Exciting events around New York August 2021

By Great Performances

Explore Great Music, Art and More at Our Partner Venues This Month!

Photo courtesy Apollo Theater

HARLEM WEEK VIRTUAL TOUR

Wednesday, August 11 at 4:00 pm

Location: Zoom

Ticket Information: $15 per household (plus service fee)

Celebrate HARLEM WEEK with a virtual tour of the Apollo — an interactive look into the historic space and legacy of the Apollo Theater. Guided by Billy “Mr. Apollo” Mitchell, the virtual tour provides audiences an opportunity to explore the legendary history of the Apollo Theater and gain behind-the-scenes access to this iconic venue. This live tour connects the past, present and future through entertaining and inspiring storytelling, photographs, and video from the Apollo’s archives. Get your tickets today to experience the magic of the Apollo from the comfort of your own home.

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JENNIFER HUDSON LIVE AT THE APOLLO PRESENTED BY MASTERCARD

Thursday, August 19 at 8:00 pm

Location: Apollo Historic Theater

Ticket Information:$59.99 – 99.99 (must be purchased with valid Mastercard)

Mastercard proudly presents Jennifer Hudson Live at The Apollo on August 19th. This intimate in-person gathering of Black women entrepreneurs and select cardholders features Ms. Hudson performing classic Aretha Franklin hits featured in the upcoming biopic Respect, as well as songs from her own catalogue.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a specially priced event exclusively for Mastercard cardholders.

For the safety of our audiences and staff, all ticketholders and attendees of this event must provide proof of vaccination in order to enter the theater. Click here for more information about our COVID safety policies.

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Photo: ©BAM

RESPECT

Location: Peter Jay Sharp Building, BAM Rose Cinemas

Ticket Information: GENERAL ADMISSION: $16; MEMBERS: $8 (free for Level 4 and above)

Directed by Liesl Tommy | 2021
With Jennifer Hudson, Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Audra McDonald, Mary J. Blige

Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson is the Queen of Soul in this star-studded new drama that’s bursting with song, with a cast that includes Audra McDonald and Mary J. Blige. Following the rise of Aretha Franklin’s career from a child singing in her father’s church’s choir to her international superstardom, Respect is the remarkable true story of the legendary singer’s journey to find her voice.

Photo: ©BAM

BEATS, RHYMES & LIFE: THE TRAVELS OF A TRIBE CALLED QUEST

Thursday, August 26 at 7:30 pm

A Tribe Called Quest was one of the most commercially successful and artistically significant musical groups in recent history. The band’s sudden break-up in 1998 shocked the industry and saddened the scores of fans, whose appetite for the group’s innovative musical stylings never seem to diminish. This insightful film takes viewers on a behind-the-scenes journey, chronicling the group’s rise to fame and revealing the stories behind the tensions which erupted in the years to come.

Photo: ©Brooklyn Museum

KAWS: WHAT PARTY

February 26 – September 5

Location: Brooklyn Museum

For twenty-five years, Brooklyn-based artist KAWS (Brian Donnelly, American, born 1974) has bridged the worlds of art, popular culture, and commerce. Adapting the rules of cultural production and consumption in the twenty-first century, his practice both critiques and participates in consumer culture. KAWS: WHAT PARTY is a sweeping survey featuring more than one hundred broad-ranging works, such as rarely seen graffiti drawings and notebooks, paintings and sculptures, smaller collectibles, furniture, and monumental installations of his popular COMPANION figures. It also features new pieces made uniquely for the exhibition along with his early-career altered advertisements.

KAWS’s practice acknowledges that works of art can occupy multiple realms—the aesthetic and the transcendent, the commodified and the priceless—and emphasizes that even within a cultural environment shaped by image and consumption, universal emotions such as love, friendship, loneliness, and alienation remain constant. KAWS invites us to engage with his work, both in person and virtually, and explore our own relationship with and connection to objects. Teaming up with Acute Art, a digital art platform directed by acclaimed Swedish curator Daniel Birnbaum, KAWS presents new augmented reality works, allowing visitors to interact virtually with his sculptures using their smartphones to create their own experience.

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Hannah Lou posing at Drink and Draw, June 2021. (Photo: Chris Alfonso)

DRINK AND DRAW: THE SLIPSTREAM WITH NONA FAUSTINE

Thursday, August 19 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Location: Biergarten, Steinberg Family Sculpture Garden

Ticket Information: $35 and include after-hours admission to The Slipstream, art materials in your own Brooklyn Museum tote, and a complimentary drink. Member tickets are $25.

Sip and sketch in our backyard Biergarten this summer with a monthly series of life drawing classes, open to all levels and accompanied by a refreshing beverage and musical vibes by local DJs. This month, celebrate our newest contemporary art exhibition, The Slipstream: Reflection, Resilience, and Resistance in the Art of Our Time, with special guest host Nona Faustine. The artist offers insights based on her experience representing the body in photographs, which are on view in the exhibition. Sketch from live models and experiment with materials in a casual class led by teaching artist Mellasenah Nicole Edwards.

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Photo: ©Caramoor

CONCERT ON THE LAWN: FLOR DE TOLOACHE

Friday, August 13 at 7:00 pm

Location: Friends Field, World Music

Ticket Information: Adult $35; Child $15

The women of Flor de Toloache fuse together influences from across genres and cultures to produce a unique and powerful take on traditional Mariachi music.

THE MUSIC CONTINUES: CONCERTS ON THE LAWN On three Fridays in August, we invite you to a laid-back evening concert as the sun sets on our expansive Friends Field. Relax (or get up and dance!) as world-class musicians fill the air with music. Make it a date night, a family outing, or just another Friday at Caramoor by pre-ordering a picnic during checkout. 

Please bring your own blanket or seating. In the event of rain, the concert will be moved into the Venetian Theater. 

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Photo: ©Caramoor

CONCERT ON THE LAWN: SHENEL JOHNS

Friday, August 27 at 7:00 pm

Location: Friends Field, Jazz

Ticket Information: Adult: $35, Child: $15

POWER TO THE PEOPLE
With a voice that embodies grace and passion and a personal style that sways effortlessly from jazz to R&B to gospel, Shenel Johns has emerged as one of the shining stars of her generation. A native of Hartford, CT, Johns has been performing since she was fourteen years of age, and has developed a distinctive, eclectic style that has increasingly caught the attention of her peers and some of the industry’s top performers.

THE MUSIC CONTINUES: CONCERTS ON THE LAWN On three Fridays in August, we invite you to a laid-back evening concert as the sun sets on our expansive Friends Field. Relax (or get up and dance!) as world-class musicians fill the air with music. Make it a date night, a family outing, or just another Friday at Caramoor by pre-ordering a picnic during checkout.

Please bring your own blanket or seating. In the event of rain, the concert will be moved into the Venetian Theater.

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Photo: ©Dizzy’s Club

HERLIN RILEY QUARTET

Thursday – Sunday August 19-22, 7:30 pm and 9:30 pm

Location: Dizzy’s Club at Jazz at Lincoln Center

Ticket Information: $35 – $45 plus f&b; Students $15

Veteran drummer and founding Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra member Herlin Riley has been the drummer of choice for bandleaders such as Ahmad Jamal and Wynton Marsalis. Riley’s sound is rooted in his home of New Orleans, but his rhythmic vocabulary expands miles beyond any one style or location. At Dizzy’s, he will demonstrate his skills as bandleader, with a quintet featuring some of the best young talent in New York, including trumpeter Bruce Harris, pianist Emmet Cohen, bassist Russell Hall, and saxophonist Godwin Louis. Groove comes first when Riley is on drums, and these reopening weekend performances at Dizzy’s are sure to be a good time!

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Photo: ©Dizzy’s Club

TRIO DA PAZ PLAYS JOBIN AND OTHER BRAZILIAN CLASSICS

Tuesday – Sunday, August 24 – 29, 7:30 pm and 9:30 pm

Location: Dizzy’s Club at Jazz at Lincoln Center

Ticket Information: $35 – $45 plus f&b; Students $15

Trio da Paz comes back to Dizzy’s Club to revive the tradition of their summer residency. Formed in 1990 by three of Brazil’s most in-demand master musicians—guitarist Romero Lubambo, bassist Nilson Matta, and drummer Duduka da Fonseca—Trio da Paz embodies the infectious spirit of jazz-oriented Brazilian music. Joining them are Maucha Adnet on vocals, Joe Locke on vibraphone and Harry Allen on tenor saxophone.

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Photo: ©Signature Theater

INFINITE LIFE

Fall 2021

Location: The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre

A play about no end in sight. After the critically acclaimed premiere of John and sold-out run of The Antipodes, Pulitzer Prize winner Annie Baker returns with the final play of her Signature Residency, directing a new work that tackles persistent pain and desire.

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Photo: ©Signature Theater

TWILIGHT: LOS ANGELES, 1992

Fall 2021

Location: The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre

One verdict can change the course of history. The news of the police officers’ acquittal in Rodney King’s police brutality case reverberated throughout the streets of Los Angeles. Variously called a “riot, a revolution, or a social explosion,” the events that followed the verdict drew worldwide attention. Playwright, actor and scholar Anna Deavere Smith responded artistically by dissecting the anatomy of the unrest. She interviewed over 350 Los Angelinos in preparation for the performance. Declared a “rich, panoramic canvas of a national trauma” by The New York Times, Smith’s transformative study of the 1992 L.A. riots reveals the fault lines that set the city ablaze. Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 is equal parts meticulously researched reportage and stirring cry for reform. 

Signature is excited to work with Anna Deavere Smith and director Taibi Magar to reimagine this play for new performers and collaborators.

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WALKS WITH GARDENERS: AQUATIC AND MONOCOT GARDENS

Wednesday, August 18 from 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Location: Meet at the Perkins Visitor Center

Ticket Information: $30 / Members receive 10% discount; Includes admission to the grounds

The summer heat encourages tropical plants to flourish in the Aquatic and Monocot Gardens. Evening offers an escape from the heat, and the garden seems to come alive with the hum of insects, the rustle of leaves, and the antics of fish skimming the surface of the water. Guided by Wave Hill gardener Christopher Bivens, explore the design of these two formal gardens, where neatly trimmed hedges and symmetrical pergolas provide a framework for lush grasses, tropical plants and exotic water lilies.

Rain date: Wednesday, August 25

Registration required, online or at 718.549.3200 x251, and closes at noon on Tuesday, August 17. The program fee includes admission to the grounds. Space is extremely limited. Questions? Please email us at information@wavehill.org or call the telephone number and extension above.

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