Events Calendar

Week of August 2 - August 8, 2015

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Sunday, August 2, 2015

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.

 

Bryant Park Shakespeare returns with three productions presented by The Drilling Company: The Two Gentlemen of Verona in May, Romeo and Juliet in July, and The Taming of the Shrew in September.

 
Monday, August 3, 2015

Energize your day with a workout before work

Barre3 is the modern evolution of the barre workout and combines yoga, Pilates, and ballet. Every workout includes an isometric hold, controlled one-inch movements, and functional large range of motion. This three-step sequence is designed to burn fat, build strength, and improve posture. Taught by the experts from barre3.

No equipment or registration is necessary; bringing a water bottle is encouraged.

Rain call will be made the night before by 10pm.

 

Konnichiwa!

Bryant Park speaks Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, 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.

 

Lively and entertaining commentary on James Dean.

With resident film expert Scott Adlerberg and author Jim Baker.

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

 

A Note on Deanna Witkowski

Possessing a supple sense of swing, ravishing touch, and vast harmonic resources, pianist/composer Deanna Witkowski has created an utterly personal body of music informed by her deep knowledge of jazz, European classical and Brazilian forms. The winner of the 2002 Great American Jazz Piano Competition, Witkowski has released five critically hailed albums since 2000. Marian McPartland invited her to appear as a guest on NPR’s Piano Jazz, and JazzTimes noted, “If Brad Mehldau and Bill Charlap represent the gold standard among contemporary pianists, then Deanna Witkowski deservedly ranks as their sterling sister." Witkowski’s latest album, Raindrop: Improvisations with Chopin, seamlessly combines jazz, Chopin, and the music of Brazil in a solo piano session that has been called "breathtaking" (Birmingham Times) and "stunningly beautiful" (Soulandjazz.com).

Hear Deanna 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

Dustin Hoffman stars in this harrowing thriller, directed by John Schlesinger, as a Columbia grad student and runner who gets mixed up with international intrigue, stolen diamonds, a government agent (Roy Scheider) who is his brother, and a Nazi war criminal (Laurence Olivier) with a penchant for oral surgery. (1976) 125 min. (R) Paramount

HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival
presented by Bank of America

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.

 
Tuesday, August 4, 2015

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 12th season of outdoor yoga classes, presented by Athleta with instructors curated by Yoga Journal and media support from Flavorpill. Mats are provided by Athleta - no need to bring your own!

Kristen Kemp fell hard for yoga after her third baby was born 7 years ago. Yoga was the perfect answer that gave her the physical and spiritual exercises she needed. Her classes are infused with creativity, philosophy—and movement that makes sense. She teaches a fun and sweaty flow at Powerflow Yoga in New Jersey.

RSVP online at http://yoga.bryantpark.org. Walk-ins are welcome as well.

 

Hosted by: Cali Co Cat

Tails, Meowsic, and Arts & Crafts to boot!

In case of rain, Word for Word StoryTime will be cancelled.

 

Meditate in the heart of the big city with Ziva Meditation. Reduce your level of stress, perform at the top of your game more consistently, improve the quality of your sleep, and do less and accomplish more with this free weekly class. No registration required; all levels welcome.

 

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.

 

Charles D. Ellis, Founder Greenwich Associates, Falling Short: The Coming Retirement Crisis and What to Do About It.

Hosted by Richard Eisenberg, Assistant Managing Editor & Editor of the Money and Work channels for the PBS site Nextavenue.org, whose audience is people 50+.

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 Deanna Witkowski

Possessing a supple sense of swing, ravishing touch, and vast harmonic resources, pianist/composer Deanna Witkowski has created an utterly personal body of music informed by her deep knowledge of jazz, European classical and Brazilian forms. The winner of the 2002 Great American Jazz Piano Competition, Witkowski has released five critically hailed albums since 2000. Marian McPartland invited her to appear as a guest on NPR’s Piano Jazz, and JazzTimes noted, “If Brad Mehldau and Bill Charlap represent the gold standard among contemporary pianists, then Deanna Witkowski deservedly ranks as their sterling sister." Witkowski’s latest album, Raindrop: Improvisations with Chopin, seamlessly combines jazz, Chopin, and the music of Brazil in a solo piano session that has been called "breathtaking" (Birmingham Times) and "stunningly beautiful" (Soulandjazz.com).

Hear Deanna 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.

 

Specialty art classes with instruction by Artist & Craftsman Supply. All skill levels are welcome, and necessary materials are provided.

Wire Jewelry Making is a class recommended for adults, age 16+. Registration is required.

Click here to register at Eventbrite.

 

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

On Tuesdays, we play the classic word game Scrabble.

 

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.

 

Featuring the Poets of Cave Canem:

Brian Gilmore
JP Howard
Angel Nafis

Presented in partnership with Cave Canem

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, August 5, 2015

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.

 

Start your day with a contemplative walk around the park, led by a meditation guide.

Developed with support from the Shinnyo Center for Meditation and Well-being.

 

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.

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.

 

DC Entertainment presents Comics Superstar John Romita Jr. Hosted by David Shoemaker, Grantland

John Romita Jr. is one of the comic book industry’s greatest artists. Join him in a discussion about redefining the greatest superhero of all time, SUPERMAN, and what it means to create a new legacy with DC Entertainment.

*There will be an author signing after the program. Please limit items to 5 - purchase required.

Learn more about John!

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 Deanna Witkowski

Possessing a supple sense of swing, ravishing touch, and vast harmonic resources, pianist/composer Deanna Witkowski has created an utterly personal body of music informed by her deep knowledge of jazz, European classical and Brazilian forms. The winner of the 2002 Great American Jazz Piano Competition, Witkowski has released five critically hailed albums since 2000. Marian McPartland invited her to appear as a guest on NPR’s Piano Jazz, and JazzTimes noted, “If Brad Mehldau and Bill Charlap represent the gold standard among contemporary pianists, then Deanna Witkowski deservedly ranks as their sterling sister." Witkowski’s latest album, Raindrop: Improvisations with Chopin, seamlessly combines jazz, Chopin, and the music of Brazil in a solo piano session that has been called "breathtaking" (Birmingham Times) and "stunningly beautiful" (Soulandjazz.com).

Hear Deanna 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

 

For Adults (16 years+)

Teaching Artist provides expert instruction in drawing, taking inspiration from the architecture, monuments, and people in Bryant Park. Learn basic drawing techniques including line, composition, shading, and depth.

Pencils, eraser, paper, and drawing board provided. Sessions are non-cumulative.

Lessons are capped at 15 participants, and registration is required.

First time participants:
Click here to register online.

Returning participants:
Stop by a lesson to see if there is space available. Online registration is only available to first time participants.

 

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

On Wednesdays, we play the popular strategy game Settlers of Catan.

 

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.

Emilio Magnotta - Italian Traditional
Mindra Sahadeo - Harmonium: Indian-Derived Music
Gregorio Uribe - Colombian Cumbia + Vallenato
Bob Nusbaum - 60's Classics + Americana
Brooke Watkins - French Musette
Pete Scalzitti - Classical + Film Soundtracks
John Sherman - Cajun, Appalachian + Blues
Zoran Dobrijevic - Balkan
Paul Belanich - Balkan + Polka
Albert Behar - French Musette

Produced in collaboration with Ariana's List.

 

Add some competition to your regular table tennis game in our fun single-elimination, bracket-style tournaments.

Pre-registration is required. On-site registration will open at 6pm if space allows. Please check-in with host when you arrive for the tournament. We will begin promptly at 6:30pm. Registration will close, and spots will be turned over to wait-listed registrants, beginning at 6:20pm.

Tournament dates:
August 5
September 2
October 7
*Registration for each tournament will open one month in advance.

USATT ranked players with a rating of 2000 or higher are not eligible to play.


Registration is required for this event.
Register

 

Terry Alford, Fortune’s Fool: The Life of John Wilkes Booth

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, August 6, 2015

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.

 

Participate in one of three weekly lunchtime tournaments this August (August 6, 13, 20) for the chance to earn a spot in the final championship round on Thursday, August 27. (Rain Date: August 28.)

There will be a grand prize for the winner of the Championship round provided by Golfsmith.

Pre-registration is required. On-site registration will open at 12pm if space allows. Please check-in with host by 12:20pm 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. You may participate in only one qualifier.

Registration is required for this event.
Register

 

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: Rich Kaminski
Co-Host: Avenue Q

Pre-Show: Best Time Ever

Amazing Grace
Something Rotten!
Ruthless!
Allegiance
A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

 

A Note on Deanna Witkowski

Possessing a supple sense of swing, ravishing touch, and vast harmonic resources, pianist/composer Deanna Witkowski has created an utterly personal body of music informed by her deep knowledge of jazz, European classical and Brazilian forms. The winner of the 2002 Great American Jazz Piano Competition, Witkowski has released five critically hailed albums since 2000. Marian McPartland invited her to appear as a guest on NPR’s Piano Jazz, and JazzTimes noted, “If Brad Mehldau and Bill Charlap represent the gold standard among contemporary pianists, then Deanna Witkowski deservedly ranks as their sterling sister." Witkowski’s latest album, Raindrop: Improvisations with Chopin, seamlessly combines jazz, Chopin, and the music of Brazil in a solo piano session that has been called "breathtaking" (Birmingham Times) and "stunningly beautiful" (Soulandjazz.com).

Hear Deanna 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

 

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

On Thursdays, beginners are invited to play chess.

 

Perfect your downward dog under the trees and on the lush lawn at our 12th season of outdoor yoga classes, presented by Athleta with instructors curated by Yoga Journal and media support from Flavorpill. Mats are provided by Athleta - no need to bring your own!

Paige Held is the co-creator of Hot Fusion Yoga and the co-owner of The Yoga Joint. Her Hot Fusion style of yoga integrates elements of Vinyasa flow, Ashtanga and more to create a fresh and modern interpretation of this ancient practice. She was first introduced to yoga over 20 years ago and immediately began an extensive period of training with many of the most acclaimed yoga teachers in the country.

RSVP online at http://yoga.bryantpark.org. Walk-ins are welcome as well.

 

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

Pen your own short story at this writers workshop guaranteed to improve and perfect. Pre-registration required.

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 7, 2015

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 Deanna Witkowski

Possessing a supple sense of swing, ravishing touch, and vast harmonic resources, pianist/composer Deanna Witkowski has created an utterly personal body of music informed by her deep knowledge of jazz, European classical and Brazilian forms. The winner of the 2002 Great American Jazz Piano Competition, Witkowski has released five critically hailed albums since 2000. Marian McPartland invited her to appear as a guest on NPR’s Piano Jazz, and JazzTimes noted, “If Brad Mehldau and Bill Charlap represent the gold standard among contemporary pianists, then Deanna Witkowski deservedly ranks as their sterling sister." Witkowski’s latest album, Raindrop: Improvisations with Chopin, seamlessly combines jazz, Chopin, and the music of Brazil in a solo piano session that has been called "breathtaking" (Birmingham Times) and "stunningly beautiful" (Soulandjazz.com).

Hear Deanna 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

 

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

On Fridays, we play the popular party game Apples to Apples.

 

Co-Hosted by Olivia Petzy & Kevin Doyle

Produced in partnership with Oxford University Press.

You must register to compete.

Eventbrite - Bryant Park Spelling Bee

 
Saturday, August 8, 2015

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

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

 

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.

 

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.

 

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 cancelled.

 

Spring 2015 Events Brochures

For information regarding summer camp visits, please call (212) 768-4242.

Emerging Music Festival

Emerging Music Festival

August 21, 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Bryant Park Stage and Lawn

Bryant Park's first-ever Emerging Music Festival brings you five of NYC's best up-and-coming bands for FREE. You'll want to kick back and stay all night with food vendors, beer and wine for sale, and lawn games galore.

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