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DanceAfrica Bazaar 2017

Friday, May 26, 12:00 pm–8:00 pm
Brookyln Academy of Music (BAM) (30 Lafayette Avenue)

More than 150 vendors from around the world, offering African, Caribbean, and African-American sell food, crafts, and fashion. Celebrate the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Africa and its diaspora—and see the streets surrounding BAM transformed into a global marketplace. Part of DanceAfrica Festival 2017.

Also on Saturday & Sunday.

Bryant Park Presents Shakespeare + Friday Picnics

Friday, May 26, 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Bryant Park (42nd Street & Fifth Avenue)

Spread out on a free picnic blankets and nosh on food from local vendors curated by Hester Street Fair including Thaibird’s curry fried chicken, Pokee NYC’s pokee donut, Parantha Alley’s spicy stuffed rotis, John’s Juice, Moon Man and Taiyaki’s signature waffle fish soft serve ice cream. Also enjoy lawn games, photo ops and a performance of Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor (7 pm) by the irreverent The Drilling Company Theatre for New Plays.

Also on June 3.

The 22nd Annual Lower East Side Festival Of The Arts Street Fair & Youth Program

Friday, May 26–Saturday, May 27, 6:00 pm–11:30 pm
Theater for the New City (155 First Avenue)

Theater for the New City presents its 22nd annual Lower East Side Festival of the Arts, a massive annual performance marathon in and around the theater. The three-day downtown arts festival, whose theme this year is Art V Tyranny, seeks to show a lively, diverse downtown arts scene. The festival includes hundreds of well-known and emerging artists ranging from theater to dance, music to movies, a street fair and art exhibit. Performance artists Phoebe Legere and Reno, cabaret singer K.T. Sullivan and playwright Mario Fratti are among those slated to present work his year.

Also Saturday 12 - 5 pm (outside) and Saturday & Sunday 6 pm - 1 am.

Marine Day

Saturday, May 27, 8:00 am–4:00 pm
Prospect Park Bandshell (62 West Drive)

Join the U.S. Marines for a formation run followed by military static displays, demos, and a performance by the USMC Battle Color Detachment. Part of Fleet Week.


Fleet Week at the Intrepid

Saturday, May 27, 10:00 am–9:00 pm
Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum (Pier 86, West 46th Street & Twelfth Avenue)

A special lineup of performances, events and interactive displays honors service men and women. Includes appearances by Intrepid former crew members, Broadway show cast memebrs, American Red Cross, South Street Seaport Museum, CEC/Seabee Historical Foundation’s, FDNY Fire Safety Experience, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers North Atlantic Divison, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, and more.


Cirque-tacular Presents Spring-A-Ding-DING!

Saturday, May 27, 11:00 am–12:15 pm
14th Street Y (344 East 14th Street at First Avenue)
$28, $100/family of 4

Spring bursts to life through the adventures of Brianne and woodland creatures whose stories are told through dazzling circus, dance and specialty acts.

Saturday and Sunday 11 am & 2 pm.
Through June 3.

New York City Ballet Family Saturday: A Magical Midsummer,

Saturday, May 27, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Lincoln Center (65th Street & Broadway)
$22

Explore George Balanchine’s beloved ballet inspired by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream featuring feuding fairy kingdoms, quarreling couples, and a troupe of bumbling actors. Watch excerpts and hear insights from the artists who perform it. Includes short works, excerpts, interactive discussions and a mini dance workshop. Very engaging and entertaining for kids and grown-ups alike.


The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Saturday, May 27, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
St. Luke’s Theatre (308 West 46th Street)
$35

In this inventive and highly theatrical adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ classic book, two actors give a tour-de-force performance. Through the magic of theatre, Peter and Lucy will take you to Narnia, where The White Witch has cast a spell that makes it always winter and never Christmas. Come face to face with Aslan the Great Lion and cheer as Peter, Susan, Lucy and Edmund courageously battle the forces of evil, discovering that Love is the deepest magic of all. Open to everyone, most suitable for ages 5 and up.


The Princess, the Emperor, and the Duck

Saturday, May 27–Monday, May 29, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm
Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park (West 79th Street & Central Park West)
$12, $8/ages 18 months - 12 years, free/under 18 months

Set in Africa, China and our own Central Park, the latest production at the historic, cozy Swedish Marionette Cottage retells Hans Christian Andersen’s world-famous fairy tales — The Princess and the Pea, The Emperor’s New Clothes and The Ugly Duckling — with new marionettes and hand painted scenery.

Tuesday - Friday 10:30 am & 12 pm
Saturday & Sunday 1 pm
Through Sep 17

"Life's A Real Dream" by Lard Dog & The Band of Shy

Saturday, May 27, 2:00 pm–3:00 pm
The People’s Improv Theatre (123 East 24th Street)
$20

Lard Dog and his six-piece Band of Shy invite you to their unique audio-visual universe, an all-ages musical extravaganza supporting positive messages of creativity, niceness, acceptance, and frivolity, complete with catchy songs, interactive props, multimedia graphics, and even a pretzel. We are big fans of their fun (and funny) song I Like.


New York City Ballet's A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Saturday, May 27, 2:00 pm–4:00 pm
Lincoln Center (65th Street & Broadway)
$30-$175

George Balanchine’s magical adaption of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream features a lush forest besieged by quixotic love triangles, feuding fairy kingdoms, and the cutest dancing butterflies. First act is more action packed than the second, so consider the cheap seats with the option to leave at intermission.

Also on Sunday at 3 pm.

Governors Island Family Fun Day

Sunday, May 28, 11:00 am–4:00 pm
Governors Island (Governors Island)
Ferries from Manhattan are free before noon, $2 round trip between noon and closing. Always free for ages 12 & under.

Celebrate the opening of Governors Island for the season with live theater, music, games, arts & crafts and other creative activities. Hone improvisation skills with Story Pirates, be amazed by Mario the Magician and his inventions, show off dance moves to Grammy Award-winning Tim Kubart and the Space Cadets ,goof around with Loony Toony the Clown, make puppets with Lisa Abbatomarco, learn about historic forts from National Park Service rangers, become a compost pro with Earth Matter, paint birdhouses for Governors Island’s hatchlings, and much more.


Loisaida Street Festival

Sunday, May 28, 12:00 pm–6:00 pm
Loisaida Avenue (Avenue C between 6th & 12th Streets)

Celebrate the Lower East Side’s many cultures (especially Puerto Rican and Latino) through music, cuisine and arts. Kid-friendly activities include a carnival procession, an outdoor theatrical presentations from The Loisaida Festival Theater Lab, arts & crafts and multi-lingual music. 2017’s theme is Im/migration, recognizing and celebrating the Immigrant and migrant spirit of the Lower East Side and celebrating the Latin American Immigrant and their contributions to this community, city and country.


DanceAfrica Family Workshop

Monday, May 29, 10:00 am–11:00 am
Mark Morris Dance Center (3 Lafayette Avenue)

Caregivers and children alike deepen their engagement with DanceAfrica in this fun-filled, hands-on workshop focusing on Guinean movement and music. Co-presented by BAM and Mark Morris Dance Group Space is limited; pre-registration is recommended.


Uptown Arts Stroll Kickoff

Tuesday, May 30, 6:30 pm–8:30 pm
United Palace of Cultural Arts (4140 Broadway at 175th Street)

Enjoy music, readings, food and performances by the Harambee Dance Company, musicians of the Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra and singer-songwriter Victor Rosso at the launch of an annual showcase of arts in West Harlem, Washington Heights and Inwood.


The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Wednesday, May 31, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
St. Luke’s Theatre (308 West 46th Street)
$35

In this inventive and highly theatrical adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ classic book, two actors give a tour-de-force performance. Through the magic of theatre, Peter and Lucy will take you to Narnia, where The White Witch has cast a spell that makes it always winter and never Christmas. Come face to face with Aslan the Great Lion and cheer as Peter, Susan, Lucy and Edmund courageously battle the forces of evil, discovering that Love is the deepest magic of all. Open to everyone, most suitable for ages 5 and up.


Bryant Park Presents Dance Party: Disco

Wednesday, May 31, 6:00 pm–8:30 pm
Bryant Park (42nd Street & Fifth Avenue)

Enjoy live music and dance instruction in Bryant Park. This week features disco with Deverne and The Vintagesoul featuring Carol Williams. All ages welcome.


Hudson Riverkids: Story Pirates

Thursday, June 1, 4:00 pm–5:30 pm
Pier 62 at Hudson River Park (Hudson River Greenway/enter at 23rd Street and West Side Highway)

Using stories submitted by children and the audience, the Story Pirates create outlandishly funny sketches and mini-musicals.

Also on Monday at 6:30 pm.

Bryant Park Friday Picnic

Friday, June 2, 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Bryant Park (42nd Street & Fifth Avenue)

Spread out on a free picnic blankets and nosh on food from local vendors curated by Hester Street Fair including Thaibird’s curry fried chicken, Pokee NYC’s pokee donut, Parantha Alley’s spicy stuffed rotis, John’s Juice, Moon Man and Taiyaki’s signature waffle fish soft serve ice cream. Also enjoy lawn games, photo ops, live performances and more.


La MaMa Kids: Family Play-date

Saturday, June 3, 11:00 am–12:00 pm
Ellen Stewart Theatre @ La MaMa (66 East 4th Street)
$10

This fun-filled cabaret performance with SLANT is a contemporary take on the stone soup story. SLANT wanders into town, broke and hungry and the only way to get a healthy meal is to start making stone soup. One by one, colorful denizens bring their original spice to the stage and the soup becomes a sumptuous feast that celebrates New York City’s vibrant culture. Included is the ever popular Forty Seconds Street open mic where anyone can sign up and be a star for or 40 seconds.


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