Around and About

JAZZ—Jazz Standard, 116 E. 27th St., presents concerts nearly every evening, with sets at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. each night:
Aug. 17-19, Joey Alexander Trio featuring Ruben Rogers and Eric Harland, $35.
Aug. 21, Mingus Big Band, $25.
Aug. 22, Brandee Younger Quartet, $25.
Aug. 23-24, Marquis Hill Blacktet, $25.
Aug. 25-27, Dafnis Prieto Big Band, $25.
Aug. 28, Mingus Big Band, $25.
Aug. 29-30, Kendrick Scott Oracle, $25.
Aug. 31-Sept. 2, Cyrus Chestnut Trio, $35.
For more information, visit

ROCK & MORE—The Gramercy Theatre, 127 E. 23rd St., presents the following concerts:
For tickets, visit or call (212) 614-6932.
Aug. 17 at 6 p.m., Anathema plus guests, $25.
Aug. 18 at 7 p.m., Mark Lanegan, $27-$82.
Aug. 19 at 12:30 p.m., Bruce Prichard, $35-$65.
Aug. 19 at 7:30 p.m., Stabbing Westward, $35.
Aug. 20 at 12:30 p.m., Bruce Prichard, $35-$65.
Aug. 20 at 6:30 p.m., FringeNYC 20/20: A Vaudeville, $50.
Aug. 22 at 7 p.m., Neal Morse Band, $26-$79.
Aug. 24 at 6:30 p.m., Station, $12.
Aug. 25 at 7 p.m., Cult of Luna with Julie Christmas, $27-$41.
Aug. 26 at 8 p.m., Tony Hingecliffe, $12.
Aug. 27 at 8 p.m., DJ Don Q., Loso Leaded, A1, $15.
Aug. 29 at 7 p.m., Marduk, $20-$25.
Sept. 2 at 6 p.m., Venom Inc., Goatwhore, Toxic Holocaust, the Convalesence, $25-$99.

ROCK & MORE—Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Pl., presents the following concerts:
For tickets, visit or call (212) 777-6800.
Aug. 25 at 11 p.m., The Freedom Party Annual MJ Tribute, $10-$20.
Aug. 26 at 8 p.m., Stay Woke Saturday, $20 and fees.
Sept. 1 at 11 p.m., Fire in the City with DJ Self and special guests, $30-$60.
Sept. 5 at 7 p.m., Stereophonics, $25 and fees.

CONCERTS AT HUDSON RIVER PARK—“Sunset on the Hudson” is Hudson River Park’s series of free concerts at Pier 45 and Christopher St. On Aug. 18 at 7 p.m. Max Gallico & Friends will perform. Note: Attendees may be photographed for Hudson River Park Trust/Friends of Hudson River Park publications.

JAZZ AT STUYVESANT SQUARE PARK—The Stuyvesant Park Neighborhood Association presents The Alex Nguyen Quintet, performing a series of free Sunday evening concerts at the park. The quintet will perform on Aug. 20 with saxophonist Jordan Pettay and Aug. 27 with vocalist Martina DaSilva as on Sept. 10 with trombonist Andrae Murchison from 6-9 p.m. each night. 

DANCE THEATER/SHAKESPEARE INSPIRED—Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave. at E. 10th St., presents “The Life and Death of Queen Margaret,” from Aug. 17-20. This is a new piece of dance-theatre which liberates some of Shakespeare’s most poignant feminist writing from a series of plays about men and their experience of history. Queen Margaret was a fierce, strong-willed, and independent woman, both historically and in Shakespeare’s Henry VI and Richard III plays. This piece brings her to the forefront of her own story by combining extant scenes from Shakespeare, scenes which are a patchwork of multiple Shakespeare plays, and occasional adaptor-written chunks of iambic pentameter. What it cannot tell through words, it shows through choreography. Created and performed by Western Massachusetts-based ensemble Real Live Theatre. Text augmented by Toby Vera Bercovici and Dan Morbyrne. Directed by Toby Vera Bercovici Performances are Thurs.-Sat. at 8 p.m. and Sun. at 3 p.m. General Admission $18 Students/seniors $15. For more information, call (212) 254-1109 or visit

THEATER FESTIVAL—Theater at the 14th Street Y, 344 E. 14th St., presents the “Broadway Bound Theatre Festival,” 20 plays by playwrights from around the world, running through Aug. 20. Plays may contain scenes and language that are not recommended for younger audiences but are not restricted, either. It is not recommended that children under the age of 12 attend. Shows run for approximately 60-90 minutes with no intermission. Each play gets three performances. For more information about each play or to order tickets ($25 in advance, $30 at door), visit 

OPERA FESTIVAL—Dell’Arte Opera Ensemble presents its 2017 “Untamed!” Opera Festival through Aug. 27 as a summer share at La MaMa Theatre, 66 E. 4th St. This year’s festival explores parallels between human, animal and supernatural realms. dell’Arte opens the festival with two fully-staged rarities: Francesco Cavalli’s La Calisto that combines the two Greek myths of Jove’s seduction of Calisto and Diana’s affair with Endymion; and Leoš Janáček’s Příhody lišky Bystroušky (The Cunning Little Vixen) that tracks the intersection of animal lives with those of humans and explores their common experiences. For audiences new to opera, the Festival offers a colorful tapestry of several works in excerpts from beloved shows including Carmen, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and more and Wild Things: a recital of repertoire about the animal kingdom and other “untamed” creatures. Performances are at 7:30 p.m., with 2 p.m. matinees. Tickets are $26-$46. To purchase, visit or call (646) 632-2340.

MUSICAL/WOODY GUTHRIE—The Irish Repertory Theatre, 132 W. 22nd St., presents “Woody Sez,” running through Aug. 20, a musical portrait of Woody Guthrie. With songs like “This Land is Your Land” and “So Long It’s Been Good To Know Yuh” a group of four actor/musicians bring to life the many people who formed the fabric of his story. Not only was Guthrie a seminal influence on Bob Dylan and Joan Baez, he also inspired generations of Irish folk singers like the Clancy Brothers and Christy Moore. His songs may have told the stories of the disenfranchised in the Dust Bowl, but his recurrent themes speak of famine, workers’ rights and emigrant strife. Directed by Nick Corley, music direction by David M. Lutken. Performances are Wed. 3 and 8 p.m., Thur. at 7 p.m., Fri. at 8 p.m., Sat. at 3 and 8 p.m. and Sun. at 3 p.m. Tickets general $70, rear seating $50. For more information visit or call (212) 727-2737.

POLITICAL—Writer and director Irene Kapustina, an immigrant from Belarus, presents “Lost and Guided” a play about Syrian refugees, running through Aug. 27 at Under St. Marks (94 St Marks Place). The lives of four young Syrians are changed forever after anti-government protests transpire in the city of Daraa. Throughout the next six years, each of them is forced to undergo a unique and heroic journey, while the turmoil in their country erupts into a full-fledged civil war. From the Middle East to the streets of New Orleans, “Lost and Guided” is a universal story of love, friendship, and the struggle for happiness. Based on transcripts from writer-director Irene Kapustina’s interviews with Syrian refugees living in the US. Performances run Thurs.-Sun. at 7 p.m. each night. Tickets are $20 ($25 at the door) and are available at or by calling 800-901-7173.

THEATER FESTIVAL—Theater for the New City (TNC), 155 First Ave. at E. 10th St., will present the eighth “Dream Up Festival,” featuring new works from across the country and abroad from Aug. 27-Sept. 17. Helmed by the theater’s Literary Manager, Michael Scott-Price, under the direction of Crystal Field, artistic director, the festival offers over 25 plays. There are four full-blown musicals, four shows on LGBTQ themes, five solo shows, a clown show, two on themes of race in America and one based on visual art. One play is an English language premiere from Iceland. Performances are seven days a week. Tickets are $12-20. To purchase call (212) 868-4444 or visit

COMEDY—Thirteenth Street Repertory Company, 50 W. 13th St. between Fifth and Sixth Aves., presents the return of “The Accidental Pervert,” a comedy that tells the awkwardly poignant story of a boy’s journey into manhood after discovering his dad’s X-rated video tapes hidden in a bedroom closet. He subsequently develops an addiction to pornography that continues until the age of 26, when he meets his wife to be, and finds himself struggling to find the balance between fantasy and reality. Performances are Fri. and Sat. at 7 p.m. Tickets are $49 and available by calling (212) 352-3101 or visit

OPEN MIC—Merchant’s House, 29 E. 4th St., presents “Open Mic in the Garden,” on Fri., Aug. 18 at 6:30 p.m. In the 19th century, literary salons gathered great thinkers, artists, and writers under one roof for a night of socialization and “improving conversation.” In that same spirit, the Merchant’s House celebrates the works of today’s new writers, performance artists, and musicians. Come to share your work or simply enjoy. Wine and light refreshments will be served. If you’d like to perform, please bring no more than five minutes of material; sign-up available upon entry. 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. Admission is $10 general, $5 for students and seniors. Reservations not necessary. For more information, visit

IMPROV COMEDY—The Horse Trade Theater Group presents its next monthly “Thank You, Robot” on Fri., Aug. 18 at 10:30 p.m. at Under St. Marks, 94 St. Marks Pl. This is a showcase for independent and established improv teams. For each show, two teams join “Thank You, Robot” to perform sets of unscripted comedy, never seen before and never to be seen again. Cover is $5. For more information, visit

VARIETY—The Horse Trade Theater Group presents “The Varietal Hour” on Fri., Aug. 25 at 10:30 p.m. at Under St. Marks, 94 St. Marks Pl. The Varietal Hour showcases a diverse collection of talent from around the city. Host and two-time Tony Award rehearsal attendee Lucas Womack splits a bottle of wine with guests as they perform anything from stand up to soft shoe, from storytelling to juggling, and very little in between. Also, to celebrate the season, a costume contest is in order. Best audience costume receives a bottle of our selected wine of the month. Cover is $10. For more information, visit

COMEDY—Horse Trade Theater Group presents “Comic Sutra Saturday” on Sat., Aug. 26 at 10:30 p.m. at Under St. Marks, 94 St. Marks Pl. Desire meets dirty jokes, all under the guise of Eastern mysticism. Cover is $10. Tickets are available at 

OPEN MIC—The Nuyorican Poets Cafe 236 E. Third St., between Aves. B and C, presents “Open Mic Mondays” every Monday at 8 p.m. except holidays. Hosted by Olivia Custodio, this weekly event is a boisterous free-for-all of poetry, hip hop, monologues, acoustic singer-songwriter performances and anything else that a person can do in five minutes on a stage; packed with young artists and their fans, this show is guaranteed to be more fun than whatever you normally do on a Monday night; no cover, one-drink minimum. For more information, call (212) 505-8183 or visit The cafe is wheelchair accessible, but calling ahead of time is recommended so staff can accommodate wheelchair users.

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 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

POETRY SLAM & OPEN MIC—The Nuyorican Poets Cafe 236 E. Third St., between Aves. B and C, presents its Friday Night Poetry Slam each week at 10 p.m. Host Mahogany Browne curates the most popular and longest-running slam poetry series in New York City. Nationally renowned poets and rising stars compete for a slot on the cafe’s Slam Team. $10 regular admission, $20 for a limited number of reserved seats. A free open mic follows each Friday Night Poetry Slam. To order tickets, visit 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. 

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

Aug. 19, the story is Nothing Rhymes with Orange by Adam Rex.
Aug. 26, the story is How to Get Your Teacher Ready by Jean Reagan.

CULTURAL ART WORKSHOPS—The Rubin Museum, 150 W. 17th St., presents “Rubin Family Sundays,” afternoons of free, family-friendly activities from 1-4 p.m. On Aug. 20 and 27, family members are invited to make their own wearable adornments from rakhi styles, friendship bracelets, and even gau (amulet boxes) from the Museum’s collection. For more information, visit

CONCERT—As part of “Hudson RiverKids,” summer programming at Hudson River Park, Ramblin’ Dan and the Freewheelin’ Band will perform on Mon., Aug. 21 on Pier 62 from 4-4:45 p.m. (Cross at W. 22nd St.)

FISHING—The Hudson River Park Trust presents “Big City Fishing,” a series of free fishing events on Mondays starting on Pier 63 at Chelsea Piers (23rd St.) Learn how to fish while engaging with trained environmental educators about various river science topics. Rods, reels, bait and instruction will be provided. Appropriate for adults and kids 5+. Fishing will take place Mondays at 5 p.m. through Aug. 21. Photos of participants may be taken to use in event publications. For more information, visit

FILMS AT WATERSIDE—Waterside Plaza presents Monday movie nights out on the Plaza throughout August. Films start at dusk (8-8:30 p.m.) with free popcorn. The schedule is:

Aug. 21 “How to Train Your Dragon” (This evening will also be preceded by a fire safety Presentation by the FDNY at 7 p.m. At approximately 7:30, a fire truck will arrive on the A Level for kids to explore, provided that the truck is not called away to an emergency.)

Aug. 28 “Alice in Wonderland”

A screening of “Wizard of Oz,” originally scheduled for Aug. 7, was postponed due to rain and will be rescheduled.

The Madison Square Park Conservancy presents “Art in the Park,” a series of workshops led by teaching artists, on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-noon.

ART WORKSHOPS AT MADISON SQUARE PARK—The Madison Square Park Conservancy presents “Art in the Park,” where children will be able to explore Josiah McElheny’s “Prismatic Park” installation through dance, poetry, music, and visual art. Art in the Park, held weekly on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-noon, is a series of workshops in Sol LeWitt Lawn. The teaching artists are as follows:

Aug. 22 Nicole Schroeder (create percussion instruments).

STORY TELLING AT THE PARK—The Madison Square Park Conservancy presents story telling for kids through Aug. 23 on Wednesdays between 10-11 a.m. on the park’s Cherry Lawn. On Aug. 23, the New York Public Library will lead the program.

MUSICAL WITH PUPPETS ABOUT DISABILITY—Realabilities Presents “Addy & Uno,” the first family musical about disabilities, running at the Theater at the 14th Street Y, 344 E. 14th St., from Sept. 2-14. As Uno, a child with autism, faces the challenge of competing in his school’s math competition, his friends with varying disabilities – ADHD, vision, hearing and physical impairment – rally in support. Told through puppetry, unforgettable music, and heart, the 50 minute show celebrates the abilities within disability, and inspires empathy and the understanding that it’s nice to be nice. Advance ticket $20, at door $25. To purchase, call (646) 395-4310 or visit

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 or call (212) 473-1452.

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

ANNA KENDRICK—Barnes & Noble, 33 E. 17th St., presents Anna Kendrick on Sat., Aug. 19 at 1 p.m. The Academy Award­–nominated actress and star of “Up in the Air” and “Pitch Perfect” presents Scrappy Little Nobody, a book of humorous autobiographical essays. Even before she made a name for herself on the silver screen starring in films like “Twilight” and “Into the Woods,” Kendrick was unusually small, weird, and “10 percent defiant.” In the book, she recounts the absurdities she’s experienced to her struggle to live like an adult woman instead of a perpetual “man-child.” For more information, visit

Barnes & Noble, 33 E. 17th St., presents Reshma Saujani, author of Girls Who Code on Tues., Aug. 22 at 7 p.m.

RESHMA SAUJANI—Barnes & Noble, 33 E. 17th St., presents Reshma Saujani, author of Girls Who Code (and 2009 Congressional candidate) on Tues., Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. Following a discussion of her new book, Reshma Saujani will sign and personalize Girls Who Code and The Friendship Code (the latter book intended for grades 3-6 by Stacia Deutsch with a foreword by Saujani), as well as pose for photos. Priority access with purchase of book from this Barnes & Noble location. For more information, visit

FINANCIAL GUIDANCE ON STUDENT LOANS—The following free informational event, presented by the Financial Planning Association of NY, will take place at the Science, Industry & Business Library, 188 Madison Ave. at 34th St. On Tues., Aug. 22 at 6 p.m., “Student Loans: Study Your Options.” Learn about consumer protection issues related to student loans. College-bound young people and their families can get into serious debt trouble financing a college education. Claire Rosenzweig, president, Better Business Bureau Serving Metropolitian New York, provides tips about making education financing choices and locating legitimate sources of help. For more information, visit

PAINTINGS & MULTIMEDIA—Carter Burden Gallery, 548 W. 28th St., presents two new summer exhibitions: “12×12” in the East and West Gallery featuring over 50 artists, and “On the Wall” featuring Anna H. Walter. The exhibition runs through Aug. 17. Gallery hours: Tues.-Fri. from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

In “12×12,” over 50 gallery artists present artwork using identical 12” x 12” canvases. The resulting paintings, drawings, photographs, sculpture, and collages vary drastically, highlighting their diverse strengths as artists. The pieces have been priced at $200 to be accessible to first time collectors.
In “On the Wall,” Walter’s work is based on symbolic personal expression, and encompasses both internal and external experiences. She uses a variety of materials, including found objects to create exciting layered mixed media pieces and whimsical sculptures.

ILLUSTRATION & MORE/SVA—School of Visual Arts presents the following exhibitions:

SVA Chelsea Gallery, 601 W. 26th Street, 15th floor, presents “Marshall Arisman: An Artist’s Journey from Dark to Light, 1972-2017,” running Aug. 19-Sept. 16. This multi-media retrospective spans legendary artist Marshall Arisman’s 45-year career, featuring paintings, sculptures, etchings, editorial illustrations and short films. Gallery hours: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Reception: Thurs., Aug. 22 from 6-8 p.m.

SVA Flatiron Gallery, 133/141 W. 21st St., presents “Unicode,” an exhibition of works by SVA students selected by a jury of their peers running Aug. 19-Sept. 16. Gallery hours: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat. from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Reception: Thurs., Aug. 17, 6-8 p.m.

SVA Gramercy Gallery, 209 E. 23rd St., presents “BFA Illustration Exhibition,” an exhibition of work by BFA Illustration students, through Sat., Sept. 9. Gallery hours: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

PAINTINGS & SCULPTURE—New York University’s Kimmel Windows Galleries presents “In the Labyrinth,” works using oil paints, burlap, clay, wood and more, by Kiley Ames. The exhibition is on view at street-level at NYU’s Kimmel Center for University Life, 60 Washington Square South, through Sept. 6, and can be viewed simply by walking past the vitrines located on LaGuardia Pl. and West 3rd St. Drawn from the complex relationships between individual and whole, Ames’ pieces are characterized by their merging of contrasting visual elements. In each piece, Ames reflects the often contradictory emotional spectrum of the female experience, imbuing her subjects with both strength and vulnerability. “In the Labyrinth” is curated by Pamela Jean Tinnen, Director for NYU Kimmel Galleries. 

NATURE INSPIRED FASHION—The Fashion & Textile History Gallery at Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Seventh Ave. at 27th St., presents “Force of Nature,” running through Nov. 18. This exhibition examines the complex relationship between fashion and the natural world. The exhibition reveals how nature has historically influenced fashion, and how fashion can serve as an indicator of society’s relationship with the natural world. In eighteenth century Europe, for example, nature became an object of renewed fascination as a result of overseas exploration. This fascination found expression in garments that featured depictions of exotic plants and animals. Spanning the eighteenth century to the present, the exhibition is organized into ten sections, each focusing on a facet of fashion’s connection to nature. Garments, textiles, and accessories, exclusively from the collection of The Museum at FIT, illustrate how principles in the natural sciences, such as the dynamics of sexual attraction, have informed fashion design. Elaborately feathered women’s hats, for example, show how the plumage male birds use for sexual display has been appropriated to emphasize female beauty. “Force of Nature” is organized by Melissa Marra-Alvarez, associate curator of Education and Public Programs at the museum. Hours: Tues.-Fri. from noon-8 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sun.-Mon. closed.

FISHING—“Big City Fishing” is a series of free catch-and-release fishing events on Mondays from 3-5 p.m. just for seniors on Pier 63 at Chelsea Piers (23rd St.) through Sept. 25 (except on Sept. 11). Rods, reels, bait and instruction will be provided. Seating and shade available. For more information, visit

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.

NATURE WALK AT HUDSON RIVER PARK—The Hudson River Park Trust presents a free guided nature walk on Sun., Aug. 20  starting at 9 a.m. Participants will learn about Hudson River Park’s wildlife by joining experienced naturalists on guided nature walks along the park’s esplanade. The group will meet at the Christopher Street Fountain at 9 a.m. Registration recommended by visiting and searching for “Hudson River Park.”

FILMS IN STUYVESANT TOWN—StuyTown Property Services presents its outdoor summer film screening series, “Movies on the Oval.” Every Wednesday through Aug. 30, a double feature will be shown on the lawn. (ID may be asked for since the event is for residents and their guests.)

Aug. 23 at 5 p.m. “Kubo and the Two Strings,” 7 p.m. “Doctor Strange.”
Aug. 30 at 5 p.m., “The Jungle Book” (2016), 7 p.m. “Beauty and the Beast” (2017).

ADULT COLORING AND TRIVIA—Strand Books, 828 Broadway at 12th St., presents an evening of coloring for adults and trivia on Tues., Aug. 29 from 7-8 p.m. to celebrate the new season of “Broad City.” Artist of the show’s animated title cards, Mike Perry, will be in attendance, and prizes will be available to the most die-hard fans of the series. Admission is a signed copy of The Broad City Coloring Book ($15) or a $10 gift card. For more information visit

BOLLYWOOD DANCE CLASS AT WATERSIDE—Waterside Plaza presents a Bollywood Extravaganza on Tues., Aug. 29 at 7 p.m. in conjunction with Waterside Swim & Health Club. All are welcome to participate in a dance class outdoors on the Plaza.

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

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

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 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

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