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Giant Space Bubble Descends on Central Park

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Art in the Parks, Spacebuster, in partnership with the Storefront for Art & Architecture, is bringing its pop-up exhibition, New Icon-i-Cities, to Central Park on Saturday, October 21 from 11 am to 3 pm.

The exhibition will bring audiences inside Spacebuster, a van outfitted with an expanding inflatable bubble that houses up to 120 people. It is an extension of the Storefront’s current installation, Souvenirs: New New York Icons, which is comprised of original work by 59 artists to “represent and redefine the collective imagery for each of New York City’s 59 communities.”

According to a press release, New Icon-i-Cities aims to “bring together critical approaches to the shifting and complex iconography of the city.” By bringing this bubble to Central Park, participants will have the opportunity to attend a series of talks and a workshops in a unique space, inspiring visitors to perceive New York differently.

Spacebuster is all about allowing visitors to present their ideas on what constitutes an icon of the city today. Project creator, raumlaborberlin, wants New Yorkers to “produce their own iconography for their neighborhoods.”

Photo courtesy of Channel V Media

This event also combines ideas from We Like America, an experimental Spacebuster road trip that traveled America’s Rust Belt to transform public spaces into impromptu community zones.

This multifaceted collaboration comes together in celebration of Art in the Parks, an initiative by the New York City Parks Department that allows artists to transform the city’s public spaces through sculpture, music, theater, dance, and poetry. Over 2,000 works of art later, the initiative is now in its 50th year; its anniversary will be celebrated during the Parks Department’s program, “It’s Happening! Celebrating 50 Years of Public Art in NYC Parks.”

Join in on the festivities by exploring Spacebuster, which will be located at Central Park’s East Pinetum on East 84th Street from 11 am to 3 pm Saturday, October 21.

ILLYRIA – the story of Joe Papp and Shakespeare in Central Park

It is 1958, and New York City is in the midst of a major building boom; a four-lane highway is planned for the heart of Washington Square; Carnegie Hall is designated for demolition; entire neighborhoods on the West Side are leveled to make room for a new “palace of art.” And a young Joe Papp and his colleagues face betrayals, self-inflicted wounds, and anger from the city’s powerful elite as they continue their free Shakespeare productions in Central Park.

From the creator of the most celebrated family plays of the last decade comes a drama about a different kind of family – one held together by the simple and incredibly complicated belief that the theater, and the city, belong to all of us.

In addition to the Free First Preview, a limited number of free tickets for all performances except for opening night will be distributed in the lobby of The Public beginning 90 minutes prior to each scheduled performance, and will continue, while supplies last, up to the posted curtain time. An additional number of free tickets will be offered through TodayTix, furthering the mission of making great theater accessible to all.

Anspacher Theater
October 22 – December 10
Preview Members (10/22-10/30): $50

Preview Members (All other dates): $75

Members: start at $50

Non-Members: start at $75 plus fees

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The New York Times has called Tony Award-winning playwright and director Richard Nelson’s plays “a triumph of civic theater.” This season, the writer-director of the acclaimed Apple Family Plays and last season’s The Gabriels returns to 425 Lafayette to reveal a forgotten chapter of The Public Theater’s own history.

Elvis Costello at SummerStage 2017

Elvis Costello & The Imposters

June 15th

Elvis Costello is nothing short of legendary. With one of the most prolific careers in music today, he has his sublimely talented fingers in more musical pots and genres than one can count. His breakout on to the British pub scene of the ‘70s quickly saw him become a pioneer of the punk and new-wave movements. With his critically acclaimed 1977 debut album My Aim Is True in the bag, Costello assembled The Attractions as his backers. Over the years, Costello has collaborated with Burt Bacharach, Paul McCartney, and jazz-pianist Diana Krall (his wife), and penned songs for Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, No Doubt and James Brown – all showcasing his stunning diversity in varying styles. With a Grammy win, Oscar nom, induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and inclusion on tons of Rolling Stone ‘best’ lists, Costello is a premier name in the business. He now tours with The Imposters, as he continues to reimagine and reinvent musical forms.

 

Second Annual OZY FEST at SummerStage in Central Park

OZY Media announced today the second annual OZY FEST to take place Saturday, July 22nd, 2017 at Rumsey Playfield in New York City’s Central Park (OZY.com/ozyfest2017).

OZY FEST, described by The New York Times as “part music festival, part TED talk, part food fair,” features entertainers, innovators, and thought leaders on the cutting edge. This year’s lineup includes pop star Jason Derulo, comedian Samantha Bee, authors Malcolm Gladwell and Ta-Nehisi Coates, NFL linebacker and Super Bowl MVP Von Miller, HBO’s Issa Rae, celebrity chef Eddie Huang, award winning journalist Katie Couric, and many more.

OZY FEST gives you a delicious taste of all the things you care about,” says Carlos Watson, OZY co-founder and CEO. “When else can you be in the heart of New York City, in Central Park with the biggest stars, best chefs, and brightest thinkers. Come ready to eat, think, and rock, and you’ll come away smarter, fresher, and better than before.”

OZY FEST is something you experience — not something you just attend. Last year’s inaugural event attracted nearly 5,000 guests who interacted with art, engaged with provocative speakers, tasted inventive food and partied to live music, all in one place. In 2016, the festival featured music headliners Will.i.am, Wyclef Jean and Andra Day; a conversation with Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson & Ilana Glazer; panel discussions with Senator Cory Booker, Karl Rove, Malcolm Gladwell; art exhibits with Kazuhiro Tsuji; and food from celeb Chef Alex Guarnaschelli.  Watch a recap video here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74u90XIQgjw

Tickets to OZY FEST 2017 will be available for limited purchase on http://www.ticketfly.com/ starting Monday May 8.  General admission tickets are $50.00, and VIP passes are $125.00 and include an exclusive viewing lounge, beer, wine, and snacks.

Performances and Conversations with Musicians, Comedians and Entertainers:

  • Jason Derulo; singer songwriter
  • Issa Rae; actress, writer and star of hit show ‘Insecure’ on HBO
  • RuPaul; Emmy award winning TV star of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ on VH1
  • Zara Larsson; singer songwriter
  • Talib Kweli; hip hop recording artist, entrepreneur, and social activist

Thought Leadership Presentations, Panels and Discussions From:

  • Samantha Bee; host of ‘Full Frontal with Samantha Bee‘ on TBS and comedian
  • Malcolm Gladwell; journalist and best-selling author, The Tipping Point, Blink
  • Katie Couric; Award winning journalist and Yahoo! Global News Anchor
  • Ta-Nehisi Coates; author and journalist; National Correspondent for The Atlantic
  • Adam Grant; professor at UPenn’s Wharton School of Business; best-selling author, Originals and Give and Take
  • Van Jones; CNN political contributor, author and social activist
  • Von Miller; linebacker for the Denver Broncos, 2015 Super Bowl MVP
  • Whitney Wolfe; Founder & CEO of Bumble, Co-founder of Tinder
  • Grover Norquist; Founder and president of Americans for Tax Reform
  • Michael Moe; Founder, Chairman, and CEO of GSV Asset Management

Mouth-watering food inventions and demonstrations From:

  • Eddie Huang; world renowned restaurateur, chef, food personality, and author

Outrageous Live Performance Art and Exhibits From:

  • London Kaye; street artist and crochet artist

To learn more visit:
http://www.ozy.com
OZY.com/ozyfest2017
https://www.facebook.com/Ozy

About OZY Media
With 25 million monthly unique users and 2 million subscribers, OZY brings readers “the new and the next,” offering 100% original content, with a focus on the future, via unique OZY News, OZY Magazine, OZY TV and OZY Events products. Called “the new media magnet for the news hungry” by Fortune magazine, OZY’s in-depth and high-quality journalism has attracted a number of high-profile media partners including The New York Times, NPR, PBS NewsHour, TED, The Financial Times, The Huffington Post and many more, as well as guest editors including Bill Gates, President Bill Clinton, and Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Founded in 2013 by Emmy award winning journalist Carlos Watson and co-founder Samir Rao, the OZY team is based in Mountain View, CA and backed by leading Silicon Valley investors including Laurene Powell Jobs, Ron Conway, David Drummond, Larry Sonsini and Dan Rosensweig and a significant investment from publishing giant Axel Springer.

Contacts:
Anne Muscarella  / Director of Communications, OZY Media  / anne@ozy.com
Rebecca Shapiro or Kerri Brusca / Shore Fire Media  /rshapiro@shorefire.com or kbrusca@shorefire.com

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