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Summer in the Bronx: Jennifer Lopez, roses, fireworks and more

Summertime, and the living is easy -- in the Bronx. There's plenty to do as the temperature soars, from concerts and fireworks at Orchard Beach to a celebration of the rose at the New York Botanical Garden. In mid-June, the borough's Little Italy will bring back a tradition dear to the hearts of Italian Americans where a handmade tower decorated with saints is paraded through the streets during the Feast of St. Anthony. The summer continues to boil with hot music from salsa trombonist Willie Colón performing at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts in August.

Jennifer Lopez in concert

Bronx native Jennifer Lopez plays what’s being billed
Photo Credit: Getty Images/Kevin Winter

Bronx native Jennifer Lopez plays what’s being billed as her first hometown show at Orchard Beach in Pelham Bay Park. Locals had an opportunity to score free tickets earlier this spring, but fans can still get them for $150 each. That might seem like a lot, but what could be better than partying with thousands of revelers on a summer night on the beach?
Where: Orchard Beach
When: June 4, 2014

Orchard Beach fireworks

One of the city’s best July 4 fireworks
Photo Credit: Flickr/Guus Krol

One of the city’s best July 4 fireworks shows doesn’t even happen on Independence Day. Pyrotechnic joy will erupt over the Bronx’s only public beach again, one week before the country celebrates America’s liberty.
When: June 27

The Rose Garden Celebration

This one is for all the lovers out
Photo Credit: New York Botanical Garden/Ivo M. Vermeulen

This one is for all the lovers out there. Nearly 4,000 rose plants will bloom in red, white, yellow and pink as the flower hits its seasonal peak at the New York Botanical Garden. The soundtrack for this two-day celebration will feature music from the Jazz Age.
Tickets: Adults: $30, children 2 to 12: $15.
When: June 7 and 8, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where:The New York Botanical Garden

SuperPuesto

Artist Terence Gower, best known for investigating modernist
Photo Credit: Terence Gower

Artist Terence Gower, best known for investigating modernist architecture in Mexico, has designed a temporary pavilion for the Andrew Freedman Home called “SuperPuesto.” A mash-up of modernism and the traditional architecture seen in market stalls across Latin America, the 18 X 48 foot work will be constructed of a wooden structure and vinyl panels. The immersive work was commissioned by The Bronx Museum of the Arts and will be the setting for performances and screenings.
When: June or August (TBA)
Where: Andrew Freedman Home, 1125 Grand Concourse

Dancing of the Giglio and Feast of Saint Anthony

What is the giglio and why does it

What is the giglio and why does it dance? For starters, the giglio (which means “lily”) is a towering, hand-made wooden structure decorated with images of saints revered in Italian American neighborhoods like Belmont in the Bronx. The tradition is said to go back to Italy, circa 409 A.D. The “dance” itself is a procession, as dozens of people carry the giglio, which weighs several tons, through the streets. This year’s “dance” on Saturday, June 14, begins at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in what is considered the Bronx’s Little Italy, with a 50-foot giglio. The Feast of St. Anthony — featuring music, carnival games and food — runs from June 11 to 15.
When: Dance of the Giglio on June 14; Feast of St. Anthony, June 11 to 15.
Where: Belmont neighborhood

Lithography in Leningrad: Soviet Graphic Arts in the 1950s and 60s

The nine artists featured in this exhibition were

The nine artists featured in this exhibition were members of the Leningrad Experimental Graphics Workshop in the Soviet Union during the late 1950s and early 1960s. The artists drew inspiration from folk art, modernism and Socialist Realism. The show is at the Derfner Judaica Museum, which is on the campus of the Hebrew Home that serves more than 11,000 senior citizens.
When: May 18-August 17, 2014
Where: Derfner Judaica Museum

Willie Colón in concert

Iconic salsa trombonist and singer Willie Colón delivers

Iconic salsa trombonist and singer Willie Colón delivers what is expected to be a high-octane performance at the Lehman Center for the Performing Arts. Few salsa musicians have had such a stellar career — Colón’s arrangements for Celia Cruz and Hector Lavoe made him a legend, but he also hit high notes with his influential work with Ruben Blades and as a soloist.
When: August 16
Price: From $30 to $50

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