Events Calendar

Week of July 21 - July 27, 2013

Calendar
Sunday, July 21, 2013

All ages (kids age 4+ and adults) can compete in one of seven skill and age sections. All sections are rated by the US Chess Federation except Beginner. There is no elimination! All players will participate in all four rounds of the tournament. Trophies, medals and cash prizes will be awarded to winners.

Pre-registration is recommended at Tri-State Chess. On-site registration opens at 9am on the morning of the tournament.

 

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.

 

Voilą! Bryant Park becomes even more magical with master magicians who will leave you spellbound.

Produced in partnership with mondaynightmagic.com.

In case of rain, Le Carrousel Magique will be cancelled.

 
Monday, July 22, 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 Dona Carter
www.cdbaby.com/donacarter

Pianist, composer, music educator, and mentor to students of all ages, Dona Carter has directed a variety of ensembles - large and small - composing and arranging many original pieces. Recent performances with her band include Cleopatra's Needle, CUNY Graduate Center, and the Hartford/Bushnell concert series.this. She has performed in a variety of venues, in the United States and abroad often sharing the stage with other outstanding musicians and singers. Visit her website for more details. In addition, her music is available at CDBaby and iTunes, and you can reach her on Facebook . Her current band includes saxophonist Bill Carter, bassist Bryce Sebastien, with Dee Ramey on drums. WHCR plays her music on their Sunday night jazz show, where she was a recent guest. "Playing piano in Bryant Park is one of the happiest parts of my summer."

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

 

Humphrey Bogart won his only Oscar as a hard drinking riverboat captain alongside prim missionary Katharine Hepburn, directed by John Huston. The unlikely pair overcomes perils and surprise on the journey, ending with their contribution to the war effort. (1951) 105 Min. (Paramount)


The lawn opens at 5:00pm for blankets and picnicking. Films begin at sunset (typically between 8pm and 9pm).

All packages, bags, briefcases, backpacks, etc. subject to inspection.

 

Lively and entertaining commentary on the classic movie The African Queen. With resident film experts Scott Adlerberg and Stephen Whitty.

In case of rain, Word for Word Reel Talks will be canceled.

Please note the Reel Talks location changes for the following weeks:
7/29 A Foreign Affair, Upper Terrace by the Trailer
8/5 Norma Rae, Upper Terrace by the Trailer
8/12 The Women, Upper Terrace by the Trailer
8/19 E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Reading Room

 
Tuesday, July 23, 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.

 

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.

 

Hosted by: Cali Co Cat

Tails, meowsic, and arts & crafts to boot!


In case of rain, Word for Word Storytime will be canceled.

 

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.)

 

Mark Blyth, Professor of International Economics, Brown, Austerity: History of a Dangerous Idea
Peter Blair Henry, Dean, Stern Business School, NYU, Turnaround: Third World Lessons for First World Growth

Hosted by Kevin Logan, Chief U.S. Economist, HSBC

Macro trends and lessons on what makes the world go 'round.

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 Dona Carter
www.cdbaby.com/donacarter

Pianist, composer, music educator, and mentor to students of all ages, Dona Carter has directed a variety of ensembles - large and small - composing and arranging many original pieces. Recent performances with her band include Cleopatra's Needle, CUNY Graduate Center, and the Hartford/Bushnell concert series.this. She has performed in a variety of venues, in the United States and abroad often sharing the stage with other outstanding musicians and singers. Visit her website for more details. In addition, her music is available at CDBaby and iTunes, and you can reach her on Facebook . Her current band includes saxophonist Bill Carter, bassist Bryce Sebastien, with Dee Ramey on drums. WHCR plays her music on their Sunday night jazz show, where she was a recent guest. "Playing piano in Bryant Park is one of the happiest parts of my summer."

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

Beginner classes presented by Knitty City.Yarn and needles are provided.

Call 212-787-5896 to pre-register, or take a chance and drop by.

 

This event will remain in the Reading Room under our tent tonight.

Tyehimba Jess (about Tyehimba)
Patricia Spears Jones (about Patricia)
Joseph Legaspi (about Joseph)
Samantha Thornhill (about Samantha)

Presented in partnership with Poets & Writers

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, July 24, 2013

Interviewed by Wendy Bounds of 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.

 

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.

 

Let the Great World Spin's award winning author's latest novel that spans centuries and validates history - from New York to Ireland.

Hosted by former student Jessica Soffer, author of Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots.

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 Dona Carter
www.cdbaby.com/donacarter

Pianist, composer, music educator, and mentor to students of all ages, Dona Carter has directed a variety of ensembles - large and small - composing and arranging many original pieces. Recent performances with her band include Cleopatra's Needle, CUNY Graduate Center, and the Hartford/Bushnell concert series.this. She has performed in a variety of venues, in the United States and abroad often sharing the stage with other outstanding musicians and singers. Visit her website for more details. In addition, her music is available at CDBaby and iTunes, and you can reach her on Facebook . Her current band includes saxophonist Bill Carter, bassist Bryce Sebastien, with Dee Ramey on drums. WHCR plays her music on their Sunday night jazz show, where she was a recent guest. "Playing piano in Bryant Park is one of the happiest parts of my summer."

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

Blending bluegrass, world beat, and rock to create a fun, engaging, and contagious rootsy sound. Find more info about Tall Tall Trees 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.

 

Civil War history, politics, economics, biography - popular topics to stimulate your mind. Bell rings at 7pm.

Louis P. Masur - The Civil War: A Concise History

"Masur performs a miracle by providing a concise but compelling narrative of the Civil War era, packing in the critical information to track the trajectory of secession, war, emancipation, and Reconstruction...Highly recommended." (Library Journal)

Produced in partnership with Oxford University Press, Inc. (OUP USA) and the New-York Historical Society

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.

 
Thursday, July 25, 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.

 

presented by 106.7 LiteFM

The most popular musicals on and off Broadway perform their biggest hits.

Today's featured shows:
Avenue Q
Rock of Ages
Soul Doctor
Storyville
Gazillion Bubble Show


Lite FM Host: Christine Nagy
Co-host: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

 

A Note on Dona Carter
www.cdbaby.com/donacarter

Pianist, composer, music educator, and mentor to students of all ages, Dona Carter has directed a variety of ensembles - large and small - composing and arranging many original pieces. Recent performances with her band include Cleopatra's Needle, the Hartford/Bushnell concert series and the CUNY Graduate Center. She has performed in a variety of venues, in the United States and abroad often sharing the stage with other outstanding musicians and singers. In addition, her music is available at CDBaby and iTunes, and you can reach her on Facebook . Her current band includes saxophonist Bill Carter and drummer Dee Ramey. She is also working with performing arts students on the musical Fame. WHCR plays her music on their Sunday night jazz show, where she was a recent guest. Show host Lamon featured her new single release We Share One World sung by Arezer II. "Playing piano in Bryant Park is one of the happiest parts of my summer."

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

 

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.

 

Today's featured styles: French, Jazz, Ukranian, Indie Pop, and German

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

Featured today:
AK - Medieval Bard, Modern World
Melissa Elledge - Not your Grand Daddy's Accordion
Red Wierenga - Post-Jazz Avant-Garde
Marni Rice - Chanteuse/Accordioniste/NYC/Paris
Yuri Lemeshev - World, Film, Classical, Jazz
Bud Gramer - Continental/German/Standards/Ballroom

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

 

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.

 

Pen your own story, poem, or screenplay, at writers workshops guaranteed to improve and perfect. Pre-registration required (age 18+)

Facilitated by: Sung J. Woo, Master of Fine Arts, New York University

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.

 
Friday, July 26, 2013

A Note on Dona Carter
www.cdbaby.com/donacarter

Pianist, composer, music educator, and mentor to students of all ages, Dona Carter has directed a variety of ensembles - large and small - composing and arranging many original pieces. Recent performances with her band include Cleopatra's Needle, CUNY Graduate Center, and the Hartford/Bushnell concert series.this. She has performed in a variety of venues, in the United States and abroad often sharing the stage with other outstanding musicians and singers. Visit her website for more details. In addition, her music is available at CDBaby and iTunes, and you can reach her on Facebook . Her current band includes saxophonist Bill Carter, bassist Bryce Sebastien, with Dee Ramey on drums. WHCR plays her music on their Sunday night jazz show, where she was a recent guest. "Playing piano in Bryant Park is one of the happiest parts of my summer."

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

 

Reimagining the traditional string quartet, the ensemble electrifies audiences with explosive virtuosity. Commission: Subject by Jason Eckhardt

Christopher Otto - violin
Ari Streisfeld - violin
John Pickford Richards - viola
Kevin McFarland - cello

For more info, visit jackquartet.com.



About New Music in Bryant Park
Renowned award-winning classical/contemporary and jazz ensembles showcase works commissioned by Chamber Music America.

Funding for the commissioning programs of Chamber Music America is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

 
Saturday, July 27, 2013

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.

 

Erin Lee and the Up Past Bedtime Band with songs that typify being a kid - from losing your lunchbox to having a loose tooth.

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.

 
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