Events Calendar

Week of June 23 - June 29, 2013

Calendar
Sunday, June 23, 2013

Practice Chinese Chess outdoors in the park, where it is traditionally played in cities throughout China.

Unlock the secrets of Xiang Qi (Chinese Chess) at our weekly free clinic in the Bryant Park Games Area, or challenge an international Xiang Qi champion visiting from the United East Athletics Association.

 

Voilą! Bryant Park becomes even more magical with master magicians who will leave you spellbound.

Produced in partnership with mondaynightmagic.com.

In case of rain, Le Carrousel Magique will be cancelled.

 
Monday, June 24, 2013

Bonjour! Hola! Konnichiwa! Ciao!

Bryant Park speaks French, Spanish, Japanese, and Italian with instruction by inlingua. Learn a new language or brush up on your skills in these standalone classes. Classes are not cumulative, so you may attend any class throughout the season.

Registration is required one week before class date. Email us inlinguainBryantPark@inlingua.com to sign up. Limit 1 class per person per language. 20 student capacity per class.

 

A Note on Joel Forrester

Joel Forrester is a contemporary two-handed piano player, essaying the stride, boogie-woogie, and trance styles. He wrote the theme to NPR's Fresh Air, studied composition with Thelonious Monk, co-founded the Microscopic Septet, and did music for the early films of Andy Warhol. Twice each month, he accompanies silent films at PRAVDA and MANHATTAN INN. His bop trio works regularly around the city. In early August, he will play four concerts in France. Forrester is also the pianist at GRACE GOSPEL in the South Bronx.

Presented by:
Bryant Park Corporation
Sam Ash Music Stores
Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians
Jazz Center of New York

 

Learn the American version of this social, strategy game hailing from China twice a month with free clinics in the park.

Afternoon Classes, 3pm-4:30pm:
May 30, June 24, July 25, August 21, September 2

Evening Classes, 6pm-7:30pm:
June 13, July 15, August 13, September 11


Can't make one of our free clinics? Linda also teaches private lessons and coaches students in the Games Area. Contact Linda for more information.

Already know how to play? Drop by the Games Area to arrange a game with other Mahj fans.

 

Something is happening to the residents of California town, and a doctor wants to find out what. Don Siegel's gritty sci-fi thriller is the definitive version of this terrifying tale. Beware of the pods! (1956) 80 Min. (Paramount)


The lawn opens at 5:00pm for blankets and picnicking. Films begin at sunset (typically between 8pm and 9pm).

All packages, bags, briefcases, backpacks, etc. subject to inspection.

 

Lively and entertaining commentary on the classic movie of the Invasion of the Body Snatchers. With resident film expert Scott Adlerberg

In case of rain, Word for Word Reel Talks will be canceled.

 
Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Tai Chi and Eternal Spring are instructed by members of the Tai Chi Chuan Center for all ages and experience levels.

Classes are rain or shine.

 

Bryant Park Yoga returns for its 10th anniversary season!

Expert instructors lead all levels of yogis. Mats are provided. Presented by Athleta and produced by alignyo. Instructors and assistants from YogaWorks.

Sign-in will be required at the start of each class. Or, skip the line and pre-register here!

In case of rain, please check bryantpark.org.

 

Hosted by: Cali Co Cat

Tails, meowsic, and arts & crafts to boot!


In case of rain, Word for Word Storytime will be canceled.

 

Sheila Bair, former chairperson of the FDIC, Bull by the Horns: Fighting to Save Main Street from Wall Street and Wall Street from Itself

Hosted by Rob Blackwell, Washington Bureau Chief of American Banker newspaper

FDIC former chair with a sound perspective on the financial crisis.

Rain information:
In case of summer showers, there will be an on-site tent. For stormy weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

Rain Venue:
The New York Public Library
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street
Enter at 42nd Street

 

A Note on Joel Forrester

Joel Forrester is a contemporary two-handed piano player, essaying the stride, boogie-woogie, and trance styles. He wrote the theme to NPR's Fresh Air, studied composition with Thelonious Monk, co-founded the Microscopic Septet, and did music for the early films of Andy Warhol. Twice each month, he accompanies silent films at PRAVDA and MANHATTAN INN. His bop trio works regularly around the city. In early August, he will play four concerts in France. Forrester is also the pianist at GRACE GOSPEL in the South Bronx.

Presented by:
Bryant Park Corporation
Sam Ash Music Stores
Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians
Jazz Center of New York

 

Free Classes in the Park

Beginner classes presented by Knitty City.Yarn and needles are provided.

Call 212-787-5896 to pre-register, or take a chance and drop by.

 

Jill Bialosky (about Jill)
Carol Muske-Dukes (about Carol)
Page Hill Starzinger (about Page)

Presented in partnership with The Kenyon Review

Rain information:
In case of summer showers, there will be an on-site tent. For stormy weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

Rain Venue:
*The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen
20 West 44th Street (between 5th & 6th Avenues)

*Not all rooms in The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen are handicapped accessible - we are sorry for the inconvenience.

 
Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Join the cast and creative team for the Way Way Back.

Nat Faxon, Director
Jim Rash, Writer
Liam James, Actor
Toni Collette, Actress

Interviewed by Wendy Bounds of The Wall Street Journal.

About Breakfast Briefings
Start your day with inspiration over breakfast. Morning talks this June and July will feature leaders across disciplines as diverse as the culinary arts, entertainment, media and tech.

In partnership with The Wall Street Journal.

Preregistration is required at bryantpark.org.

 

Bonjour! Hola! Konnichiwa! Ciao!

Bryant Park speaks French, Spanish, Japanese, and Italian with instruction by inlingua. Learn a new language or brush up on your skills in these standalone classes. Classes are not cumulative, so you may attend any class throughout the season.

Registration is required one week before class date. Email us inlinguainBryantPark@inlingua.com to sign up. Limit 1 class per person per language. 20 student capacity per class.

 

Ellin Stein's That's Not Funny, That's Sick: The National Lampoon and the Comedy Insurgents Who Captured the Mainstream gives the untold stories on the comedy revolution triggered by the National Lampoon brand.

Rain information:
In case of summer showers, there will be an on-site tent. For stormy weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

Rain Venue:
The New York Public Library
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street
Enter at 42nd Street

 

A Note on Joel Forrester

Joel Forrester is a contemporary two-handed piano player, essaying the stride, boogie-woogie, and trance styles. He wrote the theme to NPR's Fresh Air, studied composition with Thelonious Monk, co-founded the Microscopic Septet, and did music for the early films of Andy Warhol. Twice each month, he accompanies silent films at PRAVDA and MANHATTAN INN. His bop trio works regularly around the city. In early August, he will play four concerts in France. Forrester is also the pianist at GRACE GOSPEL in the South Bronx.

Presented by:
Bryant Park Corporation
Sam Ash Music Stores
Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians
Jazz Center of New York

 

Music to start the end of your day

Inspired by styles of vintage swing, blues, country, and early rock-n-roll, and drawing comparisons to Patsy Cline, Willie Nelson, Peggy Lee, and Chuck Berry, they maintain a style all their own. Find more info about Miss Tess and the Talkbacks here.

Brought to you by the Bryant Park Corporation as part of the After Work music series: Perfectly timed evening performances featuring talented New York area jazz musicians and singer-songwriters.Visit the Bryant Park blog for a free download from each of our After Work artists.

 

Civil War history, politics, economics, biography - popular topics to stimulate your mind. Bell rings at 7pm.

Fred Kaplan - The Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War

"Thrilling reading. ... There is no one better equipped to tell the story. ... Kaplan, a rare combination of defense intellectual and pugnacious reporter ... knows the military world inside and out. ... An authoritative, gripping and somewhat terrifying account of how the American military approached two major wars in the combustible Islamic world." (Thanassis Cambaniss, The New York Times Book Review)

Produced in partnership with Oxford University Press, Inc. (OUP USA) and the New-York Historical Society

Rain information:
In case of summer showers, there will be an on-site tent. For stormy weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

Rain Venue:
*The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen
20 West 44th Street (between 5th & 6th Avenues)

*Not all rooms in The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen are handicapped accessible - we are sorry for the inconvenience.

 
Thursday, June 27, 2013

Tai Chi and Eternal Spring are instructed by members of the Tai Chi Chuan Center for all ages and experience levels.

Classes are rain or shine.

 

A Note on Joel Forrester

Joel Forrester is a contemporary two-handed piano player, essaying the stride, boogie-woogie, and trance styles. He wrote the theme to NPR's Fresh Air, studied composition with Thelonious Monk, co-founded the Microscopic Septet, and did music for the early films of Andy Warhol. Twice each month, he accompanies silent films at PRAVDA and MANHATTAN INN. His bop trio works regularly around the city. In early August, he will play four concerts in France. Forrester is also the pianist at GRACE GOSPEL in the South Bronx.

Presented by:
Bryant Park Corporation
Sam Ash Music Stores
Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians
Jazz Center of New York

 

Today's featured styles: Klezmer, Waltz, and French

13 evenings featuring over a hundred different accordionists throughout the summer, playing music from all over the world.

Featured today:
Uri Sharlin - Original Worldly Folk Music
Art Now - Blues, Reggae, Standards, and Pop
Tony Kovatch - Valse Musette & Gypsy Jazz
Partick Farrell - Klezmer, Classical & Improvisations
Jean-Francois LeClerc - Musette/ Romanian/ Gypsy/ Jazz
Chantale Urbain - Musette/ Romanian/ Gypsy/ Jazz

Accordionists will be stationed throughout the park to surprise and delight passers-by.

 

Bryant Park Yoga returns for its 10th anniversary season!

Expert instructors lead all levels of yogis. Mats are provided. Presented by Athleta and produced by alignyo. Instructors and assistants from YogaWorks.

Sign-in will be required at the start of each class. Or, skip the line and pre-register here!

In case of rain, please check bryantpark.org.

 

Pen your own story, poem, or screenplay, at writers workshops guaranteed to improve and perfect. Pre-registration required (age 18+)

Facilitated by: Miranda McLeod, Master of Fine Arts, New York University

Rain information:
In case of summer showers, there will be an on-site tent. For stormy weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

Rain Venue:
*The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen
20 West 44th Street (between 5th & 6th Avenues)

*Not all rooms in The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen are handicapped accessible - we are sorry for the inconvenience.

 
Friday, June 28, 2013

A Note on Joel Forrester

Joel Forrester is a contemporary two-handed piano player, essaying the stride, boogie-woogie, and trance styles. He wrote the theme to NPR's Fresh Air, studied composition with Thelonious Monk, co-founded the Microscopic Septet, and did music for the early films of Andy Warhol. Twice each month, he accompanies silent films at PRAVDA and MANHATTAN INN. His bop trio works regularly around the city. In early August, he will play four concerts in France. Forrester is also the pianist at GRACE GOSPEL in the South Bronx.

Presented by:
Bryant Park Corporation
Sam Ash Music Stores
Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians
Jazz Center of New York

 

A showcase of several dynamic dance companies as a preview of the dance festival at The Fringe in Edinburgh, Scotland, featuring BodyStories: Teresa Fellion Dance, Dzul Dance, Synthesis Dance Project, Freespace Dance, Michael Mao Dance, and Rebecca Stenn. More information here.

BodyStories: Teresa Fellion Dance
Embodying the raw, rhythmic force of universal encounters, the dancers inspire the audience to physically sense emotional and psychological aspects of the human condition.

Dzul Dance
Fusing dance with aerial arts, contortion and acrobatics, the company communicates the drama of indigenous pre-Hispanic and Mexican culture, and illuminates the beauty inherent in the natural world and throughout society.

Synthesis Dance Project
Beautiful bodies in motion make fierce and soulful statements to celebrate originality, expression, and vitality with magnetic energy with athletic ability, technical precision and passionate performances.

Freespace Dance
A contemporary dance company, led by artistic director Donna Scro, is renowned for creating emotionally driven work in their athletic signature style. Bodies fly through the air wowing audiences worldwide.

Michael Mao Dance
A critically acclaimed modern dance company with an international corps of accomplished dancers. Passionate, yet meticulously crafted, Mao's work is infused with a visceral, elemental power.

Rebecca Stenn
The poignant and profound solo artist combines her fresh, athletic dance style with an eclectic blend of music.

 
Saturday, June 29, 2013

Experience the joy of movement and dance.

Free classes are led by former and current members of the internationally renowned modern dance company, Limon Dance.

Open to all levels and ages.

 

Hey Everybody, come on down to Funkytown Playground for sunshine, jumping and jamming galore.

Rain information:
In case of summer showers, there will be an on-site tent. For stormy weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

Rain Venues:

  • *The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen
    20 West 44th Street
    (between 5th & 6th Avenues)

  • *Not all rooms in The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen are handicapped accessible - we are sorry for the inconvenience.

  • The New York Public Library
    Children's Center @ 42nd Street

    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
    Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street
    Enter at 42nd Street
    (212) 621-0208






 

Hop on over to our pad for unfroggetable fun with Flaubert Frog and all his carousel pals.

On June 29, Cali Co Cat from Bryant Park's StoryTime will be leading the fun at Le Carrousel.

In case of rain, Flaubert Frog and Friends will be canceled.

 

For information regarding summer camp visits, please call (212) 768-4242.

Petanque

Pétanque

Pétanque is a French game of "boules" played in the park. Try your hand after a free lesson from La Boule New Yorkaise.

Learn more about Pétanque in Bryant Park
Ping Pong

Ping Pong at The Tables

The Tables are located in the northwest corner of the park, and equipment is provided free of charge.

Give The Tables a spin