Events Calendar

Week of May 24 - May 30, 2015

Calendar
Sunday, May 24, 2015

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, May 25, 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.

 

Bertha Hope is an American jazz pianist, teacher, composer and arranger who has traveled around the world, and worked with a diverse group of artists, from Dizzy Gillespie and Frank Foster, to Nat Adderley and Philly Joe Jones. In addition to being leader of The Bertha Hope Trio, she is composer and arranger of several recordings including: In Search of Hope and Elmo’s Fire (Steeplechase); Between Two Kings (Minor Records) and her latest on the Reservoir label, Nothin’ But Love. Bertha also teaches at Manna House Workshops, and holds a residency at Minton’s Supper Club - both located in Harlem. The Seattle-based trio, New Stories, has recorded a CD of Hope-Booker's music entitled, Hope Is In the Air. Bertha Hope was married to, and also worked with, the late legendary bassist Walter Booker

Hear Bertha 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

 

Duo Yumeno
Exploring the boundaries between classical Japanese and European music with a very American rhythmic propulsion. www.duoyumeno.com

Commission: Kirigami (2014) by Gene Coleman

Yoko Reikano Kimura, koto & shamisen, voice
Hikaru Tamaki, cello

Robin Verheyen Quartet
One of Europe’s top saxophonists collaborates with jazz heavyweights to play his acclaimed compositions. www.robinverheyen.be

Commission: Beyond Illuminations (2013) by Robin Verheyen

Jeff Davis, drums
Drew Gress, double bass
Russ Johnson, trumpet
Robin Verheyen, saxophones

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.

 
Tuesday, May 26, 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!

Beginning her journey as a classically trained ballet dancer, Bethany Lyons co-founded Lyons Den Power Yoga, seeking to showcase the endless possibilities all around us and to show up in a big way for her students and in her life. She sees no better place to do just that than the Greatest City on Earth.

RSVP online at http://yoga.bryantpark.org. 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.

 

Mark Kurlansky, Food Writer
City Beasts: Fourteen Stories of Uninvited Wildlife.
Hosted by Margaret Mittelbach, Wild New York.

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.

 

Bertha Hope is an American jazz pianist, teacher, composer and arranger who has traveled around the world, and worked with a diverse group of artists, from Dizzy Gillespie and Frank Foster, to Nat Adderley and Philly Joe Jones. In addition to being leader of The Bertha Hope Trio, she is composer and arranger of several recordings including: In Search of Hope and Elmo’s Fire (Steeplechase); Between Two Kings (Minor Records) and her latest on the Reservoir label, Nothin’ But Love. Bertha also teaches at Manna House Workshops, and holds a residency at Minton’s Supper Club - both located in Harlem. The Seattle-based trio, New Stories, has recorded a CD of Hope-Booker's music entitled, Hope Is In the Air. Bertha Hope was married to, and also worked with, the late legendary bassist Walter Booker

Hear Bertha 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 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 Kenyon Review:

James McCorkle
Clare Rossini
G.C. Waldrep
David Baker

Presented in partnership with Kenyon Review

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 27, 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.

 

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.

 

Hop in! It’s a cross-country trip with the popular filmmaker of Hairspray and Polyester.

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.

 

Bertha Hope is an American jazz pianist, teacher, composer and arranger who has traveled around the world, and worked with a diverse group of artists, from Dizzy Gillespie and Frank Foster, to Nat Adderley and Philly Joe Jones. In addition to being leader of The Bertha Hope Trio, she is composer and arranger of several recordings including: In Search of Hope and Elmo’s Fire (Steeplechase); Between Two Kings (Minor Records) and her latest on the Reservoir label, Nothin’ But Love. Bertha also teaches at Manna House Workshops, and holds a residency at Minton’s Supper Club - both located in Harlem. The Seattle-based trio, New Stories, has recorded a CD of Hope-Booker's music entitled, Hope Is In the Air. Bertha Hope was married to, and also worked with, the late legendary bassist Walter Booker

Hear Bertha 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 Kids (8-12 years, guardian must be present)

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.

 

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

May 27 - Samba e Mais

6:00 - 7:00pm
Dance lesson
Instructors Marizete Browne and Daniele Andrade

7:00 - 8:30pm
Dancing with live music
Mistura Perfeita Band
Traditional and contemporary Brazilian samba and bossanova at its best, led by the incomparable Cesar Vieira.

Cesar Vieira, tantan/vocal
Ronaldo Andrade, cavaquinho/vocal
Cesar Garabini, seven-string guitar
Gil Oliveira, drum
Fernando São Roque, percussion/pandeiro/vocal

 

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.

 
Thursday, May 28, 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.

 

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 Engagements 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!

 

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.

 

Bertha Hope is an American jazz pianist, teacher, composer and arranger who has traveled around the world, and worked with a diverse group of artists, from Dizzy Gillespie and Frank Foster, to Nat Adderley and Philly Joe Jones. In addition to being leader of The Bertha Hope Trio, she is composer and arranger of several recordings including: In Search of Hope and Elmo’s Fire (Steeplechase); Between Two Kings (Minor Records) and her latest on the Reservoir label, Nothin’ But Love. Bertha also teaches at Manna House Workshops, and holds a residency at Minton’s Supper Club - both located in Harlem. The Seattle-based trio, New Stories, has recorded a CD of Hope-Booker's music entitled, Hope Is In the Air. Bertha Hope was married to, and also worked with, the late legendary bassist Walter Booker

Hear Bertha 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 the American version of this social, strategy game hailing from China at free clinics in the park.

Already know how to play? Drop by Bryant Park Games to arrange a game with other Mah Jongg fans.

Can't make one of our free clinics? Linda also teaches private lessons.

 

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 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!

Stefanie Eris, exhale's national yoga director, first discovered yoga while she was studying theater as a way to find neutral in the body and mind. Stefanie’s vinyasa flow classes are heavily focused on breath, sweat, alignment, rhythm, and repetition. At her core, she is on a mission to help others to turn inward, learn to love whatever they find inside, then extend that love back out into the world, and be of service to others. Each one. Teach one.

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

 

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

May 28 - Swing and Lindy Hop

6:00 - 7:00pm
Dance lesson
Instructors Evita Arce and Michael Jagger

7:00 - 8:30pm
Dancing with live music
George Gee Swing Orchestra
The swingin’-est, blowin’-est, heppest classic big band in NYC for over 30 years plays swing, savoy, and Lindy hop for dancing feet.

 
Friday, May 29, 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.

 

Bertha Hope is an American jazz pianist, teacher, composer and arranger who has traveled around the world, and worked with a diverse group of artists, from Dizzy Gillespie and Frank Foster, to Nat Adderley and Philly Joe Jones. In addition to being leader of The Bertha Hope Trio, she is composer and arranger of several recordings including: In Search of Hope and Elmo’s Fire (Steeplechase); Between Two Kings (Minor Records) and her latest on the Reservoir label, Nothin’ But Love. Bertha also teaches at Manna House Workshops, and holds a residency at Minton’s Supper Club - both located in Harlem. The Seattle-based trio, New Stories, has recorded a CD of Hope-Booker's music entitled, Hope Is In the Air. Bertha Hope was married to, and also worked with, the late legendary bassist Walter Booker

Hear Bertha 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 Classes in the Park

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

No prior experience needed and equipment is provided.

Call 212-382-2255 to pre-register or take a chance and drop by. Must be 16 or older to participate.

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

 

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.

 

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.

 
Saturday, May 30, 2015

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 Orvis at 212-827-0698 to reserve your spot.

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

Saturdays
April 18, 25
May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
June 6, 13, 20
July 11, 25

 

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 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.

 

Spring 2015 Events Brochures

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

Musical Chairs

4th Annual Musical Chairs in Bryant Park

Join Bryant Park for the 4th annual epic game of musical chairs, featuring the park's iconic green bistro chair. Prizes for last chair standing.

Be there or be chair
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