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Photo Camp: I Spy New York

June 10, 2019 - June 14, 2019 9:30am - 3:30pm

Do you have a budding photographer in your midst? Register today for a week-long digital photography camp for students ages 7–9. Learn from the Museum’s renowned photography collection and work under the direction of a professional photographer to capture the major elements of the city, including its buildings, parks, and people. Take home a professional print of your best work to share with family and friends.

Price: $650 per child/per week; $600 for Museum members per child/per week

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Location: Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue btwn 103rd and 104th Streets, New York NY 10029 US

Apollo Spring Gala

June 10, 2019 7:00p

Join us on Monday, June 10 for the Apollo Theater Spring Gala, a one-night-only benefit concert featuring performances by The Temptations, Estelle, José James, Liv Warfield, Morris Day and the Time and Black Violin, and others to be announced.

The Apollo Theater is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Proceeds from the Gala support the work of the Apollo Theater, on and off stage, including its varied artistic, educational, and community initiatives, which engage more than 200,000 school children, families, adults, and Harlem residents annually.

Concert tickets start at: $125

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Location: Apollo Theater, 253 West 125th Street, New York NY 10027 US

The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series

June 10, 2019 8:00pm - 10:00pm

Metropolitan Opera stars Ying Fang, Ben Bliss and Nathan Gunn perform an evening of arias and duets from some of opera’s most beloved works.

Artists:
Ying Fang, Soprano
Ben Bliss, Tenor
Nathan Gunn, Baritone
Dan Saunders, Pianist

Since its first performances in 1883, the Metropolitan Opera has been one of the world’s leading arts institutions, presenting more than 200 spectacular performances each year. As part of the Met’s ongoing efforts to nurture a new audience for opera throughout New York City, the company will again present its popular series of summer concerts in all five boroughs. The 11th season of free recitals begins on Monday, June 10, at SummerStage in Central Park, with an evening of arias and duets. The first two recitals feature audience favorites Nathan Gunn, Ben Bliss, and Ying Fang, while the four subsequent recitals showcase three exciting young artists—Leah Hawkins, Mario Bahg, and Joseph Lim. Members of the Met music staff will be at the piano to accompany each performance.

Cost: Free

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Location: Central Park - Summerstage, 71st Street and East River Drive, New York NY 10021 US

Harlem Jazz Series - Richard Fairfax

June 11, 2019 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Richard Fairfax is a native New Yorker who has participated in a wide spectrum of cultural activities throughout the last five decades. He was a sideman in professional bands, occasionally backing up star performers like the Four Tops and Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes. He studied musical performance and composition with Makanda Ken McIntyre and Warren Smith, playing with them and other exceptional musicians on the New York City jazz scene throughout the 1980's and 90's.  Mr. Fairfax collaborated with socially, politically conscious theater-poetry-dance-music groups, including The Sedition Ensemble, Elliot Bratton's Message and the We Owe Somebody Collective. Over many years of employment at ASCAP, Mr. Fairfax performed his original compositions with musically talented co-workers for special events. In Harlem where Mr. Fairfax resides, he produced and performed the "Freedom Summer 2008" series, which featured some of his works with community discussions of historic events and their contemporary relevance. Since retirement from ASCAP, Mr. Fairfax continues to write, publish and perform his own compositions, collaborating often with the cyborg species Automata Africanus and sometimes with the finest human musicians.

Featuring: Richard Fairfax – saxophones Takeshi Ogura – guitar Russell Carter – drums 

1st set: 12:00pm - 12:45pm (15 min break)
2nd set: 1:00pm - 1:45pm

House doors open at 11:30 am

Price: $15

Email: info@welcometoharlem.com

Location: Greater Calvary Baptist Church, 43-55 West 124th Street btwn Malcolm X Blvd and Fifth Ave, New York NY 10027 US

Open Archive: Augusta Savage

June 12, 2019 1:00pm

Master sculptor, Augusta Savage is getting the attention she deserves with a new traveling exhibition of her artwork making its way around the country. Join Tammi Lawson, Curator of the Art & Artifacts Division, alongside other Schomburg Center librarians and archivists as they display selected items from our coveted collections of Augusta Savage archives, including works of art, and other ephemera. Get up close and personal with the selected items and enjoy an audience Q&A with the collection’s curators. Afterward, take a tour of the Schomburg’s new exhibition A Ballad for Harlem featuring two sculptures by Augusta Savage--Gamin and Lift Every Voice and Sing (The Harp).

Free. RSVP.

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Location: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard at 135th Street, New York NY 10037 US

Opening Night: The Farewell

June 12, 2019 7:00pm

Directed by Lulu Wang | 2019

With Awkwafina, Tzi Ma, Diana Lin

Based, we are informed, “on an actual lie,” Lulu Wang’s wonderfully warm, bittersweet look at the intricacies of family dynamics features a bravura breakout performance from Awkwafina as a writer living in New York who travels back to her hometown in China for a wedding celebration. The lie? The wedding is really just a pretext for family members to say goodbye to their beloved grandmother who, as everyone but the old woman herself knows, has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. What plays out is a by turns gently humorous and achingly tender reflection on home, heritage, and the ways in which family bonds can stretch across cultures, distance, and generations.

The opening night screening of The Farewell will take place across all four theaters at the BAM Rose Cinemas. Filmmaker Lulu Wang will introduce each screening.

GENERAL ADMISSION: Film: $30, Film + Party: $50

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Location: Peter Jay Sharp Building - BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Ave. Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series

June 12, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Metropolitan Opera stars Ying Fang, Ben Bliss and Nathan Gunn perform an evening of arias and duets from some of opera’s most beloved works.

 

 

Artists:
Ying Fang, Soprano
Ben Bliss, Tenor
Nathan Gunn, Baritone
Dan Saunders, Pianist

Since its first performances in 1883, the Metropolitan Opera has been one of the world’s leading arts institutions, presenting more than 200 spectacular performances each year. As part of the Met’s ongoing efforts to nurture a new audience for opera throughout New York City, the company will again present its popular series of summer concerts in all five boroughs. The 11th season of free recitals begins on Monday, June 10, at SummerStage in Central Park, with an evening of arias and duets. The first two recitals feature audience favorites Nathan Gunn, Ben Bliss, and Ying Fang, while the four subsequent recitals showcase three exciting young artists—Leah Hawkins, Mario Bahg, and Joseph Lim. Members of the Met music staff will be at the piano to accompany each performance.

Cost: Free

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Location: Brooklyn Bridge Park, 334 Furman Street at Water St. and John St. btwn Atlantic Ave.,Old Fulton St.,Main St.,Adams St., Brooklyn NY 11201 US

The New York Cantors with special guests Shulem and Frank London conducted by Salmon Mlotek presented by the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene

June 12, 2019 7:00pm - 10:00pm

The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene at the Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust is proud to present The New York Cantors, a concert by three young Cantorial superstars which originally aired on PBS in March 2018 and was seen by millions of viewers on over 150 channels. The Cantors lead three vibrant congregations in the New York area – Azi Schwartz at Park Avenue Synagogue, Yanky Lemmer at Lincoln Square Synagogue and Netanel Hershtik at The Hamptons Synagogue. They will be accompanied by a 16 piece orchestra, conducted by Artistic Director of the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene Zalmen Mlotek. Special guests joining the show include Shulem, a young Chassidic singing star and recently signed Universal Music/ Decca Gold recording artist; Grammy winning klezmer icon Frank London, a founding member of the Klezmatics, who will perform the world premiere of his new klezmer concerto for trumpet.; and emcee Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, Chairman of the New York Board of Rabbis and co-host of “The Rabbi and the Rev” weekly radio program on WABC.

Cost: Free

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Location: Central Park - Summerstage, Rumsey Playfield, 71st Street and East River Drive, New York NY 10021 US

2019 Annual Benefit Concert

June 12, 2019 7:30pm

Our 2019 Annual Benefit Concert features two of the most exciting names in music for one night only: multi-GRAMMY-winning artist and songwriting icon Valerie Simpson and saxophonist, vocalist, and bandleader Camille Thurman.

Together, we will honor leaders in the jazz community:

Legends of Jazz
Saxophonist and NEA Jazz Master Benny Golson

Jazz & Community Leadership
Harlem School of the Arts

Special Recognition
U.S. Representative the Hon. Adriano Espaillat

Corporate Leadership & Community Service
Sullivan and Cromwell

DETAILS:
6:00 pm      VIP Reception
7:30 pm       Awards Presentation and Concert

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Location: Aaron Davis Hall, 138 Convent Avenue at 135th Street, New York NY 10031 US

BAMcinemaFest 2019 Opening Night Party

June 12, 2019 8:00pm

Celebrate the opening night of this year’s BAMcinemaFest featuring The Farewell directed by Lulu Wang. Following the screening, enjoy a night of dancing, karaoke, food and an open bar at this BAM Fisher takeover.

Open to "The Farewell" + After Party ticket holders only.

Space is limited.

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Location: BAM Fisher, 321 Ashland Pl, Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

So Pretty

June 13, 2019 6:45pm

Directed by Jessie Jeffrey Dunn Rovinelli | 2019

With Edem Dela-Seshie, Thomas Love, Rachika Samarth

A film bracingly of the moment that also somehow already feels like an indispensable time capsule of contemporary queer Brooklyn, the luminous sophomore feature from Jessie Jeffrey Dunn Rovinelli is a radical act of meta-adaptation that transposes a novel by gay German writer Ronald M. Schernikau from 1980s West Berlin to 2018 New York. Centered on the intertwining lives of a group of trans and genderqueer artists and activists, So Pretty traces the couplings that form and are quietly strained as the group attempts to carve out a utopian space for themselves in an increasingly hostile world. Shot with documentary-like intimacy in both digital and 16mm, this delicate tale of love, literature, and collective struggle finds truth and beauty in human connection.

Q&A with filmmaker Jessie Jeffrey Dunn Rovinelli

General Admission: $20

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Location: Peter Jay Sharp Building - BAM Rose Cinemas 30 Lafayette Ave. Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series

June 13, 2019 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Metropolitan Opera rising stars Leah Hawkins, Mario Bahg and Joseph Lim perform a program of favorite opera arias and duets.

 

 

 

Artists:
Leah Hawkins, soprano
Mario Bahg, tenor
Joseph Lim, baritone
Dimitri Dover, pianist

Since its first performances in 1883, the Metropolitan Opera has been one of the world’s leading arts institutions, presenting more than 200 spectacular performances each year. As part of the Met’s ongoing efforts to nurture a new audience for opera throughout New York City, the company will again present its popular series of summer concerts in all five boroughs. The 11th season of free recitals begins on Monday, June 10, at SummerStage in Central Park, with an evening of arias and duets. The first two recitals feature audience favorites Nathan Gunn, Ben Bliss, and Ying Fang, while the four subsequent recitals showcase three exciting young artists—Leah Hawkins, Mario Bahg, and Joseph Lim. Members of the Met music staff will be at the piano to accompany each performance.

Cost: Free

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Location: Jackie Robinson Park, 319 West 145th Street, New York NY 10039 US

Big Freedia / MikeQ X Qween Beat / Batekoo

June 13, 2019 7:00pm - 10:00pm

With the Institutional Support of the Consulate General of Brazil in New York

The New Orleans “queen of bounce” rocks frenetic, high-energy sets with fervent call-and-response raps and “Azz Everywhere,” in the form of bent over twerkers both professional (her “legendary shake team”) and amateur. Best known for a high-profile collaboration with Beyonce (“Formation”), Big Freedia is partly responsible for taking Bounce from the underground to the mainstream. She’s joined by New Jersey’s own MikeQ, the Qween Beat label head and DJ at the forefront of NYC’s underground ballroom and vogue culture, and BATEKOO, a collective and party from Bahia, Brazil, that features rap, hip hop, Brazilian funk, R&B ,trap, Kuduro, Reggae, afrobeat, and ragga, centering young LGBTQ and black people.

Cost: Free

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Location: Central Park - Rumsey Playfield, 72nd Street and 5th Avenue New York NY 10021 US

Ballet BC

June 13-15, 2019 7:30pm

Ballet British Columbia (Ballet BC)Choreography by Crystal Pite, Emily Molnar, and William Forsythe

“Ballet BC is physically rigorous, dramatically solid, and truly contemporary.”
—Dance Magazine

Canada’s beloved contemporary ballet company celebrates 10 years of excellence under the leadership of artistic director Emily Molnar, a former soloist with Ballett Frankfurt. In a kind of career-spanning reunion, this evening-length trio sets a new piece by Molnar alongside Enemy in the Figure, a masterwork by her former mentor William Forsythe, as well as Solo Echo, choreographed by fellow Frankfurt alum Crystal Pite. Emotive, expansive, and supremely theatrical, these three daring works embody the innovative spirit and tenacious artistry for which Ballet British Columbia has become known.

Full price tickets start at $20. 

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Location: Peter Jay Sharp Building - BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, 30 Lafayette Ave. Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

Jawline

June 13, 2019 9:15pm

Directed by Liza Mandelup | 2018

Sixteen-year-old Austyn Tester has not had an easy life, growing up poor in an industrial Tennessee town, but what he does have—teen idol good looks, an outgoing personality, and an internet connection—are enough to make him an object of adoration for the thousands of teen girls who tune in to his social media livestreams. Determined to make something of his life, Austyn dreams of moving to LA and taking his stardom to the next level—but in a world where everyone wants to be insta-famous, what does it take to stand out? Unfolding in a millennial pink, vaporwave haze, Liza Mandelup’s disquieting documentary offers a sobering look at teen dreams and disillusionment in the age of the “social media gold rush.”

Q&A with filmmaker Liza Mandelup

General Admission: $20

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Location: Peter Jay Sharp Building - BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Ave. Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

Apollo Comedy Club: Hassan Oliver, Phil Hunt, Rita Brent

June 13, 2019 10:00pm

Hosted by Kenny Williams
Music by DJ Qool Marv

The Apollo A-LIST advance price is $15 until midnight June 12th.  Please note there is a $10 drink/food minimum. Doors open at 9pm for food and bar. Sign up for the ALIST at apollotheater.org.

Ticket prices start at just $22.

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Location: Apollo Theater, 253 West 125th Street, New York NY 10027 US

Harlem Jazz Series - Yayoi Ikawa

June 14, 2019 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Born in Tokyo, Japan, but raised musically in New York, pianist/composer/educator Yayoi Ikawa is an experience in ingenuity and compassion. Being exposed to the diverse music scene in New York, Yayoi plays Jazz, Gospel, R&B, Hip-Hop, Classical, African, and Caribbean music. Using music as a powerful communication tool, Yayoi strives to lift up humanity through understanding and encouraging herself and others. After a Nippon Crown release “Angel Eyes” in 2004, she self-produced “Color of Dreams” displaying her original compositions. In 2008, Yayoi started “The Bridge Project” to create musical dialogue between different cultures. Yayoi has worked with Reggie Workman, Michael Carvin, Howard Johnson, Michal Urbaniak, Salim Washington, Emeline Michel, James Germain, Daniel Bernard Roumain, the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, The Meditations, Kaissa, Blitz the Ambassador, St Paul Baptist Church in Montclair NJ, the International Jazz and Dance Academy in Slovenia and more. Her musical activities can be seen on www.yayoiikawa.net

Featuring:

Alex Sipiagin – trumpet, Michael O’Brian – bass, Daniel Dor – drums, and Yayoi Ikawa – piano

1st set: 7:00 pm - 7:45 pm (15 min break) 2nd Set: 8:00 pm - 8:45 pm

House doors open at 6:30 pm

Phone: 212-662-7779

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Location: Greater Calvary Baptist Church, 43-55 West 124th Street btwn Malcolm X Blvd and Fifth Ave, New York NY 10027 US

The Sound of Silence

June 14, 2019 7:00pm

Directed by Michael Tyburski | 2019

With Peter Sarsgaard, Rashida Jones, Bruce Altman

Peter Lucian (Peter Sarsgaard) is a man obsessed by silence—or, more precisely, the hundreds of barely detectable ambient sounds that comprise silence. Working as a New York City “house tuner”—an acoustic guru who adjusts the subtle soundscapes of his clients’ homes in order to improve their emotional well-being—the ultra-meticulous Peter leads an almost hermit-like existence according to his own carefully ordered logic. But when he takes on the case of Ellen (Rashida Jones), an anxiety-ridden woman whose problems can’t be solved simply through sound, Peter must confront the messy realities of an often dissonant world. Anchored by a quietly compelling performance from Peter Sarsgaard, the feature debut from Michael Tyburski is a revelatory tale of human connection that will leave you listening to the cityscape anew.

Q&A with filmmaker Michael Tyburski

General Admission: $20

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Location: Peter Jay Sharp Building - BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Ave. Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

TWW Inc & Friends presents A Night with Nina Simone

June 14, 2019 7:00pm

“My daughter always looked forward to going to TWW Inc art program at her school, and that is all she would talk about. I admire how they found her strengths, and showed her to use that to help her weaknesses”
—J. MATHEW – PARENT

TWW Inc & Friends present an evening with the talented students of Brooklyn’s PS 12, led by teaching artist Bronwyn Taylor, who perform an evening of tribute to Nina Simone. Celebrating her music and contributions to the world as a woman, activist, and artist, students and parents showcase their work from the Simone residency program and highlight “The Four Women,” one of Simone’s most complex songs. Special guest artists and featured performers include: colorful Caribbean folklore performing group Something Positive Inc, baritone Lawrence Craig, high school art majors Arnel Wilson / Esi Samuels, college dance major Nia Reynolds, singing artist Zakiyyah Zakiah Modeste, Fatima Logan’s elegant performance group Vashti Dance Theater, Christopher White’s high energy group the Undaground, and more.

ALL TICKETS:  Advanced $35, at door $45

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Location: BAM Fisher, 321 Ashland Pl Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

The Amazing Johnathan Documentary

June 14, 2019 9:30pm

Directed by Benjamin Berman | 2019

In documentary filmmaking, the line between what’s real and constructed can often be blurry. But when your subject is a magician—a master in the art of illusion—can you believe anything you see? That’s the conundrum filmmaker Ben Berman finds himself facing when he sets out to make what he thinks will be a straightforward documentary about the comeback of renowned magician-comedian The Amazing Johnathan, whose career—built on often-macabre humor—has been on hold since he was diagnosed with a fatal heart condition. But when a shocking revelation leaves Berman questioning everything about the project, he must ask himself: how far is he willing to go to find out the truth? A wild ride investigation into the nature of documentary ethics, this playfully entertaining meta-puzzle has more than a few tricks up its sleeve.

Q&A with filmmaker Benjamin Berman

General Admission: $20

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Location: Peter Jay Sharp Building - BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Ave. Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

Apollo Music Cafe featuring Aaron Marcellus

June 14, 2019 10:00pm

Curated by Dwight Jordan

From out of Atlanta comes the quiet storm known as Aaron Marcellus – a performer whose gift of voice and song is more than a whisper in the New York underground scene – it’s a mighty roar! Marcellus has performed in shows around the world including STOMP, NBC’s “Next Caller” and American Idol. He is a dancer, musician and actor whose charismatic charm and smooth, soaring vocals make the perfect elixir for a night of mahogany soul.

Standard Ticket: $22

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Location: Apollo Theater, 253 West 125th Street, New York NY 10027 US

Summer on the Hudson: The Musical Seeds Project: Intersections of Ecology, Music and Dance.

June 14, 2019 11:00am - 2:00pm

Join Musical Seeds: Intersections of Ecology, Music & Dance in sowing seeds of diversity and learn multiethnic dance, stories, and songs to celebrate the plant life that has been crucial to our well-being and survival through generations.

Cost: Free

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Location: Sakura Park, 3916, 500 Riverside Dr. New York NY 10027 USA

Summer on the Hudson: Harlem Moves with Limón Dance Company

June 14, 2019 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Join the world-renowned Limón Company Dancers as they teach the energetic and ease-filled Limón Technique, accompanied by live music.

No experience necessary; class is open to all levels.

Cost: Free

 

 

Location: 125th Street and Marginal Street in West Harlem Piers, Henry Hudson Pkwy btwn St. Clair and West 135th St. New York NY 10027 US

BAMcinemaFest Industry Panels

June 15, 2019 10:00am

BAM and IFP present a free day of panels featuring industry tools and tips from established filmmakers and film professionals.

Entry is first come, first served for both seating and standing room. No RSVP necessary but it is encouraged via this form. Neither entry nor seating are guaranteed with RSVP.

Short Films, Short Attention Spans
10:15—11am

As we are fully enmeshed in the digital era, short films have more platforms than ever. But is it art or content? And, does it matter?

With Mona Panchal (VP Digital, Topic Studios), Nikyatu (director, Suicide by Sunlight), Lotfy Natha (co-director, Days of Black and Yellow), Sean Weiner (Director of Creative Culture, Jacob Burns Film Center)

Critically Minded
12:30—1:15pm

Is film criticism a dying industry in the crowd-sourced era? Or do we need professional observers of cinema to help us understand the work, and our own feelings about them?

With Kameron Austin Collins (Film Critic, Vanity Fair), Monica Castillo (freelance film critic), Doreen St. Felix (Staff Writer, The New Yorker), Tayler Montague (freelance writer & film programmer), Elizabeth Mendez Bérry (Director of Voice, Creativity & Culture, The Nathan Cummings Foundation)

Making Your Film Your Own
3:15—4pm 

Directors working with limited budgets face great challenges in production—but these boundaries can often lead to incredible and unique films. Hear from several outstanding BAMcinemaFest filmmakers about the inspiration and paths of making their own films, and the personal spin they impart.

With Debra Granik (director, Leave No Trace), Jessie Jeffrey Dunn Rovinelli (director, So Pretty), Diana Peralta (director, De Lo Mio), Hilary Brougher (director, South Mountain)

Art House is Dead / Long Live Art House!
11:20am—12:05pm 

Exploring the power and necessity of the movie-going experience in the golden age of streaming services.

With Gina Duncan (Associate Vice President of Film, BAM), Lesli Klainberg (Executive Director, Film at Lincoln Center), Mike Maggiore (Programmer, Film Forum), Rajendra Roy (Chief Curator of Film, The Museum of Modern Art), Alison Kozberg (Managing Director, Art House Convergence)

Producing Powerhouse2
—2:45pm 

Real talk about budgets—and profit—and an insider's perspective on the role of creative producing today.

With Dani Tate Melia (producer, The Farewell), Beth Levinson (producer, 32 Pills: My Sister's Suicide), Michelle Byrd (Managing Director, PGA East)

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Location: Peter Jay Sharp Building - Lepercq Space/BAMcafé, 30 Lafayette Ave. Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

Schomburg Center Pride Film Festival

June 15, 2019 12:00pm - 6:00pm

Explore the Black queer experience at this Pride film festival through a series of groundbreaking films (details below) and a group discussion. During the event, be sure to take time to pose in front of our Pride flag, socialize, and network. Free and open to the public. 

We are offering a limited number of Schomburg Center Pride totes for a $15 donation at the event. Save by pre-purchasing online when you register for the event. Get yours before they sell out! All proceeds benefit the Schomburg Society and support the Schomburg Center's programs and collections.

Experience 3 iconic films that have impacted the world: 

1. A Litany for Survival: The Life and Work of Audre Lorde (12:30 PM)

2. Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin (1:45 PM)

3. Moonlight (3:30 PM)

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Location: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard at 135th Street, New York NY 10037 US

Narrative Shorts Program

June 15, 2019 2:00pm

Edge of Red
Dir. Callie Mae Nichole Lyons
2019, 14min

An eight-year-old girl journeys through joy, sadness, compassion, confusion, and enlightenment in this gorgeously impressionistic, richly textured blend of narrative and dance film.

Suicide By Sunlight
Dir. Nikyatu
2019, 17min

A day-walking black vampire struggles to keep her bloodlust under control while attempting to reconnect with her estranged daughters in this stylishly disturbing loss-of-innocence tale.

Liberty
Dir. Faren Humes
2019, 9min

Two teenage girls find their friendship tested as their Miami public housing complex is redeveloped in this study of community and displacement charged with an electrifying experimental edge.

Mr. Parker
Dir. Alex Ashe
2019, 19min

Soul legend Lee Fields and Janet Mock star in this stirring look at the last days in the life of a struggling singer.

Things that Happen in the Bathroom
Dir. Edward Hancox
2019, 13min

An aching tale of intimacy and heartbreak unfolds entirely within the confines of a young queer man’s bathroom.

General Admission: $20

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Location: Peter Jay Sharp Building - BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Ave. Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series

June 15, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Metropolitan Opera rising stars Leah Hawkins, Mario Bahg and Joseph Lim perform a program of favorite opera arias and duets.

 

 

 

Artists:
Leah Hawkins, soprano
Mario Bahg, tenor
Joseph Lim, baritone
Dimitri Dover, pianist

Since its first performances in 1883, the Metropolitan Opera has been one of the world’s leading arts institutions, presenting more than 200 spectacular performances each year. As part of the Met’s ongoing efforts to nurture a new audience for opera throughout New York City, the company will again present its popular series of summer concerts in all five boroughs. The 11th season of free recitals begins on Monday, June 10, at SummerStage in Central Park, with an evening of arias and duets. The first two recitals feature audience favorites Nathan Gunn, Ben Bliss, and Ying Fang, while the four subsequent recitals showcase three exciting young artists—Leah Hawkins, Mario Bahg, and Joseph Lim. Members of the Met music staff will be at the piano to accompany each performance.

Cost: Free

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Location: Williamsbridge Oval Park, Williamsbridge Oval, The Bronx, New York NY 10467 USA

Premature + Music from the Edge of the Allegheny Plateau

June 15, 2019 4:30pm

Directed by Rashaad Ernesto Green | 2019

With Zora Howard, Joshua Boone, Michelle Wilson

During her last summer at home in Harlem before going to college, Ayanna (Zora Howard in a bracing breakout performance), a gifted poet, meets Isaiah (Joshua Boone), a charming aspiring music producer. Bonding over their shared artistic ambitions, the two begin a passionate whirlwind romance—but jealousy and secrets soon threaten to tear the relationship apart while testing Ayanna’s inner strength. Peppered with debates on police brutality, gender, and what it means to be a black artist at a politically charged moment, the achingly raw sophomore feature from Rashaad Ernesto Green is a by turns tender and wounding portrait of a young woman journeying through the joys and pains of first love on the way to becoming herself.

Music from the Edge of the Allegheny Plateau
Dir. Kevin Jerome Everson
2019, 7min 

Rap and gospel intertwine in this stirring musical portrait of two talented residents of Mansfield, Ohio inspired by William Klein’s documentary The Little Richard Story.

Q&A with filmmaker Rashaad Ernesto Green

General Admission: $20

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Location: Peter Jay Sharp Building - BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Ave. Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

Spill The Tea - Celebrating Pride

June 15, 2019 4:00pm - 7:30pm

Sweet Tea is supported by Annenberg School for Communication and Northwestern University Black Arts Initiative

In our 2nd annual Pride program we give voice to the unique experiences of Southern Black Gay Men. E. Patrick Johnson will discuss his collection of oral histories for his book, Sweet Tea, and how he adapted the book to a stage play and then to a documentary film. Following the conversation he will perform an excerpt from the collected oral histories and from the forthcoming documentary film, Making Sweet Tea. Tavia Nyong’o moderates the discussion. The Illustrious Blacks aka ManchildBlack and Monstah Black bring their ethereal vocals, celestial sonics and earthly musical messages from the cosmos in a gravity defying performance and DJ set. The AfroFuturistic, Funky, Fly and Fierce duo fuse music, dance, theater & fashion as the main ingredients to expand minds, shake booty’s and encourage all to be bold, be brave and be you! #LiveTheHypeLife

Tickets: $15

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Location: Harlem Stage Gatehouse, 150 Convent Avenue at West 135th Street, New York NY 10031 US

Summer on the Hudson: Revival 3: It's About Time

June 15, 2019 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Dances For A Variable Population presents two performances on Grant’s Tomb Plaza featuring our multi-generational company, legendary guest artists, and neighborhood seniors in a celebration of great twentieth-century dance. 

Performances will take place at 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Join in the All Together Dance Workshop from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the plaza.

Cost: Free

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Location: Riverside Park - General Grant National Memorial, 122nd Street and Riverside Drive New York NY 10027 USA

Jazz on the Cusp

June 15, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Hosted by Nate Chinen, director of editorial content at WBGO

From the glories of 1959 to the multiplicity of 2019, jazz has often thrived on the cusp of a new decade. We’ll explore that idea with a look back and a leap forward.

For mysterious reasons, jazz has experienced many important events toward the close of a decade — whether it’s the introduction of the 33 1/3 rpm LP in 1949; the so-called “greatest year in jazz,” 1959; the quantum leap of fusion in 1969; or (ahem) the birth of WBGO in 1979. What is it that makes these cusp years pivotal? What can we learn from them still, and where do we find ourselves this year, as we hurtle toward the 2020s?

Nate Chinen has been writing about jazz for more than twenty years. As the director of editorial content at WBGO, he works with the multiplatform program Jazz Night in America and contributes a range of coverage to NPR Music. He is the author of Playing Changes: Jazz for the New Century (Pantheon, 2018), a former music critic The New York Times, and a longtime columnist for JazzTimes. An eleven-time winner of the Helen Dance–Robert Palmer Award for Excellence in Writing, presented by the Jazz Journalists Association, he is also coauthor of Myself Among Others: A Life in Music, the autobiography of impresario George Wein.

Guest speakers to be announced soon

Panel before show: DeJohnette – Coltrane – Garrison Trio / Brandee Younger in association with Sony presents Blue Note Jazz Festival

RSVP is required for all and is on first-come, first-served basis at rsvp@cityparksfoundation.org

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Location: Central Park - Rumsey Playfield, 72nd Street and 5th Avenue New York NY 10021 US

 

Spotlight: South Mountain

June 15, 2019 7:00pm

Directed by Hilary Brougher | 2019

With Talia Balsam, Scott Cohen, Macaulee Cassaday

As family ties come loose, a woman must find a way to heal in the absorbing, emotionally layered new drama from Hilary Brougher. Lila (Talia Balsam) is an artist and mother living in the Catskills who has selflessly devoted herself to everyone around her, often at the expense of her own happiness. When her husband (Scott Cohen) announces he is leaving her for another woman with whom has already fathered a child, Lila finds herself plunged into an existential crisis that unfolds with simmering tension and a series of unexpected twists. Built around an extraordinary performance from Talia Balsam—at once tightly wound and achingly vulnerable—South Mountain is a fearlessly honest portrait of a woman coming apart in order to become whole.

Q&A with filmmaker Hilary Brougher

General Admission: $20

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Location: Peter Jay Sharp Building - BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Ave. Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

DeJohnette – Coltrane – Garrison Trio / Brandee Younger

June 15, 2019 7:00pm - 10:00pm

The DeJohnette – Coltrane – Garrison Trio is a multi-generational jazz supergroup. DeJohnette is a highly influential jazz drummer inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 2007; Ravi Coltrane – post-bop jazz saxophonist – is the son of jazz pianist Alice Coltrane and saxophonist John Coltrane, who played with DeJohnette; Matthew Garrison is DeJohnette’s godson, and an accomplished bassist in his own right, described by the New York Times as “an electric bass virtuoso.” Fifty years ago DeJohnette played with Coltrane Garrison’s fathers in John Coltrane’s group; on the 2016 album In Movement, he plays Coltrane’s haunting elegy “Alabama” with their sons. Harpist Brandee Younger, a modern harpist, under the influence of Dorothy Ashby and Alice Coltrane herself will open the show.

Cost: Free

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Location: Central Park - Rumsey Playfield, 72nd Street and 5th Avenue, New York NY 10021 US

Riverside Clay Tennis Association Summer Concert Series

June 15, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm

The RCTA  hosts FREE concerts on Saturday nights throughout the summer.

Come join us along the banks of the Hudson River for an evening picnic and dance on the grass in the dark surrounding by flashing fireflies. We'll have a different style of music each week. Jazz one week, classical the next. Flamenco, Salsa, Middle Eastern, Bluegrass, Pop, Reggae.....we like to try just about everything.

Cost: Free

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Location: Riverside Park, West 89th Street - Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument Plaza New York NY 10024 US

The World is Full of Secrets

June 15, 2019 9:30pm

Directed by Graham Swon | 2018

With Elena Burger, Dennise Gregory, Ayla Guttman

What’s the scariest story you know? An elderly woman—seemingly addressing us from the future—looks back on a harrowing night in the 1990s when she and a group of teenage girlfriends gathered for a sleepover to swap spooky tales and dabble in some occult mischief. But what begins as seemingly harmless adolescent fun is only a prelude to a horror that remains tantalizingly unseen and unspoken. Unfolding in a trancelike haze of dreamy dissolves, spectral double exposures, and audacious long takes, this visually sublime fusion of avant-garde aesthetics and classic old-dark-house atmospherics bristles with the hushed, candlelit air of a séance.

Q&A with filmmaker Graham Swon

General Admission: $20

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Location: Peter Jay Sharp Building - BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Ave. Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

Apollo Music Cafe featuring Darien Dean

June 15, 2019 10:00pm

Curated by InJoy Enterprises 

Darien Dean is an artist with a purpose. Hailing from Mount Vernon, New York, this soul singer burst onto the scene with alluring vocals and a distinctive stage presence. Fed a healthy diet of Hip Hop and Classic Soul, this multi-talented MC, singer, and dancer, honed his abilities as a producer, arranger and engineer to craft a unique and authentic approach to contemporary songwriting.

Darien has performed around the world and shares those influences in his CD trilogy "Notes From The Journey". The first two CD's "Departures" and "Detours have been met with critical acclaim and the third EP entitled "Destinations" will be released shortly. This collection of stellar music features appearances from Avery Sunshine, Mike Phillips (Stevie Wonder, Prince), David P. Stephens, Jason Heerah(X-factor Australia), Collette, Tiffany Tzelle, Queen Rose and UK soul icon Omar among others.

Standard ticket: $22

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Location: Apollo Theater, 253 West 125th Street, New York NY 10027 US

The Cancer Journals Revisited

June 16, 2019 2:00pm

Directed by Lana Lin | 2019

“I have cancer, I am a black feminist poet. How am I going to do this now?” So asks womanist icon Audre Lorde in her fearlessly vulnerable memoir The Cancer Journals, in which she reflects intimately on her own body and experiences while undergoing treatment for breast cancer in the late 1970s. In this poetic, experimental rumination on Lorde’s work, a chorus of current and former breast cancer patients read aloud and react to the poet’s words. Their responses and the stories they share are candid, cathartic messages about what it means to be a woman dealing with illness in American society. Honoring the writer’s intersectional spirit by exploring the unique ways cancer affects women of color, The Cancer Journals Revisited is a powerful work of healing that continues the conversation Lorde started.

Q&A with filmmaker Lana Lin

General Admission: $20

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Location: Peter Jay Sharp Building - BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Ave. Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

The Hottest August + Best Picture

June 16, 2019 4:30pm

Directed by Brett Story | 2019

How do you feel about the future? That’s the question filmmaker Brett Story (The Prison in Twelve Landscapes) posed to dozens of New York City residents—ranging from an Afrofuturist performance artist to stoner skateboarders to Hurricane Sandy survivors—during the sweltering summer of 2017. The answers she received reveal the deep-seated insecurities and anxieties underpinning life in an era when global warming and late stage capitalism have seemingly set us on an apocalyptic path of no return. Balancing the engaging humanity of its subjects with an eerie science-fiction dread, The Hottest August is a funny, urgent, provocative look into our future as seen from the perilous present.

Best Picture
Dir. Jay Giampietro
2019, 7min

Upsets abound when a movie-obsessed firefighter hosts an Oscars-viewing party.

Q&A with filmmakers Brett Story and Jay Giampietro 

General Admission: $20

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Location: Peter Jay Sharp Building - BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Ave. Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

Selah and The Spades

June 16, 2019 7:00pm

Directed by Tayarisha Poe | 2019

With Lovie Simone, Celeste O'Connor and Jesse Williams

The impressive feature debut from Tayarisha Poe is a hyper-stylish immersion into the competing cliques that control an exclusive Pennsylvania prep school. As head of the Spades, the the most powerful faction which exerts its influence through peddling illicit drugs and alcohol, Selah (Lovie Simone) is a Type A overachiever who relishes her status as queen bee of the campus’ social hive. When her authority is called into question, Selah reveals just how far she is willing to go to hold onto her dominance. Driven by a commanding performance by Lovie Simone as the alternately ruthless and vulnerable title character and awash in subtly surreal images, Selah and The Spades is a potent look at the dark side of the teenage drive to be “perfect.”

Q&A with Tayarisha Poe

General Admission: $20

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Location: Peter Jay Sharp Building - BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Ave. Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

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