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QUEEN OF THE NIGHT

(photo by twi-ny/mdr)

The Queen of the Night (Katherine Crockett) greets her loyal subjects in immersive theatrical event (photo by twi-ny/mdr)

Diamond Horseshoe, Paramount Hotel
235 West 46th St. between Broadway & Eighth Aves.
Tuesday – Sunday through June 28, $195-$475
212-706-7448
queenofthenightnyc.com
www.diamondhorseshoe.com

“This is the best dinner theater ever,” my companion said to me about halfway through Queen of the Night, the immersive, all-inclusive presentation running at the resurrected Diamond Horseshoe at the Paramount Hotel. The six-thousand-square-foot nightclub, which was opened by impresario Billy Rose in 1938 and hosted many a celebrity and performer until its closing in 1951, is now home to the decadently delightful Queen of the Night, a three-hour affair inspired by Mozart’s The Magic Flute and the real-life adventures of the Marchesa Luisa Casati, the Italian heiress, patron, muse, and original female dandy who once declared, “I want to be a living work of art.” And that’s exactly what she is in the show, as portrayed by Martha Graham veteran Katherine Crockett in a tantalizing mask and an elegant, dramatic flowing white gown accessorized by two life-size sculptures of caressing gold hands. The abstract narrative ostensibly follows young initiate Pamina (Valerie Benoit-Charbonneau), the Marchesa’s daughter, who is caught between the sorcerer Sarastro (Will Underwood) and her true love, Tamino (Tristan Nielsen). But Queen of the Night is really about lavish spectacle, as minor characters perform dazzling acrobatics, diving through hoops, climbing poles, juggling unusual objects, riding a Cyr wheel, and dangling from the ceiling from aerial silk. (The circus elements come courtesy of Shana Carroll and her Montreal troupe Les 7 Doigts de la Main, including Olaf Triebel, Emilie Desvergne, and Zia Zhengqi; members of the company also appear in Diane Paulus’s current revival of Pippin.)

(photo by twi-ny/mdr)

The audience sits around the central stage at the renovated and restored Diamond Horseshoe (photo by twi-ny/mdr)

Ultimately, how much you enjoy Queen of the Night is up to you; the more adventurous and open you are to just about anything, the more unpredictable and exciting the experience will be. Upon entering the transformed, glittering nightclub, you are encouraged to explore, and explore you should, checking out every nook and cranny that security allows; you’ll find strange artifacts of a time gone by, perhaps get picked to pay tribute to the queen, and maybe even help shave Pamina’s legs in a bathtub while a man reads from a book about the G-spot. During the show, you are likely to get stroked by various servant-slave butlers or the queen herself and might also be chosen to take part in some of the wild activities going on around the stage. And if you want to taste all of the food — the kitchen serves salmon Wellington, chicken, and lamb you slice yourself, with various accompaniments — you’ll have to get up from your table and trade portions with strangers.

Performers get up close and personal in immersive QUEEN OF THE NIGHT (photo by twi-ny/mdr)

Performers get up close and personal in immersive QUEEN OF THE NIGHT (photo by twi-ny/mdr)

Conceived by Randy Weiner, the producer of the Macbeth-inspired Sleep No More and cocreator (with Paulus, his wife) of the Midsummer Night’s Dream-based The Donkey Show, Queen of the Night is directed by Tony-nominated scenic designer Christine Jones (Spring Awakening, American Idiot), who is also currently helming the very different Theatre for One piece I’m Not the Stranger You Think I Am, a show of minimalist five-minute one-actor plays by famous playwrights for one audience member at a time. QOTN requires somewhat more intensive staging than that: Also deserving praise are lighting designer Austin R. Smith, fashion designer Thom Browne, set (and scent?!) designer Douglas Little, choreographer Lorin Latarro, interior designer Meg Sharpe, creative director Giovanna Battaglia, and executive chef Jason Kallert. As immersive theater goes, Queen of the Night has it all, mixing contemporary dance, acrobatics, fab costumes, magic, audience participation, and good food. There are three ticket levels, Gala ($195), Premium ($275), and Ultimate ($475), each of which comes with dinner but otherwise includes different amenities, seating, and access. If you allow yourself to get swept up in all the titillating pageantry, well, Queen of the Night just might be the best dinner theater ever.

CELEBRATE ISRAEL: ISRAEL IMAGINES

Bikers join with marchers and floats in Celebrate Israel Parade (photo by twi-ny/mdr)

Bikers join with marchers and floats in Celebrate Israel Parade (photo by twi-ny/mdr)

CELEBRATE ISRAEL PARADE AND OTHER EVENTS
57th to 74th St. up Fifth Ave.
Sunday, May 31, free, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
celebrateisraelny.org

On May 14, 1948, “The Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel” proclaimed, “The State of Israel will be open for Jewish immigration and for the Ingathering of the Exiles; it will foster the development of the country for the benefit of all its inhabitants; it will be based on freedom, justice, and peace as envisaged by the prophets of Israel; it will ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race, or sex; it will guarantee freedom of religion, conscience, language, education, and culture; it will safeguard the Holy Places of all religions; and it will be faithful to the principles of the Charter of the United Nations.” Israel’s existence has been fraught with controversy since the very beginning, but the nation perseveres, and on May 31 its sixty-seventh birthday will be honored with the annual Celebrate Israel Parade. This year’s theme is “Israel Imagines,” a tribute to the ideal of Israel upon its creation. As the official parade website explains, “The founders of Israel had a dream. They imagined a vibrant, independent and Jewish state that would not only be a haven for Jews from all over the world but also one that would incorporate the best characteristics of its citizens: brains and brawn, creativity, determination, fairness, and imagination — a state whose greatest natural resource is its people who could imagine that future — one that would benefit the whole world!” On Sunday, some thirty thousand marchers are expected to make their way from Fifty-Seventh to Seventy-Fourth St. up Fifth Ave. Among the performers will be Miri Ben-Ari, Golem, SOULFARM, Peri Smilow, SHI 360, the Israel Dance Institute, and Areyvut Mitzvah Clowns. Special guests include David Blu, Derrick Sharp, Steve Lacey, Becky Griffin, Robert Moses, Deputy Minister Danny Danon, Ambassadors Ido Aharoni and Ron Prosor, and members of the Israeli Knesset. The day begins with the one-mile Celebrate Israel Fun Run up Fifth Ave. and continues with the Celebrate Israel Festival on Pier 94 ($5-$15), with live performances by Rita and Rinat Gabay, a kosher marketplace, a Technology Pavilion, an “Israel 24/7” Instagram Photography Competition, the CreateLAB, the “Ahava” Art Installation, an Art4Israel community mural, and more; this year’s theme is “Jerusalem and Tel Aviv: Cities of Light.”

Finally, the unaffiliated Israel Day Concert in the Park is a free show in Rumsey Playfield (2:30 – 7:30) with Gad Elbaz, LIPA, Alex Clare, Tal Vaknin, Shloime Dachs, Mati Shriki, Avraham Rosenblum (accompanied by Ruby Harris, Izzy Kieffer, Heshy R, and Sam Ramras) Shloime Dachs Orchestra & Singers, Shlomi Aharoni, Broadway Youth Ensemble, Steve Lucas, Chaim Kiss, Israel Alliel, Born Kids, Aryeh Pollack, Jerry Markovitz singing Hatikva and the National Anthem, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, Helen Freedman, Assemblyman David Weprin, and others. The special guest speakers are Governor Mike Huckabee, Ambassador John Bolton, and Science Minister Danny Danon.

IDEAS CITY: THE INVISIBLE CITY

Drone painting is part of three-day Ideas City festival on the Lower East Side

Drone painting is part of three-day Ideas City festival on the Lower East Side

NEW YORK CITY FESTIVAL FOR THE FUTURE
New Museum of Contemporary Art, the Aula, Sara D. Roosevelt Park, the Cooper Union, and other Lower East Side locations
May 28-30, free - $50
www.ideas-city.org

In his 1972 novel Invisible Cities, Cuban-born Italian journalist and author Italo Calvino wrote, “Cities, like dreams, are made of desires and fears, even if the thread of their discourse is secret, their rules are absurd, their perspectives deceitful, and everything conceals something else.” That quote is the inspiration for this year’s Ideas City festival, three days of panel discussions, debates, lectures, interactive art projects, music and theater, and other special presentations about the future of New York and other cosmopolitan areas. Founded by the New Museum, the festival begins on May 28 with an all-day ticketed conference, but most everything else is free, with many events requiring advance registration. On Friday, “A Performative Conference in Nine Acts” ($20) consists of nine performances at the Aula on Mulberry St. by such artists as Jordi Enrich Jorba, Penny Arcade, and Danny Hoch, while Saturday’s Street Program features outdoor projects in and around Sara D. Roosevelt Park. Below are only some of the highlights of what should be an intriguing and fascinating look at civic responsibility and how you can make a difference.

Thursday, May 28
Ideas City Conference, with screening by Rivane Neuenschwander, welcome address by Lisa Phillips and Joseph Grima, “Seeing through the Noise” keynote by Lawrence Lessig, “Hope and Unrest in the Invisible City” panel discussion with Jonathas de Andrade, Rosanne Haggerty, Yto Barrada, Micah White, and moderator Jonathan Bowles, “Make No Little Plans: Towards a Plausible Utopia” conversation with Bjarke Ingels and Kim Stanley Robinson, screening of Joshua Frankel’s Mannahatta: Studies for an Opera about Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs, “Make No Little Plans: Policy and the Invisible City” conversation with Rohit Aggarwala and Connie Hedegaard, “Full Disclosure and the Morality of Information” panel discussion with Trevor Paglen, Christopher Soghoian, Jillian C. York, and moderator Gabriella Coleman, screening of OpenStreetMap’s 2008, a Year of Edits, “Maps for the Invisible City” panel discussion with Steve Coast, William Rankin, and moderator Laura Kurgan, screening of Adam Magyar’s Stainless, 42 Street, introduction by Richard Flood, and “Finding the Invisible City” mayoral panel discussion with Annise Parker, Carmen Yulín Cruz, Svante Myrick, and moderator Kurt Andersen, Great Hall, the Cooper Union, 7 East Seventh St., free - $50, 9:30 am – 7:30 pm

ETH Zurich, Block Research Group, and others: Pop-Up Workshop + Gallery, ETH Zurich Future Garden and Pavilion, 34 East First St., 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

ETH Zurich Alumni — New York Chapter: The Invisible Feedback Loop: Architects, Infrastructure, and Public Space, ETH Zurich Future Garden and Pavilion, First Street Garden, 6:30

NEW INC and Deep Lab: Drone Painting Performance, 231 Bowery, 8:00

Social Innovation in the Data Age: Inventing a Truly Smart City takes place May 29 in the First Street Garden

Social Innovation in the Data Age: Inventing a Truly Smart City takes place May 29 in the First Street Garden

Friday, May 29
PareUp, miLES, and others — Wasted Food x Wasted Space: A Morning Dialogue over Breakfast, ETH Zurich Future Garden and Pavilion, First Street Garden, yoga at 8:00, roundtable dialogues at 9:00

Swiss Think Tank W.I.R.E., SAVIDA, and others — Social Innovation in the Data Age: Inventing a Truly Smart City, ETH Zurich Future Garden and Pavilion, First Street Garden, 12 noon

Jordi Enrich Jorba: Nomadic Place, A Performative Conference in Nine Acts, the Aula, 268 Mulberry St., 7:30

NEW INC and Deep Lab: EMA Performance, 231 Bowery, 8:00

Urban Word, Ministry of Endangered Language, and others — The POEMobile: Quechua Poetry & Projections, with Doris Loayza, Inti Jimbo, and Inkarayku, Mulberry St. between Houston & Prince Sts., 8:00 pm – 12 midnight

United States Department of Arts and Culture — People’s State of the Union: “2015 Poetic Address to the Nation,” A Performative Conference in Nine Acts, the Aula, 268 Mulberry St., 8:10

Penny Arcade: Longing Lasts Longer, A Performative Conference in Nine Acts, the Aula, 268 Mulberry St., 8:40

Danny Hoch: Excerpt from Taking Over, A Performative Conference in Nine Acts, the Aula, 268 Mulberry St., 10:45

Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts, Michael Henry Adams, and others: Last Dance, A Performative Conference in Nine Acts, the Aula, 268 Mulberry St., 11:00 pm

Ursula Scherrer with Brian Chase and Kato Hideki: afloat, A Performative Conference in Nine Acts, the Aula, 268 Mulberry St., 11:59 pm – 3:00 am

Abrons Arts Center invites The City of the Lost and Found (photo by Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre)

Abrons Arts Center invites visitors to “re-create an item, a feeling, or an idea they have lost in the city” (photo by Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre)

Saturday, May 30
Abrons Arts Center: The City of the Lost and Found, Street Program, Sara D. Roosevelt Park, 12 noon – 3:00 pm

Art in Odd Places: Recall, Street Program, Sara D. Roosevelt Park, 12 noon – 6:00 pm

Arte Institute, Albanian Institute New York: Surface Markers and I will play your soul, Street Program, Sara D. Roosevelt Park, 12 noon – 6:00 pm

Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP): Sewer in a Suitcase, Street Program, Bowery between Houston & Stanton Sts., 12 noon – 6:00 pm

Circus for Construction, Austin + Mergold: The Wall Inside, Street Program, Sara D. Roosevelt Park, 12 noon – 6:00 pm

Davidson Rafailidis: “MirrorMirror,” Street Program, Sara D. Roosevelt Park at Stanton St., 12 noon – 6:00 pm

Emily Johnson/Catalyst: Conjuring Future Joy, Street Program, Bowery between Stanton & Rivington Sts., 12 noonn – 6:00 pm

Hester Street Fair: Ideas City Food Court, with Brooklyn Soda Works, Doughnut Plant, Khao Man Gai NY, Luke’s Lobster, Meat Hook Sandwich, Mindful Juice, Oddfellows Ice Cream, Petee’s Pies, Red Star Sandwich Shop, and
Roberta’s, 12 noon – 6:00 pm

US Department of Arts and Culture, Endangered Language Alliance, and others: Ministry of Endangered Language, Street Program, Stanton St. & Bowery, 12 noon – 6:00 pm

Wojciech Gilewicz, Artists Alliance Inc. — RRRC: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Compost, Street Program, multiple locations, 12 noon – 6:00 pm

VIDEO OF THE DAY: “ENGLISH TONGUE” BY PALMA VIOLETS

Who: Palma Violets
What: British buzz band comes to New York City behind second album
Where: Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey St., and Music Hall of Williamsburg, 66 North Sixth St.
When: Monday, May 18 (Bowery Ballroom), and Wednesday, May 20 (MHOW), $18, 9:00
Why: British quartet Palma Violets made headlines at SXSW this past March when security had to physically pull them offstage, then block them from returning. The NME faves have become well known for their chaotic sets, so there’s no telling what will happen when they come to New York City next week for two shows in support of their sophomore album, Danger in the Club (Rough Trade, May 5), the follow-up to 2013’s 180, which featured their indie smash, “Best of Friends.” The new disc contains thirteen tracks, including the short intro “Sweet Violets,” “Hollywood (I Got It),” the frenetic “Girl, you couldn’t do much better on the beach,” “Danger in the Club,” “Gout! Gang! Go!,” and “English Tongue”; that last track was recently released as a video directed by Don Letts, who has made such films as The Punk Rock Movie, Dancehall Queen, Soul Brittania, and several about the Clash, which Palma Violets have cited as a major influence. Vocalist/guitarist Sam Fryer, vocalist/bassist Chilli Jesson, keyboardist Peter Mayhew, and drummer Will Doyle will be at the Bowery Ballroom on May 18 and the Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 20, with Public Access T.V. opening both shows.

FREE SUMMER MUSIC 2015

The Tedeschi Trucks Band kicks off the free summer music season in Central Park n May 14 (photo by Mark Seliger)

The Tedeschi Trucks Band kicks off the free summer music season in Central Park on May 18 (photo by Mark Seliger)

To us, the sounds of a New York City summer is the cacophony of free music lilting from parks across the five boroughs, with just about everything under the sun, from folk, pop, punk, and rock to classical, show tunes, opera, and twee. Below is a day-by-day look at who’s playing where through July, including SummerStage, Summer on the Hudson, various programs in Bryant Park and Madison Square Park and on Governors Island, River to River, the Naumburg Orchestral Concerts, the Riis Park Beach Bazaar, Hot Summer Nights at Kingsborough Community College, the Hudson Square Music & Wine Festival, NY Phil in the Parks, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, the BAM R&B Festival at MetroTech, Summer Sessions at Brookfield Place, Fulton Stall Market, the Washington Square Music Festival, and Celebrate Brooklyn! Keeping watching this space for more series and the August lineup as they are announced.

Thursday, May 14
Celebrate Brooklyn! Dance Parties: Classic Soul Funk, with Sonny Knight & the Lakers and the Rhythm Revue with Felix Hernandez, Pier 1, Brooklyn Bridge Park, 7:00

Sunday, May 17
Summer on the Hudson: Mamapalooza Outdoor Extravaganza, Pier 1, Riverside Park, 12 noon - 5:00

Monday, May 18
New Music in Bryant Park: Chris Dingman and Waking Dreams & New Morse Code, Upper Terrace Steps, Bryant Park, 5:30

SummerStage: Tedeschi Trucks Band, Spirit Family Reunion, Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, 6:00

Wednesday, May 19
Summer on the Hudson — Make Some Noise: A Celebration of Women and Music, Crabapple Grove North, Riverside Park, 5:00

Thursday, May 21
Summer on the Hudson: Locomotive Lawn Live, Locomotive Lawn in Riverside Park South, 10:30 am

Celebrate Brooklyn! Dance Parties: Electro Soul, with Jamie Liddell, Fixed, and Brooklyn United Marching Band, Pier 1, Brooklyn Bridge Park, 7:00

Saturday, May 23
Fulton Stall Market: Vaadat Charigim, Little Water Radio interview and performance, South Street Seaport, 4:30

Sunday, May 24
Eleventh annual Family Festival, Governors Island, 12 noon – 4:00

Monday, May 25
Riis Park Beach Bazaar: Computer Magic, Heavenly Beat, Nicholas Nicholas, Double Trouble Double Dragon DJs, Tribe Society, Toy Cities, Gateway National Recreation Area, 2:00

New Music in Bryant Park: Duo Yumeno & Robin Verheyen Quartet, Upper Terrace Steps, Bryant Park, 5:30

Thursday, May 28
Summer on the Hudson: Locomotive Lawn Live, Locomotive Lawn in Riverside Park South, 10:30 am

Celebrate Brooklyn! Dance Parties: Latin Jazz, with Poncho Sanchez, Bobbito Garcia, and Salsa Salsa Dance, Pier 1, Brooklyn Bridge Park, 7:00

Friday, May 29
Summer on the Hudson: Sweet Spot Festival, West Harlem Piers Park, 3:00 – 9:00

Friday Freshen Up: Kelly Zullo, West Harlem Piers Park, Riverside Park, 6:00

Saturday, May 30
Rite of Summer Music Festival: John Brancy and Peter Dugan, Nolan Park, Governors Island, 1:00 & 3:00

Riis Park Beach Bazaar: Iron Chic, Soda Bomb, Somerset Thrower, Gateway National Recreation Area, 2:00

Sunday, May 31
Riis Park Beach Bazaar: Laura Stevenson, Slingshot Dakota, Vagabon, Gateway National Recreation Area, 2:00

Monday, June 1
New Music in Bryant Park: Duo Scorpio & Alexis Cuadrado Group, Upper Terrace Steps, Bryant Park, 5:30

Tuesday, June 2
Summer Sessions: Body Language, Waterfront Plaza at Brookfield Place, DJ 5:00, live music 6:30

Hudson Square Music & Wine Festival: Pete Molinari, City Winery back parking lot, 155 Varick St., 5:30

SummerStage: Lyricist Lounge featuring Scarface, Red Hook Park, 7:00

Chaka Khan will feel for you at Celebrate Brooklyn! opening night on June 3

Chaka Khan will feel for you at Celebrate Brooklyn! opening night on June 3

Wednesday, June 3
SummerStage: Troy Ave, Phony Ppl, hosted by Hot 97s Ebro, Laura, and Rosenberg, Red Hook Park, 7:00

Celebrate Brooklyn! Chaka Khan, Prospect Park Bandshell, 8:00

Thursday, June 4
Summer on the Hudson: Locomotive Lawn Live, Locomotive Lawn in Riverside Park South, 10:30 am

BAM R&B Festival at MetroTech: Bobby Rush, MetroTech Commons, 12 noon

SummerStage: The Felice Brothers, the Barr Brothers, Red Hook Park, 7:00

Friday, June 5
SummerStage: Lemon Andersen, #LoveHustle featuring DJ Reborn & J. Keys, Red Hook Park, 7:00

Saturday, June 6
SummerStage: Blue Note Jazz Festival, with Meshell Ndegeocello, Roy Hargrove, and Gabriel Garzón-Montano, Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, 2:00

Riis Park Beach Bazaar: Dead Stars, Tribe Society, Toy Cities, Gateway National Recreation Area, 2:00

Fulton Stall Market: Mahogany, Little Water Radio interview and performance, South Street Seaport, 4:30

Celebrate Brooklyn! Creole for Kidz! Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience, Prospect Park Bandshell, 4:00

Angelique Kidjo will make spirits rise on June 7 (photo by twi-ny/mdr)

Angelique Kidjo will make spirits rise in Central Park on June 7 (photo by twi-ny/mdr)

Sunday, June 7
SummerStage: Angelique Kidjo, Emmanuel Jal, and Rich Medina, Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, 2:00

Riis Park Beach Bazaar: Cheap Girls, Young Statues, Young and Heartless, Soda Bomb, Gateway National Recreation Area, 2:00

SummerStage: Brooklyn Family Day featuring Unlocking the Truth, Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls, Black Girls Rock, and DJ Diamond Kuts, Red Hook Park, 4:00

SummerStage: World’s Fair Anniversary Festival featuring Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Hollis Brown, and Damien Escobar, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, 4:00

Monday, June 8
New Music in Bryant Park: Music From China & Ben Wendel Group, Upper Terrace Steps, Bryant Park, 5:30

Tuesday, June 9
Summer Sessions: Margaret Glaspy, Waterfront Plaza at Brookfield Place, DJ 5:00, live music 6:30

Hudson Square Music & Wine Festival: Pete Molinari, City Winery back parking lot, 155 Varick St., 5:30

Thursday, June 11
Summer on the Hudson: Locomotive Lawn Live, Locomotive Lawn in Riverside Park South, 10:30 am

BAM R&B Festival at MetroTech: Andra Day with the Kate Davis Band, MetroTech Commons, 12 noon

SummerStage: Duck Down Twenty-Year Anniversary BBQ featuring Boot Camp Clik & Friends, Kirk Knight & CJ Fly of Pro Era, Chelsea Reject, and Statik Selektah, Betsy Head Park, 7:00

Celebrate Brooklyn! Krosfyah featuring special guests Lead Pipe & Saddis / Something Positive, Prospect Park Bandshell, 7:30

Friday, June 12
SummerStage: Horace Brown, Jeff Redd, DJ Chuck Chillout, and DJ Mell Starr, Betsy Head Park, 7:00

Celebrate Brooklyn! Esperanza Spalding Presents: Emily’s D+Evolution, José James, Prospect Park Bandshell, 7:30

Saturday, June 13
Big Apple Barbecue Block Party: Reed Turner Band (1:00), Shook Twins (2:45), Andrew Combs (4:30), Madison Square Park

Riis Park Beach Bazaar: The Rooks, Douglas and the Goodharts, Nikhil P. Yerawadekar, Low Mentality, Gateway National Recreation Area, 2:00

SummerStage: Lettuce, the Soul Rebels, Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, 3:00

SummerStage: Nuyorican Poets Café featuring Elaine Del Valle’s Brownsville Bred, Betsy Head Park, 7:00

Celebrate Brooklyn! Lucius, Luke Temple, Pavo Pavo, Prospect Park Bandshell, 7:00

Sunday, June 14
Big Apple Barbecue Block Party: Whiskey Shivers (1:00), Nikki Lane (2:45), Jonny Fritz (4:30), Madison Square Park

Riis Park Beach Bazaar: Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra and DJ Mickey Perez, Gateway National Recreation Area, 2:00

SummerStage: Brooklyn Family Day with Martha Redbone and Ebony Hillbillies, Betsy Head Park, 4:00

SummerStage: DJ Fulano and screening of Annie (Will Gluck, 2014), Betsy Head Park, 7:00

The Metropolitan Opera will visit six parks this summer

The Metropolitan Opera will visit six parks this summer

Monday, June 15
New Music Festival, Upper Terrace Steps, Bryant Park, 4:00 – 10:00

SummerStage: The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series featuring Janai Brugger, Nathan Gunn, Isabel Leonard, and pianist Dan Saunders, Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, 8:00

Tuesday, June 16
Summer Sessions: Banda Magda, Waterfront Plaza at Brookfield Place, DJ 5:00, live music 6:30

Hudson Square Music & Wine Festival: Bhi Bhiman, City Winery back parking lot, 155 Varick St., 5:30

SummerStage: Yiddish Soul featuring Cantorial and Chassidic Music virtuosos, including Avraham Fried, Netanel Hershtik, Yanky Lemmer, Joseph Malovany, Lipa Schmeltzer, Zusha, music director Avremi Gourarie, and music supervisor Zalmen Mlotek, Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, 7:00

Washington Square Music Festival: Stanley Drucker, Joseph Anderer, and Richard Woodhams perform works by Leopold Mozart, Frederico Busoni, Jean Francaix, and Maurice Ravel, Washington Square Park, 8:00

Wednesday, June 17
SummerStage: The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series featuring Janai Brugger, Nathan Gunn, Isabel Leonard, and pianist Dan Saunders, Brooklyn Bridge Park, 7:00

SummerStage: Lyricist Lounge featuring Biz Markie and Masta Ace, Herbert Von King Park, 7:00

NY Phil Concerts in the Parks: All-American Program with Joshua Bell, conducted by Alan Gilbert, Great Lawn, Central Park, 8:00

Thursday, June 18
Summer on the Hudson: Locomotive Lawn Live, Locomotive Lawn in Riverside Park South, 10:30 am

BAM R&B Festival at MetroTech: Erica Campbell, MetroTech Commons, 12 noon

River to River: R2R BASH, block party with Somi and family-friendly activities, North End Way, Battery Park City, 5:00

SummerStage: Taana Gardner, Johnny Kemp, and DJ Yoda, hosted by TC Izlam, Herbert Von King Park, 7:00

Celebrate Brooklyn! eighth blackbird with special guest Will Oldham, the Bill Frisell Trio with special guest Sam Amidon, Prospect Park Bandshell, 7:30

NY Phil Concerts in the Parks: Charles Dutoit Conducts Petrushka, with soloist Renaud Capuçon, Prospect Park, 8:00

Saturday, June 20
Rite of Summer Music Festival: House of Waters, Nolan Park, Governors Island, 1:00

Riis Park Beach Bazaar: Cvnt Mafia, Sadar, DJ Volvox, Gateway National Recreation Area, 2:00

Fulton Stall Market: Freedy Johnston, Little Water Radio interview and performance, South Street Seaport, 4:30

SummerStage: Jungle and Ibeyi, Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, 7:00

Celebrate Brooklyn! DanceBrazil, Forro in the Dark, Prospect Park Bandshell, 7:30

Sunday, June 21
River to River: Annual Bang on a Can Marathon, with Asphalt Orchestra, Bang on a Can All-Stars, Crossfire Steel Orchestra Inc, Vicky Chow, Nels Cline, Corey Dargel, Dither, Gong Linna, Grand Band, Tomoko Kuroki, So Percussion, Bobby Previte, Third Angle New Music, and others, Winter Garden at Brookfield Place, 12 noon – 10:00 pm

Riis Park Beach Bazaar: A Village Raid, Gateway National Recreation Area, 2:00

SummerStage: Brooklyn Family Day with Laurie Berkner, Something Positive, and Brooklyn United Marching Band, Herbert Von King Park, 4:00

SummerStage: The Bullitts + DJ Spinna, with screening of They Die By Dawn (Jeymes Samuel, 2013), Herbert Von King Park, 7:00

Monday, June 22
NY Phil Concerts in the Parks: Alan Gilbert Conducts West Side Story, with soprano Julia Bullock, Cunningham Park, 8:00

Tuesday, June 23
Summer Sessions: Julia Easterlin, Waterfront Plaza at Brookfield Place, DJ 5:00, live music 6:30

Hudson Square Music & Wine Festival: The Ballroom Thieves with Driftwood, City Winery back parking lot, 155 Varick St., 5:30

Naumburg Orchestral Concerts: The Knights — Opening Concert 2015, Naumburg Bandshell, Central Park, 7:30

NY Phil Concerts in the Parks: Alan Gilbert Conducts West Side Story, with soprano Julia Bullock, Van Cortlandt Park, 8:00

Washington Square Music Festival: Works by André Caplet, A Poe, Sofia Gubaidulina, and Bela Bartok, Washington Square Park, 8:00

River to River: Krai, by Olga Bell, Pier 15, free with advance RSVP, 8:30

Tuesday, June 23, 9:30
and
Sunday, June 28, 6:00

River to River: R2R Living Rooms with C∆N-D + DRELLA, Vbar Seaport, RSVP recommended

Lucinda Williams will get reflective in Prospect Park on June 24

Lucinda Williams will get reflective in Prospect Park on June 24

Wednesday, June 24
Mad. Sq. Music: Above Ground, with the Side Project, Madison Square Park, 12:30

SummerStage: The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series featuring Kiri Deonarine, Ginger Costa-Jackson, John Moore, and pianist Dan Saunders, Queensbridge Park, 7:00

SummerStage: Judy Torres, Tony Touch, Crotona Park, 7:00

Mad. Sq. Music: Oval Lawn Series, with Chris Potter Underground Orchestra, Madison Square Park, 7:00

River to River: “Render & Ritornello,” by Roomful of Teeth, Liberty Plaza, advance RSVP required, 8:00

Thursday, June 25
Summer on the Hudson: Locomotive Lawn Live, Locomotive Lawn in Riverside Park South, 10:30 am

BAM R&B Festival at MetroTech: Al B. Sure!, MetroTech Commons, 12 noon

SummerStage: Lyricist Lounge presents the LOX, Crotona Park, 7:00

Celebrate Brooklyn! Lucinda Williams, Jason Walker, Prospect Park Bandshell, 7:30

Thursday, June 25, 4:00 (open dress rehearsal)
Friday, June 26, 4:00
Saturday, June 27, 2:00
Sunday, June 28, 2:00

River to River: Love of a Poet, by John Kelly, Arts Center, Governors Island, advance RSVP required

Friday, June 26
Friday Freshen Up: Leo Liebeskind, West Harlem Piers Park, Riverside Park, 6:00

SummerStage: The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series featuring Kiri Deonarine, Ginger Costa-Jackson, John Moore, and pianist Dan Saunders, Jackie Robinson Park, 7:00

Celebrate Brooklyn! Paris Is Burning (Jennie Livingston, 1990), JD Samson, Prospect Park Bandshell, 7:30

Saturday, June 27
Riis Park Beach Bazaar: Old Gray, Gateway National Recreation Area, 2:00

SummerStage: VP Records 35th Anniversary featuring Maxi Priest, Gyptian, Bunji Garlin & Fay Ann Lyons, and Massive B (Bobby Konders + Jabba), Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, 3:00

Family Day: Magmanus, Brooklyn Bridge Park, 4:00

River to River: Benyoro, Los Crema Paraiso & Golem: Music from Mali, Venezuela, the Balkans, and Beyond, Fulton St. at Water St., advance RSVP required, 5:00

SummerStage: Nuyorican Poets Café featuring Jive Poetic, Jamaal St. John, and Pamela Sneed, Crotona Park, 7:00

Celebrate Brooklyn! Jason Moran’s Fats Waller Dance Party, and Butler, Bernstein & the Hot 9, Prospect Park Bandshell, 7:30

Sunday, June 28
Riis Park Beach Bazaar: Red City Radio, Gateway National Recreation Area, 2:00

Family Day: Magmanus, Brooklyn Bridge Park, 4:00

SummerStage: Catalan Sounds on Tour featuring Oques Grasses, La Iaia, Sílvia Pérez Cruz, and DJ Guillamino, Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, 3:00

SummerStage: The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series featuring Kiri Deonarine, Ginger Costa-Jackson, John Moore, and pianist Dan Saunders, Crotona Park, 7:00

Tuesday, June 30
Summer Sessions: Superhuman Happiness, Waterfront Plaza at Brookfield Place, DJ 5:00, live music 6:30

Hudson Square Music & Wine Festival: Women That Rock featuring Betty, the Liza Colby Sound, and Grace & Rachel, City Winery back parking lot, 155 Varick St., 5:30

SummerStage: The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series featuring Kiri Deonarine, Ginger Costa-Jackson, John Moore, and pianist Dan Saunders, Clove Lakes Park, 7:00

Naumburg Orchestral Concerts: Ensemble le Poisson Rouge, Naumburg Bandshell, Central Park, 7:30

Washington Square Music Festival: Works by Max Bruch and Ludwig van Beethoven, Washington Square Park, 8:00

Kat Edmonson will share the big picture on June 24 in Madison Square Park

Kat Edmonson will share the big picture on June 24 in Madison Square Park

Wednesday, July 1
Mad. Sq. Music: Above Ground, with Cathy Grier, Madison Square Park, 12:30

Mad. Sq. Music: Oval Lawn Series, Kat Edmonson, Madison Square Park, 7:00

Wednesday, July 2
BAM R&B Festival at MetroTech: King Sunny Adé & His African Beats, MetroTech Commons, 12 noon

Saturday, July 4
Hot Summer Nights: The George Gee Swing Orchestra, featuring vocalists Hilary Gardner and John Dokes, with special guest Lindy Hoppers, Lighthouse Bandshell, Kingsborough Community College, 8:00

Sunday, July 5
Summer on the Hudson: Amplified Sundays Presents Banda Magda, Pier I, Riverside Park South, 7:00

Monday, July 7
Hudson Square Music & Wine Festival: Anthony D’Amato, City Winery back parking lot, 155 Varick St., 5:30

SummerStage: Our Latin Thing, DJ Afro, St. Mary’s Park, 7:00

Washington Square Music Festival: New York Jazzharmonic, Washington Square Park, 8:00

Wednesday, July 8
Mad. Sq. Music: Above Ground, with Mr. Reed, Madison Square Park, 12:30

SummerStage: Compass, Systema Solar, Helado Negro, Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, 5:00

Mad. Sq. Music: Oval Lawn Series, The Stepkids, Madison Square Park, 7:00

SummerStage: Ismael Miranda, St. Mary’s Park, 7:00

Thursday, July 9
BAM R&B Festival at MetroTech: Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba, MetroTech Commons, 12 noon

Broadway in Bryant Park, Bryant Park Lawn, 12:30

RiverRocks: Waxahatchee, Pier 84, Hudson River Park, 6:00

SummerStage: Cano Estremera, St. Mary’s Park, 7:00

Celebrate Brooklyn! Punch Brothers, Sarah Jarosz, Prospect Park Bandshell, 7:30

Friday, July 10
Celebrate Brooklyn! Bajofondo, Astro, Los Auténticos Decadentes, Prospect Park Bandshell, 7:00

SummerStage: Nuyorican Poets Cafe featuring La Bruja with Patty Dukes, Reph Star, and Nene Ali, St. Mary’s Park, 7:00

Saturday, July 11
Rite of Summer Music Festival: Don Byron New Gospel Quintent, Nolan Park, Governors Island, 1:00 & 3:00

SummerStage: Vicentico, Ximena Sariñana, No Te Va Gustar, Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, 2:00

SummerStage: Hip Hop Dance: From the Street to the Stage, with a Master Class led by Brandon “Peace” Albright, St. Mary’s Park, 7:00

Celebrate Brooklyn! The New Pornographers, Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, Prospect Park Bandshell, 7:30

Hot Summer Nights: From Ragtime to Jazz! Waldo’s Gotham City Band, Lighthouse Bandshell, Kingsborough Community College, 8:00

Sunday, July 12
SummerStage: Cesária Évora Orchestra, Mayra Andrade, Dino D’Santiago, Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, 2:00

SummerStage: Family Day, with Mister G, Soul Street Dance, DJ ASHO, St. Mary’s Park, 4:00

SummerStage: Gerardo Contino y Los Habaneros and screening of Celia: The Queen (Joe Cardona & Mario de Varona, 2008), St. Mary’s Park, 7:00

Summer on the Hudson: Amplified Sundays Presents Ilusha Tsinadze, Pier I, Riverside Park South, 7:00

Tuesday, July 14
Hudson Square Music & Wine Festival: Joe Pug, City Winery back parking lot, 155 Varick St., 5:30

SummerStage: The Chi-Lites, Queensbridge Park, 7:00

Naumburg Orchestral Concerts: Boston Symphony Chamber Players, Naumburg Bandshell, Central Park, 7:30

George Clinton will make sure you get the funk on July 16 & 17

George Clinton will make sure you get the funk on July 16 & 17

Wednesday, July 15
Mad. Sq. Music: Above Ground, Madison Square Park, 12:30

Mad. Sq. Music: Oval Lawn Series, The Family Crest, Madison Square Park, 6:00

SummerStage: NPR and WNYC’s Ask Me Another: Celebrating 30 Years of SummerStage, with Jonathan Coulton and host Ophira Eisenberg, Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, 6:00

SummerStage: George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Queensbridge Park, 7:00

Thursday, July 16
BAM R&B Festival at MetroTech: George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, MetroTech Commons, 12 noon

Broadway in Bryant Park, Bryant Park Lawn, 12:30

SummerStage: Lyricist Lounge “Live at the BBQ” featuring Large Professor and Marley Marl, Queensbridge Park, 7:00

Celebrate Brooklyn! Vieux Farka Touré, Tamikrest, DJ Dakar, Prospect Park Bandshell, 7:30

Friday, July 17
SummerStage: Soul Inscribed & the Spinning Wheel by Baba Israel, Twists & a Bridge by Jennifer Cendaña Armas, Queensbridge Park, 7:00

Celebrate Brooklyn! The Son of the Sheik (George Fitzmaurice, 1926) with Live Score by Alloy Orchestra, and Ghost Train Orchestra, Prospect Park Bandshell, 7:30

Saturday, July 18
SummerStage: Freedom Party NYC: Special SummerStage Anniversary Theme, Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, 6:00

SummerStage: Rashida Bumbray & Dance Diaspora Collective: RUN MARY RUN, with Master Class led by Jamel Gaines, Queensbridge Park, 7:00

Celebrate Brooklyn! Rhiannon Giddens, Joe Henry, Prospect Park Bandshell, 7:30

Hot Summer Nights: Big Band Dance Party! Sammy Miller & the Congregation, Lighthouse Bandshell, Kingsborough Community College, 8:00

Sunday, July 19
SummerStage: Family Day, with Wycliffe Gordon & Friends, B-Love’s Hip Hop Jazzy Groove, Karisma Jay & AbunDance, and a Master Class led by Samuel Coleman, Queensbridge Park, 4:00

SummerStage: Jorge Drexler, Diego Garcia, Danay Suárez,
Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, 6:00

SummerStage: Pete Rock and screening of Time Is Illmatic (One9, 2014), Queensbridge Park, 7:00

Summer on the Hudson: Amplified Sundays Presents Delsonido, Pier I, Riverside Park South, 7:00

Tuesday, July 21
Hudson Square Music & Wine Festival: Elephant Revival, City Winery back parking lot, 155 Varick St., 5:30

Naumburg Orchestral Concerts: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Naumburg Bandshell, Central Park, 7:30

Wednesday, July 22
Mad. Sq. Music: Above Ground, with Mariachi Flor de Toloache, Madison Square Park, 12:30

Mad. Sq. Music: Oval Lawn Series, Kiran Ahluwalia, Madison Square Park, 7:00

Lincoln Center Out of Doors: Muscle Shoals All-Stars, Donnie Fritts and John Paul White, Damrosch Park Bandshell, 7:30

We Were Promised Jetpacks land in Hudson River Park on July 23

We Were Promised Jetpacks land in Hudson River Park on July 23

Thursday, July 23
BAM R&B Festival at MetroTech: The Jones Family Singers, MetroTech Commons, 12 noon

Broadway in Bryant Park, Bryant Park Lawn, 12:30

RiverRocks: We Were Promised Jetpacks, Pier 84, Hudson River Park, 6:00

Lincoln Center Out of Doors: Nortec Collective Presents: Bostich + Fussible with Wolfgang Flür/MusikSoldat, Jungle Fire, Damrosch Park Bandshell, 7:30

Friday, July 24
Lincoln Center Out of Doors: Gaby Moreno, Hearst Plaza, 7:00

Lincoln Center Out of Doors — Dorrance Dance: The Blues Project Revisited with Toshi Reagon and BIGLovely, Damrosch Park Bandshell, 7:30

Celebrate Brooklyn! Jason Isbell, Dawn Landes, Prospect Park Bandshell, 7:30

Saturday, July 25
Lincoln Center Out of Doors: Lil Buck, Josie Roberston Plaza, 11:00 am

SummerStage: Bombino, Young Fathers, Fantastic Negrito, Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, 2:00

Lincoln Center Out of Doors: Joyous Quartet, Josie Robertson Plaza, 3:00

SummerStage: Jose Virgilio Peña Suazo y la Banda Gorda, Highbridge Park, 7:00

Lincoln Center Out of Doors: Randy Newman, Wycliffe Gordon and His International All Stars, Lil Buck, Damrosch Park Bandshell, 7:00

Celebrate Brooklyn! Sylvan Esso, Porches, Prospect Park Bandshell, 7:30

Hot Summer Nights: Hot Jazz! The Bria Skonberg Quintet, Lighthouse Bandshell, Kingsborough Community College, 8:00

Sunday, July 26
SummerStage: Rock Steady Crew 38th Anniversary Concert, with Whodini, Big Daddy Kane, and more, Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, 2:00

Summer on the Hudson: Amplified Sundays Presents River Whyless, Pier I, Riverside Park South, 7:00

Tuesday, July 28
Hudson Square Music & Wine Festival: David Wax Museum, City Winery back parking lot, 155 Varick St., 5:30

SummerStage: Mack Wilds hosted by Hot 97’s Peter Rosenberg, Clove Lakes Park, 7:00

Wednesday, July 29
Mad. Sq. Music: Above Ground, with Underground Horns, Madison Square Park, 12:30

Mad. Sq. Music: Oval Lawn Series, New York Night Train SOUL CLAP & DANCE-OFF featuring DJ Jonathan Toubin with the Suffers, Madison Square Park, 6:00

SummerStage: Jellybean Benitez, DJ Street Tech, D-Train, Clove Lakes Park, 7:00

Lincoln Center Out of Doors: The Mavericks, Orkesta Mendoza, Damrosch Park Bandshell, 7:00

Thursday, July 30
BAM R&B Festival at MetroTech: Theo Croker, MetroTech Commons, 12 noon

Broadway in Bryant Park, Bryant Park Lawn, 12:30

Lincoln Center Out of Doors: Letieres Leite & Orkestra Rumpilezz with special guests Arturo O’Farrill and Steven Bernstein; Cyro Baptista’s Banquet of the Spirits, Forró in the Dark: The Music of John Zorn, Damrosch Park Bandshell, 7:00

Celebrate Brooklyn! The Musical World of Harmonium Mountain: Clifford Ross & the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and Jeffrey Zeigler, Andy Akiho & Roger Bonair-Agard, Prospect Park Bandshell, 7:30

Friday, July 31
Friday Freshen Up: The War and Treaty, West Harlem Piers Park, Riverside Park, 6:00

Lincoln Center Out of Doors: Afropunk @ Lincoln Center, with Vintage Trouble, The Triptych: Wangechi Mutu, LION BABE, the Skins, Damrosch Park Bandshell, 7:00

Lincoln Center Out of Doors: Chargaux, Hearst Plaza, 7:00

Celebrate Brooklyn! Big K.R.I.T., Angel Haze, the D.R.E.A.M. Ring: FLEXN, Prospect Park Bandshell, 7:30

Lincoln Center Out of Doors — “Silent” Movie: Rocky Horror Picture Show (Jim Sharman, 1975), Damrosch Park Bandshell, 11:45

Saturday, August 1
Lincoln Center Out of Doors: La Casita tribute to Sonia Sanchez and Ntozake Shange, Hearst Plaza, 12 noon

Lincoln Center Out of Doors: A Celebration of the Life of Geoffrey Holder, with the panel discussion “The Life and Work of Geoffrey Holder,” screening of documentary Carmen and Geoffrey (Nick Doob, 2005) and rare archival footage, Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, 1:00

SummerStage: Dr. John & the Nite Trippers, Amy Helm, Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, 2:00

SummerStage: TKA, Flaco Navaja and the Razor Blades, Tony Touch, Clove Lakes Park, 7:00

Sunday, August 2
Lincoln Center Out of Doors: Heritage Sunday — Opening Doors: Celebrating Immigrant New York, featuring Abdoulaye Diabaté and Super Manden, Boodoosingh Tassa Drummers, Calpulli Mexican Dance Company, Csűrdöngölő Folk Ensemble, and Ikhlaq Hussain, Hearst Plaza, 1:00

Lincoln Center Out of Doors: La Casita tribute to Sonia Sanchez and Ntozake Shange, Teatro Pregones, 2:00

SummerStage: Nação Zumbi, Nation Beat’s Carnival Caravan feat. Cha Wa, DJ sets by Vinil Pompéia, Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, 2:00

SummerStage — Family Day: Little Club Heads, Sugar Free Allstars, Hopalong Andrew, Uptown Dance Academy, Clove Lakes Park, 4:00

Lincoln Center Out of Doors: Ache: Lavagem da Rua, Damrosch Park Bandshell, 7:00

SummerStage: Felix Hernandez Rhythm Revue and screening of Get On Up, Clove Lakes Park, 7:00

Monday, August 3
SummerStage: Beautiful — The Carole King Musical: Songs in Concert, Scott Shea, Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, 7:00

Tuesday, August 4
SummerStage: Tito Nieves, East River Park, 7:00

Wednesday, August 5
SummerStage: RATKING, Bishop Nehru, East River Park, 7:00

Lincoln Center Out of Doors: Full Band Electric Counterpoint + Dither and friends, featuring Lee Ranaldo, Yo La Tengo and Mark Stewart; Matmos, Damrosch Park Bandshell, 7:30

Thursday, August 6
SummerStage: Caribou with guest Sinkane, East River Park, 7:00

Lincoln Center Out of Doors: We Like It Like That! A Boogaloo Celebration with Joe Bataan; Ray Lugo and the Boogaloo Destroyers with special guest Richie Ray and Pete Rodriguez; ABAKUÁ Afro-Latin Dance Company; DJ Turmix, Damrosch Park Bandshell, 7:00

Friday, August 7
Lincoln Center Out of Doors: denitia and sene., Hearst Plaza, 7:00

Lincoln Center Out of Doors — Rock My Soul: The Fairfield Four and the McCrary Sisters, Junior Mambazo, Damrosch Park Bandshell, 7:30

Saturday, August 8
Lincoln Center Out of Doors: Roots of American Music: Americanafest NYC, the Quebe Sisters, Sam Outlaw, Hearst Plaza, 2:00

SummerStage — 30th Anniversary DJ Celebration: Quantic, Gilles Peterson, Afrika Bambaataa, Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, 5:00

Lincoln Center Out of Doors: Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisited performed in its entirety by house band Watkins Family Hour house band, Shawn Colvin, and more; Watkins Family Hour featuring Sean and Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek with special guest Fiona Apple and more; Justin Townes Earle, Damrosch Park Bandshell, 7:00

Sunday, August 9
SummerStage: Glass Animals, Taylor McFerrin, BattleFest League Dancers, Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, 2:00

SummerStage — Family Day: INVINCIBLE: Michael Jackson Tribute, Marika Hughes & Bottom Heavy, East River Park, 4:00

Lincoln Center Out of Doors — Roots of American Music: Americanafest NYC, An Evening with Lyle Lovett and His Large Band, Damrosch Park Bandshell, 7:00

SummerStage: Felix Hernandez Rhythm Revue, screening of Our Latin Thing (Leon Gast, 1972), East River Park, 7:00

Tuesday, August 11
SummerStage: Rakim, DJ Tedsmooth, Marcus Garvey Park, 7:00

Wednesday, August 12
SummerStage — The Wiz: A Celebration in Dance and Music, Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, 7:00

SummerStage: Mobile Mondays! Live with Roy Ayers, Marcus Garvey Park, 7:00

TICKET ALERT: NEW YORK COMIC CON 2015

The mad rush for New York Comic Con begins on May 13, when tickets go on sale for the October event (photo by twi-ny/mdr)

The mad rush for New York Comic Con begins on May 13, when tickets go on sale for the October event (photo by twi-ny/mdr)

Who: Spotlight Guests Jewel Staite, John Rhys-Davies, Adam Hughes, Chris Claremont, Greg Capullo, Masashi Kishimoto, Scott Snyder, Todd McFarlane, and John Rhys-Davies, Featured Guests Allison Sohn, Amy Reeder, Charles Soule, Terry Dodson, and many, many more to be announced
What: New York Comic Con
Where: Javits Center, 655 W 34th St. at 12th Ave.
When: October 8-11, single day $40-$50, three-day pass $75, four-day pass $105, tickets go on sale Wednesday, May 13, at 12 noon
Why: New York Comic Con continues its exponential growth as it reaches its tenth anniversary, making it harder and harder to get tickets, so there’s no time to waste if you want to go to the annual celebration of pop culture, with particular focuses on gaming, science fiction and fantasy books and films, anime, and all things comic-book-related. The four days, part of New York Super Week, are chock full of panel discussions, sneak-peek screenings, photo and autograph opportunities, book signings, and tons and tons of costumed fans. It’s getting so that those who come dressed in regular clothes are the minority. Tickets will go very quickly, so get yours now; don’t wait around until the big-time celebrity attendees are announced, as there will be plenty of major stars there to promote their latest work and smile for the camera with you.

EVEREST AWAKENING: A GATHERING FOR NEPAL AND BEYOND

everest awakening

Who: Patti Smith, Loudon Wainwright, Kaki King, Jesse Paris Smith, Martha Mooke, Shyam Nepali, Nicole Atkins, Tara Lobsang, Karanjit Singh, Pema Kunsang, and more to be announced
What: An afternoon of live music and art to raise funds and awareness about the plight of Nepal (and Tibet, India, and Bangladesh) following the devastating earthquake, through Everest Awakening
Where: City Winery, 155 Varick St. at Spring St., 212-608-0555
When: Sunday, May 17, $40-$55, 1:00
Why: More than seven thousand people have died as a result of the April 25 earthquake, so Jesse Paris Smith was inspired to found Everest Awakening. Given that appellation by Tenzin Choegyal, the group’s mission statement explains, “The name represents a symbol of the issues faced today in the Himalaya. We think of Everest as so firm, untouchable, and almighty, and yet it was fragile, not spared in the face of this disaster. Mother Earth no longer accepts our presence with silence, so we need to rise up to awaken our hearts.” On May 17, a group of musicians and artists will perform at a benefit at City Winery, including Smith, her mother, Patti, folk troubadour Loudon Wainwright III, guitarist and composer Kaki King, electro-violist and composer Martha Mooke, sarangi player Shyam Nepali, singer-songwriter and painter Nicole Atkins, photographer Karanjit Singh, master calligrapher Tara Lobsang, Buddhist translator Pema Kunsang, and others. You can also contribute to the relief effort by purchasing a copy of Everest Awakening: Prayer for Nepal and Beyond, a collection of seventy-eight songs by such artists as Patti Smith, Flea, Krishna Das, Shilpa Ray, Philip Glass, Anne Waldman, Larkin Grimm, Holly Miranda, Lenny Kaye, and dozens more.