ARTS IN THE PARKS
Mayor Mike Bloomberg's PlaNYC go off without a
hitch, all New Yorkers will soon live within ten
minutes of a City park. When that day comes, not
only will we all be walking distance from trees,
tracks and swings, but also from world-class entertainment.
Here's a look at the cultural playgrounds scattered
across the borough and beyond.
Park Waterfront Concert Series
(Shore Boulevard between Hell Gate Bridge and
June 30- Independence Celebration - The Glenn
Miller Orchestra followed by fireworks
July 10- The Duprees
July 17-1920 The Fruitgum Factory
July 31-Joe Battaglia and the New York Big Band
Aug. 7-Joey Dee and the Starliters
Aug. 14-Come Together - A Tribute to the Beatles
Aug. 21-Gary U.S. Bonds
|Performances at George Sueffert Bandshell are a Queens tradition.
Dance and CityParks Concerts fill Queensbridge
Park. For more information, visit www.CityParksFoundation.org.
July 12-CityParks Dance, 3 p.m. Rennie Harris/
Ballet Africains perform.
July 13-CityParks Dance, 3 p.m. Eleone Dance Theatre/
Silver Brown Dance Company perform.
July 15-CityParks Concerts, 7 p.m. Felix Hernandez
Rhythm Review performs.
July 29-CityParks Concerts 7 p.m. Delfonics performs.
George Seuffert Bandshell
When George Seuffert Sr. took the stage with his
band more than 100 years ago in Forest Park, he
couldn't have known the tradition he started would
remain to this day. Now backed by a Bandshell,
which was built in 1920, performers such as Garth
Brooks, the Platters, Johnny Maestro and thousands
of others have taken the stage at Forest Park
in front of countless audiences.
Seuffert died, his son continued the Sunday afternoon
tradition until his death in 2005. Now, the Queens
Symphony Orchestra has taken on the task.
and sponsors kick-off the new performance
series Live at the Gantries.
audiences, a vast wooden bench seating area surrounds
the outdoor theater, which is located in the borough's
third largest park. Numerous trees and wildlife
also add to the atmosphere.
The park's history dates back to around the time
Seuffert began his performances. The surrounding
neighborhoods of Richmond Hill, Kew Gardens, Woodhaven
and Glendale have long been recognized for their
cultural diversity, and the Bandshell continues
to serve the general public with an array of cultural
events, which are held throughout the week during
the summer months.
Although the park itself is known for its rich
agriculture and wildlife, the Bandshell provides
an added amenity that is both free and entertaining.
Check the performance schedule and head out to
Forest Park this summer and see for yourself the
Seuffert tradition that still stands.
July 2, 7:30 p.m.-The HMS Pinafore performed by
the Gilbert & Sullivan Light Opera Company
July 10, 7:30 p.m.-A Tribute to Frankie Valli
& The 4 Seasons
July 11 & Aug. 1, 6 p.m.-A Tribute to the Oldies
July 17, 7:30 p.m.-Dance the Night Away with the
music of the Temptations & 4 Tops
July 20 & Aug. 17, 5 p.m.-Police Auxiliary Band
July 25, 7 p.m.-BR & Timebomb - a hip hop combination
of reggae, soul and funk.
July 27, Aug. 3, Aug. 10, 5 p.m.-Queens Symphony
July 31, 7:30 p.m.-Nashville Attitude - The New
York Metro Country Music Association presents
music and dancing
Aug, 7, 7:30 p.m.-Hannah - A special tribute to
Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus featuring Jeni Walls.
Aug. 8, 7:30 p.m.-Kirsten Thien Band
Aug. 9, 7 p.m.-Gen3ration - three generations
of rock musicians playing Latin rhythms.
Aug. 14, 7:30 p.m.-Fame - full production of the
Aug. 15, 7 p.m.-Puppets in the Park: "Cinderella
Aug. 24, 2 p.m.-Southern Heart - Presentation
by the New York Metro Country Music Association
Plaza State Park
Summer Free Concert Series: Live at the Gantries
50th Avenue and the East River
Tuesdays at 7 p.m.
July 1-The F# Miners, Irish Traditional M-sic
July 8-Blue Pipa, Chinese Folk Music
July 15-Bliminal, Indie Rock
July 22-Calpulli Mexican Dance, Traditional Mexican
July 29-York College Summer Big Band
Aug. 5-Mahina Movement, Folk, Rock and Rhymes
Aug. 19-Zikrayat, Arabic Music and Belly Dancers
Aug. 26-Noirceur and Uzuhi, Punk
Avenue between Totten and 15th Roads, Bay Terrace
June 29, 6 p.m.-Bayside Historical Society presents
their annual Lawn Concert featuring "Chicken Head"
July 27, 7 p.m.-Moosehall Theater presents "The
Curse of Capistrano - El Zorro"
Totten Parade Grounds (gazebo area)
outdoor theater overlooking beautiful Long Island
Sound. Please bring your own chair or blanket.
Aug. 18, 10:30 a.m.-Puppets in the Parks presents,
"Cinderella Samba." It's Cinderella with a Latin
Ave off Springfield Blvd.
July 7, 10:30 a.m.-Puppets in the Parks presents
July 8, 10 a.m.-Enjoy storytelling of children's
books with some other fun reading activities.
For children 10 and younger.
July 13, 6:30 p.m.-"Squeaky Clean" - a family
Aug. 1, 7 p.m.-Plaza Theatricals presents "The
Emperor's New Clothes."
Aug. 5, 1 p.m.-Enjoy storytelling of children's
books with some other fun reading activities.
For children 10 and younger.
Playfield, Central Park
June 27-Aug. 17
|Dancers at SummerStage.
York City prides itself on its diversity. So where
else would you expect a free summer entertainment
series - incorporating music, dance, film and
poetry - to include performances by French lyricists,
traditional Brazilian dancers and a novelist from
the Dominican Republic?
A creation of the City Parks Foundation, Central
Park's SummerStage program "strives to develop
audiences' deepening appreciation for contemporary,
traditional, and emerging artists as well as the
communities in which these artists originate,"
according to their Web site.
Those are haughty words, but when you watch the
colorful costumes and energetic dances of African
folk music, or hear the raw emotional pull of
a spoken word poem, it's easy to feel the force
of distinct and powerful cultural identities running
through your bones.
Moreover, tucked away in the scenic surrounding
of the City's most recognizable park - just a
little west of the 69th Street and Fifth Avenue
entrance - the elements often add a natural splendor
to the performances. However, because it's City
parkland, it means City rules: no alcohol, coolers,
pets, bicycles, rollerblades, folding chairs,
beach umbrellas or flash photography.
Almost all the performances are free of charge,
except for a few benefit concerts that fund the
rest, which this year will feature Crosby, Stills
& Nash, Wyclef Jean and Sonny Rollins among others.
|SummerStage gears up for another season.
sure to check out these other great performances:
June 26, 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. Thievery Corporation
(live) with Seu Jorge
Featuring Special Guests Bebel Gilberto & Federico
Aubele, Turntables on the Hudso $59.50 in advance,
$65 day of show.
June 28, 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Superstars from Mali, Senegal and Nigeria, featuring:
Vieux Farka Toure, Fallou Dieng, Kaleta & Zozo
Afrobeat, DJ Sirak
June 29, 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. Mosh Ben Ari - Featuring:
Rupa and The April Fishes, Y-Love, Diwon
July 5, 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. Day of Global Rock. Featuring:
Rachid Taha, Dengue Fever, Apollo Heights
July 6, 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. Fete of Afro-Beat, Hip
Hop and Dub - Featuring: Seun Kuti & Egypt 80,
Afrika Bambaataa, Love Trio with U-Roy
July 9, 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Evening of Music and
Film. Presented in Association with the Latin
Alternative Music Conference.
July 10, 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Music and Film Celebrating
Jamaica. The Harder They Come, directed by Perry
Henzell. Featuring music by: I-Wayne
July 11, 8 p.m. - 10 p.m. Hip Hop from the Street
to the Stage. Featuring: Rennie Harris Puremovement,
The Francesca Harper Project
July 12, 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. Artists from Mexico.
Featuring: Julieta Venegas, Plastilina Mosh, DJ
July 13, 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. Global Family Day. Featuring:
Little Maestros, Big Nazo, Baby Loves Salsa featuring
Jose Conde, Cinderella Samba
July 17, 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Novelists from the Dominican
Republic and Sarajevo. Featuring: Junot Diaz,
July 18, 7 p.m. - 10 p.m Video Music Box 25th
July 19, 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. Gospel Day. Featuring:
Marvin Sapp, Hezekiah Walker, Dorinda Clark-Cole,
Kurt Carr, 21:03.
July 20, 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. Afternoon of Electro-pop,
Hip Hop, Ghettotech, Thrash, Baile Funk and Grime.
Featuring: Santogold, Diplo, A-Trak, Kid Cudi.
July 23, 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Mark Knopfler. Tickets
July 26, 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Israeli Dance. Featuring:
Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company, Nimrod Freed/Tami
Dance Company's Peep Dance
July 27, 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. Taj Mahal. Featuring:
Skatalites, Los Pinguos
July 29, 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Crosby, Stills & Nash.
Tickets are $66
July 31, 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Readings by Richard
Price and Charles Bock
Aug. 1, 8 p.m. - 10 p.m. Dance Brazil with Max
Pollak and RumbaTap
Aug. 2, 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Roy Hargrove Big Band
and Special Guests
Aug. 3, 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. Day of Urban Funk, Soul
and R&B. Featuring: Jamie Lidell, Janelle Monae,
Little Jackie, Jose James, Gilles Peterson
Aug. 4, 6:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. The National, Yeasayer,
Plants and Animals. $30 in advance, $35 day of
Aug. 6, 8 p.m. - 10 p.m. Sonny Rollins. $75 for
field seats, $55 for bleacher seats
Aug. 8, 8 p.m. - 10 p.m. Evening of Contemporary
Dance. Featuring: Jennifer Muller / The Works,
Erica Essner Performance Co-Op
Aug. 9, 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. Celebration of Mexican
Culture with Music, Food, Crafts, Art & Giveaways.
Featuring: An Unexpected Mexico, Kinky, Alejandro
Escovedo with Strings, Pistolera
Aug. 10, 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. CineFest Brasil at Summerstage.
The House of Tom- Mundo, Monde, Mondo, directed
by Ana Jobin. Featuring music by: Maria Rita
Aug. 12, 7:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. Wyclef Jean Featuring:
Jill Scott. $65 in advance
Aug. 14, 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Brotherhood Tour Featuring:
Los Lonely Boys & Los Lobos
Aug. 15, 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. South American Beats
from Argentina and Uraguay, Featuring: Bajofondo,
Osunlade & The Yoruba Soul Orchestra
Aug. 17, 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. Brooklyn-based Soul and
Funk Masters Featuring: Sharon Jones & The Dap
Kings, Menahan Street Band, Naomi Shelton & The
in the Park
Theater, Central Park
A 50-year tradition, Shakespeare in the Park is
a free presentation of the Bard's plays in the
Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Many young
actors and actresses have started their careers
at Shakespeare in The Park including Morgan Freeman,
Natalie Portman and Christopher Walken.
"Hamlet" runs from May 27 to June 29, and "HAIR:
The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical" runs from
July 22 to Aug. 31. Shakespeare in the Park is
free and tickets can be picked up at the Delacorte
Theater on the day of the show. Ticket vouchers
are available for the Friday, July 25 performance
of HAIR in Queens from 1-3 p.m. the day of the
show at the Queens Center Mall.