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Crowd-Sourcing Summer: Free Fun

Thursday, June 03, 2010

We're creating a crowdsourced calendar of your suggested summer events!

Give us the information and we'll add it to the events guide, which we'll publish and update throughout the summer.


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World Cup 2010

All eyes on South Africa. Over the next month and for the first time in World Cup history, Africa hosts the best football in the world.

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  • Music of the World Cup

    Soundcheck's five-part series on music from World Cup countries.

  • Music Series: Summer 2010

    Every Friday morning this summer we'll embark on the quest for the perfect summer song.  What makes a great summer anthem?  We're asking musicians, artist and music thinkers ...

  • Top 5 Summer Shakespeare Festivals

    Get the lowdown on the best of the bard in New York this summer.

  • Top Five Classical Music Summer Reads

    While there is no shortage of important books that explore music and composers, some volumes are a bit too heavy--both topically and in terms of actually poundage--for the park or ...

  • Top Five Soccer Pieces

    The World Cup is a highly musical event, full of national anthems and novelty songs. As the events begin in Brazil, here are five classical pieces to get you pumped.

  • Top 5 Songs for the Seashore

    Are you going to the shore this week to keep cool? If a trip to the beach isn't on your calendar, there is plenty of classical music available to ...

  • Celebrating the Solstice--New Yorkers Make and Take in Music

    On the longest day of the year, there were over 1,000 performances in every borough and in every genre. From professionals to amateurs, electronic musicians to classical music aficianados ...

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Kickin' It in Queens as Spain Advances to World Cup Final

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

This afternoon, Spain made history by defeating Germany 1-0 and reaching the World Cup Final for the first time.

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Latino Cultural Festival

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

In addition to their theatre and dance lineup the Queens Theatre In The Park will host evenings of Latino sounds this summer. Click here for listings.

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Music Under The Stars

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Wednesday, July 7 through Wednesday, July 28

Head to Waterside Plaza on Wednesday nights in July to hone your stepping skills and then sit back and watch the pros. Before the 8pm concerts there are free dance lessons available. Salsa on July 7 and swing on July 28. Click here for full schedule.

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Williamsburg Waterfront

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Sunday, June 20 through Thursday, September 30

The East River State Park, on Kent between North 8th and North 9th Streets, host about a dozen 'benefit' shows organized by the Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn (OSANB). 'Benefit' does mean they cost money, but the new venue is spacious, holds 6,000 fans, has a Manhattan backdrop and pulls in a high caliber cast of artists.

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Live At The Gantries

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Sunday, June 13 through Tuesday, August 17

Every Tuesday night at 7pm, Live At The Gantries spotlights Queens' musicians and performers at the Gantry Plaza State Park for free. Click here to listen to and see a slideshow of Chinese harmonica virtuoso Jia Yi He's performance.

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The Pool Parties

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Sunday, July 11 through Sunday, August 28

In its second year away from the McCarren Park pool, JELLY NYC presents free Sunday concerts from the East River State Park. With Chuck Schumer's help, the 10,000 capacity venue is once again the spot to get your free indie rock fix. Click here for full schedule.

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Great Jazz on the Great Hill

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Satureday, July10

The summer-long Jazzmobile series holds 45 free concerts throughout all five boroughs. On July 10 the series teams up with The Central Park Conservancy for a jazz explosion up on 106th Street featuring Jimmy Heath, Ray Mantilla and Dion Parson's 21st Century Band.

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River To River Festival

Monday, July 05, 2010

Sunday, June 20 through Monday, August 31

Possibly the best thing going on between the rivers for free this summer is the River To River Festival. Haiti’s oldest big band orchestra. Check. Choreographer and composer collaborations. Check. And puppets? You bet. Click here for our coverage of events.

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Datebook: July 1, 2010

Thursday, July 01, 2010

WNYC

A photographic exhibit devoted to female bodybuilders, an acerbic look at the life of Walt Disney and a gathering of Cuban contemporary works in Katonah. Your guide to what's happening now.

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Seaport Music Festival

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Friday, June 26 through Friday, August 13.

Part of the River To River Festival, the Seaport Music Festival is held on South Street Seaport's beautiful Peir 17.

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P.S. 1 Warm Up!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Saturday, July 3 through Saturday, September 4

Every year, one of the steamiest of  New York's summer festivals is held at P.S. 1. Warm Up! combines the elements of sultry pool party with high-concept art to great effect.

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Albert Ayler Festival

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Saturday, July 10

Roosevelt Island hosts the first annual "record fair and musical celebration" of Albert Ayler. There wil be 8 hours of tribute to the legendary free-jazz tenor-saxophonist who died in 1970.

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NY Philharmonic in the Park

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Tuesday, July 13 through Monday, July 19

The NY Philharmonic In The Park series features FREE performances with a firework finale in some of the best outdoor venues in the city. Sorry Queens, due to construction, no fireworks for you. And to you Staten Island and Bronx, your FREE shows are held indoors. Click here for performance venues and schedules.

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MASS MoCA: Solid Sounds Festival

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Friday, August 13 through Sunday, August 15

Chicago's indie-rock vets WILCO curate the Solid Sounds weekend of music and arts. For just under a hundred bucks, North Adams, MA may just be the best destination on the East Coast this weekend.

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Latin Alternative Music Conference

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Tuesday, July 6 through Saturday, July 10

The LAMC pairs industry panels with Latin artists performing on multiple stages throughout the city. Click here for our picks.

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Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra Concert Series

Friday, June 25, 2010

Saturday, July 10 through Saturday, July 31

Saturdays in July means classical music at the Lasdon Park & Arboretum. Pack your picnic basket and spread out on the lawn. Gates open at 5pm.

 

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Siren Festival

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Saturday, July 17

The 10th Annual Siren Music Festival descends on Coney Island with its biggest line-up ever, featuring 14 bands, including indie-pop darlings Matt and Kim.  Click here for our picks.

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Lincoln Center Out Of Doors

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Wednesday, July 28 through Sunday, August 15

This year marks the 40th Anniversary of Lincoln Center Out Of Doors.

It's two and a half weeks of shows on a half-dozen stages.

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Whitney Live

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Friday, July 2 through Friday, August 27

Friday nights at the Whitney Live series provide free concerts in the lower gallery and sculpture court with admission. No fear, it's pay-what-you-wish on Fridays from 6-9pm. But note, there are no special tickets or reservations. So if your summer Fridays haven't started, or don't exist, jump uptown right after work to guarantee a spot downstairs.

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The Guggenheim's Dark Sounds Concert Series

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Thursday, July 15 through Friday, September 3

Click here for show list and dates.

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