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Adventures NYC (Saturday and Sunday) A bit of the great outdoors can be experienced in the city during this free, two-day celebration of rock climbing, kayaking, fly casting, slacklining and other activities in Central Park (on Saturday) and Marine Park, Brooklyn (on Sunday).
Presented by the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation and Backpacker Magazine, the events, for land and water, will come with instruction for novices.
There will also be snowboarding clinics — on grassy hills — along with health and fitness classes, mountain bike obstacle courses and a giveaway of 1,500 bicycle helmets, by the city’s Transportation Department. The Slackline World Championships will also be part of the festivities on Saturday. (Slacklining involves maneuvering while balancing on a line suspended several feet off the ground.)
Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday at and around Central Park Bandshell, midpark at 72nd Street; Sunday at Marine Park, East 33rd Street and Avenue U; A little water, bug spray and sunscreen wouldn’t hurt. (Anne Mancuso)
Museums and Sites
Alice Austen House: ‘Invisible Migrations’ (through Sept. 1) Visual tales of migration and immigration are featured in this display, which includes photographs by Alice Austen as well as those by contemporary artists like Alejandro Cartagena, Seba Kurtis and Glenna Gordon. Tuesdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., 2 Hylan Boulevard, at Edgewater Street, Staten Island, 718-816-4506,; suggested donation, $3; for exhibition and house tour, suggested donation, $5.
American Museum of Natural History: ‘The Power of Poison’(through Aug. 10) The good and bad uses of poison are covered in this interactive exhibition, which includes animation and a bit of theater. In his review for The New York Times, Edward Rothstein said that this is one of the museum’s “most theatrical exhibitions” and that the curating team has “combined elements with deft curatorial alchemy, touching on every taxonomical category.” Daily from 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., Central Park West and 79th Street, 212-769-5200,; $27, $22 for students and 60+, $16 for children 2 to 12.
American Museum of Natural History: ‘Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs’ (through Jan. 4) The earliest known vertebrates to fly, pterosaurs large and small roamed the skies more than 60 million years ago. This exhibition examines the lives of these creatures with fossils, casts and life-size models as well as videos and interactive simulations. Daily from 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., Central Park West and 79th Street, 212-769-5200,; $27; $16 for children; $22 for students and 65+.
Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum: ‘Grandes Dames and Grand Plans: 100 Years of History at Bartow-Pell’ (through Nov. 16) The story of this historic site, which was restored in the early 1900s as the headquarters of the International Garden Club (now the Bartow-Pell Conservancy), is told through a variety of items, including a photograph of Fiorello H. La Guardia, who was a guest in 1936, and a copy of the book “The Herbaceous Garden,” by Alice Martineau, an Englishwoman who, with Zelia Hoffman, a Manhattan socialite, inspired the founding of the garden club. Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m., 895 Shore Road North, Pelham Bay Park, the Bronx, 718-885-1461,; $5, $3 for students and 65+, free for under 6.
Brooklyn Historical Society: ‘Brooklyn Abolitionists/In Pursuit of Freedom’ This interactive exhibition of manuscripts, paintings and maps tells the story of Brooklynites who were instrumental in the abolition of slavery. Wednesdays through Sundays from noon to 5 p.m., 128 Pierrepont Street, near Clinton Street, Brooklyn Heights, 718-222-4111,; suggested admission: $10, $6 for students 12 and older and those 62+, free for children under 12.
Discovery Times Square: ‘The Art of the Brick’ (through Labor Day) The tiny Lego block is the medium used by the artist Nathan Sawaya to create his large and fanciful works of art. A 20-foot-long dinosaur is among the pieces on display here. Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday through Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; 226 West 44th Street, Manhattan, 866-987-9692,; $22.50, $19.50 for those 4 to 12 and $17.50 for 65+.
Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum: ‘Masters of Disguise: The World of Camouflage’ (through Aug. 24) Visitors can explore the art of camouflage in nature and its appropriation by hunters and the armed forces in this exhibition using digital images, artifacts and interactive elements to showcase how color, shade and shapes can be used to deceive the eye. Weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Pier 86, 46th Street and 12th Avenue, Clinton, 877-957-7447,; $22, $18 for students and 62+, $17 for ages 7 to 10, $10 for ages 3 to 6, free for under 3 and museum members.
Merchant’s House Museum: 19th-Century Bridal Display and ‘Summer Evening in the Garden’ (through Aug. 4) The exhibition “Tredwell Brides: Changing Wedding Traditions in the 19th Century” chronicles the changing styles of dress and reception through garments, invitations and other items. It is on view Thursdays through Mondays from noon to 5 p.m. “Summer Evening in the Garden” features tours, discussions and refreshments, starting at 6 p.m. on Thursdays in June and July. The cost is regular museum admission: $10, $5 for students and 65+, free for members and children under 12; 212-777-1089;
Metropolitan Museum of Art: ‘Early American Guitars: The Instruments of C.F. Martin’ (through Dec. 7) More than 20 guitars made by the 19th-century German-born craftsman Christian Frederick Martin are included in this display of 35 vintage instruments drawn from the museum’s permanent collection as well as the Martin Guitar Museum in Nazareth, Pa., and private collections. Among the Martin guitars on view: a 1939 model made by the company he founded, C.F. Martin & Co., that was played by Eric Clapton. Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sundays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., 212-535-7710,; suggested admission: $25, $17 for 65+, $12 for student, free for members and children under 12.
Mount Vernon Hotel Museum: ‘Rescuing the Past in New York City’ (through Sept. 7) This two-part exhibition of books, documents and photographs highlights the commitment of heritage societies (like the Colonial Dames of America, which purchased the museum building in 1924) to preservation. The first part, running through Sunday, focuses on the founders of the Colonial Dames of America and the history of the museum building before its purchase. The second part, opening next Friday, continues with the story of the building. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 421 East 61st Street, at York Avenue, 212-838-6878,; $8 for adults, $7 for students and 62+, free for members and children under 12.
New York Hall of Science: Rocket Park Mini Golf (through December) While circumventing NASA rockets (no longer in use, don’t worry), guests can tee off at this outdoor course, which imitates the path of a complete spaceflight. Players must be precise to avoid gravity wells, wormholes and asteroids, and will learn about spacecrafts and the laws of motion along the way. Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, 47-01 111th Street, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Queens, 718-699-0005,; $17, $13 for 18 and under and 62+, which includes museum admission.
New York Society Library: ‘From the Western Front and Beyond: The Writings of World War I’ (through Nov. 15) Written accounts of the war, including letters from soldiers and the prose of those not on the front lines, are included in this display commemorating the centenary of World War I. Drawn from this library’s collection, the exhibition includes pieces by writers like Arthur Conan Doyle, George Bernard Shaw, Rudyard Kipling and H.G. Wells as well as writings by ambulance drivers, clergy members and others. There are also works by the Scottish etcher Muirhead Bone. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; 53 East 79th Street, Manhattan, 212-288-6900,; free.
New York Transit Museum: ‘ElectriCity: Powering New York’s Rails’ Ever wonder how the third rail works? Visitors to this exhibition can view items from the museum collection — including switches and circuit breakers — that illustrate how electricity powers the subway system. Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn Heights, 718-694-1600,; $7, $5 for 2 to 17 and 62+, free for members and on Wednesdays for those 62+.
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture: ‘Phenomenal Woman: Maya Angelou, 1928-2014’ (through June 30) This free exhibition, which celebrate the life and work of the author and poet Maya Angelou, contains materials from her private archives including letters from Coretta Scott King and Malcolm X and a handwritten manuscript of her 1969 autobiography, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.” Monday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., 515 Lenox Avenue, at 135th Street, Harlem, 212-491-2206,
‘Flow.14’ (through Nov. 15) This is the time of year when art is often best appreciated outdoors, and the Randalls Island shoreline offers a ripe opportunity. It’s the backdrop for this installation of site-specific works by four artists: Dean Monogenis (“City Pillars”), Robert Raphael (“Untitled Folly”), Jessica Sanders (“Ground”) and Kant Smith (“Ghost House”). The exhibition, open daily from 5 a.m. to midnight, is presented by the Randalls Island Park Alliance, the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation and the Bronx Museum of the Arts. 212-830-7722,; free.
Queens Botanical Garden: Summer Solstice and Festival de las Flores (Sunday) The arrival of summer and a floral celebration with roots in Medellín, Colombia, will be commemorated with displays, music, food and assorted activities. Colorful silletas, floral displays symbolizing the end of slavery in Colombia, will be on view, and there will be storytelling and crafts workshops. From noon to 5 p.m., 43-50 Main Street, Flushing, Queens, 718-886-3800,; $4, $2 for students and children, free for members.
American Black Film Festival (through Sunday) In its 18th year, this festival showcases films by and about people of African descent and offers a variety of events and networking activities. On Friday at 6:30 p.m., at the Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street, Chelsea, a panel discussion titled “The Leading Man,” will examine the portrayal of black men in the media. A discussion between Phylicia Rashad and her daughter, Condola Rashad, is among the events on Saturday. Passes for all events and films start at $100; individual films, $12. A full schedule is at
Bleecker Street festival (Saturday) From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., on Bleecker Street, between Broadway and Avenue of the Americas. Sponsored by the Bleecker Area Merchants and Residents Association.
The Fence (through October) This 1,000-foot photographic installation returns for a third year, showcasing the work of 40 photographers from around the world. The artists tried to capture what they feel to be the essence of the word “community,” and the resulting work is broken into categories such as “home,” “streets” and “play.” Among those included in this exhibition is the photographer Stephen Shames, who’s been documenting youth in the Bronx. Daily from 6 a.m. to 1 a.m., Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 5, with entrances at Joralemon Street and Main Street, Brooklyn,
Hamilton Heights: Sugar Hill Cultural Festival and Pinkster Street Fair (Saturday and June 28) Billed as a celebration of art, dance, music and community, this free event takes place over two Saturdays and is sponsored by Harlem One Stop and the West Harlem Community Preservation Organization. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., West 142nd and 143rd Streets, between Amsterdam Avenue and Hamilton Place,
HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival (Mondays through Aug. 18) This festival, which shows free films on the lawn at Bryant Park, continues with the 1940 film “The Mark of Zorro,” starring Tyrone Power as the masked avenger. Other highlights include “A Soldier’s Story,” starring Howard Rollins Jr. and Denzel Washington, on June 30, and “National Lampoon’s Vacation,” starring Chevy Chase, on July 21. The lawn opens at 5 p.m., and movies begin at sunset. No chairs are allowed on the lawn. Bryant Park, Avenue of the Americas, between 40th and 42nd Streets, 212-768-4242,
International Immigrants Parade (Saturday) The parade along Avenue of the Americas starts at noon at 42nd Street and travels north to 56th Street.
Lower East Side Film Festival (through Sunday) The final weekend of this festival will feature screening showcases of the winning films on Saturday and Sunday evenings, as well as closing parties. The screenings will take place at the Village East Cinema, 181-189 Second Avenue, and the Sunshine Cinema, 143 East Houston Street. The parties are at the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural Center, 107 Suffolk Street, Lower East Side. A schedule is
Mermaid Parade (Saturday) Dante and Chiara de Blasio — the son and daughter of Mayor Bill de Blasio — will be King Neptune and Queen Mermaid at this annual procession of colorful floats and marchers, which travels along Surf Avenue in Coney Island. It begins at 1 p.m. at West 21st Street and continues to West 10th Street, where it turns toward the boardwalk and heads toward West 17th Street. The parade, sponsored by Coney Island USA, ends at Steeplechase Plaza;
New York Night Train’s Soul Clap & Dance Off (Saturday) Hosted by DJ Jonathan Toubin, this soul dance party for those 21 and older features a dance contest at 1 a.m. and prizes. Midnight to 4 a.m.; doors open at 11:30 p.m., Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 718-963-3369,; $8.
Night at the Museums (Tuesday) More than 10 museums in Lower Manhattan will open their doors, from 4 to 8 p.m., for an evening of free visits as part of the River to River festival. The participating institutions include the Museum of American Finance, the Museum of Jewish Heritage, the Skyscraper Museum and the South Street Seaport Museum. Tickets must be reserved in advance for the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. More
NYC Craft Beer Festival Summer International (Friday and Saturday) There will be a tasting of more than 140 brews from 75 breweries during this festival for those 21 and older. Among the other offerings are chocolate ale ice cream, made with chocolate stout from Brooklyn Brewery, and brewery experts talking about beer in the connoisseur lounge. (A dollar from every ticket will benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.) Friday from 8 to 10:30 p.m.; Saturday from 2 to 4:30 p.m. and 7 to 9:30 p.m., 69th Regiment Armory, 68 Lexington Avenue, between East 25th and 26th Streets,; $55 in advance, $65 at the door.
Paul Winter’s Summer Solstice Celebration (Saturday) This annual concert in celebration of the summer solstice features the Paul Winter Consort. The performance, at 4:30 a.m., includes the premiere of “Morning of the Phoenix,” inspired by sculptures by the Chinese artist Xu Bing that were recently installed in the cathedral. The musicians Chris Brubeck, Paul McCandless and Timothy Brumfield will also perform. Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue, at 112th Street, Morningside Heights, 866-811-4111,; $40.
Photographs of Naples (through Oct. 13) “Napoli,” a display of that Italian city by Janine Coyne, a Brooklyn-born photojournalist, is on view at the Italian American Museum. Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m.; Fridays from 3 to 8 p.m.; and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 6 p.m.; 155 Mulberry Street, at Grand Street, 212-965-9000,; suggested donation, $10.
Queens Council on the Arts Block Party (Saturday) Food, music, film screenings and other activities are planned at this fund-raiser (for a scholarship program) in the back lot of the Kaufman Astoria Studios, 36th Street and 35th Avenue, Astoria, Queens. Films from several Queens festivals — including the Sparrow Film Festival, the Rural Route Film Festival and the Queens World Film Festival — will be projected on an outdoor screen. There will also be music, raffles, food and beverages from nearby restaurants and breweries and arts workshops. From 4 to 10 p.m.;; $35, free for children under 12.
The Skivvies (Friday) This musical duo — comprising the performers Lauren Molina and Nick Cearley — belt out songs both risqué and tame while wearing only underwear and a smile. Their show, at 11 p.m., also features musical guests who will do the same. 54 Below, 254 West 54th Street, Manhattan, 646-476-3551,; $30 to $60 in advance, $45 to $65 at the door, with a $25 minimum.
Socrates Solstice Celebration (Saturday) Sound performances by audio artists will be part of this free celebration from 5 p.m. to dusk at the Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City, Queens. There will also be arts workshops, face-painting and a presentation by Mama Donna, an urban shaman. 718-956-1819,
St. John the Baptist Street Fair (Saturday) From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., on Avenue of the Americas, between 34th and 42nd Streets.
‘Surviving Twin’ (Monday and June 30) The singer and songwriter Loudon Wainwright III has created this solo show of sorts, a “posthumous collaboration” with his father, Loudon Wainwright Jr., who died in 1988. A mixture of song and spoken word, this tale of filial relations derives from Mr. Wainwright’s 2012 album, “Older Than My Old Man Now.” At 8 p.m., Westside Theater, 407 West 43rd Street, Clinton, 212-239-6200,;; free, but reservations are required and can be made by sending an email
12th Arab-American and North African Street Fair(Saturday) The fair is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Great Jones Street, between Broadway and Lafayette Street.
World Cup Screenings at the Paley Center (through July 13) In partnership with ESPN and ABC, the Paley Center for Media will screen many of this year’s World Cup matches. Highlights this weekend include Italy taking on Costa Rica on Friday at 11:30 a.m.; Germany and Ghana battling it out on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.; and the United States facing off against Portugal on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. A full schedule is at 25 West 52nd Street, Manhattan, 212-621-6800.
Spoken Word
Reading with Vanessa Redgrave and Michele Zackheim(Monday) Ms. Redgrave will read from “Last Train to Paris,” the latest novel by Ms. Zackheim (“Violette’s Embrace,” “Einstein’s Daughter”). Ms. Zackheim will also be present for the event, which features a Q. and A. session with the audience. At 8 p.m., McNally Jackson, 52 Prince Street, between Lafayette and Mulberry Streets, SoHo, 212-274-1160,; free.
‘Seriously Entertaining’: A Literary Cabaret (Monday) For this event, presented by the nonprofit House of Speakeasy, writers are given 15 minutes onstage to ruminate on a common theme. Among those taking part are Bob Mankoff, The New Yorker’s cartoon editor; Debora Spar, president of Barnard College; the playwright Adam Rapp; Elliott Kalan, a comedian and head writer for “The Daily Show”; the poet Jeffrey McDaniel; the songwriter Christopher Mason; and the novelist Emma Straub. At 8 p.m. City Winery, 155 Varick Street, near Spring Street, South Village,; $25.
Walking Tours
Flatiron District Walking Tour (Sundays) This free tour meets at 11 a.m. on the southwest corner of Madison Square Park, at 23rd Street and Broadway, in front of the William Seward statue. Sponsored by the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership;
Historic Diversity in the East Village (Saturday) This tour, led by Joyce Gold History Tours of New York, will meet at 1 p.m. at St. Mark’s Church, Second Avenue, at 10th Street, East Village. 212-242-5762,; $20, $15 for 62+.
Tasting Inwood (Saturday) This tour of northern Manhattan, led by Noshwalks, makes stops for food from Mexico, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic and Ireland, and passes by the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum. It will meet at 1 p.m. on the southwest corner of Dyckman Street and Nagle Avenue, 212-222-2243,; $54.
Union Square: Crossroads of New York (Saturday) Sponsored by the Union Square Partnership, this free year-round tour focuses on the area’s political and social histories. This walk, led by guides from Big Onion Walking Tours, meets at 2 p.m. by the statue of Lincoln in Union Square Park, near the 16th Street transverse. 212-517-1826,
Mindbody Sol Conference (Sunday) While registration is closed for an outdoor yoga festival in Times Square on Saturday, enrollment is open for indoor classes that are part of the Mindbody Sol Conference on Sunday at the New York Marriott Marquis, 1535 Broadway, at 45th Street. The classes, which begin at 8 a.m., include Morning Jivamukti Yoga, with gospel music (at 8 a.m.); Meditation for Real Life (at 10 a.m.); and Dream Weaver: Shamanic Healing (at 12:30 p.m.) Classes are $20 each. A schedule is at
NYC Pride Ride (Sunday) This bicycling event, taking place before the official start of NYC Pride on Tuesday, consists of four courses ranging from 15 to 100 miles, with rides extending into Rockland County and New Jersey. Each begins on the West Side Highway Bike Path, north of the Harlem Piers at 145th Street. The 100-mile course is the first to begin, at 6:15 a.m. Registration is $ ANNE MANCUSO, with ANDREW BORYGA, MARTIN TSAI and ALEXIS SOLOSKI