The Dog Days of August continues! The three H’s- hazy, hot and humid are in full effect. Whether you are trying to stay cool at a water festival in Brooklyn, experiencing art in Harlem, or enjoying a secret garden in the Bronx there is something for everyone. Here are a few of the many events happening in the city that never sleeps guaranteed to keep you Out and About.
Maren Hassinger: Monuments consists of eight site-specific sculptures installed for approximately one year (through June 10, 2019) in Marcus Garvey Park (Madison Avenue between 120th and 124th Streets), beginning in June 2018. Hassinger, who has been associated with the Studio Museum since 1984, is a Harlem-based multidisciplinary artist whose work, spanning performance, installation, sculpture, and video, are often meditations on nature and community. Working in the tradition of her earlier projects such as Wreath (1979), Hassinger uses branches to create forms that respond to aspects of the park’s landscape—an outcropping of rock, a triangle near flower beds, an oval near the pool. The artist created the works with the assistance of volunteers from the Studio Museum’s Teen Leadership Council and Expanding the Walls program, so that Monuments is a project made in Harlem and for Harlem.
Rough Trade: Art and Sex Work in the Late 20th Century at the Clampart, 247 West Street, Ground Floor, explores the intersection of art and the world of (mostly male) sex work during the 1970s and ’80s—the decades sandwiched between the beginning of the gay liberation movement and the onset of the AIDS crisis. On tap are works by 14 artists (including Wojnarowicz himself, along with Larry Clark and Philip-Lorca diCorci, as well as underground figures such as Tomata du Plenty and John Sex) that run the gamut from documenting sex-work, to exploring personal experiences within it. Runs through August 31
Huma Bhabha has been selected to create a site-specific installation for The Met’s Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden, the sixth in a series of commissions for the outdoor space. Bhabha’s work addresses themes of colonialism, war, displacement, and memories of place. Using found materials and the detritus of everyday life, she creates haunting human figures that hover between abstraction and figuration, monumentality and entropy. The exhibit runs now thru October 18, 2018.
The Roof Garden Commission 2018: Huma Bhabha
The Face Of Dynasty: Royal Crests From Western Cameroon at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (through Sept. 3). In the African wing, a show of just four commanding wooden crowns constitutes a blockbuster in its own right. These massive wooden crests — in the form of stylized human faces with vast vertical brows — served as markers of royal power among the Bamileke peoples of the Cameroonian grasslands, and the Met’s recent acquisition of an 18th-century specimen is joined here by three later examples, each featuring sharply protruding cheeks, broadly smiling mouths and brows incised with involute geometric patterns. Ritual objects like these were decisive for the development of Western modernist painting, and a Cameroonian crest was even shown at MoMA in the 1930s, as a “sculpture” divorced from ethnography. But these crests had legal and diplomatic significance as well as aesthetic appeal, and their anonymous African creators had a political understanding of art not so far from our own.
The Sarasota Ballet returns to the Joyce Theater August 14 through August 19 with a special program comprised of selections from its vast repertoire by world-renowned choreographers like Sir Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, Dame Ninette de Valois, Twyla Tharp, Sir David Bintley, Christopher Wheeldon, and Sir Matthew Bourne.
Battery Dance Festival at Schimmel Center at Pace University, August 12 through August 18. The 37th edition of this free annual celebration—formerly known as the Downtown Dance Festival—welcomes artists from across the United States as well as India, Spain, Canada, Gabon, Botswana, Macedonia, Kazakhstan and Turkey. The splashy final event on Sat 18 goes indoors to Pace University (where reservations are required), but all other performances take place at Robert F. Wagner Park, in front of the sparkling New York Harbor.
Jeremy McQueen’s Black Iris Project at the Richard Rodgers Amphitheater on Thursday August presents a predominantly African-American ballet collective. The company will perform Madiba, inspired by the late Nelson Mandela, and the world premiere of A Mother’s Rite, set to a four-hand piano version of The Rite of Spring. The evening begins with a workshop that teaches audience members to perform excerpts from Alvin Ailey’s modern-dance classic Revelations.
Void, at HERE, 145 Sixth Ave from August 16 through August 18,Five women enact a dance-theater piece, created and directed by Cemre Su Salur and choreographed by yolette yellow-duke, about the ways that history, mythology and tradition have marked themselves on female bodies.
Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) accompanies her longtime boyfriend, Nick (Henry Golding), to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore. It soon unfolds that Nick’s family is extremely wealthy and he’s considered one of the country’s most eligible bachelors. August 15,2018 is to release.
CRAZY RICH ASIANS – Official Trailer 1
Mile 22 is an directed by Peter Berg and written by Lea Carpenter, from a story by Graham Roland. The film stars Mark Wahlberg, John Malkovich, Lauren Cohan, Ikon Ukwais, Ronda Rousey and CL, and follows an elite CIA task force that has to escort a high-priority asset 22 miles to an extraction point while being hunted by terrorists. The film is scheduled to be released in the United States on August 17, 2018.
ALPHA is an epic adventure set in the last Ice Age, tells a fascinating, visually stunning story that shines a light on the origins of man’s best friend.
Broadway Sings Unplugged: Whitney Houston at the Green Room 42, 570 Tenth Ave at 42nd Street on Monday August 13, 9:30pm. Broadway vocalists perform new arangements of Houston classics, back by an acoustic band led by arranger and piano man Joshua Stephen Kartes, in this spinoff of the Broadway Sings concert series. Performers include Kathryn Allison, Nick Rashad Burroughs, Ben Fankhauser, Amber Iman, Aisha Jackson, Corey Mach, Stephanie Torns and Raena White.
Wet Fete Weekend returns to MCU Parking Lot #2 , Coney Island, Brooklyn August 17 through August 19, 10am- 10pm. with water, slides, foam and more water. Music by top DJs & Lots of Artists Confirmed.
Friday August 17th – Sunday August 19th 3 signature events, 3 days of Festivities
Event #1 – Friday Night: Kick off the weekend with Soca Addiction – 100% Soca
Event #2 – Saturday Night: Xcape – The All White Experience A night of Allure
Event #3 – Sunday The Highlight Summer in New York City Water Colors Wet Fete
Single event, Weekend Passes and VIP passes are now on sale
Cole Escola is back at Joe’s Pub with an all new show entitled Cole Escola: Quick! Pretend I’m Asleep! This week on August 16, 7pm and August 17 and 18, 9:30pm. Too weird for pretty much anything else, the feral writer/performer and brains behind a slew of absurdly funny online videos (like his portrayal of a mom in an orange juice commercial), Cole Escola (“Difficult People,” “Man Seeking Woman,” “Mozart in the Jungle”), brings his unique voice to the stage, playing multiple characters in a series of comedic vignettes that operate on the fringes of coherence and social acceptability. The show is directed by Christian Coulson.
Smokey Joe’s Cafe: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller, returns to NYC at Stage 42, 422 W 42nd St, the Grammy® Award-winning and Tony Award®-nominated smash, made history as Broadway’s longest-running musical revue. Featuring 40 of the greatest songs of the past century, including showstopping classics like “On Broadway,” “Stand by Me,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Hound Dog,” “Love Potion No. 9,” “Spanish Harlem,” “Yakety Yak” and “Charlie Brown,” it celebrates the music of the legendary songwriting duo, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. Their generation-defining songs provided hit after hit for icons like Elvis Presley, Ben E. King, The Coasters, and The Drifters.
Pass Over at Claire Tow Theater 150 W 65th St. For many black men, living in a country that was built on slavery and still struggles with ingrained notions of white supremacy feels absurd, dispiriting and paralyzing. Playwright Antoinette Nwandu has devised an ingenious and unsettling way to dramatize that terrifying state of existence by fusing the Exodus story with Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot. The result is Pass Over, an intimate political play that grapples with epic themes and is likely to leave you shaken.
Free Carousel Rides: Join Prospect Park Alliance every Thursday from 12 pm – 6 pm in August where children 12 and under receive free carousel rides in Prospect Park, at the Park’s historic Carousel, funded by NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital.
The 19th annual Hudson River Park Blues BBQ Festival returns to Hudson River Park’s Pier 97 for a (FREE) day filled with smoky goodness and great music. Join local pit powerhouses like Brother Jimmy’s, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que Mighty Quinn’s, and Pig Beach fire up their smokers while you take in live blues and roots performances. Grab dessert from Melt or Ben & Jerry’s, sip on beer from Sixpoint and sample a taste of Glenfiddich while you enjoy NYC before the summer ends with a blues and BBQ explosion. The 2018 line up- 2:00 pm The Slam Allen Band * 3:15 pm – Danielle Nicole * 4:30 pm –Welch-Ledbetter Connection * 6:00 pm – Dawn Tyler Watson * 7:30 pm – Vieux Farka Toure’.
Hancock Community Backyard Garden Park at 324 Hancock Street, Brooklyn is a community celebration of the arts beginning at 7pm, Thursday August 16. Artists performing include: Germaul Barnes/Viewsic Dance, Darryl Montgomery-Hell, Peter McMath, Jamel Gaines Creative Outlet, Nicholas Power, Pamela Sneed, NaRon Tillman, Anthony(Tony) Williams, and Brittany L.Williams.
Aloha Nights– Head to the New York Botanical Garden for an evening of tropical delights. Take an after-hours look at the garden’s new exhibit, Georgia O’Keeffe: Visions of Hawai‘i, learn how to hula, watch lei-making demos, explore installations by Hawaiian-Chinese sculptor Mark Chai, listen to live music and fuel it all with a poke bowl and a cup (or two) of Passiflora Punch. Now through Saturday August 18 2018.
We look forward to seeing you Out and About