NYC Parks Special Events copyright (c) 2014 NYC Department of Parks and Recreation http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_things_to_do/upcoming_events/events_search.php NYC Department of Parks and Recreation en-us Mon, 21 Apr 2014 12:15:52 GMT NYC Parks News 25 25 http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_things_to_do/upcoming_events/events_search.php http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/parks_leaf_thumb.gif <![CDATA[Sunrise Tai Chi Classes]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/sunrise-tai-chi-classes http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/sunrise-tai-chi-classes Date: May 29, 2013

Sunrise Tai Chi Classes with Robert Martinez, certified Tai Chi Instructor. All programs are free, led by trained professionals, and suitable for all levels. Wear comfy clothing and bring water. Rain and weather/air advisory cancels.

Start time: 6:30 am

End time: 7:30 am

Contact phone: (212) 795-1388

Location: Linden Terrace (in Fort Tryon Park)

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M029 Fort Tryon Park 2013-05-29 2013-05-29 6:30 am 7:30 am 40.8617, -73.9335 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/517ff120af3f6.jpg Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:15:52 EDT
<![CDATA[Art Exhibit: Fish & Crushed Can Story- Mixed Media]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/art-exhibit-fish-crushed-can-story-mixed-media http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/art-exhibit-fish-crushed-can-story-mixed-media Date: May 29, 2013

This mixed media exhibit by artist Iandry Randriamandroso is created from discarded, crushed aluminum cans found on the streets, and cardboard and burlap from local grocery, along with wordless hand-made books about a fish and a crushed can. This exhibit illustrates how growth is disrupted by invasive species, and is on display in the Visitor&Administration Building Gallery. Free with Garden admission.

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 886-3800

Location: Queens Botanical Garden

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2013-05-29 2013-05-29 8:00 am 6:00 pm 40.7515, -73.8262 Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:15:52 EDT
<![CDATA[Celebrate National Bike Month at QBG]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/celebrate-national-bike-month-at-qbg http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/celebrate-national-bike-month-at-qbg Date: May 29, 2013

Ride your bike to QBG during the month of May and receive 50% off admission. Lock up your wheels at our bike racks and take a stroll to see the flowers (bicycles not allowed inside)

Start time: 8:00 am

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 886-3800

Location: Queens Botanical Garden

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2013-05-29 2013-05-29 8:00 am 6:00 pm 40.7515, -73.8262 Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:15:52 EDT
<![CDATA[Pelham Bay Park: Garlic Mustard Pull]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/pelham-bay-park-garlic-mustard-pull http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/pelham-bay-park-garlic-mustard-pull Date: May 29, 2013

Come out and volunteer with Natural Areas Volunteers (NAV) at Pelham Park to help remove Garlic Mustard from the forest. This work will help maintain the livelihood of the restored forest. Volunteers will be trained in invasive weed identification and removal techniques. Come dressed in sturdy boots or shoes, long pants and clothing that can get dirty. Please meet your NAV Tech lead on the north side of the Orchard Beach Parking Lot. Space is limited.

Registration is Required For This Event.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 360 -3317

Location: Orchard Beach Parking Lot (in Pelham Bay Park)

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X039 Pelham Bay Park 2013-05-29 2013-05-29 9:00 am 1:00 pm 40.8687, -73.797 Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:15:52 EDT
<![CDATA[Erik Benson: The Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/erik-benson-the-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/erik-benson-the-park Date: May 29, 2013

Erik Benson’s paintings depict the landscape of everyday metropolitan life, created with thousands of shapes hand-cut from dried sheets of acrylic paint. Benson uses this painstaking compositional technique to capture the complexity of urban development, with its interplay of construction and creative destruction, density and emptiness. Familiar cityscapes emerge as more complex than they initially appear.

Originally I was interested in creating a painting vocabulary that depicted the plasticity and temporality of unexamined things such as playgrounds and construction sites,” says Benson. “These interests have been growing into ideas and concerns that deal with the urban landscape, such as how cities grow and shrink, and what these issues mean to the inhabitants.”

In these vivid new paintings, Benson considers the role and impact of playgrounds, trees and parks within evolving communities, often setting the saturated colors and bold shapes of play equipment and dynamic tree branch patterns against the muted backdrops of the surrounding buildings. Inspired by his neighborhood of Bushwick, Brooklyn, he creates works that are not precise representations, but rather archetypes, at once foreboding and optimistic.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 360-8163

Location: The Arsenal (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2013-05-29 2013-05-29 9:00 am 5:00 pm 40.7676, -73.9713 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5187e57d9d9bb.jpg Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:15:52 EDT
<![CDATA[Changing Lenses Photo Exhibition]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/changing-lenses-photo-exhibition http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/changing-lenses-photo-exhibition Date: May 29, 2013

Students from the Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation present a photography exhibition entitled Changing Lenses at Poe Park Visitors Center. The exhibition marks the beginning of a new program that expands arts education for young scientists, and brings their work beyond the walls of the school into the community at large.

Throughout the Spring 2013 semester, nine students in grades 9 – 11 gathered for weekly after-school sessions with UASWC art instructor Jessica Sinclair and teaching artist Mustafa Önder. Using SLR cameras, nine students were introduced to the fundamentals of photography. Emphasis was placed on the communicative properties of image-making: composition, storytelling, and conceptualization. Photographic outings were undertaken throughout the local community, to the Bronx Zoo, and to Bryant Park in Manhattan. The group also took a field trip to the International Center of Photography, where they received a guided tour by a museum educator.

The project is sponsored by Joy of Givings Something, Inc. (JGS), a not-for-profit organization that promotes the art of photography.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 365-5516

Location: Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)

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X040 Poe Park 2013-05-29 2013-05-29 9:00 am 5:00 pm 40.865, -73.8947 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/518bc85e16e3c.jpg Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:15:52 EDT
<![CDATA[Greenbelt Tree Tots]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/greenbelt-tree-tots http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/greenbelt-tree-tots Date: May 29, 2013

Join us for a dynamic exploration of the wonders of the forest. Through hands-on activities, observations, finger plays, games, and stories, children will become familiar with the sights and sounds of the forest. The program will take place indoors and outdoors [weather permitting] for 3 and 4 year olds and their caregiver.

Start time: 9:45 am

End time: 10:30 am

Contact phone: (718) 351-3450

Location: Greenbelt Nature Center (in Blood Root Valley)

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R129 Blood Root Valley 2013-05-29 2013-05-29 9:45 am 10:30 am 40.5884, -74.1391 Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:15:52 EDT
<![CDATA[Catch & Release Fishing]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/catch-release-fishing http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/catch-release-fishing Date: May 29, 2013

Grab a pole and relax on the Harlem Meer while you wait for a bite from one of the many species of fish that live in its diverse aquatic ecosystem! Poles available to borrow; must release fish after catching them. Free for families and individuals; groups larger than 5 must reserve at least 2 weeks in advance.

Catch & Release Fishing

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 860-1370

Location: Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2013-05-29 2013-05-29 10:00 am 3:00 pm 40.7968, -73.9515 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/511bb82a307e4.jpg Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:15:52 EDT
<![CDATA[Woodland Discovery Kit in Central Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/woodland-discovery-kit-in-central-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/woodland-discovery-kit-in-central-park Date: May 29, 2013

Visit The Wild Garden: Discovering Central Park Woodlands exhibit and start exploring the North Woods on your own by borrowing a North Woods Discovery Kit stocked with binoculars, a hand lens, and flora/fauna guides. Accompanying adult with valid ID required. Purchase an optional Discovery Journal for $2 for a one-of-a-kind woodland adventure. Recommended for ages 8 – 12.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 860-1370

Location: Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2013-05-29 2013-05-29 10:00 am 5:00 pm 40.7968, -73.9515 Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:15:52 EDT
<![CDATA[The Wild Garden: Discovering Central Park Woodlands Exhibit]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/the-wild-garden-discovering-central-park-woodlands-exhibit http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/the-wild-garden-discovering-central-park-woodlands-exhibit Date: May 29, 2013

Use this hands-on exhibit to illuminate the history, ecology, and management of the woodlands and learn why these landscapes are so essential to the purpose of Central Park. The exhibit includes a digital interactive app highlighting historic photos and revealing hidden features. Exhibit introductions are available by appointment for groups of 10 or more; call (212) 860-1370 for more information.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 860-1370

Location: Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2013-05-29 2013-05-29 10:00 am 5:00 pm 40.7968, -73.9515 Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:15:52 EDT
<![CDATA[Street Types: Turn of the Century Portraiture By Alice Austen]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/street-types-turn-of-the-century-portraiture-by-alice-austen http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/street-types-turn-of-the-century-portraiture-by-alice-austen Date: May 29, 2013

This show explores the portraits Alice Austen made on the streets of Manhattan at the turn of the last century. Her curious work captured the faces of New York City’s working class, as the population exploded with an influx of new immigrants, hoping to find the American Dream.
The Alice Austen House Museum is accessible to wheelchair users. There is a wheelchair ramp located in the rear of the museum.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 816-4506

Location: Alice Austen House Museum (in Alice Austen Park)

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R117 Alice Austen Park 2013-05-29 2013-05-29 11:00 am 5:00 pm 40.6146, -74.0631 Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:15:52 EDT
<![CDATA[Greenbelt Peepers]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/greenbelt-peepers http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/greenbelt-peepers Date: May 29, 2013

Join us for a dynamic exploration of the wonders of the forest. Through hands-on activities, observations, finger plays, games, and stories, children will become familiar with the sights and sounds of the forest. The program will take place indoors and outdoors [weather permitting] for 2 year olds and their caregiver.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 11:30 am

Contact phone: (718) 351-3450

Location: Greenbelt Nature Center (in Blood Root Valley)

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R129 Blood Root Valley 2013-05-29 2013-05-29 11:00 am 11:30 am 40.5884, -74.1391 Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:15:52 EDT
<![CDATA[Big Apple Circus]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/big-apple-circus http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/big-apple-circus Date: May 29, 2013

Welcome to the Big Apple Circus LEGENDARIUM, where you will experience the nostalgic thrills of bygone Big Tops and get a first–hand view of Beauties, Daredevils, and Clowns from another era! At our All-New 35th Anniversary season production, no seat is more than 50 feet from the Globe’s Most Spectacular Circus Performers! The Big Apple Circus presents Dream Big in its annual engagement at Cunningham Park in Queens from Sunday, May 19th through Sunday, June 16th.

Travel back to when circus traditions were born and witness incredible acts that would have had the villagers chattering for days! The courageous mid-air flips and catches of a man on the trapeze! A captivating contortionist whose flexibility is as impressive as her steadfast poise! An agile, adept acrobat and her strapping suitors! A swaying wire act of sure-footed strength and stability! The dizzying delights of a daring inventor in his tumbling, twirling hoop! The stunning, soaring beauty of a pair on aerial straps and a woman held aloft by hanging silks! A jaw-dropping juggling tango team performing to passionate rhythms! Bicyclists whose spinning wheels turn smooth and speedy stunts! Majestic horses with graceful gaits and playful pups with teasing tricks! And what circus would be complete without bumbling clowns who bring the spirit of timeless comedy?! It’s all led by an affable Ringmaster and the great Big Apple Circus Band playing the iconic songs of yesteryear! So run away with the Big Apple Circus and relive Big Tops of old in a memorable one-ring show for the ages!

Show Information:

Performers from around the world create joyful memories at the Big Apple Circus under the artistic direction of Guillaume Dufresnoy for the 2012–13 season show:

  • From the US, the Acrobuffos, the husband-and-wife clown team, bring gales of laughter to the Big Apple Circus with their slapstick comedy!
  • From Bulgaria, Andrey Mantchev takes to the skies in a solo trapeze act of mid-air flips and jaw-dropping catches!
  • From China, the all-female Dalian Acrobatic Troupe performs perilous poses of superior synchronization on bicycles!
  • From Canada, Daniel Cyr spirals and spins around the ring in a steel hoop of his own invention!
  • From Russia, breathtaking duo Desire of Flight (Valeriy Sychev and Malvina Abakarova) defies gravity in soaring stunts on aerial straps!
  • From Russia, Katerina is a lithe vision of grace wrapped and whirling in aerial silks!
  • From Argentina, Elayne Kramer astounds with a backbone as flexible as an archer’s bow!
  • From France and the Netherlands, Emily and Menno van Dyke combine the dramatic passion of tango with rhythmic juggling for a dance of flawless coordination!
  • From the US, Jenny Vidbel exudes pure pride with her handsome horses, prancing ponies, and perky pups!
  • From the US, John Kennedy Kane is a debonair ringmaster guiding you through the world of the circus!
  • From Hungary, the Quinterion Troupe demonstrates unparalleled power as sculpted men flip, throw, and catch a fearless maiden!
  • From China, Zhang Fan faces the ultimate test of balance, performing stunts of sheer strength on a swaying slack wire!

In his Big Apple Circus directing début is West Hyler who, along with Matt Williams as assistant director, presents an unforgettable show for all ages. John Lee Beatty, member of the Theater Hall of Fame, brings nearly four decades of New York experience as set designer. With a career spanning theatre, film, resorts, and dance, Mirena Rada returns with her stunning costume designs. Tony Award-winner Howell Binkley brings extensive experience and expertise as lighting designer. Five-time winner of the MAC Award for Technical Direction, JP Perreaux returns to the circus as sound designer. As always, the Big Apple Circus Band enthralls under the musical direction of maestro Rob Slowik.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone: (888) 541-3750

Location: The Big Top (in Cunningham Park)

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Q021 Cunningham Park 2013-05-29 2013-05-29 11:00 am 1:00 pm 40.7308, -73.7728 Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:15:52 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Chess]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/bryant-park-chess http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/bryant-park-chess Date: May 29, 2013

Game boards, including chess, checkers, and backgammon, are available for a small fee. Provided by the Marshall Chess Club.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: 40th Street Plaza (in Bryant Park)

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M008 Bryant Park 2013-05-29 2013-05-29 11:00 am 8:00 pm 40.7532, -73.984 Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:15:52 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Petanque]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/bryant-park-petanque http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/bryant-park-petanque Date: May 29, 2013

Learn to play pétanque, the popular European game anchored in precision, patience, and camaraderie from members of La Boule New Yorkaise, NYC’s championship-winning club.

Available for parties.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: Fountain Terrace (in Bryant Park)

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M008 Bryant Park 2013-05-29 2013-05-29 11:00 am 6:00 pm 40.7541, -73.9845 Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:15:52 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park: Le Carrousel]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/bryant-park-le-carrousel http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/bryant-park-le-carrousel Date: May 29, 2013

La Carrousel was specially created to complement the park’s French classical style, featuring brightly colored animals and French cabaret music. $2 per ride, or buy a discount card to enjoy 10 rides for $15.

Also available for parties.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: Le Carrousel (in Bryant Park)

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M008 Bryant Park 2013-05-29 2013-05-29 11:00 am 7:00 pm 40.7533, -73.984 Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:15:52 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Games]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/bryant-park-games http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/bryant-park-games Date: May 29, 2013

Take a game break with an eclectic selection of favorite tabletop games for free. From scrabble and mancala to dominoes and more.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: 40th Street Plaza (in Bryant Park)

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M008 Bryant Park 2013-05-29 2013-05-29 11:00 am 7:00 pm 40.7532, -73.984 Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:15:52 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Ping Pong]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/bryant-park-ping-pong http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/bryant-park-ping-pong Date: May 29, 2013

Test your ping pong skills at one of two state-of-the-art tables. Paddles and balls are provided free of charge. Sign up with an attendant in the park to reserve a time slot.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: Ping Pong Court (in Bryant Park)

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M008 Bryant Park 2013-05-29 2013-05-29 11:00 am 7:00 pm 40.7545, -73.9837 Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:15:52 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Reading Room]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/bryant-park-reading-room http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/bryant-park-reading-room Date: May 29, 2013

Reading, writing, and literary happenings related to the written word – under the London Plane trees – in the open-air Reading Room.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: Reading Room (in Bryant Park)

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M008 Bryant Park 2013-05-29 2013-05-29 11:00 am 7:00 pm 40.7542, -73.9833 Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:15:52 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Intermediate Spanish Class]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/bryant-park-intermediate-spanish-class http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/bryant-park-intermediate-spanish-class Date: May 29, 2013

Bonjour! Hola! Konnichiwa! Ciao! Learn a new language or brush up on your skills in these standalone classes. Attend at any time – lessons are not cumulative.

Registration required:
inlinguainBryantPark@inlingua.com

Start time: 11:45 am

End time: 12:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: Upper Terrace (in Bryant Park)

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M008 Bryant Park 2013-05-29 2013-05-29 11:45 am 12:30 pm 40.7534, -73.9827 Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:15:52 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Juggling]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/bryant-park-juggling http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/bryant-park-juggling Date: May 29, 2013

Test your coordination and dexterity with free juggling lessons. All skill levels are welcome and equipment is provided.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: Bryant Park

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M008 Bryant Park 2013-05-29 2013-05-29 12:00 pm 1:00 pm 40.7537, -73.9836 Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:15:52 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Piano]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/bryant-park-piano http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/bryant-park-piano Date: May 29, 2013

Clap your hands, stamp your feet, and say yeah to weekday performances of ragtime, jazz, boogie-woogie, and stride piano in Bryant Park. Produced in partnership with the Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians and Sam Ash Music Stores.

Monday – Friday, 12:30pm – 2:30pm*

May 6 – 10 Terry Waldo
13 – 17 Jon Weber
20 – 24 Russ Kassoff
27 – 31 Larry Ham
June 3 – 7 Todd Robbins
10 – 14 Ayako Shirasaki
17 – 21 Luiz Simas
24 – 28 Joel Forrester
July 1 – 5 Junior Mance
8 – 12* Yuka Aikawa
15 – 19* Isaac ben Ayala
22 – 26* Dona Carter
29 – August 2* Deanna Witkowski
August 5 – 9* Roy Eaton
12 – 16* Victor Lin
19 – 23 Sue Maskaleris
26 – 30 Frank Owens
September 2 – 6 Armen Donelian
9 – 13 Dan Manjovi
16 – 20 Kuni Mikami
23 – 27 Daryl Sherman
*Piano will be held from 2pm – 4pm on Thursdays, July 11, 18, 25, and August 1, 8, 15

Start time: 12:30 pm

End time: 2:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: Upper Terrace (in Bryant Park)

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M008 Bryant Park 2013-05-29 2013-05-29 12:30 pm 2:30 pm 40.7534, -73.9827 Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:15:52 EDT
<![CDATA[Bryant Park Author Series]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/bryant-park-author http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/bryant-park-author Date: May 29, 2013

Reading Room Author Series: Ben Mezrich, Straight Flush: The True Story of five College Kids Who Dealt Their Way to a Billion-Dollar Empire and How It All Came Crashing Down.

Another sure bet of a book by the bestselling author who dealt us The Accidental Billionaires and Bringing Down the House

Start time: 12:30 pm

End time:

Contact phone: (212) 768-4242

Location: Reading Room (in Bryant Park)

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M008 Bryant Park 2013-05-29 2013-05-29 12:30 pm 40.7542, -73.9833 Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:15:52 EDT
<![CDATA[Arts, Culture & Fun Film Screening: The Revolutionary Optimists]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/arts-culture-fun-film-screening-the-revolutionary-optimists http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/arts-culture-fun-film-screening-the-revolutionary-optimists Date: May 29, 2013

In partnership with Emmy award-winning PBS series Independent Lens, Arts, Culture & Fun presents The Revolutionary Optimists.
Amlan Ganguly, a lawyer-turned-social entrepreneur, has sewn hope in the poorest neighborhoods of Calcutta by empowering children to become leaders in improving health and transforming their communities for the better.

Start time: 5:00 pm

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Chelsea Recreation Center

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M260 Chelsea Recreation Center 2013-05-29 2013-05-29 5:00 pm 7:00 pm 40.7483, -74.0022 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5181817b5959a.jpg Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:15:52 EDT
<![CDATA[Trellising 101: Save Space and Increase Production]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/trellising-101-save-space-and-increase-production http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/trellising-101-save-space-and-increase-production Date: May 29, 2013

Space is in short supply in NYC, and when you can't grow out you need to grow up! Join us at East New York Farms and learn how to make the most of your garden. The workshop will cover the basics on how to make rock-solid trellises for your tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, beans, cucumbers, bitter melon, and more.

Please RSVP.

Grow to Learn registered schools may request soil, compost, and lumber for fall delivery.

Start time: 5:30 pm

End time: 7:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 788-8073

Location: Hands and Heart Community Garden

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2013-05-29 2013-05-29 5:30 pm 7:30 pm 40.6606, -73.8959 Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:15:52 EDT
<![CDATA[Tour: High Line Design with James Corner Field Operations]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/tour-high-line-design-with-james-corner-field-operations http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/tour-high-line-design-with-james-corner-field-operations Date: May 29, 2013

The High Line’s design was created by a visionary team led by James Corner Field Operations, with Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Piet Oudolf.

Join landscape architect Elizabeth Fain LaBombard, an associate at James Corner Field Operations, on a walking tour to learn about the High Line project, from concept through execution. Elizabeth will discuss the opportunities and challenges presented by the elevated steel structure when designing and installing the landscape on the High Line.

This High Line Program is open to visitors of all ages. Purchase tickets below.

Start time: 6:30 pm

End time: 7:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 206-9922

Location: High Line (in The High Line)

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M360 The High Line 2013-05-29 2013-05-29 6:30 pm 7:30 pm 40.7467, -74.0057 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/514203087f84a.png Mon, 21 Apr 2014 08:15:52 EDT
<![CDATA[Big Apple Circus]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/big-apple-circus1 http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/big-apple-circus1 Date: May 29, 2013

Welcome to the Big Apple Circus LEGENDARIUM, where you will experience the nostalgic thrills of bygone Big Tops and get a first–hand view of Beauties, Daredevils, and Clowns from another era! At our All-New 35th Anniversary season production, no seat is more than 50 feet from the Globe’s Most Spectacular Circus Performers! The Big Apple Circus presents Dream Big in its annual engagement at Cunningham Park in Queens from Sunday, May 19th through Sunday, June 16th.

Travel back to when circus traditions were born and witness incredible acts that would have had the villagers chattering for days! The courageous mid-air flips and catches of a man on the trapeze! A captivating contortionist whose flexibility is as impressive as her steadfast poise! An agile, adept acrobat and her strapping suitors! A swaying wire act of sure-footed strength and stability! The dizzying delights of a daring inventor in his tumbling, twirling hoop! The stunning, soaring beauty of a pair on aerial straps and a woman held aloft by hanging silks! A jaw-dropping juggling tango team performing to passionate rhythms! Bicyclists whose spinning wheels turn smooth and speedy stunts! Majestic horses with graceful gaits and playful pups with teasing tricks! And what circus would be complete without bumbling clowns who bring the spirit of timeless comedy?! It’s all led by an affable Ringmaster and the great Big Apple Circus Band playing the iconic songs of yesteryear! So run away with the Big Apple Circus and relive Big Tops of old in a memorable one-ring show for the ages!

Show Information:

Performers from around the world create joyful memories at the Big Apple Circus under the artistic direction of Guillaume Dufresnoy for the 2012–13 season show:

  • From the US, the Acrobuffos, the husband-and-wife clown team, bring gales of laughter to the Big Apple Circus with their slapstick comedy!
  • From Bulgaria, Andrey Mantchev takes to the skies in a solo trapeze act of mid-air flips and jaw-dropping catches!
  • From China, the all-female Dalian Acrobatic Troupe performs perilous poses of superior synchronization on bicycles!
  • From Canada, Daniel Cyr spirals and spins around the ring in a steel hoop of his own invention!
  • From Russia, breathtaking duo Desire of Flight (Valeriy Sychev and Malvina Abakarova) defies gravity in soaring stunts on aerial straps!
  • From Russia, Katerina is a lithe vision of grace wrapped and whirling in aerial silks!
  • From Argentina, Elayne Kramer astounds with a backbone as flexible as an archer’s bow!
  • From France and the Netherlands, Emily and Menno van Dyke combine the dramatic passion of tango with rhythmic juggling for a dance of flawless coordination!
  • From the US, Jenny Vidbel exudes pure pride with her handsome horses, prancing ponies, and perky pups!
  • From the US, John Kennedy Kane is a debonair ringmaster guiding you through the world of the circus!
  • From Hungary, the Quinterion Troupe demonstrates unparalleled power as sculpted men flip, throw, and catch a fearless maiden!
  • From China, Zhang Fan faces the ultimate test of balance, performing stunts of sheer strength on a swaying slack wire!

In his Big Apple Circus directing début is West Hyler who, along with Matt Williams as assistant director, presents an unforgettable show for all ages. John Lee Beatty, member of the Theater Hall of Fame, brings nearly four decades of New York experience as set designer. With a career spanning theatre, film, resorts, and dance, Mirena Rada returns with her stunning costume designs. Tony Award-winner Howell Binkley brings extensive experience and expertise as lighting designer. Five-time winner of the MAC Award for Technical Direction, JP Perreaux returns to the circus as sound designer. As always, the Big Apple Circus Band enthralls under the musical direction of maestro Rob Slowik.

Start time: 6:30 pm

End time: 8:30 pm

Contact phone: (888) 541-3750

Location: The Big Top (in Cunningham Park)

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<![CDATA[Shakespeare in the Park Presents "The Comedy of Errors"]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/shakespeare-in-the-park-presents-the-comedy-of-errors http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2013/05/29/shakespeare-in-the-park-presents-the-comedy-of-errors Date: May 29, 2013

The Comedy of Errors, one of William Shakespeare's earliest plays, is a comical tale about two sets of twins who were separated at birth and now live in neighboring cities . When Antipholus of Syracuse and his servant, Dromio of Syracuse, visit Ephesus they are mistaken for Antipholus of Ephesus and his servant, Dromio of Ephesus, and thus begins the never ending mayhem of mistaken identity.

The event is free but you will need tickets for admittance. Learn how to get them at the link below.

Start time: 8:30 pm

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Location: Delacorte Theater (in Central Park)

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