AIDS Art and Activism Today

AIDS Arts and Activism Today - MCNY event - 6-7-2017

June 7, 2017 | 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Join us for a discussion considering the legacy of HIV/AIDS activism in the ‘80s and ‘90s and how activists and artists continue to develop new models of treatment, prevention, and campaigns today. This program delves into the themes of our upcoming exhibition AIDS at Home: Art and Activism.

Avram Finkelstein, founding member of the Silence=Death Project, ACT UP, and Gran Fury;  Kia LaBeija, multidisciplinary artist, HIV/AIDS activist, and Overall Mother of the House of LaBeija; Reed Vreeland, Director of Policy, Housing Works; and
Sarah Schulman (moderator), novelist, playwright, and journalist.

Cost: $10 for adults | $5 for seniors, students & educators (with ID), and Museum members. Includes Museum admission. Attention Members: To receive your discount, click on the “Buy Tickets” button online, then sign in to your account on the ticketing page. Groups of 10 or more get discounts and priority seating, email or call us at or 917-492-3395.

Museum of the City of New York

1220 Fifth Avenue btwn 103rd and 104th Streets

New York, NY 10029

Tel: 212-534-1672

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SummerStage: George Clinton and; Parliament Funkadelic/Main Source/DJ Marley Marl hosted by Roxanne Shante

SummerStage - George-Clinton and Parliament

June 11, 2017 | 5:00pm – 8:00pm

George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic -The granddaddy of funk! Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, George Clinton, along with James Brown and Sly Stone, is credited as one of the principal engineers of funk, a groovy mix of soul, R&B, disco and rock elements. Clinton started off his prolific career as a staff songwriter at Motown Records in the 1960’s. He later orchestrated the construction of two of the earliest bands in the funk classification, Parliament and Funkadelic, which would eventually merge under the name P-Funk (which later morphed into the P-Funk All-Stars). Their sound was a magnificent union of influencers Jimi Hendrix, Cream and Brown (The Godfather of Soul), and would earn them over 40 R&B smash singles (with three #1’s) and an impressive three platinum albums. The 80’s saw Clinton’s solo career launch (still performing with numerous members of P-Funk), as well as a delving into producing, for hot acts Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bootsy Collins and more. With wildly named tracks like “Loopzilla,” “Atomic Dog,” and “Do Fries Go with That Shake?” (that perfectly mirrored his kaleidoscopic sound), Clinton continued to top the charts. Clinton delighted as rap artists sampled his music, enjoying the compensation. As he put it, “Aint a better time to get paid than when you’re my age.” With sixteen albums to his name, Clinton continues to tour and set the stage afire with original funk.

Main Source – One of the only hip hop groups in history to unite artists from New York City and Canada, Main Source’s diversified sound is due in no small part to their border-crossing origins. The original lineup included two Toronto-based DJ/producers, Sir Scratch and K-Cut, and one Queens-native MC/producer, Large Professor. The aforementioned Professor would eventually vacate the group and be replaced by New York local MC Mikey D, keeping the Queens contingency intact. The unit’s first album, 1991’s Breaking Atoms, was well received, with thought-provoking singles “Looking at the Front Door,” “A Friendly Game of Baseball,” and “Watch Roger Do His Thing” getting the most traction. A brief derailment for the group followed, but with Mikey D supplanted into the reformed trio, they were able to release 1994’s (Expletive) What You Think. The group was propelled to an even wider audience as Madonna sampled the bassline track from “What You Need” for her hit “Human Nature.” All of the group’s members (past and present) continued to enjoy success in the industry, with K-Cut breaking out and producing music for the likes of Big Pun, Maestro Fresh-Wes, Fu-Schnickens, Queen Latifah, and Shaquille O’Neal.

DJ Marley Marl – Hosted by Roxanne Shante.

Cost: FREE

Flushing Meadows-Corona Park

Grand Central Pkwy., Whitestone Expressway

btwn 111th St & College Point Blvd, Park Drive East
Queens NY 11368
Phone: 718-760-6565

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SummerStage: The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series

SummerStage - Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series - June 2017

June 23, 2017 | 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Rising star singers, soprano So Young Park; tenor, Petr Nekoranec; and baritone, Hyung Yun perform favorite arias & duets in a program presented by the Met Opera with pianist, Dan Saunders.

So Young Park – Soprano, So Young Park performs internationally throughout the United States, Canada, Asia, and Europe and has sung the Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte with LA Opera, Houston Grand Opera, the Glimmerglass Festival, Michigan Opera Theatre, Opera Colorado, Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Baroque, Hawaii Opera Theatre, Aspen Music Festival, Opera Naples, and the New England Conservatory. This coming season, she performs with Michigan Opera Theatre as Gilda in Rigoletto, with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under the baton of Esa-Pekka Salonen, and makes her debut with the LA Master Chorale. She earned and artist diploma and master’s degree from the New England Conservatory, a bachelor’s degree from Seoul National University, and trained as a LA Opera Domingo-Colburn- Stein Young Artist.

Petr Nekoranec – Tenor, Petr Nekoranec recently completed his first year in the Met’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. He spent two seasons as a member of the opera studio at Munich’s Bavarian State Opera, where he sang the title roles of Albert Herring and Le Comte Ory and Fabrizio in Martinů’s Mirandolina. He was also heard on the main stage as Parpignol in La Bohème, Albazar in Il Turco in Italia, the Animal Vendor in Der Rosenkavalier, and the Officer in Ariadne auf Naxos. Previously, he sang Lindoro in L’Italiana in Algeri at the Teatro Nuovo in Torino and Vašek in The Bartered Bride at Prague’s National Theater. His concert repertoire includes Mozart’s Requiem and Coronation Mass. Mr. Nekoranec earned his Diploma in Classical Voice from the Pardubice Conservatory, Czech Republic.

Hyung Yun – Since his 2004 debut as Silvio in Pagliacci, baritone, Hyung Yun has appeared at the Metropolitan Opera as Valentin in Faust, Lescaut in Manon, Ping in Turandot, the Duke of Nottingham in Roberto Devereux, and de Valvert/Spanish Official in Cyrano de Bergerac. He has sung Marcello in La Bohème, Micheletto Cibo in Schreker’s Die Gezeichneten, Lescaut, and Angelotti in Tosca with LA Opera; Ping with the Santa Fe Opera; the title role of Rigoletto and Germont in La Traviata with Charlottesville Opera; Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Toledo Opera and Opera Carolina, Verdi’s Requiem with the Alabama Symphony; and Hayes’ Requiem at Carnegie Hall. Next season, he returns to the Met as Prince Yamadori in Madama Butterfly.

Dan Saunders – Dan Saunders has performed in recital with Jessye Norman, Kiri Te Kanawa, Kathleen Battle, Marilyn Horne, Tatiana Troyanos, and Thomas Allen; and with violinist Eugen Fodor. More recently, has appeared with Danielle de Niese, Isabel Leonard, Nathan Gunn, and Gerald Finley. He has also performed at the White House, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Paris’s Bastille Opera, San Francisco Opera, and London’s Wigmore Hall, as well as at the Salzburg, Tanglewood, Ravinia, and Santa Fe festivals. He joined the Met’s music staff in 1985 and has been heard on PBS’s Live from Lincoln Center and as a pianist on the Met’s international radio broadcasts and web streams.

Cost: FREE

Socrates Sculpture Park

32-01 Vernon Boulevard

Long Island City, NY 11106

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Carnegie Hall presents a Neighborhood Concert: Sbongiseni Duma

June 4, 2017 | 2:00pm – 4:00pm

When singer, songwriter, dancer, and choreographer, Sbongiseni Duma takes the stage, he transports audience members to South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province. “Bongi” is joined by an ensemble that features African djembe drums, percussion, acoustic guitar, and bass for a family-friendly performance that explores the unique features of South African music, including vocal clicks, call and response, and dance moves that will have audience members up out of their seats. Note: The performance is in the Viscusi Gallery at the New York Hall of Science.

Performers: Sbongiseni Duma·· Lindiwe Dlamini, Vocals
·· Nhlanhla Ngobeni, Vocals
·· David Bailis, Guitar
·· Jordan Scanella, Bass
·· Arkie Bermis, Keyboard
·· Gabu Wedderburn, Percussion

Cost: Free. RSVP is required. Please visit:

Contact: Carnegie Hall
Phone: 212-903-9600

New York Hall of Science
47-01 111th Street
Queens N.Y. 11368 U.S.
Location Phone: 718-699-1341


SummerStage: Mavis Staples / Toshi Reagon & BIGLovely

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Saturday, June 3, 2017 | 6:00pm – 10:00pm

Mavis Staples – Born in the Windy City, a green yet uncannily talented Mavis would join the family gospel group, The Staple Singers, at the tender age of 11. Throughout the 1950s, they toured all over America, led by the group’s patriarch “Pops,” garnering a reputation as the most sought after spirituality-based group in the country. During the mid-60s, The Staple Sisters came to be known as the melodious voice of the civil rights movement. With message songs such as “Long Walk to D.C.” and “When Will We Be Paid,” Mavis and her soulful siblings were making quite an impact on the political fabric of the rapidly changing nation. After recording two blowout #1 singles in the ‘70s, “I’ll Take You There” and “Let’s Do It Again,” Mavis fully began her illustrious solo career. Prince would provide direction over two of her most acclaimed albums, Time Waits for No One and The Voice. With plentiful hit records and collaborations with a host of the world’s greatest R&B, jazz and soul artists, Mavis has continued to dazzle crowds with her mighty voice and unrelenting contributions to social causes.

Toshi Reagon – Toshi Reagon is a talented, versatile singer, composer, musician, curator and producer with a profound ear for sonic Americana– from folk to funk, from blues to rock. While her expansive career has landed her comfortably in residence at Carnegie Hall, the Paris Opera House & Madison Square Garden, you can just as easily find Toshi turning out a music festival, intimate venue or local club. Toshi knows the power of song to focus, unite and mobilize people. If you’ve been lucky enough to be in Toshi’s presence, you know you can’t walk away from her without feeling better about yourself as a human being. She aims for nothing less.

Cost: FREE. Doors 6pm/Showtime 7pm

Central Park – Rumsey Playfield

72nd Street and Fifth Avenue

New York, NY 10021

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Billion Oyster Project Exhibit


Sunday, May 28 to October 1, 2017 | 10:00am – 5:00pm

Billion Oyster Project also hosts public and corporate volunteer days Thursdays & Fridays throughout the summer. Come experience hands on oyster restoration activities and learn more about BOP and Harbor School’s effort to restore NY Harbor. For more information and to sign up, visit


Thursday – 10:00 am — 5:00 pm
Friday – 10:00 am — 5:00 pm
Saturday – 10:00 am — 5:00 pm
Sunday – 10:00 am — 5:00 pm

Cost: FREE

Governors Island

New York, NY 11231

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LGBTQ Family Day Celebration

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June 4, 11:00am

Celebrate Pride month at the Museum of the City of New York! Join us for a family day of gender non-binary play and celebration. Explore the exhibition Activist New York, which reveals how New Yorkers have worked towards equality from the Stonewall Riots of 1969 through today. Enjoy prideful stories, hands-on art activities, and tasty snacks. All and allies are welcome!

Family programs are free with Museum admission and for members, geared to families with children ages 6-12 years old, and include a snack. Programs are designed for adults and children to complete the activities together.

Cost: Free with Museum admission. Registration suggested, though not required.

Museum of City of New York

1220 Fifth Avenue btwn 103rd and 104th Streets

New York, NY 10029

Tel: 212-534-1672

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The Sweet Spot Festival Season Kick Off – Everyday People Harlem


Saturday, May 20, 2017 | 3:00pm – 9:00pm

Uptown’s Funkiest Festival Returns for the 6th Year.

The Sweet Spot Festival will once again bring Harlem to its feet this summer! In its 6th year, the Sweet Spot Festival is a roving FREE event summer series with a mission to connect the diverse communities of Harlem via multi-sensory outdoor experiences. Between May and September, the Sweet Spot Festival will present an eclectic range of events and themed dance parties featuring a rotation of world renowned DJ’s & musicians.

In addition, the Sweet Spot Festival will showcase visual artists installations, host kids art activities, free fitness workshops and a series of pop-up shops.

Stay Tuned for more details on what we anticipate will be our best season yet! If you are interested in being a part of the 2017 Sweet Spot Festival season, please shoot us a note. We would love to hear from you!

Cost: FREE

West Harlem Pier

125th Street and West Side Highway

New York, NY 10027

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Carnegie Hall Presents a Neighborhood Concert: Le Vent du Nord


May 26, 2017 | 8:00pm – 10:00pm

Le Vent du Nord’s full-blooded performances of boisterous French-Canadian and Celtic dance tunes, traditional songs, and original compositions make every concert feel like a raucous house party in old Quebec. Catchy vocals and spirited contributions from fiddle, accordion, and hurdy-gurdy define the sound that makes Le Vent du Nord an audience favorite. A pre-concert Quebecois dance class will get your feet ready for the fun when the band hits the stage.

Performers: Le Vent du Nord
·· Nicolas Boulerice, Hurdy-Gurdy
·· Simon Beaudry, Guitar and Bouzouki
·· Olivier Demers, Violin and Guitar
·· Réjean Brunet, AccordionCost: Free

Flushing Town Hall

137-35 Northern Boulevard
Flushing NY 11354
Contact: Carnegie Hall
Phone: 212-903-9600

DanceAfrica 2017

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Friday, May 26 to 29, 2017 | 7:30pm – 9:30pm

DanceAfrica 2017! The Healing Light of Rhythm: Tradition and Beyond

Artistic Director, Abdel R. Salaam and Artistic Director, Emeritus Chuck Davis.

Forty years ago, West African rhythms exploded onto the Opera House stage for the first time. Since then, DanceAfrica has evolved into America’s largest festival of African and diasporic performance, hosting companies from all over the world every Memorial Day weekend. This year’s celebration, under the leadership of artistic director Abdel R. Salaam, marks the 40th anniversary of this beloved tradition, focusing on the movement styles and musical traditions of Guinea, plus a visual art exhibition, the annual FilmAfrica series, a host of community events, and the one-and-only bazaar.

Visiting company and full programming details to be announced.

Cost: Tickets start at $25. Various prices.

Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) – Peter

30 Lafayette Avenue btwn Ashland Place and St. Felix Street

Brooklyn, NY 11217

Phone: 718-636-4100

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