By Roger Costa
@NEW YORK BOTANICAL GARDEN
The gigantic Botanical Garden has finally re-opened its doors, offering the public enchanting views from its 250-acre outdoor site. Located in the Bronx the Garden is a natural sanctuary displaying vibrant daylilies, hydrangeas, water lilies, and lotuses among its one million plants. Walking through them, offers a sensational and personal encounter with Nature at its most pure beauty. Visitors can walk through the Forest, Native Plant Garden, Perennial Garden (pic.), the Water Lillies fountain, the gorgeously designed Rose Garden and others. Online activities and visits are also available. Go to https://www.nybg.org/ for tickets reservation and details.
@ANN STREET SCHOOL PARKING LOT
There’s a cool, free event every Saturday night in the Ann Street School’s parking lot. The school is located in the Ironbound of Newark, NJ. The 7th Day Adventist Church is promoting Drive-In Movie Nights, kicking off every Saturday at 8 pm. Entrance is free and movie is Christian themed, especially for General Audiences and families. In-car attendance recommended, but chairs are also welcome. Go to https://www.facebook.com/adventistasnewarkusa/ for schedule and details.
Our beloved island is open for the public with ferries leaving Manhattan and Brooklyn following pretty much the same schedule as last year, despite the required ticket reservation online https://govisland.com/
Governors Island is a 172 acre island located at New York Harbor (catch the ferry at South Street), a fabulous, organized and quiet place for picnic, barbecue, walks, meditation, biking and great sight-seeing from Lower Manhattan, New Jersey and Brooklyn, the island is open 7 days a week, and its first two ferries are usually free. The cost is only $3. round trip and the place offers many food stands, snack shops, restaurants and other conveniences. It is also a place for many outdoor activities, music and poetry festivals, as well as the Golden Jazz parties. Its Hammock Grove area, is one of a kind, a place for relaxing and swing, while visitors can also discover the wood art installation Cabin, and walk up the Hills of stone, as children will love the Slides.
@AILEY ALL ACCESS
The renowned dance company Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater continues to motivate and inspire dance all over the world, becoming an essential medium of entertainment. Its recently created Ailey All Access, the online streaming series, has now reached 25 million people all over the world with free weekly performances from the repertory, Ailey Extension dance classes, original short films and more. Performances stream every Thursday and runs for a week, which currently broadcasts a double feature debut of two ballets by Artistic Director Robert Battle, In/Side – a gripping solo set to Nina Simone’s “Wild is the Wind,” and Ella – a high-energy comical dance that matches Ella Fitzgerald’s virtuosic scatting. Go to https://www.alvinailey.org/performances-tickets/ailey-all-access for details and schedule.
The program will also host an encouraging male dancer series, Earl Mosley’s Hearts of Men Online. Ideal for students ages 11 and up, and families alike, the program consists in developing the dancer’s identity and life experiences through movements. It also offers a supportive environment of workshops, able to connect and build new relationships into the dance community.
Ailey’s live and on-demand virtual classes and workshops, include Horton, ballet, hip hop, vogue, samba, West African, and more styles taught by Ailey Extension’s elite instructors. Find more information at https://www.aileyextension.com/keepdancing
The essential and most respected dance venue in New York City continues its showcase of contemporary dance, with live performances through its online series program. The Joyce Theater Foundation in New York City, will conclude its Summer online feature with two outstanding companies. A diverse selection of extraordinary dance by Urban Bush Women and Complexions Contemporary Ballet will explore the dynamics, fragility and language of modern dance. JOYCE STREAM is part of The Joyce’s Bring Dance Home collection of curated digital performances, interviews, podcasts, films, and classes simply available at the safety of your home.
The program will be:
Urban Bush Women, Women’s Resistance
Thursday, August 13 at 7pm through Friday, August 21 at 10am
Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Bach 25
Thursday, August 27 at 7pm through Tuesday, September 8 at 10am
Romantic, playful, and intensely physical, Bach 25 celebrates the union of music and movement.
Go to https://www.joyce.org/joycestream for details and full schedule.