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“For me, the lyrics are more important than the melody. I write almost all my own words. I also perform the classics of Malian tradition. I draw a lot of inspiration from what happens in society. As soon as I see or feel something, I write it down. I say what I want, and what I think, because I am a free woman. I believe that my music has had an impact on the life of African women.” 


. Through August 2011, Lincoln Center Festival and Park Avenue Armory, in association with The Ohio State University, bring the Royal Shakespeare Company to New York City for an unprecedented six weeks of acclaimed Shakespeare repertoire. This engagement offers New York audiences a rare opportunity to witness the company’s highly flexible virtuosity, as the same repertory team puts on five very different plays: As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet, King Lear, The Winter’s Tale, and Julius Caesar. 

LATE SUMMER BLUES is an exhibition of collage-based works in video, photography, and sculpture that reflects on our collective impulse to reconfigure and manipulate the landscape – both urban and rural – as a means of escape from the compression of summer in the city. Coupled with the desire to find respite from the concrete hardscapes that permeate our vision and movement, Late Summer Blues also suggests an imminent inversion of desire. As the middle of summer passes, a premature sense of nostalgia for the end of summer as an end of freedom comes into focus. How do we spend the last days of summer?

The cross-pollination between comics and high art, which began in the early 20th century, also fed the extraordinary explosion of graphic novels and comics in the past several decades. In conjunction with the exhibition Lyonel Feininger: At the Edge of the World, a panel of master comic artists, including Gary Panter, Art Spiegelman, and Chris Ware, will discuss the intersection of comics and fine art. Moderated by John Carlin. 


Blues superstars Taj Mahal and James Blood Ulmer share the stage with the next generation of blues heroes like The Growlers, Amy LaVere, The Beauties and Mike Farris in the inaugural Lowdown Hudson Blues Festival at the World Financial Center July 28-30.


The Abrons Arts Center is proud to present Image Wars, an exhibition that addresses the representation of conflict in visual culture in an age of global crisis. This exhibition is curated by Miguel Amado and brings together works by Yevgeniy Fiks, Rinat Kotler, Michael Mandiberg, Carlos Noronha Feio, Mary Temple, and Kai-Oi Jay Yung. Opening Thursday, July 21, 6 - 8 PM.


In connection with the special exhibition Vishnu: Hinduism’s Blue-Skinned Savior, three renowned yoga instructors will present a series of two-hour workshops in one of the Museum’s most beautiful spaces—the fifth-floor Cantor Rotunda. In this session, instructor Kelly Morris will be leading a class in Jivamukti yoga.


Do you know whole passages of The Bridges of Madison County by heart? Or have a secret Grisham obsession? Got a great Berendt impression? Introducing your new favorite monthly series, inspired by your favorite guilty Friday night activity. Think you've got literary chops? You've got three minutes to prove it by reading a passage from a book that will surprise and delight the crowd. Our theme for this month is Greatest Hits of the 90s, so you'll need to come prepped to read your favorite three minutes from a book published between 1990 and 1999.


On these hot summer days, sometimes the kids just need a break from the heat.  For afternoons when it is so hot you can fry an egg, check out these upcoming flicks. 


Please join Council member Margaret Chin to celebrate The City of WaterDay Festival at the Governor’s Island 2nd Annual Lower Manhattan Family Day, Saturday, July 16th from 10am-4pm.

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