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Exciting Events Around New York: August 2023

EXCITING EVENTS AROUND NEW YORK: AUGUST 2023

By Great Performances

Explore Great Music, Art and More at Our Partner Venues This Month!

TONTON PAL AND BINGUINI BAKHAGA

Saturday, August 5th at 8:00pm

Location: Apollo’s Historic Theater

Tickets: start at $120.90

The event is a concert featuring Tonton Pal and Biguini Bagaga from Mali, West Africa.

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TALLER MUJER COMPLETA FOR ALL

Saturday, August 26th at 6:00pm

Location: Apollo’s Historic Theater

Tickets: start at $117

PRESENTED BY SOY LA PROTA SHOP
Taller Mujer Completa is a yearly inspirational panel catered but not limited to women. World known panelists will each have a presentation based on their expertise. The main panelist and creator of Mujer Completa is Orquidea De Leon also known as @orquiss La Prota in all her platforms with a following of over 1 million. Here are some of the subjects which Mujer Completa covers: Finances, relationship management, wellness and health, mental health, how to start and maintain a business, social media presence, beauty, parenting, etc.

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BOOK TALK | EAT THE BUDDHA: BEING TIBETAN IN 21ST CENTURY CHINA

A conversation with award-winning author Barbara Demick

Tuesday, August 8th from 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Tickets: $15 Nonmembers; $8 (please contact membership for the discount code)

Award-winning journalist Barbara Demick’s most recent book, Eat the Buddha: Life and Death in a Tibetan Town reveals what it is really like to be a Tibetan in the twenty-first century China, striving to preserve one’s unique cultural, religious, and linguistic identity against the policies of a seemingly unstoppable superpower, including forced assimilation of Tibetan children at state-run residential schools.

Join us for a conversation with the author and Asia Society’s Osborn Elliott Prize for Excellence in Journalism on Asia awardee Barbara Demick. She will be in conversation with Philipp Ivanov, Asia Society’s Chief Programming Officer. The Q&A session will be followed by book signing.

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FIRST SATURDAY: CELEBRATING CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY

Saturday, August 5th, all day

Kick off the countdown to Labor Day and celebrate the global influence of the Caribbean diaspora!

This program is free; registration is required and includes Museum general admission. Tickets are released on a rolling basis. Sign up for the Brooklyn Museum newsletter to be notified of the next release.

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Jenn D’Role poses at Drag and Draw, 2023. (Photo: Kolin Mendez)

DRAG AND DRAW

Thursday, August 17th from 7:00pm to 9:30pm

Location: Steinberg Family Sculpture Garden, 1st Floor

Tickets: $35 and include after-hours admission to It’s Pablo-matic, your own Brooklyn Museum tote, and a complimentary drink. Member tickets are $25.

Sip and sketch in our backyard Sculpture Garden this summer with a monthly series of life drawing classes. Drink and Draw is open to all levels and accompanied by a refreshing beverage and musical vibes by local DJs.

In August, sketch from live models and enjoy after-hours access to our special exhibition Africa Fashion. Experiment with materials in this casual class led by teaching artist Mellasenah Nicole Edwards while listening to vibes by DJ InO.

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Ronnie Burrage. (Photo: courtesy of the Jazz Foundation of America)

JAZZ IN THE GARDEN: RONNIE BURRAGE’S HOLOGRAPHIC PRINCIPLE

Sunday, August 27th from 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Steinberg Family Sculpture Garden, 1st Floor

Tickets: This program is free; registration is encouraged. Reserve tickets to visit the galleries.

Swing by the Museum’s backyard Sculpture Garden for performances by some of the city’s best musicians, and enjoy a range of creative styles incorporating blues, jazz, and international sounds. Presented in partnership with Jazz Foundation of America.

In August, catch St. Louis–born drummer, percussionist, keyboardist, composer, arranger, bandleader, and educator Ronnie Burrage, who draws from jazz, funk, and soul. Burrage performed with Duke Ellington at the age of nine and later collaborated with many acts that informed his style, including the Oliver Sain Band, Defunkt, and the Burrage Band. His current group, Holographic Principle, performs Burrage’s own compositions and imaginatively reworked standards.

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MICHAEL OLATUJA: LAGOS PEPPER SOUP

Concert on the Lawn

Wednesday, August 16th at 7:00pm

Tickets: Adults $39 / Children $19

Just like the pepper soup from his hometown of Lagos, Nigeria, Michael Olatuja’s most recent album Lagos Pepper Soup is packed with a rich array of tantalizing flavors. The composer, bandleader, and bassist blends the sounds of Lagos, London (his birthplace), and New York (his current home) into what he describes as a “cinematic Afrobeat.” Join him and his band for a high-energy evening of hard-hitting Afrobeat, jazz, and fun. Yeah, we know, it’s August … but it’s never too hot out for a soup this good!

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NEAL FRANCIS

Presented in Collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center

Concert on the Lawn

Friday, August 18th at 7:00pm

Tickets: Adults $39 / Children $19

Overview

Cap off Caramoor’s summer season with singer-songwriter Neal Francis who, according to Rolling Stone Magazine, “is making piano rock cool again.” Enjoy a picnic and chill out on our lawn while he performs songs from his new album, In Plain Sight, which he wrote over the course of a tumultuous year spent living in a possibly haunted church in Chicago. The evening sky above Friends Field will become even more enchanted and vast as the backdrop for such endlessly absorbing kaleidoscopic sounds.

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CELEBRATING MULGREW MILLER: WINGSPAN REUNION

Thursday, August 10th through Saturday, August 12th

Tickets: start at $25

ABOUT THE SHOW

Bandmates of iconic pianist and composer Mulgrew Miller commemorate what would have been his 67th birthday weekend, for their first reunion since his untimely passing in 2013. This hard swinging and celebratory event presents a reincarnation of Wingspan, one of Miller’s final bands, featuring Steve Nelson (who also celebrates a birthday on opening night), Steve Wilson, Duane Eubanks, and Rodney Green, with guests Danny Grissett and Nat Reeves. The artists freshly interpret repertoire from 2002 Wingspan album The Sequel. Says Nelson, “it is with great joy that I anticipate this reunion.”

PERFORMANCE LINEUP

Steve Nelson, vibraphone
Steve Wilson, alto saxophone
Duane Eubanks, trumpet
with
Danny Grissett, piano
Nat Reeves, bass
Carl Allen, drums

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JOHN BEASLEY & MAGNUS LINDGREN LEAD BIRD LIVES

FEAT. STUTTGART’S SWR BIG BAND

Thursday, August 24th through Sunday, August 27th

Tickets: start at $25

ABOUT THE SHOW

Trailblazing soloist and iconic architect of the music’s tradition, Charlie Parker became one of the first bebop artists to perform with a jazz orchestra. To celebrate what would have been his 103rd birthday, Stuttgart’s SWR Big Band brings Bird Lives to Dizzy’s Club. Earning a 2023 Grammy Award and three nominations, SWR Big Band presents a complete reimagining of Bird’s vital repertoire from acclaimed recording Bird Lives which features arrangements from co-conductors John Beasley and Magnus Lindgren. Lush and lyrical, endlessly swinging — these selections also serve as vessels for creative improvising from Miguel Zenón and more surprise guests. Don’t miss this energetic and textural event.

PERFORMANCE LINEUP

Magnus Lindgren, director, tenor saxophone, flute John Beasley, piano/keyboard
Klaus Grafas, alto saxophone
Matthias Erlewein, alto saxophone
Jörg Kaufmann, tenor saxophone
Andi Maile, tenor saxophone
Pierre Paquette, baritone saxophone
Nemanja Jovanovic, trumpet
Felice Civitareale, trumpet
Karl Farrent, trumpet
Martin Auer, trumpet
Rudolf Reindl, trumpet
Marc Godfroid, trombone
Juergen Neudert, trombone
Ian Cumming, trombone
Georg Maus, trombone
Frank Kuruc, guitar
Christian Diener, bass
Guido Jöris, drums
with special guests
TBA, tenor saxophone (8/24)
Chris Potter, tenor saxophone (8/25-8/27)

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EXHIBITIONS

Where Time Runs Backwards

by Daniel Shieh, With Chia-Lun Chang and Arleene Correa Valencia

Upper Gallery at The Arts Center at Governors Island

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ANTI•VENOM

Presented by Allies in Arts

Lower Gallery at The Arts Center at Governors Island

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there is nothing you can think that is not the moon

by Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky

The Café at The Arts Center at Governors Island

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THE TAKE CARE SERIES

The Take Care Series offers audiences of all ages an opportunity to actively engage in performances, workshops, talks, and other interactive events that embrace ideas of caretaking. This series of free public programs aims to find artfulness in the everyday by exploring creative practices and community projects that emphasize care for ourselves, our communities, and our planet.

Through performance, workshops, talks, and Open Studios with our artists-in-residence and partnerships with local arts and cultural organizations, we explore creative practices and different ways to care for ourselves, our communities, and our planet and world around us. Past partners have included Little Sun, The Climate Museum, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Earth Celebrations, the poet Asiya Wadud, and many others.

Earth Matter, Make an Herbarium: Plants Can Live Forever

Saturday, August 12th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Meet 12 farmers who have captured the ephemeral nature, from seed to flower (or vegetable), of common, everyday plants. Experience 12 collages of preserved specimens, from roots to shoots, and then learn to make your own flower press to take home. You can create a library of plants and flowers (herbarium) that will delight you forever.

FIRST FRIDAY

Friday, August 4th from 10:00am to 9:00pm

Tickets: Free all Day!

Join Poster House on the First Friday of every month for free admission and extended hours! Explore the museum’s latest exhibitions and get in on the fun by attending a tour, workshop, performance, or activity throughout the day. Every First Friday is different, offering unique opportunities to engage with rotating exhibitions and the permanent collection.

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RADICAL SIPS: AN EVENING OF BLACK PANTHER-INSPIRED COCKTAILS

Thursday, August 10th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Tickets: $45 General / $35 Members

Did you know that the Black Panther Party had their very own cocktail? Panther Piss was the official drink of the BPP and would often make appearances at newspaper distribution events, community gatherings, and other important meetings. Taking note from the Party, Poster House is pleased to welcome DC-based restaurateur Andra “AJ” Johnson for an evening of cocktails inspired by Black Power to Black People: Branding the Black Panther Party. Enjoy three different cocktails developed by this expert mixologist, paired with an exclusive tour of the powerful exhibition led by Curator Es-pranza Humphrey! Come for the cocktails, stay for the posters!

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Paloma McGregor, "Building a Better Fishtrap/A’we deh ya" at Loophole of Retreat in Venice, Italy, October 7 & 8, 2022, Photo: Glorija. Courtesy of the artist.

PERFORMANCE:

PALOMA MCGREGOR: BUILDING A BETTER FISHTRAP / A’WE DEH YA

Sunday, August 6th from 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Tickets: free, with admission to the grounds

Paloma McGregor’s latest iteration of Building a Better Fishtrap is commissioned by Wave Hill as part of the exhibition This Place We Once Remembered. In the inter-disciplinary performance A’we deh ya—a Crucian phrase translating to “All of us are here”— the artist explores her father’s vanishing fishing tradition through the activation of a choreographic call-and-response between body and place, colony and the United States mainland, art and activism. Having left St. Croix, her birthplace, decades ago, McGregor uses performance and collaboration as inquiry-based research and asks: “What do you take with you? Leave behind? Return to reclaim?” Building a Better Fishtrap has been performed at venues across New York City, including at the BronxAcademy of Arts and Dance, Brooklyn Arts Exchange in Red Hook and along the Bronx River. Through these various iterations, McGregor has developed a “Fishtrap Method,” a way of developing communal collaborations through movement. In the same way that her father’s resourcefulness allowed him to transform the industrial materials available to him into long-lasting fish traps, McGregor collaborates with and draws from the people, traditions and spaces that are available to build long-standing collaborations and impactful performances.

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Photo: Joshua Bright

DROP-IN CANDLE-MAKING WORKSHOP

Saturday, August 12th from 11:00am to 2:00pm

Location: Wave Hill House (Armor Hall)

Tickets: $15 materials fee per kit

Drop by Armor Hall and try your hand at creating rolled beeswax candles with Instructor Olivia Kalin to to take home and enjoy. Materials fee collected upon entry to workshop; each kit includes enough supplies to make several candles. Appropriate for adults and children 5 and up with an adult companion. Space is limited—you may be asked to wait if all workspaces are full. Bees, Butterflies and Blooms Weekend event.

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COOKING DEMO: A TASTE OF HONEY

Sunday, August 13th from 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: Wave Hill House

Tickets: Free, with admission to the grounds

Honey is a sweet liquid produced by honeybees from the nectar of flowers. Discover fascinating facts about honey and compare the complex tastes of honey with a Wave Hill beekeeper and Chef Nick Acosta of Great Performances, Wave Hill’s exclusive caterer. Sample delicious recipes using local honey and take home recipes designed to take advantage of honey harvest season.

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CITYPICKLE AT WOLLMAN RINK

April 7th through October 9th

As reported in the New York Times:

CityPickle is bringing the country’s fastest growing sport to Wollman Rink in Central Park! The rink will house 14 courts – the largest pickleball offering in the Northeast – with 196 hours of pickleball daily. Come play with us!

Whether you’re a pickleball pro or a newbie looking for a fun way to stay active this season, we’re welcoming all skill levels. Lessons, clinics, open play, leagues, and private events are also available. Grab a friend, grab a paddle, and meet us on the court!

CityPickle is proud to offer a professional playing experience with the court surface provided by Pickleball United USA, the official court partner for MLP and APP professional leagues and the nets provided by CD Pickleball Nets, the official net partner of the PPA and APP.

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VEGAN NIGHT MARKET

Every Tuesday through the summer

Get ready to taste the best of plant-based cuisine at NYC’s first-ever Vegan Night Market!

Starting June 6th, Wollman Rink will host the weekly series, from MHG Events, featuring the city’s top vegan vendors, live music, and rotating food and product tastings until October 10th. Every Tuesday from 4-10pm!

Whether you’re a seasoned vegan or just curious about the lifestyle, there’s something for everyone at the Vegan Night Market.

Come for the food, stay for the fun, and leave feeling inspired to make positive changes in your life and the world around you. Take advantage of this exciting opportunity to celebrate all things vegan in the heart of the city!

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