Spare Times for Aug. 9-15

Written By Unknown on Minggu, 11 Agustus 2013 | 16.43

Hong Kong Dragon Boat Race Festival in New York (Saturday and Sunday) The winners of the annual United States Dragon Boat Open Championship race on Meadow Lake in Flushing MeadowsCorona Park in Queens will receive cash and prizes, but the legend that inspired the races tells of a more noble potential reward: saving the life of the ancient Chinese poet and reformer Qu Yuan.

Unfortunately, it wasn't to be. Despite their efforts — including banging on drums and splashing to scare away water dragons — the boaters failed to rescue Qu Yuan after he threw himself into the water to protest the government.

More than 185 teams of rowers from New York and Philadelphia will take part in this year's commemoration — the 23rd — of the poet's life with competitive and noncompetitive racing, beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. on Sunday, rain or shine. (A team from last year's event, above.)

Not all of the action will be on the water, though. A festival of Chinese culture, with music, dancing and food, will begin on Saturday at 10:30 a.m., with a parade of boaters, dragon dancers and others leaving from the boathouse at noon (last year's procession, left). The festivities start at 10 a.m. on Sunday. More details on the free event: (Anne Mancuso)

Museums and Sites

American Folk Art Museum: 'Free Music Fridays' (Friday) This free series continues with a triple bill — Johanna Warren, a folk singer; the Mona Dahls (with Orly Bendavid, a guitarist and singer, and Daniella Fischetti, a violinist); and the guitar and vocal duo of Mark Rogers and Mary Byrne. The galleries will remain open during the concert. (The series runs through Sept. 6.) From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., 2 Lincoln Square, Columbus Avenue at 66th Street, (212) 595-9533,

American Museum of Natural History: 'Frogs: A Chorus of Color' and 'Whales: Giants of the Deep' (through Jan. 5) More than 150 live frogs representing 25 species are on view in re-creations of their natural habitats in the exhibition "Frogs," highlighting their evolution, biology and challenges to survival in our changing environment. Elsewhere in the museum, the interactive exhibition "Whales" covers the world of those giant mammals in context to humans and other animals. From 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., Central Park West and 79th Street, (212) 769-5200,; timed tickets, with the suggested admission price of $27; $22 for students and 60+; $16 for children 12 and under.

Bronx Museum: 'Solace on the Line' (Thursdays through Sundays, through Sept. 8) For Benjamin Boakye, pastor of the Ebenezer Assembly of God Church in the Bronx, a spiritual connection with his congregants — caregivers who cannot easily leave the homes of their charges — is just a phone call away. The stories of these caregivers and their pastor are the focus of this exhibition with images by Todd Heisler, a photographer for The New York Times, and text by the writer Susan Hartman. Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fridays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; 1040 Grand Concourse, at 165th Street, Morrisania, the Bronx, (718) 681-6000,; free.

Center for Jewish History: 'Passages Through the Fire: Jews and the Civil War' (Friday and Sunday) These are the last days to catch this exhibition on American Jews of the 1800s who were caught in the turmoil of the Civil War. Sponsored by the American Jewish Historical Society and Yeshiva University Museum, this exhibition tells the stories of American Jews of the 1800s who were caught in the turmoil of the Civil War. It consists of more than 250 photographs, documents and other items from private collections, libraries and museums. Friday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., 15 West 16th Street, Flatiron district, (212) 294-8330,; $8; $6 for students and 65+; free for under 5 and members and for everyone on Friday.

Museum of Arts and Design: Quentin Crisp Tribute (Thursday) A screening and discussion series devoted to the life of the writer, raconteur and actor, who died in 1999 at 90, will feature the screening of a 1995 conversation between Mr. Crisp and Penny Arcade, a performance artist and friend. After the screening, Ms. Arcade and the film's director, Steve Zehentner, will take part in a question-and-answer session. (The screening series runs through Sept. 6.) At 7 p.m., 2 Columbus Circle, Manhattan, (212) 299-7777,; pay what you wish.

Museum of the City of New York: 'A Beautiful Way to Go: New York's Green-Wood Cemetery' (through Oct. 13) This exhibition celebrating the historic Brooklyn cemetery's 175th anniversary includes artifacts, documents, photographs and other items. Museum hours, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fifth Avenue, at 103rd Street, (212) 534-1672,; $10, $6 for students and 65+, $20 for families, free for members and 12 and under.

Museum of the City of New York: 'Making Room' (through Sept. 2) Living in tight quarters — something very familiar to New Yorkers — is the subject of this exhibition of architectural designs that includes an example of a furnished micro-studio apartment of 325 feet; imaginative designs for equally small living spaces elsewhere in the country and abroad are included in the show. Daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street, (917) 492-3395,; $10, $6 for students and 65+, $20 for families, free for members and 12 and under.

Museum of the City of New York: Ode to Sanitation Workers (Tuesday) A discussion about New York City sanitation workers will feature Robin Nagle, an anthropologist in residence at the city's Department of Sanitation and author of "Picking Up: On the Streets and Behind the Trucks With the Sanitation Workers of New York City." Sanitation Department members and its commissioner, John J. Doherty, will also take part. At 6:30 p.m., Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street, (917) 492-3395,; $12, $8 for students and 65+, $6 for members, reservations required.

Museum of the Moving Image: 'From Mr. Chips to Scarface: Walter White's Transformation in "Breaking Bad" ' (through Oct. 27) This exhibition devoted to the popular AMC series about a chemistry teacher turned illicit drug-maker includes costumes, props and video clips from the show and from behind the scenes. Fridays from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., 35th Avenue at 37th Street, Astoria, Queens, (718) 784-0077,; $12, $9 for 65+ and students, $6 for 3 to 12; free for under 3 and members.

New-York Historical Society: 'AIDS in New York: The First Five Years' (Tuesdays through Sundays) An exhibition of posters, photographs and other items is on view through Sept. 15. Tuesdays through Thursdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Fridays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., 170 Central Park West, at 77th Street, (212) 485-9268, $15, $12 for 65+, educators and active military members, $10 for students, $5 for 5 to 13, free for 4 and younger.

New York Transit Museum: 'Grand Central Sketchbook: Designers Dream' (through Dec. 1) Grand Central Terminal, as envisioned by artists in charcoal drawings, pencil sketches and watercolors, is the subject of this exhibition, which commemorates the 100th anniversary of the historic terminal. Also on view, through 2016, is "ElectriCity: Powering New York's Rails," a display of items from the museum collection — including switches and circuit breakers — that illustrates how electricity powers the subway system. Both exhibitions can be seen Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 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 62+ on Wednesdays.

New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex and Store: 'The Next Level: East Side Access Photographs by Hiroyuki Suzuki' (through Oct. 27) Work is under way to create a connection for Long Island Rail Road trains at Grand Central Terminal. More than 50 black-and-white photographs of the underground project taken by Hiroyuki Suzuki will be on view daily at the museum's Gallery Annex and Store, near the Station Master's Office. Weekdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Grand Central Terminal, (212) 878-0106,; free.

Skyscraper Museum: 'The Woolworth Building @ 100' (Wednesdays through Sundays, through Sept. 8) An exhibition celebrating the 100th anniversary of this Cass Gilbert-designed building — when completed in 1913, it was considered the tallest office building in the world — features blueprints, photographs, contracts and other items. Wednesdays through Sundays from noon to 6 p.m.; 39 Battery Place, Lower Manhattan, (212) 968-1961,; $5, $2.50 for students and 65+.


Brooklyn Bridge Park: 'The Fence' (through Oct. 1) Presented for the second year by United Photo Industries, a Brooklyn arts cooperative, as a showcase for young photographers, the display consists of a 1,000-foot-long waterproof mesh banner superimposed with color and black-and-white photos of people, animals and daily life. Daily from 6 to 1 a.m., Pier 5, Joralemon Street and the East River, (718) 215-9075,; free.

Queens Botanical Garden: Music and Dance in the Garden (Saturday) A performance of Irish music and dance will feature Tony DeMarco, a fiddler; Eamon O'Leary, a bouzouki player; and Siobhan Butler, a dancer. At 6:15 p.m., 43-50 Main Street, Flushing, Queens, (718) 886-3800,; free with garden admission: $4, $3 for 62+; $2 for students and children 3 to 12.


Arsenal Gallery: 'Land Art Generator Initiative: Fresh Kills Park' (through Aug. 30) The Fresh Kills Landfill on Staten Island has had a long, but hardly glamorous history. Closed in 2001, it was reopened temporarily later that year after the terror attacks. In 2006, a 30-year project to turn the area into one of the city's largest parks was begun. Last year, the city's department of Parks and Recreation sponsored a competition for site-specific artwork. This free exhibition features 25 entries chosen from among more than 200 submitted by artists, architects and engineers. It can be viewed weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Central Park, 830 Fifth Avenue, at 64th Street, third floor, (212) 360-8163,

Dance Theater of Harlem's Annual Street Festival (Saturday) In addition to performances by students from the school, this free event will feature other performers as well as vendors selling food, jewelry, clothing and other items. Noon to 7 p.m., 152nd Street, between Amsterdam and St. Nicholas Avenues;

Dominican Day Parade (Sunday) This annual procession along Avenue of the Americas begins at 1 p.m. at 37th Street and ends at 52nd Street.

Good Shepherd Street Fair (Sunday) From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Third Avenue between 23rd and 34th Streets, Manhattan.

Governors Island Events (Saturdays and Sundays, through Sept. 22) Free activities offered by the Figment NYC art project include interactive events in the Sculpture Garden, an artist-designed miniature golf course and installations in the "City of Dreams" pavilion that encourage visitor participation. The pavilion is a combined venture of the Emerging New York Architects Committee of the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter and the Structural Engineers Association of New York; "Fête Paradiso," a French-style amusement park, with rides and games dating to the 19th century, including a carousel and bumper cars, will operate through Sept. 29; rides and games are $3. From 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Free ferry service is available from the Battery Maritime Building, at South and Whitehall Streets, near Battery Park, and in Dumbo, Brooklyn, from Pier 6 at Brooklyn Bridge Park;

Great Jazz on the Great Hill (Saturday) A free jazz performance will feature the Harlem Renaissance Orchestra and the Bobby Sanabria Big Band. The concert is presented by the Central Park Conservancy and Jazzmobile. At 3 p.m., Great Hill in Central Park, West 106th Street and Central Park West;

MoRUS Film Festival (Friday and Saturday) Sponsored by the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space (MoRUS), this series, focusing on films about outdoor spaces and buildings on the Lower East Side reclaimed for public use, will continue with screenings at the Orchard Alley Garden on Fourth Street, between Avenues C and D. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., with screenings beginning at dusk. (973) 818-8495,; suggested donation, $5 per event.

Outdoor Screening of 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' (Sunday) A screening of this 2012 Oscar-nominated film will be accompanied by a live performance of its music by the score's composers — Benh Zeitlin, who is also the film's director, and Dan Romer — and the Wordless Music Orchestra. Ryan McAdams will conduct. The screening, originally set for Thursday, was rescheduled because of inclement weather. At 8 p.m., Prospect Park West and Ninth Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (718) 683-5600,; suggested donation, $3.

Pelham Bay Park: Valerie Capers and Her Quartet (Friday) A free outdoor performance by the jazz pianist and her group will take place at 6 p.m. in the Bronx park, at Stadium Avenue and Middletown Road. The performance is presented by the Bronx Arts Ensemble, City Councilman James Vacca and the city's Department of Parks and Recreation; spectators should provide their own seating. If it rains, the concert will be moved to International Caterers, 3243 Ampere Avenue. (718) 931-1721,

Pop-Up Pool in Brooklyn Bridge Park (daily) This pool is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for its second season of swimming. Wristbands for 45-minute swimming sessions will be given out first come first served, beginning at 10 a.m. (718) 802-0603, Information about other city pools can be found at

St. George Association Street Fair (Saturday) From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., on 45th Street, between Fifth and Seventh Avenues.

Screening of 'The Audience' (Wednesday) Encore screenings of the National Theater's production of "The Audience," a play about Queen Elizabeth II starring Helen Mirren and written by Peter Morgan, will take place at 2 and 7 p.m. A performance of the play, directed by Stephen Daldry, was broadcast live on June 13 at various locations, including Symphony Space; the play closed in June. This is the second project about the Queen that was written by Mr. Morgan and starred Ms. Mirren; it follows the film "The Queen," that was released in 2006. Additional screenings are planned through Sept. 12. Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, at 95th Street, (212) 864-5400,; $22, $20 for students and 65+, $18 for members.

Socrates Sculpture Park: Yoga, Shakespeare and Film (Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday) Free activities for both the mind and body can be found at this open space along the East River in Queens. Yoga classes for those of all levels are held on Saturdays at 9:30 and 11 a.m. and Sundays at 10 a.m.; participants should wear comfortable clothing and provide their own mats. This Sunday, at 5 p.m., the Hip to Hip Theater Company will present a performance of Shakespeare's comedy "Love's Labour's Lost"; audience members should provide their own seating. And on Wednesday at sunset, a screening series programmed by Film Forum and Rooftop Films will feature "The Gleaners and I," a 2000 documentary inspired by the Jean-François Millet painting "The Gleaners," directed and narrated by Agnès Varda; a pre-screening performance begins at 7 p.m. Long Island City, Queens, (718) 956-1819,

Summer Streets (Saturday) For the next two Saturdays, portions of Park Avenue will be closed to traffic and open for recreation as part of the Summer Streets program sponsored by the Department of Transportation. There will be recreational and cultural events as well as rest stops along the route: Lafayette Street, from the Brooklyn Bridge to 14th Street, and Park Avenue, from 14th to 72nd Streets. From 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.;

Visits Aboard a Spanish Galleon (through Aug. 22) Vintage ship enthusiasts can board "El Galeón," a copy of a 16th-century vessel, that is docked at Pier 84, near 43rd Street and 12th Avenue, Clinton. The ship, owned by the Nao Victoria Foundation of Seville, Spain, is part of Viva Florida 500 Voyage, a celebration of the voyage of the explorer Ponce de León and the 500th anniversary of his arrival in Florida. Tickets are available through Circle-Line Sightseeing. Daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., (212) 563-3200,; $15, $8 for children 3 to 12.

Walking Tours

'History's Mystery: Governors Island' (Saturday) Beyond its past as a former military installation, the island also had ties to the Wright Brothers, Irving Berlin and Ulysses S. Grant. This NYC Discovery Tours walk, at 1:45 p.m., will uncover those connections. The meeting place will be given with reservations, (212) 465-3331; $20.

Ladies Mile (Saturday) The history of this once fashionable area for women to shop and lunch will be covered on a tour led by Terry's New York Tours. It will meet at 1 p.m. outside Grace Church, Broadway and 11th Street, (917) 515-1380,; $20, $15 for students and 62+.

Revolutionary War Roots of Tubby Hook (Sunday) The history of this bit of land between Fort Tryon and Inwood Hill Parks in northern Manhattan is the subject of a tour to be led by James Renner at noon, meeting on the northwest corner of Dyckman Street and Broadway, (917) 533-3252; $15, $10 for students and 65+.

'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,; free.


'Bryant Park Moves With Limón Dance' (Saturdays, through Sept. 7) Dance lovers of all levels and ages can learn from current and former members of Limón Dance Company in this series. At 10 a.m., Bryant Park, Avenue of the Americas, at 40th Street, (212) 777-3353, Ext. 16,,; free.

Outdoor Yoga (Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday through Thursday) As long as the weather cooperates, there will be sun salutations and other yoga poses at various locations. (Participants should wear comfortable clothing and bring their own mats and water.) On Saturday there will be yoga from 8 to 10 a.m. at Green-Wood Cemetery, Fifth Avenue and 25th Street, Greenwood Heights, Brooklyn; $25, $20 for members of the Green-Wood Historic Fund and the Brooklyn Historical Society. Light refreshments will be served after the exercise; reservations are recommended: (718) 210-3080, On Sunday the Yoga Room's free yoga series continues at 10 a.m. at Gantry Plaza State Park, 4-09 47th Road, Long Island City, Queens; On Tuesday at 10 a.m. and Thursday at 6 p.m., the setting for free yoga is Bryant Park, Avenue of the Americas, at 40th Street, (212) 768-4242; Wednesdays, at 6:30 p.m., are when yoga enthusiasts gather at Columbus Park, at Bayard, Baxter and Mulberry Streets in Chinatown, for free sessions sponsored by the city's Department of Parks and Recreation; And on Wednesday at Lincoln Center yoga is part of a free lunchtime event that includes world music by Inti & the Moon and Afro Andres from noon to 2 p.m. The series of music and exercise will run through Sept. 25. (212) 581-3774, ANNE MANCUSO

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This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:

Correction: August 10, 2013

An entry in the Spare Times listings in some editions on Friday about the walking tour "History's Mystery: Governors Island" misstated the date of the walk. It is today at 1:45 p.m., not tomorrow.

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