Valerie June at SummerStage in Central Park

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

Sunday, August 27, 2017

6:00 pm – 10:00 pm (Doors open 5:00 pm)

Central Park

Rumsey Playfield, Manhattan 10021

Singularly unique voice that blurs the lines between genres and eras, resulting in an eclectic blend of folk, soul, country, R&B and blues

VALERIE JUNE

It’s rare to encounter someone whose voice is as universally extolled as Valerie June’s. The colossally talented, Tennessee-raised singer-songwriter took the music realm by soulful storm with her 2013 bombshell hit album Pushin’ Against a Stone. Heralded as one of America’s “most intriguing, fully formed new talents” by The New York Times, and ruled “Unstoppable” by Rolling Stone (along with countless other accolades from esteemed music publications), June had truly arrived. Not one to rush things (she has a remarkable affinity for, and appreciation of, ‘time,’ and the transient nature of being), she spent the following years cultivating and developing her sophomore release, The Order of Time. The unadulterated success of her first album gave June the confidence and freedom to experiment with forms and genre, evidenced on this swirling blues, soul, country, R&B and folk masterpiece of a follow-up. Listen for her inventive use of banjos on multiple tracks, for a glimpse into her brilliant musical psyche.

Patti Smith at SummerStage in Central Park

Friday, August 18th, 2017

Patti Smith and her band Jackson Smith and Jesse Paris Smith honoring Fred Sonic Smith
Thursday, September 14, 2017

7:30 pm – 10:00 pm (Doors open 6:00 pm)

Central Park

Rumsey Playfield, Manhattan 10021

PATTI SMITH

Patti Smith, born in Chicago and raised in South Jersey, migrated to New York in 1967. In 1975 Patti Smith’s first recording, Horses, was inducted into the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress in 2010 by The Library of Congress by the National Recording Preservation Board. Her subsequent albums are Radio Ethiopia, Easter, and Wave, Dream of Life, Gone Again, Peace and Noise, Gung Ho, trampin, Land, twelve,Banga. Outside Society, and Horses/Horses.  She is a four time Grammy nominee, most recently nominated for a 2017 Grammy for the spoken word recording of her latest book M Train, and a Golden Globe nominee for the song Mercy Is from the film Noah.

Author of the acclaimed memoir, Just Kids, which chronicled her friendship and journey in art with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, Patti Smith was awarded the 2010 National Book Award.  Her other books include Witt, Babel, Coral Sea, Woolgathering, Auguries of Innocence, Collected Lyrics, and the 2015 publication of M Train.

Patti Smith’s art has been exhibited at galleries and museums worldwide. Represented by the Robert Miller Gallery in New York since 1978, her exhibitions include Strange Messenger, Land 250, Camera Solo, and most recently “18 Stations”.  Steven Sebring’s 2008 documentary, dream of life: the movie, was acknowledged internationally and received an Emmy nomination.

As well as a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Patti Smith also holds the honor of  “Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres from the French Ministry of Culture, and has been awarded honorary doctorates from Rowan State University, Pratt Institute of Art, and the School of Art Institute Chicago.  Patti Smith was honored by ASCAP with the Founders Award, representing lifetime achievement, and the recipient of Sweden’s Polar Award that is an international acknowledgement for significant achievements in music.

February 7, 2013, Smith was awarded the Katharine Hepburn Medal from Bryn Mawr College, which recognizes women whose lives, work and contributions embody the same drive and accomplishments as the four-time winning actress.  On May 18, 2014, Barnard College Board of Trustees will present Patti Smith with their Medal of Distinction that honors individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in their communities, and their careers. On November 1, 2014 Patti accepted the Chicago Tribune Literary Award.

September 2016 Patti Smith delivered the keynote address at Yale’s Windham-Campbell Literature Prize ceremony, in which she delivered a lecture titled “Devotion” which will be published by Yale University Press in 2017 as part of the prize’s “Why Write” series.  In November 2016 she was awarded the Burke Medal for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts in Trinity College, Dublin.

2017 Events feature: February 8–June 4, 2017 at the Dulwich Picture Gallery featuring Patti Smith Photographs in Vanessa Bell 1879-1961 exhibit.  May 5thexhibit Higher Learning in Parma, Italy, where Patti Smith will receive the prestigious Laurea Honoris Causa.  April 2017 Australian tour with her band.

Patti Smith continues to write, perform readings, work on artistic projects, and lends support for human right issues. Current tour dates and other information is posted on pattismith.net

Landforms: A History of Central Park’s Fort Landscape Exhibit

Saturday, August 5th, 2017

Now Open: Spring 2016 – Fall 2017
Daily, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Charles A. Dana Discovery Center
(Inside Central Park at 110th Street between Fifth and Lenox Avenues).

Learn how natural features in Central Park’s north end played an important role in shaping our city’s – and our nation’s – history.

This exhibit reveals fascinating finds of archaeological and historical investigations conducted as part of the Central Park Conservancy’s recent restoration of the Fort Landscape.

Exhibit Highlights:

Geological Foundations

Geological Foundations

The topography of the present-day Fort Landscape was formed by a glacier that scraped Manhattan schist bedrock out of the earth millions of years ago. Try your hand at moving a glacier across Manhattan!


Military History

Military History

The Fort Landscape’s high ground and expansive views made it an important strategic outlook while its rocky, swampy terrain made it difficult to infiltrate. The area was fortified by the British during the Revolutionary War and re-used by the Americans during the War of 1812. Pose with an artistic rendering of the kind of Gatehouse used to control access to the area in wartime!


Establishing the Park and Restoring its Beauty

Fort Clinton Restoration

Central Park’s designers recognized the scenic value of the area’s geography, as well as the cultural importance of the historical events that took place there, and sought to integrate and preserve both. Carrying on their tradition, the Central Park Conservancy has worked to re-create historic features in the Fort Landscape for all to appreciate. Learn how we do it!

 

 

 

 

 


For more information, contact the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center at 212.860.1370

2017 Central Park Film Festival

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

Join us at the 2017 Central Park Film Festival to celebrate our City with a lineup of movies filmed in New York. The Film Festival is a beloved summer tradition that showcases great films in a great urban park. The Film Festival is free. Tickets are not required.

August 21, 2017
Marcus Garvey Park (the Lawn; enter at Fifth Avenue and 124th Street)

Annie – 2014 (PG)


August 22, 2017
Marcus Garvey Park (the Lawn; enter at Fifth Avenue and 124th Street)

The Wiz – 1978 (G)


August 23, 2017
Central Park (Landscape between Sheep Meadow and the 72nd Street Cross Drive)

The Great Gatsby – 2013 (PG-13)


August 24, 2017
Central Park (Landscape between Sheep Meadow and the 72nd Street Cross Drive)

Saturday Night Fever – 1977 (R)


August 25, 2017
Central Park (Landscape between Sheep Meadow and the 72nd Street Cross Drive)

The Godfather – 1972 (R)


August 26, 2017
Central Park (Landscape between Sheep Meadow and the 72nd Street Cross Drive)

Spider-Man 3 – 2007 (PG-13)


Details


Gates open at 6:30 pm
DJ from 6:30 pm until movie starts at 8:00 pm
All movies are open captioned.

To ensure that everyone can enjoy the films, the following are not permitted: alcoholic beverages, glass bottles, chairs, video cameras, and tape recorders.

Event is subject to cancellation due to weather.