River to River Festival Gets Started on June 19th

June 19th kicks off the annual River to River Festival. This is Lower Manhattan’s summer festival loaded with music, art, theater and dance – all for free! Bringing all of these events together is what makes the River to River Festival so great, year in and year our.

This week there’s indie-pop, art exhibits, a mass man-hunt game and more!

Sunday, June 19

On Governors Island, the ‘No One is an Island‘ exhibition kicks off, running through July 4th. This is a group exhibit, “that considers the various ways we currently use the word “nature.”

At the World Financial Center Winter Garden, starting at 11am, the ‘Bang on a Can Marathon‘ kicks off. With over 150 musicians and composers from all over the world, this is a 12 hour medley of music, culture and sound.

In Foley Square at 1pm is The Commons, a real-world game meant to help the city in a fun and game-like adventure.

At St Paul’s Chapel, at 8pm, will be the weekly ‘Sundays at St Pauls.’ The Trinity Choir will be performing, led by Trinity’s Director of Music and the Arts, Julian Wachner.

Monday, June 20

Enjoy After Sol LeWitt; an evening of poetry and music led by Ann Lauterbach and a performance by youth ensemble Face The Music.

The 1985 flick ‘Desperately Seeking Susan‘ will be screened at the The Elevated Acre at 55 Water Street. Free tickets will be available online and at the gate.

Tuesday, June 21

Take in an acoustic performance by Seattle-based Ivan & Alyosha, as they play their “soulful folk tunes” at One New York Plaza.

Download the Group app from the Apple App Store and meet at the corner of Broad St. and Wall St. in front of Federal Hall at 12:30pm for the Group “collective sound work,” led by Aaron Siegel and Larry Legend.

Soon after, at 1pm, experience Hoketus, which is a 25 minute performance of two groups of musicians. They’re spaced apart, and never play at the same time, “but creating melodies through the interactions between them.”

Wednesday, June 22

Soak up the dreamy piano-driven tunes of Rebecca Jordan in Zuccotti Park at 12:30pm.

At 7pm in Rockefeller Park, enjoy New York on my Mind, hosted by Meg Griffin and presented by The Bottom Line. The evening will feature Rosanne Cash, Marshall Crenshaw, The GrooveBarbers, Garland Jeffreys, Willie Nile and more.

Thursday, June 23

At the World Financial Center at 12:30pm, check out The Poetry of Food as Poet Elaine Equi reads food-inspired works amidst delicious food from WFC Greenmarket.

If you saw them earlier in the week, come back and check out Ivan & Alyosha, as they’ll be performing at the World Financial Center at 5:30pm.

At the Castle Clinton, enjoy the jazz stylings of the Vijay Iyer Sextet at 7pm. There’s limited seating, so get your tickets online and get their early!

Friday, June 23rd

At the Seaport, at 7pm, catch the NY debut of The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger, featuring Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl.

Saturday, June 24th

The American Ballroom Theater: Dancing Classrooms Colors of the Rainbow Team Match comes to the World Financial Center Winter Garden at 1pm. Watch as 8th and 5th graders dance the Rumba, Swing and Tango in a spirited competition!

Take part in ‘Cowgirl Cowhunt,’ A man-hunt inspired game will take place at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal at 1pm.

Take in Future Quest & Fula Flute as they “perform ‘re-imaginings’ of Meredith Monk’s music.” Free tickets to this event at the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at 7:30pm will be available at the gate and online.

Sunday, June 26th

Sound Bites Series with My Teenage Stride, a staple fo the New York City indie pop circuit, will be performing at The Seaport at 2pm.

As part of Sundays at St. Paul’s, Satoshi Takeishi performs ‘Whirlpools’ and Bora Yoon performs ‘The Body Electric’ at the St. Paul’s Chapel at 8pm.

Are you planning on attending any of these events?

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