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CONCERTS

THIRD STREET OUTDOOR SERIES—Third Street Music School Settlement presents “Music in Abe Lebewohl Park,” an annual concert series outside St. Marks Church-in-the-Bowery on E. 10th St. and Second Ave. Concerts are held through Aug. 1 on Thursdays from 12:30-1:30 p.m.

July 11, Third Street Chamber Music Players.

July 18, Gypsy Jazz Caravan.

July 25, Shoko Nakai’s Tokola (Japanese/Middle East).

Aug. 1, The Billy Newman Quintet.

For more information, visit thirdstreetmusicschool.org.

JAZZ AT UNION SQUARE PARK—Citi Summer in the Square, the annual series of free summer events in Union Square Park has returned. At noon on Thursdays through Aug. 8, The School of Jazz at The New School presents live music at the park’s west side.

Concerts will be held in Stuyvesant Cove Park next week from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sean Mahony and the New York Swing Orchestra (pictured) will perform next Wednesday.

STUY COVE CONCERTS—Concerts at Stuyvesant Cove are from 6:30 to 8 p.m. between East 22nd to 23rd Streets in the park. All are welcome to attend these free events presented by The Stuyvesant Cove Park Association and NYC Ferry.

Mon., July 15, The Haggard Kings will perform country classics, bluegrass and rock.

Wed., July 17, Sean Mahony and the New York Swing Orchestra.

ROCK & MORE—The Gramercy Theatre, 127 E. 23rd St., presents the following concerts:

July 12 at 7 p.m., Cash Unchained: The Ultimate Johnny Cash Experience, $15-$35

July 13 at 7 p.m., The Sons & Heirs, $20

July 16 at 7 p.m., Jim Jones album release concert, $30-$75

July 18 at 8 p.m., Love Is Love, $20

Visit thegramercytheatre.com for tickets.

THEATER 

POLITICAL DRAMA—Theater for New City, 155 First Ave. between 9th and 10th Sts., presents “Barabbas: The Annoyance of Enlightenment,” running through July 14. Peruvian citizens have just elected a president bent on ridding the political and legal system of corruption. A righteous whistleblower, Jesús (Anwar Wolf), and a rash lawyer, Bara (Mateo d’Amato), find themselves sharing a cell under the surveillance of two cruel guards. Together Jesús and Bara navigate the landscape of their crimes – what transpires is both sinister and illuminating. The work, Barabbas, speaks not just to the state of South American politics, but to the present global ethos. By Will T.F. Carter, directed by Eduardo Machado. Performances are Thurs.-Sat. at 8 p.m., Sun. at 3 p.m. For tickets, $18 general, $15 students and seniors, call (212) 254-1109 or visit theaterforthenewcity.net.

FAMILY DRAMA—Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave. at E. 10th St., presents “Birds of Paradise,” running through July 14. Daniel Pavacic, Marisa Gold, Peter Tarantino and Abigail Grizzle star in this play by Claude Solnik, directed by Jim Keeler, about a pivotal time in American history. A happy family who runs a store and the family’s best friend struggle to retain normalcy and happiness during the Great Depression, while all around them the financial collapse threatens to disrupt their way of life. “Birds of Paradise” shows how, despite love, goodwill and best intentions, it’s difficult if not impossible to escape the destructive effects of what goes on around us. Performances are Thurs., Fri. and Sat. at 8 p.m. and Sun. at 3 p.m. For more information or tickets ($18), visit theaterforthenewcity.net or call (212) 254-1109.

SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARKING LOT—The Drilling Company’s Shakespeare in the Parking Lot presents “Romeo and Juliet,” running from July 12 to 27 in La Plaza at The Clemente Parking Lot, 114 Norfolk St. are Thursdays through Saturdays at 7 p.m. In this year’s production, Director Lukas Raphael will set Shakespeare’s most famous love story in New York in the early 1990’s, with the Montagues and Capulets imagined as families of a Lower East Side neighborhood. Raphael sees his job as telling a fast, gritty story clearly and succinctly, stressing its language and incorporating sounds of the street and city to provide the backdrop.  Instead of duels with swords, he will have knife fights choreographed by Frank Alfano, who staged the fights in an Off-Broadway adaptation of “A Clockwork Orange” in 2015.

Theater for the New City presents a new free musical, “No Brainer or the Solution to Parasites,” performed on closed-off streets throughout the five boroughs, running from Aug. 3 to Sept. 15. (Pictured) Alexander Bartenieff as TV Host in “SHAME! Or The Doomsday Machine,” Theater for the New City’s 2018 Street Theater production. (Photo by Jonathan Slaff)

STREET THEATER—Theater for the New City’s Street Theater Company will open its 43rd annual tour Aug. 3 with “No Brainer or the Solution to Parasites,” a rip-roaring musical which portrays our road to national madness as a bad trip to Hades. Free performances will tour parks, playgrounds and closed-off streets throughout the five boroughs through Sept. 15. The new musical follows a social services provider who protects families facing eviction and immigrants struggling for citizenship. But the mythic world, headed by Mr. Pluto, is set on edge because a raging, somewhat drunk real estate magnate from a TV reality show has invaded its sacred sanctuary in Hades. There he has drunk deeply from the cauldron of woes–a vessel where the underworld gods cleanse a nation’s soul by boiling out its historically tragic mis-steps, including those of genocide, slavery and war. TNC’s free street theater productions are suited for family audiences, since complex social issues are often presented through children’s allegories, with children and neighborhood people as the heroes. Local performances will be held in front of Theater for the New City at E. 10th St. and First Ave. on Sat., Aug. 3 at 2 p.m., Tompkins Square Park at E. 7th St. and Ave. A on Sat., Aug. 10 at 2 p.m. and in front of St. Marks Church at E. 10th Street at Second Ave. on Sun., Sept. 15 at 2 p.m.

OTHER PERFORMANCES

MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS—Horse Trade presents festival featuring three new solo shows sharing insights on the bonds and baggage shared between mothers and daughters at Under St. Marks, 94 St. Marks Pl.

“Mama’s 19” written and performed by Javana Mundy and directed by Pharah Jean-Phillipe is a multi-character show and personal documentation on the evolution, journey and struggle of the Black Woman in America. Performances are on July 11-13 at 7 p.m. and July 14 at 9 p.m.

“Gee, I Hope You Have Fun at My Mom’s Death” written and performed by Bree O’Connor and directed by Courtney Wetzel takes us on a tipsy roller coaster of memory as Bree bears witness to the final hours of her Mother’s battle with Alzheimer’s. Performances are on July 11 at 9 p.m., July 12 at 10 p.m., July 13 at 8 p.m. and July 14 at 6 p.m.

“You Hold a Pole Everyday” written and performed by Laura Sisskin Fernández and directed by Laura Murphy takes us inside a pole dancing studio, where after a traumatizing experience, a barista cautiously seeks connection with her own physical power but reluctantly finds herself learning the moves alongside her Spanish mother and grandmother. Performances are on July 10 at 9 p.m., July 11 at 7 p.m., July 12 at 8:30 p.m. and July 14 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets, $20, can be purchased online at horsetrade.info.

COMEDY/VARIETY—”No Name… & A Bag O’ Chips” continues their 25th anniversary celebration on Thurs., July 11 at 7 p.m. at the Kraine Theater’s TaleFest storytelling festival. Storyteller/author Michele Carlo along with No Name founder/producer Eric Vetter will present a one-night return of Carlo’s long-running (2005-2013) story series, “It Came From New York.” Ever wonder what makes a real New Yorker tick? What makes us so extreme… so infuriating… so enviable? Is it the weather? Something in the water? Or just that we really are undeniably different than the rest of the U.S.? “It Came From New York” is a story show that celebrates an endangered species: our city’s native sons and daughters. Each borough has its own accent, its own culture and its own story. From Brooklyn: Carole Montgomery (Funny Women of a Certain Age); Queens: Sandi Marx (The Moth, RISK!); Manhattan: Tommy Pryor (author/storyteller “I Hate The Dallas Cowboys”); The Bronx: Michele Carlo (Moth Mainstage, PBS’s “Stories from the Stage”) and Staten Island: Alexis Sottile (writer/actor). The show will also feature a surprise Token Non-New Yorker and music from Courtney Hill.

For advance $10 discounted tickets ($15 at the door), visit comedyhistory101.com/talefest. For additional TaleFest information, contact comedyhistory101@gmail.com.

BURLESQUE & VARIETY—The Horse Trade Theater Group presents “Ten-Foot Rat Cabaret” on Sat., July 13 at 10:30 p.m. at Under St. Marks, 94 St. Marks Pl. The show features comedy, music, burlesque, vaudeville and more hosted by Canadian import Jillian Thomas. Created and produced by Rob Dub and Gregory Levine. The Fishnet Follies perform at each show. Visit tenfootrat.com for the latest show information. 21 and up to drink, 17 and up or accompanied by guardian to enter. Admission is $15, $10 in advance by calling (212) 868-4444 or visiting horsetrade.info. 

CABARET SHOWDOWN AND WINNERS SHOWCASE—Horse Trade Theater Group presents “The Cabaret Showdown” on Sun., July 14 at 7 p.m., at Under St. Marks, 94 St. Marks Pl. The show features host Mark McDaniels, co-host Diana Byrne as DiVanna, resident judge Donald Garverick. Do you have what it takes to be a cabaret champion? Contestants compete for the chance to star in their own show or cabaret. Come to compete or be in the audience. Cover is $12, which includes a drink ($10 without a drink). Before the show, at 5:30 p.m. is the Cabaret Showdown Winners Showcase. Last month’s winner will star in their own show. Admission is $10. For more information visit horsetrade.info.

TALEFEST—Produced by Harmon Leon, TaleFest is a five-day festival, running from July 10 through July 14, that celebrates the best of the New York City comedy storytelling scene, featuring live storytelling podcast recordings and solo performances by NYC’s most renowned and sought-after storytellers. The Kraine Theater is located on East 4th Street (between Second and Third Aves). For further information, call (212) 777-6088. Performers are subject to change. For more “No Name” info, contact Eric Vetter at (347) 885-3466 or by emailing NoNameNYC@hotmail.com.

STORYTELLING/CONCERT—Horse Trade Theater Group presents “The Adam Wade Show,” on Tues., July 15 at 7 p.m. at Under St. Marks (94 St. Marks Pl. between First Ave. and Ave. A). The Adam Wade Show is a collection of humor-filled event with stories, music and video shorts. Cover is $10. A different featured guest starts off the show each month. For more information or to purchase tickets in advance visit horsetrade.info.

BURLESQUE—Horse Trade Theater Group presents “Stand Up and Take Your Clothes Off” on Sun., Aug. 4 at 8 p.m. at The Kraine Theater, 85 E. 4th St. This is a fast paced, sexy show that each month features NYC’s funniest female comics and sassiest burlesque acts. Hosted by Kerryn Feehan and Jillaine Gill with DJ Stevie C and Stage Kitten Stockholm Filly. Cover is $15 ($10 in advance online). For more information or to purchase tickets in advance visit horsetrade.info.

FAMILY/CHILDREN 

ACTIVITIES IN UNION SQUARE PARK—Citi Summer in the Square, the annual series of free summer events in Union Square Park has returned. This year, there will be more than 135 programs every Thursday through Aug. 8. All children’s programs will take place in the South Plaza except for soccer, which will be in North Plaza.

The schedule for the children’s programming is as follows:

July 11: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Children’s Activity Pavilion, 9 a.m. Animals with Art Farm, 10:30 a.m.  Yoga Story Time, 11 a.m. Thunder and Sunshine, noon: Chess at Three, 12:30 p.m. Bubble Garden, 2:30 p.m. Story Time, 3 p.m. Pop Fit Kids, 4 p.m. Soccer Shots.

July 18: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Children’s Activity Pavilion, 9 a.m. Animals with Art Farm, 10:30 a.m.  Yoga Story Time, 11 a.m. Union Square Play, noon: Chess at Three, 12:30 p.m. Bubble Garden, 2:30 p.m. Story Time, 3 p.m. Pop Fit Kids, 4 p.m. Soccer Shots.

GAMES AT FLATIRON PLAZA—The Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District (BID) will hold eight weeks of free programming on the Flatiron Public Plazas through Aug. 8. Part of the programming will be Throwback Thursdays. The BID will organize a nostalgic game station that is free and open to the public on the Flatiron North Public Plaza with board games, a giant Connect4, and cornhole sets available to play for free from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Local businesses and organizations will provide free entertainment and children’s activities from noon to 2 p.m. on select Thursdays. At 6 p.m. each Thursday, local musical performers will entertain passersby.

July 11 – Games, kids craft with Home Depot, performance by The Jazz Gallery, and Summer Scoops with free Frozen Custard from Shake Shack.

July 18 – Games, kids activity with PLAYDAY, and a performance by TADA! Youth Theatre

July 25 – Games, kids craft with Home Depot, performance by The PIT, and Summer Scoops with free Frozen Custard from Shake Shack.

Aug. 1 – Games, children’s bookbinding with the Center for Book Arts, and a performance by North Coast (as seen at The PIT).

Aug. 8 – Games, kids craft with Home Depot, performance by North Coast (as seen at The PIT), and Summer Scoops with free gelato from Eataly. 

EVENTS AT LIBRARY FOR BABIES, TODDLERS AND OLDER CHILDREN—New York Public Library’s Epiphany Library, 228 E. 23rd St. between Second and Third Aves., presents the following programs for children:

“Color Time.” Crayons and coloring pages will be available in the children’s room on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3-5 p.m.

 “Bilingual Birdies” on Thurs., July 11 and 18. This Summer Myla Birdie is determined to travel to outer space. Join her and the rest of the Bilingual Birdies on an out-of-this-world journey to build a rocket, get dressed in the best space suit, and travel to a dance party on the moon. This is a caregiver-and-child program all budding astronauts newborn to age six welcome to attend. Participants should expect a bubble dance party at the end of each session. Plus, each family will receive a free CD download and vocabulary sheets.

MATH NIGHT—The Museum of Mathematics,11 E. 26th St., presents “Starry Night,” featuring mathematician Ethan Bolker, on Fri., July 12 at 6:30 p.m. Ancient Greek philosophers modeled the world with the four essences: earth, air, fire, and water. Plato then attached those to the cube, octahedron, tetrahedron, and icosahedron, thinking of the dodecahedron, the fifth regular polyhedron, as representing the universe. Weave together history, art, math and twelve five-pointed stars, and create a stellated dodecahedron to take home.

Family Fridays is designed to bring families together to enjoy a diverse array of engaging mathematical activities, promoting interest and enthusiasm among kids and adults alike. The activities are designed so that all attendees, regardless of age, can participate on an equal footing.  Thanks to the generous support of Two Sigma, this program is free to attendees. Learn more and register at familyfridays.momath.org.

BOOK READINGS & ACTIVITIES—Barnes & Noble, 33 E. 17th Street, presents story time on most Saturdays at 11 a.m. with coloring and activities afterwards. For more information call (212) 253-0810 or visit bn.com.

July 13 at 11 a.m., Birth of the Cool by Kathleen Cornell Berman and Keith Henry Brown.

LION KING STORYTIME—Barnes & Noble, 33 E. 17th Street, presents story time and activities celebrating The Lion King on Sat., July 13 at 11 a.m. Revisit the beloved story of The Lion King before it hits theaters with two books that capture the magic of the classic movie.

SOLO SHOW—Horse Trade presents “Chalk” on Sat., July 13 at 2:30 p.m. at The Kraine Theater (85 E. 4th St. between 2nd Ave. and Bowery). “Chalk” is a playful one-man show that invites audiences into a hand-drawn world where imagination is made real and anything can happen. Charlie Chaplin meets Harold and the Purple Crayon. $15; $5 for kids under 12. Tickets may be purchased in advance at horsetrade.info. 

TODDLER PLAYTIME—New York Public Library’s Tompkins Square Library, 331 E. 10th St., presents “Toddler Time” on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. Bring your toddlers to share fun and interesting stories, songs, rhymes and fingerplays. Recommended for children 18 months to three years of age. For more information, call (212) 228-4747.

ART WORKSHOP—The Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W. 17th St., presents “Family Sundays,” free activities from 1-4 p.m. Drop into the Education Center for some art-making, and there will be a 2 p.m. family exhibition tour, and go on your own thematic gallery search. Ages 3 and older with accompanying adults. For more information, visit rubinmuseum.org or call (212) 620-5000.  

CUB/BOY SCOUTS PACK 422—Scout Pack 422 is part of the Greater NY Councils and the Big Apple District and is sponsored by The Epiphany R.C. Church at 373 Second Ave. off of 21st St. Meetings are held in the Parish Hall. Cub Scouts meet on Wednesdays at 7 p.m., Boy Scouts meet on Thursdays at 6:45 p.m. Parents and new scouts are invited to meetings. For more information, call Maureen Riley at (917) 837-3311.

CUB/BOY SCOUTS PACK 414—Scout Troop 414 is part of the Greater New York Councils and the Big Apple District and is sponsored by the Immaculate Conception Church, 414 E. 14th St. Meetings are held in the school auditorium every Tuesday evening from 6:30-8 p.m. Parents and new Scouts are invited to meetings. For more information, visit troop414nyc.org.

TEENS/TWEENS

3D DOODLER—New York Public Library’s Tompkins Square Library, 331 E. 10th St., presents “3D Doodler!” on Mon., July 15 at 4 p.m. 3Doodler is a 3D doodling pen that allows you to create objects from drawing in the air or on surfaces. Participants will create physical structures from 3Doodler pens. Ages 8-12 and teens only.

GAMING—New York Public Library’s Tompkins Square Library, 331 E. 10th St., presents “Game On for Tweens/Teens!” on Wednesdays at 3:30-4:30 p.m. Gamers ages 8-18 play PS4, Wii, and Retro games in the basement. No registration needed. Ages: 8 and up. For more information, call (212) 228-4747.

ANIME/MANGA CLUB—New York Public Library’s Tompkins Square Library, 331 E. 10th St., presents an Anime and Manga Club on Tuesdays at 4 p.m. Read Manga. Watch Anime. Earn and win prizes. No registration necessary. For more information, call (212) 228-4747. 

AUTHOR EVENTS  

MEMOIR—Barnes & Noble, 33 E. 17th St., presents Nadina LaSpina for the release of her book, Such a Pretty Girl: A Story of Struggle, Empowerment, and Disability Pride, on Sun., July 14 at 4 p.m. The author will doing a live Q&A and signing her new book. The memoir tells the story of her early years in her native Sicily, where still a baby she contracts polio, to her adolescence and youth in America, spent almost entirely in hospitals, to her rebellion and her activism in the disability rights movement. LaSpina’s personal growth parallels the movement’s political development—from coming together, organizing and fighting against exclusion from public and social life, to the forging of a common identity, the blossoming of disability arts and culture and the embracing of disability pride. For information, visit bn.com or call (212) 253-0810. 

Colson Whitehead will be at the Union Square Barnes & Noble on Tues., July 16 for the release of his book, The Nickel Boys.

JIM CROW NOVEL—Barnes & Noble, 33 E. 17th St., presents Colson Whitehead for the release of his book, The Nickel Boys, on Tues., July 16 at 7:30 p.m. In this follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize-winning bestseller, The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead dramatizes another strand of American history through the story of two boys sentenced to a hellish reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida. As the Civil Rights movement begins to reach the black enclave of Frenchtown in segregated Tallahassee, Elwood Curtis is sentenced to a juvenile reformatory called the Nickel Academy, whose mission statement says it provides “physical, intellectual and moral training.” In reality, the Nickel Academy is a grotesque chamber of horrors. The tension between Elwood’s ideals and his friend Turner’s skepticism leads to a decision whose repercussions will echo down the decades. Formed in the crucible of the evils Jim Crow wrought, the boys’ fates will be determined by what they endured at the Nickel Academy. For information, visit bn.com or call (212) 253-0810.

DISCUSSIONS

FINANCIAL GUIDANCE SERIES—The New York Public Library’s Science, Industry & Business Library, 188 Madison Ave. at 34th St., presents the following series of financial help discussions. Seating is limited and on a first come, first-seated basis at the lower level conference Room 018. For information on the following programs, call (917) ASK-NYPL (917-275-6975) Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Thurs., July 11 at 3 p.m. ”Ten Smart Steps to Make the Most of What You Make.” Carol O’Rourke, CFP, discusses how to reduce your money stress by learning more about using credit wisely, reducing debt, and being a smart shopper. Presented by the Financial Planning Association of Metro New York.

Wed., July 17 at 1:15 p.m. “Investing in Stocks: The Basics.” Learn basic investment terms and concepts such as risk and reward, IPOs, P/E ratios, and relative P/E ratios. The discussion includes how to approach the investment decision and alternative stock investments, such as mutual funds and ETFs (exchange-traded funds). Presented by SIBL Staff.

Wed., July 17 at 3:15 p.m. “Morningstar and Value Line.” Discover how to retrieve important information on individual stocks and mutual funds, including analysts’ reports and opinions, and how to use the advanced search capabilities of each database. Presented by SIBL Staff.

Tues., July 23 at 9:30 a.m. “Bond Basics.” Get an introduction to bonds and the best of SIBL’s print and electronic resources, as well as public websites, for researching bonds and bond mutual funds. Presented by SIBL Staff.

Tues., July 23 at 6 p.m. “Elder Law: Learn How to Protect Your Assets.” Ronald Fatoullah discusses changes to elder laws of interest to seniors and their families. Gain knowledge that empowers individuals, families, and advocates to address legal issues concerning paying for long-term care insurance, Medicaid eligibility/planning, trusts, asset protection planning and more.

Fri., July 26 at noon. “All About Trusts: From Estate Planning to Medicaid.” A living trust is not just for wealthy people. A trust can benefit people with Medicaid and special needs planning avoid the public probate of a will, minimize problems with out-of-country family members or contested estates, and allow for creditor protection. Daniel A. Timins, JD, discusses the mechanics of a trust and when it is, or when it is not the best solution to these problems. He discusses how trusts differ from one another, which covers your family’s needs, everything you need to know about the diverse arena of estate and Medicaid law. Presented by the Financial Planning Association of Metro New York.

Tues., July 30 at 3 p.m. “Financial Planning with a Sudden Windfall or Inheritance.” A significant number of people who receive a large windfall or inheritance have little to show for it after several years.  David Flores Wilson, CFP, CFA will discuss financial strategies and tips that people receiving an inheritance or windfall can implement to help them achieve financial freedom. Topics covered will include: a step by step guide of actions people should take; strategies and behaviors to maximize success; unique tax, legal or other considerations; and additional strategies for those selling a business. Presented by the Financial Planning Association of Metro New York.

Wed., July 31 at 1:15 p.m. “Mutual Funds and ETFs.” Learn the difference between mutual funds and ETFs (Exchange Traded Funds), concepts such as net asset, value, and capital gains distributions, and how to read a mutual fund statement. Presented by SIBL Staff.

TALKS IN FLATIRON—As part of the Flatiron Summer Series of free events sponsored by the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District (BID) Talk Tuesdays will take place on the plazas at 23rd Street, Broadway and Fifth Ave. The series of free events runs from 6-7 p.m. on Tuesdays through August 8. In the event of inclement weather, talks will be moved indoors to General Assembly at 902 Broadway, fourth floor.

The series lineup is as follows:

July 16 – ”Site City Future with Van Alen.” This class will explore the impacts of future development on both the city’s physical character and the well-being of citizens.

July 23 – ”Brands as Landmarks with ThoughtMatter.” ThoughtMatter’s director of content, Brendan Crain, will discuss how brands can use messaging and visual identity to stand out.

July 30 – ”User Experience Design with General Assembly.” Explore the decision-making process that dictates how users interact with digital products.

August 6 – ”Building a 360⁰ Communications Plan with Eataly.” Learn how to find your creative voice on social media and properly target with digital advertising.

ARTIST TALKS—School of Visual Arts, 335 W. 16th St., Room 501, presents a series of lunchtime lectures by distinguished artists on Tuesdays running through July 23. The free events will take place from 12:30-2 p.m. July 16, Shirin Neshat, artist exploring female identity and politics in Islamic countries. July 23, Baseera Khan, an artist who mixes consumerism with spirituality. For more information, visit sva.edu/events.

EXHIBITS

SMALL WORKS SHOW—Carter Burden Gallery, 548 W. 28th St., presents The Small Works Show, featuring the work of over 70 artists and running through July 31. The opening reception will be on Thurs., July 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. Seventy-one gallery artists present artwork using identical 10 x 10 inch canvases. The resulting paintings, drawings, photographs, sculpture and collages vary drastically. Artists include: Barbara Arum, Beth Barry, Jonathan Bauch, Olivia Beens, Barbara Brier, Greg Brown, Karin Bruckner, David Cerulli, Stephen Cimini, Liz Curtin, Sue Dean, Rena Diana, Vija Doks, Eve Eisenstandt, Madeline Farr, Reidunn Fraas, Scott Geyer, Azita Ghafouri, Madlyn Goldman, Basia Goldsmith, Jennifer Schwartz, Hanna Seiman, Regina Silvers, Mel Smothers, Syma, Susan Tunick, Marlena Vaccaro, Angela Valeria, Ellen Wallenstein, Anna H. Walter, Sheila Wolper, Leslie Shaw Zadoian and others. “On the Wall: Make Your Mark” accompanies the exhibition, where visitors are invited to add to the collaborative piece in the public installation space.

The gallery hours are Tues.-Fri., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sat. from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Carter Burden targets artists over the age of 60. For more information, visit carterburdengallery.org.

“The Work,” an exhibition of paintings by Lise Soskolne, is on view at Mishkin Gallery at Baruch College through July 12.

PAINTINGS—The Mishkin Gallery at Baruch College, 135 E. 22nd St., presents ”The Work,” an exhibition of paintings by Lise Soskolne, on view through July 12. For most of the past two decades, Soskolne’s painting practice has been undertaken without a viewing public and concurrent with her work as an administrator and labor organizer in New York’s nonprofit arts sector. ”The Work” is her first public solo exhibition in New York since 2001. In a series of 14 densely worked paintings made between 2011 and 2016, ”Bethenny” pictures a sedated moon surrounded by his attendant hallucinations and doubles as a portrait of the distinctly American capacity for self-delusion. Gallery hours are Mon., Tues., Wed., and Fri. from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, call (646) 660-6653.

JAPANESE INSPIRED ILLUSTRATION AND PHOTOGRAPHY (GALLERY’S FINAL SHOW)—Art on A Gallery, 24 Ave. A between E. 2nd and 3rd Sts., presents “Sayonara, Bitches,” a show by two artists with a long friendship, photographer Kumiko Yamada and illustrator Reiko Lauper. This exhibition is themed by “female” and “Wa” (Japanese culture). They are showing their new pieces which were inspired by each other’s artwork. This is the last art show to be put on by Art on A, before it closes in July. Gallery hours: Mon.-Sat. 1-8 p.m., Sun. 1-7 p.m. For more information, call (212) 300-4418 or visit artonagallery.com.

DECADE OF 1900s FASHION—Merchant’s House Museum, 29 E. 4th St. presents “The Changing Silhouette of Fashion: The Decade of the 1900s; Lingerie Dress,” running through Aug. 26. The Changing Silhouette of Fashion is series of exhibitions featuring a dress owned by a woman of the Tredwell family (the family that lived in the museum building) from each decade of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Taken together, these dresses show the changing silhouette of fashion over 100 years, and tell us about the women who wore them and the society in which they lived. If ever there was a woman’s garment representative of the first decade of the 20th century, it was the lingerie dress. Lingerie dresses, so named because they were embroidered and trimmed with lace, as was used for petticoats, chemises, and other forms of lingerie, were an essential component of the fashionable lady’s wardrobe. Worn largely as day wear during the summer months, they were also worn as informal evening wear. The exhibition is included in the price of museum admission (general $15, students and seniors over 65, $10, children under 12 free). For more information, visit merchantshouse.org or call (212) 777-1089.

COLLAGE EXHIBIT—The Ottendorfer Library, 135 Second Ave., presents “Meows, Memories, Boxes and a Book,” an exhibition by Dottie Wilson running through Aug. 31. Located on the main floor of New York City’s very first library, this exhibit is a group of eight artworks in the form of collage, shadowbox, assemblage and photomontage. There will be an artist presentation and opening reception on Sat., July 20 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the second floor screening room. Each piece in the exhibition was created using recycled textiles, broken souvenirs, desecrated documents, books and paper, junk jewelry, damaged toys, found (and stolen) objects, elderly do-dads, you name it. Aside from glue and spray paint, few traditional art supplies were used. Most of the frames were discovered on the street or in the garbage. Five pieces pay tribute to a precious childhood book that had seen better days. Two others memorialize felines and their ‘for better or worse’ homes. One is about a garden and a farmer in a box. Visit nypl.org/locations/ottendorfer for more information.

FASHION HISTORY—The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Seventh Ave. at 27th St., presents ”Minimalism/Maximalism,” on view in the Fashion & Textile History Gallery through Nov. 16. In fashion, minimalism and maximalism define two extremes along the design spectrum. “Minimalism/Maximalism” explores the interplay between minimalist and maximalist aesthetics as they have been and continue to be expressed through fashion. Beginning in the eighteenth century, the exhibition examines how these aesthetic viewpoints are expressed over time and move fashion forward.

Hours: Tues.-Fri. from noon-8 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sun.-Mon. closed. For more information, visit fitnyc.edu/museum.

FOR SENIORS

PLAY READING  GROUP—The Stein Senior Center, 204 E. 23rd St., has launched a play reading group, led by Nancy Finn and Carmine Bracale. All are invited to group meetings on the first and third Fridays of each month from 10 a.m.-noon. Participants will be looking at plays from Shakespeare to modern. Scripts with large print will be supplied. No experience with the plays necessary. A contribution is requested.

ART HISTORY CLASS–The Stein Center, 204 E. 23rd St., offers an art history class every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 12 noon. Participants enjoy examples of visual arts, including painting, sculpture and architecture from around the world. Awesomely beautiful and culturally important art works are projected on a large screen accompanied by bold face printed text and spoken comments by leader Judy Collischan, Ph.D. Discussion, participation and interaction are encouraged. No experience with art or its history is necessary. A modest contribution is requested, and all are welcome to attend.

RUBIN MUSEUM PROGRAMS—Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W. 17th St., presents “Senior Mondays.  On the first Monday of the month from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., seniors (65 and older) receive free admission to the galleries. The day includes a range of free programs including a docent talk. For more information, visit rubinmuseum.org.

OTHER EVENTS 

GAME NIGHT—Join the Museum of Mathematics on Thurs., July 11 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. for Equilibrium, a fun-filled, adult evening featuring a broad array of mathematically rich games.  Enjoy classics like SET and Connect Four, modern options from Ubongo to Skiwampus, and even MoMath’s own twist on mathematical favorites like Hex and Nim. Bring a snack, play some games, and connect with new and interesting people, all while enjoying the unique evening atmosphere at the nation’s only Museum of Math. Learn more and register at equilibrium.momath.org.

CHARLES DICKENS BOOK CLUB—The Dickens Fellowship has been holding monthly meetings for the last 114 years to read and discuss “Great Expectations” by Charles Dickens. The next meeting will be discussing Chapters 24-30 at Epiphany Library, 228 E. 23rd St., on Sat., July 13 from 1-4 p.m. For more information, contact President John Galazin at (646) 834-2824 or by emailing admin@dickensnewyork.com. The meeting schedule is online at dickensnewyork.com.

GHOST TOUR—Merchant’s House Museum, 29 E. 4th St. presents a candlelight ghost tour with paranormal investigator Dan Sturges on Fri., July 19 at 9 p.m. Doors slam, floorboards creak, voices call into the dead of night. Venture into the shadows of history to see “Manhattan’s Most Haunted House” by flickering candlelight. Eight family members died in the house, and some say they never left. On this 50-minute tour, you’ll hear true tales of inexplicable occurrences from the people who actually experienced them, as well as the spine-tingling results of ongoing paranormal investigations. Tickets, $30 ($25 for Merchant’s House Museum members), can be purchased online at merchantshouse.org or by calling (212) 777-1089.

NOHO WALKING TOUR—Merchant’s House Museum, 29 E. 4th St. presents a walking tour of historic 19th-century Noho on Sun., July 14 at 12:30 p.m. Tours are held on the second and fourth Sunday of every month. Tickets are $15 (free for members). The tour is one hour and begins outside the museum. Visit merchantshouse.org or by call (212) 777-1089 for more information.

DUELING PERFORMANCES—Citi Summer in the Square, the annual series of free summer events in Union Square Park has returned. Included in the programming is “Dueling Performances” on Thursdays at 5 p.m. through Aug. 8. Experience a different dueling act each week (beat boxers, DJs, dancers, drummers, a cappella and more on South Plaza.

MATH FESTIVAL—MoMath, together with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, is pleased to present the fourth annual NYC Math Festival on Sat., Aug. 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., providing a full day of math fun in the sun.  Bring your friends and the entire family to Fosun Plaza at 28 Liberty St. and enjoy hands-on math exhibits, entertaining mathematical games, and intriguing puzzles and brainteasers. Learn more at nycmath.momath.org.

ONGOING EVENTS 

CROCHET AND KNITTING GROUP—The New York Public Library’s Epiphany Library, 228 E. 23rd St., has a crochet and knitting group that meets bi-monthly on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon. This is a volunteer-led group. All are invited to participate and socialize with others and even pick up some extra tips and tricks as you work your own creations. Please bring your own supplies. Pattern books will be provided to peruse and borrow. For more information, call (212) 679-2645. 

FILM SCREENINGS—The Epiphany Library, 228 E. 23rd St., screens films every Thursday at 2 p.m. To contact the branch for more information, call (212) 679-2645. 

TOURS OF CENTER FOR JEWISH HISTORY—Center for Jewish History, 15 W. 16th St., offers free tours (exclusive of the YUM galleries) on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. Tours last approximately 1 1/2 hours and include the exhibitions of the American Jewish Historical Society, the American Sephardi Federation, the Leo Baeck Institute and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, as well as the Reading Room, Genealogy Institute and other public spaces. Tours for groups of 10 or more can be scheduled by calling (917) 606-8226.

UNION SQUARE WALKING TOURS—The Union Square Partnership presents free, weekly walking tours of Union Square. The 90-minute tour explores the social and political history of the neighborhood through discussions of the people, history, architecture and forces that have shaped this community. You’ll hear how Union Square got its name, see where the legendary Tiffany & Co. once stood and learn how to read the clock (yes, it’s a clock!) on “The Metronome” sculpture and so much more! The tour begins at the Abraham Lincoln statue by the 16th St. transverse in Union Square Park, Sat. at 2 p.m. Look for the guide holding a Union Square: Crossroads of New York sign. Reservations required for groups. For more information, call (212) 517-1826 or visit unionsquarenyc.org.

FLATIRON WALKING TOURS—The Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District (BID) provides free, year-round historic walking tours of the district, led by local historian professional guides. The tours take place every Sunday starting at 11 a.m., and meet at the tip of the Flatiron Building (new location). No advance registration is required. The walking tour highlights some of the city’s most notable landmarks, including: the New York Life Insurance Building, the MetLife Clock Tower, the Appellate Courthouse and the Flatiron Building. Historians leading tours are: Miriam Berman, author of Madison Square: The Park and Its Celebrated Landmarks; Mike Kaback and Fred Cookinham. For more information visit www.flatirondistrict.nyc.

POETRY WORKSHOP—The Epiphany Poets group meets at the Muhlenberg Public Library at 209 W. 23rd Street, between Seventh and Eighth Aves. every third Friday of the month from 2-4 p.m. It is a workshop so each person brings a poem — bring 12 or 13 copies to hand to each person and then discuss each work. The group is helpful and collegial. If there is time, a second poem by those who have brought one can be discussed.

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  13. Hello !
    Hope you are having a great day. My name is Debbie from Creative Dream Entertainment. I am a big participant of the Summer in the Square Event . This week at Summer in the Square, our special guest will be BATMAN!!! Can you please be so kind as to add onto the list Creative Dream Entertainment as one of the Summer in the Square vendors?
    Creative Dream Entertainment at Summer in the Square , Thursday, July 30th from 1pm-4pm near the Big Yellow Tent ! Arts & Crafts included!!! Can you please also add we will be at the event for the next two Thursday’s with a special Princess Guest for each week.
    Will keep you updated for the last 2 weeks of the event who will be appearing.

    Thank you, please confirm received,

    Have a wonderful evening,
    Best
    Debbie
    CEO
    Creative Dream Entertainment

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