NYC Parks Special Events copyright (c) 2014 NYC Department of Parks and Recreation NYC Department of Parks and Recreation en-us Sun, 20 Apr 2014 14:17:17 GMT NYC Parks News 25 25 <![CDATA[Opening Day at Padre Plaza Success Community Garden]]> Date: June 15, 2013

Please join the Padre Plaza Success Community Garden on their opening day extravaganza event. Featuring live entertainment, face painting, healthy cooking demonstrations, garden and carpentry workshops, food and drinks and games.

Fathers are welcome!

Vendors: Citi Bank, Health First, The Osborne Association, Bronx Green-Up and more.

Sponsoered by: Padre Plaza Success Garden, The Osborne Association and Saint Ann's Cafe.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 7:00 pm

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Location: Padre Plaza, Success Garden

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<![CDATA[Children's Activity Table at QBG]]> Date: June 15, 2013

While you enjoy a day at QBG, be sure to bring the kids over to the Children's Activity Table sponsored by TD Bank.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 886-3800

Location: Queens Botanical Garden

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<![CDATA[History In Your Hands: Flax to Linen]]> Date: June 15, 2013

Come check on our flax crop and try out the tools used to process flax fibers into linen cloth. Touch different pieces of linen cloth to compare the weaves and try on some linen reproduction clothes for a fun photo-op in our farm wagon.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 789-2822 x301

Location: Lefferts Historic House (in Prospect Park)

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<![CDATA[Summer Blooms, Bugs and Birds]]> Date: June 15, 2013

Enjoy a walk around the refuge as we seek out some of the sights and sounds of summer. Butterflies, wildflowers and a variety of birds will put in appearances. You may wish to bring water as well as sun and insect protection (1.0 mile)

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 3:00 pm

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Location: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center (in Jamaica Bay Park)

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<![CDATA[FLOW.13 Grand Opening]]> Date: June 15, 2013

Join the Randall's Island Park Alliance on Saturday, June 15 for the grand opening of FLOW.13, the annual summer art exhibition along the Island's southern waterfront. FLOW is aimed at fostering appreciation of the shoreline through artistic expression, while inviting visitors to interact with and care for the Park's island environment. Each year, FLOW features five site-specific projects by participants in the Bronx Museum's Artists in the Marketplace program.

RIPA will celebrate FLOW.13 with family friendly activities designed to explore this year's installations. All five artists will be on hand to interact with visitors and discuss their projects -- for more information about the artists, visit The afternoon will also feature light refreshments.

FLOW.13 is produced by the Randall's Island Park Alliance in partnership with the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation and the Bronx Museum of the Arts, with support from Made Event, producers of the Electric Zoo, NYC's largest electronic dance music festival held annually at Randall's Island Park.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 5:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 830-7775

Location: Waterfront Pathways along Ward's Island (in Randall's Island Park),Touchdown of the 103rd Street Footbridge (in Randall's Island Park)

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<![CDATA[Summer on the Hudson: GlobeSonic Sound System Dance Party]]> Date: June 15, 2013

This summer marks the ninth annual global beats festival with GlobeSonic Sound System, comprised of DJs Fabian Alsultany, Derek Beres and Bill Bragin.

GlobeSonic on the Hudson 9 will be the continuation of this epic, free outdoor dance party sponsored by The City Parks Department Summer on the Hudson. Joined by percussionist Jimmy Lopez, the trio will merge modern international sounds from the Middle East, Latin America, Africa, Jamaica and beyond on musical foundations found in EDM, dancehall, funk, electronica, house, and much more.

Start time: 2:30 pm

End time: 10:30 pm

Contact phone: 311

Location: Pier I (in Riverside Park South)

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<![CDATA[Water Lore at Water's Edge]]> Date: June 15, 2013

Presented as part of the Brooklyn Arts Council's Harborlore festival, we are proud to host Water Lore at the Water's Edge at the Pebble Beach section of the park!

Come to the waters’ edge to experience traditional stories, dances, drumming and rituals that teach diverse meanings of water; featuring Brooklyn artists from Hawaii, Brazil, Belize, Guyana and Haiti.

Rain date: Sunday, June 16, 4 pm - 8 pm

Start time: 4:00 pm

End time: 8:00 pm

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Location: Main Street (in Brooklyn Bridge Park)

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<![CDATA[Big Apple Circus]]> Date: June 15, 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: 4:30 pm

End time: 6:30 pm

Contact phone: (888) 541-3750

Location: The Big Top (in Cunningham Park)

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<![CDATA[Family Camping]]> Date: June 15, 2013

We camp to create lasting memories, connect to the natural world, and to bond with our families. Camping affords us the opportunity to unplug from the diversions of everyday life and to laugh and play together. The Urban Park Rangers celebrate the tradition of camping throughout the spring and summer and we look forward to welcoming your family.

Participants are chosen by lottery. To enter your name in the lottery visit the link below on Wednesday, June 5.

Start time: 6:00 pm

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Contact phone: (212) 628-2345

Location: Central Park

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<![CDATA[The Zombies / Django Django / Adam Green & Binki Shapiro / DJ sets by Modest P]]> Date: June 15, 2013

Hailing from St. Albans, and originating in 1961, The Zombies are a legendary English Rock band. Led by Rod Argent on piano and Colin Blunstone on vocals, the band scored US hits in the mid and late 1960s with “She’s Not There,” “Tell Her No,” and “Time of the Season.” Their 1968 album, Odessey and Oracle is ranked 80th on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time." In 2011, The Zombies released their fifth studio album, Breathe Out, Breathe In. This latest album enhances the legacy of this monumental rock group with The Independent declaring, “…an authentic 1960s prog-pop tone is sustained through Argent's surging organ and sly piano, combined with the layered harmonies of Blunstone, whose voice seems impressively unravaged by time.”

Coming together in 2009, Django Django is a British group that met at art school in Scotland and has its roots planted in London, England. This adventurous Rock group melds indescribable electronic flourishes to live instrumentation. Consisting of four members, Django Django’s debut self-titled album, has been voted by Rolling Stone Magazine as 26th in its “50 Best Albums of 2012” list. Each track contains its own nation of harmonies, rhythms and textures. Django Django’s story looks set to be a long and compelling one. By banging together their thirst for adventure and their exacting high standards, they’ve produced an album that seems to have everything, but on which everything never seems too much.

Just one listen to Adam Green & Binki Shapiro is enough to become enchanted. With deceptively pretty arrangements that echo the emotions of late-sixties Folk-Pop and an easygoing rapport between singers, this duet's collaboration may seem like the perfect accompaniment to a sunny summer’s day, Southern-California style. But it works even better as a comforting soundtrack at the end of a dark, lonely night in the big city. The atmosphere the pair conjures up with strummed guitars and discreet layers of synths indeed suggests romantic possibility, but the lyrics are more sweetly melancholic, gently but candidly addressing betrayal, incipient heartbreak, and conjugal discord. It’s an approach that makes for compelling repeated listening, as the intimate dramas reveal themselves, and it’s one that surprised even Green and Shapiro as their self-titled debut album went on sale in January 2013.

A New Yorker by birth and Albanian by roots, deejay Modest P is best known for his long time Saturday night residency at the legendary East Village club Nublu. He is also known for being one of the founders of the seminal Easy Lover loft party and the now defunct Water Taxi Beach party in Long Island City, sharing the decks with world class DJs such as Carl Craig, Grandmaster Flash, Prins Thomas, and many more. He has performed at many venues in NYC and around the world. Modest P, or Petrit Pula as he is known by his real name also heads the Nublu record label.

Start time: 6:00 pm

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Location: Rumsey Playfield (in Central Park)

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<![CDATA[“Speak” Featuring Live Music by: Marla Mase and Tomás Doncker / Book/Lyrics by: Marla Mase / Choreography by: Adrienne Hurd / Directed by: Sara Berg]]> Date: June 15, 2013

7:00 PM – All Levels Open Dance Master Class by: Calvin Wiley
8:00 PM – Performance

“Speak” is a multi-media concert and dance piece inspired by the songs of artist Marla Mase's acclaimed album, Speak Deluxe. Combining live music, spoken word, dance and visual imagery, choreographer Adrienne Hurd melds contemporary and modern dance forms in this one of a kind show. Through Hurd's powerful portrayal of a woman's confinement, sexuality, body image, trauma, oppression and freedom, she celebrates the raw reality of the human condition as expressed through the eyes, bodies, and voices of women. Through the expressive movements of a troupe of seven dancers, each of whom has a distinct voice and tale in the mini-stories, the dancers will explore the archetypes that make up the idea of what it means to be a modern woman.

The music, co-written by Marla Mase and Tomás Doncker is an integral part of “Speak” and features elements of Rock-n-Roll with World Beat, Punk, Funk, Electronica, Reggae and Soul and will be performed live at each performance with both Mase and The Tomás Doncker Band.

Marla Mase is a writer/performer/producer/singer/songwriter from New York City. Her songs, a mix of World Beat, Spoken Word, Funk, R&B, Punk, Soul, and Classic Rock-n-Roll are infused with Global Soul, the signature sound of Tomás Doncker, her guitarist, co-writer and producer.

Tomás Doncker, a musician that has performed at SummerStage in 2012 with the production, Power of Trinity, has expanded his musical vision of “Global Soul” drawing influences from numerous musical sources, including East/West Africa and the Caribbean and fused them into something all his own.

Adrienne Hurd has performed in several Broadway shows and has also choreographed dance pieces for some of the world’s largest programs, such as The Ailey School Junior Division, Professional Performing Arts School, The United Arts Counsel, American Ballet Theatre summer intensives and Nomad Contemporary Ballet Company.

James Jankiewicz has been a filmmaker for over 20 years, having worked in all aspects of production and post-production. He is the founder of VideoBiopics, a full service production company dedicated to telling stories, and his background includes work on all kinds of films including features, corporate, sports, and the arts.

Sara Berg has been a director, producer, dramaturge and actor in theatre, radio, television and cabaret. She was Co-Artistic Director for the Titans Theatre Ensemble, and directed A Brief Night Out for Marla Mase and Tomás Doncker in 2012.

Master Class: Join acclaimed fitness and dance choreographer, Calvin Wiley for a high energy, stylistically diverse dance class.

Start time: 7:00 pm

End time: 9:30 pm

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Location: Herbert Von King Park

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<![CDATA[Celebrate Brooklyn!: Calexico, Susana Baca, Radio Jarocho & Akoko Nante Ensemble]]> Date: June 15, 2013

The dark drama of Calexico's desert noir, a mix of traditional Latin sounds with Southwestern country, '50s jazz, and rock, “has proved that the borders between styles can be as blurrable, as mutable, and porous as those separating countries and cultures.” (Pitchfork) With the great Afro-Peruvian singer Susana Baca, whose “cool, distinct voice [is] as beautiful as any working in pop," (NY Times) and a wild collaboration between Mexican folklorists Radio Jarocho and the pan-African percussion and vocal group Akoko Nante Ensemble.

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[Shakespeare in the Park Presents "The Comedy of Errors"]]> Date: June 15, 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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