts. and 7th and 8th Aves. (though closer to 8th.) I used to work across the street and I remember when it was desolate, seedy, and not the nicest spot to hang around. From an urban planning perspective, I sense these uncomfortable atmospheres come with many major public transportation hubs across the city and country (although Grand Central seems to avoid it.) In programming the space, the thought is that if it’s actively in use, more people will come to enjoy it. We’ll see what happens (though it seems to already be working.)

In the meantime, come any Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday from 5:30 – 7pm through September and listen to some good music. We mainly have brass, old-timey jazz and bluegrass bands, with a handful of cabaret bands thrown in. Come enjoy!

 

Anyway, this is what I got:

 

Thursday, August 14

 

More from the new series at 1 Penn Plaza. Tonight, check out Roosevelt Dime: Appalachian strings made romance with New Orleans rhythms for Mardi-Grass (NYC)

DANCING THROUGH THE BRONX is a site-specific dance festival that introduces contemporary dance while drawing attention to green spaces in the Bronx. Choreography by James “Cricket” Colter, Toni Renee Johnson, and Larry Keigwin make up day 2 (and the first free day) of this three-day festival (Bronx)

A night of Cuban music and film (Queens)

As part of the Seaport Film & Food Festival, international films are shown. This week it’s Taiwan’s Au revoir Taipei (NYC)

Shakespeare returns to Bryant Park this weekend. Boomerang Theater presents the comedy, Love’s Labour’s Lost (NYC)

The New York Neo-Futurists present Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind. Once called “The Snapchat of Theater”, with its ever-changing “menu” of plays, TML is a race against the clock to perform 30 plays in 60 minutes in an order determined by the audience. One of multiple shows (NYC)

There’s a new film series in Queens and it’s good! This week’s film is John Waters’ 1981 American black comedy, Polyester (Queens)

Hip hop, samurai culture, and Italian gangsters come together in this oddly quiet action movie, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (Brooklyn)

 

Friday, August 15

 

A talk on the art of salsa album covers, followed by samplings of the music (Bronx)

Multiple dance companies come together to create The Harlem Dance Caravan (part 1 of 2) (NYC)

Shakespeare returns to Bryant Park this weekend. Boomerang Theater presents the comedy, Love’s Labour’s Lost (NYC)

The New York Neo-Futurists present Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind. Once called “The Snapchat of Theater”, with its ever-changing “menu” of plays, TML is a race against the clock to perform 30 plays in 60 minutes in an order determined by the audience. One of multiple shows (NYC)

 

Saturday, August 16

 

Music for strings and winds bounces around the borough (Bronx)

DANCING THROUGH THE BRONX is a site-specific dance festival that introduces contemporary dance while drawing attention to green spaces in the Bronx. Choreography by James “Cricket” Colter, Arthur Avila, and Larry Keigwin close this three-day festival (Bronx)

Eliot Rivera and the New York Boogaloo Orchestra combines old-school Afro-Cuban music with today’s contemporary Salsa (NYC)

Music at the beach? At Orchard Beach at that?  Check out the Latin jazz of the Nelson Gonzales All-Stars (Bronx)

Every Saturday afternoon, Bargemusic presents classical music on an old floating barge on the East River (Brooklyn)

There’s a new music series in Queens and it’s good! The Lot LIC Music & Film Series presents Brooklyn-based producer/composer Taylor McFerrin and the alternative/folk/soul melodies of Jennah Bell (Queens)

Come hear Hector Lavoe’s pianist, Gilberto “El Pulpo” Colon and watch the movie on his life, El Cantante (Bronx)

DJ Rekha leads a Bhangra party accompanied by drummers and dancers (NYC)

Multiple dance companies come together to create The Harlem Dance Caravan (part 2 of 2) (NYC)

Shakespeare returns to Bryant Park this weekend. Boomerang Theater presents the comedy, Love’s Labour’s Lost (NYC)

The New York Neo-Futurists present Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind. Once called “The Snapchat of Theater”, with its ever-changing “menu” of plays, TML is a race against the clock to perform 30 plays in 60 minutes in an order determined by the audience. One of multiple shows (NYC)

 

Sunday, August 17

 

Even though it’s billed as a “family day,” there’s great music for everyone in Marcus Garvey Park (NYC)

The Nuyorican Poets Cafe’s celebrates its 40th Anniversary, but this time in a public space in its neighborhood (NYC)

A Soul Train Tribute to women in music will include performances, a soul train, and the great film Twenty Feet From Stardom (NYC)

The Battery Dance Company launches their 33rd Annual Downtown Dance Festival (NYC)

Like Neo-Soul & R&B? Check out Musiq Soulchild (NYC)

 

Monday, August 18

 

Day 2: The Battery Dance Company launches their 33rd Annual Downtown Dance Festival (NYC)

Latin jazz artist Arturo O’Farrill does his thing on the river (Brooklyn)

It’s the last night of the Bryant Park Monday night film series. Get ready to be scared with The Shining (NYC)

Central Park produces its own week-long film festival. Tonight, they show Big (NYC)

 

Tuesday, August 19

 

Day 3: The Battery Dance Company launches their 33rd Annual Downtown Dance Festival (NYC)

In need of some spirited spirited rockabilly energy and Sweetbacks or something “equal parts soul and twang, molasses and moonshine, sass and skill”? Check out the Sweetback Sisters and The Tall Pines (NYC)

Inspired by the rhythms of Africa and the Caribbean and big brass, No $mall Money Brass Band performs in a public space (NYC)

I love circus. It’s not only for kids; it’s an art form that can be appreciated by all. Summerstage has a three-day circus festival. Check out Day 3 (NYC)

Jazz drummer Winard Harper performs (Queens)

Central Park produces its own week-long film festival. Tonight, they show The Royal Tenenbaums (NYC)

 

 

Wednesday, August 20

 

“Post-apocalyptic Amish rave blasters?” Bombrasstico plays their form of brass band music (NYC)

Day 3: The Battery Dance Company launches their 33rd Annual Downtown Dance Festival (NYC)

Thieves weave processed and acoustic sounds into gritty/rousing jazz, R&B, and electronica compositions (though I think the jazz ones are most compelling) (NYC)

A big deal: hard-rocking, Grammy Award winning Living Colour come together and play in NJ. It’s really close and won’t take long to get there! (Newark)

NEA Jazz Master, Jimmy Heath performs at a NYC landmark (NYC)

I love circus. It’s not only for kids; it’s an art form that can be appreciated by all. Summerstage has a three-day circus festival. Check out Day 2 (NYC)

Central Park produces its own week-long film festival. Tonight, they show The Way We Were (NYC)

 

Thursday, August 21

 

1930’s era swing, New Orleans jazz, and southern gospel: Baby Soda Brass Band. Especially with a banjo and their unique one string box bass, they’re charming (NYC)

Final Night: The Battery Dance Company launches their 33rd Annual Downtown Dance Festival (NYC)

The Louis Armstrong House Museum closes down the block and celebrates Latin jazz great, Ray Mantilla on his 80th birthday (Queens)

A celebration of Korean culture through music and film (Queens)

I love circus. It’s not only for kids; it’s an art form that can be appreciated by all. Summerstage has a three-day circus festival. Check out Day 3 (NYC)

Hitchcock’s The Birds (Brooklyn)

Shakespeare returns to Bryant Park this weekend. Boomerang Theater presents the comedy, Love’s Labour’s Lost (NYC)

Central Park produces its own week-long film festival. Tonight, they show one of my all-time favorites, Coming to America (NYC)

 

Friday, August 22

 

The Metropolitan Opera presents an HD series at the end of the summer, with broadcasts of their operas outside in Lincoln Center. But in this case, Moonstruck is the first film to be shown. Their rationale is that the opera house plays a central role in the movie. Can you remember how/why? (NYC)

Shakespeare returns to Bryant Park this weekend. Boomerang Theater presents the comedy, Love’s Labour’s Lost (NYC)

Central Park produces its own week-long film festival. Tonight, they show Rear Window (NYC)

 

Saturday, August 23

 

The much-anticipated Afro Punk Festival comes back for another year (Brooklyn)

Does listening to the blues while eating ribs appeal to you? Hudson River Park’s Blues BBQ all-day event features Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Shemekia Copeland, amongst many others (NYC)

The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival signifies the end of the summer. I can’t believe it’s here! Day 1 includes The Wallace Roney Orchestra, Lionel Loueke, and Melissa Aldana, amongst others (NYC)

The Metropolitan Opera presents an HD series at the end of the summer, with broadcasts of their operas outside in Lincoln Center. Tonight it’s Puccini’s La Boheme (NYC)

Shakespeare returns to Bryant Park this weekend. Boomerang Theater presents the comedy, Love’s Labour’s Lost (NYC)

 

Sunday, August 24

 

The much-anticipated Afro Punk Festival comes back for another year: day 2 (Brooklyn)

The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival signifies the end of the summer. I can’t believe it’s here! Day 2 includes Kenny Barron, Cindy Blackman Santana, and Craig Handy,  amongst others (NYC)

 

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Aight, that’s what I got. Have a great week, everyone!

 

All good things,

 

Ariana