Ideasmyth is kicking summer up a notch with our weekly curated list of superlative New York City culture, events, happenings, sublime eats and other surprising treats.
Friday June 13
Kerboomka Dance Party
5:30 PM, FREE Admission
Reebok CrossFit Fit-Hub, 420 5th Ave
Kiss your cubicle blues goodbye this Friday at Reebok’s CrossFit gym on the Upper East Side where you can jump into an hour of intense percussion-oriented dance–that also happens to be a turbo calorie-burning workout. Kerboomka, the latest exercise trend created by hip-hop pro Kershel Anthony is beginner-friendly, but with choreography interesting enough for professional dancers and tough enough to challenge gym rats. After you’ve got your sweat groove on, there will be healthy snacks and private shopping after-hours at the Reebok store.
Saturday June 14
American Crafts Festival
12PM, FREE Admission
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
This Saturday is projected to be sunny, perfect for wandering through the outdoor American Crafts Festival with nearly 400 juried booths featuring everything from clothing to jewelry, ceramics, glass, wooden instruments, artworks, quilts and other one-of-a-kind-handmade-everywhere-in-the-USA creations. Perhaps one of the expert crafting demonstrations will get you hooked on a new hobby…!
Sunday June 15
The Jazz Age Lawn Party
11:00 AM, $35
Fashionista Families are all converging on Governor’s Island this Sunday for the third annual two-day Jazz Age lawn party bursting with a family-friendly costume parade, dance classes, period bands, carnival games and pie judging contests that will take all participants “roaring” back. Saturday’s tickets are already sold out, so snap up yours for Sunday now to ensure a Father’s Day your dad won’t forget.
Monday June 16
31st Annual Bloomsday on Broadway
7:00 PM, $25/$15
2537 Broadway at 95th St
Bloomsday is upon us! Celebrate the day that made James Joyce notorious with readings from his collection of short stories, Dubliners, in celebration of the book’s 100th anniversary. Award-winning Irish heritage talents, including author Colum McCann, will read from stories such as fan-favorite “The Dead” while soprano Lisa Flanagan will perform songs mentioned in the stories throughout the evening.
Tuesday June 17
Book Reading: Yours for Eternity: A Love Story on Death Row
6:00 PM, FREE Admission
97 Warren St
Forbidden love, unfounded accusations, long-sought justice–Damien Echols and Lorri Davis’ new book based on their real life struggles as lovers during Echols’ time on Death Row and her quest to prove his innocence is spine-chilling. Be among the first to hear the star-crossed couple read from their book on its release date.
Wednesday June 18
Figure Al Fresco: Drawing Outdoors
2:30PM, FREE Admission
South Cove Plaza, Battery Park
Every Wednesday this summer Battery Park will be offering free lessons in figure drawing from various seasoned pros–materials and (clothed!) models provided.
Thursday June 19
Opening Day of River to River Festival
All Day, FREE Admission
Throughout Lower Manhattan
The River to River Festival showcases dance, music and visual art in parks, historical landmarks and other public spaces throughout Manhattan through June 29th. We saw the truly monumental new outdoor concert stage venue and outdoor sculptures being installed on the Hudson River Park last night!