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Is Busking Back?

Apparently so.

According to Time Out New York, the warmer weather has caused various venues and performing arts groups to perform spontaneously, al fresco on the streets of NY. Comedy, cabaret, burlesque performances, dance recitals and art exhibits are taking place right on the sidewalks, in the parks and open spaces all around the city. In fact, the Vineyard Theatre had the legendary Bill Irwin on the street between Astor Place and Madison Square Park 4 times a day! Check online The New Busking Project, for places and times. So, while performers would love to get paid, there is a “free rider” aspect to enjoying art right now. Depending on your vaccination status and comfort in the possibility of encountering a crowd, you may even be lucky enough to be the audience of one at a truly transformative performance! Go get it!

A few recommendations for those who are not ready to share themselves with the world: I enjoyed listening to the Jazz at Lincoln Center Jazz at Home program. For $20, I streamed on that big screen tv with the surround sound – The JLCO (Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra) doing Coltrane’s Love Supreme, Paquito D’Rivera and Lakecia Benjamin Live. I loved having a nice drink and sitting out on the deck with the speakers hooked up... But that meant making my family go away so I could listen in peace...sigh... There are many other programs. You should check it out.

Another cool thing I have been turned on to: The Bay Street Theatre has a cabaret zoom called Sip and Sing. It’s a sing along with famous and talented performers. There is a theme every night, and apparently it’s fun as heck. Also recommended on HBO Max, watch "Legendary". It’s a reality dance and fashion competition series and the houses are pretty amazing.

Did you know you can get vaccinated in the American Museum of Natural History? - right under the Blue Whale! Personally, I’m looking forward to mask-less beach days reading salacious novels – on paper - and breathing in the fresh air and swimming in the big blue and avoiding screens of all kinds.

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