The summer brings a plethera of free events. In the parks music and theatre soar, as the tempetures rise. Food plays a big part as the tastes of New York pop up in every nationally and local.
Here are the events we think you should not miss.
until -9/15 Free Summer Movies are shown evenings at NYC parks in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx.
until -7/30 Soccer: Watch New York City FC play a game at Yankee Stadium.
7/1-4 African festival: International African Arts Festival celebrates African art with music, dance, storytelling, handcrafted goods, and food vendors at Commodore Barry Park.
7/4 New York fireworks: Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular lights up the sky above the East River at 9:20 p.m. Free.
7/4 Hot dog eating contest: Watch qualified champion eaters compete in the world famous Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest on Coney Island,
7/7 – 8/5 Outdoor movies: See free movies about outer space at Summer Movie Series at Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum outdoors. Arrive early.
7/7 – 8/11 Broadway hits in the park: Bring a blanket to watch popular shows on and off Broadway perform their biggest hits Thursday afternoons at Broadway in Bryant Park. Free.
7/9 Arab festival: Arab-American & North African Cultural Street Festival has music, food, and vendors on Great Jones Street.
7/9 Indie rock festival: Rock out with 10 bands on the waterfront at 4Knots Music Festival at historical South Street Seaport. Free.
7/9 – 16 Tap-dance festival: See public performances or take classes at Tap City.
7/10 French street fair: Celebrate our French allies on Bastille Day by eating crêpes and éclairs, tasting wine and cheese, watching mimes and cancan dancers, and visiting the kids’ corner, on E 60th St. from 5th Ave. to Lexington Ave.
7/10 – 31 Free concerts at MoMA: Attend four weekly jazz and classical music concerts at Summergarden in the sculpture garden of the Museum of Modern Art. Limited seating. Free.
7/11 – 24 LGBT arts festival: Fresh Fruit Festival features 40 works of gay and lesbian theater, dance, film, music, and visual art at The Wild Project Theater.
7/13 – 31 Lincoln Center Festival: Enjoy extraordinary opera, music, dance, and theater in and near Lincoln Center.
7/13 – 8/27 Classical music festival: Attend concerts, operas, late-night recitals, and world premieres at Mostly Mozart Festival, performed by the festival orchestra and special guests at Lincoln Center. Discount tickets $33 (Aug. 5 and later).
7/16 Spanish feast: A ticket to Running with the Beef includes unlimited samples of Spanish-style beef dishes and Spanish beer & wine plus flamenco dancers on the waterfront at Solar One.
7/16 Waterfront day: City of Water Day celebrates the waterfront with boat tours, live music, family activities, games, and food vendors at Governors Island and elsewhere. Free.
7/19 – 8/14: Troilus and Cressida playing in Shakespeare in the Park.
7/19-28 Jazz festival: Hear dozen of world-class jazz artists (including soulful singers, piano partners, and dueling drummers) at 92nd Street Y Jazz in July Festival.
7/20-8/13 Outdoor concerts: Out of Doors is three weeks of world-class music, dance, and spoken word in the plazas of Lincoln Center if dry. Free.
7/24 Scavenger hunt: Teams run around the city solving clues to win prizes in the NY Challenge, which ends at a restaurant with awards and a costume contest.
7/25 – 8/19 NYC Restaurant Week: Get a special deal on a 3-course lunch or dinner at 300 restaurants during NYC Restaurant Week, not on Saturdays.
7/28 Beer tasting: Enjoy craft beer with food from local restaurants at Good Beer at Hudson Mercantile. Bring age 21 ID.
7/29 – 30 Free horror films: TromaDance (name mimics Sundance) focuses on horror, fantasy, and sci-fi films and is free for both filmmakers and attendees at Paper Box Music & Art.
7/31- 8/27 Harlem Week: Harlem Week is a month-long celebration of local culture and history that includes performances, tributes, films, fashion, a children’s festival, sports events, a 5K, and a street fair. Most events are free.
7/ date to be announced The White Dinner: Secret location. Tickets are scarce for Le Dîner en Blanc, a glamorous picnic and dance for couples dressed in white who bring their own food and table to a public location.
7/ date to be announced Central Park Food Fest: Buy food, beer, and wine at Smorgasburg at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park, with DJ music.
7/ date to be announcedWater fight: Bring a water gun (no water balloons) to be soaked at Waterfight NYC on Central Park’s Great Lawn. Free.
The Disney Revolt: The Great Labor War of Animation’s Golden Age
In the summer of 1941, Walt Disney’s top animator led hundreds of Disney artists out on strike, nearly breaking the studio. This is the true story of those two creative geniuses, plus a corrupt advisor and a mafia gangster, who collided to cause the greatest battle in Hollywood history.
An essential piece of Disney history has been unreported for eighty years.
Soon after the birth of Mickey Mouse, one animator raised the Disney Studio far beyond Walt’s expectations. That animator also led a union war that almost destroyed it. Art Babbitt animated for the Disney studio throughout the 1930s and through 1941, years in which he and Walt were jointly driven to elevate animation as an art form, up through Snow White, Pinocchio, and Fantasia.
But as America prepared for World War II, labor unions spread across Hollywood. Disney fought the unions while Babbitt embraced them. Soon, angry Disney cartoon characters graced picket signs as hundreds of animation artists went out on strike. Adding fuel to the fire was Willie Bioff, one of Al Capone’s wise guys who was seizing control of Hollywood workers and vied for the animators’ union.
Using never-before-seen research from previously lost records, including conversation transcriptions from within the studio walls, author and historian Jake S. Friedman reveals the details behind the labor dispute that changed animation and Hollywood forever.
Join a book talk with the author Jake S. Friedman on March 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, at The Lambs, 3 West 51st, 5th floor. RSVP@The-Lambs.org. The book will be available to be purchased and signed by the author.
Jake S. Friedman is a New York–based writer, teacher, and artist. He is a longtime contributor to Animation Magazine, and has also written for American History Magazine, The Huffington Post, Animation World Network, Animation Mentor, and The Philadelphia Daily News. For ten years he was an animation artist for films and television as seen on Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, and Saturday Night Live. He currently teaches History of Animation at the Fashion Institute of Technology and at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. The rest of his time he specializes in mental health for the creative psyche.
April’s Midnight Moment A New Nature
Integrating gaming and surveillance aesthetics with both animations and footage of the Rocky Mountain region, Dorf collapses the barriers of what’s real in a way that echoes our digital consumption of the world. A mass of living tree roots is scanned and imposed over a simulated ocean; a mountain range is represented as a topographical blueprint. Even the filmed footage, captured at the field research station of the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, is manipulated with compositing techniques and color treatment. As Dorf explains, “The more we create simulations of landscapes or nature, the more we expect nature to be and perform as the simulation that we’ve already made.”
This unique edit of the work was crafted specifically to mirror the brisk pacing of the plazas and billboards in Times Square. As the video progresses, the pace increases, emphasizing the influence of our technological lives on the way “Nature” is understood and perceived.
“The presentation of A New Nature in Times Square is an extension of the concepts in the work itself. Nestled within the endless motion and electrical currents flowing through the glowing canyons of Times Square, the moving images harmonize with their surroundings and enact their post-natural position.”
— Mark Dorf
April’s Midnight Moment is presented in partnership with Public Works Administration in conjunction with Dorf’s solo exhibition there from April 1–30, 2023, which includes the full length version of A New Nature.
Dorf would like to thank the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, and Dr. Paul CaraDonna and Dr. Amy Iler for their continued support in bringing together the arts and sciences.
Mark Dorf is a New York based artist whose practice utilizes photography, video, digital media, and sculpture. Often working directly with ecologists and technologists in the production of his works, Dorf is influenced by human’s perceptions of and interactions with what we call “Nature”, urbanism, design, and virtual environments. As opposed to seeing these subjects as categorically separate, Dorf reveals their entanglement and integration with one another as an inclusive and lively planetary ecology. Being both self-aware and critical of their own means of production, Dorf’s works craft a vision of an ecological future that navigates away from environmental collapse in the Anthropocene and imagine a “New Nature.”
Public Works Administration (“PWA”) is a digital art project space located in the 50th Street subway in Times Square. They spotlight underground artists who use digital tools to drive culture forward.
Death Is Not the End Opens March 17 At The Rubin Museum
Join on Friday, March 17, from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM to celebrate the opening of The Rubim Museum newest exhibition, Death Is Not the End. The cross-cultural exhibition explores ideas of death and afterlife in the art of Tibetan Buddhism and Christianity with artworks spanning 12 centuries from the Rubin Museum collection alongside artworks on loan from private collections and major institutions. Enjoy free admission, tours, music from DJ Roshni Samlal, drinks and dancing in the K2 lounge, temporary tattoos, and the launch of the 2023 Spiral issue, which explores moments of change that propel us into the unknown. Members will also receive two free drink tickets and access to the exclusive member section. Come explore what #LifeAfter means to you and toast the new exhibition! Reserve your free tickets today.
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