Around and About

JAZZ—Jazz Standard, 116 E. 27th St., presents the following concerts, with sets at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. each night:
June 22-25, Azar Lawrence Quintet featuring Steve Turre, $30.
June 26, Mingus Big Band, $25.
June 27-29, Dr. Lonnie Smith 75th anniversary Trio, $25.
June 30, July 1-2, Dr. Lonnie Smith Octet, $35.
July 3, Mingus Big Band, $25.
July 4, Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, $25.
July 5, Ryan Kerbele & Catharsis, $25.
July 6-8, Houston Person Quartet, $30.
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.
June 22 at 7 p.m., Mark Slaughter, $22-$40.
June 24 at 7 p.m., Demolition Hammer, $20-$65.
June 25 at 6 p.m., Born of Osiris, $20.
June 27 at 7 p.m., Pres. Huang’s World Preview with Eddie Huang & Friends, $25.
June 28 at 7 p.m., Blac Youngsta, $20-$35.
July 7, Strangelove: The Depeche Mode Experience, $20-$35.

JAZZ IN UNION SQUARE PARK—The Union Square Partnership presents the return of its annual summer free programming at the park, now called “Citi Summer in the Square.” As part of the series, The New School for Jazz presents “Lunchtime Jazz,” concerts at Union Square Park’s West Side seating area at 16th St. every Thursday at noon. A new trio performs each week. For details, visit

ROCK & MORE—Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Pl., presents the following concerts:
For tickets, visit or call (212) 777-6800.
June 23 at 11:30 p.m., Sin in Sexy in New York (Pride), $30-$50.
June 24 at 1 p.m., URL (Ultimate Rap League) presents Double Impact 2, $75-$150.
July 7 at 7 p.m., Caravan Palace, $35-$75. 

OUTDOOR CONCERTMax Gallico & Friends will perform a free concert on Fri., June 23 at 7 p.m. on Pier 45 at Christopher St. This event is part of a series of free summer events at Hudson River Park. For more information, visit

CHAMBER MUSIC—Metropolitan Playhouse, 220 E. 4th St. between Aves. A and B, presents “Area 9 Goes Modern!” playing Richard Rodney Bennett, Gordon Goodwin, Yusef Lateef and more, on Sun., June 25 at 4 p.m. The Area 9 Quartet is Sean Mix, soprano; Seychelle Dunn-Corbin; alto, John Rabinowitz, tenor; Kangyi Liu, baritone. Tickets are: General: $25, students and seniors: $20. Children under 18 years: $10. For more information call (800) 838-3006 or

POLITICAL THEATER WITH MUSIC, POETRY—Yara Arts Group presents a new theater piece with poetry, “1917-2017: Tychyna, Zhadan & the Dogs” at La MaMa’s Ellen Stewart Theatre, 66 E. 4th St. through June 25. Directed by Virlana Tkacz, the show examines what individuals do when a society crumbles. In 1917, there was great hope in Kyiv as the Russian Empire disintegrated, but then a series of invasions led to twelve changes of government in three years. Pavlo Tychyna, Ukraine’s greatest 20th century poet, watched people in Kyiv struggle with chaos and tyranny and wrote a collection of twelve poems, “Instead of Sonnets or Octaves.” That collection, translated by Virlana Tkacz and Wanda Phipps, provides the main text of the piece. It is punctuated with songs by Zhadan & the Dogs, a Ukrainian nine-member rock group led by Serhiy Zhadan. Zhadan is famous for his poetry and songs about everyday people caught in today’s conflict. The group hails from Kharkiv, a city close to the war zone in eastern Ukraine. Performances are Thurs., Fri. and Sat. at 8:30 p.m. and Sun. at 4 p.m. $25 adult tickets; $20 students/seniors; limited $10 tickets. Ten $10 tickets will be available to every performance on a first come, first-served basis (advance sale recommended). For more information or tickets, visit or call (212) 352-3101.

JAZZ IN STUYVESANT COVE PARK—The Stuyvesant Cove Park Association has rescheduled a concert for June 19 to June 27 at 6:30 p.m. due to the rainstorm on Monday night. The John Colianni Jazz Quintet will be performing, kicking off a summer season of free concerts at 6:30 p.m. each night. The concerts will take place in front of Solar One between E. 22nd and E. 23rd St. along the East River. Other upcoming performances are: June 26: Stillwell Widows, July 6: Sean Mahony & the NY Swing Orchestra and July 10: Jason Green & the Labor of Love. 

ROMANTIC DRAMA— The Workshop Theater, 312 W. 36th St., 4 fl. East, presents “Composure” by Scott C. Sickles, a romantic drama set on a college campus running through June 24.  It will be directed by Fritz Brekeller. The setting of the play is a college town and the time of the play is a year after an on-campus murder-suicide that grew out of an unrequited love. Fletcher Driscoll, a 48 year-old theater director, has returned to his alma mater to stage “Romeo and Juliet,” to commemorate the tragedy. Upon his arrival, Fletcher begins a casual fling with a divorced administrator, Jeff Landry, 52. Jeff is recently out and struggling to maintain a friendship with his ex-wife as they mourn her recently deceased brother. In the meantime, Fletcher encounters a former high school bully with whom he shares a disturbing, haunting history. Both men’s distressing memories and associations interfere with their new romance. As the opening night of “Romeo and Juliet” looms closer, signaling the expiration date on their romance, Fletcher and Jeff are forced to process painful events of their own pasts in order to advance their lives. Performances are on Thurs. and Fri. at 7 p.m., Sat. at 8 p.m., Sun. at 3 p.m. Added performance Wed., June 21 at 7 p.m. $25 general admission, $18 students and seniors. For tickets, visit or (866) 811-4111.

DRAMA—La Mama, First Floor Theatre, 74A East 4th St, presents “Miss Julia,” running through June 25. In rural Colombia on Midsummer Eve, Miss Julia and her servant Juan have a forbidden encounter. As Juan tries to rise from his servile life, Miss Julia tries to escape the bonds of her meaningless upper-class existence. The resulting power play of love, lust and class struggle becomes a dangerous battle that veers violently out of control. This bilingual production, performed in English and Spanish, is a clash of cultures, a dance of death combining powerful physicality, naturalistic text and live music making Strindberg’s text as relevant today as it was 100 years ago. This new bi-lingual adaptation by SITI Company’s J. Ed Araiza brings together seven artists from four different countries, and is an international collaboration between renowned Colombian film and television actor Jhon Alex Toro, Australian theatre artist Tina Mitchell and Colombian actress Gina Jaimes. Music is by US violinist Helen Yee and percussionist Martin Vejarano, and is directed by Italian Stage Director Lorenzo Montanini. Performances run Thurs.-Sat. at 7:30 p.m., Sun. at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults,
$20 for students and seniors with ten tickets priced at $10 each available for every performance, in advance only. Tickets are available online at or by calling OvationTix at (212) 352-3101.

SHORT PLAYS/THEATRICAL STORYTELLING—Horse Trade presents the June installment of “New York Madness” on Sun., June 25 at 8 p.m. at The Kraine Theater, 85 E. 4th St. between 2nd Ave. and Bowery. The lineup will include new plays by Featured Guest Playwright Adam Szymkowicz (“Clown Bar” with Pipeline Theatre; “Hearts Like Fists” with Flux Theatre Ensemble), along with Cecilia Copeland, Ben Ferber, Nicolo Grelli, Judith Leora, Jessica Moss, Madhuri Shekar, and Josh Young. “New York Madness” is a raw and unpredictable show of short plays by an ensemble of playwrights presented fully staged with scripts in hand. They write a short play and cast it, rehearse it, and bring it in on its feet. The collected works create a kaleidoscope of cultural moments reflecting this moment in time, framed by a theme that is chosen just one week in advance of the show. The primary goal of “Madness” is the exploration of modern American Playwriting through the use of theatrical storytelling. New York Madness takes place every last Sunday of the month. Tickets ($10) may be purchased in advance at 

POLITICAL SATIRE—A President Trump satire performed by four clowns, “Faust 3: The Turd Coming, or The Fart of the Deal” by Paul David Young, will run through June 26 in the Meeting Room of Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South. The play presents a Faustian bargain between the populace, and their chosen king, a deceptive, Mephistophelean clown figure. Although the clown is offensive, vulgar, and evil, the people agree to sign away their future on the gamble that the clown will improve their lives. Instead, the sensitive ego of the clown king leads to nuclear war and worldwide devastation. The script adapts and mangles Goethe’s “Faust” (Parts 1 and 2) and the Gospels in the King James translation, as well as bits of Yeats, Shakespeare, Christmas carols, Stephen Foster, John Donne, Heiner Müller, Julia Ward Howe, Abel Meeropol, and others. The Meeting Room at Judson, a landmarked Neo-Renaissance sanctuary, offers the largest collection of John Lafarge stained glass windows in the world. The actors will use microphones as they move about this space, speaking directly to the live audience. Augustus Heagerty directs. For tickets, $25, call 800-838-3006 or visit For more information, visit  

MUSICAL—Linda Gross Theater, 336 W. 20th St, presents the world premiere of the musical “The Band’s Visit,” featuring Tony Shalhoub (“Monk”). An Egyptian Police Band arrives in Israel to play a concert. After a mix-up at the border, they are sent to a remote village in the middle of the desert. With no bus until morning and no hotel in sight, these unlikely travelers are taken in by the locals. Under the spell of the desert sky, their lives become intertwined in the most unexpected ways. This play in adapted from a screenplay that received 36 major international awards. Director is David Cromer, with music and lyrics by David Yazbek. Tickets start at $75. For tickets or more information, 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

DUELING PERFORMANCES—The Union Square Partnership presents the return of its annual summer free programming at the park, now called “Citi Summer in the Square.” As part of the series, “Dueling Performances” takes place Thursdays at 5 p.m. on the South Plaza’s main stage. Two artists at the top of their trade will perform with audience members deciding who is the ultimate champion. Each week experience a different act from pianists, to electric violinists, to dance companies, to DJs and more. For details, visit
June 22: Dueling Painters
June 29: Dueling Guitarists
July 6:  Dueling Beat Boxers
July 13: Dueling Tap Dancers
July 20:  Dueling Violinists
July 27:  Dueling Dancers
Aug 3:   Dueling Dancers
Aug 10:  Dueling DJs

DANCE, POETRY AT PARK—Artist Josiah McElheny’s installation “Prismatic Park” is now on view at Madison Square Park. Upcoming interactive performances at the installation are as follows:

Dance with Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener: Fri., June 23, 4-9 p.m., Sat., June 24, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Sun., June 25, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Tues., June 27, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Wed., June 28, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 5-9 p.m., Thurs., June 29, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 5-9 p.m. public workshop, Fri., June 30, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 5-9 p.m. public workshop, Sat., July 1, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. All-day performance, Sun., July 2, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. public workshop.

Poetry by MC Hyland: Tues, July 4 dry run, Wed., July 5, 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m. walking library

Thurs., July 6, 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m. walking library, Sat., July 8, 6-8 p.m. performance.

For the full schedule or more information, visit

“No Name… & A Bag O’ Chips” comedy/variety show takes place on Fri., June 23 at 7 p.m. at Otto’s Shrunken Head. Lineup includes Luke Thayer (pictured) and Frank Conniff.

COMEDY/VARIETY—“No Name… & A Bag O’ Chips” comedy/variety show producer Eric Vetter presents a show on Fri., June 23 at 7 p.m. at Otto’s Shrunken Head, 538 E. 14th St. between Aves. A and B. Lineup includes Frank Conniff (Mystery Science Theater 3000), Luke Thayer ( and a few surprises. No Name house band The Summer Replacements will perform. No cover, no minimum. Performers subject to change. For more information, contact (347) 885-3466 or visit

COMEDY—Horse Trade Theater Group presents “Comic Sutra Saturday” on Sat., June 24 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

DANCE/THEATER—Summer Shares at La MaMa, 74 East 4th Street, presents “In the Box 2” with dancer/choreographer Miki Orihara and live music by jazz pianist/composer Senri Oe from June 30-July 2. Celebrated for her work with the Martha Graham Dance Company, dancer/choreographer Miki Orihara premieres the second incarnation of her multi-media work, “In the Box” (ITB). Directed by theatrical visual-effects specialist Hiroyuki Nishiyama (a.k.a. nissy), this new experimental dance-theater piece features performances by Bessie Award winner Orihara with original music by best-selling Sony Music artist Senri Oe. Using cutting edge animations and projections from Japan, “In the Box 2” (ITB2) juxtaposes three-dimensional sounds and images with the flesh and bones of a dancer and her moving shadow. “ITB2” follows the 2015 premiere of “ITB” which explored the paradox of “Where Technology Meets the Body” inspired by Schrödinger‘s cat (quantum mechanics).  Performances are on Fri., June 30 at 7 and 9 p.m., Sat., July 1 at 6 and 8 p.m., Sun., July 2 at 5 p.m. Tickets, $30 in advance (students $20)/$35 at door (students $25), VIP $100. To purchase tickets, visit

VARIETY—The Horse Trade Theater Group presents “The Varietal Hour” on Fri., June 30 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. Cover is $10. For more information, visit

BURLESQUE—Horse Trade Theater Group presents a special, April Fools themed “Stand Up and Take Your Clothes Off” on Sun., July 2 at 8 p.m. at The Kraine theater, 85 E. 4th St. Proceeds from the night’s performance will go to benefit the ACLU. Featured performers are Tiny D, Fem Appeal, Sweet Lorraine, Vada James, Ginger Twist, Jillaine Gill, Kerryn Feehan, and some surprise guests. This is a fast paced, sexy show that each month features NYC’s funniest female comics and sassiest burlesque acts. Cover is $15 ($10 in advance online). For more information or to purchase tickets in advance visit

BURLESQUE & VARIETY—The Horse Trade Theater Group presents “Ten-Foot Rat Cabaret” on Wed., July 5 at 9:30 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. Admission is $15. Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling (212) 868-4444 or visiting

DRINK-ALONG COMEDY—On Sat., July 8 at 6:30 p.m. at Under St. Marks, 94 St. Marks Pl. Horse Trade Theater Group presents “A Brief History of Beer.” This show is a monthly drink-along through time in the Quantum Pint Machine! After success at the Edinburgh, US, and Adelaide Fringes, Wish brings you this docu-dramedy based on the life and times of the humble beer. This is a one hour drinker-active comedy where the audience travels through time with duo William Glenn and Trish Parry, all the way back to ancient Sumeria, through to today, on a mission to save beer from a mysterious nefarious person. Written and performed by Glenn and Parry, and directed by Jeffrey   Mayhew (Theatre of the Damned, London). “A Brief History of Beer” is the first in a series of works set inside the Quantum Pint Machine; the sequel will be “Beer Wars.” Cover is $12. Tickets can be purchased online at 

COMEDY SHOWCASE & PARTY—Comics  Mike Brown (Comedy Outliers) and Ayanna Dookie (She Devil Comedy Festival winner) present “King Hippo,” their  free, weekly Thursday night comedy showcase and after-party at The Mockingbird, 25 Ave. B between E. Second and Third Sts. Doors open at 8 p.m. The hosts, who have performed at venues nationally and throughout the tri-state area, will be joined at this show by Roy Wood Jr., Mike Lawrence, Marc Theobald and Hadiyah Robinson with music by Thug Passion. No cover, no minimum, ages 21 and over with ID. Full bar and Tex-Mex menu available. For more information, contact (646) 882-0593 or

COMEDY—Since the beginning of June and continuing through July 28, The Executives and Dinosaur Jones present original sketch comedy Friday evenings from 7-8 p.m. at Magnet Theater, 254 W. 29th St. This is first time that sketch comedy is part of Magnet’s standing weekend schedule. Known for physical, high tension, theatrical energy, The Executives celebrate the mundane and attack the childishly silly with the weight of academy fodder. The Executives are Evan Forde Barden, Brian Berlin, Meredith Burns, Christina Cola, Liz Haag, Lane Kwederis, Ari Miller and Charlie Nicholson, with direction by Kevin Cobbs. General admission tickets may be purchased for $10 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. 

CONCERTS AT THE PARK—The Madison Square Park Conservancy presents weekly interactive concerts for kids in June and July on Thursdays between 10:30-11:30 a.m. Concerts will take place on Farragut Lawn, unless it’s raining, in which case events will be held at Farragut Monument near the Reflecting Pool. Upcoming performers are:

June 22 Alastair Moock
June 29 Jazzy Ash & The Leaping Lizards
July 6 Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights
July 13 Mister G
July 20 The Not-its!
July 27 Lucky Diaz & the Family Jam Band 

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

Sat., June 24 at 11 a.m., the story is The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister.
Sat., July 1 at 11 a.m., Be Quiet by Ryan T. Higgins.
Sat., Ju;y 8 at 11 a.m., Little Excavator by Anna Dewdney. 

ACTIVITIES AT UNION SQUARE PARK—The Union Square Partnership presents the return of its annual summer free programming at the park, “Citi Summer in the Square.” As part of the series, activities for kids will be held throughout the day on Thursdays. At 9: 15 a.m. Animals with Art Farm, 10:15 a.m. Yoga Storytime. 10:45 a.m. princess appearance, 11 a.m. concert or other performance (June 22 Hot Peas ‘N Butter, June 29 Josh & The Jamtones, July 6, Rolie Polie Guacamole Storytime, July 13 Little Rockers, July 20 Story Pirates, July 27 Marionette Show, Aug. 3 Suzie Shelton, Aug. 10, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show), 2:30 p.m. story time, 3 p.m. Pop Fit Kids. Additionally, the Children’s Pavilion is open each week from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., featuring over 250 books, courtesy of Simon & Schuster, crafts, games, and other fun activities. For details, 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

SOLO SHOW—Horse Trade presents “Chalk” on Sat., July 8 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

FINANCIAL GUIDANCE—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. For more information visit

“Congrats Grads, It’s Time to Talk About Your Financial Future” on Sat., June 24 at noon. Nicholas Holeman CFP outlines the top things you need to know about managing your finances as you enter the real world.

“Saving and Investing for Retirement” on Tues., June 27 at 6 p.m. Mitchell J. Smilowitz, CPA reviews sources of income in retirement, how much you need to save, and the types of savings vehicles that help you achieve your financial goals.

PAINTINGS & MULTIMEDIA—Carter Burden Gallery, 548 W. 28th St., #534, presents three new exhibitions: “Peripheral Visions” in the East Gallery featuring Adrianne Lobel and Marjorie Weiss, “Kaiwa” in the West Gallery featuring Sue Koch & Kiyoshi Otsuka, and “On the Wall” featuring Rezendes. The exhibition runs through June 22. Gallery hours are Tues.-Fri., 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sat. from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
In “Kaiwa,” artist Sue Koch explores a mixed media series entitled “Lacings,” which ties into her interest in structure, architecture, and textiles. Kaiwa translates to Conversation and is a two-person show with her husband, Kiyoshi Otsuka.
In “Peripheral Visions,” Adrianne Lobel presents dramatic and colorful paintings of seemingly banal subject matter, from eighteen-wheelers to model homes. She finds beauty in places and things that might usually go unnoticed.
In “Kaiwa,” painter Kiyoshi Otsuka presents monochromatic works on canvas inspired by organic forms and water. Having worked in propagation for the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx, he finds roots, trees, weather, and water pivotal influences. Gallery hours: Tues.-Fri. from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 

BALLET PHOTOGRAPHY—The Trask Gallery at the National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, presents “Divertissements: From Anna Pavlova to Svetlana Zakharova,” running through July 1. This show is a unique collection of archival photographs, featuring leading Soviet and Russian ballet dancers from early 20th century until today: Anna Pavlova, Vaslav Nijinsky, Galina Ulanova, Maya Plisetskaya, Nikolay Tsiskaridze, Diana Vishneva and others. TASS historic photographs capture the work and legacy of the renowned dancers during their long, tireless rehearsals, live performances, and moments of triumph. Gallery hours are Mon.-Fri from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, visit or call (212) 475-3424.

PAINTINGS—Grand Gallery at the National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, presents “Alexander Solotzew: Life in Colors,” running June 26-July 16. Opening reception: Wed., June 28, 6-8 p.m.  The exuberant colors, poetic sensitivity and endless passion for life are the distinctive elements of Alexander Solotzew’s paintings. “Life in Colors” features the artist’s most recent works, influenced by his journeys across the world, where each culture and tradition finds its reflection through the eyes of the artist. Gallery hours are Mon.-Fri from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, visit or call (212) 475-3424.

PAINTINGS—Lyons Wier Gallery, 542 W. 24th St., presents “Suspension and Segment” by Peter Roux, running through July 8 In this series of paintings, Roux utilizes cloud formations and large billows of smoke and then sets them into dialogue with elements of gestural marks and flat space. This is Roux’s first solo exhibition at Lyons Wier. He has exhibited throughout the United States. Gallery Hours: Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. For more information, call (212) 242-6220 or visit

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

SVA Chelsea Gallery, 601 W. 26th St., 15th floor, presents “MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Thesis Exhibition” running through July 8. The exhibition shows work by members of the MFA Photography, Video and Related Media class of 2017, curated by faculty member Bonnie Yochelson. Hours: Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology presents “Force of Nature.” (Pictured) Charles James evening dress

IMMIGRANT ARTISTS—Six immigrant artists are displaying their work at the art show “Journeys” hosted by the English-Speaking Union, 144 E. 39th St. through Aug. 4. “Journeys” highlights the works of painters Natalya Omelchenko, Volha Lipunova and Olga Malamud-Pavlovich as well as the photographers Olga Makukh, Kaveh Kosari and Dipika Shrestha. Immigrants from five different countries, these artists are united by their commitment to creative expression. All are members of ESU Andrew Romay New Immigrant Center, where they have been improving their knowledge of the English language and American culture in order to build successful lives here in the United States. All artwork purchases support both the artists and the Andrew Romay New Immigrant Center. The ESU is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, non-political charitable corporation with the mission to utilize English as a catalyst to foster global understanding and good will. For more information call (212) 818-1200 or visit

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.

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.

The Stuyvesant Park Neighborhood Association presents a series free tango lessons at the park starting Sun., June 25 at 6 p.m.

TOUR OF HUDSON RIVER PARK—The Hudson River Park Trust presents a free guided nature walk on Sun., June 25 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.”

TANGO LESSONS—The Stuyvesant Park Neighborhood Association presents free tango lessons at the park on Sun., June 25, July 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 from 6-9 p.m. near the Peter Stuyvesant statue. Instruction will be given from 6-6:45 p.m. accompanied by music by a DJ and then a performance by Tangeristas. Children and dogs welcome for dancing around the fountain flower bed. For additional information, visit

The Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership presents the return of its free summer tech classes, offered on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. on the Flatiron South Public Plaza

OUTDOOR TECH CLASSES—The Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership presents the return of its free summer tech classes, offered outdoors since 2012 with partner General Assembly. This year, instructors from local institutions and businesses, including Baruch College Continuing and Professional StudiesGeneral AssemblyThoughtMatter, and Touro College Graduate School of Technology, will teach classes on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. on the Flatiron South Public Plaza. Classes are subject to cancellation due to weather. For last minute updates, check @FlatironNY on Twitter. The schedule is as follows:

Tues., June 27 – Storytelling as a Branding Tool with ThoughtMatter
Tues., July 4 – No class due to Fourth of July
Tues., July 11 – Coding 101 with General Assembly*
Tues., July 18 – UX Design 101 with General Assembly*
Tues., July 25 – Digital Marketing 101 with General Assembly
Tues., Aug. 1 – Kickstart Your Project: The Basics with ThoughtMatter

*Participants are asked to bring their own laptop to these classes.

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 (NEW LOCATION)—The Epiphany Poets group now meets at the Muhlenberg Public Library at 209 West 23rd Street, between Seventh and Eighth Aves. from 2-4 p.m. The group had previously been meeting every third Friday of the month from 2 to 4 p.m. at Epiphany Library, 228 E. 23rd St. All are welcome to participate. 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

17 thoughts on “Around and About

  1. Was there a bird walk today? When I arrived at 8.03 there was no one there (20St. at the entrance of Stuyvesant Cove), so I left. Is there a contact for the walk leader so that we may confirm each time?

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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,
    Creative Dream Entertainment

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