Events Calendar

Week of May 22 - May 28, 2016

Calendar
Monday, May 23, 2016

Ola!

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.

 

INFLATION

Michael Ashton, Enduring Investments LLC

What’s Wrong with Money: The Biggest Bubble of All 

Widely regarded expert on inflation explores how and why money is valued and the warning signs that point to its potential collapse.

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 Sue Maskaleris:

Sue is a gifted pianist, singer, composer, lyricist and arranger of jazz and Brazilian jazz. Today you can hear some of her music, as well as Brazilian chorinhos, a style that evolved the same time ragtime was born in the U.S. It has many similarities in rhythm as well.

Sue's original Brazilian jazz group, Trio do Rio, performs at jazz festivals. She's toured the world solo and leading groups. She also plays violin, Brazilian guitar and bass. Her CDs feature greats Eddie Gomez, Lenny White, Mark Murphy, Mark Egan, Toninho Horta and many more as part of her compositions. She was 1st runner-up in the Thelonious Monk Composition Competition and has won many other awards worldwide.

Her latest original Brazilian jazz CD, Bring and Nothing But Your Heart debuted at #3 in the U.S. on the Jazz Adds Charts. Audiophile magazine gave it 5 stars, calling her "hugely talented." 

Hear Sue 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

 

 
Tuesday, May 24, 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 Sarajean Rudman. A 500-hour Kripalu-trained yoga teacher and certified Ayurveda Health Counselor, Sarajean leads yoga and fitness programs at Kripalu Center in Stockbridge, MA. An avid runner and hiker, SJ has more than a decade of experience in personal training and group fitness. Her signature warmth and compassion, paired with her commitment to fitness and wellness, make her a formidable guide and companion on the road to health and happiness.

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

 

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 Bank of America

Itching to know what the lineup is for this summer's HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival? All will be revealed at our lunchtime kickoff party! 

Come on out to the park to see the schedule and get into the movie-going mood with free popcorn and activities, courtesy of Bank of America.

The Patriot Brass Ensemble will be on hand from 12:30pm - 2:00pm performing classic tunes from the films in this summer's lineup - which is one you'll want to stick around for!

 

A Note on Sue Maskaleris:

Sue is a gifted pianist, singer, composer, lyricist and arranger of jazz and Brazilian jazz. Today you can hear some of her music, as well as Brazilian chorinhos, a style that evolved the same time ragtime was born in the U.S. It has many similarities in rhythm as well.

Sue's original Brazilian jazz group, Trio do Rio, performs at jazz festivals. She's toured the world solo and leading groups. She also plays violin, Brazilian guitar and bass. Her CDs feature greats Eddie Gomez, Lenny White, Mark Murphy, Mark Egan, Toninho Horta and many more as part of her compositions. She was 1st runner-up in the Thelonious Monk Composition Competition and has won many other awards worldwide.

Her latest original Brazilian jazz CD, Bring and Nothing But Your Heart debuted at #3 in the U.S. on the Jazz Adds Charts. Audiophile magazine gave it 5 stars, calling her "hugely talented." 

Hear Sue 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

 

 

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:

Jan Heller Levi
Anne Marie Macari
Carey Salerno
Monica Hand

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, May 25, 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.

 

Chris Pavone, Bestselling Author, Expats, The Accident

The Travelers

From the beaches of St-Jean-de-Luz to Northern Iceland, it’s a complex and dangerous game of surveillance, lies, and espionage for traveler reporter Will Rhodes. It’s 3am. Do you know where your husband is?

Hosted by Crime Novelist and Professor and Legal Commentator  Alafair Burke, The Ex

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 Sue Maskaleris:

Sue is a gifted pianist, singer, composer, lyricist and arranger of jazz and Brazilian jazz. Today you can hear some of her music, as well as Brazilian chorinhos, a style that evolved the same time ragtime was born in the U.S. It has many similarities in rhythm as well.

Sue's original Brazilian jazz group, Trio do Rio, performs at jazz festivals. She's toured the world solo and leading groups. She also plays violin, Brazilian guitar and bass. Her CDs feature greats Eddie Gomez, Lenny White, Mark Murphy, Mark Egan, Toninho Horta and many more as part of her compositions. She was 1st runner-up in the Thelonious Monk Composition Competition and has won many other awards worldwide.

Her latest original Brazilian jazz CD, Bring and Nothing But Your Heart debuted at #3 in the U.S. on the Jazz Adds Charts. Audiophile magazine gave it 5 stars, calling her "hugely talented." 

Hear Sue 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

 

 

Swing

The Grand Street Stompers featuring Tamar Korn
Dance instructors: Evita Arce, Michael Jagger

Dance Party, hosted and produced by Talia Castro-Pozo, includes superb bands and expert dance instruction for extraordinary dancing experiences each Wednesday evening. All-ages are welcome to explore a different dance genre each week, including swing, tango, salsa, bachata and more. The extra special opening and closing nights (5-10pm) with three bands and three dance lessons are events where the audience is encouraged to come dressed up for a night of dancing.

 

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

 
Thursday, May 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.

 

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 Sue Maskaleris:

Sue is a gifted pianist, singer, composer, lyricist and arranger of jazz and Brazilian jazz. Today you can hear some of her music, as well as Brazilian chorinhos, a style that evolved the same time ragtime was born in the U.S. It has many similarities in rhythm as well.

Sue's original Brazilian jazz group, Trio do Rio, performs at jazz festivals. She's toured the world solo and leading groups. She also plays violin, Brazilian guitar and bass. Her CDs feature greats Eddie Gomez, Lenny White, Mark Murphy, Mark Egan, Toninho Horta and many more as part of her compositions. She was 1st runner-up in the Thelonious Monk Composition Competition and has won many other awards worldwide.

Her latest original Brazilian jazz CD, Bring and Nothing But Your Heart debuted at #3 in the U.S. on the Jazz Adds Charts. Audiophile magazine gave it 5 stars, calling her "hugely talented." 

Hear Sue 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

 

 

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!

 

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.

 

Bryant Park Presents
Shakespeare

Much Ado About Nothing
May 19 - June 4
Upper Terrace (10 performances)
Thursday, 9pm; Friday and Saturday, 7pm; Sunday, May 29, 3pm

Three of William Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies are produced by the irreverent, surprising and critically acclaimed The Drilling Company: Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It with music by Natalie Smith, and Measure for Measure. The plays feature the greatest, funniest and noblest women of the canon—Beatrice, Rosalind and Isabella—remarkable characters who, with close connections to other women, master true love and overcome misogyny and sexual harassment. In addition, the anniversaries of William Shakespeare’s birth (452nd) and death (400th) are honored with a daylong celebration.

 
Friday, May 27, 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 Sue Maskaleris:

Sue is a gifted pianist, singer, composer, lyricist and arranger of jazz and Brazilian jazz. Today you can hear some of her music, as well as Brazilian chorinhos, a style that evolved the same time ragtime was born in the U.S. It has many similarities in rhythm as well.

Sue's original Brazilian jazz group, Trio do Rio, performs at jazz festivals. She's toured the world solo and leading groups. She also plays violin, Brazilian guitar and bass. Her CDs feature greats Eddie Gomez, Lenny White, Mark Murphy, Mark Egan, Toninho Horta and many more as part of her compositions. She was 1st runner-up in the Thelonious Monk Composition Competition and has won many other awards worldwide.

Her latest original Brazilian jazz CD, Bring and Nothing But Your Heart debuted at #3 in the U.S. on the Jazz Adds Charts. Audiophile magazine gave it 5 stars, calling her "hugely talented." 

Hear Sue 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

 

 

Take a stab at the modern sport of fencing with masters from Manhattan Fencing Center.

No prior experience needed and equipment is provided.

Pre-registration is rqeuired at www.manhattanfencing.com or by calling Manhattan Fencing Center at 212-382-2255. Drop-ins will only be accepted if space allows. Must be 16 or older to participate.

For more information, check out the Fencing post on the Bryant Park Blog.

 

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

 

Bryant Park Presents
Shakespeare

Much Ado About Nothing
May 19 - June 4
Upper Terrace (10 performances)
Thursday, 9pm; Friday and Saturday, 7pm; Sunday, May 29, 3pm

Three of William Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies are produced by the irreverent, surprising and critically acclaimed The Drilling Company: Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It with music by Natalie Smith, and Measure for Measure. The plays feature the greatest, funniest and noblest women of the canon—Beatrice, Rosalind and Isabella—remarkable characters who, with close connections to other women, master true love and overcome misogyny and sexual harassment. In addition, the anniversaries of William Shakespeare’s birth (452nd) and death (400th) are honored with a daylong celebration.

 
Saturday, May 28, 2016

The second round of the singles circuit. Accumulate points to qualify for the Singles Final on September 10.

Participants can pre-register with La Boule New Yorkaise or register onsite the day of the tournament. Entry fee is $10/person and membership in any Petanque club is required for all participants. 

 

Learn the basics of fly fishing for free!

Join expert instructors from Orvis for lessons on fly casting and outfit rigging. Equipment provided. For more information, check out this Fly Fishing post on the Bryant Park blog.

Class spaces are first come, first served. To register, visit orvis.com/newyorkcity and click the blue and gold "Join Us" banner. Class meets at the Orvis store on Fifth Avenue across from Bryant Park, then walks over together

Saturdays
April 23, 30
May 7, 14, 21, 28
June 4, 11, 18
July 9, 16, 23

 

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.

 

Bryant Park Presents
Shakespeare

Much Ado About Nothing
May 19 - June 4
Upper Terrace (10 performances)
Thursday, 9pm; Friday and Saturday, 7pm; Sunday, May 29, 3pm

Three of William Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies are produced by the irreverent, surprising and critically acclaimed The Drilling Company: Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It with music by Natalie Smith, and Measure for Measure. The plays feature the greatest, funniest and noblest women of the canon—Beatrice, Rosalind and Isabella—remarkable characters who, with close connections to other women, master true love and overcome misogyny and sexual harassment. In addition, the anniversaries of William Shakespeare’s birth (452nd) and death (400th) are honored with a daylong celebration.

 

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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Fencing

Fencing

Learn to lunge, parry, and riposte with masters from Manhattan Fencing Center. Equipment is provided.

Read more about Fencing
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