Arts & Entertainment - Events

The Lucille Lortel Theatre Foundation presents the 25th anniversary of Free Summer theatre beginning on July 15th. The Civil War is the story of people from different backgrounds fighting for the future of the nation - both sides believing they are fighting for freedom

On June 5, 2013 Hank Goldsmith, husband, father of five sons and stepsons, revered trial and appellate lawyer, friend, passed away after a brave battle with pancreatic cancer.  In loving memory, his two bands, the Petty Thieves and the Carjackers, both founded by Hank, will play a tribute concert to honor his memory and remember his light and loving soul. The show will be on August 1, 2013 at the Red Lion at 151 Bleecker Street, New York, NY. We send his love to his family and friends.

The story of The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen takes wing through tuneful music and fanciful dance—even a bit of puppetry! Performed en pointe in vivid, colorful costumes, Andersen's tale of glorious transformation unfolds with award winning flare.  Performances on July 12th, 13th, and 14th.

The solo exhibition, by Sungmi Lee, is on view through July 20th. “Empty to Be Filled,” features six of her works from recent series of sculptures and installations. Sungmi Lee, a Korean-born artist, has spent her early life in the United States. She often brings her experience as an alliance and inevitable sense of loss and lonesomeness into the formless and translucent medium such as smoke, resins, plexiglas and broken glasses.

You and the little ones will love this silly barnyard romp playing Saturdays, through August 10th. Cliffie the pig is turning four and the entire farm is getting ready to throw him a massive birthday celebration, but they need to watch out for the crafty, cake-stealing fox who is scheming to ruin the party. You'll meet Cecile, the scarecrow who is afraid of birds, Conrad O'Conner, the loud-mouthed but harmless hound dog and Babette the feline poet, along with many other memorable characters.

Thicker Than Water Short Play Festival, playing through July 17th (see website for selected dates), is a series of funny and moving vignettes addressing the ups and downs of family life

As part of the June PAN_ACT festival, ISSUE Project Room and Goethe-Institut New York present a free talk and listening-session with artist, publisher, musician, and 2013 ISSUE Artist-In-Residence James Hoff, followed by "Dispatch"— a performance system and public conversation by Mathew Dryhurst on Wednesday, June 26th.

If you like to walk barefoot in the summer grass, June 29th is the perfect day to demystify the world of snakes. (As Squamates, snakes are also known as ectothermic, amniote vertebrates covered in overlapping scales). You'll create your own wooden snakes and paint them with unique colors and patterns.

Alice Aycock creates art that explores the relationships between fantasy, science, imagination, and experience. Although she is known primarily for her large-scale installations and monumental outdoor sculptures, drawing hasalways played an essential role in her practice. The works on view, through July 13th, include drawings for real and imaginary architectural projects, maquettes, and photo-documentation— demonstrate the breadth of her artistic vision. 

The storied homophobia of the 1950s hardly reached the young Paul Thek or the young men in his circle. His early work, arguably the gayest of his entire career, is filled with images of his lovers and close friends, including other artists such as Peter Harvey, Peter Hujar and Joseph Raffael. In these photographs, drawings and paintings the artists attest to the importance of their intimacy, not only unabashedly figuring their same-sex relationships, but more importantly, their influence on one another's work.  On view through July 7th.