Events Calendar

Week of July 28 - August 3, 2013

Calendar
Sunday, July 28, 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, July 29, 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 Deanna Witkowski

Winner of the Great American Jazz Piano Competition and a former guest on Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz, Deanna Witkowski has been heralded for her "consistently thrilling" playing and her "boundless imagination" (All Music Guide). Moving with remarkable ease between Brazilian, jazz, Afro-Cuban and classical music, Witkowski approaches her work with the heart and technique of a daring improviser. Her most current album, From This Place, features her liturgical jazz and led to a second appearance on NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday. Her fifth recording, a solo project featuring arrangements that blend Chopin nocturnes with Brazilian and jazz standards, will be released in late 2013.

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

 

Billy Wilder's story of an uptight Congresswoman, Jean Arthur, who tours bombed-out Berlin and finds love. But the rake she falls for is also involved with a cabaret singer portrayed by the sultry Marlene Dietrich. (1948) 116 Min. (Universal)


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 A Foreign Affair. With resident film experts Scott Adlerberg and Kevin Lewis.

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

Please note the Reel Talks location changes for the following weeks:
8/5 Norma Rae, Upper Terrace by the Trailer
8/12 The Women, Upper Terrace by the Trailer
8/19 E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Reading Room

 
Tuesday, July 30, 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.

 

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.)

 

Book Club discussion on The Hound of the Baskervilles: Another Adventure of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle.

Facilitated by Sean Pidgeon, Finding Camlann: A Novel.

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 Deanna Witkowski

Winner of the Great American Jazz Piano Competition and a former guest on Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz, Deanna Witkowski has been heralded for her "consistently thrilling" playing and her "boundless imagination" (All Music Guide). Moving with remarkable ease between Brazilian, jazz, Afro-Cuban and classical music, Witkowski approaches her work with the heart and technique of a daring improviser. Her most current album, From This Place, features her liturgical jazz and led to a second appearance on NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday. Her fifth recording, a solo project featuring arrangements that blend Chopin nocturnes with Brazilian and jazz standards, will be released in late 2013.

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.

 

Featuring the Poets of: Sibling Rivalry Press

Bryan Borland (about Bryan)
Seth Pennington (about Seth)
Stephen Mills (about Stephen)
Collin Kelley (about Collin)
D. Gilson (about D.)
Joanna Hoffman (about Joanna)
Matthew Hittinger (about Matthew)

Presented in partnership with Sibling Rivalry Press

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 31, 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.

 

Lily Koppel,The Astronaut Wives Club: A True Story
Hosted by Alina Simone, Note to Self: A Novel

Real story behind the unbreakable friendships and bonds formed by the wives of the famous Mercury Seven astronauts.

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 Deanna Witkowski

Winner of the Great American Jazz Piano Competition and a former guest on Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz, Deanna Witkowski has been heralded for her "consistently thrilling" playing and her "boundless imagination" (All Music Guide). Moving with remarkable ease between Brazilian, jazz, Afro-Cuban and classical music, Witkowski approaches her work with the heart and technique of a daring improviser. Her most current album, From This Place, features her liturgical jazz and led to a second appearance on NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday. Her fifth recording, a solo project featuring arrangements that blend Chopin nocturnes with Brazilian and jazz standards, will be released in late 2013.

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

The world's premier Jazz-Age dance orchestra, steeped in the hot-dance band tradition of the 1920s and early 1930s. Find more info about the Dreamland Orchestra 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.

Sam Roberts - Grand Central: How a Train Station Transformed America.

"Roberts delivers the story of one of the most famous transportation hubs in the world and how it shaped Midtown Manhattan into the bustling, thriving center of commerce and entertainment it is today.... A wonderful volume for New York City history buffs or railroad aficionados." (Publishers Weekly)

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, August 1, 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:
Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark
Kinky Boots
Big Fish
First Date

Lite FM Host: Bob Bronson
Co-host: Buyer & Cellar

 

Participate in one of three weekly lunchtime tournaments this August (August 1, 8, 15) for the chance to earn a spot in the final championship round on Thursday, August 22. (Rain Date: August 29)

Grand prize provided by Golfsmith.

Pre-registration is required. On-site registration will open at 12pm if space allows. Please check-in with attendant at 12pm when you arrive for the tournament. We will begin promptly at 12:30pm. Registration will close, and spots will be turned over to wait-listed registrants, beginning at 12:20pm.

 

A Note on Deanna Witkowski

Winner of the Great American Jazz Piano Competition and a former guest on Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz, Deanna Witkowski has been heralded for her "consistently thrilling" playing and her "boundless imagination" (All Music Guide). Moving with remarkable ease between Brazilian, jazz, Afro-Cuban and classical music, Witkowski approaches her work with the heart and technique of a daring improviser. Her most current album, From This Place, features her liturgical jazz and led to a second appearance on NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday. Her fifth recording, a solo project featuring arrangements that blend Chopin nocturnes with Brazilian and jazz standards, will be released in late 2013.

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: Ukranian, Classical, Cajun, Pop, Klezmer, and Broadway

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

Featured today:
Robert Duncan - Classical, Tango & Musette
Jordan Shapiro - Balkans, Louisiana & Maritime Folk
Maria Dessena - Modern Classics Re-imagined
Shoko Nagai - Japan-Jewish Connection
Patrice Escandon and Kirk Damato - Shanties, Folksongs & TMBG/Punk
Yuri Lemeshev - World, Film, Classical, 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: Susan Breen

Produced in partnership with Gotham Writers' Workshop

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.

 
Friday, August 2, 2013

A Note on Deanna Witkowski

Winner of the Great American Jazz Piano Competition and a former guest on Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz, Deanna Witkowski has been heralded for her "consistently thrilling" playing and her "boundless imagination" (All Music Guide). Moving with remarkable ease between Brazilian, jazz, Afro-Cuban and classical music, Witkowski approaches her work with the heart and technique of a daring improviser. Her most current album, From This Place, features her liturgical jazz and led to a second appearance on NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday. Her fifth recording, a solo project featuring arrangements that blend Chopin nocturnes with Brazilian and jazz standards, will be released in late 2013.

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

 

One of America's premiere wind quintets is known worldwide for bridging musical traditions. Commission: Zafir by Simon Shaheen, with guest artists.

Valerie Coleman - flute
Toyin Spellman-Diaz - oboe
Mariam Adam - clarinet
Jeff Scott - french horn
Monica Ellis - bassoon
Simon Shaheen - oud
Youssef Sheronick - percussion

For more info, visit imaniwinds.com, and click here to learn more about this summer's Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival.



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, August 3, 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.

 

New York Times review says it best..."You could say that this Brooklyn band takes bluegrass to starry heights."

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 and Friends will be canceled.

 
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