Public Theatre Under the Radar Festival

Over the last 12 years, The Public’s Under the Radar Festival (UTR) has presented over 194 companies from 40 countries. It has grown into a landmark of the New York City theater season and is a vital part of The Public’s mission, providing a high-visibility platform to support artists from diverse backgrounds who are redefining the act of making theater.

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Pour The Core: Hard Cider Festival, June 13, 2015

Cider FestivalIt seems like NY’ers can’t get their fill of alcohol. The Craft Beer Festival just ended last weekend and now, to be fair, we’re on to the Hard Cider Festival.

Cider enthusiasts can pay one-price and have an opportunity to try some world class ciders made locally and around the globe. You can speak to over 30 different brewers, responsible for creating some of the world’s most popular and award-winning fermentations.  The one-day event will have live music, lectures, and an array of food trucks.

Cider DrinkerMy favorite ciders are J.K.’s Scrumpy Hard Cider and Strongbow. What’s yours?




June 13, 2015
Brooklyn Expo Center
72 Noble Street
Greenpoint, Brooklyn

VIP: 1:30PM – 2:30PM
GA: 2:30PM – 6:00PM

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Arts & Crafts Festival on Upper West Side, September 21-22

Arts & Crafts Festival on Upper West Side, September 21-22

Childrens’ activities, live music, romance novel and poetry readings highlight the West Side Community Garden‘s Annual Arts & Crafts Festival, Saturday and Sunday, September 21-22, 2013 at the Garden, located on West 89th Street between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues. 
The event is free.
Artwork and crafts created by local westside artists will be for sale from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days by the garden’s 89th Street entrance. Paintings, photographs, jewelry, ceramics, quilting and limited edition clothing and more. 
Saturday, Sept. 21, family-friendly events include a free crafts workshop for children (all materials provided) from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.,a magic show at 1.p.m., and folk music singalong at 3p.m.  
On Sunday, Sept. 22, the New York String Orchestra conducted by Stephen Josephs, will present a concert on the garden green from noon until 1p.m.

From 2-4 p.m. local poets Howard Pflanzer and Rosalie Calabrese will “bookend” live readings of romance novels by members of the Romance Writers of America New York Chapter.  A booksigning and reception will follow.  

Make Music Winter New York: December 21

In 2011, Make Music New York launched a winter solstice festival called Make Music Winter,
with 12 participatory musical parades.
This winter’s Make Music Winter will take place on Friday December 21st in locations around the city.
The winter parades will include…..
 Newspeak, MMNY 2008 (Photo: Rick Levy)

Make Music New York
is a live, free musical celebration across the city that takes place
each June 21, the longest day of the year. On that day, hundreds of
public spaces throughout the five boroughs become impromptu stages for
over 1,000 free concerts.

PS166 Fall Festival, October 21

This parent-run festival and Friends of PS 166 fundraiser will feature tons of old-fashioned fun for the whole family: live music and entertainment, carnival games, raffles, prizes and giveaways, entertainers, a costume contest and Haunted House, the beloved Cake Walk, and yummy food!

Date:Sunday October 21
Time: 10am – 5pm
Place: PS166, 132 WEST 89 STREET, between Amsterdam and Columbus.

St. Louis Jazz Festival, Senegal

Firstly, how awesome that the new Minister of Culture for Senegal is Youssou Ndour, one of Africa’s leading artists.

I’ve listened to his music since the mid-80’s and followed his social activism efforts with United Nations, Amnesty International and UNICEF on issues of health care, human rights and the consequences of illegal immigration. He has developed a micro-finance organization in conjunction with Benetton United Colors to support and encourage small business owners in Senegal and has worked with many musical artists – notably Peter Gabriel (Biko), Sting, Wycliff Jean, Lou Reed to raise awareness for human rights across the world. So great that someone who has made such a worthy contribution on so many levels is acknowledged and honoured with such a position.

AND one of his first order of business as Minister or Culture was to declare, for the first time, that the St.Louis Jazz Festival’s (in Senegl) would be free. For a country whose personal income level is barely at subsistence level, one can imagine that such an internationally acknowledged festival would have been out of reach for a majority of the local community, and this gesture allowed for a population, for whom attendance at this festival would never have been thinkable, doable. Very cool.