NYC Parks Special Events copyright (c) 2014 NYC Department of Parks and Recreation NYC Department of Parks and Recreation en-us Wed, 30 Jul 2014 23:48:11 GMT NYC Parks News 25 25 <![CDATA[History In Your Hands: Flax to Linen]]> Date: July 21, 2013

Come check on our flax crop and try out tools used to process flax fibers into linen cloth.

The Prospect Park Alliance will be on hand to help you feel 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[Hallett Nature Sanctuary and the Pond]]> Date: July 21, 2013

Take a break to enjoy this walk through the Park’s smallest woodland area, open to visitors only on guided tours. The route involves hills and wood chipped trails and lasts 60 minutes.

Tour limit: Due to limited space in the Hallett Nature Sanctuary, only the first 20 people to sign in at the beginning of the tour will be able to participate!

NOTE: Groups of seven or more people must call (212) 360-2726 or email to schedule a Custom Tour.

Start time: 2:30 pm

End time: 3:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 794-4064

Location: 6th Avenue and Central Park South (in Central Park)

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<![CDATA[Oliver Mtukudzi and The Black Spirits / Fatoumata Diawara / Krar Collective / DJ sets by DJ Sirak]]> Date: July 21, 2013

Oliver Mtukudzi and The Black Spirits, a revolutionary music group originating in Zimbabwe, have been performing since 1979. The Black Spirits members have changed over the years, consisting of over 50 members throughout its time, with Oliver Mtukudzi, both musician and public figure, at the forefront throughout the group's history. Mtukudzi’s organic, savvy mix of traditional ways, pan-African influences, and cosmopolitan Pop forms became widely known as Tuku Music. Mtukudzi’s deep and courageous voice solidifies the band, while most of their writing and performances act as a declaration against hatred and violence. Featuring strong socio-political themes driven by a desire to see the world conquer hate, fear and greed, the band's most popular tracks promote tolerance and non-violence including “Tozeza Baba” and “Ngoromera.”

Born in the Ivory Coast, but raised in Mali, Fatoumata Diawara (aka Fatou) has created music that has become an inspiration to people around the world. Now based in Paris, and still only 30, Fatou has led a life covering the whole gamut of the contemporary African experience: fighting parental opposition to her artistic ambitions and the cultural prejudice faced by women throughout Africa, and winning success as an actress in film and theatre before finding her feet in the medium she was always destined to make her own: music. She completed an album's worth of songs, composing and arranging all the titles, as well as playing guitar, percussion, bass and singing lead and harmony vocals. In 2011, Fatou released her self-titled debut album, which was deemed by the British based The Sunday Times as the #1 world music album of 2011.

London-based Ethiopian trio, Krar Collective, have developed a distinctive style based on the reworking of traditional songs from their native land. Dubbed ‘The Ethiopian White Stripes” for their stripped-down sound, Krar Collective provide their audiences with a colorful blend of dynamic roots music from different regions and ethnic traditions, but with a contemporary edge, plugged-in and funked-up. In September of 2012, The Guardian described Krar Collective as “one of the most rousing, reliable new African bands of the year.” Their first album, Ethiopia Super Krar¸ featuring their 6-stringed krar lyre, kebero drums and the powerful vocals of singer Genet Assefa, serves up some mind-blowing Ethiopian grooves.

DJ Sirak, born in Addis Ababa, adds depth to the conversation by making Afro-beat a prominent influence in his style. As the co-founder of Africology, an entertainment venture that focuses on educating the world on music of African descent, his endeavors as a DJ help to break down the cultural barriers through the medium of music. Sirak matches the beats of artists like the Notorious B.I.G and dead prez to the up-tempo drums and breaks from his homeland. The fusion is his way of bridging the culture gap between the communities of the Americas and Africa. His sets not only spice up the dance floor, but also add heat to the debate over the origin of rhythm driven Hip-Hop beats.

Start time: 3:00 pm

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Rumsey Playfield (in Central Park)

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<![CDATA[Nature Adventures for Kids: Ladybugs! Ladybugs!]]> Date: July 21, 2013

A hands-on look at live ladybugs, using a magnifying glass, your eyes, and a lot of giggling. Educator and mom Julia Attaway is back again with her popular series, Nature Adventures for Kids. During these hands-on programs, kids will learn about the critters and plants of their park in a light-hearted and playful atmosphere. All programs will be accessible to people with disabilities.

Designed for children ages 4 through 8 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Start time: 3:00 pm

End time: 3:45 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Anne Loftus Playground (in Fort Tryon Park)

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<![CDATA[Queens Family Day Featuring: Invincible: A Tribute to the King of Pop / PitchBlak Brass Band / Little Club Heads / DJ set by Chris Love “The Mixologist”]]> Date: July 21, 2013

SummerStage Kids presented by Disney presents Queens Family Day, a day dedicated to engaging children and their families through engaging performances! This year’s special event will have families on their feet for a memorable dance party experience as well as celebrating the iconic musical genius of Michael Jackson. Families will also have the opportunity to participate in face painting and fun interactive surprises. This is sure to be an entertaining day you will not want to miss!

INVINCIBLE: A Tribute To The King Of Pop is a Michael Jackson tribute spectacular. Come see the hits “Dangerous,” “Thriller,” “Ghosts” and much more performed live by an amazing Michael Jackson tribute artist along with world class dancers and other special guests. A must see spectacular for current fans of the King of Pop and a for those being newly introduced to his works.

PitchBlak Brass Band is a Brooklyn based, ten-piece brass band whose style and sound represent Hip-Hop from the 1980s to present day. The band is a diverse group of young musicians, composers and artists who truly represent the new and vibrant undercurrents of the city. In 2012, PitchBlak was invited to record at the coveted Converse Rubber Tracks recording studio, where many established and up and coming artists have been invited to record and perform. PitchBlak’s members come to the band with an incredible diversity of musical background and training, infusing their Hip-Hop driven music with Rock, Jazz, and Classical.

Little Club Heads has revolutionized the idea of “family time” by providing a dance party experience for children aged 12 months to 10 years old and their parents. At their events, parents can socialize while children have an opportunity to mingle, dance, and stay fit. After over 40 events and entertaining over 35 thousand guests over the past two and half years, the New York City based business is rapidly expanding.

Chris Love has been in the entertainment for over 20 years turning up the heat with a full spectrum of the hottest music from diverse genres including R&B, Hip-Hop, Funk, Motown, Disco, Reggae, Calypso, Salsa, Merengue, and Jazz.

Start time: 4:00 pm

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Queensbridge Park

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<![CDATA[Summer on the Hudson: Amplified Sundays presents Vensaire]]> Date: July 21, 2013


"Akin to a jigsaw puzzle, Vensaire is assembled from jagged, oblong, and often eccentrically shaped pieces: influences range from the sweeping sounds of traditional Chinese music, to the soothing voice of Billie Holiday, to the spastic and stuttered beats of Chicago footwork, to the stories that accompany psychedelic folk music." Interview Magazine

Vibrantly danceable live music in Riverside Park accompanied by spectacular sunsets along the Hudson River every Sunday in July for free. All ages welcome.

Start time: 7:00 pm

End time: 9:00 pm

Contact phone: 311

Location: Pier I (in Riverside Park South)

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<![CDATA[DJ D-Nice / 25th Anniversary Screening of "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka" in association with ImageNation Cinema Foundation]]> Date: July 21, 2013

At the intersection of music and technology, Derrick “D-Nice” Jones has built a career as a respected musician, photographer, and web-developer. D-Nice grew up in the Bronx, Hip-Hop's birthplace, and emerged as a rapper and producer in the late 1980s. DJ Scott La Rock of Boogie Down Productions mentored D-Nice as a teenager and offered him a place to develop his talent alongside rap legend, KRS-One. He began to expand into production, producing The Stop The Violence Movement’s number 1 single “Self Destruction,” and later working with Queen Latifah and Kid Rock on their early albums. Among his many musical projects he also contributed to the soundtrack for the film, “I'm Gonna Git You Sucka.” DJ D-Nice has performed at events with/alongside Stevie Wonder, Diplo, , Santigold, Big Sean, Drake, Trey Songz, Mariah Carey, Ne-Yo, Will Smith, Billy Joel, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Prince, Queen Latifah, Russell Simmons, Wiz Khalifa and many more.

Twenty-five years ago Keenan Ivory Wayans unleashed I'm Gonna Got You Sucka on the world and a comedic classic was born in this parody of blaxploitation movies, wherein a black hero wannabe reunites former black heroes from the 70s, to help him get revenge on Mr. Big. Written, directed and starring Keenen Ivory Wayans, I'm Gonna Got You Sucka features noteworthy Black actors from the blaxploitation era including Jim Brown, Bernie Casey, Antonio Fargas, and Isaac Hayes. Chris Rock, Kadeem Hardison, Ja'net Dubois, John Witherspoon, Damon Wayans and Clarence Williams III, are also featured. Join us for a fun-filled tribute to a wayward classic.

Start time: 7:00 pm

End time: 9:30 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Queensbridge Park

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<![CDATA[Arteries of a Nation by Renegade Performance Group]]> Date: July 21, 2013

Brooklyn-based Renegade Performance Group presents this site-specific performance in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of three Civil War-era events that left significant impacts on the fabric of American society.

Arteries of a Nation is a multi-disciplinary performance re-examining the battle of Gettysburg, the New York City Draft Riots, and the 54th Massachusetts Colored Regiments attack on Fort Wagner in South Carolina. This collaborative work puts a critical lens on these three events - imagining that perhaps these specific instances - though horrific - represented the most honest examples of the realities in the United States. A country made to be a constant battleground of conflicting ideas, a country where violence itself is an act of transformation, and a country where compromises are sacrificed in the face of those seeking equality.

Start time: 7:30 pm

End time: 9:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Pier 1 (in Brooklyn Bridge Park)

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