We’re thrilled to share an article from one of our partners, Amy Zaroff, Experience Production and Strategy. With more than 20 years of experience producing unique experiences across the hospitality, media, and entertainment industries, Amy Zaroff does more than create events – she creates lasting relationships.

 

Amy’s reputation precedes her, and we were thrilled to be chosen to work with her on a wedding at Wave Hill earlier this month.

 

Read Amy’s article below.

Clients who Become Guests

Time and again, the most rewarding part of my work is producing life’s most memorable experiences for people who start as clients  but quickly become lifelong friends. Working with my company is a highly personalized experience intended to tell the story of a couple, a team or an organization.

I have the honor of making my clients feel seen and heard throughout their event and the experience leading up to it. 

I recently returned home from New York, where I produced a magical wedding for a family that was referred to me by clients who were also referred to me by other clients who worked with me over 15 years ago.

Yes, you read that right. Word of mouth from one to another to another–the very best compliment to receive in our industry.

As I touched down in Minneapolis and looked through the weekend’s photos, I reflected on how fortunate I am to work with people who trust me and share my values of authenticity and transparency. 

Thank you to our community of clients, creative partners, and magic-makers who make our experiences truly shine. You allow me to bring a fresh perspective, thoughtful details, and actionable ways to add personality to every event. Gaining your trust (and friendship) is my proudest accomplishment.

Let’s get the party started together.

All photos courtesy of: Phillip Van Nostrand, Videographer: Curtis Kennedy Films, Venue: Wave Hill Botanical Garden, Invitations and Day Of Accessories: Cheree Berry Paper & Design, Floral: Bourgeon Flowers, Catering: Great Performances, Rentals and Linens: Party Rental LTD, Audio Visual: Pegasus Productions , Entertainment: Elan Artists/Rhythm Collective, Hair and Makeup: FaceTime Beauty

TEEN TAKEOVER:
AT THE BOILING POINT

Friday, July 19th at 6:00pm

 

Location:Apollo Stages at The Victoria

 

Tickets: Free with RSVP

 

Curated by Apollo Theater Academy high school interns and produced by the Apollo Apprentices, Teen Takeover is an annual summer event that brings together young NYC artists to share and celebrate creativity.

 

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Photo by Pan Shiyi; book cover image courtesy of Penguin Random House

ChinaFile Presents: Peter Hessler’s ‘Other Rivers: A Chinese Education’

Wednesday, July 17th from 6:30pm t0 8:00pm

 

Tickets: $8 Members, $15 Nonmembers

 

Join ChinaFile for an evening with author Peter Hessler to discuss his new book, Other Rivers: A Chinese Education. Hessler will be in conversation with National Public Radio’s Asia Editor, Vincent Ni.

 

Book sales and signing will follow the discussion.

 

In Other Rivers, Hessler uses his inside view of China’s education system as a vehicle to examine the country’s past, present, and future.

 

In 1996, when he first arrived in China, almost all of the people in Hessler’s classroom were first-generation college students. They typically came from large rural families, and their parents, subsistence farmers, could offer little guidance as their children entered a brand-new world. By 2019, when Hessler arrived at Sichuan University, he found a very different China, as well as a new kind of student—an only child whose schooling was the object of intense focus from a much more ambitious cohort of parents. At Sichuan University, many young people had a sense of irony about the regime but mostly navigated its restrictions with equanimity, embracing the opportunities of China’s rise. But the pressures of extreme competition at scale can be grueling, even for much younger children—including Hessler’s own daughters, who gave him an intimate view into the experience at their local school.

 

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Sky Islands by Susie Ibarra

Thursday, July 18th and Saturday, July 20th from 7:30pm to 9:00pm

 

Tickets: $30 Nonmembers, $20 Members

 

Join us for the world premiere of Filipinx composer and percussionist Susie Ibarra’s Sky Islands, a musical tribute to our rich and fragile ecosystems inspired by the distinct rainforest habitats of Luzon, Philippines. The piece is composed for Ibarra’s eight-piece music ensemble, including the Extended Filippino Talking Gong Ensemble with Claire Chase on flute, Alex Peh on piano, and Levy Lorenzo and Ibarra on percussion, joined by the four-member Bergamot Quartet comprising violinists Ledah Finck and Sarah Thomas, violist Amy Huimei Tan and cellist Irène Han. The piece features the interlocking rhythms and melodies of Philippine Northern style bamboo, gong, and flute music, performed on new sound sculptures of gong metals titled Floating Gardens. Sky Islands is commissioned by Asia Society, with support from Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University, NYSCA, and NYFA Anonymous Was A Woman Environmental Artists Grants.

 

Sky Islands is a musical call to action, drawing awareness to dwindling biodiversity, changing climate and global community practices. This program is part of the COAL + ICE exhibition and series of programs at Asia Society, Feb. 13-Aug. 11, 2024, designed to provoke thought and action on climate change.

 

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(Photo: Kolin Mendez)

Pints and Prints: Hiroshige and Murakami

Thursday, July 18th from 7:00pm to 9:00pm

 

Tickets: $35 and include after-hours admission to Hiroshige’s 100 Famous Views of Edo (feat. Takashi Murakami), a complimentary drink, and a Brooklyn Museum tote.

 

Grab a brew and create your own art prints with Japanese gyotaku techniques, inspired by Hiroshige’s 100 Famous Views of Edo (feat. Takashi Murakami). This workshop is led by teaching artist Sato Yamamoto.

 

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Patsy Grant. (Photo: Jazz Foundation of America)

Summer Jazz: Patsy Grant

Sunday, July 28th from 2:00pm to 4:00pm

 

Location: Lobby, 1st Floor (rain location: Auditorium, 3rd Floor)

 

Tickets: Free and open to the public

 

Stop by the Museum’s lobby for performances by some of the city’s best musicians. July’s concert features Patsy Grant, a soulful song interpreter cherished in the Brooklyn jazz world for her spirited performances. Presented in partnership with Jazz Foundation of America.

 

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Pops, Patriots, & Fireworks

Westchester Symphonic Winds
Curt Ebersole, conductor/music director
Shelén Hughes, soprano
César Andrés Parreño, tenor

 

Thursday July 4th at 8:00pm

 

Tickets: start at $89

 

Caramoor’s Independence Day fireworks show returns this summer! The Westchester Symphonic Winds, joined by alumni soloists from our Schwab Vocal Rising Stars program, perform a selection of works that pay tribute to America’s independence including rousing renditions of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture and Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever. This evening concludes with a spectacular fireworks display on the Caramoor grounds.

 

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Concert on the Lawn:
René Marie & Experiment In Truth

Jump in the Line: The Music and Life of Harry Belafonte
Presented in Collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center


Thursday July 18th at 7:00pm

 

Tickets: $59 Adult, $29 Child

 

This concert, led by René Marie on vocals, intersperses the most beloved calypso selections of Harry Belafonte with lesser-known facts about his use of music to effect social change. Each musical selection (arrangements by trumpeter Etienne Charles) is curated to engage the hearts and minds of both long-time fans of Belafonte and more recent acolytes.

 

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CHARLES MCPHERSON 85TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

Thursday, July 18th through Sunday, July 21st

 

Tickets: start at $25

 

Loved for his fierce devotion to bebop as an entry point for boundless exploration, legendary saxophonist and composer Charles McPherson celebrates his 85th birthday at Dizzy’s Club. Assembling his long running all-star quintet of swinging and creative improvisers, the master artist shares new music from his recent live release Reverence, an album that pays homage to his mentor, the late Barry Harris, plus selections from the long arc of his storied career as a leader and a first-call collaborator. Don’t miss this historic event!

 

JON FADDIS QUARTET

Thursday, July 25th through Sunday, July 28th

 

Tickets: start at $25

 

Join us at Dizzy’s Club for trumpet player and composer Jon Faddis’ annual birthday celebration! An electrifying performer, inspiring educator, and dedicated instrumentalist, Faddis brings together a fierce lineup of musical individualists. When these artists come together, the conversation heats up and the music takes off. Blistering solos, beautiful melodies, and an energetic interactivity teeming with spontaneity and nuance delight listeners of all ages.

 

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First Friday

Friday, July 5th from 10:00am to 9:00pm

 

Tickets: FREE!

 

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.

1-7:00pm: Drop-in Woodblock Printing

2-3:30pm: Monotype Printing Workshop

3-4:30: In-Person Vibrant Verbal Description Tour

5-7pm: Barbie Movie Screening with ASL Interpretation & Audio Description

7-8pm: Kinetic Light Dance Performance

 

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Poster House Block Party

Saturday, July 13th from 12:00pm to 5:00pm

 

Tickets: FREE!

 

Celebrate Poster House’s fifth anniversary at our annual Block Party! Enjoy free admission, tours, music and dance performances, print and poster-making activities, children and family workshops, and much more all day long! With a full slate of activations and performances, there’s something for everyone! Stay tuned for a full lineup of events, and be sure to RSVP to be the first to receive exciting updates.

 

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Credit: Dave Sanders

Sunset Wednesdays 2024

Wednesday, July 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st from 7:00pm to 8:00pm

 

Location: Great Lawn; Rain Site: Armor Hall

 

Tickets: Premium admission 4–8PM: $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,” Wave Hill’s annual summer tradition brings four exciting performances Wednesday evenings in July to our Great Lawn. Pack a picnic and bring your favorite blanket or chair for an unforgettable summer evening as the sun sets over the Hudson.

 

July 10: Nicole Zuraitis

 

July 17: Twisted Pine

 

July 24: Edmar Castañeda

 

July 31: The Missing Element featuring The Beatbox House

 

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Photo: Joshua Bright

Summer Meditation and Sun Prints

Sunday, July 14th from 2:00pm to 5:00pm

 

Location: on the Grounds


Tickets:
$55; including admission to the grounds. Wave Hill members save 10%

 

Join artist and wellness instructor Sara Hart for a summer afternoon in the garden combining art, nature and wellness. Connect to the garden through guided and seated walking meditations along our shady pathways and quiet nooks as you slow down and discover the beauty of nature around you. Then practice the technique of sun printing as you create beautiful and unique prints of natural materials on paper using the energy of the summer sun. This workshop is a perfect opportunity to explore your creativity and mindfulness practices. All are welcome! No art or meditation experience required. Moves indoors in case of rain.

 

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CITYPICKLE AT WOLLMAN RINK

Projected Opening May 1st

 

Open Daily from 8:00am to 9:00pm

 

Court rentals, clinics, open play, special events…we have you covered.

 

We welcome all levels, from beginners to elite players.

 

Come play on our 14 courts, the largest pickleball offering in the Northeast!

 

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Explore exciting community events around the Bronx this month.

BRONX NIGHT MARKET
AT FORDHAM PLAZA

Saturday, July 6th from 4:00pm to 10:00pm

 

Tickets: FREE with RSVP!

 

As the longest-running event series in the northmost borough, the Bronx Night Market stands as a transformative force, revolutionizing the foodie scene and cultivating a deep connection to the identity of the Bronx. With a remarkable lineup of 50 local vendors, this iconic market draws over 4,000 guests each time, making it a thriving hub for community engagement and culinary exploration. Beyond its diverse array of cuisines and unique vendors, the Night Market serves as a dynamic platform for local businesses, providing a stage for the wealth of talents within the Bronx. The event embodies the spirit of the borough, celebrating its unique identity through a fusion of flavors, cultures, and entrepreneurial spirit. The Bronx Night Market is not merely a culinary gathering; it is a powerful reflection of the community’s resilience, creativity, and collective pride, contributing to the borough’s cultural richness and economic vibrancy.

 

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THE MOTH'S
OPEN MIC STORYSLAM

Wednesday, July 17th

Doors at 7:00pm, Program begins at 7:30pm

 

Tickets: $17.50

 

The Moth, a renowned storytelling podcast, is popping up at The Bronx Museum for StorySLAM—an ongoing open-mic event series in which ten volunteers are chosen at random to share a five-minute story on a specific theme.

 

The theme of this StorySLAM is “Achilles’ Heels.” Those interested in participating should prepare a story about weaknesses, vulnerabilities, and soft spots—whether it’s your secret love of harlequin novels, your fear of clowns, or your need to have the last word. Regale us with tales of your personal kryptonite.

 

At the end of the StorySLAM, a winner will be crowned by The Moth’s judges. Don’t miss your chance to be a part of this unforgettable night—whether as an audience member or by stepping into the spotlight as a storyteller!

 

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Free Community Paddling

Friday, July 12th from 11:00am to 3:00pm

 

Location: Concrete Plant Park

 

Join us on Friday, July 12th, 2024, for a Free Community Paddle at Concrete Plant Park from 11 AM to 3 PM. This is a great activity for beginners and families to join. Canoes will be available for partners and families, and kayaks will be available for solo paddlers.

 

Please note that this event is first come, first served, and no sign up is required. All participants are required to fill out waivers at the time of sign-up. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult guardian.

 

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Urban Park Ranger Volunteer Litter Clean-Up

Saturday, July 27th from 1:00pm to 2:00pm

 

Location: Crotona Nature Center

 

There’s no better way to contribute to a cleaner and healthier community than by volunteering. Join the Urban Park Rangers and fellow community members to clean and beautify Crotona Park.

 

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Pages II Poses

Saturday, July 13th from 2:00pm to 4:00pm

 

Location: The Bronx Collab, 3866 White Plains Rd at 222nd Street

 

Pages II Poses is an immersive experience that builds a connection between literature and yoga movement.

 

As we bend and fold the pages, the words will inspire how the body bends and folds with each movement, followed by a moment of reflection. Selected passages will explore a variety of themes. Each participant will walk away with a new knowing of the words and their bodies. In honor of his centennial birthday, this session will pull passages from The Last Interview by James Baldwin. Join tasha and Jazy as they bring wellness to Baldwin’s words while championing his fearlessness and integrity as an exceptional writer, profound thinker, and dynamic individual.

 

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Going to Meet the Man by James Baldwin

Saturdays, 12-1:30p: July 20, 27, August 3, 10, & 17
– James Baldwin Outdoor Learning Center, 100 W Mosholu Pkwy S

 

Mondays, 7-8:30p: July 22, 29, Aug 5, 12, & 19
– BAAD/Bronx Academy of Art & Dance, 2474 Westchester Ave

 

Tuesdays, 7-8:30p: July 23, 30, August 6, & 13
– on Zoom

 

Going to Meet the Man, published in 1965, is a collection of eight short stories that cover many topics related to anti-Black racism in American society: African-American–Jewish relations, the creative process, criminal justice, drug addiction, jazz, sexuality, and white supremacy.

 

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WONDERLAND:
CURIOUS NATURE

May 18th through October 27th from 10:00am to 6:00pm

 

Special Ticket Required

 

It’s unbelievable, it’s unfamiliar, it’s NYBG like never before! Head down the rabbit hole as Wonderland: Curious Nature transforms the Garden through the sights, settings, and scents of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland—and step into a botanical experience that grows curiouser and curiouser along the way. You’ll choose your own adventure as you fall deeper into our otherworldly gardens, mind-bending contemporary artworks, and gallery exhibitions filled with wonderfully weird marvels, and see the Garden through Alice’s playful and curious eyes.

 

Join us for fantastical tea parties, immerse yourself in thousands of colorful Victorian flowers, meet some of Wonderland’s fanciful and familiar characters, and go a little mad with us in this world of wild imagination!

 

Spanning spring, summer, and fall of 2024, this major exhibition celebrates a tale treasured the world over. It’s sure to tease your senses, and you’re invited to be part of the story. Won’t you join us for tea?

 

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NYBG FARMERS MARKET

Wednesdays, May 22nd through October 23rd from 10:00am to 3:00pm

 

Voted one of the top 10 farmers markets in NYC by TimeOut New York!

 

The annual NYBG Farmers market season is here with fresh local food! Visit and enjoy a variety of locally grown produce, fresh baked goods, and other specialty items. Curated by Market Director Pascale Le Draoulec, the NYBG Farmers Market boasts 20 rotating vendors each week with 2 featured farms: Fino Farms and Fresh Meadow Farm. Make your weekly produce shopping a delightful experience with local fare and live music. Learn more below!

 

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THE SOUNDVIEW GARDENER'S CLUB

every Tuesday from 3:00pm to 6:00pm

 

Location: Soundview Field House – 1550 Lafayette Avenue, Bronx

 

The Soundview Gardener’s Club is a space where After-School students from local schools and community volunteers come together to clear invasive plants, plant trees/native plants, and spread mulch as part of our forest restoration efforts in Soundview Park in The Bronx.

 

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NYRR Open Run

Every Saturday from 9:00am to 12:00pm

 

Location: Entrance – Lafayette Avenue and Morrison Avenue

 

NYRR Open Run brings free, 5K weekly community-led runs, to neighborhood parks across the greater New York City area. The program is free and open to runners and walkers of all ages, abilities, and experience levels.

 

Called the “Gateway to the Bronx River,” 205-acre Soundview Park is located where the Bronx River opens into the East River. This urban green space is filled with grassy baseball and soccer fields, a cricket pitch, basketball courts, a running track, walking/biking paths, picnic fields, and more! With its extensive views of the water, Soundview Park celebrates the beauty of both the Bronx and East Rivers. The back part of our Open Run course has beautiful views of the Bronx River waterfront for participants to enjoy!

 

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Starlight Cinema: Enchanted Forest

July 9: The Wizard of Oz (1939)
July 16: The Princess Bride (1987)
July 23: Shrek (2001)
July 30: Into the Woods (2014)
August 6: Official Rain Date

 

Location: Parade Ground in Van Cortlandt Park

 

FREE! Movies in the Park FREE!

8:30-ish • Movies Begin at Last Light
7 PM • Music of 1939, 1987, 2001, 2014
7:30 PM • Movie-themed Crafts

 

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Family Camping: Bronx

Sunday, July 14th from 6:00pm to 7:00am

 

Location: Van Cortlandt Nature Center in Van Cortlandt Park

 

We camp to create lasting memories, connect with the natural world, and bond with our families. The Urban Park Rangers celebrate the tradition of camping and we look forward to welcoming your family. Families are chosen by lottery. Lottery registration opens on Wednesday July 3.

 

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Summer Birding

Sunday, July 14th from 9:30am to 11:00am

 

Tickets:$17; including admission to the grounds. Wave Hill Members save 10%.

 

Location: Meet at Perkins Visitor Center

 

Naturalist and Audubon guide Gabriel Willow leads birders through the gardens and woodlands to seek out summer birds. Observe the plants, insects and habitats at Wave Hill that make it so appealing for such a wide variety of birds. A limited number of binoculars, monoculars and walking sticks are available to borrow at the Perkins Visitor Center.

 

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Photo: Dave Sanders

Stories in the Garden

Thursday, July 25th from 11:00am to 12:00pm

 

Tickets: Free with admission to the grounds

 

Location: Meet at the Flower Garden

 

Join Wave Hill and Literacy in Community Educators for storytime in the garden! Stories will come to life through interactive book readings and related activities. For rain or other extreme weather, meet in Gund Theater in Wave Hill House. Ideal for children ages three to six with an adult.

 

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Comic Culture
Summer Monsters

Saturday July 6th, 13th, and 27th at 1:00pm

 

Location: Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center

 

Join celebrated cartoonist and teaching artist Ivan Velez, as he leads a Saturday afternoon comics/manga art program for kids 8 to 16 years of age at the Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center. The will be held upstairs at the Rec center. All art supplies will be provided free of charge.

 

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Did you know that Great Performances is headquartered in the Mott Haven neighborhood of the Bronx? We love being a part of the Bronx community, supporting other Bronx-based companies, and giving back to our community.

 

Read more about it here.

MR. JOE JACKSON PRESENTS: JOE JACKSON SOLO & THE MUSIC OF MAX CHAMPION

Friday, June 7th and Saturday, June 8th at 8:00pm

 

Location: Apollo’s Historic Theater

 

Tickets: $82.95

 

Joe Jackson will perform an unprecedented two part performance at The Apollo on Friday, June 7th and Saturday, June 8th at 8:00pm.First, listen to the music of Joe Jackson solo, as he performs songs from his catalog. Then, Mr. Joe Jackson presents the music of Max Champion featuring a nine-piece band.

 

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YUNG N LIT MUSIC FEST

Thursday, June 13th at 8:00pm

 

Location: Apollo’s Historic Theater

 

Tickets: start at $172.55

 

Yung N Lit Music Fest presented by Empowerment Music Group (EMG) featuring Cash Cobain & Bay Swag, Rubi Rose, Bobby Shmurda, Asian Doll, 5ive Mics, Girll Codee, Connie Diiamond, DJ Self, DJ Smooth and Diamond The Artist.

 

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Film Screening:
The Making of America's First Guru

Monday, June 17th from 6:30pm t0 8:00pm

 

Tickets: $8 Members, $15 Nonmembers

 

Join us for a screening of excerpts from America’s First Guru, a PBS special documentary telling the story of legendary Indian monk Swami Vivekananda’s experiences and impact in America. The screening will be followed by a conversation with filmmaker Raja Choudhury, Dr. Mukesh Prasad of the Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Institute at Harvard University, and Swami Sarvapriyananda, Minister of the Vedanta Society of New York.

 

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Leo Bar Happy Hour:
Celebrate Pride Month

Join Asia Society and the Human Rights Campaign to celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride Month!

 

Thursday, June 20th from 5:00pm to 8:00pm

 

Tickets: $25 includes a free drink

 

Asia Society is partnering with Human Rights Campaign (HRC) for a special Leo Bar to celebrate Pride on Thursday, June 20!

Enjoy a fabulous evening of networking with the LGBTQ+ community, and make new professional and personal connections. There will be a special exclusive performance by Broadway’s Jaygee Macapugay!

 

5:00 p.m. Doors open
5:30-6 p.m. Program
5:30-8 p.m. Music by DJ Kai Song, cocktails, & snacks

 

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Cheryl Pepsii Riley’s Black Velvet Mondays Experience

Monday, June 3rd at 8:00pm

 

Location: Peter Jay Sharp Building, The Adam Space / BAM Café

 

Tickets: FREE

 

Chart-topping R&B vocalist Cheryl Pepsii Riley created a sensation with Black Velvet Mondays, the warm, welcoming weeknight concerts and jam sessions she initially launched in Greenwich Village. Now, she’s bringing it all back home to Brooklyn, the borough where she was born and raised, with a new series serving up free live music.

 

More than just an open-mic session, the Black Velvet Mondays Experience promotes artistry, music education, and community, and supports personal and creative expression, building confidence and growth among its artists. The showcase is known as a safe, encouraging space for singers, instrumentalists, dancers, and other performers of all kinds to hone their craft and Trust Their Gifts (the night’s mantra) before making the leap to the big time. You never know what well known or future superstar you might catch.

 

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Tuesday, June 4th through Sunday, June 9th

 

Location: Peter Jay Sharp Building, Howard Gilman Opera House

 

Tickets: start at $35

 

The company that changed American dance forever returns to Brooklyn with two robust programs, featuring stunning works by Jamar Roberts, Hans van Manen, and Alonzo King, as well as iconic Ailey classics Memoria, A Song for You, Cry, and the transcendent masterpiece Revelations. Experience the agility and soul of “America’s most popular dance company” (The New Yorker) on the BAM stage, where Alvin Ailey first performed in 1956. Over 65 years later, the company continues to champion African American artistry and forge a bold new path for Ailey’s legacy—and modern dance itself.

 

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First Saturday: Fruitful

Saturday, June 1st from 5:00pm to 10:00pm

 

Register for free

 

Celebrate Pride with a glittering lineup of queer and trans artists, collectives, writers, and musicians who are creating opportunities for community and joy throughout Brooklyn. From erotic literary readings of the new anthology SLUTS to musical sets from freshly released records, the evening spotlights recent art that’s shaping queer culture.

 

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Funky Reggae House Party’s Hard Fete, February 2024. (Photo: Zen @jpeg.zen)

Funky Reggae House Party Presents a Brooklyn Pride Carnival

Saturday, June 8th from 7:00pm t0 12:00am

 

Location: Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Pavilion and Lobby and Great Hall, 1st Floor

 

Tickets: start at $15 ($25 after the first 100 tickets are sold) and include after-hours access to Giants: Art from the Dean Collection of Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys

 

Celebrate Brooklyn Pride with Funky Reggae House Party, a Brooklyn-based collective that amplifies queer and trans West Indian community. Lime and vibe with a dynamic lineup of DJs and other live performances, featuring founders Visuallocs and Captain Dymond and special guests Boston Chery, A.Sauce, Cakey Koutour, Krys X, and Alex Mali.

 

Influenced by the colorful traditions of their homeland, Trinidad, Funky Reggae House Party enhances the range of Caribbean creative contributions to Brooklyn nightlife and beyond. When they’re not palancing at events, they are working hard behind the scenes to open a queer West Indian bar and community space called The Village BK.

 

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Celebrating Juneteenth

Charles Turner & Uptown Swing

Sunday, June 16th at 4:00pm

 

Tickets: FREE

 

Join Caramoor as we celebrate African American freedom and achievement! Known as our country’s second Independence Day, Juneteenth commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans and honors their families, heritage, and resilience. Millions celebrate this nationally and globally significant American holiday. Channeling the spirit of Harlem with vibrant swing and vital blues, Charles Turner & Uptown Swing perform music from the 1920s to the present day. Family-friendly activities complete this annual June jubilee steeped in tradition and joy. All are welcome! This event is FREE.

 

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Summer Gala

Honoring Wynton Marsalis

 

Saturday, June 22nd at 5:00pm

 

Welcome summer with an extraordinary evening at Caramoor! Celebrate our 10-year collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center and help us honor virtuoso jazz trumpeter, composer, bandleader, and longtime Caramoor friend Wynton Marsalis. Gather with your Caramoor community to sip cocktails before you settle into your premium concert seating in the Venetian Theater, where the joyful sound of big band jazz — performed by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra — will envelop you. After the concert, finish your memorable evening with an elegant dinner and dessert under a canopy of twinkling stars.

 

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JAZZTOPAD FESTIVAL: KRIS DAVIS & LUTOSLAWSKI QUARTET

World Premiere of ‘The Solastalgia Suite

 

Thursday, June 13th at 7:00pm & 9:00pm

 

Tickets: start at $20

 

Part of Poland’s 8th Jazztopad Festival, Dizzy’s Club proudly presents Kris Davis and the Lutoslawski Quartet premiering The Solastalgia Suite. Drawing inspiration from Olivier Messiaen’s haunting Quartet for the End of Time composed amid the turmoil of World War II, The Solastalgia Suite explores the impact of environmental change. Davis bonds influential elements from Messiaen, Beyoncé, and Cecil Taylor, creating a living work that dissolves clear boundaries between what’s scripted and what’s spontaneous.

 

For the past twenty years, Jazztopad Festival has commissioned music from major American and European artists including Wayne Shorter, Charles Lloyd, Jason Moran, Joelle Leandre, Vincent Courtois, William Parker, Vijay Iyer and Terence Blanchard. Jazztopad’s international creative partnerships have included such prestigious organizations as the Monterey Jazz Festival, Kennedy Center, London Jazz Festival and Los Angeles Philharmonic. Live recordings from the festival have been released by ECM and Blue Note Records.

 

The American edition of Jazztopad is first and foremost an opportunity to get to know the most important artists of the Polish contemporary jazz scene, which is a strongly recognized brand in the world both in terms of the quality of the festivals and the artistry of the featured musicians.

 

The project is organized by the National Forum of Music in Wroclaw in partnership with the Polish Cultural Institute New York.

 

JOE FARNSWORTH’S TIME TO SWING QUINTET

Thursday, June 20th through Sunday, June 23rd

 

Tickets: start at $20

 

A true mentor who leadsby example, drummer and composer Joe Farnsworth brings his intergenerational ensemble to Dizzy’s Club. Over four nights, the award-winning artist’s Time to Swing Quintet presents a high-octane program of blistering solos, dynamic ballads, and joyful spontaneity at its highest level. Don’tmiss this special performance that features three generations of master artists.

 

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ARTEMIS

Friday, May 31st and Saturday, June 1st

 

Location: The Appel Room

 

Tickets: start at $65.50

 

Experience the 2023 DownBeat Jazz Group of the Year in front of the breathtaking backdrop of the NYC skyline in The Appel Room. The all-star supergroup Artemis performs original music from its distinguished members comprised of modern jazz bandleaders and composers. Join us for an evening of unparalleled musical brilliance led by pianist and musical director Renee Rosnes, and featuring alto saxophonist and flautist Alexa Tarantino, tenor saxophonist Nicole Glover, trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, bassist Noriko Ueda, and drummer Allison Miller.

 

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RHYTHMS OF INDIA: THE JLCO WITH WYNTON MARSALIS

Friday, June 7th and Saturday, June 8th

 

Location: Rose Theater

 

Tickets: start at $40.50

 

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis presents Rhythms of India, continuing its proud tradition of international community building and cultural exchange. In collaboration with master Indian artists – flautist Jay Gandhi, tabla artist Anubrata Chatterjee, ghatam artist Ghatam Umashankar, and vocalists Malini Awasthi and Roopa Mahadevan – the JLCO bonds the melodies and rhythms of raga-based music and different folk styles with the tradition of jazz – a union poised to captivate audiences of all ages.

 

Drawing inspiration from iconic Indian compositions like “Kesariya Balam,” echoing the voices of Rajput princesses welcoming home their beloveds, and classic raga “Miyan Malhar,” evoking thundering clouds and pouring rain, this Rose Theater performance invites listeners on a journey through colorful soundscapes and moving stories. From the lively Punjabi folk song “Kothe Te Aa Mahiya” to the soul-stirring Thumri “Ka Karu Sajni,” each piece reflects a unique aspect of Indian culture and history.

 

Witness this vibrant exchange of ideas and celebration of diversity!

 

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First Friday

Friday, June 7th from 10:00am to 9:00pm

 

Tickets: FREE!

 

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.

 

1-7pm Drop-In Pride Poster-Making Workshop

1pm Zoolander Screening

3pm Wonder City of the World Curatorial Tour

5pm Genius on Display: Sohia Yeshi

6:30pm Miss Poster House NYC

 

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Drink & Draw: Queer Artist Stories

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

 

Tickets: $40

 

Queer Artist Stories offers a unique twist on traditional figure drawing sessions. Instead of a passive model, a local queer artist will be posing and sharing their personal story while participants sketch them. The session aims to provide a platform for LGBTQ+ artists to share their compelling narratives.

 

This event fosters an intimate dialogue between the artists and the attendees. The session will kick off with short warm-up poses before progressing to four 10-minute poses, during which the artist will cover topics such as technique, style, community, and inspiration from a queer perspective.

 

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Credit: Joshua Bright

Father’s Day

Sunday, June 16th from 10:00am to 5:00pm

 

Location: on the grounds

 

Tickets: Father’s Day is a premium day for admission at the front entrance; $2 surcharge per visitor.

 

Father’s Day comes just as summer is filling our hearts. Celebrate Dad with a memorable day in vibrant gardens. Spend the day together with a special Family Art Project, a guided walk in the gardens and a free session of community yoga.

 

Enjoy the very rare opportunity to picnic on the Wave Hill House Lawn. Bring your own feast or purchase a delicious picnic curated by our exclusive partner Great Performances. Limited, first come, first served seating will also be available in Armor Hall for picnic purchasers. If you would like to picnic on the Wave Hill House Lawn, you may bring your own blanket and outdoor folding chairs.

 

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Photo: John Gram

Carnegie Hall Citywide Concert: Jasmine Rice LaBeija

Thursday, June 27th from 7:00pm to 8:00pm

 

Location: Great Lawn; Rain Site: Armor Hall

 

Tickets: Free, and admission to the grounds is free on Thursdays

 

“Drag is a grand opera” according to renowned drag artist Jasmine Rice LaBeija—and she should know. A Juilliard-trained tenor with a commanding voice and razor-sharp wit, LaBeija has sold out performances at the Guggenheim Museum’s Works & Process series, Lincoln Center, and queer clubs around the world. In addition to being the International Godmother of the Royal House of LaBeija—recently shouted out in Beyoncé’s “Break My Soul (Queens Remix)”—she has also been a host of Dragged and was the face of New York City’s 2020 Pride celebrations. Don’t miss the chance to experience one of New York’s great entertainers in this free presentation in partnership with Carnegie Hall Citywide.

 

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CITYPICKLE AT WOLLMAN RINK

Projected Opening May 1st

 

Open Daily from 8:00am to 9:00pm

 

Court rentals, clinics, open play, special events…we have you covered.

 

We welcome all levels, from beginners to elite players.

 

Come play on our 14 courts, the largest pickleball offering in the Northeast!

 

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Explore exciting community events around the Bronx this month.

BRONX NIGHT MARKET
AT FORDHAM PLAZA

Saturday, June 1st from 4:00pm to 10:00pm

 

Tickets: FREE with RSVP!

 

As the longest-running event series in the northmost borough, the Bronx Night Market stands as a transformative force, revolutionizing the foodie scene and cultivating a deep connection to the identity of the Bronx. With a remarkable lineup of 50 local vendors, this iconic market draws over 4,000 guests each time, making it a thriving hub for community engagement and culinary exploration. Beyond its diverse array of cuisines and unique vendors, the Night Market serves as a dynamic platform for local businesses, providing a stage for the wealth of talents within the Bronx. The event embodies the spirit of the borough, celebrating its unique identity through a fusion of flavors, cultures, and entrepreneurial spirit. The Bronx Night Market is not merely a culinary gathering; it is a powerful reflection of the community’s resilience, creativity, and collective pride, contributing to the borough’s cultural richness and economic vibrancy.

 

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FIRST FRIDAY JUNE 2024:
ART, MUSIC, & DANCING!

Friday, June 7th from 6:00pm to 9:00pm

 

Tickets: FREE with RSVP!

 

Get ready to get down to the irresistible beats of DJ Ultra Violet! Uptown Vinyl Supreme will also be in the house. The evening’s festivities pay tribute to the GOAT, Prince—on what would have been his 66th birthday—with funky old-school tunes.

 

Take a break from dancing to check out the Museum’s current exhibition: Bronx Calling: The Sixth AIM Biennial (Part Two), featuring work by 27 artists who completed our AIM Fellowship program in 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023. The work on view powerfully engages with the complexities of the human condition: from our inseparability from nature to the dictates of our cultural identities and norms.

 

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FAMILY TIME JUNE 2024: FREE ART-MAKING FOR ALL AGES

Saturday, June 15th from 1:00pm to 2:00pm

 

Tickets: FREE! no RSVP needed.

 

All are welcome to participate in free art activities led by Bronx Museum Education Staff Members! The activities are geared toward families with young children, but fun for everyone.

 

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GARDENING TUESDAY AT THE FOODWAY

Tuesday, June 11th from 10:00am to 12:00pm

 

Location: Concrete Plant Park

 

Join the Bronx River Alliance select Tuesdays from 10a-12pm for stewardship activities such as litter removal, weeding, mulching, watering & planting at different rain gardens & newly planted tree sites along the Bronx River!

 

On Tuesday, June 11th, we will be stewarding the Foodway at Concrete Plant Park. We will meet volunteers at Concrete Plant Park (1370 Westchester Ave) Bronx, NY. Please wear clothing appropriate for outdoor weather and gardening/cleaning activities. We also recommend bringing snacks and a refillable water bottle to stay hydrated. All gloves and tools needed will be provided by the Alliance.

 

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STARLIGHT PARK WETLAND PLANTING

Friday, June 14th from 10:00am to 1:00pm

 

Location: Westchester Avenue Park Entrance in Concrete Plant Park

 

Join the Stewardship Team to restore the saltwater marsh in Starlight Park with a volunteer plug planting! Urban wetlands provide important benefits including improving water quality, retaining stormwater, and serving as critical habitats for native wildlife! Please note, that volunteers should dress in clothes that can get dirty and close-toed shoes. We also encourage volunteers to bring their own water bottles. Space is limited and registration is required. Volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by a chaperone.

 

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CONNECTING WITH NATURE THROUGH YOGA

Sunday, June 9th from 11:00am to 12:00pm

 

Location: Crotona Nature Center

 

Join Urban Park Rangers for an hour of nature themed yoga and meditation. Learn some poses inspired by animals and the natural world. Then restore balance to your body with a chakra meditation. Please bring a mat.

 

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GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN BY JAMES BALDWIN

Thursdays, 7-8:30p: June 6, 13, 20, 27, & Wednesday, July 3
– Bronx Collab, 3866 White Plains Rd, Bronx, NY

 

Saturdays, 12-1:30p: Jun 8, 15, 22, 29, & July 6
– Bronx River Community Garden, 180th St. & Devoe Ave

 

Tuesdays, 7-8:30p: Jun 11, 18, 25, & July 2
– on Zoom

 

In an exploration of FAITH in America, we’ve paired Temple Folk with Go Tell It On The Mountain.

 

First published in 1953, Baldwin chronicles a fourteen-year-old boy’s discovery of the terms of his identity as the stepson of the minister of a storefront Pentecostal church in Harlem.

 

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Juneteenth + Pride Month Poetry House Open Mic: Reflect, Empower, and Unite

Monday, June 17th from 6:00pm t0 9:00pm

 

Location: ID Studio Theater (311 East 140th Street, Bronx)

 

Tickets: FREE and open to all.

 

Join us for an evening celebrating Pride Month and its themes: Reflect, Empower, and Unite. Don’t miss the launch of Poetry House’s first zine! And, as part of the Literary Freedom Project’s James Baldwin centenary celebration, we’ll honor Baldwin’s legacy with blackout poetry, and more.

 

5 PM: Collaging, screening and discussion on Baldwin’s work

 

6-9 PM: Blackout poetry, open mic performances and zine launch

 

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WONDERLAND NIGHTS

June 1, 8, 14*, & 15 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm

 

Special Ticket Required: $29 for Member and $39 for Non-Member

 

Enter Wonderland at dusk—a madly beautiful world! Join us to experience Wonderland: Curious Nature in a new light with a full cast of characters on the scene and specialty themed cocktails that make for the perfect evening out. In a spectacular show of rhythm and delight, Thistle Dance invites you to let loose during the Mad Hatter’s dance party.

 

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PRIDE NIGHT

Friday, June 14th from 7:00pm t0 10:00pm

 

Tickets: $39 for Non-Members; $29 for Members

 

Celebrate Pride at NYBG with a twilight viewing of Wonderland: Curious Nature, and get into your element with a ballroom class led by Legendary NYC Father Malik Miyake-Mugler accompanied by his amazing house members. Will you serve face? Strut across the runway? We invite you to vogue the house down.

 

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THE SOUNDVIEW GARDENER'S CLUB

every Tuesday from 3:00pm to 6:00pm

 

Location: Soundview Field House – 1550 Lafayette Avenue, Bronx

 

The Soundview Gardener’s Club is a space where After-School students from local schools and community volunteers come together to clear invasive plants, plant trees/native plants, and spread mulch as part of our forest restoration efforts in Soundview Park in The Bronx.

 

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NYC Parks Presents: Schools Out Celebration

Thursday, June 20th from 3:00pm to 6:00pm

 

Location: Metcalf Playground in Soundview Park

 

Join NYC Parks for a School’s Out Celebration. Activities will include games, activities and much more. This event is free and open to the public.

 

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National Trails Day: Van Cortlandt Super Hike

Saturday, June 1st from 10:00am to 1:00pm

 

Location: Van Cortlandt Nature Center in Van Cortlandt Park

 

Urban Park Rangers will lead hikers through some of the hidden gems of Van Cortlandt Park on an 8 mile journey through the park’s diverse forests and ecosystems. Registration is required. Registration opens on Wednesday May 22.

 

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Juneteenth Celebration

Wednesday, June 19th from 6:00pm to 7:30pm

 

Location: Van Cortlandt House Museum in Van Cortlandt Park

 

Van Cortlandt Park Alliance and Bronx Arts Ensemble invite you to an evening celebration of Juneteenth at the Van Cortlandt House Museum.

 

The program will begin on the lawn of the Van Cortlandt House Museum with performances, including music and spoken word. Then join us for a procession with drums to the Enslaved African Burial Ground for a libation ceremony, honoring the memory of the enslaved people.

 

Guest artists include renowned drummer Baba Don Babatunde, actress Ashley Hart Adams, violist Judith Insell, mezzo-soprano Lucia Bradford and the NYC All City High School Chorus, poet David Mills and West African drummer Yahaya Kamate.

 

Special thank you to our venue partners at the Van Cortlandt House Museum and the National Society of Colonial Dames in the State of New York.

 

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council.

 

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Photo: Dave Sanders

Juneteenth Celebration

Thursday, June 13th from 4:30pm to 8:00pm

 

Tickets: Free, and admission to the grounds is free on Thursdays

 

Location: Great Lawn, Rain moves indoors

 

Celebrate Juneteenth and honor Black history, achievement and resilience with an evening of performances, artmaking and more. Picnic on the Great Lawn and enjoy a tasty treat of specialty ice cream while supplies last, courtesy of Only Rare NYC. Decorate colorful plant pots inspired by stories of hope and liberation. The celebration culminates with engaging musical and dance performances that highlight the Black experience in the United States. This is a free community event; all ages are welcome.

 

5:00PM – 7:00PM: Complementary rolled ice cream by Only Rare NYC


6:00PM: Musical performance by Bahati Barton


7:00PM: Dance performance by Jamel Gaines Creative Outlet

 

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Photo: Erica Berger

Family Tree for Father’s Day

Saturday, June 15th from 10:00am to 1:00pm

 

Tickets: Free with admission to the grounds

 

Location: meet at Wave Hill House

 

Celebrate a father figure in your life. We’ll design a tree sculpture using our families as inspiration. Personalize this as a special gift to hold precious photographs or drawings.

 

At 11:30AM, families can enjoy a storytime program in the Gund Theater; all ages welcome. We will be celebrating the Juneteenth holiday with a reading of the book, Baby’s Asleep by JayNay Brown-Wood.

 

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The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital: Brittany Olivia Logan, Hannah Jones, Matthew Cairns

Wednesday, June 26th from 7:00pm to 9:00pm

 

Location: Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center

 

An annual summer tradition, the Metropolitan Opera’s popular concert series in New York City parks continues with a free outdoor recital. Three of today’s most exciting young stars— soprano Brittany Olivia Logan, mezzo-soprano Hannah Jones, and tenor Matthew Cairns—come together for an effervescent evening of favorite arias, duets, and ensembles, accompanied by Deborah Robertson at the piano.

 

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Did you know that Great Performances is headquartered in the Mott Haven neighborhood of the Bronx? We love being a part of the Bronx community, supporting other Bronx-based companies, and giving back to our community.

 

Read more about it here.

On the surface, a wedding planner may not seem like an essential expense, especially when pitted against the more obvious needs of food, your dream venue, and a good DJ. But what most newly-weds-to-be don’t know is that hiring a wedding planner can actually save you money.

And that’s not all. Great Performances Wedding Specialist Amanda DiUglio spoke on the ways in which hiring a wedding planner might just save your big day.

Save Time

“Let the planner do the hard work. Let them research and find out information about all the places you’re looking [and] at the vendors so you don’t have to do any of the stressful things. They can come in [and] they can say here are my top five recommendations and take you through it without you having to do the hours and hours of work it really takes to plan the perfect wedding.”

Save Money

“They can help negotiate. They can help recommend different vendors that might have different price points. They can get you exactly what you’re looking for and help you really craft your budget to make sure it works all within what you’re looking to spend.”

Save Energy

“Your planners have worked in weddings for normally a very long time and have a good list of vendors who they love partnering with. They’re suggesting them because they do a great job and they want your wedding to come out perfect. So trust their recommendations and really look into the vendors that they recommend.”

STRENGTH OF A WOMAN PRESENTS: TIFFANY HADDISH

Friday, May 10th at 8:00pm

 

Location: Apollo’s Historic Theater

 

Tickets: $72.70

 

Live Nation and Mary J. Blige are bringing the third annual Strength of a Woman Festival and Summit to New York City for weekend full of activities dedicated to empowering, educating, and elevating, women. One of the annual staples of the festival is the comedy show. This year’s show will feature a headlining set from Tiffany Haddish with support from Don’t Call me White Girl and Paris Sashay.

 

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DANCE THEATRE OF HARLEM FAMILY MATINEE: HARLEM MOUSE/COUNTRY MOUSE

Saturday, May 18th at 3:00pm

 

Location: Apollo’s Historic Theater

 

Tickets: start at $25

 

The Dance Theatre of Harlem presents a family matinee of Harlem Mouse/Country Mouse – an exciting retelling of Aesop’s Fable, City Mouse and Country Mouse.

 

Harlem Mouse/Country Mouse references the rich traditions of the Black South, modern-day life in Harlem, and the unique expressions of dance, music and poetry that arise when cultures collide. It unites the dynamic artists of the Dance Theatre of Harlem Company together with students from the Dance Theatre of Harlem School. Conceived as a celebration of the Harlem community, this full-length story ballet is an uplifting event for the whole family!

 

“Dance Theatre of Harlem…a premier ballet company and global ambassador for excellence and diversity.” -Sarah L. Kaufman, Washington Post.

 

Directed and conceived by Robert Garland and Tai Jimenez

 

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LEO BAR HAPPY HOUR

Celebrate AAPI Heritage Month!

 

Thursday, May 9th from 5:30pm to 8:00pm

 

Tickets: $25 includes a free drink

 

Visit Asia Society’s new exhibition, COAL + ICE with an evening of cocktails, music, and catching up on Thursday, May 9th from 5:30 to 8 PM.

 

Enjoy the gorgeous Garden Court as you look at art, mingle with friends, and make new connections at Asia Society!

 

A ticket includes one drink, followed by a cash bar. Kindly note this event is only open to guests 21 years old and over.

 

Music by DJ Kai Song.

 

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DANCING THE GODS

In Partnership with World Music Institute

 

Asia Society is pleased to collaborate with World Music Institute for Dancing the Gods, an annual festival of Indian Dance celebrating its 13th year, featuring some of the leading performers of Indian dance. Each night begins with a slide presentation by Rajika Puri, festival curator, and acclaimed dance storyteller.

 

Night One – Kasi Aysola and Archana Raja (Kuchipudi)

Friday, May 10th from 7:15pm to 10:00pm

 

Kasi Aysola is a performer, choreographer, and nattuvangam artist based in the United States. Apart from his solo performances, as Artistic Director of the Prakriti Dance Company, he also collaborates with and trains artists across America. Moreover, he is renowned for his original rhythmic compositions and the musical insight with which he has accompanied dance artists like Rama Vaidyanathan, Mythili Prakash, and Janaki Rangarajan, all of whom have appeared in Dancing the Gods over the years. WMI last presented Kasi as part of our virtual Dancing the Gods festival in 2022, where he performed the world premiere of a series of Kuchipudi works. For this year’s festival, he will be joined by Archana Raja, a Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi practitioner, teacher, and choreographer based in the Bay Area who is currently a student of Kasi in the Vempati style of Kuchipudi.

 

 

Night Two – Rama Vaidyanathan (solo Bharatanatyam)

Sunday, May 12th from 7:15pm to 10:00pm

 

Rama Vaidyanathan is one of the foremost Bharatanatyam dancers of her generation and is also the recipient of the prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi Puraskar awarded by the central government of India. Her technique is grounded in tradition, yet she brings a fresh approach to her choreography that is evident in the innumerable dance compositions she has added to the Bharatanatyam repertoire. As Director of Ganesa Natyalaya New Delhi, she is actively engaged in teaching and nurturing young dancers, inspiring a whole new generation. Rama opened the very first Dancing the Gods festival in 2011.

IRONWEED: An Evening of Art & Humanity

Friday, May 17th at 7:30pm

 

Location: BAM Strong, Harvey Theater

 

Tickets: start at $35

 

Four-time Academy Award nominee Mark Ruffalo and two-time Tony Award nominee Jessica Hecht star in an innovative mix of live performance and recorded sound directed by Jodie Markell and produced by Brad Gilbert, based on a new play adapted from William Kennedy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. IRONWEED: An Evening of Art & Humanity offers a heartbreaking look at a man’s end-of-life reckoning during the Great Depression. Set on All Hallows’ Eve in 1938 on the streets of Albany, the play follows one man’s journey through purgatory and his struggle for redemption, bringing to life the poetry, humor, and heartbreak of Kennedy’s prose. The evening includes select readings of scenes from a new stage version of the novel, adapted by Kennedy and Markell. Following the performance, Ruffalo and Hecht discuss the timeliness of IRONWEED and the current crisis of the unhoused with local advocates, moderated by The New Yorker writer and author Vinson Cunningham. This exclusive one-night event offers a memorable, moving experience of the power of creative expression to illuminate the human condition.

 

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DanceAfrica 2024

Friday, May 24th through Monday, May 27th

 

Location: Peter Jay Sharp Building, Howard Gilman Opera House

 

Tickets: start at $25

 

This year, the festival’s anchor performance, under the artistic vision of Abdel R. Salaam, welcomes the illustrious Cameroonian dance company Cie La Calebasse, founded by acclaimed choreographer and dancer Merlin Nyakam. Renowned for captivating performances that blend traditional African dance with contemporary flair, Cie La Calebasse presents an array of traditional Cameroonian dances and music. The program, titled Cameroon: The Origin of Communities/A Calabash of Cultures, also fosters a unique collaboration with the DanceAfrica Spirit Walkers and The Billie’s Youth Arts Academy Dance Ensemble, joined by Women Of The Calabash, an ensemble known for its mesmerizing polyphonic sound. The artistic vision is brought to life with costume designs by Wunmi Olaiya, lighting design by Al Crawford, set design by Jasiri Kafele, and music and sound design by David Margolin Lawson, creating an immersive experience that celebrates the depth of Cameroonian culture.

 

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First Saturday: In Bloom

Saturday, May 4th from 5:00pm to 10:00pm

 

Register for free

 

Celebrate spring, Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and our exhibitions Artland and Hiroshige’s 100 Famous Views of Edo (feat. Takashi Murakami). May’s First Saturday features a lineup of artists, poets, and musicians from the Asian diaspora in Brooklyn and beyond.

 

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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Brooklyn Pop-Up Market at the Brooklyn Museum, 2022. (Photo: Andrew Robertson)

Brooklyn Pop-Up Market

every Sunday from 10:30am to 5:30pm

 

Location: Iris Cantor Plaza, 1st Floor

 

Stop by our market to shop one-of-a-kind, handmade items from local artisans. This weekly event features more than 20 vendors offering artwork, jewelry, fashion, home and apothecary goods, and more.

 

This event is free and takes place outdoors (rain location: Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Pavilion, 1st Floor).

 

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Jake Blount

Presented in Collaboration with City Winery

 

Saturday, May 11th at 8:00pm

 

Tickets: start at $40

 

When Jake Blount stumbled upon a banjo performance in an Ethiopian restaurant around a decade ago, he instantly fell in love with the instrument. Now you’ll instantly fall in love with him — banjoist, fiddler, singer, scholar, and entertainer — as he explores the folk traditions of Black and indigenous Americans. A recipient of the prestigious Steve Martin Banjo Prize, Blount will blend his “charismatic and limber” voice (The Guardian) with blues, bluegrass, and spirituals for a deeply fulfilling musical experience.

 

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An Evening Of Wine

A Benefit for Caramoor’s Education Programs

 

Saturday, May 18th at 6:00pm

 

Tickets: $2,500

 

By joining us this evening, you are contributing to the vibrant experiences that Caramoor offers, fostering a sense of discovery and inspiration among all who visit. We believe these educational programs will ignite a lasting passion for the arts within our community, nurturing creativity and curiosity for generations to come. We hope you’ll join us.

 

Schedule
6:00pm / Cocktails
7:00pm / Musical Performance by Stella Cole
8:00pm / Dinner by Chef Jesse Schenker & Silent Auction of Rare Wines
10:00pm / Cigar Lounge and Nightcaps

 

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VICTOR GOINES QUARTET

Friday, May 17th through Sunday, May 19th

 

Tickets: start at $25

 

Join tenor master, clarinetist, and longtime JLCO member and music director Victor Goines as he leads his 4-piece ensemble at Dizzy’s Club. An artist of compelling versatility, Goines has collaborated with a diverse roster of leaders, including Ahmad Jamal, Ruth Brown, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Dizzy Gillespie, Lenny Kravitz, Branford Marsalis, Diana Ross, and Stevie Wonder.

 

SUN RA AT 110 WITH SULLIVAN FORTNER'S GALACTIC FRIENDS

Wednesday, May 22nd and Thursday, May 23rd

 

Tickets: start at $25

 

Celebrating what would have been composer/keyboardist Sun Ra’s 110th birthday on May 22, Grammy-winning, Earth-born, New Orleans pianist/keyboardist Sullivan Fortner has summoned his most galactic-minded of friends to delve into Sun Ra’s inventive and adventurous music. From swing to free to earthy and spacey, Fortner and his fellow explorers – including Sun Ra Arkestra veterans and Grammy-winners – will embrace the eclecticism that marked Sun Ra’s atmospheric musical forays.

 

In the immortal words of Sun Ra:
In the half-between world,
Dwell they: The Tone Scientists
In notes and tone
They speak of many things…
The tone scientists:
Architects of planes of discipline
Mathematically precise are they:
The tone-scientists
–Sun Ra

 

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ESSENTIALLY ELLINGTON HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND COMPETITION & FESTIVAL

Friday, May 10th and Saturday, May 11th

 

Location: Rose Theater

 

Tickets: start at $25.50

 

The annual Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival is one of the most innovative jazz education events in the world. Each year, high school musicians from across North America travel to New York City to spend three days immersed in workshops, jam sessions, rehearsals, and performances at the “House of Swing,” Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center.

 

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BATTLE OF THE BIG BANDS: NEW ORLEANS JAZZ ORCHESTRA AND CAPTAIN BLACK BIG BAND

Friday, May 17th and Saturday, May 18th

 

Location: Rose Theater

 

Tickets: start at $40.50

 

When The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra with Adonis Rose, a 20-piece ensemble of intergenerational voices representing the birthplace of jazz, faces off against the Captain Black Big Band with Orrin Evans, a bold, swinging assemblage of artists from Philadelphia and the mid-Atlantic, expect a high-energy, roof-shaking rumble, as they duke it out to the music of Count Basie, Sun Ra, Stevie Wonder, and more, in one of jazz’s most beloved traditions, in The House of Swing.

 

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First Friday

Friday, May 3rd from 10:00am to 9:00pm

 

Tickets: FREE!

 

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, or activity throughout the day. This month, the museum is thrilled to partner with Welcome to Chinatown for a series of programs that celebrate the culture, community, and resilience of Chinatown. Stop by and learn more about Welcome to Chinatown and how you can support the organization’s recovery efforts.

 

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Sleepless in Seattle Movie Screening

Friday, May 17th from 6:30pm to 8:00pm

 

Tickets: FREE!

 

The Anatomy of a Movie Poster: The Work of Dawn Baillie includes some of the most iconic and beloved posters in modern cinematic history. Throughout the exhibition, Poster House will screen a selection of films from the movie-focused exhibition. On Friday, May 17, there will be a free screening of the romantic classic, Sleepless in Seattle. The year before this poster was created, Dawn became one of the first female cofounders of a Hollywood design studio. This poster was one of the first she created with the use of Photoshop—at the time, a new digital tool many studios were not yet using. Be sure to stop by Café des Affiches for exclusive, themed drinks and snacks to accompany the screening!

 

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Credit: Joshua Bright

Mother's Day

Sunday, May 12th from 10:00am to 5:00pm

 

Location: on the grounds

 

Tickets: Mother’s Day is a premium day for admission at the front entrance; $2 surcharge per visitor. Free admission for children 5 & under.

 

Wonderfully timed to coincide with the arrival of spring, Mother’s Day is the perfect opportunity to pull out all the stops. Plan to spend the day in the gardens, with a special Family Art Project, a guided walk in the gardens, a session of spring birding, and free sessions of community and family yoga. Links below.

 

Enjoy the very rare opportunity to picnic on the Wave Hill House Lawn. Bring your own feast or purchase a delicious picnic curated by our exclusive partner Great Performances. Limited, first come, first served seating will also be available in Armor Hall for picnic purchasers. If you would like to picnic on the Wave Hill House Lawn, you may bring your own blanket and outdoor folding chairs.

 

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Credit: Joshua Bright

Night Out at Wave Hill: The Birders Lounge

Saturday, May 18th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm

 

Location: Wave Hill House

 

Tickets: $25; including admission to the grounds. Members save 10%

 

Don’t let the fun end! Grab your friends or a date and spend a leisurely spring evening at Wave Hill with fellow birders and nature enthusiasts. Enjoy drinks and a lively round of Birders Trivia with local bird guide Gabriel Willow as your host, and hang out on our tented café terrace with gorgeous views of the open lawns and woodlands. Wrap up your evening with a guided nature walk as the birds are heading home to roost or enjoy a quiet sunset from the café terrace or the Great Lawn. No birding experience necessary! Cash bar with a variety of local beers and themed cocktails. Ages 21 and older.

 

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CITYPICKLE AT WOLLMAN RINK

Projected Opening May 1st

 

Open Daily from 8:00am to 9:00pm

 

Court rentals, clinics, open play, special events…we have you covered.

 

We welcome all levels, from beginners to elite players.

 

Come play on our 14 courts, the largest pickleball offering in the Northeast!

 

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Explore exciting community events around the Bronx this month.

BRONX NIGHT MARKET
AT FORDHAM PLAZA

Saturday, May 4th from 4:00pm to 10:00pm

 

Tickets: FREE with RSVP!

 

As the longest-running event series in the northmost borough, the Bronx Night Market stands as a transformative force, revolutionizing the foodie scene and cultivating a deep connection to the identity of the Bronx. With a remarkable lineup of 50 local vendors, this iconic market draws over 4,000 guests each time, making it a thriving hub for community engagement and culinary exploration. Beyond its diverse array of cuisines and unique vendors, the Night Market serves as a dynamic platform for local businesses, providing a stage for the wealth of talents within the Bronx. The event embodies the spirit of the borough, celebrating its unique identity through a fusion of flavors, cultures, and entrepreneurial spirit. The Bronx Night Market is not merely a culinary gathering; it is a powerful reflection of the community’s resilience, creativity, and collective pride, contributing to the borough’s cultural richness and economic vibrancy.

 

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FIRST FRIDAY: ART, MUSIC, DANCING! WITH AIM FELLOW CARLA MALDONADO

Friday, May 3rd from 6:00pm to 9:00pm

 

Schedule:
6PM – Choreographing The End Of The World: A Dance Workshop with AIM Fellow Carla Maldonado
7PM – Salsa dance tutorial with Instructor Talia Castro-Pozo
7:30PM – Live salsa music by Johnny Mambo & Friends and dancing!

 

All are invited to The Bronx Museum for this fun evening of art, music, and dancing that is part of our ongoing series of events that take place after-hours on the first Friday of a month. You are welcome to drop-in, but you can let us know if you plan to stop by with an RSVP.

 

This First Friday features a dance workshop with AIM Fellow Carla Maldonado, as part of our exhibition Bronx Calling: The Sixth AIM Biennial (Part Two).

 

In addition, we are thrilled to welcome back salsa dance instructor Talia Castro-Pozo—who will be offering an open-level free salsa tutorial. And the band Johnny Mambo & Friends will be playing live salsa music throughout the evening!

 

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THE FIRST AIM CONVENING: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR ARTISTS

Saturday, May 11th from 1:00pm to 5:00pm

 

Tickets: FREE!

 

All are invited to The Bronx Museum for the First AIM Convening! This free event is designed to impart vital advice to artists that can help them succeed in a competitive and difficult-to-navigate industry.

 

The Convening is programmed and led by artists who completed The Bronx Museum’s flagship AIM Fellowship program in 2023.

 

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SPRING WILDFLOWER WALK

Thursday, May 2nd from 3:00pm to 4:00pm

 

Location: Westchester Avenue and Edgewater Road in Concrete Plant Park

 

Explore which plants are in bloom in our parks! Learn how to identify different species of flowers and pick up some botany basics on this engaging and educational hike with the Urban Park Rangers!

 

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GARDENING TUESDAY AT THE FOODWAY

Thursday, May 28th from 10:00am to 12:00pm

 

Location: Concrete Plant Park

 

Join the Bronx River Alliance on select Tuesdays from 10a-12pm for stewardship activities such as litter removal, weeding, mulching, watering & planting at different rain gardens & newly planted tree sites along the Bronx River!

 

On Tuesday, May 28th, we will be stewarding the Foodway at Concrete Plant Park. We will meet volunteers at Concrete Plant Park (1370 Westchester Ave) Bronx, NY.

 

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NATURE STORY TIME

Saturday, May 18th from 11:00am to 12:00pm

 

Location: Crotona Nature Center

 

Join the Urban Park Rangers as we take our time in nature! We will begin our meet-up with a storytime circle under the trees, followed by arts and craft activity inspired by the story.

 

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Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: Ginkgo Tree Celebration

Sunday, May 19th from 1:00pm to 2:00pm

 

Location: Crotona Nature Center

 

Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with NYC Parks! Join the Urban Park Rangers and learn about Ginkgo trees and their significance in Asian culture and folklore. Then end with creating your own Ginkgo-inspired craft!

 

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ONE BOOK ONE BRONX
Temple Folk by Aaliyah Bilal

Thursdays, 7-8:30p: May 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30
Bronx Collab, 3866 White Plains Rd, Bronx, NY

 

Saturdays, 12-1:30p: May 4, 11, 18, 25 & June 1
Bronx River Community Garden, 180th St. & Devoe Ave.

 

Tuesdays, 7-8:30p: May 7, 14, 21, & 28
on Zoom

 

In Temple Folk by Aliyah Bilal, Black Muslims contemplate the convictions of their race, religion, economics, politics, and sexuality in America. The ten stories in this collection contribute to the bounty of diverse narratives about Black life by intimately portraying the experiences of a community that resists the mainstream culture.

 

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SPRING UNCORKED

Saturday, May 4th from 12:00pm to 4:00pm

 

Tickets: $50 Non-Members, $25 Members; includes a souvenir NYBG wine tumbler

 

Enjoy the Perfect Pairing of Springtime Beauty & Local Wines


At Daffodil Hill, sip and savor spring during this wine lover’s weekend, featuring wineries from the Hudson Valley, Brooklyn, and Long Island. Enjoy samples, relax to live music, learn the science behind making great wines, and kick back with a variety of crafts and games. Enjoy delicious lunch options for sale from a line-up of the tri-state area’s finest local foods curated by Morning Glory Markets.

 

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MOTHER’S DAY GARDEN CELEBRATION

Saturday, May 11th and Sunday, May 12th from 11:00am to 5:00pm

 

Treat Mom to a One-of-a-Kind Garden Party


The most spectacular spring landscape New York City has to offer is the setting for music, games, picnicking, and more. Make Daffodil Hill your own backyard and bring the whole family together while playing your favorite garden party lawn games, making a collage or craft for Mom, and getting your face painted with whimsical designs.

 

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THE SOUNDVIEW GARDENER'S CLUB

every Tuesday from 3:00pm to 6:00pm

 

Location: Soundview Field House – 1550 Lafayette Avenue, Bronx

 

The Soundview Gardener’s Club is a space where After-School students from local schools and community volunteers come together to clear invasive plants, plant trees/native plants, and spread mulch as part of our forest restoration efforts in Soundview Park in The Bronx.

 

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MOVIES UNDER THE STARS: BARBIE

Saturday, May 18th from 8:00pm to 11:00pm

 

Location: Entrance – Lafayette Avenue and Morrison Avenue

 

Grab a blanket and come enjoy a movie in a neighborhood park or playground! This spring, NYC Parks will host family-friendly movie showings across the five boroughs.

 

Barbie and Ken are having the time of their lives in the colorful and seemingly perfect world of Barbie Land. However, when they get a chance to go to the real world, they soon discover the joys and perils of living among humans.

 

Movies begin at dusk. This event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited.

 

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FAMILY CAMPING: BRONX

Saturday, May 18th from 6:00pm to 7:00am

 

Location: Van Cortlandt Nature Center in Van Cortlandt Park

 

We camp to create lasting memories, connect with the natural world, and bond with our families. The Urban Park Rangers celebrate the tradition of camping and we look forward to welcoming your family. Families are chosen by lottery. Lottery registration opens on Wednesday May 8.

 

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Fantastic Fungi Mushroom ID Hike

Sunday, May 25th from 11:00am to 12:00pm

 

Location: Van Cortlandt Golf House in Van Cortlandt Park

 

This Urban Park Ranger led hike will take you through the forest to learn how to identify fungi. Participants will learn about the crucial role that mushrooms play in an ecosystem and how natural decomposition takes place.

 

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NYC Parks Presents: Superhero Skate Party

Saturday, May 4th from 12:00pm to 4:00pm

 

Location: Basketball Courts in Watson Gleason Playground

 

Join NYC Parks and Majority Leader Amanda Farias for a superhero skate party at Watson Gleason Playground. Kids, come out dressed as your favorite superhero and enjoy an afternoon of music, dancing, and skating. Skates will be provided while supplies last or, feel free to bring your own. This event is free and open to the public.

 

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Bring It On Talent Show

Friday, May 31st from 6:00pm to 8:00pm

 

Location: Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center

 

Ready, Set, Work! All ages are invited to join the bring it on talent show at Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center. Join us and showcase your unique talents from singing, dancing, acting, and beyond. If you have a passion for it, let’s see what you’ve got, bring it! This event is free and open to the public.

 

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Did you know that Great Performances is headquartered in the Mott Haven neighborhood of the Bronx? We love being a part of the Bronx community, supporting other Bronx-based companies, and giving back to our community.

 

Read more about it here.

Dianne McIntyre Group: In the Same TonguE

April 12th through April 14th

 

Location: The Apollo Stages at The Victoria Theater

 

Tickets: $20

 

“In modern dance, the names of its persevering practitioners are like cherished objects. Dianne McIntyre is one such [artist].”—Time Out NY

 

Don’t miss Dianne McIntyre’s triumphant return to Harlem with the New York premiere of In the Same Tongue (2023)– an engagement set to revive the spirit of McIntyre’s internationally celebrated company Sounds in Motion. In the Same Tongue explores a legacy like that of 1920s Harlem salons, and the Black Arts Movement of the 60’s & 70’s with dynamic dancers, writers, musicians, students, photographers, thinkers and the who’s who of Black culture gathering to take part.

 

In the Same Tongue unites a vigorous company of dancers and musicians to explore how dance and music “speak” to each other. With original music by celebrated composer Diedre Murray, and poetry by the late Obie award-winning playwright Ntozake Shange, McIntyre’s latest work incorporates live music and dynamic vignettes to reveal how language creates worlds of beauty, alienation, harmony, tension, or peace.

 

“…as a seasoned (and always discovering) dance-maker, my vision is to bring to the public what many have not experienced – the merging of dance and music in my own style” – Dianne McIntyre

 

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Live Nation Presents: Luenell: Live at the Apollo

Friday, April 26th at 7:30pm

 

Location: Apollo’s Historic Theater

 

Tickets: $39.50

 

Luenell is the “Original Bad Girl of Comedy.” She may be small in stature, but she more than makes up for it with her big personality, booming voice and infectious laughter. Luenell hits The Apollo stage on April 26, 2024. Presented by Live Nation.

 

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LEO BAR HAPPY HOUR

Featuring COAL + ICE, Asia Society’s exhibition

 

Thursday, April 5th from 5:30pm to 8:00pm

 

Tickets: $25

 

Visit Asia Society’s new exhibition, COAL + ICE with an evening of cocktails, music, and catching up on Thursday, March 14 from 5:30 to 8 PM.

 

Enjoy the gorgeous Garden Court as you look at art, mingle with friends, and make new connections at Asia Society!

 

A ticket includes one drink, followed by a cash bar. Kindly note this event is only open to guests 21 years old and over.

 

Music by DJ Kai Song.

 

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Lahore Literary Festival in New York 2024

Saturday, April 27th from 11:00am to 5:00pm

 

Tickets: $30 Members, $40 Non-Members. Senior/Students: Contact Box Office for Discount!

 

“Lahore literary festival – a safe place for dangerous ideas.” — The Guardian

“Rarely has an event framed around books and ideas felt so urgent.” — New York Review of Books

The Lahore Literary Festival (LLF), one of South Asia’s premier cultural events, returns to Asia Society New York, exploring contemporary Pakistan through artists, writers, and other experts. The festival will present American audiences with a more nuanced view of Pakistan, with discussions on fiction and nonfiction writing, art, architecture, history and politics.

 

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Caetano Veloso

Wednesday, April 3rd and Thursday, April 4th at 7:30pm

 

Location: Peter Jay Sharp Building, BAM Howard Gilman Opera House

 

Tickets: start at $35

 

BAM in association with World Music Institute
Presents
Caetano Veloso
Meu Coco / The US Farewell Tour

Part of Winter/Spring 2024

A towering figure in popular music around the globe—and national hero to many at home—Brazilian virtuoso Caetano Veloso returns to BAM with Meu Coco, his first album in nine years. Over an illustrious five-decade career, the father of Tropicália has proved himself as both a piercing social commentator and a romantic balladeer, drawing inspiration from sources as diverse as The Beatles, concrete poetry, the French Dadaists, and Brazilian modernist poets. Playful, tender, and uncompromising, this new album finds Veloso as original as ever.

 

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Word. Sound. Power. 2024: SOUND—Rhythm is Rhythm

Friday, April 19th and Saturday, April 20th at 7:30pm

 

Location: BAM Fisher, Fishman Space

 

Tickets: start at $25

 

FEATURING

 

JSWISS
Kumbaya
Hetep BarBoy with Squala Orphan

 

DIRECTED AND HOSTED BY MC BABA ISRAEL

 

W/ DJ REBORN

 

Part of BAMkids Winter/Spring 2024

 

BAM honors the bond between beat and rhyme at our annual celebration of hip-hop and spoken word. Drawing on 50 years of hip-hop greatness, let’s pay homage to the masters of vocal instrumentation, whose sounds reverberate all the way to the stratosphere. Join us as we celebrate the aural soul of the genre and write a collective love letter to hip-hop’s sonic heart.

 

BAM’s annual showcase of hip-hop and spoken word includes performances by multi-talented verbal storyteller JSWISS, native New York rapper Kumbaya, prodigious nine-year-old emcee Hetep BarBoy, the inimitable DJ Reborn, and longtime host, co-curator, and director MC Baba Israel.

 

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Image: Brooklyn Artists Ball, 2023. Photo: Matthew Carasella

2024 Brooklyn Artists Ball

Tuesday, April 9th from 6:30pm to 12:00am

 

Location: Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Pavilion and Lobby, 1st Floor, and Beaux-Arts Court, 3rd Floor

 

The Brooklyn Artists Ball is one of the art world’s most beloved, fun, and inspiring events of the year. From the cocktail reception to our legendary gala dinner and not-to-be-missed After Party, it’s sure to be a high-energy, celebratory night!

 

Honoring
Titus Kaphar
Brooklyn Museum Trustee, Cofounder and President of NXTHVN

 

Schedule:
• 6:30 pm Cocktails
• 7:30 pm Dinner and program
• 9:00 pm After Party, hosted by the Young Leadership Council

 

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Image: Mahogany L. Browne reading at the Brooklyn Museum, 2021. Photo: Kolin Mendez

Brooklyn Poetry Slam

Thursday, April 25th from 7:00pm to 9:00pm

 

Location: Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Pavilion, 1st Floor

 

Tickets: Register in advance and pay as you wish (suggested admission: $10)

 

Celebrate Brooklyn Poetry Slam’s tenth year! Amplify the voices of Brooklyn at a series of pay-what-you-can slams, presented by poets and cofounders Mahogany L. Browne and DJ Jive Poetic. Come to listen to poets, or arrive early to sign up if you’d like to join the slam (limited availability).


Brooklyn Poetry Slam rules:
• Brooklyn Poetry Slam is a two-round performance poetry competition.
• Each poet is given three minutes to read their own original work (no props or accompaniments).
• The top five poets from the first round advance to the second round.
• Five random judges from the audience score each round on a scale of 0–10. The highest and lowest scores for each poet are dropped each round. The poet with the highest cumulative score is the winner.

 

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Pacifica Quartet

Sunday, April 14th at 3:00pm

 

Tickets: start at $40

 

With their unrivaled virtuosity and infectious energy, the Pacifica Quartet owns a well-deserved reputation as one of the most esteemed chamber ensembles of our time. Caramoor’s 2001 –2002 Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-in-residence, the Pacifica has been together for almost three decades, a longevity not many other quartets can boast about. Along with one of the favorite late Beethoven quartets, Pacifica will showcase works by Erich Wolfgang Korngold and Louis Gruenberg, two composers behind many classic Hollywood scores of the ’40s and ’50s.

 

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Lakecia Benjamin & Phoenix

Presented in Collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center


Friday, April 19th at 8:00pm


Tickets: Sold Out – Join the Waitlist!


Saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin and her quartet are at the forefront of the convergence between jazz, hip-hop, and soul. Renowned as a staple artist at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Benjamin radiates an unstoppable energy that ignites the stage and captivates audiences. You’ll hear why this charismatic, dynamic artist was recently voted Rising Star Alto Saxophonist by Downbeat Critics Poll, and Up and Coming Artist of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association.

 

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Luisito Quintero's 3rd Element

Thursday, April 18th at 7:00pm


Tickets: start at $25

 

Venezuelan Percussionist Luisito Quintero brings technical mastery and high vibrating musicality to each performance. The world-renowned timbalero constantly elevates and refines his personal expression, inviting a variety of percussion instruments to his sets. He has worked with such legendary figures as Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Diana Krall, and Tito Puente. At Dizzy’s Club, he intercuts Afro-Venezuelan rhythms with New York sounds alongside a tight ensemble that includes Ricky Rodriguez, Felipe Fournier, Yusnier Sanchez, Alex Pastrana, and Chris Ferrari.

 

Mandla Mlangeni and Sausa Experience

Friday, April 26th at 7:00pm


Tickets: start at $25

 

Led by South African trumpet star Mandla Mlangeni and American drum virtuoso Ronnie Burrage, the SAUSA Experience reflects a vibrant musical exchange between South African and American musicians. Performing at Dizzy’s Club in celebration of the 30th anniversary of democratic elections in South Africa, the band bonds two worlds of music into an extraordinary sound.


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Journey Through Jazz Part V: The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

Friday, April 12th and Saturday, April 13th

 

Location: The Appel Room

 

Tickets: start at $20.50

 

Featuring Music Director Carlos Henriquez and co-hosted by trumpeter Mike Rodriguez, pianist Robert Rodriguez, and conguero Bobby Allende, part V of this fascinating Journey Through Jazz series will have you dancing in your seat. Including tunes like Dizzy Gillespie’s Manteca, Machito’s Tanga, and Paquito D’Rivera’s Mambo Influenciado, this installment of the popular series presents all the captivating musical elements that coalesce in the broad and influential category of Latin Jazz.


Don’t miss this dynamic performance, complete with congas and timbales and stunning views of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline, at The Appel Room. Part of the Lynne and Richard Pasculano Jazz Series.

 

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Gala 2024 Celebrating Tony Bennett

Wednesday, April 17th at 7:00pm

 

Location: Rose Theater

 

Tickets: start at $160.50

 

Jazz at Lincoln Center’s annual Spring Gala unites jazz lovers, world-class musicians, and emerging artists, and raises vital resources that fuel Jazz at Lincoln Center’s mission to entertain, enrich, and expand a global community for jazz.
Honoring the great Tony Bennett, Gala 2024 pays tribute to a musical icon and fierce advocate of the music. This concert event features the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and special guests Rubén Blades, Bernadette Peters, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Kristin Chenoweth, Bill Charlap, Jared Grimes, and Ekep Nkwelle.

 

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First Friday

Friday, April 5th from 10:00am to 9:00pm


Tickets: FREE!


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. Check back soon for a complete list of activities.


• 1-7pm: Print Your Own Travel Poster with Mike King – $10
• 1pm: Dirty Dancing Movie Screening
• 3pm: Collaborative Stop-Motion Animation Workshop – $15
• 6pm: Travel Poster Collage Workshop – $15
• 7pm: Ajna Dance Performance
• 7:30pm: Its Showtime NYC Dance Performance

 

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Posters & Cocktails LIVE!

Wednesday, April 24th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm


Tickets: $45


After taking the hit online program Posters & Cocktails live during our Art Deco show, Poster House is thrilled to continue this new tradition with the first of two in-person events based on the exhibition Wonder City of the World: New York City Travel Posters.


Join Nicholas Lowry of Swann Auctions Galleries, Don Spiro of the Green Fairy Society, and our very own Chief Curator & Director of Content, Angelina Lippert, for a night of high-proof entertainment surrounded by the best of New York City historic advertising. The evening’s theme? Why it’s none other than old New York vs. the Jet Age!


The evening will switch between specialty NYC-themed cocktails and the witty reparté of Nicho and Angelina as they highlight some of the best posters from the early days of the Big Apple to the slick visuals of Mad Men-era Manhattan. Prepare for the wildest night at a museum you’ll ever have, with louche laughs and art historical amusements.


Ticket prices include three custom-made cocktails.


This series is generously supported by Don Lebowitz and Claudia Wagner.

 

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Kokedama and Cocktails

Friday, Apr 19th from 6:00pm to 8:30pm


Location: Wave Hill House

 

Tickets: $75, including admission to the grounds and reception. Wave Hill Members save 10%.

 

Join us for an exciting evening as we kickoff Earth Day Weekend at Wave Hill! Delve into the art of mixology and the beauty of botanical arrangements in this unique hands-on program.


First learn to craft the perfect whiskey sour using local jams. Top-rated mixologist Daniel Dougherty of Great Performances will guide you through the step-by-step process of crafting a delicious whiskey sour. Shake up your crafted creation in your very own take home Wave Hill mason jar shaker. Local jams are included to taste and mix and will also be available for purchase to recreate other flavors at home!


Then it’s Kokedama time! Learn about the Japanese art of Kokedama, where plants are grown in moss-covered soil balls, creating beautiful and eco-friendly displays. Our knowledgeable instructor Kathryn Felt, owner of Wild Muse Flowers, will help participants discover suitable plant varieties for their Kokedama and how to master the techniques of creating their own Kokedama to bring home.

 

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Credit: Joshua Bright

Earth Day Weekend

April 19th through April 21st


Location: on the Grounds


Tickets: All activities free with admission unless noted in the description

 

Earth Day is Monday, April 22! This weekend, reflect on the beauty and resiliency of nature during a garden or wellness walk or an Earth-Day themed Family Art Project.

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Arbor Weekend

April 26th through April 28th


Location: on the Grounds

 

Tickets: FREE!

 

Join us to celebrate the trees in our gardens and neighborhoods with walks, hands-on experiences, kid-friendly activities and more! By popular demand, arborists from Almstead Tree, Shrub & Lawn Care return this spring to host a family-favorite activity, the Junior Arborist Station.

 

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Explore exciting community events around the Bronx this month.

 

 

BRONX RIVER ALLIANCE

Bronx River Slow Roll

Saturday, April 20th from 10:00am to 12:30pm

Location: Woodlawn Metro North Station, West Side

Join the Bronx River Greenway Team for a family-friendly ride down the Bronx River Greenway. This 5-mile slow roll will give us a chance to meet in person while talking about biking, our neighborhoods, and activism in the Bronx. We’ll stop at important sites along the Greenway like Shoelace Park, East Tremont/177th Street, The Cross Bronx Expressway, and Starlight Park. We’ll finish off the ride at Starlight Park where the Bronx River Open House will be taking place. Feel free to stick around (and take advantage of the free bike repair)!

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Weeding & Reading

Saturday, April 27th from 9:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Bronx Park

Have kids? Let them enjoy some reading while you enjoy some weeding! Staff will support adults with weeding invasive species, provide books for kids to read, and someone will read to any kids they bring.

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CROTONA PARK

Kids Week

Location: Crotona Nature Center

Even when school’s out, our parks are still the city’s natural classroom! Bring your kids to parks throughout the city for Kids Week during Spring Break. With programs led by our Urban Park Rangers, kids will get to experience nature in a hands-on and fun way.

 

Upcycling Nature Crafts

Monday, April 22nd from 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Upcycling can be fun and resourceful for nature and ecology. Bring your own clean recyclable food and beverage containers to make fun art projects, bird houses, planters, and bee boxes!

 

Nature Puppet Show

Wednesday, April 24th from 1:00pm to 2:30pm

The Urban Park Rangers welcome you for some nature-themed puppet shows! Learn more about animals that can be found in our local parks.

 

 


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City Nature Challenge Bio Blitz

Saturday, April 27th from 11:00am to 12:30pm

Location: Crotona Nature Center

NYC Parks is participating in the City Nature Challenge and is recruiting you to help. Join the Rangers as we walk the park to observe and collect data for the 2024 City Nature Challenge, a friendly competition taking place April 26-29 between cities around the world to see which is most biodiverse. This program will focus on identifying all living organisms. Participants are encouraged to download the iNaturalist app to collect data.

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LITERARY FREEDOM PROJECT


One Book One Bronx
Punch Me Up to the Gods: A Memoir by Brian Broome

Saturdays: April 6th, 13th, & 20th
The Bronx Museum, 1040 Grand Concourse

Tuesdays: April 2nd & 9th
on Zoom

A poetic and raw coming-of-age memoir in essays about blackness, masculinity, and addiction, Punch Me Up to the Gods: A Memoir introduces a powerful new talent in Brian Broome, whose early years growing up in Ohio as a dark-skinned Black boy harboring crushes on other boys propel forward this gorgeous, aching, and unforgettable debut.

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NEW YORK BOTANICAL GARDEN


The Orchid Show: Florals in Fashion

through April 21st

Strike a pose! The Orchid Show brings the catwalk to the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory in a fashion-inspired celebration of all things orchids—and we want YOU at the center of the sartorial experience. Catch the bold new designs of New York’s rising stars of the stitch with work by Collina Strada by Hillary Taymour, Dauphinette by Olivia Cheng, and FLWR PSTL by Kristen Alpaugh, fashionistas sure to create dramatic, picture-perfect floral displays at the Garden that always capture the orchid’s good side. This is your chance to “walk the runway” and show off your own personal flare, your love for orchids, and your fashion-forward connections to the natural world. Because florals are always en vogue at NYBG.

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Orchid Nights

April 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th, 19th, & 20th from 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Tickets: $39 Non-Members, $29 Garden Members

New York’s Favorite Orchid Night Out Returns!

Immerse yourself in a mesmerizing array of orchids at New York City’s most fantastical night out. Visiting the exhibition in the evening with a cocktail in hand, underneath the twinkle of the Conservatory, provides a picture-perfect evening of beauty.

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SOUNDVIEW PARK


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The Soundview Gardener’s Club

every Tuesday from 3:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: Soundview Field House – 1550 Lafayette Avenue, Bronx

The Soundview Gardener’s Club is a space where After-School students from local schools and community volunteers come together to clear invasive plants, plant trees/native plants, and spread mulch as part of our forest restoration efforts in Soundview Park in The Bronx.

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NYRR Open Run: Soundview Park

every Saturday from 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Entrance – Lafayette Avenue and Morrison Avenue

NYRR Open Run brings free, 5K weekly community-led runs, to neighborhood parks across the greater New York City area. The program is free and open to runners and walkers of all ages, abilities, and experience levels.

Called the “Gateway to the Bronx River,” 205-acre Soundview Park is located where the Bronx River opens into the East River. This urban green space is filled with grassy baseball and soccer fields, a cricket pitch, basketball courts, a running track, walking/biking paths, picnic fields, and more! With its extensive views of the water, Soundview Park celebrates the beauty of both the Bronx and East Rivers. The back part of our Open Run course has beautiful views of the Bronx River waterfront for participants to enjoy!

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STARLIGHT PARK

The Bronx River Open House

Saturday, April 20th from 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Join us at the Bronx River Open House to celebrate Earth Day!

This free event will include:

  • canoeing
  • walking tours
  • kid friendly educational activities and workshops
  • teas / hydration station from The Bronx River Foodway
  • New York Restoration Project will be giving away native trees
  • RAP4Bronx will be giving away fresh produce
  • REI will be providing free pop-up bike repair service
  • music and more!

All giveaways and activities are first come, first served.

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VAN CORTLANDT PARK


Nature’s Workshop: Build Your Own Biodome

Saturday, April 13th from 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Van Cortlandt Nature Center in Van Cortlandt Park

Each program in this series explores its topic in-depth and allows you to develop a skill, participate in a hands-on project, and indulge your curiosity. Biodomes can be considered “mini-ecosystems” due to their ability to grow and sustain plant life. Learn more about what makes a great terrarium. Bring your own glass or plastic container.

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Kids Week

Location: Van Cortlandt Nature Center in Van Cortlandt Park

Even when school’s out, our parks are still the city’s natural classroom! Bring your kids to parks throughout the city for Kids Week during Spring Break. With programs led by our Urban Park Rangers, kids will get to experience nature in a hands-on and fun way.

 

Kids Week: Wilderness Skills for Kids

Tuesday, April 23rd from 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Learn new skills to help you survive outdoors. Do you have what it takes?

 

Kids Week: Arbor Day Tree ID for Kids

Friday, April 26th from 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Celebrate Arbor Day with the Urban Park Rangers and explore the many species of trees that make the park wonderful.

 

 

 

WILLIAMSBRIDGE OVAL RECREATION CENTER


Creative Art Family Edition

Sunday, April 21st from 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Multi-Use Room, Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center

Participants are welcome to explore the arts through different mediums including collage, painting, and drawing. All family members are welcome.

We ask that participants see the front desk on arrival to fill out a free membership form.

Instructor: Ana Torres

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GP in the Bronx

Did you know that Great Performances is headquartered in the Mott Haven neighborhood of the Bronx? We love being a part of the Bronx community, supporting other Bronx-based companies, and giving back to our community.

Read more about it here.