The House that Ruth Built, and Pop Opened! Negro Baseball at Yankee Stadium
Historic Richmond Town/Staten Island Historical Society
July 7 – Sept 18
The exhibition traces the details surrounding the opening of Yankee Stadium to Negro League play on July 5, 1930, and the subsequent substantial presence of black professional baseball at America’s premier sports arena into the early 1960s. Among the individual players highlighted are Satchel Paige, John Henry “Pop” Lloyd, and Staten Island native Fred “Sonny” Logan.
Word for Word: Ben Mezrich with A.J. Jacobs
Bryant Park Reading Room
Wed, July 13
Ben Mezrich’s books have a habit of finding their way to the big screen—The Accidental Billionaires fueled the Oscar-winner The Social Network, Bringing Down the House dealt the movie hit 21. At this event the author talks with A.J. Jacobs about his latest nonfiction book, Sex on the Moon.
NYC ARTS discussed risk-takers and writing with Mezrich in this interview.
Hudson River Park
Thurs, July 14–Thurs, Aug 11
RiverRocks is Hudson River Park’s signature, free concert series staged on the Pier 54 waterfront adjacent to New York City’s Meatpacking District (at 14th Street). The three-concert series kicks off with tUnE-yArDs, aka Merrill Garbus, who thrills fans by creating drum, vocal and ukulele loops live on stage, layering sounds together into DIY masterpieces which blend indie rock with hip-hop, reggae and Afro-pop.
Movies Under the Stars: Terrorible! Terror Through the Decades
Starts Wed, July 13
Riverside Park’s Pier 1 at 70th Street plays host to a chronological series of horror films spanning the 1930s–90s. This week’s free screening features The Invisible Man (1933), in which a scientist finds a way of becoming invisible, but in doing so, also becomes murderously insane. Based on H. G. Wells’ science fiction novel, published in 1897.
River to River Festival: Extraordinary Moves: STREB, Strange Fruit, Michael Moschen
World Financial Center
Thurs, July 14–Sat, July 16
Presented at the World Financial Center Plaza, this 90-minute show features a 30-foot-high re-creation of Las Vegas’s famous Bellagio Fountains using human bodies instead of water (STREB Extreme Action Company), a troupe of dancers performing atop 13-foot poles (Strange Fruit) and master juggler Michael Moschen. NYC ARTS spoke with a STREB Action Hero about technique, machines and fear.
#serials@TheFlea: cycle 3
Thurs, July 14–Sat, Aug 20
This raucous late-night play competition features The Flea resident theater company The Bats and some of NYC’s hottest young playwrights. Live music and free beer help fuel this weekly event, which runs Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.