Arts & Minds
Studio Museum in Harlem
The Studio Museum in Harlem partners with Arts & Minds to offer people with memory disorders (dementia) and their caregivers a guided tour of the current exhibitions and hands-on art activities. People living with memory problems report that art conversations and workshops contribute to their well-being in many ways. Reservations are required for any of the six Tuesday sessions currently on the schedule. The program is free.
Hip Hop Kung Fu
Dancing in the Streets
Tues, Aug 2 & Wed, Aug 3
Through a juxtaposition of the martial arts disciplines Shaolin Wushu Kung Fu and Tai Chi and hip-hop dance styles such as krumping, vogueing, waacking, locking and freestyle, dancer Buddha Stretch and his crew show the reciprocal influences of Asian culture and hip-hop. Tuesday’s event is an open dress rehearsal and conversation with the artists at Casita Maria in the Bronx. Wednesday’s event is the world premiere performance, plus a question-and-answer session, at the Asia Society in Manhattan. Both shows are free.
Word for Word Author: Sapphire
Bryant Park Reading Room
Wed, Aug 3
The writer of the novel Push, which became the award-winning film Precious, talks about her sequel (The Kid) which follows the son of Claireece “Precious” Jones, as he navigates life as an orphan in New York City.
Wed, Aug 3–Sun, Aug 14
American Indian Artists (AMERINDA) presents a play about searching. Set in a powwow in a Brooklyn high school, deals are made, souls are compromised, love blossoms, identity is sought after and redemption is found. At times laugh-out-loud funny and at times frighteningly brutal, the play highlights the absurdity of the urban Indian’s dual existence.
Out of Doors Festival: Malkit Singh and Dengue Fever
Thurs, Aug 4
The impassioned vocals of Indian singer Malkit Singh have earned him a Knighthood and made him an unrivaled global superstar of bhangra and Punjabi pop style. L.A.’s Dengue Fever, fronted by Cambodia-born singer Chhom Nimol, mixes 1960s psychedelia, Cambodian rock, surfy garage-pop and Afro grooves.
SummerStage in Harlem: Henry V by William Shakespeare
Marcus Garvey Park
Fri, Aug 5 & Sat, Aug 6
The Classical Theatre of Harlem and director Jenny Bennett explore the thoughtful, funny and belligerent diplomacy of the young King Henry V. Henry’s reputation as a fun-loving lad who’s lived among the common folk inspires love from commoners and disregard from his enemies. He lays claim to France, and invades the country with a “band of brothers.”