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Week of July 24 - July 30, 2016

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Alakazam Our ace Magicians return with tricks up their sleeves and feats that razzle-dazzle

Produced in partnership with Monday Night Magic 

In case of rain, Le Carrousel Magique will be cancelled. 

 
Monday, July 25, 2016

Ciao!

Bryant Park speaks Brazilian Portuguese, Italian, and Japanese 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 without needing to play catch up.

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.

 

Shocking Representation: Historical Trauma, National Cinema, and the Modern Horror Film

The Horror Genre in Film

With resident film expert Scott Adlerberg and Professor /Author Adam Lowenstein.

 

 

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), Evening (2007) with actresses Meryl Streep and Glenn Close, The Mark Twain Prize Honors - Billy Crystal (2007), Bill Cosby (2009) and Carol Burnett (2013), and Denzel Washington’s The Great Debaters (2008). In addition, he was the solo and show pianist for the Apollo Club in Harlem’s show featuring Maurice Hines (2014).  His orchestral arrangement, commissioned by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, of Basin Street Blues (2006) was  premiered at The Kennedy Center by  The National Pops Orchestra (Marvin Hamlisch, Conductor) and is  currently being performed by orchestras around the world. His piece, For The Love of Duke, with Susan Stroman and The David Berger Orchestra at the NYC Ballet, featured an extended onstage piano solo performance throughout. Isaac ben Ayalareceived his Bachelor of Music from The Oberlin Conservatory of Music in 1991, and was the last Principal Accompanist for The Boys Choir of Harlem (2005-2007), Dr. Walter J. Turnbull, Director. 

Hear Issac Play!

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

 

presented by Bank of America

Sydney Pollack directs Robert Redford and Faye Dunaway in this paranoid thriller of political intrigue, conspiracy and cover-ups. Redford is a reader/researcher for the CIA whose co-workers are assassinated while he is, literally, out to lunch. Is it just another day at a government office? Now on the run for his life, can our hero trust anyone? Though initially a victim of kidnapping, Faye eventually provides Redford a safe haven (and more). Dave Grusin’s jazzy score was Grammy-nominated. (1975) 117 MIN. (R) (PARAMOUNT)



Classic films under the stars on the big screen. Bring a blanket and sit on the lawn to enjoy great food, friends, plus a classic Warner Brothers cartoon before each film.

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 to play the American version (National Mah Jongg League standard) of the ancient Chinese game of tiles, with instruction by Linda Fisher. This game draws in a friendly crowd!

 
Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Free classes for all ages and experience levels. 

Bryant Park Tai Chi is provided by the Tai Chi Chuan Center and led by teachers and students who train at CK Chu Tai Chi under the direction of Jeremy Hubbell.

Classes are rain or shine.

 

Perfect your downward dog under the trees at our 13th season of outdoor yoga classes, presented by Athleta with instructors curated by Yoga Journal. Athleta provides a colorful selection of mats - no need to bring your own.

Today's class is led by Jeffrey Posner. Jeffrey's attitude for yoga is intense and uplifting. He has been training and teaching in the Greater New York area under the guidance of Dana Flynn and the Laughing Lotus Yoga Center. His classes are described as fun and challenging providing "toolbox" techniques for approaching asanas and inversions.

RSVP online at http://bryantparkyoga.eventbrite.com. Walk-ins are welcome as well. 

 

 

Hosted by: Cali Co Cat

Tailsmeowsic, and arts & crafts to boot!

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

 

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.

 

About Love and Other Stories by Anton Chekhov

Facilitated by Fiction Editor, The New Yorker Deborah Treisman

A discussion on the craft of short stories and the influence Chekhov has had over the art of story-writing. 

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

 

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), Evening (2007) with actresses Meryl Streep and Glenn Close, The Mark Twain Prize Honors - Billy Crystal (2007), Bill Cosby (2009) and Carol Burnett (2013), and Denzel Washington’s The Great Debaters (2008). In addition, he was the solo and show pianist for the Apollo Club in Harlem’s show featuring Maurice Hines (2014).  His orchestral arrangement, commissioned by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, of Basin Street Blues (2006) was  premiered at The Kennedy Center by  The National Pops Orchestra (Marvin Hamlisch, Conductor) and is  currently being performed by orchestras around the world. His piece, For The Love of Duke, with Susan Stroman and The David Berger Orchestra at the NYC Ballet, featured an extended onstage piano solo performance throughout. Isaac ben Ayalareceived his Bachelor of Music from The Oberlin Conservatory of Music in 1991, and was the last Principal Accompanist for The Boys Choir of Harlem (2005-2007), Dr. Walter J. Turnbull, Director. 

Hear Issac Play!

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

 

Free beginner classes presented by Knitty City. Yarn and needles are provided.

Call Knitty City at 212-787-5896 to register, or take a chance and drop by.

 

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.

 

Stop in during our weekly Game Socials to play multi-player co-op, strategy, and party games. The first session is structured as a game demo so you can learn the basics. In the weeks following, join the social to develop strategy and skill.

Tuesdays: Forbidden Island and Shadows Over Camelot
Wednesdays: Settlers of Catan and Carcassonne
Fridays: Wits & Wagers and King of Tokyo

 

Featuring the poets:

Casey Rocheteau

C. Russell Price

Emily Jaeger

Tina Parker

Produced in partnership with Sibling Rivalry 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.

 

The Grand Ole Opry® and Southwest Airlines® are returning to the Porch for a three-week series of FREE acoustic performances by some of the best in country music!

June 26 - Parmalee

August 2 - Lindsay Ell

August 9 - Thompson Square

About Parmalee:
2016 ACM “New Vocal Duo/ Group of the Year” nominee Parmalee is one of Country music’s most successful new acts. The platinum-selling band of brothers is one of only three groups since 2001 to earn three consecutive Top 10 singles from a debut Country album. Parmalee has supported Brad Paisley and Jake Owen on national tours while finding time to perform on NBC’s TODAY show, The Late Late Show w/ Craig Ferguson, FOX & Friends, MLB Central’s Studio 21, The Queen Latifah Show and more. Comprised of brothers Matt and Scott Thomas (lead vocals/guitar and drums, respectively), cousin Barry Knox (bass) and life-long best friend Josh McSwain (guitar), Parmalee’s latest hit – the universal hometown anthem “Roots” - is the lead single from the band’s upcoming sophomore album. For more information, visit: http://www.parmalee.com

More Info: 
Performances begin at 8:30pm and are open to the public. Seating at the Porch will be on a first-come first-served basis. Others will be able to hear from the perimeter of the Southwest Porch. Fans can also watch each of the shows live on the Opry’s Facebook page. 

 

 
Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Join The Rise NYC, a community-driven pop-up fitness group, for a Boot Camp on the Fountain Terrace, on the Sixth Avenue side of the park. 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.

 

This class, presented by the Shinnyo Center for Meditation & Well-Being, translates fundamental Buddhist principles into experiences that can be accessible to anyone in contemporary society. The Walking Meditation classes will begin at the Upper Terrace gravel (across from the Bryant Park Cafe) with opening remarks and instruction; then, the class will conduct a slow and mindful turn about the park. With the Walking Meditation class, you'll have already had a powerful experience by the time you go into work!

 

Join us for an enjoyable walking tour of Bryant Park, and discover how Bryant Park Corporation successfully transformed "Needle Park" of the 1970s into Manhattan's Town Square of today. Our guides are loaded with expertise on the park's rich history, award-winning design, distinct amenities, and ongoing maintenance efforts.

Registration is required. Click here to register with Eventbrite. Please arrive at the Fountain by 10:55am to check-in with the guide. Tour will depart promptly at 11am.

FAQs

What is your cancellation policy?
Tours will continue as scheduled in light rain, but will be cancelled in heavy rain or inclement weather.

How large are tour groups?
Tours are capped at 20 participants. Please contact tours@urbanmgt.com if you plan to attend with a group larger than six people.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
No need!

 

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.

 

Holly Black, Contemporary Bestselling Fantasy Graphic Novelist

Comic Book Series Lucifer and upcoming Lucifer Vol. 1

New York Times bestselling author of The Spiderwick Chronicles, and the new comic book series Lucifer, with insight into what it’s like to be a graphic novelist.

 Hosted by Pop-Culturist Ryan Britt,  Luke Skywalker Can’t Read: And Other Geeky Truths

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 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), Evening (2007) with actresses Meryl Streep and Glenn Close, The Mark Twain Prize Honors - Billy Crystal (2007), Bill Cosby (2009) and Carol Burnett (2013), and Denzel Washington’s The Great Debaters (2008). In addition, he was the solo and show pianist for the Apollo Club in Harlem’s show featuring Maurice Hines (2014).  His orchestral arrangement, commissioned by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, of Basin Street Blues (2006) was  premiered at The Kennedy Center by  The National Pops Orchestra (Marvin Hamlisch, Conductor) and is  currently being performed by orchestras around the world. His piece, For The Love of Duke, with Susan Stroman and The David Berger Orchestra at the NYC Ballet, featured an extended onstage piano solo performance throughout. Isaac ben Ayalareceived his Bachelor of Music from The Oberlin Conservatory of Music in 1991, and was the last Principal Accompanist for The Boys Choir of Harlem (2005-2007), Dr. Walter J. Turnbull, Director. 

Hear Issac Play!

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 weekly series featuring a total of over 75 accordionists, as well as bandoneon/bayan/concertina/harmonium-players, representing a vast spectrum of musical genres from many corners of the globe. Produced with Ariana’s List.

Barry Adler – German + Austrian
Dan Gurney – Irish Traditional
Melinda Fields – Balkan
Ivan Filipchyk – Bayan: 17th Century Baroque
Julie Winterbottom – Cajun Music from Louisiana

 

Kubb takes over the lawn during our single-elimination, bracket-style tournaments. Pre-register at Eventbrite with a group of up to 6 players; registration opens one month before the tournament. On-site registration starts at 5:30pm if space allows.

Please check in with host when you arrive for the tournament. We will begin promptly at 6:00pm. Registration will close, and spots will be turned over to wait-listed registrants, beginning at 5:50pm. 

Read up on the rules here.

 

Stop in during our weekly Game Socials to play multi-player co-op, strategy, and party games. The first session is structured as a game demo so you can learn the basics. In the weeks following, join the social to develop strategy and skill.

Tuesdays: Forbidden Island and Shadows Over Camelot
Wednesdays: Settlers of Catan and Carcassonne
Fridays: Wits & Wagers and King of Tokyo

 

The Founders revealed as real people. Gifted with intelligence and foresight, they were still human; flawed and imperfect.

Produced in partnership with New-York Historical Society

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.

 
Thursday, July 28, 2016

Free classes for all ages and experience levels. 

Bryant Park Tai Chi is provided by the Tai Chi Chuan Center and led by teachers and students who train at CK Chu Tai Chi under the direction of Jeremy Hubbell.

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.

 

presented by 106.7 LiteFM

The best of musicals on and off Broadway showcase their hits, plus lots of surprises from other Broadway shows. Hosted by LiteFM DJs.

106.7 LITE FM Host: Bob Bronson

Co-Host: Miral Kotb, iLuminate 

Waitress

Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812

Kinky Boots

Fun Home

Himself & Nora

 

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), Evening (2007) with actresses Meryl Streep and Glenn Close, The Mark Twain Prize Honors - Billy Crystal (2007), Bill Cosby (2009) and Carol Burnett (2013), and Denzel Washington’s The Great Debaters (2008). In addition, he was the solo and show pianist for the Apollo Club in Harlem’s show featuring Maurice Hines (2014).  His orchestral arrangement, commissioned by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, of Basin Street Blues (2006) was  premiered at The Kennedy Center by  The National Pops Orchestra (Marvin Hamlisch, Conductor) and is  currently being performed by orchestras around the world. His piece, For The Love of Duke, with Susan Stroman and The David Berger Orchestra at the NYC Ballet, featured an extended onstage piano solo performance throughout. Isaac ben Ayalareceived his Bachelor of Music from The Oberlin Conservatory of Music in 1991, and was the last Principal Accompanist for The Boys Choir of Harlem (2005-2007), Dr. Walter J. Turnbull, Director. 

Hear Issac Play!

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

 

Perfect your downward dog under the trees at our 13th season of outdoor yoga classes, presented by Athleta with instructors curated by Yoga Journal. Athleta provides a colorful selection of mats - no need to bring your own.

Today's class is led by Kat Fowler,  a New York City based yoga teacher, E-RYT 500, and teacher trainer with over 1000 hours of training. Kat uses her passion for the yoga practice, love for anatomy and biomechanics, and lifelong surrounding of yoga philosophy to inspire her students to achieve their highest potential through the path of the yoga practice. Kat's teaching methodology is rooted in the true knowledge of the yoga practice that comes from a lifetime of personal experience.

RSVP online at http://bryantparkyoga.eventbrite.com. Walk-ins are welcome as well. 

 

 

Welcome beginners! Learn to setup a chess board and map out your next move with assistance from our Chess Host. Kids welcome.

 

Pen your own story, poem, or screenplay, at writers workshops guaranteed to improve and perfect. Pre-registration required.

Facilitated by: James Bosley

Produced in partnership with Gotham Writers' Workshop

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.

Registration is required for this event.
Register

 
Friday, July 29, 2016

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.

 

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), Evening (2007) with actresses Meryl Streep and Glenn Close, The Mark Twain Prize Honors - Billy Crystal (2007), Bill Cosby (2009) and Carol Burnett (2013), and Denzel Washington’s The Great Debaters (2008). In addition, he was the solo and show pianist for the Apollo Club in Harlem’s show featuring Maurice Hines (2014).  His orchestral arrangement, commissioned by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, of Basin Street Blues (2006) was  premiered at The Kennedy Center by  The National Pops Orchestra (Marvin Hamlisch, Conductor) and is  currently being performed by orchestras around the world. His piece, For The Love of Duke, with Susan Stroman and The David Berger Orchestra at the NYC Ballet, featured an extended onstage piano solo performance throughout. Isaac ben Ayalareceived his Bachelor of Music from The Oberlin Conservatory of Music in 1991, and was the last Principal Accompanist for The Boys Choir of Harlem (2005-2007), Dr. Walter J. Turnbull, Director. 

Hear Issac Play!

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

 

Stop in during our weekly Game Socials to play multi-player co-op, strategy, and party games. The first session is structured as a game demo so you can learn the basics. In the weeks following, join the social to develop strategy and skill.

Tuesdays: Forbidden Island and Shadows Over Camelot
Wednesdays: Settlers of Catan and Carcassonne
Fridays: Wits & Wagers and King of Tokyo

 

The innkeeper Lillas Pastia narrates the tempestuous story of the irresistible seductress Carmen and her hapless lover Don José in this hour-long presentation of highlights from Bizet's beloved opera. Offered to the public free-of-charge, this presentation is a perfect introduction to opera for newcomers of any age.

Carmen: Elise Quagliata
Don José: Michael Morrow
Escamillo: Gustavo Feulien
Micaëla: Daria Somers
Frasquita: Stacy Dove
Mercédès: Kristee Haney
Lillas Pastia: Jacob Russo

 
Saturday, July 30, 2016

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.

 

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.

 

Take a spin on *Le Carousel and pat the heads of the NYPL lions Patience and Fortitude, as photographer Jane Goodrich shares her latest works and takes us on a parade around the park to prove New York City’s truly for kids of all ages. 

*free carrousel ride for on-timers to the event only 

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.

 

Le Carrousel in Bryant Park

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.

 

2016 Events Brochures

Bryant Park Presents

Bryant Park Presents

Immersive and adventurous dance, theater, and music experiences, these free events are easy to access with no lines and no tickets.

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Southwest Porch

Southwest Porch

Located near the southern end of the Fountain Terrace, Southwest Porch offers all visitors the perfect spot to relax and recharge.

Sip, smile, stay for a while
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