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CONCERTS
CONCERTS AT ABE LEBEWOHL PARK—The Third Street Music School Settlement presents “Music in Abe Lebewohl Park,” its summer series of free concerts at E. 10th St. and Second Ave. at 12:30 p.m. on Thursdays.

July 12, students from Third Street’s summer chamber music workshop.

July 19, Gypsy Jazz Caravan.

July 26, Mike Freeman ZonaVibe (Latin/swing). 

MUSIC ON THE OVAL—StuyTown Property Services presents “Music on the Oval,” the annual series of concerts on the Oval lawn for residents and their guests. Concerts will take place on Thursdays from 6-8 p.m.

July 12, Daddy Long Legs.

July 19, Breanna Barbara.

July 26, Them Fangs.

Aug. 2, jazz with Adam Smale

ROCK & MORE—The Gramercy Theatre, 127 E. 23rd St., presents the following concerts. Visit thegramercytheatre.com for tickets.

July 12 at 7 p.m. The Pillows (sold out).

July 13 at 7 p.m., Armored Saint, $25-$44.

July 14 at 7 p.m., Sleeping with Sirens (sold out).

July 16 at 7 p.m., Rick Honie Quan, $20-$75+.

July 18 at 8 p.m., Nick Hakim, free show with RSVP online at heinekenflexnycftnickhakim.splashthat.com.

July 19 at 6:30 p.m., Otep with special guests Jasta and friends, $15-$20+.

July 22 at 3 p.m., Step Ya Game Up 1X1 Street Dance Battle, $21-$31+.

July 26 at 7 p.m., Powerglove, $17-$30.

July 27 at 7 p.m., Danny Duncan, $25-$95+. 

ROCK & MORE—Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Pl., presents the following concerts. Visit irvingplaza.com for tickets.

June 12 at 7 p.m., Pup Punk, $20-$60+.

July 13 at 7 p.m. The Pillows (sold out).

July 15 at 7 p.m., Calpurnia, $25-30+ (sold out on July 14).

July 19 at 2 p.m., Between the Buried and Me, $29-$35+.

July 20 at 5 p.m., Karina Garcia, Wengie and Natalie’s Outlet, $35-$99.

July 30 and 31, Bazzi (sold out.) 

CLASSICAL—Music in Chelsea presents the New Amsterdam Summer Orchestra on Tues., July 17 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Peter’s Church in Chelsea, 346 W. 20th St. between Eighth and Ninth Aves. Conductor is Alex Wen. Soloist is Markus Kaitila, piano. Program is “200 Years Plus,” including works by Mozart, Shubert and Haydn. Suggested donation is $10, $5 for students and seniors. Proceeds will benefit the food pantry at St. Peter’s. For more information, call (212) 929-2390 or email mic@stpeterschelsea.com. 

CONCERTS AT WATERSIDE—Waterside Plaza presents concerts outdoors on the plaza on Wednesdays in July at 7 p.m. The full schedule of events at Waterside this summer is available online at gowaterside.com/events/upcoming-events/.

July 18: Kimya Dawson

July 25: George Gee Swing Orchestra 

MAD. SQ. MUSIC: SUMMER NIGHTS—The Madison Square Park Conservancy presents “Mad. Sq. Music: Summer Nights,” a series of free concerts in the park by award-winning acts. The series kicks off on July 11 with concerts each Wednesday night from 6-8 p.m. on the southern gravel across from the Shake Shack.

July 18, The Gold Magnolias (funk).

July 25, Falu (Indian classical and funk).

Aug. 1, Los Habaneros (Cuban fusion).

COFFEE HOUSE COVERS—The 5 Stuy Café, 5 Stuyvesant Oval, presents a new series for customers featuring live music by a rotating schedule of musicians on Fridays from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

JAZZ IN UNION SQUARE PARK—Citi Summer in the Square, the annual series of free summer events organized by the Union Square Partnership, has returned at Union Square Park. As part of the series, on Thursdays at noon at the park’s north end by the playground, the public can enjoy a live jazz performance by students from The New School of Jazz. For details about the weekly schedule, visit citisummerinthesquare.nyc.

CHAMBER MUSIC—Metropolitan Playhouse, 220 E. 4th St. between Aves. A and B, presents Area 9, Boston’s classical saxophone quartet, playing on Sun., Aug. 5 at 3 p.m. The program features works by Edgar David Grana, Manuel de Falla, Edvard Grieg, and Jeff Scott. The ensemble features piccoloist Adrienne Baker in this concert. The quartet specializes in original and transcribed repertoire spanning the entirety of the Western musical canon. This concert is part of the “Music at Metropolitan” series, now in its seventh season. Tickets are: general: $25. students and seniors: $20. Children under 18 years: $10. For tickets, call 800-838-3006 or visit metropolitanplayhouse.org.

THEATER
POLITICAL—“Theater for the New City,” 155 First Ave. at E. 10th St., presents “A Walk on the Beach,” running through July 15. The story is based on the true story of a sculptor, David Lewis, in Cape Cod, Mass., who designs a statue of JFK and John Jr. walking on the beach, to go up on the Cape. The town ends up divided regarding the project. JFK is a key character: We see and hear the sculptor’s conversations with Kennedy – in his dreams. This play deals with the Kennedys, politics, art, media and what happens when they clash. By Claude Solnik, directed by Donna Mejia. Performances are from Thurs.-Sat. at 8 p.m., Sun. at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15-$18 and can be purchased by calling (212) 254-1109 or visiting theaterforthenewity.net. 

MUSICAL DRAMA—The Tank in association with Theatre Conspiracy will present the world premiere of “Stray” by Tanya Marquardt, directed by Mallory Catlett, at The Tank, 312 W. 36th St. between 8th and 9th Aves.), July 18-28. “Stray” is based on Marquardt’s experience as a sixteen-year-old runaway and BDSM model, and a New York transplant writing about this earlier stage of her life. A punk show with references to Patti Smith, Robert Mapplethorpe and David Wojnarowitz, the show begins on November 1, 1992, the day Tanya runs away from home, and each song careens you through the chaotic years that follow – life with Tanya’s father, a traveling vacuum cleaner salesman, her first attraction to a girl and witnessing her self-cutting, being an underage virgin in a BDSM bar, a writing teacher’s praise, which saved her from suicide, and, how art sustained her throughout. The show is being published as Stray: Memoir of a Runaway by Little A in September. Meghan Finn and Rosalind Grush are artistic directors. Performances will be Wed., July 18, Thur., July 19, Fri., July 20, and Sat., July 21 at 8 p.m. and Wed., July 25, Thurs., July 26, Fri., July 27, and Sat., July 28 at 8 and 10 p.m. Tickets ($15) are available for advance purchase at thetanknyc.org.

DRAMA—The Irish Repertory Theatre, 132 W. 22nd St., presents “On a Clear Day You Can See Forever,” running through Aug. 12 on the Francis J. Greenburger Mainstage. Daisy Gamble is a woman of extrasensory talents – she sings and flowers bloom, and she always knows where you’ve placed your keys – but it’s her smoking habit that leads her to Dr. Mark Bruckner, a psychiatrist who will attempt to hypnotize her addiction away. In Daisy, Dr. Bruckner discovers the case – and perhaps the love – of his life as he unlocks Daisy’s past self, an 18th century British aristocrat named Melinda Welles. Mark becomes increasingly enamored of Melinda as he watches her relive her great love affair with Edward Moncrief. All is going well until Mark decides to publish his findings, and Daisy realizes she’s been unwittingly along for the ride. Music by Burton Lane, book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, adapted and directed by Charlotte Moore. To purchase tickets, $70 ($50 for rear seating), or for more information, visit irishrep.org or call (212) 727-2737. Performances are Wednesdays and Saturdays at 3 and 8 p.m., Thursdays at 7 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m.

Thirteenth Street Repertory Company presents “Before We’re Gone,” a new play, running through Aug. 5. A Pulitzer-winning playwright, screenwriter and political activist, who has disappeared from her high-profile life, intends to end her life.

DRAMA—Thirteenth Street Repertory Company, 50 W. 13th St., presents “Before We’re Gone,” a new play by Jerry Small, running through Aug. 5. A Pulitzer-winning playwright, screenwriter and political activist, who has disappeared from her high-profile life, is hiding under an assumed name in a secluded seaside motel, where she intends to end her life. At the very moment she is about to commit suicide, there is a knock on her door.  It is a man with whom she had a brief relationship 25 years ago. He was working in a hotel while on sabbatical from the Franciscan Order, struggling to resolve doubts about the priesthood and himself.  Over the last 25 years, they have not seen each other nor spoken. Performances are Thurs., Fri. and Sat. at 7:30 p.m. and Sun. at 3 p.m. $25 adults and seniors $20. For more information or tickets, visit thirteenstreetrep.org.

OTHER PERFORMANCES
COMEDY/VARIETY—No Name… & A Bag O’ Chips comedy/variety show producer Eric Vetter presents two July shows at Otto’s Shrunken Head, 538 E. 14th St. between Aves. A and B.

Fri., July 13 at 7 p.m., comics Dave Lester (SIRIUS XM), Charles McBee (Nerd Is The New Black), Sally Brooks(SIRIUS XM) and more.

Fri., July 20 at 7 p.m. with Harry Terjanian (New York Comedy Festival, NY Underground Festival), storyteller Jillian Thomas (Ten Foot Rat Cabaret) and writer/comedian Emily Winter (co-creator What A Joke National Comedy Festival).

Both shows will feature No Name house band The Summer Replacements, including Carl “Festivus In July” Fortunato and Fernando (Dr. Sandman) Morales Gonzalez. No cover, no minimum. Performers subject to change. For more “No Name” information, contact NoNameNYC@hotmail.com. 

BURLESQUE & VARIETY—The Horse Trade Theater Group presents “Ten-Foot Rat Cabaret” on Sat., July 14 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. 

The Madison Square Park Conservancy presents Alice Farley Dance Theater in “If There were a Moon,” a free, site-specific dance performance, on Thurs., July 19 at 7 p.m. at the park. (Photo by Fernando Acevedo)

SITE-SPECIFIC DANCE—The Madison Square Park Conservancy presents Alice Farley Dance Theater in “If There were a Moon,” a dance performance, on Thurs., July 19 at 7 p.m. The free performance will take place at Madison Square Park. (Enter on the East Side on 24th and Madison Aves.) An ensemble of 10 performers, joined by Felicia Norton, will perform a dance of gesture and image designed to conjure moonlight by day to an original score by Peter Garland by the sculptures by Diana Al-Hadid now on view at the park. Farley’s unique works combine magic and circus with puppetry, elaborate surreal visuals, and dance. She designs sculptural costumes and kinetic puppets to choreograph imaginary worlds for both black box theaters and site-specific environmental landscapes. 

POETRY SLAM—The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, 236 E. Third St., between Aves. B and C, presents its Wednesday Night Slam Open. Jive Poetic hosts this energetic event, the cafe’s proving ground for emerging poets and experienced artists who want to try out new work. Anyone can sign up for a performance slot, but only one winner per week will advance to the Friday Night Poetry Slam; $7 event takes place every Wednesday at 9 p.m., except for the first Wednesday of the month. To order tickets, visit nuyorican.org. For more information, call (212) 505-8183. The cafe is wheelchair accessible, but calling ahead of time is recommended so staff can accommodate wheelchair users.

OPEN MIC—“The Open Mic Downstairs” runs every Tuesday at 9 p.m. at Under St. Marks (94 St. Marks Pl. between First Ave. and Ave. A). Dan Ricker, Kaitlyn O’Connor and Mike Milazzo have taken the reins with spoken word artists, musicians, comedians and other creative folks invited to put their two cents in. Cover is $3. For more information or to purchase tickets in advance visit horsetrade.info.

POLITICAL COMEDY—The Horse Trade Theater Group presents “Electoral Dysfunction,” on Sat., July 28 at 3 p.m. at The Kraine Theater, 85 E. 4th St. This an afternoon spent talking politics, news, Trump, corruption, Trump and maybe some Trump. The panel is Robert George (New York Daily News, Frankie Johnson (Milkwaukee!), Anne Herberger (Don’t Hate Me Because I’m a Republican), Michael Newman (Latinx) and host Meghan O’Malley. Produced by Tom Brenan, tech by Giancarlo Osaben. Tickets are $15. The final show is on Aug. 25. For more information, visit horsetrade.info.

FAMILY/CHILDREN
ACTIVITIES AT UNION SQUARE PARK—Citi Summer in the Square, the annual series of free summer events organized by the Union Square Partnership, has returned. The weekly entertainment series is on Thursdays in Union Square Park, including activities for children.

July 12 at 9 a.m., Art Farm in the City, 10 a.m. face painting, 10:30 a.m., yoga story time, 11 a.m. Hot Peas N’ Butter will perform, 12:30-2 p.m., Gazillion Bubble Show’s bubble garden, 2:30 p.m., story time, 3 p.m. Pop Fit Kids, 4 p.m. Super Soccer Stars.

July 19 at 9 a.m., Art Farm in the City, 10 a.m. face painting, 10:30 a.m., yoga story time, 11 a.m. Story Pirates, 12:30-2 p.m., Gazillion Bubble Show’s bubble garden, 2:30 p.m., story time, 3 p.m. Pop Fit Kids, 4 p.m. Super Soccer Stars.

From 9 a.m.-6 p.m. each Thurs., children and their caretakers can enjoy a variety of exciting activities at the Children’s Pavilion, an area filled with books, coloring, games and more. For details about the weekly schedule, visit citisummerinthesquare.nyc.

TALK ON PUZZLES—The Museum of Mathematics, 11 E. 26th St., presents “Family Fridays,” free interactive discussions and activities. On Fri., July 13 at 6:30 p.m., Ron Lancaster presents “Powers of Two.” Solve a puzzle based on eliminating cards from a pile and study a related magic trick; play the four numbers game; watch candy being made in South Korea; view photographs of windows; perform a stunt with a telephone book; and read poems by an award-winning Canadian poet. In each of these activities, powers of two will make an unexpected — and unexpectedly powerful — appearance. The activities are designed so that all attendees, regardless of age, can participate on an equal footing. Register online at momath.org/familyfridays.

FAMILY MOVIES AT HUDSON RIVER PARK—Hudson River Park Trust presents “Hudson River Flicks — Family Fridays,” starting July 13 and running through Aug. 24 at Pier 46 at Charles St. at 8:30 p.m. No smoking, pets, bikes, scooters, outside food or drinks or glass containers, chairs or lawn furniture, unlicensed vending. Schedule is:

July 13, “Moana”

July 20, “Wonder”

July 27, “Jumanji” (1995)

Aug. 3, “Paddington 2” 

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

“Tales for the Teeny” on Fri., July 13 and 20 at 11 a.m. Interactive stories, songs, finger plays and games geared for early walkers and toddlers. This program also welcomes parents of infants who want to expose babies to language, songs and playful interaction. Presented by Getchie Argetsinger.

“Saturday Morning Block Party” on Sat., July 14 at 10 a.m. Children of all ages are invited to get creative with unstructured free play with LEGO bricks. (Please note that the LEGO bricks do not leave the library so bring a camera or phone to document your creations.) This program will take place in the children’s room on select Saturdays.

“Baby & Toddler Story Time: Bitty Book Buddies” followed by open play on Mon., July 16 and 23 at 10:45 a.m. and Wed., July 18 at 12:30 p.m. This is an interactive program for babies and toddlers ages 0-36 months. Hear stories, sing songs, play with puppets and make new friends. The Monday session takes places before the library opens to the public. Limited to 30 children. First come, first served, no latecomers. Music and toys will be provided before and after the program.

“Kids Storytime: Book Buddies” on Thurs., July 19 at 3 p.m. and Tues., July 24 at 3 p.m. Children ages four and up will hear classic and contemporary picture books read aloud.

“Family Game Day” on Sat., July 21 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Check out the collection of board games for children ages three and up. Games available include Jenga, Connect 4, Candy Land, Battleship, HedBanz, Sorry, Clue Jr., Uno and more. This program will take place in the children’s room on select Saturdays.

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 14, The Princess and the Pit Stop by Tom Angleberger and The Slithery Shakedown (Nocturnals early reader series) by Tracey Hecht

July 21, Happy Dreamer by Peter A. Reynolds

July 28, Doll E. 1.0 by Shanda McCloskey.

CONCERTS AT MADISON SQUARE PARK—Every Wednesday, through Aug. 15, the Madison Square Park Conservancy presents the series “Mad. Sq. Music: Kids Concerts,” featuring the tunes of award-winning musicians in the park. This program is free and rain or shine and takes place on the southern gravel area across from the Shake Shack.

July 18, from 10-11 a.m., Father Goose

July 25 from 10-11 a.m., Jo-Jo & the Pinecones

Aug. 1 from 10-11 a.m., Justin Jones and the Not Ready for Naptime Players

ACTIVITIES IN STUY TOWN—StuyTown Property Services presents the following activities on the Oval for residents and their guests this summer. Tuesdays are Family Fun Nights from 5-7 p.m. Alternating weekly entertainment and activities each week include bounce houses, face painters, balloon artists, lawn games, street performers and more.

LEGO GALLERY—Scandinavia House, 58 Park Ave. at E. 38th St., presents “LEGO Bricks: A Celebration,” running through Aug. 4. To mark the 60th anniversary of the LEGO brick, the American-Scandinavian Foundation presents a free exhibition saluting the LEGO Group as a leader of learning through play. Featuring sculptures, mosaics, and interactive play zones (with 30,000 loose LEGO bricks) by renowned LEGO-certified professional artist Sean Kenney, the exhibition will also include an overview of the LEGO Group’s history and educational mission, as well as a variety of children’s workshops. Free play is how children develop their imagination and is the foundation for creativity. Children (ages four and up only at this event) must be accompanied by adults at all times. Gallery hours: Tues.-Sat. from noon-6 p.m., and Wed., noon-7 p.m. LEGO play zone hours are Tues.-Fri. at 3-6 p.m. and Sat. from noon-6 p.m., free. For more information, visit scandinaviahouse.org or call (212) 779-3587.

THEATER—Daryl Roth Theatre’s DR2, 103 E. 15th St., presents “The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show.” The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by author/illustrator Eric Carle has delighted generations of readers since it was first published in 1969 selling more than 43 million copies worldwide. The timeless classic has made its way off the page and onto the stage. Created by Jonathan Rockefeller, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show” features a menagerie of 75 lovable puppets, faithfully adapting four of Eric Carle stories, The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, Mister Seahorse, The Very Lonely Firefly and of course, the star of the show – The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The New York show in 2017 will also feature Brown Bear, Brown Bear and 10 Little Rubber Ducks. Performances run Thurs.-Sun. Most mornings and afternoons. For schedule or tickets, $49-$90, visit hungrycaterpillarshow.com.

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.

BOOK READINGS—The Strand Bookstore, 828 Broadway at 12th St., presents story time, including crafts, on most Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to noon and 2-3 p.m.

All children must be accompanied by a parent for the duration of their visit. For more information, visit strandbooks.com or call (212) 473-1452.

Barnes & Noble presents Sean Spicer on Thurs., July 25 at 7 p.m., in promotion of his new book, “The Briefing: Politics, the Press and the President.”

AUTHOR EVENTS
SEAN SPICER—Barnes & Noble, 33 E. 17th St., presents Sean Spicer on Thurs., July 25 at 7 p.m., in promotion of his new book, The Briefing: Politics, the Press and the President ($28.99). A limited number of wristbands for event access will be distributed with purchase of the featured title beginning at 9 a.m. the day of the event. When Spicer became the White House press secretary, his every word was scrutinized. Every movement was parodied. Every detail became a meme. And that’s just the public side. Behind the scenes, things were almost as difficult in an administration plagued by leaks that frustrated and angered both Spicer and the president. Spicer reveals the truth behind some of the biggest news stories, and offers a glimpse into what it’s like to stand at the press secretary’s podium — and how he got there. For more information, visit bn.com. For event updates, visit Facebook.com/barnesandnobleunionsquare. 

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 12, 1:15 p.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.

Thurs., July 12, 3 p.m., “Introduction to Municipal Bonds.” Individual investors buy municipal bonds for income exempt from federal, state and local income tax.  David Polevoy, CFP, discusses what you need to know to become a successful muni investor.

Presented by the Financial Planning Association of NY.

CANCELED—Sat., July 14, noon. “Financial Planning for Adults with Disabilities.”

Mon., July 16, 1:15 p.m. “Mutual Funds & ETFs.” Learn the differences between mutual funds and ETFs, concepts such as net asset value and capital gains distributions and how to read a mutual fund statement. Presented by SIBL staff.

Wed., July 18, 1:15 p.m. “Interpreting Financial Statements.” Learn where and how to find financial statements for any public company and about the ratios used to interpret them. Presented by SIBL staff.

Tues., July 24, 1:15 p.m. “Investing! What Your Money Can Do for You.” Learn how to focus on your investment goals, how to recognize the potential risks and rewards of different investments, and how to match individual goals to investment choices. Get basic information on different asset types. Presented by SIBL staff.

Tues., July 24, 6 p.m. “Introduction to Medicare.” Join Eric Hausman for an overview of the Medicare program and your coverage options, including Medigap/Medicare Supplement insurance, Medicare Advantage/Medicare Health Plans and Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage. Get the latest Information. Presented by HIICAP.

Wed., July 25, 6 p.m. “Intermediate Excel.” Expand on the basics of Microsoft Excel and  learn more about : formatting spreadsheets, formulas, and filtering and sorting data. Presented by SIBL staff.

TECH CLASSES—The Flatiron Summer Series has returned with “Tech Tuesdays,” running through Aug. 9. Free events will take place outside on the plazas at the intersection of 23rd St., Broadway and Fifth Ave., presented by the Flatiron/23rd Street BID. Instructors from General Assembly and local institutions and businesses will teach classes on the South Public Plaza from 6-7 p.m. Classes are subject to changes due to weather. Scheduled classes are:

July 17 – Intro to Product Management with General Assembly.

July 24 – Intro to Data Analytics with General Assembly.

July 31 – Milleniheirs with ThoughtMatter.

GAMES ON FLATIRON PLAZA—The Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership BID presents “Throwback Thursdays.” The BID will organize a game station that is free and open to the public on the Flatiron North Public Plaza with board games, a giant Connect Four, and cornhole sets available to play for free from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. There will also be a children’s bookbinding activity by the Center for Book Arts, and a photo frame arts & crafts project by Wonder Photo Shop from noon-2 p.m. on select Thursdays. At 6 p.m. each Thursday, local musical performers will entertain. Performances will be held at Rizzoli bookstore in the event of inclement weather.  To view the full calendar, visit flatirondistrict.nyc/summer2018.

EXHIBITS
PAINTINGS & MONOPRINTS—Carter Burden Gallery, 548 W. 28th St., presents three new exhibitions: “On the Way” in the East Gallery featuring Karin Bruckner and Judy Richardson; “Nine by Nine” in the West Gallery featuring nextactART, a group of nine mixed media artists; and “On the Wall,” featuring Cassandra Jennings Hall. The exhibition runs through July 19. In the exhibition “On the Way,” Bruckner presents two new monoprints that straddle the lines between printmaking, drawing, painting, and collage. “Nine by Nine” features nine works by nine mixed media artists who are members of the group nextactART. The artists include Barbara Brier, Rena Diana, Ronnie Grill, Judy Kaplan, Madeline Farr, Madlyn Goldman, Patricia Miller, Stephanie Suskin, and Sheila Wolper. Jennings Hall presents mixed media abstract paintings brimming with color and texture for “On the Wall.” Gallery hours are Tues.-Fri., 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. For more information, call (212) 564-8405 or visit carterburdengallery.org.

SCHOOL OF VISUAL ARTS—The School of Visual Arts presents the following exhibitions:

SVA Flatiron Gallery, 133/141 W. 21st St., presents “Anything Can Happen at Any Time,” running through Fri., July 13-Sat., Aug. 4. MFA Art Practice presents an exhibition of work by its students. Reception: Thurs., July 12 from 6-8 p.m. Gallery hours: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

SVA Chelsea Gallery, 601 W. 26th St., 15th floor, presents “MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Thesis Exhibition,” running through July 14. This is an exhibition of thesis work by its graduating class, all of which falls under the theme of “a journey of change.”

Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

SVA Gramercy Gallery, 209 E. 23rd St., presents “And Then . . . 2018 MFA Visual Narrative Thesis Exhibition,” through July 21. MFA Visual Narrative presents an exhibition of thesis work by its class of 2018. Reception: Fri., July 20 from 6-8 p.m. Gallery hours: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

PHOTOGRAPHY—Tyler Rollins Fine Art, 529 W. 20th St. #10W, presents “The Travellers,” a solo exhibition by Tracey Moffatt, taking place through July 27. The exhibition features “Passage, a series of 12 photographs, and the single-channel video, “Vigil.” These works had their debut to wide acclaim as part of Moffatt’s solo presentation for the Australian Pavilion in the 2017 Venice Biennale, and “The Travellers marks their first showing outside of Venice. “Passage is set amid the rundown buildings and docks of a commercial port, with a small cast of characters that includes a mysterious man, a mother and child, and a policeman. It is shot in the moody, dramatically lit style of 1940s film noir, which heightens the sense of danger, foreboding, and intrigue that builds throughout the series, adding dark emotional resonances to its themes of migration, human trafficking, and the desperate search for a better life. Many of Moffatt’s works have achieved iconic status both in her home country of Australia and around the world. For more information, call (212) 229-9100 or visit trfineart.com.

DECONSTRUCTED FASHION—The Fashion & Textile History Gallery at Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Seventh Ave. at 27th St., presents “Fashion Unraveled,” running through Nov. 17. This exhibition explores the roles of memory and imperfection in fashion. It also highlights the aberrant beauty in awed objects, giving precedence to garments that have been altered, left unfinished, or deconstructed. These selections underscore one elemental fact about clothing: that it is designed to be worn and has, in some cases, been worn out. Traces of wear, shortened hemlines, and careful mends can be found even on haute couture designs. These alterations signify the lasting economic and emotional value of clothing and, in some cases, challenge the concept of fashion as a strictly ephemeral, disposable commodity.  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
COLORING—The New York Public Library’s Epiphany Library, 228 E. 23rd St., presents a coloring club for adults 50 or older on Fri., July 13 at 2 p.m. Participants get creative and enjoy music in a no-pressure atmosphere. All supplies provided but feel free to bring your own. For more information, call (212) 679-2645. 

WII BOWLING—The Epiphany branch of the New York Public Library presents Wii bowling on Wed., July 18 at 4 p.m. Library visitors are invited to join peers for some virtual bowling on the library’s Wii gaming system in the third floor community room. This program of low-key exercise and competitive fun is geared 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. 

OTHER EVENTS
GARDEN TALK AND MUSEUM TOUR—Merchant’s House, 29 E. 4th St., presents a talk at its “secret” 19th century garden with Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York author Stacy Horn on Thurs., July 12 from 6-8 p.m. At 6 p.m., Horn will relate the chilling account of the infamous Blackwell’s Island (now Roosevelt Island), home to a lunatic asylum, two prisons, an almshouse, workhouses, and a number of hospitals. Built in the mid-19th century with the best of intentions as a pastoral refuge for those in need, it quickly became a place of abuse, cruelty, torture, and unbelievable neglect for the unfortunates incarcerated there. This event is part of the “Summer Evenings in the Garden” series. At 6:30 p.m. there will be a guided tour of the Merchant’s House. or take a self-guided tour. On view will be “Tredwell Brides: Changing Wedding Traditions in the 19th Century,” an exhibition open through July 30. Light refreshments. Rain or shine. Admission $15, $10 students and seniors, free for members. Merchants House is a museum with a mission of educating the public about the domestic life of a wealthy merchant family and their four Irish servants from 1835-1865. For more information, call (212) 777-1089 or visit merchantshouse.org 

TALK WITH GARDENER AND MUSEUM TOUR—Merchant’s House, 29 E. 4th St., presents “Summer Evenings in the Garden” on Thursdays, July 12, 19, 26, until 8 p.m. Guests are invited to have a glass of wine in the house’s “secret” 19th century garden and talk with head gardener John Rommel about this season’s historic plantings. There will also be a guided tour of the house at 6:30 p.m. or take a self-guided tour. On view currently in the exhibition (through July 30) “Tredwell Brides: Changing Wedding Traditions in the 19th Century.” Light refreshments. Rain or shine. Admission $15, $10 students and seniors. Merchants House is a museum with a mission of educating the public about the domestic life of a wealthy merchant family and their four Irish servants from 1835-1865. For more information, call (212) 777-1089 or visit merchantshouse.org.

MOVIES ON THE OVAL—Movies on the Oval, the Wednesday film series in Stuyvesant Town, will take place every week starting with a family-friendly film at 5 p.m., followed by a cult classic at 7 p.m. This series is for residents and their guests.

July 18, “Coco” (PG), “Meet the Parents” (PG-13)

July 25, “Ghostbusters” (PG), “The Birdcage” (R)

Aug. 1, “Minions” (PG), “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” (PG-13)

MOVIES AT HUDSON RIVER PARK—Hudson River Park Trust presents “Hudson River Flicks—Big Hit Wednesdays,” running through Aug. 24 at Pier 63 at W. 23rd St. Films are rated PG-13 and R. Movies begin at dusk (generally around 8:30pm). Free Popcorn. Snacks and beverages are for sale. No smoking, pets, bikes, scooters, outside food or drinks or glass containers, chairs or lawn furniture, unlicensed vending. Schedule is:

July 18, “The Big Sick”

July 25, “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle”

Aug. 1, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” 

The Madison Square Park Conservancy presents “Delirious Library,” on Thurs., July 19, from 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m. on the Sol Lewitt lawn.

OUTDOOR LIBRARY—The Madison Square Park Conservancy presents “Delirious Library,” on Thurs., July 19, from 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m. on the Sol Lewitt lawn. A small mobile library curated by the Uni Project, with books about architecture, art history, and ancient literature, will spring up next to the Diana Al-Hadid sculptures currently on view. Park goers will also be able to listen for moments of musical accompaniment by solo performers.

DANCE PARTY—The 12th edition of The Freedom Party, an old-school dance party, will take place on Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Pl., presents on July 21 at 7 p.m. Created in 2003, Freedom’s purpose is to bring different people together through a classic NYC dance party. Playing predominantly hits from the 80s, 90s and 2000s, be it hip-hop, R&B, pop, rock, reggae or house, Freedom fills its dance floor with people from all walks of life, all ethnicities, races, creeds and colors, from all over the world. This event is all ages. $20. Presented by Cricket Wireless. Visit irvingplaza.com for tickets.

TANGO AT STUYVESANT SQUARE PARK—The Stuyvesant Park Neighborhood Association presents tango nights at the park through July 29. Every Sunday from 6-9 p.m. park goers are invited to dance around the fountain on the park’s west side. Enjoy the music, the flowers and the company of your neighbors in a celebration of tango. For updates and more information, visit spnanyc.org.

SALSA LESSONS—Hudson River Park Trust presents “Sunset Salsa,” a free series of salsa dancing featuring Talia and some of NYC’s Best DJs on Tuesday evenings through Aug. 28. Beginner salsa dance lessons are from 6:30-7:15 p.m., DJs start spinning for open dance at 7:15 p.m. Events take place at Pier 45 at Christopher St.

NATURE WALK THROUGH HUDSON RIVER PARK—The Hudson River Park Trust and Hudson River Park Friends present a guided stroll on Sundays at 9 a.m., running through Sept. 30. Learn about Hudson River Park’s wildlife by joining knowledgeable naturalists on guided nature walks along the park’s esplanade. The group will meet at the Christopher Street Fountain, just north of Pier 40 at 9 a.m. sharp. Please wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. Loud noises and barking tend to startle wildlife and reduce viewing opportunities, so please leave your dog at home.

15-MINUTE ART TOUR AT MADISON SQUARE PARK—The Madison Square Park Conservancy presents art tours on Wednesdays at 12:30 at the park through Aug. 29. Groups will meet at the south fountain for 15-minute tours of “Delirious Matter,” the current sculpture installation on the park’s lawn by artist Diana Al-Hadid. Two wall works are combined with rows of hedges to form a room suggesting the elegiac beauty of deteriorating structures nestled into plant material. Three reclining female figures, titled “Synonym,” sit on plinths and are be displayed on the surrounding lawns. In the Park’s reflecting pool, the artist has created a site-specific sculptural bust of a female figure perched atop a fragmented mountain. Al-Hadid is best known for creating work using traditional and contemporary sculpture materials and processes in unfamiliar ways that pivot amongst architecture, figuration, and abstraction.

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. The next meeting is May 22. 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.

IRISH DANCE LESSON & LIVE MUSIC—Theatre 80, 80 St. Marks Pl., and William Barnacle Tavern present a weekly celebration of Celtic culture. The evening will be a participatory experience for the audience, including dance lessons and an all welcome seisuin. It is a night when people can do much more than sit and take in the excellent performances. Every Monday evening at 8 p.m., Ceile (Irish Dance) lessons with Megan Downes. $10. At 9 p.m. – Seisiun (Irish music session) with Deirdre Corrigan, Dan Gurney & Friends. For more information, call (212) 388-0388 or visit theatre80.wordpress.com. 

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 southwest corner of Madison Square Park (in front of the William Seward statue) at 23rd Street and Broadway. 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.

DOWNTOWN MAFIA WALKING TOUR—NYC Gangster Tours presents “The Rise and Fall of the American Mafia Walking Tour” Fridays and Saturdays at 6 p.m. Not for the faint of heart, this premium tour goes from the East Village down to Little Italy and tells the tale of the arrival of a secret sect of Sicilian criminals in the late 19th century, the growth and Americanization of this criminal empire in the 20s and 30s and the slow decline throughout the late 20th century from the rise of the drug trade. This tour stops outside the tenements, cafes, restaurants, social clubs, funeral homes and even alleyways where it all happened. Tours start in front of the space formerly occupied by Lanza’s restaurant, 168 First Ave., near E. 10th St. Fri. and Sat. at 6 p.m., Sun. at 2 p.m. Cost is $35. For more information, call 855-NYGANGS or visit nycgangstertours.com.

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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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