July 31, 2010

Family Movies in the Park - "Jaws" (PG)

There has never been a movie or a phenomenon like JAWS, the terrifying motion picture from the horrific best seller and one of the most popular films of all time. Directed by Steven Spielberg and acclaimed by critics worldwide, JAWS continues to shock moviegoers with its riveting tale of three men who become allied in a life-and-death hunt to destroy a killer embodying nearly three tons of instant white death.
When: Monday, August 2nd - 8:15 pm  | 
Tuesday, August 3rd - 8:10 pm
Where: Cambria/Cabbell Park - Francis Lewis Boulevard @ 120th Avenue (Monday) | 
Brookville Park - Brookville Boulevard (at 143rd Avenue)(Tuesday)
How Much: Free

July 30, 2010

14th Annual DocuWeeks

Over three weeks, DocuWeeks™ presents week-long theatrical engagements of the year’s best documentary films in Los Angeles and New York, helping the films to qualify for Academy Award® consideration in the documentary feature and documentary short categories.
Check out the dates and showtimes here. Starts today.

July 27, 2010

Foooood Fight!!

Join us for a day devoted to the gastrointestinal celebration of all things edible!
When: Saturday, July 31, 2010 from 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM (ET)
Where: Brooklyn, NY
Cost: Free

1:00pm: Let’s play with food!  Visit our craft session for a fun array of yummy and edible projects.
1:30pm: Neighborhood Cooking War-BBQ Challenge: Think your BBQ is the best in the borough? Bring enough food for 10 of our surprise judges for a chance that you will be crowned Boss of the BBQ! Winner will receive an awesome prize and a permanent place on our carnival website.
2:00pm: Food Pyramid Trivia Challenge- Train your belly to work in cahoots with your brain for fun prizes!
3:00pm: Funky Food Challenge: Like rotten eggs? How about chocolate covered cockroaches?  Then this game is for you!    The most adventurous eater walks away with the day’s grand prize.
4:00pm: Bring all of your friends for a screening of Ratatouille! Complete the NYCE Movie Scavenger Hunt for prizes!

Calling all Otaku!

Tokyopop’s tricked-out tour bus will stop at the Bayside Branch of the Queens Library on Monday, Aug. 2 at 3 p.m., as part of a documentary that will appear on Hulu this fall. 
“The whole tour is taking manga to the fans, to those places that we’re never been able to go to,” said Tokoypop Associate Publisher Marco Pavia. “It’s the first time we’ve ever done anything this insane, so we’re definitely learning a lot on this tour.”
Making an appearance will be M. Alice Legrow, creator of the bestselling series Bizenghast. For the musically inclined, meet Stu Levy, founder of Tokoypop and co-creator of the series Princess Ai, which was based loosely on the life of, and conceived with, infamous rocker Courtney Love. As a special treat, JPOP (Japanese pop) star Reni Mimura will perform. What she’ll do is a mystery, even to Pavi.  “I don’t know what,” he said. “It’ll definitely be at least singing, and maybe Q&A.”

July 23, 2010

32nd Annual Thunderbird American Indian Mid-Summer Pow Wow

New York City 's oldest and largest powwow will feature three days of inter-tribal Native American dance competitions to which the public is invited. Over 40 Indian nations are represented at this spectacular event held in the apple orchard on the farm grounds. A large selection of quality Native American art, crafts, jewelry and foods are available.
Admission: Adults $9.00 (all weekend pass $15.00), children: $4.00 (age 12 and under) (all weekend pass $5.00) 
July 23, 24 and 25

Friday:   7:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m.
Saturday:   12:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m.
Sunday:  12:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. 10:00 a.m.

Seaport Music Festival

The Seaport Music Festival continues tonight with Free Energy, Best Coast and Loose Limbs. “When cult Minneapolis band Hockey Night broke up a few years ago, Scott Wells and Paul Sprangers continued to perform under that name. Joined by Geoff Buckham, Nicholas Shuminsky, and Evan Wells, the quintet is now known as Free Energy, dubbed “one of the best live bands in America,” by SPIN, Pitchfork, and Rolling Stone. The sound is guitar-heavy and totally unironic and reminiscent of Tom Petty and Mick Jagger. Stuck on Nothing (DFA, 2010) was produced by LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy.”

Where: South St and Fulton St
When: 6pm
Cost: FREE 

Target Opens New Store in NYC

Target launches its Grand Opening of its new store on Sunday, at the East River Plaza; a "long delayed" mall at the FDR and East 119th Street.

Free Berrywild Frozen Yogurt

The upper west side’s Berrywild is giving out free mini cups today from 3pm to close to help you beat the summer heat. Just print out this coupon for a free frozen treat: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=4366454&id=339027614897

New Museum Block Party 2010

Join us for the New Museum Block Party 2010, a day of art activities and performances in Sara D. Roosevelt Park! Enjoy a range of interactive projects with artists and educators, and programs related to the neighborhood and the New Museum—and receive a complementary guest pass to visit the New Museum on the day of the event.
The New Museum Block Party is free and open to the public. Everyone is welcome!

Sat, Jul 24, 2010
12:00 PM – 5:00 PM 
Sara D. Roosevelt Park and New Museum (directions)

July 22, 2010

Seaside Summer Concert Series: Beach Boys

Where: Asser Levy/Seaside Park W 5th Ave & Surf Ave, Coney Island
When: Today @7:30pm
Cost: Free
The Seaside Summer Concert Series, now in its 32nd year, is the largest free outdoor music series in New York. Throughout the years, the Thursday-night series has attracted top-name classic rock, pop, oldies, contemporary and Latin performers to Asser Levy/Seaside Park.” Tonight the series continues with the legendary Beach Boys who will roll through on their Happy Together tour. Prepare for all their summer classics – “I Get Around,” “Help Me Ronda,” etc. – along with some serious 60s support from Flo & Eddie (The Turtles), Micky Dolenz (The Monkeys) and Mark Lindsay (Paul Reviere & The Raiders). All Ages.

Official Site

Japanese Summer Festival in Astoria

What: Japanese Summer Festival. With a wide range of Japanese food, arts, crafts, services, and performance, there is plenty to do and see for everyone!
Where:  Between 47th and Steinway on Broadway in Astoria Queens.
When: Sunday July 25th 11am-6pm Rain or Shine
*Free Gift if you show up in a Yukata!*

July 15, 2010

Japanese Cosplay Singer in NYC

On July 18, popular Japanese cosplay star, Reni, will be singing and dancing Anime & J-pop songs at The Living Room on the Lower East Side. Cosplayers are welcome to participate.
154 Ludlow St. (bet. Stanton & Rivington Sts.)

On July 25, Reni will open her own Cosplay Cafe in the Japan Block Fair taking place in Astoria, Queens.
B'way from 47th to Steinway and 42nd & 43rd Sts, Astoria

July 14, 2010


japan culture
On Saturday, July 17th, the JapanTown Cool Japan festival will arrive on St. Mark’s Place in the East Village, NYC's unofficial "Japan Town" with more than 100 Japanese restaurants and businesses. Home to a visible Japanese street culture, the East Village is a popular destination for the city's young and trend-conscious crowd.

The JapanTown Cool Japan festival will bring you what’s new and exciting in Japanese culture, including the latest in street fashion, anime, J-pop, and food.

Fourth Avenue between 8th Street and 14th street

6 to Astor Place
L, N, Q, R, Q, 4, 5, 6 to 14th Street - Union Square

July 13, 2010

New York Philharmonic Concert in Central Park

This summer, The Big Apple meets Shanghai [as the ]Shanghai Symphony Orchestra (SSO), conducted by Long Yu, and internationally acclaimed pianist Lang Lang share the stage with the New York Philharmonic, conducted by Andrey Boreyko at Central Park’s Great Lawn. The event, celebrating The World Expo 2010 Shanghai and the partnership between the two cities, launches this year’s New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks series, presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer.” Arrive very early if you want a seat or to see (don’t worry you don’t really need to) or wander around in the back with your friends and a picnic blanket. Either way, expect a great time and expect crowds.

This historic event marks the first occasion that another orchestra has shared the stage with the New York Philharmonic on the Great Lawn. With all eyes looking to Shanghai as it hosts the recently launched Expo 2010, The World’s Fair, through October, The New York Philharmonic joins the global community in celebrating Shanghai, the cultural and economic capital of China.

Tonight's performance will feature Shanghai Symphony Orchestra performing the Overture to Wagner’s Tannh√§user, arias by Rossini, Gounod, and Mozart, as well as Guang Zhao’s Ode to the Expo, the official song of the Expo, featuring soloists Ying Huang, soprano, represented by Columbia Artists Management LLC, and Changyong Liao, baritone. The event will conclude with Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with Lang Lang at the piano. Followed by a fireworks display.

East River Commedia presents the 4th annual undergroundzero festival

Underground zero's festival program covers a great deal of ground. Here are a few highlights. Underground pop art deity Andy Warhol gets his own "15 minutes" plus some in Theatre Bielefeld's Forever Art. Francis Poulenc's  La Voix Humaine (The Human Voice) was unusual choice for an opera in 1959 because it is a duet between a soprano and telephone. Performance Lab 115 also takes an operatic cue by eliminating 19+ hours of Wagner and focusing on current mythologizing with The Ring: Inside the Squared Circle, Part I. East River Commedia is previewing its own epic-in-progress. AutoMotive is the first part of a trilogy exploring American identity starting with that permanent, unreliable, sexy, and dangerous status symbol - the car.
 - Patricia Contino

Price: $20 (unless otherwise noted)
When: July 6-25 (Schedule)
Where: Performance Space 122

July 12, 2010

Food Fair at Mitsuwa Marketplace

Mitsuwa Marketplace in New Jersey will host the "Gourmet Travel Around Japan!" food fair offering delicacies gathered from nationwide Japan.  It is a great opportunity to try Japanese delicacies fresh off the grill.
July 15-18, 2010
595 River Rd. Edgewater, NY 07020

July 8, 2010

Summer’s Best Accessory Doesn’t Cost a Penny

Just some of the ribbon bracelets at the
"I Wish Your Wish" exhibit.
Photo: Ashlea Halpern
There's an ingeniously free way to decorate your wrists this season, and all it requires is stopping by the lobby of the New Museum of Contemporary Art, where Brazilian artist Rivane Neuenschwander's Eu desejo o seu desejo / I Wish Your Wish (2003) exhibit is on display through September 19. The gallery walls are lined with thousands of silk ribbons in every shade of the rainbow; each is printed with one of 60 wishes ("I wish for peace in the Middle East," "I wish to be rid of irrational fears," etc.). These are real wishes, submitted by real people, and based off a reciprocal-wish practice at the church of Nosso Senhor do Bonfim in Salvador, Brazil. It's chilling to behold so many unfulfilled sentiments, some selfish, some anything but.

Anyway. Back to the superficial fashion angle: Museumgoers can pull a ribbon (or three) out of the wall, tie it around their wrist (the art handler on duty suggested using three knots), and then think positive thoughts. When the ribbon falls off, belief has it, the wish will be granted. Visitors are also encouraged to submit their own wishes, scrawled on museum-provided paper. Hundreds of wishes are gathered from the walls (and online) every day; at the end of the show, Neuenschwander will pick her favorites and feature them in a future exhibit. The competition is stiff, but hope springs eternal, right?

While you're there, be sure to pop by the New Museum Store, home to some seriously covetable jewelry. On our radar: Hand-numbered, walnut-etched feather earrings and necklaces by Free Time Industries ($64-$128), and Apsaras Playground New York's limited-edition NEBURA necklaces, which feature a single dandelion seed suspended in resin. It's $80 for the tiny tube, which comes strung on a sterling silver chain, or $72 if you sign up for a New Museum membership.

July 7, 2010

See the World without leaving Queens!

Target Passport Fridays

Target and the Queens Museum of Art present Target Passport Fridays, 2010. Featuring the 6th annual Film, Dance and Music Series. Fridays, July 9th - August 27th, 2010


Dream Time Solo Exhibition

Japanese illustrator, Shu Okada, has her work on display at Linn, a Japanese restaurant in Astoria. Her work reflects her travels in Europe and she expresses her feelings with the medium of watercolor and color pencils.
2913 Broadway, Astoria, NY 11106
On exhibit July 1-31, 2010

July 5, 2010

Anime at Nite - "Witchblade"

Join NYPL at Nite's for the Anime feature: "Witchblade"
Sought by the greed of Men since the dawn of Humankind, but only bestowed upon the woman whose fate it forever scars – The Witchblade. Is it the Righteous Sword of God, or the Hand of the Devil Himself? Now a new bearer has been chosen; she must discover the answers for herself. As she stands on the brink of destiny, she is forced to seek the balance between life and ruin...

When:  Wednesday, July 7, 2010 8:15 pm
Where: Mid-Manhattan Library
            455 5th Ave., New York, NY 10016
            (212) 340-0863


July 4, 2010

River to River Festival: Dan Zanes Jam and Jubilee

Sunday, July 4, 2010 2:00 p.m.
Celebrate the Fourth of July family style with Grammy-Award-winning artist Dan Zanes and his incredible array of musical friends. Spend the day dancing to the infectious rhythms of band La Cumbiamba eNeYe, marching with the parade of 76 Trombones, and singing along to Dan’s own brand of Broadway classics! Bring a blanket and enjoy the lawn along with jugglers, stilt walkers, and a cast of larger than life characters. Presented by the Alliance for Downtown New York.
1:00 p.m. doors open, 2:00 p.m. La Cumbiamba eNeYé, 3:00 p.m. Dane Zanes and Friends / 76 Trombones. Space is limited and entry is on a first-come, first-served basis.

July 3, 2010


When: July 7th - August 1st
Where: Rosa Mexicano

Saturday, July 17th at 10am
Reservations required as space is limited.

July 2, 2010

All American BBQ at Stir

1363 First Avebetween 73rd & 74th Streets
(212) 744-7190

Family Movies in the Park - Happy Feet

What: In Antarctica, the Emperor Penguin must attract his mate with his own distinctive heart song. Mumble is a penguin who is born without the ability to sing… however he is the best tap dancer at the South Pole! Toe-tapping may ensue in this sweet animated comedy. For additional information, visit http://www.abetterjamaica.org
When: Monday, July 12th - 8:30 pm
Where: Cabbell/Cambria Park - Francis Lewis Boulevard (at 120th Avenue) 
How Much: Free

July 1, 2010

Dancing Under the Stars

Singles, couples, men, women, children... all are welcomed to enjoy a beautiful night of dancing under the stars.

When: Monday, July 5, 2010
Where: Forest Park (Wallenberg Square Located at Park Lane South and Metropolitan Avenue
Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm

And it's FREEEE!!!

For more information call: (718) 235-4100