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ROCK & MORE—The Gramercy Theatre, 127 E. 23rd St., presents the following concerts. Visit for tickets.
May 17 at 7 p.m., Madison Beer (sold out).
May 18 at 7 p.m., Delta Rae with special guests Sawyer, $25-$39.
May 20 at 7 p.m., Jake Miller, $23-$51 (May 19 sold out).
May 24 at 7 p.m., Hammerfall, $32-$75.
May 25 at 7 p.m., Satyricon (sold out).
May 26 at 7 p.m., Honor Among Thieves, Roman Sky and more, $12.
May 31 at 8 p.m., Johnny Marr, $46 and fees.
June 1 at 7 p.m., The Little Mermen (Disney rock cover band), $12-$15 plus.
June 2 at 7 p.m., Burna Boy, $25.

ROCK & MORE—Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Pl., presents the following concerts. Visit for tickets.
May 17 at 7:30 p.m., Bullet for My Valentine with special guest Toothgrinder, $32-$136.
May 18 at 7 p.m., Andrew W.K. with his full band, $25-$75.
May 20 at 7 p.m., Miyavi, $25-$35.
May 24 at 6 p.m., TesseracT, $22-$23.
May 25 at 7 p.m., 070Shake, $25-$74.
May 26 at 7 p.m., IAM, $25-$43.
May 27 at 8 p.m., Revolver presents Bloodbath featuring members of Opeth, Katatonia, Paradise Lost, $30-$55.
May 29 at 7 p.m. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, $30-$45.
June 2 at 11:30 p.m., Amine, $25-$88+.

FOLK/POLITICAL/SOCIAL CONCERT SERIES—The Peoples’ Voice Café, an alternative coffeehouse, organizes weekly concerts and events celebrating humanitarian issues and concerns. The cafe is run as a not-for-profit collective and concerts are held Saturdays from 8-10:30 p.m. at The Community Church of New York Unitarian Universalist, 40 E. 35th St. (between Madison and Park Aves. Wheelchair-accessible). Suggested donation: $20; $12 for PVC members; more if you choose; less if you can’t; no one turned away. For more information, call (212) 787-3903 or visit

The last concert of the season will be on May 19. Folk/pop duo Gathering Sparks featuring Eve Goldberg and Jane Lewis and Walkabout Clearwater Chorus (created by Pete Seeger).

CLASSICAL AND CONTEMPORARY—Music in Chelsea presents a concert at St. Peter’s Church in Chelsea, 346 W. 20th St. between Eighth and Ninth Aves., on Sun., May 20 at 4 p.m. New York, Kammermusiker, double-reed chamber ensemble (oboes, English horns, bassoons) will play music from the Renaissance and Baroque as well as the contemporary era. Suggested donation $10, $5 for students and seniors, benefitting the church’s food pantry. For more information call (212) 929-2390 or email 

ACOUSTIC/WORLD MUSIC—Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W. 17th St., presents “Spiral Music,” acoustic music on Wednesday evenings at the base of the museum’s spiral staircase, free, from 6-9 p.m. Artists who specialize in music from the Himalayas and South Asia are invited to forge a connection between their music and the art in the galleries.

May 23, Indian classical and jazz musician Trina Basu will play violin.
May 30, Camila Celin will play the Indian instrument sarod. Ehren Hanson will play the tabla.
For more information visit or call (212) 620-5000.

THEATER ON THE HIGH LINE/POLITICAL/SATIRE—Out of Line presents “Melt,” a free performance by James Scruggs on May 17 from 9-10 p.m. at the High Line at 14th St. It’s May 17, 2060. The 17th Annual Post Racial America Day Rally. White people in America have been the minority for 17 years. The mixed race, gender fluid president of the United States, who refuses to disclose birth gender, speaks: “America is the great melting pot…melt!” This is a somewhat-satirical and very timely performance exploring race, gender, and social justice in a not-too-distant possible future by the creator of “3/Fifths.” RSVP at

La MaMa E.T.C., in association with Skysaver Productions, presents “There’s Blood at the Wedding,” from May 18-June 3, reflecting on the lives and deaths of victims of police violence. (Photo by Kristina Loggia)

DRAMA/THEME OF KILLINGS BY POLICE—La MaMa E.T.C. (Ellen Stewart Theatre), 66 E. Fourth St., in association with Skysaver Productions, presents “There’s Blood at the Wedding,” from May 18-June 3. Theodora Skipitares, the creator of theater with giant-to-miniature puppetry, thinks that a contemporary American tragedy — police killings of innocent civilians — should be an open book. Her latest puppet theater creation, “There’s Blood at the Wedding,” is set within six large-scale book pop-up constructions, through which she reflects on the lives and deaths of six victims of police violence: Philando Castile, Amadou Diallo, Sandra Bland, Sean Bell, Justine Damond and Eric Garner. Fragments of Lorca’s masterpiece connect a Circle of Mothers — the mothers of the American victims — with the grieving mothers of the classic Spanish play, “Blood Wedding.” Performances run Thurs.-Sat. at 8 p.m.; Sun. matinees May 20 at 5 p.m.; May 28 and June 3 at 4 p.m. Adult tickets, $25; students/seniors $20. Ten $10 tickets will be available to every performance on a first-come, first-served basis (advance sale recommended). $1 facility fee is added on all tickets. For tickets call (212) 352-3101 or visit 

DRAMA WITH COMEDY—The Negro Ensemble Company, Inc. (NEC) presents the debut production of “Hercules Didn’t Wade in the Water” by Michael A. Jones. The play, running May 18-27 at Theatre 80, 80 St. Marks Place, is winner of NEC’s 2017 Emerging Playwrights Competition. It is 2005 and a young Chicago man named Tupelo has traveled to New Orleans to work hard and build up a stake so he can marry his girlfriend, Charmaine, who has been unable to tell him she is pregnant. Storm warnings are out for Hurricane Katrina. Despite these, Tupelo and his cousin, a young man named Youngblood, report for a day’s work due to their financial pressures. They miss meeting their boss and find themselves clinging to a rooftop, surrounded by murky water that is festering with disease, alligators and the unknown. Meanwhile in Chicago, Charmaine’s cousin, Maxine, has endured the accidental death of her infant. Having split from her husband, Eugene, over the tragedy, she moves in with Charmaine just the night when Tupelo has disappeared. Charmaine must compartmentalize her anxiety over possibly losing Tupelo. Maxine and Eugene must master their grief. All of this is happening in the face of one of America’s greatest natural disasters. Previews are May  17. Performances are Wed, Thurs., Fri. at 7 p.m., Sat at 3 and 7 p.m., Sun at 3 p.m. Added show: Sun., May 27 at 7 p.m. Tickets: $25 general admission; $20 students, seniors and groups of 10 or more. Box office: 866-811-4111 or visit

DRAMA—Blackfriars Repertory Theatre celebrates its 20th anniversary with a new production of N. Richard Nash’s “The Rainmaker,” co-producing with The Storm Theatre Company, in the Black Box Theater at The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture, 18 Bleecker St. In “The Rainmaker,” a charismatic stranger brings hope to a drought-stricken town and a lonely spinster in this deeply romantic fable of love, longing, hope, and fulfillment set in the American West of the 1930s. Directed by Peter Dobbins. Performances run through May 20 Thurs.-Sat. at 7:30 p.m. and Sat. at 2 p.m. There will be an additional Sun. matinee on May 20 at 2 p.m. Tickets ($25) are available online at by calling (212) 925-2812 or in person at the box office from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. For more information visit

DRAMA—Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave. (at E. 10th Street) and The Anderson and Bert Cady Foundation present “A Punk or a Gentleman,” running through May 20. Darren, a black, middle-aged Don Juan who loves to captivate women, falls victim to physical abuse by the women he loves. The ten-character drama will be directed by Kymbali Craig for its world premiere. Author Andrea J. Fulton explains that the legacy of maternal abuse in the Black community, as it affects a man, is almost never discussed. Men are expected to endure domestic hardships stoically. Darren is meant to exemplify the black male who surrenders control of his life and makes himself a target for domestic abuse. Performances are Thurs.-Sat. at 8 p.m. and Sun. at 3 p.m. For tickets, $18 general admission; $15 seniors; groups of six or more: $15 each, call (212) 254-1109 or visit 

DRAMA—Irish Repertory Theater, 132 W. 22nd St., presents “Woman and Scarecrow,” by Marina Carr, opening May 20 and running through June 24. A woman is dying. Mother to eight children and wife to an unfaithful husband, she is living her final hours with Scarecrow, her alter ego – her closest confidante and greatest critic – as death noisily interrupts from the sidelines. Together, the women revisit her life with biting humor and brutal honesty. “Woman and Scarecrow” is a lament for a life half-lived. Carr is the author of more than 20 published plays, and has won numerous awards. To purchase tickets, $50, or for more information, visit 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.  

FREE THEATER MARATHON FOR ADULTS AND KIDS—Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave. at E. 10th St., presents its 23rd “Lower East Side Festival of the Arts,” a massive, free annual performance marathon in and around the theater, May 25-27. TNC typically closes down Tenth Street between First and Second Aves. for a street festival filled with vendors. Performance artists Phoebe Legere and Reno, cabaret singer K.T. Sullivan and playwright Mario Fratti are among those slated to present work his year. The event runs Fri.-Sun. from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. and Sat. from noon to 5 p.m. Outside: Fair, performances (theater, dance, music, video, film, poetry, cabaret), food, vendors. Inside: Plays for kids by kids. Field and Esther Garcia Cartagena, executive director of Loisida Inc., conceived of the festival as a way to shine a positive light on downtown when the area faced big drug and crime problems. While many things have changed in the downtown art scene, TNC remains part of it with four theaters that at any given moment present new work. For more information, visit or call (212) 254-1109. 

SHORT PLAYS—Horse Trade Theater Group presents “New York Madness” on Sun., May 27 at 8 p.m. at The Kraine Theater, 85 E. 4th St. “Madness” is a raw and unpredictable show of short plays by an ensemble of playwrights presented fully staged with scripts in hand. Each night has a theme, which is given out a week before the event. It is a snapshot of where we are politically, culturally, and artistically. It is also a forum for all writers to explore the boundaries of modern theater. Tickets, $10, can be purchased at

The Metropolitan Playhouse presents “The Jewish King Lear” running through May 27.

YIDDISH THEATER—The Metropolitan Playhouse, 220 E. Fourth St., presents “The Jewish King Lear” by Jacob Gordin, in a new English translation by Ruth Gay, running through May 27. This is the play that established the popularity of “serious” Yiddish theater in America. It’s not a translation of Lear, but a retelling of the story in 1892 that is farcical, introspective and politically pointed. Reb Dovidl Moysheles seeks to divide his estate among his three daughters before his move to Israel. The youngest, whose unflagging devotion to him is unrecognized, and her rabbinical student boyfriend doubt the wisdom of his plans, comparing him to Shakespeare’s character King Lear. The two eldest self-centeredly misuse his largess with their respective husbands — one a Hasid, the other a Misnagid — and ultimately turn him out of their house when he returns, disenchanted, from the promised land. For years he wanders alone but for his devoted, irreverent servant. Can it really end in tragedy? Performances are Tues., Thurs., Fri. and Sat. at 7:30 p.m. and Sun. and Wed. at 3 p.m. Talkbacks with artists after Sunday matinees. Tickets are $20 for Town & Village readers with code “T&V” at checkout or with ad in this newspaper at the door (normally $30 general, $25 seniors and students, tickets have $1 service fee) mat or call (800) 838-3006. 

DRAMA—The Tank, 312 W. 36th St. between Eighth and Ninth Aves., will present the world premiere of Lizzie Stern’s “Let’s Get Ready Together,” directed by Lily Riopelle, at The Tank, 312 W. 36th St. between Eighth and Ninth Aves., May 30-June 10. It’s freshman year of college. Three 18-year-old girls head off to New England, cry saying goodbye to their moms, and fall madly and platonically in love with each other. Until a hate crime happens on campus — suddenly shedding light on their vast differences and how unprepared they are to handle them. Big-hearted and searingly funny, “Let’s Get Ready Together” exposes the raw vulnerability of female friendships forged on the brink of adulthood. Performances run Wed.-Sun. at 7 p.m. Tickets ($15) are available for advance purchase at

POLITICAL SATIRE—FRIGID New York @ Horse Trade in association with Project Y Theatre Company presents extended performances of “Trump Lear,” through June 30 (extended) at Under St. Marks (94 St. Marks Pl. between 1st Ave. and Ave. A). Actor and impersonator Carl David is being held without bail for performing his Trump-inspired version of Shakespeare’s King Lear. Carl David is forced to perform his King Lear to an unseen online audience of one, as the president restlessly watches remotely from a live and public feed. The stakes are high: if Trump likes Carl and his show, Carl lives. If not, Carl dies. But how can Carl get through a show where he has created a Lear based on Trump himself without offending the audience? Written and performed by David Carl and directed by Michole Biancosino. Performances run on Saturdays at 2 p.m. Tickets ($20) may be purchased in advance at Visit for more information.  

MAGIC/CONCEPTUAL SOLO SHOW—The writer and producers of Nothing to Hide reunite with Executive Producer Neil Patrick Harris to present “In & Of Itself” at the Daryl Roth Theatre, 101 E. 15th St. A mysterious story is deciphered and the illusion of one’s own identity is exposed in this new show. From creator Derek DelGaudio and directed by Frank Oz, “In & Of Itself” is a modern allegory that explores new ways of seeing the unseeable, as memories from yesterday are blended with inexplicable events witnessed today and secrets imagined for tomorrow, creating a perpetual paradox of a show. Directed by Frank Oz. Tickets are $88-$148, $53-$148 for matinees. For tickets visit or call 1-800-982-2787.

COMEDY—No Name… & A Bag O’ Chips comedy/variety show producer Eric Vetter presents a show at Otto’s Shrunken Head, 538 E. 14th St. between Aves. A and B on Fri., May 18 at 7 p.m. Storyteller Jillian Thomas (The Ten Foot Rat Cabaret) and comedians Menuhin Hart (NBC’s Stand Up for Diversity) and Brian Grossi (TMZ, New York Comedy Club) will perform.

No Name house band The Summer Replacements, including Carl (BabyFreak) Fortunato) and Fernando (Dr. Sandman) Morales Gonzalez, will also take the stage. No cover, no minimum. Performers subject to change. For more information, contact (347) 885-3466 or email

DANCE—Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Ave. (25th St. between Third and Lexington Aves.), presents a work-in-process, “More Forever” by Caleb Teicher & Company, a collaboration with Conrad Tao on Fri., May 18 at 7:30 p.m. Caleb Teicher & Company continues their investigation of American dance traditions on a stage filled with a thin layer of sand. Using vernacular jazz, tap dance, and Lindy Hop with a new contemporary score for piano and electronics by Conrad Tao, this work-in-process sonic journey will brush away the fine line between movement and music and expand the expressive capacity of American music and dance. Teicher is joined by six additional dancers: Nathan Bugh, Evita Arce, Byron Tittle, Gabriel Winns Ortiz, Brittany DeStefano, and Macy Sullivan, with Tao providing music at the piano with electronics. The evening includes a discussion between Tao and Teicher about their collaboration and creative process. Tickets are $20 ($10 for students) and are available at

The Stand Comedy Club presents actress and comedian Janeane Garofalo on May 21, 23 and 29 at 8 p.m.

COMEDY WITH JANEANE GAROFALO—The Stand Comedy Club, 239 Third Ave., presents actress and comedian Janeane Garofalo on the following evenings:

May 21 at 8 p.m. along with, Pete Lee, Dan Soder, Nikki Glaser, Mark Normand and Paul Virzi. May 23 at 8 p.m., along with Deal Delray, Greg Fitzsimmons, Pete Lee, Ari Shaffir, Dan Soder, Matteo Lane and Nikki Glaser.

May 29 at 8 p.m., along with Sean Patton, Pete Lee, Mark Normans, Nikki Glaser, Roch Vos, Dan Soder and Ari Shaffir.

Tickets, $15, can be purchased online at for guests age 16 and up.

COMEDY—Twin brothers Max and Nicky Weinbach presents “Vintage Basement with Max & Nicky,” a monthly neo-retro night of stand-up comedy and music, next on Mon., May 21 at 9 p.m. at Under St. Marks, 94 St. Marks Pl. between 1st Ave. and Ave. A. This vintage style variety show features the additional talents of four stand-up comics as well as original songs. $7 in advance at or $10 at the door. For more information, visit

STORYTELLING—“Word the Storytelling Show,” a monthly series at The Sidewalk Stage, 94 Ave. A at E. 6th St., will holds its next show on Wed., May 23 at 8 p.m. $5 suggested admission, one-drink minimum. Lineup is Adam Borstein, Vanessa Golembewski, Gabi Conti, Sean O’Brien, Laura Jayne Martin, Genevieve Riutort and music with Olde Kid. For more information visit 

COMEDY/VARIETY—Horse Trade Theater Group presents “Sabra,” a comedy/variety show running monthly through August at Under St. Marks, 94 St. Marks Pl. The next show is on Wed., May 30 at 9 p.m. Performers include comics, characters, musicians and filmmakers. Cover is $12 at the door/$8 in advance. For more information or to purchase tickets in advance visit 

DANCE SOLO—As part of the “LaMama Moves! Dance Festival” LaMaMa’s The Downstairs, 66 E. 4th St., presents Anabella Lenzu’s “No More Beautiful Dances” from May 30-31 at 7 p.m. This is a dance/theater solo in which the spoken word, drawings, photographs, and video projections merge to offer a very personal view of femininity. In this interdisciplinary solo, choreographer and dancer Lenzu wrestles with issues of identity as experienced by a contemporary artist who is also a woman, mother, and immigrant. The choreography is captured not only by the audience, but by two live-streaming cameras, one above and the other below the stage area, two laptops and two projectors. Technology in this piece is a magnifying glass. Tickets are $25; $20 students/seniors; limited $10 tickets. For reservations, call (212) 352-3101 or visit

BURLESQUE—Horse Trade Theater Group presents “Stand Up and Take Your Clothes Off” on Sun., June 3 at 8 p.m. at The Kraine theater, 85 E. 4th St. This is a fast paced, sexy show that each month features NYC’s funniest female comics and sassiest burlesque acts. Hosted by Kerryn Feehan and Jillaine Gill with DJ Stevie C and Stage Kitten Stockholm Filly. Cover is $15 ($10 in advance online). For more information or to purchase tickets in advance visit

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

May 19, Fancy Nancy and the Wedding of the Century by Jane O’Connor.
May 26, An Elephant and Piggie Biggie by Mo Willems.
June 2, Oh, The Places You’ll Go by Dr, Seuss.

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

“Itty Bitty Storytime” on Fri., May 18 at 10:30 a.m. Baby Storytime: Itty Bitty Book Buddies introducing a new baby lapsit program for babies ages 0-12 months. This program will be shorter and involve less movement. All songs and rhymes will be geared toward encouraging interaction between caregivers and babies.

“Family Game Time” on Sat., May 19 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Enjoy the library’s 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.

“Baby & Toddler Story Time: Bitty Book Buddies” on May 21 at 10:45 a.m. followed by open play at 11:30 a.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. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. and close at the start of the program. Limited to 30 children. First come, first served. Music and toys will be provided before and after the program.

For more information, call (212) 679-2645 or visit

IMPROV—The Kraine Theater, 85 E. 4th St., presents “Show Up, Kids!,” an improvised family comedy, opening May 19. The main attraction didn’t show up, but the kids still want to see a comedy show! So, improvisor Peter Michael Marino is going to make one up on the spot and have the kids (and adults) help write, direct, and design it. What could possibly go wrong? From the creator of the critically acclaimed improvised comedy “Show Up” comes a fresh, fun, interactive twist on the traditional kids’ show. For kids ages 4-10 and their guardians, about 55 minutes. Directed by Michole Biancosino and the audience. Performances are at noon on Sat., May 19 and June 16 and 30 and noon, on Sun., May 20 and July 1. Tickets are $5 (under 10 years old) $15 (adults). For tickets visit For more information, 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.

On May 19, Sesame Street’s Elmo will visit The Strand.

On May 20 at 2 p.m., there will be a coloring event on a super-sized scale. The exclusive Pirasta sheet “Alphabet city” needs to be colored in, and it’s going to be a collaborative effort. The designer of the coloring sheet, Hyesu Lee, will be in attendance to offer her creative expertise.

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

ART WORKSHOP—The Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W. 17th St., presents “Family Sundays” free activities from 1-4 p.m. Drop into the Education Center for some art-making, and there will be a 2 p.m. family exhibition tour, and go on your own thematic gallery search. Ages 3 and older with accompanying adults. Throughout May, children are invited to build their own crankie, a portable storytelling panorama. This project honors Saga Dawa (the birthday of Buddha Shakyamuni) and the Rubin’s exploration of the second Buddha Padmasambhava’s legacy of storytelling. Just as the Rubin’s exhibitions tell stories with sculptures, thangkas, and other artworks, your crankie will tell your story with the words and images of your choice. For more information, visit or call (212) 620-5000.

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 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

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

The Strand Bookstore presents “Black Girl Magic: Breakbeat Poets” on Mon., May 21 at 7 p.m. There will be poetry readings by Naomi Extra, Candice Iloh, Aracelis Girmay, Whitney Greenaway and Vanessa Marco with Mahogany L. Browne (pictured) MCing the event.

POETRY—The Strand Bookstore, 828 Broadway at 12th St., presents “Black Girl Magic: Breakbeat Poets” on Mon., May 21 at 7 p.m. Building off of the themes in the first BreakBeat Poets anthology, Black Girl Magic delves into the work of some of the most prominent Black Women writing in the poetry world today. Deconstructing the misnomer of hip hop as a men’s-only scene, this anthology of poetry illustrates more than ever that poetry is a feminine art form. Join us in the Rare Book Room for a night of poetry readings, courtesy of contributors to The BreakBeat Poets Vol 2: Black Girl Magic. The night will be MC’d by award-winning performance poet and author Mahogany L. Browne. Participants are Naomi Extra, Candice Iloh, Aracelis Girmay, Whitney Greenaway and Vanessa Marco. Admission is a signed copy of the book ($20) or a $15 gift card. For more information, visit

ANDRE ACIMAN (CALL ME BY YOUR NAME)—The National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, presents a conversation and book signing with Andre Aciman on Thurs., May 31 at 8 p.m. Novelist and memoirist Andre Aciman is best known for his novel Call Me By Your Name, made into a 2017 feature film, and which won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. His 1995 memoir, Out of Egypt, recounts his family’s odyssey as they were forced to leave their native Alexandria following then-president Nasser’s overt anti-Semitism. Aciman’s 2017 novel, The Enigma Variations, echoes themes of love and the nature of romance that appear in his earlier novels. Aciman speaks with NAC Literary Committee member, David Masello about his life as a writer, as a teacher of writing (currently at the Graduate Center of City University of New York), and the inspirations for his works. For more information about this free event, call (212) 475-3424.

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., May 17, 1:15 p.m., “Planning for a Successful Retirement.” Where will the money come from! Learn about the variety of tax advantaged accounts that individuals can setup to help them acquire the nest egg necessary for retirement. Presented by SIBL staff.

Wed., May 23, 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 – ETC 3.

Fri, May 25, 1:15 p.m., “Lifeskills: Budgeting, Credit & Debt.” Get an introduction to savings and budget concepts. Learn about banks and banking products, including debit and credit cards and how to reduce debt. Presented by SIBL staff.

Tues., May 29, 1:15 p.m., “Mutual Funds and 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.

Tues, May 29, 3 p.m., “What is Value Investing?” What is Value Investing? Bonnie Yam, CFA CFP, compares the strategies of value investing and growth investing. She demonstrates how to screen for value stocks and gives examples of a few major value style mutual funds. Presented by Financial Planning Association of NY.

Tues., May 29, 6 p.m., “What the Financial Industry Does and How It Works.” The world of Wall Street is often misunderstood. Elena Propis explains the importance of capital formation, the roles of broker/dealers, investment bankers, portfolio managers and other investment professionals.

Learn about the concept of derivative securities. Presented by the SIFMA Foundation.

PAINTINGS/FANTASY/GRAPHIC—Art on A Gallery, 24 Ave. A between E. Second and Third Sts., presents “Hypnic Jerk,” a collection of paintings by Gina Volpe, running through May 17. Gina Volpe may be best known as the guitarist of the NYC punk band the Lunachicks, and is also a solo songwriter with her recently released EP, “Different Animal. But Volpe is also a longtime visual artist of many mediums. When not making music, she combs the streets of Brooklyn for metal scraps to transform into the surfaces for her sublime surrealist paintings. Also a prolific illustrator, Volpe most recently completed the initial set of political caricatures for her “Swamp Cabinet” trading card series, which will be unveiled this spring. At once irreverent and thought-provoking, Volpe’s work displays the convergence of fantasy and reality, and the humans and monsters that move freely between both realms. For more information, visit or call (212) 300-4418. 

PAINTINGS IN UNUSUAL MEDIA—Carter Burden Gallery, 548 W. 28th St., presents three new exhibitions, running through May 24. “Illusive Presence” in the East Gallery featuring Greg Brown and Howard Nathenson; “The More Things Change” in the West Gallery featuring Quimetta Perle; and “On the Wall,” featuring Elton Tucker.

In his first exhibition at Carter Burden Gallery, Brown presents large-scale abstract renderings that utilize a subtractive method to create mark making by removing the ground material of faux furThe works are formed by shaving geometric, minimal lines and shapes and by adding materials such as acrylic paint and tile adhesive compound to stretched fake fur. Brown introduced faux fur into his painting while he worked as a scenic artist and set painter in Hollywood, California.
Nathenson presents a selection of works from the series “Cut and Torn,” where paper becomes a vehicle for photographs, digitally manipulated multi-layered compositions, drawings, and as individual installations. Specializing in drawing, photography and painting, Nathenson’s imagery ranges from symbolic photographic realism to semi abstract compositions.
Perle creates images of empowered women in luminous beads and reflective sequins who are of diverse races, ethnicities, and ages in the exhibitionPerle began using beads, sequins, and embroidery in the 1970s to make a statement about women’s traditional art materials and their beauty and visual power; in her newest work the figure is heroic, and in motion.
Tucker presents large-scale mixed media pieces entitled “Subway Emotions” that depict the portraits of people seen on New York City’s trains. Tucker’s paintings are vibrant and full of bold patterns, high energy, and movement.

Gallery hours are Tues.-Fri., 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

FASHION STUDENT DESIGNS—The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Seventh Ave. at 27th St., presents “Art and Design Graduating Student Exhibition” at FIT and other locations through May 24. FIT is part of “NYCxDESIGN,” New York City’s annual celebration of design which attracts hundreds of thousands of attendees and designers from across the globe. The Art and Design Graduating Student Exhibition presents the work of more than 800 students receiving AAS and BFA degrees from the School of Art and Design and is on view throughout the main floors of the Marvin Feldman Center, the Shirley Goodman Resource Center, The Museum at FIT, the Gladys Marcus Library, and the John E. Reeves Great Hall. The art selected is the culmination of each student’s unique experience in the FIT’s undergraduate Art and Design programs. The exhibition features work in 16 areas of study: Accessories Design, Advertising Design, Computer Animation and Interactive Media, Fabric Styling, Fashion Design, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Jewelry Design, Menswear, Packaging Design, Photography, Textile Surface Design, Toy Design, and Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design. Hours: Tues.-Fri. from noon-8 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sun.-Mon. closed. For more information, visit 

GRAPHITE AND DUST DRAWINGS—The Trask Gallery at the National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, presents “Aaron Miller: Works on Paper,” running through May 25.

Since the Industrial Revolution, the raw production of coal mining and the luxurious consumption of upper-class life have been inextricably intertwined; each world exists because of the other, despite the seeming distance between the two. Demonstrating this interdependency, Aron Miller places the heads of coal miners on elegant neoclassical figures, and composes his drawings out of grimy coal dust and silvery, shimmering graphite. The resultant work is a world somewhere between historical reality and the flight of his imagination. Gallery hours are Mon.-Fri from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, visit or call (212) 475-3424.

PAINTINGS—Gregg Gallery at the National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, presents works by the 2017 Will Barnet Prize winner Crystal W. M. Chan, through May 25. Born and raised in Macau, Crystal received her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts. In addition to the NAC Barnet Prize she was also the recipient of the Macau Cultural Affairs Bureau Grant for Artistic and Cultural Study from 2015-2017. Chan’s gestural paintings involve figures and bleak landscapes that are drawn with an expressive line and brushstrokes. She seeks to evoke emotions that resonate with haunting memories. Gallery hours are Mon.-Fri from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, visit or call (212) 475-3424.

DECONSTRUCTED FASHION—The Fashion & Textile History Gallery at Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Seventh Ave. at 27th St., presents “Fashion Unraveled,” running May 25 to 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

ABSTRACT TO GRAPHIC PAINTINGS—POP International Galleries, 195 Bowery, presents “Populus” by Craig Alan, on view through June 1. Alan is most well known for his Populus series, which initially drew inspiration from a balcony overlooking Orange Beach, Alabama, where patrons enjoying a wedding party seemed to form the shape of an eye where they stood. His unique paintings, from abstract to graphic, are made up from hundreds of hand-painted, detailed tiny figures. For more information, call (212) 533-4262 or visit 

STITCHED PORTRAITS—Lyons Wier Gallery, 542 W. 24th St., presents “Southerly” by Cayce Zavaglia on view through June 2. Zavaglia has developed a technique which has been described as “Modern Pointillism,” that allows her to blend colors and establish tonalities that truly resemble the techniques used in classical oil painting. The direction in which the threads are sewn mimic the way brush marks are layered within a painting which, in turn, gives the allusion of depth, volume, and form. Her stitching methodology borders on the obsessive. This system allows her to visually evoke painterly renditions of flesh, hair, and cloth. Each portrait is hand sewn in wool and continues her investigation into the notion of “embroidery as painting” and her ongoing interest in both hyper-realistic portraiture and process. For the past 16 years, Zavaglia’s work has primarily focused on documenting the members of her immediate and extended family. “Southerly” marks a departure from this practice and focuses instead on the life-long friendships that were formed when her parents immigrated to Australia in 1972.  In 2015, Zavaglia was the recipient of an Artist Fellowship with the Regional Arts Commission in St Louis. Gallery hours: Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. For more information, call (212) 242-6220 or 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. 

POETRY IN PARK—The Madison Square Park Conservancy presents “Lunchtime Poetry” on Thursdays throughout May from 12:30-2 p.m. This free, public program is led by students from The New School’s Creative Writing MFA Program. Lunchtime Poetry will be held at various locations throughout the Park. Look for the Mad. Sq. Hort banner marking the program’s location. Each of the four program event dates will focus on a different form of poetry. On May 17, love spells. On May 24, Walt Whitman.

BIRD TOUR—The Madison Square Park Conservancy presents local bird expert Ethan Goodman on Sat., May 19 from 9-10 a.m., who will guide park goers in a search of everyday city birds and more exciting migratory birds such as the American Redstart, the Common Yellowthroat, and the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. The Conservancy selects plants that will be attractive to native species, such as the aforementioned migratory birds. The group will meet for this free event at the Southern Fountain and binoculars will be provided.

SKETCHING—The Strand Bookstore, 828 Broadway at 12th St., presents Steven Peterman of The Sketchbook Project on Wed., May 23 from 7-8 p.m. Founded in 2006, Brooklyn Art Library is a creative platform that hosts interactive projects accessible to anyone. It’s home to The Sketchbook Project – the largest collection of sketchbooks in the world with over 40,000 sketchbooks on the shelves and over 20,000 in a digital library. Peterman, founder and director of The Sketchbook Project, will be speaking about how this project, now in its twelfth year, has grown from the idea that anyone can be an artist into a sustaining, global project with thousands of contributors. The event will feature a 30-minute talk and Q&A, a sketching session to get you started on your sketchbook, and a chance to peruse a curated selection of books brought from our library. Admission is a Sketchbook Project sketchbook through the Strand’s website for 20 percent off its normal price of $24 or a $10 gift card. The event will be located in the Strand’s third floor Rare Book Room. For more information, visit

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

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 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


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  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,
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