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Cooper Hewitt Cocktail Thursdays Sizzle with Summer Entertainment

June 1, 2017 - by City Guide News Desk
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Cooper Hewitt's popular summer performance series Cocktails at Cooper Hewitt returns to the Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden for Thursday evenings from June 8th through August 24th. The expanded season, set in one of the largest enclosed museum gardens in New York City, will showcase a wide array of performers from musicians to singers to dancers to DJs, and opens with a musical experience curated by four-time Grammy Award-winner Esperanza Spalding.

Cooper Hewitt Cocktails Photo by Agaton Strom

Photos: Agaton Strom

Kicking off Cocktails at Cooper Hewitt Thursday on June 8, Spalding will introduce Leo Genovese (performing as Mezcalitos), multi-instrumentalist quartet Rose and the Nightingale, and singer-songwriter Nadia Washington. The evening also anticipates the opening of the “Esperanza Spalding Selects” exhibition, on view June 9 through January 7, 2018, for which the celebrated musician and vocalist lent her creative vision to shed new light on 50 objects from the Cooper Hewitt’s vast collection.

Other highlights of the Cocktails at Cooper Hewitt season include a trio of evenings presented by Atlantic Records that showcase artists across a wide variety of genres: contemporary urban lyricist Sir the Baptist on June 15; bluesy singer-songwriter LOLO on July 6; and the soulful, jazz-inspired Niia on August 10; three Juilliard School performances from the Apex Brass and Friends will take place June 29; the Juilliard Jazz Trio performs July 27; and the Juilliard Jazz Ensemble will be in residence on August 17. A breathtaking special performance of “The Disappearance Portraits” from acclaimed choreographer Jonah Bokaer concludes the series on August 24th.

Cooper Hewitt Cocktails Photo by Agaton Strom

The full performance schedule follows (subject to change):

Cocktails are served from 6 to 9pm. Admission is $13 per evening with online advance purchase at, or $15 at the door; specialty cocktails and light fare are available for purchase from Cooper Hewitt’s Tarallucci e Vino Cafe. Performances are held rain or shine in the museum’s Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden at East 90th Street. For more information, visit

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