If you are not one of the lucky people who spent their pension on a ticket to see Justin Timberlake & Jay Z this Friday at Yankees Stadium, don't fret. Considering that you also haven't dropped dead yet from NYC's unearthly heat wave, there are more than enough things going on in and around the city this weekend to satisfy anyone (If you're willing to leave home with your clothes on, that is). Here are our top five events this weekend.
Friday, July 19:
After pissing off more than a few people (which included the Human Rights Foundation) by serenading Turkmenistanian Dictator Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow last month, J-Lo has cancelled her planned performance for Good Morning America's Summer Concert Series. Instead, sultry R&B singer Jason Derulo will be taking her place this Friday from 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM. Derulo is a hot new artist who got his start writing and producing for Birdman, Lil Wayne, and Diddy. After setting out on his own solo career in 2010, he's been slowly climbing up the Billboard charts and is prepping to release his third album in September. This performance, and all other performances that are part of Good Morning America's Summer Concert Series, are free and will take place at Rumsey Playfield in New York City's Central Park.
Saturday, July 20:
MoMA PS1's hugely succesful weekend music series will featuring yet another day of electronic music's most innovative heavy hitters this Saturday at noon. Headlining the event is Kode9, a cutting edge UK producer who founded the highly influential and genre spawning Hyperdub label. Also in attendance will be Night Slugs label founder, L-Vis 1990, left-field House producer, Recloose, soulful Fade to Mind label mate, Kelela, and rising Brooklyn producer, Obey City. This one-of-a-kind dance party will take place in the newly renovated courtyard of the PS1 museum in Long Island City (22-25 Jackson Ave). In addition to music, a variety of local New York design talent provides a series of revolving stage installations for each weekend event. Tickets are $18 and $15 in advance, and are required to attend the museum on the day of PS1's Saturday Warm-Up. LIC locals who present a legitimate proof of adress can recieve a one free ticket on a first come first serve basis.
This event, which will take place at Sara D. Roosevelt Park on Chrystie Street between Delancey and Broome streets, is a unique event that will offer a multitude of different family-friendly workshops, tours, and interactive performances inspired by current exhibitions. One of the most interesting features of this event will be AUNTS is Dance, a collective dance performance that utilizes chance interactions between willing participants. Attendees can also enjoy other collaborative projects that include Llyn Foulke's American post-card making workshop, and the chance to create a kinetic sculpture based on Erika Vogt's "Stranger Debris Roll Roll Roll" exhibit. The best part is that its all free!
This year's festival will take place at Crotona Park and will be hosted by Appolonia Cruz and Tyra A. Ross. Music for the festivities will be provided by DJ Eddie Cruz, as well as a slew of exciting guests that include Cisco, India M., both hosts, and Bronx native Adam Barta. This year is also special for Bronx's LGBT Pride Festival due to the addition of an LGBT Health Fair. In addition to the entertainment, this festival is a way for people to help empower and inform the LGBT community as well as help support a variety of AIDS and other service providing organizations. Admission to this event is free although the Bronx LGBT Center does urge guests to consider donating to their organization by visiting their website in order to help fund services such as their annual Pride Festival. This includes special sponsorship donations specific to this event.
Sunday, July 21:
Leave your inhibitions to the wind, and join Horse Trader Theater Group for the last day of their nine concert long Summer Burlesque Blitz. Starting on Thursday, July 18, this series allows people to realize their innermost pin-up fantasies by attending an array of different themed shows at the Kraine Theater on 85 E. 4th Street. These aren't your typical sleazy peep shows though. Horse Trader presents a variety of quality burlesque theater that range from more traditional productions to sci-fi themed events featuring scantily clad geeks. There will also be an all-you-can-eat summer sausage barbeque, which I'd rather leave up to your own imagination to think what that may entail.