Selected Events + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide (06/21)

Today’s “Fab 5″+2/ Selected NYCity Events – SATURDAY, JUNE 21, 2014.

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“9 Notable NYCity Events-June”, and also “on Broadway”, and “Top10 Free” in the header above.
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Adventures NYC
“A bit of the great outdoors can be experienced in the city during this free, two-day celebration of rock climbing, kayaking, fly casting, slacklining and other activities in Central Park (on Saturday) and Marine Park, Brooklyn (on Sunday).
Presented by the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation and Backpacker Magazine, the events, for land and water, will come with instruction for novices.

There will also be snowboarding clinics — on grassy hills — along with health and fitness classes, mountain bike obstacle courses and a giveaway of 1,500 bicycle helmets, by the city’s Transportation Department. The Slackline World Championships will also be part of the festivities on Saturday. (Slacklining involves maneuvering while balancing on a line suspended several feet off the ground.)
at and around Central Park Bandshell, midpark at 72nd St.
from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
A little water, bug spray and sunscreen wouldn’t hurt.” (NYT-Anne Mancuso)

Danilo Pérez, John Patitucci, and Brian Blade (also June 22.)
“The pianist Pérez, the bassist Patitucci, and the drummer Blade have provided the structural framework for the saxophonist Wayne Shorter’s highly interactive quartet since its inception, in 2000. Although Shorter’s absence might be the elephant in the room, these exceptionally gifted, idiosyncratic improvisers (each of whom also composes and has lead his own ensembles) are certainly capable of conjuring sonic mystery without their enigmatic leader at the helm.” (NewYorker)
Blue Note, 131 W. 3rd St.
At 8:00 p.m. & 10:30 p.m. / $20-$35

North River Historic Ship Festival (through June 24)
“The days when sailing vessels, steamships, and ocean liners filled New York Harbor are long gone, but there are still a few classic craft that call these waters home. On June 20-24, they are gathering at Hudson River Park’s Pier 25, for rides, tours, and other events. Expected vessels include the Lehigh Valley Barge No. 79 (built in 1914 and the sole surviving wooden railway barge of its type still afloat), the retired New York City fireboat John J. Harvey (built in 1931 and enlisted for assistance on 9/11), the former Coast Guard lighthouse tender Lilac (built in 1933 and the last remaining steamship in the Coast Guard fleet), and the South Street Seaport’s iron-hulled schooner Pioneer (built in 1885).” (NewYorker)
Hudson River Park, N. Moore St. at the Hudson River.
For more information, visit

SummerStage: Fête de la Musique: -M- and Emilie Simon
Matthieu Chedid is the son of French singer Louis Chedid, and the grandson of the Egyptian-born French writer and poetess Andrée Chedid. A talented multi-instrumentalist, Chedid performs and records under the stage name -M-. Created as a means of overcoming his shyness on stage, the pseudonym comes from Chedid’s first initial but also refers to the similar sounding French word “aime”, meaning “love”. The character -M- is a superhero, noted for having a playful nature, and recognized for his flamboyant costumes – primarily monochrome suits with slim trousers, long jackets with upward pointed collars and glasses styled into the shape of an M. Since 1997 and his first album and tour, he has been collaborating with a number of artists, both on stage and in the recording studio.

It’s been quite the ride for Émilie Simon since her debut album took off back in 2003, the electronic album was critically acclaimed and went on to become a huge commercial success. Side-stepping her pared-down electronic beginnings, Simon pirouettes Mue, her sixth album, into fresh, sonic territory with lyrical reveries that sensuously saddle up to lush, organically rich string and brass arrangements.
At 7:00pm / FREE
Central Park SummerStage, Rumsey Playfield. Enter at 69th and 5th Ave.

Make Music New York
Now in its eighth year, Make Music New York, “the largest music event ever to grace Gotham” (Metro New York), is a unique festival of 1,000+ free concerts in public spaces throughout the five boroughs of New York City, all on June 21st, the first day of summer. MMNY takes place simultaneously with similar festivities in more than 726 cities around the world — a global celebration of music making.

Completely different from a typical music festival, MMNY is open to anyone who wants to take part.
From 10 in the morning to 10 at night, musicians of all ages, creeds, and musical persuasions — from hip hop to opera, Latin jazz to punk rock — perform on streets, sidewalks, stoops, plazas, cemeteries, parks and gardens. From high school bands to marquee names, MMNY is open to anyone who wants to take part, enjoyed by everyone who wants to attend.

Elsewhere, but worth the detour:
NYC Craft Beer Festival Summer International
“There will be a tasting of more than 140 brews from 75 breweries during this festival for those 21 and older. Among the other offerings are chocolate ale ice cream, made with chocolate stout from Brooklyn Brewery, and brewery experts talking about beer in the connoisseur lounge. (A dollar from every ticket will benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.)” (NYT)
Saturday from 2 to 4:30 p.m. and 7 to 9:30 p.m. / $65
69th Regiment Armory, 68 Lexington Avenue, between East 25th and 26th Streets,

Mermaid Parade
“Dante and Chiara de Blasio — the son and daughter of Mayor Bill de Blasio — will be King Neptune and Queen Mermaid at this annual procession of colorful floats and marchers, which travels along Surf Avenue in Coney Island. It begins at 1 p.m. at West 21st Street and continues to West 10th Street, where it turns toward the boardwalk and heads toward West 17th Street. The parade, sponsored by Coney Island USA, ends at Steeplechase Plaza;” (NYT)

and don’t miss this ConeyIsland treat:
Coney Island Circus Sideshow (until Sun Sep 28)
One of the last of its kind, this ten-act extravaganza of human oddities aims to satisfy nostalgic and progressive temperaments alike. Now in its 29th season, the iconic spectacle adds a footnote to the controversial freak-show conversation by celebrating the talents of those “born different.” The lineup includes contortionists, sword swallowers, fire eaters and escape artists.
Sideshows by the Seashore
1208 Surf Ave. at 12th St. (Coney Island, Brooklyn)
718-372-5159 /
at 1:00pm / $10, children under 12 $5

♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity is a big town with many visitors where quality shows draw crowds. Try to reserve seats in advance, even if just on day of performance.

WHAT’S ON VIEW: Special Exhibitions @ 2 MUSEUMS (Manhattan’s WestSide)

‘A World of Its Own: Photographic Practices in the Studio’ (through Oct. 5)
‘Designing Modern Women 1890-1990’(through Oct. 5)
Museum of Modern Art: 11 W 53rd St. (btw 5th /6th Ave.)
(212) 708-9400 /

Designing Modern Women 1890-1990:

The Art of the Brick by Nathan Sawaya (ongoing)
This exhibition by artist Nathan Sawaya is a critically acclaimed collection of intriguing and inspiring works of art made exclusively from one of the most recognizable toys in the world — LEGO® bricks. The Discovery Times Square exhibit is the world’s biggest and most elaborate display of LEGO® art ever and features brand-new, never-before-seen pieces by Sawaya. This show was named ‘One of CNN’s Ten Global Must-See Exhibitions.’
Discovery Times Square, 226 West 44th St. (btw 7th/8th ave)
866.987.9692 /


For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in the right Sidebar: “Selected Events + Special Exhibitions : … …” dated (06/13) and (06/11).
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