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Arts, Culture & Fun Series

guests dance at an outdoor dance class and open dance event at a waterfront park

Through Arts, Culture & Fun programs, you can look up to the sky through telescopes from rooftops and parks at the "Dark Night, Bright Lights" series in partnership with the Amateur Astronomers Association and the Urban Park Rangers; learn how to swing, salsa, and tango in our dance series "Dance Away the Night"; try your hand at an artistic pursuit in our art workshop series "Make Your Mark"; join inspirational talks and workshops at the "Inspire You and Conversation Series"; and so much more!

Arts, Culture & Fun Series Events

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Feb 21

Arts. Culture & Fun: Dance Away the Night: Milonga

at Highbridge Recreation Center (in Highbridge Park) , Manhattan

6:30 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Join us in celebrating Milonga, a fast-paced version of Tango. All levels are welcome for dance instruction and open dance!
Free!

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Feb 24

Arts, Culture & Fun: Dance Away the Night with Winter Swing!

at Pelham Fritz Recreation Center (in Marcus Garvey Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

3:00 p.m.7:30 p.m.
Join us to celebrate Harlem’s most famous dance genre with The Lindy Hop and The Big Apple Circle Dance.
Free!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Feb 28

Arts, Culture & Fun: Dark Nights, Bright Lights

at Tony Dapolito Recreation Center , Manhattan

7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Join Jaclyn Avidon, former Board member of the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York and NASA Fellow, to find out where to look for life beyond Earth.
Free!

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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Mar 1

Arts, Culture & Fun: Jazz with Vinnie Knight

at Pelham Fritz Recreation Center (in Marcus Garvey Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

6:30 p.m.7:30 p.m.

Free!

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Mar 8

Arts, Culture & Fun: Jazz with Whitney Marchelle

at Pelham Fritz Recreation Center (in Marcus Garvey Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

6:30 p.m.7:30 p.m.
Join us for live jazz with Whitney Marchelle - Ace performer, vocalist, songwriter, recording artist with "an appealingly scorched soul-jazz sound."
Free!

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Mar 10

Arts, Culture & Fun: Make Your Mark with a Watercolor Class

at Al Oerter Recreation Center (in Flushing Meadows Corona Park) , Queens  This is an Accessible location

1:30 p.m.3:30 p.m.
Learn how to use lines, shapes, and colors to render an image. Bring an image you would like to paint during the two-hour session.
Free!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Mar 15

Arts, Culture & Fun: Jazz with Paula Hampton

at Pelham Fritz Recreation Center (in Marcus Garvey Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

6:30 p.m.7:30 p.m.
Join us for live jazz with Paula Hampton, swinging drummer, bandleader and from one of the great jazz families!
Free!

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Mar 22

Arts, Culture & Fun: Jazz with Vinnie Knight

at Pelham Fritz Recreation Center (in Marcus Garvey Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

6:30 p.m.7:30 p.m.
Join us for live jazz with Vinnie Knight, masterful jazz and blues vocalist, originally from Harlem and celebrated around the world!
Free!

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Mar 29

Arts, Culture & Fun: Jazz with Whitney Marchelle

at Pelham Fritz Recreation Center (in Marcus Garvey Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

6:30 p.m.7:30 p.m.
Join us for live jazz with Whitney Marchelle: ace performer, vocalist, songwriter, and recording artist with "an appealingly scorched soul-jazz sound" (Jazztimes).
Free!

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Apr 5

Arts, Culture & Fun: Jazz with Paula Hampton

at Pelham Fritz Recreation Center (in Marcus Garvey Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

6:30 p.m.7:30 p.m.
Join us for live jazz with Paula Hampton, swinging drummer, bandleader and from one of the great jazz families!
Free!

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Apr 7

Arts, Culture & Fun: Make Your Mark - Hike and Paint

at Blue Heron Nature Center (in Blue Heron Park) , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Meet with an artist trained in watercolors to put discoveries from our hike on to paper. Turn nature into art!
Free!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Apr 12

Arts, Culture & Fun: Jazz with the Phil Young Experience

at Hansborough Recreation Center , Manhattan

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Join us for live jazz by The Phil Young Experience. Phil Young is a drummer, florist and leader of "the Harlem Hip" -- as recently seen in The New Yorker.
Free!

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Apr 19

Arts, Culture & Fun: Jazz with George Braith

at Hansborough Recreation Center , Manhattan

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Join us for live jazz with former Blue Note recording artist, George Braith and his band. Braith has played with such greats as John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, and Dizzy Gillespie.
Free!

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Apr 26

Arts, Culture & Fun: Jazz with Ray Mantilla

at Hansborough Recreation Center , Manhattan

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Join us for a live concert with Ray Mantilla, legendary conga player along with his exciting jazz and latin quartet.
Free!

Thursday, May 3, 2018

May 3

Arts, Culture & Fun: Jazz with the Phil Young Experience

at Hansborough Recreation Center , Manhattan

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Join us for live jazz by The Phil Young Experience. Phil is a drummer and leader of "the Harlem Hip" -- as recently seen in The New Yorker.
Free!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

May 10

Arts, Culture & Fun: Jazz with George Braith

at Hansborough Recreation Center , Manhattan

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Join us for live jazz with former Blue Note recording artist, George Braith and his band. Braith has played with such greats as John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, and Dizzy Gillespie.
Free!

Thursday, May 17, 2018

May 17

Arts, Culture & Fun: Jazz with Ray Mantilla

at Hansborough Recreation Center , Manhattan

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Join us for a live concert with Ray Mantilla, legendary conga player along with his exciting jazz and latin quartet.
Free!

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