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Queens / Sun, Aug 29, 2021, 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm
“Beach Sessions Dance Series” is proud to return to Rockaway Beach, Queens for its seventh season of free beach-front outdoor performances with a new live site-specific work by New York choreographer Moriah Evans entitled “REPOSE.” This season’s programming continues to support Beach Sessions’ commitment to presenting free public performances in the Rockaways as well as offering beachgoers and Rockaway locals a unique cultural experience at the City’s popular summertime retreat. On Sunday, August 29th from 1pm-7pm, …
Brooklyn / Fri, Aug 27, 2021 – Sun, Oct 24, 2021
The groundbreaking portraits of President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama—painted by Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald, are currently on view at the Brooklyn Museum. Transforming traditions of American presidential portraiture, the paintings document two unprecedented occasions: the election of the first Black president of the United States, and the selection of the first Black artists to receive the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery’s commission for portraits of a president or first lady. In …
Manhattan / Mon, Aug 16, 2021 – Sun, Nov 28, 2021
The exhibition “Jules Tavernier and the Elem Pomo” explores the intercultural exchange between American artist Jules Tavernier (1844–1889), born and trained in France, and the Indigenous Pomo community of Elem at Clear Lake in northern California. Investigating Tavernier’s life and career, the exhibition is centered on his rediscovered masterwork, “Dance in a Subterranean Roundhouse at Clear Lake, California (1878),” which depicts the “mfom Xe,” or “people dance,” of the Elem Pomo in an underground roundhouse. The exhibition …
Manhattan / Fri, Aug 27, 2021, 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm
On August 27 at 7pm, Ballet Hispánico will perform alongside Jamel Gaines Creative Outlet as part of Bryant Park’s free, outdoor Picnic Performances. The performance will culminate Bryant Park’s showcase of New York City-based dance companies and will celebrate Latinx culture and social justice. The Picnic Performance is accessible on a first-come, first-served basis; no ticket is necessary. For anyone unable to attend in person, a free livestream broadcast of the performance will be available nationwide via Bryant …
Manhattan / Fri, Aug 27, 2021 – Sun, Sep 05, 2021
The Met’s popular “Summer HD Festival” returns on Friday, August 27, featuring a lineup of eleven free encore presentations from the company’s popular “Live in HD” series, as well as a special pre-festival screening of Susan Froemke’s acclaimed documentary “The Opera House.” Running through September 6, the festival features unforgettable performances from many of opera’s greatest singers, including Diana Damrau and Juan Diego Flórez in Verdi’s “La Traviata” and Peter Mattei in Berg’s “Wozzeck,” both …
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Here are 12 of my NYC faves:
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Best New Restaurants in NYC
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“Make up for lost meals. No takeout, no pasta kits, just 66 of the best new (or newly relevant) places to eat.” Edited by Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld,
Here are 3 more of my faves:
Feast on Escargot and the Scene
Pastis / 52 Gansevoort St.
We’re happy to report that whatever strange alchemy it was (the warming onion soup, the cheeseburger “à la Americaine,” the spacious sidewalk operation sturdy enough for any blizzard) that elevated this fashionable Stephen Starr–Keith McNally Meatpacking District brasserie into one of the go-to destinations during the dark pandemic months is still very much intact. Like everywhere else around town, the dining room is beginning to fill up again, but the best seat in the house is still outdoors, where the sidewalk between the tables along Gansevoort Street has turned into a kind of promenade for the vibrantly reopened city. There was a jazz trio spinning out New Orleans sounds when we dropped by the other day, and couples walking arm in arm on their way to the High Line or an evening picnic in the park. Any picnic here should include some oysters and the bubbly, shell-less escargot, but be sure to save a little room for the baba au rhum, the nougat glacé, and the rest of the underrated brasserie desserts.—A.P.
Snag a Seat for Vietnamese Vermicelli
Di An Di / 68 Greenpoint Ave., Greenpoint
Cymande’s “bra” piped through the outdoor jukebox on a recent Friday at the Vietnamese restaurant Di An Di while patrons slurped up brothy vermicelli noodles underneath strings of white lights. Those who arrived after 8:45 p.m. were out of luck, as every table was filled with fashionable young folks in T-shirts and hosts had stopped taking names. Bowls of mi xao bo do bien, firm egg noodles studded with fat slices of squid and shrimp, scented the air with its garlicky perfume. The Before Times menu still hasn’t returned, which means no more rice-paper pizzas for now, but there are newish bánh mì lunch sandwiches stuffed with fried chicken, tofu, or pork belly. And the aromatic shaking beef (bo luc lac), with its wok-seared cubes of medium-rare sirloin and crisp tomato-watercress salad, remains.—R.P.S.
Sip Vermut Like a Basque Boulevardier
Ernesto’s / 259 E. Broadway
The pandemic was a disaster for everyone, but few felt the old “defeat snatched from the jaws of victory” moment more keenly than chef-owner Ryan Bartlow, who had to close this elegant little Basque-themed bar operation just as the buzz for its special brand of convivial tapas-style cooking was building. The bare-bones staff managed to survive on PPP checks and a pickup menu until early summer, before throwing open the floor-to-ceiling windows and filling the sidewalk with rows of tables, which, on a warm night, as the evening light filters through the leafy trees across the street, can feel a little like an outdoor café in San Sebastián. These days, the long, dinner-friendly bar is humming again, and with the first-rate drinks program (try the vermut and tonic), a roster of expertly rendered Spanish classics (the croquettes, the morcilla, the tortilla española), and a peaceful, unhurried vibe, there are, for our money, few more-enjoyable indoor-outdoor-dining options in town.—A.P.
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