Things to do this week in NYC Jun 29-Jul 6: Cultural Arts
Dance, art galleries, museums, lectures -- you name it, there are plenty of things to do in NYC. From the New York City Ballet, to Alvin Ailey, from performances at the Metropolitan Opera, to live music at Madison Square Garden, New York has it all. Here is a selection of what's going on in New York this week.
Calypso Rose - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
This Trinidadian grande dame of vintage calypso packed such a punch as she rose to fame in the mid-60s, the coveted title "Calypso King" became "Calypso Monarch" in her honor. Into her seventh decade, Calypso Rose's bold delivery, fearless and funny social commentary, and welcoming warmth on stage make it a hip-shaking Carnival night whenever she plays.
Canada Day New York - Central Park
A free cultural, sport and music festival celebrating all things Canadian. Performers include award-winning Canadian bands LIGHTS, Brasstrounaut, Spirit of the West and Joel Plaskett, plus: the Central Park Cup, Taste of Canada, the Great Canadian Picnic, family activities, and more.
With soundtracks for Boardwalk Empire and Woody Allen's Sweet and Lowdown to his credit, Vince Giordano's music evokes the height of ballroom perfection, combining jazz elegance and swingin' (or rumba-in' or cha-cha-cha-in') style. A veteran of the first edition of Midsummer Night Swing, Giordano is back to woo and wow with his gorgeous renditions of '20s and '30s chestnuts.
Sweet soul music. What could be better than dancing to the best of '60s and '70s R&B and Motown, played by veteran members of some of Philly's hottest soul bands? From James Brown to the Isley Brothers, from Aretha to Stevie, UGO makes beloved hits sound newly minted, with energy and consummate musicianship designed to pack the dance floor.
Who's the heppest? Will it be New York favorite, George Gee, who brings his Chick Webb-inspired 12-piece combo to defend the heritage of the Savoy Ballroom? Or will it be left coast darlings Dean Mora and his Modern Rhythmists, representing Los Angeles's mid-'60s Palomar Ballroom with its Roaring '20s take on swing and its focus on period arrangements? Dress in your red, white, and blue vintage finest for an intermission fashion contest.
Dynamic DJ and nightlife visionary Jonathan Toubin is changing the world one riotous 45rpm at a time. He'll spin an extended "maximum rock and soul" set leading into an after-hours Silent Disco edition of his popular Soul Clap and Dance Off party. Best known for his hit "Mary Lou," Young Jessie epitomizes the wild '50s blend of West Coast R&B and rock 'n' roll. He has cut some of the best records of the era on his own and as a member of the Coasters and the Flairs. Joining him are New Orleans culture bearers King James & The Special Men, part of the Ninth Ward vanguard who plays real, raucous music the old-fashioned way, in their first show outside of Louisiana.
La Sonora Carruseles - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Hailing from Medellin's thriving scene, La Sonora Carruseles plays salsa with a distinctly Afro-Colombian flair. While paying tribute to the salsa brava of yesteryear, the band has developed its own take, with punchy horns, cool choruses, and layers of percussion that often flirt with boogaloo and cumbia. The band will be joined by powerhouse vocalist Elaine Hernandez.
Midsummer Night Swing - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Lincoln Center's 25th anniversary edition of Midsummer Night Swing takes place every Tuesday through Saturday, with 16 dazzling nights of dancing that take place at the band shell in Damrosch Park, on West 62nd Street between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues.
Shipwreck! Pirates & Treasure - Discovery Times Square
SHIPWRECK! Pirates & Treasure will capture your imagination and take you on an incredible journey through thousands of years of maritime history. Experience hurricane-force winds, pick up treasure with a robotic arm, and explore the mysteries of the deep. This exhibit features over 500 authentic artifacts, including gold and silver treasures, as well as the incredible science and technology used to work thousands of feet below the ocean's surface.
The Art of the Brick - Discovery Times Square
This exhibition by artist Nathan Sawaya is a critically acclaimed collection of intriguing and inspiring works of art made exclusively from one of the most recognizable toys in the world: LEGO bricks. This is the world's biggest and most elaborate display of LEGO art ever and features brand-new, never-before-seen pieces by Sawaya.
Body Worlds: Pulse - Discovery Times Square
The newest in the renowned BODY WORLDS series, which has presented the human body in groundbreaking ways for discovery to more than 36 million people around the world.