Manhattan Happenings, Week of July 25, 2019




Swashbuckling drama: Hudson Warehouse presents “The Man in the Iron Mask” — about the aging Four Musketeers — adapted by Susane Lee and directed by Nicholas Martin-Smith, July 25-28, on the North Patio of the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument, in Riverside Park at W. 89th St. and Riverside Drive, at 6:30pm. Admission is pay what you can and no tickets necessary.

Free classical Greek: New York Euripides Summer Festival presents “Iphigenia Among the Taurians,” fully staged, free classical Greek theater. Synopsis: Iphigenia actually was not sacrificed by Agamemnon but saved by Artemis, whom she now serves as a priestess in the goddess’s temple at Tauris, which her brother Orestes and friend Pylades arrive to rob. Mon., July 29, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m, at the East River Park Amphitheater. No intermission. Free. The festival will present its other summer show, “Daughters of Troy,” the following night, July 30.

All dolled up: In “Reborning,” Kelly is an artist who creates lifelike dolls…often based on real babies – sometimes for collectors, other times for mothers dealing with the loss of their infants. Things take a dramatic turn in this dark comedy when new client Emily commissions baby doll Eva. At the Soho Playhouse, 15 Vandam St., through Aug. 3. Daily shows except for July 29. For tickets and information, visit sohoplayhouse.com. 


Magic System will be bring their upbeat Afropop to the Rumsey Playfield in Central Park on Sun., July 28.


Kickin’ it: The Afropop quartet Magic System has been known for high-energy performances and magical vibes since its founding in 1996 in Ivory Coast. Their 2014 hit single “Magic in the Air” became a signature song of the FIFA soccer World Cup. Sun., July 28, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park. Free.


High Line docents will tell you the history of the elevated park, a former freight rail line-turned-one of New York City’s top attractions. (Courtesy Friends of the High Line)


High Line Learn the history of the High Line on the “From Freight to Flowers” tour on Tuesdays, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m., and Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., through October. The 75-minute tours are led by High Line docents — knowledgeable volunteer guides with an insider’s perspective on the park’s history, design and landscape. Meet on the High Line’s southern end at Gansevoort St. Because space is limited, arrive at least 15 minutes early to guarantee a spot. Tours are subject to cancellation due to weather. Check @highlinenyc on Twitter for updates prior to arriving at the park.

Heroic coastal cleanup: Join Riverside Park Conservancy and TRASH HERO to clean up garbage and recyclables that are carried in with the tides and pile up along the Hudson River coastline. Closed-toed work shoes required. Do not bring additional bags; there is no storage for belongings. Dress comfortably and prepare to get dirty. For more event information or to register, call 212-870-3073 or e-mail grassroots@riversideparknyc.org. Sat., July 27, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Meet at W. 59th St. by the Hudson River.
Young green thumbs: Facilitated by Battery Conservancy, learn to engage kids of any age in gardening. Battery Urban Farm’s educators will share their insights with budding gardeners about planting seeds, tending crops, harvesting and cooking. Includes a raw-cooking demo and tasting with produce harvested from Battery Urban Farm. RSVP at tbcevents.eventbrite.com. Sat., July 27, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m, at Battery Urban Farm, at State St. and Battery Place.

Sunny delight:
The Amateur Astronomers Association and solargazing return with solar telescopes specifically designed to look at the sun safely and see sunspots and prominences under a summer sky.   Sun., July 28, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m at Pier I, in Riverside Park South, W. 70th St.


Feminist author and editor Radha Vatsal will speak at “Reel Talks” in Bryant Park on Mon., July 29.



Talks, for Reel: Film Every Monday until Aug. 19, the Reading Room in Bryant Park offers “Reel Talks,” hosted by film connoisseur Scott Adlerberg. On Mon., July 29, the talk will feature Radha Vatsal, co-editor of the Women Film Pioneers Project. 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m, at the Reading Room in Bryant Park, at Sixth Ave. and W. 41st St.



It takes…you to tango: Put on your dancing shoes and learn to dance tango and milonga with Strictly Tango NYC Dance School in Washington Square Park. Come with your partner, your friends or by yourself and find a new dancing partner! In case of rain, the event will be canceled. Tues., July 30, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Holley Plaza in Washington Square Park. Free. Sponsored by Washington Square Park Conservancy.



Staff stunners: For the fourth consecutive year, the Whitney Museum of American Art presents an art show — Westside Exposure: Whitney Staff Art Show 2019 — featuring the work of roughly 100 Whitney staff members. The exhibit is open Wednesdays to Sundays, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., until Aug. 15, at the Westbeth Gallery, 55 Bethune St., between Washington and West Sts.



Community Board 1 full board meets Tues., July 30, at 6 p.m., in the David Dinkins Municipal Building, at 1 Centre St., north-side mezzanine.

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