Events Calendar

Week of June 8 - June 14, 2014

Calendar
Sunday, June 8, 2014

Join us at our all new weekly Game Socials to meet up with like-minded players interested in the same games as you.

Though kids games are available whenever we are open, the Kids Time Game Social lets the little ones enjoy games geared especially towards them. Teach them Candyland, Old Maid, Memory, or Operation every weekend.


 
Monday, June 9, 2014

Energize your day with a workout before work.

Join park neighbor Pilates on Fifth for an al fresco mat Pilates class. Studio owners Katherine and Kimberly Corp help you target the deep muscles of the abdomen to and spine to build a strong body from the inside out. The hour long class is paced for an energetic workout and open to all skill and age levels.

Some mats will be provided, but class participants are encouraged to bring their own.

Rain cancellation decisions will be made by 5pm on Sunday evening; please check our website and Twitter.

Check out the full FitClub lineup:
Mondays: Pilates with Pilates on Fifth
Wednesdays: Boot Camp with The Rise NYC

For more information, check out our blog post.

 

Join us at our all new weekly Game Socials to meet up with like-minded players interested in the same games as you.

The Early Bird Game Social gives you a chance to start the day in the park, and warm up your mind with games that get you thinking like dominoes, Scrabble, cards or Boggle.

 

Ciao! Ola! Konnichiwa! Hola!

Bryant Park speaks Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, Japanese, and Spanish with instruction by inlingua. Learn a new language in these standalone beginner classes. Classes are not cumulative, so you may attend any class throughout the season.

Registration is required, and opens one week before each class date. Please email inlinguainBryantPark@inlingua.com to reserve a spot. 20 student capacity per class. Attendance limited to one class for each language offered.

For more information, check out the inlingua Language Classes post on the Bryant Park blog.

 

Test your coordination and dexterity with free juggling lessons in the park. All skill levels are welcome to join in the fun. Equipment is provided.

If juggling lessons are scheduled to take place on the lawn and the lawn happens to be closed, the jugglers will relocate to the 42nd Street Plaza.

 

A Note on Jon Weber

Jazz pianist Jon Weber has recorded and toured all over the world, winning numerous accolades for performance and composition - and scoring extensively for television since 1987. Gary Burton, Roy Hargrove, Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen, and Avishai Cohen have all recorded Jon's music. His newest critically-acclaimed release, Simple Complex, rose to #1. Jon lives in New York City and hosts NPR's Piano Jazz Rising Stars, after frequently serving as guest host for Marian McPartland on NPR's Piano Jazz.

blog.bryantpark.org

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

 
Tuesday, June 10, 2014

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.

 

Vinyasa Flow under the trees with YogaWorks instructor Lindsay Ashmun. Lindsay currently teaches both yoga and pilates at the YogaWorks Soho studio; her classes are alignment-smart and athletic with a graceful flow. Mats are provided by Athleta.

Pre-register online at http://yoga.bryantpark.org. Walk-ins are always welcome.

Bryant Park Yoga is presented by Athleta with media support from Flavorpill.

 

Test your coordination and dexterity with free juggling lessons in the park. All skill levels are welcome to join in the fun. Equipment is provided.

If juggling lessons are scheduled to take place on the lawn and the lawn happens to be closed, the jugglers will relocate to the 42nd Street Plaza.

 

Join us at our all new weekly Game Socials to meet up with like-minded players interested in the same games as you.

The Board Game Social features games in their classic form with a board, special pieces and a little bit of competition. Try classics like Sorry, Clue, Monopoly, or Life.

 

Book Club discussion on The Odyssey by Homer.

Facilitated by Barry B. Powell, The Odyssey(new Oxford University Press Translation).

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

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

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 

A Note on Jon Weber

Jazz pianist Jon Weber has recorded and toured all over the world, winning numerous accolades for performance and composition - and scoring extensively for television since 1987. Gary Burton, Roy Hargrove, Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen, and Avishai Cohen have all recorded Jon's music. His newest critically-acclaimed release, Simple Complex, rose to #1. Jon lives in New York City and hosts NPR's Piano Jazz Rising Stars, after frequently serving as guest host for Marian McPartland on NPR's Piano Jazz.

blog.bryantpark.org

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

 

Take a cross-cultural musical journey - from France to Colombia, from the Balkans to Louisiana, from Cumbia to Jazz, and more - with accordions, harmoniums, concertinas, and bandoneons.

Accordionists play throughout the park at 5pm, and at 6pm, a band with a different infectious, global beat performs each week on the Fountain Terrace.

Produced in collaboration with Ariana's List.

Accordionists, 5-6pm
Melissa Elledge, not your granddaddy's accordion
Papa Joe De Clemente, Italian and American standards
Paul Stein, Yiddish music
Peter Flint, American classical and straight jazz
Suzanne Davenport, musette and more
Uri Sharlin, original world music

Band, 6-7:15pm
Raya Brass Band

The five musicians electrify clubs, festivals, underground parties, and even subway cars with their riotous performances, creating a sound informed as much by their love for the fierce and seductive music of the Balkans as it is by New Orleans brass bands, punk rock, and jazz.

 

Test your coordination and dexterity with free juggling lessons in the park. All skill levels are welcome to join in the fun. Equipment is provided.

If juggling lessons are scheduled to take place on the lawn and the lawn happens to be closed, the jugglers will relocate to the 42nd Street Plaza.

 

Join us at our all new weekly Game Socials to meet up with like-minded players interested in the same games as you.

The Scrabble Game Social brings together the park's wordsmiths in pursuit of Scrabble bingos, and high scoring tiles. If you go wild for words, this one's for you!

Please note, we have 2 Scrabble sets, so plan to meet new people when you come to play.

 

The Bryant Park Reading Room presents:

David Tomas Martinez
Carmen Calatayud
Pablo Miguel Martinez
Barbara Brinson Curiel

Produced in partnership with Letras Latinas.

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 
Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Energize your day with a workout before work.

Join The Rise NYC, a community-driven pop-up fitness group, for a Boot Camp on the Fountain Terrace. Rotations through exercises like crunches, planks, push-ups, burpees, and mountain climbers ensure a mixture of cardio and strength training that will keep you coming back--and seeing results.

No equipment necessary; smiles and high-fives encouraged. Rain or shine.

For more information, check out our blog post.

 

Join us at our all new weekly Game Socials to meet up with like-minded players interested in the same games as you.

The Early Bird Game Social gives you a chance to start the day in the park, and warm up your mind with games that get you thinking like dominoes, Scrabble, cards or Boggle.

 

Test your coordination and dexterity with free juggling lessons in the park. All skill levels are welcome to join in the fun. Equipment is provided.

If juggling lessons are scheduled to take place on the lawn and the lawn happens to be closed, the jugglers will relocate to the 42nd Street Plaza.

 

Andy Ross and his crew of NY's funniest and best storytellers bring it uptown to a special performance sure to make you lol. Warning: This is not G-rated!

With Special Guests Courtney Maum, I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You, Dave Hill, Tasteful Nudes, & Rosie Schaap, Drinking With Men: A Memoir


REAL CHARACTERS is a monthly storytelling/reading series hosted by Andy Ross, combining some of New York’s best storytellers, humor writers, memoirists, and character performers. Some of it’s true; some of it feels more than true; and, most of it is mostly funny. Past performers have appeared on The Moth, This American Life, 30 Rock, and Saturday Night Live. Past writers have contributed to The New Yorker, The Onion, The Simpsons, and The Colbert Report.

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 

A Note on Jon Weber

Jazz pianist Jon Weber has recorded and toured all over the world, winning numerous accolades for performance and composition - and scoring extensively for television since 1987. Gary Burton, Roy Hargrove, Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen, and Avishai Cohen have all recorded Jon's music. His newest critically-acclaimed release, Simple Complex, rose to #1. Jon lives in New York City and hosts NPR's Piano Jazz Rising Stars, after frequently serving as guest host for Marian McPartland on NPR's Piano Jazz.

blog.bryantpark.org

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

 

A social dance party after work — featuring popular dance instructors plus an incredible band each week — hosted and produced by Talia Castro-Pozo. Salsa, Swing, Tango, and much more. From novices to experts, all are welcome.

Dancing with live music: 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Pete Brown and The Rhythm Dogs
Monique Sorel, vocal
Karl Dixon, vocal
Elsa Cornish, vocal
Eric O'Neal, vocal
Jeff Newel, sax
George Naha, guitar
Willa Bassen, keys
Peter Brown, bass
Joe Damone, drums
Lesson: 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Marielys Molina and Rickey Tripp from Motown The Musical on Broadway

Pete Brown and The Rhythm Dogs, a grooving high-energy group that includes established musicians who have played all over the world, plays Motown, Soul, Swing, Rock, Reggae, and Contemporary Dance Music.

Marielys Molina has performed on Broadway in Come Fly Away, Sweet Charity, and on the national tour of Swing.

Rickey Tripp has performed on Broadway in In the Heights, and is a choreographer and dance teacher across the country.

DJ and Sound by Victor "Woody" Andujar

 
Thursday, June 12, 2014

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.

 

Test your coordination and dexterity with free juggling lessons in the park. All skill levels are welcome to join in the fun. Equipment is provided.

If juggling lessons are scheduled to take place on the lawn and the lawn happens to be closed, the jugglers will relocate to the 42nd Street Plaza.

 

Join us at our all new weekly Game Socials to meet up with like-minded players interested in the same games as you.

The Board Game Social features games in their classic form with a board, special pieces and a little bit of competition. Try classics like Sorry, Clue, Monopoly, or Life.

 

Homage to the 50th Anniversary of the publication of Lunch Poems by Frank O'Hara

Featuring the Poets of CavanKerry Press:

Teresa Carson
Dawn Potter
January O'Neill

Presented in partnership with CavanKerry Press

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 

A Note on Jon Weber

Jazz pianist Jon Weber has recorded and toured all over the world, winning numerous accolades for performance and composition - and scoring extensively for television since 1987. Gary Burton, Roy Hargrove, Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen, and Avishai Cohen have all recorded Jon's music. His newest critically-acclaimed release, Simple Complex, rose to #1. Jon lives in New York City and hosts NPR's Piano Jazz Rising Stars, after frequently serving as guest host for Marian McPartland on NPR's Piano Jazz.

blog.bryantpark.org

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

 

Vinyasa Flow under the trees and on the lush lawn with YogaWorks instructor Lindsay Ashmun. Lindsay currently teaches both yoga and pilates at the YogaWorks Soho studio; her classes are alignment-smart and athletic with a graceful flow. Mats are provided by Athleta.

Pre-register online at http://yoga.bryantpark.org. Walk-ins are always welcome.

Bryant Park Yoga is presented by Athleta with media support from Flavorpill.

 

Hosted by comedian Tom Shillue and DJ Flip Bundlez

FREE to play.
Prizes for every win.

Game on!

Pre-registration suggested.

In case of rain, BINGO! Bryant Park will be cancelled.

 
Friday, June 13, 2014

The U.S. Army returns to Bryant Park to celebrate their 239th birthday with the theme: America’s Army: Our Profession.

With performances, equipment displays, soldier meet-and-greets, a cake cutting ceremony, and much more.

7:30am – 9am: Join Soldiers for a free cup of coffee.

7:30am – 2pm: New York U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion's Army Adventure Trailer Test skills with the laser shot simulator, push-up platform, and pull-up bars.
Location: 40th Street

7:30am – 2pm: New York National Guard vehicle and equipment displays
Location: Upper Terrace

9am – 10am: CrossFit training led by Soldiers. - CrossFit cancelled due to rain.


10am: The Commander in Chief's Guard conducts a musket firing demonstration to illustrate battle during the Revolutionary War. - Musket firing cancelled due to rain.

11am: USO Show Troupe of Metropolitan New York and The U.S. Army Band "Downrange" Performance of patriotic and pop tunes to help celebrate the Army’s birthday.

12pm: Future Solider Swearing-In Ceremony and cake cutting ceremony. Led by Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, Chief of Staff of the Army

12:30pm – 2pm: US Army Patriotic Performances, featuring:
The U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps
The U.S. Army Drill Team
The U.S. Army Band "Downrange"
The U.S. Army Military Academy Band "The Hellcats"
The New York City Police Department Pipes and Drums
Super Squad Soldiers from the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard)

 

Test your coordination and dexterity with free juggling lessons in the park. All skill levels are welcome to join in the fun. Equipment is provided.

If juggling lessons are scheduled to take place on the lawn and the lawn happens to be closed, the jugglers will relocate to the 42nd Street Plaza.

 

A Note on Jon Weber

Jazz pianist Jon Weber has recorded and toured all over the world, winning numerous accolades for performance and composition - and scoring extensively for television since 1987. Gary Burton, Roy Hargrove, Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen, and Avishai Cohen have all recorded Jon's music. His newest critically-acclaimed release, Simple Complex, rose to #1. Jon lives in New York City and hosts NPR's Piano Jazz Rising Stars, after frequently serving as guest host for Marian McPartland on NPR's Piano Jazz.

blog.bryantpark.org

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

 

Join us at our all new weekly Game Socials to meet up with like-minded players interested in the same games as you.

The Party Game Social is perfect for large groups and individuals looking to meet other players. With Apples to Apples, Taboo, Scattergories and Menu Mash-Up, these games are sure to get the fun started.

Drop in anytime, as many party games allow for late additions.

 

Some of the most exciting modern dance companies in the city perform their latest works on stage.

Elisa Monte Dance
The company that explodes with highly athletic and sensual style and a technical and physical acuity, explores the depths of the human experience.

www.elisamontedance.org

Buglisi Dance Theatre
The prolific company that creates passionate works with shapes, luminous textures, and stilled moments in time that offer an adventure in perception.

www.buglisidance.org

Jennifer Muller/The Works
The exhilarating company that applies a multi-disciplinary technique to engage audiences with evocative and inspirational dance.

www.jmtw.org


Bryant Park Presents Dance is produced in collaboration with Inception to Exhibition.

 
Saturday, June 14, 2014

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.

For more information, check out the Fly Fishing post on the Bryant Park blog.

Saturdays
April 19, 26
May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
June 7, 14
July 19

 

Select Doubles style petanque tournament for this popular European game organized by La Boule New Yorkaise, NYC's championship-winning club.

For tournament details, registration information, and entry fees, please visit La Boule New Yorkaise.

 

This modern dance class, now in its fourth year, is led by dancers from the world-renowned Limón Dance Company.

Experience the joy of movement and dance — open to all levels.


 

Erin Lee and the Up Past Bedtime Band with songs that typify being a kid - from losing your lunchbox to having a loose tooth.

Rain information:
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

 

Test your coordination and dexterity with free juggling lessons in the park. All skill levels are welcome to join in the fun. Equipment is provided.

If juggling lessons are scheduled to take place on the lawn and the lawn happens to be closed, the jugglers will relocate to the 42nd Street Plaza.

 

Flaubert Frog and Cali Co Cat presents stories, songs and poems from the celebrated book Free to Be… You and Me

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

 

Join us at our all new weekly Game Socials to meet up with like-minded players interested in the same games as you.

Though kids games are available whenever we are open, the Kids Time Game Social lets the little ones enjoy games geared especially towards them. Teach them Candyland, Old Maid, Memory, or Operation every weekend.


 

Join fellow knitters and crocheters in celebration of Worldwide Knitting in Public Day. The Big Apple Knitting Guild, NYC Crochet Guild, and The Harlem Needlearts will attend and offer free beginner lessons.

Plus, donate blanket squares to FEGS' Blankets of Love program.

 

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 22, June 14, June 19, July 5, July 17, August 2, August 14, August 30

Evening Classes, 6pm – 7:30pm:
June 2, June 30, July 7, August 4

Mah Jongg Marathon
September 1, 1pm – 7pm

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.

 

Rescheduled performance from Friday, June 13

Some of the most exciting modern dance companies in the city perform their latest works on stage.

Elisa Monte Dance
The company that explodes with highly athletic and sensual style and a technical and physical acuity, explores the depths of the human experience.

www.elisamontedance.org

Buglisi Dance Theatre
The prolific company that creates passionate works with shapes, luminous textures, and stilled moments in time that offer an adventure in perception.

www.buglisidance.org

Jennifer Muller/The Works
The exhilarating company that applies a multi-disciplinary technique to engage audiences with evocative and inspirational dance.

www.jmtw.org


Bryant Park Presents Dance is produced in collaboration with Inception to Exhibition.

 

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