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Arts, Culture & Fun Series

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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

Thursday, May 24, 2018

May 24

Arts, Culture & Fun: Make Your Mark with Watercolor Painting by the River

at Bushwick Inlet Park House (in Bushwick Inlet Park) , Brooklyn

6:30 p.m.8:30 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!

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Friday, May 25, 2018

May 25

Arts, Culture & Fun: Celebration of Ingmar Bergman - Movie Screening: Seventh Seal

at Long Meadow by the Picnic House (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn

8:00 p.m.10:00 p.m.
Disillusioned and exhausted after a decade of battling in the Crusades, a knight encounters Death on a desolate beach and challenges him to a fateful game of chess.
Free!

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Saturday, May 26, 2018

May 26

Arts, Culture & Fun: CONSUMATA

at Lafayette Avenue and Edgewater Road (in Hunts Point Riverside Park) , Bronx  This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.1:00 p.m.
Cumbia-punk, ska-funk, boss-a-renge, dubbed out tarantellas. Come and enjoy the music.
Free!

Thursday, May 31, 2018

May 31

Arts, Culture & Fun: Taikoza Concert

at The Jackie Robinson Park Bandshell (in Jackie Robinson Park) , Manhattan

6:00 p.m.7:00 p.m.
Experience the thunderous rhythms of ancestral Taiko drums and the magical sounds of the bamboo flutes.
Free!

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Jun 2

Arts, Culture & Fun: Dance Away the Night with the City Stompers

at Asser Levy Recreation Center (in Asser Levy Playground) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

6:00 p.m.7:30 p.m.
NYC Parks and the City Stompers invite you to get on your feet and move to the sounds of live American fiddle music!
Free!

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Jun 5

Arts, Culture & Fun: Ailey Extension - Revelations Workshop with Lisa Johnson

at Parade Ground (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn

7:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Join a free dance class with Ailey Instructor Lisa Johnson!
Free!

Friday, June 8, 2018

Jun 8

Arts, Culture & Fun: Ailey Extension - New York-Style Mambo with Katherine Jimenez

at Sunset Park Recreation Center (in Sunset Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

6:00 p.m.7:00 p.m.
Join us for a New York-style mambo workshop with Ailey instructor Katherine Jimenez.
Free!

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Jun 9

Arts, Culture & Fun: Ray Mantilla

at J Hood Wright Park (in J. Hood Wright Park) , Manhattan

6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Join us for a live outdoor concert with Ray Mantilla, legendary conga player along with his exciting jazz and latin quartet.
Free!

Jun 9

Arts, Culture & Fun: Ailey Extension - House Dance with Kim Holmes

at South Oxford Park , Brooklyn

6:30 p.m.7:30 p.m.
Join us for a house dance workshop with Ailey instructor Kim Holmes. Stay after the workshop for the Silent Disco!
Free!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Jun 14

Arts, Culture & Fun: John Cooksey Spontaneous Combustion Quintet

at The Jackie Robinson Park Bandshell (in Jackie Robinson Park) , Manhattan

6:00 p.m.7:30 p.m.
Join us for a special live concert with the John Cooksey Spontaneous Combustion Quintet.
Free!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Jun 19

Arts, Culture & Fun: Ailey Extension - Revelations Workshop with Lisa Johnson

at West 19th Street and Boardwalk (in Coney Island Beach & Boardwalk) , Brooklyn

4:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.
Join us for a special Revelations Workshop with Ailey Instructor Lisa Johnson. This is part of a Juneteenth event at the Coney Island Boardwalk.
Free!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Jun 21

Rescheduled: Arts, Culture & Fun: Ailey Extension - Samba Workshop with Quenia Ribeiro

at Cuyler Gore (in Cuyler Gore Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

7:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Join us for a Samba (with live drums) workshop with Ailey instructor Quenia Ribeiro.
Free!

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Jun 23

Arts, Culture & Fun: Ailey Extension - West African Dance with Maguette Camara

at Marcy Ave and Greene Ave (in Herbert Von King Park) , Brooklyn

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Join us for a West African Dance workshop (live drum) with Maguette Camara outdoors in the park.
Free!

Jun 23

Arts, Culture & Fun: Alvin Flythe Quartet

at Andrew Haswell Green Park , Manhattan

4:00 p.m.6:00 p.m.
A professional musician for over 50 years, Queens-born saxophonist / multi-instrumentalist Alvin Flythe has worked with Duke Ellington, Roy Haynes, Little Jimmy Scott and the Gap Band.
Free!

Friday, June 29, 2018

Jun 29

Arts, Culture & Fun: Celebration of Ingmar Bergman - Movie Screening: Smiles of a Summer Night

at Driggs Avenue and Lorimer Street (in McCarren Park) , Brooklyn

8:00 p.m.10:00 p.m.
After fifteen films that received mostly local acclaim, the 1955 comedy Smiles of a Summer Night (Sommarnattens leende) at last ushered in an international audience for Ingmar Bergman.
Free!

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Jun 30

Arts, Culture & Fun: Queensboro Dance Festival

at Beach 17th Street and Boardwalk (in Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk) , Queens  This is an Accessible location

6:00 p.m.7:30 p.m.
The Queensboro Dance Festival is an annual 6-month tour of performances and community dance activities featuring dance companies all from Queens.
Free!

Jun 30

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

at The Marcus Garvey Park Amphitheater (in Marcus Garvey Park) , Manhattan

6:00 p.m.8:00 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!

Friday, July 6, 2018

Jul 6

Arts, Culture & Fun: Dance Away the Night with the City Stompers

at Beach 94th Street, off Shorefront Parkway (in Rockaway Beach) , Queens

7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.
NYC Parks and the City Stompers invite you to get on your feet and move to the sounds of live American fiddle music!
Free!

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Jul 8

Arts, Culture & Fun: Ailey Extension - House Dance with Kim Holmes

at Central Lawn (in Fort Greene Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Join us for a house dance workshop with Ailey instructor Kim Holmes. This is part of the yearly Soul Summit event!
Free!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Jul 10

Arts, Culture & Fun: Taikoza Japanese Drummers

at 76th Avenue and Springfield Boulevard (in Alley Pond Park) , Queens

10:30 a.m.11:30 p.m.
Join NYC Parks for special concerts featuring the thunderous rhythms of the ancestral Taiko drums and the magical sounds of the bamboo flutes.
Free!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Jul 11

Arts, Culture & Fun: Queensboro Dance Festival

at Unisphere (in Flushing Meadows Corona Park) , Queens

2:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.
The Queensboro Dance Festival is an annual 6-month tour of performances and community dance activities featuring dance companies all from Queens.
Free!

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Jul 14

Arts, Culture & Fun: Samba Workshop wth Quenia Ribeiro

at St. Mary's Park , Bronx  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Join us for a Samba workshop (with live drums) with Ailey instructor Quenia Ribeiro.
Free!

Jul 14

Arts, Culture & Fun: Taikoza Concert

at Highbridge Recreation Center (in Highbridge Park) , Manhattan

6:00 p.m.7:00 p.m.
Experience the thunderous rhythms of ancestral Taiko drums and the magical sounds of the bamboo flutes.
Free!

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Jul 21

Arts, Culture & Fun: Queensboro Dance Festival

at Juniper Valley Park 80th Street Entrance (in Juniper Valley Park) , Queens

2:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.
The Queensboro Dance Festival is an annual 6-month tour of performances and community dance activities featuring dance companies all from Queens.
Free!

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Aug 4

Arts, Culture & Fun: Queensboro Dance Festival

at Lost Battalion Hall Recreation Center , Queens  This is an Accessible location

2:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.
The Queensboro Dance Festival is an annual 6-month tour of performances and community dance activities featuring dance companies all from Queens.
Free!

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Aug 11

Arts, Culture & Fun: Queensboro Dance Festival

at Parade Grounds (in Fort Totten Park) , Queens

2:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.
The Queensboro Dance Festival is an annual 6-month tour of performances and community dance activities featuring dance companies all from Queens.
Free!

Aug 11

Arts, Culture & Fun: Celebration of Ingmar Bergman - Movie Screening: Autumn Sonata

at Garibaldi Plaza (in Washington Square Park) , Manhattan

8:00 p.m.10:00 p.m.
Autumn Sonata was the only collaboration between cinema’s two great Bergmans: Ingmar, the iconic director of The Seventh Seal, and Ingrid, the monumental star of Casablanca.
Free!

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Aug 22

Arts, Culture & Fun: Dance Away the Night with the City Stompers

at Midland Beach Splash Plaza (in Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk and Beach) , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

6:00 p.m.7:30 p.m.
NYC Parks and the City Stompers invite you to get on your feet and move to the sounds of live American fiddle music.
Free!

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Sep 15

Arts, Culture & Fun: Dance Away with the City Stompers

at John J Carty Park , Brooklyn

12:00 p.m.1:30 p.m.
NYC Parks and the City Stompers invite you to get on your feet and move to the sounds of live American fiddle music.
Free!

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Sep 29

Arts, Culture & Fun: Queensboro Dance Festival

at George Seuffert Bandshell (in Forest Park) , Queens

2:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.
The Queensboro Dance Festival is an annual 6-month tour of performances and community dance activities featuring dance companies all from Queens.
Free!

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