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Random Happenings in New York City This Week - May 20-May 27

May 20, 2018 - by CG Directory Editor
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Random Happenings in New York City This Week Photo: Nicholas Ruiz/Flickr / 2013 Scott Rudd 

If you're looking for the best of miscellaneous things to do in NYC, check out City Guide's 'Potpourri' category, which has dining specials, pop ups, shopping, charity events, literary events, lectures, readings, awards shows, galas, and even more.

Autographed Baseball Memorabilia Sale from Private Collection of Mets Legend Ed Kranepool -
Through May 31, 2018 - Long Island

As a top Mets Memorabilia Collector, Mr. Kranepool is offering a limited number of collectors the opportunity to visit him at his home on Long Island to examine and purchase unique Mets and Yankees Sports Memorabilia directly from his collection. The items for sale are autographed vintage photos, autographed assorted team and individual baseballs, great baseball memorabilia from different teams, as well as unsigned, never been seen before personal photos from his days while he was with the Mets for his 17-year career. This opportunity to visit Mr. Kranepool for a Meet and Greet at his home will be during the Springtime of 2018. This will take place in the evenings between 7 PM-10 PM on Monday to Thursday, as well as some weekends. All home visits will be by appointment only. This memorabilia sale will help pay for some of Ed's major medical bills from this past year. Contact Martin Gover of Momentum Sports Management, 212-918-4545.

Social Studies: An Evening with Tina Barney - Museum of the Moving Image
May 20, 2018 - Queens

Acclaimed American photographer Tina Barney (b. 1945) is best-known for her large-scale color photographs of wealthy friends and family in Long Island, New York City, and New England that expose the emotional and psychological currents coursing just beneath the surfaces of perfect trappings and banal gestures. Barney notes, "When people say that there is a distance, a stiffness in my photographs, that the people look like they do not connect, my answer is, that this is the best we can do. This inability to show physical affection is in our heritage." The artist has also shot a series of short films over the course of her career. Four of these rarely seen films, along with Social Studies, a documentary about Barney by Jaci Judelson, will be presented with Barney in conversation with Judelson, moderated by Tod Lippy, editor, ESOPUS. The event will be followed by a book signing.

Unity of New York Sunday Service - Symphony Space
May 20, 2018 - New York

Unity of New York is a joyful, diverse, and welcoming spiritual community that honors all paths to God. Their mission is to serve the NYC community through spiritual teaching, music, prayer and outreach. They come together at their weekly Sunday Celebration Services (11am, right here at Symphony Space) to discover the power within all to unleash divine potential, know Oneness with God and each other. Unity affirms the power of prayer and the power of thoughts to create our own reality, helping people experience a stronger connection with God every day. Come for the Music... Stay for the message!

Buffalo: Volunteer at Arts & Sciences Commencements - University at Buffalo
May 20, 2018 - New York

Triple Gym, Alumni Arena, University at Buffalo North Campus, Amherst, NY 14260 Audience: Alumni & Friends Campus: North Campus

Commencement: Biomedical Sciences - Graduate and Undergraduate Ceremony, including Roswell Park - University at Buffalo
May 20, 2018 - New York

This Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences commencement ceremony is for biomedical sciences students, including undergrad & grad students in the biomedical sciences program, and students graduating from the Roswell Park Graduate Division. To learn more about participating in this ceremony, please visit the commencement website; a great resource for learning about celebratory events and how to prepare for graduation, commencement and life after UB.

Sight and Sound: Debussy and French Painting—Beyond Realism - The Met
May 20, 2018 - New York

The Orchestra Now Leon Botstein, conductor with the Bard Festival Chorale Debussy's Nocturnes and the artwork of the French Impressionists. Debussy's Nocturnes have been celebrated for their ability to evoke imagery, light, and color. But is he really music's answer to Impressionist painting? His works and those of Manet, Degas, and Whistler—who created his own series of atmospheric, tonal scenes that he labeled "nocturnes"—illuminate how the artistic response to nature differs in music and painting. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Public Parks, Private Gardens: Paris to Provence, on view at The Met Fifth Avenue, March 6–July 29, 2018.

Pop Up Repair - Grand Bazaar NYC
May 20, 2018 - New York

Grand Bazaar NYC has partnered with FIXUP to help make repairs easy and convenient for you. Every third Sunday a month we'll have a special Pop Up Repair booth at our market for you to drop-off your beloved items that you'd like fixed - lamps, chairs, small appliances, jewelry, ceramics, toys, and more. This is such a great service that helps extend the lifespan of your favorite items, while diverting waste from landfills, and providing work for local fixers. Be sure to Share & Invite your friends so that they can find out about this special service. Thanks!

6th Annual Teaching Social Activism Conference: Intersections - Museum of the City of New York
May 20, 2018 - Upper East Side

6th Annual Teaching Social Activism Conference 2018 Theme: Intersections How can we support our students and ourselves, build understanding within and across class, race, and gender, and construct curricula that cross disciplines to spark novel insights? Join educators to address, celebrate, unpack, and encourage intersection in the classroom and beyond. Participation is free; proposals to present are due February 1, 2018. About the Teaching Social Activism Conference The Teaching Social Activism Conference is an annual event at the Museum of the City of New York. Inspired by the content of the Museum's groundbreaking exhibition, Activist New York, this day highlights the best practices for teaching this important subject to students of all ages. Join educators, youth, and scholars from across the New York metropolitan area for this free, full day of engaging conversations, thought-provoking sessions, and gallery tours exploring the various tools and techniques used to engage students and communities in the history and practice of social change. The Conference is free. Registration is now sold out. If you would like to add your name to the Waitlist, please complete... (read more)

Jesse Krakow Presents The Krak House - Sid Gold's Request Room
May 20, 2018 - New York

Jesse Krakow is a multi-instrumentalist who currently plays in the cult 1960's avant-garde band THE SHAGGS, with Nona Hendryx & Gary Lucas in THE WORLD OF CAPTAIN BEEFHEART, and the all-male Madonna tribute MANDONNA. He has worked with Shudder To Think, Julee Cruise, Nina Persson, Robyn Hitchcock, Kate Pierson, Gene Ween, Paul Rudd, Michael Showalter, Bill Laswell, John Zorn, Dr. Know, Gail Ann Dorsey, The Loser's Lounge, Joy Askew, and a zillion others. He has hosted his own show on NJ's legendary radio station WFMU, been a professor at Bootsy Collins' online "Funk University" – alongside bassists such as Victor Wooten, Stanley Clarke, & Jack Bruce, been commissioned by The Brooklyn Philharmonic, recorded for Sony, Team Love, Alternative Tentacles, & Tzadik, and toured the country more times than he remembers.

Dugger & R.Rainbow - The Red Lion
May 20, 2018 - New York

Armin Van Buuren Brooklyn - Avant Gardner
May 20, 2018 - Brooklyn

Hula (Open Level) - 92Y
May 20, 2018 - Upper East Side

Explore the native dance of Hawai'i and the holistic values embodied in its poetry, music and movement.Experience hula's fundamental elements with respect to the form's historical perspectives and cultural context. The Hawai'i-born facilitator is a student of Kumu Hula (master teacher), Johnny Lum Ho.

KGB: Sunday Night Fiction - KGB Bar
May 20, 2018 - New York

'Lend a Paw' Pets & People Meet Up--Free Snacks & Drinks for Dogs and Humans--All for a Good Cause! - d.b.a.
May 20, 2018 - New York

Enjoy complimentary wine, beer, and snacks together with your dog on Sunday, May 20th as Petzbe, the “no humans allowed” social network for pets, will be hosting its first ever "Lend A Paw" meet-up event to support animals in need. How can you and your dog participate? All you need to do is to share a photo of your dog’s paw in the Petzbe app with #LendAPaw, and for each paw-photo Petzbe will donate money to the Humane Society International. The first 50 guests to attend the event will get a VIP (Very Important Pet) gift bag with toys, snacks and accessories! Your dog will be able to sniff around and make new friends, drink some pup-friendly Malbark and Zinfantail, chew on a salmon cigar, and other treats. You’ll also be able to mingle and connect with animal lovers, all while supporting a good cause. Pet-influencers who will be supporting this month's Lend a Paw efforts online include: Manny the Frenchie: Tibby the Corgi: Lil Bub: NalaCat: White Coffee Cat: Luna Rose: www.... (read more)

Yiddish For Dogs - The Workmen's Circle
May 20, 2018 - New York

After two buzz-worthy events this past year, Yiddish for Dogs returns this spring! What better way to share our Yiddishkayt than to learn and teach it with our best four-legged friends. Our master dog trainer will be back to teach your pup some basic skills in our mameloshn. Noshes provided for people and canines alike, as well as special gifts for your gut hunt!

The Telephone Show - The PIT Loft
May 20, 2018 - New York

Patrick Keene hosts a show inspired by Chicago's Mullaney Chain, where improvisers call each other one by one to form a team! No one knows what the line-up will be! $1 for both the audience and participants!

NYCRUNS Summer Loving 5K & 10K - Governors Island
May 20, 2018 - New York

The NYCRUNS Summer Loving 5K & 10K offers unrivaled views of Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Statue of Liberty, starts off with a ferry ride and features a great post-race party. Afterwards, stay and enjoy all the island has to offer! The NYCRUNS Summer Loving 5K & 10K offers unrivaled views of Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Statue of Liberty, starts off with a ferry ride and features a great post-race party. Afterwards, stay and enjoy all the island has to offer!

Terrence Kennedy - 'Some Favorite Songs' Presented By The Duplex - The Duplex Cabaret Theatre
May 20, 2018 - New York

Terrence has performed in various cabaret clubs throughout NYC and most recently at The Sidebar and Ethel's Lounge in Columbus, Ohio! This show is a homecoming of sorts and consists of an eclectic assortment of some of his favorite songs! Check it out... it will be fun! $15 Ticket in Advance & a 2 Drink Minimum in the Cabaret Theatre* $20 Ticket at the Door (plus service fee) & a 2 Drink Minimum in the Cabaret Theatre* *Drinks Must be purchased In the Cabaret Theatre to count towards the Minimum. No One Under 21 Allowed Doors open 30 minutes before show time. There is a 2 Drink Minimum per Person in the Cabaret Theatre

Fun on the Farm - Prospect Park Alliance
May 20, 2018 - Brooklyn

Join Prospect Park Alliance at Lefferts Historic House to learn how sheep's fleece is transformed into wool! Wool Carding and Drop Spindle, 1–4 pm: Learn how to card wool using special tools and how to spin with a drop spindle. Spinning Demonstrations, 1–4 pm: Meet our resident spinner, Catherine Conrad, and see how she spins wool fibers into thread. Parade from the Zoo, 1:30 pm: Join us on a parade to the Zoo to collect fleece from their sheep-shearing demonstrations! Wool Washing, 2–4 pm: After the fleece is shorn from the sheep, the next step is washing it! Help us clean the fleece and get it ready for felt balls and spinning! Pom-Pom Making, 2–4 pm: After the wool is washed and carded, you can try your hand at making a felt ball. Use the wool fibers to shape a ball and see if you can make it bounce!

Smorgasburg Prospect Park - Prospect Park Alliance
May 20, 2018 - Brooklyn

Smorgasburg, the celebrated open-air food fair presented by Brooklyn Flea in partnership with Prospect Park Alliance, returns to Prospect Park this spring! On Sundays from April through October, over 100 local and regional food purveyors will gather on Breeze Hill to offer a range of cuisines.

Wild and Wooly Festival - Prospect Park Alliance
May 20, 2018 - Brooklyn

Get to know the Prospect Park Zoo's Jacob's four-horn and Shetland sheep with fiber crafts and farm-themed games. Zoo volunteers and a professional sheep shearer will be available to answer questions about the wooly animals and their coats.

The Cityfox Experience & Brooklyn Mirage Opening - Avant Gardner
Through May 20, 2018 - Brooklyn

Geniuses - TADA! Youth Theater
Through May 20, 2018 - New York

Two kids from a school for kids who learn differently sneak into an elite private school for students with exceptionally high IQs and shake things up for the better, especially when they uncover one student's evil plot to take control of the world.

Base Jam - The PIT Underground
May 21, 2018 - New York

Come to Base Jam: New York City's most fun improv jam with an awesome party vibe! This jam is not only ideal for those new to the stage, but also improv veterans. We welcome all to participate. Let's face it: Getting better at improv is about getting stage time and practicing in front of an audience. So leap first, then look for a place to land....or just keep flying!

Bill Chats - New York Live Arts
May 21, 2018 - New York

Member pre-sale starts on July 10th. Tickets go on sale to the general public on August 10th. New York Live Arts popular series, Bill Chats returns, featuring Bill T. Jones in dialogue with writers, scholars, visual artists and activists.

Amber Martin Presents the Amber Zone! - Sid Gold's Request Room
May 21, 2018 - New York

Celebrated comedian, singer and cabaret star, Amber Martin, curates and hosts a weekly showcase of some of the most brilliant performers in NYC, thus the world. A TimeOutNY Pick! The Amber Zone happens each Monday, with doors at 7pm and show at 8pm, Amber Martin will present a different one-hour program starring a bevy of downtown and beyond artists (Amber's very talented friends!). Each week, a different show by a different performer. You never know who or what you'll get, but you can rest assured it will be fun, truly brilliant and most importantly, intimate.No reservations. Please note… First come first served, and the room is intimate, so it will fill up quickly.Amber Martin is a NYC – based performing artist, vocalist and funny lady with a pretty great resume in downtown performance chic. Each Monday, Amber plays producer of the show as well as her own version of Joe the Bartender! She'll be serving them up cold and classy in the front bar while you sip away and enjoy a true NYC – style show experience in the back!

KGB: Monday Night Poetry - KGB Bar
May 21, 2018 - New York

The 63rd Annual Obie Awards - Terminal 5
May 21, 2018 - New York

The 63rd Annual Obie Awards — off-Broadway's highest honor — celebrates the artistic achievement of some of theatre's finest talent, honoring a diverse group of cutting edge writers, designers, and performers who exemplify innovation and a unique vision. Over the years, the list of winners whose careers have been propelled by the Obies include Ben Platt, Lin Manuel-Miranda, Lupita Nyong'o, Liev Schreiber, Meryl Streep, and Morgan Freeman. If you want to know what's next in theatre, look to the Obie Awards.

Open Mic Monday - Nuyorican Poets Café
May 21, 2018 - New York

A Nuyorican Poets Cafe Production Open Mic Mondays: Play us a song, show us your stand-up, read us a poem - perform in any genre you want! You get five minutes to show us one piece: Stun us, impress us, and make it count. But only the first 25 people can sign up! So get down, sign up, and show us what you got! $8 online and at the door.

Aja Gabel: The Ensemble - Books Are Magic
May 21, 2018 - Brooklyn

This addictive novel is about four young friends navigating a cutthroat world and their complex relationships with each other, as ambition, passion, and love intertwine over the course of their lives. Following these four unforgettable characters, Aja Gabel's debut novel gives a riveting look into the high-stakes, cutthroat world of musicians, and of lives made in concert. The story of Brit and Henry and Daniel and Jana, The Ensemble is a heart-skipping portrait of ambition, friendship, and the tenderness of youth. Aja Gabel's writing has appeared in BOMB, The Kenyon Review, Glimmer Train, and elsewhere. A former cellist, she earned her B.A. at Wesleyan University, her MFA at the University of Virginia and has a Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Houston. Aja has been the recipient of fellowships from the Sewanee Writers' Conference, Literary Arts Oregon, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, where she was a fellow in fiction. She currently lives in Los Angeles.

Inside 'Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination' - Sheen Center
May 21, 2018 - New York

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, the largest exhibition The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art has ever done, opening May 10, 2018 in both The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Cloisters. Fr. James Martin, S.J. discusses this groundbreaking exhibition with Andrew Bolton, Curator in Charge of The Costume Institute. The Costume Institute's spring 2018 exhibition will feature a dialogue between fashion and religious artworks from The Met collection to examine the relationship between creativity and the religious imagination. The cornerstone of the exhibition is approximately 50 ecclesiastical masterworks from the Sistine Chapel sacristy, many of which have never been seen outside the Vatican. These will be on view in the Anna Wintour Costume Center galleries and will include papal vestments and accessories, such as rings and tiaras, from the 18th to the early 21st century, encompassing more than 15 papacies. The last time the Vatican sent a loan of this magnitude to The Met was in 1983, for The Vatican Collections exhibition, which is the Museum's third most-visited show. In addition, approx... (read more)

Movie Trivia - Videology Bar & Cinema
May 22, 2018 - Brooklyn

Voted "Best Bar Trivia (2015)" by The Village Voice "This trivia night is hotter than a 1996 VCR that just played both tapes of Titanic." – Time Out New York Break out your brains, cinephiles! Every Tuesday at 8:30 Videology Bar & Cinema presents Movie Trivia, hosted by Maggie Ross! Our Tuesday night trivia is our original and signature trivia event, as featured in The New York Times, Time Out, Brooklyn Magazine, and more! Each week we bring you 6 rounds of incredibly tough movie trivia. We've got clips rounds, general knowledge rounds, picture rounds, theme rounds including famous movie quotes, not so famous movie quotes, our trademarked DVD Chapter Round™, taglines, Nicolas Cage quotes, dramatic scene recreations, and more! Every week our winning team gets a free round of drinks. Plus, we've got free drink bonus questions in between every round. So bring your thinking caps, and your friends, and your friends' thinking caps, and join us for a night of fun! Doors open at 7PM.

Diversity Jam - The PIT Loft
May 22, 2018 - New York

An improv jam in celebration of diversity and inclusion. You are welcome here!

Get Schwifty (PIT ATTIC) - PIT Striker Mainstage
May 22, 2018 - New York

It's time to get SCHWIFTY at this Attic Open Mic!

House of Speakeasy: Seriously Entertaining - Joe's Pub at The Public
May 22, 2018 - New York

Sandra Allen, Essayist Elif Shafak, Novelist Christopher J. Yates, Novelist Michael Wolff, Journalist Sandra Allen is the former BuzzFeed features editor and co-founder of the online literary magazine Wag's Revue. Her essays have been featured in Best American Essays and Best American Science and Nature Writing. Sandra is the author of the memoir A Kind of Mirraculas Paradise: A True Story about Schizophrenia about her uncle. Elif Shafak is an award-winning Turkish novelist, memoirist, and essayist. Critics have named her "one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary Turkish and world literature." Her books have been published in more than 40 countries and she was awarded the honorary distinction of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters. Her new novel is Three Daughters of Eve. Christopher J. Yates, former puzzle editor in London and author of the debut novel, Black Chalk, a "Best of the Year" selection by NPR. His new novel Grist Mill Road received starred reviews from Booklist, Kirkus, and Publishers Weekly. Michael Wolff is an award-winning journalist and regular columnist for Vanity Fair, New York, The Hollywood Reporter, British GQ, USA Today, and... (read more)

Drop in Tech Support - 92Y
May 23, 2018 - Upper East Side

Meet in the Parenting Center lounge. Bring your device and get your questions answered by two savvy teen Parenting Center alums.

Ensemble Connect - Paul Hall - The Juilliard School
May 23, 2018 - New York

Ensemble Connect, part of The Academy—a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute—is a two-year fellowship providing the finest post-graduate musicians with performance opportunities in New York at the same time they are teaching in the city's public schools.

New York's Big Comeback - Museum of the City of New York
May 23, 2018 - Upper East Side

After the September 11th terrorist attacks, New York City was left with an uncertain future. In the wake of the tragedy, Daniel Doctoroff, deputy mayor at the time, was charged with navigating the city's entrenched financial and political interests to spearhead its economic resurgence. Join Doctoroff, now founder and CEO of the Alphabet company Sidewalk Labs, and esteemed New York Times reporter Charles Bagli for a conversation about the city's dramatic and unexpected recovery, inspired by Doctoroff's book, Greater than Ever: New York's Big Comeback (Hachette, 2017). Book signing and reception to follow. This event is part of Core Conversations, a series of lectures, talks, and tours in which New York City's leading thinkers examine the four key themes of our New York at Its Core exhibition -- diversity, density, money, and creativity -- each through their own unique lens. To view all of the programs in the series, click here. About the Speakers: Charles Bagli has been a reporter at The New York Times for more than 20 years, covering the intersection of real estate and politics. He has also worked at The Brooklyn Phoenix, The Tampa Tribune, the Daily Record, and the New ... (read more)

Heart of the Park Tour - Central Park Conservancy
May 23, 2018 - New York

Walk straight through the heart of Central Park on this east-to-west tour led by Central Park Conservancy guides. Enjoy a great variety of the scenic, sculptural, and architectural elements the Park has to offer. Visit some of the Park's most famous landmarks, including Conservatory Water, Loeb Boathouse, Bethesda Terrace, Bow Bridge, Cherry Hill, the Lake, and Strawberry Fields. Details Meet: Samuel F. B. Morse statue (inside the Park at 72nd Street and Fifth Avenue). Tour ends at 72nd Street and Central Park West. Map of start location Terrain: A few stairs Length of Tour: approximately 90 minutes Cost: Free. Register in advance for easiest check-in! (Pre-registration not required)

Selected Shorts: Fiction in the Kitchen with Food52 - Symphony Space
May 23, 2018 - Upper West Side

Food, glorious food! We all love to eat it, talk about it, and share it, which is why we're collaborating with the founders of the popular website Food52. Join hosts Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs for a mouthwatering evening of food stories worth devouring.

The Commandments: The Idolatry of a Modern Age - Museum at Eldridge Street
May 23, 2018 - New York

"Idolaltry" sounds like an outdated concept, but perhaps the idols have simply changed. Have we found new false gods in consumer culture? Has our unprecedented access to new technology hindered our interpersonal sensitivity and provided us with new avenues of excess and impropriety? Tiffany Shlain and Nigel Savage talk idolatry in the age of the iPhone. This program is part of a spring program series exploring the Ten Commandments at Eldridge Street.

Recess - PIT Striker Mainstage
May 23, 2018 - New York

Come play at RECESS. A weekly open jam where master improvisers from the PIT's Super Free Monday and Wednesday shows, students taking PIT classes, and YOU (the public, the curious, at any or no skill levels) come together to perform scenes, play, polish skills, watch the fun and have a great ol' time. And it's FREE! Hosted by Gregory Levine.

Wednesday Night Poetry Slam Open Hosted by Jive Poetic - Nuyorican Poets Café
May 23, 2018 - New York

A Nuyorican Poets Cafe Production Wednesday Night Slam Every Wednesday except the first Wednesday of the Month. Hosted by Jive Poetic! Line forms outside a half hour before doors open. Doors open at 9:00pm and admission is $10.

Project: Identity Photography - Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
Through May 23, 2018 - Bethel

In this 11 week program teens will use digital photography as their artistic vehicle for expression. Working together with a teaching artist, teens will focus on how to produce, manipulate, and curate images and learn about the past and present history of modern day techniques. At the end of the program teens will participate in a photography exhibition on May 23rd from 6-9PM in the Event Gallery at Bethel Woods! During the program teens will be held accountable for their point and shoot camera, tripod, flash drive and other equipment with the opportunity to keep the camera at the end! At the conclusion of the program the teens will have produced a photo book and photography exhibition with their original imagery.

Carlos Rolón - Brookfield Place New York
Through May 23, 2018 - New York

Arts Brookfield and artist Carlos Rolón will put a spotlight on the worldwide trend of bicycle riding as a serious and sustainable means of transportation that is re-shaping cities. When We Were Young will explore the exquisite mix of engineering and craftsmanship, ranging from cutting-edge designs to populist expressions, that moves us forward on calibrated wheels. The exhibition will feature The Majestics (For Louise) and two bikes commissioned by Arts Brookfield.

After-School Series for 3rd-5th grade students : Series Two - The Society of Illustrators
Through May 23, 2018 - New York

Children's book author and illustrator, Clare Pernice, will lead this new after-school series focusing on the development of children's stories and illustrations. During "Words & Pictures," students will learn how Clare develops the main character in a book, and then invites students to create their own. As a group, they will look at several examples of award-winning children's books and the Society's current exhibitions and collections to explore composition, color, perspective, various illustration styles and materials, expressive vocabulary, and more….all leading up to the development of a draft of each student's own original book pages.

National Stationery Show - Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
Through May 23, 2018 - New York

For 70 years, the NSS has been the place for all things paper – from greeting cards, custom invitations, gift wrap and journals, to lifestyle gifts – and everything in between. The NSS offers a streamlined, focused platform for meaningful business development. The atmosphere is highly creative, yet very serious, attracting store owners and top buying executives from thousands of diverse businesses worldwide, and engaging exhibitors from designer-makers to well established companies. The NSS is also the launching pad for 200+ emerging, trend-leading businesses each year, a true discovery zone!

International Contemporary Furniture Fair - Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
Through May 23, 2018 - New York

Volunteer Open House - Central Park Conservancy
May 24, 2018 - New York

The best way to learn about volunteering in Central Park is to attend one of our Volunteer Open House sessions. You'll learn in great detail about the many volunteer opportunities Central Park has to offer, and the commitments involved with each one. Conservancy staff members and veteran volunteers will provide information and answer questions. After the Open House, you'll have everything you need to decide which option fits you best. Please note: All prospective volunteers over the age of 18 are encouraged to attend. Attendance is required in order to become a Greeter or Gardener's Assistant. Questions: 212-360-2751

Seneca Village Tour - Central Park Conservancy
May 24, 2018 - New York

Seneca Village was an important community of predominantly African-American property owners living in an area that now makes up part of Central Park. Join Central Park Conservancy guides on this tour to learn about the lives of Seneca Village's residents in the 1800s and the community's place in pre-Park New York City. Highlights of this tour include Summit Rock, Tanner's Spring, Winterdale Arch, and sites where important residences and churches existed before the development of the Park.

Chance Encounters Jam - The PIT Loft
May 24, 2018 - New York

Chance Encounters is an improv jam where a dice roll determines the number of performers on stage. $3 to watch or play! Hosted by: Jon Monje, Glorillis Tavarez, Trumane Alston, and Julien Darmon. $3 for Citizens, $1 for PITizens

Modern Dance (Open Level) - 92Y
May 24, 2018 - Upper East Side

Explore the body's relationship to breath, weight and space through standing and floor work and traveling combinations.Develop strength and movement flexibility. Move through space with longer, more complex combinations.

Crying, but Horny: a Sad & Sexy Comedy Hour - Pine Box Rock Shop
May 24, 2018 - Brooklyn

Comedy collective, Best Hair, brings together local indie improv teams for their monthly show, "Crying, But Horny." Teams create on-the-spot scenes that have never been done before and will never be done again. It's a night of sad & sexy comedy you don't want to miss!

Happy Hour - The PIT Underground
May 25, 2018 - New York

Show up ready to be challenged, meet new people, and improvise! This jam will get you ready for the next level of improv while being the perfect pregame to your weekend. There are four rotating formats with different hosts.

Friday Night Poetry Slam - Nuyorican Poets Café
May 25, 2018 - New York

Come check out the Nuyorican's most popular weekly event! Watch professional poets perform and our Wednesday night Slam winners spit! Judges of our Friday Night Slams are 5 randomly chosen members of our audience (in other words, it could be you!). $13 General admission at the door (a line forms outside an hour before admittance, general admittance starts at 10pm). Tired of waiting on line? Buy VIP Tickets online and mingle with da poets! $25 VIP admission (online only). Arrive at the Main Entrance (and not in the line) by 9:30pm SHARP!

Literary Partners Program: 17th Annual Marsh Hawk Press Book Launch - Poets House
May 25, 2018 - New York

"Sometimes time is the subject, sometimes materiality as these poems point us toward the strangeness at the heart of being. We are swept away, almost in spite of ourselves, by the hypnotic precision of language. The long opening sequence The Blue Hill stuns and delights. It veers through twists and turns of utterly simple phrases into its own incandescent music." —Meena Alexander, 2017 Marsh Hawk Press Prize Contest Judge

Broadway Sessions - Laurie Beechman Theatre
Through May 25, 2018 - New York

Every Thursday night, as the curtains fall on Broadway, Host BEN D (from Broadway's Wicked, Aida and Footloose) and his crew of amazingly talented folks welcome a new Broadway cast to perform in this fun and zany musical theater variety show. Get up close and personal with Broadway's brightest as the stars bare their souls, interact with the crowd and celebrate all things BROADWAY.

Brunch, Booze, & Beats: Brunch & Day Party Memorial Day Weekend Edition - Angel of Harlem
May 26, 2018 - New York

We know for sure that today's urban professional loves three things: Brunch, Booze, and Banging Beats! So come out to Angel of Harlem on April 7th from 12:00 to 7:00 PM where we're serving a heaping helping of all three at the "Brunch, Booze, & Beats" Brunch Party! Angel, located at the corner of W. 122nd Street & Frederick Douglass Boulevard in the heart of Harlem's Restaurant Row, features a delicious and reasonably priced brunch menu.

Jazz for Kids Oran Etkin's Timbalooloo Duo Workshop - National Sawdust
May 26, 2018 - Brooklyn

Have you tried Jazz for Kids? Timbalooloo strives to fundamentally reimagine the way music is taught and language is formed. The Timbalooloo Method was developed by internationally renowned musician Oran Etkin. Through the Timbalooloo Method, children learn to express themselves by making instruments come alive and speak the language of music. The method adds character, humor and emotion to music. Through fun games, stories, songs and movements, children engage with rich musical and cultural heritage – from Tito Puente to Mozart, Willie Nelson to Herbie Hancock. "Our son was talking about Herbie Hancock, Mozart, Samba and African music – and he knew the difference!." – Harvey Keitel

The Metromaniacs - The Duke On 42nd Street
Through May 26, 2018 - New York

It's springtime in Paris, 1738. Metromania, the poetry craze, is all the rage. Damis, a young, would-be poet with a serious case of verse-mania falls for a mysterious poetess from Breton, Meriadec de Peaudoncqville (say it). She turns out to be none other than a wealthy gentleman (yes, that's right) with a touch of the mania himself—looking to unload his sexy but dimwitted daughter—who also just happens to be cuckoo for couplets. Soon scheming servants, verbal acrobatics, and mistaken identities launch a breathless series of twists and turns in this breezy "translaptation" of a rediscovered French farce by comedic master David Ives (The Liar, Venus in Fur, All in the Timing). Red Bull Theater, the company that brought you recent acclaimed productions of The Government Inspector, Coriolanus, and The School for Scandal, is proud to present the New York Premiere of this new David Ives play.

Unity of New York Sunday Service - Symphony Space
May 27, 2018 - New York

Unity of New York is a joyful, diverse, and welcoming spiritual community that honors all paths to God. Their mission is to serve the NYC community through spiritual teaching, music, prayer and outreach. They come together at their weekly Sunday Celebration Services (11am, right here at Symphony Space) to discover the power within all to unleash divine potential, know Oneness with God and each other. Unity affirms the power of prayer and the power of thoughts to create our own reality, helping people experience a stronger connection with God every day. Come for the Music... Stay for the message!

Ice Presents : the Music of Anna Thorvaldsdottir with Cory Smythe and the International Contemporary Ensemble - National Sawdust
May 27, 2018 - Brooklyn

About the Show The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) present an evening of the keyboard works of Anna Thorvaldsdottir in an intimate and immersive, multimedia setting at National Sawdust. About the Artists Pianist Cory Smythe works actively in new, classical, and improvised music. He has performed widely, making appearances as soloist and chamber musician at the Darmstadt International Festival for New Music, the Bang on a Can Marathon in New York City, the Green Mill jazz club in Chicago, and the Mostly Mozart festival at Lincoln Center. In recent seasons, Smythe has played alongside violinist Hilary Hahn in concerts throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. A Washington Post review of the duo's performance at the Kennedy Center praised Smythe for "…the ferocity and finesse of his technique." Their Grammy-winning album, In 27 Pieces: the Hilary Hahn Encores, documents Hahn's diverse collection of newly commissioned encores for violin and piano. As a core member of the new music group the International Contemporary Ensemble, Smythe has given numerous premieres, collaborated in the development of new pieces, and worked closely with composers John Zorn, Philippe... (read more)

The Telephone Show - The PIT Loft
May 27, 2018 - New York

Patrick Keene hosts a show inspired by Chicago's Mullaney Chain, where improvisers call each other one by one to form a team! No one knows what the line-up will be! $1 for both the audience and participants!

Voss Event's Drag Brunch - Highline Ballroom
Through May 27, 2018 - New York

Unleash your inner diva at our world famous Drag Brunch at Highline Ballroom with wild performances by NYC's top female impersonators and special guests from the hit television series RuPaul's Drag Race. The fun is fueled by bottomless cocktails from the bar.

Reverend Vince Anderson and the Love Choir - Union Pool
Through May 28, 2018 - Brooklyn

Reverend Vince Anderson & the Love Choir, the reason we even do Mondays at all, seriously, we'd probably just stay home all night by our lonesomes, but thanks to the Reverend and his perfect combination of dirty gospel and good vibes, we have found the light!!

Heart of the Park Tour - Central Park Conservancy
Through May 28, 2018 - New York

Walk straight through the heart of Central Park on this east-to-west tour led by Central Park Conservancy guides. Enjoy a great variety of the scenic, sculptural, and architectural elements the Park has to offer. Visit some of the Park's most famous landmarks, including Conservatory Water, Loeb Boathouse, Bethesda Terrace, Bow Bridge, Cherry Hill, the Lake, and Strawberry Fields. Details Meet: Samuel F. B. Morse statue (inside the Park at 72nd Street and Fifth Avenue). Tour ends at 72nd Street and Central Park West. Map of start location Terrain: A few stairs Length of Tour: approximately 90 minutes Cost: Free. Register in advance for easiest check-in! (Pre-registration not required)

Seasonal Highlights Tour - Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Through May 31, 2018 - Brooklyn

Tuesday–Sunday | 1–2 p.m. (except April 28 and 29) Saturday–Sunday | 3–4 p.m. (except April 22, 28, and 29) April 1–May 31, 2018 Meet at Magnolia Plaza by building steps. Catch BBG’s burgeoning blossoms at their best and other highlights of the season in this free Garden-wide guided walk. Free with Garden admission. No registration necessary.

Garden After Hours - Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Through May 31, 2018 - Brooklyn

Spring at Brooklyn Botanic Garden is not to be missed—and this year, the Garden is offering an extended hours opportunity during peak bloom season! On Tuesdays during April and May, purchase a Garden After Hours ticket, enter at any time, and stay up till 8:30! (Visitors purchasing regular admissions must leave by 6 p.m.) Enjoy an evening stroll through the Garden's vibrant spring blooms—progressing from daffodils and magnolias to peonies, cherry blossoms, and azaleas—and treat yourself to dinner, cocktails, and sunset views of Lily Pool Terrace in Yellow Magnolia Café. Advance tickets on sale in March.

New York Through the Lens of George Kalinsky - New York Historical Society
Through June 03, 2018 - New York

Some of New York's most iconic cultural moments over the past 50 years have been captured by George Kalinsky. Serving as Madison Square Garden's official photographer, Kalinsky has turned truly memorable moments?sporting events, legendary performances, and notable occasions?into lasting images that have defined the city. Among the quintessential photographs on view will be Pope John Paul II hoisting a seven-year-old child onto the Popemobile in Madison Square Garden, Bill Bradley celebrating a New York Knicks victory, Frank Sinatra crooning in 1975, and Jesse Orosco falling to his knees on the mound as the Mets won the 1986 World Series. Curated by Marilyn Satin Kushner, curator and head, Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections. New York Through the Lens of George Kalinsky is based on the book Legends by George Kalinsky, available at the NYHistory Store. Support for this exhibition provided by The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation and The May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc. Exhibitions at New-York Historical are made possible by Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang and Oscar Tang, the Saunders Trust for American History, the New York City Department of ... (read more)

Through June 09, 2018 - New York

Cirque du Soleil: VOLTA - Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Through June 10, 2018 - Uniondale

Cirque du Soleil VOLTA is coming to NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum May 17-June 10. The name VOLTA refers to a sudden about-face, a change in emotion or idea often used in poetry. It also speaks to the jolt of energy delivered through the show. VOLTA tells a spellbinding story about the freedom to choose and the thrill of blazing your own trail. Inspired in part by the adventurous spirit that fuels the culture of action sports, the show weaves the adrenaline rush of acrobatics into a visually striking world driven by a stirring melodic score. VOLTA is a story of transformation. It is about being true to oneself, fulfilling one's true potential, and the power of the group to make that possible. It celebrates freedom as a movement. VOLTA is Cirque du Soleil's 41st original production since 1984, and its 18th show presented under the Big Top. The company has brought wonder and delight to more than 160 million spectators in more than 400 cities on six continents. Cirque du Soleil has close to 4,000 employees, including 1,300 performing artists from close to 50 different countries.

Treatment: The Plan for Rain - Knockdown Center
Through June 17, 2018 - Maspeth

Treatment: The Plan for Rain is a project by Nicholas O'Brien that rethinks the NYC Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) stormwater collection program by focusing on soil biodiversity, transparency, maintenance, and its impact on citizens. Through a series of animations and sculptures, artist Nicholas O'Brien questions how the DEP's plan employs System Engineering principles that often ignore the human element in undertaking large-scale urban infrastructure projects. The animations in the exhibition render components from the stormwater collection systems, and are overlaid with segments of audio from interviews with various experts as well as DEP officials. The exhibition attempts to shed light on the often opaque decision making that occurs when trying to reshape the city into a more environmentally conscientious place.

Chloë Bass: The Book of Everyday Instruction - Knockdown Center
Through June 17, 2018 - Maspeth

Knockdown Center presents Chloë Bass: The Book of Everyday Instruction, an eight-chapter investigation of one-on-one social interaction, exploring an expanded understanding of "the pair." This exhibition will be the first time the project is exhibited in its entirety, and includes all eight chapters developed by Bass between January 2015 and January 2018 as well as additional interventions created in response to Knockdown Center's public spaces outside of the gallery. Bass uses daily life as a site of research to study the modes and scales of intimacy, locating where patterns hold and break as group sizes expand. Her works prioritize the fostering and observing of everyday interpersonal situations, and take a variety of forms across photography, text, video, sculpture, performance, a mobile phone app, poetic modes of documentation, and site-specific interventions. Presented in sequential chapters, each with its own central question and focus, Bass' inquiries expand in scale and scope; she begins with an investigation of intimacy between herself and a stranger, and expands outward to study the relationships between individuals and their safe spaces, institutions, and finally citi... (read more)

Transplants: Greek Diaspora Artists - John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Through June 27, 2018 - New York

This Ain't No Disco - Atlantic Theater Company: Linda Gross Theater
Through July 01, 2018 - New York

World Premiere Musical THIS AIN'T NO DISCO Musical & Lyrics by STEPHEN TRASK & PETER YANOWITZ Book by STEPHEN TRASK & PETER YANOWITZ and RICK ELICE Directed by TRIP CULLMAN Linda Gross Theater, 336 West 20th Street Set against the grit, the garbage strikes, the graffiti of 1979 New York City, This Ain't No Disco tells the story of drifters and dreamers searching for their place in the night world of Studio 54 and Mudd Club. In their uptown/downtown quest for revelry and kinship, every decision is fateful in a city where one's fate can turn on a dime bag. An electrifying new musical from composer/lyricist of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Stephen Trask, along with Peter Yanowitz (The Wallflowers), directed by Trip Cullman (Atlantic's I'm Gonna Pray For You So Hard, Broadway's Six Degrees of Separation). "Trask's songs have everything: melody, swagger, piano, wit, electric guitar, harmony, fun, angst, a little filth. The band, [Yanowitz & co], combine the look of old-school glam and punk with the one thing the genre currently lacks: youth." – The New Yorker

Being: New Photography 2018 - The Museum of Modern Art
Through August 19, 2018 - Manhattan

Every two years, MoMA's celebrated New Photography exhibition series presents urgent and compelling ideas in recent photography and photo-based art. This year's edition, Being, asks how photography can capture what it means to be human. At a time when questions about the rights, responsibilities, and dangers inherent in being represented—and in representing others—are being debated around the world, the works featured in Being call attention to assumptions about how individuals are depicted and perceived. Many challenge the conventions of photographic portraiture, or use tactics such as masking, cropping, or fragmenting to disorient the viewer. In others, snapshots or found images are taken from their original context and placed in a new one to reveal hidden stories. While some of the works might be considered straightforward representations of individuals, others do not include images of the human body at all. Together, they explore how personhood is expressed today, and offer timely perspectives on issues of privacy and exposure; the formation of communities; and gender, heritage, and psychology. Exploring new ground and the many forms that the photographic image can take, ... (read more)

The Central Park Walking Tour - Manhattan and Beyond Tours llc
Through October 28, 2018 - New York

The Central Park Walking Tour Daily 12pm—2 hours—2 miles—$25/person Gain a complete picture of Central Park’s origins, wit-ness its design, experience the cultural influences and feel the calming effect being in nature brings from the hustle and bustle of city life.

The Central Park Walking Tour - Manhattan and Beyond Tours llc
Through October 28, 2018 - New York

The Central Park Walking Tour Daily 12pm—2 hours—2 miles—$25/person Gain a complete picture of Central Park’s origins, wit-ness its design, experience the cultural influences and feel the calming effect being in nature brings from the hustle and bustle of city life.

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