Lovely Lunar Activities This Weekend

This Chinese New Year marks the Year of the Pig.

Enjoy these Lunar New Year celebratory activities for you and your kids tomorrow (Saturday, February 9th)!
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Revel in Spanish Theatre – at Nearby Repertorio Español

Immerse yourself in exciting Spanish-language theater – at nearby Gramercy’s neighborhood cultural institution, Repertorio Español. Around since 1968, it continues to present innovating and compelling shows.

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Feast and Festivities: At the Feast Of San Gennaro Festival

Immerse yourself in the liveliness of Italy! With the 92nd Feast Of San Gennaro Festival in Little Italy.

Take in the amazing food and entertainment, from now until Sunday, September 23rd. From 11:30 AM to 11PM Sundays to Thursdays, and until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.

 

“The beloved Feast of San Gennaro is an annual celebration of the Patron Saint of Naples. The first Feast in New York City took place on September 19, 1926 when newly arrived immigrants from Naples settled along Mulberry Street in the Little Italy section of New York City and decided to continue the tradition they had followed in Italy to celebrate the day in 305 A.D. when Saint Gennaro was martyred for the faith.

Since then, the Feast has grown from a one day street festival to a gala 11-day event”

(Photos from sangennaro.nyc )

Experience Opera Night and many other concerts and musical performances (including Jenna Esposito), and see the Saturday Grand Procession. There’s even a children’s program.

And be sure to taste your way through Italian delicacies like cannoli, fresh mozzarella, zeppoles and meatballs!

George Gee: “Swing Has a Rhythm Sure to Make You Move”

Coming up next, as part of Waterside’s Summer Music Series, we bring you the George Gee Swing Orchestra!

We’re thrilled to have them at Waterside on July 25th – and look forward to a swingin’ good time! (Note: This event will take place rain or shine! If it rains, we have an indoor space to sway and swing in!)

George is the world’s only Chinese-American swing big bandleader, and, as he notes on his site, this provides him with a unique cross-cultural perspective and a keen interest in bridging differences “among all the people worldwide who enjoy this music and the vintage context.”

We asked George a few questions:

What’s going to happen at your Waterside show?

A lot of fun, swingin’ big band swing music!​

George Gee Swing Orchestra Performs - George Gee Swing Orchestra is at Waterside, NYC on July 25

What do you love about swing?

​It’s got an infectious beat and a rhythm sure to make you move.​

Tell us your favorite part of entertaining?

Seeing the smiles in the audiences and the ​dancers on the dance floor.

George Gee Swing Orchestra Performs - George Gee Swing Orchestra is at Waterside, NYC on July 25

What’s special about your band?

Our band has a love of life and love of the music.

We’re a family of ​top NYC jazz musicians that play weekly at Time Square’s Swing 46 Jazz & Supper Club every Tuesday.​

What motivates people to dance at your shows?

We ​play music with a good swingin’ beat!

We also play some familiar tunes, which is helpful. Guests will recognize: “Take The A Train” (the signature tune of the Duke Ellington orchestra), “This Can’t Be Love” (from “The Boys from Syracuse”), “Jumpin’ at the Woodside” (one of the Count Basie Orchestra’s signature tunes) and “Tuxedo Junction” (a No. 1 hit for Glenn Miller & His Orchestra).

What’s your goal when you perform?

To ​help make the world a little bit of a better place.

Register for the George Gee Swing Orchestra’s Waterside show with on Eventbrite.

You can follow the band on social media on Instagram, Facebook, Youtube. and Twitter.

Photos: Dance Night with Ajna Dance Company

Ajna Dance Company and guests dazzled us with beautiful dancing – and stunning colors!

Coming up next in our Summer Music Series: Kimya Dawson
Wednesday, July 18th, 7:00pm – 9:00pm

A Grammy winning, platinum selling singer songwriter most widely known for her work on the JUNO soundtrack, Kimya has been featured in Rolling Stone, Spin, Entertainment Weekly, and the New York Times.  RSVP for Kimya’s show at Waterside!

At our Dance Night

On Wednesday, we saw amazing performances – and learnt some Bollywood and Bhangra steps! (Learn Bhangra was one of the special guests.) And we had musicians Raj Daffu and, from Taalim, Jay Gandhi and Mike Lukshis. (Read our interview with founder and choreographer, Minila)

Joya Dass of Lady Drinks had a quick talk with Minila here about the show:

It was a fun-filled night! We really got into the dancing!

Ajna Dance Company and our guests dance - at Waterside, NYC - Summer Event

 

(These 2 photos by Joya Dass )

Ajna Dance Company and our guests dance - at Waterside, NYC - Summer Event

Couldn’t make it? Join us for Kimya‘s event!

(Find all our 2018 Summer Events here.)