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Read our top ten curated picks of events to check out this week. This week it’s all about jazz in the city, with jazz at the Morris Jumel Mansion, at St. Peter’s and the Jazz Age Lan Party on Governor’s Island. Also visit Green-Wood Cemetery for a summer reception, learn about family life on the Lower East Side and more:
Monday, August 11th:
Check out the Queer Book Diorama Show at the Jefferson Market Library NYPL branch, featuring dioramas of notable LGBT books, presented by The Pop-Up Museum of Queer History and Lambda Literary Foundation.
Tuesday, August 12th:
Head on to the Sixth Street Community Center for Family Life on the Lower East Side. John Milisenda has taken photos of his neighborhood, the Lower East side, and his family for 50 years, showing some of his photography for a GVSHP program in March. He returns to show us an expanded collection from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Wednesday, August 13th:
Saint Peter’s Church and Midtown Arts Common present Midday Jazz Midtown featuring Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes. Charlap is one of the world’s premier jazz pianists who has played with many leading artists and has his own group with bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington, called the Bill Charlap trio. Rosnes has quickly established herself as a major talent, becoming one of the premier jazz pianists and composers of her generation.
Open House New York is hosting its annual summer reception at Green-Wood Cemetery starting at 6 p.m. You will get to tour the cemetery and learn about the history of the Green-Wood Cemetery and its beautiful architecture. After the tours is a reception in the rarely opened candlelit catacombs, which you can explore. Click here to reserve tickets.
Visit El Museo del Barrio at 6 p.m. for the Uptown Bounce finale, Remix. Raphael Montañez Ortiz, who turned 80 in January, is holding a special birthday celebration where he talks about his work and the beginnings of the museum in a conversation with Chon Noriega. After the discussion, take your turn smashing a piñata in honor of Ortiz’s “destruction movement.” Later, join DJ Grand Master Caz on the terrace of the City Museum while he plays classic hip hop beats and today’s hot tracks. You can RSVP here.
Thursday, August 14th:
Hear the talented jazz duo of Harkness and Herriott at Birdland NYC for one night only. They are greatly praised for their chemistry and ability to “use their friendship as an additional instrument” as well as for their solo work. The doors open at 5 p.m., and the show starts at 6. Reserve your tickets before it’s too late!
Friday, August 15th:
Join Stephane Hyacinthe for a tour of several factories in Port Morris at 12 p.m. as she talks about how space for manufacturers is being protected in the South Bronx. Hyacinthe works for SoBRO, the organizations that manages five Bronx Industrial Business Zones out of sixteen. Reserve your tickets for OHNY’s Making it Here: Port Morris Neighborhood Tour here.
Saturday, August 16th:
You are invited to the Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governors Island from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m by Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra. The party is the theme of Prohibition/the 1920s, from the food to activities to the songs. You can look at antique gramophones, learn how to dance like you’re in the 20s, look at the motorcars of that time, and more. The Wall Street Journal has called the Jazz Age Lawn Party as “the biggest regular event in the ‘Retro Noveau’ movement…” Get your tickets here.
Head over to the Morris-Jumel Mansion to attend the 22nd annual Jazz-at-the-Mansion presented by Parlor Entertainment. The annual Jazz-at-the-Mansion takes place today and tomorrow, starts at 2 p.m. and ends at 6. This event features Marjorie Eliot, a jazz pianist who also serves as the event director, Rudel Drears, a musical director who is also a pianist and does vocals, and many more.
Sunday, August 17th:
Improv Everywhere is hosting its fifth annual Black Tie Beach, where a huge group of participants of any age spend a day at the beach wearing, as you probably guessed, black tie attire. The participants sunbathe, play games, and swim in the ocean while wearing their attire. They are advised to get cheap tuxedos and ball gowns at thrift stores for the Black Tie Beach event, which has become globally popular. You can find more information here.
Celebrate Aeolian Ride‘s 10th birthday by participating in the costumed bike ride from Brooklyn to Governors Island starting at 1 p.m. The participants are put in suits that catch the wind behind them, which for bringing “senseless joy to a place that had experienced senseless pain” after 9/11, in Jessica Findley‘s own words. The NYC and Montreal rides are also raising money for 596 Acres in NYC and Santropol Roulant in Montreal, and Findley will gift a Bicycle Aura Portrait to those who donate $100 or more. To learn more about the Aeolian Ride, click here. To reserve a costume and get an admission to the after party in Governors Island, click here.