Arts Watch: What To Do In August

Grammy-winning saxophonist and composer Joe Lovano will perform at this year's Charlie Parker Jazz Festival in Tompkins Square Park.

Grammy-winning saxophonist and composer Joe Lovano will perform at this year’s Charlie Parker Jazz Festival in Tompkins Square Park.

Here are the highlighted Lower East Side events from our July/August events calendar, out in the latest edition of The Lo-Down’s print magazine.

Tues., August 4 – SummerStage Comes to the East River Park Bandshell: It’s an eclectic week of shows lined up for SummerStage’s 30th anniversary. At the East River Park Bandshell, performances feature artists as diverse as “Tito” Nieves—the “Pavarotti of Salsa,” hip-hop crew RATKING, electronic shapeshifter and dee-jay Caribou and the incomparable actress Sarah Jones.

Through Sun., Aug. 9, at the East River Park Ampitheater; shows start at 7:00 pm.There is an additional family day at 3 p.m. on Aug. 9, free.

Fri., August 14 – The 19th Annual New York International Fringe Festival: Continuing its reign as the largest multi-arts event in North America, FringeNYC returns with a smorgasbord of live performance to choose from: avant-garde solo shows, nude comedies, puppets, outrageous meta-musicals and more. The lineup includes more than 200 companies from all over the world performing for 16 days in more than 20 theater spaces downtown.

Through Aug. 30 at various Lower East Side venues, $18.

Sun., August 23 – The 21st Annual Charlie Parker Jazz Festival at Tompkins Square Park: It’s hard to beat free jazz in a park on a summer day, and this festival is particularly renowned. This year’s tribute to the legendary saxophonist features another world-class lineup: Grammy-winning saxophonist and composer Joe Lovano, alto saxophonist/composer Rudresh Mahanthappa (named alto saxophonist of the year for three years running in Downbeat magazine’s international critics polls), pianist, composer and Guggenheim fellow Myra Melford, and jazz vocalist, bandleader and programmer at Dizzy’s, Michael Mwenso.

Tompkins Square Park, 500 E. 9th St., 3 p.m.–7 p.m., free.