Thing to Do Around NYC: July 15–21

July 15, 2016 Updated: July 20, 2016



Falun Dafa (Falun Gong) Exercises
Mondays, 11 a.m.–noon, through July 25
Columbus Library, 742 10th Ave.
A class of five exercises including meditation. Come relieve your stress and anxieties, increase your energy and vitality, and enjoy peace of mind. Free.

Summer Sings
Aug. 3, 17, & 24, 7 p.m.
316 E. 88th St.
The public is invited to sing and socialize with members and the artistic staff of NYChoral including Music Director David Hayes and Associate Conductor Michael Ciavaglia. The participants will be able to step into the shoes of a NYChoral member and sing along with the conductor, pianists, and soloists to a different piece each week. After the sing along, the audience, chorus members and staff will continue the festivities with an after party around snacks, drinks, and a raffle. Free.


OZY Fusion Fest
July 23, 10:30 a.m.–9 p.m.
Rumsey Playfield, Central Park
Welcome to the OZY FUSION FEST. You are cordially invited to our world. The world as we see it. A world where and Malcolm Gladwell intersect. Where Cory Booker, celebrity Chef Alex Guarnaschelli and “Broad City’s” Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer intersect. A world where YOU intersect with the artistic, the intellectual, and “trend-makers” who love good conversations, a rich mix of food and great music. $35-$75.

Stargazing at Lincoln Center
Through July 30, 7 p.m.
The Fountain, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza
The AAA observes at Lincoln Center every Friday and Saturday evening from the beginning of April to the middle of August. We stargaze on the plaza, just north of the fountain.

Meditation at the Highline
Tuesdays, 8 a.m.–9 a.m., through September
22nd Street Seating Steps
Rise above the city streets and begin your day focused, centered, and connected with nature. Join the Integral Yoga Institute, Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center, and other guests for guided meditations. Open to people of all ages and experience levels. Free.

Stargazing at the Highline
Tuesdays, through Oct. 25
The Diller-von Furstenberg Sundeck at West 14th Street
Head to the High Line each Tuesday night for a romantic walk along the park and a chance to take a closer look at the stars. Peer through high-powered telescopes provided by the knowledgeable members of the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York to see rare celestial sights. Free.

Art Tour: Wanderlust
The Highline Park
Mondays, 6:15 p.m.–7 p.m., through October
From sculptures and murals to performances and videos, the High Line is filled with public art. Join High Line Art Assistant Curator, Melanie Kress for an insider’s view on High Line Art’s current Wanderlust exhibition. Tour location provided via email following RSVP at

Magical Designs for Mozart’s Magic Flute
Through August 27
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, 40 Lincoln Center Plaza
An exhibition that compares scenic and costume designs from a select group of 20th and 21st century productions extolled for their remarkable visual achievement. Since its premiere in 1791, this opera has inspired countless teams of directors and designers to create a cornucopia of imaginative productions that have beguiled audiences of all ages. Free.

New York & The Nation
The Robert H. and Clarice Smith New York Gallery of American History, 170 Central Park West
Explore the story of New York and America in the Robert H. and Clarice Smith New York Gallery of American History. $20 adults, $12 students, $15 seniors.

Family Sundays at Rubin Museum
150 W. 17th St.
Bring your family to the Museum for a Sunday afternoon full of family-friendly activities. Drop into the Education Center for some art-making, enjoy our 2 p.m. family exhibition tour, or go on your own thematic gallery search. Free.

Film Society of Lincoln Center
Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, 144 W. 65th St.; Walter Reade Theater, 165 W. 65th St.
Year-round programming that includes premieres of new films from an international roster of established and emerging directors. $14.


Through Sept. 23
NYC Parks
New York City’s largest free performing arts festival, bringing more than 100 free performances to Central Park and 15 neighborhood parks throughout the five boroughs. Free.

Falun Dafa (Falun Gong) Exercises
Location 1: Ryder Library, 5902 23rd Ave., Brooklyn
Thursdays, 6–7 p.m., through Aug. 11 (skipping July 14)
Location 2: Fort Hamilton Library, 9424 Fourth Ave., Brooklyn
Thursdays, 11 a.m.–noon, through Aug. 18
A class of five exercises including meditation. Come relieve your stress and anxieties, increase your energy and vitality, and enjoy peace of mind. Free.



Watteau’s Soldiers: Scenes of Military Life in 18th Century France
July 12–October 2
The Frick Collection, 1 E. 70th St.
Most know Jean-Antoine Watteau as a painter of amorous aristocrats and melancholy actors, a dreamer of exquisite parklands and impossibly refined fêtes. Few artists would seem further removed from the misery of war. And yet, early in his short career, Watteau created a number of military scenes—about a dozen paintings and some thirty drawings.

Diane Arbus: In the Beginning
Through Nov. 27
The Met Fifth Avenue
This landmark exhibition will feature more than 100 photographs that together redefine Diane Arbus (American, 1923–1971), one of the most influential and provocative artists of the 20th century. $12–$25 suggested.


Ceramics by Francis Delille Editions Paris
Through Sept. 30
Vallois America, 27 E. 67th St.
Ceramics will showcase a selection of rare pieces of the most prominent contemporary ceramics artists, all produced in La Tuilerie Manufacture in France, a workshop dedicated to preserving the traditions and pushing the limits of ceramic work.

Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology
Through Sept. 5
The Met Fifth Avenue
An exploration of how fashion designers are reconciling the handmade and the machine-made in the creation of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear. $12–$25 suggested.

Fabergé From the Matilda Geddings Gray Foundation Collection
Through Nov. 27
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Louisiana heiress and philanthropist Matilda Geddings Gray (1885–1971) acquired her first object by Fabergé in 1933. An artist herself, with a refined aesthetic sensibility, she was a sophisticated collector, while the name of the Russian artist-jeweler Peter Carl Fabergé (1846–1920) was almost unknown in the United States. Over the following years, Matilda Geddings Gray amassed one of the finest Fabergé collections in the world, and Fabergé’s art has become widely known and internationally sought after. $12–$25 suggested.

Global by Design: Chinese Ceramics from the R. Albuquerque Collection
Through Aug. 7
The Met Fifth Avenue
Global by Design will focus on the period—from the late 16th to the 18th century—when Chinese porcelain became a global luxury, transforming both the European ceramic industry and styles of dining and drinking. Featuring 60 exquisite and unusual pieces, this presentation will challenge the long-standing, and overly rigid, tradition of cataloging Chinese ceramics as domestic or trade items. $12–$25 suggested.

Expressions of Nature in Korean Art
Through Sept. 18
The Met Fifth Avenue
The display shows how select motifs, especially plants and animals, have been illustrated on ceramics, painting, sculpture, lacquer, and textiles, and what they mean. Some types of images and symbols are nearly universal across East Asia; others are specific to Korea. $12–$25 suggested.

Design for Eternity: Architectural Models from the Ancient Americas
Through Sept. 18
The Met Fifth Avenue
From the first millennium B.C. until the arrival of Europeans in the sixteenth century, artists from the ancient Americas created small-scale architectural models to be placed in the tombs of important individuals. $12–$25 suggested.


Transformed: Medieval Syrian and Iranian Art in the Early 20th Century
Through July 17
The Met Fifth Avenue
In the early 20th century, the arts of medieval Iran and Syria attracted unprecedented interest in the West. Demand by museums and collectors—especially for figural and highly decorated works—promoted commercial and research excavations, and led to the custom of repairing, filling in, and enhancing fragmentary and deteriorated examples. $12–$25 suggested.

Pergamon and the Hellenistic Kingdoms of the Ancient World
Through July 17
The Met Fifth Avenue
The conquests of Alexander the Great transformed the ancient world, making trade and cultural exchange possible across great distances. Alexander’s retinue of court artists and extensive artistic patronage provided a model for his successors, the Hellenistic kings, who came to rule over much of his empire. $12–$25 suggested.

First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare
Through July 17
New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West
Containing the first published scripts of 36 of Shakespeare’s most famous plays—including “Hamlet,” “Macbeth,” and “As You Like It”—the First Folio will be on display at the New-York Historical Society for 6 weeks.

Celebrating the Arts of Japan
Through July 21
The Mary Griggs Burke Collection at The Met Fifth Avenue
This tribute to a great collector reveals the distinctive features of Japanese art as viewed through the lens of fifty years of collecting: the sublime spirituality of Buddhist and Shinto art; the boldness of Zen ink painting; the imaginary world conjured up by the “Tale of Genji” and classical Japanese literature; the sumptuous colors of bird-and-flower painting; the subtlety of poetry, calligraphy, and literati themes; the aestheticized accouterments of the tea ceremony; and the charming portraiture of courtesans from the “floating world” (ukiyo-e). $12–$25 suggested.

Court and Cosmos: The Great Age of the Seljuqs
Through July 24
The Met Fifth Avenue
Spectacular works of art created in the eleventh through thirteenth century from Turkmenistan to the Mediterranean. Approximately 270 objects—including ceramics, glass, stucco, works on paper, woodwork, textiles, and metalwork—from American, European, and Middle Eastern public and private collections will be shown. $12–$25 suggested.


Who Shot Sports: A Photographic History, 1843 to the Present
July 15–Jan. 8, 2017
Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway
The most comprehensive presentation of sports photography ever produced, encompassing approximately 230 works by more than 170 photographers, highlighting the aesthetic, cultural, and historical significance of these images and artists in the history of sports. $16 suggested.

In The South Bronx of America
Through Oct. 16
Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave.
An astonishing collection of 42 original prints by the photojournalist Mel Rosenthal, revealing the harrowing social conditions of the South Bronx from 1976-82. When these photographs were taken, city officials targeted the South Bronx to become an Enterprise Zone, where factories would be built and their owners given special tax privileges. This marked the start of a tumultuous period of decline in the South Bronx.

William Merritt Chase: A Modern Master
Through Sept. 11
The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St., Washington, D.C.
William Merritt Chase (American, 1849–1916), a renowned figure in the international art circles of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, was a brilliant observer of contemporary life, an innovative painter, and an influential teacher. Presented on the centennial of his death, this retrospective—the first in over three decades—will explore the interrelationships in Chase’s work across subject and media, from portraits and figurative paintings, to urban park scenes, domestic interiors, still lifes, and landscapes. Suggested $12.



As You Like It
Bryant Park Stage
July 21 & 22 at 9 p.m., July 23 at 7 p.m.
Produced by The Drilling Company, with music by Natalie Smith, as a part of the series Bryant Park Presents Shakespeare. Free.

Violetta & Her Sisters
Season preview: July 26, 6 p.m.
Season: Aug. 13–28
Cornelia Street Cafe, 29 Cornelia St.
Featuring Giuseppe Verdi’s “La Traviata,” Jules Massenet’s “Manon,” a semi-staged “Scenes From the Demi-Monde,” with excerpts from Puccini’s “La Rondine” and Leoncavallo’s “La Bohème,” and a recital featuring the poetry of Charles Baudelaire, with settings by Debussy, Fauré, Duparc, Vierne, d’Indy, Loeffler, and others. Preview: $10. Tickets: $25–$54.


Mozart Forever: Fifty Years of the Mostly Mozart Festival
Through Aug. 27
New York Public Library for the Performing at Lincoln Center
Lincoln Center launched America’s first indoor summer music festival as Midsummer Serenades: A Mozart Festival in August 1966. The idea was a success from the start, and by 1970 the festival had transformed into Mostly Mozart. Free.



Jon Weber: Jazz Performer, Composer
Upper Terrace, Bryant Park
July 15, 12:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
Jazz pianist Jon Weber has recorded and toured all over the world, winning numerous accolades for performance and composition—and scoring extensively for television since 1987. Gary Burton, Roy Hargrove, Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen, and Avishai Cohen have all recorded Jon’s music. Free.

Bryant Park Presents INTERSECT
July 15, 5 p.m.–10 p.m.
Bryant Park Stage
INTERSECT gives New Yorkers the rare opportunity to experience some of the best players in jazz and classical music, all on one bill. With five ensembles each night. The series features standards and new works, including commissions and world premieres, and is produced with Chamber Music America and curated by composer and saxophonist Patrick Zimmerli. Free.

Accordions Around the World
July 19, 4 p.m.–6 p.m.
Throughout Bryant Park
Accordions Around the World is a weekly series that regularly features six accordionists as well as bandoneon/bayan/concertina/harmonium-players of different musical genres. Free.

Broadway in Bryant Park
July 21, 12:30 p.m.–1 p.m.
Bryant Park Lawn
The most popular shows on and off Broadway perform their biggest hits. Featuring “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Les Miserables,” “Fuerza Bruta,” “The Marvelous Wondrettes,” “Cirque de Soleil,” “Paramour,” and co-hosted by Alex Brightmand And Sierra Boggress. Free.

Piano in Bryant Park
Upper Terrace
Mon.–Fri., 12:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m., through Sept. 30
Summertime, and the livin’ is easy… so swing on by for toe-tappin’ performances by New York’s finest, playing ragtime, stride, and jazz to your and My Heart’s Delight. Free.


Spiral Music
Rubin Museum, 150 W. 17th St.
Spiral Music presents acoustic music every Wednesday evening at the base of the museum’s spiral staircase. Artists who specialize in music from the Himalayas and South Asia are invited to forge a connection between their music and the art in the galleries. Free.


PANORAMA Music Festival
July 22-24
Randall’s Island Park
Panorama is a three-day music, art, and technology festival featuring over 64 artists from Arcade Fire (Friday), Kendrick Lamar (Saturday), and LCD Soundsystem (Sunday) surrounded by an interactive, experiential tech installation known as, THE LAB. PANORAMA will celebrate New York City’s position as both a capital of entertainment and hub of innovation.