January to June 2019
"Confidential: The American Revolution's Agents of Espionage" opened at the Fraunces Tavern Museum on Sept. 16. It features never-before-seen objects from the Museum's collection that tell the story of how tailors, school teachers, and enslaved people operated as secret agents gathering intelligence for the American cause. Visitors get an opportunity to become agents of espionage themselves by using a cipher wheel to uncover the secret messages hidden in the object labels. The exhibition will run through September 2019. Place: 54 Pearl St. For hours and admission fees, click here.
The National Museum of the American Indian is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with free admission. It offers free films, docent-led tours of its exhibitions and tours of its premises, the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, designed by Cass Gilbert. The building, which was completed in 1907, is a National Historic Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Place: One Bowling Green. Phone: (212) 514-3700. For the museum's calendar, click here.
Music at Trinity Wall Street
"Time's Arrow" presented by Trinity Wall Street, ran from March 5 to March 9 with music that juxtaposed old and new stories of the biblical figure Susanna. The festival included the fully staged world premiere of the new opera "Artemisia" and concerts of Handel’s "Susanna" as Trinity continued its presentation of the composer’s oratorios. "Artemisia" tells the story of the Baroque artist who portrayed herself as Susanna in her famous painting Susanna and the Elders. Although the Time's Arrow festival has concluded, all of the programming can still be viewed on videos posted on Trinity Wall Street's website.
You can watch videos of the concerts by clicking here.
During Time's Arrow,"Lagrime Mei" explored the female perspective in composition, particularly the raw evocation of emotion heard in the music of the famous baroque artist Barbara Strozzi, who broke through gender barriers to become the most successful composer of secular vocal music in Venice in her time. Works by Strozzi and several of her contemporaries were paired with world premieres of Trinity-commissioned works focusing on empowering female voices. With world premieres by Jessica Meyer, Doug Balliett, Molly Joyce, and Alyssa Weinberg. To watch a video of the concert, click here.
Irish Hunger Memorial. (Photo © Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
May 31: This was the actual anniversary of Battery Park City's Golden Jubilee. Bang on a Can's Asphalt Orchestra entertained at Battery Park City's 50th anniversary celebration on May 31, 2018 in Rockefeller Park. On May 31, exactly 50 years ago, New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller signed the legislation that established Battery Park City. For more photos of Battery Park City's Jubilee celebration, click here.
(Photo: Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
Battery Dance Festival. (Photos © Terese Loeb Kreuzer)
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Winter in Battery Park City:
The Battery Park City Authority's winter calendar has just been released with more than 600 programs and events between January and April. Most of the events are free. Some of the programs are free while others incur charges. Here are some highlights:
Tuesday Talks: A series of five provocative, informative and/or helpful "talks" will take place on Tuesdays starting on Jan. 15 with "Woman's Werk," described as "an informative talk and meet-and-greet featuring a women's panel of today's gig economy pros. Discuss everything from healthcare to marketing and get insider tips on how to make those money moves." That installment of Tuesday Talks will be followed by sessions that will introduce the "challenging game of Go, which originated in China over 4,000 years ago," (on Feb. 5) and a celebration of Black History Month with a performance piece featuring poet Lacresha Berry, who will be joined by Kamau Ware from Black Gotham Experience (on Feb. 12). Two talks led by BPC resident historian Fred J. Bivetto will cover a 1,000-year period of European exploration leading to the discovery and colonization of the Americas, with special attention to Lower Manhattan up to the Revolutionary War (on April 2). On April 9, Bivetto will talk about the period from the Birth of Our Nation to the New Downtown. All the talks take place at 6 River Terrace.
It's Snowtime! (Dates, times & locations pending weather). You've asked for it, we deliver! Get out and play on snowy days by building a snowman or fort, taking a sled ride, and warming up with hot cocoa at select locations in Battery Park City's parks. Stay tuned for It's Snowtime! forecasts on BPCA's social media channels and on the Downtown Post NYC website (www.DowntownPostNYC.com)
2019 Annual BPC Art Exhibition: View works by participants in the Battery Park City Authority's art programs. The art will be on view weekdays from Jan. 28 to March 30, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Place: 75 Battery Place.
Fraunces Tavern Museum Book Club: "We're in the age of a Hamilton revival, so American history is cool again," said Mary Tsaltas, a museum educator at the Fraunces Tavern Museum who was recently tapped to lead the Museum's book club. Even without the Hamilton cachet, Tsaltas hopes that book club participants will be eager to learn about American Revolutionary War history. She has selected books to discuss that she describes as "page turners." Now in its third year, the Fraunces Tavern Museum Book Club meets quarterly at the museum to discuss nonfiction books about the American Revolution, all published within the last year.
In 2019, the book club's first meeting took place on Jan. 8 with a discussion of "In the Hurricane's Eye: The Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown" by Nathaniel Philbrick.
All book club meetings take place on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. at the Fraunces Tavern Museum, 54 Pearl St. The cost to attend all four meetings is $15. For additional information and to register for the book club, click here.
A wharf in the Fulton Fish Market, 1946. The photograph, by Todd Webb, was in the exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York of Webb's photographs from 1945 to 1960.
"New Dimensions in Testimony" is a new, interactive installation at the Museum of Jewish Heritage that allows visitors to ask questions of Holocaust survivors and hear their answers. Place: 36 Battery Place. Free with Museum admission. Advance registration recommended. For additional information, click here.
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