Hi Friends,

Here’s the good stuff happening this week:

 

Monday, June 12

 

👍 Music/Memorial: A tribute to amazing flutist, Dave Valentin

Music: Metropolitan Opera, NYC

 

Tuesday, June 13

 

Festival: Museum Mile. All the museums along Fifth Avenue are open and free and the street itself is closed to traffic with hints of culture all along it (including one of my faves, Banda de los Muertos.)  I love Museum Mile. Not only do you have access to all of the museums, you also have access to a car-free Fifth Avenue!  NYC

Music: Mivos Quartet. “One of America’s most daring and ferocious new-music ensembles” (The Chicago Reader), NYC

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: Naumburg Orchestral Concerts. Opening night gives us the Havana Lyceum Orchestra, direct from Havana, led by pianist Simone Dinnerstein. The Naumburg series produces some of the best classical music in an NYC summer in a beautiful old bandshell. And they’ve been doing it for 112 years! NYC

Music: The Washington Square Music Festival (since 1953!) offers “Mostly Harp.” Washington Square Park as a music venue is beautiful, NYC

Music: NY Phil in the Parks. This is one of my summer faves. Bring a picnic, put out a blanket, hang with friends, listen to beautiful music under the stars. They’re making the rounds to all the five boroughs. First up: Bronx

 

Wednesday, June 14

 

Dance/Music: The Dance Cartel kicks off the River to River Festival with live dance and music performance with Brazilian Carioca Funk artist Zuzuka Poderosa, NYC

👍 Music: Yiddish Soul. The name pretty much sums up why I’m including it. Lots of performers including The Klezmatics! NYC

Music: Metropolitan Opera, Brooklyn

👍 Music: NY Phil in the Parks. This is one of my summer faves. Bring a picnic, put out a blanket, hang with friends, listen to beautiful music under the stars. They’re making the rounds to all the five boroughs. Next: Central Park

 

Thursday, June 15

 

👍 Music: Wonderful Latin jazz pianist Arturo O’Farrill plays with his Sextet as part of Third Street Music School’s daytime Abe Lebwohl Park series, NYC

👍 Opera: A Marvelous Order is a multimedia opera about the battle between Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs over the fate of New York City. Check out a selection of scenes in a site-specific adaptation for the Fulton Center transit hub. Also on 6/17 and 6/18, NYC

Performance Art: “The Eulogy,” by Shaun Leonardo. The High Line’s Out of Line series is back. This avant garde series was founded as a tribute to a lady who put on shows from her window when the High Line first reopened. This event includes a second line, NYC

Music: NY Phil in the Parks. This is one of my summer faves. Bring a picnic, put out a blanket, hang with friends, listen to beautiful music under the stars. They’re making the rounds to all the five boroughs. Next: Queens

 

Friday, June 16

 

Dance: Choreographer and dance artist Jodi Melnick and visual artist John Monti create a site- specific installation/performance for the moat surrounding Fort Jay, again on 6/17 and 6/18, Governors Island

Music: Metropolitan Opera, Staten Island

Dance: A night of up-and-coming ballet in Bryant Park, New York

👍 Music: Acclaimed composer, trumpeter and multi-instrumentalist Amir ElSaffar’s Rivers of Sound brings together 17 musicians from a broad spectrum of traditions, ranging from Iraqi maqam to American jazz, NYC

Music: NY Phil in the Parks. This is one of my summer faves. Bring a picnic, put out a blanket, hang with friends, listen to beautiful music under the stars. They’re making the rounds to all the five boroughs. Next: Brooklyn

 

Saturday, June 17

 

Parade: Mermaid Parade. An only-in-NYC experience. Check out the creativity and fun that is the Mermaid Parade and go for a swim at the beach to cool off after, Brooklyn

👍 Parade/Festival: Fish Parade. The Fish Parade is a mile-long procession through the streets of the Hunts Point neighborhood of the Bronx, featuring a caravan of marchers and colorful “floats” created by visual and performance artists, incorporating issues of environmental awareness and community advocacy. The parade ends in Barretto Point Park with music, more art, and local businesses at the Hunts Point Summer Festival, Bronx

Tour: Gay Greenwich Village. Take a walking tour where gay men and women have lived, loved, worked and partied since the late 19th century, NYC

👍 Music: Make Music New York Porch Stomp. Listen to traditional folk, old-time, blues, roots, bluegrass and Americana on porches. I love the idea of this event and the setting is perfect, Governors Island

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 6/18, Governors Island

Music: The annual Native Sounds Downtown concert series returns to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian with Quechua band Inkarayku, playing traditional music from what today is Peru, NYC

Art/Music: Arts in Bushwick. A gathering for neighbors, artists, and all community members over art and performances, Brooklyn

Dance: Choreographer and dance artist Jodi Melnick and visual artist John Monti create a site- specific installation/performance for the moat surrounding Fort Jay, again on 6/18, Governors Island

Music: Lisa Loeb and Brooklyn-based orchestra, The Knights, Brooklyn

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

Opera: A Marvelous Order is a multimedia opera about the battle between Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs over the fate of New York City. Check out a selection of scenes in a site-specific adaptation for the Fulton Center transit hub, also on 6/18 NYC

👍 Music: Laura Mvula. Love this woman’s voice, NYC

Dance: Dancers from Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zanes present their own work, NYC

Music: Metropolitan Opera, Bronx

 

Sunday, June 18

 

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

👍 Music: Haitian Times Kreyol Fest with lots of Haitian artists, Brooklyn

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

Dance: Choreographer and dance artist Jodi Melnick and visual artist John Monti create a site- specific installation/performance for the moat surrounding Fort Jay, Governors Island

Music: NY Phil. This is one of my summer faves. This final performance is indoors, with special guest, accordionist Guy Klusevic, Staten Island

👍 Opera: A Marvelous Order is a multimedia opera about the battle between Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs over the fate of New York City. Check out a selection of scenes in a site-specific adaptation for the Fulton Center transit hub, NYC

 

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

 

All good things,

 

Ariana