New York events in May - June 2014

8th Annual Dance Parade, Saturday, May 17th 
8th Annual Dance Parade and Dance  start between 22nd and 21st between Park and Fifth Avenue at 1PM
The slogan of parade is: We’re changing the world through dance! Last year  there were more  than 130 dance groups representing more than 75 styles of dance at the 7th annual event.  

================================================ Fleet Week New York, May 21-27

Three U.S. Navy ships and two U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) cutters will participate in the 2014 week. Fleet Week New York, now in its 26th year, is the city’s time-honored celebration of the sea services. The week-long celebration has been held nearly every year since 1984. It is anticipated that nearly 1,500 Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen will participate. Ship tours will be held during the week at Pier 92 in Manhattan and The Sullivans Pier in Staten Island. Tours will be conducted daily.

2014 Steampunk World’s Fair Friday, May 16th -18th  Piscataway, NJ 

Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery,[1] especially in a setting inspired by industrialized Western civilization during the 19th century.The schedule is packed with musical acts, art auctions, extravagant balls and costume contests.


Metropolitan Museum of Art Charles James: Beyond Fashion May 8-August 10, 2014 

The inaugural exhibition of the newly renovated Costume Institute will examine the career of the legendary twentieth-century Anglo-American couturier Charles James (1906–1978) -a fashion designer known as America's first couturier.

Big Apple Circus Cunningham Park, Fresh Meadows May 19- June 15
It’s LUMINOCITY —celebrate the vitality of life at the Crossroads of the World!  Watch rowdy pups perform amazing tricks, double trapeze artists soaring high above, a bashful clown, and a juggler extraordinaire; teeter-board acrobats flying through the air, a cavalcade of magnificent steeds, and a couple of amazing wire-walkers suspended in mid-air. The show runs two hours, including one intermission.
Cherry Orchard Festival Of The Arts

The Cherry Orchard Festival returns for the second year with the best if international arts in New York City.

Concert оf Young Musicians  Spivakov International Charity Foundation
 Merkin Concert Hall, Lincoln Center May 14, 2014

Moscow Virtuosi 35th Anniversary Gala
 Soloists: Vladimir Spivakov, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Olga Kern
 Avery Fisher Hall Lincoln Center  May 18, 2014 at 3 PM

Vakhtangov State Academic Theatre of Russia 

 EUGENE ONEGIN  The New York City Center  May 29 - Jun 1, 2014


Since 1977, Bargemusic has presented chamber music in an unlikely and startlingly beautiful venue—a floating barge at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge. Both established and emerging musicians perform at Bargemusic on a small stage with the dramatic backdrop of the East River and lower Manhattan skyline. Bargemusic is at Fulton Ferry Landing near the Brooklyn Bridge.

May 4 • Sunday, 4 pm  $35 ($30 Senior, $15 Student)
Schubert 2 Marches militaires, D. 733 (D Major and C Major)
Fantasie in F minor, D. 940 for piano four hands
Mendelssohn 7 Songs Without Words (set for four hands by the composer for Queen Victoria)  (New York Premier)
Rachmaninoff Six Morceaux Op. 11 for piano four hands
Schubert Piano Trio in B-flat Major, D. 898

Misha Dichter, piano  Cipa Dichter, piano Mark Peskanov, violin Julian Schwarz, cello 

May 24 • Saturday, 7 pm $35 ($30 Senior, $15 Student)
 May 25 • Sunday, 4 pm $35 ($30 Senior, $15 Student)

Mozart Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, K. 493
Schumann Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 47
Brahms Piano Quartet No.1 in G minor, Op. 25
St. Petersburg Piano Quartet

Ilya Yakushev, piano  Alla Aranovskaya, violin Boris Vayner, viola
Thomas Mesa, cello

Old Westbury Gardens
The magnificent mansion is nestled amid 200 acres of formal gardens, landscaped grounds, woodlands, ponds and lakes.  71 Old Westbury Road
 Old Westbury,NY 11568

48th Annual Old Westbury Gardens Car Show June 1, 2014  9:00 am - 4:00 pm (Rain Date June 8th)

The most elegant antique auto show on Long Island sponsored by the Antique Automobile club of America.

Long Island Mozart Festival Saturday May 24 and Sunday May 25  2:00 pm and 4:00 pm 
In collaboration with Chamber Players International, this event returns for a seventh season. All concerts are performed under a tent. Attendees may purchase a tent seat on the day of the concert or bring their own chairs or blankets to enjoy the concert outside the tent. 

Bryant Park 
Fly Fishing
Saturdays  10:00am – 12:00pm 
April 19, 26  May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 June 7, 14 July 19

Join expert instructors  for lessons on fly casting and outfit rigging. Class spaces are first come, first served. 
For more information, check out the Fly Fishing post on the Bryant Park blog.

A social dance party after work – featuring popular dance instructors plus an incredible band each week.  From novices to experts, all are welcome.
Lessons on Wednesday, 6 – 7 pm, followed by dancing to live music 7 – 8:30 pm.
Wednesday, May 7,  2014  Salsa
Wednesday, May 14, 2014  Brazilian
Wednesday, May 21, 2014  Argentine Tango
Wednesday, May 28, 2014  Swing
Wednesday, June 4,  2014  Bachata
Wednesday, June 11, 2014  Motown
Shakespeare in the Parking Lot Production of Hamlet, Bryant Park
May 15- May 31, Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:00 PM

One of the city’s most wonderful oasis locations, Bryant Park, will inaugurate a new Shakespeare program with the Drilling Company’s Shakespeare in the Parking Lot Production of Hamlet.

 This is Bryant Park’s first Shakespeare production and The Drilling Company’s first Shakespeare production outside the municipal parking lot at the corner of Ludlow and Broome Streets, where its intrepid, bare-bones productions have become a New York tradition. 

Drilling Company Artistic Director Hamilton Clancy directs, and his production views Hamlet’s family as dysfunctional in a modern sense: Gertrude is an alcoholic mother, Ophelia is a manic depressive, Claudius is power-obsessed and success-oriented... Performances continue through May 31 and admission is free, which is very cool…even the Groundlings had to pay a penny to stand back in Shakespeare’s day! 

Manhattanhenge 2014: May 28, 29, 30 
There are two times every year when one can take the the most spectacular photos of the Manhattan skyline.  It's called Manhattanhenge, a portmanteau made from the combination of Manhattan + Stonehenge, the latter also a place famous for solstice action.

During Manhattanhenge, the setting sun perfectly lines up with the grid of the city's east-west streets, creating a canyon of searing lights down every midtown street. Photographers who wish to capture this phenomenon typically stake out the west end of of wide 42nd Street, and even head over the East River to Long Island City to capture the whole of the skyline. 

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