Mother’s Day Jam: Angela Soffe’s Songs Dedicated To Her Children

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Angela Soffe is a galvanizing speaker and soulfully rousing musical artist who balances a busy career with three kids and gaggle of pets. Just in time for Mother’s Day, here is Angela’s songs about slowing down and spending focused time with your children – a message we can all be reminded of in this crazy beeping, spinning, smart phone world! If you’re a fan of artists like Allison Krauss, Nickel Creek, Sarah Jarosz, Gillian Welch & David Rallings, The Head and the Heart, Angela will be right up your alley!

From Angela:

“I run the operation better known as: my suburban family of 3 kids, 1 husband, 3 chickens, and 1 hamster. =) I also run a small music studio where I teach piano and coach voice students. I do freelance writing and consulting projects on the side.

‘Holiday” – from my new record has to do with slowing down, turning off the noise, and making time for people you love. I left this one open. It’s not just about romantic love but about everyone that’s meaningful in my life. It’s easy to lose each other in the frenzy of checking off our to-do lists, just trying to move through each day. Sometimes I spend more time looking at my phone than I do my own children. I love stashing my phone in a drawer, taking my kids outside and looking them in the eye to say “I see you, I hear you, and I’m here”.
You find a rock
I’ll find the sun
Together we’ll waste the whole day
Turn off your cell phone
And turn on an old song
We’ll call it a holiday”
Stream her new album in full HERE.
Take a listen to her collaborative bedtime lullaby, “Emmas Lullaby” HERE.
Finally, hear Angela’s track dedicated to her son after seeing a woman lose her child, “Amazing,” HERE.
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The Nadas New Single “Henry James” Is A Tribute To His Autistic Son


National Autism Month is coming to a close, but should be present every month of the year. We were deeply moved by this touching story courtesy of The Nadas Mike Butterworth about his son Henry James, who has a song on their latest album dedicated to him:

​”​Eight years and 5 days ago my wife and I welcomed our first (my second) child into this world.  We knew we would name him Henry so we could call him Hank inspired in name only by David Duchovny’s character Hank Moody on our favorite show at that time, Californication.  Our Hank was handsome and cute like some babies are.  Bubbly and smiley and generally happy.  As he grew we noticed two things, Hank wasn’t a good fit for our boys’ name so Henry he became, and that he was missing some of the milestones that other children his age were hitting.  While our pediatrician tried to tell us it was too early to worry, we went in search of answers to these developmental delay questions the one place that no matter what, you can find relevant and accurate information, the internet.  Not surprisingly the internet data was inconclusive and our worry grew.

As he approached his first birthday, Henry still hadn’t crawled or really even rolled over.  As a second time dad I was secretly and selfishly somewhat pleased that I could plop this happy boy down and not have to worry about what stairs he would get too close to or what he would stick in an outlet but at this point the doctors started to take action and call for testing.  Over the next 5 years everyone we would see told us “there is nothing wrong with this kid, he will get there.  Just be patient”

At age one he was tested for muscular dystrophy (negative)   At one and a half we traveled down the road to Iowa City where he was tested for genetic and neurological defects (negative)   Just short of his second birthday our Henry took his first few steps.  His mother who was filming sobbed with joy and relief.  I put up baby gates and installed outlet covers.  At age two he started O.T and P.T.  to strengthen his low tone.  By age three Henry could read at a sixth grade level but started to act out, aggression, tantrums, and defiance.  This was the last year we would go out in public to eat for some time and the same year we started taking two cars anywhere we went so dad could take Henry home if he was having a “rough time”.  The same year we started seeing a behavioral developmental specialist who gave us hope and an action plan for which we saw little result.  At age 4 we went to Mayo Clinic for a weeks worth of testing, prodding, and probing to finally get to the bottom of what was going on with our little dude.  We saw the intake specialist doctor first who was to make a plan for which of his colleagues we would see throughout the rest of that week.  After an hour-long interview with us and Henry he disappeared for an hour and came back and sent us home. “there is nothing wrong with this kid, he will get there.  Just be patient”    I was ecstatic until it sunk in on the long drive home that we still didn’t know why Henry acted the way he did.  This would be a good time to mention that Henry is equal parts handsome and charming and has always been able to get whatever he wanted by tilting his head, smiling, and flashing his huge blue eyes.  At age 5 we started seeing a child psychiatrist who immediately diagnosed henry with Autism.  At this point in our struggle there was zero surprise on our part and actually quite a bit of relief to have a label attached.  Mom got puzzle tattoos and we signed up for the autism walk and hunkered down to live life with Autism.

Since then we have been through countless medicine combinations, countless highs, countless lows, and countless pull-ups.  We continue to see his wonderful pediatrician, behavioral developmental specialist, and psychiatrist.  Since then in addition to his older sister who is like another mother and friend, Henry has two more sisters who love and protect him.  Since then he has built a village, no a town, no a city of support around himself without which we couldn’t survive.  Since then Henry has grown from chubby little no crawling Hank into run, jump, and laugh Henry James Butterworth who is smart, funny, even more handsome and charming, still reads but at a junior high level, and who is kind, loving, and caring.

Life isn’t perfect.  He still is aggressive, can’t dress himself, brush his teeth, or put on his coat.  He still wears pull-ups but now has eight year old boy messes that make whoever’s turn it is to change him wretch.  He can’t swallow pills or buckle his safety belt.  He can’t ride a bike or throw a ball.  We go out to dinner again finally but sheepishly clean up his disaster of a table place after he is done so the poor server doesn’t have to and still take two cars just in case.

I worry sometimes about the future.  What happens when he is too big for his mom to handle when he throws a tantrum and comes after her?  What happens when we are gone?  Will he be able to live on his own or at least in some way contribute to society?  I don’t know.  What I do know is that when things are bad they are very very bad.  When things are good they are very very good and we celebrate even the smallest of victories like someone who just won a new car on The Price is Right.  What I do know is I wouldn’t want Henry James any other way than exactly how he is.  What I do know is “there is nothing wrong with this kid, he will get there.  I’ll be patient”  What I do know is that he is my very best friend and an inspiration, and I’ll try my best every day to make sure that his life doesn’t end up lame.  That sounds like it could be a song……oh wait it is.  Please enjoy this song I wrote and recorded with my band The Nadas called “Henry James” and remember that April is Autism Awareness month and that countless other families living with Autism are trying their best every day.”

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Brit Drozda Writes Beautiful Songs About Motherhood

Brit Drozda

Charlotte, N.C.-based Brit Drozda is influenced by Brandi Carlile, Sia, Patty Griffin, and Norah Jones. Her new EP just released called, You Can’t Take It With You When You Go, and its a lovely mix of singer-songwriter and pop rock.  If you like KT Tunstall and Sheryl Crow you will love Brit.

Her title track You Can’t Take It With You When You Go is a offers reminders to hold on to the important treasures in life that aren’t necessarily “things” but the people and the emotions that connect us to one another. We love this track one from her last EP that really caught our attention because it’s all about motherhood.

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Brit’s voice shines with a depth and intensity that demonstrates the growth of an inspired songwriter and seasoned performer. After a brief hiatus from performing, all over the US both solo and as the lead singer in Pop Rock band “The Prices”.   Brit returned to the music scene in 2016 with her album Let Me Hang the Moon – a passion project that sparked the flame to Brit’s professional pursuit as an indie artist.

“Let Me Hang the Moon” is a song that’s so special to me because it captures a precious time in my motherhood journey as well as defines the moment that I threw myself back into music.  Songwriting gives me clarity on the way I look at the world, face challenges or experience emotions.  As a new mother, I found myself so frustrated.  I never felt 100% confident in what I was doing.  My son was a colicky baby and strong-willed toddler and completely seemed to dominate me.  All I wanted was to succeed and be the best mom I could be, but I felt like a failure.  On a particularly trying day, when I embraced the relief of my son’s nap time, I took a deep breath and realized I was wishing for time to speed up so I could get over this phase of my son’s life.  But then, I thought, “How sad is that? He’s so precious and small.  I have all the answers, at least he thinks I do, and I am his whole world right now.  Everyone says your children grow up too fast.  Maybe I need to reassess this.  While tantrums are taxing, and toddlers aren’t easy, they still idolize their parents. My son still thinks I’m invincible.”  With this in mind, I wrote: “Let Me Hang the Moon” to inspire me to look at the wonder in my child’s eyes, to put my feelings of inadequacy on hold, and to experience the amazing realities of early parenthood.  After writing this song, I wanted to share it with other mothers and fathers who could possibly relate.  This got me back into the studio and back to performing.  Then, I started to feel like myself again.  I was reestablishing my identity as a mom who still maintained her passion for music.  I have found my footing in motherhood and feel a little more confident with my now, two children.  I wouldn’t trade this time in life for any other.  As chaotic, emotionally and physically exhausting it gets, “one day, this will all be yesterday.”

Enjoy this track!

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FITZY from Philly

Check out “Doug Theme” by FITZY from Philly:


Fitzy writes:

In 2014 I launched a series on my YouTube channel called “Theme Song Tuesday,” or “TST.”  Whenever I’m working with someone else’s content, my biggest priority is making it my own.

Each episode of TST has been a challenge to remain faithful to the original in some ways, while still going way “left field” with other elements.  The structure of the piece, the instrumentation (beatboxing in place of live drums, for example), and the arrangement as a whole are the elements that come together to yield the audio.

A busy tour schedule and close to fifteen months in the studio recording my latest album, Hard Times For Dreamers, left me with no time to keep the series going through all of 2016.

With my new record finally coming out on May 19, I had the opportunity to start my various video side-projects again.

This is a theme from my childhood: “Doug.”  There were other shows on Nickelodeon at the time that my mom didn’t approve of, but she really valued the message in each episode of Doug.

After making my most recent and very serious album it’s a great contrast for me to make some content that is light, far from serious, and nostalgic.

I’ll be releasing new TST episodes on a monthly basis for quite a while again, and I hope that people have as much fun watching them as I have making them.

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Summer 2016 Fun Free Stuff In The City





Amelia S. Gewirtz

Associate Broker-Top 5% of Firm
Named Top Ten Agent Halstead WS 2015 Platinum Circle/Producers Council Award Winner 212-381-2219

This is a compilation as of June 20th, please confirm details of event

Summer 2016
Fun Free Stuff in the City! Enjoy! 






Directions: The Mainstage is in Central Park, located at Rumsey Playfield 5th Ave & 72nd (Enter 69 to 72nd & 5th and walk West)


WED June 22 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series An enchanting evening of favorite opera arias and duets featuring Metropolitan Opera stars FREE!

SAT June 25 @ 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm Butler, Bernstein & the Hot 9 / The Hot Sardines / Bria Skonberg and the New York Hot Jazz Festival All-Stars FREE!

SUN June 26 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm Comedy Central presents: The Daily Show with Trevor Noah Stand-Up in the Park Comedy Central invites you to a night of free, live comedy featuring all your favorite personalities from The Daily Show. FREE!

MON June 27 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm Indigo Girls / Lucy Wainwright Roche Indigo Girls (Emily Saliers and Amy Ray) released their sixteenth studio album,

WED June 29 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm Screening: A Ballerina’s Tale / Jeremy McQueen’s The Black Iris Project conic ballerina Misty Copeland made history when she became the first African-American woman to be named principal dancer of the legendary American Ballet Theate FREE!

SAT July 2 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm Freedom Party® NYC 13 Year Anniversary Freedom Party® is the longest running, weekly, Friday-night party in NYC history. Winner of Papermag’s highly coveted award for “Best Party (People’s Choice)” and runner up in URB Mag’s “Best Party” (nationwide), Freedom was created in 2003 by Herbert Holler, DJ Cosi and Marc Smooth to provide a place for people from all walks of life to dance FREE!

SUN July 3 @ 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm King Sunny Adé / Orlando Julius and The Afro Soundz / Rich Medina King Sunny Adé, a beloved Nigerian musician, is undisputedly the most popular artist in Nigeria and highly acclaimed as a world artist – appealing to music lovers across Africa and around the world….FREE!

Wed July 6 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm Mexrrissey / Los Cafres / La Dame Blanche In association with the Latin Alternative Music Conference. In Mexico, Morrissey has always been a prophet with honour. His songs of love, loss and longing, with powerful imagery and metaphors have found a huge audience and chimed with generations raised on rancheras and mariachis free!

Sun July 10 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm Justin Roberts & The Not Ready for Naptime Players / Mister G / Finding Neverland / Purelements / Gizmo Guys GRAMMY Nominated for his latest album, Recess, Justin Roberts is truly one of the “all-stars” of the indie family music scene. He logs thousands of miles on the road each year, leading some to call him the hardest working man in children’s show business. FREE! page2image25936 page2image26096

Saturday June 21 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm Fete de la Musique: CharlElie Couture / Yael Naim / General

Elektriks / La Femme CharlElie is a multidisciplinary artist, whose work covers the exploratory fields of image, writing and

music. Since his signature on Island Records by the notorious Chris Blackwell, the success of his poetic-rock-blues music

albums has not stopped him from continuing his exploration in painting, sculpture and photography…FREE!

Sat July 16 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm Taiwanese Waves: Anpu / Wonfu / Sunset Rollercoaster In the course of her musical journey, Anpu has been of great impact to her audience, delivering the voice of her time. Having wowed everyone with the profoundness of her work, Anpu is now considered one of the most influential alternative musical artists of this generation FREE!

Sun July 17 @ 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm Paulo Flores / Herencia de Timbiquí / Monsieur Periné / DJ Greg Caz / DJ Manny Paulo Flores is a legendary Angolan singer-songwriter keeping the flame of semba music alive in the 21st century. Semba is the elegant, earthy, African ancestor of Brazilian samba — and the root of today’s kuduro and kizomba dance craze FREE!

Wed July 27 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm Complexions Contemporary Ballet / Carolyn Dorfman Dance It is artistic directors Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson’s lifelong appreciation for the artistic and aesthetic appeal of the multicultural that forms the cornerstone of Complexions Contemporary Ballet’s singular approach to reinventing dance FREE!

SAT July 30 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm Unknown Mortal Orchestra / Empress Of On Multi-Love, Unknown Mortal Orchestra frontman and multi-instrumentalist Ruban Nielson reflects on relationships: airy, humid longing, loss, the geometry of desire that occurs when three people align FREE!

SUN July 31 @ 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm Rock Steady Crew 39th Anniversary with Nice & Smooth / Bahamadia / Doug E. Fresh and more East Coast hip hop duo from New York that consists of Greg Nice (Greg Mays) and Smooth B (Daryl Barnes). The duo released four albums from the late 1980s to the mid 1990s. …FREE!

SAT August 6 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm Monobloco / Cabruêra / Boogarins / DJ Luiz Santos Acclaimed for incorporating diverse rhythms and styles into the samba beat, Monobloco was created in 2000 by C.A. Ferrari, Celso Alvim, Mário Moura, Pedro Luís and Sidon Silva (members of the band Pedro Luís e A Parede) as a result of a percussion workshop FREE!

SUN August 7 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm Igmar Thomas & the Revive Big Band present: A Journey Through the Legacy of Black Culture, produced by Revive Music Heralded by the Village Voice for having New York City’s “most electrifying young lions in jazz, Revive Big Band has a finger on the pulse of today’s emerging progressive sound while pointing to things yet to come for a new era of music….FREE!

Wed August 10 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm Tamar-kali with ASE Dance Theatre Collective / Nathan Trice RITUALS Brooklyn born and bred vocalist and composer Tamar-kali is a 2nd generation musician with roots in the coastal Sea Islands of South Carolina. Her 5 piece outfit enchants you with its melody, while delivering a swift kick to the gut with its incisive emotional core FREE !

SUN August 14 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm Mbongwana Star / Batida / Young Paris / Okayafrica Electrafrique feat. DJ Underdog bongwana Star hails from Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo—a network of shantytowns and night shelters where founding members Coco Ngambali and Theo Nzonza (of Staff Benda Bilili fame) pulled together members of a new generation of Kinshasa musicians embodying the concept of “mbongwana,” or “change.FREE!

WED August 17 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm DJ KS 360 & Full Circle Souljahs Presents: Behind The Groove with The Ladies of SKYY / Soul Connected / Raphael Xavier he “Behind The Groove/Soul Connected” concert will showcase some of NYC’s legendary choreographers, dancers and performers to create an evening of soulful vibes moving seamlessly through genres such as African, Salsa, Funk, House and Hip Hop with a dance video montage and colorful backdrops transporting the crowd to a true park jam as they get out of their seats and “Behind The Groove”!…FREE!

SUN August 21 @ 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm Sweet Micky / MHD / Erick La Peau in less than three months MHD has made his way to the top and he’s here to stay. Thanks to the million views on his YouTube channel for the Afro Trap-series he has become a real online phenomenon free!

SUN August 28 @ 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm GoldLink / Backyard Band / DJ Spicoli GoldLink is an American rapper from Washington, DC who gained notoriety after a string of well-received tracks on Soundcloud in the second half of 2013. …FREE

WED August 31 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm Chicago The Musical: 20th Anniversary Concert After 20 years in the spotlight, CHICAGO is the #1 longest-running American musical on Broadway – and it’s no wonder why. The winner of six Tony Awards®, two Olivier Awards, a Grammy® and thousands of standing ovations, CHICAGO is an electrifying tale of greed, murder and show biz that’s been seen by over 30 million people worldwide. Filled with hit songs such as “All That Jazz” and “Razzle Dazzle” and featuring sizzling dancing in the style of Bob Fosse, CHICAGO is simply “the best musical in town” (The New York Times) FREE

BROOKLYN SUMMER STAGE : Brooklyn Bridge Park Furman St.,Water St. and John St. bet. Atlantic Ave.,Old

Fulton St.,Main St.,Adams St., & Jay St., Brooklyn, NY
FRI June 24 2016 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series an enchanting evening

of favorite opera arias and duets featuring Metropolitan Opera stars FREE!

FRI July 1 2016 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Herbert Von King Park Marcy Ave., Tompkins Ave., bet. Greene Ave. and Lafayette Ave. Brooklyn, NY Maimouna Keita Dance Company / Master Class: Company Members FREE!

Herbert Von King Park Marcy Ave., Tompkins Ave., bet. Greene Ave. and Lafayette Ave.:

WED June 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Soul in the Horn featuring Theo Croker, Maurice Mobetta Brown, Marcus Machado, Kendra Foster and DJ Natasha Diggs Theo Croker is a trumpeter, vocalist, composer, and bandleader whose powerful and eclectic take on modern jazz pays respect to the tradition of the music while moving the genre forward. A native of Leesburg, Florida, Croker is the grandson of the late great jazz trumpeter Doc Cheatham. Croker began playing trumpet at age 11 after hearing Cheatham play in New York City, and by his teens was studying music formally at the Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in Jacksonville followed by the music conservatory at Oberlin College FREE

THURS June 30 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Vivian Green / GrandWizzard Theodore The music is hers and Vivid, Green’s most recent release, is the kind of record you want to take with you on a road trip, to the gym, and to the office. …FREE

FRI July 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Maimouna Keita Dance Company / Master Class: Company Members Marie Basse-Wiles and Olukose Wiles founded the Maimouna Keita School of African Dance, Inc. in 1983.The school is named in honor of Marie Basse-Wiles’ grandmother and is dedicated to preserving and sharing African culture and history with all whom embrace the culture…FREE

Betsy Head Park Dumont Ave. & Strauss St.:

TUES June 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Public Enemy / DJ Tedsmooth Public Enemy have spent over 25 years delivering socio-political messages that give voice to those who have long been ignored, are unafraid to question institutional injustices and challenge both leaders and laymen alike to work for change. Their musical and lyrical intensity, eloquence and depth are matched by few, an explosive combination that that feeds both mind and soul FREE

WED June 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Angie Stone / DJ Chuck Chillout singer, MC, self-taught keyboardist, and prolific songwriter, Angie Stone’s first claim to fame was her membership in Sequence, an all-female trio that recorded for pioneering hip-hop label Sugar Hill, beginning with the 1979 single “Funk You Up.” FREE

SAT June 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Brooklyn Dance Festival / Master Class: Mr. Kid Brooklyn Dance Festival is a platform to provide service, opportunities and outreach for professional companies, emerging artists, and youth ensembles. We highlight talented artists based in Brooklyn and the NYC area and give audiences a well rounded perspective of NYC dance makers. …

EAST RIVER STAND OUT -East River Promenade (near Grand street/Essex) , New York, NY 10002

SAT August 13 2016 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Carolyn Dorfman Dance / Master Class: Theresa Lavington Carolyn Dorfman Dance connects life and dance in bold, athletic and dramatic works by Carolyn Dorfman and nationally renowned choreographers. The company’s ten multi-ethnic and stunning dancers tap their unique talents to present high-energy and technically demanding dance that unleashes the powerful storytelling and imagery of its visionary creator FREE

SUN August 14 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm DJ Spinna celebrates Earth, Wind, and Fire / Shine and the Moonbeams DJ Spinna is something of an anomaly in music. A humbling example of what it takes to truly succeed within the framework of multiple fields. With a steadfast work ethic, an obsessively extensive vinyl library and the willingness to pursue the full extents of his roots FREE

Shakespeare in the Park-2016
Delacorte Theatre in Central Park. Located at 80th Street & mid-Park. For information on free ticket

distribution visit:

  •   May 24 – June 26 THE TAMING OF THE SHREW All performances begin at 8pm
  •   July 19 – August 14 TROILUS AND CRESSIDA All performances begin at 8pm

summer hudsonNew York City Summer On The Hudson or Summer on the Hudson is the Parks Department’s annual outdoor arts & culture festival thattakes place in Riverside Park from 59th Street to 153rd Street. With a mix of music concerts, dance performances, movies under the stars, DJ dance parties, kids shows, special events, wellness activities, and more there is something for everyone! All programsSUMMER and events are free to the public no registration required



Tuesday, June 21, 2016 Summer on the Hudson: 10th Annual Make Music New York

at 125th Street and Marginal Street (in West Harlem Piers) , Manhattan 12:00 p.m. –7:00 p.m.

Spend the day in the park list ening to multiple live musicians. Free!

TUES JUN 21 Summer on the Hudson: 10th Annual Make Music New York Presents Glass on Water

at Pier I (in Riverside Park South), Manhattan 5:00 p.m. –10:00 p.m. Glass on Water, an evening of Philip Glass Etudes, will form the backdrop to a beautiful twilight in Riverside Park and a celebration of a decade of Make Music

TUESDAYS JUN 21, 28, July 5, July 26 , Aug 2nd , AUG 9 , AUG 16 , Aug 23, Summer on the Hudson: Pilates in the Park at The Plaza at 66th Street (in Riverside Park South) 6:30 p.m. –7:30 p.m This class will tone and balance your muscles, align your body, strengthen your core, and give you renewed energy! Free!

WEDNESDAYS , YOGA! June 22,29 , July 6, July 27, AUG 3, Aug 10, Aug 17, Aug 24, Aug 31, Yoga Evening Salute to the Sun at The Plaza at 66th Street (in Riverside Park South) 6:30 p.m. –7:30 p.m.Hatha yoga with Hollis This event repeats every week on Wednesday between 6/1/2016 and 9/28/2016.

THURSDAYS MUSIC ! JUN 23, June 30, July 7, July 21, July 28, AUG 4, AUG 11, AUG 18 , Aug 25 2016 Summer on the Hudson: Locomotive Lawn Live Concert Series at Locomotive Lawn (in Riverside Park South)10:30 a.m. –11:15 a.m. Summer on the Hudson brings Raga Kids, a trio of teaching artists specializing in Indian classical music on Indian instruments.Free! This event repeats every week on Thursday between 5/26/2016 and 6/30/2016.

Summer on the Hudson: Everybody Tango! THURSDAYS at On the Pier (in West Harlem Pier Manhattan) 6:30 p.m. –9:30 p.m. Enjoy an introductory lesson in Argentine tango music and dancing led by Strictly Tango NYC. Free! This event repeats every week on Thursday between 6/2/2016 and 8/25/2016.

Sunday, June 26, July 3, July 21, 24, 31, AUG 7, Aug 14, Summer on the Hudson: Tai Chi at Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument (in Riverside Park) 8:00 a.m. –9:00 a.m. Learn and practice Tai Chi, a slow moving martial art with health benefits for all fitness levels. Free! This event repeats every week on Sunday between 5/1/2016 and 8/14/2016.

SUNDAY JUN 26 Summer on the Hudson: Let’s Dance Salsa at Pier I (in Riverside Park South) 6:00 p.m. –9:30 p.m. Learn to dance like a pro at Summer on the Hudson’s Salsa, Cha-Cha, and Bachata lessons. FREE

Friday, July 1, 2016 & Aug 5, Summer on the Hudson: Totally Public Karaoke at Pier I (in Riverside Park South ) 6:00 p.m. –10:00 p.m. Amaze the crowd when you rock the mic at #TotallyPublicKaraoke nights.

SUNDAY JUL 3, 2016 Summer on the Hudson: Amplified Sundays – Irka Mateo y la Tirindanga at Pier I (in Riverside Park South) 7:00 p.m. –9:00 p.m. A Caribbean whirlwind, delivering songs that celebrate the music, history, and culture of her beloved Caribbean and Latin America. Free! July 24 -Michael Arenella & Quintet , July 31 -JoJo Abot ,

Thursdays, July 7, July 21, 28, Aug 4 , 2016 Summer on the Hudson: Children’s Performance Series at Pier I (in Riverside Park South) 10:00 a.m. –10:30 a.m. Enjoy five consecutive Thursdays of outdoor jams for our small Riverside Park South neighbors and friends .Free!

SATURDAYS July 23 , AUG 13, Sept 17th Summer on the Hudson: Sun Gaze at Pier I (in Riverside Park South 2:00 p.m. –4:00 p.m. summer on the Hudson welcomes all to join the Amateur Astronomers Association to gaze at the sun through a safe scope and see the central star of our solar system. Free!

SATURDAY JUL 23 Summer on the Hudson: Quiet Clubbing at On the Pier (in West Harlem Piers 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Don headphones and party on the pier with Summer on the Hudson. Change DJs with a flick of a switch and sway along with your friends or to your own tune. Free!

TUESDAYS and WEDNESDAYS AUG 9 , 10, 16 , 17, 23, 24 ,30th Summer on the Hudson: Game Days at 125th Street and Marginal Street (in West Harlem Piers) 10:00 a.m. –2:00 p.m. Join Summer on the Hudson in West Harlem Piers Park for games such as giant tic-tac-toe, lawn bowling, hopscotch, jump rope, and more.FREE This event repeats every week on Tuesday and Wednesday between 8/2/2016 and 8/31/2016.

THURSDAYS AUG 11 , AUG 18, Aug 25, Sept 1,Sept 8 Summer on the Hudson: Tots Soccer & Pee Wee Basketball at 71st Street Soccer Field and Basketball Courts (in Riverside Park South 9:30 a.m. –11:30 a.m. All little ones (5 years old and under only) are welcome at Summer on the Hudson’s introductory lessons in soccer and basketball. Free! This event repeats every week on Thursday between 8/11/2016 and 9/8/2016.

SATURDAYS July 9th , AUG 13 Summer on the Hudson: Play Dates! at 125th Street and Marginal Street (in West Harlem Piers 1:00 p.m. –4:00 p.m. Enjoy monthly outdoor parties featuring children’s entertainers, arts and crafts, and neighborhood fun! Free! This event repeats on the 2nd Saturday of every month between 5/14/2016 and 8/13/2016.

SEPT 1, SEPT 8, 15,22,29 Summer on the Hudson: Human Chess at Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument (in Riverside Park) 4:30 p.m. –6:30 p.m. We unroll a giant chess board which you will stand on in the position of your chosen chess piece, and play the game with a group as a team.Free! This event repeats every week on Thursday between 9/1/2016 and 9/29/2016.

Riverside Gallery – Art in the Park-2016

Tour the Riverside Park open air gallery to see the 6th year presentations of the Art Students League Model to Monument public art project. Sculptures by seven accomplished artists throughout South Park. Sculptures will be on

view during park hours – 59th to 70th Sts.

Fly NYC 2016
Summer on the Hudson: KITE Flying Festival PIER 1 @ 70th Come fly a kite at this festival for all ages! Kite-

making for children and live music aids your celebration of simple throughout the day

Saturday, August 20, 2016 at Pier I (in Riverside Park South) 12:00 pm–5:00 p.m. This festival for all ages celebrates simple fun with live music all day and kite-making kits provided free for children (while supplies last). Free!

June 9, 2016 – May 30, 2017

see seven sculptures by the accomplished artists of the Art Students League Model to Monument public art project.

Summer on the Hudson: West Side County Fair -2016

Enjoy county fair magic in Manhattan with carnival rides and games, live bands, sideshow performers, aerialists, reptileshows, greenmarket and more!– 66th to 72nd Sts. Enter the park at 68th and Riverside Blvd (pier 1) Sunday, September 4, 2016 SEP 4 Summer on the Hudson: West Side County Fairat Pier I (in Riverside Park South) , Manhattan 1:00 p.m. –6:00 p.m. The West Side County Fair is a full day of carnival rides and games, awesome bands, sideshow performers, aerialists, local food and merchandise vendors, cotton candy, and more! Free!

AUG 27 2016 Summer on the Hudson:

Silent Disco Don headphones and party on the pier with hundreds of all-ages revelers at this quiet clubbing event featuring two live DJs spinning tunes of different genres. Change DJs with a flick of a switch and sway along to the same song as your friends or tap to your own tune.Line for headphones will begin at 4:30 p.m. Headphones are first come first served with 700 available at a time. Once they are returned they will be handed out to those waiting @ pier 1 @ 70th street Free! AUG 27 2016 at Pier I (in Riverside Park South) 5:00 p.m. –10:00 p.m.

DRUMMING Family Drumming: West African Drum and Dance Mondays, MONDAYS JUNE 20, 27, JULY 4th, 11th , 18, 25th AUG 1st and 8th 2016 6:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m Join us for this drum and dance class. All are welcome Family Drumming: West African Drum and Dance at Indian Road Lawn (in Inwood Hill Park), Manhattan 6:30 p.m.– 7:30 p.m. All are welcome to learn the traditional dances unique to West Africa. You can also bring your own drum and follow the guidance of our professional drumming teachers.Free! any questions:

Sweet Spot Summer on the Hudson: Sweet Spot Festival

Saturday, August 6, 2016

3:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m West Harlem Piers Park 125th street

Summer on the Hudson and Kindred Arts bring you Sweet Spot Festival, a family-friendly gathering of community, cultures, and music lovers of all ages. Enjoy Reggae, Soulful House, Disco, and Afro-Beat spun by a rotating collection of North America’s most renowned sound architect

Pier I Picture Show 2016 @ 70th Street

Riverside Park’s staff favorites.Pack a picnic, bring a friend and settle in for a night of premier movies. Open Captioned. The film will begin when it is dark enough to see the image on the screen which is dependent on the sunset, generally around 8:30pm. Seating will open at 6:30, and is first come first serve Wednesdays/Fridays dusk (~8:30 pm) – Pier I @ 70th St.

Summer on the Hudson Picture Show:

WED JULY 6 th 2016 Summer on the Hudson: Pier I Picture Show – The Walk at Pier I (in Riverside Park South), Manhattan 6:30 p.m.–11:00 p.m. In 1974, high-wire artist Philippe Petit recruits a team of people to help him realize his dream: to walk the immense void between the World Trade Center towers.

Friday, July 8, 2016 Films on the Green: April and the Extraordinary World at Pier I (in Riverside Park South), Manhattan 8:30 p.m.–10:30 p.m. Films on the Green 2016 presents French animation April and the Extraordinary World in Riverside Park on July 8, 2016. Ages 8 & up. Free!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 Summer on the Hudson: Pier I Picture Show – Basquiat at Pier I (in Riverside Park South), Manhattan 6:30 p.m.–11:00 p.m. Starting out as a street artist, living in Tompkins Square Park in a cardboard box, Jean-Michel Basquiat is “discovered” by Andy Warhol’s art world and becomes a star.

Friday, July 15, 2016 Films on the Green: Un Flic by Jean-Pierre Melville at Pier I (in Riverside Park South), 8:30 p.m.–10:30 p.m. Films on the Green 2016 presents film noir Un Flic by Jean-Pierre Melville in Riverside Park Free!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 – Dog Day Afternoon 6:30 p.m. –11:00 p.m.
A man robs a bank to pay for his lover’s operation; it turns into a hostage situation and a media circus. AUG 3 – The Royal Tenenbaums 6:30 p.m. –11:00 p.m.
An estranged family of former child prodigies reunites when their father announces he is terminally ill. Free!

AUG 10- Audience Vote – Mary and Max v. Carol v. The Warriors 6:30 p.m. –11:00 p.m. Pack a picnic, bring a friend, and settle in for a sunset and a movie on the Pier. Free!

AUG 17 Summer on the Hudson: Pier I Picture Show – Aunte Mame at Pier I (in Riverside Park South) 6:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. An orphan goes to live with his free-spirited aunt. Conflict ensues when the executor of his father’s estate objects to the aunt’s lifestyle. Free!

Bryant Park Reading Room

Head to the Bryant Park open-air Reading Room to listen to songs and sounds music, do crafts & read activities & stories vary seems to run through Sept 2016 (Bryant Park is situated behind the New York Public Library in midtown Manhattan, between 40th and 42nd Streets & Fifth and Sixth Avenues. Take the B, D, F, or M train to 42nd St Take the 7 to 5th Ave)

BRYANT PARK READING ROOM 2016 – there seems to be something every day at various times I would go on the website

Saturday, June 18, 2016 Le Carrousel Kids Le Carrousel Puppet Show, Three Little Pigs1:00pm – 2:00pm | Le Carrousel in Bryant Park

Monday, June 20, 2016 HSBC Business & Finance Evan Baehr & Evan Loomis, Get Backed, Patrick J.McGinnis, The 10% Entrepreneur 12:30pm – 1:30pm | Bryant Park Reading Room (finance other guests repeats Mondays June 27,

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 BookClub Game of Thrones Book Club 12:30pm – 1:30pm | Bryant Park Reading RoomPoetryPoetry with Kundiman 7:00pm – 8:30pm | Bryant Park Reading Room

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 Author Kerby Rosanes, Imagimorphia 12:30pm – 1:30pm | Bryant Park Reading Thursday, June 23, 30 th , 2016 Spelling Bee 7:00pm – 9:00pm | Bryant Park Reading Room
Saturday, June 25, 2016 Kids Justin The Magician 12:00pm – 1:00pm | Bryant Park Reading Room

Saturday june 25th, july 2nd, Le Carrousel Kids Le Carrousel Puppet Show, The Tortoise & The Hare 1:00pm – 2:00pm | Le Carrousel in Bryant Park

Tuesday, June 28, july 5th , july 12, July 19 , 26 , AUG 2, AUG 9, AUG 16, 2016 StoryTime StoryTime 10:30am – 11:30am | Bryant Park Reading Room

1230 to 130 pm BookClub: Moby Dick, Facilitated by Mark Beauregard | Bryant Park Reading Room 700pm to 830 pm Poetry with Poetry Society of America Bryant Park Reading Room
Thursday, July 7, 2016 Writers Creative Writing 101 7:00pm – 8:30pm | Bryant Park Reading Room
Saturday, July 9, 2016 Kids Erin Lee and the Up Past Bedtime Band 12:00pm – 1:00pm | Bryant Park Reading Le Carrousel Kid Flaubert Frog and Friends 1:00pm – 2:00pm | Le Carrousel in Bryant Park

Thursday, July 14, 2016 Writers Humor Writing 7:00pm – 8:30pm | Bryant Park Reading Room
Saturday, July 16, 2016 Kids Lou Gallo and Songs From the Very Hungry Band 12:00pm – 1:00pm | Bryant

Park Reading Room Le Carrousel KidsFlaubert Frog and Friends 1:00pm – 2:00pm | Le Carrousel in Bryant Thursday, July 21, 2016 Writers Fiction Writing 7:00pm – 8:30pm | Bryant Park Reading Room
Saturday, July 23, 2016 Kids Clifford the Big Red Dog 12:00pm – 1:00pm | Bryant Park Reading Room
Le Carrousel Kids Flaubert Frog and Friends 1:00pm – 2:00pm | Le Carrousel in Bryant Park

Thursday, July 28, 2016 Writers Writing Scripts 101 7:00pm – 8:30pm | Bryant Park Reading Room
Saturday, July 30, 2016 Kids Photographer Jane Goodrich, New York Is My Playground12:00pm – 1:00pm |

Bryant Park Reading Room Le Carrousel Kids Flaubert Frog and Friends
Thursday, August 4, 2016 Writers Short Story 1.0 Writers Workshop 7:00pm – 8:30pm | Bryant Park Reading

Saturday, August 13, 2016 Kids David Stabler, Kid Artists: True Tales of Childhood from Creative Legends 12:00pm – 1:00pm | Bryant Park Reading Room Le Carrousel KidsFlaubert Frog and Friends 1:00pm – 2:00pm | Le Carrousel in Bryant Park

Saturday, August 20, 2016 Kids Funkytown Playground Band with Aly Sunshine12:00pm – 1:00pm | Bryant Park Reading Room

Wednesday, August 24, 2016 Non-Fiction Eric Burns, The Golden Lad: The Haunting Story of Quentin and Theodore Roosevelt 7:00pm – 8:30pm | Bryant Park Reading Room

Monday, August 29, 2016 Reel Talks Reel Talks – The Cinema of the Coen Brothers: Hard Boiled Entertainments 12:30pm – 1:30pm | Bryant Park Reading Room

Saturday, September 17, 2016 Writers Teens College Essay Writing with Writopia Lab 12:30pm – 1:45pm | Bryant Park Reading Room

Union Square Story Time -2016

Union Square Park: Summer in the Square: Storytime for Kids Interactive activities + performances from 9 AM to 6 PM on Union Square Park’s South Plaza. View the entire #USQSummer programming line-up THURSDAYS This event repeats every week on Thursday between 6/16/2016 and 8/11/2016 often starting at 9am going to 600pm

Children’s Pavilion: Featuring over 250 books, courtesy of Simon + Schuster, crafts, games, and other fun activities, the Children’s Pavilion is wonderful way to spend some quality learning and playing in Union Square. [Every Thu 9 AM to 6 PM]

Art Farm: Each week, Art Farm in the City brings an array of animal friends, including guinea pigs, bunnies, and turtles, for kids to make observations, ask questions, and touch some amazing little creatures. Coloring sheets will be available so kids can bring home a picture of their favorite animal. [Every Thu - 9:30 AM]

StoryTime Yoga with Karma Kids: Children of all ages and their caregivers are encouraged to come “play” yoga and experience how their breath and body move together in a fun-filled way. [Every Thu - 10:30 AM]

Story Time with PJ Library: Join the 14th Street Y’s PJ Library Program for an interactive story time with Shira or Joanie featuring both old favorite characters and new ones to delight. [Every Thu - 2 PM]

Pop Fit Kids: Kids engage in fun-plus-fitness with these high-energy circuit activities, agility drills, partner games, dynamic movements, and more while learning the benefit of the Fit Five: Cardio, Strength, Flexibility, Endurance, and Balance. [Every Thu - 3 PM]

The Gazillion Bubble Show: Step into an interactive bubble world and be dazzled by an unbubblievable extravaganza as the Gazillion Bubble Show amazes your whole family with mind blowing bubble magic. [Thu Jun 16 - 10:45 AM]

Rolie Polie Guacamole: A New York City favorite, Rolie Polie Guacamole has been entertaining families for almost a decade with their bouncy, fun and irresistible music. [Thu Jun 16 -11 AM]

Puss in Boots: For decades, the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre has been bringing enjoyment to people through its contemporary and innovative productions based on children’s classics. [Thu Jun 23 - 11 AM]

Mike Messer: Get excited as Mike Messer and The AFTER-SCHOOL SPECIAL, featuring Adam Roberts of Music for Aardvarks, take the stage! [Thu Jun 30 - 11 AM]

Hot Peas N’ Butter: Back by popular demand, Hot Peas ‘N Butter is a unique musical group that incorporates elements of traditional Latin music, Afro-Caribbean rhythms, jazz, folk, and rock with an interactive, invigorating approach. [Thu Jul 7 - 11 AM]

Mil’s Trills: Led by singer-songwriter Amelia Robinson, Mil’s Trills invites families to celebrate community through original tunes and a rotating cast of musical guests. [Thu Jul 14 - 11 AM]

(FAB) Morgan Taylor: Entertainment Weekly has praised Morgan Taylor’s music of Gustafer Yellowgold “…The most infectious original songs. It’s like tapping into some pleasure center in the brain- both adult and kid…absurdly appealing.” [Thu Jul 21 - 11 AM]

Little Rockers: Part concert and part music class, Little Rockers will engage kids with upbeat tunes and lead participants in musical activities with instruments and movement for a totally unique rock show. [Thu Jul 28 - 11 AM]

Story Pirates: By using ideas from children in the audience, Story Pirates’ performances show children how amazing their ideas really are! [Thu Aug 4 - 11 AM]

Josh + the Jamtones: To close out our 2016 season, join us for Josh + the Jamtones who can get any crowd moving their bodies, laughing out loud and singing along, regardless of age, height or shoe size! [Thu Aug 11 - 11 AM] please check to confirm event REPEATS weekly on Thursdays between 6/18/2016 and 8/13/2016. 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. South Plaza in Union Square Park (14th )

Hudson Warehouse Shakespeare -2016

Join Us For Our 13th Season of Classical Theater on the North Patio of The Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument in Riverside Park – West 89th Street and Riverside Drive

All Performances are Thursday through Sunday Nights at 6:30pm No tickets necessary! Admission is pay what you can Just show up and grab a seat on the benches or the stairs of the monument. We do have cushions on a first come, first serve basis. Shows begin at 6:30pm so we recommend arriving to the monument no later than 6:10pm to ensure a good seat. You may bring your own folding chair, but be forewarned, there is very limited space for folding chairs. We are WHEEL CHAIR ACCESSIBLE! Please email us at one day before the performance so we can make accommodations. Our performance space is behind the Monument when entering the park from West 89th Street. Our performances are typically under two hours. There is no intermission. Dogs are allowed, but we ask you to sit at the top of the monument if you bring pets.

June 2nd – June 26th, 2016 Much Ado About Nothing By Wm. Shakespeare Directed by Nicholas Martin- Smith

June 30th – July 24th, 2016 Lysisarah: “Let’s Make America Great Again” By Aristophanes Adapted and Directed by Susane Lee

July 28th – August 21st, 2016 Othello By Wm. Shakespeare Directed by Nicholas Martin-


3:00pm – 5:00pm
June 18th, July 16th, and August 20th

Covering the elements of Voice Production, Acting and Stage Combat. Open to all actors, ages 13 and up. All experience levels welcome. Ex: AUG 20 2016 Hudson Warehouse Shakespeare Workout at Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument (in Riverside Park)3:00 p.m. –5:00 p.m. This series of workshops cover elements of voice production, acting, and stage combat. Free!

212-344-7220 Event website:
Events all over the city all summer check the website for list of events some high lights include:


Pier 63 Lawn At Pier 63 Cross at W 22nd St and W 24th St (GROWN UPS ) Heroes and hustlers come together on the waterfront this summer in Hudson River Park! See the Stars, under the stars – watch all of your favorite blockbusters from last year on the big screen, again! This time around, they’re all FREE. Hudson River Park’s River Flicks has all of last year’ big screen hits! Films are rated PG-13 and R. Movies begin at dusk (generally around 8:30pm). Free Popcorn


JULY 6 / 8:30PM AT PIER 63 IN CHELSEA Mad Max: Fury Road
JULY 13 / 8:30PM AT PIER 63 IN CHELSEA Jurassic World
JULY 15 / 8:30PM AT PIER 46 IN GREENWICH VILLAGE The Peanuts Movie

JULY 20 / 8:30PM AT PIER 63 IN CHELSEA Trainwreck

JULY 21 / 8:30PM AT PIER 96 IN : SING-A-LONG SPECIAL Sing-along Special Grease
JULY 22 / 8:30PM AT PIER 46 IN GREENWICH VILLAGE Shaun the Sheep
AUGUST 5 / 8:30PM AT PIER 46 IN GREENWICH, FAMILY FRIDAYS Penguins of Madagascar


JUNE 24 / 7:00PM AT PIER 45 IN GREENWICH VILLAGE Max Gallico & Friends
JULY 8 / 7:00PM AT PIER 45 HUDSON Shanti Starr & the Afro-Reggae All-Stars
JULY 15 / 7:00PM AT PIER 45 IN GREENWICH VILLAGE Max Gallico & Friends
JULY 22 / 7:00PM AT PIER 45 IN GREENWICH VILLAGE Chuck Braman Jazz Band JULY 29 / 7:00PM AT PIER 45 IN GREENWICH VILLAGE Max Gallico & Friends AUGUST 5 / 7:00PM AT PIER 45 IN GREENWICH VILLAGE Chuck Braman Jazz Band

AUG 6 HUDSON RIVER PARK’S Hudson River Stage 6 / 2:00PM AT PIER 97 IN CLINTON 16

AUGUST 12 / 7:00PM AT PIER 45 IN GREENWICH VILLAGE Shanti Starr & the Afro-Reggae All-Stars AUGUST 19 / 7:00PM AT PIER 45 IN GREENWICH VILLAGE Max Gallico & Friends


Blues BBQ


HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival-2016

Summer Film Festival Film Festival Hotline: 212-512-5700 The lawn opens at 5:00pm for blankets and picnicking. Films begin at sunset (typically between 8pm and 9pm).

Bryant Park is situated behind the New York Public Library in midtown Manhattan, between 40th and 42nd Streets & Fifth and Sixth Avenues. Take the B, D, F, or M train to 42nd Street/Bryant Park. Take the 7 to 5th Avenue

No chairs, tables, dogs, plastic sheets, tarps, bags, or pads are permitted on the lawn. Free bike parking available in the park at the Pétanque Courts (6th Avenue and 41st Street)..

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HBO Bryant Park Film Fest Lineup Reveal

12:30pm – 3:30pm | Fountain Terrace

Monday, June 20, 2016
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

5:00pm – 11:00pm | Lawn

Monday, June 27, 2016 East of Eden

5:00pm – 11:00pm | Lawn

Monday, July 4, 2016 Top Gun

5:00pm – 11:00pm | Lawn

Monday, July 11, 2016

The Palm Beach Story

5:00pm – 11:00pm | Lawn

Monday, July 18, 2016 The Omen

5:00pm – 11:00pm | Lawn

Monday, July 25, 2016
Three Days of the Condor

5:00pm – 11:00pm | Lawn

Monday, August 1, 2016 Harvey

5:00pm – 11:00pm | Lawn

Monday, August 8, 2016 High Plains Drifter

5:00pm – 11:00pm | Lawn

Monday, August 15, 2016 The Big Chill

5:00pm – 11:00pm | Lawn

Monday, August 22, 2016
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

5:00pm – 11:00pm | Lawn

Other Free Activities in BRYANT PARK-2016


OTHER BRYANT PARK Daily activities include:• Birding Tours, Boot Camp, Broadway in Bryant Park, Fencing, Fly Fishing, Juggling, Knitting, Language Classes, Le Carrousel, Moves with Limon, Piano Reading Room, Socials, Southwest Porch, Tai Chi, Picnic, NYC Tournaments, Meditation Workshops and Yoga

Broadway in Bryant Park presented by 106.7 Lite FM THURSDAYS 1230 to 130pm JULY 7,14,21,28, AUG 4,11th Tournaments in Bryant Park

Ex: Wednesday, July 6, 20th AUG 3, AUG 17, Sept 7th 2016 Ping Pong Tournaments July Ping Pong Tournament6:30pm – 9:00pm | The Tables in the 42nd Street Allee

Sunday, July 17, 2016 Chess Tournaments Tri-State Chess Championship 9:00am – 4:30pm | Fountain Terrace Thursday, August 4, 2016 Putting Tournament – Qualifying Round 1 12:30pm – 1:30pm | The Green
Putting Workshops Putting Workshop: August 4, Session 1 6:00pm – 7:00pm | The GreenPutting Workshops

LINCOLN CENTER OUT DOORS-2016 the websites for more information

interesting samples check website for complete list /cancellations:
This is just a sample of the events Lincoln center offers. For a complete list of events check out the website

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 Words and Music with Patti Smith / Mariachi Flor de Toloache 7:30 pm A Night of Words and Music with Patti Smith, Lenny Kaye, and Tony Shanahan Damrosch Park

Thursday July 7/21 The Hallelujah Train / Ladysmith Black Mambazo 7:30 pm The Hallelujah Train featuring Pastor Brady Blade Sr., Brian Blade, Daniel Lanois, and guests 7:30 pm Damrosch Park

FRI July 22 Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra 7:30 pm Louis Langrée, conductor Simone Porter, violin 7:30 pm Damrosch Park

Saturday, July 23, 2016 Lincoln Center Block Party with Illstyle & Peace Production Family Day 11:00 am Josie Robertson Plaza 1:00 pm Hearst Plaza

Saturday, July 23, 2016 Dance Theatre of Harlem Company and School Family Day 2:00 pm Hearst Plaza Saturday, July 23, 2016 She’s a Rebel: The Girl Group Project Family Day

3:00 pm She’s a Rebel: The Girl Group Project featuring Nanette Licari (Reparata and The Delrons), Lillian Walker Moss (The Exciters), Louise Murray (The Hearts and The Jaynetts), Beverly Warren (The Raindrops), Margaret Ross Williams (The Cookies), and She’s a Rebel student participants Josie Robertson Plaza

Saturday, July 23, 2016 An Evening with Darlene Love 7:30 pm Damrosch Park

Sunday, July 24, 2016 1:00 pm HERITAGE SUNDAY Global Beat of The Bronx: From Bambara to Breakbeats featuring Bambara Drum and Dance Ensemble, Bombazo Dance Company, Chief Joseph Chatoyer Dance Company, and Full Circle Souljahs Hearst Plaza

Sunday, July 24, 2016 Richie Ray and Bobby Cruz / Miramar 7:30 pm Richie Ray and Bobby Cruz Miramar Damrosch Park

Wednesday 7/27 AFROPUNK’s Girrrl Riot @ Lincoln Center 7:00 pm Alice Smith, SATE, and The VeeVees Damrosch Park Dane Terry Hearst Plaza

International Contemporary Ensemble Micro-Concert Mostly Mozart 7/27–8/7, various times Hearst Plaza

Thursday, July 28, 2016 Jaime Woods 7:00 pm Hearst Plaza Maurice Hines / Michael Mwenso & The Shakes 7:30 pm Maurice Hines Tappin’ Thru Life Michael Mwenso & The Shakes Damrosch Park

FRI JULY 29th Eli “Paperboy” Reed 7:00 pm Eli “Paperboy” Reed Friday, Hearst Plaza FRI JULY 29th Okayafrica: Afrobeat x Afrobeats 7:30 pm Davido Antibalas
Friday, July 29, 2016 7:30 pm Damrosch Park

JULY 30th The Bells: A Daylong Celebration of Lou Reed Saturday, July 30, 2016 – All day Damrosch Park

SUNDAY JULY 31th La Casita 12:00 pm Hearst Plaza Ky-Mani Marley and Finotee

7:00 pm Songs of Freedom Ky-Mani Marley Finotee Sunday, July 31, 2016 Damrosch Park

WED AUG 3rd Soledad Barrio and Noche Flamenca / Manhattan Camerata 7:00 pm

Manhattan Camerata: Tango Fado Project featuring Nathalie Pires 7:00 pm Damrosch Park

THURSDAY AUG 4th NPR Music Live in Concert 7:00 pm Hosted by Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton of All Songs Considered and Felix Contreras and Jasmine Garsd of Alt.Latino Damrosch Park

FRI AUG 5th Zé Renato with Vinicíus Cantuária and Ricardo Silveira 7:00 pm Hearst Plaza FRI August 5th M. Ward / Margaret Glaspy 7:30 pm M. Ward 7:30 pm Damrosch Park SAT AUG 13 the public domain Mostly Mozart 5:00 pm Josie Robertson Plaza


Summer Concert Series at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park (East 69t) Good Morning America Summer Concerts 2016 Thru Sept 2, 2016Every Friday, 6:00 am (Concerts 7am to 9am)

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  •   June 24 – Brad Paisley (#PaisleyOnGMA)
  •   July 1 – Blink 182 (#Blink182onGMA)
  •   July 8 – Kenny Chesney (#ChesneyOnGMA)
  •   July 15 – TBD
  •   July 22 – Sia (#SiaOnGMA)
  •   July 29 – TBD
  •   August 5 – X Ambassadors (#XAmbassadorsOnGMA)
  •   August 12 – Keith Urban (#KeithUrbanOnGMA)
  •   August 19 – TBD
  •   August 26 – Jason Aldean (#AldeanOnGMA)
  •   September 2 – Jason Derulo (#DeruloOnGMA)


The FREE Good Morning America Summer Concert Series is open to the public and available on a first-come, first
served basis as space allows. Viewers interested in joining “GMA” in Central Park are encouraged to arrive at Summerstage Rumsey Playfield via the 72nd Street entrance on Fifth Avenue at 6 a.m., when the park opens to the public. All concerts are free and open to the public and will take place live during “Good Morning America,” Fridays from 7 to 9 a.m. ET. More Info: americas-2016-summer-concert-series-lineup/story?id=39015656 *Due to limited capacity, these concerts are a free, ticketed event. You must show your printed Ticketmaster receipt to enter Central Park’s Rumsey Playfield. Maximum of four tickets allowed per request. Tickets are free of charge. Check this site for tickets: Backpacks and bags are not permitted in the venue. Summer Concert Series at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park (East 69th)

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The TODAY plaza is located at Rockefeller Center on 48th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues, right outside Studio 1A. Many subway lines have stops within several blocks of the plaza. We suggest trying to get a “fan Pass “ on line & arriving @ 5AM

Fans and visitors are encouraged to come to the plaza for the live performances. Viewing is on a first-come, first-served basis on the TODAY plaza, located at 48th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues in New York City. To get the best spot, fans should try to arrive by 5 a.m. All concerts are Friday performances unless otherwise noted. Additional performances may be announced throughout the season

JUNE 21 Pop star Meghan Trainor will heat up our summer concert series with a performance on Rockefeller Plaza. JUNE 23 Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
JUNE 24 Steven Tyler
JULY 1 Rachel Platten

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JULY 8 Shawn Mendes JULY 22 Celine Dion AUG 5 Blake Shelton AUG 26 Jessica Simpson AUG 29 DNCE

SEPT 2 Alicia Keys


West 89th Street on Manhattan’s Upper West Side,

Musicians playing classical, jazz, Sunday evening at 6 pm. Bring your picnic


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Changing Paradigms in Education

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Olympian’s Table Tennis Club a Real Smash for Kids on Upper West Side

Kids on the Upper West Side are getting some expert instruction in table tennis from an Olympian. Roger Clark paid a visit and filed the following report.

NY1 Table Tennis Video


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Teaching Chess to Children

We hope you are enjoying the winter and getting in some fun family snow time!


When you have had enough of the great outdoors, one indoor activity we love which stimulates young and old minds alike is the amazing game of chess. 


Recently, chess experts Laura Sherman and Bill Kilpatrick were kind enough to send us their  book, Chess is Child’s Play – a really thorough and fun guide designed for parents that want to introduce chess to their kids and teach themselves more about the game, which has been proven to help build some really important developmental skills in children and adults of all ages.


Laura is a freelance writer and chess coach and the co-founder, alongside her husband Dan of Your Chess Coach, based in Florida. Bill lives in California and is a serial entrepreneur and a lifelong chess player and coach (in fact, Laura and Bill met at a tournament in which they were both competing!). They also each have their own young children, who have all been learning chess from their parents from an early age.


One of the things we love about this book is that it’s made by parents, for parents, and that it encompasses all skill levels. So, it teaches parents very directly, in their language, exactly how to express the rules of the game to their kids. Whether you have never played chess before (like Harold and me!), haven’t played for years, or play every day, this book can help you incorporate it into your family’s life.


What’s really cool is that, as the book points out, studies have shown worldwide that chess and education go hand in hand, which is why some governments have made chess a required part of every child’s educational experience and why many homeschoolers use chess as a major teaching tool. Because, chess can actually make your kids smarter. (And the book offers up an excellent summary of some of these official studies in the introduction, so you can see the results for yourself!)


To summarize some of what chess brings to the table for your kids …


  1. Chess teaches problem-solving skills. The game provides the opportunity for kids to learn how to recognize patterns on their own and learn how not to make the same mistakes more than once.
  2. Chess helps kids learn how to react to “unwanted surprises.” They learn how to behave in situations where they can’t predict their opponents’ next move. When they are confronted by these types of surprises, they learn how to adapt to change.
  3. Chess teaches children how to think ahead and make decisions. Good chess players learn how to think ahead and can often predict their opponents’ moves before they are made. Kids who play chess come to understand the consequences of certain moves and make good decisions.
  4. Chess promotes self confidence. And who doesn’t want their kids to be confident and proud of the special people they are becoming? By playing chess, kids get put into the rare environment where everyone has an equal opportunity to succeed. When kids develop the skills to start winning against their peers and even grown-ups, they feel they can accomplish anything.
  5. Chess teaches kids to be creative. Sometimes in school, kids are discouraged from expressing their creativity and learn that thinking “inside the box” is the key to success. While chess has fundamental rules, once you master them, you realize you can sometimes bend the rules a bit in order to outwit your opponent, which teaches innovation.
  6. Chess teaches good sportsmanship. As hard as it is for parents to watch, kids need to experience setbacks in order to learn how to adapt and develop the strength to overcome adversity when life throws them a curve ball. One of the rules of chess is to shake your opponent’s hand and say, “Good game,” no matter what the outcome. This turns winning and losing with equal grace into a habit.
  7. Chess allows kids to imagine their own possibilities. Studies have shown that chess sparks imagination. Players learn how to create their own positions on the board and put ideas into motion, and they get instant results.
  8. Chess can provide a cure for short attention spans. Kids (and all people in today’s world, for matter!) aren’t exactly known for being able to sit still and concentrate for long periods of time. Chess draws kids in and makes them focus and engage in the many intricacies of the game, which helps expand their ability to concentrate – a skill that will translate to improvement in many other areas of their lives.
  9. Chess builds teamwork. As they become more familiar with the game, kids learn that all the chess pieces have to work together in order for the game to come out well. They have to learn how to coordinate their “team” of pieces and let them support each other. If they rely on one piece to do all the work, they are not likely to do well.
  10. Chess inspires kids to challenge themselves. When kids first start playing chess and start to play you, a grown-up or other opponents they see as “superior” in their minds, they might be discouraged. But when they learn the rules and start winning, they start to feel like nothing is impossible, which will help make them see all the possibilities in their own lives outside of the game.


Aside from giving practical chess-teaching tools, Chess is Child’s Play also offers up exactly what you should expect from chess lessons by outlining specific results you should see and the experiences you and your kids will have as you move through the different stages of learning. We’re really excited to spend some time learning with our son this summer! We hope you’ll check out this great book too! You can get it for yourself on Amazon.


Please also enjoy a live performance of our song “This Is the Moment,” below, from this summer’s Mamapalooza festival on the Hudson!


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Six Heroes to be Thankful for on Thanksgiving Day

In this month of giving thanks we wanted to present you with a guest blog  from singer/songwriter Jonathan Sprout about six heroes to be thankful for.

In a world where holidays have become more about Hallmark & consumerism ….perhaps as parents who are helping bring up the next generation that will be left here on planet earth we can shed some light on protecting each other and our planet. Thanksgiving is a perfect moment to discuss taking a stand for human beings versus human consumption of glitter.

My personal favorite here from the list below is Susan B Anthony, since I live near the Stanton, the actual plot of land where Susan B Anthony and Cady Stanton discussed  the women’s suffrage movement.

Everything in our lives sometimes  may feel far and out of reach but great heroes stood on the same land just a few feet away from everyone of us. Perhaps you are Greatness standing on a plot of land historians will discuss 200 years from now. Remember your child could be the future of transformation. Lets encourage each other.

In the meantime we give thanks to you and yours and are grateful to be crossing your path today and present author Jonathan Sprout.

Happy Thanksgiving to all and to all a good night.

xoxo Amelia

Six Heroes to be Thankful for on Thanksgiving Day

By Jonathan Sprout

It has been said that appreciating someone’s gifts is the best way to love them. As our national day of gratitude approaches, let’s be thankful for some of America’s special heroes whose lives have enriched us all.

Earlier this month, on November 4th, Americans 21 years and older voted. A hundred years ago, only men were allowed to exercise that right. Thank Susan B. Anthony for helping change that. For nearly 50 years in the late 1800s and early 1900s, Miss Anthony crisscrossed the nation at a breath taking pace, delivering 4,000 speeches, insisting woman have the constitutional right to vote. Thanks in part to her tireless efforts, women were given the right to vote in 1920.

Ever visited one of our amazing national parks? John Muir, the person on the California quarter and “father of our national parks,” devoted most of his adult life to protecting these places of natural beauty. The Grand Canyon, in the words of historian Ken Burns, would have been rimmed with mansions, were it not for Muir, also known as “the greatest Californian.”

Been to a doctor lately? Grateful for her help? Thank Elizabeth Blackwell for breaking through barriers to become the first woman doctor in America. She was rejected by 28 medical schools before her acceptance into Geneva (NY) Medical College. She graduated #1 in her class.

Grateful you live in a country with liberty and justice for all? Thank William Penn not only for first coining those words, but for creating his Holy Experiment here in America where people actually governed themselves. Penn was radical in asserting that everyone be treated with fairness, even Native Americans. It has been said the one treaty between European colonists and Native Americans still honored is the one he made with Chief Tamanend of the Leni Lenape tribe in the late 1600s.

Ever felt thankful that in our lifetimes, we haven’t fought a war on American soil? Thank our veterans. And, thank 10-year-old Samantha Smith, who, in 1982, helped bring an end to the Cold War when she visited the Soviet Union and warmed the hearts of millions of Soviets. Her subsequent return to the United States with appearances on national TV news shows won the hearts of millions of Americans and helped people on both sides of the Iron Curtain realize we have more in common and less reason to fight that we’d realized.

Lastly, it was Abraham Lincoln who first proclaimed the national day to celebrate our blessings known as Thanksgiving. Let’s give thanks for the hero who helped to free about 4 million slaves, kept the United States united, and helped us as a nation to formerly express our gratitude on this special day.

About The Author: Jonathan Sprout, Children’s Artist

Singer-songwriter and recording artist, Jonathan Sprout has dedicated the past 33 years to creating meaningful and captivating music for children.

He has written over 40 songs and has released four American Heroes albums about some of the most remarkable men and women in American history. He has performed more than 5,000 concerts and lead more than 750 songwriting workshops for children.  His 10th album, American Heroes #4, was released in early 2014 and has won 10 national awards including the 2014 Academics’ Choice Smart Media Award, the 2014 KIDS FIRST! All-star Award, and the 2014 Creative Child Magazine Preferred Choice Award.

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Light A Candle

We will never forget! Our thoughts and prayers to all those who lost loved ones on 9.11

We wrote this in Manhattan’s Upper West Side watching hundreds of people walking up Broadway with candles in memory the weekend after the attacks.

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