Melissa Verdecia and Lyvan Verdecia at Club Havana Photo: Billy Pennant – Photo: Billy Pennant/Courtesy.
Prince Royce at the United Palace
Prince Royce, the Prince of Bachata, returned to the stage with his “Classic Tour,” which will tour ten of the most important cities in the United States and the United Palace’s stage this Friday and Saturday. The outstanding bachatero will celebrate ten years of artistic career, singing songs that have become classics in pop culture, such as “Corazón Sin Cara,” “Darte Un Beso,” “Sensualidad,” “Deja Vu,” and “El Amor Que Perdimos.” Both shows are at 8:00 pm. Tickets at: https://www.princeroyce.com/
“The Bazurto All Stars” at Flushing Town Hall
This Friday, September 30, The Bazurto All Stars, known as the “party machine,” will travel from Cartagena, Colombia, to bring the energy of champeta to the Flushing Town Hall stage. The group has created its distinctive sound from a blend of African champeta, folk and electronic music, cumbia, vallenato, reggae, ska, and even symphonic music, calling this fusion “La Champeta Universal.” Their songs include “La Manguera,” “El Bololo,” and “La Pupileta,” which became the official song of the Barranquilla Carnival in 2016 (the largest celebration after Rio) and one of the most recognized songs in Colombia at the time. The seven-piece ensemble will also present a Champeta workshop before their concert for audiences interested in learning the basics of this style of music and dance native to Colombia. The performance begins at 8 pm, and the workshop (free with concert tickets) will be held at 7 pm. For tickets, visit https://www.flushingtownhall.org.
Tribute to Bob Dylan
The McCrary sisters, Lizz Wright and Mumu Fresh, have been added to the lineup for A Tribute to Bob Dylan, an event celebrating the great musical legend. In partnership with the Bob Dylan Center, this Friday, September 30, at 8 p.m, at The Town Hall and T Bone Burnett and curated by Burnett, the show will feature performances by a diverse array of artists, each performing songs written by Dylan surveying the Nobel laureate’s illustrious career. This concert event will commemorate Dylan’s historic 1963 debut at the Hall, with all proceeds benefiting The Town Hall. For tickets and more information, visit: (www.thetownhall.org).
The Queensboro Dance Festival concludes
After more than 40 outdoor summer events throughout the county, the Queensboro Dance Festival (QDF) is wrapping up its tour with a three-night season finale from Sept. 30-Oct. 2, at the Queens Theatre, where all 26 Queens-based dance companies will perform. As a platform to represent the breadth of dance cultures in Queens, some of this year’s QDF genres include chutney, tap, Hawaiian, West African, contemporary, Afro-Latin, Turkish Gypsy, hip-hop, kathak, ballroom, Colombian, Greek, ballet, and Filipino dances. Dance groups come from neighborhoods ranging from South Ozone Park to Flushing, Long Island City, and Jackson Heights. Performances are Friday and Saturday, September 30 and October 1 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, October 2 at 5:00 pm. Information: https://queenstheatre.org.
The PaleyWKND Festival
PaleyWKND, a media, sports, games, and entertainment festival, will take place this weekend, Saturday, October 1, through Sunday, October 2. The event will take over The Paley Museum and its entire block, 52nd Street between 5th and 6th Avenues in Manhattan, for a weekend filled with interactive experiences and immersive attractions from more than two dozen world-class companies, iconic media brands, and major sports leagues. Among the many participating stars will be Kate del Castillo, who will present an exclusive screening of the third season debut episode of La Reina del Sur on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.The event is free and open to the public—more information: www.PaleyWKND.org.
Outdoor Dance in Brooklyn
The Mark Morris Dance Group will present two performances at Brooklyn Bridge Park on Harbor View Lawn this Saturday, October 1, as well as a workshop for all ages and abilities to learn some excerpts from their repertoire. The hour-long performances will take place at 2 pm and 4 pm and include the works Water, Greek to Me, Orfeo ed Euridice (excerpts from a larger opera), and Dancing Honeymoon.
At 3:00 p.m., company members will perform an adaptive dance workshop to teach Water and Dancing Honeymoon excerpts. No tickets or reservations are required, just come and join in! The Mark Morris Dance Center is located on Lafayette Street and offers classes in all disciplines for people with and without disabilities. It is also the main site for their research-backed dance classes for people with Parkinson’s disease. More information: https://markmorrisdancegroup.org/
Block Party “A La Calle”
Ballet Hispanico will celebrate its traditional A La Calle Block Party this Sunday, October 2, at 89th Street between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues, from 12:00 to 4:00 pm. To kick off the celebration, at 11 a.m., there will be a special proclamation and street naming ceremony with community leaders and special guests. The free fiesta will feature performances by dancers from Ballet Hispanico’s Pa’lante Scholars program and students from the dance school. Free dance classes, live music, and food from local merchants will also be free. Ballet Hispanico will invite a select group of New York City dance companies to perform as guest artists, such as Flamenco Vivo, Bombazo Dance Co., and Calpulli Mexican Dance Company. More information at: www.ballethispanico.org/HHM.
Art for the good of the planet
NOoSPHERE Arts presents REPOPULATIONS: New Horizons, a group art exhibition focused on environmental reflection. The exhibition is inspired by Climate Week, which focuses on environmental issues and takes place annually during the summer and early fall. Curated by Daniela Holban, the exhibition is part of NOoSPHERE Arts’ WE ARE NATURE series: art events that take full advantage of the unique setting of the Kingsland Wildflowers Bird Sanctuary at Broadway Stages in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, to engage a diverse audience. in environmental efforts through art. September 30 through October 23, 2022, at 520 Kingsland Avenue, Greenpoint, Brooklyn. There will be an opening reception on Friday, September 30, 2022, from 6 to 9 p.m. For more information, visit noosphere-arts.nyc/exhibitions.