Around and About


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

Third Street Music School Settlement presents “Music in Abe Lebewohl Park,” a Thursday summer concert series outside St. Marks Church-in-the-Bowery. Concerts are held on Thursdays. (Pictured) Arturro O’Farrill Latin-Jazz Group, performing on June 13

June 13, Arturro O’Farrill Latin-Jazz Group.

June 20, Eve Sicular and Isle of Klezbos.

June 27, Art Baron and Friends (jazz, blues and more).

For more information, visit 

WASHINGTON SQUARE MUSIC FESTIVAL—Music director Lutz Rath presents the 61st season of the “Washington Square Music Festival,” taking place Tuesdays in June on the Main Stage in the center of Washington Square Park. Concerts are free. The festival is under the auspices of the Washington Square Association, Inc. Seating is first come, first served. Programs are subject to change. For more information, email Rainspace for following concerts: Grace Church, Broadway at 9th St.

June 18 at 8 p.m. Kenneth Overton, baritone soloist, and The Festival Chamber Ensemble presents a program of Gustav Erlanger, Franz Liszt, Samuel Barber and Overton.

June 25 at 8 p.m. Kuumba Frank Lacy, leader and trombone, and Frank Lacy’s Big Band Concert Jazz Ensemble playing free form jazz. 

CLASSICAL—Salmagundi Club, 47 Fifth Ave. at 12th St., presents “Sounding Palettes,” a concert of classical music inspired by art at the club on Fri., June 14 at 7 p.m. Inspired by Salmagundi Art Club palettes, this program will present works by French, Hungarian, Russian, English and German composers. Highlighting the correlation between the visual and musical realms, a slideshow of selected paintings will accompany the music. Inga Kashakashvili, piano; Margarita Rovenskaya, piano; Anna Keiserman, piano; and Kinga Augustyn, violin; will perform a program of S. Rachmaninoff, C. Debussy, G. Oakley, E. Granados, F. Liszt and R.V. Williams. Tickets, $25, are available through a link at or by calling (212) 255-7740.

AFRO-LATIN JAZZ—The Stuyvesant Park Neighborhood Association presents a concert by the Afro-Latineers, a group that has played vibrant Afro-Latin jazz since 2012, on Sat., June 15 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. near the Peter Stuyvesant statue in the West Park. For more information, visit


EAST VILLAGE THEMED PLAYS—Metropolitan Playhouse, 220 E. 4th St., presents “East Side Stories, Back Again,” four new plays celebrating the life and lore of the East Village, running June 13-23.

“Counting Pedestals” by Carlos Jerome. A community college student, focused on survival after a bid in prison, finds an unlikely bond with his mathematics professor.
“Iriomote” by Arlene Jaffe. An eco-tour guide faces off against an arrogant resort developer determined to turn the natural paradise of Iriomote Island into a capitalist utopia not unlike the East Village.

“The Poor Door” by Leonard Goodisman. Two women meet in an entrance hall, each insulted that the other is there, and find they have more in common than they expected.

“Ray’s Candy Store” by Rachael Carnes. An aspiring actress, finding life in the city more difficult than she expected, meets a bona fide New Yorker: owner of the (truly) famous Ray’s Candy Store who offers her a new perspective, and an egg cream.

Performances are Thurs.-Sat. at 7:30 p.m.; Sun. at 3 p.m. Plus June 18 at 7:30 p.m., Wed., June 19 at 3 p.m. Opening night is Thurs., June 13 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, $20 general admission, $18 students/seniors, and $10 children 18 and under, can be purchased online at or by calling 800-838-3006. 

COMEDY—Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave. at E. 10th St., presents “Zen A.M.,” a new comedy by Natalie Menna through June 16. The play is a story of laughable characters straining to act rationally when faced with difficult decisions of artistic integrity. Bruno, a 9/11 survivor, has abandoned his lucrative Wall Street career to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a painter. However, money is running out and his jealous, excitable yet pragmatic girlfriend — a fact-checker for a right wing media outlet — is set on getting married. The play is light farce with the theme that Americans will never agree about anything because we have become too divided, but its deeper theme is the price of artistic integrity. Performances are Thurs., Fri. and Sat. at 8 p.m. and Sun. at 3 p.m. For more information or tickets, ($18) visit or call (212) 254-1109. 

SOLO SHOW/COMEDY—Horse Trade presents “I’m Just Kidneying,” on Sun., June 16 at 6 p.m. at Under St. Marks, 94 St. Marks Pl. Amanda donated her kidney for her sister. But she wasn’t a match. Yet, she saved two lives. Sounds like an incredibly heroic sacrifice, but Amanda loves attention. From carrying her urine on the NYC subway to enduring needle-happy nurses to passing resounding farts, this Award-winning comedy questions what it takes to be a “hero.” For tickets, $10, visit 

Theatre 80 St. Marks presents The Negro Ensemble Company, Inc’s production of “Imminently Yours.” (Photo by Jonathan Slaff)

DRAMA—Theatre 80 St. Marks, 80 St. Marks Pl., presents The Negro Ensemble Company, Inc’s production of “Imminently Yours” by Karimah, a world premiere running June 17-30. Dorothi Fox and Arthur French star in a family drama/comedy/tragedy about descendants of American slaves who resist expropriation of their inherited properties. A secret mountain enclave has been inhabited for centuries by descendants of slaves. When its tradition of secrecy is breached by a millennial resident, the remote hamlet is discovered by the state’s governor, who aims to evict its elderly residents by eminent domain for nonpayment of taxes, but underestimates the savvy community there. The play depicts an antagonistic society pitted against elders who are peacefully reliving their history. Count Stovall directs. Performances are Wed.-Sat. at 8 p.m. and Sun. at 3 and 7 p.m.  Tickets, $25 general, $20 seniors, visit or call (866) 811-4111.

DRAMA—Daryl Roth Theatre’s DR2 Theatre, 103 E. 15th St., presents “Accidentally Brave,” written and performed by Maddie Corman. Directed by Kristin Hanggi, the play is based on the true story of when Corman’s life fell apart following the arrest of her husband on child pornography charges. It’s about discovering a new normal, challenging perceptions and will leave audience members wondering what they would do. It explores what it means to navigate a world with no certainty. For tickets, $55-$100 and available through July, or for more information, visit


COMEDY/VARIETY—“No Name… & A Bag O’ Chips” comedy/variety show producer Eric Vetter presents shows on Fri., June 14 and 21 at 7 p.m. each night at Otto’s Shrunken Head, 538 E. 14th St. between Ave. A and B.

June 14, comics Carole Montgomery (“Funny Women Of A Certain Age” comedy showcase), Liz Miele (CD “Mind Over Melee”), Charles McBee (New York Comedy Festival) and Susan Jeremy (Just for Laughs Festival).

June 21 performers Leighann Lord (“Real Women Do It Standing Up”), illusionist Lee Alan Barrett (Coney Island Circus Sideshow), Robby Slowik (Laughing Skull Comedy Festival) Abbi Crutchfield (Pink Collar Comedy Tour), and Ray Marshall (“Orange Is The New Black”).

Both shows will feature live music by The Summer Replacements, including Carl (BabyFreak) Fortunato and Fernando (Dr. Sandman) Morales Gonzalez. No cover, no minimum. Performers subject to change. For more information, call (212) 228-2240 or visit

VARIETY—Horse Trade presents “Jason Sturkey and His Orchestra,” a cabaret/burlesque/variety show at Under St. Marks, 94 St. Marks Pl., next on Wed., June 26 at 6:30 p.m. Imagine if the Mister Rogers show had been hosted by your drunk gay uncle, featuring talented performers you’ve never heard of. This new cabaret show is happening every fourth Wednesday of the month. Tickets, $12, can be purchased online at


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

June 15, Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss.

June 16 and 23 at 11 a.m., new baby and me story time (zero to 24 months).

June 22, Forky in Craft Buddy Day by Drew Daywalt. 

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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., June 13 at 3 p.m., “Making Cents of Mutual Funds and ETFs.” Jennifer Weber, CFP, discusses mutual funds and how they can help you create a diversified portfolio, as well as specific attributes to consider when investing in them. She also reviews exchange-traded funds (ETFs) — how they resemble mutual funds and how they differ. Presented by the Financial Planning Association of Metro New York.

Fri., June 14 at noon. “Navigating the Social Security and Medicare Benefits Application Process.” Monserrate Nunez, Claims Technical Expert at the Social Security Administration, discusses the qualifications to file for Social Security, ways to estimate benefits, determine the best age to retire, and the different parts of Medicare enrollment periods and premium amounts. He demonstrates how to navigate the My Social Security (My SSA) website when individuals are ready to file. Presented by the Social Security Administration.

Thurs., June 20 at 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.

ARTIST TALKS—School of Visual Arts, 335 W. 16th St., Room 501, presents a series of lunchtime lectures by distinguished artists on Tuesdays from June 18-July 23. The free events will take place from 12:30-2 p.m. June 18, Beatrice Glow, interdisciplinary artist leveraging participatory performance. June 25, Gary Simmons, artist inspired by pop culture and cultural politics. July 2, Eleanor Kipping, socially engaged artist and educator. July 9, Kalup Linzy, video and performance artist. July 16, Shirin Neshat, artist exploring female identity and politics in Islamic countries. July 23, Baseera Khan, an artist who mixes consumerism with spirituality. For more information, visit 


PASTEL GROUP SHOW AND DEMO—Salmagundi Club, 47 Fifth Ave. at 12th St., presents the 2019 Pastel Open Exhibition is on view in the club’s lower gallery through June 28. The exhibition is comprised of works from all over the country and allows both well-known and up-and-coming artists to exhibit their work. Reception is Thurs., June 13 from 6-9 p.m. There will be a pastel demonstration by Liz Haywood-Sullivan on Wed., June 19 at 6:30 p.m. Haywood-Sullivan will take on a New York City landscape in a demonstration for the club’s 2019 Pastel Open Exhibition. Beginning with a dark background, she will develop a pastel painting from dark to light. Haywood Sullivan, PSA-MP, IAPS/MC, is a representational artist specializing in pastel landscapes. She is a president emerita of the International Association of Pastel Societies. Admission is $25. For more information, visit

Merchant’s House Museum presents “The Changing Silhouette of Fashion: The Decade of the 1900s; Lingerie Dress,” opening on Thurs., June 13.

DECADE OF 1900s FASHION—Merchant’s House Museum, 29 E. 4th St. presents “The Changing Silhouette of Fashion: The Decade of the 1900s; Lingerie Dress,” opening on Thurs., June 13. The Changing Silhouette of Fashion is series of exhibitions featuring a dress owned by a woman of the Tredwell family (the family that lived in the museum building) from each decade of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Taken together, these dresses show the changing silhouette of fashion over 100 years, and tell us about the women who wore them and the society in which they lived. If ever there was a woman’s garment representative of the first decade of the 20th century, it was the lingerie dress. Lingerie dresses, so named because they were embroidered and trimmed with lace, as was used for petticoats, chemises, and other forms of lingerie, were an essential component of the fashionable lady’s wardrobe. Worn largely as day wear during the summer months, they were also worn as informal evening wear. The exhibition is included in the price of museum admission (general $15, students and seniors over 65, $10, children under 12 free). For more information, visit or call (212) 777-1089. 

STREET ART—The Grand Gallery at the National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, presents “Studio in the Street: Symbols – Totems – Cyphers,” running through June 14. In the early 1980s, New York City vibrated with an alternative art scene that played itself out on the streets and vacant lots throughout the city. A wave of talent took to creating an exhilarating intersection of art and life. As the scene moved from the periphery of the art world to its center, these artists retained the energy of the street while creating a new and dynamic vision. This important overview of Street Art will feature works by Keith Haring and Richard Hambleton as well Scot Borofsky, Ken Hiratsuka, Angel Ortiz, Robin Van Arsdol, Bob Dombrowski, Kevin Wendall (FA-Q), and Paolo Buggiani. Gallery hours are Mon.-Fri from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, visit or call (212) 475-3424.

PAINTINGS—The Mishkin Gallery at Baruch College, 135 E. 22nd St., presents “The Work,” an exhibition of paintings by Lise Soskolne unfolding in two chapters. The first is on view through June 21; the second opens on Mon., June 24, 6-8 p.m. and closes on July 12. For most of the past two decades, Soskolne’s painting practice has been undertaken without a viewing public and concurrent with her work as an administrator and labor organizer in New York’s nonprofit arts sector. “The Work,” her first public solo exhibition in New York since 2001, brings together more than 30 paintings made between 1999 and 2016. The exhibition’s first chapter involves themes related to time, labor, and gender. Documenting the stylistic range of Soskolne’s earlier work and tendency to engage her subjects with sardonic humor, chapter one sets the stage for “Bethenny,” the exhibition’s second iteration. In a series of 14 densely worked paintings made between 2011 and 2016, “Bethenny” pictures a sedated moon surrounded by his attendant hallucinations and doubles as a portrait of the distinctly American capacity for self-delusion. Gallery hours are Mon., Tues., Wed., and Fri. from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, call (646) 660-6653.

PAINTINGS & MORE/VARIOUS ARTISTS—The National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South the following exhibits on view through June 28:

“Regiane Donadio: Winner of the 2018 Will Barnet First Prize.” This is the debut solo exhibition of The National Arts Club Student Show winner.

“Oh Beautiful – The American Landscape.” More than simply a view of the natural world, the four artists in this exhibition respond to the environment with distinctly personal visions. Works by Elliot Green demonstrate a unique technique that implies an otherworldly landscape while Elizabeth Hazan blurs the line between representation and abstraction. Also featured are the dramatic elements of mystery and light created by Amy Talluto and the precise and dreamlike views of Scott Kahn.

“The 28th Annual National Arts Club Roundtable Exhibition.” This annual exhibition brings together established and emerging artists, offering them an opportunity to share their aesthetic explorations and latest accomplishments. The works encompass a variety of genres, materials, and media and are sure to impose an inspiring installation.

Gallery hours are Mon.-Fri from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, visit or call (212) 475-3424. 


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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