NYC Parks Special Events copyright (c) 2014 NYC Department of Parks and Recreation NYC Department of Parks and Recreation en-us Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:13:48 GMT NYC Parks News 25 25 <![CDATA[Open Auditions for The Tempest]]> Date: June 14, 2013

NYC Parks & The Public Theater will be holding auditions for a new musical production of The Tempest, to be produced at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park this September.

We are looking for men & women, boys & girls of all ages. No experience required, Spanish speakers welcome. Please prepare a one-minute performance (a monologue, song, dance or reading) or just come and tell a story or a joke. Auditions will be held on a walk in basis.

Start time: 6:00 pm

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 622-2082

Location: Herbert Von King Cultural Arts Center (in Herbert Von King Park)

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<![CDATA[Big Apple Circus]]> Date: June 14, 2013

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.

The Big Top is air–conditioned in warm weather. The show runs for just over 2 hours, including a 15 minute intermission.

Call or visit our website to purchase tickets early. The Circus Box Office, located in front of the Big Top at Cunningham Park, will open Saturday, May 18th Tues–Fri, 10am–8pm; Sat–Mon, 10am–6pm. For groups of 15 people or more or for inquiries about wheelchair–accessible seating or for any additional information please call the Ticket Info Line at (800) 922-3772.

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[Jamal Jackson Dance Company / Movement for the Urban Village / Master Class by: Jamal Jackson Dance Company]]> Date: June 14, 2013

7:00 PM – All Levels Open Dance Master Class by: Jamal Jackson Dance Company
8:00 PM – Performances

Jamal Jackson Dance Company (JJDC) was founded with the purpose of fusing various traditional African dance styles with modern and Hip-Hop techniques while incorporating diverse musical styles in order to create a technique that is relevant to a diverse community of Americans. Through the company's signature style, which is characterized by looseness in the arms, hips and spine, fast footwork, and a constant bounce, the choreography weaves together to tell stories that redefine ideas of community and blur divisive lines, while still celebrating the beauty of individual cultures. Footprints From My Head's Rhythm is a direct representation of the choreographic themes at the core of JJDC with each piece exploring a different aspect of reconciling the need for people to maintain individuality while being accepted into a community.

JJDC will perform “Bask in The Shade,” a piece that explores the “benchmark” for certain levels of acceptance and inclusion into various social circles. This work, composed by Frank Malloy IV, takes an in-depth look at the influence of surroundings on the individual while also challenging external and internal physical boundaries.

Originally founded in 2004, the Brooklyn based Movement for the Urban Village is a contemporary dance company that relies on a community of women dancers of varied identity and life experience who join together to present dance works addressing social, political and spiritual themes. Under the direction of Shalewa Mackall, Movement for the Urban Village performs original contemporary dance rooted in the creative expression, a modality for healing and means for liberation on every level for all people. Since 2005, Movement for the Urban Village has presented six consecutive seasons of original dance in New York City.

Choreographed and directed by Shalewa Mackall, Calling Names is an original dance and theatre work that incorporates live music to explore issues of identity, lineage and personal transformation as the audience is taken on a journey from personhood to spirit hood.

Master Class: Company members of Jamal Jackson Dance Company will teach energetic, full-body movement that flows fluidly between West African, Hip-Hop and Modern dance techniques.

Start time: 7:00 pm

End time: 9:30 pm

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Location: Herbert Von King Park

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<![CDATA[Dancing Under the Stars]]> Date: June 14, 2013

Join us for a night of salsa dancing and instruction.

Start time: 7:00 pm

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Contact phone: (718) 520-5954

Location: Rufus King Park

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<![CDATA[Seaport Music Festival]]> Date: June 14, 2013

South Street Seaport's annual international music festival features indie-oriented music every Friday through June. Staged on the pier in the Lower East Side, the concerts offer New Yorker the opportunity to see and discover indie artists from around the world.


June 7 - Oblivion with Ex-Cult

June 14 - Paws

June 21 - Fear of Men

June 28 - Unknown Mortal Orchestra with Bass Drum of Death

Start time: 7:00 pm

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Location: South Street Seaport, Pier 17

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<![CDATA[Celebrate Brooklyn!: Mavis Staples / Cody ChesnuTT]]> Date: June 14, 2013

Mavis Staples' voice “possesses a sultry, burnt-sugar glow…she turns a simple pop song into a lament that could move a listener to tears." (NPR) The church-infused soul legend won a host of new fans with her 2010 Grammy-winning Jeff Tweedy collaboration, You Are Not Alone, and she remains "one of the world's mightiest gospel pop singers." (Time) Staples shares the bill with the iconoclastic genius Cody ChesnuTT, who combined funk, soul, hip hop, rock, and blues on his 2002 double album, The Headphone Masterpiece, went quiet, and then returned a decade later in stunning form with last year’s Landing on a Hundred.

Local Sponsor: Betancourt Realty

Start time: 7:30 pm

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Contact phone: (718) 683-5600

Location: The Bandshell (in Prospect Park)

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<![CDATA[NPR’s and WNYC’s Ask Me Another]]> Date: June 14, 2013

Puzzlemaster Will Shortz and Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! host Peter Sagal walk into a bar... No, it's not the start of a joke. It's the essence of NPR's and WNYC's Ask Me Another, a rambunctious show that blends brainteasers and local pub trivia night with comedy and music. Host Ophira Eisenberg invites guests and listeners alike to stretch their noggins, tickle their funny bones, and enjoy witty banter and guitar riffs from the Ask Me Another one-man house band, Jonathan Coulton.

Join Eisenberg as she puts questions to a rotating band of puzzle gurus, contestants and special VIP’s (that’s Very Important Puzzlers), who then take a turn in the puzzle hot seat facing trivia games written especially for him or her. What you'll hear resembles the casual intimacy of game night at a friend's house: one where scores are forgotten in favor of hilarious gaffes.

SummerStage attendees can play along as the on-stage contestants take a turn in the puzzle hot seat at this special live recording of the famed variety show. The night’s VIP’s include singer/songwriter Nellie McKay, New York Times Crossword Puzzle Editor Will Shortz, host of WNYC’s Studio 360 Kurt Andersen, comedian and director David Wain and NBC’s The Office alum B.J. Novak.

Start time: 8:00 pm

End time: 10:00 pm

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Location: Rumsey Playfield (in Central Park)

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<![CDATA[Films on the Green: "The Art of Love"]]> Date: June 14, 2013

The Art of Love (L'Art d'aimer)

By Emmanuel Mouret, 2011, Comedy, UR, 1h22, Kinology
Starring François Cluzet, Julie Depardieu, Judith Godrèche, Ariane Ascaride, Frédérique Bel

This series of vignettes about “the little music we hear when we fall in love” follows five Parisian couples as they deflect, complicate, and accept love, coming to terms with their feelings in humorous and inventive way.

In French with English subtitles

Films on the Green is a free outdoor French film festival produced annually in New York City parks by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and NYC Parks. Initiated in 2008, Films on the Green has become a not-to-be-missed free event amid the vibrant New York City summer cultural offerings. Over the years, the festival has brought classic and contemporary French cinema to New Yorkers, each season’s films spanning different themes from environment or musicals to literary adaptations. This year’s festival celebrates love “à la française”.

Photo Copyright: Pyramide International

Start time: 8:30 pm

End time: 11:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 439-1425

Location: Washington Square Arch (in Washington Square Park)

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<![CDATA[Shakespeare in the Park Presents "The Comedy of Errors"]]> Date: June 14, 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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