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Bryant Park Fall Festival

September 9, 2011

Parsons Dance at Bryant Park. Photo by Ana Schechter.

We all know Bryant Park for their incredible summer film series but they also have a kid-friendly fall festival that is kicking off next week. They are offering some cool FREE programs at this festival that range from dance to theatre to hands-on workshops. For kids, Kids Club Thirteen will be sponsoring shows like PuppetMobile and Pinkalicious. The fall schedule also includes concerts and hands-on activities with characters from PBS kids shows. As if that’s not enough- enjoy free performances by the Elisa Monte Dance, the Metropolitan Opera, the Ballet Hispanico, China Institute in America, the Jazzmobile, and daytime programs from City Winery (if you happen to have an early morning break). Check out the line-up here and enjoy some free cultural attractions this fall!

The Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at Bryant Park. Photo by Ana Schechter.

The 2011 Bryant Park Fall Festival schedule:

Friday, September 16th
12:30 pm
City Winery
Red Poetry: wine and poetry collide in City Winery’s latest limited edition wines.  Grape-inspired poetry gets a rhythmic beat with live music and readings by the Bowery Poetry Club.

Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber
Greg Tate, Vernon Reid, Melvin Van Peebles, and Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber rock the James Brown, Bowie, Van Peebles, Miles, and Sugar Songbooks. Presented by the Black Rock Coalition.

Saturday, September 17th
Kids Club Thirteen presents the PuppetMobile
Master puppeteers tell the story of Bessie the Cow’s dream to join the circus.  Don’t miss the pre-show workshop at noon.

China Institute in America

The Shanghai Restoration Project and Le Zhang.  Classical Chinese music meets jazz, hip hop, and electronica.

Sunday, September 18th
Kids Club Thirteen presents Vital Theatre Company
Sing along to a medley of favorites from Pinkalicious, The Musical and Uncle Pirate.  Celebrate all things pink and meet Pinkalicious herself.

Ballet Hispanico
Theatrical and passionate works from the nation’s premier Latino dance company.

Monday, September 19th
Figaro al fresco: a comic cliffhanger.  Acts I & II of Mozart’s opera Le Nozze di Figaro in a fresh and vibrant new

Jennifer Muller/The Works
Electrifying and virtuosic movement by the world-renowned contemporary dance company.

Tuesday, September 20th
Kids Club Thirteen Pre-Performance Workshop

The Metropolitan Opera’s

Lindemann Young Artist Development Program

Opera’s rising stars perform a selection of favorite arias, songs, and duets.

Wednesday, September 21st

Rubin Museum of Art

Famed opera and theater director Peter Sellars and the dramatization of the irreverent and profound Vimalakirti Sutra.

Seasoned drummer and vibrant band leader Winard Harper leads a superb septet in a non-stop set of Jazz and African rhythms.

Thursday, September 22nd
Kids Club Thirteen Pre-Performance Workshop

Elisa Monte Dance
A modern dance company – a performing tour-de-force.

Friday, September 23rd
Kids Club Thirteen Pre-Performance Workshop

Musically astute, visually arresting, kinetically thrilling modern dance.

Bryant Park Fall Festival
September 16th through September 23rd
Bryant Park is situated behind the New York Public Library in midtown Manhattan, between 40th and 42nd Streets & Fifth and Sixth Avenues.
Take the B, D, F, or M train to 42nd Street/Bryant Park
Take the 7 to 5th Avenue
For additional details, including an up-to-date listing of festival performances, visit: BryantParkFallFestival.org, follow them on Twitter at: @BryantParkNYC, or visit them on Facebook at: facebook.com/bryantparknyc.