August 31, 2016

Capoeira for Beginners

What: Led by certified instructors from Capoeira Nago Queens, this six-part series will introduce participants to the basic fundamentals of the Brazilian martial art of capoeira. This introduction will offer guidance with balance, flexibility, and agility while also providing a brief history of capoeira traditions.
When: Saturdays, September 3 – October 8 | 12 – 1 PM
Where: Socrates Sculpture Park
Cost: FREE

August 30, 2016

It's That Time Again: The New York Coffee Festival is back!

What: Now in its second year, the festival features live experiences from over 70 coffee, food and equipment suppliers. Visitors will enjoy endless free coffee tastings, interactive workshops, demonstrations from world-class baristas, delicious street food, intoxicating coffee cocktails, live music, art and more.
When: September 16th - 18th, 2016

Where: 69th Regiment Armory: 68 Lexington Ave (between 25th and 26th streets)
Cost: $20+ Buy Now

Summer HD Festival

What: The Met’s annual Summer HD Festival of free outdoor opera screenings on Lincoln Center Plaza returns for its eighth season. The series will present ten performances from the company’s acclaimed Live in HD series of movie-theater transmissions; and for the third year in a row, the Met is collaborating with the Film Society of Lincoln Center to open the festival with an opera-related Hollywood film.

Tuesday, August 30, 8:00 pm
La Fille du Régiment
Vocal fireworks meet slapstick comedy in Donizetti’s lighthearted opera. Bel canto stars Natalie Dessay and Juan Diego Flórez lead the cast of the Met’s production. (Original transmission: April 26, 2008).
Approximate running time: 2 hours, 10 minutes

Wednesday, August 31, 8:00 pm
Lucia di Lammermoor
Natalie Dessay sings opera’s most famous mad scene as the unhinged bride of Lammermoor, opposite Joseph Calleja as her faithful lover and Ludovic Tézier as her scheming brother. (Original transmission: March 19, 2011).
Approximate running time: 2 hours, 15 minutes

Thursday, September 1, 7:45 pm
La Cenerentola
Joyce DiDonato triumphs in the title role of the unlikely heroine, opposite Juan Diego Flórez as her Prince Charming. Fabio Luisi conducts Rossini’s sparkling take on the Cinderella story. (Original transmission: May 10, 2014).
Approximate running time: 2 hours, 45 minutes

Friday, September 2, 8:00 pm
Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci
Opera’s most popular double bill stars Marcelo Álvarez in both leading tenor roles, along with Eva-Maria Westbroek, Patricia Racette, and George Gagnidze. Fabio Luisi leads this production. (Original transmission: April 25, 2015).
Approximate running time: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Saturday, September 3, 8:00 pm
The Merry Widow
Renée Fleming stars in Lehár’s sumptuous operetta, in a production by Broadway director and choreographer Susan Stroman. Nathan Gunn and Tony Award winner Kelli O’Hara, in her Met debut, complete the principal cast. (Original transmission: January 17, 2015).
Approximate running time: 2 hours, 15 minutes

Sunday, September 4, 8:00 pm
Puccini’s final opera is seen in Franco Zeffirelli’s spectacular production, a classic of the Met reper­toire. Nina Stemme takes on the title role of the ruthless Chinese princess. (Original transmission: January 30, 2016).
Approximate running time: 2 hours, 5 minutes

Monday, September 5, 8:00 pm
Les Pêcheurs de Perles
Not seen at the Met in a century, Bizet’s opera returned to the stage last winter, with Diana Damrau in the leading role, and Matthew Polenzani and Mariusz Kwiecien singing the famous duet “Au fond du temple saint.” Gianandrea Noseda conducts. (Original transmission: January 16, 2016).
Approximate running time: 2 hours

Where: Lincoln Center, NYC
Cost: FREE


What: End the summer with a rooftop party!
Where: OUTPUT ROOFTOP | 5 to 10pm
Cost: No cover  |  RSVP

Summer on the Hudson: West Side County Fair

What: Summer on the Hudson's biggest event of the whole season—the West Side County Fair—is a full day of county fair magic in Manhattan with carnival rides and games, awesome bands, sideshow performers, aerialists, local food and merchandise vendors, cotton candy, and more!
The West Side County Fair is a great way to celebrate the winding down of summer with family, friends, and neighbors.

Stage Lineup

  • 1:10 - 1:35pm: Annie DiRusso - a Hudson Valley singer-songwriter, accompanying herself on the guitar and ukelele.
  • 2:00 - 3:30pm: City Stompers - move to Southern Appalachian fiddle music with New York City's only clogging school.
  • 4:00 - 5:00pm: Ol' Savannah - plumbing depths of old time Americana roots music.
  • 5:00 - 6:00pm: Big Dog Run - a six-piece folk rock band with a comfortable, laid-back sound straight from the Mile-High City.
  • Featuring our host and emcee, Justin Wood, with aerial and stilt performances by House of Yes.
  • Animal Adoption Event - Bideawee joins us at this year's West Side County Fair! Come meet your next life-long furry friend!

When: Sunday, September 4th, 2016 | 1:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
Where: Pier I in Riverside Park South West 70th St, Manhattan
Cost: FREE

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August 29, 2016

The Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit

What: The event showcases fine artists and craft artisans from around the New York metropolitan area, the nation and the world. Attendees come from all over and are a cosmopolitan mix, including art lovers, tourists, faculty and students from the area's many schools and professionals such as interior designers. Our show is a sidewalk show, not a street fair.
When: Labor Day Weekend - Sept. 3, 4, 5 and Sept. 10, 11 | Noon - 6 p.m.
Where: University Place, starting at East 13th Street and continuing south along the east side of Washington Square Park to West 3rd Street. The southern end of the show encompasses Schwartz Plaza, (aka Bobkin Lane), between NYU's Shimkin Hall and Bobst Library.
Cost: FREE

More Info here

The 9th Annual Coney Island Beard And Moustache Competition

What: Adam RealMan and Coney Island USA Present: The 9th Annual Coney Island Beard and Moustache Competition at Sideshows by the Seashore!

The strangest and most extravagant beards and moustaches descend upon Coney Island to see whose facial hair reigns supreme. Over the past eight years, hundreds of bearded men (and women) have competed to take home the much coveted Beard & Moustache Fez trophy. 
Coney-centric categories for the competition include:

  • 'The Brass Ring' (Best in Show)
  • 'Coney Island Curl' (Best Moustache Styled)
  • 'Moustachio Marvel' (Best Moustache Natural)
  • 'Ballyhoo Beard' (Best Beard Styled)
  • 'Man or Beast' (Best Beard Natural)
  • 'Hokum and Hoodwinked' (Best Fake Beard or Moustache)
  • 'Dog and Pony' (Best Partial Beard/Chops)
  • 'Come Out To Play' (Strongest Team Participation)
  • and of course the much coveted 'Carny Trash' (Worst in Show)

When: Saturday, September 3rd, 2016, Doors at 6pm. Competition at 8pm
Where: Coney Island USA: 1208 Surf Avenue Brooklyn, New York 11224
Cost: $20 >> Buy Here

Burlesque UNCAGED: The Striptease Tribute to Nicolas Cage!

What: This summer BASTARD KEITH and NEIL O'FORTUNE, two of NYC's favorite burlesque emcees and producers, return to the world-famous Coney Island USA stage with the staggering conclusion of their epic three-year trilogy. It began with BURTLESQUE: The Striptease Tribute to Burt Reynolds. It continued with BurleSHque: The Striptease Tribute to Sean Connery and NOW, the amazing conclusion: Burlesque UNCAGED: The Striptease Tribute to Nicolas Cage!

Part of Coney Island's legendary Burlesque at the Beach series, Burlesque UNCAGED is a night of nearly-naked entertainment as uniquely talented and completely unhinged as its subject, the Master of Mega-acting himself: Nicolas Cage. Performances will pay tribute to the entirety of his astonishing career: from the wacky, nasal everyman who charmed us in Raising Arizona and Moonstruck, to the 90s action hero of Con Air and Face/Off, to his unrealized obsession with playing Superman, all the way to kicking women in the chest while dressed as a bear in The Wicker Man and beyond.

Nicolas Cage is truly one of a kind and always entertaining, and your hosts Keith and Neil have assembled a lineup of stars to do him justice: CHEEKY LANE, CORVETTE LE FACE, EVELYN VINYL, FANCY FEAST, FEM APPEAL, MADAME ROSEBUD and STOCKHOLM FILLY! Plus stage kitten DOLLY DEBUTANTE, live music, audience participation and plenty of dubiously-hairlined, eye-bugging surprises! This show is so big, so can't-miss, it's the ONLY Thursday night burlesque show at Coney Island this year! Be there!

When: Thursday, September 1, 2016 - 9:00pm
Where: Coney Island USA1208 Surf Avenue Brooklyn, New York 11224
Cost: $12 Buy Here

August 19, 2016

Last Summer Strolls Event and Pizza Eating Contest Saturday!

What: Free fun for all from Dean to Sterling Place from 5pm to 9pm
  • Rock Wall
  • Bouncy House
  • Jugglers
  • Face Painting
  • Music
  • Tables and Chairs to enjoy outdoor dining
  • Hoola Hoops, chalk, outdoor soccer nets
  • Vintage cars
When: Saturday, August 20, 2016 - 5:00pm
Where: Park Slope, Brooklyn
Cost: FREE

Pizza Eating Contest!
August 20th, 6:30 pm
159 5th Avenue

Don't miss the Artichoke Pizza Eating Contest on Fifth at the August 20th Summer Strolls. There will be 9 contestants tasked with eating as much Artichoke pizza as possible in 10 minutes.

The contest will take place on a stage in front of their 59 5th Avenue location and feature owners Francis Garcia and Sal Basille (from the Cooking Channel's Pizza Masters show) and WWE Wrestlers!


What: Hudson River Park’s Blues BBQ Festival will pair America’s best Blues and Roots musicians with New York City’s favorite BBQ restaurants. This combination makes for an unforgettable summer day on the Hudson River!
When: Saturday, Aug 20th, 2-9pm | RAIN OR SHINE
Where: Pier 97
Cost: FREE


What: The Coney Island Sand Sculpting Contest is a free family-friendly event open to amateurs and semi-professional sand sculpting artists of all ages competing for cash prizes and bragging rights.

Register for your chance to turn sand into a towering masterpiece.

When: Saturday, August 20th, 2016 | 12 PM – 4 PM
Cost: FREE

Straight to Hell and Action Corps NYC Announce StrummerJam: Joe Strummer B-Day Bash Benefit Concert For Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls

What: StrummerJam is the first annual series of grassroots-organized fundraising concerts in the month of August that will benefit a local music non-profit. Action Corps NYC is a volunteer-led initiative seeking justice for all global citizens to end poverty, hunger, and inequality. On August 19th, Straight to Hell, New York City’s premier Clash tribute band, will partner with StrummerJam and Action Corps NYC for a concert to raise funds for Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls. Proceeds from the event will benefit Willie Mae Rock Camp’s Fairness Fund. The Clash’s incendiary music has been the soundtrack to countless revolutions, both personal and political. One fight that still continues however is the fight for girls and women to be heard and taken seriously as artists and equal citizens of the world. Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls empowers young women to reclaim their power and creativity and to “Stay Free.”
  • Straight to Hell — Based in New York, Straight to Hell faithfully recreate the Clash’s legendary high energy live show, performing punk, reggae, and rockabilly spanning the full catalogue. Venues include BB King’s The Bitter End, Knitting Factory, Arlene’s Grocery, the Great Hall of the Metropolitan Museum of Art as well as clubs all over NYC, New Jersey, Long Island, and Philadelphia. 
  • Action Corps NYC — Since 2007, the Action Corps NYC has brought local activists together to find lasting solutions to poverty, hunger, and injustice. They have lobbied local and national government officials and corporations on various campaigns including climate change women’s rights, and income inequality. Action Corps NYC has also organized events for International Women’s Day, World Food Day, and much more.
  • StrummerJam — StrummerJam is an ambitious fundraising event being organized by the Joe Strummer Foundation. It’s a month long event running from 1st-31st August 2016 (Joe’s birthday month). The objective is to keep Joe Strummer’s flame burning bright, promote local music scenes to a global audience, create a sense of community, and raise funds for non-profits.
  • Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls — Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls is a non-profit music and mentoring program that serves over 500 girls and women in New York City each year through summer camps, after school programs, and community events. Willie Mae encourages campers to act as leaders in their own process of musical creation, to ask questions of the world, and to build community together. Thanks to their Fairness Fund, all programs are offered free of charge or with sliding-scale tuition to make camp accessible to all of applicants, regardless of their economic resources.
When: August 19th, 2016 – Doors 8pm/ Show 8:30
Where: The Knitting Factory, 361 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Cost: $10 advance/$12 Door Buy Now>>

Battery Dance presents the 35th Annual Battery Dance Festival

What: The Battery Dance Festival provides a unique opportunity for both professional and emerging dancers and choreographers to present original works of high artistic merit in a free public forum. BDF revels in the panoply of dance that our city offers, with strong emphasis on the inclusion of diverse dance styles and an international roster of performers. American choreographers such as Paul Taylor, Mary Anthony, Elizabeth Streb and Darrell Moultrie have all presented their works alongside pre-eminent companies from Asia, Europe and the Caribbean.
When: August 19, 2016 | 6pm -8:30pm
Where: Battery Park City
Cost: FREE
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Jherek Bischoff's Silent Orchestra: Cistern

What: On August 21 and 22 on the Broadway Plaza between 43rd and 44th Streets, Jherek Bischoff's Silent Orchestra will perform music from Bischoff's latest album Cistern on electronic orchestral instruments and stream through 400 sets of wireless headphones. To passersby, the ensemble will be completely silent; those who have headphones will be treated to an orchestral concert in the middle of Times Square – a spectacular way to perform music without violating the noise code. The finale of the concert will be synchronized with a screening of Bischoff's video for “Cistern,” broadcast on numerous screens throughout Times Square. Jherek Bischoff's Silent Orchestra features musicians from one of NYC's finest ensembles, Contemporaneous. The public is invited to arrive at 11pm both nights and the program will run until midnight.

To learn more about the August Midnight Moment, Cistern by Jherek Bischoff, visit here.

On August 19 Bischoff will present an album release concert at National Sawdust in Williamsburg, Brooklyn starting at 7pm. More information can be found at

When: August 21, 2016 - August 22, 2016
Where: Times Square, NYC
Cost: FREE

Yankees Fanfest

What: WFAN’S Yankees Radio Network returns to Little Italy in lower Manhattan for FanFest. There will be free autographs signings with members of the 1996 Yankees team in addition to some old time favorites. Doc Gooden and Darryl Strawberry will be interviewed from the main stage, and the event will conclude with a concert from Bernie Williams and his All-Star band. There will be games to play, lots of free samples to try and so much more!

Bring your Yankees memorabilia with you to FanFest and have it signed by some great former Yankees. All autographs at FanFest are FREE! Due to extreme popularity, autograph availability will be limited.

Players scheduled to sign autographs:
Chris Chambliss | 12 – 2pm | Caffe Roma

Roy White | 12:30 – 2:30pm | Da Nico

Mickey Rivers | 1 – 3pm | Cafe Palermo

Jim Leyritz | 2 – 4pm | Mulberry Street Cigar Co.

Cecil Fielder | 2:30 – 4:30pm | IL Cortile

Jeff Nelson | 3 – 5pm | Gelso & Grand

Venues and players scheduled to sign autographs are subject to change.Autograph rules: No photographs. One autograph per person and only ONE item.

When: Saturday, August 20th, 2016 | 12PM – 6PM
Where: Little Italy, Mulberry Street between Canal St. & Broome St.
Cost: FREE