July 31, 2011

Bryant Park Summer Film Festival

WHAT: It's a summer tradition and a true New York experience. Every summer, the HBO Film Festival screens great films on a giant screen in Bryant Park on Monday nights. New Yorkers flock to Bryant Park to picnic on the lawn and enjoy a great film under the stars with New York City as a backdrop.
All films begin at dusk (usually between 8 pm and 9 pm), but the lawn opens at 5 pm for blankets and picnicking (you can line up on the edges of the lawn starting at 4PM). Get there early and stake out a spot if you want a good view of the screen.
WHEN: August 1, 2011 - Cool Hand Luke
              August 8, 2011 - Airplane!
              August 15, 2011 - High Sierra
              August 22, 2011 - Dirty Harry
WHERE: Bryant Park, between 41st and 42nd on 6th Ave

July 29, 2011

Tunde's Trumpet

What: Join SummerStage Theater presented by Time Warner for Tunde's Trumpet, a commissioned musical production from noted playwright, Chisa Hutchinson that celebrates the magical effect of music on the life of a young boy, performed with hand-crafted puppets that will captivate audiences of all ages. Tunde is a normal kid that deals with all the issues that kids typically deal with. However, he has a mischievous streak that continually drives his parents up a wall. For Tunde’s tenth birthday, his jazz trumpeter father gives him the trumpet he used to practice on when he was a boy with the hope that Tunde will focus some of his energy on the instrument. Watch as Tunde works through frustration, around distractions, past laziness, doubt, and jealousy to become an accomplished trumpeter who makes his (hitherto exasperated) parents proud. In this story however, Frustration, Distractions, Laziness, Doubt and Jealousy are actual characters, like Tunde and his parents. Watch as these puppets come together in a music packed, high-energy show with a funkified soundtrack that celebrates the determination inherent in all of us. Chisa Hutchinson’s plays have been presented by such companies as the Lark Play Development Center, The Atlantic Theater Company, and Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago. The recipient of many honors, “Tunde’s Trumpet” is her second commission for City Parks Foundation, her first ever musical and her first play with puppets. Director Kristin Horton transforms everyday materials and objects into a dynamic, imaginative and playful world peopled by puppets, jazz musicians, and spirits. For additional information, visit http://www.summerstage.org, send an e-mail to info@SummerStage.org, or call (212) 360-2777.
When: Saturday, July 30th - 8:00 pm
Where: Springfield Park - Springfield Boulevard (at 145th Road)
How Much: Free

10th Annual Wayanda Park Family Day and Gospel Fest

What: The New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, New York City Council Member Leroy Comrie, Neighborhood Housing Services of Jamaica, Project Hope New Direction, and Wayanda Civic Association are pleased to present the 10th Annual Wayanda Park Family Day and Gospel Fest -- featuring Impact Repertory Theater from Harlem. Bring a blanket or a chair and enjoy a day of free games, rides, health screenings, BBQ, live jazz, face painting, arts and crafts, access to community services such as HPD, DEP, KOF, NYPD, NYFD, and much more. For additional information, call (718) 776-3700 or go to www.leroycomrie.com.
When: Saturday, July 30th - Noon to 4:00 pm
Where: Wayanda Park - Hollis Avenue & Robard Lane (near Springfield Boulevard)
How Much: Free

July 27, 2011

Tompkins Square Park EPIX Movie

WHAT: This summer, Films in Tompkins is proud to be part of the EPIX Movie Free-For-All powered By Verizon FiOS. Sit under the New York City Summer Stars with a smokin' selection of new releases and classic movies running on Thursdays from June 30 to September 1, is sponsored by EPIX.

WHEN: 8:30PM - 10:30PM
July 28 - Arthur
August 4 - The Pope of Greenwhich Village
August 11 - Kick Ass
August 18 - Rosemary's Baby
August 25 - Godfather
Sepetember 1 - Stake Land
WHERE: Tompkins Square Park Between Avenues A and B, East 7th to East 10th Streets

Syfy Movies With A View

WHAT: Join Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy for the 12th season of our movie series on Thursdays this summer!  Shorts curated by BAMcinématek, DJs from Brooklyn Radio kick off the evening and bike valet provided by Transportation Alternatives, sponsored by Bike and Roll.  Movies With A View is sponsored by Syfy.

WHEN: 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Thursday, July 28 - Basquiat
Thursday, August 4 - An American Tail
Thursday, August 11 - Breakfast at Tiffany's
Thursday, August 18 - Crooklyn
Thursday, August 25 - Rosemary's Baby
Thursday, September 1: Public Vote - Choose your own favorite New York story!

WHERE: Pier 1, Brooklyn Bridge Park

July 25, 2011

Bryant Park Summer Film Festival

WHAT: It's a summer tradition and a true New York experience. Every summer, the HBO Film Festival screens great films on a giant screen in Bryant Park on Monday nights. New Yorkers flock to Bryant Park to picnic on the lawn and enjoy a great film under the stars with New York City as a backdrop.
All films begin at dusk (usually between 8 pm and 9 pm), but the lawn opens at 5 pm for blankets and picnicking (you can line up on the edges of the lawn starting at 4PM). Get there early and stake out a spot if you want a good view of the screen.
WHEN: July 25, 2011 - The Lady Eve
              August 1, 2011 - Cool Hand Luke
              August 8, 2011 - Airplane!
              August 15, 2011 - High Sierra
              August 22, 2011 - Dirty Harry
WHERE: Bryant Park, between 41st and 42nd on 6th Ave

Thunderbird American Indian Mid-Summer Pow Wow

New York City 's oldest and largest powwow will feature three days of intertribal 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.

When: July 29, 30 and 31, 2011
Where: Queens Farm Museum
Cost: $5 - $15

July 22, 2011

Free Nicki Minaj Concert

What: Nicki Minaj is coming to New York City and she's going to be performing for us New Yorkers in a spectacular free concert! Get your Pink Friday and so much more on.
When: Fri, Aug 5 at 7AM - 9AM
Where: Central Park SummerStage  5th Avenue

July 20, 2011

FREE ice skating shows

WHAT: Come and join the Ice Theater of New York for a thrilling and chilling Performing Arts Show on Ice!

WHEN: Every Saturday night at 7PM all summer long.

WHERE: World Ice Arena

July 19, 2011

MTA App Quest $5K Prize

WHAT: The challenge will award $15,000 in total cash prizes. Winners will receive up to $5,000, be featured on the MTA’s website, and be promoted through outreach to the news media and via the MTA’s social media channels . In addition to cash prizes, winners will receive a selection of MTA-licensed products. Prizes will be awarded for apps that do the most to improve the transit experience of the MTA’s by helping riders better navigate the system. All contestants submitting eligible applications will be invited to an exclusive, behind the scenes tour of Grand Central Terminal.
WHEN: July 11, 2011 - September 26, 2011

OYSTER HOURS at The Water Club

What: $1.00 Naked Cowboy Oysters  from Blue Island Shellfish Farm.
When: Wednesdays & Thursdays 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Where: The Water Club - Throughout the whole restaurant – at the main bar, in the dining room or on The Crow’s Nest deck.

Online Cake Contest

My Birthday cake from last year.
A fellow blogger asked me to help spread the word about her monthly cake contests she has on her site. This month's theme is Birthday Cake Ideas. The winner will receive a $50 Amazon Gift Certificate (or equivalent in the currency of your choice). So get your baking equipment out and read the rules here.

Hudson Square Music & Wine Fest free on Tuesdays

What: The City Winery and its free 3rd Annual Hudson Square Music & Wine Festival.

All shows are free on Tuesdays, rain-or-shine from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Food, beer and wine will be available for purchase at the outdoor venue, located at the parking lot framed by Varick, Spring, Hudson and Vandam streets.

Please check out the list of the artists and dates. No tickets needed, just bring yourself and your friends for an early evening of great tunes, great wine and good times.

06/21 - Mike Doughty and Emily Wells
06/28 - The New York Gypsy All Stars
07/05 - The Holmes Brothers
07/12 - Vernon Reid (of Living Color)
07/19 - Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra
07/26 - Forro in the Dark
08/02 - CCB Reggae All-Stars
08/09 - Nicole Atkins
08/16 - The Wood Brothers

Where: All concerts for the Hudson Square Music and Wine Festival are held in the space behind City Winery at 155 Varick Street btw Vandam and Spring Street.

Entry to the festival is from Spring Street, between Varick and Hudson, or from Vandam between Varick and Hudson. 

Chocolate, Wine and Gratitude Tasting

What: LIVE from the Samsung Experience, Time Warner Building, NYC.  "A Dose of Optimism" presents...Chocolate, Wine & Gratitude Tasting.  A three Exotic Chocolate & Wine pairing, entertainment and hors d'oeuvres to top off what's sure to be an exciting night.  Even better a portion of the proceeds support "Love Her Heart" a campaign that brings awareness to Women & Heart Disease.
Where: Samsung Experience W. 59th Street/Columbus Circle Time Warner Building, 3rd Floor NY
When: Friday July 22, 2011 @6:30PM 

Free Cee Lo Green Concert

What: Cee Lo Green will be performing a live concert for free in New York City. Come see the awesome rapper and record producer rock the Rock with his hits such as "Crazy." He's seriously awesome live; big guy, big personality - not to be missed!
When: Friday July 22, 2011 7AM-9AM
Where: Rockefeller Plaza

Thunderbird American Indian Dancers

What: Specializing in the songs and dances of the tribes of the Northwest Coast, Woodlands, Plains and Southwest, their repertoire includes the “Fancy Dance” and “Hoop Dance,” as well as a variety of other regional dances.
When: Tuesday July 19 @10:30AM
Where: Rufus King Park, Queens

July 18, 2011

Family Day - Dancing & Music


Sun, Jul 31 at 2:00pm
Lincoln Center - Hearst Plaza


Four of New York’s most vibrant dance troupes—representing West African, Afro-Brazilian, salsa, and hip-hop styles—link the rich and diverse movement styles of the African diaspora in a program for all ages.
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Sun, Jul 31 at 3:30
Hearst Plaza

Memphis soul becomes a thing of the future at Stax Music Academy, where inner-city youth who have learned the moves of the record label’s show-stopping pioneers bring their talents to NYC.
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Sun, Jul 31 at 5:00
Hearst Plaza

Harlem-based producer Vy Higginsen leads an award winning group, recently featured on 60 Minutes, of wonderfully talented teenagers from all over New York, filling them with songs of praise.
More Info

July 17, 2011

Bridal Expo

Don’t Miss the Bridal Event of the Year, The Wedding Salon on July 20th in New York! Find the ultimate resources for your wedding at the nation's premier luxury event!

Discover the latest trends in Photography, Invitations, Honeymoons, Couture Gowns, Cakes & more. Enjoy Beauty Makeovers, Cocktails, Gift Bags, Fantasy Table Décor...

We kindly request professional attire at this event, no flip flops or sneakers are permitted.

For $15 promotional tickets ($50 Value, Admits 2), use code EVSP at www.WeddingSalon.com. Call 212.631.7777 or email Sarah@WeddingSalon.com.  

The Wedding Salon - New York, NY
Show date: Wednesday July 20, 2011
Show hours: 4 PM - 8 PM
Venue: Capitale
Address: 130 Bowery New York, NY 10013

July 16, 2011

True Blood Screening

Sunday, July 17, sink your teeth into the latest Season 4 episode of True Blood at the Tribeca Grand. Starting at 8 pm, join us downstairs for a few stiff ones along with the sultry sounds of DJ Elle Dee. At 9 pm, cozy up in our plush leather seats in the Screening Room and enjoy complimentary popcorn & candy during the show
RSVP Required: events@grandlifenyc.com
Tribeca Grand Hotel 
2 Avenue of the Americas

July 15, 2011

Charlton Street Festival

What: The Children’s Museum of the Arts (CMA) will temporarily transform Charlton Street into a free street festival with art workshops and other interactive activities. This is a New York Times event pick!  
When: July 16 & 23 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Where: Charlton Street In Hudson Square Between Hudson & Greenwich Streets. Just 2 blocks west of the 1 train stop at Houston Street, and a few blocks south and east of Pier 40.

Ben & Jerry's Street Party In Brooklyn

What: Don’t miss out on the Ben & Jerry's Party in The Streets of Brooklyn! Join us and the Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Truck for a day of fun with FREE ice cream, celebrity guest scoopers, live music, and a chance to participate in some essential community beautification.
When: July 16, 2011 1pm- 4pm
Where: N. 6th between Berry & Wythe

Lunch with Todd English

What: “Macy’s Chefs A-Go-Go,” a national food truck tour showcasing the Macy’s Culinary Council is rolling into New York in Green Market at Union Square! Macy’s first-ever food truck tour will feature Chef Todd English on board at the New York stop, cooking his signature recipes and dishing them out for free! Yes, you heard that right.
When:  July 16th, 2011 11am-2pm
Where: Union Square 17th Street & Broadway

3rd Ward’s 4th Annual Pig Out!

Saturday, July 23, 2-9pm
195 Morgan Ave, Brooklyn, NY
FREE Admission

      Come hungry and dance the afternoon away at our 4th Annual Pig Out, a summery celebration of gut-splitting proportions. 
      We’ll have plenty of innovative BBQ fare, live music, DJs, and education demos. We’re planning a great line-up with something for every appetite, musical taste and creative bent. Stay tuned to this page for all the lip-smacking juicy details.
RSVP at www.3rdward.com/rsvp


July 14, 2011

Lincoln Center Performances

Upcoming FREE Shows at the David Rubenstein Center:
Thu, Jul 14 @8:30pm Special Screening: The Mariinsky Theatre’s The Enchanted Wanderer

Thu, Jul 21 @8:30pm Vaneese Thomas
Thu, Jul 28 @8:30pm The 42nd Infantry Division Band
Sat, Aug 6 @11am  Tres Leches
Thu, Aug 11 @8:30pm NewSong Music
Thu, Aug 18 @8:30pm Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys
Thu, Aug 25 @8:30pm Ballets With a Twist
Thu, Oct 6 @8:30pm Up From the Stacks
Thu, Oct 13  @8:30pm Sidi Touré
Thu, Jan 5 , 2012 @8:30pm Theo Bleckmann: Hello Earth! The Music of Kate Bush

July 12, 2011

Romeo & Juliet with a Muslim/Hindu theme

When a Hindu and a Muslim fall in love at first sight, sparks fly, igniting centuries-old tribal passions. Love and laughter are followed by death and despair: why must it take tragedy to bury ancient animosities? Directed by David Fuller. 

Performance dates: JULY 2011
Saint Charles Borromeo Church
21 Sidney Place, Brooklyn Heights, New York (between Joralemon and State Streets)

Indoors with air conditioning!
Tickets $18.00     Make your Reservation today!
    Thursday, July 14 at 7pm
    Friday, July 15 at 8pm
    Saturday, July 16 at 8pm
    Sunday, July 17 at 3pm

    Thursday, July 21 at 7pm
    Friday, July 22 at 8pm
    Saturday, July 23 at 8pm
    Sunday, July 24 at 3pm
Brooklyn Bridge Park
2 Old Fulton Street, Brooklyn Heights, New York
Outdoor, free admission, no reservations needed!

    Saturday, July 30 at 6pm
    Sunday, July 31 at 2pm
Doctorow Center for the Arts
7970 Main Street, Hunter Mountain, New York
Tickets: $20.00; $15.00 for Seniors and Students. Reservations at 518-263-2063

    Saturday, August 6 at 8pm

July 11, 2011

Summer Science Workshops

What: Meet nature up close with interactive programs that offer children an insight into the world of insects and forests.

When: July 16, 23 & 30 2:00 p.m.
Where: The Center At Maple Grove Cemetery
Cost: $5.00
More Info

NYC Musical Saw Festival 2011

FREE Ice Cream

WHAT: Don’t miss out on the Ben & Jerry's Party in The Streets of Brooklyn! Join us and the Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Truck for a day of fun with FREE ice cream, celebrity guest scoopers, live music, and a chance to participate in some essential community beautification.
WHEN: Saturday July 16, 2011 11:30-2:30 pm
WHERE: N. 6th between Berry & Wythe

July 10, 2011

Sunset Live Jazz on the Rooftop

What: Listen to live jazz music with The Stephane Wrembel Trio.
Where: Empire Hotel Rooftop
When: Monday, July 11, 2011 from 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM 
Friends and guests are welcome to enjoy this FREE performance. All guests must be 21+ with valid ID.

Savion Glover

What: Since his days of Bring In da Noise, Bring in da Funk, the extraordinary Savion Glover, perhaps the most acclaimed tap artist of our time, has dazzled audiences with his trademark speed, sound, and virtuosity. Hailed as the "Rhythm King" who "induces a state of awe" (Financial Times), Glover's last performance is Saturday July 9, 2011.
When: Saturday July 9 |  2pm & 8pm
Approximate running-time: 1 hour 20 minutes (no intermission)

July 9, 2011

You can Moondance too!

What: Learn to moondance or show off your skills, at the Pier, courtesy of Dance Manhattan.
Where: Pier 84 at W. 44th St. @6:30pm
When: Sundays, July 10 - Aug. 7, 2011

Outdoor Cinema 2011

What: Come to Socrates Sculpture Park and sample regional cuisine from neighborhood restaurants, picnic on the grass as the sun sets over the city, enjoy performances by local musicians and dancers and, as the sky darkens, see exceptional international films on a large-format screen - all set against the spectacular backdrop of the Manhattan skyline. 

When: Wednesdays, July 6 - August 24
Where: Socrates Sculpture Park
Cost: FREE

Paint Out

What: Join Art Adventures and More to paint a seascape. Art supplies are provided, no experience required, and all ages are welcome.

When: Tuesday, July 12, 2011 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Where: Beach 95th Street on the Rockaway Boardwalk
Cost: FREE
More Info

Fourth Annual Tour de Queens

What: Open to all cyclists, 20-mile ride through parks and neighborhoods of eastern and northern Queens.

When: July 10, 2011
Where: Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Cost: $10. 

MoMA PS1 Warm Up 2011

WHAT: MoMA PS1 is pleased to present Warm Up 2011, beginning July 2 and taking place every Saturday this summer through September 3. Now celebrating its Fourteenth year, the museum's highly anticipated, historic outdoor series will continue its tradition of exposing audiences to the best in experimental live music, sound, performance, and DJs. This year Warm Up will unfold in Interboro Partners' immersive environment Holding Pattern, the winning design of MoMA PS1's annual Young Architects Program.

When: July 9 2011 - September 3, 2011
Where: MoMA PS1
Coast: $15

July 7, 2011

Jim Henson's Fantastic World

What: The traveling exhibition has made its way to New York. It is about Jim Henson, the internationally known creative genius whose work encompassed film, television, and puppetry, made elaborate imaginary worlds filled with unique characters, objects, and environments. The enhanced exhibition will feature  an array of programs, talks, and performances, including special screenings, personal appearances by members of  Henson’s family and his close collaborators, and education programs for visitors of all ages.
When: July 16 2011 - January 16, 2012

I actually went to this exhibit when I was down in Washington, DC a few years ago. It was a wonderful experience with lots to see and do. It definitely drummed up my childhood memories, seeing all the characters I grew up watching on TV, now displayed right in front of me. It is a wonderful exhibit and I encourage you to check it out. 

Special Programs
Time Piece 
The Muppet Movie 
Muppet History 101
The Dark Crystal
The Muppets Take Manhattan
Muppet Treasure Island
The Great Muppet Caper
Muppets from Space
Dog City and The Storyteller: “The Soldier and Death”
An Afternoon with Jane Henson: “Look Both Ways and Go”
Muppet Music Moments: A Weekend Celebration of Jim Henson's Birthday

Happy Birthday 7-11

We decided to skip the pretty, pretty princess theme and just throw ourselves a Good Deal Party instead. And of course, you're invited. Celebrate all month long with Chicken Tenders, Soft Drinks, Red Bull, Gatorade and our very own Birthday Donut. 
See other ways you can celebrate!

Help 7-11 celebrate yet another birthday on 7-11 (July 11, get it?!) as they give away millions of free Slurpees across the country. You can enjoy as many Slurpees as you want, just remember to watch out for the brain freeze!

July 6, 2011

The Brooklyn Kitchen Pie Contest

What: The Brooklyn Kitchen is having a tasty dessert pie competition!  All proceeds will go to the Greenpoint Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry. Want to compete? Aside from having the chance of winning the popular vote you also get to show off your flaky crusts and gooey fillings to a panel of distinguished judges Christina Tosi of Milkbar, Rachel McBride of  The Blustove bakery, Ann Kansfield, pastor at the Greenpoint Reform Church and Roberta Stickler of Daisy Flour.
When: Saturday July 23rd, @4PM
Where: The Brooklyn Kitchen 100 Frost Street
$5 to enter
Pie must be a sweet pie
Each Contestant will get a two pound bag of Daisy White Pastry Flour to be picked up at The Brooklyn Kitchen.(flour must be used for the crust)
Pie must be brought to The Brooklyn Kitchen and ready to taste at 4pm on July 23rd.
Here’s what you can win:
Grand Prize – Cuisinart Food Processor
Other Prizes include – Pie making tools and ingredients
*Not into making pie but really into eating it?  Then $5 dollars get you in the door to taste pie, drink beer, and one vote.

July 4, 2011

Makerbot Make-A-Thon 2 // SPACE

Makerbot, the first affordable 3D printer, is at 3rd Ward! The MakerBot Thing-O-Matic is:
1 - a modern manufacturing breakthrough, and
2 - also a lot of fun.
Join us for our second 3rd Ward MakerBot Make-A-Thon, where you’ll get to see these tiny factories in action and talk to Makerbot reps.
In this installment, we’re celebrating Space Month. We’ll be printing Rockets, Astronauts, UFOs and Aliens in 3D. There will even be a space-themed 3D-printed Zoetrope, which will give a 21st century-spin on centuries-old device.
More exciting 3D experiences are in the works. Stay tuned to this page for more details.

When: Saturday, July 16, 2-6pm
Where: 3rdward 195 Morgan Ave, Brooklyn, NY
FREE - RSVPs are required at 3rdward.com/rsvp