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Random Happenings in New York City This Weekend - May 18-May 20

May 14, 2018 - by CG Directory Editor
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There's always something going on in the world's captial, and City Guide has rounded up the best random happenings in New York City this weekend for those looking to do something a little out of the ordinary. You never know what you'll find going on in the city's many neighborhoods on the weekend, but you'll definitely find something, however miscellaneous it may be.

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.

Happy Hour - The PIT Underground
May 18, 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.

Juilliard's 113th Commencement Ceremony - Alice Tully Hall, The Juilliard School
May 18, 2018 - New York

RR: TNS After Hours - KGB Bar
May 18, 2018 - New York

No cover. 2 drink minimum.

Heart of the Park Tour - Central Park Conservancy
May 18, 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)

Wine & Cheese Fest - Eataly
May 18, 2018 - New york

Wash down the week and prep your palate for the ultimate evening of pairings at our springtime Wine & Cheese Fest at Eataly Downtown! Kick off the weekend with us on Friday, May 18th and enjoy the cheesiest event of the season! Explore our marketplace with your all access bracelet where we'll be cooking up a series of seriously cheesy Italian dishes, sampling a variety of a decadent cheeses and offering unlimited sips of the perfect wines to pair it all together… and maybe even some cocktails to top it all off! Don't miss out on this one-of-a-kind opportunity to taste over 15 different wines, visit 8 different food stations, sample cheeses from over 7 different producers and take home your very own Eataly wine glass! Tickets sell fast, so lose the briefcase, grab a glass and a friend and join us! Pre-purchased bracelets are $60 and get you full, unlimited access of this tasty two-hour event. Be advised, all guests planning to consume alcohol must be able to show valid government-issued identification to prove they are 21 or older.

Friday Night Poetry Slam - Nuyorican Poets Café
May 18, 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!

Big Sean /w Playboi Carti - Madison Square Garden
May 18, 2018 - New York

Broadway Sessions - Laurie Beechman Theatre
Through May 18, 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.

Unstoppable: The Musical - Sheen Center
Through May 18, 2018 - New York

Haven Kids Rock is a music program that was created for at-risk kids in the New York City child welfare and foster care systems. Rock guitarist Jimi K Bones and musician and casting director Nefertiti Jones founded Haven Kids Rock in 2008 to provide children with a creative/enriching/therapeutic outlet. The weekly music program resides within Mott Haven Academy Charter School in the South Bronx and shares a close partnership with The New York Foundling, one of the city's largest and most respected social service agencies. Participation in Haven Kids Rock Music Program presents a unique opportunity for Haven Academy scholars. The students who participate do not typically have regular access to enrichment opportunities outside of the school environment. As an extension of the school day, Haven Kids Rock provides a therapeutic environment by giving scholars a chance for self-expression through music, acting and dance.

David Krakauer Presents Alicia Svigals: the Yellow Ticket - National Sawdust
May 19, 2018 - Brooklyn

The Yellow Ticket is a multimedia event featuring a rare 1918 silent film and an original score by renowned klezmer violinist/vocalist/composer Alicia Svigals, performed live along with Toronto's virtuoso new-music pianist Marilyn Lerner. Pre-eminent film scholar Tom Gunning said about the score: "I believe this accompaniment to The Yellow Ticket is one of the most powerful I have heard. It evokes not only a sense of the contemporary context of the culture in which the film took place, but our awareness of what was done to it afterwards. The sound of piano, violin and the human voice evoke passion, energy and a profound sense of mourning, bridging the historical distance between us and this film as eloquently as does Pola Negri's extraordinary face. The Yellow Ticket has garnered: The Foundation for Jewish Culture's annual new music commission A major grant from the Still Point Fund for Alicia to create a brand new digital restoration of the film A commission from Music of Remembrance in Seattle to write a new version of the score adding Seattle Symphony's clarinetist Laura DeLuca (the program is also available in this version) A Trust for Mutual Understand grant to bri... (read more)

The Elastic Time Cannon - The PIT Loft
May 19, 2018 - New York

The Elastic Time Cannon is a mind bending, time blending, never ending adventure through the space-time continuum. With the suggestion of an opening line of dialogue this extratemporal cast creates an expanding and eventually collapsing universe of characters all born from the same moment in time. ETC shows are marked with causal loops, dimensional incursions, and a multiverse of high stakes moments. It's an absurd, laugh out loud thrill ride of a show!

Heart of the Park Tour - Central Park Conservancy
May 19, 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)

Lescandal - Laurie Beechman Theatre
May 19, 2018 - New York

Le Scandal Cabaret is NYC's longest running burlesque variety show. For over 15 years producer Miss Bonnie Dunn's, Le Scandal has featured variety acts, circus performers, live music and a bevy of burlesque beauties. NY Magazine called Le Scandal, "the rock star of the NY burlesque scene!" And the show is a NY Times "critics pick." New performers every week! Expect belly dancers, magicians, contortionists, torch singing fan dancers and comedic aerobats, all set to the live music of the Le Scandal Orchestra.

Words: Hip Hop & Poetry Showcase & Open Mic with Wiseguy and Gaston - Nuyorican Poets Café
May 19, 2018 - New York

WORDS was created by Rocky LaMontagne & Bobbito the Barber to give young up-and-coming poets & emcees the opportunity to showcase their work to an audience of their peers. This showcase and open mic has featured Company Flow, Canibus, Mos Def, M.C. Search, Willie Perdomo, Saul Williams, and Suheir Hammad, among others. The open mic gives new artists a chance to perform in front of an audience. WORDS! is hosted by WiseGuy & Gaston and is held on the third Saturday of every month. $13 at the door, $10 with Student ID.

Spring String Festival - Houghton College
Through May 19, 2018 - Houghton

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!

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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)

EUGENIO MERINO - Unix Gallery
Through June 09, 2018 - New York

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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