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The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series

June 17, 2019 7:00pm - 10:00pm

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: Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City NY 11106 US

Centerpiece: Give Me Liberty

June 17, 2019 7:30pm

Directed by Kirill Mikhanovsky | 2019

With Lauren “Lolo” Spencer, Chris Galust, Maxim Stoyanov

Vic (Chris Galust) is a medical transport driver in Milwaukee whose day goes from hectic to off-the-rails over the course of this breathlessly freewheeling portrait of American dreams and disenchantment. As the hapless Vic shuttles a dizzying array of passengers—including a gaggle of Russian funeral goers, an Elvis super-fan, a meddlesome boxer, and Tracy (Lauren “Lolo” Spencer), a headstrong young woman with ALS—across the city, his journey becomes a window into American society in all its richness and complexity. Shot through with a wry humor and stylistic spontaneity, this stirringly compassionate shaggy-dog tale heralds the arrival of Kirill Mikhanovsky as one of independent cinema’s freshest and most distinctive voices.

Q&A with filmmaker Kirill Mikhanovsky

General Admission: $20

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

Kelvyn Bell - Harlem Afternoon Jazz Series

June 18, 2019 12:00pm - 2:00pm

One who creates art using sound, guitarist/composer Kelvyn Bell has created a 35 year legacy as one of New York's most diverse creative artists. After composing for theatre and film, Mr. Bell is currently focused on expressing his talents through live performance of original works. The Kelvyn Bell Fo Tet is an experimental ensemble he created to reflect the spirit of "right now music." Utilizing New York's top musicians, the band's material includes new music from Kelvyn's upcoming acoustic guitar CD as well as the current release of his internationally acclaimed avant-funk band Kelvynator. Kelvyn recorded and traveled as a sideman with music legends Arthur Blythe, Lester Bowie, DeFunkt, Cassandra Wilson, Craig Harris, Steve Coleman & Five Elements, James Carter and many others. Kelvyn Bell brings a diversity of influences and experience to his music that is sure to have you dancing, clapping and thinking higher thoughts all at once. 

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

House doors open at 11:30am

Musicians - Kelvyn Bell - guitar

Email: info@welcometoharlem.com

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

Screening: Rebels On Pointe

June 18, 2019 6:00pm - 9:00pm

RSVP Required.

6 pm: Wine Reception in the Garden

7 pm: Film Screening

*Note: this venue is not ADA-accessible

A film by Bobbi Jo Hart

Exploring universal themes of identity, dreams and family, Rebels on Pointe celebrates the legendary dance troupe Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. The notorious allmale drag ballet company, commonly known as “The Trocks,” was founded in 1974 in New York City on the heels of the Stonewall riots and has since developed a passionate cult following around the world. The film juxtaposes intimate behind-the-scenes access, rich archives and history, engaging character driven stories, and dance performances shot in North America, Europe and Japan. Rebels on Pointe is a creative blend of gender-bending artistic expression, diversity, passion and purpose which proves that a ballerina can be an act of revolution… in a tutu.

Rebels on Pointe introduces dancers that director Bobbi Jo Hart filmed for four years: Bobby Carter from Charleston, South Carolina; Raffaele Morra from Fossano, Italy; Chase Johnsey from Lakeland, Florida; and Carlos Hopuy is from Havana, Cuba. With personal histories impacted by the AIDS crisis and eventual growth of the LGBT civil rights movement, the film’s main characters share powerful and inspiring anecdotes about growing up gay, their relationships with their families, and their challenges in becoming professional ballerinas. Other interviewees featured in this exuberant documentary include James Whiteside, principal dancer of American Ballet Theatre, and Gia Kourlas, dance critic for The New York Times, who add valuable context to the Trocks’ unforgettable tale.

Cost: Free

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Location: Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow Street (just west of 7th Ave South) New York NY 10014 USA

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am

June 18, 2019 6:30pm

The Schomburg Center Literary Festival presents an advance screening of the documentary Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am. The film offers an artful and intimate meditation on the life and works of the acclaimed novelist. From her childhood in the steel town of Lorain, Ohio to ‘70s-era book tours with Muhammad Ali, from the front lines with Angela Davis to her own riverfront writing room, Toni Morrison leads an assembly of her peers, critics and colleagues on an exploration of race, America, history and the human condition as seen through the prism of her own literature.

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

Mighty Real! Realness in Many Shades

June 18, 2019 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Harlem has long been a cultivator of LGBT performative style, bravado and “realness”, from Vander “Barbette” Clyde’s high-wire performances at the Harlem Opera House to Gladys Bentley’s tuxedo-clad cabaret acts at Harry Hansberry’s Clamhouse and the Ubanji Club in the 1920s and 30s; the Apollo Theater’s presentation of the Jewel Box Revue in the 1960s and, later, stars of the legendary House Balls where vogueing came to prominence.

Historian John T. Reddick draws from the Apollo’s archive and other sources to look at the history and evolution of Queer performance both on and off the stage in this Apollo Live Wire celebrating Pride. Featuring special guest and performer Pony Zion.

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

Sunrise/Sunset + Leave The Bus Through The Broken Window

June 18, 2019 7:00pm

Q&A with filmmakers Jong Ougie Pak and Andrew Hevia

Sunrise/Sunset
Dir. Jong Ougie Pak
With Kwangmin Lee, Woohyun Kim
2018, 50min 

After failing his university entrance exams for the third year in a row, Min Suk (Kwangmin Lee), a directionless twenty-something Korean man, travels to New York to visit his long-distance girlfriend Yeon Jae (Woohyun Kim). Over the course of a rollercoaster week, he experiences both the thrill of losing himself in a new city and the bitter realization that his relationship is gradually imploding. A romantic, outsider’s view of New York shot in elegiac black and white, Sunrise/Sunset perfectly captures the wonder and disorientation that comes with being a stranger adrift in a strange land.

Leave The Bus Through The Broken Window
Dir. Andrew Hevia
2019, 69min

Reeling from a recent breakup, American expat Andrew Hevia headed to Hong Kong where he intended to make a documentary about the contemporary art fair Art Basel. What he ended up with instead is something far funnier, rawer, and more woundingly personal than a mere art world exposé. As nearly everything relating to the project goes awry, Hevia finds himself alone and adrift in the glimmering, skyscraper-and-shopping mall wonderland of Hong Kong, turning the camera on his own bewilderment, loneliness, and fear of failure. An at once wryly humorous and emotionally naked record of alienation in the age of globalization, Leave The Bus Through The Broken Window turns an artist’s personal crisis into a brilliantly meta self-portrait.

General Admission: $20

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

Revolutionaries en Pointe: The Trocks Celebrate Stonewall 50

June 19, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Members of the all-male troupe, a beacon of LGBT culture, talk about their history and legacy with Stonewall 50 Consortium founder, Eric Marcus.

Hosted by Eric Marcus, founder and chair of the Stonewall 50 Consortium

Eric Marcus is the founder and host of the award-winning Making Gay History podcast, which mines his decades-old audio archive of rare interviews — conducted for his oral history book of the same name about the LGBTQ civil rights movement — to create intimate, personal portraits of both known and long-forgotten champions, heroes, and witnesses to history.  Eric’s other books include Is It A Choice?, Why Suicide?, and Breaking the Surface, the #1 New York Times bestselling autobiography of Olympic diving champion Greg Louganis.

Eric is also founder and chair of the Stonewall 50 Consortium, an organization of more than 200 organizations and institutions planning programming, exhibitions, and educational materials tied to the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising.

Panelists: Tory Dobrin and Raffaele Morra

Tory Dobrin has been the Director of Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo (LBT) since 1992. He joined the company as a dancer in 1980 and performed with the company until 1990 when he became Associate Director. He trained at the Stanley Holden Dance Center in Los Angeles, the Houston Ballet Academy, and Harkness Dance Center in New York. He has also danced with the Dallas Ballet, the Radio City Music Hall Ballet, the New Jersey Ballet, and American Dance Machine. He was born in Los Angeles and lives in New York City.

Raffaele Morra is LBT’s Ballet Master, teaching artist, and a dancer.  He began his studies in classical ballet in his hometown of Fossano Italy in 1986, becoming a member of the “Compagnia di Danza del Teatro Nuovo” in 1994, and joining LBT in 2001. With LBT, he has danced a variety of leading male and female roles, including Odette, Prince Siegried, Von Rothbart and Benno in “Swan Lake;” Giselle, Myrtha, and Prince Albrecht in “Giselle;” and has choreographed works including “Majisimas,” a parody of the ballet “Majisimo” by Cuban Choregrapher Jorge Garcia. As Ballet Master since 2015, he is responsible for teaching the repertoire to new dancers, re-staging ballets from the vast library, running rehearsals, and teaching master classes. He has set ballets for LBT including “La Naiade and le Pecheur” (Pugni, Perrot) and “Napoli Pas de six” (Helsted/Paulli, Bournonville). He has taught master classes and workshops extensively for the Trocks on tour.

Panel before show: Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

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

Olympic Dreams

June 19, 2019 7:00pm

Directed by Jeremy Teicher | 2019

With Nick Kroll, Alexi Pappas

Shot on location during the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, Olympic Dreams invites viewers inside the Athlete Village, where a heart-racingly intimate tale of human connection plays out amidst the pressure-cooker environment of the games. Penelope (Alexi Pappas) is a cross country skier who, following a disappointing finish, finds herself adrift with no clear purpose. Ezra (Nick Kroll)—on a reluctant break from his fiancée in New Jersey—is a volunteer dentist searching for adventure in South Korea. Over the course of the games, the two forge a surprising bond—but is it love, or just mutual loneliness? Featuring a supporting cast of international athletes, Olympic Dreams is a by turns funny and bittersweet tale of two lost souls learning to embrace the unknown.

Q&A with filmmaker Jeremy Teicher

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 19, 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: Clove Lakes Park, 1150 Clove Road and Forest Ave., Victory Blvd and Brookside Ave, Staten Island NY 10301 U.S.

Aperture Conversations: Young New York

June 19, 2019 7:00pm

Co-presented by BAM and Aperture
With Ethan James Green and collaborators Dara Allen, Marcs Goldberg, and Matt Holmes
Moderated by Michael Schulman

Photographer Ethan James Green is joined by three of his subjects and collaborators for a discussion about beauty, portraiture, and the legacies of queer and trans representation 50 years after the Stonewall uprising. Green’s monograph, Young New York, is a collection of striking black-and-white portraits of the city’s queer scene-makers, a gloriously diverse cast of models, artists, designers, nightlife icons, and gender binary-flouting muses to the fashion world and beyond.

New Yorker contributor and arts and culture writer Michael Schulman moderates this wide-ranging conversation.

All tickets: $15

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

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

June 19, 2019 8:00pm - 10:00pm

As part of SummerStage’s Pride celebrations, and aligning with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots-the all-male comedy ballet company, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, perform classic works (such as “The Dying Swan” ) from a modern and unique perspective. Subverting ballet’s strict gender roles, the troupe performs both male and female roles, imbuing contemporary and classic ballets with humor and provocation. The performance will mark the company’s first time gracing SummerStage, as well as the 45th anniversary of its formation in 1974. It follows two free screenings of a documentary in which they’re featured, Rebels on Pointe— Washington Square Park on June 13th, followed by another at the Greenwich House Music School on June 18th.

This performance will be filmed for “American Masters” on PBS.

Cost: Free

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

Midnight in Paris

June 19, 2019 9:15pm

Directed by Roni Moore & James Bladgen | 2019

In recent years, Flint, Michigan has become a byword for American urban blight, spoken of mostly in terms of its crime rate, lagging economy, and ongoing water crisis. This beautifully observed documentary serves as a refreshing reminder that for many, Flint is also home, a community where residents strive, struggle, and dream like anywhere else. Profiling the 2012 graduating class of the majority-black Flint Northern High School as they get ready for prom, Midnight in Paris (the theme of that year’s dance) captures the elaborate preparations for the big night—from the high-stakes search for the perfect dress to the fretting parents who inevitably worry about “kids these days”—with humor, vitality, and a subtle but powerful political conscience.

Q&A with filmmakers Roni Moore and James Bladgen

General Admission: $20

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

Sugar Hill Mornings feat. Ray Mantilla

June 20, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm

Sugar Hill Mornings is a summer musical performance series (May-August) that began in 2018 exhibition as part of programming for the exhibition Jewel Bright: Kaleidoscope of Neighborhood Gems.  Last year we launched this series in collaboration with the Jazz Foundation of America to highlight the legendary talent of neighborhood pianist, Marjorie Eliot. We are partnering with the Jazz Foundation this summer and again celebrating the longstanding history of musical genius inherent to Sugar Hill. This year’s program has been devised to foster intergenerational exchange and reiterate themes present in this year's exhibitions, amplifying the power of listening, memory, and the human voice as a tool for societal uplift. 

Ray Mantilla has been a percussionist for over 60 years having  toured the world, notably Cuba with Dizzy Gillespie and Italy annually for the past 35 years.  Mantilla has played with jazz greats like Max Roach, Eartha Kitt, Tito Puente. Ray’s performance at Sugar Hill features his electrifying small ensemble.

Email: info@sugarhillmuseum.org
Phone: 2123350004

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Location: Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art and Storytelling, 898 St. Nicholas Avenue at 155th Street New York NY 10032 US

Thursday Stories with the Eclectic Librarian

June 20, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Quirky, funny and interactive, Thursday’s lively stories are rooted in children’s literature and accompanied by the exciting sounds of drums and homemade instruments!

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Location: Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art and Storytelling, 898 St. Nicholas Avenue at 155th Street, New York NY 10032 US

Nights at Sugar Hill

June 20, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Bring the family and join us for Nights at Sugar Hill. An evening of music, art-making work-shops and more. The evening’s featured musical guest is American-Nicaraguan percussionist, bandleader, and music educator, Annette Aguilar . Aguilar has performed in numerous Broadway productions and alongside such major artists as Toshi Reagon, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Tito Puente. She is the founder of the Women in Latin Jazz Festival in New York, and is also a Latin Jazz Ambassador for the U.S. State Department.

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Location: Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art and Storytelling, 898 St. Nicholas Avenue at 155th Street, New York NY 10032 US

Vision Portraits

June 20, 2019 7:00pm

Directed by Rodney Evans | 2019

What does it mean to have vision? As filmmaker Rodney Evans (Brother to Brother) confronts the loss of his sight due to a rare, irreversible condition, he turns to three visually impaired artists—photographer John Dugdale, dancer Kayla Hamilton, and writer Ryan Knighton—for guidance. Though each offers unique insights into how they have adapted their creative processes, what they all share is a refusal to let their condition limit them and a belief that vision is more than just physical sight: it is also imagination, emotional wisdom, and inner light. Through a poetic visual style that evokes his own increasingly sightless world, Evans crafts an inspiring and thought-provoking philosophical journey that redefines what it means to truly see.

Q&A with filmmaker Rodney Evans

General Admission: $20

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

20th Anniversary of Internal Affairs: Pharoahe Monch and Friends / Miss Mocha Sunflower the Rhythm Goddess

June 20, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm

The underground Queens MC celebrates the 20th anniversary of his breakout 1999 LP Internal Affairs, which bore the hit single “Simon Says,” still lighting up parties in NYC to this day with its commands to “Throw your hands in the sky!” Recognized as one of underground hip-hop’s pre-eminent lyricists, the Organized Konfusion and Rawkus Records alumnus will be joined by special guests with support from NYC selector DJ Miss Mocha Sunflower The Rhythm Goddess.

Cost: Free

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Location: Von King Park, 670 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn NY 11216 USA

Espæce

June 20 - 22, 2019 7:30pm

A piece by Aurélien Bory
Compagnie 111

“The subject of this book is not the void exactly, but rather what there is round about or inside it.”
—Georges Perec

An enormous moveable wall splits and folds like a book. Five performers—three dancers, a soprano (Claire Lefilliâtre), and an acrobat—navigate this imposing monolith to create a shapeshifting tableau. Aurélien Bory’s intrepid work of physical theater is inspired by the life and work of writer-trickster Georges Perec, best known for his wordplay and droll wit. Using Perec’s Species of Spaces as a jumping-off point and diving into a physical riddle of arrivals and departures, presence and absence, Espæce stretches the void of the stage and destabilizes our expectations to moody and mischievous effect.

Full price tickets start at $25.

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

John Leguizamo Starring in Latin History for Morons

June 20-21, 2019 8:00pm

Direct from Broadway

Directed By Tony Taccone

Endless critical and audience acclaim direct from Broadway. A sold-out run at The Public Theater. A record-breaking engagement at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. LATIN HISTORY FOR MORONS, the most totally unique show of the season, reveals American’s unsung heroes, throughout past and present – all unforgettably told by Tony and Emmy Award® winner John Leguizamo, one of the most incisive, insightful and entertaining personalities on stage today.

LATIN HISTORY FOR MORONS is inspired by the near total absence of Latinos from his son’s American History books. John Leguizamo embarks on an outrageously funny, frenzied search to find a Latin hero for his son’s school history project. From a mad recap of the Aztec empire to stories of unknown Latin patriots of the Revolutionary War and beyond, Leguizamo breaks down the 3,000 years between the Mayans and Pitbull into 110 irreverent and uncensored minutes above and beyond his unique style.

Ticket prizes start at $44. 

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

It Started as a Joke

June 20, 2019 9:15pm

Directed by Julie Smith Clem & Ken Druckerman | 2019

Chronicling the decade long run of the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival through its farewell show in 2017, It Started as a Joke is a warm and generous inside look at Brooklyn’s alternative comedy community. Begun as, yes, a joke by Mirman in 2008, the festival went on to become a beloved annual tradition, a refreshingly DIY, anything-goes (one’s year’s theme: “The Drunk Show”) showcase for some of New York’s brightest comic talents, including Mike Birbiglia, Wyatt Cenac, Jim Gaffigan, Janeane Garofalo, Kumail Nanjiani, Kristen Schaal, Michael Showalter, and many others. Interweaving priceless standup sets from the festival alongside Mirman’s candid reflections on his creative process and his family’s personal struggles, this delightful documentary is a hilarious and heartfelt ode to the end of an era in New York City comedy.

Q&A with filmmakers Julie Smith Clem and Ken Druckerman

General Admission: $20

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

Carnegie Hall Citywide: Jayme Stone's Folklife

June 21, 2019 12:00pm

Jayme Stone bridges folk, jazz, and chamber music as he celebrates the banjo’s historic role in music around the world. Stone is an eclectic musician who has performed with such diverse artists as Malian kora master Mansa Sissoko (a recorded collaboration that earned Canada’s JUNO Award), former Carolina Chocolate Drop Dom Flemons, and other performers from a wide range of genres. Jayme Stone’s Folklife—featuring his band of vocals, accordion, fiddle, and bass—shines new light on traditional songs from the Georgia Sea Islands, Creole calypsos, Appalachian dance tunes, and more.

Free Event

Performers
Jayme Stone’s Folklife
·· Jayme Stone, Banjo and Voice 
·· Moira Smiley, Voice and Accordion
·· Sumaia Jackson, Fiddle and Voice 
·· Joe Phillips, Bass and Voice

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Location: Bryant Park, 41 West 40th Street, New York NY 10018 US

Summer on the Hudson: Make Music New York

June 21, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm

On the Waterfront: American Music for Piano Duet highlights American four-hand piano music played by young students and professional adult headliners.

Cost: Free

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Location: Pier 1, Riverside Park South at West 70th Street New York NY U.S.

The Mountain

June 21, 2019 6:45pm

Directed by Rick Alverson | 2018

With Tye Sheridan, Jeff Goldblum, Hannah Gross

Outsider provocateur Rick Alverson (The Comedy, BAMcinemaFest 2012) returns with another hypnotic, surreal odyssey into the dark side of the American psyche. Set in a despairing, Edward Hopper-esque vision of 1950s America, The Mountain follows Andy (Tye Sheridan), a taciturn teenage Zamboni operator who, following the death of his father, begins working with the mysterious Dr. Wallace Fiennes (Jeff Goldblum, weaponizing his idiosyncratic charm to sinister effect), a libidinous lobotomist who peddles a most ghoulish “cure.” Featuring synchronized ice skating routines, spacey xylophone-set dance numbers, and supporting turns by cult icons Udo Kier and Denis Lavant, The Mountain is an eerie, enigmatic fable that envisions postwar America not as a land of promise but as a graveyard of dreams.

Q&A with filmmaker Rick Alverson

General Admission: $20

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

Ronald K. Brown / Evidence, A Dance Company

June 21, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Local dance legend Ronald K. Brown’s long and storied career is punctuated by high profile collaborations including with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and an upcoming new work with Meshell Ndegeocello to premiere in the new Bard Fisher Center production Grace and Mercy, co-commissioned by Bard Fisher Center, The Joyce Theater, the Kennedy Center, and Carolina Performing Arts at UNC Chapel Hill – at Bard SummerScape 2019 (July 5-7). Ronald K. Brown carries the honors of An AUDELCO Award for his choreography on the Regina Taylor play “Crowns”, the Fred & Adele Astaire Award for Outstanding Choreography in The Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess, the American Dance Festival’s Scripps Award in 2018, and the Dance Magazine Award in 2018. But his most lasting contribution may be Evidence, A Dance Company, the Bedford-Stuyvesant-based company he founded in 1985, which seeks to integrate of traditional African dance with contemporary choreography and spoken word poetry. They return to SummerStage for the first time since 2007 for a hometown show and class in Bed-Stuy’s Herbert Von King park.

+ African & Contemporary Dance Workshop with EVIDENCE, A Dance Company

Friday, June 21, 7PM
Herbert Von King Park, BK

Free dance classes are held on stage before dance performances. All are welcome and no RSVP is required.

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Location: Von King Park, 670 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn NY 11216 USA

Harlem Jazz Series - Jay Rodriguez

June 21, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Carla Cook is daring. She is a jazz singer/songwriter who sings standards beautifully -- but she doesn't stop there. Cook is willing to put a jazz spin on songs not written by traditional jazz composers. Songs that, until you hear her sing them, you'd never imagine could be interpreted as jazz. This native Detroiter, who grew up in a musically rich and diverse environment, brings all her influences to bear within her repertoire. In her songbook you'll find elements of R&B, European classical, Motown, Blues and Gospel. Cook has always eschewed labels, and refuses to become a jazz purist or snob. That willingness to simply sing what she loves, bringing an earthy sophistication to every song, is what gives Cook her signature style. In 1999, Cook recorded her debut album; It's All About Love. The CD enjoyed favorable reviews and received a Grammy nomination in the Best Jazz Vocal Performance category and was awarded the AFIM Indie Award for Best Jazz Vocal in 2000. In 2000, Cook recorded her second album, Dem Bones and in 2002, she recorded Simply Natural, both for MAXJAZZ. Her albums continue to receive critical acclaim. 

Featuring:  Carla Cook – vocals, Nat Adderly, Jr. – piano, Kenny Davis – bass, and Alvester Garnett – drums

First set: 7:00 pm - 7:45 pm; 15 min break; Second set: 8:00 pm - 8:45 pm

Cost: $20

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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 Infiltrators

June 21, 2019 9:30pm

Directed by Cristina Ibarra, Alex Rivera | 2019

With Mohammad Abdollahi, Maynor Alvarado, Roman Arabia

Through an electrifying mix of documentary interviews and narrative reenactment, The Infiltrators brings to life the incredible true story of the National Immigrant Youth Alliance, a group of young undocumented activists who, in 2012, embarked on a mission of extraordinary daring: allowing themselves to be arrested by ICE in order to infiltrate a for-profit Florida detention center and help rescue fellow undocumented immigrants being held there. Charged with the crackling suspense of a thriller, this true life tale of courage and resistance is equally enthralling and galvanizing as it exposes the injustices and inhumanity of America’s deeply broken deportation system.

Q&A with filmmakers Cristina Ibarra and Alex Rivera

General Admission: $20

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

Carnegie Hall Citywide: Birds of Chicago

June 22, 2019 2:00pm

Birds of Chicago—husband-and-wife team JT Nero and Allison Russell—has been making soulful, heartfelt music since 2012. In Nero’s words, the duo’s self-described “secular gospel” songs open up “channels of love.” Birds of Chicago’s voices—Nero’s gritty and Russell’s smooth—blend beautifully and recall country blues, doo-wop, and classic soul. The pair’s newest album, Love in Wartime, is balm for the nation’s troubled times, offering messages of trust and understanding that are also danceable.

Free Event

Performers
Birds of Chicago
·· Allison Russell, Vocals and Banjo
·· JT Nero, Guitar and Vocals
Rosanne Cash, Creative Partner 

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Location: Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island NY 10301 US

Everyday People & Special Guests

June 22, 2019 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Dubbed “The World’s Coolest Day Party” by Vice, Everyday People is a monthly day party with a 90s R&B soundtrack that celebrates the black diaspora. Founded in 2012 by Saada Ahmed, Chef Roblé Ali & DJ Moma, the intersectional safe space takes its name from Arrested Development’s song “People Everyday,” and is both a party and a platform, with multiple residencies in NY & LA, even transporting their vibes across the Atlantic to Nairobi, Johannesburg and Cape Town. This summer they bring the party to Brooklyn’s Herbert Von King park.

  • CityParks PuppetMobile presents Bessie’s Big Shot at SummerStage

Bessie the cow dreams of joining the circus. Come root her on in this free puppet show!

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Location: Von King Park, 670 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn NY 11216 USA

The Aussie BBQ: A.B. Original / Hermitude / San Cisco / The Teskey Brothers / Tkay Maidza / Waax

June 22, 2019 2:00pm - 7:00pm

In Association With Sounds Australia, the Australian Consul-General, NY and the Australia Council for the Arts

For ten years THE AUSSIE BBQ has been introducing international audiences to the best new Australian music. In 2019, Sounds Australia will bring this world-renowned showcase to SummerStage NYC for the first time. From the country that brought you Sia, Tame Impala and Troye Sivan, come discover the next wave of Australian music. This diverse showcase features The Teskey Brothers, a Soul band from Melbourne who channel Otis Redding & Curtis Mayfield into Motown laments with a Stax swagger; the first-ever U.S. show for incendiary hip-hop duo A.B. ORIGINAL, whose award-winning album Reclaim Australia was hailed as “raw, confronting and empowering”; San Cisco, a garage pop band from Fremantle with bright, catchy hooks; Tkay Maidza, the rapper, singer and songwriter from Adelaide, winner of Best Australian Act at the MTV European Music Awards whose explosive latest single features JPEGMAFIA; WAAX, the Brisbane 5-piece rock outfit whose hit single ‘Labrador’ dominated Aussie radio in 2018; and Hermitude, the production duo of Luke Dubs and El Gusto, whose LP HyperParadise beat out the likes of Flume and Tame Impala to win the Australian Music Prize in 2012.

Cost: Free

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

Documentary Shorts Program

June 22, 2019 2:00pm

Q&A with filmmakers

Walker’s
Dir. Kyle Myers-Haugh
2019, 12min

This immersion into a black barbershop in Wilmington, North Carolina unfolds as an almost abstract symphony of straight razors and straight talk.

Neighborhood
Dir. Ben Gar-char
2019, 15min

The lives of three strangers—a pigeon keeper, a webcam model, and a man haunted by ghosts—intertwine mysteriously amidst the backdrop of a rapidly gentrifying Bushwick in this ethereal documentary.

Easter Snap
Dir. RaMell Ross
2019, 14min

Oscar-nominated director RaMell Ross (Hale County This Morning, This Evening) finds unexpectedly rich resonances in a hog processing ritual in rural Alabama.

It’s Going to Be Beautiful
Dirs. Luis Gutierrez Arias & John Henry Theisen
2019, 9min

A dystopian meditation on the building of the US-Mexico border wall as government workers test the ominously imposing steel and concrete prototypes.

Yves & Variation
Dir. Lydia Cornett
2019, 17min 

A New York City doorman wears many hats—father, art curator, and erstwhile violinist—as he works tirelessly to give back to his community in Haiti.

Days of Black and Yellow
Dirs. Lotfy Nathan, Willie Miesmer & Ray Levé
2019, 11min

A galvanizing eulogy for Douglas Schifter, the New York City taxi driver who saw his life and industry destroyed by the rise of ride-sharing apps.

I Snuck Off the Slave Ship
Dirs. Lonnie Holley & Cyrus Moussavi
2019, 20min

An ecstatic Afrofuturist tone poem set to the music of visionary folk artist Lonnie Holley.

General Admission: $20

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

 

Summer on the Hudson: Art in the Park Pride Celebration

June 22, 2019 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Join us at Viewfinding , a large-scale public sculpture and poetry collaboration by Sarah E. Brook , for a Pride celebration featuring poetry readings, music, visual art, and performances. 

Cost: Free

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Location: Riverside Park South, Pier 1 at 70th Street New York NY 10019 U.S.

Caballerango + Ghosts of Sugar Land

June 22, 2019 4:30pm

Directed by Juan Pablo Gonzales | 2018

Death haunts a close-knit Mexican community in this evocatively spare, slow-burn documentary spellbinder. With a remarkably unobtrusive camera, director Juan Pablo González chronicles the everyday rituals and rhythms of life in a small, struggling rural town in the state of Jalisco where daily conversation turns again and again to one topic: the recent suicide of a young caballerango (horse wrangler) whose death, we soon learn, is only the latest in a rash of suicides that have plagued the village. Finding stirring poignancy in seemingly quotidian moments, Caballerango is a transcendentally sad and beautiful reflection on vanishing traditions and disappearing lives.

Ghosts of Sugar Land
Dir. Bassam Tariq
2018, 21min

A mystery hangs over a group of young Muslim-American men in Sugar Land, Texas: what happened to their missing friend “Mark”? And could he really have joined ISIS?

Q&A with filmmaker Juan Pablo González and producer Farihah Zaman

General Admission: $20

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

Closing Night: De Lo Mio

June 22, 2019 7:30pm

Directed by Diana Peralta | 2019

With Sasha Merci, Darlene Demorizi, Héctor Aníbal

Sibling bonds are both rekindled and tested in the achingly alive feature debut from Diana Peralta. Rita (Sasha Merci) and Carolina (Darlene Demorizi), two high-spirited sisters raised in New York, travel to the Dominican Republic to reunite with their estranged brother Dante (Héctor Aníbal) and to clean out their grandparents’ old home before it is sold and knocked down. As they rifle through the remnants of their family’s legacy, shared joys, pains, and traumas resurface that they must confront once and for all. Sensitively attuned to the intricacies of sibling relationships—from the playful teasing to the way a favorite childhood song can trigger an impromptu dance party—De Lo Mio is a richly human look at cherishing the past while learning to let go.

Q&A with filmmaker Diana Peralta

General Admission: $20

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

Only in Queens Festival: Sheila E. / Music Soulchild / Kranium

June 23, 2019 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Though she’s best known for her association with Prince—arguably his most talented and highest-profile protege-Sheila Escovedo had already recorded with George Duke and toured with Marvin Gaye by the time she met the Purple One. Often called “The Queen of Percussion,” the legendary percussionist featured on Purple Rain opener “Let’s Go Crazy” before breaking out with her 1984 LP “Glamorous Life”; She’s since collaborated with the likes of Phil Collins, Cyndi Lauper, Beyoncé, Ringo Starr and George Clinton. She’s joined by neo-soul R&B crooner Musiq Soulchild, best known for his 2000 hit “Just Friends (Sunny)” and his collaboration with The Roots and local Queens dancehall artist Kranium.

Cost: Free

More Info: https://cityparksfoundation.org/events/only-in-queens-festival/?date=20190623 

Location: Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, GCP and Whitestone Exp. btwn 111th St & College Point Blvd, Park Dr. E. Queens NY 11368 US

Jesse Royal / Kabaka Pyramid / Max Glazer

June 23, 2019 6:00pm - 9:00pm

While dancehall has risen to become the most popular lane in Jamaican music, infiltrating clubs and parties around the world, a new generation of roots reggae artists carries the torch for the likes of Bob Marley and the Wailers, making music promoting socially conscious messages and the Rastafari faith. Jesse Royal, mentored by the late Fatis Burrell, took his singing talents from church to the recording studio after befriending Ziggy Marley’s son Daniel; his hit “Always Be Around” anointed him as one of Jamaica’s rising stars, and his latest LP, Lily of Da Valley, hit #1 on US Reggae charts. Rapper/singer/producer Kabaka Pyramid returns to SummerStage after a sold out 5-week European tour. Kabaka Pyramid is seen as a leader in reggae revival, whose debut album Kontraband, executively produced by Damian Marley, blends hip-hop’s lyricism with dancehall’s energy and reggae’s soul. The Federation Sound’s Max Glazer, a Brooklyn dancehall mainstay who once served as Rihanna’s touring DJ, will man the turntables.

Cost: Free

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Location: Von King Park, 670 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn NY 11216 USA

Fete de la Musique: Zdar from Cassius / Les Negresses Vertes

June 23, 2019 6:00pm - 10:00pm

In celebration of Fete de la Musique (“Music Day”), a celebration of music on the summer solstice first celebrated in Paris in 1982, two pioneering French groups grace SummerStage, in association with Francerocks Festival. Zdar will represent the electronic duo Cassius, who first started working together in 1988, producing albums for the iconic French rapper MC Solaar and doing remixes for the likes of Neneh Cherry, Björk, Daft Punk, Air and Depeche Mode. Producers Philippe Cerboneschi and Hubert Blanc-Francard—better known as Philippe Zdar and Boom Bass—have since harnessed the pop appeal with an underground heart that defined the French house wave they contributed to in the late 90s. They’re joined by Les Negresses Vertes—a group so named for the verbal abuse directed at its members at an early concert—who mix Latin, rai, and folk with a punk sensibility to make unique dance music.

Cost: Free

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

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