twi-ny, this week in new york

The FREE Issue: Everything FREE


1. FREE summer events from river to river

2. FREE summer events in Prospect Park

3. FREE museum nights

4. FREE summer events in Hudson River Park

5. FREE summer events in Central Park

6. FREE summer events in Brooklyn Bridge Park

7. FREE summer events on Governors Island

8. FREE summer events in McCarren Park

9. FREE summer events in Bryant Park

10. FREE summer events in smaller city parks

11. Not free film festival about freedom

12. Plus Riff’s Rants & Raves: Film, including BEAUTY IN TROUBLE, THE INCREDIBLE HULK, MY WINNIPEG, GET SMART, and the New York City Food Film Festival

13. Riff’s Rants & Raves: FREE Live Music & Dance, including the After the Jump Festival in Brooklyn and WATER III at the Met fountain

14. and twi-ny’s ALL-FREE weekly recommended events, including book readings, film screenings, panel discussions, concerts, workshops, and other special free events

Volume 8, Number 2
June 11-25, 2008

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Actually, that’s only the half of it; all the events in this issue of twi-ny are a full 100% off — except for a film festival that deals with freedom...


Rockefeller Park in Battery Park City (RP)

Wagner Park in Battery Park City (WP)/ Historic Battery Park Lawn (BPL)

Music at Castle Clinton, in Battery Park (CC) / South Street Seaport, Pier 17 (SSS)

Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, Pace University (MSC)

South Cove, Battery Park City, Hudson River at South End Ave. (SC)

One New York Plaza at Water & Whitehall Sts. (ONE)

1 Battery Park Plaza at 24 State St. (BPP) / City Hall Park (CHP)

Admission: free




Sonic Youth will play free show in Battery Park on July 4

On July 4, 1992, Sonic Youth played one of the greatest Fourth of July shows New York City has ever seen, on a bill with the ailing but still remarkable Sun Ra. We were there, so we can vouch for its legendary status. This year Sonic Youth will be headlining what could be another memorable Independence Day concert, playing on the Battery Park Lawn with the early indies group the Feelies. Although tickets are free, they must be reserved in advance on the River to River official Web site on June 12 at 12 noon. Good luck! Fortunately, the vast majority of this summer’s free River to River festival does not require tickets, except for the Castle Clinton shows. Be sure to check out our day-by-day listings at http://twi-ny.com/freesummermusic.html for the most up-to-date info on the free summer concert season.

Wednesday, June 11 Jazz at the Seaport: Ed Palermo’s Big Band, SSS, 7:00

Wednesday, June 11 Otis Clay and Ryan Shaw, RP, 7:00

Thursday, June 12


Saturday, June 14 J&R Summerfest 2008, with Kidz in the Hall, Regina Belle, Noel Gourdon, Ellis Marsalis Quartet, and more to be announced, CHP

Friday, June 13 Sunset Singing Circle, with Terre Roche and Marian Wilson, WP, 7:00

Saturday, June 14 Children’s Day: fifteenth annual event, featuring Gordon from SESAME STREET, Dora the Explorer, Daffy Duck, the Zula Patrol, Rebecca Frezza & Big Truck, Bubble Do Beatles, Louie!, the Mojo Myles Band, YoYo Nation, Pure Elements, family activities, and more, 12 noon — 5:00, followed by live music by the Brooklyn Philharmonic at 8:00 and two barges of fireworks at 9:30, SSS

Wednesday, June 18 Poetic City with musical guest Jill Sobule, featuring Cornelius Eady, Matthea Harvey, Fanny Howe, Li-Young Lee, and Kay Ryan, RP, 7:00

Friday, June 20 Swedish Midsummer Festival and Family Dance, WP, 5:00

Wednesday, June 25 Orchestra Baobab, RP, 7:00

Friday, June 27 Sunset Singing Circle, with Terre Roche and Marian Wilson, WP, 7:00

Saturday, June 28 Best of the Sami Film Festival, National Museum of the American Indian, 2:00

Friday, July 4 Sonic Youth / the Feelies. BP, 3:30

Wednesday, July 9 The Avett Brothers, RP, 7:00

Thursday, July 10 Summer Soul Nights, South Street Seaport, 7:00

Friday, July 11 Phillippe Baden Powell, ONE, 12:30

Saturday, July 12 Family Swing Dance, Esplanade Plaza, BPC, 6:30

Monday, July 14 José Feghali, piano, MSC, 7:30

Wednesday, July 16 Emma Lazarus’s 159th Birthday Celebration at Battery Park, Part 1: Spoken Word Performance, the Great Lawn, 5:30

Wednesday, July 16 Emma Lazarus’s 159th Birthday Celebration at Battery Park, Part 2: All-Star Yiddish/Klezmer Concert on the Great Lawn, with Pharaoh’s Daughter, Alicia Svigals Klezmer Fiddle Express, Marilyn Lerner, the Three Yiddish Divas, Zalmen Mlotek, and others, 7:00


Colin Newman led Wire through great kickoff show at the Seaport

Wednesday, July 16 Steel Pulse, RP, 7:00

Thursday, July 17 Summer Soul Nights, South Street Seaport, 7:00

Friday, July 18 Junior Mance, ONE, 12:30

Wednesday, July 23 The Punch Brothers featuring Chris Thile, RP, 7:00

Thursday, July 24 Summer Soul Nights, South Street Seaport, 7:00

Friday, July 25 Ollabelle plays the music of Johnny Cash, ONE, 12:30

Wednesday, July 30 Patti Austin’s "Avant Gershwin," RP, 7:00

Thursday, July 31 Summer Soul Nights, South Street Seaport, 7:00

Friday, August 1 The Persuasions, ONE, 12:30

Saturday, August 2 Sixteenth annual Ship & Model Boat Festival, Pier 16, East River, 1:00 — 5:00

Wednesday, August 13 Jimmy Delgado y Orquesta featuring Renzo Padilla, WP, 7:00

Saturday, August 16 West African Family Dance, with Kotchegna Dance Company, Esplanade Plaza, BPC, 6:30

Wednesday, August 20 La Excelencia, WP, 7:00

Thursday, August 21


Saturday, August 23 J&R Musicfest 2008, City Hall Park

Wednesday, August 27 Ray Martinez Sabor Criollo, WP, 7:00

Saturday, August 30 Modern Sky Music Festival, featuring emerging and established Chinese groups, Pier 17, South Street Seaport, 12 noon — 10:00 pm

Wednesday, September 3 The Latin Giants of Jazz, WP, 7:00

Saturday, September 6 The Drawing Center presents the Big Draw, 11:00 am — 4:00 pm

Saturday, September 6 EVFest: East Village Radio celebrates its fifth anniversary with live music and DJs, South Street Seaport, 3:00

Ulrich Schnauss comes to the WFC on June 24


Winter Garden

225 Vesey St.

Admission: free




The World Financial Center will host a number of River to River events, both inside the Winter Garden and outside on the plaza. In addition to the below lineup, the interactive installation Giant Place Detail will continue through June 14, "Amazonia Design, Fashion & Sustainable Economy" is on display in the Courtyard Gallery through July 13, and "The Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef" will remain on view under the staircase through August 31.

Saturday, June 21 American Ballroom Theater, Colors of the Rainbow Team Match, 1:00 and 4:00

Tuesday, June 24 Ulrich Schnauss, Dorit Chrysler / Chiaki Watanabe, 9:00

Tuesday, July 1 Kode 9 / Juakali / Dub War / Eyewash, 9:00

Thursday, July 10 Jovino Santos Neto, 12:30

Saturday, July 12 Brazilian Connection Quintet, 8:00

Tuesday, July 15 Fennesz / Sakamoto, 9:00

Thursday, July 17 Junior Mance, 12:30

Tuesday, July 22 Kieran Hebden & Steve Reid, with Nicolas Collins’s Devil’s Music with Koen Holtkamp, Collin Olan & Sawako Kato, 9:00

Thursday, July 24 Ollabelle plays the music of Johnny Cash, 12:30

Saturday, July 26 The Big River Project: The Music of Johnny Cash, with Ollabelle, Benevento/Russo Duo, Laura Cantrell, Catherine Russell, and the Persuasions, and more, 8:00

Thursday, July 31 The Persuasions, WFC, 12:30


Battery Park Plaza

Wednesdays at 12:30 through August 27

Admission: free


Wednesday, June 11 Red Mike’s Festival Band

Wednesday, June 18 Dimitri Kolesnik Jazz Quartet

Wednesday, June 25 Warren Chiasson on Vibes

Wednesday, July 2 The Gypsy Classics

Wednesday, July 9 The Dixie Peppers

Wednesday, July 16 Orlando Marin, the Last Mambo King

Wednesday, July 23 The Jazz Forum All-Stars

Wednesday, July 30 The Element

Wednesday, August 6 Bobby Hardin Sings the Blues

Wednesday, August 13 Sean Grissom and His Cajun Cello

Wednesday, August 20 Joe Hrbek and His Sambossa Group

Wednesday, August 27 Warren Schein & His Band

Steven Schreiber

Risa Jaroslaw will move around the Municipal Building this summer


Multiple venues

Admission: free

212-219-9401 ext119



For the fifth consecutive year, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council will be sponsoring a series of site-specific dance performances throughout the Downtown area.

Monday, June 16


Thursday, June 26 Doorknob Company: The Miracle Show and the Death of Optimism, Bowling Green Park Cobblestone plaza at Broadway & Whitehall St.

Monday, July 7


Tuesday, July 15 Risa Jaroslow & Dancers: 311, Municipal Building at Chambers St. near food kiosks

Monday, July 21


Wednesday, July 30 360º Dance Company. MAKTUB, South Street Seaport, 12:00 noon and 1:00

Monday, August 4


Thursday, August 14 Monica Bill Barnes, GAME FACE, Wagner Park, 12 noon and 1:00

Monday, August 18


Monday, August 25 Richard Move and MoveOpolis!, HOSTILE TAKEOVER, surprise locations, 8:00

Saturday, September 8


Monday, September 15 Ofelia Loret deMola's danscores, AVAILABLE SPACE, City Hall Park intersections of Park Row & Center St. and Park Row & Broadway


Castle Clinton in Battery Park

Thursdays — Sundays through July 12

Admission: free




Thursday, June 26


Saturday, July 12 New York Classical Theater, led by artistic director Stephen Burdman, presents THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH, moving through the park, incorporating the natural landscape into the production, directed by Louis Scheedar, 7:00

A Place to Bury Strangers will lighten up the Seaport on June 27


Pier 17, South Street Seaport

Admission: free


Over the past few years, Seaport Music has become the go-to free festival, showcasing both up-and-coming international indie bands as well as such seminal groups as Suicide and Wire. This year’s lineup once again has some great shows, so forget about the touristy location and get ready to rock out.

Friday, June 27 A Place to Bury Strangers, King Khan and the Shrines, Black Acid, 7:00

Friday, July 11 No Age with Telepathe and Abe Vigoda, 7:00

Friday, July 18 Mary Weiss of the Shangri-Las and others, 7:00

Friday, July 25 Atlas Sound with El Guincho, 7:00

Friday, August 1 Brother Ali, 7:00

Friday, August 8 TBA, 7:00

Friday, August 15 Dirty Projectors with White Williams, 7:00

Friday, August 22 TBA, 7:00

Friday, August 29 TBA, 7:00

The Defibulators play in the shadow of Ground Zero on July 9


Bordered by Trinity Pl., Broadway, and Liberty & Cedar Sts.

Wednesdays at 12:30

Admission: free



Break away for lunchtime to hear some cool sounds in this recently renovated park, where Mark di Suvero’s "Joi de Vivre" rises with Ground Zero in the distance and you can grab a seat next to J. Seward Johnson’s "Double Check," a bronze cast of a businessman looking dejectedly through his open briefcase.

Wednesday, July 2 Sean McCaul

Wednesday, July 9 The Defibulators

Wednesday, July 16 Jason Green

Wednesday, July 23 Nylon Wound

Wednesday, July 30 Newsville Washington with Lisa Lost and Frankie Monroe


Trinity Church virtual pipe organ

Broadway at Wall St.

Thursdays at 1:00 from July 3 to August 7

Admission: free



Thursday, July 3 Federica Iannella and Giuliana Maccaroni

Thursday, July 10 Barbara Dennerlein

Thursday, July 17 Jane Watts

Thursday, July 24 Joyce Jones

Thursday, July 31 Ludmila Golub

Thursday, August 7 Ahreum Han


Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, Pace University

Admission: free but same-day tickets required


Monday, July 7 José Franch-Ballester, clarinet, 7:30

Monday, July 14 José Feghali, piano, 7:30

Monday, July 28 Jennifer Stumm, viola, 7:30

Monday, August 4 Wu Man, pipa, 7:30

Monday, August 11 Monica Yunus, soprano, 7:30


Wagner Park, Battery Park City

Admission: free



Thursday, July 10 John Hammond, 7:00

Thursday, July 17 Duke Robillard, 7:00

Thursday, July 24 Guy Davis, 7:00

Thursday, July 31 Chris Bergson Band, 7:00


National Museum of the American Indian

One Bowling Green

Admission: free




Thursday, July 10


Friday, July 11 Fancy Dance Good Luck Lion, 5:30

Wednesday, August 6 Halau I Ka Weliu, 5:30

Monday, August 11 La Casita: A Home for the Heart, 5:30

Ted Leo leads his Pharmacists into Castle Clinton on July 17


Castle Clinton, Battery Park

Admission: free but same-day tickets required


Tickets for the below shows in historic Castle Clinton are free, but they must be picked up the day of the show beginning at 5:00. You better get there earlier if you want to see such local faves as St. Vincent and Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, as well as jazz legend Terence Blanchard.

Thursday, July 10 St. Vincent, 7:00

Thursday, July 17 Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, 7:00

Thursday, July 24 Akron/Family, 7:00

Thursday, July 31 The Long Winters, 7:00

Thursday, August 7 Terence Blanchard, 7:00


Wagner Park

Admission: free



Friday, July 11


Friday, July 18 With Maguette Camara, 6:30

Friday, July 25


Friday, August 1 With Mary Knysh, 6:30

Friday, August 8 With Maguette Camara, 6:30

Friday, August 15


Friday, August 22 With Pamela Patrick, 6:30


55 Water St. at Old Slip

Films begin at sundown between 8:00 & 9:00

Admission: free



Tuesday, August 5 DISHING (Nisi Jacobs, 2001), SUGARTOWN (Nisi Jacobs, 2001), and ON THE TOWN (Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly, 1949), featuring a conversation with Nisi Jacobs

Tuesday, August 12 BLIND GRACE (Adam Cohen, 1993) and MANHATTAN (Woody Allen, 1979), featuring a conversation with Adam Cohen

Tuesday, August 19 EVERYWHERE AT ONCE (Alan Berliner, 1985), CITY EDITION (Alan Berliner, 1980), and KILLER’S KISS (Stanley Kubrick, 1955), featuring a conversation with Alan Berliner

Tuesday, August 26 A GIRL LIKE ME (Kiri Davis, 2005), SLIP OF THE TONGUE (Karen Lum, 2005), and IMITATION OF LIFE (Douglas Sirk, 1959)


Multiple locations

Admission: free


Saturday, August 16


Sunday, August 17 Twenty-seventh annual event, presented by the Battery Dance Company, Governors Island, 1:00

Monday, August 18


Friday, August 22 Twenty-seventh annual event, presented by the Battery Dance Company, Chase Plaza at Nassau & Pine Sts., 12 noon — 2:30

Saturday, August 23


Sunday, August 24 Twenty-seventh annual event, presented by the Battery Dance Company, Lawn at Battery Park, 1:00 — 4:00

Lar Lubovitch Dance Company opens Evening Stars program on September 5


Battery Park

Bring a blanket

Admission: free

212-219-9401 ext304


Friday, September 5 Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, 7:30

Saturday, September 6 Bad Boys of Dance starring Rasta Thomas, 7:30

Sunday, September 7 Los Vivancos, 7:30

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Prospect Park Free Events of the Week

The Carolina Chocolate Drops bring their strings to Brooklyn on June 26


Prospect Park Bandshell

Through August 11

Keep It Great: Give $3 at the Gate



Celebrating its thirtieth anniversary of providing great free summer music for the world’s greatest borough, Celebrate Brooklyn kicks off June 12 with Isaac Hayes and continues through August 9 with a diverse lineup that includes Miriam Makeba, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Cold War Kids, Beth Orton, Jerry Douglas, Mark Morris Dance Group, Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, and other fab events. Bob Dylan will be there as well, but, alas, the Bard of Brooklyn is not free.

Thursday, June 12 Isaac Hayes, 8:00

Saturday, June 14 Miriam Makeba / Bakithi Kumalo & Friends, 7:30

Thursday, June 19 Medeski Martin & Wood / Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog / Taylor McFerrin & the Cell Theory, 7:00

Sunday, June 22 Salif Keita / Haale, 6:00

Thursday, June 26 The Carolina Chocolate Drops / the Dixie Hummingbirds, 7:30

Friday, June 27 Cold War Kids / Elvis Perkins in Dearland / Sam Champion, 7:00

Saturday, June 28 Crooklyn Dodgers Reunion with O.C. / Jeru the Damaja / Chubb Rock / EMC featuring Masta Ace / DJ Premier / Ali Shaheed Mohaamad, hosted by Buckshot of Black Moon and Special Ed, 7:00

Saturday, July 5 Michael Stuart / William Cepeda’s Grupo Esencia / Zemog El Gallo Bueno, 7:00

Thursday, July 10 Freddie McGregor / Soul Steps, 7:30

Friday, July 11 Brazilian Girls / Miranda! / Ticklah, 7:00

Saturday, July 12 Beth Orton / Matt Munisteri, 7:30

Thursday, July 17 Jerry Douglas / The Holmes Brothers, 7:30

Friday, July 18 Deerhoof / Metropolis Ensemble: Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, 7:30

Saturday, July 19 Enter the Dragon with Karsh Kale / Soh Daiko, 7:30

Golem will rock Prospect Park on July 20

Sunday, July 20 Golem / Sway Machinery / Michael Showalter / Deleon / Soulico, and special guests, 6:00

Thursday, July 24 Brave New World Repertory Theatre: FAHRENHEIT 451, 8:00

Friday, July 25 The Philip Glass Ensemble, Powaqqatsi: Life in Transformation, with the Brooklyn Youth Chorus / Marta Topferov, 7:30

Saturday, July 26 Ghostland Observatory / Jealous Girlfriends / Bear Hands, 7:00

Thursday, July 31 Mark Morris Dance Group, 8:00

Friday, August 1 Carl Davis: The Charlie Chaplin Mutuals, with The Knights / Christina Courtin, 7:30

Saturday, August 2 Father Goose / The Sippy Cups / Sonia Manzano / James McDaniel, 4:00

Sunday, August 3 African Guitar Festival with Oliver Mtukudzi & Black Spirits / Habib Koité & Bamada / Daby Touré / Yossi Fine & African Bass / Extra Golden, 2:00–9:00

Thursday, August 7 Ailey II, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, 8:00

Friday, August 8 Lila Downs / the Villa-Lobos Brothers / Grupo Norteño, 7:00

Saturday, August 9 Hal Willner’s Bill Withers Project, 7:00


Prospect Park

Ball field area of Long Meadow

Admission: free


Friday, June 20 Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna will perform works by Verdi, Puccini, Donizetti, Massenet, Catalani, and others, with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by Ion Marin, 8:00


Prospect Park

Bartel-Pritchard Circle

Admission: free


Saturday, June 14 Twelfth annual event, featuring a 10K run at 9:00 am and festival from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm

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Free Museum Nights of the Week

© Kevin Burbriski

Free Fridays at the Rubin
Museum are as cool as they come


Multiple venues

Admission: free (or pay-what-you-wish)


While museum prices continue to climb (MoMA: $20; the Met: $20; the Guggenheim: $18; the Whitney: $15, the Frick Collection $15), most institutions do have periods of free admission, often with special programming as well. There’s a happening bar scene in the K2 Lounge at the Rubin Museum on Friday nights; if you spend $7 on food and drinks, you get a free ticket to that night’s 9:30 Cabaret Cinema screening. The Brooklyn Museum gets packed the first Saturday of every month, when admission is free from 5:00 to 11:00 and there are excellent special programs (some of which require free tickets, and the lines fill up early!). The Jewish Museum is now open on Saturdays, but because they cannot accept cash on the Sabbath, admission is free; however, the café and museum store are also closed, as are any video exhibits.

Thursday, June 12 Free Thursdays at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, "Tomma Abts" and other exhibitions, galleries free 7:00 — 10:00

Friday, June 13 Free Music Fridays at the American Folk Art Museum: Annie Crane, Thomas Bryan Eaton, Marcellus Hall, "Asa Ames: Occupation Sculpturing," "Dargerism: Contemporary Artists and Henry Darger," galleries free 5:30 — 7:30

Friday, June 13 Whitney Museum of American Art — Wordless Music at Whitney Live: American Contemporary Music Ensemble with a Sunny Day in Glasgow: Ingram Marshall’s "Entrada" and John Adams’s "Shaker Loops," 7:00; galleries pay-what-you-wish 6:00 — 9:00

Friday, June 13 Rubin Museum of Art — Time to Ascend: Nepalese poetry reading, Talkingstick, Cabaret Cinema (free with $7 bar minimum): SONATINE (Takeshi Kitano, 1993), "Buddha in Paradise" and other exhibitions, galleries free 7:00 - 10:00

Friday, June 13, 20, 27 Free Fridays at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, "Making It Together: Women’s Collaborative Art + Community," with special programs the first Friday of every month, galleries free 12 noon — 8:00 pm

Friday, June 13, 20, 27 Free Friday Nights at the Museum of Modern Art, "Take Your Time: Olafur Eliasson" and other exhibitions, galleries open 6:00 — 9:00

Friday, June 13, 20, 27 Free Fridays at the Asia Society, "Vietnam: A Memorial Work by Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba," "Ardeshir Mohassess: Art and Satire in Iran," and other exhibitions, galleries open 4:00 — 8:00

Friday, June 13, 20, 27 Pay-What-You-Wish Fridays at the International Center of Photography, “Heavy Light: Recent Photography and Video from Japan,” “Bill Wood’s Business,” “Arbus / Avedon / Model: Selections from the Bank of America LaSalle Collection,” 5:00 - 8:00

Friday, June 13 Friday Evenings at the Morgan, “Philip Guston: Works on Paper,” screening of PHILIP GUSTON: A LIFE LIVED (Michael Blackwood, 1980), and other exhibitions, 7:00 - 9:00

Saturday, June 14, 21, 28 Free Saturdays at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 10:00 am — 12 noon

Saturday, June 14, 21, 28 Free Saturdays at the Jewish Museum: "Action / Abstraction: Pollock, de Kooning, and American Art, 1940-1976," "Warhol’s Jews," "Culture and Community: The Jewish Journey," 11:00 am — 5:45 pm

Sunday, June 15, 22, 29 Free Sundays at the Frick Collection, including free audio guide, "The Arnhold Collection of Meissen Porcelain, 1710-50," pay-what-you-wish 11:00 am — 1:00 pm

Thursday, June 19 Free Thursdays at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, "Paul Chan: The 7 Lights" and other exhibitions, galleries free 7:00 — 10:00

Friday, June 20 Free Fridays at the South Street Seaport Museum (third Friday of each month): Neighborhood Sails, with free harbor sails, galleries open 5:00 — 9:00

Friday, June 20 Free Music Fridays at the American Folk Art Museum: Elizabeth Devlin, This Frontier Needs Heroes, "Asa Ames: Occupation Sculpturing," "Dargerism: Contemporary Artists and Henry Darger," galleries free 5:30 — 7:30

© Amy Cutler / Leslie Tonkonow + Projects

There’s no escaping Free Fridays at the American Museum of Folk Art

Friday, June 20 Whitney Museum of American Art — Wordless Music at Whitney Live: American Contemporary Music Ensemble with Prefuse 73: Chen Yi’s "Sound of Five" and Kevin Volans’s "She Who Sleeps, " 7:00; galleries pay-what-you-wish 6:00 — 9:00

Friday, June 20 Rubin Museum of Art — Time to Ascend: book launch, Cabaret Cinema (free with $7 bar minimum): CHAPPAQUA (Conrad Rooks, 1966) introduced by Alexander Rooks, "Nepal in Black and White: Photographs by Kevin Bubriski" and other exhibitions, galleries free 7:00 - 10:00

Friday, June 20, 27 Friday Evenings at the Morgan, lecture, concert, “Philip Guston: Works on Paper,” “Illuminating the Hunt,” “Three Gutenberg Bibles,” and other exhibitions, 7:00 - 9:00

Thursday, June 26 Free Thursdays at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, "Dongducheon: A Walk to Remember, a Walk to Envision" and other exhibitions, galleries free 7:00 — 10:00

Friday, June 27 Free Music Fridays at the American Folk Art Museum: Rebel Spirit Music Showcase, "Asa Ames: Occupation Sculpturing," "Dargerism: Contemporary Artists and Henry Darger," galleries free 5:30 — 7:30

Friday, June 27 Whitney Museum of American Art — Wordless Music at Whitney Live: American Contemporary Music Ensemble with Times New Viking, Jefferson Friedman’s string quartets, 7:00; galleries pay-what-you-wish 6:00 — 9:00

Friday, June 27 Rubin Museum of Art — Time to Ascend: gallery talk, Cabaret Cinema (free with $7 bar minimum): BRIGADOON (Vincente Minnelli, 1954) introduced by Liz Lerner, "Earthly Immortals: Arhats in Tibetan Painting" and other exhibitions, galleries free 7:00 - 10:00

Saturday, July 5 First Saturdays at the Brooklyn Museum: live music and dance, artist and curator talks, hands-on art workshops, film screenings, DJ dance party, galleries free ($5 surcharge for "© Murakami") 5:00 — 11:00

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Hudson River Park Free Events of the Week


Hudson River Park

Admission: free



The 2008 Take Me to the River festival features live music, dance, film screenings, and more along the long swath of the Hudson River. Everything is free, and nothing requires advance tickets. There is also a more diverse range of events and activities compared to other summer festivals, including film screenings for kids and adults, live music, dance lessons, and even fishing.

The Blues Brothers pull into Pier 54 on July 9


Pier 54, Hudson River at Fourteenth St.

Wednesdays around dusk July 9 — August 20

Admission: free


Wednesday, July 9 LA BAMBA (Luis Valdez, 1987)

Wednesday, July 16 ALMOST FAMOUS (Cameron Crowe, 2000)

Wednesday, July 23 PURPLE RAIN (Albert Magnoli, 1984)

Wednesday, July 30 DREAM GIRLS (Bill Condon, 2006)

Wednesday, August 6 SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER (John Badham, 1977)

Wednesday, August 13 ROCK STAR (Stephen Herek, 2001)

Wednesday, August 20 THE BLUES BROTHERS (John Landis, 1980)


Pier 54, Hudson River Park at Horatio St.

Admission: free


Thursday, July 10 Latin Celebracion with Yerba Buena featuring CuCu Diamantes, Si*Se, and DJ Nicodemus, 6:00

Thursday, July 31 Flogging Molly, 6:00

Thursday, August 14 Blonde Redhead, 6:00

Willy Wonka returns for annual screening at Pier 46 on August 15


Pier 46, Hudson River Park at Christopher St.

Fridays around dusk July 11 — August 22

Admission: free


Friday, July 11 THE WIZARD OF OZ (Victor Fleming, 1939)

Friday, July 18 BEE MOVIE (Steve Hickner & Simon J. Smith, 2007)

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

Friday, August 1 THE IRON GIANT (Brad Bird, 1999)

Friday, August 8 THE GOONIES (Richard Donner, 1985)

Friday, August 15 Fifth annual showing of WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (Mel Stuart, 1971)

Friday, August 22 SHREK (Andrew Adamson, 2001)


Pier 54, Hudson River Park at Horatio St.

Sundays in July, dance lessons at 6:30, live bands at 7:00

Admission: free


Sunday, July 13 Swing with David Berger and the Sultans of Swing

Sunday, July 20 Salsa with Los Hermanos Colon

Sunday, July 27 Tango with Eternal Tango

Sunday, August 3 Salsa with Nu Guajiro

Sunday, August 10 Swing with George Gee’s Jump, Jivin’ Wailers


Pier 45, Hudson River Park at Christopher St.

Fridays through August 22 at 7:00

Admission: free


Friday, June 6


Friday, August 22 Guitar man David Ippolito, 7:00


Pier 45, Hudson River Park at Christopher St.

Tuesday through August 19 at 6:30

Admission: free


Pier 45 will host jazz and classical performances by musicians from Mannes College the New School for Music and the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music on Tuesdays through August 19.

Tuesday, June 10, 24 Classical, Mannes College the New School for Music

Tuesday, June 17 Jazz, the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music

Tuesday, July 8, 15 Jazz, the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music

Tuesday, July 22, 29 Classical, Mannes College the New School for Music

Tuesday, August 5, 19 Jazz, the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music

Tuesday, August 12 Classical, Mannes College the New School for Music


Pier 84, Hudson River Park at West 44th St.

Second Tuesdays of the month at 6:00

Admission: free


Monday, June 23 Kelsey Jillette

Monday, July 14 Soul Understated

Monday, August 11 Reuben Butchart

Monday, September 11 Banjo Jack


Weekends through Labor Day and Tuesdays through Sundays in July & August, 10:30 am — 5:00 pm

Pier 46, Hudson River Park at Charles St.

Pier 84, Hudson River Park at West 44th St.

Admission: free



Catch-and release fishing is free this summer at Piers 46 and 84, with rods, reels, and bait provided. You can fish as much as you want unless there is a line, in which case you are limited to thirty minutes. Instruction is also included, as staff will discuss the ecological environment of the Hudson River area.


Hudson River Park, Pier 84 at West 44th St.

Admission: free (ticketed VIP ringside seating available)


Thursday, July 17 Amateur boxers from the five boroughs duke it out as the sun sets and the stars rise, 7:00

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Central Park Free Events of the Week


Battles will fight it out in Central Park on August 16


Rumsey Playfield

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

Admission: free unless otherwise noted



SummerStage returns for its annual free lineup of acts both old and new, in multiple genres, including international musicians, authors, comedians, and more. To help cover the costs of these free shows, several benefits are scheduled, including Thievery Corporation on June 26, Mark Knopfler on July 23, Crosby, Stills & Nash on July 29, and Sonny Rollins on August 6.

Friday, June 13 Mavis Staples, Stephanie McKay, 7:00

Saturday, June 14 Vampire Weekend, Kid Sister, Ecstatic Sunshine, 4:00

Sunday, June 15 Victor Manuelle and special guests, 3:00

Friday, June 20 Comedy Central Park: Stephen Lynch and Mike Birbiglia, hosted by Julian McCullough, 8:00

Saturday, June 21 Definitely Poetry, featuring Kokayi, Lemon, La Bruja, Will Power, JLove Calderon, 7:30

Sunday, June 22 Yael Naim, David Donatien, Piers Faccini, 7:00

Saturday, June 28 Vieux Farka Toure, Fallou Dieng, Kaleta & ZoZo Afrobeat, 3:00

Sunday, June 29 Mosh Ben Ari, Rupa and the April Fishes, Y-Love, DJ Diwon, 3:00

Saturday, July 5 Rachid Taha, Dengue Fever, Apollo Heights, 3:00

Dengue Fever joins Rachid Taha and Apollo Heights on July 5

Sunday, July 6 Seun Kuti and Egypt 80, Afrika Bambaataa, Love Trio with U-Roy, 3:00

Wednesday, July 9 Music & Film: LA LUPE QUEEN OF LATIN SOUL (Ela Troyano), BRAGGING RIGHTS: STICKBALL STORIES (Sonia N. Gonzalez), Cucu Diamentes, 7:00

Thursday, July 10 Music & Film: THE HARDER THEY COME (Perry Henzell, 1972) and I-Wayne, 7:00

Friday, July 11 Rennie Harris / Pure Movement, Francesca Harper Project, 8:00

Saturday, July 12 Julieta Venegas, Plastilina Mosh, DJ Bitman, 3:00

Sunday, July 13 Global Family Day! Big Nazo, Baby Loves Salsa featuring Jose Conde, Cinderella Samba, 3:00

Thursday, July 17 Junot Diaz, 7:00

Friday, July 18 Video Music Box 25th Anniversary Concert, 7:00

Saturday, July 19 Gospel Day: Donald Lawrence, Hezekiah Walker, Dave Holister, 3:00

Sunday, July 20 Santogold, Diplo, Plastic Little, A-Trak, Kid Cudi, 3:00

Saturday, July 26 Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company, PeepDance, 8:00

Sunday, July 27 Skatalites, Taj Majal, Los Pinguos, 3:00

Thursday, July 31 Richard Price, Charles Bock, 7:00

Friday, August 1 DanceBrazil, Max Pollak and RumbaTap, 8:00

Saturday, August 2 Roy Hargrove Big Band and Special Guests, 7:00

Sunday, August 3 Janelle Monae, Little Jackie, Jose James, Gilles Peterson, 3:00

Friday, August 8 Jennifer Muller / The Works, Erica Essner Performance Co-Op, 8:00

Saturday, August 9 Mexican Heritage Day: Kinky, Alejandro Escovedo with Strings, Pistolera, 3:00

Sunday, August 10 CineFest Brasil: The House of Tom -- Mundo, Monde, Mondo, directed by Ana Jobin, Maria Rita, 7:00

Thursday, August 14 Los Lonely Boys, Los Lobos, 7:00

Friday, August 15 Bajofondo, 7:00

Saturday, August 16 Battles, Black Dice, 3:00

Sunday, August 17 Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Menahan Street Band, Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens, 3:00


Central Park

Burnett Fountain, Conservatory Garden

Admission: free


Sunday, June 15 Brass quintet from the Mannes College of Music, 3:00


Central Park, Delacorte Theater

Midpark at 80th St.

Tuesdays through Sundays at 8:00

Admission: free (two tickets per person available day of show)


In addition to lining up at the Delacorte to check out the Public Theater’s latest free star-studded Bard in the Park, fans can go to the Public Theater itself on Lafayette St. to get the highly coveted ducats.

Through Sunday, June 29 Shakespeare classic directed by Oskar Eustis and starring Andre Braugher, Lauren Ambrose, and Margaret Colin, Jay O. Sanders, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Sam Waterston


Charles A. Dana Discovery Center

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

Sundays at 4:00 through September 28

Admission: free



Sunday, June 15 Los Soneros de Oriente (Cuban Son)

Sunday, June 22 Sarah MacLawler (Blues & Jazz)

Sunday, June 29 Frankie Morales & Mambo of the Times Orq. (Salsa)

Sunday, July 6 James Spaulding Ensemble (Jazz)

Sunday, July 13 Raquel Lima (Brazilian)

Sunday, July 20 Flamenco Vivo Carlotta Santana II (Flamenco), the Conservatory Garden

Sunday, July 27 ZonaVibe (Latin/Jazz)

Sunday, August 3 Jonathan Blake Quintet (Jazz)

Sunday, August 10 Pablo Mayor Folklore Urbano (Modern Colombian)

Sunday, August 17 Pucci Amanda Jhones (Jazz)

Sunday, August 24 Charles Moore Dance Theatre (African Dance)

Sunday, August 31 Zon Del Barrio (Salsa)

Sunday, September 7 Genovis Albright (Jazz & Blues)

Sunday, September 14 Bertha Hope Trio (Jazz)

Sunday, September 21 I.S. 143 Performance Ensemble (Salsa)

Sunday, September 28 Riverside Church Inspirational Choir (Gospel)

CelebrateStory 2008

Central Park (enter at 72nd St. & Fifth Ave.)

Hans Christian Andersen statue

Admission: free


Sunday, June 22 Second annual storytelling festival, with Bill Harley, Joan Henry, Len Cabral, Elizabeth Ellis, Diane Wolkstein, Oliver Bernier, Melissa Heckler, and James Braly, 11:00 am — 4:00 pm


Central Park, Great Lawn

Admission: free


Tuesday, June 24 Shostakovich’s Festive Overture, Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4, Italian, Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, andselected Sousa marches, conducted by Bramwell Tovey, 8:00


The Great Hill playground and the Peter Jay Sharp Children’s Glade, Central Park

Enter the park at West 106th St.

Sundays at 1:00

Admission: free



Sunday, June 29 Around the World with Freedom Tales: Multicultural storytelling and music performance, with Robin Bady

Sunday, July 6 The Dancing Bahlilla: Middle Eastern dance performance and workshop, with Ramzi El-Edlibi and Lotus Music & Dance Studios

Sunday, July 13 Turtle Island Medicine Show: Large-scale puppet show, with Arm-of-the-Sea Theater

Sunday, July 20 PercussionPlay: Global music jam and instrument-making workshop, with GlobalArts to Go

Sunday, July 27 In a Certain Kingdom — Stories from Russia: Russian storytelling performance, with Julie Della Torre

Sunday, August 3 Ailey Action! Creative movement and jazz / hip-hop workshops, with Alvin Ailey Arts in Education Teaching Artists

Sunday, August 10 How the Elephant Got Its Trunk Back: Puppet show and puppet-making workshop, with Talking Hands Theater

Sunday, August 17 Animal Wisdom Tales of Jaws, Paws, and Claws: Multicultural storytelling performance, with LuAnn Adams

Sunday, August 24 How the First Monkey Came to Jamaica and Other Caribbean Creature Stories: Caribbean storytelling performance, with Bobby Gonzalez

Sunday, August 31 Capoeira in the Park: Brazilian dance performance and workshop, with the Capoeira Foundation

Sunday, September 14 Harlem Community Mural-making: Hands-on art project, with the Studio Museum in Harlem

Sunday, September 21 Little Mouse Deer Tricks Tiger and Other Indonesian Tales of Mischief: Multicultural storytelling and music performance, with Bill Gordh


New York Classical

Inside Central Park at 103rd St.

Thursdays — Sundays through June 22

Admission: free



Through Sunday, June 22 New York Classical Theater, led by artistic director Stephen Burdman, presents CYMBELINE, moving through the park, incorporating the natural landscape into the production, directed by Louis Scheedar, 7:00

Thursday, July 31


Sunday, August 24 New York Classical Theater, led by artistic director Stephen Burdman, presents MISALLIANCE by George Bernard Shaw, moving through the park, incorporating the natural landscape into the production, directed by Louis Scheedar, 7:00


Boomerang Theatre Company

Enter Central Park at 69th St. & Central Park West

Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00

Admission: free



Saturday, July 19


Sunday, August 10 AS YOU LIKE IT, directed by Matt Johnston


Central Park, Delacorte Theater

Midpark at 80th St.

Tuesdays through Sundays at 8:00

Admission: free (two tickets per person available day of show)


In addition to lining up at the Delacorte, fans can go to the Public Theater on Lafayette St. to get free tickets.

Tuesday, July 22


Sunday, August 17 Revival of the 1960s classic, directed by Diane Paulus

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Brooklyn Bridge Park Free Events of the Week

The Wiyos play their hometown on July 23


Tobacco Warehouse

Empire-Fulton State Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park

1 Main St. at Water St.

Wednesday nights at 6:30

Admission: free



Brooklyn Bridge Park is a lovely area that lies in between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges, offering spectacular views of Manhattan and the East River. This summer the park will host free film screenings, live music sponsored by local Brooklyn clubs, knitting and bird-watching programs, and the annual BWAC Outdoor Sculpture Show, which runs from July 20 through September 7. St. Ann’s will also be presenting MACBETH in the very cool Tobacco Warehouse, but tickets start at $35, so it’s just about the only pay event all summer in the park.

Wednesday, July 9 Barbes, with Las Rubias Del Norte, the Parker String Quartet, and the Mandingo Ambassadors, 6:30

Wednesday, July 16 Zebulon, with Sharon Van Etten, Colin Stetson, Charles Gayle Trio, and Stuart Bogie/Supherhuman Happiness, 6:30

Wednesday, July 23 Jalopy, with the Otis Brothers, the Wiyos, and Al Duvall, 6:30

Wednesday, July 30 ISSUE Project, with Theremin Society, John Zorn’s Cobra, and Jonathan Kane’s February, 6:30

Wednesday, August 6 Union Hall, live music and comedy, 6:30

Gort visited Brooklyn Bridge Park at previous summer film series


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 10 STAND BY ME (Rob Reiner, 1986)

Thursday, July 17 INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (Don Siegel, 1956)

Thursday, July 24 WALLACE AND GROMIT: CURSE OF THE WERE RABBIT (Steve Box & Nick Park, 2005)

Thursday, July 31 ACE IN THE HOLE (Billy Wilder, 1951)

Thursday, August 7 PLEASANTVILLE (Gary Ross, 1998)

Thursday, August 14 CABARET (Bob Fosse, 1972)

Thursday, August 21 BEING THERE (Hal Ashby, 1979)

Thursday, August 28 THE SHINING (Stanley Kubrick, 1980)


Empire Fulton-Ferry State Park / Brooklyn Bridge Park

Tobacco Warehouse

Admission: free but must be a member of Brooklyn Bodega




Saturday, July 12 Fourth annual event, featuring family activities, barbecue, and DJs, 12 noon — 4:00, followed by live performances, 4:00 — 8:00

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Governors Island Free Events of the Week


Governors Island will feature free weekend programs through the summer


Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 10:00 am — 5:00 pm, through October 5

Admission: free






The city is once again taking advantage of the vast expanse of Governors Island, with free and pay concerts, special historical weekends, an art exhibit, and free biking on Fridays. If you’re planning on checking out any of the below events, be sure to allow extra time to visit such cool spots as Castle Williams, the Admiral’s House, Fort Jay, the churches and tennis courts, an old golf course and an abandoned theater, an emptied-out YMCA and row houses prepared for the hundred-year flood, ugly buildings from the 1970s and the enormous Building 400. And it’s easy to get to; just climb aboard the Lt. Samuel S. Coursen ferry, which leaves from the Battery Maritime Building every hour on the hour between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm on Friday and Sundays (the last ferry back is at 5:00) and between 10:00 am and 5:00 on Saturdays (the last ferry back is 7:00), for a quick seven-minute trip that comes with great views on all sides. And as long as you’re at the Battery Maritime Building, stop in to participate in David Byrne’s interactive "Playing the Building," an interactive sound sculpture sponsored by Creative Time.

Fridays through October 4 Free Bike Fridays: bike rentals are free on Fridays from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at Bike and Roll, sponsored by Transportation Alternatives; on Saturdays and Sundays, rentals cost $5 for half an hour

Through October 5 "In Site" sculpture exhibit throughout the island

Saturday, June 21


Sunday, June 22 Army Heritage Weekend: special programs on the military history of Governors Island, 11:00 am — 4:00 pm

Friday, June 27


Sunday, June 29 Figment Festival: three days of art, culture, and interactive performances

Saturday, July 5 New York Philharmonic plays classical favorites including Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, conducted by Bramwell Tovey, followed by fireworks display, 6:30

Saturday, July 5 Folks on the Island! Janis Ian, 1:30

Saturday, July 12 Folks on the Island! Slaid Cleaves, 1:30

Saturday, July 19 Folks on the Island! Bearfoot, 1:30

Saturday, July 26 Folks on the Island! Eric Bibb, 1:30

Saturday, July 26 City of Water Day, featuring walking tours, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, live music, paddling, sailing, food, and more

Saturday, August 2 Folks on the Island! Ronny Cox, 1:30

Saturday, August 2


Sunday, August 3 A Revolutionary Weekend: special programs on the life of an eighteenth-century soldier, 11:00 am — 4:00 pm

Saturday, August 9


Sunday, August 10 Civil War History Weekend: special programs on the everyday life of a Civil War garrison, 11:00 am — 4:00 pm

Saturday, August 9


Sunday, August 10 African Film Festival, with screenings and live music, 1:30

Saturday, August 23


Sunday, August 24 Battle of Brooklyn Weekend: special programs on the Battle of Brooklyn, 11:00 am — 4:00 pm

Friday, August 29

Saturday August 30


Sunday August 31 Pulse Theatre Presents Shakespeare’s TWELFTH NIGHT, 2:00

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McCarren Park Free Events of the Week


McCarren Park Pool will be free hot spot again this summer


McCarren Park Pool

Lorimer St. between Driggs & Bayard Aves.

Admission: free


Get ready for another great season of indie rock at one of the city’s most fun spots, the dilapidated McCarren Park Pool. Kicking off with the amazing Hold Steady, the free lineup also features such hot bands as Matt & Kim, the Ting Tings, Deerhunter, Liars, the Breeders, MGMT, and the wild Black Lips. Bring your bathing suit so you can take a gambit at the free water slide, and keep a lookout for Hula Hoop Girl.

Sunday, June 29 The Hold Steady, the Loved Ones, J Roddy and the Business, 12 noon

Sunday, July 6 Ronnie Spector, the Rabbit Factory Soul Revue, 12 noon

Sunday, July 13 The Breeders, Matt & Kim, the Whip, 12 noon

Sunday, July 20 Liars, F*&k Buttons, Team Robespierre, 12 noon

Sunday, July 27 MGMT, Black Moth Super Rainbow, the Ting Tings, 12 noon

Sunday, August 3 Black Lips, Deerhunter, King Khan & His Shrines, Tall Firs, 12 noon

Sunday, August 17 Aesop Rock, Panther, 12 noon


McCarren Park Pool

Lorimer St. between Driggs & Bayard Aves.

Tuesdays through August 26

Live music at 7:00, screening at 9:00

Admission: free




Tuesday, July 8 RUSHMORE (Wes Anderson, 1998)

Tuesday, July 15 THE VIRGIN SUICIDES (Sofia Coppola, 1999)

Tuesday, July 22 WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER (David Wain, 2001)

Tuesday, July 29 DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSAN (Susan Seidelman, 1985)

Tuesday, August 5 MEAN STREETS (Martin Scorsese, 1973)

Tuesday, August 12 28 DAYS LATER (Danny Boyle, 2002)

Tuesday, August 19 VELVET GOLDMINE (Todd Haynes, 1998)

Tuesday, August 26 BLUE VELVET (David Lynch, 1986)

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Bryant Park Free Events of the Week

Michael Ian Black will read from his new book
in Bryant Park this summer


Bryant Park Reading Room

Midpark on north side

Wednesdays at 12:30 through August 20

Admission: free


Wednesday, June 11 Douglas Preston, THE MONSTER OF FLORENCE, hosted by Sarah Weinman

Wednesday, June 18 Liz Tuccillo, HOW TO BE SINGLE

Wednesday, June 25 Josh Kilmer-Purcell, CANDY EVERYBODY WANTS, hosted by Scott Nevins

Wednesday, July 2 The Liar Show, with Andy Christie, THE LIAR SHOW; James Braly, LIE IN A MARTIAL INSTITUTION; Ophira Eisenberg, I KILLED: TRUE STORIES OF THE ROAD ROM AMERICA’S TOP COMICS; and Alix Strauss, HAVE I GOT A GUY FOR YOU: WHAT REALLY HAPPENS WHEN MOM FIXES YOU UP, hosted by Andy Christie

Wednesday, July 9 Debut Writers: Toby Barlow, SHARP TEETH; Charles Bock, BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN: A NOVEL; Stefan Block, THE STORY OF FORGETTING: A NOVEL; Ceridwen Dovey, BLOOD KIN: A NOVEL; and Sophie Gee, THE SCANDAL OF THE SEASON: A NOVEL, hosted by David Ebershoff

Wednesday, July 16 Michael Ian Black, MY CUSTOM VAN (AND 46 OTHER MIND-BLOWING ESSAYS THAT WILL BLOW YOUR MIND ALL OVER YOUR FACE), hosted by Amelie Gillette

Wednesday, July 23 Joyce Carol Oates, MY SISTER, MY LOVE: THE INTIMATE STORY OF SKYLER RAMPIKE, hosted by: Otto Penzler,

Wednesday, July 30 Jonathan Miles, DEAR AMERICAN AIRLINES: A NOVEL, hosted by: Andy Battaglia

Wednesday, August 6 Go Green: panel discussion with Lori Bongiorno, Diane MacEachern, Christie Matheson, and Mark Spellun, moderated by Andrew H. Darrell

Wednesday, August 13 Tommy Chong, CHEECH & CHONG: THE UNAUTHORIZED AUTOBIOGRAPHY, hosted by Josh Gilbert

Wednesday, August 20 Samantha Hunt, THE INVENTION OF EVERYTHING ELSE

Robert Redford wonders what's next in Bryant Park


Bryant Park

Sixth Ave. from 40th to 42nd Sts.

Monday nights through August 20

Lawn opens at 5:00 pm for blankets and picnicking

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

Admission: free



Monday, June 16 DR. NO (John Huston, 1962)

Monday, June 23 BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN (James Whale, 1935)

Monday, June 30 HUD (Martin Ritt, 1963)

Monday, July 7 THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER (William Keighley, 1942)

Monday, July 14 FAIL-SAFE (Sidney Lumet, 1964)

Monday, July 21 ARSENIC AND OLD LACE (Frank Capra, 1944)

Monday, July 28 THE APARTMENT (Billy Wilder, 1960)

Monday, August 4 LIFEBOAT (Alfred Hitchcock, 1944)

Monday, August 11 THE CANDIDATE (Michael Ritchie, 1972)

Monday, August 18 SUPERMAN (Richard Donner, 1978)


Bryant Park Upper Terrace

42nd St. between Fifth & Sixth Aves.

Fridays through August 22 at 7:00 am

Admission: free


Friday, June 13 Cyndi Lauper

Friday, June 20 Boyz II Men

Friday, June 27 Maroon 5

Friday, July 4 Chaka Khan

Friday, July 11 Artist TBA

Friday, July 18 Miley Cyrus

Friday, July 25 Feist

Friday, August 1 Cast of Broadway’s RENT

Friday, August 8 The Jonas Brothers

Friday, August 15 Donny and Marie Osmond

Friday, August 22 Artist TBA


Admission: free



Sunday, June 22 The Rally, hosted by Bob Smith and Judy Gold, 2:00 — 6:00

IN THE HEIGHTS is one of many Broadway shows hitting Bryant Park


Bryant Park Stage

Thursdays at 12:30 pm from July 10 through August 14

Admission: free








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Free Events in Smaller Parks of the Week

Brand Nubian hip-hops in Brower Park this summer


St. Mary’s Park, 146 St. & St. Ann's Ave. (SMP)

Crotona Park, 173rd St. & Crotona Park East (CP)

Red Hook. Bay St. between. Henry & Clinton Sts. (RH)

Von King Park, Tompkins Ave. between. Lafayette & Greene Aves. (VKP)

Brower Park, Brooklyn Ave. & Prospect Park Pl. (BP)

East River Park, bandshell along the East River between Grand & Jackson Sts. (ERP)

Highbridge Park, 174th St. & Amsterdam Ave. (HP)

Jackie Robinson Park, 147th St. & Bradhurst Ave. (JRP)

Marcus Garvey Park, 124th St. & Mt. Morris Park (MGP)

Queensbridge Park, 41st Ave., Bridge Plaza, Vernon Blvd. & East River (QP)

Springfield Park, 184th St. & 147th Ave. (SP)

Mahoney Playground, Beechwood Ave, Crescent Ave., Cleveland St. & Jersey St. (MP)

Admission: free


Sure, everyone knows about the free concerts at SummerStage, the Prospect Park Bandshell, McCarren Park Pool, Madison Square Park, and Bryant Park, but there are dozens of other parks all over town that will be hosting some great talent this season, giving people the opportunity to see some hot shows in some very cool parks they’ve probably never been to. This year’s lineup includes such diverse bands as Brand Nubian, Johnny Pacheco, the Delfonics, Naughty by Nature, the Fiery Furnaces, Slick Rick, Big Daddy Kane, and the ever-popular Felix Hernandez Rhythm Review.

Thursday, July 3 Felix Hernandez Rhythm Review, VKP

Tuesday, July 8 Orquestra Broadway/DJ Louie JR, SMP

Wednesday, July 9 Johnny Pacheco y Su Tumboa/DJ Louie JR, CP

Wednesday, July 9 Brand Nubian, BP

Thursday, July 10 Whodini, VKP

Tuesday, July 15 Ray Castro y Su Cojunto Classico/DJ Louie JR, SMP

Tuesday, July 15 Felix Hernandez Rhythm Review, QP

Wednesday, July 16 Lovebug Starski & Friends, CP

Wednesday, July 16 Richie Spice, BP

Thursday, July 17 21:03 / Kurt Carr, VKP

Thursday, July 17 The Fiery Furnaces, ERP

Tuesday, July 22 Frankie Morales & His Mambo of the Times Orchestra/DJ Louie JR, SMP

Tuesday, July 22 Naughty by Nature, QP

Wednesday, July 23 Tony Touch & Brenda K Starr, CP

Wednesday, July 23 Bahamadia, BP

Thursday, July 24 KRS-ONE, ERP

Tuesday, July 29 The Delfonics, QP

Wednesday, July 30 The Delfonics, MP

Thursday, July 31 Willie Colón, ERP

Thursday, July 31 Marvin Sapp, SP

Tuesday, August 5 Jungle Brothers, RH

Wednesday, August 6 The Chi-Lites, JRP

Wednesday, August 6 Chubb Rock, MP

Thursday, August 7 TBA, MGP

Thursday, August 7 The Chi-Lites, SP

Tuesday, August 12 BT Express, RH

Tuesday, August 12 Toby Love, HP

Wednesday, August 13 Slick Rick, JRP

Wednesday, August 13 Barbara Mason, MP

Thursday, August 14 Big Daddy Kane, MGP

Big Daddy Kane brings peace to Marcus Garvey Park on August 14

Thursday, August 14 Main Ingredient featuring Cuba Gooding, Sr., SP

Tuesday, August 19 Shino Aguakate, HP

Tuesday, August 19 Michael Stuart, RH

Wednesday, August 20 Donald Lawrence / DeWayne Woods / the Murrills, JRP

Thursday, August 21 TBA, MGP

Saturday, August 23 Charlie Parker Jazz Festival: Hank Jones, Vanessa Rubin, Rashied Ali, and Robert Glasper, MGP, 3:00

Sunday, August 24 Charlie Parker Jazz Festival: Randy Weston, Jerry Gonzales and Fort Apache, Eric Lewis, and Gretchen Parlato, Tompkins Square Park, 3:00

Tuesday, August 26 Tulile, HP

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Not Free Film Festival of the Week

Courtesy of Batoota Films

Kids have fun despite the unexploded cluster bombs in DEADLY PLAYGROUND


Walter Reade Theater

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

June 13-26

Tickets: $11




Yes, we know that this film festival is not free, but it’s just too important for us to just pass it by, so at least we can claim that most of the films deal with different aspects of freedom — which, as we know, ain’t free — taking on social justice all over the world. Be sure to check out "China’s Olympic Challenge: Photographs by Kadir van Lohuizen," which runs concurrently in the Frieda and Roy Furman Gallery.

Friday, June 13 TO SEE IF I'M SMILING (Tamar Yarom, 2007) and DEADLY PLAYGROUND (Katia Saleh, 2007), 1:30 & 9:15

Friday, June 13 THE RECRUITER (Edet Belzberg, 2008), 4:00

Friday, June 13 A PROMISE TO THE DEAD (Peter Raymont, 2006), 6:30

Courtesy White Pine Pictures

Ariel Dorfman reexamines September 11, 1973, in moving documentary

A PROMISE TO THE DEAD (Peter Raymont, 2006)

Friday, June 13, 6:30

Wednesday, June 18, 1:30


The opening-night film of the 2008 Human Rights Watch International Film Festival follows exiled playwright, essayist, novelist, and activist Ariel Dorfman (DEATH AND THE MAIDEN, HOW TO READ DONALD DUCK) as he returns to Chile to revisit and reexamine the violent coup that took place there on September 11, 1973. At the time, Dorfman was cultural advisor to President Salvador Allende, a socialist who angered Chile’s conservatives — as well as the Nixon White House. With the CIA’s support, General Augusto Pinochet ousted Allende in a brutal takeover that left behind a bloody wake that is still felt today. Director Peter Raymont (SHAKE HANDS WITH THE DEVIL: THE JOURNEY OF ROMÉO DALLAIRE) accompanies Dorfman, whose family was exiled from Argentina when he was a child, as he meets with old friends and colleagues, remembers those who have been lost, and searches for home. Raymont and Dorfman wonderfully capture the myriad emotions the award-winning writer feels as he compares September 11, 2001, to September 11, 1973, dates filled with memory, fear, terror, and senseless death. A PROMISE TO THE DEAD is a powerful, very personal tale of pain and reconciliation.

Saturday, June 14 PRISONERS IN TIME (Stephen Walker, 1995) and DEAD LINE (Alex Marengo, 1998), 1:30

Saturday, June 14 AMERICAN OUTRAGE (Beth Gage & George Gage, 2007) and RIGHTFUL PLACE (Hakima Abbas & Yobo Rutin, 2007), 4:15

Saturday, June 14 THE BETRAYAL (NERAKHOON) (Ellen Kuras & Thavisouk Phrasavath, 2008), 6:30

THE BETRAYAL (NERAKHOON) (Ellen Kuras & Thavisouk Phrasavath, 2008)

Saturday, June 14, 6:30

Sunday, June 15, 8:30

Famed cinematographer Ellen Kuras (ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND, HEART OF GOLD) makes her directorial debut with the heart-wrenching documentary THE BETRAYAL (NERAKHOON), which she and Thavisouk “Thavi” Phrasavath, her co-director and primary subject, shot over the course of twenty-three years, from 1984 to 2007. In 1973, Thavi’s father was recruited by the CIA to help fight the spread of Communism in Laos during the Vietnam War — even though the United States still denies its involvement in that country — and after America left and the Pathet Lao took over, Thavi’s father was arrested and sent to a reeducation camp, where it was feared he had become one of the disappeared ones. Just thirteen years old, Thavi led his mother and siblings on a dangerous escape to Thailand and then to Brooklyn, where they try to become a family again — despite leaving some behind in Laos — but find roadblocks of all kinds every step of the way, leading them to question whether America is really the land of opportunity. Mixing archival footage with re-created scenes and interviews with many of the family members — mostly Thavi’s proud, bitter mother — THE BETRAYAL is a moving story of the search for home and reconciling with the past.

Saturday, June 14 THE RECRUITER (Edet Belzberg, 2008), 9:15

Sunday, June 15 THE RECRUITER (Edet Belzberg, 2008), 1:00

Sunday, June 15 THE DICTATOR HUNTER (Klaartje Quirijns, 2007), 3:30

Sunday, June 15 TO SEE IF I'M SMILING (Tamar Yarom, 2007) and DEADLY PLAYGROUND (Katia Saleh, 2007), 6:00

Sunday, June 15 THE BETRAYAL (NERAKHOON) (Ellen Kuras & Thavisouk Phrasavath, 2008), 8:30

Monday, June 16 AMERICAN OUTRAGE (Beth Gage & George Gage, 2007) and RIGHTFUL PLACE (Hakima Abbas & Yobo Rutin, 2007), 1:30 & 9:00

Monday, June 16 The Human Rights Watch Collection: DREAMING LHASA (Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam, 2005), 4:00

Dhondup (Jampa Kalsang) and Karma (Tenzin Chokyi Gyatso) seek answers in DREAMING LHASA

DREAMING LHASA (Ritu Sarin & Tenzing Sonam, 2005)

Monday, June 16, 4:00


DREAMING LLASA is a well-meaning but overly earnest drama about the personal and cultural costs of the Chinese occupation of Tibet. Karma (Tenzin Chokyi Gyatso) is a Tibetan American in Dharamsala, India, home of the exiled Dalai Lama, to make a politically charged documentary about Tibetans who have been tortured by the Chinese government. When one of her subjects, Dhondup (Jampa Kalsang), asks her to join him on a journey to deliver his mother’s charm box to a dangerous activist many believe to be dead, the two set out on an adventure that reconnects Karma to her Tibetan roots. While Dhondup, a former monk, represents the old ways of Tibet, Jigme (Tenzin Jigme), a flashy playboy who is helping Karma with the film project, is part of the new Tibetan-Indian culture, more concerned with fast living than dying traditions. Written by Tenzing Sonam and produced by Ritu Sarin — the two documentarians codirected as well — and featuring music by Andy Spence of New Young Pony Club and amateurish acting, DREAMING LLHASA tries too hard to make its obvious points, never relying on subtlety when hitting the audience over the head with a hammer will do.

Tuesday, June 17 The Human Rights Watch Collection: SILENT WATERS (Sabiha Sumar, 2003), 4:00

Tuesday, June 17 THE DICTATOR HUNTER (Klaartje Quirijns, 2007), 1:30

Tuesday, June 17 THE GREATEST SILENCE: RAPE IN THE CONGO (Lisa Jackson, 2007), 6:30

Tuesday, June 17 UNDER THE BOMBS (Philippe Aractingi, 2007), 9:00

Wednesday, June 18 A PROMISE TO THE DEAD (Peter Raymont, 2006), 1:30

Wednesday, June 18 The Human Rights Watch Collection: LA SIERRA (Scott Dalton & Margarita Martinez, 2004, 4:00

Wednesday, June 18 CALLE SANTA FÉ (Carmen Castillo, 2007), 7:00

Thursday, June 19 THE GREATEST SILENCE: RAPE IN THE CONGO (Lisa Jackson, 2007), 1:30

Thursday, June 19 The Human Rights Watch Collection: S21: THE KHMER ROUGE KILLING MACHINE (Rithy Panh, 2003), 4:00

Thursday, June 19 UNDER THE BOMBS (Philippe Aractingi, 2007), 6:30

Thursday, June 19 BEHAVE (Maria Ramos, 2006), 9:15

Friday, June 20 BEHAVE (Maria Ramos, 2006), 1:30

Friday, June 20 The Human Rights Watch Collection: THE CAMDEN 28 (Anthony Giacchino, 2006), 4:00

Friday, June 20 YOUTH PRODUCING CHANGE (Adobe Youth Voices), 6:30

Friday, June 20 THE SARI SOLDIERS (Julie Bridgham, 2008), 9:00

Saturday, June 21 BEHAVE (Maria Ramos, 2006), 4:00

Saturday, June 21 YOUTH PRODUCING CHANGE (Adobe Youth Voices), 1:30

Saturday, June 21 PROJECT KASHMIR (Senain Kheshgi & Geeta V. Patel, 2008), 6:30

Saturday, June 21 CHINA'S STOLEN CHILDREN (Jezza Neumann, 2007), 9:15

Sunday, June 22 CHINA'S STOLEN CHILDREN (Jezza Neumann, 2007), 1:00

Sunday, June 22 THE SARI SOLDIERS (Julie Bridgham, 2008), 3:30

Sunday, June 22 TRACES OF THE TRADE (Katrina Browne, Alla Kovgan & Jude Ray, 2008), 6:00

Courtesy of Ebb Pod Productions

A family researches its slave-owning history in TRACES OF THE TRADE

(Katrina Browne, Alla Kovgan & Jude Ray, 2008)

Sunday, June 22, 6:00

Monday, June 23, 1:30 & 9:00


TRACES OF THE TRADE is a fascinating look at institutional racism, selective memory, and reparation. After discovering the dirty little secret that her ancestors were the largest slave-trading family in American history, Katrina Browne sets out to gather as many relatives as she can to examine their past, present, and future — including traveling to Ghana and Cuba, where the DeWolfs made their fortune on the backs of black men and women bought in Africa. Nine of the two hundred members of the well-to-do Episcopal clan, who are not used to sharing their emotions — certainly not in such a public way — go on the journey and open up as they trace a path that forces them to look deep inside themselves and reconsider how they got to where they are today — and what, if anything, they should do about it. Narrated in a mournful monotone by Browne, TRACES OF THE TRADE is most successful in compelling viewers to question their own personal history and current feelings about racism in contemporary society, even as it walks a fine line between impartial documentary and self-serving emo-tourism.

Sunday, June 22 PROJECT KASHMIR (Senain Kheshgi & Geeta V. Patel, 2008), 8:30

Monday, June 23 TRACES OF THE TRADE (Katrina Browne, Alla Kovgan & Jude Ray, US, 2008), 1:30 & 9:00

Monday, June 23 PROJECT KASHMIR (Senain Kheshgi & Geeta V. Patel, 2008), 4:00

Monday, June 23 CRITICAL CONDITION (Roger Weisberg, 2008), 6:30

Tuesday, June 24 THE SARI SOLDIERS (Julie Bridgham, 2008), 1:00

Tuesday, June 24 CHINA'S STOLEN CHILDREN (Jezza Neumann, 2007), 3:30

Tuesday, June 24 USA VS. AL-ARIAN (Line Halvorsen, 2007), 6:15

Tuesday, June 24 THIS WAY UP (Georgi Lazarevski, 2007) and OPEN HEART (Claire Fowler, 2006), 9:00

Wednesday, June 25 THIS WAY UP (Georgi Lazarevski, 2007) and OPEN HEART (Claire Fowler, 2006), 1:00 & 6:15

Wednesday, June 25 USA VS. AL-ARIAN (Line Halvorsen, 2007), 3:30

Wednesday, June 25 CRITICAL CONDITION (Roger Weisberg, 2008), 8:45

Thursday, June 26 CRITICAL CONDITION (Roger Weisberg, 2008), 3:30

Thursday, June 26 LETTER TO ANNA (Eric Bergkraut, 2008), 1:00 & 6:15

Thursday, June 26 USA VS. AL-ARIAN (Line Halvorsen, 2007), 9:00

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Riff’s Rants & Raves: Film

BEAUTY IN TROUBLE (Peter Segal, 2006)

Angelika Film Center

18 West Houston St. at Mercer St.

Opens Friday, June 13




Ana Geislerová gives a multilayered, mesmerizing performance as the title character in Jan Hrebejk’s Czech drama BEAUTY IN TROUBLE. Geislerová stars as Marcela, a young mother of two who leaves her husband, Jarda (Roman Luknar), who runs a small chop shop, moving in with her mother (Jana Brejchová) and her creepy stepfather (Jirí Schmitzer). After Jarda is arrested for stealing a car, Marcela starts a friendship with the car’s owner, the much older Evžen (Josef Abrhám), a wealthy, gentle soul who wants to bring Marcela and her kids to Tuscany with him. But Evžen lacks the raw passion and sexuality that Jarda offers, complicating Marcela’s continuing life-altering decisions. Directed by Hrebejk and written by Petr Jarchovsky, who previously collaborated on such films as DIVIDED WE FALL and COSY DENS, BEAUTY IN TROUBLE features smart dialogue amid a sometimes disjointed and uneven plot that is redeemed by the solid acting and the many unexpected twists and turns in the story. English-language songs by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, the stars of ONCE, add to the general moodiness, while Czech accordion chansioner Raduza regales audiences on-screen with a few numbers. The film premiered at the 2006 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival; it’s about time it made it over here.

Hollywood’s giving it another go-round with the Hulk

THE INCREDIBLE HULK (Louis Letterier, 2008)

Opens Friday, June 13


Come back, Ang Lee — all is forgiven. Five years ago this month, Ang Lee let loose the Hulk on an unsuspecting public, and although twi-ny called it a “fun ride,” just about everyone else hated the flick. Well, Louis Letterier, who is responsible for both TRANSPORTER films as well as the awful Jet Li vehicle UNLEASHED, has unleashed a new Hulk on the world, with Edward Norton starring as the illegitimate offspring of a tawdry three-way between Shrek, Princess Fiona, and the Jolly Green Giant. Although there are cute cameos by former Hulksters Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno as well as Hulk cocreator Stan Lee (and a surprise appearance by another superhero in the final scene), the rest of the movie is about as flat as the verdant superhero’s haircut. The cast also includes Liv Tyler as Dr. Ross, Bruce Banner’s former flame; a well-mustachioed William Hurt as her father, a general who is seeking the ultimate weapon; Tim Roth as a military mercenary with a bit of a God complex; and Tim Blake Nelson as a mad scientist.

Guy Maddin looks back on his hometown as only he can

MY WINNIPEG (Guy Maddin, 2007)

IFC Center

323 Sixth Ave. at West Third St.

Opens Friday, June 13




Earlier this year, Guy Maddin (THE SADDEST MUSIC IN THE WORLD, CAREFUL) returned to the Tribeca Film Festival, where his splendid cinematic installation COWARDS BEND THE KNEE was a hit in 2003, with MY WINNIPEG, an insanely brilliant homage to his native city. In MY WINNIPEG, he pays tribute to the long, bizarre history of the title Canadian province, which sits directly in the middle of North America, what Maddin refers to as the "heart of the heart of the continent." Combining archival footage with newly re-created scenes, all of which look like faded newsreels and early, degraded prints, Maddin, in voice-over narration, tells of horses buried in ice with their heads sticking out, the Happyland amusement park, Ledge Man, the Hudson’s Bay Company, stampedes, spirit photography and seances, a beauty pageant for men, local scavenger hunts in which the winner gets a ticket out of town, and other strange elements; one of the many joys of the film is not knowing what is exactly true and what is invention, although there is more fact here than you might think. "Everything that happens in this city is a euphemism," Maddin says, just to keep us guessing. He also gets personal in the film, which he calls a "docu-fantasia," with many scenes focusing on his mother — or an actress playing his mother. A masterful meditation on memory, MY WINNIPEG is one of Maddin’s most accomplished, most accessible works, the successor to such classic avant-garde filmmakers as Dali and Bunuel (UN CHIEN ANDALOU), Brakhage (DOG STAR MAN), and Welles (F FOR FAKE). To get a little taste of what Maddin is all about, you can check out many of his short films, including NUDE CABOOSE, FUSEBOY, A TRIP TO THE ORPHANAGE, and SISSY-BOY SLAP-PARTY, on YouTube. Don’t worry about feeling like you’re "stealing" them by seeing them for free; Maddin put them up there himself.

Anne Hathaway & Steve Carell get smart — and plenty stupid — in slapstick flick

GET SMART (Peter Segal, 2008)

Opens Friday, June 20


From 1965 to 1970, the television series GET SMART, created by Buck Henry and Mel Brooks, parodied the cold-war-era secret-agent genre exemplified by James Bond and Inspector Clouseau on the big screen and THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. on the small screen. The slapstick comedy starred Don Adams as Maxwell Smart, aka Agent 86, a bumbling spy who always managed to get his man and save the world, with the help of his ultra-capable, ultra-cool partner, Agent 99 (Barbara Feldon). Director Peter Segal, who has helmed such loser sequels and remakes as THE LONGEST YARD, NAKED GUN 33 1/3: THE FINAL INSULT, and NUTTY PROFESSOR II: THE KLUMPS, does significantly better with this updated version of GET SMART, primarily because Steve Carell does such a good job reimagining the title character instead of merely impersonating Adams. Carell’s Smart is a detail-oriented analyst who dreams of becoming a field agent, and he finally gets his chance when nearly every other CONTROL agent is either killed or compromised. Working with the Chief (an aggressively funny Alan Arkin), the perfect Agent 23 (Dwayne Johnson), and the gorgeous Agent 99 (Anne Hathaway, holding her own surprisingly well), Smart has to infiltrate KAOS in order to prevent Siegfried (a wasted Terence Stamp) and his right-hand man, Shtarker (BORAT’s Ken Davitian), from detonating a nuclear bomb. But the absurd plot is not the point here; instead, it’s the stupidly fun interplay between the main characters. True, many of the jokes fall flat, the handful of attempts at seriousness are lame, and some of the smaller characters are just too silly and overused (including Masi Oka and Nate Torrence as juvenile weapons experts and David Koechner as a totally wrong Larabee), but Carell keeps things going with his deadpan charm. Segal’s smartest decision might have been to allow his cast to ad lib, resulting in a bunch of laugh-out-loud moments, while bringing back such familiar items as the Cone of Silence and most of the classic tag lines (what, no “and loving it”?). The film also features cameos by series cocreator Leonard Stern, Bill Murray as Agent 13, and, most importantly, the original Siegfried, Bernie Kopell.

LA RACCOLTA is a sweet look at harvesting olives in Umbria


Water Taxi Beach, Long Island City

June 14-20

Admission: free (food extra)



Nearly two dozen films about food will be screened at Water Taxi Beach, ranging from the three-minute short THE DEATH & LIFE OF ICE CREAM by Mind Pie to Craig Noble’s seventy-four-minute film on sustainability, TABLELAND. Other food-related topics include cheesesteaks, New Orleans mixology, samosas, farming, donuts, and bar towels. The food features a cheesesteak blowout on June 14, currywurst on June 16, pizza on June 17, blueberry drinks, Indian samosas, and an olive-oil tasting on June 18 (the tasting will be led by Il Buco’s Donna Lennard, whose LA RACCOLTA [THE HARVEST] has its premiere on Wednesday, June 18, at 8:50 — see our review below), southern pit barbecued pork on June 19, and a vegan dinner on June 20, as well as the usual Motz burger, deep-fried hot dogs, french fries, and regular menu at Water Taxi Beach.

LA RACCOLTA (THE HARVEST) (Donna Lennard, 2006)

Wednesday, June 18, 8:50 pm


Independent filmmaker and restaurateur Donna Lennard combines her two passions in the bittersweet documentary LA RACCOLAT (THE HARVEST), a loving look at the traditional olive oil industry in Italy’s lush and beautiful Umbria region. Lennard, who opened Il Buco at 47 Bond St. in 1994 and also sells food products through her Il Buco Alimentare line, turns her camera on the men and women who still harvest olives the old-fashioned way, climbing ladders and gathering them by hand, picking them before they’re ripe in order to make the best-tasting olive oil possible. From Count Pandolfi Elmi and his son — the family has been in the olive business for nearly four hundred years — to the ageless Olga, who sings as she harvests, Lennard shows the love and dedication that goes into every spoonful of olive oil. However, they all also note that the younger generations are not following in their footsteps, jeopardizing the future of the hand-picked method that leads to such a special, unique product. Lennard will be hosting an olive-oil tasting after the half-hour film’s world premiere at the free New York City Food Film Festival at Water Taxi Beach in Long Island City.

In Theaters Now

Jason Segel wrote and stars in vastly overrated "romantic disaster comedy"

FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL (Nicholas Stoller, 2008)

AMC Empire 25

234 West 42nd St. between Broadway & Eighth Ave.


Regal Union Square Stadium

13th St. & Broadway


Jason Segel, the twenty-first-century Judge Reinhold, wrote and stars in FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL, the latest in the successful string of comedies from producer Judd Apatow, which include THE 40-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN, KNOCKED UP, and SUPERBAD. In this self-described "romantic disaster comedy," Segel stars as Peter, a television-series composer whose big dream is to stage a Dracula musical with puppets. When his girlfriend, Sarah Marshall (Kristen Bell), the star of the TV show CRIME SCENE: SCENE OF THE CRIME, suddenly breaks up with him, he goes on a downward spiral of cheap sex and depression. His stepbrother, Brian (SNL’s Bill Hader), convinces him to get away and go on vacation, but when Peter heads off to Hawaii, he immediately discovers that Sarah is staying at the same resort, with her new sex toy, indie pop star Aldous Snow (British comedian Russell Brand). While exploring a friendship with hotel worker Rachel (Mila Kunis), Peter can’t get him mind off Sarah, following her around like a pathetic little puppy dog. Segel is likable enough, and there are a bunch of legitimately laugh-out-loud moments, but the film ultimately fails because of sloppy direction by first-timer Nicholas Stoller (hey, get that boom mic out of the shot!), terrible editing and continuity, cliches galore, silly subplots and minor characters, and way too many frontal nude shots of Segel. (Once was plenty, thank you very much.)

Harold and Kumar are back for more fun in ESCAPE


AMC Empire 25

234 West 42nd St. between Broadway & Eighth Ave.



Overflowing with more toilet humor than you can shake a plunger, HAROLD AND KUMAR ESCAPE FROM GUANTANAMO BAY is the very funny follow-up to the unforgettable HAROLD AND KUMAR GO TO WHITE CASTLE. Written and directed by Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, who wrote the original as well, the sequel lets viewers know just what they’re in for right from the very start; the first few minutes — which take place immediately after Harold (John Cho) and Kumar (Kal Penn) have fed their crave at White Castle and are preparing to go to Amsterdam so Harold can declare his love for Maria (Paula Garces) — include no-holds-barred aural and visual jokes about flatulence, pubic hair, and self-pleasure, setting the stage for a naughty road movie that quickly lands the pair in Guantanamo Bay when a frightened airline passenger mistakes Kumar’s homemade smokeless bong for a bomb. Former DAILY SHOW correspondent Rob Corddry is a riot as the inept racist deputy chief of Homeland Security, determined to track down the alleged terrorists, who encounter the Ku Klux Klan, a bizarre southern family, a Texas whorehouse, and, once again, the great Neil Patrick Harris along the way. Also back are Goldstein (David Krumholtz) and Rosenberg (Eddie Kaye Thomas), with LAW AND ORDER: SVU’s Christopher Meloni, who made a bizarre cameo as Freakshow in the original, now doing a bizarre cameo as a KKK grand wizard in the new film. Penn gets to show his romantic chops as well this time, as Kumar tries to deal with the frustration of his first love, Vanessa (Danneel Harris), getting married to super-Republican douchebag Colton (Eric Winter). Even when it crosses the bounds of extremely bad taste and utterly ridiculous silliness, HAROLD AND KUMAR ESCAPE FROM GUANTANAMO BAY somehow always manages to bring itself back and make you laugh your head off. Stick around for the end of the credits for a little bonus.

Robert Downey Jr. muscles up for IRON MAN

IRON MAN (Jon Favreau, 2008)


Robert Downey Jr. stars as a different kind of superhero in Jon Favreau’s grand retelling of the comic-book hero Iron Man. Tony Stark is a glitzy scientific genius whose rock-star life is filled with beautiful women, fancy parties, and a gorgeous cliff-side Hollywood home. Keeping things barely in perspective is his devoted personal assistant, Pepper Potts (an excellent Gwyneth Paltrow). As the head of Stark Industries — along with his late father’s former partner, Obadiah Stane (a villainously bearded and bald Jeff Bridges) — Tony uses cutting-edge technology to make and market weapons of mass destruction. On a business deal in Afghanistan to show off his latest creation, his convoy is blown up and he is taken hostage by terrorists, who demand that he build a missile for them right then and there. But instead he makes himself an iron suit to help him escape — and having seen how his own weapons have been used against him and America, has a change of heart about the future of his business, which doesn’t make Obadiah very happy. Unlike most superheroes, Stark has no innate super powers; he is merely a deeply conflicted man in a really cool metal suit. Favreau lets the character’s troubled soul and uneasy heart — which is kept pumping by a special magnet protecting it from shrapnel — not special effects, drive the film. Look for Iron Man creator and Marvel legend Stan Lee in a cameo, and be sure to stick around till the end of the credits for a special little bonus.

Sergei Bodrov’s biopic follows life of the man who would be Genghis Khan

MONGOL (Sergei Bodrov, 2008)

Landmark Sunshine Cinema

143 East Houston St. between First & Second Aves.




The story of Genghis Khan has been told several times on the big and small screen — Omar Sharif played the Mongolian warrior in 1965, John Wayne ridiculously had the lead role in Dick Powell’s 1956 film THE CONQUEROR, and there also have been Japanese, Chinese, and British versions — but Russian director Sergei Bodrov (PRISONER OF THE MOUNTAINS) takes a whole new approach in the gripping historical and romantic epic MONGOL. Set in the late twelfth century and shot on location in China, Mongolia, and Kazakhstan, MONGOL follows the life of young Temudgin from the age of nine as he grows into one of the fiercest fighters the world has ever known. Although the film features exciting, bloody battle scenes, at its heart it’s a moving character study of Temudgin, based on Lev Gumilev’s 1990s book THE LEGEND OF THE BLACK ARROW. Played as a child by Odnyam Odsuren and an adult by Japanese star Tadanobu Asano (ICHII THE KILLER, LAST LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE), Temudgin is a brutal but highly principled leader with an undying love for his strong wife, Borte (the stunning Khulan Chuluun in her film debut), and his family as well as a deep connection with his blood brother, Jamukha (Chinese actor Honglei Sun), later to become his mortal enemy. Set to Tuomas Kantelinen’s sweeping score and throat singing by Mongolian folk group Altan Urag, MONGOL is a lush, beautiful, and surprisingly personal film.

The Pevensies' return to Narnia is a drag



Watch out for the flying matzoh balls of doom! Andrew Adamson's sequel to 2005's THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE is a slow-moving, silly action-adventure movie that's filled with ridiculous plot holes, extreme suspensions of disbelief, and terrible closing music. Lucy (Georgie Henley), Edmund (Skandar Keynes), Peter (William Moseley), and Susan (Anna Popplewell) are back in Narnia, having been summoned by Prince Caspian (Ben Barnes), whose life is in danger now that his uncle, King Miraz (Sergio Castellitto), has his own heir to the Telmarine throne. Based on the fourth book in C. S. Lewis's Christian parable series, PRINCE CASPIAN evokes the story of Moses and the Israelites escaping from King Ramses II and the Egyptians, but Adamson and his co-screenwriters, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, have upped the action ante, with disastrous results. The always excellent Peter Dinklage does his best as Trumpkin, but just about everything else is a real mess.

The girls are back in town and on the big screen

SEX AND THE CITY (Michael Patrick King, 2008)


From 1998 to 2004, SEX AND THE CITY was a mainstay on HBO, following the life and loves of Miranda Hobbes (Cynthia Nixon), Charlotte York (Kristin Davis), Samantha Jones (Kim Cattrall), and Carrie Bradshaw as they traipsed about Manhattan in designer duds and really expensive shoes, dining and dishing at all the right places. The chic chicks have now reunited in the highly anticipated big-screen version of the award-winning cable series, picking up four years later, with Miranda having troubles with Steve (David Eigenberg) while they raise Brady (Joseph Pupo) out in Brooklyn, Samantha struggling to continue a monogamous relationship with hulky model and actor Smith Jerrod (Jason Lewis) in Hollywood, Charlotte loving her life with husband Harry (Evan Handler) and their adopted daughter, Lily (Alexandra and Parker Fong), and Carrie finally deciding to move in with — and marry — Mr. Big (Chris Noth). Written and directed by Michael Patrick King, an executive producer and writer on the original series, the movie hiccups its way through nearly two and a half hours of predictable story lines and frustrating plot twists — albeit with some very tender moments — trying too hard to please fans of the show as well as newcomers to this silly, superficial world. But it’s still fun to see the girls back together — with Carrie facing forty and Samantha heading toward fifty — even if the film feels more like two episodes strung together than the cinematic extravaganza it wants to be.

Liv Tyler goes through some rough times in THE STRANGERS

THE STRANGERS (Bryan Bertino, 2008)


At the beginning of THE STRANGERS, Bryan Bertino’s debut as a writer-director, it is explained that the film was inspired by actual events and that it is still not fully known what happened at 1801 Clark Road on February 11, 2005. Neither the film’s official production notes nor Internet searches verify any of that information, detracting somewhat from a horror movie that is otherwise extremely gripping and very scary. Liv Tyler gives a dynamic performance as Kristen McKay, a beautiful young woman who has just rejected a marriage proposal from her boyfriend, James Hoyt (Scott Speedman). A devastated James drives them to his parents’ secluded ranch house, where the tension between the two is nearly paralyzing. But soon after a stranger knocks on the door several times, asking for Tamara, a trio of masked weirdos (Gemma Ward, Kip Weeks, and Laura Margolis) begin terrorizing James and Kristen, who are forced to band together to try to save their lives. The first half hour of Bertino’s psychological thriller is an exceptional character study of the troubled couple, and the three villains, who apparently are attacking James and Kristen for no reason, are appropriately creepy. But the film, which evokes such horror and home-invasion fare as Michael Haneke’s FUNNY GAMES, Tom Gries’s HELTER SKELTER, Sean S. Cunningham’s FRIDAY THE 13TH, Nimród Antal’s VACANCY, and any number of killer-clown movies, suffers from its claim of supposedly being at least partially true. Still, it’s one frightening flick.

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Riff’s Rants & Raves: Live Music & Dance

WATER III was performed on East River last year


Metropolitan Museum of Art

1000 Fifth Ave. at 81st St.

Friday, June 14, and Saturday, June 15, 1:00

Admission: free


Human Kinetics Movement Arts will perform a site-specific dance choreographed by artistic director Yana Schnitzler and featuring Stephanie Hyland, Kioro Kawai, Akiko Bo Nishijima, Yana Schnitzler, Kristina Skovby, and Hiroko Yanagawa. Various incarnations of the three-part WATER have taken place at such locations as the Hudson River’s Pier 49, Galapagos Art Space, and Brooklyn Bridge Park. WATER III will incorporate the south plaza fountain outside the Metropolitan Museum of Art into what should be a dramatic piece. Last September we caught three members of the troupe, including Schnitzler, perform the beautiful "Time Bent" in a small storefront on Nassau St., so we’re really looking forward to this piece at the Met.


The Shackeltons will be part of the free After the Jump Festival on June 21


Music Hall of Williamsburg

66 North Sixth St.

Galapagos Art Space

70 North Sixth St. between Wythe & Kent

Saturday, June 21, 12 noon — 8:00

Admission: free






Galapagos and the Music Hall of Williamsburg team up for this free daylong festival featuring four stages, including one in the Music Hall, two in Galapagos, and the main stage out on the street. The outdoor music will continue through eight o’clock, while a $10 benefit show will take place in the Music Hall at 7:30. Below is the schedule for each venue. After the Jump is part of the Make Music New York festival of free music all over the city.

Saturday, June 21 Main Street Stage: Papercranes, 12:50; Lizzy Trullie, 1:40; Wakey! Wakey!, 2:30; the Antlers, 3:30; Bryan Scary & the Shredding Tears, 4:30; the Shackeltons, 5:30; the Forms, 6:30; and Pela, 7:30

Saturday, June 21 Music Hall of Williamsburg: Captain Ahab and the Sea Crackens, 12:30; Alex and the Horribles, 1:15; Dinowalrus, 2:00; the Austerity Program, 2:45; Snake & Jet’s Amazing Bullit Band, 3:30; Chairlift, 4:15; Power Douglas, 5:00; and Ponytail, 5:45

Saturday, June 21 Galapagos Art Space: Bell, 12 noon; Phil and the Osophers, 12:30; the Blood Sugars, 12:45; the Swimmers, 1:15; Bridges and Powerlines, 1:30; Senryu, 2:00; Brilliant Sweaters, 2:15; Noveller, 3:00; Autodrone, 3:30; Cursillistas, 4:00; Monotract, 4:30; Extra Life, 5:00; and Fiasco, 5:30

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twi-ny top two dozen (or so)
weekly reminders & special events


Pier A Park at First & Sinatra Dr.


June & July, around 9:00

August & September, around 8:15

Admission: free

Blankets & low lawn chairs encouraged



Bring a beach blanket and grab a good spot at Hoboken’s annual outdoor screening series, complete with a splendid view of the Hudson River.

Wednesday, June 11 CHARLIE WILSON'S WAR (Mike Nichols, 2007)

Wednesday, June 18 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE (Julie Taymor, 2007)

Wednesday, June 25 SICKO (Michael Moore, 2007)


World Financial Center Winter Garden

Admission: free



Thursday, June 12


Saturday, June 14 Consumer Technology Showcase, featuring the latest in home theater and automation, surround sound, computer music, mobile devices, video game platforms, HDTV, and more

BRONX WEEK 2008 highlights

Various venues

June 12-22

Admission: free


Thursday, June 12 The University Heights Centennial Celebration, University Heights Bridge & West Fordham Rd., 11:00 am

Saturday, June 14 The Hunts Point Summer Festival and Fish Parade, Hunts Point Riverside Park, 11:00 am — 5:00 pm

Saturday, June 14 Bronx River Sounds: Cool, Hot & Blue, fifth annual June Performing Arts Festival, with Willie Williams and his trio, Bronx River Art Center, 1087 East Tremont Ave., 8:00 pm

Saturday, June 21 Bronx River Sounds: Cool, Hot & Blue, fifth annual June Performing Arts Festival, with Insight, Bronx River Art Center, 1087 East Tremont Ave., 4:00

Saturday, June 21 Bronx River Sounds: Cool, Hot & Blue, fifth annual June Performing Arts Festival, with Willie Williams and his trio, Bronx River Art Center, 1087 East Tremont Ave., 8:00 — 10:00 pm

Sunday, June 22 Bronx Food & Arts Festival, grand finale of Bronx Week, Moshulu Pkwy. Between Bainbridge & Hull Aves., 12 noon — 6:00 pm


El Museo del Barrio Teatro Heckscher

1230 Fifth Ave. at 104th St.

Admission: free



The galleries might be under renovation, but there is still plenty to do at El Museo del Barrio — and it’s all free.

Thursday, June 12 Summer Nights at El Museo: Women on the Verge, with Marta Gómez and Sofia Koutsovitis, Heckscher Theater, 7:00

Thursday, June 19 Summer Nights at El Museo: Women on the Verge, with the Lucía Pulido Ensemble, Heckscher Theater, 7:00

Saturday, June 21 Miracles on 104th St. Festival, featuring hands-on family activities on the rooftop, art, live music by Alina Brouwer & the Black Friars, and much more, 12 noon — 4:00

Saturday, June 21 Harmony’s Happening! Midori & Friends third annual Children’s Music Festival, with special guests Arturo O’Farrill and Eugene Friesen, hosted by Maggie Rodriguez, 3:00 — 4:30

Saturday, June 21 Film screening: MALDEAMORES (LOVESICKNESS) (Carlos Ruíz, 2007), Heckscher Theater, 7:00


Directors Guild of America

110 West 57th St. between Sixth & Seventh Aves.

Admission: free with RSVP at 212-242-2662

Friday, June 13 Cinema in Turkey: Recent Trends and Opportunities in Film-making, panel discussion, 2:00

Friday, June 13 MUTLULUK (BLISS) (Abdullah Oguz, 2006), 5:00

Friday, June 13 SUSUZ YAZ (DRY SUMMER) (Metin Erksan & David E. Durston, 1964), 7:30


The Golf Club at Chelsea Piers

23rd St. & the Hudson River

Contest registration: 9:00 am, first 750 attendees only

Admission: free


Saturday, June 14 Football throwing challenge with Eli, Peyton, and Archie Manning, 10:00 am


Brooklyn Central Library Plaza

Grand Army Plaza at Prospect Park

Admission: free



Friday, June 14 DJ Kool Herc and Little Jackie, 2:00


JJ Byrne Park

Fifth Ave. between Third & Fourth Sts., Brooklyn

Admission: free


Saturday, June 14


Sunday, June 15 Create your own performance adventure, with free advance download of music and map available at Web site, 2:00


Staten Island Ferry Terminal, Staten Island Museum, Borough Hall

Admission: free



Saturday, June 14

Sunday, June 15


Saturday, June 21 Live music and dance, food booths, and arts and crafts in St. George


Columbus Park Pavilion Grounds

67 Mulberry St. at Bayard St.

Cultural and family activities at 7:00

Film screenings at sunset

Admission: free


These free evenings begin at 7:00 with tai chi, roving puppets, and interactive projects, with live music at 7:45 and films at sundown.

Saturday, June 14 TRAIN MAN (DENSHA OTOKO) (Shosuke Murakami, 2005)

Saturday, June 21 FALLING FOR GRACE (EAST BROADWAY) (Fay Ann Lee, 2007)


Bleecker Playground

Bleecker St. at West Eleventh St.

Admission: free

Saturday, June 14


Sunday, June 22 Satirical site-specific dance by Sue Hogan celebrating cupcakes, with the Cupcake Cadet Corps, 2:00 & 4:00


The Eldridge Street Project

Eldridge St. between Canal & Division Sts.

Admission: free



Sunday, June 15 Annual block party with Yiddish and Chinese storytelling, klezmer music, Chinese opera and sword dancing, Jewish folk dancing, scribal art, folk art demos, language lessons, and lots of kosher Chinese food, 12 noon — 4:00 pm


Fulton Park, Bedford Stuyvesant

Fulton St. between Lewis & Stuyvesant Aves.

Admission: free



Sunday, June 15, 22, 29

Sunday, July 4


Wednesday, July 6 Fiftieth annual art fair, featuring work from more than seventy members of one of the oldest black artist collectives in the world, 12 noon - 6:00


Socrates Sculpture Park

Broadway at Vernon Blvd.

Admission: free



Tuesday, June 17 Salt and Samovar, 6:30, followed by Nicole Atkins & the Sea, 7:30


Tourneau TimeMachine Atrium

12 East 57th St. at Fifth Ave.

Tuesdays in June at 2:00

Admission: free




Tuesday, June 17 Eric Reed Quartet

Tuesday, June 24 Steve Turre Quintet


Hispanic Society of America, Audubon Terrace

Broadway between 155th & 156th Sts.

Tuesday nights in June

Admission: free

Reservations recommended: 212-293-5583



Tuesday, June 17 Flamenco: Israel Galvan, Solo, 7:30

Tuesday, June 24 Video program: COSMOPOLITAN BARCELONA, selected shorts, 8:30


National Academy

1083 Fifth Ave. at 89th St/

Admission: free



Wednesday, June 18 The Richard York Memorial Lecture, with William Agee, 6:30


Santos Party House

100 Lafayette St at Walker St.

Admission: free but must RSVP to below Web site



Thursday, June 19 Vice Magazine Mexican Issue Release Party with Hong Kong Blood Opera, Vivian Girls, the Muslims, and DJs Semen Sperms and Max Wowch, featuring select free vodka drinks and beer, 9:00


Beginning at Surf Avenue between West Tenth & West Fifteenth Sts.

Admission: free



Saturday, June 21 Twenty-sixth annual parade, with antique cars, push/pull floats, motorized floats, celebrity King Neptune and Queen Mermaid, and lots of strangeness, 2:00 pm (10:00 am to noon if you are marching and need to register)


Governors Island

Admission: free



Saturday, June 21 Dozens of punk bands play on thirteen stages, including Reagan Youth, the Ghouls, Copyright Chaos, the Blame, the Choke, Distraction, Status Quo No Show, Grizzley Smith, the Baby Sandwiches, Eleventh Hour, Truth, Arencibia, Rabia, Kulture Shock, Thriller, Planned Collapse, Animale, A-Thruth, the Pigs, Team Spider, Nervous Breakdown 57, and many more, Governors Island, 12 noon - 6:00 pm


Everyone gets into the act during Pride Week parade


Various venues

Admission: free



Sunday, June 22 The Rally, hosted by Bob Smith and Judy Gold, Bryant Park, 42nd St. & Sixth Ave., 2:00 — 6:00

Sunday, June 29 Pridefest, LGBT street fair, Hudson St. between Abingdon Sq. & West 14th St., 11:00 am — 7:00 pm

Sunday, June 29 The March, including Moment of Silence at 2:00, Fifth Ave. & 52nd St. to Christopher & Greenwich Sts., 12 noon


Books of Wonder

18 West 18th St. at Seventh Ave.

Admission: free




Tuesday, June 24 Jill Santopolo reads from and signs her debut novel, ALEC FLINT, SUPER SLEUTH: THE NINA, THE PINTA, AND THE VANISHING TREASURE (Scholastic, July 2008), with cupcakes and sparkling cider, 6:00


Multiple venues

Admission: free


Tuesday, June 24 Shostakovich’s Festive Overture, Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4, Italian, Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, andselected Sousa marches, conducted by Bramwell Tovey, Great Lawn, Central Park, 8:00


The Philoctetes Center for the Multidisciplinary Study of Imagination

247 East 82nd St.

Admission: free



Wednesday, June 25 Discussion and improvisation performances by Don Byron and Dr. Lewis Porter, 7:00

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