Wednesday Is A Drag

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It’s hump day, people, so we need to plan for the weekend to keep our energy and spirits high, right?

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I’m definitely going to hit the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival at one point. It takes place this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. And it’s free, free, free!

Highlights include saxophone guru Jimmy Heath and his big band performing an updated version of his earlier work “Bird Is The Word” from 7 to 9 p.m. at Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem.

Legendary sax guy Kenny Garrett tops the bill at Marcus Garvey on Saturday. On Sunday, the festival moves downtown to Tompkins Square Park where veterans Lee Konitz and Sheila Jordan will be soft viagra joined by newbies Christian Scott and Warren Wolf.

Sounds like a great time for jazz fans.

What are you dreaming about doing this weekend?

 

It's Your Last Chance!

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The summer is slowly coming to an end. In fact, a pal said that she had seen Halloween decorations on sale in a local store. (I know! How crazy is that?) Here are a few fun events that you can still check out this weekend. It’s supposed to be a nice couple of days, weather-wise, so go for it. It’s your last chance!

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Get your flapper on at the Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor’s island this Saturday and Sunday. Music performances, featuring Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra, Charleston lessons and a pie recipe contest are just a few of the activities at this whimsical step back in time.

The menu includes gourmet grilled cheese, shrimp roll, a Hawaiian-style Luau and a Chinatown Chop Suey station.

20s attire is not mandatory, but very much encouraged! Tickets are $30 (fancier packages cost more) and you can get them here.

The Washington Square Park Tuesday concerts ended at the beginning of the month, but on Saturday night you can catch a terrific band at the RCTA Summer Sunset Concert Series on the Upper West Side. The performance takes place by the Hudson right next to the tennis courts on 96th street. The music, the view and the glorious sunset add up to an incredible evening. Don’t forget a blanket, some wine and a picnic basket. Sabor Brasil, a Brazilian Samba band closes the series this Saturday. The music starts promptly at 7 p.m.

The Public Theater’s Shakespeare In the Park series ends this Sunday. Love’s Labour’s Lost will be performed both Saturday and Sunday at 8:30 p.m.

And don’t forget viagra without prescription the final Summer Streets festival on Park Avenue this Saturday.

It’s one of the few last weekends of the summer….enjoy it!

 

 

August In The City…Just You And Me

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Here’s the thing…I love New York City all year round, but I especially love it in August. I love New Yorkers–just not viagra online pharmacy too many of them all at once. August is the month when many natives have hightailed it to the Hamptons or the Jersey Shore or anyplace with sand, leaving the concrete streets to me, myself and I (plus  a million or so of my close personal friends). So here are a few things that I plan to do this month now that the city is (close to) mine:

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Harlem Week is an uptown celebration that began in the ’70s as Harlem Day. Harlem Day has turned into Harlem Week–really Harlem month–as there are a bunch of performances, films, fashion and sporting events during the next few weeks. One feature of the festival is half-price Wednesday Amateur Night at the Apollo on the 14th and the 21st. (Be prepared for very candid reviews of the performers–New Yorkers don’t play.) This Saturday from 12 to 7, you’ll find a Dance Theater of Harlem Street Festival, an outdoor bash featuring arts and crafts, performance showcases, food and entertalnment on W.152nd from Amsterdam to St. Nicholas. Check the schedule for more events.

Take  there’s a last chance to enjoy Shakespeare in the Park. Love’s Labour Lost is being performed until the 18th. Grab a blanket and a picnic and head to the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.

I’ve already told you about about Summer Streets and restaurant week and outdoor movie screenings, right? And of course there are always a zillion Broadway and off-Broadway shows that are probably a teeny bit less crowded.

So there you have it. You have plenty to do and fewer folks to bump into. New York City Nirvana.

 

 

 

We Can Hitch A Ride To Rockaway Beach

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It’s Friday and it’s going to be a perfect summer weekend–sunny and high in the 80s. Time to grab a cooler and a blanket and hit the beach, people!  Let’s head to Rockaway Beach with some of our favorite past guests, the Ramones:

 

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Chewing out a rhythm on my bubble gum
The sun is out and I want some.
Its not hard, not far to reach
We can hitch a ride
To Rockaway Beach.
Up on the roof, out on the street
Down cheap viagra online in the playground the hot concrete
Bus ride is too slow
They blast out the disco on the radio
Rock rock Rockaway Beach
Rock rock Rockaway Beach
We can hitch a ride
To Rockaway Beach
Its not hard, not far to reach
We can hitch a ride
To Rockaway Beach.

Summer just doesn’t get any better than that. Here’s to Joey, Johnny, Dee Dee, Tommy and Marky…and the Rockaways!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Summer Streets

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Nope, it’s not a new Springsteen song. Summer Streets is an annual event buy viagra 100mg in which almost seven miles of city streets are closed to cars, trucks and buses, and open to humans who want to bike, play, unicyle, gallop–or, hell, walk on their hands if they want to–up the avenue.

Billed as, “part bike tour, part biking tour and part block party,” Park Avenue and connecting streets are closed between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. on August 3rd, 10th and 17th. Six rest stops are provided along the route, where a bunch of activities and performances will take place.

You can work out with trainers at the Astor Place rest stop, scale a rock climbing wall at the Soho rest stop or, if you have a death wish, try out a zip line at the Foley Square one.

In addition, the Park Avenue tunnel will be open to pedestrians for the first time ever. (You know that little tunnel on Park between 33rd and 40th by Grand Central? The one that gives you a cheap thrill when your cab speeds seven blocks through midtown without stopping once? That one.) Inside will be Voice Tunnel, an interactive light and sound installation by Mexican-Canadian artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer. 360 theatrical spotlights that produce glimmering arches of light along the tunnel’s walls and ceiling. Participants will be able to influence the intensity of each light by speaking into a special intercom at the tunnel’s center which records their voice and loops it. Louder speech will increase the lights’ brightness proportionally, creating a Morse-like code of flashes throughout the tunnel.

So next month, hop, skip and jump to your heart’s content up the avenue with no chance of getting hit by a car. I know I will.

Time To Celebrate!

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It’s Pride Weekend here in the city…so what do you wanna do?  I say we party like it’s 1978:

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Young man, there’s no need to feel down.
I said, young man, pick yourself off the ground.
I said, young man, ’cause you’re in a new town
There’s no need to be unhappy.Young man, there’s a place you can go.
I said, young man, when you’re short on your dough.
You can stay there, and I’m sure you will find
Many ways to have a good time.It’s fun to stay at the y-m-c-a.
It’s fun to stay at the y-m-c-a.They have everything for you men to enjoy,
You can hang out with all the boys …It’s fun to stay at the y-m-c-a.
It’s fun to stay at the y-m-c-a.You can get yourself cleaned, you can have a good meal,
You can do whatever you feel …Young man, are you listening to me?
I said, young man, what do you want to be?
I said, young man, you can make real your dreams.
But you got to know this one thing!No man does it all by himself.
I said, young man, put your pride on the shelf,
And just go there, to the y.m.c.a.
I’m sure they can help you today.It’s fun to stay at the y-m-c-a.
It’s fun to stay at the y-m-c-a.

They have everything for you men to enjoy,
You can hang out with all the boys …

It’s fun to stay at the y-m-c-a.
It’s fun to stay at the y-m-c-a.

You can get yourself cleaned, you can have viagra online from usa a good meal,
You can do whatever you feel …

Young man, I was once in your shoes.
I said, I was down and out with the blues.
I felt no man cared if I were alive.
I felt the whole world was so tight …

That’s when someone came up to me,
And said, young man, take a walk up the street.
There’s a place there called the y.m.c.a.
They can start you back on your way.

It’s fun to stay at the y-m-c-a.
It’s fun to stay at the y-m-c-a.

They have everything for you men to enjoy,
You can hang out with all the boys …

Y-m-c-a … you’ll find it at the y-m-c-a.

Young man, young man, there’s no need to feel down.
Young man, young man, get yourself off the ground.

Y-m-c-a … you’ll find it at the y-m-c-a.

Young man, young man, there’s no need to feel down.
Young man, young man, get yourself off the ground.

Y-m-c-a … just go to the y-m-c-a.

Young man, young man, are you listening to me?
Young man, young man, what do you wanna be?

Have a great weekend, everyone!

 

 

A Midsummer Night's Music Festival

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The 55th annual Washington Square Music Festival is right around the corner. Every Tuesday evening in July, a concert is performed gratis right here in the park. Great music outdoors on a balmy summer night…what’s not to like? Here’s the lineup:

July 9: Baroque in the Park: A Judgment of Paris is a baroque opera by John Eccles.

July 16: A Musical Adventure Featuring Margaret Leng Tan. Tan will play the chamber version of a toy piano concerto written for her by English composer Michael Wookey. You read that right–toy piano. Tan’s avant-garde performance sounds intriguing.

July 23: Verdi and Wagner and Spohr and Rheinberger. (Oh my!) A celebration of 19th Century music for winds and strings.a celebration of 19th Century music for winds female viagra cream and strings including Verdi String Quartet and Paul Hindemith/Wagner The Flying Dutchman Overture for String Quartet.

July 30: Music of East Africa featuring Nepo Soteri. Guitarist, singer and composer Soteri is a survivor of the Rwandan civil war. Influences of sounds from Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia are featured in his compositions. Preceding the concert in the afternoon will be a children’s interactive rhythm workshop with African musicians.

Here are the particulars: Music starts at 8 pm and seating is on a first come, first served basis. In the event of rain, the music festival moves indoors to St. Joseph’s Church, 371 Sixth Avenue (between Washington Place and Waverly Place).

 

Come back, Joan!

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We’re no longer that, “crummy hotel over Washington can i order viagra from the chemist Square” that you wrote about in Diamonds and Rust.

We’ve been renovated, revamped and recharged. We’ve got a fitness room, pillow-top mattresses and free WIFI. And we can serve you three delicious meals a day, which we couldn’t when you wrote this…

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Damn that’s a great song.

But we’re not crummy anymore, Joan, so please come back and write another one!

 

He Was A Green-wich Village Folk Song Salesman

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A silly little ditty to lead you into the weekend…courtesy of Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazelwood. Nancy sticks her tongue firmly in her cheek in this ode to the folk song hawkers female viagra cream that flooded the neighborhood in the 60′s.

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Have a fantastic weekend all you happy, hopped-up hippies!

Memorial Day Weekend + Free = Fun

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Time to kick off summer with freebies, people! Check out fun stuff to do without spending where to buy viagra any cash:

Memorial Day Concert at St. John the Divine. Celebrate with the New York Philharmonic in this beautiful cathedral on Amsterdam and 112th on Monday at 8:00 pm. Tickets are first-come, first-served and available the day of the performance at 6:00 p.m. If you don’t get in, music will be piped out onto the adjacent Pulpit Green, weather permitting. (And as of now, it’s looking like the weather will permit: forecast for the day is high of 68 and sunny.)

The Intrepid Museum plans to celebrate the weekend the right way, by honoring our service women and men. Aside from a screening of Top Gun for it’s freebie movies on Friday night series, Pier 86 will be filled live performances (the USO Show Troupe!), hands-on activities and displays.

Memorial Day Parade(s): There’s a bunch of them–just pick your borough. Probably the largest is the Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Parade. It stars at 2 p.m. at the corner of Northern Blvd. and Jayson Ave. in Queens. This year’s parade is dedicated to those who served in Vietnam, as it’s the 40th anniversary of the end of the war.

And what holiday is complete without sparkly explosions? None, I say. To see fireworks, though, you have to head downtown on Thursday night (23rd) so that Lady Liberty is in view. Fireworks will be set off in the harbor near Liberty Island at around 9:15 p.m. (Not sure why they only have them on Thursday night-I searched and searched–but hey, if I’m mistaken and there’s more, please let me know!)

Have fun!