Colombian party in Prospect Park
This Friday, June 24, the popular BRIC 2022 festival Celebrate Brooklyn! will feature a huge Colombian party, enlivened by the voices of famed Latin Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Fonseca, and an opening performance by La Cumbiamba eNeYé, a prominent New York-based group.
On a world tour for his latest release Viajante, Fonseca will light up the party at Prospect Park’s Bandshell with his signature mix of pop and traditional Colombian vallenato rhythms. While the Afro-indigenous Colombian ensemble La Cumbiamba eNeYé will recreate the traditional outdoor cumbia gatherings of his homeland. Free. Starting at 6:30 p.m. The Lena Horne Bandshell is located at 9th Street & Prospect Park West Brooklyn, NY 11215. More information: https://www.bricartsmedia.org/events-performances/bric-celebrate-brooklyn-festival/fonseca-la-cumbiamba-eney%C3%A9
LaMicro Theater presents “Third Body”
LaMicro Theater returns to the live stage with a new production and following its custom of presenting contemporary authors from Latin America and Latinos residing in the US. After the break due to the pandemic, the theater group is betting on the award-winning play Tercer Cuerpo, written by renowned Argentine actor and playwright Claudio Tolcachir, and directed by Ecuadorian director José Ignacio Vivero.
The piece narrates the life of five people who are united by loneliness, misunderstanding and the need to love. Five lives, five desires to love, five incapable people. The cast includes: Alicia Cerón, Pietro González, María Renée Lavalle, Sonia Mera and Giordano Cruz Carranza. From this Thursday 23 to Sunday 26 June, at the Chain Theater (312 W. 36th St., Manhattan). More information and tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com
Emerging Music Festival at Bryant Park
The Emerging Music Festival Curated by AdHoc features six up-and-coming bands performing on one of the biggest stages of their careers. The festival returns for the first time since 2019, this Friday, June 24 and Saturday, June 25, with thousands of music lovers filling the lawn of Bryant Park to hear the best new music in New York. Opening night features singer-songwriter Benét, Dougie Poole’s eccentric country, and DIY pop songs with Daneshevskaya. Closing night, June 25 features high-octane rock from 95 Bulls, multi-hyphenate creator and musician Talia Goddess, and Afro-Mexican tropicalia with Reyna Tropical. From 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. Information: https://bryantpark.org
Premiere of “The Other Oz” at the Pregones Theater
The Pregones Theater, in association with TheatreWorksUSA, presents this weekend and for free the play “El Otro Oz”. Click your heels three times and embark on a transformative journey with this musical of salsa, merengue, and Mexican folklore, which chronicles how, as her fifteenth birthday approaches, Dora, a contemporary Latina teen, struggles with her family’s ideas of tradition and dreads her impending quinceañera. But when Dora is swept into a strange new land, she learns to celebrate her unique rhythm and embrace her cultural identity. The Pregones is located at 575 Walton Avenue (between 149th and 150th streets), The Bronx. The presentations are this Friday June 24 at 7:30 pm, and Saturday 25, at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. To book, visit: https://pregonesprtt.org/el-otro-oz/
The Clemente inaugurates “Traces in Time”
The Clemente cultural center inaugurates this Friday “Traces in Time”, a collective exhibition that speaks of the historical symbolism of the diaspora of Latino individuals. The group made up of the artist Jonathan Sánchez Noa, Daniella Portillo and Sabrina Mendoza Malavé present works that go beyond the limits of their media to analyze the exchanges in their various cultures; land, community and architecture are intertwined in the collection of works. Open to the public, from 5pm-7pm. Open until August 3. The Clemente is located at 107 Suffolk Street, Manhattan. Information: https://www.theclementecenter.org/
Gregorio Uribe at Lincoln Center
The accordionist, conductor and singer born in Bogotá, Gregorio Uribe, one of the main leaders of contemporary cumbia, will be this Saturday at Lincoln Center. Audiences are invited to join a hands-on beginning composition and creative listening class for all ages, led by Lincoln Center teaching artists and open to visitors of all levels who are ready and curious to explore their own musical abilities. Afterward, Uribe will showcase the talent that has made him a go-to collaborator among Latin music superstars like Carlos Vives and Rubén Blades with a concert of original jazz and traditional folk songs at Hearst Plaza (30 Lincoln Center Plaza). Starting at 11:00 a.m. Information: http://www.lincolncenter.org/
“Create, scale and collaborate” at the Children’s Museum
Designed to cultivate critical early learning skills, the Children’s Museum of Manhattan opened the exhibition Inside Art: Create, Climb, Collaborate for the little ones in the house to connect with contemporary art, while assimilating, touching and even contributing to the works on display. New works include a surrealist-inspired house by Isidro Blasco that children can explore, a wishing tree by Aya Rodríguez-Izumi that visitors can complete, and a multi-story installation designed by BARarchitekten in which art can be seen. as part of special artist residencies that engage the community. The museum is located in The Tisch Building (212 West 83rd Street). More information: www.cmom.org.
The Cyclone celebrates its 95 years
Luna Park at Coney Island will celebrate the 95th birthday of Coney Island’s legendary Cyclone roller coaster all this weekend with free entertainment, music, balloon art, face painting, cartoonists, photo ops and more surprises like ice cream handmade limited edition inspired by Cyclone. On Sunday, June 26, the first 95 guests in line will ride The Big Momma of free roller coasters when Luna Park opens at 11:00 am.
Opened on June 26, 1927, the Cyclone reaches a top speed of 60 miles per hour, carries 24 passengers and has a total track length of 2,640 feet, and is the second steepest wooden roller coaster in the world, with a drop measuring 85 feet at an uncompromising descent angle of nearly 60 degrees. Located at the intersection of Surf Avenue and West 10th Street, Brooklyn. Information: www.LunaParkNYC.com.
The DiscOasis take over Central Park
The city has a new outdoor fun spot this summer, The DiscOasis, a lights-out, theatrical, distinctly New York nightclub experience on wheels that just opened at Central Park’s iconic Wollman Rink for the summer. Created and produced by Constellation Immersive in association with Live Nation and the Los Angeles Media Fund, The DiscOasis offers different schedules and nightly roller skating programs with theatrical performances, a variety of live DJs, artists and special guests, as well as open sessions of skating.
For information and tickets, visit: thediscoasis.com