The Downtown Weekend Calendar

Friday May 10
8:30AM
Tai Chi
Battery Park City Parks
Build muscle and strength, improve flexibility and balance, and increase aerobic conditioning. Tai Chi results in strength and focus of body and mind. Esplanade Plaza. FREE
1PM
Pipes at One
St. Paul’s Chapel
Pipes at One concerts feature the celebrated three-manual Noack organ that was inaugurated in the spring of 2018. Today, hear Jason Roberts, Director of Music, St. Bartholomew’s Church, New York. St. Paul’s Chapel.
5PM
Trinity Youth Chorus Concert
St. Paul’s Chapel
Selections from Benjamin Britten, with the Trinity Youth Chorus Junior Choristers; Trinity Youth Chorus Peppercorn Choristers; Confucius Plaza Chorus; Chrystie Street Chorus; Melissa Attebury and Anne Damassa Graff, conductors. www.trinitywallstreet.org
6PM
Marsh Hawk Press Spring 2019 Book Launch
Poets House
This is a reading featuring new titles by Mary Mackey, Susan Terris, Sandy McIntosh, and 2018 Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize Winner Lynne Thompson in celebration of our Marsh Hawk’s Spring 2019 book launch. The reading and reception to follow will also include a tribute to the late Paul Pines, Marsh Hawk Press author and great friend. 10 River Terrace.
7PM
Sunset Singing Circle
Battery Park City Parks
Singer/songwriter Terre Roche leads this weekly singing program with the beautiful backdrop of the setting sun in NY Harbor. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned crooner, the singing circle is perfect for mellow melodies and healthy harmonizing. FREE
8PM
Brooklyn Women’s Chorus
Tribeca Performing Arts Center
The Brooklyn Women’s Chorus has a repertoire ranging from South African freedom songs to socially relevant songs by contemporary American songwriters like Garth Brooks, Jackson Browne, Pat Humphries and Bev Grant, song topics range from freedom and justice to peace, resistance and women’s labor history. The Brooklyn Women’s Chorus is its own sanctuary for women who are seeking community and a safe place to find and raise their voice in song. 199 Chambers Street. $21
SATURDAY MAY 11
10AM
Drawing in the Park
Battery Park City Parks in Wagner Park
Paint in watercolor, or use pastels, chalk, and charcoal to capture the magical vistas of the Hudson River and the unique landscape of South Cove. An artist/ educator will help participants of all levels with instruction and critique. Materials provided. FREE www.bpcparks.org
11AM
Shh! We Have a Plan
Tribeca Performing Arts Center
Based on the delightful Chris Haughton book of the same title, follow the journey of some madcap characters each of whom has a plan – they all want to capture a beautiful bird perched high in a tree! Sounds simple, but the quest becomes an obsession and the obsession becomes the absurd! Where will it all end? Join us as we follow the characters’ exploits, meet an elusive and magical little birdie and discover that perhaps freedom and kindness are more important than getting what you want at any cost! A Cahoots NI production. Ages 3-8. 199 Chambers Street. $30
1PM
Storybook Reading and Activity: We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga
Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian
In our fast-paced world, we often forget to give gratitude. This endearing contemporary Cherokee story, We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga, is sure to inspire young and old to acknowledge daily life “every day and every season.” Author Traci Sorell (Cherokee) shares her family’s experiences of gratefulness through beautiful illustrations by Franè Lessac. After the reading, participate in a hands-on activity. One Bowling Green. FREE
7PM
Passwords: Arcana: A Stephen Jonas Reader with Derek Fenner, Randall Horton & Pamela Sneedz
Poets House
A pioneer of the serial poem and a mentor to Jack Spicer and John Wieners, Boston-based poet Stephen Jonas was an important yet under-recognized figure of postwar American poetry. Derek Fenner, co-editor of Arcana: A Stephen Jonas Reader, joins poets Pamela Sneed and Randall Horton to explore Jonas’ work and how it expands African American and Queer literary histories. 10 River Terrace.$7, $10
7:30PM
Crossing Bridges
Schimmel Center, Pace University
The first annual Crossing Bridges Music Fest bridges generations, styles, and boroughs, celebrating the best of traditional and modern Americana with contemporary singer-songwriters, legacy artists and those who defy categorization. Tonight, hear Paula Cole, Dom Flemons, Abbie Gardner and Adam Ezra Group. 3 Spruce Street. $15

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