Bwog daybook, Week 2

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More stuff to do, see, eat, smell, find, hear and otherwise experience in New York City, courtesy of goings-on guru Stephanie Quan (* denotes free). 

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*75 Years of Architecture at MoMA — last call. MoMA

*To Save and Project: MoMA’s 5th annual festival of film preservation – last call. MoMA

*HBO Bryant Park Sumer Film Festival: Annie Hall-  Props go to the two girls on the steps that told me about this. Classic movie, classic architecture, diane keaton looking hot, and woody allen being as neurotic as ever.  Byant Park, movie begins between 8-9pm (every Monday)

“Take the A Train” – a concert by The New York City Gay Men’s Chorus and Big Apple Performing Arts. Oh you’re curious…Nokia Theater Times Square 8pm $30

* “View”- SVA students present their work. Columbia’s MFA presentation already past by, so try another school. School Of Visual Arts 209 East 23rd street  M-F 9-7, S 10-6

Tuesday, June 19th

Jazz Means Peace- Aria Aperta’s experiment that holds jazz concerts to promote peace organizations in a very un-ONE.org way. Bowery Poetry Club 8pm $8

*Midsummer Night Swing (opening night) – Battle Royal of the Bands. Big Bands, Big Battle. George Gee & His Make Believe Ballroom Orchestra plays the Count Basie Orchestra as they battle the David Berger & the Sultans of Swing as the Duke Ellington Orchestra. Lincoln Center 6:30pm

*Bryant Park Knits- Because knitting the heels of socks is hard without a little help. Upper Terrace, Bryant Park 2pm (every Tuesday)

THE (Begining of the End) with Letitia Guillory- The first of five works dealing with the “survival and celebration of the human spirit”. Each of these pieces are designed to be an “adventure” that keeps the audience wanting to come back for more. Also on Saturday and Sunday. Ft. Greene Park (Myrtle Avenue side of park) 7pm. Probably free.

City Cinema Village East: Student Movie Night- Hang out and watch current movies for guess what? $7. You even get a free large popcorn. You would almost think you were in the ‘burbs with prices like that. Check out movie times at City Cinema, Village East $7

Wednesday, June 20th

*Midsummer Night Swing- Charanga Soleil- 10 piece ensemble plays Cuban salsa, Congolese rumba-soukos, and Haitian compass. Lincoln Center 6:30pm

New York Philharmonic: Mahler, Maazel and Voigt – Maazel conducts select works of Strauss and Mahler’s Seventh Symphony. See CUArts.com for discounted orchestra tickets try the website for student rush tickets on Monday. Pre-concert talks are one hour before the show. Lincoln Center (Wednesday and Thursday 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday 8pm) $12 rush, $25 through CUArts.

*Word for Word Author Talk: Jane Green- The woman who helped to establish the genre of “chick lit”. Inspiration for Kaavya Viswanathan? Bryant Park Reading Room 12:30pm

*Bangkok Haunts- Following his best sellers, Bangkok 8 and Bangkok Tattoo, Burdett comes back to discuss his latest book. Someone always enjoyed that Bangkok joke. Strand 7pm

*Poetic City- For those who enjoy poetry and long walks along the river. Readings by Mark Strand, Chris Abani, Franz Wright & musical guest Taylor McFerrin. Sponsored by Poets House. Nelson Rockefeller Park in Battery Park City 7pm

Thursday, June 21st

*OCircus- vaudeville/burlesque troupes performing a sorta old fashioned circus act. Bowery Poetry Club 8pm

* “The Best of Everything” by J.B. Edwards- a one act play about dysfunctional people. Sponsored by The National Arts Club at15 Gramercy Park South

*yoga lessons- Its free. End of story. SW corner of the Lawn, Bryant Park 6pm (every thursday)

*The Apocalypse Reader- Because you were that much more intrigued by Apocalypto. Authors from this collection of short stories read excerpts and sign copies. Strand 7pm

*tai chi lessons- You’ve always wanted to try it. Move that ball of energy. Fountain Terrace, Bryant Park 7:30 am (every thursday)

*Midsummer Night Swing- Salute to Gay Pride- Jai of Queer Eye and America’s Next Top Model will be there. disco, hustle, funk, and house. Lincoln Center 6:30pm

Friday, June 22nd

*Central Park Summerstage: Comedy Central Park Featuring: Dave Attell, John Mulaney, Joe DeRosa, Amy Schumer, Kurt Metzger, Ted Alexandro- Free laughs. Central Park Summerstage 7:30-10pm

*Miley Cyrus as hannah montana- Play the tourist on Good Morning America, watch a concert for free. Bryant Park, 7am

*Midsummer Night Swing- Big Joe & The Dynaflows- Big swing, jazz, and jump blues. Lincoln Center 6:30pm

Funkworthy- Unintelligible noise that makes you want to move. Bowery Poetry Club 10pm $10

Toshi Swedish Party- Toshi’s back and at a new location. Topless bartenders and sponsored alcohol galore. Domino Sugar Factory 9pm $20 girls $40 boys

Saturday, June 23rd

Alash Tuvan Throat Singers- From Tuva (Look it up in google maps), this ensemble has mastered singing in multiple tones simultaneously. Seriously awesome. Bowery Poetry Club 6pm $10

Pride Rapture- Ladies Night takes on a whole new meaning. Pier 54 6pm $25

*Midsummer Night Swing- Salsa Saturday- ‘The Original Tito Puente Orchestra will take you back to the 1950s and the days of the mambo kings’. Lincoln Center 6:30

Sunday, June 24th

*Central Park Summerstage: Canada Day! Featuring Sloan, Apostle of Hustle, and Duhks – Celebrate all that is Canadian (unlocked doors… universal health insurance… Avril Lavigne…) Central Park Summerstage 3:00-7:00pm   

*Pride March- It’s back. Join LBGT as they dress up in drag and dance down New York. The 38th annual “gay parade” begins at 52nd street and 5th and ends at Christopher and Greenwich St. noon.

*Pride Rally- Watch dozens of performers and artists rally around a cause and talk about their past experiences. Bryant Park 2pm

*Harlem Meer Performance Festival: Harlem Blues & Jazz Band (Blues & Jazz) – more free music. Dana Discovery Center. Call call 212-860-1370 for more info.

Tip of the week: The Philharmonic has open rehearsals before all major concert series. So if you’re not ready so shell out major money for tickets, or missed the student rush opportunity, join the orchestra and conductor 9:45am on Wednesday to watch them work behind the scenes. Tickets are 15 dollars and it’s just as good as the real concert if not more interactive.


  1. Wait,

    What's a "Sumer Film Festival"?

  2. Thanks

    This is a fun, helpful post.

    Thanks, Bwog!

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