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More than twenty thousand guests are expected to descend on Arthur Ave. on Saturday for the annual Ferragosto festival

More than twenty thousand people are expected to descend on Arthur Ave. on Saturday for the annual Ferragosto festival

Arthur Ave. between Crescent Ave. & 187th St.
Saturday, September 9, free, 12 noon - 6:00 pm

The Ancient Roman festival known as Ferragosto dates back to August 15 in 18 BC, celebrating summer, the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, the end of the harvest season, and various gods and goddesses (Diana, Vertumnus, Opis). Here in New York City, Ferragosto is taking place this year on September 9 along one-hundred-year-old Arthur Ave., which was named for Chester A. Arthur, the Vermont-born New York lawyer and politician who became the twenty-first president of the United States. Belmont Business Improvement District executive director Philip Marino will give the opening remarks at 11:30, followed by Elio Scaccio performing “Inno di Mameli,” the Italian National Anthem, and Nick Vero delivering “The Star-Spangled Banner.” There will be live performances by Scaccio and JulieAnna at 11:45 and 2:15, Natalie Pinto at 12:45, Frankie Sands at 3:15, and Rock Steady at 4:45. Among the many merchants with booths will be Arthur Avenue Cigars, Artuso Pastry Shop, Bronx Dance Theatre, Casa Della Mozzerella, Catania’s Pizza, De Lillo’s Pastry Shop, Dominick’s Restaurant, Gerbasi, Liberatore’s Garden, Madonia Bros. Bakery, Mario’s, Peter’s Meat Market, Randazzo’s, Sacred Heart Gifts & Apparel, St. Barnabas Hospital, Terranova Bakery, and Zero Otto Nove. It doesn’t get much more Italian than this, so divertiti!



Governors Island
Saturday, September 8, and Sunday, September 9, $75 per day, $140 both, 2:00 - 10:00

Beer, music, and food are on the menu at OctFest, taking place on Governors Island on September 8 and 9. On Saturday, the music lineup boasts Vince Staples, Jeff Tweedy, NAO, Saba, Preoccupations, Vagabon, Standing on the Corner, Hatchie, Flasher, and Madison McFerrin, while taking the stage on Sunday are the Flaming Lips, Nile Rodgers & CHIC, Yo La Tengo, Girlpool, Hop Along, No Age, Kamaiyah, Shopping, Julie Byrne, and the Courtneys. Food will be available from Best Pizza, Cervo’s, Hank’s Juicy Beef, Island Oyster, KronnerBurger, Los Viajeros Food Truck, Mission Chinese Food, Oddfellows Ice Cream Co., Sweet Chick, STUF’D Truck, and Roberta’s Pizza, curated by Bon Appétit. Presented by Pitchfork and beer culture website October, the second annual festival also features suds from nearly one hundred craft breweries from some twenty countries, including Rogue Ales, Zero Gravity Craft Brewery, Bogota Beer Co., Boxing Cat Brewery, Wicked Weed Brewing, DC Brau, Wedge Brewing Co., Four Peaks Brewing Co., Wild Beer Co., Birra del Borgo, Brouwerij Bosteels, La Virgen, Cerveza Patagonia, Cucapá, Nicaragua Craft Beer Co., 4 Pines Brewing Company, Taihu Brewery, the Hand & Malt Brewery, and Karbach Brewing Co. In addition, money will be raised for the Billion Oyster Project.


NYPL explores the 1960s counterculture movement in multimedia exhibit (photo by twi-ny/mdr)

NYPL explores the 1960s counterculture movement in multimedia exhibit (photo by twi-ny/mdr)

The New York Public Library
Stephen A. Schwartzman Building
D. Samuel and Jeane H. Gottesman Exhibition Hall
Daily through September 1, free

The New York Public Library revisits one of the most turbulent eras of American history in “You Say You Want a Revolution: Remembering the 60s,” which continues at the main Manhattan branch through September 1. Part of Carnegie Hall’s citywide “The ’60s: The Years that Changed America,” the show features photographs, art, letters, documents, video, music, propaganda, and more, divided into “Get My Soul Free: Consciousness,” “Wang Dang Doodle: Sexuality and Gender,” “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall: The New Left,” “Bad Moon on the Rise: War in Vietnam,” “I’m Black and I’m Proud: Civil Rights and Black Power,” and “Back to the Garden: Communal Life,” exploring the counterculture and its legacy. John Updike defends the war in Southeast Asia. Tom Wolfe takes notes for what would become The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. Film clips celebrate Woodstock and Hair. Buttons declare, “Black Is Beautiful.” The death of the hippie is memorialized in Haight-Ashbury. Psychedelic posters announce happenings. Patty Hearst reinvents herself as Tania. Gloria Steinem has something to say to the New York Times. And Uncle Sam wants out. There are also listening booths where you can act as your own DJ, choosing songs from hundreds of albums arranged politically. Free tours will be held at 12:30 and 3:30 Monday through Saturday and Sunday at 2:00.


New York City Opera continues summer season in Bryant Park next week with La Traviata (photo by Matthew Eisman)

New York City Opera continues summer season in Bryant Park next week with La Traviata (photo by Matthew Eisman)

New York City Opera
Bryant Park Upper Terrace
Forty-First St. between Fifth & Sixth Aves.
Tuesday, August 28, 6:00

New York City Opera has spent significant time in Bryant Park this summer, performing hour-long versions of Bizet’s Carmen, Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, Rossini’s La Cenerentola, and Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West and Madama Butterfly, among other special presentations. Next up is Verdi’s perennial favorite, La Traviata, based on a novel by Alexandre Dumas fils. It’s more timely than usual now that Pretty Woman is on Broadway, featuring a scene in which the protagonists go to the opera to see the show. La Traviata will be performed in the park on August 28 at 6:00; the People’s Opera summer season concludes September 17 with Rossini’s The Barber of Seville.


Met summer Live in HD screening festival starts this week

Met summer Live in HD screening festival starts this week

Lincoln Center, Josie Robertson Plaza
Columbus Ave. at 63rd St.
August 24 - September 3, free, starting time between 7:30 and 8:00

The Met Opera’s annual — and free — Summer HD Festival kicks off August 24, consisting of ten filmed operas from 2012 to 2018, projected onto a large screen on Josie Robertson Plaza, plus a bonus opening-night screening of the Marx Brothers classic A Night at the Opera, which goes behind the scenes of Verdi’s Il Trovatore. Even with three thousand available seats for each presentation, be prepared to get there early. Below is the full schedule.

Friday, August 24
A Night at the Opera (Sam Wood, 1935), 8:00

Saturday, August 25
Roméo et Juliette by Charles Gounod, libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré, directed by Bartlett Sher, with Diana Damrau as Juliette and Vittorio Grigolo as Roméo, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda, from January 21, 2017, 8:00

Sunday, August 26
Norma, by Vincenzo Bellini, libretto by Felice Romani, directed by Sir David McVicar, with Sondra Radvanovsky, Joyce DiDonato, and Joseph Calleja, conducted by Carlo Rizzi, from October 7, 2017, 7:45

Monday, August 27
Elektra, by Richard Strauss, libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal, directed by Patrice Chéreau, with Nina Stemme, Adrianne Pieczonka, Waltraud Meier, and Eric Owens, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen, from April 30, 2016, 8:00

Tuesday, August 28
Il barbiere di Siviglia by Gioachino Rossini, libretto by Cesare Sterbini, directed by Bartlett Sher, with Christopher Maltman as Figaro, Isabel Leonard as Rosina, and Lawrence Brownlee as Count Almaviva, conducted by Michele Mariotti, from November 22, 2014, 8:00

Wednesday, August 29
Lulu by Alban Berg, libretto by Alban Berg, directed by William Kentridge, with Marlis Petersen, Johan Reuter, Daniel Brenna, Paul Groves, Franz Grundheber, and Susan Graham, conducted by Lothar Koenigs, from November 21, 2015, 7:30

Thursday, August 30
Rusalka by Antonín Dvořák, libretto by Jaroslav Kvapil, directed by Mary Zimmerman, with Kristine Opolais, Brandon Jovanovich, Eric Owens, and Jamie Barton, conducted by Sir Mark Elder, from February 25, 2017, 7:45

Friday, August 31
L’elisir d’amore by Gaetano Donizetti, libretto by Felice Romani, directed by Bartlett Sher, with Pretty Yende and Matthew Polenzani, conducted by Domingo Hindoyan, from February 10, 2018, 8:00

Saturday, September 1
Un ballo in maschera by Giuseppe Verdi, libretto by Antonio Somma, directed by David Alden, with Marcelo Álvarez, Sondra Radvanovsky, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Kathleen Kim, and Stephanie Blythe, conducted by Fabio Luisi, from December 8, 2012, 8:00

Sunday, September 2
Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss, libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal and Harry Graf Kessler, directed by Robert Carsen, with Renée Fleming, Elīna Garanča, Erin Morley, Matthew Polenzani, and Günther Groissböck, conducted by Sebastian Weigle, from May 13, 2017, 7:15

Monday, September 3
Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini, libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa, directed by Anthony Minghella, with Kristine Opolais, Roberto Alagna, and Dwayne Croft, conducted by Karel Mark Chichon, from April 2, 2016, 8:00


charlie parker jazz festival

Multiple locations
August 22-28, free (some events require advance RSVP)

City Parks Foundation’s twenty-sixth annual Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, a five-day SummerStage salute to the Kansas City–born saxophonist known as Bird and Yardbird, kicks off August 22 at 2:00 with a Family Jazz Party with Adam O’Farrill and Immanuel Wilkins at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, followed at 7:00 by “Paper Man @ 50,” a conversation with trumpeter Charles Tolliver and saxophonist Gary Bartz on the occasion of the golden anniversary of the recording of Tolliver’s debut album. On August 23 at 5:30, the School of Jazz and Contemporary Music at the New School will host a “Paul Motian Tribute” featuring excerpts from Michael Patrick Kelly’s upcoming documentary Motian in Motion, a Q&A moderated by guitarist Steve Cardenas, and a live set by Cardenas, Frank Kimbrough, and Ben Allison. Also at 5:30, the Jazz Foundation of America and Ariana’s List present “Jazz in the Garden: George Braith,” with the saxophonist playing in the 6BC Botanical Garden. And at 7:30, the Maysles Documentary Center will present a free screening of Jake Meginsky’s Milford Graves Full Mantis, with Meginsky and Graves, who turns seventy-seven today, participating in a Q&A after the film. On August 24 at 5:30, for “Jazz in the Garden: Antoine Rooney,” the tenor and soprano saxophonist will perform in the Harlem Rose Garden.

The festival hits the next level on Friday night, when Tolliver will celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Paper Man in Marcus Garvey Park with special guests Bartz, Jack DeJohnette, Buster Williams, and a surprise; vocalist Brianna Thomas gets things going with a Jazzmobile show at 7:00. On Saturday at 3:00, pianist Monty Alexander and the Harlem Kingston Express, vocalist Catherine Russell, pianist Matthew Whitaker and his trio, and trumpeter Keyon Harrold will take the stage in Marcus Garvey Park. And the partying reaches its crescendo on Sunday afternoon at 3:00 in Tompkins Square Park with the Gary Bartz Quartet, the Bad Plus, pianist Amina Claudine Myers, and the newly commissioned work “UNHEARD,” a Bird tribute with Wilkins, Joel Ross, and O’Farrill.


Mr. Gaga screening in Central Park will be preceded by performance by Gallim Dance and Gaga class on August

Mr. Gaga screening in Central Park will be preceded by performance by Gallim Dance and Gaga class on August 22

The free summer arts & culture season is under way, with dance, theater, music, art, film, and other special outdoor programs all across the city. Every week we will be recommending a handful of events. Keep watching twi-ny for more detailed highlights as well.

Sunday, August 19
Jazz Festival, Morris-Jumel Mansion, 65 Jumel Terrace, free, 2:00

Monday, August 20
Movies on the Waterfront: Black Panther (Ryan Coogler, 2018), Astoria Park Lawn, 8:30

Tuesday, August 21
Movies Under the Stars: Singin’ in the Rain (Gene Kelly & Stanley Donen, 1952), Poe Park, Bronx, 8:30

Wednesday, August 22
SummerStage: Mr. Gaga (Tomer Heymann, 2017), preceded by a performance by Gallim Dance, with a preshow Gaga/people class taught by Omri Drumlevich (advance RSVP required), Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, 8:00

Thursday, August 23
Pier 17 Cinema Club: ESPN Films presents Basketball: A Love Story, the Rooftop at Pier 17, 89 South St., free with advance registration, 8:00

Friday, August 24
Shakespeare: Macbeth, Fridays and Saturdays through September 8, no tarps allowed, Bryant Park Picnics, Bryant Park, 7:00

Saturday, August 25
Summer Concert Series: Joan Caddell & the Midnight Choir, Karlus Trapp, with wine and beer tastings and lawn games, chairs and blankets encouraged, Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, Staten Island, 7:00

Sunday, August 26
Staten Island Philharmonic in High Rock Park: Woodwinds Ensemble, High Rock Gate, Staten Island, 3:00