Events Calendar

Week of August 11 - August 17, 2013

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Sunday, August 11, 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 12, 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.

 

Victor Lin is happy to have been a part of the Piano in Bryant Park series since it began in 2004. A former student of jazz legend Kenny Barron, Victor is currently a jazz music instructor at Columbia University, Teachers College, and The Calhoun School.

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

 

Joan Crawford, Norma Shearer, and Rosalind Russell head a stellar, all-female cast in George Cukor's outrageously funny, quintessential film of Clare Booth Luce's play about society women. (1939) 132 Min. (Warner Bros)


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 The Women. With resident film experts Scott Adlerberg, Kevin Lewis, and Stephen Whitty

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

Please note the Reel Talks location changes for the following week:
8/19 E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Reading Room

 
Tuesday, August 13, 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 Metamorphosis and Other Stories by Franz Kafka.

Facilitated by Wayne Koestenbaum, My 1980s and Other Essays.

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 Venue(s):
*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.

 

Victor Lin is happy to have been a part of the Piano in Bryant Park series since it began in 2004. A former student of jazz legend Kenny Barron, Victor is currently a jazz music instructor at Columbia University, Teachers College, and The Calhoun School.

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.

 

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.

 

Featuring the Poets of: Cave Canem

Laura Yes Yes (about Laura Yes Yes)
Mahogany Browne (about Mahogany )
R. Erica Doyle (about Erica)

Presented in partnership with Cave Canem

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 14, 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.

 

Gen Xer memoir on livin' the VJ life through the golden years of Music Television.

Hosted by Rob Tannenbaum, I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution

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

 

Victor Lin is happy to have been a part of the Piano in Bryant Park series since it began in 2004. A former student of jazz legend Kenny Barron, Victor is currently a jazz music instructor at Columbia University, Teachers College, and The Calhoun School.

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

Sweet and Hot Sounds from the Great Gatsby Era to the Swing Era. Find more info about Dan Levinson 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.

John Fabian Witt - Lincoln's Code: The Laws of War in American History

"Artfully mixing law, history, and sharp analysis, [Witt] examines the persistent struggle to reconcile justice and humanitarianism in America's conduct of war... Truly remarkable, composed with all the precision and insight you expect from a law professor, marked by all the elegance and sparkling readability you don't." (Kirkus 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, August 15, 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:
Motown the Musical
Once
Mamma Mia!
Forever Tango

Lite FM Host: Rich Kaminski

 

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.

 

Victor Lin is happy to have been a part of the Piano in Bryant Park series since it began in 2004. A former student of jazz legend Kenny Barron, Victor is currently a jazz music instructor at Columbia University, Teachers College, and The Calhoun School.

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

 

August 15 marks the 75th Anniversary of the American Accordionists' Association, so we're adding a few special events to our usual accordion-themed Thursday evenings!

5:00pm - 7:00pm: Award-winning accordionists at the Bryant Monument and in the 42nd Street Allee.
Nathan Chapeton - CT
Gia Ciccone - NY
Cody McSherry - PA
Amanda and Michael Parziale - NYC
Rachel Quirbach - NH
Tor Stumo - MA
Sam Thomas - WA
Maricarmen Vasquez and Gerardo Aguillon - FL
The Alamo Angels - TX
Lionel Reekie - New Zealand

7:00pm: A massed band of accordionists will perform a special rendition of "New York, New York" on the Fountain Terrace.

7:00pm - 9:00pm: on the Fountain Terrace
The Old Aker Band - Norway
Musikforum Olschung - Germany
Dominic Karcic and Ray Oreggia - NY
Maricarmen Vasquez and Gerardo Aguillon - FL
Brooklyn Accordion Club - NYC

9:00 - 10:00pm: Public Accordion Jam. All accordions, harmoniums, button boxes, and bandoneons are welcome!

 

Special Theme Night!

Share Your Om in Bryant Park!

On Thursday, August 15th, Share Your OM at a special class taught by Yogaworks's Alie Carey Flynt. Before and after class, #ShareYourOM style by striking a pose with your friends at our Step and Repeat. Sport matching tops. Rock a tutu (or two). Take pictures. It,s all on your OM terms so let loose! Participants have a chance to win a $200 shopping spree at Athleta's NYC stores.

P.S. All attending will receive a special treat from Athleta!




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: Pete Jensen

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.

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, August 16, 2013

Victor Lin is happy to have been a part of the Piano in Bryant Park series since it began in 2004. A former student of jazz legend Kenny Barron, Victor is currently a jazz music instructor at Columbia University, Teachers College, and The Calhoun School.

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

 

Grammy-nominee Matt Wilson and his jazz ensemble create music that is fresh, full of life, and in the moment. Commission: The Carl Sandburg Project.

Dawn Thomson - guitar & voice
Jeff Lederer - reeds
Martin Wind - bass & cello
Matt Wilson - drums & sampler

For more info, visit mattwilsonjazz.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 17, 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.

 

Join 11-year-old Maya in her search to discover where she came from and where she's going, in an original play written and created by Bryant Park's own Daniel Kitrosser (a.k.a. Flaubert Frog).

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