Events Calendar

Week of July 14 - July 20, 2013

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Sunday, July 14, 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.

 

Traditional Japanese folk dances and taiko drum performances, as well as activities for children and adults, are featured at this annual celebration presented by The New York Buddhist Church.

For more information visit newyorkbuddhistchurch.org.

 

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, July 15, 2013

*Please note temporary location change to Upper Terrace Gravel across from the BP Grill.*

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 Isaac ben Ayala

Isaac ben Ayala has performed and recorded with many notable bands and greats - from Quincy Jones, Ray Charles, Louis Bellson, Leon Thomas, Frank Foster, David Murray, James Spaulding, Roy Hargrove, and Wynton Marsalis, to The New York City Ballet, The Sultans of Swing, The Donald Byrd Dance Company and Joe Piscipo. He has scored numerous films and can be heard on the piano in Dave Chappelle's Block Party (2006), The Mark Twain Prize Honors Billy Crystal (2007), and Denzel Washington's The Great Debaters (2008). In addition, his orchestral arrangements were commissioned by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band of New Orleans and are currently being performed by orchestras around the world. His latest piece, For The Love of Duke, with Susan Stroman and The David Berger Orchestra at the NYC Ballet, features an extended onstage piano solo performance throughout. Isaac ben Ayala received his Bachelor of Music from The Oberlin Conservatory of Music in 1991, and was Principal Accompanist for The Boys Choir of Harlem from 2005 to 2007.

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

 

Screen legends Bette Davis and Olivia de Havilland star as Charlotte, a spinster in a rotting plantation mansion, and her cousin Miriam, who is slowly and deliberately driving her mad. A thriller spectacularly directed by Robert Aldrich. (1964) 133 Min. (Fox)


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.

 

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.

 

Lively and entertaining commentary on the classic movie Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte. With resident film experts Scott Adlerberg and Foster Hirsch.

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

 
Tuesday, July 16, 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!

Note: Today's class will be held on the Fountain Terrace.

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

On July 16, StoryTime will be held at Le Carrousel.

Tails, meowsic, and arts & crafts to boot!


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

 

Come face to face with an Eclectus Parrot, gaze at a Macaw, or hold a Conure.

Exotic birds from the Arcadia Bird Sanctuary and Educational Center visit Le Carrousel every Tuesday* this summer, weather permitting.

Stop by to watch, ask questions, interact with the birds, or just take pictures. Sanctuary Director, Terri Jones, will be happy to introduce you to one of her sociable, people-friendly birds.

(*There will be no Meet the Birds on June 25 and July 2.)

 

On July 16, the BookClub discussion will be held at Le Carrousel, across the lawn from the Reading Room.

Book Club discussion on The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

Facilitated by Raśl Esparza, Tony-nominated actor

Stop by and pick up a free advanced copy of your book club choice while supply lasts.

Produced in partnership with Oxford University Press, Inc. (OUP USA).

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.

 

A Note on Isaac ben Ayala

Isaac ben Ayala has performed and recorded with many notable bands and greats - from Quincy Jones, Ray Charles, Louis Bellson, Leon Thomas, Frank Foster, David Murray, James Spaulding, Roy Hargrove, and Wynton Marsalis, to The New York City Ballet, The Sultans of Swing, The Donald Byrd Dance Company and Joe Piscipo. He has scored numerous films and can be heard on the piano in Dave Chappelle's Block Party (2006), The Mark Twain Prize Honors Billy Crystal (2007), and Denzel Washington's The Great Debaters (2008). In addition, his orchestral arrangements were commissioned by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band of New Orleans and are currently being performed by orchestras around the world. His latest piece, For The Love of Duke, with Susan Stroman and The David Berger Orchestra at the NYC Ballet, features an extended onstage piano solo performance throughout. Isaac ben Ayala received his Bachelor of Music from The Oberlin Conservatory of Music in 1991, and was Principal Accompanist for The Boys Choir of Harlem from 2005 to 2007.

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.

 

Scott Hightower
Sapphire
Jackson Taylor
Melody Compo
Jean Valentine
Alan Felsenthal
Lee Briccetti
Jason Schneiderman
Edward Hirsch
Richard Howard
Jamie Stern
Michael Broder
Rosemary Deen

A presentation of the Bryant Park Reading Room.

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, July 17, 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.

 

And the pitch is good...a memoir of talent, addiction, and recovery from one of the greatest baseball players of all time.

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 Isaac ben Ayala

Isaac ben Ayala has performed and recorded with many notable bands and greats - from Quincy Jones, Ray Charles, Louis Bellson, Leon Thomas, Frank Foster, David Murray, James Spaulding, Roy Hargrove, and Wynton Marsalis, to The New York City Ballet, The Sultans of Swing, The Donald Byrd Dance Company and Joe Piscipo. He has scored numerous films and can be heard on the piano in Dave Chappelle's Block Party (2006), The Mark Twain Prize Honors Billy Crystal (2007), and Denzel Washington's The Great Debaters (2008). In addition, his orchestral arrangements were commissioned by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band of New Orleans and are currently being performed by orchestras around the world. His latest piece, For The Love of Duke, with Susan Stroman and The David Berger Orchestra at the NYC Ballet, features an extended onstage piano solo performance throughout. Isaac ben Ayala received his Bachelor of Music from The Oberlin Conservatory of Music in 1991, and was Principal Accompanist for The Boys Choir of Harlem from 2005 to 2007.

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

 

Come to Bryant Park and discover the centuries old Japanese Chess game called Shogi with Alex from the NY Shogi Club. Shogi originated in India and was then brought to Japan around the 10th century. The game has some basic similarities with western chess but also lots of differences. Learn more about it while taking a class in the park, every third Wednesday of the month.

Class Dates:
May 22
June 19
July 17
August 21
September 18

 

Music to start the end of your day

An unusual instrumentation of guitar, bass and drums explore both the popular and lesser-known compositions of Thelonious Monk. Find more info about Chuck Braman 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.

Jonathan Alter -The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies

"Common-sense politics devolve into a season of craziness in this engrossing account of the 2012 U.S. presidential campaign. Journalist Alter follows up his bestselling The Promise: President Obama, Year One with a savvy dissection of the 2010-2012 election cycle and related political dogfights....Lucid, entertaining, and alive to the reality behind the posturing, Alter's report reveals the high stakes and far-reaching import of the 2012 decision." - Publishers Weekly, Starred 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, July 18, 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.

 

presented by 106.7 LiteFM

The most popular musicals on and off Broadway perform their biggest hits.

Today's featured shows:
The Phantom of the Opera
Chicago
F#%king Up Everything
Sistas the Musical

Lite FM Host: Delilah
Co-host: Old Jews Telling Jokes

 

A Note on Isaac ben Ayala

Isaac ben Ayala has performed and recorded with many notable bands and greats - from Quincy Jones, Ray Charles, Louis Bellson, Leon Thomas, Frank Foster, David Murray, James Spaulding, Roy Hargrove, and Wynton Marsalis, to The New York City Ballet, The Sultans of Swing, The Donald Byrd Dance Company and Joe Piscipo. He has scored numerous films and can be heard on the piano in Dave Chappelle's Block Party (2006), The Mark Twain Prize Honors Billy Crystal (2007), and Denzel Washington's The Great Debaters (2008). In addition, his orchestral arrangements were commissioned by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band of New Orleans and are currently being performed by orchestras around the world. His latest piece, For The Love of Duke, with Susan Stroman and The David Berger Orchestra at the NYC Ballet, features an extended onstage piano solo performance throughout. Isaac ben Ayala received his Bachelor of Music from The Oberlin Conservatory of Music in 1991, and was Principal Accompanist for The Boys Choir of Harlem from 2005 to 2007.

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

 

Special Extended Edition!

June 20, July 18, and August 15 are extra special evenings in our Accordions Around the World series, with many more accordionists joining our usual six to add to the park's energy and ambiance.

From 7:00pm until 9:00pm the fun continues on the Fountain Terrace with an Accordion Jam and Dance Party, led by the band Forro Da Madame playing northern Brazilian hoedown-style music.

Today's featured styles: Classical, Klezmer, French, Gypsy, Cumbia, Pop, Ukrainian, Indie, Dominican, German, Slavic, and Balkan

Featured musicians:
Forro Da Madame - Northern Brazilian Hoedown-Style Music
Uri Sharlin - Original Worldly Folk Music
Robert Duncan - Classical, Tango & Musette
Brooke Watkins - French & Gypsy Music
Tony Kovatch - Valse Musette & Gypsy Jazz
Albert Behar - French Gypsy Jazz & Waltz Musette
Matt Dallow - Eclectic Rock Accordion Covers
Joshua Camp - Indie-Circus Eclectic Folk
Maria Dessena - Modern Classics Re-imagined
Yuri Lemeshev - World, Film, Classical, Jazz
Mary Spencer Knapp - Jazz, Soul & Pop featurnig Bass & Ukelele
Edwin Torres - Perico Ripiao from the Dominican Republic
Bud Gramer - Continental/German/Standards/Ballroom
Patrice Escandon and Kirk Damato - Shanties, Folksongs & TMBG/Punk
Peter Stan - Gypsy Balkan Music
Phillip Racz - Music of Planet Earth
Matthew "Max" Fass - Eastern European Tunes
Jenny Luna - Balkan and Turkish Music
Karen Yair - 1930s Argentine Tango
George Saenz - Tex-Mex/ Latin Fusion
Michael Bellar w/ Rob Jost (acoustic bass) - Low-Burn Bastardo Improvisation

 

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, July 19, 2013

A Note on Isaac ben Ayala

Isaac ben Ayala has performed and recorded with many notable bands and greats - from Quincy Jones, Ray Charles, Louis Bellson, Leon Thomas, Frank Foster, David Murray, James Spaulding, Roy Hargrove, and Wynton Marsalis, to The New York City Ballet, The Sultans of Swing, The Donald Byrd Dance Company and Joe Piscipo. He has scored numerous films and can be heard on the piano in Dave Chappelle's Block Party (2006), The Mark Twain Prize Honors Billy Crystal (2007), and Denzel Washington's The Great Debaters (2008). In addition, his orchestral arrangements were commissioned by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band of New Orleans and are currently being performed by orchestras around the world. His latest piece, For The Love of Duke, with Susan Stroman and The David Berger Orchestra at the NYC Ballet, features an extended onstage piano solo performance throughout. Isaac ben Ayala received his Bachelor of Music from The Oberlin Conservatory of Music in 1991, and was Principal Accompanist for The Boys Choir of Harlem from 2005 to 2007.

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

 

Remy and Pascal Le Boeuf represent a new breed of young artists that continuously push the definition of jazz. Commission: A Dream: The Musical Imagination of Franz Kafka

Remy Le Boeuf - alto saxophone
Pascal Le Boeuf - piano
Fung Chern Hwei - violin
Martin Nevin - bass
Peter Kronreif - drums

For more info, visit leboeufbrothers.com.



About New Music in Bryant Park
Renowned award-winning classical/contemporary and jazz ensembles showcase works commissioned by Chamber Music America.

Funding for the commissioning programs of Chamber Music America is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

 
Saturday, July 20, 2013

Learn the basics of fly fishing for free.

Join expert instructors from Orvis for lessons on fly casting and outfit rigging. Class spaces are first come, first served. Call 212-827-0698 to reserve your spot.

Class dates in July:
July 13th & July 20th

 

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.

 

Come wish Amelia Bedelia a very happy 50th birthday, and join us as we "sing her praises" - literally!

Produced in partnership with HarperCollins Children's Books

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.

In case of rain, Flaubert Frog & 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