Friday, June 15, 2012


Uptown Festival of New Plays (Thursday, through June 24) This four-day playwright festival, hosted by Morris-Jumel Mansion in partnership with the People's Theater Project, will showcase works in progress inspired by the Washington Heights neighborhood. The opening reception on Thursday begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by a performance of "An Alien in Inwood," written by Kimberly Barrante. Performances are followed by a discussion with the playwright, director and actors. Admission is pay what you can. Morris-Jumel Mansion, 65 Jumel Terrace, at Sylvan Terrace, Washington Heights, (212) 923-8008,
Wave Hill: Father's Day T-Shirts, Tour and Exhibit (Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday) Inspired by Father's Day, "T's for Dad and Me," is a family activity in which participants can sketch summer scenery onto T-shirts with fabric markers as they walk through the nature center, on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. To 1 p.m. On Saturday, starting at 11 a.m., Deirdre La Porte, a guide at Wave Hill, will lead a history walk through the gardens. Gallery tours of the exhibition, "Tending Toward the Untamed: Artists Respond to the Wild Garden," featuring painting, photography, animation and sculpture, take place on Saturdays and Tuesdays at 2 p.m. (Tours through Aug. 18.) West 249th Street and Independence Avenue, Riverdale, the Bronx, (718) 549-3200,; events are free with admission to the grounds: $8, $4 for students and 65+, $2 for children 6 to 18, and free for children under 6 and members. Free on Saturday and Tuesday until noon.
Cathedral Music: 'Drums of Illumination: Sacred Drumming in a Sacred Space' (Saturday) This music program features drumming, trance dances and chants from three cultural traditions: Southern Italian, American Indian and Afro Brazilian. The musicians include the vocalist Alessandra Belloni, who also directs this collaborative work; the drummer Sergio Bellotti, the percussionist Davi Vieira; and the Silvercloud Singers and Dancers. At 8 p.m., Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue, at 112th Street, Morningside Heights, (212) 316-7490,; $25, but reservations are required.
New Haarlem Arts Theater: 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom' (Friday through July 8) This play, written by August Wilson and directed by Eugene Nesmith, explores the blues and race relations in America. Friday, Saturday and Thursday at 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday a 2 p.m., Aaron Davis Hall, Theater B, 135th Street and Convent Avenue, Harlem, (212) 868-4444,; $30, $25 for 60+, $15 for students, $10 with CUNY ID.
Spanish Harlem Salsa Tour (daily) This tour focuses on the neighborhood's cultural roots and includes stops at botanicas and the homes of noted musicians. Led by Jose Obando, an ethnomusicologist, the tour meets at 10 a.m. And 6 p.m. On the southwest corner of Fifth Avenue and 110th Street; $25; reservations,

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