Hi Friends,

Here’s the good stuff happening this week:

 

Monday, June 19

 

Dancing/Music: Sunset Swing. The Baby Soda Jazz Band performs while New Yorkers dance the night away in this weekly series throughout June. Beginner Swing dance lessons + live music, NYC

Music: Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra in Inwood Hill Park. Can you tell I’m a fan of classical music in park settings? NYC

Film: King Kong. Bryant Park is always a fun place to watch New York-themed movies alongside the rest of New York, NYC

 

 

Tuesday, June 20

 

Art: Night at the Museum. Free admission to 15 museums and cultural institutions in Lower Manhattan, NYC

 

 

Wednesday, June 21

 

It’s Make Music New York Day. You can make your own music, see your favorite artists, see all of the same type of instrument perform. There is obviously so much happening like:

👍 A celebration of the accordion community of New York (produced by moi!), NYC

HONK NYC’s line-up of street bands like Maracatu NY and Hungry March Band, NYC

Historic buildings with hollow, cast-iron facades in Soho will serve as the instruments for percussionists to perform five newly commissioned compositions, NYC

A mobile piano bar, NYC

A celebration of the birds of NYC with different performances inspired by aviary sounds in NYC parks, multiple boroughs

An East Village block party that represents the diversity of NYC

Listen to music on the lawn of a mansion, Staten Island

Here is the complete schedule for the day.

Dance/Music: The Dance Cartel kicks off the River to River Festival with live dance and music performance with Adira Amram & The Experience, NYC

Dancing/Music: A salsa dance party with Avenida B, NYC

Music: Fête de la Musique: Wax Tailor / Her / Ayo / Ala.Ni. I like the surf hip hop vibe of Wax Tailor, the fact that her is “a tribute to the women who have inspired and shaped them,” and the sweetness of vocalists, Ayo and Ala.Ni, NYC

Dancing/Music: Wonderful Grupo Rebolú from Baranquilla accompanies dancers in this Colombian dance night, Brooklyn

Music: Digable Planets / Natasha Diggs. The conscious hip hop I grew up on, Brooklyn

 

 

Thursday, June 22

 

Music: Wonderful  jazz pianist Neal Kirkwood plays as part of Third Street Music School’s daytime Abe Lebwohl Park series, NYC

Dance: Hip Hop Dance Conservatory starts the night followed out a full-blown dance party, Brooklyn

👍 Music: South African guitarist, Derek Gripper renders the great kora works of Malian masters via guitar. I saw him in a 12th Century monastery in the mountains of Spain and he was magic, NYC

Music/Theater/Participatory: HARBORED is a site-specific theater piece that weaves together stories from the last two centuries of immigration in the U.S., integrating oral history, archived material and found texts. The piece is an interactive epic collage of performance, music and movement with an original score. Sounds interesting and happens multiple times, NYC

Film: BAMcinemaFest presents an outdoor festival featuring music, food, and a special film screening of Our Song, Brooklyn

 

 

Friday, June 23

 

Music: The Hot Club of Bushwich performs on the beach, Queens

Dance: Bryant Park’s Contemporary Dance series continues with a focus on emerging modern dance companies, NYC

Music/Theater/Participatory: HARBORED is a site-specific theater piece that weaves together stories from the last two centuries of immigration in the U.S., integrating oral history, archived material and found texts. The piece is an interactive epic collage of performance, music and movement with an original score. Sounds interesting and happens multiple times, NYC

Music: Metropolitan Opera, Bronx

👍 Music: Pharoah Sanders / Brooklyn Raga Massive: Coltrane Tribute. Sanders played with Coltrane and Brooklyn Raga Massive is the beating heart of Indian Classical music in NY. Here, they tip their cap to Sanders with an Indian Classical tribute to the music of Coltrane. Excited for this, Brooklyn

Film: Films on the Green is a French film festival around NY. This year, they leave the curation to famous artists, directors, musicians, etc. This week, Wes Anderson selects Mauvais Sang, Brooklyn

 

 

Saturday, June 24

 

Multidisciplinary: Harlem Arts Festival. There’s music, comedy, dance, theater, spoken word, and art in Harlem in the sixth year of this annual festival, NYC

Art: Open Studios on Governors Island

Music: Swing band, Glenn Crytzer’s New Yorkers play in the park as part of a Hydrangea fest, NYC

Dance: Multiple dances, co-created by Jennifer Lacey and Wally Cardona are made in collaboration with seven master artists who have dedicated their lives to their respective dance traditions, again on 6/25, Governors Island

Music: Afternoon chamber music in the NY Public Library, NYC

Festival: La Isla Bonita Festival. This homegrown festival came from a Staten Island-based artist and community effort to show that Staten Island is beautiful, that there IS art happening there, and that it should serve ALL residents, immigrant communities included. Live musical performances include  female-fronted afrobeat deconstructionist group, Underground System (who are making the rounds this summer!), Bronx-born, Staten Island-raised rapper, dancer & vocalist Nani Castle, amongst many others. There will be art installations, workshops, etc. I went last year and it was cool.  Isla partners with the NYC Parks Department to create this series – there is a skate park and pool there too, Staten Island

Music/Dance/Theater: Higher Ground Festival. I love the concept behind this festival to bringsWashington Heights & Inwood artists together to network and create interdisciplinary collaborations premiered locally, NYC

Film: Screening of Yurumein (Homeland), a film about the Garifuna community and its history, NYC

Dance: Dances for a Variable Population Presents REVIVAL. A company made up of senior citizens. Support them! Brooklyn

Music/Theater/Participatory: HARBORED is a site-specific theater piece that weaves together stories from the last two centuries of immigration in the U.S., integrating oral history, archived material and found texts. The piece is an interactive epic collage of performance, music and movement with an original score. Sounds interesting and happens multiple times, NYC

Music: Metropolitan Opera, Queens

👍 Music: An exploration of Portuguese sound with ambient fado folk-rock outfit Dead Combo with special guest Marc Ribot, and jazz/fado vocalist Sofia Ribeiro, NYC

👍 Music: The Soul Rebels featuring Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch & Kirk Knight / Goapele / Natasha Diggs. A fusion of New Orleans’ most beloved brass ensemble + an infusion of old school Brooklyn hip-hop, Brooklyn

 

 

Sunday, June 25

 

👍 Tour: Cultural tour of Montefiore Park. This Upper Manhattan neighborhood has long served as a jumping off point to access a variety of the neighborhood’s cultural and recreational treasures. Explore it! NYC

Dance: Multiple dances, co-created by Jennifer Lacey and Wally Cardona are made in collaboration with seven master artists who have dedicated their lives to their respective dance traditions, Governors Island

Parade: NYC Pride. This is one of my favorite NYC parades, NYC

Music: The Scandinavian Music Festival. I went to this three-part festival last year and LOVED it. In a beautiful setting, NYC

👍 Music: Robert Glasper Experiment / Phony Ppl / Tank and The Bangas. I love Robert Glasper and have been hearing a lot about Phony Ppl and Tank and The Bangas. One of the shows I’m most excited for this summer, NYC

👍 Music: KRS-One. NYC hip-hop legend, Brooklyn

Music/Theater/Participatory: HARBORED is a site-specific theater piece that weaves together stories from the last two centuries of immigration in the U.S., integrating oral history, archived material and found texts. The piece is an interactive epic collage of performance, music and movement with an original score. Sounds interesting, NYC

Dance/Music: The Dance Cartel kicks off the River to River Festival with live dance and music performance with Adira Amram & The Experience, NYC

 

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

All good things,

Ariana