Events Calendar

Week of June 9 - June 15, 2013

Calendar
Sunday, June 9, 2013

Learn the basics of fly fishing for free.

Join expert instructors from Orvis for lessons on fly casting and outfit rigging. Class spaces are first come, first served. Call 212-827-0698 to reserve your spot.

Class dates:
April 20 & 27
May 4, 5, 18 & 25
June 8 & 9

 

Practice Chinese Chess outdoors in the park, where it is traditionally played in cities throughout China.

Unlock the secrets of Xiang Qi (Chinese Chess) at our weekly free clinic in the Bryant Park Games Area, or challenge an international Xiang Qi champion visiting from the United East Athletics Association.

 
Monday, June 10, 2013

Bonjour! Hola! Konnichiwa! Ciao!

Bryant Park speaks French, Spanish, Japanese, and Italian with instruction by inlingua. Learn a new language or brush up on your skills in these standalone classes. Classes are not cumulative, so you may attend any class throughout the season.

Registration is required one week before class date. Email us inlinguainBryantPark@inlingua.com to sign up. Limit 1 class per person per language. 20 student capacity per class.

 

A Note on Ayako Shirasaki

Ayako Shirasaki is a virtuoso pianist who performs in and around the New York City area. Her techniques range from a "tender touch" (like the late Tommy Flanagan) to "brisk runs" (like Bud Powell) - which can be heard on her recent solo CD Falling Leaves - Live in Hamburg.

Presented by:
Bryant Park Corporation
Sam Ash Music Stores
Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians
Jazz Center of New York

 

Join Bryant Park for the 2nd annual epic game of musical chairs, featuring the park's iconic green bistro chair.

Hosted by comedian Sara Barron and DJ Stewey Decimal

Participation will be first come, first served. There will be a walk-in line opening at 6:00pm.

You must be 18-years of age or older to participate.

Be there or be chair.

 
Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Tai Chi and Eternal Spring are instructed by members of the Tai Chi Chuan Center for all ages and experience levels.

Classes are rain or shine.

 

Meet bestselling children's author and native New Yorker Jane O'Connor as she discusses her wildly popular Fancy Nancy series.

Interviewed by Lee Hawkins of the The Wall Street Journal.

About Breakfast Briefings
Start your day with inspiration over breakfast. Morning talks this June and July will feature leaders across disciplines as diverse as the culinary arts, entertainment, media and tech.

In partnership with The Wall Street Journal.

Preregistration is required at bryantpark.org.

 

Bryant Park Yoga returns for its 10th anniversary season!

Expert instructors lead all levels of yogis. Mats are provided. Presented by Athleta and produced by alignyo. Instructors and assistants from YogaWorks.

Sign-in will be required at the start of each class. Or, skip the line and pre-register here!

In case of rain, please check bryantpark.org.

 

Come face to face with an Eclectus Parrot, gaze at a Macaw, or hold a Conure.

Exotic birds from the Arcadia Bird Sanctuary and Educational Center visit Le Carrousel every Tuesday* this summer, weather permitting.

Stop by to watch, ask questions, interact with the birds, or just take pictures. Sanctuary Director, Terri Jones, will be happy to introduce you to one of her sociable, people-friendly birds.

(*There will be no Meet the Birds on June 25 and July 2.)

 

A Note on Ayako Shirasaki

Ayako Shirasaki is a virtuoso pianist who performs in and around the New York City area. Her techniques range from a "tender touch" (like the late Tommy Flanagan) to "brisk runs" (like Bud Powell) - which can be heard on her recent solo CD Falling Leaves - Live in Hamburg.

Presented by:
Bryant Park Corporation
Sam Ash Music Stores
Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians
Jazz Center of New York

 

Craig Morgan Teicher (about Craig)
Michael Waters (about Michael)
Jeanne Marie Beaumont (about Jeanne Marie)
Christopher Kennedy (about Christopher)

Presented in partnership with BOA Editions

Rain information:
In case of summer showers, there will be an on-site tent. For stormy weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

Rain Venue:
*The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen
20 West 44th Street (between 5th & 6th Avenues)

*Not all rooms in The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen are handicapped accessible - we are sorry for the inconvenience.

 
Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Bonjour! Hola! Konnichiwa! Ciao!

Bryant Park speaks French, Spanish, Japanese, and Italian with instruction by inlingua. Learn a new language or brush up on your skills in these standalone classes. Classes are not cumulative, so you may attend any class throughout the season.

Registration is required one week before class date. Email us inlinguainBryantPark@inlingua.com to sign up. Limit 1 class per person per language. 20 student capacity per class.

 

French high-wire artist with his latest act.

Rain information:
In case of summer showers, there will be an on-site tent. For stormy weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

Rain Venue:
The New York Public Library
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street
Enter at 42nd Street

 

A Note on Ayako Shirasaki

Ayako Shirasaki is a virtuoso pianist who performs in and around the New York City area. Her techniques range from a "tender touch" (like the late Tommy Flanagan) to "brisk runs" (like Bud Powell) - which can be heard on her recent solo CD Falling Leaves - Live in Hamburg.

Presented by:
Bryant Park Corporation
Sam Ash Music Stores
Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians
Jazz Center of New York

 

Music to start the end of your day

A hot alt-country act with a tight, crisp live show features all-natural talent exploding with heart, soul and guts. Find more info about Rebecca Haviland and Whiskey Heart here.

Brought to you by the Bryant Park Corporation as part of the After Work music series: Perfectly timed evening performances featuring talented New York area jazz musicians and singer-songwriters.Visit the Bryant Park blog for a free download from each of our After Work artists.

 
Thursday, June 13, 2013

Tai Chi and Eternal Spring are instructed by members of the Tai Chi Chuan Center for all ages and experience levels.

Classes are rain or shine.

 

**Tonight's event has been moved to:**
The New York Public Library
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street
Enter at 42nd Street


A journey through the mind of famed WTF podcaster who's just trying to find his way.

Rain information:
In case of summer showers, there will be an on-site tent. For stormy weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

Rain Venue:
The New York Public Library
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street
Enter at 42nd Street

 

A Note on Ayako Shirasaki

Ayako Shirasaki is a virtuoso pianist who performs in and around the New York City area. Her techniques range from a "tender touch" (like the late Tommy Flanagan) to "brisk runs" (like Bud Powell) - which can be heard on her recent solo CD Falling Leaves - Live in Hamburg.

Presented by:
Bryant Park Corporation
Sam Ash Music Stores
Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians
Jazz Center of New York

 

Today's featured styles: Cumbia, Bluegrass, Jazz, Pop, French, Klezmer, and Waltz

13 evenings featuring over a hundred different accordionists throughout the summer, playing music from all over the world.

Featured today:
Javier Samayoa - Latin American Soup of Music
Ismail Butera - Asian/African/South American Crossover
Jacob Garchik - Late 20th Century Brooklyn Exotica
Art Now - Blues, Reggae, Standards, Pop
Patrick Farrell - Klezmer, Classical & Improvisations
Albert Behar - French Gypsy Jazz & Waltz Musette

Accordionists will be stationed throughout the park to surprise and delight passers-by.

 

Learn the American version of this social, strategy game hailing from China twice a month with free clinics in the park.

Afternoon Classes, 3pm-4:30pm:
May 30, June 24, July 25, August 21, September 2

Evening Classes, 6pm-7:30pm:
June 13, July 15, August 13, September 11


Can't make one of our free clinics? Linda also teaches private lessons and coaches students in the Games Area. Contact Linda for more information.

Already know how to play? Drop by the Games Area to arrange a game with other Mahj fans.

 

Bryant Park Yoga returns for its 10th anniversary season!

Expert instructors lead all levels of yogis. Mats are provided. Presented by Athleta and produced by alignyo. Instructors and assistants from YogaWorks.

Sign-in will be required at the start of each class. Or, skip the line and pre-register here!

In case of rain, please check bryantpark.org.

 
Friday, June 14, 2013

The U.S. Army will return to Bryant Park this summer to celebrate their 238th birthday! Come see a special patriotic performance featuring the United States Military Academy Band, the United States Army Soldier Show, The Old Guard Fife and Drum Corp, and The United States Army Drill Team.

 

A Note on Ayako Shirasaki

Ayako Shirasaki is a virtuoso pianist who performs in and around the New York City area. Her techniques range from a "tender touch" (like the late Tommy Flanagan) to "brisk runs" (like Bud Powell) - which can be heard on her recent solo CD Falling Leaves - Live in Hamburg.

Presented by:
Bryant Park Corporation
Sam Ash Music Stores
Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians
Jazz Center of New York

 

Free Classes in the Park

Take a stab at the modern sport of fencing with masters from Manhattan Fencing Center.

No prior experience needed and equipment is provided.

Call 212-382-2255 to pre-register or take a chance and drop by.

 

These imaginative NYC-based contemporary companies have visceral choreographers, and feature superb dancers and engaging works that stretch the boundaries of dance in the 21st Century.

Shannon Gillen + Guests
Known for its intricate and lush physicality that is drawn from the body's natural desire to communicate, Gillen's company is grounded by a rigorous exploration, showcasing the surprising resources of the imagination.

Sidra Bell Dance New York
Innovative, provocative, and kinetic, Bell is a sought-after voice in contemporary dance, creating life affirming dance theater works that ignite the imagination and explore the complexities of the human condition.

 
Saturday, June 15, 2013

Select Doubles style petanque tournament for this popular European game organized by La Boule New Yorkaise, NYC's championship-winning club.

For tournament details, registration information, and entry fees, please visit La Boule New Yorkaise.

 

Experience the joy of movement and dance.

Free classes are led by former and current members of the internationally renowned modern dance company, Limon Dance.

Open to all levels and ages.

 

Voilà! Justin The Magician reappears with more tricks up his sleeve and magic from his hat.

Rain information:
In case of summer showers, there will be an on-site tent. For stormy weather, please check bryantpark.org for the indoor location.

Rain Venues:

  • *The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen
    20 West 44th Street
    (between 5th & 6th Avenues)

  • *Not all rooms in The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen are handicapped accessible - we are sorry for the inconvenience.

  • The New York Public Library
    Children's Center @ 42nd Street

    Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
    Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street
    Enter at 42nd Street
    (212) 621-0208






 

Hop on over to our pad for unfroggetable fun with Flaubert Frog and all his carousel pals.

In case of rain, Flaubert Frog & Friends will be canceled.

 

Free Classes in the Park

Join fellow knitters in celebration of World Wide Knitting in Public Day.

Members from The Big Apple Knitting Guild and NYC Crochet Guild will be in attendance to knit, crochet, and exchange ideas and patterns. They will also offer free lessons to beginners. Yarn and needles provided.


Produced in partnership with Knitty City.

 
Petanque

Pétanque

Pétanque is a French game of "boules" played in the park. Try your hand after a free lesson from La Boule New Yorkaise.

Learn more about Pétanque in Bryant Park
Ping Pong

Ping Pong at The Tables

The Tables are located in the northwest corner of the park, and equipment is provided free of charge.

Give The Tables a spin