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I’d pretty much go to see anything that the great John Kander is involved in and I am overjoyed and thrilled for this legend to be finding new pathways into a vibrant new musical theatre life creating such innovative and original pieces such as the haunting Kid Victory (with Greg Pierce). This time, Kandor and his glorious musical score flexes its muscle singularly without a lyricist applying any other layer to inform and relay. Rather the responsibility lies squarely with the slightly awkward dialogue by David Thompson, a book writer who has worked before with Kander and (Fred) Ebb on such shows as The Scottsboro Boys and Flora The Red Menace. The Vineyard Theatre has labeled this tale a ‘Dance Play’ but somewhere in its creation and deployment, it has became something of each without combining together into a solid whole.
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Peter Friedman and Tony Yazbeck. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
For a production that is being called experimental and daring, the structure seems stuck within an obvious and constrained framework. It is basically a classic dance and a clumsy play folded in together like cards from two different decks. The book attempts to surround an older man’s history with deep and emotional mystery and meaning, but delivers clumsy contrived scenes that seem to strangle the actors trying to make it resonate. Outside of Peter Friedman (PH’s The Treasurer) and his intelligent reading as John Marcher, the bland dialogue does little to broaden the psychological view. He’s a man haunted by his romantic past and the Beast in the Jungle of his mind that keeps him from engaging deeply with another. It’s a strongly compelling concept, one that could have easily connected with our society of the disconnected, but fails at this task, staying mainly on the surface. And when pressed by his young troubled nephew, played by the talented and compelling dancer, Tony Yazbeck (Broadway’s On The Town, Gypsy with Patti LuPone), his story comes dancing out of the darkness of his memory and into its meaningful and engaging moment on stage. Yazbeck easily morphs into the young Marcher, gladly leaving behind the poorly constructed nephew role, strapping on his dancing shoes ready to dazzle us with his powerfully sensual and athletic dance skills. As the young disconnected charmer dancing through the hearts of every young and pretty woman he meets, Yazbeck is glorious and appealing, daring us to challenge his wicked smile and not fall for the handsome man. Matching him in the romanticized memory of Rome and London, is the beautiful ballerina, Irina Dvorovenko (Encores! On Your Toes) as the apple of Marcher’s eye, and the women that makes Marcher want to chase the beast away. She’s a glorious dancer who has a moderate ability to deliver a line, but when given the chance to talk to us through her physicality, she soars.
BeastintheJungle0115 Irina Dvorovenko and Tony Yazbeck
Irina Dvorovenko and Tony Yazbeck. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
Together their dancing is the fire and drama in this 100 minute one act telling of the story of a traumatic attachment disorder. Directed and choreographed by the powerful Susan Stroman (The Producers), the two dancers melt away all the clumsiness and awkwardness in the dialogue. With the highly creative design of the beast and the demons of the heart, the ballet segments give us everything this story wants to talk about, creating a dynamic fire that the play portion doesn’t deserve. The set and costumes by Michael Curry (Broadway’s Frozen), with lighting by Ben Stanton (Public’s The Low Road), and sound design by Peter Hylenski (Broadway’s Something Rotten!) swirl us around the globe as we watch Marcher’s heart and soul fight an internal battle with the beastly fears of hurt and vulnerability. In that present day New York apartment, they talk but never about the cause or the trauma that created this problem.  That doesn’t seem to be the intent, just a structure to bring us the dance. Luckily, the beautiful bodies float out to us surrounded by the glorious chords from Kandor, assisted by the music supervisor, David Loud (Broadway’s The Visit), music director, Greg Jarrett (Broadway’s Fun Home), music arrangements and orchestrations by Sam Davis (Broadway’s Prince of Broadway) and orchestrations Greg Anthony Rassen (Broadway’s Bandstand).  It fills the theatre rapturously although slightly unmemorable after the last notes fade away.  The chorus of dancing women and the one other actor who plays both the husband and stranger, Teagle F. Bougere  (Public’s Julius Caesar) rarely rise above the obvious and provisional. Much like the story on both counts. It would have been interesting to see if they could have found a way to blend the two more completely, deepening the dialogue to explore the reasons rather than just the symptoms and the results. I get that in that disconnect is where the romantic tragedy exists, and therefore where the dance soars, but if there is to be dialogue, it would be good if there was more of an exploration, rather than stiff procedural storytelling.
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Tony Yazbeck (center) and cast. Photo by Carol Rosegg.
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My love for theater started when I first got involved in high school plays and children's theatre in London, Ontario, which led me—much to my mother’s chagrin—to study set design, directing, and arts administration at York University in Toronto. But rather than pursuing theater as a career (I did produce and design a wee bit), I became a self-proclaimed theater junkie and life-long supporter. I am not a writer by trade, but I hope to share my views and feelings about this amazing experience we are so lucky to be able to see here in NYC, and in my many trips to London, Enlgand, Chicago, Toronto, Washington, and beyond. Living in London, England from 1985 to 1986, NYC since 1994, and on my numerous theatrical obsessive trips to England, I've seen as much theater as I can possibly afford. I love seeing plays. I love seeing musicals. If I had to choose between a song or a dance, I'd always pick the song. Dance—especially ballet—is pretty and all, but it doesn’t excite me as, say, Sondheim lyrics. But that being said, the dancing in West Side Story is incredible! As it seems you all love a good list, here's two. FAVORITE MUSICALS (in no particular order): Sweeney Todd with Patti Lupone and Michael Cerveris in 2005. By far, my most favorite theatrical experience to date. Sunday in the Park with George with Jenna Russell (who made me sob hysterically each and every one of the three times I saw that production in England and here in NYC) in 2008 Spring Awakening with Jonathan Groff and Lea Michele in 2007 Hedwig and the Angry Inch (both off-Boadway in 1998 and on Broadway in 2014, with Neal Patrick Harris, but also with Michael C. Hall and John Cameron Mitchell, my first Hedwig and my last...so far), Next To Normal with Alice Ripley (who I wish I had seen in Side Show) in 2009 FAVORITE PLAYS (that’s more difficult—there have been so many and they are all so different): Angels in American, both on Broadway and off Lettice and Lovage with Dame Maggie Smith and Margaret Tyzack in 1987 Who's Afraid of Virginai Woolf with Tracy Letts and Amy Morton in 2012 Almost everything by Alan Ayckbourn, but especially Woman in Mind with Julia McKenzie in 1986 And to round out the five, maybe Proof with Mary Louise Parker in 2000. But ask me on a different day, and I might give you a different list. These are only ten theatre moments that I will remember for years to come, until I don’t have a memory anymore. There are many more that I didn't or couldn't remember, and I hope a tremendous number more to come. Thanks for reading. And remember: read, like, share, retweet, enjoy. For more go to frontmezzjunkies.com

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Ain’t Done Bad Bringing Choreography, Dance and Country Music To Light

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Right now shows that harness dance and cult singer songwriters are captivating the theatre scene. You have Illinoise which won Justin Peck  a Tony Award for best choreography, with songs from Sufjan Stevens to give it soul. The Tony winning musical The Outsiders with music by Jamestown Revival (Jonathan Clay & Zach Chance) and the brilliant choreography by Rick Kuperman & Jeff Kuperman, whose moves make their dancers soar. And now the newest kid on the block Ain’t Done Bad,Ain’t Done Bad, conceived, directed, choreographed and performed by Jakob Karr, with songs by country singer-songwriter Orville Peck.

Karr performed on on Broadway in Cats, Cirque Du Soleil’s Volta and Viva Elvis  So You Think You Can Dance Season 6 – Runner Up,  America’s Got Talent, Glee; Company XIV and many more. Peck, is a South African country musician based in the United States and Canada. He is well-known for wearing a mask and not showing his face publicly. In June 2020, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the first LGBTQ Pride parade, Queerty named Peck among the fifty heroes “leading the nation toward equality, acceptance, and dignity for all people”.

Ian Spring, Adrian Lee, Jakob Karr Photo By
Matthew Murphy

Ain’t Done Bad’s story is basic…gay boy (Karr) feels like a misfit in his hometown and leaves to find love in the big city. Has multiple trysts until he finds the one (Joshua Escover). Returns home to be accepted by his family, especially his dad (Adrian Lee).

Jakob Karr, Joshua Escover Photo By
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The dancing is sensual, sexy, joyous and exuberant. Karr’s choreography athletic as he keeps his dancers fluid, yet precise. Karr is an exquisite dancer with extensions that go on for miles as he leaps, spins and splits mid air.

The Company Photo By
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Also dancing were Megumi Iwama as the mother, Ian Spring as his brother, Caden Hunter, Madison O’Connor, Luke Quails, Yusaku Komori and Jordan Lombardi as his friends. Everyone in this cast is an accomplished dancer that is being given a chance to excel and show off their multiple skills. They are a joy to watch.

The costumes by Philip Lupo help define the characters, as each dancer plays multiple roles. I loved the scenic design by Lupo, Joey Coombs, and Blake Schulte of rustic wood and mirrors.

The show is a celebration of gay pride both in its story and music choice. This is a coming out, that is part fantasy and part what could and should be.

Ain’t Done Bad: Signature Center, 480 West 42nd Street, by Blue Topaz Productions and Renaissance Theatre Company until August 31st.

 

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Broadway in Bryant Park And You Are There With Hell’s Kitchen, Water For Elephants, The Wiz and More

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July 11, 106.7 LITE FM’s Broadway in Bryant Park kicked off its 2024 program, bringing the best of Broadway back together for free performances, every Thursday in July.

From AMDA College of the Performing Arts-Kyle Taylor Parker

From AMDA College of the Performing Arts-Kyle Taylor Parker, Charity Arianna , Destiny David, Ailadis Hernandez De Leon, Nyjair Wilkerson and Jackson Bateman

This week’s performances included: a preshow featuring students from AMDA

Ali Louis Bourzgui

Bobby Conte and Ali Louis Bourzgui

Bobby Conte, Ali Louis Bourzgui and Adam Jacobs

Ali Louis Bourzgui, Bobby Conte,

Lily Kren, Alexandra Matteo, Daniel Quadrino, Jenna Nicole Schoen, Nathan Lucrezio, Reagan Pender, Bobby Conte, Tyler James Eisenreich, Mark Mitrano, Haley Gustafson, Afra Hines, Dee Tomasetta, Adam Jacobs, Ali Louis Bourzgui, David Paul Kidder, Jeremiah Alsop, Andrew Tufano and Ronnie Bowman, Jr.

The Who’s Tommy (Ali Louis Bourzgui, Adam Jacobs, Bobby Conte, Haley Gustafson and more)

Isabelle McCalla and Ken Wulf Clark

Ken Wulf Clark

Joe De Paul and Asa Somers

Isabelle McCalla and Ken Wulf Clark

Isabelle McCalla and Ken Wulf Clark

Isabelle McCalla and Ken Wulf Clark

Joe De Paul, Asa Somers and Sara Gettelfinger

Joe De Paul, Asa Somers and Sara Gettelfinger

Joe De Paul, Asa Somers and Sara Gettelfinger

Joe De Paul, Asa Somers and Sara Gettelfinger

Ken Wulf Clark, Sara Gettelfinger, Joe De Paul and Asa Somers

Ken Wulf Clark, Sara Gettelfinger, Joe De Paul and Asa Somers

Ken Wulf Clark, Joe De Paul, Asa Somers and Isabella McCalla

Water for Elephants (Isabelle McCalla, Ken Wulf Clark, Asa Somers, Sara Gettelfinger, Joe De Paul)

Avery Wilson

Kyle Ramar Freeman and Nichelle Lewis

Kyle Ramar Freeman

Kyle Ramar Freeman

Melody A. Betts

Kyle Ramar Freeman

Nichelle Lewis

Nichelle Lewis, Kyle Ramar Freeman, Avery Wilson and Polanco Jones Jr.

Kyle Ramar Freeman, Avery Wilson and Polanco Jones Jr.

Kyle Ramar Freeman, Polanco Jones Jr., Nichelle Lewis, Melody A. Betts and Avery Wilson

The Wiz (Avery Wilson, Kyle Ramar Freeman, Melody A. Betts, Nichelle Lewis, Polanco Jones Jr.)

Jelani Remy

JJ Niemann

Evan Alexander Smith and JJ Niemann

Evan Alexander Smith and JJ Niemann

Evan Alexander Smith and JJ Niemann

Evan Alexander Smith and JJ Niemann

Jelani Remy and JJ Niemann

Jelani Remy and JJ Niemann

Jelani Remy and JJ Niemann

Evan Alexander Smith, Katie Laduca, JJ Niemann and Aaron Alcaraz

Hannah Kevitt and JJ Niemann

Evan Alexander Smith, JJ Niemann, Jelani Remy and The Cast of Back To The Future that includes Hannah Kevitt, Cixtoria Byrd, Kimberly Immanuel, Jessie Peltier, Gregory Carl Banks Jr., Katie Laduca, Joshua Kenneth Allen Johnson and Aaron Alcaraz

Evan Alexander Smith, JJ Niemann, Jelani Remy, Hannah Kevitt, Cixtoria Byrd, Kimberly Immanuel, Jessie Peltier, Gregory Carl Banks Jr., Katie Laduca, Joshua Kenneth Allen Johnson and Aaron Alcaraz

Back to the Future (Jelani Remy, JJ Niemann, Evan Alexander Smith)

Gianna Harris and Lamont Walker II

Lamont Walker II

Jade Milan, Jackie Leon and Gianna Harris

Jade Milan, Jackie Leon and Gianna Harris

Donna Vivino

Donna Vivino

Donna Vivino, Gianna Harris, Lamont Walker II, Jade Milan and Jackie Leon and Jackie Leon

and Hell’s Kitchen (Gianna Harris, Vanessa Ferguson, Jackie Leon, Donna Vivino, Lamont Walker II)

106.7 Lite FM’s Helen Little

106.7 Lite FM’s Helen Little is joined by Co Host Kyle Ramar Freeman

with host Helen Little and co-host Kyle Ramar Freeman.

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The Cast of Ain’t Done Bad Meets the Press And You Are There

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Tuesday morning the cast of Ain’t Done Bad meet the press. This hybrid theatrical dance experience is conceived, directed, and choreographed by Jakob Karr (“So You Think You Can Dance”) and featuring the music of country star Orville Peck will play a limited engagement at The Pershing Square Signature Center with previews beginning July 9, opening July 14, and running through September 1st.

Ain’t Done Bad tells the powerful heartwarming story of coming out, falling in love, and finding one’s true voice as a queer person in the South. Told entirely through contemporary dance without a single spoken word, the 90-minute performance stars Jakob Karr along with ten leading dancers.

The Cast of Ain’t Done Bad that includes Jakob Karr, Joshua Escaper, Caden Hunter, Magma Iwama, Yusaku Komori, Adrian Lee, Jordan Lombardi, Madison O’Connor, Luke Qualls and Ian Spring Photo’s By Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Karr is joined onstage by Adrian Lee (Wicked) as the Father, Megumi Iwama (“Mean Girls” the movie) as the Mother, Ian Spring (Parsons Dance) as the Brother, Luke Qualls (The Radio City Christmas Spectacular) as Jakob Karr’s alternate, Yusaku Komori (“The Greatest Showman”) and Jordan Lombardi (Phantom Of The Opera Nat’l Tour) as the Friends, and Joshua Escover (“Empire Strips Back”) as the Lover. Swings include Caden Hunter (Juilliard) and Madison O’Connor (Radio City Rockettes), who also acts as Dance Captain.

Jakob Karr Photo’s By Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Ian Spring, Jakob Karr and Adrian Lee Photo’s By Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Ain’t Done Bad comes to The Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center after critically-acclaimed workshops in Orlando at Renaissance Theatre Company and in North Carolina at Durham’s PSI Theatre, Greensboro PAC, and the Wortham Center for Performing Arts in 2023. The production premiered in 2021 at the Orlando International Fringe Festival, where it received the festival’s highest honor (Best Show). Karr is joined by Scenic Designers Philip Lupo, Joey Coombs, and Blake Schulte, with Lighting Design by Philip Lupo. Morgan Lemos is the Stage Manager and additional creatives include Grace Buckley (Associate Choreographer) and Joi Marchetti (Additional Music Production). Evan Bernardin Productions is the general manager, Eli Owens in the production assistant, and digital advertising is by SINE Digital.

Patti Maurer, Jakob Karr and Donald Rupe Photo’s By Genevieve Rafter Keddy

The Cast of Ain’t Done Bad that includes Jakob Karr, Joshua Escaper, Caden Hunter, Magma Iwama, Yusaku Komori, Adrian Lee, Jordan Lombardi, Madison O’Connor, Luke Qualls and Ian Spring Photo’s By Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Jakob Karr with Adrian Lee, Megumi Iwama and Ian Spring Photo’s By Genevieve Rafter Keddy

 

 

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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. Until 8/11 the Whitney Biennial, this happens every two years.  This year, the theme is “Even Better Than The Real Thing” and features the work of 71 artists and collectives. Also on display is Apollo: When We Went to the Moon at The Intrepid Museum. The exhibit is included with museum admission and goes until 10/2. The Rubin Museum, is permanently closing its physical space later this year and is open until October. If you’ve never been time to go. Until 10/27: The New York Botanical Garden is getting in on the Mad Hatter fun with a new, garden-wide exhibition for 2024 titled “Wonderland: Curious Nature.”

7/1: The Gladiator (2000) Movies Nights in Bryant Park this summer with Paramount+. Screenings will take place every Monday at 8pm

7/4: Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest. More than 100 years old, from 11am to 1pm. Watch the chow down event at Nathan’s Flagship restaurant (1310 Surf Ave.) on the corner of Stillwell Ave at Coney Island, Brooklyn.

7/4: Macy’s Fireworks. From the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks show, which this year is on the Hudson River.

7/5: Carnegie Hall Citywide: Tania León and The Harlem Chamber Players at Bryant Park.

From top and left to right: Lara Downes, photo by Ebru Yildiz; Amaryn Olmeda, photo by Josh Wool; Theo Bleckmann, photo by Lynne Harty; Claudia Acuña; Vuyo Sotashe, photo by Leandro Justen; Miko Marks; Ivalas Quartet, photo by Titilayo Ayangade

7/6: Anthem to US Concert Lincoln Center Presents Damrosch Park. This concert celebrates music that has served as anthems of hope, peace, protest and resilience, from beloved classics like Louis Armstrong’s What A Wonderful World, Simon & Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Water, and George Gershwin’s Summertime to Sara Bareilles’ Brave, and new contemporary anthems created as part of the Anthem to US project. Iconoclastic American pianist and NPR host Lara Downes brings together a group of celebrated artists from a wide range of musical backgrounds, including country singer Miko Marks, jazz vocalists Vuyo Sotashe and Theo Bleckmann, rising star violinist Amaryn Olmeda, the award-winning Ivalas String Quartet, Shandela Contreras, and Claudia Acuña. The concert will also feature selections from Lara Downes’s forthcoming album entitled This Land, a reflection on the kaleidoscopic diversity of stories and journeys that have converged and collided throughout American history, from an artist known for her musical explorations off the beaten path. Experience the world premiere of the final three anthems from the Anthem to US project: Let Them Fly – Lyrics by Jessy Tomsko; composed by Martha Redbone & Aaron Whitby, Big Country – Lyrics by D.L. Newton; composed by Damien Sneed and We Are US – Lyrics by Jaquetta Bustion; composed by Jaime Lozano.

7/ 7: JAPAN Fes in Midtown East, the largest Japanese food festival in the world, attracting 300,000 visitors and featuring 1,000 vendors every year. Expect dishes including takoyaki, ramen, matcha sweets, yakisoba, karaage, okonomiyaki, and lots more.

7/7: Summer for the City Passing the Crown celebrating the Queens of Hip-Hop Lincoln Center Presents Damrosch Park. Don’t miss your chance to be part of history. Come, celebrate, and witness the coronation of Hip-Hop royalty!

7/8: Old School (2003) Movies Nights in Bryant Park this summer with Paramount+. Screenings will take place every Monday at 8pm

7/10 -14: Open Throat An adaptation of the critically acclaimed novella by Henry Hoke. A queer mountain lion living in the hills around the Hollywood sign is driven out of nature by manmade catastrophe and into the wilds of LA. At Little Island.

7/11: Counting Crows Summerstage.

7/11: Broadway in Bryant Park with 106.7 LITE FM Host: Helen Little, Pre-show: A special performance by the students of AMDA College of the Performing Arts, Back to the Future, Hell’s Kitchen, The Wiz and Water for Elephants.

7/12: Manhattanhenge, “full sun on the grid” at 8:20pm. As for the “half sun” option, you can see that on 7/13 at 8:21pm.

7/12: Carnegie Hall Citywide: Thandiswa Mazwai at Bryant Park.

7/12 -14: West Side Fest where the best of the West Side gives back  with free admission to Dia Chelsea, a block party at Poster House, art-making at The Whitney, a family day at The Rubin, performances at Little Island, and more.

7/13: JAPAN Fes in Chelsea, the largest Japanese food festival in the world, attracting 300,000 visitors and featuring 1,000 vendors every year. Expect dishes including takoyaki, ramen, matcha sweets, yakisoba, karaage, okonomiyaki, and lots more.

7/14: Bastille Dayfi:af’s Bastille Day Celebration 12–5pm, on Madison Avenue, from 59th to 63rd Street. This year’s fête promises to be bigger than ever with can’t miss cultural programming, a Champagne Party, two film screenings, more than 50 French and local vendor booths, and free activities for all ages.

7/15: Funny Face (1957) Movies Nights in Bryant Park this summer with Paramount+. Screenings will take place every Monday at 8pm.

7/17 – 21: Day For Night A new dance choreographed by Pam Tanowitz, examining relationships, nostalgia, and memory, stitched to the sounds and landscapes of Little Island performed at Little Island.

7/18: Broadway in Bryant Park with  106.7 LITE FM Hosts: Cubby & Christine, Disney on Broadway, Aladdin, Frozen and The Lion King

7/19: Summer for the City The Ritual of Breath Is the Rite to Resist Lincoln Center Presents In collaboration with Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth. Damrosch Park In a concert adaptation, The Ritual of Breath is a deeply moving, meditative experience that responds to the murder of Eric Garner.

7/19: Carnegie Hall Citywide: Louis Cato at Bryant Park.

7/20: Summer for the City WNYC’s Public Song Project: The People’s Concert Lincoln Center Presents The Underground at Jaffe Drive. WNYC’s The Public Song Project invites contributors and special guests to create new music by drawing from the public domain.

7/21: JAPAN Fes in Midtown West, the largest Japanese food festival in the world, attracting 300,000 visitors and featuring 1,000 vendors every year. Expect dishes including takoyaki, ramen, matcha sweets, yakisoba, karaage, okonomiyaki, and lots more.

7/22 – 8/18: Restaurant Week. Explore the city one bite at a time. Enjoy prix-fixe meals at hundreds of restaurants across the five boroughs. General reservations open July 16th.

7/22:  Cinema Paradiso (1988) Movies Nights in Bryant Park this summer with Paramount+. Screenings will take place every Monday at 8pm.

7/24-28: MAMA An evening of new music by Britton & The Sting, a funk liberation band created by Tony Award winning artist and advocate, Britton Smith. Created for Little Island, this sonic adventure embodies the transformative power of water, life, and connection.

7/25: Billy Joel. The piano man is back! with new musicat Madison Square Gardens—a record-breaking residency that’s been running since 1978. This is his last show in the series.

7/25: Broadway in Bryant Park with 106.7 LITE FM Host: Rich Kaminski, Chicago, Moulin Rouge! The Musical, The Book of Mormon, The Great Gatsby and The Notebook.

7/26: Carnegie Hall Citywide: Michael Olatuja & Lagos Pepper Soup at Bryant Park.

7/27: JAPAN Fes in the East Village, the largest Japanese food festival in the world, attracting 300,000 visitors and featuring 1,000 vendors every year. Expect dishes including takoyaki, ramen, matcha sweets, yakisoba, karaage, okonomiyaki, and lots more.

7/29: How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003) Movies Nights in Bryant Park this summer with Paramount+. Screenings will take place every Monday at 8pm

7/31 – 8/4: The Oyster Radio Hour A live radio show combining science, story, and song that celebrates the resilience of oysters and their crucial ecological roles. With special guests, the show blends hope and interconnectedness, spotlighting the humble oyster’s journey of revival. At Little island.

 

 

 

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Hampton Events For July

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The playground for New Yorkers has always been the Hampton’s. Here are the hottest events happening in July.

Saturday, July 6th – 5:30 to 8 pm Halsey House Gala Southampton History Museum Summer Benefit
The Thomas Halsey Homestead, 249 South Main Street in Southampton. The Gala takes place in the beautiful herb garden and grounds of historic Halsey House & Garden. This annual Gala typically welcomes more than 350 guests for one of Southampton’s most beloved summer gatherings. A full bar, plentiful hors d’oeuvres prepared by culinary chefs, uniquely crafted silent auction, all in a delightful oval party tent with festive decorations to make a captivating evening. Proceeds from the Gala support the maintenance and care of the Halsey House & Garden, all the Museum’s preservation efforts and fund the museum’s educational programs at all the museum locations and within local schools. Please RSVP and call 631-283-2494 or email tedmonds@southamptonhistory.org for more information. southamptonhistory.org

Saturday, July 6th 7 to 11 pm 20th Annual Hamptons Happening, 900 Lumber Lane in Bridgehampton. Honoring Arthur F. Backal, Chef Francois Payard, Cheri Kaufman, Stephen Kliegerman, Fern Mallis, DJ and Cherish TheLuv. waxmancancer.org

Saturday, July 6th Taste of Two Forks Presented by Hampton Jitney at The Southampton Arts Center
25 Jobs Lane in Southampton. A celebration of the great chefs of the North Fork and South Fork AKA the Hamptons. Enjoy the tastes from the best who make the East End the ultimate foodie destination. Tickets include all food, drinks and entertainment. danstaste.com

Saturday, July 6th – 6:30 to 11 pm 32nd Annual Bay Street Theatre Summer Gala, 1 Bay Street in Sag Harbor. Drinks! Dinner! Dancing! Live Auction! Stars of Stage and Screen! Honorees: Neil Patrick Harris, David Burtka and Dr. Georgette Grier-Key. In addition to delectable food, creative cocktails, and a live auction with celebrity auctioneer
Richard Kind, the evening will feature an all-star performance that will knock your socks off. baystreet.org

Thursday, July 11th – 2-6 pm + 6-9:30 pm The Hamptons’ Fine Art Fair Introducing the de Kooning Luxury Pavilion, Southampton Fairgrounds, 605 County Rd 39 in Southampton. Hamptons Fine Art Fair, the international fine art fair from the producers of ShowHamptons. Network with the art elite: major collectors, celebrities, famous artists, leading local patrons, curators, advisors, interior designers and the art press, while realizing all first-in benefits. Join us in making Hamptons art history. hamptonsfineartfair.com

Friday, July 12th – 7 to 10 pm 36th Annual American Picnic with Fireworks by Grucci!, 1030 Meadow Lane in Southampton. Festivities will include a fun filled carnival with games, stilt walkers and magicians, a delicious American picnic, music, dancing and of course spectacular fireworks display over Shinnecock Bay! The Southampton Fresh Air Home is a residential camp with a specialized recreation program adapted for physically challenged children, the majority of whom will receive scholarships to attend.  sfah.org

Friday, July 12th – 7 to 11 pm Parrish Art Museum’s MIDSUMMER DANCE, 279 Montauk Highway in Water Mill. An evening of dancing, drinks, and delicious hors d’oeuvres in support of the Museum’s exhibitions, education, and programs. parrishart.org

Saturday, July 13th – 6 to 10:30 pm
Parrish Art Museum’s MIDSUMMER DINNER,
279 Montauk Highway in Water Mill. Celebrating this year’s honorees: Philanthropists Susan Pear Meisel and Louis Meisel and Artists KAWS, Shirin Neshat and Sean Scully parrishart.org

Saturday, July 13th – 6 to 10 pm The Nurturing Power of Nature SOFO’s 34th Annual Gala Benefit
VIP Cocktail Reception – 6 to 7 pm, South Fork Natural History Museum and Nature Center, 377 Bridgehampton – Sag Harbor Turnpike. The gala willbenefit SOFO’s educational and environmental programs and initiatives, empowering families to be responsible stewards of our planet and commemorate 35 years of leadership in nature conservation and education. Honorees this year will include Conservationists Anke and Jurgen Friedrich, Susan and David Rockefeller, as well as National Geographic Society President Michael Ulica. sofo.org

Saturday, July 13th – 6:30 to 11:30 pm Ellen Hermanson Summer Summer Gala Bridgehampton Tennis and Surf Club, 231 Midocean Drive in Bridgehampton 6:30 to 10:30 Cocktails, Dinner and Dancing 10:30 to 11:30 Bonfire on the Beach. Honoring Dr. Frederic Weinbaum and Rebecca Seawright. Gala Chair: Jean Shafiroff ellenhermanson.org

Saturday, July 20th – 4 pm to 7 pm POLO in The Hamptons Social Life Polo Match & Cocktail Party
900 Lumber Lane in Bridgehampton. Guests enjoy the thrill of the polo match they will have access to an open bar paired with
hors d’oeuvres and preferred seating. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres by Elegant Affairs in the Champagne Lounge. There is complimentary parking but we suggest taking Uber. polohamptons.com

Saturday, July 20th – 6 to 10 pm 15th Annual Unconditional Love Gala Hosted by Southampton Animal Shelter Under the Great White Tent Corner of Old Town + Wicapogue Roads. Proceeds from this event directly support the more than 5,000 animals who enter our doors each year. southamptonanimalshelter.com

Saturday, July 20th – 6 to 11 pm Imagination Longhouse Summer Benefit. 133 Hands Creek Road in East Hampton. Food, drink, music, and performance, This year we honor two extraordinary artists: Kenny Scharf for his contributions to pop culture and his celebration of comics, amusement, and the underground, and Tony Bechara for his dynamic, meticulous paintings and a life devoted to promoting Latin culture in the arts. longhouse.org

Saturday, July 27th – 4 pm to 7 pm POLO in The Hamptons Social Life Polo Match & Cocktail Party
900 Lumber Lane in Bridgehampton. Polo match they will have access to an open bar paired with hors d’oeuvres and preferred seating. Drinks + hors d’oeuvres by Elegant Affairs in the Champagne Lounge. There is complimentary parking but we suggest taking Uber. polohamptons.com

Saturday, July 27th 6 to 10 pm The Annual Watermill Center Summer Benefit 100 YEARS OF EXPERIMENTATION. The Watermill Center, 39 Watermill Towd Road in Water Mill. The Watermill Center is thrilled to usher in 100 Years of Experimentation celebrating the origin of the building as a scientific laboratory established in 1924. Now as a laboratory for the arts and humanities, Watermill invites you to join us for the annual summer benefit. watermillcenter.org

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