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Dread Scott (American, born 1965). Performance still from On the Impossibility of Freedom in a Country Founded on Slavery and Genocide, 2014. Pigment print, 22 × 30 in. (55.9 × 76.2 cm). Project produced by More Art. Collection of the artist, Brooklyn. © Dread Scott. (Photo: Mark Von Holden Photography. © Dread Scott

Dread Scott, performance still from “On the Impossibility of Freedom in a Country Founded on Slavery and Genocide,” pigment print, 2014 (Project produced by More Art. Collection of the artist, Brooklyn. © Dread Scott. Photo: Mark Von Holden Photography. © Dread Scott)

Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Parkway at Washington St.
Saturday, July 2, free, 5:00 - 11:00

The Brooklyn Museum honors America’s 240th birthday with an evening of free programs dedicated to free speech and social change on July 2. The monthly First Saturday events will feature live performances by Pablo Helguera’s project El Club de Protesta (the Protest Club), Bread and Puppet Theater (Underneath the Above Show #1), Dennis Redmoon Darkeem (smudging ritual, interactive Good Trade), and DJ Chela; a screening of Judd Ehrlich’s Keepers of the Game (followed by a talkback with cast members Louise and Tsieboo Herne); highlights from the “LGBTQ New Americans” oral history project (followed by a talkback); storytelling with percussionist Sanga of the Valley; a pop-up gallery talk for “Agitprop!”; a curator tour of the American art collection with Connie Choi; a hands-on workshop in which participants can make their own personal flag using cloth collages; and interactive “Legislative Theatre” with Theatre of the Oppressed NYC. In addition, you can check out such exhibitions as “Disguise: Masks and Global African Art,” “Tom Sachs: Boombox Retrospective, 1999–2016,” and “Stephen Powers: Coney Island Is Still Dreamland (to a Seagull).”


Philip Glasss Glass on Water promises beautiful music in a beautiful setting for Make Music New York

Philip Glass’s “Glass on Water” promises “beautiful music in a beautiful setting” for free Make Music New York festival

Make Music New York is back for its tenth year, celebrating the longest day of the year with more than a thousand free concerts across the city on June 21. There are participatory events, live music in parks and plazas, unique gatherings in unusual places, and just about anything else you can think of. Below are only ten of the highlights, arranged chronologically.

Inside the Bird Chorus by David Rothenberg, at Brooklyn Botanic Garden (hosted by Rothenberg, 5:00 am & 8:00 pm), Wave Hill (hosted by multi-instrumentalist Michael Pestel, 9:30 am), Central Park (hosted by trumpeter Jordan McLean, 5:00), Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge (hosted by oboist Dave Kadden, 5:00 pm), and Fresh Kills Park (hosted by cellist Anneke Schaul-Yoder, 7:15 pm)

Mass Appeals: Stones: “Stones/Water/Time/Breath” by Dean Rosenthal, Lullwater Bridge, 11:00 am; bagpipes, “Windchime” by Matthew Welch, Court Square, 12 noon; Pianos: Celebrating Earle Brown, Cornelia St., 1:00 - 5:00; Cymbals: “Shimmer” by Brian Chase, Madison Square Park, 3:15; Guitars, Union Square Plaza South, 4:30 (including 5:45 play-along); Ukulele, Central Park, 5:00; Voice: Circle Singing, Sakura Park, 5:00 Modular Synth Orchestra, CultureHub NYC, 5:00 - 9:00); Harmonicas, Central Park, 5:30; Accordions, Carroll Park, 6:00; Double Reeds, Bleecker Park, 6:00; French Horns, Citicorp Plaza, 6:00; Music Boxes: “Here” by Angélica Negrón, Transmitter Park, 6:30; Boomwhackers: “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor, Richmond County Ballpark, 7:00; Mandolins, Theodore Roosevelt Park, 7:00; Recorders, Straus Park, 7:00; Percussion: “Bells/Door” by J. C. King, DUMBO Archway, 8:00; Voice: Sacred Harp Sing, Calvary Church, 8:00; Voice: “The Gauntlet” by Sxip Shirey, the High Line, 8:15; and “49 Waltzes” by John Cage, multiple times and locations

Joe’s Pub Block Party: Stephanie McKay 11:00 am, Celisse Henderson 12 noon, Cocomama 1:00, Shrive Alive 2:00, Francesca Blanchard 3:00, Ocho Ocho Ocho 4:00, SLV 5:00, Astor Pl. & Lafayette St.

Street Studio City, Grandma’s Place (11:00 am - 1:00 pm), Stratosphere (12 noon - 2:00), Andrew Freedman Home (3:00 - 5:00), Harlem Grown (3:00 - 6:00), Jamaica Performing Arts Center (3:00 - 6:00), LP N Harmony (4:00 - 6:00), and Fowler Square (4:00 - 7:00), followed by Street Studio Smackdown at National Sawdust on June 23 at 9:00

Boleros by Maurice Ravel, Maria Hernandez Park, 12 noon & 4:00

Summer on the Hudson: Glass on Water, performed by Philip Glass and more than forty New York City-area students, Pier i, West 70th St. & Riverside Park, 5:00

Concerto for Buildings, new works by Angélica Negrón (“There and Not Here”), Brooks Frederickson (“Bull Float”), and Kevin Moran, with Mantra Youth Percussion, performed on eight buildings on Greene St. between Grand & Broome, 5:00

Harlem Arts Festival: Uptown Funk, Corner Social (Karen Davis 12 noon, JuliousBass 4:00, Manny’s Boogaloo Crew 6:00), Harlem Tavern (Kochguit 12 noon, Ana Cifuentes 6:30, Siobhan 8:30), MIST (3:00 - 7:45), Billie’s Black (4:00 - 8:00), Walls-Ortiz Gallery and Center (Mayari 4:00, groovline 7:00), Urban Garden Center (Doctor Mo 4:30, KristanInvention 6:00, La Huerta 6:30), the Shrine (New Music Jazz Orchestra, 6:00), Silvana (6:00 - 10:00), Angel of Harlem (Shareef Keyes & the Groove, 7:15), and the Cecil (JS Williams, 7:15)

Exquisite Corpses, with Jeremiah Lockwood, First Shearith Israel Graveyard, 4:00

Sousapalooza: conducted by Jeff W. Ball of the Brooklyn Wind Symphony, Bryant Park, 5:00 – 6:30


The African Burial Ground is one of fifteen downtown institutions offering free programs during Night at the Museums, part of the River to River Festival (photo by twi-ny/mdr)

The African Burial Ground is one of fifteen downtown institutions offering free programs during Night at the Museums, part of the River to River Festival (photo by twi-ny/mdr)

Multiple downtown locations
Tuesday, June 21, free, 4:00 – 8:00

Last Tuesday, the Museum Mile Festival offered free admission to seven institutions along Fifth Ave. between 82nd and 105th Sts. On the following Tuesday, June 18, fifteen downtown organizations will open their doors for free. As part of the River to River Festival, which includes experimental dance, theater, music, and more through June 26, people are invited inside to see exhibitions and special programs as well as join walking tours. In addition, there will be live music along the way in conjunction with the tenth annual Make Music New York. The participating organizations (with current exhibitions) are the African Burial Ground, the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, Federal Hall, Fraunces Tavern Museum (“Dunsmore: Illustrating the American Revolutionary War”), the Museum of American Finance (“Worth Its Weight: Gold from the Ground Up”), the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust (“Stitching History from the Holocaust,” “Seeking Justice: The Leo Frank Case Revisited”), the National Archives at New York City, the National Museum of the American Indian (“Unbound: Narrative Art of the Plains,” “Circle of Dance”), the National September 11 Memorial Museum, the NYC Municipal Archives, the 9/11 Tribute Center, Poets House (“The Poets’ Rebellion: Poetry, Memory, and the Easter Rising,” “Metamorphosis: The Collaboration of Poet Barbara Guest & Artist Fay Lansner”), the Skyscraper Museum (“Garden City | Mega City”), the South Street Seaport Museum, and Wall Street Walks.


The Rally is part of annual Gay Pride festivities in New York City

The Rally is part of annual Pride festivities in New York City

Multiple locations
June 19-26, free - $160

Last year’s NYC Pride celebration was giddy with delight because of the Supreme Court’s decision to make same-sex marriage legal throughout America. Things are expected to take a more somber yet angry tone this year in reaction to the horrific mass shooting in Orlando. In a letter posted on its website, NYC Pride co-chairs Maryanne Roberto Fine and David Studinski explain, “Some folks have asked if any of our events will be canceled for safety reasons. All events will continue to go on as scheduled. The reason for this is simple: we must never let those who wish to silence us win.” As always, the ticketed events are selling out fast, so you better act quickly if you want to shake your groove thang at some pretty crazy parties.

Sunday, June 19
Pride Luminaries Brunch, with special guests Edie Windsor, Judith M. Kasen, Thomas Duane, Brad Hoylman, Daniel O’Donnell, Daniel Dromm, and Corey Johnson, David Burke Kitchen, 23 Grand St., $50, 12 noon - 4:00

Monday, June 20
OutCinema, screening of Strike a Pose (Reijer Zwaan & Ester Gould, 2016) and after-party, SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd St., $25, 7:30

Tuesday, June 21
Family Movie Night: Toy Story (John Lasseter, 1995), hosted by Miss Richfield 1981, Pier 63, Hudson River Park, free, 8:30

Friday, June 24
The Rally, with a live performance by Bob the Drag Queen, hosted by Todrick Hall, Pier 26, Hudson River Park, free (VIP passes $40-$100), 7:00 - 10:00

Fantasy, with DJs Grind and Scott Martin and special secret performances, the Diamond Horseshoe, 235 West 46th St., $25-$75, 10:00 pm - 5:00 am

Saturday, June 25
VIP Rooftop Party, with DJs Paulo, Eddie Martinez, and Peter Napoli, Hudson Terrace, 621 West 46th St., $45-$125, 2:00 - 10:00

Teaze, formerly known as Rapture on the River, exclusive party for women only, with DJs Samantha Ronson, Toni*K, and Tatiana and a live performance by Mya, Pier 26, Hudson River Park at Laight St., general admission $25, VIP $79, 3:00 – 10:00 pm

WE Party: Graffiti, with DJs Oscar Velazquez and Micky Friedmann, Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 West 34th St., $100-$140, 10:00 pm – 6:00 am

Sunday, June 26
PrideFest, street fair with music, food, merchandise, and live performances by Parson James and many others, hosted by Bianca Del Rio, Hudson St. between Abingdon Sq. & West 14th St., free, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

The March, with grand marshals Jazz Jennings, Subhi Nahas, and Cecilia Chung, Lavender Line from 36th St. & Fifth Ave. to Christopher & Greenwich Sts., free, 12 noon

Dance on the Pier, with Ben Baker, Honey Soundsystem, Hoxton Whores, Alain Jackinsky, and Fergie, Pier 26, Hudson River Park at Laight St., $25-$160, 2:00 – 10:00 pm

Femme Fatale, with DJs Mary Mac, Citizen Jane, and Tatiana, Hudson Terrace, 621 West 46th St., $25-$50, 4:00 - 10:00



El Ballet Nuevo Arte Nativo de Koki & Pajarín Saavedra performs to “Mi pueblo, mi casa, la soledad” in Carlos Saura’s ARGENTINA (photo © Piqui Mandarine)

Lincoln Plaza Cinema
1886 Broadway at 63rd St.
Opens Friday, June 17

Spanish writer-director Carlo Saura celebrates the history and tradition of Argentinian music and dance in the joyous documentary Argentina. The eighty-four-year-old Saura, whose previous films include Carmen, Tango, El amor brujo, and Flamenco, Flamenco, and production designer Pablo Maestre Galli built stages in a vast, empty barn in La Boca barrio of Buenos Aires City to honor such local and regional art forms as Zamba, Vidala, Chacarera, Malambo, Copla, and Chamamé. Using archival footage, silhouette-creating scrims, mirrors, and live projections, Saura and cinematographer Félix Chango Monti follow a series of set pieces with no narration or explanation, creating a simple and beautiful record of Argentinian music and dance. Among the lovely performances are pianist Horacio Lavandera playing Carlos Guastavino’s “Bailecito,” “Bagualas” featuring Mariana Carrizo, Melania Pérez, and Tomas Lipan, “La Felipe Varela” with Chaqueño Palavecino and Jimena Teruel, “Añoranzas” by Soledad Pastorutti, Metabombo’s “Ritmo de Malambo” with Carlos “Pajarín” Saavedra and Jorge “Koki” Saavedra, and “En el fondo del mal” by Gabo Ferro and Luciana Jury.

Marcela Vilariño’s costumes add authenticity to the presentations, which also include tributes to Argentinian legends Mercedes Sosa (“Todo cambia,” in front of young students) and Atahualpa Yupanqui (“Preguntitas sobre Dios”). The choreography is by the Saavedra brothers, whose Ballet Nuevo Arte Nativo de Koki & Pajarín Saavedra dances to “Mi pueblo, mi casa, la soledad,” while Lito Vitale serves as musical coordinator (and performs “La Telesita”). Saura, whose films have been nominated for three Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film (in addition to numerous wins and/or nominations at the Venice, Cannes, and Berlin film festivals), occasionally goes behind the scenes, showing dancers warming up and putting on makeup, particularly before “Gato Sachero,” in which women transform into cats. Other highlights include Pedro Aznar’s “Vidala para mi sombra,” Liliana Herrero’s “Luna Tucumana,” Jaime Torres’s “Zamba Alegre,” Juventud Prolongada’s “Endiablado,” and “Volveré siempre a San Juan” and “Póngale por las hileras,” in a happening café. Even the end credits are a treat, displaying some of the colorful preparatory sketches for the sets and costumes.


Crowds take to the streets for annual Museum Mile Festival, beginning at the Met

Crowds take to the streets for annual Museum Mile Festival, beginning at the Met

Multiple locations on Fifth Ave. between 82nd & 105th Sts.
Tuesday, June 14, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Admission: free

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, now known as the Met Fifth Avenue with the addition of the Met Breuer in the old Whitney space, is the host of the thirty-ninth annual Museum Mile Festival, in which seven arts institutions along Fifth Avenue between 82nd and 105th Sts. open their doors for free between 6:00 and 9:00. (Met prez Daniel H. Weiss will deliver his opening remarks at 5:45.) There will be live outdoor performances by Dusan Tynek Dance Theatre, DJ Mickey Perez, Sammie & Trudie’s Imagination Playhouse, Mariachi Flor de Toloache, Silly Billy the Very Funny Clown, Miss 360, Alsarah and the Nubatones, Magic Brian, Kim David Smith, and Justin Weber Yo Yo in addition to face painting, art workshops, chalk drawing, and more. The participating museums (with at least one of their current shows listed here) are El Museo del Barrio (“Antonio Lopez: Future Funk Fashion”), the Museum of the City of New York (“Roz Chast: Cartoon Memoirs”), the Jewish Museum (“Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History,” “The Television Project: Some of My Best Friends”), the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum (“Beauty — Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial,” “Pixar: The Story of Design”), the Guggenheim (“Moholy-Nagy: Future Present”), the Neue Galerie (“Munch and Expressionism”), and the Metropolitan Museum of Art (“Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology,” “Court and Cosmos: The Great Age of the Seljuqs”), along with presentations by the New York Academy of Medicine, the 92nd St. Y, and Asia Society. Don’t try to do too much, because it can get rather crowded; just pick one or two exhibitions in one or two museums and enjoy.


Who: Brian Wilson
What: Northside Festival
Where: McCarren Park, North Twelfth St., Lorimer St., and Manhattan Ave. between Bayard St. and Berry St. and Nassau Ave.
When: Sunday, June 12, $35, 8:15
Why: At first, it might be hard to believe that tickets are still available for Brian Wilson’s Northside Festival concert in McCarren Park on June 12, part of his Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary Tour, in which he performs the classic 1966 Beach Boys album. It would seem like a natural for Brooklyn hipsters, especially when it costs a mere thirty-five clams. But as the above video shows, he had a bit of trouble reaching a whole lot of notes on “God Only Knows” in Perth in April. But perhaps that doesn’t really matter, as the chance to see Wilson, joined by former fellow Beach Boys Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin, play such songs as “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” “Don’t Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder),” “I Know There’s an Answer,” “Here Today,” and “I Just Wasn’t Made for These Times” trumps everything else. Hinds and ROSTAM open up.

Five More to Watch on Sunday at Northside
Castle Black, Paper Box, free, 3:00
Mannequin Pussy, Aviv, $10, 7:00
Surf Rock Is Dead, Knitting Factory, $10, 7:45
Dead Painters, Muchmore’s, 8:45
Woodsman, Baby’s All Right, $10, 11:00