Events Calendar

Week of July 27 - August 2, 2014

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

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.

 

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, July 28, 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.

 

Lively and entertaining commentary on Paranoia in film. With resident film expert Scott Adlerberg and author Dennis Tafoya.

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

 

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), 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), and his orchestral arrangements were commissioned by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band of New Orleans and are currently being performed by orchestras around the world. His latest piece,For The Love of Duke, with Susan Stroman and The David Berger Orchestra at the NYC Ballet, features an extended onstage piano solo performance throughout. Isaac ben Ayala received his Bachelor of Music from The Oberlin Conservatory of Music in 1991, and was Principal Accompanist for The Boys Choir of Harlem from 2005 to 2007.

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

 

Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall in the remarkable John Huston film noir about a WWII vet forced to confront a ruthless Edward G. Robinson and his gang. It all plays out at a seedy Florida hotel during hurricane season. (1948) 101 min. (Warner Bros.) Not Rated


HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival
Presented by Bank of America

With City MD, Talenti Gelato & Sorbetto, and The Wall Street Journal

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.

 
Tuesday, July 29, 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.

 

Downward dog under the trees with YogaWorks instructor Sangeeta Vallabhan. Sangeeta teaches at YogaWorks Westside and Union Square. Her classes are soulful, inspiring, and provacative. 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: Cali Co Cat

Tails, meowsic, 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.

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.

 

Paul Greenberg, Ocean Life Expert and Best-selling Author of Four Fish
American Catch: The Fight for Our Local Seafood

Karl Weber, Founder and President, Karl Weber Literary
Food Inc.: A Participant Guide: How Industrial Food is Making Us Sicker, Fatter, and Poorer – and What You Can Do

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), 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), and his orchestral arrangements were commissioned by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band of New Orleans and are currently being performed by orchestras around the world. His latest piece,For The Love of Duke, with Susan Stroman and The David Berger Orchestra at the NYC Ballet, features an extended onstage piano solo performance throughout. Isaac ben Ayala received his Bachelor of Music from The Oberlin Conservatory of Music in 1991, and was Principal Accompanist for The Boys Choir of Harlem from 2005 to 2007.

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

 

Free Classes in the Park

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

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

 

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.

For the series finale, 25 featured accordionists will play all throughout Bryant Park from 5:00pm - 7:00pm.

Papa Bavarian - German Oktoberfest/Polka
Albert Behar - French Gypsy Jazz and Waltz Musette
Lauren Brody - Balkan Dance Music
Joshua Camp - Americana Two-Steps/Waltzes
Eduardo de Carvalho - Brazilian songs
Matt Dallow - Eclectic Rock
Papa Joe De Clemente - Italian/American Standards
Robert Duncan - French Musette/Tango/Classical
Melissa Elledge - Not Your Granddaddy's Accordion
Sadys Espitia - Colombian Cumbia/Vallenato
David Hodges - Argentine tango
Mary Spencer Knapp - Cabaret/Rock/Pop
Jody Kruskal - Old American Tunes
Yuri Lemeshev – World/Film/Classical/Jazz
Jenny Luna - Balkan
Christy McNamara - Traditional Irish
Shoko Nagai - Japanese/Jewish Music
Art Now - Pop/Standards
Niall O'Leary - Irish
George Saenz - Tex-Mex/Soul Groove
Eva Salina - Balkan Ballads
Jordan Shapiro - Balkan/Cajun/British Isles
John Sherman - Cajun/Appalachian/Blues
Paul Stein - Polka to Porter
Brooke Watkins - French Musette/Jazz Standards


Produced in collaboration with Ariana's List.

 

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.

 

Featuring the Poets of Sibling Rivalry Press:

Saeed Jones
Rickey Laurentiis
Darrel Alejandro Holnes
Wendy Chin-Tanner
Valerie Wetlaufer
Cheryl Boyce-Taylor
Brock Guthrie

Presented 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.

 
Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Energize your day with a workout before work.

PLEASE NOTE: Class will take place today on the Library Terrace, on the 5th Avenue side of the park.

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.

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.

 

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.

 

Kevin Smith will be on hand to talk about the book Jay & Silent Bob's Blueprints for Destroying Everything - an illustrated collection on how to wreak havoc wherever you go.

Kevin Smith will pre-sign books prior to the event that will be sold on-site, day-of. Please note: Only books will be signed at this event - No memorabilia.

***We are sorry, but due to illness, Jason Mewes will no longer be at the event.

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), 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), and his orchestral arrangements were commissioned by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band of New Orleans and are currently being performed by orchestras around the world. His latest piece,For The Love of Duke, with Susan Stroman and The David Berger Orchestra at the NYC Ballet, features an extended onstage piano solo performance throughout. Isaac ben Ayala received his Bachelor of Music from The Oberlin Conservatory of Music in 1991, and was Principal Accompanist for The Boys Choir of Harlem from 2005 to 2007.

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

 

The American-Nigerian vocalist and songwriter is a multi-instrumentalist with a distinct, soulful and highly addictive sound, and has performed with great jazz artists across the US. www.ayoawosika.com

Ayo Awosika, voice/keyboard
Sean Mullins, drums
Jeremy McDonald, bass/voice
Andrew Bailie, guitar

Program (subject to change):
Songs from Ayo's upcoming debut album We Best Not Wait

Curated by Somi.

About Bryant Park After Work
Original music from NYC's most talented singer-songwriters and bands, curated by two acclaimed musicians: inventive and Obie Award winning Ethan Lipton, and East African vocalist and SONY/OKeh recording artist, Somi.

 

Jonathan W. White - Emancipation, the Union Army, and the Reelection of Abraham Lincoln

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 31, 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.

 

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.

Rock of Ages
ONCE
Heathers
Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

Preshow: iLuminate
106.7 LITE FM Host: Bob Bronson

 

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), 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), and his orchestral arrangements were commissioned by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band of New Orleans and are currently being performed by orchestras around the world. His latest piece,For The Love of Duke, with Susan Stroman and The David Berger Orchestra at the NYC Ballet, features an extended onstage piano solo performance throughout. Isaac ben Ayala received his Bachelor of Music from The Oberlin Conservatory of Music in 1991, and was Principal Accompanist for The Boys Choir of Harlem from 2005 to 2007.

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

 

Downward dog under the trees and on the lush lawn with YogaWorks instructor Sangeeta Vallabhan. Sangeeta teaches at YogaWorks Westside and Union Square. Her classes are soulful, inspiring, and provacative. 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.

 

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

Facilitated by: Miranda McLeod, Master of Fine Arts, New York University

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, August 1, 2014

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 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), 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), and his orchestral arrangements were commissioned by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band of New Orleans and are currently being performed by orchestras around the world. His latest piece,For The Love of Duke, with Susan Stroman and The David Berger Orchestra at the NYC Ballet, features an extended onstage piano solo performance throughout. Isaac ben Ayala received his Bachelor of Music from The Oberlin Conservatory of Music in 1991, and was Principal Accompanist for The Boys Choir of Harlem from 2005 to 2007.

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.

 

Different but the Same
Deeply committed to the traditions of jazz and American music, leader Ellery Eskelin has been at the forefront of the improvised music scene, and his group delivers with unadulterated, passionate music, and no regrets. Commission: Eskelin’s Non Sequiturs. Ellery Eskelin's website

David Liebman, saxophone
Ellery Eskelin, saxophone
Tony Marinoon, double bass
Jim Black, drums

Del Sol String Quartet
With riveting performances of new music with a global pulse, this critically acclaimed ensemble of high energy master musicians break the boundaries of classical music by exploring new ways to interact with audiences, composers, and artists across cultures and art forms. Commission: Bagatelles by Mason Bates. www.delsolquartet.com

Kate Stenberg, violin
Rick Shinozaki, violin
Charlton Lee, viola
Kathryn Bates, cello


About New Music in Bryant Park
Award-winning classical and jazz ensembles perform back to back each week, showcasing works commissioned by Chamber Music America.

 
Saturday, August 2, 2014

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.


 

Music, stories and more music with singers that make New York proud.

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.


 

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.

 

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