Now, I have certainly been talking a lot about film festivals or film series, and a common element with these is that they involve being in a hermetically sealed and well air-conditioned box so you can get lost in whatever world is being projected onto the screen. Now don’t get me wrong, there is definitely a need for that in the summer months, sometimes it’s just too damn hot and you want to watch a movie in a cool room. But it’s summer. You got to get out and enjoy the weather and the atmosphere while you can.
That’s why Lincoln Center (10 Lincoln Center Plaza) has the Out of Doors festival (July 25 – August 12, 2012).
The Lincoln Center Out of Doors fest (which also includes the Damrosch Park Bandshell, the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, and Hearst Plaza) features an eclectic mix of musicians, art installations, performances, and even apps for smart-phones as part of the festival, and all of it is free.
Phil Kline’s Dreamcitynine is a free app for iPhone and Android that is free. The app uses the GPS in your device to play certain stories depending on where in Lincoln Center you are currently standing.
The Polyglot Theater makes the US premiere of their art installation Tangle, which combines an art installation and dance.
Post-punk/electronic group !!! will be performing on August 9 at Damrosch Park Bandshell.
On August 11,as part of Songs of Soulful Activism in conjunction with the Ponderosa Stomp Foundation, The Stoned Soul Symposium at the Bruno Walter Auditorium will celebrate the role of soul music in the American cultural and musical landscape. As part of the symposium, author Michele Kort leads a discussion on Laura Nyro with panelists Felix Cavaliere, Herb Bernstein, and Shelia Weller. This is followed by Professor Gayle Wald presenting a talk on the Soul at the Center festival (1972-1973).
Dr. L Subramaniam, a former medical doctor, performs a fusion of classical Indian and European music alongside Bollywood playback singer Kavita Krishnamurthi Suramaniam, his wife; Ambi Subramaniam, his violin-prodigy son; jazz fusion guitarist Larry Coryell; and Corky Siegel, a blues-fusion harmonica player.
This is only a small portion of the large selection of free performances at Lincoln Center’s Out of Doors festival. Now go outside and get some fresh air and fresh music!
To learn more, go to http://www.lcoutofdoors.org
Lincoln Center Out of Doors
July 25 – August 12, 2012
10 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, 10023