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Events in May Have to Do With Flowers, Festivals, Art and Biking

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In May we have Billy Joel in concert, the Ninth Avenue Food Festival, Fleet Week, Memorial Day, Mother’s Day, Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit, Five Boro Bike Tour and so much more.

All Month long into June the Museum of Arts and Design, Thursdays from 4–6 pm in the Flower Craft gallery will showcase works of six botanical artists. Free art-making and discussion workshop will take place and 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. Two newly installed beehives are also on the Museum roof.

At the Starrett-Lehigh Building, 601 West 26th Street, between Eleventh and Twelfth Avenues in Chelsea is a Basquiat exhibit, organized and curated by Basquiat’s family (with famed architect David Adjaye and design firm Pentagram), with more than 200 rarely seen works.

Over 250 events throughout the City, including seminars, exhibitions, installations, trade shows and talks. Design disciplines include architecture, digital & technology, DIY & craft, engineering, fashion, furniture, graphic design, industrial & manufacturing, landscape design, lighting, product design, television, film & media, urban design and more. Featured events include Frieze New York, ICFF, Bklyn Designs, WantedDesign and Collective Design. Visit nycxdesign.com to learn more.

PEN World Voices Festival has more than 30 events throughout Greenwich Village. 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. For more visit pen.org/festival

The Botanical Garden located in Brooklyn celebrates the cherry blossoms and all things flowers. See more than 200 blossoming trees. Purchase tickets online in advance.

The Whitney Biennial 2022 (April 6 – September 5, 2022)

The MLB is on in May!

4/30 and 5/1: Fare Forward a new two-day music festival at Wollman Rink at Central Park from 2pm to 10pm featuring a variety of artists such as Guy Laliberte, Weather Station, Carlita, Acid Pauli, Dill and The Illustrious Blacks. A full-sensory exhibition and food prepared by chefs from the city’s culinary scene.

5/1 Five Boro Bike Tour (by TD Bank) 32,000 cyclists spinning 42 miles through all five NYC boroughs, ending in Staten Island, where a fun outdoor Festival awaits. See bike demos, a mountain bike stunt show, food, product samples, massage and more while donating to a good cause.

5/1: The annual Mayday Festival of Resistance at Maria Hernandez Park, featuring a free outdoor concert, party, and community celebration held in honor of International Workers Day. Expect Cita Rodriguez (salsa), Milagro Verde (chicha amazónica), DJ Bembona (tropical bass), Junior Mint, RodStarz of Rebel Diaz (emcee) and Combo Chimbita (tropical psychedelic bomba cumbia), resource tables from an array of community organizations and art-making activities for kids. Cultural workers and grassroots groups will inform residents about their rights as tenants, immigrants, and workers. Speakers will highlight recent wins by workers on the frontlines and other ongoing labor struggles across NYC. It’s a day of music, art, and joyful resistance, where neighbors come together to build solidarity, mutual aid and people power.

5/3, 4, 10, 11 and 12: Free Dance Parties on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings starting in May. Folks can cut a rug and learn new styles led by experts starting at 6pm, when instructors walk you through how to swing, tango, salsa or bachata. An hour later, a live band plays the appropriate tunes so you can show off your new steps under the stars. This year’s line-up includes salsa from Avenida B Salsa Dura (on May 3), swing dance from The Antoinette Montague Experience (May 4), a Cinco de Mayo Party with Mariachi Real De Mexico and singer Jose Adán Perez (May 5), flamenco and rumba with Nélida Tirado (May 10), a continent-spanning African Fusion Night with Sekou and Friends (May 11), and an evening featuring music of the Americas from Colombia, Peru, and Venezuela with La Mar (May 12).

5/4: Free Summer Movies, The Rooftop Film Club on top of the Skylawn Embassy Suites show films in lofty heights on several days during may.

  • The Great Gatsby (May 4, 2022).
  • When Harry Met Salley (May 5, 2022)
  • Coming to America (May 5, 2022)
  • You’ve Got Mail (May 6, 2022)
  • Goodfellas (May 6, 2022)
  • Spider-Man: No Way Home (May 7, 2022)
  • Moonstruck (May 7, 2022)
  • Do the right thing (May 7, 2022)
  • Big (May 8, 2022)
  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s (May 8, 2022)

5/7: Project 91 is hosting Spring Fest with a star-studded lineup featuring Jai Wolf, Audien, SNBRN, Frank Walker, MADDS, and much more. This all-ages event will take place at The Lefrak Center at Lakeside located in Prospect Park.

5/11: The Fashion Institute of Technology and Macy’s are hosting a runway show featuring looks created by a select group of 2022 graduates of FIT’s Fashion Design BFA program, spanning five concentrations—knitwear, sportswear, intimate apparel, special occasion, and childrenswear. The runway show will feature all the designs and will be judged by a panel of esteemed designers. The Future of Fashion will take place at FIT on the outdoor breezeway located on West 27th Street, between Seventh and Eighth avenues. Admission is by invitation only, with a livestream available to the public here.

5/12 -15: Swamp in the City Cajun Creole Musical Festival Multiple Locations in Red Hook, Brooklyn and on Governors Island. This festival celebrates the vibrant musical, cultural and culinary traditions unique to Southwest Louisiana. Featuring world-class Louisiana dancehall bands, Cajun/Creole food, jam sessions, cooking demonstrations, dance lessons, musical workshops.

5/14-15: 10:00-6:00 pm 42nd-57th Sts, Ninth Avenue International Food Festival Argentinian, Brazilian, Cajun, Chinese, Cuban, Dominican, Ethiopian, French, German, Greek, Haitian, Indian, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Mexican, Moroccan, Pakistani, Polish, Puerto Rican, Peruvian, Senegalese, Sicilian, Southern, Spanish, Thai, Trinidadian, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese food – and more!

5/14: Billy Joel in concert at Madison Square Gardens

5/21: Taste of Tribeca Taste Bouley, Bubby’s, Chanterelle, Tribeca Grill and more. Cook offs included the Lamb Meatball Masters Challenge and Tang’s Natural Dumpling Challenge. General tickets allow for 6 tastes from some of New York’s finest chefs. $40 advance, $45 day of. Info: www.tasteoftribeca.com

5/25 -31: Fleet Week thousands of Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen from U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard ships come to NYC nearly every year since 1984. This is the city’s celebration of the sea services and provides an opportunity to see the latest capabilities of today’s Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard Team.

5/26: The Who in concert at Madison Square Gardens

5/27-30: Memorial Day Weekend offers a ton of choices for enjoying NYC and paying tribute to those who fought in our US Armed Forces. Free Museum Admission for Military Members, Fleet Week, FREE outdoor movies, Art Exhibits and much more!

5/ 27 – August 26 (select Friday Nights)

The Intrepid Museum’s summer movie series returns this summer! Watch a movie on Intrepid’s flight deck, featuring classic films and celebrating their 40th anniversary! Enjoy FREE sea, air & space themed movies under the stars all summer long on the Flight Deck! The flight decks opens at 7pm, film begins at sunset. Bring your lawn chairs, picnic baskets and blankets. Guests are encouraged to bring their own food, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages.

  • Friday, May 27: An Officer and a Gentleman
  • Friday, June 24: E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
  • Friday, July 29: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
  • Friday, August 26: Blade Runner

5/28-30 and June 4-5; 12pm – 6pm Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit – FREE artwork displayed by original artists. Paintings, sculpture, eco-friendly art and lots of other unique pieces to see or purchase, More Info: www.wsoae.org

Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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Bonnie Comley Nothing To Wear

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Bonnie Comley stepped into the art world last night. She and ChaShaMa presented a piece called “Nothing To Wear”, at 340 East 64th Street, which is an interactive installation, a thought provoking look at fast fashion and body image. This provocative look at our relationship with our clothing choices as it pertains to our self image, fast fashion and textile waste, challenges the fashion industry to create an alternative to current business models and the global appetite for consumption. “Nothing to Wear”, asks viewers to question dress codes like the current policing of women in political office, facilitates self-reflection on biases regarding our own clothing and the community around us as uniform, self-expression, or just protection from the elements of weather.

Also involved were Sarah DeMarino – Co-Producer/Director, Leah Lane – Soundscape Monologue Writer and Jasper Isaac Johns the Exhibit Designer.

Sarah DeMarino and Dallas Bernstein

At the opening and on certain dates Hannah Durant Joe Guccione and Dallas Bernstein perform monologues that coincide with the project. These mini playlets were insightful and thought provoking.

Hannah Durant Joe Guccione and Dallas Bernstein

In attendance were:

Anita Durst and fashion designer Shani Grosz

Cooper Lawrence, Dr. Robi Ludwig, Errol Rappaport, Bonnie Comley, Quinn Lemley, Suzanna Bowling, Shani Grosz and Merrie Davis

Anita Durst and Bonnie Comley

Danielle Price, Bonnie Comley and Andrina Wekontash Smith

Guest and Bonnie Comley

Guest and Bonnie Comley

Alyssa Ritch Frel and Bonnie Comley

Guests

Bonnie Comley and guests

Riki Kane Larmire

Bonnie is a three-time Tony Award-winning producer. She has, also, won an Olivier Award and two Drama Desk Awards for her stage productions. She was recently re-elected as the Board President of The Drama League. She is a full member of The Broadway League and the Audience Engagement and Education Committee. Comley has produced over 40 films, winning five Telly Awards and one W3 Award. She is also the founder and CEO of BroadwayHD, the world’s premier online streaming platform delivering over 300 premium live productions to theatre fans globally. The theatre community has honored Comley for her philanthropic work; she is the recipient of The Actors Fund Medal of Honor, The Drama League Special Contribution to the Theater Award, The Paul Newman Award from Arts Horizons and The Theater Museum Distinguished Service Award.

Stewart F Lane and Bonnie Comley

ChaShaMa helps create a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive world by partnering with property owners to transform unused real estate. Currently, they present 150 events a year, have workspace for 120 artists, and have developed 80 workshops in under served communities. They have awarded 11 million dollars worth of real estate to artists and have subsidizes another 300 with work spaces. They provide over 215 free art classes and have supported over 75 businesses with free space

To see Nothing to Wear click here

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New-York Historical Society Celebrates Women’s History Month

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Throughout Women’s History Month, the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West (at 77th Street), will showcase women’s stories through exhibitions, installations, and public programming.

On International Women’s Day, renowned Cherokee artist Kay WalkingStick and New-York Historical’s Chief Curator Wendy Nālani E. Ikemoto will be in conversation over a live, free Zoom discussing WalkingStick’s exhibition Kay WalkingStick / Hudson River School, on view at New-York Historical through April 14. Other exhibitions and displays on view throughout March include Women’s Work, an exhibition that demonstrates how “women’s work” defies categorization; Women Who Preserved New York City which explores how Shirley Hayes, Margot Gayle, and Joan Maynard galvanized communities to save historic buildings and places; and Serving Style: Ted Tinling, Designer for the Tennis Stars, which turns a spotlight on the designer who made many of Billie Jean King’s iconic looks. On March 3, the ninth annual Diane and Adam E. Max Conference on Women’s History will center on exploring how we understand “care.”

Additional details follow:A Conversation with Kay WalkingStickFeaturing: Kay WalkingStick, Wendy Nālani E. IkemotoFriday, March 8, 6 – 7 pm ETFree | Presented live on ZoomCelebrate International Women’s Day with this online event featuring renowned Cherokee artist Kay WalkingStick in conversation with New-York Historical’s Wendy Nālani E. Ikemoto. WalkingStick is the focus of our acclaimed exhibition Kay WalkingStick / Hudson River School, which places her work in a fascinating dialogue with 19th-century Hudson River School paintings and explores the relationship between Indigenous art and American art history. They’ll discuss WalkingStick’s remarkable career, her recent invitation to the Venice Biennale, and her decades of work reimagining and reframing the American landscape.Kay WalkingStick / Hudson River SchoolOn view through April 14Kay WalkingStick / Hudson River School places landscape paintings by the renowned, contemporary Cherokee artist Kay WalkingStick in conversation with highlights from New-York Historical’s collection of 19th-century Hudson River School paintings. This artistic dialogue showcases the ways in which WalkingStick’s work both connects to and diverges from the Hudson River School tradition and explores the agency of art in shaping humankind’s relationship to the land. The exhibition celebrates a shared reverence for nature while engaging crucial questions about land dispossession and its reclamation by Indigenous peoples and nations and exploring the relationship between Indigenous art and American art history.Women’s WorkOn view through July 7Presented by the Center for Women’s History, Women’s Workshowcases approximately 45 objects from New-York Historical’s own Museum and Library collections to demonstrate how “women’s work” defies categorization. The items range from a 19th-century mahogany cradle to a 20th-century doctor’s dissection kit to a pinback button with the message “Shirley Chisholm for President.” The exhibition seeks to demonstrate that women’s work has been essential to American society and is inherently political: Women’s work is everywhere.

Women Who Preserved New York CityOn view through June 9This installation explores how three women—Shirley Hayes, Margot Gayle, and Joan Maynard—galvanized communities to save historic buildings and places. Each subverted gendered expectations that limited them to the domestic realm and instead led campaigns to protect the historic cityscape.Serving Style: Ted Tinling, Designer for the Tennis StarsOn view through June 23Our installation turns a spotlight on the designer who made many of Billie Jean King’s iconic looks. King and Tinling had a tremendous influence on the visibility of women on the tennis court. King’s tenacity and commitment for equal rights, together with Tinling’s bold designs, challenged conventions about what women can do, emphasizing that women can be simultaneously powerful, strong, and feminine.

On and Off the Clock: Reconsidering Women’s WorkSunday, March 3, 12—5 pm ET$4; Free for Women’s History Council MembersThe ninth annual Diane and Adam E. Max Conference on Women’s History will center on exploring how we understand “care.” Across three linked panels, we probe what “care” means, who does the work of caring, and what services get pushed to the margins by our current social policy framework. The conference will culminate with a keynote conversation on reproductive care. Reception to follow.

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Events for March

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St. Patrick’s Day, Women’s History Month, a Harlem Renaissance exhibit at the Met with160 works by Black artists. Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature,at The Morgan Library & Museum through 6/9. The Orchid show continues until 4/21 at the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx. Florals in Fashion highlights the work of designers Hilary Taymour (Collina Strada), Olivia Cheng (Dauphinette) and Kristen Alpaugh, aka FLWR PSTL Also Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz’s “Giants,”is at the Brooklyn Museum until 7/7. The exhibition features artists who have made and continue to make a significant impact on the art world and contemporary culture. The show features 98 artworks by Black American, African, and African artists including Gordon Parks, Kehinde Wiley, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Mickalene Thomas, Hassan Hajjaj, Barkley L. Hendricks, Lorna Simpson, and Amy Sherald.

3/1 -3: The Vienna Philharmonic one of the world’s most celebrated orchestras, takes center stage at Carnegie Hall.

3/3 -5: Coffee Fest NY Javits.

3/3 -5: International Beauty Show Javits.

3/6 – 10: The New Colossus Festival provides a platform for new artists, including international bands making their NYC debuts. The festival will take place across multiple venues mostly spread throughout the Lower East Side and the East Village, including Bowery Electric, Mercury Lounge, Berlin, Heaven Can Wait, and others. This year’s artists include Cucamaras (UK), Ducks LTD (Canada), Heffner (US), Holiday Ghosts (UK), Hotel Lux (UK), Housewife (Canada), and more. You can check out the full lineup and schedule of events here.

3/8: International Women’s Day 

Steven Reineke by Michael Tammaro, Bryan Terrell Clark by Asher Angeles, Valisia LeKae by Antonio Navas

3/15: The New York Pops Hitsville: Celebrating Motown

3/1 -17: The Annual Flamenco Festival with 22 performances across 13 different venues all over the city.

3/1 -17: The New York International Children’s Film FestivalHappy St. Patricks Day
3/17: Join in on the 263rd celebration of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in NYC. The parade kicks off at 11am, moving along Fifth Avenue from 44th Street to 82nd Street. This year’s grand marshal, Maggie Timoney, president and CEO of Heineken USA, is only the fifth woman to lead the parade since its inception.

3/20 -24: Affordable Art Fair with over 400 living artists to discover you are sure to find your next perfect artwork.

3/23 – 11/: JAPAN Fes, in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. This is the largest Japanese food festival in the world, with over 1,000 vendors.

The Macy Flower Show

3/24 – 4/7: The Annual Macy’s Flower Show created in partnership with Dior.

3/26 – 10/2: Apollo: When We Went to the Moon at The Intrepid Museum. The exhibit is included with museum admission.

3/29 – 4/7: The International Auto Show at the Javitts.

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Events For February

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There is still the Bryant Park Winter Village’s iconic bumper cars, two Broadway tickets for the price of one and restaurant week end February 4th. Heated Igloos, ice skating goes high on the Edge’s sky deck. Winter markets are still open in February. Don’t miss out on some of the best cultural events of the year during Black History Month after free Fridays make it affordable.

2/2: Celebrate the Birthday of Grand Central Station

2/2-4: New York’s iconic vintage show Manhattan Vintage over 90 dealers

2/9: The New York Pops

2/9-11: New York Fashion Week all over NYC

2/9: National Pizza Day

2/11: Experience The Super Bowl Hype The Empire Rooftop Lounge. Participate in a whole host of contests, delicious menu items available to order and drink specials, this is the perfect way for keen and casual fans alike to relax and have fun on the big night!

2/10: Giants: Art from the Dean Collection of Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys. The exhibition will feature more than 100 major artworks by important Black American, African, and African diasporic artists including Gordon Parks, Kehinde Wiley, Hassan Hajjaj, Barkley L. Hendricks, Lorna Simpson, and Amy Sherald. Brooklyn Museum.

2/17: The 21st annual Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden 

2/23: Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature at the Morgan Library & Museum will celebrate the works of beloved English author Beatrix Potter.

2/25: Chinatown’s annual Lunar (Chinese) New Year Parade with dragon dancing, stunning outfits, martial art performers and more. Head to Chinatown for the Lunar New Year Parade, which celebrates the year of the dragon. Bayard Street between Mott and Mulberry Streets.

2/25: The Metropolitan Museum of Art  “The Harlem Renaissance and Transatlantic Modernism,” the exhibit will present 160 works exploring how Black artists portrayed everyday modern life in the new Black cities that took shape in the 1920s-40s in New York City’s Harlem, Chicago’s South Side and nationwide amid the Great Migration.

New York City Marathon

2/25: Central Park Half Marathon

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Revamping Van Gogh: Art for Modern Spaces

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In the realm of home decor, the integration of classic art with modern interiors has become a canvas for creativity and personal expression. Among the masters, Vincent Van Gogh’s works have emerged as a popular choice, not just for their vibrant beauty but for the unique opportunities they offer in customization. The blend of Van Gogh’s emotive brushwork with contemporary design elements provides an intriguing juxtaposition that speaks both to the timeless nature of his work and the evolving tastes of art enthusiasts.

The Allure of Van Gogh in Modern Spaces

Van Gogh’s art is characterized by its bold colors, dynamic textures, and emotional depth. These qualities make his paintings, such as “Undergrowth With Two Figures,” an ideal choice for those looking to infuse their living spaces with both artistry and historical significance. The appeal lies in Van Gogh’s ability to capture the essence of nature and human emotion in a way that resonates across generations and styles.

Bridging Eras through Reproduction Techniques

The process of reproducing Van Gogh’s art involves meticulous attention to detail, ensuring that each brushstroke and color hue is faithfully replicated. Van Gogh’s “Undergrowth With Two Figures” serves as a perfect example of how modern techniques can bring a classic masterpiece to life, making it accessible for contemporary art lovers. These reproductions are not mere copies; they are a bridge between Van Gogh’s era and our own, allowing us to experience his genius in new, personalized contexts.

Personalization: A Touch of the Contemporary

The personalization of Van Gogh’s reproductions is where creativity truly comes into play. Art enthusiasts are now opting to modify these classics to fit modern aesthetics. This customization can range from adjusting the color palette to better suit minimalist or maximalist interiors, resizing the artwork to fit specific wall spaces, or even incorporating mixed media elements to add a three-dimensional aspect that echoes current interior design trends.

Van Gogh in Different Interior Themes

Van Gogh’s versatile style means his works can be adapted to a variety of interior themes. For minimalist spaces, a reproduction of “Starry Night” with toned-down hues can create a serene focal point. Conversely, a vibrant rendition of “Sunflowers” can add a burst of energy to a bohemian-style room. The key lies in selecting and adapting a piece that complements the room’s existing color scheme and decor elements.

The Role of Technology in Art Reproduction

Advancements in digital imaging and printing technology have played a pivotal role in the reproduction of Van Gogh’s paintings. High-resolution scans and sophisticated color-matching techniques ensure that even the finest details of the original are captured. This technological prowess not only preserves the integrity of Van Gogh’s work but also allows for its adaptation to contemporary tastes without losing its essence.

The Ethical Dimension of Art Reproduction

While art reproduction, especially of works by masters like Van Gogh, offers numerous creative opportunities, it also brings up questions of authenticity and respect for the original artist’s vision. It’s essential for reproductions to be created and sold with transparency, making it clear that they are adaptations of the original work. This ethical approach ensures that the reproductions honor Van Gogh’s legacy while providing a new avenue for his art to be appreciated and enjoyed.

In conclusion, the personalization of Van Gogh’s reproductions for modern interiors is more than just a trend; it’s a testament to the enduring relevance and adaptability of his work. As we continue to find new ways to bridge the gap between classic art and contemporary design, Van Gogh’s legacy remains vibrantly alive, inspiring and enriching our living spaces in ways that the artist himself might never have imagined.



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