Events Calendar

Week of July 20 - July 26, 2014

Calendar
Sunday, July 20, 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 21, 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 Mad As Hell: The Making of Network and the Fateful Vision of the Angriest Man in Movies. With resident film expert Scott Adlerberg and author Dave Itzkoff.

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

 

A Note on Dona Carter
www.cdbaby.com/donacarter

Pianist, composer, music educator, and mentor to students of all ages, Dona Carter has directed a variety of ensembles - large and small - composing and arranging many original pieces. Recent performances with her band include Cleopatra's Needle, the Hartford/Bushnell concert series and the CUNY Graduate Center. She has performed in a variety of venues, in the United States and abroad often sharing the stage with other outstanding musicians and singers. Her current band includes saxophonist Bill Carter and drummer Dee Ramey. She is also working with performing arts students on the musical Fame. WHCR plays her music on their Sunday night jazz show, where she was a recent guest. Show host Lamon featured her new single release We Share One World sung by Arezer II. Dona Carter has degrees in Music from Columbia University and Lehman College. In addition, her music is available at CDBaby and iTunes, and you can reach her on Facebook. "Playing piano in Bryant Park is one of the happiest parts of my summer."

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 Griswolds, Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo, set out cross-country with kids to a theme park and everything goes wrong. Co-starring Randy Quaid, John Candy, Anthony Michael Hall, and Eugene Levy, directed by Harold Ramis, and written by John Hughes. (1983) 98 min. (Warner Bros.) R 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 22, 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.

 

Book Club discussion on Mansfield Park by Jane Austen.

Facilitated by Jenny Davidson,Professor English at Columbia University.

Stop by and pick up a free advanced copy of your book club choice while supply lasts.

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

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 Dona Carter
www.cdbaby.com/donacarter

Pianist, composer, music educator, and mentor to students of all ages, Dona Carter has directed a variety of ensembles - large and small - composing and arranging many original pieces. Recent performances with her band include Cleopatra's Needle, the Hartford/Bushnell concert series and the CUNY Graduate Center. She has performed in a variety of venues, in the United States and abroad often sharing the stage with other outstanding musicians and singers. Her current band includes saxophonist Bill Carter and drummer Dee Ramey. She is also working with performing arts students on the musical Fame. WHCR plays her music on their Sunday night jazz show, where she was a recent guest. Show host Lamon featured her new single release We Share One World sung by Arezer II. Dona Carter has degrees in Music from Columbia University and Lehman College. In addition, her music is available at CDBaby and iTunes, and you can reach her on Facebook. "Playing piano in Bryant Park is one of the happiest parts of my summer."

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.

Accordionists play throughout the park at 5pm, and at 6pm, a band with a different infectious, global beat performs each week on the Fountain Terrace.

Produced in collaboration with Ariana’s List.

Accordionists, 5-6pm
Art Now, Blues, pop and standards
Brooke Watkins, French musette and American jazz standards
George Saenz, Tex-Mex and soul groove
The Dolomites (Stevhen K. Iancu), tribal fusion from Japan and Romania
Kenny Margolis, zydeco and blues
Melinda Fields, Bulgarian, Serbian and Macedonian traditional music

Band, 6-7:15pm
Cumbiagra

Rafa Gomez, bass
Sebastian Lopez, accordion
Natalia Perez, voice/minor percussion
Jules Belmont, guitar
George Saenz, trombone/accordion

Largely inspired by cumbia, the Colombian dance style, this Brooklyn-based musician collective has been hosting legendary dance parties throughout New York, Mexico and beyond since 2008.

 

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 Kundiman:

Michelle Chan Brown
Cathy Linh Che
Eugenia Leigh
Sally Wen Mao
Patrick Rosal

Presented in partnership with Kundiman

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 23, 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.

 

Piper Kerman, Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison
Hosted by Emily Nussbaum, TV Critic, The New Yorker

The author of the memoir that inspired the popular Netflix series stops by Bryant Park to talk about season 2 of the breakout hit, as well as discuss the very story the show is based on - her own.

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 Dona Carter
www.cdbaby.com/donacarter

Pianist, composer, music educator, and mentor to students of all ages, Dona Carter has directed a variety of ensembles - large and small - composing and arranging many original pieces. Recent performances with her band include Cleopatra's Needle, the Hartford/Bushnell concert series and the CUNY Graduate Center. She has performed in a variety of venues, in the United States and abroad often sharing the stage with other outstanding musicians and singers. Her current band includes saxophonist Bill Carter and drummer Dee Ramey. She is also working with performing arts students on the musical Fame. WHCR plays her music on their Sunday night jazz show, where she was a recent guest. Show host Lamon featured her new single release We Share One World sung by Arezer II. Dona Carter has degrees in Music from Columbia University and Lehman College. In addition, her music is available at CDBaby and iTunes, and you can reach her on Facebook. "Playing piano in Bryant Park is one of the happiest parts of my summer."

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 international artist and native New Yorker performs all over the world, bringing her uplifting blend of jazz, folk, and soul with deep grooves and conscious lyrics. www.morleymusic.org

Morley, lead vocals
Amanda Ruzza, bass
Alex Nolan, guitar
Mauricio Zottarelli, drums

Program:
Softly
Temporary Lighthouses
Be the One
Love and Understanding
Pleasure
Free Fall
When I Love You
Desert Girl
Kicking Off the Covers
Sweeping Stars
Women of Hope

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.

 

Michael Wolraich - Unreasonable Men: Theodore Roosevelt and the Republican Rebels Who Created Progressive Politics

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 24, 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.

Phantom of the Opera
Piece of My Heart
Cinderella
Avenue Q
Bullets Over Broadway

106.7 LITE FM Host: Rich Kaminski
Co-Host: Sistas the Musical

 

A Note on Dona Carter
www.cdbaby.com/donacarter

Pianist, composer, music educator, and mentor to students of all ages, Dona Carter has directed a variety of ensembles - large and small - composing and arranging many original pieces. Recent performances with her band include Cleopatra's Needle, the Hartford/Bushnell concert series and the CUNY Graduate Center. She has performed in a variety of venues, in the United States and abroad often sharing the stage with other outstanding musicians and singers. Her current band includes saxophonist Bill Carter and drummer Dee Ramey. She is also working with performing arts students on the musical Fame. WHCR plays her music on their Sunday night jazz show, where she was a recent guest. Show host Lamon featured her new single release We Share One World sung by Arezer II. Dona Carter has degrees in Music from Columbia University and Lehman College. In addition, her music is available at CDBaby and iTunes, and you can reach her on Facebook. "Playing piano in Bryant Park is one of the happiest parts of my summer."

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: Paul Witcover

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.

 
Friday, July 25, 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 Dona Carter
www.cdbaby.com/donacarter

Pianist, composer, music educator, and mentor to students of all ages, Dona Carter has directed a variety of ensembles - large and small - composing and arranging many original pieces. Recent performances with her band include Cleopatra's Needle, the Hartford/Bushnell concert series and the CUNY Graduate Center. She has performed in a variety of venues, in the United States and abroad often sharing the stage with other outstanding musicians and singers. Her current band includes saxophonist Bill Carter and drummer Dee Ramey. She is also working with performing arts students on the musical Fame. WHCR plays her music on their Sunday night jazz show, where she was a recent guest. Show host Lamon featured her new single release We Share One World sung by Arezer II. Dona Carter has degrees in Music from Columbia University and Lehman College. In addition, her music is available at CDBaby and iTunes, and you can reach her on Facebook. "Playing piano in Bryant Park is one of the happiest parts of my summer."

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.

 

Diane Moser Quintet
Blurring the distinctions between kinetic-energy and more lyrical propulsion of music, sublime jazz pianist Diane Moser has brought together close collaborators and guest composers to explore new works for small ensemble. Featured is Moser’s Music For the Last Flower, inspired by James Thurber’s book written in 1939 as a protest to the invasion of Poland. www.dianemosermusic.com

Diane Moser, piano
Marty Ehrlich, alto saxophone/clarinet
Ben Williams, trombone
Andy Eulau, bass
Michael T.A. Thompson, drums

Guidonian Hand
Acclaimed by the New York Times for their “expertly played” performances displaying “meaty lower brass textures”, America’s leading modern trombone collective is passionate about creating original experiences and juxtaposing art music of the past with modern works. Commission: Scry by composer Mary-Ellen Childs. www.trombonehand.com

Mark Broschinsky, tenor trombone
Will Lang, tenor trombone
Matt Melore, tenor trombone
James Rogers, bass trombone
Mary Rowell, violin


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, July 26, 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.


 

Voilà! Justin The Magician reappears with more tricks up his sleeve and magic from his hat.

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.


 
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