Summer Fun at Socrates


Virginia Overton. Untitled (Late bloomer), 2018; Courtesy of the Artist, Bortolami Gallery, White Cube, and Socrates Sculpture Park. 
Photos by Nicholas Knight Virginia Overton. Untitled (Late bloomer), 2018; Courtesy of the Artist, Bortolami Gallery, White Cube, and Socrates Sculpture Park. Photos by Nicholas Knight Socrates Sculpture Park follows up an exciting spring with a beautiful, fun-packed summer.

Jazz at Socrates continues with saxophonist Eric Wyatt on July 12 and trumpeter Joey “Hot Lips” Morant on August 9, both presented in partnership with the Jazz Foundation of America. These concerts are free with no reservation required. Outdoors, in view of the water, with food vendors, this promises to be a pair of beautiful concerts, cool jazz in a cooler setting.

Also on the waterfront: the Metropolitan Opera featuring soprano Gabriella Reyes de Ramírez, tenor Gerard Schneider, pianist Dan Saunders and baritone Adrian Timpau present their performance on June 29 at 8:30 pm.

Hip to Hip Theatre Company presents Free Shakespeare in the Parks: “All’s Well That Ends Well” on August 12 and “King Lear” on August 19. Each is preceded by a 30-minute children’s interactive program where the kids learn about the play they are about to see. The actual performances are at 5 to 6:30 pm.


Virginia Overton. Untitled the Artist, Bortolami Gallery, White Cube, and Socrates Sculpture Park. Virginia Overton. Untitled the Artist, Bortolami Gallery, White Cube, and Socrates Sculpture Park. Circus Amok is a “funny, political, one-ring circus spectacular: jugglers, stilt dancers, acrobats, puppets and paper mache lions” in an actual ring, according to Socrates Sculpture Park’s event listing. Performances are from 4 to 5:30 pm on August 11, 18 and 25.

Socrates also hosts dance performances:

• Ballet Folklórico Mexicano de Nueva York’s Guelaguetza Festival from 2 to 5 pm on July 29.

• INSITU Site-Specific Dance Festival, 1 to 8 pm August 4 and 5. (All weekend!)

• Dance at Socrates performances are at 4 to 5:30 pm on August 11,18 and 25.


Program Ballet Folklorico-- Program Ballet Folklorico Mexicano de Nueva York’s Guelaguetza Festival. 
Courtesy SocratesSculpture Park Program Ballet Folklorico-- Program Ballet Folklorico Mexicano de Nueva York’s Guelaguetza Festival. Courtesy SocratesSculpture Park Socrates’ Outdoor Cinema series, with prescreening performances at 7 pm; movies begin at sundown:

• July 11: “Monsoon Wedding” (India)

• July 25: “The Young Girl of Rochefort” (France)

• August 18: “Spirit of the Beehive” (Spain)

• August 15: “Tampopo” (Japan)

• August 22: “Kedi and Catcam” (Turkey)

• August 29: “The Passionate Thief” (Italy)

Check the website, www.SocratesSculpturePark.org, for more movie titles, film synopses and weather cancellations. This is, after all, outdoors.

There is much to learn at the Socrates Sculpture Park. Free yoga, tai chi and capoeira classes are offered through mid-September. Urban farming classes, in partnership with Hellgate Farm, are on July 7 and August 18 at noon. And there are classes for kids, teens and young adults as well.

But this is, first and foremost, a sculpture park. Virginia Overton’s Built features her oversized art created from found materials. The common thread to each piece, according to the Park’s description, is “support,” a soothing balm in these crazy times.

There is so much more detail in the park’s website, www.SocratesSculpturePark.org.

— Linda Pacheco

  
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