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Sat, July 21, 2012
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All events, things to do on Saturday, July 21, 2012 are free unless otherwise noted.
Workshop |
Hour-long classes with a 10-minute warm up, 30 minute fitness walk, and 20 minutes of strengthening, stretching, and cool-down.
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Join 20-minute instructional paddles, and explore the Hudson River first-hand. Please wear a bathing suit or shorts and a t-shirt, and know how to swim. Weather permitting. Kayaks and life vests provided.
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Workshops, July 21, 2012, 07/21/2012, Kayaking on the Hudson
Birdwatching |
Join Audubon New York Educators in a walk as you learn to spot and identify common NYC birds.
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Sketch and paint the Hudson River and neighboring parks with an artist/educator. Materials provided. For adults.
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Help NYPL build the geospatial library of the future! This workshop will get you oriented with the a set of tools the Library has developed that enables librarians and the general public to add valuable geographic context to old maps. The workshop will focus on the core activity of the website: georectification, or "warping" maps. This means overlaying digital images of historic maps onto a contemporary digital map (similar to Google Maps), transforming them into tiles of a virtual atlas.
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Workshops, July 21, 2012, 07/21/2012, Citizen Cartography Workshop
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Get out on the water for kayaking and community rowing. Children under 18 must have an adult guardian present. Last sign-up is an hour before closing time.
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Workshops, July 21, 2012, 07/21/2012, Kayaking and Community Rowing
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Join them Saturday mornings for free beginners yoga with a certified instructor. Begin the process toward a strong and comfortable body, and a calm and serene mind. Please wear comfortable clothes and bring your yoga mat or a beach towel. All participants must sign a waiver form before they join in.
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Get tips from a master to improve your chess game, and then test your new skills. In July, International Master Irina Krush, three-time U.S. Women's Chess Champion, will be the guest lecturer at the Advanced Players Lectures & Simuls in the Conservancy's annual series of summer chess programs. After a lecture, Irina who also holds the title of a Woman Grandmaster will play up to 30 players simultaneously, moving from board to board, making one move at a time. All are welcome to enjoy the lecture and cheer on Simul participants. Thirty players of any age with an official US Chess Federation rating of 1,000 or better can participate in the Simul when registered on a first-come, first-served basis from 10:30 am - 11:00 am on the morning of the event.* Boards and pieces are available to borrow for anyone not participating in the Simul who wishes to play a friend.
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Workshops, July 21, 2012, 07/21/2012, Chess Program: Advanced Players Lecture/Simul
Park Walk |
Experience the Park's only formal garden with the Garden staff. See exuberant perennial and annual beds, and delight in an abundance of color and fragrance while learning about the Garden's history and design.
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Park Walks, July 21, 2012, 07/21/2012, Garden Tour
Poetry Reading |
Come out for readings and performances by The Poetry Brothel, Cave Canem, Poets House, EARSHOT!, The Inspired Word and much more.
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Poetry Readings, July 21, 2012, 07/21/2012, Second Annual New York Poetry Festival
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Fairs, July 21, 2012, 07/21/2012, Street Fair
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Fairs, July 21, 2012, 07/21/2012, Street Fair
Tour |
Explore the Cathedral's newly cleaned and restored Nave. Learn about the art, architecture and history of this great sacred space from 1892 to the present.
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Tours, July 21, 2012, 07/21/2012, Cathedral Tour
City Walk |
Highlighting the unique, bizarre and beautiful bohemia we call Greenwich Village. Tours are led by licensed guides who focus on the various social, architectural and/or historic aspects of the neighborhood, and last approximately 90 minutes.
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Tour |
Seneca Village was Manhattan's first known community of African-American property owners, on land that would become the Park. Tour covers the history of the village, the property owners, and what New York City was like at the time. Tour is approximately one hour.
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Tours, July 21, 2012, 07/21/2012, “Seneca Village” Tour
Opera |
New York Opera Forum performs the complete opera Serse (Xerxes) by George Frideric Handel (1685-1759). A live musical recital performed in concert with piano accompaniment.
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Concerts, July 21, 2012, 07/21/2012, New York Opera Forum performs Handel's Serse
Staged Reading |
Presented by the Instant Shakespeare Company.
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Other |
The Corning Museum of Glass will once again partner with Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum to present GlassLab this summer. The Corning Museum’s expert glassmakers will work with contemporary graphic designers included in the onsite exhibition Graphic Design—Now in Production, co-organized by Cooper-Hewitt and the Walker Art Center.
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Tour |
Explore the Cathedral's newly cleaned and restored Nave. Learn about the art, architecture and history of this great sacred space from 1892 to the present.
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Tours, July 21, 2012, 07/21/2012, Cathedral Tour
Dance Performance |
Naja is an Egyptian-style belly dance performer and instructor who brings the spirit of the Middle East to New York City and beyond through the beautiful art of belly dance. Her performances focus not only on the joy, entertainment, and excitement of dance, but also on presenting Middle Eastern dance in a positive, culturally-informed light. She has been featured in The New York Times, The Village Voice, NY1 TV and the lifestyle blog Woman Around Town, and can be seen performing at various venues in New York City including Webster Hall.
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Tour |
The tour explores the social and political history of the Union Square neighborhood through discussions of the people, history, architecture, and forces that have shaped this community. You’ll hear how Union Square got its name, see where the legendary Tiffany & Co. once stood, and learn how to read the clock (yes, it’s a clock!) on “The Metronome” sculpture and so much more!
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Tours, July 21, 2012, 07/21/2012, Union Square: Crossroads of New York
Park Walk |
Walk through a scenic area on the western edge of the Park, much of which is off the beaten track for most visitors. See rolling meadows, lake views, bridges of different styles, and a garden with flowers and plants mentioned by Shakespeare.
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Park Walks, July 21, 2012, 07/21/2012, West Side Stories Tour
Film |
The Silent Clowns Film Series is back and dedicated to silent era film star, Raymond Griffith, a star whom Walter Kerr described as "natty, lithe (and) un-mugging." Today, view Griffith in Hands Up! (1926), with Mack Swain and Montagu Love. Dog Shy (1926) with Charley Chase is the added attraction.
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Films, July 21, 2012, 07/21/2012, Silent Film: Hands Up! (1926)
Concert |
Celebrate the newest generation of musicians making a mark on the Brazilian music scene with up and coming Brazilian hip-hop artists Criolo and Flávio Renegado making their New York City premiere. Internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter Bebel Gilberto (pictured) is the daughter of Joao Gilberto, the iconic voice of bossa nova. Gilberto’s famed father would always color her musical path, and with the addition of elements of electronic music, she took the legacy of bossa nova from Bahia to the dance floor, earning worldwide success. Criolo, Brazil’s newest star, creates rhymes like an industrial machine. At the same time, he can also sing beautifully and blend Brazilian rhythms including samba, soul, Afro-funk and rock riffs and assemble it with hip-hop beats and flow to create some of the most exciting new music to come out of Brazil in recent times. Rising Brazilian hip-hop artist Flávio Renegado has been making moves in the Brazilian music scene since 2008 with the release of his debut, Do Oiapoque a Nova York. Renegado’s sound is at once identifiably hip-hop based but incorporates other musical influences such as reggae, maracatu, Cuban music, African rhythms, samba and other sounds typical of Brazilian culture. DJ Béco Dranoff has been involved in the Brazilian music industry for over 20 years. Béco’s multi-faceted career and international expertise positions him as a unique bridge for cultural projects between Brazil and the world. As a Music Selector, Béco has worked in prestigious venues such as Cielo, MoMA’s Sculpture Garden, Le Poisson Rouge and Nublu.
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Workshop |
Teaches the fundamentals of disipline, balance, Health and Wellness.
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Concert |
The concert is at the coolest classical music concerts location in New York City. Program and musicians TBA.
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Concerts, July 21, 2012, 07/21/2012, Concert on Water
Performance |
SIGN UP 4:00 pm--- Come Early!! it gets crowded!! POETS, SINGERS, SPOKEN WORD ARTISTS, PERFORMANCE ARTISTS, COMICS, SINGER/SONGWRITERS Not a Slam but a BANG!! Everyone is a star!!! SHARE YOUR POETRY, SONGS, SPOKEN WORD & PERFORMANCE ART !!!
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Performances, July 21, 2012, 07/21/2012, Stark Reality Open Mic
Theater |
The “rover” of the play’s title is Willmore, a rakish naval captain, who falls in love with a young woman named Hellena, who has set out to experience love before her brother sends her to a convent. Complications arise when Angellica Bianca, a famous courtesan, falls in love with Willmore and swears revenge on him for his betrayal.
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Theaters, July 21, 2012, 07/21/2012, Outdoor Theater: The Rover by Aphra Behn
Theater |
New York Classical Theatre's roving production of Twelfth Night recasts the beloved comedy's setting as fin de siècle New York. The company will lead audiences on Shakespeare's lively journey of mistaken identities, misguided lovers, and joyous celebration, recasting the play's setting to New York City circa 1900. Employing its signature "Panoramic Theatre" staging style, the company will escort audiences, pausing to hatch a confusion of plots and declare various passions against a backdrop of waterfalls, bridges, and shady groves.
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Theaters, July 21, 2012, 07/21/2012, New York Classical Theatre's Outdoor Production of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night
Performance |
Johnny Velvet and the Moonbeams is an improv group featuring Michelle Ciotta, Dylan Donahue, Keith Kingbay, Justin Lamb, and Sean O’Reilly. Johnny Velvet himself is currently teaching children in the Sudan to Rollerblade.
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Performances, July 21, 2012, 07/21/2012, Comedy:  Johnny Velvet and the Moonbeams
Concert |
Efendi, headed by Scott Wilson playing his unique “Baglama Hydra“—a combination oud, saz, and bouzouki—perform music from Turkey, Armenia, Israel, and Greece. Mr. Wilson always shows up with a Belly Dancer, who charms the young and old alike. Great fun for the kids. Calling all blankets, picnic baskets, and candles!
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Screening |
A captivating documentary directed by Ben Walters and Gavin Butt about how queer artists armed with video cameras and lots of nerve transformed the world…or created their own. The video revolution of the 1970s permitted access and affordability to artists who could finally respond to the mainstream dominance of images and find fellow outsiders, voices of protest, and genderfuckers. This enjoyable doc takes us through the past 40 years of notable artists, featuring art and interviews with Vaginal Davis, Dara Birnbaum, Nao Bustamante, Kalup Linzy, David Hoyle, Cole Escola, and Holestar among others.
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Opera |
Vertical Player Repertory presents Water Music: A lyrical summer evening of water-themed opera. The Brooklyn indie opera company, celebrated for “intense performances” by The New York Times and “thrilling theater” by Opera Today, will perform arias and ensembles from A View from the Bridge, Les contes d’Hoffmann, and Il Tabarro.
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Lecture |
An experimental lecture series on debt. Five artists from Eastern Europe paired with five American scholars will present their collaborative research in a series of performative lectures on the nature, history and meaning of debt.
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Lectures, July 21, 2012, 07/21/2012, Debt! A Series of Performative Lectures on Debt
Jazz |
A night of red hot Latin jazz with two Grammy winners. ARTURO SANDOVAL can burn through an Afro-Cuban groove, tear up a bebop tune, or soar over a Mozart concerto with equal power and grace. A protégé of the great Dizzy Gillespie, Sandoval was born in Cuba in 1949 and is one of the world’s most acknowledged guardians of jazz trumpet and flugelhorn, as well as a renowned classical artist, pianist, and composer.(photo: Manny Iriate) ARTURO O'FARRILL & THE AFRO LATIN JAZZ ORCHESTRA, "a remarkable New York institution" (NY Times), present a celebration of the O’Farrill family featuring O’Farrill’s sons in a tribute honoring three generations of Afro-Cuban and Afro-Latin musical heritage; Arturo, a world-renowned pianist, composer, and bandleader, is the son of legendary composer, arranger, and bandleader Chico O’Farrill.
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$3 suggested admission
Theater |
The play is presented in a working parking lot, so you can drive there but you should expect to pay the Muni-meter. The show is offered while the lot is in use. The action sometimes happens around a parked car which drives away during a performance. At such times, the players stop and the audience moves its chairs, pausing the performance the same way a show would stop for rain uptown in Central Park. It's all part of the fun. Seats are available on a first come first serve basis, with audience members often arriving as early as 7:00 PM to secure a place. You are encouraged and welcome to bring your own chair. Once seats are gone, blankets are spread out.
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Theaters, July 21, 2012, 07/21/2012, Outdoor Presentation of Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor
Theater |
This year Pulse Ensemble Theatre is going to reprise Shakespeare in July instead of its usual August slot. This year they’re doing A Midsummer Night’s Dream – expect the unexpected, including some rock ‘n roll (and a cross dresser or two). Pulse definitely does not take your classical approach to the Classics! Enjoy a theatrical evening under the stars.
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Theaters, July 21, 2012, 07/21/2012, Outdoor Presentation of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Performance |
Check out some of the top improvisers performing an improvised Quentin Tarantino movie before your eyes. If you like Grindhouse, Kung Fu, Spaghetti Western, Noir, and the entire 1970s, you’ll want to check out The Tarantino.
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Performances, July 21, 2012, 07/21/2012, Comedy: The Tarantino
Party |
A late night dance party with guest DJs and VJs. "Boogie down with the avant garde."
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Partys, July 21, 2012, 07/21/2012, Dance Party: latenightzero
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