The American Style: Colonial Revival in the Metropolis
Museum of the City of New York – THIRTEEN membercard partner ($2 off regular admission)
Through October 31, 2011
This architecture and design exhibit brings together extraordinary furniture, decorative objects, and photographs. The exhibition covers the fertile period from the 1890s to the present, focusing on the years from 1900 to the 1930s, when New York City, through department stores, museums and more, was the center for the style’s promotion nationwide.
The Buddhist Heritage of Pakistan: Art of Gandhara
Asia Society and Museum
Tues, Aug 9–Sun, Oct 30
Finally on display after months of diplomatic and curatorial negotiations, Buddhist sculptures, architectural reliefs and works of gold and bronze from the Gandhara region of Pakistan show the complex cultural influences—from Scytho-Parthian to Greco-Roman traditions—that fed the artistic production of this region through the fifth century.
15th Annual New York International Fringe Festival
Fri, Aug 12–Sun, Aug 28
Theater fans have just over two weeks to take in 200 of the world’s best emerging theater troupes and dance companies at 20 venues in Lower Manhattan. With attendance topping 75,000 people, FringeNYC is New York City’s fifth largest cultural event. All tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Discount passes are also sold, including the all-you-can-see Lunatic Pass.
Out of Doors Festival: Ebony Hillbillies
Josie Robertson Plaza
Sat, Aug 13
As one of the last black string bands in the U.S., the New York-based Ebony Hillbillies keep a legacy alive with a rootsy, homegrown style that was a key element in the genesis of all-American music: jazz, blues, bluegrass, rockabilly, rock and roll, and country.
Civil War Weekend
Sat, Aug 13 & Sun, Aug 14
Mark the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War by joining the National Park Service and living historians who will provide family-friendly activities, historic weapons demonstrations, music and other programs. Meet the Civil War soldiers and women of Governors Island from the summer of 1863.
Downtown Dance Festival
Battery Dance Company
Sat, Aug 13 – Sat, Aug 20
Battery Dance Company celebrates the 30th anniversary of its annual Downtown Dance Festival, a free seven-day festival featuring Battery Dance and local companies joined by prominent international companies from Malaysia, Hungary and Poland. Performances and classes take place in the afternoon at Battery Park, One New York Plaza and Dance New Amsterdam.