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Missed the Jitney? Enjoy the Outdoors in NYC

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Although the summer is winding down and the city streets are quiet, there are still concerts and street festivals to enjoy this weekend. If you want to get back to nature, you can go camping, hiking and kayaking. Take a look and enjoy your weekend.

FRIDAY AUGUST 28

dsc07608jpgThe American Folk Art Museum presents Free Music Fridays
This Friday from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, the museum trustees and staff invite the public to explore the galleries free of charge, have a refreshment in the café, and enjoy the music in the stunning atrium.
This Friday enjoy the music of Tom Howie (pictured at left), Sarah Elizabeth Foster and Nancy Newlis.

City Winery: Friday Evenings with Joseph Arthur Feat and Joe Purdy
10:00 PM – 12:00 AM

Three nights, three concerts, three completely different shows. Joseph Arthur will be playing a very special residency at the City Winery, showcasing his musical and song writing talents alongside Joe Purdy (August 28), Emily Wells (September 4), and Rene Lopez (September 25).
Arthur has collaborated with many of today’s popular jam bands and chart toppers alike. He has toured with the likes of R.E.M., Ben Harper, and Gomez and has had his song “In the Sun” covered by Chris Martin of Coldplay and remixed by Justin Timberlake. Initially, Peter Gabriel discovered him in 1996. Gabriel liked Arthur enough to sign him to his record label, Real World.
Joe Purdy will join the party on Aug. 28th for a return to the Winery where he has already played 2 sold out shows. Purdy, an independent artist has gained tremendous acumen through his independent label, Joe Purdy records and has sold over 800,000 single track downloads to date.
City Winery is at 155 Varick Street at Vandam Street. Call 212-608-0555 or visit www.citywinery.com for more information. COST: Bar Stools $20.00 / Reserved Tables $25.00 / Reserved Best Tables $25.00 / VIP Tables $25.00

Bryant Park After Work: El Hotel
6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m.

Perfectly timed for an early evening visit to the park, Bryant Park After Work features an eclectic selection of music, from jazz pianists to string quartets and more, performed by talented New York area artists. Bryant Park After Work takes place on the Fountain Terrace at 6th Avenue and 42nd Street. Call 212-768-4242 for more information.

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. Performance takes place in Riverside Park at the North Patio of Soldiers’ & Sailors’ Monument (89th Street). Contact hudsonwarehouse@aol.com for more information.

River to River Festival: BPC Parks’ Sunset Jam on the Hudson
7:00 p.m.
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Improvise on African, Latin and Caribbean rhythms in a drumming circle led by master drummers. Instruments provided or bring own. This is the last Sunset Jam of the season, so don’t miss it! Sunset Jam takes place at Robert E. Wagner Jr. Park. Call 212-417-2000 for more information.

Jazzmobile: Ms. Ghanniyya Green
7:00 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 Ms. Ghanniyya Green performs at Marcus Garvey Park (122nd Street and 5th Avenue).

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!

SATURDAY AUGUST 29

Summer on the Hudson: Kayaking on the Hudson
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. Weather permitting. Kayaking takes place at Riverside Park South, 72nd Street and the Hudson River.

The 4th Annual Harlem Gardens Tour
10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
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The tour begins with breakfast at the Joseph Daniel Wilson Memorial Garden (219 West 122nd Street). The last stop will be at the William A. Harris Garden (W. 153rd Street & St. Nicholas Ave), where tourists will experience the now famous “made-from-scratch”, traditional home-style Harlem barbeque prepared by Harris gardeners. Call (212) 662-2878 for more information.

Adventures NYC in Central Park
12:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
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New York City is getting adventurous! The 2009 Adventures NYC celebration includes:
• The Victorinox Swiss Army Culinary Cooking Challenge – featuring some of the country’s most renowned chefs• High-flying trampoline performances by The Skyriders• Rock climbing walls• The Confluence/EMS Kayaking Zone at Bethesda Terrace Lake• Boot Camp Obstacle Courses?• Slackline lessons• Yoga clinics• Bike helmet giveaway (courtesy of the NYC Department of Transportation)• Arts & crafts• Live music and additional entertainment, including The Street Beats Group! Event takes place at the Bandshell in Central Park at East 72nd Street.

Adventures NYC: Advanced Hiking
1:00 p.m.

Tighten up the laces on your hiking boots for an invigorating hike up and over the Rock Shelters, past the Overlook, and down past the old Bald Eagle Nest. Intermediate and experienced hikers only. Hike starts at Inwood Hill Nature Center (Enter park at West 218th Street and Indian Road). Call 212-304-2365 for more information.

Violence Awareness and Prevention Concert in St. Nicholas Park
2:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

This Violence Awareness & Prevention Concert is presented by The Violence Awareness & Prevention Coalition (VAPC) and the Friends of St. Nicholas Park, in loving memory of Tyrell Jordan and other victims of violent crimes.
There will be a free fashion show along with the concert in the park! It will be a day of non-stop music, entertainment and fun. Come hear and see some of NYC’s top upcoming acts work the stage, and listen to several organizations speak on ways of getting help and building unity in our community. St. Nicholas Park is located at 135th Street Plaza (West 135th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue).

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival in Marcus Garvey Park
3:00 p.m.

The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival annually assembles some of the finest musicians in the world who reflect Parker’s musical individuality and genius, to promote appreciation for this highly influential and world-renowned artist. The two days of free concerts, August 29 & 30, take place in neighborhoods where Charlie Parker lived and worked, in Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park and the Lower East Side’s Tompkins Square Park. On Saturday, performances are by the legendary Frank Wess Quintet, Grammy Award winning alto-saxophonist Gary Bartz, Jose James, and pianist Aaron Parks. Marcus Garvey Park is located at 124th Street and Avenues A & B.

Family Camping in Inwood Hill Park
5:00 p.m.

A night of camping under the stars in Manhattan’s last natural forest! This will be an evening to remember, with activities and an exciting night hike.
Make sure you bring a flashlight! Space limited. To register, visit http://nyc.gov/parks/rangers/register. Camping takes place at the Inwood Hill Nature Center, Inwood Hill Park. Enter park at West 218th Street and Indian Road.

Friends of DagHammarskjold Plaza Street Fair
Second Avenue between 45th and 57th Streets.

West 4th Street Festival
West 4th Street between 6th Avenue and MacDougal Street, Washington Square South between MacDougal Street and Washington Square East.

SUNDAY AUGUST 30

Harlem Meer Performance Festival: Salsa by the I.S. 143 Performance Ensemble
2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

Join 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. Performances take 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 www.centralparknyc.org/performancefestival for more information.

Theater for the New City: Tally Ho!, or Navigating the Future
Washington Square Park; 2:00 p.m.

Theater for the New City’s award-winning Street Theater Company presents Tally Ho!, or Navigating the Future a rip-roaring musical. The production, free to all New Yorkers, has book, lyrics and direction by Crystal Field and musical score composed by David Tice. It’s about a young bank teller’s adventures in high finance with the big bankers and the heads of industry. The tale gets cosmic as Hera and Athena jump in to help when toxic assets and old mortgages join the runoff from the earth–the dead batteries, pesticides and rotting garbage–that have begun piling up on Mount Olympus. The piece will be written dynamically as events of state and the world unfold. Visit www.theaterforthenewcity.net for more information.

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival in Tompkins Square Park
3:00 p.m.
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The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival annually assembles some of the finest musicians in the world who reflect Parker’s musical individuality and genius, to promote appreciation for this highly influential and world-renowned artist. The two days of free concerts, August 29 & 30, take place in neighborhoods where Charlie Parker lived and worked, in Harlem’s Marcus Garvey Park and the Lower East Side’s Tompkins Square Park. Today’s concert takes place in Tompkins Square Park (East 8th Street between avenues A & B). Performances are by the Cedar Walton Quartet, Papo Vazquez Pirates Trouobadores, Pyeng Threadgill and Dred Scott Trio.

Amsterdam Avenue Festival
Amsterdam Avenue between West 81st and 86th Streets

St. Matthews/St. Timothy Neighborhood Center Festival
Amsterdam Avenue between West 76th and 81st Streets

Seventh Avenue Festival
Seventh Avenue between West 47th and 57th Streets

One Response to Missed the Jitney? Enjoy the Outdoors in NYC

  1. Carol says:

    Hi Debra, I enjoyed reading all the events listed above. Just to let you know that Historic Richmond Town is having its 30th
    Annuan County Fair on September 11, 12 & 13th, in the village.
    For further details you can log on to its website, http://www.historicrichmondtown.org. It was great seein you in Dublin. Hope we can get together soon. Carol B

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