Summer Activities in NYC

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On August 29, the Metropolitan Opera will launch its  first-ever Summer HD Festival, featuring free  screenings of ten productions from the company’s  Peabody and Emmy Award-winning Live in HD series.  The series will run for ten nights and opens with  Laurent Pelly’s acclaimed production of Donizetti’s  La Fille du Régiment,  starring Natalie Dessay and Juan Diego Flórez. The  festival will close with Anthony Minghella’s staging of  Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, featuring Patricia  Racette and Marcello Giordani, on Monday evening,  September 7. Three of the HD  productions to be shown are conducted by Met Music  Director James Levine.
The HD screenings start at 7:30, 7:45 or 8:00pm and  are FREE! Tickets are not required; 2800 seats will be  available each night on a first-come, first-served  basis. Eat locally before or after performances and  check out special restaurants offers listed below.
Details here: http://www.metoperafamily.org/metopera/broadcast/template.aspx?id=8586

(Amanda’s note: “OMG!”)

On August 29, the Metropolitan Opera will launch its first-ever Summer HD Festival, featuring free screenings of ten productions from the company’s Peabody and Emmy Award-winning Live in HD series. The series will run for ten nights and opens with Laurent Pelly’s acclaimed production of Donizetti’s La Fille du Régiment, starring Natalie Dessay and Juan Diego Flórez. The festival will close with Anthony Minghella’s staging of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, featuring Patricia Racette and Marcello Giordani, on Monday evening, September 7. Three of the HD productions to be shown are conducted by Met Music Director James Levine.

The HD screenings start at 7:30, 7:45 or 8:00pm and are FREE! Tickets are not required; 2800 seats will be available each night on a first-come, first-served basis. Eat locally before or after performances and check out special restaurants offers listed below.

Details here: http://www.metoperafamily.org/metopera/broadcast/template.aspx?id=8586

Activities over the next few days…

Thurs, August 13th
Brooklyn Bridge Park’s “Movies With A View,” FREE
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
http://www.brooklynbridgepark.org/go/programs-/-events/movies-with-a-view

Thurs, August 13th
Blondie, Pat Benatar and The Donnas
Asser Levy Park, Coney Island, FREE
http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2009/05/blondie_pat_ben.html

Fri, August 14th
Central Park SummerStage: Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company with musical guest Martha Wainwright (Dance), 8 PM.
www.summerstage.org

Fri, August 14th
RiverFlicks for Kids: Pier 46, 8:30 PM, FREE
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

Outdoor movie series for children through Fri, August 21st
http://www.hudsonriverpark.org

Fri, August 14th-Sun, August 30th

The New York International Fringe Festival
http://www.fringenyc.org
(Amanda’s note: I always buy a ticket to the silliest musical, so join me!)

Sat, August 15th
Hip-Hop Karaoke BBQ, 2 PM
Water Taxi Beach Governors Island

Sat, August 15th
Central Park SummerStage: Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company with musical guest Martha Wainwright (Dance), 8 PM.
www.summerstage.org

Movies Under the Stars

If you live uptown, or are adventurous enough to leave East Village, head uptown to the free outdoor movies in Riverside Park!

Movies Under the Stars are at 8:30 PM at Pier I (70th Street). Free and weather permitting.

Wednesday, July 15th
Wall Street (1980s)
, starring Michael Douglas, Charlie Sheen, Darryl Hannah; Directed by Oliver Stone
(1987). In a shockingly relevant New York fable for our times, a young and impatient stockbroker, willing to do anything to get to the top, trades on illegal inside information from a ruthless and greedy corporate raider who takes the newcomer under his wing.

Wednesday, July 22nd
Dinner at Eight (1930s) , starring Marie Dressler, John Barrymore, Jean Harlow, Wallace Berry, Lionel Barrymore, Billie Burke (1933). The all-star film version of the George S. Kaufman/Edna Ferber comic stage hit. Socially ambitious Gotham hostess Billie Burke throws a dinner party and everyone’s coming – no matter what happened to them that day.

Wednesday, July 29th
The Out-of-Towners (1970s), starring Jack Lemmon, Sandy Dennis; Directed by Arthur Hiller; Written by Neil Simon (1970). George Kellerman and his wife travel to New York, where he is about to take a new job. The journey turns out to be the trip from hell – if you’ve ever had a New York nightmare, you’ll recognize it in this comedy.

Wednesday, August 5th
Drums Along the Mohawk (1760s), starring Henry Fonda, Claudette Colbert, Edna May Oliver; Directed by John Ford (1939). Ford’s first color film sweepingly recreates the adventures of Mohawk Valley pioneers during the Revolutionary War. A young farmer and his wife courageously endure hardships caused by British, Tories, and Indians.

Wednesday, August 12th
Sweet Smell of Success (1950s), starring Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Susan Harrison; Directed by Alexander Mackendrick (1957). “Match me, Sidney!” and other famous lines etch out this dark and vividly atmospheric portrait of the seamy side of show business. Burt Lancaster as powerful New York gossip columnist J.J. Hunsecker exploits desperately dependent press agent Sidney Falco and others in his lair.

Movies Under the Stars has been updated in the big, bad list of summer activities in NYC!

Broadway in Bryant Park schedule

From the Bryant Park website:

July 9
Phantom of the Opera | STOMP | Avenue Q | In The Heights

12:30pm–1:30pm | The Lawn
presented by New York’s 106.7 LiteFM

July 16
The Little Mermaid | 9 to 5 | Pure Country | The Toxic Avenger

12:30pm–1:30pm | The Lawnpresented by New York’s 106.7 LiteFM

July 23
Mary Poppins | Rock of Ages | Vanities | Next to Normal

12:30pm–1:30pm | The Lawn
presented by New York’s 106.7 LiteFM

July 30
Chicago | Naked Boys Singing! | Jersey Boys | Shrek

12:30pm–1:30pm | The Lawn
presented by New York’s 106.7 LiteFM

August 6
Wicked | Burn The Floor | The Lion King | The Marvelous Wonderettes

12:30pm–1:30pm | The Lawn
presented by New York’s 106.7 LiteFM

August 13
Billy Elliot | South Pacific | Mamma Mia! | Altar Boyz

12:30pm–1:30pm | The Lawn

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Blues BBQ - Sunday, August 23rd on Pier 54

From the Friends of Hudson River Park:

Back for the 10th year, Hudson River Park’s annual Blues BBQ Festival brings the best Blues bands from across the country together with the finest New York City BBQ restaurants for a fantastic summer day on the river. This feast for your senses brings you the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of a true southern BBQ experience!

This year’s performers will include:

Eden Brent
Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater
Diunna Greenleaf
the Homemade Jamz Blues Band
Michael Burks

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Clinton Concert Series - Pier 84

All concerts are free and take place at Pier 84.

From the Friends of Hudson River Park:

Roosevelt Dime
Monday, July 13
Hudson River Park’s Pier 84 (44th Street)
Treat yourself to a Monday night on the pier with this upbeat
trio that plays country soul with a bluesy flavor.

Gregoio Uribe Big Band
Monday, July 27
Hudson River Park’s Clinton Cove (55th Street)
Groove to the steaming reverberations of this infectious 16-piece band that blends Afro-Columbian rhythms with funk and jazz.

Soul Understated
Monday, August 10
Hudson River Park’s Pier 84 (44th Street)
Join for soul music, mixed with jazz and hip-hop.

Stephen Beasley Project
Monday, August 24
Hudson River Park’s Clinton Cove (55th Street)
Grab a spot at the Cove for a great hour of soul, rock, and funk, flavored with a world music slant.

Pier Lawrence Quartet
Monday, September 14
Hudson River Park’s Pier 84 (44th Street)
Relax to the sounds of this jazz group.

Contraband
Monday, September 28
Hudson River Park’s Clinton Cove (55th Street)
Groove along to this mix of rock, soul and folk.

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Clinton Concert Series as been updated in the big, bad list of summer activities in NYC!

PLOT/09 Public Art Project on Governors Island

From nycgo:

Take the free ferry across the river to Governors Island to view this new public art quadrennial, with 19 works commissioned from more than 20 international artists. Entitled This World & Nearer Ones, the installation reflects on the shifting histories and narratives of this island just off Manhattan’s southern tip. Participating artists hail from nine countries, and include Anthony McCall, Mark Wallinger, Lawrence Weiner and Patti Smith. Visit creativetime.org for more information.

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Concert Schedule at Water Taxi Beach Governors Island

The concert schedule has been released for Water Taxi Beach Governors Island:

July 12, 4 p.m. - DJ khz
July 18, 2 p.m. - Wheel Up! w/ DJs DRM (Bastard Jazz) + Erik The Red (Giant Step)
July 19, 2 p.m. - Tragedy
July 25, 2 p.m. - The Beatards
July 26, 3 p.m. - Turntables on the Hudson
Aug 4, 8 p.m. - Erykah Badu
Aug 15, 2 p.m. - Hip-Hop Karaoke BBQ
Aug 18, 8 p.m. - B52s
Aug 23, 3 p.m. - Turntables on the Hudson
Sept. 6, 3 p.m. - Turntables on the Hudson
Sept 12, 9:30 p.m. - Mos Def.
Sept. 26, 8 p.m. - Buckethead

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New York: Outdoor Summer Screenings

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(via Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting)

July 1, 2009 - Summer in New York City brings with it a slew of outdoor films. Here’s a sample of the festivals happening in the City:

2009 HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival
Date: Every Monday until August 17
Time: Lawn opens at 5pm. Films begin at dusk (8pm-9pm)
Movies ShownThe Sting, Breaking Away, Gold Diggers of 1933, Dog Day Afternoon, How Green Was My Valley, Harold and Maude, The Defiant Ones, Kramer vs. Kramer, The Magnificent Seven, and Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Location: Bryant Park is situated behind the New York Public Library in midtown Manhattan, between 40th and 42nd Streets & Fifth and Sixth Avenues
Every Monday night from June 15 until August 17, the 2009 HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival presents classic films like The Magnificent Seven and Kramer vs. Kramer. The lawn opens at 5pm for blankets and picnicking; films begin at dusk. For a complete schedule, click here.

RiverFlicks
Date
: Every Friday from July 10 to August 21
Time: Movies begin at dusk (around 8:30pm)
Movies ShownWizard of Oz, Kung Fu Panda, Ghostbusters, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, The Muppet Movie, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, and Curious George
Location: Piers 54 and 46 at Charles Street
Overlooking the Hudson River, RiverFlicks for Kids takes place every Friday night at Pier 46 with offerings of The Wizard of Oz, Kung Fu Panda, and The Muppet Movie. For adults, there’s RiverFlicks for Grown-Ups at Pier 54 on Wednesdays. Beginning on July 8 with Iron Man and concluding with Pineapple Express on August 19, the series will also feature Tropic Thunder on August 5. For more information, visit http://www.hudsonriverpark.org/events.asp.

Summer on the Hudson
Date: Every Wednesday from July 8 to August 12
Time: 8:30pm- 11pm
Movies ShownThe Age of Innocence, Wall Street, Dinner at Eight, The Out-of-Towners, Drums Along the Mohawk, and Sweet Smell of Success
Location: Pier 1, Manhattan
Pier 1 at 70th Street in Manhattan plays host to Movies Under the Stars on Wednesday evenings beginning July 9. This year’s films were chosen to showcase the theme of finance, with selections that include The Age of Innocence, Wall Street, and Sweet Smell of Success. Visit http://nycgovparks.org/ for a full schedule.

Movies with a View
Date: Every Thursday from July 9 to August 27
Time: 6pm to 11pm. Movies start at sunset.
Movies ShownRaising Arizona, The Maltese Falcon, Paper Moon, To Catch A Thief, The Return Of The Pink Panther, Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid, Catch Me If You Can, and Edward Scissorhands.
Location: Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy
The 10th Annual Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Movies with a View kicks off on July 9 at the Brooklyn Bridge Park. The Maltese Falcon and Edward Scissorhands are among the films shown every Thursday. For more information, visit http://www.brooklynbridgepark.org.

Free Music in Lincoln Square

Bring your lunch and enjoy free music in Richard Tucker Park (Broadway & 66th St) this summer in Lincoln Square.

Concerts are Noon-2 PM every Wednesday until August 26th.