With this long-awaited follow-up to 2019’s legendary “Burgers, Bourbon, & Beethoven,” death of Classical now shifts their insatiable search for culinary transcendence to the hot dog, whose humble origins began with Charles Feltman, a Green-Wood permanent resident who invented the fabled frankfurter sandwich back in 1867 in Coney Island. Celebrate Feltman’s legacy with a smorgasbord of different styles of dogs from some of NYC’s finest purveyors, a wide swath of spirits to taste, snacks a-plenty, sunset …
Doug Varone and Dancers returns to The Joyce celebrating its 35th year with the New York premiere of “Somewhere” (2019) and Varone’s masterwork from 1993, “Rise.” “Somewhere” reimagines Leonard Bernstein’s timeless “West Side Story” by stripping the orchestral score of its narrative connotations. The result: pure choreographic vibrancy, brimming with nuance and emotional heft generated by the musical structure. In “Rise,” dancers take over the stage in swirls of controlled chaos, with composer John Adam’s “Fearful Symmetries” …
The 92nd Street Y, one of New York’s leading cultural venues, today announced “The Bach-Mendelssohn Connection,” a ten-day festival of concerts and salons that will explore the unexpected or hidden connections between Johann Sebastian Bach and Felix Mendelssohn. The festival will feature Jeremy Denk, Steven Isserlis, the Emerson String Quartet, and more. Each performance and evening will explore the inspiration and influence in the world of two genius composers. Tickets are available at https://www.92y.org/bach-festival. “The Bach-Mendelssohn Connection is the …
After a two-year postponement, the Trisha Brown Dance Company celebrates its 50th anniversary at The Joyce Theater (May 24-29) with an historical season commemorating Brown’s extraordinary partnership with visual artist Robert Rauschenberg. Over the course of five decades, Brown and Rauschenberg maintained a rich creative dialogue, drawing inspiration from each other while investigating the visual and the kinetic. The Joyce program features two pivotal works: “Foray Forêt,” with original costumes by Rauschenberg, and “Astral Converted,” featuring Rauschenberg’s costumes and mobile set of lighting towers. “Foray Forêt,” which premiered in 1990 at Lyon Biennale de la Danse in France, marks the beginning of Brown’s elegant and …
The Performance Project at University Settlement and Music At The Anthology present the world premiere of “Family Association,” a unique, site-specific soundwalk, as part of AAPI Heritage Month in Manhattan’s Chinatown on May 27-28, 2022 and June 2-5, 2022 at 6pm at Dr. Sun Yat Sen Plaza in Columbus Park. Reservations for soundwalk meet ups are free and available at gtlam.com/family-association. Participants will meet together with composer George Tsz-Kwan Lam, who will lead this series of …
Wear your sunblock: The best NYC events in June 2022 are things to do outside. When you’re not spending all your free time soaking up the sun at the best beaches or drinking atop the city’s finest rooftop bars, you’ll be rocking your rainbow during the Pride March and catching Tribeca Film Festival screeners. There are more opportunities to play dress up too like at the annual Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governors Island. Get your tickets now for the best happenings of the month and keep your fingers (and toes) crossed for good weather.”
There’s nothing like taking in free live music and performance in the great outdoors. This season, comprised of 26 live and free performances, kicked off on May 27 with the New York City Opera’s production of Gioachino Rossini’s The Barber of Seville. The opera is also scheduled to put on its annual “Pride in the Park” concert (June 17). Throughout the summer, New Yorkers will be treated to a slew of other shows, including contemporary dance performances, jazz concerts, collaborations with Joe’s Pub and more. You can check out the full lineup right here.
The Seaport’s summer concert series under the stars will feature more than 60 shows including from artists like Simple Plan, Sum 41, The Offspring, Pusha T, Elvis Costello & The Imposters, Blondie, DEVO, Deftones, The Head and the Heart, Flogging Molly, Bikini Kill, Mayday Parade, Jason Mraz, Rise Against, The Used, Dashboard Confessional, Franz Ferdinand, Jason Isbell and more.
Following a two-year, pandemic-fueled hiatus, the beloved Coney Island Mermaid Parade is officially coming back on June 18. Can you hear us screaming with delight? The procession, which has become the largest art parade in all of the United States since first debuting back in 1983, is part and parcel of Coney Island’s character, marking the unofficial start of summer. It will take place on June 18!”
For all the rest of 17 fine NYC June Events go to Time Out NY’s list HERE.
(5/15-5/21) Looking for what to do in NYC this week and weekend? The city continues to bounce back, with many venues dropping their mask and vaccine requirements. Expect a revitalized city this week and this weekend, with new restaurants, festivals, pop ups, and all kind of other things to do in NYC this week.”
Here are a few of my faves:
DANCE PARADE & FESTIVAL
Photographer: Peter Cai. Group: Xdance from Hartford, CT, registered to dance in 2022.
More than 10,000 dancers, DJs, and musicians come together for the 16th Annual Dance Parade & Festival. The world’s largest display of cultural diversity—more than 100 styles of dance are represented—takes place on Saturday, May 21st. The afternoon includes a dance procession, grandstand performances at Fourth Avenue and 8th Street, and a Dancefest with aerial performances and free lessons in Tompkins Square Park”
Photo courtesy Fornino.
Brooklyn pizza fave Fornino has a great special in synch with National Pizza Party Day, which falls on Friday. At all Fornino locations, Greenpoint (849 Manhattan Ave.), Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6, and DUMBO at Time Out Market New York (55 Water St., beginning at 7pm nightly) find chef and owner Michael Ayoub’s delicious wood-fired Margherita pizza at a special price. It’s just $7 through Friday, May 20th
In Manhattan, Zazzy’s Pizza is also offering an ongoing cheese or pepperoni slice and a beer combo for $5 at their West Village, Lower East Side, and Upper East Side locations (it’s $7 for the combo if you want a vegan slice). Just mention you want the Instagram special and mangia!
National Pizza Party Day will be celebrated in a big way at Ainslie in Williamsburg (76 Ainslie St.) and Carroll Place in Greenwich Village (157 Bleecker St). Both hotspots will serve up complimentary (yes, complimentary!) wood-fired pizzas at the bar, in a wide array of varieties ranging from Margherita to boscaiola topped with pancetta, mushrooms, and truffle oil. From Friday, May 20th until the end of June enjoy delicious ‘za on the house from Monday-Friday at Ainslie and Tuesday-Friday at Carroll Place. The offer is good 5-6pm and again for the late night folks at 11:30pm-12:30am.
NEW IMMERSIVE ART
Head to the historic boiler room of Chelsea Market to experience the immersive art space ARTECHOUSE. You’ve never seen art like this before, as room-sized digital projections merge with sound design to create a cinematic experience. Open now is Life of a Neuron, which draws on decades of neuroscience research to create a cellular-level journey through the human brain. Come explore the intersections of art and science and discover new layers of a universal human experience—the story of ourselves. The main installation is joined by additional immersive artworks. You can also grab a drink at the newly opened XR Bar.
For all the rest of these great NYC events check out City Guide’s List HERE.
Lunar and Bonnie’s collaboration, both participants in Sunset Celebration at Chelsea Market. | Photo courtesy of Lunar
After a long work week, we’re all deserving of a slice from one of NYC’s 30 best pizza joints. Also on tap for this weekend? A real, live breakfast club; the city’s biggest singalong; and a new immersive show that puts you inside the human brain. In addition, to help continue advocating for bodily autonomy and safer abortion access, join this Saturday’s march towards the effort led by Bans Off NYC and Planned Parenthood.
Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14 Times Square While we’re not quite in the second coming of The Roaring ‘20s just yet, there are plenty of local speakeasies to check out—and this weekend, swing by a new one near Times Square at the nightlife venue Paradise Club. At the swanky boite inside The Times Square EDITION, guests will be treated to singers crooning the classics like Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra, while sipping on equally classic cocktails. This weekend, catch Dez Duron (The Voice), and keep an eye on the calendar for upcoming performers. Cost: Tickets from $59
Weekend-long St. George For a brief time, Staten Island was the only borough without a professional sports team. But happily, that changed a few weeks ago, when the Staten Island FerryHawks baseball team started their inaugural season. So, if you’ve ever wanted baseball fan super-status, here it is: you can become a diehard supporter during their very first month. There are games every night this weekend, but we recommend starting with Friday night since they’re giving away free t-shirts. Cost: Tickets from $14
Saturday, May 14 Chelsea Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a brain cell? Find out in Artechouse’s latest immersive show, which opens this Saturday. Life of a Neuron uses years of research on brain science to create an exhibit that leads viewers through the birth, life, and death of a neuron, as well as installations that explore vision, addiction, and stress from the perspective of a cell. Make sure to try one of the XR cocktails while you’re there: they’ve been crafted to trigger areas of the brain like spatial memory and neuroplasticity. Cost: Tickets from $25
Weekend-long Flatiron Fotografiska has made a name for itself with its provocative, compelling, and beautiful photography shows. But its latest survey, Black Venus, may be one of the most important shows the museum has mounted thus far. Featuring 17 artists, including heavy hitters like Carrie Mae Weems, Kara Walker, and Deana Lawson, the show tracks the evolving image of Black women in culture—from colonial caricatures to contemporary, celebratory images of womanhood. Cost: Tickets from $13
Saturday, May 14, 2:30 pm Lincoln Center Whether you moved to NYC for your chance to make it on The Great White Way or you’re just a really good singer in the shower, join other professional and not-quite professional singers at Lincoln Center this Saturday for a chance to take part in a giant chorus. Sing New York will feature both a performance from The Young People’s Chorus of New York City, as well as one of the city’s largest singalongs. If you want to prep beforehand, song choices will include “This Little Light of Mine,” “Your Song,” and “Love Train.” Cost: Free
Saturday, May 14 Chelsea This Saturday, help amplify the voices of AAPI artists, chefs, and small business owners by checking out Chelsea Market, Pearl River Mart, and Lunar Hard Seltzer’s Sunset Celebration. The evening event will feature food from buzzy spots like Bonnie’s, Win Son, and Kitsby, along with Soft Solidarity, an art exhibition made in collaboration with the Asian American Arts Alliance. Pearl River Mart itself will also be open for any retail therapy needs. Cost: $40 per person
Sunday, May 15, 11 am Williamsburg The only thing better than The Breakfast Club? An actual breakfast club. This Sunday, head to Bolero for District One’s Asian Breakfast Club, where you can chow down on congee or a Vietnamese egg sandwich while learning about and tasting Asian-owned brands like non-alcoholic wine label Studio Null, oatmeal from Yishi Foods, and Vietnamese coffee roaster Nam Coffee. Each ticket also includes your choice of a Bloody Mary made with Sông Cái Distillery gin or a Vietnamese egg coffee (do take advantage of the optional shot of whiskey). Cost: $30 per person
Sunday, May 15, 5 pm Fort Greene Since most of us don’t have our own grill, let alone our own backyard, take advantage of Colonia Verde’s gorgeous outdoor space this Sunday, where guest chef Carolina Santos-Neves (of American Bar) will be firing up dishes like oysters, ribs, and tostadas. There will also be wine flowing courtesy of Ariana Rolich and Veronica Stoler of Campió Collective and mezcal selections poured by David Dong from PM Spirits. Cost: Tickets from $70
Thrillist, a site with tons of food, drink, travel & entertainment info, introduces folks to the coolest things to do in NYC (and other places when you are traveling). I like to check them out regularly. You should, too.
“With summer just around the corner, it’s time to take advantage of the cooler days before the city turns into a massive oven. There’s so much to look forward to in May, from “cinco de Mayo” to exciting new exhibitions and of course, all the city’s gorgeous spring blooms.
That said, we’ve put together a giant list below of all the must-do activities happening this month in the city. Get to it!”
If you’d like to hear beautiful melodies surrounded by the flickering glow of candlelight in a stunning NYC church, this one at St Ann & the Holy Trinity Church from Bach to the Beatles or this one at the Church of the Heavenly Rest that’s a tribute to Coldplay will surely impress.
Travel to a galaxy far, far away at NYC’s out-of-this-world Star Wars fan exhibit. See more than 600 official items from the Star Wars Universe that have been collected and displayed by the franchise’s biggest fans. Stand next to replicas of your favorite characters and see iconic movie recreations. Get your tickets here.
Appreciate the best in art around NYC
One of NYC’s best assets is its accessibility to beautiful art. Everywhere you look there’s new installations popping up and incredible museums to visit. Here are some you should check out this May:
Hear a nostalgic reenactment of all your favorite Queen hits like We Will Rock You, Another One Bites The Dust, and Bohemian Rhapsodyat this unforgettable concert coming to NYC. Broadway stars will take to the stage alongside a giant 15-piece orchestra for a night that will have you rockin’ out. Get your tickets here.
For all the rest of these 60 very fine NYC events, go to SecretNYC’s list HERE.
Parthenia, New York’s premiere viol consort, will present “A Reliquary for William Blake,” a concert on Friday, May 6 @ 7:30 PM at The Church of St. Luke in the Fields, 487 Hudson Street in Manhattan and online. The program, the third of Parthenia’s 2021-22 NYC Concert Series, will also be webcast. Performers will be Parthenia Viol Consort with Cody Bowers, countertenor. They will perform contemporary composer Will Ayton’s A Reliquary for William Blake for viols and voice, based …
The New York art community is pleased to present New York Art Week, an inaugural city-wide initiative taking place from May 5th-12th, 2022. Founded by over twenty leading organizations, museums, and auction houses, New York Art Week will highlight an unprecedented offering of global art market events and institutional exhibitions taking place in New York City. “New York Art Week is a wonderful opportunity to build community and the spirit of collaboration and partnership across the …
Zorn’s writing for strings has yielded some of the most powerful and virtuosic string music around—and Roulette is proud to present an exciting program of three world premieres written for and performed by select members of Zorn’s inner circle. “Sigil Magick,” subtitled “A Curious and Detailed Exposition of Sigils, Signs, and Hieroglyphs Peculiar to the Occult Orders, Hermetic Brotherhoods, and Dark Mystery Schools of the Late Middle Ages” is a tour de force concerto for cello and string …
The author of more than three thousand folk songs, Woody Guthrie (1912–1967) is one of the most influential songwriters and recording artists in American history. He is an icon of the Depression era and wrote the world’s most famous protest song, “This Land Is Your Land.” But he was not only a songwriter, and his subject matter extended well beyond labor politics. The full corpus of his creativity—including lyrics, poetry, artwork, and largely unpublished prose …
Mabou Mines presents preview performances of “The Vicksburg Project,” May 11 – 15, May 18 – 22, May 25 – 29, 2022 (at Mabou Mines, 150 1st Avenue, Second Floor, New York), in anticipation of its premiere at Harlem Stage in 2023. Produced by Mabou Mines and piece by piece productions, Vicksburg is conceived by composer Eve Beglarian, created in collaboration with Mabou Mines co-artistic directors Karen Kandel and Mallory Catlett, and described by the three visionary artists behind the work as an “exploded song cycle.” Through deeply researched and …
Don’t waste your time—head to NYC’s best museum exhibits now!
“New York City has tons of things going for it, from incredible buildings to breathtaking parks. But surely, the top of the list includes NYC’s vast array of museums, covering every field of culture and knowledge: There are quirky museums and interactive museums, free museums and world-beating art institutions like the Metropolitan Museum. Between them, they offer so many exhibitions, of every variety and taste, that it’s hard to keep track of them. But if you’ve starting to suffer a sudden attack of FOMA, fear not! We’ve got you covered with our select list of the best museum exhibitions in NYC.”
“Now that spring is in full swing there’s certainly no shortage of outstanding NYC events in May 2022. We encourage you to find things to do outside and take in all the greenery by visiting some of the best NYC parks while the flowers are blooming. As for the month’s major holidays, don’t miss out on all the awesome things to do for Mother’s Day and Memorial Day. There are also incredible spring festivals showcasing some of the best art and music.”
The New York Indian Film Festival, North America’s oldest and most prestigious festival that celebrates alternative, independent cinema from the global Indian community, is back with 60 screenings (18 feature narratives, six documentaries and 36 short films). This year, there will be a collection of shorts exploring LGBTQ stories set in India with Dal Bhat, Keep Punching, Kiss, Man & Wife, My Mother’s Girlfriend, Pariah and The Way We Are. There will also be special children’s films screenings, Boomba Ride (Assamese) and Gandhi & Co. (Gujarati). Films can be rented via on-demand streaming offered from May 7-14. The awards night will be an in-person event along with the closing night film screening of the documentary, The Beatles and India at the Village East starting at 4:30pm.
The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD)’s “Flower Craft” will showcase works of six botanical artists who have been inspired by nature’s “ephemerality and its inimitable palettes” and have interpreted nature in a sculptural form. Each week a new botanical artist will be featured in the Flower Craft gallery as will a curated selection of vessels made in a range of mediums. The exhibition also coincides with MAD’s first-ever “bee residency,” two newly installed beehives on the Museum roof. The hives are now homes for “Queen Aileen,” named for the founder of MAD, Aileen Osborn Webb, and “Queen Toshiko Takaezu,” named for the famed female ceramic artist and dedicated supporter of MAD. Additionally, MAD will be holding flower craft studio classes with artists through May and June and the Museum’s free art-making and discussion workshop will take place on select Thursdays from 4–6 pm in the Flower Craft gallery. A Flower Power Pass may be purchased online and will offer discounted admission to the Museum for $45 (a $108 value) during the run of the exhibition for visitors to experience Flower Craft in its entirety. The Store at MAD will offer fresh bouquets by celebrated New York City florists Anthony Brownie, Kat Flower, Petal, and Julia Testa, as well as floral inspired, handmade products from a global roster of artists.
This massive festival with more than 30 events throughout Greenwich Village, brings together an all-star lineup of writers representing numerous countries to contemplate change, international politics and the value of free speech. Highlights this year include Ukrainian writer and PEN Ukraine President Andrey Kurkov, who will deliver the keynote Arthur Miller Lecture; an opening night event featuring 2021 Nobel Prize in Literature laureate Abdulrazak Gurnah; pairings of acclaimed authors such as Sheila Heti & Jenny Egan, and David Grossman & Dara Horn in conversation; an evening of forbidden books, and discussions of, and debates about, climate change, indigenous reckoning and reconciliation, migration, and feminism/women’s rights. For a list of events, visit pen.org/festival.
For all the rest of these 38 great NYC May events go to Time Out NY’s list HERE.
“The quality and quantity of free events, free things to do that take place in New York City every day of the year is truly amazing. So don’t miss the opportunities that only New York provides: stop wondering what to do; start taking advantage of free things to do, free events to go to in NYC today!”
Join Club Free Time – I did, and it’s one of the best things I ever did. Here is a sample of FREE events this week. Get more information by going to the Club Free Time website.