Missed the Jitney? NYC Has Vampires and a Greek Chorus


The line for the Jitney was around the corner yesterday, but you showed the good sense to stay in town. The city this weekend is filled with free movies, concerts and dance. Take your pick.

Friday, August 21

Good Morning America Summer Concert Series: Reba McEntire

8:30 a.m.9:00 a.m.

In the Good Morning America Summer Concert Series, a range of talented and famous musicians performs every Friday morning. Today’s performer is Reba McEntire. Concert takes place at the Rumsey Playfield in Central Park.

Central Park opens to the public at 6 a.m. and audience members will be permitted to enter the park starting then. Concerts are free and open to the public. Entrance is on a first-come, first-served basis, so arrive at 6 a.m.

“Good Morning America” airs live from 7 to 9 a.m., with concert performances usually starting around 8:30 a.m.

Piano in Bryant Park

12:00 p.m.1:45 p.m.

Bryant Park is one of our favorite parks in the city. Stop by the Upper Terrace for Ragtime, jazz, and more from the city’s best pianists on the park’s custom made piano in Bryant Park.

Exhibition: Mid-19th Century Underwear

All Weekend; 12:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.

Take a peek at rarely seen ‘unmentionables’ of the 1850s and 60s, including a lady’s chemise, corset, drawers, stockings, and cage crinoline. Included with regular admission. Located in the Merchant’s House Museum (29 East Fourth Street). Read our review of this exhibit.

Central Park Film Festival: Twilight (Pictured above)

6:00 p.m.10:00 p.m.

Central Park has the “cool factor” – and so do the stars of the 7th Annual Central Park Film Festival, sponsored by Bloomberg L.P. Don’t forget to vote for tomorrow’s film – it’s viewer’s choice. Visit to vote.

Today’s film is Twilight. In this film, a teenage girl risks everything when she falls in love the coolest and hottest looking guy at Forks High School, who just happens to be a vampire. This love story has a cult like following. Catch the original before the sequel premieres and find out why Twilight is so beloved by females of all ages.

All screenings are FREE and start at 8:00 p.m. Gates open at 6:00 p.m. To find Rumsey Playfield, enter the Park at Fifth Avenue and 69th Street. All films are closed-captioned. Rain or shine.

Shakespeare in Riverside Park: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Friday, Saturday and Sunday 6:30 p.m

Join Hudson Warehouse, the Other Shakespeare in the Park, for their production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a popular Shakespeare comedy.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream tells the tale of the strange events that occur when mischievous forest fairies magically transform the romantic fate of two young couples. Production takes place at the North Patio of Soldiers’ & Sailors’ Monument (89th Street) in Riverside Park. Contact for more information. Free.

River to River Festival: BPC Parks’ Sunset Jam on the Hudson

7:00 p.m.

Improvise on African, Latin and Caribbean rhythms in a drumming circle led by master drummers. Instruments provided or bring own. Fridays through August 28. This week’s Sunset Jam is at the Robert E. Wagner Jr. Park. Call 212-417-2000 for more information.

Jazzmobile: Ms. Antoinette Montague

Jazzmobile provides arts education program of the highest quality via workshops, master classes, lecture demonstrations, arts enrichment programs, outdoor summer mobile concerts, special indoor concerts, and special projects. Tonight Ms. Antoinette Montague performs at Marcus Garvey Park, 122nd Street and 5th Avenue.

Lincoln Center Out of Doors: Frevo Bombastico

7:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.

Some of New York’s finest musicians perform supercharged carnival frevo from Recife, Brazil, known for its hyper-driven dancing and pyrotechnic umbrella spinning. Lincoln Center Out of Doors takes place at Damrosch Park in Lincoln Center. Call 212-875-5000 for more information.

Lincoln Center Out of Doors: Blind Date with DJ Dolores & Siba Otto

7:30 p.m.9:00 p.m.

Northeastern Brazil’s Recife emerged in the mid-’90s as a cultural incubator, giving birth to manguebeat, the most important Brazilian musical movement to emerge since Tropicalia. Debuting as Blind Date, DJ Dolores’ futuristic dub-influenced breakbeats update regional styles like coco, ciranda, and maracatu with help from earthy neotraditonalist fiddler/vocalist Siba. The idiosyncratically charismatic Otto’s seductive pop swirl posits him as a funky shaman for the jet-set. Lincoln Center Out of Doors takes place at Damrosch Park in Lincoln Center. Call 212-875-5000 for more information.

Hudson River Park’s River Flicks for Kids: Curious George

8:00 p.m.


Bring the whole family to Hudson River Park’s Pier 46 to see this week’s feature, Curious George. Call 212-627-2121 for more information.

Public Theater: The Bacchae

Friday, Saturday and Sunday 8:00 p.m.

JoAnne Akalaitis returns to The Public Theater to present Greek tragedy as it was always meant to be seen – in the open air of the city. This visionary interpretation, featuring a lush choral score by Philip Glass, re-imagines the classic story about what happens when a government attempts to outlaw desire.

For over 50 years, The Public has been proud to bring free performances to over 100,000 people each summer at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. This long-standing tradition has joined esteemed artists with audiences from all over the world to celebrate Shakespeare and other classic works. Free tickets are available both in person and online to the general public. Tickets start being distributed at 1 p.m. on the day of the performance–get there early to get one!

Outdoor Films: Finding Nemo

8:30 p.m.

Free outdoor movies on a sultry August evening are the stuff of childhood memories. Bring the kids and come “catch” a screening of the popular animated film Finding Nemo.

Bellevue South Park

First Avenue at East 26/East 28th streets


Harlem Walk-a-Thon & 5K Run

8:30 a.m.

Come out for the New York Family Health Walk-a-Thon & the First Annual Percy Sutton Harlem 5K Run, a run and walk through historic Harlem including three historic Harlem parks:  Morningside Park, St. Nicholas Park, and Jackie Robinson Park.

Run:  Meet at St. Nicholas Park, 135th Street Plaza at 8:30 a.m.

Walk:  Meet at St. Nicholas Park, 135th Street Plaza at 9:30 a.m.

Canoe with a Ranger!

9:30 a.m.1:30 p.m.

Here’s your chance to learn the basics of canoeing with the Rangers! First come, first-served. Ages 8+. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Life jackets will be provided. Canoeing is at the Inwood Hill Nature Center (Enter park at West 218th Street and Indian Road). Call 212-304-2365 for more information.

Summer on the Hudson: Kayaking on the Hudson

Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.

Join the Downtown Boathouse for complimentary kayaking and explore the Hudson River first hand! No need to make a reservation; just walk right up and wait on (a bit of a) line. Paddle time is 20 minutes per slot (you can paddle more than once depending on crowds). Don’t worry if you’ve never kayaked before: the nautical experts provide the equipment and the know-how—all they ask is that you know how to swim, wear a life jacket, and have fun! Kids under 16 must be accompanied by an adult in the same boat. Come to Riverside Park South at 72nd Street and the Hudson River. Weather permitting. For more information call (212) 408-0219.

Learn to Ride a Bike

10:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.

This is a free program that teaches a safe, easy, and effective way to learn to ride. Participants will learn the basics of balancing, starting, stopping, and steering a bike. It’s being offered to children ages 5 and up throughout the five boroughs. Participants should bring a helmet and a bike that fits to their standards. A pre-registration is required and can be done through Bike New York’s website or at (212) 932-BIKE. Bike lessons take place at Foley Square, Centre Street at Worth Street. Visit

River to River Festival: The 28th Annual Downtown Dance Festival in Battery Park

Saturday and Sunday 1:00 p.m.

The 28th Annual Downtown Dance Festival invites audiences to enjoy nine days of ethnic, classical and contemporary dance from around the world. Come to Battery Park to join in the festivities. Call 212-219-3910 or visit for more information.

Lincoln Center Out of Doors: 26th Annual Roots of American Music

2:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.

3189710771_ccbdc59b5d_o1Today’s performers are Tommy Sands, Calypso Rose (pictured), Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, and the Holmes Brothers.  Legendary singer and social activist Tommy Sands is one of Ireland’s most powerful songwriters and performers, using music to bridge cultural differences. Tobago’s grand dame Calypso Rose, the first female Calypso Monarch, has written over 800 songs, from fun-loving party numbers to politically and socially conscious anthems. Folk troubadour Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, whose nickname was bestowed on him by Odetta’s mother, formed the link between Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan. The Holmes Brothers mix Saturday night’s roadhouse rock with the gospel fervor and spine-tingling harmonies of Sunday’s church service. Lincoln Center Out of Doors takes place at Damrosch Park in Lincoln Center. Call 212-875-5000 for more information.

The Jazz Mobile with Arturo O’Farrill

3:00 p.m.

Jazzmobile provides arts education program of the highest quality via workshops, master classes, lecture demonstrations, arts enrichment programs, outdoor summer mobile concerts, special indoor concerts, and special projects. Tonight Arturo O’Farrill performs on the lawn in J. Hood Wright Park at Fort Washington Avenue between 173 Street and 175 Street. Free.

Central Park Film Festival: Viewer’s Choice

6:00 p.m.10:00 p.m.

Tonight’s film will you be selected by you, the viewer! Visit to vote for one of the following: (Voting begins on July 21 and ends on August 21.)

* Men in Black (1997) Will Smith & Tommy Lee Jones, slick in their suits and shades, are protecting the earth from the scum of the universe. 98 min.* Goldfinger (1965) Investigating a gold magnate’s gold smuggling, James Bond — the ultimate Mr. Cool — uncovers a plot to contaminate the Fort Knox gold reserve. 110 min.* Desperately Seeking Susan (1985) A bored suburban housewife, seeking adventure to her life, accidentally gets hit on the head, wakes up with amnesia, and is mistaken for a free-spirited New York City drifter named Susan (starring the coolest chameleon, Madonna). 104 min.

All screenings are FREE and start at 8:00 p.m. Gates open at 6:00 p.m. To find Rumsey Playfield, enter the Park at Fifth Avenue and 69th Street. All films are closed-captioned. Rain or shine.

Lincoln Center Out of Doors: Lizz Wright & Allen Toussaint

7:30 p.m.9:00 p.m.

Lizz Wright’s smoky, full-bodied voice stirs jazz, gospel, and rhythm and blues into prayerful meditations on her Southern roots. Living legend Allen Toussaint’s work as composer, producer, and performer helped shape the sound of American music, reaching deep into R&B, soul, funk, pop, country, gospel, blues, and jazz with his easy-going charm and the seductive, percolating rhythms of his native New Orleans. Event takes place in Damrosch Park. Call 212-875-5000 for more information or visit

Great Irish Festival

Celebrate all things Irish at this street fair on Sixth Avenue between 42nd and 56th Streets.

Our Lady of Pompeii Festival

Bleeker Street between 6th and 7th Avenues


Memorial Bike Tour

12:00 p.m.

Grab your helmet and get set to explore the Memorial sites of Riverside Park. Have you ever visited the Amiable Child? Our goal is to end the tour with a peek inside the Little Red Lighthouse in Fort Washington Park. Bring lots of water and of course your bike. Meet at Riverside Park, 72nd Street and Riverside Drive. Call 212-628-2345 for more information.

Movie Matinee: Valley of Eagles

12:00 p.m.

The Chilkat River of Southeast Alaska host over 3,000 bald eagles who gather on a 4-mile stretch of a river to feed on the salmon that have returned to their natal river to spawn. Come watch this fascinating documentary film! Showing is at the Inwood Hill Nature Center (Enter park at West 218th Street and Indian Road). Free. Call 212-304-2365 for more information.

Harlem Meer Performance Festival: Retumba

2:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.

retumbaJoin the Central Park Conservancy for the 2009 season of this popular FREE concert series that features the best in local emerging and established Latin, Jazz, World, and Gospel artists. This week’s performance by Retumba (pictured above) takes place at the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (110th Street between Fifth and Lenox Avenues, inside the Park). Please call (212) 860-1370 or visit for more information.

Hudson River Park Trust Presents: 10th Annual Blues BBQ

2:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.

Back for its 10th year, Hudson River Park’s annual Blues BBQ festival brings the best Blues bands from across the country together with the finest NYC 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!  Party is at Pier 54.

NY Laughs: Laughter in the Park 2009

2:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.

Laughter in the Park is New York’s only free outdoor comedy series. Every week, we present two hours of comedy at one of six different city parks. Today’s comedy concert is at the Old Bandshell Lawn, Tompkins Square Park (between Avenues A & B at East 7th Street). Call 718-419-5515.

Lincoln Center Out of Doors: Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls Summer Revue

2:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.

Young women rockers from this non-profit music and mentoring program for girls present a concert of brand new, all-original songs that range from political satire numbers to irresistible pop masterpieces. Concert takes place at the Damrosch Park Band Shell. Call 212-875-5000 or visit for more information.

Church of Good Shepherd Festival/Third Avenue Merchandise Fair

Third Avenue between 23rd and 34th Streets

Daytop Village Festival

Madison Avenue between 42nd and 57th Streets

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