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Arts Watch: August Events

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chico_and_ritaAugust on the Lower East Side is packed full of great cultural programs. Here are a few noteworthy events to take in:

The Howl Festival’s Films in Tompkins series continues this Thursday, the 8th, with the Academy Award Nominated Chico & Rita, an animated feature-length romantic tale (told in both Spanish and English) set against the backdrops of Havana, New York City, Las Vegas, Hollywood and Paris in the late 1940s and early 1950s.  The story follows Chico, a young piano player with big dreams, and Rita, a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice, through their romantic journey. Directed by Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal and starring Limara Meneses, Eman Xor Oña, and Mario Guerra. — On The Lawn in Tompkins Square Park // Gates Open At 6 PM // Film at Sundown // Films in Tompkins continues through August 22nd //Free.

Fringe Festival 2013

The New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC) celebrates its 17th Anniversary on August 9th. The festival is the largest multi-arts festival in North America, with more than 200 companies from all over the world performing for 16 days in more than 20 venues, many of them on the Lower East Side.

Visit their website for times and venue information // August 9th – 25th // Tickets $15 in advance, $18 at the door.

Francesca Harper Dance Project
Francesca Harper Dance Project

City Parks Foundation’s Summer Stage in East River Park kicks off next Friday the 16th with The Francesca Harper Project, an original blend of choreography, dance, music and film.  You can join in the fun and discover the richness of world jazz and all its rhythms during the All Levels Open Dance Master Class taught by Cecilia Marta.

Class is at 7pm, performance at 8pm // Summer Stage in East River Park runs through August 29th // Free.


The Amoralists are camping out at Abrons Arts Center for a month beginning on the 17th, with The Cheaters Club, the newest play from critically acclaimed playwright Derek Ahonen. The Cheaters Club is a “Southern-sized Savannah ghost story that creeps out of the shadows and Spanish moss to bring us face to face with the skeletons that are lurking in our closet and destroying our marital bliss.” Scary enough for you?

Monday – Saturday @ 8pm, Sunday @ 3pm // Through September 21st // Tickets: $50.

Lee Konits
Lee Konits

The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival returns to Tompkins Square Park on the 25th with a spectacular line-up of music that includes alto saxophonist Lee Konitz, one of the most creative and prolific musicians in modern jazz, American singer and songwriter Sheila Jordan, the inovative trumpeter Christian Scott and Aaron Diehl (the 2011 Cole Porter Fellow in Jazz of the American Pianists Association) with his Quartet. Nothing better than an outdoor afternoon of live music!

On The Lawn in Tompkins Square Park // 3pm – 7pm // Free.

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