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Friday, May 29, 2015

Other |
At almost 70 years old, Townshend has created a classical version of one of The Who's landmark albums, Quadrophenia, for a symphony orchestra, opera singer and choir. Call store for details.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, May 29
7:00 pm

Free

Others, May 29, 2015, 05/29/2015, Pete Townshend, legendary mastermind of The Who, presents the CD Classic Quadrophenia
Jazz |
Hosted by bassist/vocalist Mimi Jones and exploring genres from traditional and contemporary jazz, eclectic soul, funk, rock, and neo soul. Great music, great vibes, and a great time.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, May 29
8:00 pm

Free

Concerts, May 29, 2015, 05/29/2015, The Lab Sessions: Experimental Jazz Party and Jam Session
Theater |
Academy Award nominee Sam Waterston (Newsroom, Law &amp; Order, The Public’s King Lear) returns in THE TEMPEST, Shakespeare’s classic about young love, old enemies and the eternal magic of storytelling. Exiled to a fantastical island, Prospero unleashes a churning storm to shipwreck the traitor brother who stole his throne and settle the score once and for all. But bitter revenge is upended by newfound love in this sublime masterpiece that proves we are all “such stuff as dreams are made on.” Tony Award nominee Michael Greif (Romeo and Juliet, Our Lady of Kibeho, If/Then, Next to Normal) directs.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, May 29
8:00 pm

Free

Theaters, May 29, 2015, 05/29/2015, Shakespeare in the Park: The Tempest with Oscar Nominee Sam Waterston
Film |
Juliette is a seductive young woman with an unbridled appetite for pleasure. She attracts the attention of all of St. Tropez, including the wealthy Eric Carradine, Antoine Tardieu, and his sweet yet naïve brother, Michel, who all fight for her indecisive heart. 95 min.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, May 29
8:30 pm

Free

Films, May 29, 2015, 05/29/2015, French Film Outdoors: Roger Vadim's …And God Created Woman (1956)

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Conference |
The New York Military Affairs Symposium will present a one-day conference to explore the ramifications of the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. The Hundred Days, also known as the War of the Seventh Coalition, marked the period between Emperor Napoleon I of France’s return from exile on Elba to Paris on 20 March 1815 and the second restoration of King Louis XVIII on 8 July 1815 (a period of 111 days). This period saw the War of the Seventh Coalition, and includes the Waterloo Campaign and The Neopolitan War and the fate of Murat. The conference will explore new interpretations of this period with several panels exploring the impact of these events on history.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, May 30
10:30 am
to 4:30 pm

Free

Conferences, May 30, 2015, 05/30/2015, The Hundred Days Waterloo Campaign of 1815
Concert |
The concert is at the coolest classical music concerts location in New York City. Program and musicians TBA.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, May 30
4:00 pm

Free

Concerts, May 30, 2015, 05/30/2015, Concert on Water
Concert |
The New York Piano Society is proud to announce its 2015 Season Finale Concert to take place. Young virtuoso and international concert violinist, guest artist Filip Pogády, will be returning to the stage alongside NYPS pianists. One of the most promising violinists of his generation and praised by the press for the beauty of his tone and his “lightning-like virtuosity”. Works by Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Tchaikovsky, Debussy and more performed by NYPS pianists, who are professionals in fields other than music.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, May 30
7:30 pm

Free

Concerts, May 30, 2015, 05/30/2015, The New York Piano Society performs Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Tchiakovsky
Concert |
Program: MAHLER Lieder eines fahrenden gesellen - Alex Boyd, Baritone MOZART Piano Concerto No. 21 - Olga Gurevich, Piano BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 2    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, May 30
7:30 pm

Free

Concerts, May 30, 2015, 05/30/2015, New York Session Symphony's Debut Performance: Mahler, Mozart, Beethoven

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Tour |
Highlights: The Chelsea Hotel, The Highline, The London Terrace Apts, Cushman Row, The General Theological Seminary and the New Highline Hotel.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, May 31
1:00 pm

$20; $5 for

Tours, May 31, 2015, 05/31/2015, Chelsea-'Vestiges of the Genteel' Tour
Talk |
With: Terry M. Perlin, PHD.
   New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, May 31
1:30 pm

$10 suggested donation

Talks, May 31, 2015, 05/31/2015, Staying Alive! Managing Medical Error in and out of the Hospital
Film |
Starring Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, and James Stewart. When a rich woman's ex-husband and a tabloid reporter turn up just before her planned remarriage, she begins to learn the truth about herself. 112 min.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, May 31
2:00 pm

Free

Films, May 31, 2015, 05/31/2015, George Cukor's Oscar-Winning The Philadelphia Story (1940): High-Society Hijinks

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Concert |
A free concert with artists specializing in music from the Himalayas and South Asia. Featuring Gian Luigi Diana (sitar) and Jonathan Singer (tabla).    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Jun 3
6:00 pm

Free

Concerts, June 03, 2015, 06/03/2015, Himalayan Happy Hour: Spiral Music
Book Discussion |
First published in 1938, The Vilna Vegetarian Cookbook was written by a pioneer of Jewish vegetarian cooking, Fania Lewando. Culinary historian Jane Ziegelman interviews the book’s translator, Eve Jochnowitz, and neighborhood vegetarian restaurateur, Amanda Cohen (Dirt Candy) to compare and contrast vegetarianism of the past to today. There will also be a tasting from the Vilna cookbook prepared by historic gastronomist Sarah Lohman.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Jun 3
6:30 pm

Free

Book Discussions, June 03, 2015, 06/03/2015, Vegetarian Cooking Past and Present

Friday, June 5, 2015

Film |
In a colorful and sensual Beirut beauty salon, five women meet regularly to talk and confide in each other. Between haircuts and caramel sugar waxes, the friends share intimate stories about men, sex, motherhood, and their personal liberation. 95 min.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Jun 5
8:30 pm

Free

Films, June 05, 2015, 06/05/2015, French Film Outdoors: Nadine Labaki's Caramel (2007)

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Film |
A man who has made a new life for himself and the daughter left on his doorstep 6 years ago finds his family threatened when the birth mother resurfaces. 122 min.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Jun 6
2:00 pm

Free

Films, June 06, 2015, 06/06/2015, Mexican Film: Eugenio Derbez's Instructions Not Included (2013)

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Dance Lesson |
Learn to dance like a pro at these Salsa, Cha-Cha and Bachata lessons and group social dances led by master teachers from the Piel Canela Dance and Music School and featuring DJ Ray Colon.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Jun 7
6:00 pm
to 9:30 pm

Free

Dance Lessons, June 07, 2015, 06/07/2015, Let’s Dance!
Dance Performance |
Pink Pig Ballet would like to welcome you to a very special event. This is the premier of The Spirits of a Summer Day, a new story ballet written by Karen Cottrell, choreographed by Valerie Mae Browne, with music by Heitor Villa-Lobos, recorded by Alfred Heller and Miranda Soo Lan harding. This music has never been used before in a ballet, and PPB is proud and excited to share this new side of their repetoire. The evening also marks the premier of two new pieces by PPB's most beloved Soloist and Assistant Artistic Director, AJ Pflumm. One focused on femininity, and the other a lively surprise you won't likely expect. Included are another two pieces of repetorire from Valerie Mae Browne.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Jun 7
8:00 pm

Free

Dance Performances, June 07, 2015, 06/07/2015, The Spirits of a Summer Day, a New Ballet

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Dance Performance |
A program of non-curated shared showings of experimentation and work-in-progress, for artists at all stages of their development. The events are centered around an audience discussion moderated by a Movement Research Artist-in-Residence or an occasional guest, where we will experiment with different feedback methods to support and inform the artists’ process. With: Amity Jones, Adriane Lee, Katiana Rangel.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Jun 9
7:00 pm

$3 suggested donation

Dance Performances, June 09, 2015, 06/09/2015, Experiments in Dance

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Concert |
A free concert with artists specializing in music from the Himalayas and South Asia. Featuring Jiaju Shen (pipa) and Yuda Deng (guitar).    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Jun 10
6:00 pm

Free

Concerts, June 10, 2015, 06/10/2015, Himalayan Happy Hour: Spiral Music
Discussion |
This Caribbean Heritage Month, the museum focuses on a community that comprises nearly 20 percent of New York City’s immigrant community. They invite political scientist Christina Greer, author of Black Ethnics, shares her work on Caribbean immigrant political identities. Greer is joined in discussion by Council Member Jumaane Williams, who represents Brooklyn's vibrant West Indian Flatbush neighborhood, CUNY Grad Center sociologist Phil Kasinitz.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Jun 10
6:30 pm

Free

Discussions, June 10, 2015, 06/10/2015, Caribbean Immigration in NYC

Friday, June 12, 2015

Film |
The notorious Pépé le Moko is a wanted man. In the labyrinthine Casbah of Algiers, Pépé is safe from the clutches of the police. But his clandestine life is unveiled when Gaby, a Parisian playgirl, compels him to risk his life and leave his past behind. 93 min.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Jun 12
8:30 pm

Free

Films, June 12, 2015, 06/12/2015, French Film Outdoors: Julien Duvivier's Pépé le Moko (1937)

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Dance Lesson |
Learn to dance like a pro at these Salsa, Cha-Cha and Bachata lessons and group social dances led by master teachers from the Piel Canela Dance and Music School and featuring DJ Ray Colon.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Jun 14
6:00 pm
to 9:30 pm

Free

Dance Lessons, June 14, 2015, 06/14/2015, Let’s Dance!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Concert |
Featuring Avraham Fried, Netanel Hershtik, Yankv Lemmer, Joseph Malovany, Lipa Schmeltzer, Zusha. Music Director: Avremi Gourarie. Music Supervisor: Zalmen Mlotek. Yiddish Soul features five of the leading cantorial singers from the modern Chassidic music scene. Incorporating contemporary musical styles and sensibilities, while keeping the message and the poetry pure and true to the ethical tenets of Judaism, modern orthodox music has swept up a generation of young Jewish music fans. The liturgical music of the Cantor has for centuries been the spiritual gateway for Jewish worshippers and communities in synagogues around the world. The virtuosity and deeply emotional artistry of the world’s great cantors has been a passion of music aficionados from the earliest days of the recording and film media, when cantors like the legendary Yosele Rosenblatt became models of vocal virtuosity. Today, this sound has crossed over into mainstream jazz and world music festivals and performing arts centers worldwide.    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Jun 16
6:00 pm

Free

Concerts, June 16, 2015, 06/16/2015, Yiddish Soul: A Concert of Cantorial and Chassidic Music
Dance Performance |
A program of non-curated shared showings of experimentation and work-in-progress, for artists at all stages of their development. The events are centered around an audience discussion moderated by a Movement Research Artist-in-Residence or an occasional guest, where we will experiment with different feedback methods to support and inform the artists’ process. With: Martita Abril, Jamie Benson, There\'s No Law, Mindy Toro    New York City, NY; NYC

Tue, Jun 16
7:00 pm

$3 suggested donation

Dance Performances, June 16, 2015, 06/16/2015, Experiments in Dance

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Concert |
A free concert with artists specializing in music from the Himalayas and South Asia. Featuring Max ZT (hammered dulcimer) and Moto Fukushima (bass).    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Jun 17
6:00 pm

Free

Concerts, June 17, 2015, 06/17/2015, Himalayan Happy Hour: Spiral Music
Book Reading |
At the turn of the 20th century, Jewish families scattered by migration could stay in touch only through letters. But many were unaccustomed to communicating their thoughts in writing. Enter the brivnshtelers, Yiddish-language books of model letters for business, family and even romantic matters. Actors bring these letters to life and Roberta Newman and Alice Nakhimovsky explain their popularity and significance.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Jun 17
6:30 pm

Free

Book Readings, June 17, 2015, 06/17/2015, oberta Newman and Alice Nakhimovsky discuss their book Dear Mendl, Dear Reyzl

Friday, June 19, 2015

Film |
Irène, an attractive young woman, is on vacation at a French Riviera resort with Jacques, an older and very wealthy man. One night, while celebrating her birthday alone, she meets the handsome and intriguing Jean, who claims to be a millionaire and adventurer. However, unbeknownst to Irène, Jean isn’t everything he appears to be… 106 min.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Jun 19
8:30 pm

Free

Films, June 19, 2015, 06/19/2015, French Film Outdoors: Pierre Salvadori's Priceless (2006)

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Parade |
Dante and Chiara de Blasio will serve as King Neptune and Queen Mermaid in the 32nd Annual Mermaid Parade. As King Neptune and Queen Mermaid, Dante and Chiara de Blasio will hold the highest position of honor in the parade, a unique and artistic celebration of ancient mythology and the honky-tonk seaside ritual that attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors to the amusement district. The Mermaid Parade features marching bands, drill teams, floats, antique cars and some 1,500 participants dressed in hand-made costume of mermaids, sea creatures, amusement rides and Neptunes. It is the largest art parade in the nation and the largest event of the year in Coney Island. According to tradition, King Neptune and Queen Mermaid will be wheeled in the parade in antique wicker Boardwalk Rolling Chairs that date back to 1923.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Jun 20
1:00 pm

Free

Parades, June 20, 2015, 06/20/2015, 33rd Annual Mermaid Parade
Workshop |
Join your fellow New Yorkers as they come together to take a break from city life and sit in pure quiet for 20 minutes. This is an event for modern people – no talk of spirituality or religion, just a chance to reset in one of the world’s most legendary parks. Stay after the Quiet for live performances by Jungle and Ibeyi.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sat, Jun 20
4:00 pm

Free

Workshops, June 20, 2015, 06/20/2015, The Big Quiet: A Meditation in the Park

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Dance Lesson |
Learn to dance like a pro at these Salsa, Cha-Cha and Bachata lessons and group social dances led by master teachers from the Piel Canela Dance and Music School and featuring DJ Ray Colon.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Jun 21
6:00 pm
to 9:30 pm

Free

Dance Lessons, June 21, 2015, 06/21/2015, Let’s Dance!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Book Signing |
The Sex and the City author spoofs and skewers her way through pop culture, celebrity worship, fame, and even the meaning of life itself, in her sharpest and funniest book to date.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Jun 24
12:30 pm

Free

Book Signings, June 24, 2015, 06/24/2015, Candace Bushnell signs copies of her book Killing Monica
Concert |
A free concert with artists specializing in music from the Himalayas and South Asia. Featuring Eric Fraser (bansuri) and Ehren Hanson (tabla).    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Jun 24
6:00 pm

Free

Concerts, June 24, 2015, 06/24/2015, Himalayan Happy Hour: Spiral Music

Friday, June 26, 2015

Film |
Beneath a baobab tree, an old man tells the story of Maki, a young boy who crosses the desert with his giraffe and a Bedouin nomad named Hassan. During the epic journey from Africa to Paris, which takes them through Alexandria and the bustling port of Marseilles, Maki and his companions meet countless exotic characters. 78 min.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Jun 26
8:30 pm

Free

Films, June 26, 2015, 06/26/2015, French Film Outdoors: Rémi Bezançon and Jean-Christophe Lie's Zarafa (2012)

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Dance Lesson |
Learn to dance like a pro at these Salsa, Cha-Cha and Bachata lessons and group social dances led by master teachers from the Piel Canela Dance and Music School and featuring DJ Ray Colon.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Jun 28
6:00 pm
to 9:30 pm

Free

Dance Lessons, June 28, 2015, 06/28/2015, Let’s Dance!

Friday, July 10, 2015

Film |
Goha, a poor, ignorant, and naïve boy, wanders around with his donkey all day long in a small Tunisian town. Taj El-Ulum, a wise old man who is respected and admired by all, soon remarries and chooses the pretty Fulla. But, bored in her new home, the young bride falls in love with Goha, and to no surprise, chaos ensues. 81 min.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Jul 10
8:30 pm

Free

Films, July 10, 2015, 07/10/2015, French Film Outdoors: Jacques Baratier's Goha (1958)

Friday, July 17, 2015

Film |
The lovely, repressed and quietly intelligent chambermaid Hélène comes upon a couple engaging in an intense chess match, and discovers she has a knack for the game. This obsession – much to the chagrin of her family – leads her to seek the clandestine tutelage of a reclusive American doctor, a liaison that radically transforms both of their lackluster lives. 107 min.    New York City, NY; NYC

Fri, Jul 17
8:30 pm

Free

Films, July 17, 2015, 07/17/2015, French Film Outdoors: Caroline Bottaro's Queen to Play (2009)

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Concert |
Brooklyn-based R&amp;B/Rap group Whodini has been a mandatory staple in the Hip Hop scene since 1982 when they went on-air with Mr. Magic’s “Rap Attack” on WHBI radio. Their second album, 1984’s Escape, was certified platinum. The duo (Jalil Hutchins and John “Ecstasy” Fletcher) went on to tour with fellow hip hop icons including Kurtis Blow and Run-DMC, and collaborated with Public Enemy. Known by many monikers including Dark Gable, Black Caesar and King Asiatic Nobody’s Equal, Big Daddy Kane has long been one of hip hop’s most lyrical, diverse, innovative, trendsetting M.C.’s. The baritone-voiced, Bed-Stuy native is known for his rapid fire, metaphoric battle rap style, and has several certified gold albums to his name.    New York City, NY; NYC

Sun, Jul 26
2:00 pm
to 7:00 pm

Free

Concerts, July 26, 2015, 07/26/2015, Rock Steady Crew 38th Anniversary Concert with Whodini and Big Daddy Kane

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Dance Performance |
The Philadelphia Dance Company (PHILADANCO!) is a nonprofit organization that presents the highest quality of professional dance performance and improves the skills of emerging and professional dancers and choreographers in a nurturing environment, while increasing the appreciation of dance among its many communities. Across the nation and around the world, PHILADANCO! is celebrated for its innovation, creativity and preservation of predominantly African-American traditions in dance. Founded in 1970, PHILADANCO! has a legacy of breaking barriers and building bridges across cultural divides, consistently performing for audiences representing an amalgamation of people from diverse communities. Founded in 2004 by Toni Pierce-Sands and Uri Sands in Saint Paul, Minnesota, TU Dance is a leading voice for contemporary dance. The 12-member, professional company is acclaimed for its diverse and versatile artists, performing work that draws together modern dance, classical ballet, African-based and urban vernacular movements. The TU Dance repertory features original work by Uri Sands, as well as renowned choreographers including Dwight Rhoden, Ron Brown, Katrin Hall, Gregory Dolbashian and Camille Brown. Through celebrated performances of the professional company and accessible dance education at TU Dance Center, TU Dance provides opportunities for everyone to experience the connective power of dance.    New York City, NY; NYC

Wed, Jul 29
8:00 pm

Free

Dance Performances, July 29, 2015, 07/29/2015, Contemporary Dance: PHILADANCO! / TU Dance

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Film |
Algiers, 1920s. Rabbi Sfar has more than one problem. His beautiful daughter Zlabya is transforming into a teenager, and even worse, his parrot-killing cat has just started talking. The rabbi’s life grows all the more complicated when a box arrives from Russia with a painter inside. Ultimately Rabbi Sfar ends up on a quest for a hidden tribe and its mythical city of origin in Africa. 89 min.    New York City, NY; NYC

Thu, Sep 10
7:30 pm

Free

Films, September 10, 2015, 09/10/2015, French Film: Joann Sfar and Antoine Delesvaux's The Rabbi's Cat (2011)
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