Events Calendar

Week of August 4 - August 10, 2013

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Sunday, August 4, 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, August 5, 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 Roy Eaton

Roy Eaton has a most impressive career. His first Carnegie Hall performance was in 1937, and he won the first ever Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Award in 1950. Two years in the Army, and 30 years as the first Black "Mad Man" in Advertising at Young & Rubicam and Benton & Bowles "temporarily" interrupted his career as a recitalist. His latest album I Play for Peace on RHAHM was released on 11/11/11. Other current albums include: Joplin Rags on Sony Classical; Keyboard Classics for Children on Summit; 24/7+7 The Complete Preludes of Chopin, Gershwin; Still on Summit; and The Meditative Chopin on RHAHM - all are available at www.CDBaby.com/artist/Royeaton. March, 2010 Roy was inducted into the Advertising Hall of Fame. Hear him on Youtube.com at Royeaton.mov.

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

 

Sally Field took home the Oscar for her starring role as a minimum-wage textile worker who takes on the bosses at her North Carolina factory. Ron Leibman and Beau Bridges lend strong support. Directed by Martin Ritt. (1979) 113 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.

 

Lively and entertaining commentary on the classic movie Norma Rae. 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:
8/12 The Women, Upper Terrace by the Trailer
8/19 E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Reading Room

 
Tuesday, August 6, 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.)

 

Bob Rice, Frequent TV commentator to "Money Matters" & Founder & Partner of Tangent Capital, The Alternative Answer: The Nontraditional Investments That Drive the World's Best-Performing Portfolios

Hosted by L.J. Rittenhouse, President, Rittenhouse Rankings Inc. (a CEO advisory and investor relations company that conducts annual benchmark surveys of corporate candor), Investing Between the Lines: How to Make Smarter Decisions by Decoding CEO Communications

Bloomberg TV's Alternative Investments Editor with tips on investing.

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 Roy Eaton

Roy Eaton has a most impressive career. His first Carnegie Hall performance was in 1937, and he won the first ever Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Award in 1950. Two years in the Army, and 30 years as the first Black "Mad Man" in Advertising at Young & Rubicam and Benton & Bowles "temporarily" interrupted his career as a recitalist. His latest album I Play for Peace on RHAHM was released on 11/11/11. Other current albums include: Joplin Rags on Sony Classical; Keyboard Classics for Children on Summit; 24/7+7 The Complete Preludes of Chopin, Gershwin; Still on Summit; and The Meditative Chopin on RHAHM - all are available at www.CDBaby.com/artist/Royeaton. March, 2010 Roy was inducted into the Advertising Hall of Fame. Hear him on Youtube.com at Royeaton.mov.

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.

 

A. Van Jordan (about Van)
Cathy Park Hong (about Cathy)
Adam Fitzgerald (about Adam)

Presented in partnership with W. W. Norton & Company

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, August 7, 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.

 

Mwahahaha...one of America's favorite pop-culturist takes a look at the villain through masterly essays.

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 Roy Eaton

Roy Eaton has a most impressive career. His first Carnegie Hall performance was in 1937, and he won the first ever Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Award in 1950. Two years in the Army, and 30 years as the first Black "Mad Man" in Advertising at Young & Rubicam and Benton & Bowles "temporarily" interrupted his career as a recitalist. His latest album I Play for Peace on RHAHM was released on 11/11/11. Other current albums include: Joplin Rags on Sony Classical; Keyboard Classics for Children on Summit; 24/7+7 The Complete Preludes of Chopin, Gershwin; Still on Summit; and The Meditative Chopin on RHAHM - all are available at www.CDBaby.com/artist/Royeaton. March, 2010 Roy was inducted into the Advertising Hall of Fame. Hear him on Youtube.com at Royeaton.mov.

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

A super talented upbeat indie-folk artist from Brooklyn. Find more info about Zach Berkman 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.

 

Watch as the best of Bryant Park battle for the title of park champion in a fun single-elimination, bracket style tournament.

Pre-registration is required. On-site registration will open at 6pm if space allows. Please check-in with attendant when you arrive for the tournament. We will begin promptly at 6:30pm. Registration will close, and spots will be turned over to wait-listed registrants, beginning at 6:20pm.

USATT ranked players with a rating of 2000 or higher are not eligible to play.


 

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

Brenda Wineapple - Ecstatic Nation: Confidence, Crisis, and Compromise, 1848-1877

"This is a marvelous book. With narrative grace and surehanded scholarship, Brenda Wineapple has written a compelling account of an epochal (and too little understood) age.... Wineapple tells the American story brilliantly." (Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of American Lion)

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 8, 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:
Annie The Musical
Wicked
Cougar the Musical
The Fantasticks

Lite FM Host: Delilah
Co-Host: Patricia Richardson with the cast from I Forgive You Ronald Reagan

 

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 Roy Eaton

Roy Eaton has a most impressive career. His first Carnegie Hall performance was in 1937, and he won the first ever Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Award in 1950. Two years in the Army, and 30 years as the first Black "Mad Man" in Advertising at Young & Rubicam and Benton & Bowles "temporarily" interrupted his career as a recitalist. His latest album I Play for Peace on RHAHM was released on 11/11/11. Other current albums include: Joplin Rags on Sony Classical; Keyboard Classics for Children on Summit; 24/7+7 The Complete Preludes of Chopin, Gershwin; Still on Summit; and The Meditative Chopin on RHAHM - all are available at www.CDBaby.com/artist/Royeaton. March, 2010 Roy was inducted into the Advertising Hall of Fame. Hear him on Youtube.com at Royeaton.mov.

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: Argentine Bandoneon, French, Classical, Brazilian, Gypsy, and Cajun

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
Brooke Watkins - French & Gypsy Music
Vitor Goncalves - Choro Music from Southeast Brazil
Gregorio Uribe - Vallenato/Cumbia from the Colombian Coast
David Hodges - Melancholic Sounds of Tango
Patrice Escandon and Kirk Damato - Shanties, Folksongs & TMBG/Punk

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: Kelly Caldwell

Produced in partnership with Gotham Writers' Workshop

Rain information:
In case of summer showers, there will be an on-site tent.

 
Friday, August 9, 2013

A Note on Roy Eaton

Roy Eaton has a most impressive career. His first Carnegie Hall performance was in 1937, and he won the first ever Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Award in 1950. Two years in the Army, and 30 years as the first Black "Mad Man" in Advertising at Young & Rubicam and Benton & Bowles "temporarily" interrupted his career as a recitalist. His latest album I Play for Peace on RHAHM was released on 11/11/11. Other current albums include: Joplin Rags on Sony Classical; Keyboard Classics for Children on Summit; 24/7+7 The Complete Preludes of Chopin, Gershwin; Still on Summit; and The Meditative Chopin on RHAHM - all are available at www.CDBaby.com/artist/Royeaton. March, 2010 Roy was inducted into the Advertising Hall of Fame. Hear him on Youtube.com at Royeaton.mov.

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

 

The Grammy-nominated string quartet, equally at home with the classics and new music, performs with artful mastery and glorious sound. Commission: Following Franz, Now by Kurt Stallmann.

Maureen Nelson - violin
John Marcus - violin
Melissa Reardon - viola
Richard Belcher - cello

For more info, visit ensoquartet.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, August 10, 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.

 

The Bryant Park Reading Room will be the scene for one of the biggest kids' events of the summer this Saturday when Word for Word Kids hosts Comic Con. Celebrating comic books and the graphic novel, this fantastic event is produced in partnership with Random House, Inc., DC Comics, Archie Comics, Vertical, Inc., Del Rey/Manga, Pantheon Books, and Kodansha Comics, and runs from 12:00-1:00pm on Saturday, August 10. Like all Word for Word events, it's free and open to all.

Just look at this lineup. Superman, the Man of Steel himself, will be on hand and available for photo-ops with his young fans. DC Comics will hand out free buttons, comics, and posters. Archie Comics will give out activity books and coloring sheets. Also appearing will be Mike Herrod, creator of Monster Comics Monster Comics, Comics to Go Comics to Go, and the Balloon Toons title Doggie Dreams, who will speak and give a demonstration of his craft. This is going to be one power-packed hour for kids of all ages.


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.

 
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