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Free Summer Music Guide!


1. Fleet Week sails into town

2. The Herring Festival swims into Grand Central

3. Tantric Buddhas enlighten the Rubin

4. The Lincoln Center Festival returns for the summer

5. NewFest rolls onto 34th St.

6. Plus Riff’s Rants & Raves, including Al Gore’s AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH, Deborah Scranton’s THE WAR TAPES, DanceAfrica at BAM, T Bone Burnett at Town Hall, and Colson Whitehead’s APEX HIDES THE HURT

7. and twi-ny’s special look at free summer music and film festivals all over the city

Volume 5, Number 51
May 24 — June 7, 2006

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Carrie goes for a spin at La Mano Pottery (for more on La Mano, see below)

Uniformed Event of the Week


Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum unless otherwise noted

Pier 86, 12th Ave. & 46th St.

Admission: $16.50 adults, $11.50 children six to seventeen, $4.50 children two to five

May 24-30


The Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard sail into town this week to take advantage of all that New York has to offer as well as to put on demonstrations for us civilians. While the Intrepid is the main location for this celebration, there are also special events in Staten Island, in Central Park, at the Port Authority Bus Terminal and Penn Station, in Times Square, and in Eisenhower Park on Long Island. Below is a taste of some of the special programs going on.

Intrepid Museum

Crowds gather as the tall ships pull in

Wednesday, May 24 Parade of Ships, 11:30 am

Wednesday, May 24


Monday, May 29 Public Concert: Rhode Island Sound or Island Breeze Navy Band, Port Authority Bus Terminal, 10:00 am & 2:30 pm

Thursday, May 25 Public Concert: Navy Crosswinds Quintet, Penn Station, 10:00 am

Thursday, May 25 Blessing of the Fleet, Homeport Pier, 455 Front St., Staten Island, 11:00 am

Thursday, May 25 Marine Corps Demonstration, Clove Lakes Park, Staten Island, 12 noon

Thursday, May 25 Public Concert: Navy Band’s Top Brass, Penn Station, 4:00

Thursday, May 25


Tuesday, May 30 Daily ship tours, Pier 88, 12 noon — 5:00

Friday, May 26 Marine Corps Day, Central Park, 9:00 am

Friday, May 26 Public Concert: Navy Band’s Top Brass, Penn Station, 10:00 am

Friday, May 26 Public Concert: Rhode Island Sound, Times Square, 12 noon

Friday, May 26 Marine Corps Demonstration, Eisenhower Park, Westbury, 12 noon

Friday, May 26 Stem to Stern Relay Race, Intrepid Museum, 1:00

Friday, May 26 Public Concert: Navy Crosswinds Quintet, Penn Station, 4:00

Saturday, May 27 The United War Veterans Council Event, Intrepid Museum, 11:00 am

Saturday, May 27 Marine Corps Day, Central Park, Intrepid Museum, 9:00 am

Saturday, May 27 Marine Corps Demonstration, Eisenhower Park, Westbury, 11:00 am

Saturday, May 27 Public Concert: Navy Ceremonial Band, Intrepid Museum, 11:30 am

Saturday, May 27 Tug of War, Intrepid Museum, 1:00

Sunday, May 28 Best Chow Competition, Intrepid Museum

Sunday, May 28 Public Concert: NE Navy Showband, Times Square, 12 noon

Monday, May 29 Memorial Day Ceremony, 11:00 am

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Culinary Event of the Week


Grand Central Oyster Bar

Grand Central Terminal, lower level

Delayed! Now scheduled to begin June 8


We can hardly wait every year for the new Dutch herring from the North Sea to arrive on these shores, but we’ll have to this time around, as the start of this annual festival has been delayed to June 8. A Dutch friend of ours from Zaandam — and a charter twi-ny subscriber — wrote in to tell us: "The catching and selling of herring played a very important part in the growth of the Dutch economy, which may be why there are so many different names for it in Dutch (‘silver of the sea’ being one of my favorites), and why it appears in so many sayings. Also, new herring can be caught only between May and June — a very short window of opportunity. Of course, there are many processes new herring can undergo that make it possible to enjoy the fish throughout the year, but the first catch is always special. There’s a race to see which boat can bring in the very first catch, and there’s the traditional official handing over of so-called Queen’s Herring to the throne." Well, we hope that Queen Beatrix hasn’t grown too hungry awaiting her ceremonial first slippery guy, ’cause we sure have. But pretty soon you’re likely to find us downing the splendiferous creatures (the fabulous Hollandse Nieuwe Haring from Scheveningen) with genever (Dutch gin, also spelled jenever) at the special cart (marked De Haringkoning — the Herring King) set up in the Grand Central Oyster Bar lounge. The cart will be open from 11:30 to 3:00 and then again from 5:00 until close, but you can also get the amazing herring — served with chopped egg and diced raw onion — off the regular menu. Herring and gin will run you not much more than 10 bills.

In the Neighborhood


Grand Central Terminal

Vanderbilt Hall

Admission: free

Through Friday, May 26 Winners of the Modern Marvels Invent Now Challenge


Grand Central Terminal

Vanderbilt Hall

General admission: $75

Thursday, June 1 Featuring dishes from more than forty neighborhood restaurants, including Métrazur, Blue Fin, the Campbell Apartment, Cibo, Django, Icon, Murray’s Cheese Shop, Oscar’s American Brasserie, Pampano, Patroon, Pershing Square, Riingo, Ristorante Cinque Terre, Rothmann’s Steakhouse & Grill, silverleaf tavern, Triomphe, Tropica Bar & Seafood House, and the Wheeltapper Pub, with proceeds benefiting homeless service providers, 7:00 — 9:30 pm


Grand Central Terminal

Vanderbilt Ave. between 40th & 42nd Sts.

Admission: free

Wednesday, June 7 Annual street festival, with restaurants and shops from inside Grand Central selling their wares outside


Grand Central Terminal

Vanderbilt Hall

Admission: free

Tuesday, June 13


Saturday, June 15 Brazilian fair, featuring food and drink, arts & crafts, tourism information, and live music and dance performances


Zittel’s Wagon Station Customizers will soon be on the move


The Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria

120 Park Ave. at 42nd St.

Through June 18

Sculpture Court open Monday — Saturday 7:30 am — 9:30 pm, Sunday 11:00 am — 7:00 pm

Gallery open Monday — Wednesday and Friday 11:00 am — 6:00 pm, Thursday 11:00 am — 7:30 pm

Admission: free


This companion piece to the more wide-ranging "Critical Space" at the New Museum of Contemporary Art through May 27 focuses on one aspect of Andrea Zittel’s work, what she calls Wagon Station Customizers — which are sort of like tree houses for adults. Approximately the size of station wagons, these unique living spaces are custom-made for the individual and are viable homes in the outdoors. (Most of the units on view at the New Museum are meant for the indoors; many of these were made for the desert near Joshua Tree.) They are sort of like miniaturized personal Winnebagos that you can take on the road and park wherever you want, creating new communal living areas. The atrium and gallery at the Whitney Altria contain eleven such wagon stations. They seem oddly out of place here, visible across the street from Grand Central Terminal, where so many people go about their daily commute in a daze and haze of conformity and limitation. For more on the exhibit, visit

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Museum of the Week

Rubin Museum of Art

Drenpa Namka, Tibet, fifteenth century, metalwork


150 West 17th St. at Seventh Ave.

Closed Monday

Admission: $10 (children under twelve free)


Taking over part of the old Barneys building in Chelsea, the Rubin Museum of Art, founded by Shelly and Donald Rubin, opened in October 2004, dedicated to Himalayan art. Its six floors of gallery space, linked by Andree Putman’s spiral steel and marble staircase originally built for Barneys, are spacious and welcoming. Go on a tour or pick up the audio guide to better understand the highly iconic and symbolic works that are about to entrance you.

Start on the fifth and sixth floors, where "Holy Madness: Portraits of Tantric Siddhas" is on display through September 4. More than one hundred works, including paintings, sculptures, woodblock prints, palm-leaf manuscripts, and photographs, reveal eighty-four fascinating mahasiddhas, or "great spiritually accomplished ones." These enlightened beings are a wide-ranging group, both traditional and nonconformist, peaceful and wild, studying and teaching the ways of the Esoteric Tantra, which believes that enlightenment can be reached in a single lifetime. Among the men and women whose unique and often fascinating stories are told are Jalandhara, the Net Holder; Krishnacharya, the Black Teacher; Vijayawada, the Victorious One; Kanba, the Black One; Shavaripa, the Hunter; Damarupa, the Drum Holder; Tilopa, the Sesame Seed Pounder; Kukkuripa, the Dog Lover; Chandragomin, the Grammarian; and our favorite, Luipa, the Fish-Gut Eater. Most prevalent is Virupa, the Ugly One, who, as legend has it, was able to stop the sun so he could keep on drinking without paying his bill. Take your time and study all nine extraordinary paintings following the Lotus-Born Tantric Buddha Padmasambhava and his eight emanations.

Rubin Museum of Art

Stories of Noble Deeds: Avadana, Eastern Tibet, nineteenth century

On the fourth floor, through next January, "Take to the Sky: Flying Mystics in Himalayan Art" introduces you to beings who achieved the power of flight. Comprising twenty-two paintings and sculptures, the exhibit includes mahasiddhas, lamas, asparas, and garudas from Buddhism, Hinduism, and Bon who were able to float above the earth. Resting on clouds, levitating with robes spread, or soaring through the air like Superman, these flying figures are usually on the periphery of the paintings, so you’ll have to look hard to find some of them, but they’re there. In "The Awakened One Sage of the Shakya Clan," two monks fly above the sun on either side of Shakyamuni Buddha. Mahasiddhas leap across the sky in "The Archer Surrounded by Forty Great Spiritually Accomplished Ones." A figure floats high above one of the retellings of the "Stories of Noble Deeds." Make sure to see the multiple heads and faces in the gilt copper alloy sculpture of Hayagriva, "The Horse-Headed One." And check out the land-borne monk in the lower-left-hand corner of "Heroic Aspirant to Enlightenment Essence of Space" looking up at a flying monk soaring behind the Bodhisattva Akashagarbha. We particularly like Namkai Nyingpo, one of Padmasambhava’s twenty-five main disciples and the man considered to be the first Tibetan Buddhist to fly.

Collection of Shelley & Donald Rubin

Amitayus, the Buddha of Immeasurable Life

"Perfected Beings, Pure Realms" will continue to occupy the third floor through September. Linger by the Wheel of Life, Bhavanachakra, to see representations of ignorance, anger, and desire, a circle of those who have performed good karma and bad karma actions, the six realms of existence (god, anti-god, human, animal, ghost, and hell), and the Twelve Links of Dependent Arising. "Want Not" includes depictions of the Glorious One with a Melodious Voice, Arapahana Manjushri, and the One of Loving Kindness, Maitreya. You’ll learn about the Black Hat Lamas of Tibet and the line of reincarnation, and you might be surprised to find out that there are wealth deities (Ganapati, the Red Lord of Hosts, featuring a Red Ganesha with his blue monkey consort) in addition to those who may bring long life and good health (the Buddha of Immeasurable Life, Amitayus). On the second floor is the ongoing, rotating exhibit "What Is It? Himalayan Art," a good introduction to the style, history, and iconography of the art of Tibet, Bhutan, Sikkim, Nepal, Mongolia, Siberia, China, India, and other locales. The survey is divided into four sections, discussing "Where is it made?," "Why is it made?," "How is it made?," and "What is going on?" Don’t miss the spectacular "Guhyasamaja — Akshobhyavajra," a fifteenth-century Tibetan metalwork statue of the Secret Assembly, Unshakable Vajra embracing his consort.

The K2 Lounge has become a hot destination on Friday nights


Rubin Museum of Art

150 West 17th St. at Seventh Ave.

Advanced reservations strongly recommended

212-620-5000 ext 344

Many of the programs at the Rubin are free with museum admission, and space is often limited, so book ahead if you can. Every Friday night, the restaurant and gift shop are transformed into the K2 Lounge, with DJs, special High Elevation cocktails (Dragon Eyes Mojito, PAMA-Mantra-tini), exotic finger foods (panko cheese balls, Indonesian shrimp chips, shui mai spoons), and intimate lighting for possible hooking up. Friday-night programs include an Artist on Art tour (we recently were led around the Rubin by DJ Spooky, who gave a fab musical lecture), Tangka painting demonstrations by Pema Rinzin, live jazz, films, and more.

Ongoing Tangka Painting Demonstration, with artist-in-residence Pema Rinzin, select days, 11:00 am — 4:30 pm

Wednesday, May 24 Lunch Matters: TANTRA: I AM THE SOURCE OF ENERGY (Ronald Nameth, 1975), screening and discussion, free with museum admission, 1:00

Thursday, May 25 The Yak Packers: An Early Childhood Program, children two to five with adults, free with museum admission, preregistration required, 10:00 am

Thursday, May 25 THE GODDESS: A Tribute to Ismail Merchant, special one-time-only live performance, limited tickets, $50, 7:00

Friday, May 26 Asian Contemporary Art Week — Fast Futures: Asian Video Art, 4:00

Friday, May 26 Cabaret Cinema — Fakirs + Fakers: F FOR FAKE (Orson Welles, 1972), free with $7 bar minimum, 7:00

Friday, May 26 Asian Contemporary Art Week: Artists on Art, with Shahzia Sikander, Naeem Mohaiemen, and Shin-il Kim, free with museum admission, 7:00

Friday, May 26 Cabaret Cinema — Fakirs + Fakers: THE FISHER KING (Terry Gilliam, 1991), free with $7 bar minimum, 9:30

Saturday, May 27 Spiral Music from the Middle East and India: percussionist Ravi Padmanabha, free with museum admission, all day

Saturday, May 27


Sunday, May 28 THE YOGIS OF TIBET (Phil & Jo Borock, 2002), free with museum admission, 4:00

Sunday, May 28 Spiral Music from China: Zhao Shun Guo, pipa, free with museum admission, all day

Wednesday, May 31 Lunch Matters: TANTRA: THE PLAY OF ENERGY (Ronald Nameth, 1975), screening and discussion, free with museum admission, 1:00

Wednesday, May 31 THE MAGICAL DANCE OF LIBERATION — THE CHAM DANCES OF LADAKH (Benoy K Behl, 2006), $12, 7:00

Friday, June 2 K2 Lounge: Time to Ascend, featuring full bar, guest DJs, Artists on Art tours of the galleries, a theater program, and Cabaret Cinema, 7:00

Friday, June 2 Harlem in the Himalayas: jazz concert with Ron Blake and Michael Cain, $15-$20 (includes admission to the galleries), 7:00

Friday, June 2 Cabaret Cinema — The Icarus Syndrome: CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON (Ang Lee, 2000), free with $7 bar minimum, 9:30

Saturday, June 3 Spiral Music: acoustic music under the spiral staircase, free with museum admission, all day

Saturday, June 3


Sunday, June 4 THE REINDEER PEOPLE (Hamid Sardar), $12, 4:00

Sunday, June 4 Spiral Music: acoustic music under the spiral staircase, free with museum admission, all day

Wednesday, June 7 Lunch Matters: TEF: TANTRA ENERGY FORMS (Ronald Nameth, 1966), screening and discussion, free with museum admission, 1:00

Wednesday, June 7 Film & Discussion: ORACLES & DEMONS OF LADAKH (Rob McGann, 2003), 7:00

Friday, June 9 K2 Lounge: Time to Ascend, featuring full bar, guest DJs, Artists on Art tours of the galleries, a theater program, and Cabaret Cinema, 7:00

Friday, June 9 Harlem in the Himalayas: jazz concert with Gene Bertoncini, $15-$20 (includes admission to the galleries), 7:00

Friday, June 9 Cabaret Cinema — The Icarus Syndrome: 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (Stanley Kubrick, 1968), free with $7 bar minimum, 9:30

Saturday, June 10 Spiral Music: acoustic music under the spiral staircase, free with museum admission, all day

Saturday, June 10 A Peak Experience: The Ultimate Sleepover, special event for forty children, ages eleven to fourteen, with four-time Everest summiter Luis Benitez, $108

Sunday, June 11 Spiral Music: acoustic music under the spiral staircase, free with museum admission, all day

Sunday, June 11 Shamanic Trance Earth Dance, with Parashakti, $40, 2:00

Wednesday, June 14 Lunch Matters: THE SPIRIT DOESN’T COME ANYMORE (Tsering Rhitar, 1997), screening and discussion, free with museum admission, 1:00

Wednesday, June 14 Film & Discussion: TAIJI: CHAOTIC HARMONY (Sat Hon, 2006), followed by discussion with Sat Chuen Hon and composer Philip Glass, $18, 7:00

Friday, June 16 K2 Lounge: Time to Ascend, featuring full bar, guest DJs, Artists on Art tours of the galleries, a theater program, and Cabaret Cinema, 7:00

Friday, June 16 Song and Sutra: The Kennedys in Concert, $25 (includes admission to the galleries), 7:00

Friday, June 16 Cabaret Cinema — The Icarus Syndrome: BRAZIL (Terry Gilliam, 1985), free with $7 bar minimum, 9:30

In the Neighborhood


237 West 18th St. between Seventh & Eighth Aves.

Tuesday through Friday, 12 noon — 9:00

Saturday & Sunday, 12 noon — 6:00


Across the street from the Rubin, down a few steps, is this charming pottery gallery / studio / gift shop. La Mano offers wheel classes, handbuilding classes, teen classes, and more in such disciplines as mosaic design and ceramics. We recently stopped in past closing time yet were still welcomed heartily and got a look at the wonderfully messy environs. Adult classes run between six and twelve weeks and go for between $225 and $450, with access to the studio whenever it’s open. Eighteen-week teen classes are $675. Whether you’re seeking to fill that creative jones or want to find a unique present, you should check out this great space before or after a trip to the Rubin.

Peter Mumford

Mary Sheldon Scott / Jarrad Powell Performance’s ASHES has its New York premiere at DTW


219 West 19th St. between Seventh & Eighth Aves.


Through Sunday, May 28 Zvidance: 12A and LES NOCES, $15-$25

Thursday, June 1


Sunday, June 4 MSS/JPP — Mary Sheldon Scott / Jarrad Powell Performance: ASHES and PRAYING MANTIS, $12-$20

Tuesday, June 6


Saturday, June 10 Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People


Wednesday, June 14


Saturday, June 17 H.T. Chen & Dancers: SHIFT, $15-$25


Joyce Theater

175 Eighth Ave. at 19th St.

212-242-0800 / 212-465-7468

Wednesday, May 31


Sunday, June 11 Mandance Project, featuring three new ballets by Eliot Feld, such dancers as Wu-Kang chen, Patricia Tuthill, and Mikhail Baryshnikov, music by So Percussion, and compositions by Steve Reich, Hank Williams, John Cage, Leon Redbone, Gustav Mahler, and others, $42

Sunday, June 4 Ballet Tech: Kids Dance, $30 adults, $20 kids, 2:00

Saturday, June 10 Ballet Tech: Kids Dance, $30 adults, $20 kids, 2:00

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Ticket Alert of the Week

Lincoln Center Festival gets ready to heat up


Multiple venues

July 10-30

Tickets: $20-$150

This year’s Lincoln Center Festival is another eclectic collection of diverse performances, including dance, theater, music, multimedia, and more. The great Julie Taymor will unveil her version of GRENDEL, Bill T. Jones dances to original music by Daniel Bernard Roumain, John Millington Synge is celebrated in an eight-and-a-half-hour production of all his plays, Heiner Goebbels uses texts by Elias Canetti for ERARITJARITJAKA, Saburo Teshigawara redefines space in BONES IN PAGES, RAMAKIEN is a Thai rock opera — and that’s only some of what’s in store for adventurous theatergoers. If you order tickets to multiple events before June 14, you’ll get special bonuses, so act fast.

Monday, July 10


Sunday, July 23 DRUIDSYNGE: THE COMPLETE PLAYS OF JOHN MILLINGTON SYNGE, Druid Theatre Company, Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College, $60-$195

Tuesday, July 11


Sunday, July 16 GRENDEL: TRANSCENDENCE OF THE GREAT BIG BAD, directed by Julie Taymor, New York State Theater, $40-$200, 7:30

Wednesday, July 12


Saturday, July 15 STREB vs. GRAVITY, STREB Extreme Action, La Guardia Drama Theater, $35, 7:00

Wednesday, July 12


Saturday, July 15 WINTER VOYAGE / THE RITE OF SPRING, Emanuel Gat Dance, La Guardia Concert Hall (free post-performance symposia with artistic director Emanuel Gat on July 14), $35, 9:00

Thursday, July 13 WEDDING AND FUNERAL ORCHESTRA, Goran Bregovic, Avery Fisher Hall, 30-$40, 8:00

Tuesday, July 18


Thursday, July 20 BLIND DATE, Bill T. Jones / Arnie Zane Dance Company, La Guardia Concert Hall, $50, 8:00

Tuesday, July 18


Saturday, July 22 Benjamin Bagby’s BEOWULF, La Guardia Drama Theater, $45, 8:30

Thursday, July 20


Saturday, July 22 TELOPHAZA, Batsheva Dance Company, New York State Theater, $25-$65, 8:00

Friday, July 21


Saturday, July 22 BONES IN PAGES, Saburo Teshigawara, Rose Theater, $20-$50, 8:00

Tuesday, July 25 Repertory Programs: Opening Night Celebration, San Francisco Ballet, New York State Theater, $30-$75, 8:00

Wednesday, July 26


Friday, July 28 SYLVIA, San Francisco Ballet, New York State Theater, $30-$75, 8:00

Wednesday, July 26


Sunday, July 30 Scanners: New York Video Festival, Walter Reade Theater, tickets go on sale June 22

Thursday, July 27


Saturday, July 29 ERARITJARITJAKA: MUSÉE DES PHRASES, Théatre Bidy-Lausanne, André Wilms, the Mondrian Quartet, directed by Heiner Goebbels, Rose Theater, $25-$50, 8:00

Thursday, July 27


Saturday, July 29 STRAWBERRY CREAM AND GUNPOWDER, Yasmeen Godder and the Bloody Bench Players, La Guardia Drama Theater, (free post-performance symposia with artistic director/choreographer Yasmeen Godder on July 27), $35, 7:00

Thursday, July 27


Sunday, July 30 GEISHA, TheatreWorks Singapore, Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College (free post-performance symposia with director Ong Keng Sen and narrator Karen Kandel on July 28), $50

Friday, July 28


Sunday, July 30 RAMAKIEN: A RAK OPERA, La Guardia Concert Hall, $40

Saturday, July 29


Sunday, July 30 Repertory Programs: "7 for Eight" (Bach, choreographed by Helgi Tomasson), "Quarternary" (Cage, Part, Bach, Mackey, choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon), New York City Opera Orchestra, "Artifact Suite" (Bach, Crossman-Hecht, choreographed by William Forsythe), San Francisco Ballet, New York State Theater, $30-$75, 8:00


Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse, Rose Building

165 West 65th St., tenth floor

Admission: free passes for pre-performance symposia available one hour prior to show in lobby, first come, first served

Tuesday, July 11


Tuesday, July 18 DRUIDSYNGE, with artistic director Garry Hynes, 6:00

Wednesday, July 12 GRENDEL, with composer Elliot Goldenthal, director Julie Taymor, and librettist J.D. McClatchy, 6:00

Saturday, July 15 STREB vs. GRAVITY, with artistic director Elizabeth Streb, 5:00

Thursday, July 20 BEOWULF, with Benjamin Bagby, 6:00

Friday, July 21 TELOPHAZA, with artistic director Ohad Naharin, 6:00

Wednesday, July 26 ERARITJARITJAKA, with composer/director Heiner Goebbels, 6:00

An Ethiopian coffee farm fights for survival in BLACK GOLD


Walter Reade Theater

165 West 65th St. between Eighth Ave. & Broadway

June 8—22

* indicates filmmakers and/or documentary subjects present at screening

Tickets: $10


The seventeenth annual Human Rights Watch International Film Festival collects films from all over the world that combine artistic merit with human rights content. This year’s fiction and nonfiction films examine Sierra Leone refugees, Indian violence, civil disobedience, drug trafficking, political prisoners from Tibet, environmental activism, everyday life in Iraq, Israeli and Palestinian fishermen, British hangman Albert Pierrepoint, the plight of young girls in Nicaragua and Nepal, a female fighter pilot in Afghanistan, corruption in Azerbaijan, and other controversial topics that are often overlooked and ignored by the media.

Thursday, June 8 Benefit: THE REFUGEE ALL STARS (Zach Niles and Banker White, 2005), with filmmakers and the Refugee All Stars present, followed by a reception, $250+, 212-216-1834, 6:00

Friday, June 9 THE CAMDEN 28 (Anthony Giacchino, 2006), 1:30

Friday, June 9 BLACK GOLD (Nick Francis and Marc Francis, 2006), 4:00

Friday, June 9 THE CAMDEN 28 (Anthony Giacchino, 2006), 6:30*

Friday, June 9 DREAMING LHASA (Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam, 2005),


Saturday, June 10 THE FOREST FOR THE TREES (Bernadine Mellis, 2006) and TOTAL DENIAL (Milena Kaneva, 2006), 1:00*

Saturday, June 10 THE CAMDEN 28 (Anthony Giacchino, 2006), 4:30*

Saturday, June 10 BLACK GOLD (Nick Francis and Marc Francis, 2006), 7:00*

Saturday, June 10 DIAS DE SANTIAGO (Josué Mendez, 2003), 9:30

Sunday, June 11 IRAQ IN FRAGMENTS (James Longley, 2006), 1:00*

Sunday, June 11 BLACK GOLD (Nick Francis and Marc Francis, 2006), 4:00*

Sunday, June 11 SOURCE (ZDROJ) (Martin Marecek & Martin Skalsky, 2005), 6:30

Sunday, June 11 DREAMING LHASA (Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam, 2005),


Monday, June 12 BLACK GOLD (Nick Francis and Marc Francis, 2006), 2:00

Monday, June 12 DREAMING LHASA (Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam, 2005),


Monday, June 12 THE FOREST FOR THE TREES (Bernadine Mellis, 2006) and TOTAL DENIAL (Milena Kaneva, 2006), 6:00*

Monday, June 12 THEY CALL ME MUSLIM (Diana Ferrero, 2005) and SHADYA (Roy Westler, 2005), 9:30*

Tuesday, June 13 DIAS DE SANTIAGO (Josué Mendez, 2003), 1:00

Tuesday, June 13 THE CAMDEN 28 (Anthony Giacchino, 2006), 3:00

Wednesday, June 14 THE FOREST FOR THE TREES (Bernadine Mellis, 2006) and TOTAL DENIAL (Milena Kaneva, 2006), 2:00

Wednesday, June 14 THEY CALL ME MUSLIM (Diana Ferrero, 2005) and SHADYA (Roy Westler, 2005), 6:30*

Wednesday, June 14 SOURCE (ZDROJ) (Martin Marecek & Martin Skalsky, 2005), 9:00

Thursday, June 15 SOURCE (Zdroj) (Martin Marecek & Martin Skalsky, 2005), 1:00

Thursday, June 15 THEY CALL ME MUSLIM (Diana Ferrero, 2005) and SHADYA (Roy Westler, 2005), 3:30

Thursday, June 15 RAIN IN A DRY LAND (Anne Makepeace, 2006), 6:00*

Thursday, June 15 SHOOTING DOGS (Michael Caton-Jones, 2005), 8:30*

Friday, June 16 RAIN IN A DRY LAND (Anne Makepeace, 2006), 1:00

Friday, June 16 SHOOTING DOGS (Michael Caton-Jones, 2005), 3:30

Friday, June 16 PUNAM (Lucian Muntean and Natasa Stankovic, 2005) and ROSITA (Barbara Attie and Janet Goldwater, 2005), 6:15*

Friday, June 16 AMU (Shonali Bose, 2005), 8:45*

Saturday, June 17 PUNAM (Lucian Muntean and Natasa Stankovic, 2005) and ROSITA (Barbara Attie and Janet Goldwater, 2005), 1:00*

Saturday, June 17 RAIN IN A DRY LAND (Anne Makepeace, 2006), 3:30*

Saturday, June 17 MY AMERICAN DREAM: HOW DEMOCRACY WORKS NOW (Shari Robertson and Michael Camerini, work in progress), 6:00*

Saturday, June 17 SWITCH OFF (APAGA Y VAMONOS), Manel Mayol, 2005), 9:00*

Sunday, June 18 WINTER IN BAGHDAD (INVIERNO EN BAGDAD) (Javier Corcuera, 2005), 1:00*

Sunday, June 18 KZ (Rex Bloomstein, 2005), 4:00*

Sunday, June 18 MEN ON THE EDGE — FISHERMEN’S DIARY (Avner Faingulernt and Macabit Abramzon, 2005), 6:30*

Sunday, June 18 SWITCH OFF (APAGA Y VAMONOS) (Manel Mayol, 2005), 9:00*

Monday, June 19 AMU (Shonali Bose, 2005), 1:00

Monday, June 19 RAIN IN A DRY LAND (Anne Makepeace, 2006), 3:30

Monday, June 19 SMILING IN A WAR ZONE (Simone Aaberg Kærn and Magnus Bejmar, 2005), 6:15*

Monday, June 19 MEN ON THE EDGE — FISHERMEN’S DIARY (Avner Faingulernt and Macabit Abramzon, 2005), 8:45*

Tuesday, June 20 SWITCH OFF (APAGA Y VAMONOS) (Manel Mayol, 2005), 1:00

Tuesday, June 20 PUNAM (Lucian Muntean and Natasa Stankovic, 2005) and ROSITA (Barbara Attie and Janet Goldwater, 2005), 3:30

Tuesday, June 20 KZ (Rex Bloomstein, 2005), 6:15*

Tuesday, June 20 WINTER IN BAGHDAD (INVIERNO EN BAGDAD) (Javier Corcuera, 2005), 8:45*

Wednesday, June 21 SMILING IN A WAR ZONE (Simone Aaberg Kærn and Magnus Bejmar, 2005), 1:00

Wednesday, June 21 WINTER IN BAGHDAD (INVIERNO EN BAGDAD) (Javier Corcuera, 2005), 3:30

Wednesday, June 21 PIERREPOINT (Adrian Shergold, 2005), 6:30

THE ROAD TO GUANTANAMO looks at life in the Cuban prison

Wednesday, June 21 THE ROAD TO GUANTANAMO (Michael Winterbottom and Mat Whitecross, 2006), 8:45*

Thursday, June 22 PUNAM (Lucian Muntean and Natasa Stankovic, 2005) and ROSITA (Barbara Attie and Janet Goldwater, 2005), 1:00

Thursday, June 22 MEN ON THE EDGE — FISHERMEN’S DIARY (Avner Faingulernt and Macabit Abramzon, 2005), 3:30

Thursday, June 22 Closing Night: THE REFUGEE ALL STARS (Zach Niles and Banker White, 2005), with filmmakers and the Refugee All Stars performing a short acoustic show, 6:15, 9:15


Frieda and Roy Furman Gallery

Walter Reade Theater

Admission: free

Thursday, June 8


Thursday, June 22 Before or after seeing a Human Rights Watch film at the Walter Reade, be sure to stop by the Frieda and Roy Furman Gallery to check out these harrowing photographs by Marcus Bleasdale of children living in the streets of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Susan Siegrist

Midsummer Night Swing lights up the night at Lincoln Center


Lincoln Center, Josie Robertson Plaza

June 20 — July 22

Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30 pm unless otherwise noted

Preshow dance lessons at 6:30 pm

Single tickets: $15

Six-night pass: $78

Ten-night pass: $120

Season pass: $225


Tuesday, June 20 Opening Night with the Jonathan Stout Orchestra — Big Band Tuesday: Big Band Swing

Wednesday June 21 Martha Wash, with Ari Gold, Sister Funk, and DJ Brenda Black: Disco, Soul, Funk  

Thursday June 22  QuinTango: Tango

Friday June 23 New Orleans Jazz Vipers: Traditional Jazz, Swing  

Saturday June 24  Kids’ Day! Ballroom, Tango and Swing for Kids, 11:00 am

Saturday June 24  Machito Orchestra — Salsa Saturday: Mambo, Cha Cha

Tuesday June 27 Gene Krupa Orchestra — Big Band Tuesday: Big Band Swing

Wednesday June 28 Chino Nuñez & Friends, with Ray Sepulveda & Frankie Vazquez: Salsa on the 1 & 2  

Thursday June 29 J Street Jumpers: Jump, Swing

Friday June 30 Bob Wills’ Texas Playboys: Western Swing  

Saturday July 1 Alex Torres y su Orquesta — Salsa Saturday: Merengue, Salsa

Tuesday July 4 Jo Thompson & the JC Heard Orchestra — Big Band Tuesday: Swing, Jazz

Wednesday July 5  Big Bandjo: Banjo Swing  

Thursday July 6 Plena Libre: Bomba, Plena, Salsa  

Friday July 7 Liz Carroll & John Doyle Band, with Billy McComiskey: Irish Traditional

Saturday July 8 Kid’s Day! Square Dance & Western Swing For Kids, 11:00 am

Saturday July 8  Sonora Carruseles — Salsa Saturday: Salsa Colombiana, Boogaloo

Tuesday July 11 City Rhythm Orchestra — Big Band Tuesday: Ballroom, Swing

Wednesday July 12  Midsummer Night Fever Hustle Party: Hustle, Disco with DJ Nelson "Paradise" Roman and Maxine Nightingale

Thursday, July 13  Boilermaker Jazz Band: Traditional Swing, Balboa

Thursday, July 13 Lincoln Center’s Taste of Summer Benefit; Celebrity Chef Food Tasting, North Plaza 10:00 pm

Friday, July 14 Li’l Ronnie & the Grand Dukes: Jump Blues

Saturday, July 15 Bio Ritmo — Salsa Saturday: Salsa

Tuesday, July 18 Tommy Dorsey Orchestra — Big Band Tuesday: Big Band Swing

Wednesday, July 19  Brave Combo: All-Request Night

Thursday, July 20 Gonzalo Grau y su Timba Loca: Timba, Son, Guaracha  

Friday, July 21 Ogans: Afro-Brazilian  

Saturday, July 22 Harlem Renaissance Orchestra: Lindy Hop Swing


Library of Performing Arts Events

Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center / Bruno Walter Auditorium

40 Lincoln Center Plaza between Broadway & Amsterdam Ave.

Admission: free

212-870-1630 / 212-642-0142

Thursday, May 25 Treasures of the Music Division — Adam Brown, classical guitar: works by Carlos Chavez and others, 6:00

Saturday, June 3 Mystic Circles: Islamic and Sufi Poetry and Movement Vocabulary in North Indian Kathak Dance, lecture and demonstration by Rani Khanam, 3:00

Monday, June 12 TWO BY TWO: Clifford Odets Meets Richard Rodgers, a Musical Reunion, with Marilyn Cooper, Joan Copeland, Michael Karm, Tricia O'Neil, and Walter Willison, 6:30

Saturday, June 17 Art & Activism: Contemporary LGBT Arts and Protest — Kings and Queens of New York City: A Drag Summit, with Flawless Sabrina, Murray Hill, and Taylor Mac, moderated by drag historian Joe E. Jeffreys, 4:00

Thursday, June 22 Art & Activism: Contemporary LGBT Arts and Protest — Unities: Music of Pride and Celebration, featuring a performance by pianist Anthony de Mare, followed by a panel discussion with de Mare and composers Fred Hersch, Jerome Kitzke, and Rodney Sharman, 6:30

Thursday, June 29 Man or Superman? The Art of George Bernard Shaw — Bernard Shaw On, and In, Love: A lecture by A.M. Gibbs, 6:00


The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

40 Lincoln Center Plaza

Plaza Lobby and Steinberg Room Gallery

Closed Sunday and Monday

Through June 12 Exhibit features window cards from every Tony-winning play and musical of the last sixty years

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Film Festival of the Week

Joe Piccolo

Charles Nelson Reilly is celebrated at NewFest


AMC Loews 34th St. Theater

34th St. between Eighth & Ninth Aves.

June 1-11

Tickets: screenings $12, Filmmakers Forum $6

The eighteenth annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Film Festival includes works from all over the world, including Spain, South Africa, India, France, Canada, Portugal, Thailand, China, Croatia, Germany, Austria, Mexico, Belgium, Nigeria, the Philippines, the UK, Israel, and the U.S.

Thursday, June 1 Opening Night Gala: STRANGERS WITH CANDY (Paul Dinello, 2005), AMC 13, $50, 8:00

Friday, June 2 THE LIFE OF REILLY (Barry Poltermann & Frank Anderson, 2006), AMC 13, 8:00

Saturday, June 3 Shorts Program: She’s So Outrageous, AMC 10, 1:30

Saturday, June 3 HOW DO I LOOK? (Wolfgang Busch, 2006), AMC 13, 8:00

Sunday, June 4 Shorts Program: In the Girls Room, AMC 10, 3:45

Sunday, June 4 QUEER DUCK: THE MOVIE (Xeth Feinberg, 2006), preceded by SMALL TALK AT THE BATHHOUSE (Michael Trull & Rick Zeigler, 2005), AMC 9, 5:30

Monday, June 5 THE MOSTLY UNFABULOUS SOCIAL LIFE OF ETHAN GREEN (George Bamber, 2005), preceded by SPACEBOY (Keith Dando, 2005), AMC 9, 7:45

Monday, June 5 ELECTROSHOCK (Juan Carlos Claver, 2006), preceded by WISDOM AND UNDERSTANDING (Sekvya Dorsett, 2004), AMC 10, 8:15

Tuesday, June 6 LOOKING FOR CHEYENNE (OUBLIER CHEYENNE) (Valerie Minetto, 2005), AMC 13, 8:00

Tuesday, June 6 IN THE BLOOD (Lou Peterson, 2006), preceded by PERFECT FILTRATION (Jeffrey Thomas McHale, 2005), AMC 13, 10:15

Wednesday, June 7 MRS. STEVENS HEARS THE MERMAIDS SINGING (Linda Thornburg, 2005), AMC 10, 6:00

Wednesday, June 7 RAINBOW'S END (Christian Jentzsch & Jochen Hick, 2006), preceded by THE BRIDGE (George Barbakadze, 2005), AMC 10, 8:15

Thursday, June 8 Filmmakers Forum: panel discussion with Amy Sedaris and Paul Dinello, moderated by Basil Tsiokos, Apple Store SoHo, 103 Prince St., free, 7:30

Thursday, June 8 BOY CULTURE (Q Allan Brocka, 2005), preceded by GOODBOYS (John Lochland, 2006), AMC 13, 8:00

Friday, June 9 CRUEL & UNUSUAL (Janet Baus, Dan Hunt & Reid Williams, 2006), preceded by SEXUALIDAD (Lizette Vila Espina, 2004), AMC 6, 6:00

Friday, June 9 LESBIAN PULP-O-RAMA GOES TO SWEDEN! (Heather de Michele, 2006), preceded by WORKING GIRL (Corine Stubi, 2004), AMC 10, 8:00

Saturday, June 10 Filmmakers Forum: Screening the Arts, New Yorker Hotel, 481 Eighth Ave. at 34th St., 1:00

Saturday, June 10 Shorts Program: She Drives Me Crazy, AMC 6, 1:30

Saturday, June 10 Filmmakers Forum: Rose Troche’s Practical Guide to Filmmaking, New Yorker Hotel, 481 Eighth Ave. at 34th St., 3:00

Saturday, June 10 BEYOND CONCEPTION: MEN HAVING BABIES (Johnny Symons, 2006), AMC 7, 3:15

Saturday, June 10 Filmmakers Forum: NYC LGBT Film Case Studies, New Yorker Hotel, 481 Eighth Ave. at 34th St., 6:00

Saturday, June 10 KIKI AND HERB RELOADED (Chris Gallagher & Michaline Babich, 2005), preceded by QUEER EYE FOR THE HOMELESS GUY (Joshua Stern, 2005), AMC 7, 10:00

Sunday, June 11 Filmmakers Forum: Masculinity in the Lesbian Community, New Yorker Hotel, 481 Eighth Ave. at 34th St., 1:00

Sunday, June 11 VACATIONLAND (Todd Verow, 2006), AMC 6, 1:30

Sunday, June 11 Filmmakers Forum: Queering Film Genres, New Yorker Hotel, 481 Eighth Ave. at 34th St., 3:30

Sunday, June 11 FOR THE LOVE OF DOLLY (Tai Uhlmann, 2006), preceded by HIGH HEELS ON WHEELS (Donna Cassyd & Leslie Sloan, 2005) and THE OBSESSIONS OF DAVID COHEN (Smith Galtney, 2005), AMC 6, 6:00

Sunday, June 11 Filmmakers Forum: The History Channel, New Yorker Hotel, 481 Eighth Ave. at 34th St., 6:00

Sunday, June 11 Closing Night Gala: 20 CENTIMETERS (Ramon Salazar, 2005), followed by after-party, AMC 7, $40, 8:00

In the Neighborhood


Don’t use Maya Lin’s "Eclipsed Time" to make your train


Penn Station

Under Madison Square Garden

31st to 34th Sts. between Seventh & Eighth Aves.

Admission: free

In the past few years, Penn Station has put up some interesting pieces of art to try to brighten — or at least confuse — your dash to the 6:14 train to Long Island or a NewFest film screening. Most notable is "Eclipsed Time" by Maya Lin, who designed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC. To find this clock sculpture, enter Penn Station on the corner of 34th & Seventh, underneath the glass sculpture, near the entrance to the IRT. Up on the ceiling you’ll see a series of ovals that uses the movement of the sun, moon, and earth to create shadows that result in an approximate time. Do not use this clock to figure out if you’re late for your train. Scattered throughout the station is a series of terra-cotta pieces by Andrew Leicester (who designed Zanja Madre on Figueroa St. in L.A.) known collectively as "Ghost Murals," echoing the former glory of Penn Station. You’ll find these goldish brown works on the wall by the Maya Lin clock, near the waiting room, and around other nooks and crannies; the piece by the clock is called "Day & Night," a takeoff on the post-office centerpiece on the Ninth Ave. facade.

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Riff’s Rants & Raves

Al Gore looks rather presidential in bringing us the truth about global warming

AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH (Davis Guggenheim, 2006)

Opens Wednesday, May 24

Loews Cineplex Lincoln Square

1998 Broadway at 68th St.

Tickets: $10.75


Landmark Sunshine Cinema

143 East Houston St. between First & Second Aves.

Tickets: $10.75


The self-described onetime "next president of the United States of America" has been fighting to save the earth for nearly forty years. Since not winning the presidency in 2000, Gore has been on the road, giving an illustrated lecture to more than one thousand groups, including schools all over the country, about the hot-button topic of global warming. Using colorful charts and graphs, stunning video of disappearing landscapes, and gorgeous shots of the earth, the surprisingly engaging and entertaining Gore elegantly discusses the melting of the glaciers, the heating of the oceans, the onset of devastating hurricanes and tornadoes, science fact versus science fiction, and the current administration’s refusal to acknowledge the seriousness of the problem. We also get an intimate look at Al Gore the person, seeing him at work on his iBook, sitting by his son’s side after a terrible accident, and talking about his father’s tobacco farm and his sister’s death from lung cancer. Gore and his traveling slide show have been compared to Paul Revere’s ride, warning the world of impending danger; we’re sure others will paint him as Chicken Little, screaming crazily that the sky is falling. Well, in this case, both sides are right, because the sky is indeed falling, as evidenced by the continuing destruction of the polar ice cap. MoveOn has called for supporters to flood theaters this opening weekend; it will be interesting to see the box office numbers, because some people think Gore might be planning a run for the Oval Office in 2008.

SenArt Films / Scranton/Lacy Films

THE WAR TAPES goes behind the scenes of the Iraq War

THE WAR TAPES (Deborah Scranton, 2006)

Landmark Sunshine Cinema

143 East Houston St. between First & Second Aves.

Opens Friday, June 2

Tickets: $10.75


Just named Best International Documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival, THE WAR TAPES is a brilliant look at combat as never seen before — from the perspective of real soldiers. With the New Hampshire National Guard being deployed to Fort Dix, NJ, on its way to Iraq, director Deborah Scranton got permission to recruit "citizen soldiers" to become "citizen journalists," giving digital cameras to volunteers who agreed to film their experience in Iraq. As members of Charlie Company, 3rd of the 172nd (Mountain) Regiment, they were responsible for providing safety to the trucks of defense contractor Kellog, Brown & Root, a subsidiary of Halliburton. The film follows the exploits of Sergeant Stephen Pink, who joined the military so he could afford to continue college; Specialist Mike Moriarty, whose life was changed so much by 9/11 that he was "motivated by the common cause of defending our great country and the freedoms that we as Americans live by"; and Sergeant Zack Brazzi, a Muslim who was born in Lebanon and loves being a soldier, "regardless of the political context or my personal feelings on the matter." Each one leaves a woman behind who discusses on camera her feelings about war and responsibility — Bazzi’s mother, Sana; Moriarty’s wife, Randi; and Pink’s girlfriend, Lindsay. Based at LSA Anaconda in the Sunni Triangle, Charlie Company faces danger every day, from car bombs, snipers, roadside bombs, and other weapons of destruction. The video they shoot — Scranton, producer Robert May (THE FOG OF WAR), and producer / editor Steve James (HOOP DREAMS) culled through more than eight hundred hours of raw footage to come up with the ninety-seven-minute final product — is often breathtaking, ranging from playful wartime camaraderie to violent death, with reactions that are not rehearsed or staged. This is the real thing, and it is devastating. Additional footage, e-mail correspondence between the filmmakers and soldiers, and a blog is available at the above Web site.


DanceAfrica 2006

Brooklyn Academy of Music

BAM Howard Gilman Opera House

30 Lafayette Ave. between Ashland Pl. & St. Felix St.

May 26-28

Friday, May 26 performance reviewed

Tickets: $20-$45


Celebrating its twenty-ninth anniversary, DanceAfrica closed BAM’s spring season in exhilarating style, led by the marvelously inspirational Baba Chuck Davis as the master of ceremonies. Following the traditional Libation Pouring on the steps of the Howard Gilman Opera House late Friday afternoon, Creative Outlet Dance Theatre kicked things off inside with "Forces," a beautiful dance about the power of nature, with a special look at the destruction wrought by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. After the annual Memorial paid tribute to those "who have transitioned to the ancestral grounds," the Universal African Dance & Drum Ensemble thrilled the vocal crowd with "African Dimedi," which included Afrobats, Pasha the Stilt Dancer, a Queen Percussion Party, and the passing of the torch from old to young. After intermission, the BAM/Restoration DanceAfrica Ensemble presented "Legacy," a colorful medley consisting of snippets from ten years of visiting companies from Zimbabwe, Kenya, Benin, Uganda, Cuba, Haiti, Ghana, Jamaica, and Peru, followed by "Econne-Conne." Representing the African Diaspora, Peru Negro, from Peru, performed three numbers, including two in the festejo style. All of the evening’s participants then took the stage for a grand finale. DanceAfrica is all about tradition, honoring the elders, and welcoming the next generation. The glorious weekend also featured an African Ancestral Altar in BAM’s Natman Room, an African Sculpture Garden in the small park across the street from the Howard Gilman Opera House, and a three-day street bazaar selling clothing, music, crafts, and lots of soul food. We already can’t wait for next year’s festival.

Jesse Dylan

O T Bone, Where Art Thou? Coming to the Town Hall


The Town Hall

123 West 43rd St. between Sixth Ave. & Broadway

Thursday, June 1, 8:00

Tickets: $30-$40


Uber-producer T Bone Burnett, of O BROTHER WHERE ART THOU? fame, as well as a major part of Bob Dylan’s mid-’70s Rolling Thunder Revue, returns with his first album in fourteen years, the dark, foreboding, mesmerizing THE TRUE FALSE IDENTITY. On the new disc, the man behind such triumphant albums as TRUTH DECAY and PROOF THROUGH THE NIGHT takes listeners on a bleak journey from "Zombieland," where "Machines gonna stomp that devil beat," to "Palestine Texas," where, "when you come out of this self delusion, you’re going to need a soul transfusion," from "Hollywood Mecca of the Movies," where "honesty is the most subversive of disguises," to "Fear Country," where "Nobody knows what’s going to happen / Nobody knows what’s going on / Nobody knows what’s coming down / But it’s coming down," to "Earlier Baghdad (The Bounce)," where "Every word we say is crucial / A lie to avoid a lie." Paying tribute to his mentor, Burnett’s compelling tale in the awesome "There Would Be Hell to Pay" is reminiscent of Dylan’s "Lily, Rosemary & the Jack of Hearts." In "I’m Going on a Long Journey Never to Return," he begins, "Oh this death / Moment by moment / Darker and darker / Down and down / I feel your cold breath," the morbidness offset by jangly stanzas. Burnett, a born-again Christian, doesn’t wear his religion on his sleeve, but neither does he shy away from the heated subject; in "Blinded by the Darkness," he proclaims, "Do we want to inject the concept of sin / Into the Constitution / Is this really necessary / Shouldn’t sin be left to the laws of God?" And "Every Time I Feel the Shift," which features a blazing guitar solo, includes Burnett and a background chorus repeating, "We’re marching up to Zion / that beautiful city of God." THE TRUE FALSE IDENTITY is no mere comeback album for a famous folkie; it is a powerful, modern epic for the twenty-first century. Burnett will be appearing June 1 at the Town Hall, with special guest Jakob Dylan. Seats are still available, so act fast.

(Doubleday, March 2006, $22.95)

Brooklyn’s Colson Whitehead (THE COLOSSUS OF NEW YORK) sets up a terrific premise for his latest novel, the slim APEX HIDES THE HURT, but, unfortunately, it doesn’t live up to its promise. His protagonist, a nameless nomenclature consultant, has been brought into the small, classic American town of Winthrop to decide whether changing the name to the more modern New Prospera would be good for business. He is shown around by the three members of the town board, each one with a different take on the future of the town — which was founded by black slaves and originally named Freedom: Lucky Aberdeen, the CEO of a growing software company; Albie Winthrop, the last of the once-great Winthrop line; and Regina Goode, the mayor and a descendant of one of the founders of the town. As the consultant talks to the cheerful folks of Winthrop as well as couples in town for a convention promoting the area, Whitehead goes back to the consultant’s past, when he was the go-to guy in the nomenclature field, the genius who came up with the name Apex for a Band-Aid competitor. (Another person came up with the tag line, winding up with the catchphrase "Apex Hides the Hurt.") Unfortunately, the lonely consultant turns out to be a less-than compelling character, and Whitehead’s ruminations on the naming of people and things just falls flat, rarely as humorous or clever as it could have been. APEX HIDES THE HURT probably would have worked better as a short story or a novella; even at only 195 pages, it feels too long.

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twi-ny top free summer music festivals

For a regularly updated day-by-day calendar of free summer music events, visit


Rockefeller Plaza

49th St. between Fifth & Sixth Aves.

Outside TODAY studio 1A

Friday mornings through August 11 at 8:30

Admission: free

Friday, May 26 Jimmy Buffet

Monday, May 29 James Blunt

Friday, June 2 Brad Paisley

Friday, June 9 Natasha Bedingfield

Friday, June 16 Earth, Wind & Fire

Friday, June 23 Phil Collins

Friday, June 30 Rascal Flatts

Friday, July 7 Pink

Wednesday, July 12 Sheryl Crow

Friday, July 14 KC & the Sunshine Band

Friday, July 28 Chicago

Friday, August 11 Chris Brown


Bryant Park Upper Terrace

42nd St. between Fifth & Sixth Aves.

Friday mornings through August 25 at 7:00

Admission: free

Friday, May 26 Dixie Chicks

Friday, June 2 Rob Thomas and Jewel

Friday, June 9 Kenny Chesney

Friday, June 16 Prince featuring Tamar

Friday, June 23 Mary J. Blige

Friday, June 30 Pussycat Dolls

Friday, July 7 Beach Boys

Friday, July 14 Train

Friday, July 21 TBA

Friday, July 28 Huey Lewis & The News

Friday, August 4 Pharrell with Kanye West

Friday, August 11 Carrie Underwood

Friday, August 25 Lionel Richie


Charles A. Dana Discovery Center

Inside Central Park at 110th St. & Lenox Ave.

May 28 — July 9

Sundays at 4:00

Admission: free


Sunday, May 28 Dominic Kanza Group

Sunday, June 4 Ray Mantilla Quintet

Sunday, June 18 The Alex Blake Group

Sunday, June 25 Los Macondos

Sunday, July 2 Sweet Georgia Brown

Sunday, July 9 Los Soneros de Oriente


Chelsea Piers Main Plaza

Pier 62, 23rd St. & the Hudson River

Saturday & Sunday afternoons, 12 noon - 4:00

June 3 — October 1

Admission: free


Saturday, June 3 The John Malino Band

Sunday, June 4 Lost Chord

Saturday, June 10 Joe Taino

Sunday, June 11 Total Remix

Saturday, June 17 Tone Masters

Sunday, June 18 MusSounTrac

Saturday, June 24 Jeffrey Friedberg and the Bossy Frog Band

Sunday, June 25 BuzzUniverse


Saturday, July 1 T-Bone

Sunday, July 2 The John Malino Band

Saturday, July 8 Tone Masters

Sunday, July 9 SounTrac

Saturday, July 15 Lost Chord

Sunday, July 16 Joe Taino

Saturday, July 22 Friedberg and the Bossy Frog Band

Sunday, July 23 Total Remix

Saturday, July 29 Alex Berman

Sunday, July 30 BuzzUniverse

Saturday, August 5 Total Remix

Sunday, August 6 Joe Taino

Saturday, August 12 Jeffrey Friedberg and the Bossy Frog Band

Sunday, August 13 BuzzUniverse

Saturday, August 19 Tone Masters

Sunday, August 20 The John Malino Band

Saturday, August 26 T-Bone

Sunday, August 27 SounTrac


Saturday, September 2 Joe Taino

Sunday, September 3 The John Malino Band

Saturday, September 9 Tone Masters

Sunday, September 10 Total Remix

Saturday September 16 Lost Chord

Sunday, September 17 Jeffrey Friedberg and the Bossy Frog Band

Saturday, September 23 T-Bone

Sunday, September 24 BuzzUniverse

Saturday, September 30 Alex Berman

Sunday, October 1 SounTrac


Madison Square Park Oval Lawn

Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:30 am

Through August 31

Admission: free


Tuesday, June 6 Audra Tsanos

Thursday, June 8 Danna Banana 

Tuesday, June 13 Wendy Gelsanliter-BizzyBum Productions

Thursday, June 15 Julie & Friends (Steve Gelfand and Paul O’Keefe)

Tuesday, June 20 Ivan Ulz

Thursday, June 22 Dirty Sock Funtime Band

Tuesday, June 27 Ernie & Neal


Rockefeller Park in Battery Park City (RP)

World Financial Center Plaza (WFC)

Wagner Park in Battery Park City (WP)

Historic Battery Park Lawn (BPL)

Music at Castle Clinton in Battery Park (CC)

June 7 — September 7

All shows at 7:00 unless otherwise noted

Admission: free (same-day free tickets required for Castle Clinton shows)


Wednesday, June 7 Jimmy Delgado Salsa con Dulzura Orquesta, WP

Tuesday, June 13 Eels with Smoosh, WFC

Wednesday, June 14 Ralph Stanley with Tres Chicas, RP

Tuesday, June 20  Son Volt, WFC

Wednesday, June 21 Poetic City: A Celebration of Word and Song on the 20th Anniversary of the Poets House, RP

Wednesday, June 28 Dr. John and Friends Sing Johnny Mercer, RP

Tuesday, July 4 Belle and Sebastian, BPL, 3:30

Thursday, July 6 Mates of State, CC

Tuesday, July 11  Puffy Amiyumi, WFC

Wednesday, July 12 Maude Maggart with Tony DeSare, RP

Thursday, July 13 Okkervill River, CC

Tuesday, July 18 Terry Allen, WFC

Wednesday, July 19 Little Feat, RP

Thursday, July 20 Josh Rouse, CC

Tuesday, July 25  Diane Reeves & Chiara Civello, WFC

Wednesday, July 26 The Spinners, RP

Thursday, July 27 The Hold Steady, CC

Wednesday, August 2 Hot August Night: A Neil Diamond Celebration

Thursday, August 3 Dave Holland Quintet, CC

Wednesday, August 16 Papo Vazquez Pirates Troubadours, WP

Wednesday, August 23 RiverLuisito Carrion and Orquesta, WP

Wednesday, August 30 Michael Stuart & Orquesta, WP

Thursday, September 7 Jose Alberto "El Canario" & Orquesta, In Honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, WP


MetroTech Center Commons

Civic Center/Borough Hall area of Downtown Brooklyn

Corner of Flatbush & Myrtle Aves.

Thursday afternoons, June 8 - August 10, 12 noon - 2:00

Admission: free

Thursday, June 8 Easy Star All-Stars

Thursday, June 15 TBA

Thursday, June 22 Odetta with Catherine Russell

Thursday, June 29 Salif Keita

Thursday, July 6 Willie Colón

Thursday, July 13 TBA

Thursday, July 20 The Radiators

Thursday, July 27 The Spinners

Thursday, August 3 Tortured Soul

Thursday, August 10 Billy Paul


Pier 45, Hudson River Park at Charles St.

Pier 46, Hudson River Park at Charles & West Sts.

Pier 54, Hudson River at Fourteenth St.

June 9 — August 13

Admission: free

Friday, June 9


Friday, August 25 Sunset on the Hudson: David Ippolito, the Guitar Man, Pier 45, 7:00

Tuesday, June 13


Tuesday, August 8 Stars of Tomorrow: jazz and classical performances by students and faculty from the Manhattan School of Music, Pier 45, 6:00

Tuesday, June 27 RiverRocks: Brazilian Girls, Pier 54, 6:00

Sunday, July 9 MoonDance: David Berger & the Sultans of Swing, Pier 54, dance lessons at 6:30, live music at 7:00

Thursday, July 20 RiverRocks, Pier 54, 6:00

Sunday, July 23 MoonDance: Los Hermanos Còlon, Pier 54, dance lessons at 6:30, live music at 7:00

Sunday, July 30 MoonDance: Mò Guajiro, Pier 54, dance lessons at 6:30, live music at 7:00

Sunday, August 6 Hudson River Park Music — MoonDance: Eternal Tango, Pier 54, dance lessons at 6:30, live music at 7:00

Thursday, August 10 Hudson River Park Music — RiverRocks: RJD2 & Lyrics Born with Alice Smith, Pier 54, 6:00

Sunday, August 13 Hudson River Park Music — MoonDance: George Gee’s Jump, Jive & Wailers, Pier 54, dance lessons at 6:30, live music at 7:00


Clinton Cove Park at 55th St. at the Hudson River

Monthly Tuesday nights at 6:00

Through August 8

Lawn seating only

Admission: free

Tuesday, June 13 Trinity String Quartet

Tuesday, July 11 The Strines

Tuesday, August 8 The Central Park Brass


City Hall Park

Across from J&R at Park Row

Admission: free


Thursday, June 15 Jeannie Ortega, 5:00; Raheem DeVaughan, 6:00; Donell Jones, 7:00

Friday, June 16 Paula Campbell, 5:00; Ty Tribbett, 6:00; Jagged Edge, 7:00

Saturday, June 17 Janita, 1:00; Groove Collective, 2:00; Ben E. King, 4:00


Prospect Park Bandshell

June 15 - August 5

Keep It Great: Give $3 at the Gate


Thursday, June 15 Maceo Parker, 8:00

Friday, June 16 Latin Music Series: Tiempo Libre / Javier García / Cuban Cowboys, 7:00

Saturday, June 17 Laurie Anderson / Chirgilchin, 7:30

Thursday, June 22 Los Lonely Boys / James Hunter, 7:30

Friday, June 23 Canada in New York, 7:30

Saturday, June 24 JVC Jazz Festival: Savion Glover & Friends / Robert Glasper, 7:30

Friday, June 30 TV on the Radio / Matt Pond Pa / Voxtrot, 6:30

Saturday, July 1 Celebrate South Africa! Angelique Kidjo in a tribute to Brenda Fassi & Miriam Makeba, with Vusi Mahlasela and a very special South African guest, 7:00

Friday, July 7 Barrington Levy / Patrick Junior, 7:30

Saturday, July 8 Toshi Reagon & BIGLovely, 7:30

Sunday, July 9 Ezra Jack Keats Family Concert: Ralph's World / Ezra Jack Keats Reading with Rita Houston, 5:00

Thursday, July 13 Movies Under the Stars: YO LA TENGO: THE SOUNDS OF SCIENCE / Samara Lubelski, 7:30

Friday, July 14 Brooklyn Philharmonic, 8:00

Saturday, July 15 Latin Music Series: Nortec Collective / Beto & Richie Grupo Soñador, 7:30

Thursday, July 20 Brave New World Repertory Theatre: THE GREAT WHITE HOPE, 8:00

Friday, July 21 Movies Under the Stars: BLACKMAIL (Alfred Hitchcock, 1929) with Alloy Orchestra / Morley, 7:30

Saturday, July 22 Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, 8:00

Thursday, July 27 Movies Under the Stars: DRACULA (Tod Browning, 1931) with Philip Glass & Kronos Quartet / Slavic Soul Party, 7:30

Friday, July 28 Leela James / Bfe Sound System aka Brooklyn Funk Essentials, 7:30

Saturday, July 29 Latin Music Series: Boricua Festival — Sonora Ponceña / Joe Bataan / and more, 2:00 — 9:00

Thursday, August 3 Movies Under the Stars: Bill Frisell takes on Keaton, Morrison & Woodring / The Moonlighters, 7:30

Friday, August 4 Latin Music Series: Los Amigos Invisibles / Bellanova / Los Tres, 7:00

Saturday, August 5 African Festival: Kékélé / Lágbájá / Razia / African Underground Allstars / Martino Atangana & the African Blue Note, 2:00-10:00


Rumsey Playfield

Central Park (enter at Fifth Ave. & 69th St.)

June 16 — August 13

Admission: free


Friday, June 16 Nu Jazz Today! Charlie Hunter & Bobby Previte with special guest Elliott Sharp as Groundtruther, Matthew Shipp, Nils Petter Molvaer, Sex Mob, 7:00

Saturday, June 17 Rhett Miller, Teddy Thompson, Ollabelle, 3:00

Sunday, June 18 Takfarinas, Chris Berry & Panjea, Turntables on the Hudson, 3:00

Friday, June 23 The Refugee All Stars from Sierra Leone, 7:00

Saturday, June 24 Club Shelter’s 15th Anniversary Dance Party, with DJs Timmy Regisford and Sting International, 3:00

Sunday, June 25 Canada Day! with Feist, Buck 65, and Jason Collett, 3:00

Thursday, June 29 The Carnegie Hall/Citigroup Neighborhood Concert Series 30th Anniversary: An Evening with Audra McDonald, 7:00

Friday, June 30 Joan Didion, 7:30

Saturday, July 1 Antibalas Beat Orchestra, Balkan Beat Box, Ska Cubana, 3:00

Sunday, July 2 Seu Jorge, Jose Gonzalez, Alex Cuba Band, 3:00

Friday, July 7 Noche Flamenca, Roxanne Butterfly’s Worldbeats, 8:00

Saturday, July 8 Hakim, The Lion of Egypt and His Egyptian Orchestra with special guest Karina Pasian, 3:00

Sunday, July 9 Global Family Day: Chinese Golden Dragon Acrobats, Dirty Sock Funtime Band, Baby Loves Disco, 1:30

Friday, July 14 Stephen Petronio Company and the Young People's Chorus of New York, 8:00

Saturday, July 15 The Family Stand, Black Merda, and special guest Fugi, Sharrif Simmons, 3:00

Sunday, July 16 Amadou & Mariam, Daby Toure, Birdy Nam Nam, 3:00

Wednesday, July 19 UCB Theatre in the Park, 7:30

Saturday, July 22 Cheb I Sabbah, Riffat Sultana & friends, 7:00

Sunday, July 23 Maldita Vecindad, Konono No. 1, Daara J, 3:00

Friday, July 28 Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians, Sonya Kitchell, 7:00

Saturday, July 29 Goapele, Alice Smith, DJs: The Ladies of Ubiquita, 3:00

Sunday, July 30 Lady Sovereign, Pete Rock, Jean Grae, curated by DJ Rekha, 3:00

Wednesday, August 2 An Iliad, 7:30

Friday, August 4 60th Anniversary Celebration: Limon Dance Company, 8:00

Saturday, August 5 Gustavo Cerati, Calle 13, Mexican Institute of Sound, 3:00

Sunday, August 6 Fourth Annual Brazilian Film Festival of Miami: This Is Bossa Nova, Lenine, 7:00

Monday, August 7 From Mambo to Hip Hop, directed by Henry Chalfant, 7:00

Friday, August 11 Urban Bush Women, Creative Outlet Dance Theatre of Brooklyn, 8:00

Saturday, August 12 Soul to Soul: The Wild Magnolia Mardi Gras Indians with Big Chief Bo Dollis, Irma Thomas, the Hot & Brass Band w/the Movers and Shakers, 3:00

Sunday, August 13 Talvin Singh, Asha Puthli, and special guests Dewey Redman, Guru, Solar & DJ Doo Wop, Prefuse 73, and Outernational, curated by DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid, 3:00


El Museo del Barrio

1230 Fifth Ave. at 104th St.

Thursday nights at 6:00 through August 10

Admission: free


Thursday, June 22 Afro-Cuban Jazz and Salsa Mix: Larry Harlow and Latin Jazz Encounter, Teatro Heckscher

Thursday, June 29 Son and More: Alex Cuba Band

Thursday, July 6 Freestyle DJ Dance Party, featuring Coro, the Cover Girls, Reina, and TKA

Thursday, July 13 Salsa: Chino Nunez. George Delgado & Friends

Thursday, July 20 Reggaeton and Hip Hop, with Urban Box Office and Sano-In

Thursday, July 27 Merengue/Bachata/Bolero: Los Ciegos del Barrio

Thursday, August 3 Latin Funk/Urban Latin Jewish Mix: Pacha and Hip Hop Hoodios

Thursday, August 10 Rock: Los Amigos Invisibles


Huntington Arts Council

Heckscher Park

Prime Ave. & Route 25A (Main St.)

All shows at 8:30 unless otherwise noted

Admission: free


Friday, June 23 Koko Taylor and Her Blues Machine, with Bennett Harris

Saturday, June 24 The East Village Opera Company

Sunday, June 25 Senior Pops Orchestra

Tuesday, June 27 David Gonzalez, Aesop Bops, 7:30

Wednesday, June 28 Huntington Community Band: Mozart & More!

Thursday, June 29 Huntington Men’s Chorus

Friday, June 30 The Dance Theatre Company & the Red Hot Mamas

Saturday, July 1 J.D. Allen Trio, with Shenole Latimer Quartet

Sunday, July 2 Merian Soto Dance Company: Three Branch Songs

Tuesday, July 4 Hudson Vagabond Puppets: Monkey See, Monkey Do, 7:30

Wednesday, July 5 Huntington Community Band: American Dream

Thursday, July 6 Huntington Choral Society

Friday, July 7 Plena Libre

Saturday, July 8 Golden Group Memories, Bank of America sponsor

Sunday, July 9 Plaza Theatrical Productions: THE MUSIC MAN

Tuesday, July 11 Patricia Shih, 7:30

Wednesday, July 12 Huntington Community Band: Around the World and Back in One Evening, with the L.I. Tuba Quartet, 7:15

Thursday, July 13 Long Island Roots Music, with Little Toby Walker and Millers Crossing, and comedian Joe DeVito

Friday, July 14 Antares

Saturday, July 15 Niyaz

Sunday, July 16 North Shore Pops

Tuesday, July 18 Samite of Uganda, 7:30

Wednesday, July 19 Huntington Community Band: Under the Stars, 7:15

Thursday, July 20 Isotope Stompers

Friday, July 21 Circle of Dance Repertory Company, with Centro Coregrafico di Danza

Saturday, July 22 Sean Grace Band with Dave Valentin

Sunday, July 23 Sol y Sombra Spanish Dance Company: Flamenco Caliente

Tuesday, July 25 Geist: A One-Man Detour to Hilarity! 7:30

Wednesday, July 26 Huntington Community Band: Encore, Encore! 7:15

Thursday, July 27 Township Theatre Group: All in the Timing

Friday, July 28 Ravi Coltrane Quartet

Saturday, July 29 Emeline Michel: An Evening of Haitian Music, with Buyu Ambroise & the Blues in Red Band

Sunday, July 30 Long Island Dance Consortium Summer Showcase, with ASEID Contemporary Dance Company, Nassau BOCES Cultural Arts Center Repertory Dance Company, Variations Dance Company, Long Island Dance Company, Nryita Saagaram Dance Academy, and Nassau Dance Centre

Tuesday, August 1 Michel Lane Trautman, 7:30

Wednesday, August 2 Nassau Pops

Thursday, August 3 The Stanton Anderson Band

Friday, August 4 Wonderous Stories: Pink Floyd’s DARK SIDE OF THE MOON

Saturday, August 5 Broadhollow Theatre: ANYTHING GOES

Sunday, August 6 Janis Brenner & Dancers: 25th Anniversary Program

Tuesday, August 8 Plaza Theatrical Productions: CHARLOTTE’S WEB, 7:30

Wednesday, August 9 Island Hills Chorus

Thursday, August 10 Klezmatics

Friday: August 11 Richard Joo: The Classical Music of Billy Joel

Saturday, August 12 The Huntington Folk Festival, with John Hammond and Red Molly

Sunday, August 13 A Film in the Park: FRESH CUT GRASS (Matt Coppolla), with an appearance by the director

Tuesday, August 15 Brady Rymer: Rock and Roll for Kids, 7:30

Wednesday, August 16 Twin Shores Chorus

Thursday, August 17 Ed Palermo Big Band: The Music of Frank Zappa

Friday, August 18 Long Island Philharmonic Orchestra: Music Under the Stars

Saturday, August 19 Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys

Sunday, August 20 Antigone Rising, with HyJinx


Riverside Clay Tennis Association

Tennis lawn, Hudson River at 97th St.

Through September 16

Picnics and blankets encouraged

Admission: free


Saturday, June 24 Citigrass, 5:00

Saturday, July 1 Dave Glasser, 6:00

Saturday, July 8 Musica Bella Orchestra, 6:00

Saturday, July 15 The Atwaters/Ed Baker, 7:00

Saturday, July 22 Nu Guajiro, 6:00

Saturday, July 29 Efendi, 6:00

Saturday, September 2 Bob Kindred Ensemble, 6:00

Saturday, September 9 Sabor Brasil, 6:00

Saturday, September 16 Pe de Boi, 6:00


Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Front Lawn

1000 Richmond Terr.

Sundays at 5:00

Admission: free


Sunday, June 25 The David Gluhk Klezmer Ensemble

Sunday, July 9 Cynthia Sayer Jazz Banjo

Sunday, July 16 Big Frank and the Healers

Sunday, July 23 The Pan Asian Repertory Theatre’s THE FAN TAN KING

Sunday, July 30 The Opera Collective: An Evening of Italian Opera

Sunday, August 6 The Bindlestiff Family Circus


St. Bartholomew’s Church

109 East 50th St. at Park Ave.

Sunday mornings at 11:00

June 26 — September 18

Admission: free, donations accepted


Sunday, June 26 Missa F-Major, BWV 233, Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Bartholomew’s Choir with Orchestra

Sunday, July 3 A Celebration of American Music — Leonard Bernstein, Chichester Psalms, and Aaron Copland, Old American Songs: St. Bartholomew’s Choir

Sunday, July 10 Mass for Four Voices

Sunday, July 17 The Chapel Choir and Brass Ensemble of St. Peter’s School, York, England  

Sunday, July 17 Special Summer Pops Concert: The Chapel Choir, Wind Band and Swing Band of St. Peter’s School, York, England, 3:00

Sunday, July 24 Missa in G-Minor, BWV 235, Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Bartholomew’s Choir with Orchestra

Sunday, July 31 Missa Miamiensis, James Buonemani: St. Bartholomew’s Choir

Sunday, August 7 Missa Solennelle, Louis Vierne: St. Bartholomew’s Choir

Sunday, August 14 Missa Brevis (1944), Zoltán Kodály, St. Bartholomew’s Choir

Sunday, August 21 Missa in A-Major, Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Bartholomew’s Choir

Sunday, August 28 Missa Luba (Congolese Mass): St. Bartholomew’s Choir and Instrumentalists

Sunday, September 4 Missa in G-Major, BWV 236, Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Bartholomew’s Choir with Orchestra

Sunday, September 11 Requiem, Op. 48, Gabriel Fauré: St. Bartholomew’s Choir

Sunday, September 18 Christchurch Mass, Malcolm Archer: St. Bartholomew’s Boy & Girl Choristers


Naumburg Bandshell

midpark just south of the 72nd St. cross-drive

Monthly Tuesday nights through August 8 at 7:30

Admission: free

Tuesday, June 27 The Imani Winds, featuring pianist André-Michel Schub: Works by Mongo Santamaria and Maurice Ravel, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Astor Piazzolla, and Paquito D’Rivera, Naumburg Orchestral Concerts, 7:30

Tuesday, July 11 The Naumburg Orchestra, featuring George Garrett Keast, conductor, Andrew Armstrong, piano soloist: Ludwig Van Beethoven, Symphony No 8 in F Major Op. 32; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Piano Concerto No. 24 in C Minor, K. 491; Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky, Pulcinella Suite, Naumburg Orchestral Concerts, 7:30

Tuesday, July 25 The Naumburg Orchestra, featuring Sarah Ioannides, conductor, and Scott Hartman, trombone soloist: Felix Mendelssohn, Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture Op. 32; Ferdinand David, Concertino for Trombone and Orchestra; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Prague Symphony, Naumburg Orchestral Concerts, 7:30

Tuesday, August 8 Early Music Concert, Arthur Haas, conductor and director:

Luigi Boccherini, Quintet for Guitar and Strings "Fandango Quintet"; Procession of the Military NightWatch in Madrid; Recit and Aria Accademicha (from Metastasio) for Soprano and Strings; Francesco Durante, Concerto for Orchestra "La Pazzia"; Antonio Vivaldi, Folias for strings, Naumburg Orchestral Concerts, 7:30


South Street Seaport, Pier 17

June 30 — September 1

All shows at 7:00 unless otherwise noted

Admission: free


Friday, June 30  Amy Rigby & Robbie Fulks

Friday, July 7  TBD

Friday, July 14 Dave Alvin and the Guilty Men

Wednesday, July 19 Conjunto Classico

Thursday, July 20 Summer Soul Nights: Sugar Hill Gang

Wednesday, July 26 Ray Sepulveda

Thursday, July 27  Summer Soul Nights

Friday, July 28 Richard Hawley & Nicolai Dunger

Wednesday, August 2 Bio Ritmo

Thursday, August 3 Summer Soul Nights

Friday, August 4 Hot Chip and Oppenheimer

Wednesday, August 9 Seaport Music: Son Boricua featuring Jose Mangual & Jimmy Sabate

Friday, August 11 Seaport Music: Josh Ritter and Elvis Perkins

Wednesday, August 16 Seaport Music: Conjunto Imagen

Thursday, August 17 Summer Soul Nights

Friday, August 18 Seaport Music: The Box Tops featuring Alex Chilton

Thursday, August 24  Summer Soul Nights

Friday, August 25 Seaport Music: Ted Leo + Pharmacists

Friday, September 1 Seaport Music


Solar One at Stuyvesant Cove Park

East River between 22nd & 23rd Sts.

Admission: free


Sunday, July 2 Aa (Big A Little a), Dame Darcy, Japanther, Parts & Labor, the Wowz, special guests, and WNYU DJs, 12 noon – sundown

Sunday, July 23 Matthias Heilbronn, Michelle Shaprow, Bruce Tantum, Malena Perez, the Les, Bridget Marie 23, Nickodemus, and Imani Uzuri Rock Quartet, 12 noon – sundown

Sunday, August 13 MKL, Egg Foo, the Himalayan Marching Band, Vasilli Gavre & Emme, Monia Sharp, DJ Sascha, Marc-Alan Gray, Kudu, and Ocote Soul Sounds, 12 noon – sundown


Ft. Greene Park, Dekalb Ave. & Washington Park St.

Brower Park, Brooklyn Ave. & Prospect Pl.

Herbert Von King Park, Lafayette, Marcy & Thompkins Ave. & Green St.

St. Mary’s Park, 146th St. & St. Ann’s Ave.

Crotona Park, 173rd St. & Crotona Park East

Mahoney Park, Beechwood Ave., Crescent Ave., Cleveland St. & Jersey St.

Highbridge Park, 173rd St. & Amsterdam Ave.

Jackie Robinson Park, 145th St. & Bradhurst Ave.

Marcus Garvey Park, 124th St. & Mt. Morris Park

Queensbridge Park, 21st St. Bridge Plaza, Vernon Blvd., & East River

July 6 – August 2400

All shows begin at 7:00

Admission: free

Thursday, July 6 Kurtis Blow, Herbert Von King Park

Tuesday, July 11 Brazilian Girls, Fort Greene Park

Tuesday, July 11 Plena Libre, St. Mary’s Park

Wednesday, July 12 Doug E Fresh / Brucie B, Brower Park

Wednesday, July 12 Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes, Crotona Park

Thursday, July 13 Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes, Herbert Von King Park

Tuesday, July 18 Rich Medina & Bobitto aka Cucumber Slice “Leaving This Planet,” Fort Greene Park

Tuesday, July 18 Felix Hernandez Rhythm Revue, St. Mary’s Park

Wednesday, July 19 Tabou Combo, Brower Park

Wednesday, July 19 Johnny Pacheco y Su Tumboa, Crotona Park

Thursday, July 20 The Persuasions, Herbert Von King Park

Tuesday, July 25 Little Brother / Joell Ortiz, Fort Greene Park

Tuesday, July 25 Orquesta Broadway, St. Mary’s Park

Wednesday, July 26 Felix Hernandez Rhythm Revue, Brower Park

Wednesday, July 26 The Cold Crush Brothers, Crotona Park

Wednesday, August 2 The Persuasions, Mahoney Park

Tuesday, August 8 Mala Fe, Highbridge Park

Tuesday, August 8 Mighty Sparrow, Queensbridge Park

Wednesday, August 9 Felix Hernandez Rhythm Revue, Jackie Robinson Park

Wednesday, August 9 Dave Santiago and Latin Affair, Mahoney Park

Thursday, August 10 Slick Rick / Kool DJ Red Alert, Marcus Garvey Park

Tuesday, August 15 Magic Juan, Highbridge Park

Tuesday, August 15 The Manhattans, Queensbridge Park

Wednesday, August 16 Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Jackie Robinson Park

Wednesday, August 16 The Manhattans, Mahoney Park

Thursday, August 17 Antibalas, Marcus Garvey Park

Tuesday, August 22 Raulin, Highbridge Park

Tuesday, August 22 Frankie Vasquez y Soneros Del Barrio, Queensbridge Park

Wednesday, August 23 Kurtis Blow, Jackie Robinson Park

Thursday, August 24 Dwele, Marcus Garvey Park


Flushing Town Hall

137-35 Northern Blvd. at Linden Pl.

Alternate Friday nights at 8:00 in the garden

July 7 – August 18

Admission: free


Friday, July 7 Brian Clayton and the Green River Band

Friday, July 21 James Jones & Positive Energy

Friday, August 4 Marty Raneri & the Channel Surfers

Friday, August 18 Pheeroan akLaff and taiko drummers


New York Philharmonic

Various venues

Admission: free

Performance begins at 8:00 pm, followed by fireworks


Monday, July 10 Brass Ensemble, PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ

Tuesday, July 11 Xian Zhang, conductor, Jennifer Koh, violin: Tchaikovsky, Coronation March, Tchaikovsky, Violin Concerto, Dvorák, Symphony No. 8, Prospect Park

Wednesday, July 12 Xian Zhang, conductor, Jennifer Koh, violin: Tchaikovsky, Coronation March, Tchaikovsky, Violin Concerto, Dvorák, Symphony No. 8, the Great Lawn, Central Park

Thursday, July 13 Xian Zhang, conductor, Jennifer Koh, violin: Tchaikovsky, Coronation March, Tchaikovsky, Violin Concerto, Dvorák, Symphony No. 8, Cunningham Park, Queens

Friday, July 14 Xian Zhang, conductor, Jennifer Koh, violin: Tchaikovsky, Coronation March, Tchaikovsky, Violin Concerto, Dvorák, Symphony No. 8, South Meadows Concert Stage, Snug Harbor, Staten Island

Saturday, July 15 Xian Zhang, conductor, Jennifer Koh, violin: Tchaikovsky, Coronation March, Tchaikovsky, Violin Concerto, Dvorák, Symphony No. 8, Heckscher State Park, East Islip

Monday, July 17 Xian Zhang, conductor, Jennifer Koh, violin: Tchaikovsky, Coronation March, Tchaikovsky, Violin Concerto, Dvorák, Symphony No. 8, Van Cortlandt Park

Tuesday, July 18 Marin Alsop, conductor, and Leila Josefowicz, violin: John Adams, The Chairman Dances, Prokofiev, Violin Concerto No. 1, Beethoven, Symphony No. 5, the Great Lawn, Central Park


Wingate Field

Winthrop St. between Brooklyn & Kingston Aves., across the street from Kings County Hospital

Monday nights at 7:30

Admission: free, chairs recommended


Monday, July 10 Anthony Hamilton and Angie Stone

Monday, July 17 Stephanie Mills, the Whispers, and Melba Moore

Monday, July 24 Gospel

Monday, July 31 Roberta Flack and James Ingram

Monday, August 7 LL Cool J

Monday, August 14 Caribbean Mighty Sparrow, Third World, Maxie Priest, and Toots & the Maytals

Monday, August 21 The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards, Funk Brother Jack Ashford & the Original Motown Sound, and the Contours


Michael Schimmel Center

Pace University

Spruce St. east of Park Row, near Gold St.

Monday nights July 10 — August 7 at 7:30

Admission: free, but advance tickets required


Monday, July 10 Cameron Carpenter, organ

Monday, July 17  Svet Stoyanov, percussion; Joseph Lin, violin

Monday, July 24  Thomas Meglioranza, baritone; Reiko Uchida, piano

Monday, July 31 Jie Chen, piano

Monday, August 7 Brasil Guitar Duo


Coney Island Boardwalk

Admission: free


Saturday, July 15 Sixth annual event, featuring She wants Revenge, Stars, Art Brut, Tapes ’n Tapes, the Stills, the Cribs, Celebration, Dirty on Purpose, and more, 12 noon — 9:00 pm

twi-ny top free summer movie festivals


Pier A Park at First & Sinatra Dr.


June and July films start at 9:00

Admission: free

Blankets & lawn chairs encouraged


Wednesday, June 7 THE SQUID & THE WHALE (Noah Baumbach, 2005)

Wednesday, June 14 GOOD NIGHT & GOOD LUCK (George Clooney, 2005)

Wednesday, June 21 CRASH (Paul Haggis, 2005)

Wednesday, June 28   THE PRODUCERS (Susan Stroman, 2005)

Wednesday, July 12 BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN (Ang Lee, 2005)

Wednesday, July 19 WALK THE LINE (James Mangold, 2005)

Wednesday, July 26 RENT (Chris Columbus, 2005)

Wednesday, August 2 MARCH OF THE PENGUINS (Luc Jacquet, 2005) 

Wednesday, August 9 CURIOUS GEORGE (Matthew O’Callaghan, 2006)

Wednesday, August 16 WALLACE & GROMIT: CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT (Steve Box & Nick Park, 2005) 

Wednesday, August 23 HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE (Mike Newell, 2005

Wednesday, August 30 KING KONG (Peter Jackson, 2005)


Bryant Park

Sixth Ave. from 40th to 42nd Sts.

Monday nights June 19 - August 23

Lawn opens at 5:00 pm for blankets (no plastic) and picnicking

Films begin at dusk (between 8:00 & 9:00 pm)

Admission: free


Monday, June 19 THE BIRDS (Alfred Hitchcock, 1963)

Monday, June 26 TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT (Howard Hawks, 1944)

Monday, July 3 M*A*S*H (Robert Altman, 1970)

Monday, July 10 BULLITT (Peter Yates, 1968)

Monday, July 17 THE BAND WAGON (Vincente Minnelli, 1953)

Monday, July 24 HIGH NOON (Fred Zinnemann, 1952)

Monday, July 31 A SHOT IN THE DARK (Blake Edwards, 1964)

Monday, August 7 THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE (John Frankenheimer, 1962)

Monday, August 14 CHARADE (Stanley Donen, 1963)

Monday, August 21 ROCKY (John G. Avildsen, 1976)


One Mean Summer: Pier 54, Hudson River at Fourteenth St.

Wednesdays around dusk July 5 — August 23

Big Adventures: Pier 46, Hudson River Park at Charles & West Sts.

Fridays around dusk July 7 — August 25

Admission: free

Wednesday, July 5  MEAN GIRLS (Mark Waters, 2004)

Friday, July 7 WALLACE & GROMIT: CURSE OF THE WERE-RABBIT (Steve Box & Nick Park, 2005)

Wednesday, July 12  ROSEMARY’S BABY (Roman Polanski, 1968)

Friday, July 14 MARCH OF THE PENGUINS (Luc Jacquet, 2005)

Wednesday, July 19  THE BEASTMASTER (Don Coscarelli, 1982)

Friday, July 21 CHICKEN RUN (Peter Lord & Nick Park, 2000)

Wednesday, July 26  JAWS (Steven Spielberg, 1975)

Friday, July 28 HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE (Chris Columbus, 2001)

Wednesday, August 2  CRUEL INTENTIONS (Roger Kumble, 1999)

Friday, August 4 NANNY McPHEE (Kirk Jones, 2005)

Wednesday, August 9  GOLDFINGER (Guy Hamilton, 1964)

Friday, August 11 LEMONY SNICKET’S A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS (Brad Silberling, 2004)

Wednesday, August 16  GOODFELLAS (Martin Scorsese, 1990)

Friday, August 18 WILLY WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (Mel Stuart, 1971)

Wednesday, August 23  A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (Stanley Kubrick, 1971)

Friday, August 25 E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (Steven Spielberg, 1982)


Brooklyn Bridge Park at Empire-Fulton State Park

1 Main St. at Water St.

Thursday nights at sunset, preceded by music by live DJs at 6:00

Admission: free


Thursday, July 6 THE WIZARD OF OZ (Victor Fleming, 1939)

Thursday, July 13 EASY RIDER (Dennis Hopper, 1969)

Thursday, July, 20 STRANGERS ON A TRAIN (Alfred Hitchcock, 1951)

Thursday, July 27 PEE WEE’S BIG ADVENTURE (Tim Burton, 1985)

Wednesday, August 2 THE ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT (Stephan Elliott, 1994

Thursday, August 10 BONNIE AND CLYDE (Arthur Penn, 1967)

Thursday, August 17 RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (Steven Spielberg, 1981)

Thursday, August 24 THE WARRIORS (Walter Hill, 1979)


Riverside Park South

Pier 1, 70th St. at the Hudson River

Admission: free


Wednesday, July 12 ON THE WATERFRONT (Elia Kazan, 1954)

Wednesday, July 19 SHOW BOAT (George Sidney, 1951)

Wednesday, July 26 THE AFRICAN QUEEN (John Huston, 1951)

Wednesday, August 2 THE SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS MOVIE (S tephen Hillenburg, 2004)

Wednesday, August 16 A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT (Robert Redford, 1992)

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