New York City is in vacation mode that means everyone is taking it easy and savoring lazy warm afternoons and warm humid nights. We have great events indoors and out and many are free! Here are a few of the many events happening in the city that never sleeps, guaranteed to keep you Out and About.
African Spirits at the Yossi Milo Gallery, 245 Tenth Ave , August 12- August 23: From the 1950s through the 1980s, commercial studio portrait photography in Africa developed into an artistic genre that went well beyond the prosaic task of capturing a subject’s likeness. Photographers such as Samuel Fosso, Seydou Keïta and Malick Sidibé employed minimal sets to maximal advantage by draping boldly patterned fabrics behind the sitter to make him or her pop dynamically from the background. This show presents their work alongside those by contemporary artists they have influenced.
Music Is The Message- 20th Century Paintings And Drawings at ACA Galleries, 529 West 20th Street, 5th Floor New York, now through October 5. Explore Music is the Message: 20th Century Paintings and Drawings. Artwork that reflects music and musicians featuring the work of Romare Bearden, Earl H. Brewster, Philip Evergood, Francis Luis Mora and Faith Ringgold.
Pierre Cardin: Future Fashion through January 5, 2020 in the Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Wing and Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Gallery, 5th Floor: The exhibition presents over 170 objects drawn from his atelier and archive, including historical and contemporary haute couture, prêt-à-porter, trademark accessories, “couture” furniture, lighting, fashion sketches, personal photographs, and excerpts from television, documentaries, and feature films. The objects are displayed in an immersive environment inspired by Cardin’s unique atelier designs, showrooms, and homes.
Art on the Farm offers unique family art projects inspired by nature and farm life. The free event takes place at the Urban Farm, Randall’s Island Park every weekend from 2-4pm on Sunday and Saturday through 10/20/2019.
The photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, who died in 1989, at the age of forty-two, cast a classicizing eye on subjects both conventional (calla lilies) and controversial (the underground S & M scene). As his muse and friend Patti Smith has written, “He will be condemned and adored. His excesses damned or romanticized. In the end, truth will be found in his work, the corporeal body of the artist.” The Guggenheim opens its yearlong two-part exhibition “Implicit Tensions: Robert Mapplethorpe Now.”
Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything: The Jewish Museum (1109 5th Ave at 92nd St New York) April 12 – September 8, 2019. A world-renowned novelist, poet, and singer/songwriter who inspired generations of writers, musicians, and artists, Leonard Cohen (1934-2016) was an extraordinary poet of the imperfection of the human condition, giving voice to what it means to be fully alert to the complexities and desires of both body and soul. Featuring 12 artists and 18 musicians from 10 countries, this exhibition offers a deep and rich exploration of the beloved global icon through the lens of contemporary art.
Alicja Kwade, at The Metropolitan Museum of Art through October 27, a Polish artist who lives and works in Berlin is this year’s recipient of The Met’s annual commission to create an installation for the museum’s roof garden. These projects are perennial crowd-pleasers, as they add a touch of artistic enhancement to the rooftop’s spectacular views of Central Park and the Midtown skyline. Kwade’s approach seems tailor-made for the site, as it usually entails minimalist sculptural ensembles made of glass, stone and metal—materials that give her efforts a luxurious gloss. Kwade often plays perceptual tricks on the viewer as part of her overall interest in deconstructing the philosophical and scientific teachings we rely on to make sense of the world. At The Met, she reaches for the cosmos with a pair of pieces that evoke the Solar System.
Nedjemankh and His Gilded Coffin at the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Ever since Howard Carter uncovered the tomb of King Tut in 1922, people have been fascinated by Ancient Egyptian treasures. The Met recently acquired one such object—a gold-leafed covered coffin for a High Priest from Egypt’s Ptolemaic period. It’s on display, along with 70 other Egyptian artifacts from the Met’s collection.
Wendy Whelan and Marc Bamuthi Joseph: Carnival of the Animals on Wednesday, August 21 at 8pm Central Park, Summerstage, Central Park: Wendy Whelan—the great former New York City Ballet étoile and current Associate Artistic Director—performs an excerpt from Carnival of the Animals, a piece she has been developing with spoken-word artist and playwright Marc Bamuthi Joseph (/peh-LO-tah/). Bookending this piece are solo poems by Joseph and a screening of the 2016 documentary Restless Creature, which chronicles Whelan’s struggles as a dancer in her late 40s.
Low Tide Bar, Beach 96th Street, Rockaway at The Boardwalk on Wednesday, August 21, 11am and 12:30pm and Thursday, August 22, 11am. Rockaway Beach’s annual outdoor dance festival returns with more free, sandy offerings. In lieu of performances, this year’s edition focuses on pay-what-you-wish 90-minute outdoor dance classes in styles including house, vogue and Gaga/people. Think of it as a movement-heavy beach party, and come prepared to sweat.
Dances for Solidarity: Dancing Through Darkness at HERE, 145 Sixth Avenue, Friday, August 23, 7pm, Saturday, August, 2pm & 7pm, Sunday, August 25, 2pm: a program that aims to give prisoners in solitary confinement a sense of connection to the world through shared choreography, presents a piece created in a Texas prison by Dushaan Gillum and performed by six people who have a history of incarceration in New York. Sarah Dahnke directs.
Los Reyes at the Film Forum, 209 West Houston Street, New York, through Tuesday, August 27: In Santiago, Chile, Chola and Football are two homeless dogs – who aren’t homeless at all. Scrappy, adorable mutts, they live in Los Reyes, the city’s oldest skateboard park, kept company by dozens of teenage boys who are constantly in motion. (Surely the film’s title also refers to the dogs, truly kings of their quirky world.) One dog constantly schleps around a deflated football (or golf ball or empty soda bottle); the other romps alongside him day and night. The voices of the young skaters, set against the noises of the city, form a soundscape: bragging, complaining, joking, sharing the daily experiences of working-class kids. One day, two dog houses miraculously appear in the park – just in time to provide shelter for the coming winter.
Miles Davis: Birth Of The Cool at the Film Forum, 209 West Houston Street, New York, opens Tuesday, August 23: The central theme of Miles Davis’s life was his restless determination to break boundaries and live life on his own terms. It made him a star. For the people who loved him most, it also made him incredibly difficult to live with. Again and again, in music and in life, Miles broke with convention—and when he thought his work came to represent a new convention, he changed it again. Miles’s bold disregard for tradition, his clarity of vision, his relentless drive, and constant thirst for new experiences made him an inspiring collaborator to fellow musicians and a cultural icon to generations of listeners. It made him an innovator in music—from bebop to “cool jazz,” modern quintets, orchestral music, jazz fusion, rock ’n’ roll, and even hip-hop.
Miles Davis: Birth Of The Cool
Snoop Dogg live at Up & Down Party 2019, on Tuesday August 20th, 2019 located at 244 West 14th Street, New York: Live music DJ set by Snoop Dogg along side Rick Wonder and Edav- Dress Code: Dress to impress.
Apollo Amateur Night, on Wednesday, August 21, Apollo Theater, 253 W. 125th St, New York: At this special evening of Amateur Night, winners from this spring square-off in the Finals competition for the chance to move one step closer to the winning title of Grand Finale Winner and a cash prize ($5,000 in the Child Star category and $20,000 in the Adult category) on November 27th!
Peter and Will Anderson: Songbook Summit—The Andersons Play Ellington & Armstrong August 13- 15 and August 21- 23 at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway. Twin-brother saxophone players Peter and Will Anderson, masters of vintage jazz styles ranging from swing to hardbop, flip through four chapters of the Great American Songbook in this Symphony Space residency, devoting a week apiece to Duke Ellington (August 13–15) and Louis Armstrong (August 21–23). They are joined by vocalist Molly Ryan and musicians including bassist Vince Giordano.
Blue Man Group: Ready…Go!, on view at the Museum of the City of New York 1220 5th Ave, New York, from July 19, 2019, through September 2, 2019: is a new interactive installation highlighting the creativity and legacy of the bald, blue-hued, silent trio who first burst onto the downtown New York scene in 1988 and still perform nightly at the Astor Place Theatre.
End The Silence at the National Black Theatre, 2031 5th Avenue, New York begins Wednesday, August 21 – Saturday August 24, 7:30 pm: An exploration of why abuse, domestic violence, sexual harassment and exploitation is tolerated or covered up in our churches, communities, and societies. They play looks at faith, the breakdown of trust, and ultimately restoration for perpetrators, survivors and victims. End The Silence asks why the clergy would cover up the abuse of its constituents, and follows the struggles of six women in their fight for justice and to have their voices heard. End The Silence examines the intoxication of power and its ability to corrupt all that are caught in its web.
King Kong at the Broadway Theatre, 1681 Broadway, an innovative mix of robotics, puppetry, music and stagecraft directed and choreographed by Olivier winner Drew McOnie. King Kong features an electrifying new score by Marius de Vries (La La Land) and Eddie Perfect (Beetlejuice The Musical), and a book by Jack Thorne, the Tony® and Olivier Award-winning writer of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Runs through August 28.
Ain’t Too Proud follows The Temptations’ journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. With their signature dance moves and unmistakable harmonies, they rose to the top of the charts creating an amazing 42 Top Ten Hits with 14 reaching number one. Through friendship and betrayal amid the civil unrest that tore America apart, their moving and personal story still resonates five decades later.
Afropunk Fest Brooklyn at Commodore Barry Park, Saturday, August 24, 12noon through Sunday, August 25, 10pm. The Afropunk Festival is an annual arts festival that includes live music, film, fashion, and art produced by black artists. The festival made its first debut at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) in 2005, and has since expanded to other parts of the world.
JILL SCOTT, FKA TWIGS, LEON BRIDGES, KAMASI WASHINGTON, GARY CLARK JR., SANTIGOLD, LIANNE LA HAVAS, GOLDLINK, TORO Y MOI, NAO, DEATH GRIPS, DANNY BROWN, TIERRA WHACK, IAMDDB, J.I.D, RAVYN LENAE, KELSEY LU, MASEGO, LEIKELI47, H09909, RICO NASTY, SCARLXRD, THANDISWA, EARTHGANG, KARI FAUX, BURNT SUGAR ARKESTRA, FIRE FROM THE GODS, TANK AND THE BANGAS, JUNGLEPUSSY, RAHBI, THE SUFFERS, HYRO THE HERO, ALXNDR LONDON, HELLO YELLO, CHIKA, REBELMATIC, SAMURAI SHOTGUN, BCUC, UPCHUCK, RED ARKADE, BABYGOTBACKTALK
DJ SETS FROM:
SOULECTION, MIKEQ, DJ MOMA, UNIIQU3, RICH MEDINA, DJ KENZHERO, RUDEBOYZ, BAMBII, PAPI JUICE, LSDXOXO, MUZI, DJ DOOWAP, GABSOUL, BATEKOO, DJ NATIVESUN, UNDERGROUND SYSTEM, BOSTON CHERY, BMAJR, BAE BAE
FrankieFridays is Brooklyn’s best kept house music secret! The party takes place every Friday at The Happiness Lounge, 1458 St. Johns Place (bet. Utica Avenue and Rochester Avenue). The party rocks the best dance classics and soulful house music masterfully mixed by New York City’s own DJ Frankie Paradise. The predominantly mature gay crowd are there to get down, and create a warm inviting atmosphere for all. Reasonably prices drinks and a small admission price (feels more like a donation) of $5 before midnight and $10 after makes this the don’t miss Friday night dance party.
Bollywood Beats @ Stage48 NYC – A Weekly Saturday Night DesiParty Saturday, August 24, 10pm- Sunday, August 25, 4am at Stage48, 605 West 48th Street, New York.Each & Every Saturday Night, come experience the Glamour & Glitz of Bollywood as you Mix, Mingle and Dance at New York City’s Hottest Saturday Night DesiParty. Ladies complimentary admission until 11pm.
We look forward to seeing you Out and About