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Exciting Events Around New York: July 2023

EXCITING EVENTS AROUND NEW YORK: JULY 2023

By Great Performances

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

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HARLEM HONORS

Saturday, July 15th at 7:00pm

Location: Apollo’s Historic Theater

Tickets: start at $93

A red carpet, black-tie affair, honoring the most influential and successful individuals impacting the community and beyond.

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BOWERY PRESENTS KILLER MIKE:
THE HIGH & HOLY TOUR

Thursday, July 20th at 8:00pm

Location: Apollo’s Historic Theater

Tickets: start at $51

Killer Mike and the Midnight Revival bring the High & Holy Tour to The Apollo on July 20! As Killer Mike’s first major solo outing since touring in support of his 2012 album, the show will feature a full performance of Killer Mike’s new album, MICHAEL, in addition to classic hits from R.A.P Music, PLEDGE, and more.

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Lionel Bonaventure/AFP via Getty Images

CHINAFILE PRESENTS: THE FUTURE OF DISSENT INSIDE AND OUTSIDE OF CHINA

A discussion with authors Liao Yiwu and Ian Johnson

Wednesday, July 12th from 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Tickets: $15 Nonmembers; $8 Students and Seniors; Free for Members

Please join us for a discussion with internationally acclaimed Chinese author Liao Yiwu, co-hosted by PEN America. A reporter, novelist, poet, and musician, Liao is best known for The Corpse Walker, his 2008 collection of interviews with laborers, migrants, and other people living at the margins of China’s economic boom, and for For a Song and a Hundred Songs, a memoir of the prison term he served for his writings about the Tiananmen protests. Since 2011, he has lived in exile in Berlin.

In conversation with the Council on Foreign Relations’ Ian Johnson, Liao will discuss the role of political dissent in exile, the use of fiction as a means for grappling with history, as well as his recent novels Wuhan, about the outbreak of COVID-19, and Love in the Times of Mao Zedong, set during the Cultural Revolution, and his documentary film on the construction of a Taiwanese memorial to Nobel Peace Prize-winning dissident Liu Xiaobo.

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FIRST SATURDAY: AFRICA FASHION

Saturday, July 1st, all day

This program is free; registration is required and includes Museum general admission.

Celebrate the opening of Africa Fashion and the installation Sakimatwemtwe: A Century of Reflection on the Arts of Africa, which marks the hundredth anniversary of our watershed exhibition of African artworks. July’s First Saturday features a glamorous lineup of fashion, music, dance, film, shopping, and conversation that honors African heritage.

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

DRAG AND DRAW

Thursday, July 20th 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 July, sketch from live models and enjoy after-hours access to our special exhibition It’s Pablo-matic: Picasso According to Hannah Gadsby. Experiment with materials in this casual class led by teaching artist Mellasenah Nicole Edwards while listening to a DJ set by Amber Valentine.

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Firey String Sistas! perform in the Steinberg Family Sculpture Garden, 2022.
(Photo: Kolin Mendez)

JAZZ IN THE GARDEN: BERTHA HOPE QUINTET

Sunday, July 23rd 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 July, hear one of jazz’s living legends, Bertha Hope, perform with her quintet. Hope—a pianist, composer, educator, and bandleader—has toured globally with such artists as Nat Adderley, Dizzy Gillespie, and Eddie Henderson. This year, she celebrates the songbook of her late husband, the pianist and composer Elmo Hope.

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DAKHABRAKHA

Concert on the Lawn

Friday, July 14th at 8:00pm

Tickets: Adults $59 / Children $29

With roots in Ukrainian folklore and music filtered through modern rhythms and instruments based in punk, cabaret, rock, and hip-hop, DakhaBrakha is an award-winning ensemble from Kyiv with an astonishingly powerful and uncompromising vocal range. They will bring their thunderous and theatrical energy to our Friends Field stage for an evening of “ethno-chaos” and national pride.

Artists
Marko Halanevych, vocals, goblet drum, tabla, didgeridoo, harmonica, accordion, cajón, jaw harp
Olena Tsybulska, vocals, percussion
Iryna Kovalenko, vocals, djembe, flute, buhay, piano, ukulele, zgaleyka, accordion
Nina Garenetska, vocals, cello

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JAZZ FESTIVAL

Presented in Collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center

Saturday, July 22nd at 12:30pm

Tickets: start at $49

Overview

Caramoor’s Jazz Festival is back! This highly anticipated annual event of the summer is filled with the many facets of the jazz genre performed by phenomenal talent, amid lush gardens and distinctive venues throughout Caramoor’s expansive grounds. Bring the family for the day, and treat yourself to the headlining evening performance — three-time Grammy Award-winner and MacArthur Genius Grant recipient Cécile McLorin Salvant, a singer with, as the late Jessye Norman described her, “a voice supported by an intelligence and full-fledged musicality, which light up every note she sings.”

Evening Headliner
Cécile McLorin Salvant

Daytime Artists
Anthony Hervey Quintet

Christie Dashiell

New Jazz Underground featuring Abdias Armenteros, Sebastian Rios, and TJ Reddick

Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Summer Jazz Academy Big Bands with special guests

Edmar Castañeda Quartet

and many more to be announced!

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VICTOR GOINES & FRIENDS: SWINGIN’ STORIES

Thursday, July 13th through Sunday, July 16th

Tickets: start at $20

ABOUT THE SHOW

The sounds of Madam Walker strutting down the street, Dorothy Parker raising a glass, and Cicely Tyson whispering to Miles Davis are all part of The Woodlawn Suite, Victor Goines’ 13-movement work celebrating the lives of New Yorkers now at rest within the historic Woodlawn Cemetery. Commissioned by the Woodlawn Conservancy to create a modern memorial, the saxophonist and composer created these biographical sketches that link listeners to the lives of those who impacted the music’s culture. Join his ensemble of creative voices and be part of The Woodlawn Suite’s live recording at Dizzy’s Club. A longtime member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and former director of the Jazz Studies program at Northwestern University, Goines serves as president and CEO of Jazz St. Louis.

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JAZZ MESSENGERS LEGACY BAND

Tuesday, July 25th and Wednesday, July 26th

Tickets: start at $20

ABOUT THE SHOW

Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers had one of the most transformative impacts on live and recorded music, becoming a true incubator and creative platform for young artists. The Messengers Legacy Band celebrates and evolves the drummer, band leader, and stylistic architect’s expansive influence — and his fierce commitment to bandstand mentorship. Don’t miss this immersive swinging experience!

PERFORMANCE LINEUP

Don Braden, saxophone

Valery Ponomarev, trumpet

Robin Eubanks, trombone

Mamiko Watanbe, piano

Lonnie Plaxico, bass

TBD, drums

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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.

Paul Deo, Self Actualisation Portraits Workshop

Saturday, July 15th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Paul Deo’s “Self Actualization Portrait painting” classes are fun, calm, safe places where students relax their conscious minds while painting. Visitors are invited to open their subconscious mind to the knowledge of the infinite universe releases past trauma, while accepting and developing our divine purpose and destinies. Painting yourself surrounded by your visions becomes your personal positive affirmation toward the goals you WILL manifest.

Open Studios with Arts Center Artists-in-Residence

Saturday, July 15th from 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Connect with LMCC’s Arts Center artists-in-residence at Open Studios! Visit artists in their studios, where they will share works-in-progress as well as offer hands-on and engaging activities for attendees.

FIRST FRIDAY

Friday, July 7th 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. This July, celebrate Disability Pride Month at Poster House with any of our disability centered offerings!

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COMRADE SISTERS PANEL & BOOK SIGNING

Friday, July 21st from 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Tickets: free!

The role of women in the Black Panther Party has historically gone unacknowledged. It’s estimated that six out of ten Panther Party members were women. While regularly making headlines agitating, protesting, and organizing, these remarkable women were also building communities and enacting social justice, providing food, housing, education, healthcare, and more to the people. Comrade Sisters is their story.

Join women of the New York Chapter of the Black Panther Party, Yasmeen Majid, Claudia Chesson-Williams, and Lauryn Williams Jackson, and Comrade Sisters co-author and photographer, Stephen Shames, in conversation about their Black Panther Party experiences and life after the BPP. Book signing to follow.

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THE COMEUPPANCE

Tuesday, May 16th through Sunday, July 9th

Tickets: start at $49

WORLD PREMIERE

Written by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

Directed by Eric Ting

In Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ world premiere of The Comeuppance, the latest from “one of this country’s most original and illuminating writers” (The New York Times), a self-proclaimed “Multi-Ethnic Reject Group” reconvenes for the first time in years to pregame for their twentieth high school reunion. They refamiliarize themselves with new versions of old selves over drinks, other substances, and a not-so-innocent truth-telling game. From the start, Death looms over and speaks through them, describing their disquieting and darkly comedic fates. The Comeuppance marks Jacobs-Jenkins’ prolific decade as a Signature Premiere Resident playwright.

The Comeuppance takes the place of Jacobs-Jenkins’ previously-announced Grass.

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JULY 4TH: WAVE HILL IS OPEN!

Tuesday, July 4th from 10:00am to 5:30pm

Tickets: free, with admission to the grounds

Spend Independence Day at Wave Hill! Bring friends and loved ones to tour the grounds, have a bite at the Cafe, and take in the sights.

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Photo: Stephanie Berger

SUNSET WEDNESDAYS

Wednesdays through July

Tickets: $15/adults; $10/students/seniors; $6/children 6-18; FREE/members and children under 6.

Named by Time Out as one of the top “10 under-the-radar cultural experiences in NYC,” this annual summer favorite is back, bringing four exceptional performances each Wednesday evening in July.

July 5: Music From The Sole

July 12: Tatiana Eva-Marie

July 19: Nella

July 26: Los Hacheros

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COOKING DEMO: SUMMERY HERBAL BEVERAGES AND BAKED GOODS

Sunday, July 16th from 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Wave Hill House

Tickets: Free, with admission to the grounds

Peppermint, basil, lemon verbena and more—many herbs taste as good as they smell! Enjoy a taste of summer with some delicious, sweet drinks and baked goods made with fragrant herbs harvested at their peak. Chef Nick Acosta of Wave Hill exclusive caterer Great Performances demonstrates some favorite summer recipes while Wave Hill’s Director of Public Programs Laurel Rimmer shares tips for selecting and growing the herbs featured in the recipes.

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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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