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Tai Chi and Eternal Spring are instructed by members of the Tai Chi Chuan Center for all ages and experience levels. Classes are rain or shine.
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Workshops, June 26, 2012, 06/26/2012, Park Tai Chi
Workshop |
Expert instructors, provided by lululemon athletica, lead all levels of yogis. Mats are provided.
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Workshops, June 26, 2012, 06/26/2012, Park Yoga
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, June 26, 2012, 06/26/2012, Cathedral Tour
Tour |
Learn about central banking functions that Federal Reserve System performs and see Bank's vault of international monetary gold on bedrock of Manhattan Island, five stories below street level. Learn why Federal Reserve has "Federal" in its name, while it's a private bank, not Federal at all. Congressman Ron Paul considers the Federal Reserve "both corrupt and unconstitutional" Tour times: 11:15 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:15 p.m., and 4:00 p.m.
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Tours, June 26, 2012, 06/26/2012, Federal Reserve Bank Tour
Birdwatching |
Get an up-close visit with exotic birds from the Arcadia Bird Sanctuary and Education Center. Sanctuary Director Terri Jones and her sociable, people-friendly birds can be found near every Tuesday this summer, weather permitting. Stop by to watch, ask questions, interact with the birds, or just take pictures.
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Jazz |
The Gotham Jazzmen bring you all your old favorites and more.
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Concerts, June 26, 2012, 06/26/2012, Dixieland Jazz with the Gotham Jazzmen
Concert |
Enjoy a taste of Paris in the park at lunchtime with musette style accordion music.
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Jazz |
Joel Forrester is a contemporary two-handed piano player, essaying the stride, boogie-woogie, and trance styles. He wrote the theme to NPR's Fresh Air, studied composition with Thelonious Monk, co-founded the Microscopic Septet, and did music for the early films of Andy Warhol. On the first Sunday evening of each month, Joel plays for silent movies (of his own choosing) at the Gershwin Hotel. The Microscopic Septet has been selected to play at the Berlin International Jazz Festival, this coming November. And Joel's quintet will perform in August at the Celesteval in the French village of Auxillac.
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Book Discussion |
Led by: Bradford Morrow, Founding Editor, Conjunctions Literary webJournal. Don't forget to sign up for a free copy of your book club selection while supply lasts - compliments of Oxford University Press.
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Park Walk |
You'll be amazed at what you'll see.... a hidden bench that tells time, miniature boats powered by the wind, a magnificent sculpture celebrating fresh water, and a glorious drinking fountain for the city's equine population. These are just some of the the sites along the way on this east to west walk through the park. Tour is approximately one hour long.
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Park Walks, June 26, 2012, 06/26/2012, “Cross Park Promenade” Tour
Jazz |
With: Tony Lustig, baritone saxophone; Samora Pinderhughes, piano; Dave Baron, bass; Bryan Carter, drums.
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Concerts, June 26, 2012, 06/26/2012, Julliard-Trained Jazz Quartet
Dance Performance |
Choreographer Tara O’Con revisits her work Underneath Where We Are, which was originally commissioned by, and premiered at The Chocolate Factory Theater in December 2010. A subtle and understated movement piece for two dancers and ambient soundscore, Underneath Where We Are is a sensory, tactile, meditative, and obsessive exploration of the body's relationship to the space it inhabits.
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Dance Performances, June 26, 2012, 06/26/2012, CANCELLED***Underneath Where We Are by Choreographer Tara O'Con***CANCELLED
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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$6
Tours, June 26, 2012, 06/26/2012, Cathedral Tour
Concert |
Sharp eloquence, humanist politics, and mystic poetries are given a global voice by this singer-songwriter and his acoustic band from Islamabad, Pakistan. Defying easy categorization, Arieb Azhar’s mesmerizing baritone “encompasses about all the emotions life has to offer.” (PRI) He leads a quartet of musicians in an eclectic mix of urban and folk-based songs grounded in Sufi and other humanist poetries from across Eurasia. Azhar pays tribute to Irish balladeers, Croatian gypsies, Punjabi traders and ancient Sanskrit texts.
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Gallery Talk |
With Lee Kogan. Life is not lived in black and white: reality may have the tinge of dreams and dreams an air of reality. This provocative tension exists between the experiential nature of early American folk art and the fantastical imagery it often displays—between what is real and what is imagined. The same is true of the work of contemporary self-taught artists, which may introduce unique—and sometimes puzzling—expressions that illuminate the iconoclastic nature that is the flip side of the collective American psyche.
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Workshop |
Free Classes in the Park. Knitty City provides free instruction to beginners. Yarn and needles are provided.
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Workshop |
Join a free Stay Well exercise session. Stay Well volunteers certified by the NYC's Department for the aging will lead participants in a well-balanced series of exercises for seniors of all ability levels. Please wear loose comfortable clothing. Exercise equipment will be provided. All participants are required to sign a personal medical waiver at the beginning of the class.
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Film |
With Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Pete Postlethwaite. Perseus, mortal son of Zeus, battles the minions of the underworld to stop them from conquering the Earth and the heavens. 118 min.
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Book Reading |
Writers from the seventh grade at The Young Women's Leadership School of East Harlem present selections from their new anthology.
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Book Signing |
Night & Day brings together a selection of iconic Kodachrome pictures from David Armstrong’s archive of the late 70’s and early 80’s New York scene. The images illuminate an intimate and carefree epoch of innocent-bohemian wilderness. Dispersed throughout the series are images of a generation of youngsters which changed culture - including Rene Ricard, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Jean-Michel Basquiat, John Waters to mention a few. Vernacular yet with an undeniable ability to capture and create timeless images, David Armstrong’s Night & Day tells tales of a bygone era. This show marks the occasion of a new David Armstrong book documenting the same subjects, published by Morel.
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Concert |
With the ANGELO M TRIO. Angelo M is a humble blue collar man from a Pennsylvania steel mill, but there’s nothing understated about the talent of this bluesy virtuoso fingerstyle player and award-winning songwriter. Armed with a six-string, Dobro, mandolin, and harp, he is down and dirty – no holds barred. He is an authentic link in the roots-Americana chain as a singer, player, and songwriter.
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Workshop |
In this Basic-Level Vinyasa Flow class for adults and seniors of all ability levels, they break down the basics of individual movements and teach basic fundamentals. They are geared toward the beginner, but great for students with more experience looking to further develop basic postures. It is our intention to get you moving so that you can feel the effect of the yoga, but provide extra instruction at a slightly slower pace to help you build your yoga foundation. Please bring your own mat or towel for the first few classes.
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Workshops, June 26, 2012, 06/26/2012, Tuesday Night Yoga
Workshop |
Test your coordination and dexterity with free juggling lessons in the park. All skill levels are welcome to join in the fun. Equipment is provided.
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Workshops, June 26, 2012, 06/26/2012, Learn Juggling in the Park
Talk |
Lauren Prince discusses financial issues to help to avoid mistakes and get a fair and equitable divorce.
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Talks, June 26, 2012, 06/26/2012, Financial Planning Before and During a Divorce
Workshop |
Sahaja Meditation is a holistic approach to living in balance. The simple technique gives the experience of inner silence, calm and contentment. Sahaja Meditation is an inner yoga (connection), meaning no mental or physical effort is required. Whatever the issue facing us—frustration, anger, anxiety, bad habits, loneliness—Sahaja Meditation awakens a vibrant energy within each of us that empowers us to achieve our genuine self-expression and fulfillment.
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Workshops, June 26, 2012, 06/26/2012, Meditation at the Library
Discussion |
With Patricia Herlihy, Professor Emeritus of History, Brown University, and author of Vodka: A Global History; Richard Foss, author of Rum: A Global History; and Lesley Jacobs Solmonson, a food/drink journalist, and author of Gin: A Global History. Moderated by Andrew F. Smith, faculty.
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Screening |
Julian Schlossberg, veteran film and Broadway theater producer had an idea. He would videotape all the influential figures who had shaped the Twentieth Century and weave these accounts into a decade by decade chronology as told by the history makers themselves. It was a race against time. These legends were, for the most part, well past 75. Schlossberg wanted to convince 150 of them to share their unique points of view. For several, this would turn out to be their last interview. Amazingly, Presidents, Generals, newscasters, ambassadors archbishops, Governors, Senators, Congressmen, journalists, authors, playwrights, cabinet members, actors, singers, architects and titans of industry all said yes..... Some agreed to 30 minutes and stayed for hours. To a person, they were candid and brought unexpected insight into the events that shaped the world that we live in today. Among the completed interviews are: Madeline Albright, Buzz Aldrin, Robert Altman, Kofi Annan, Lauren Bacall, Joan Baez, F. Lee Bailey, Sec. James Baker, Ben Bradlee, Tom Brokaw, Helen Gurley Brown, Pat Buchanan, Art Buchwald, William F. Buckley, Jr., George H.W Bush. Schlossberg has completed the first five 45-minute segments which include film clips, stills, archival footage and newsreels. These will be shown for the first time in New York City
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Opening Reception |
A selection of iconic Kodachrome pictures from David Armstrong’s archive of the late 70’s and early 80’s New York scene. The images illuminate an intimate and carefree epoch of innocent-bohemian wilderness. Dispersed throughout the series are images of a generation of youngsters which changed culture - including Rene Ricard, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Jean-Michel Basquiat, John Waters to mention a few. Vernacular yet with an undeniable ability to capture and create timeless images, David Armstrong’s Night & Day tells tales of a bygone era. This show marks the occasion of a new David Armstrong book documenting the same subjects, published by Morel.
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Discussion |
From improved nutrition to better environmental stewardship, local food systems have been offered as a panacea for much of what ails us. Culturally, local food systems connect us in a way that builds communities between rural and urban families, producers and consumers. While many of us love knowing where our food comes from – and often the farmer who grew it – does science back up the idea that local food is more nutritious? Can it improve our environment? Does the food taste better? This is a panel discussion on the intersection of the science and culture of local food, with Brian Halweil, Robert LaValva, and Jennifer Phillips.
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Talk |
This presentation discusses the idea of middle age from its invention in the late nineteenth century to its current place at the center of American society, where it shapes the way we view our families, our professional obligations, and our inner lives. The entire landscape of midlife is explored, including how its biological, psychological, and social definitions have shifted from one generation to the next. Middle age has been a symbol both of decline and of power and wealth. Explaining why, the author takes the audience from early-twentieth-century factories that refused to hire middle-aged men to twenty-first-century high-tech laboratories where researchers are currently conducting cutting-edge experiments on the middle-aged brain and body.
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Other |
You've seen them 100 times. You know them by heart. You've joined the cult. Now prove you're their leader. Attend a Tuesday Trivia night at the Porch to test your cult movie knowledge with quiz masters. The competition is open to all, but please RSVP to ensure your spot.
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Others, June 26, 2012, 06/26/2012, Summer Cult Movie Trivia Festival
Tour |
Join a docent for a fun and informative walk along the High Line. Learn about the history, design, art, and horticulture of this unique park. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to guarantee your spot.
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Tours, June 26, 2012, 06/26/2012, Guided Tour of the High Line
Workshop |
Every Tuesday at dusk, gaze at the stars, planets, and moon using high-powered telescopes, and chat with members of the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York about the sites you see.
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Workshops, June 26, 2012, 06/26/2012, Stargazing in the City
Jazz |
Every Tuesday night the stars shine bright in the Park! Enjoy jazz music as students from the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music perform on one of the Park’s most beautiful piers.
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Workshop |
Lolë and FITiST team up to offer &#64257;tness meet-ups, including: yoga, boot camp, core training & boxing.
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Opening Reception |
A series of site-specific installations in which artists and children will collaborate to create experiences in visuals, sound and motion. Over the course of sixteen weeks adults and children alike will come together to stage happenings - both freeform and through a series of events, workshops, and concerts that draw upon the instinctual play’s ability to spark imaginative growth and unite disparate individuals through non-verbal communication. Featuring artists: Michael Delia, Paul DeMarinis, Eleanor Dubinsky, Martin Janicek, Jaroslav Koran, Tom Kotik, Pavel Mrkus, Petr Nikl, Ondrej Pivec, Karel Ruzicka Jr., Ondrej Smeykal, Marianna Stranska.
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Landscaped gardens and water views provide an inspiring backdrop, as a certified instructor flows through vinyasas with the breezes of the river. This is a fun (and free!) opportunity to bring your yoga practice into the outdoors and enjoy the beauty of this uniquely special urban setting. A limited number of yoga mats are provided. Participants are encouraged to bring their own yoga mats and towels.
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Workshop |
This total body workout is a great way to develop superior core muscle power and tone, all with a beautiful view of the Hudson. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring your own mat.
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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, June 26, 2012, 06/26/2012, New York Classical Theatre's Outdoor Production of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night
Workshop |
The Fitness Guru returns with Pilates Mat classes overlooking the New York Harbor. Limited mats available. Registration begins at 6:30pm.
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Concert |
Celebrate the musical legacy of Eastern Europe with a day dedicated to Yiddish music including traditional klezmer and modern interpretations that fuse the traditional with everything from rock to hip-hop influences. The Klezmatics are world-renowned and Grammy-winning superstars of the klezmer world. They erupted out of New York City’s East Village in 1986 and revitalized klezmer for the new century with music that is steeped in Eastern European Jewish tradition and spirituality, while incorporating contemporary themes such as human rights and anti-fundamentalism with eclectic musical influences including Arab, African, Latin and Balkan rhythms, jazz and punk. Special guests include: the “Prince of Kosher Gospel” Joshua Nelson, The National Yiddish Theatre’s production of Soul to Soul, an electrifying concert that explores the intersections between African-American and Yiddish folk music traditions and pop/rock band, Yiddish Princess.
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Concert |
This year’s Poets House Poetic City program celebrates the power of well-crafted words by bringing together two of the city’s finest poets with two songwriters known for their lyrical gifts. Brooklyn Poet Laureate Tina Chang and Queens Poet Laureate Paolo Javier will offer readings from their diverse and disparate bodies of work. Iconic New York songwriter Suzanne Vega will perform songs from her new work and repertoire, preceded by a concert from emerging talent Gabriel Kahane. This is sure to be an extraordinary summer evening of poetry and music.
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Poetry Reading |
Features the poets of Letras Latinas.
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Book Signing |
Jimmie Walker, a star of the TV show Good Times, who became a singular comedic sensation of the 1970s, talks about his life and career and signs copies of his memoir.
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Book Reading |
It begins with a simple ritual: Every Saturday afternoon, a boy who loves to cook walks to his grandmother’s house and helps her prepare a roast chicken for dinner. The grandmother is Swedish, a retired domestic. The boy is Ethiopian and adopted, and he will grow up to become the world-renowned chef Marcus Samuelsson. This book is his love letter to food and family in all its manifestations.
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Book Reading |
In medieval times, religious pilgrimage gave the average Joe his only excuse to get away from the claustrophobia of village life. For Gideon Lewis Kraus, it promises a different kind of escape. Determined to avoid the fear and self-sacrifice that kept his father, a gay rabbi, closeted until midlife, he has spent his twenties chasing a life that might preempt later regret. But in the antigravity chamber of anything goes Berlin, the surfeit of freedom has become paralyzing.
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Discussion |
Dave Hill, UCB hell raiser, This American Life contributor, and author of the new book Tasteful Nudes, puts together a panel of essayists that is sure to shed light on the genre as well as offer more than a few laughs.
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Reading |
Dramatic Readings from CHARLES DICKENS presented by The Friends of Dickens New York. I Am Born (from chapter 1 of David Copperfield) Pip Speaks (from chapter 1 of Great Expectations) Pip Meets Estella (from chapter 8 of Great Expectations) Dickens in Camp (Poem by Bret Harte)
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Book Reading |
For most of us, traveling means visiting the most beautiful places on Earth—Paris, the Taj Mahal, the Grand Canyon. It’s rare to book a plane ticket to visit the lifeless moonscape of Canada’s oil sand strip mines, or to seek out the Chinese city of Linfen, legendary as the most polluted in the world. But in Visit Sunny Chernobyl, Andrew Blackwell embraces a different kind of travel, taking a jaunt through the most gruesomely polluted places on Earth.
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Theater |
Rosalind, Shakespeare's most breathtaking heroine, and her boyfriend Orlando find themselves in the enchanted Forest of Arden, where all the world's a stage, and where sudden infatuation is as confusing as it is beautiful. Along with other "country copulatives," they discover that nothing transforms, redeems, or enriches experience quite as powerfully as love. As You Like It has everything we adore about Shakespearean comedy: mistaken identity, cross-dressing, madness, mayhem, rage, lust, laughter, and of course plenty of romance, both heartbreaking and joyous. Featuring Brendan Averett, Andre Braugher, Donna Lynne Champlin, Grantham Coleman, Jon DeVries, MacIntyre Dixon, Susannah Flood, David Furr, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Andrew Hovelson, Robert Joy, Jesse Lenat, Erik Mathew, Omar Metwally, Oliver Platt, Lily Rabe, Will Rogers, Michael Rudko, Justine Salata, Paul Saylor, Anna Phyllis Smith, Stephen Spinella, and Brendan Titley. Photo: Daily News
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Workshop |
Instructor: Joshua M. Greene. Here's an ideal course for enriching your yoga in the company of inspired teachers and students. Each session includes readings, analysis, audiovisuals, verse recitations and practical insights in India's essential wisdom text. Attendees will discover the message of the Gita, master basic vocabulary and concepts, and acquire skills for teaching and practicing Gita philosophy.
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Open Mike Reading |
Spoken word artists, musicians, comedians, and other creative folks are invited to put their two cents in at this weekly gathering hosted by Penny Pollak.
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Theater |
Company SJ was formed in 2009 by Artistic Director Sarah Jane Scaife, who has been exploring new ways of looking at Irish texts for many years. Scaife's production of Samuel Beckett's Act Without Words II premiered to critical acclaim in 2009 as part of Dublin, Ireland's Absolut Fringe Festival. Re-presented at the 2010 Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival, it was also invited with Culture Ireland support to two major London festivals in 2011 - Greenwich & Docklands and Imagine Watford. This production features leading Irish actors Raymond Keane (Director of Barabbas Theatre Company) and Bryan Burroughs (2009 winner Best Supporting Actor: Irish Times Theatre Awards) and is designed by Ireland's most inspired and sought-after designer, Aedin Cosgrove (Irish Times Theatre Award winner for design 2010 and 2011).
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Jazz |
A great way to hear some of the most talented young lions of jazz while enjoying spectacular views of Manhattan.
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