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Food, Politics, Comedy & More at the 2019 Ozy Fest


Two days in NYC packed with a little something for everybody, the Ozy Fest encompases cooking, film making, comedy, politics, and more. Held in Central Park on July 20 and 21, Ozy Fest bills itself as a multipurpose festival that celebrates creativity and interactivity. Now in its fourth year, this year’s festival includes guests such as:

  • Spike Lee
  • Trevor Noah
  • Rachel Ray
  • Malcolm Gladwell
  • Padma Lakshmi
  • Mark Cuban
  • Tove Lo
  • Ronny Chieng

Political guests include Democratic hopeful Beto O’Rourke, New York’s junior US Senator, Kirsten Gillibrand, and politician and lawyer Stacey Abrams. For those looking for culinary pursuits to follow, Ben Cohen of Ben & Jerry will be conducting a live discussion, as will Marcus Samuelsson, the first White House guest chef for former president Barack Obama, along with a wealth of booths from NYC restaurants and cooking workshops..

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Ozy Fest
July 20 - 21, 2019

Central Park
New York, NY

Surati Holi Hai, The Festival of Color, Comes to New Jersey

The largest festival of colors celebration in America, Surati Holi Hai, is coming to Hoboken and Jersey City on June 15, 2019. Holi Hai, an ancient Indian Spring festival, promotes peace, equality and unity through cultural diversity, color play, a color walk in which participants will smear each other with colors at the start of the walk as they their way along the Hudson waterfront with friends/family to dance with the live dhol (drum beats).

The festival also includes live performances, educational and interactive workshops, interactive art, food, a children's zone, DJ, dancing and much more.

The festival will begin at 10 a.m. at Jersey City Hall (280 Grove Street) with the Color Walk and end at Pier A Park in Hoboken, where the waterfront Spring festival celebrations will begin at 12 noon featuring color play, color countdowns, live performances, food vendors, a children’s zone, two performance stages, DJ, dancing, cabana style tents, a cash bar and drink specials.

T-shirts, color-packets and water are included for registered walkers. On-site registrations at Jersey City Hall will begin at 8:30 am. The general public can register for the Jersey City Color Walk online at. The Festival of Colors in Hoboken is FREE for everyone. 

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Surati Holi Hai
June 15, 2019

Jersey City Hall
280 Grove St.
Jersey City, NJ 07302

Pier A Park
Hoboken, NJ

Black History Month Events in NY with The Asase Yaa Cultural Arts Foundation


The Asase Yaa Cultural Arts Foundation, based out of PS 21 in Brooklyn, will be contributing to several major Black History Month Celebrations throughout NY during February. One of their special events is a performance of "The HBCU Show," an original play which will be a featured at the Weeksville Heritage Center in Brooklyn. Written by Kofi Osei Williams, Executive Director of Asase Yaa Cultural Arts Foundation, "The HBCU Show" follows six adolescents from Brooklyn, NY, growing up with adversities and trying to live up to the society around them and recounts their personal stories of participating in a Historically Black College & University Tour.

Asase Yaa specializes in "edutainment variety performances." combine African history and folklore music and dance, performed at school, festivals, and special events.

"It's an honor and we're very proud to be able to contribute to a wide range of Black History Month celebrations and events this month," noted Osei Williams, Executive Director of the Asase Yaa Cultural Arts Foundation. "Our core tenets are to Enrich, Educate, Entertain and to empower and strengthen our youth by offering them an opportunity to learn, study and experience the history, movement and beauty of African Diasporic dance, music and culture at its highest level," he added.

Asaye Yaa's full slate of events for Black History month includes:

  • February 13-15
    Onstage @ Weeksville theater series, with The HBCU Show
    School performances will be held at Weeksville Heritage Center at 10:30am and 12:30pm.
  • February 19, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
    Dartmouth College, Black Legacy Month's Afro-Diasporic Food Festival Cook-off event
  • February 27
    Summit Academy Charter School Black History Month Day celebration, African dance and hip-hop classes.
  • February 28
    Success Academy Harlem West Black History Month Celebration
  • February 28
    72andSunny Advertising Agency, Brooklyn: Black Diversity is Black Excellence Event with live performances by Asase Yaa and the Fire Flame Steppers. Live art by Jay West.

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Big Apple Circus Rings In the Holiday Season at Lincoln Center with Tradition, Thrills, and Wonder


What better to ring in the holidays than with New York’s home-grown Big Apple Circus, presenting a whimsical marriage of traditional theater and classic circus under its colorful Big Top in Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park? The 41st Edition, running through January 27th, presents up-close family entertainment and thrills from celebrated acts – many seen for the first time, in its intimate, climate-controlled one-ring tent, with no seat more than 50 feet away.

Stephanie Monseu breaks through the canvas ceiling as Big Apple’s first ringmistress. Perennial favorite Jenny Vidbel, one of the reasons to never miss the Big Apple Circus, returns to captivate audiences with her majestic and quite nosy stallions, white dwarf horses, and delight with a wild and wooly set of rescued dogs. Also returning are two super spectacular acts: the Flying Tunizianis, performing on double wide trapezes, led by Ammed Tuniziani, who last season thrilled with heart-stopping quadruple somersaults; and Desire in Flight, recipient of the Golden Clown Award at this year’s Monte Carlo Circus Festival for their dual aerial silk traps act.

BACJVidelHorseThe lineup also features Duo Fusion, acrobatic husband and wife team Virginia Tuells and Ihosvanys Perez offering a twist (she does the heavy lifting!); Emil Faltyn, balancing on a free-standing ladder; trampoline antics from Andréanne Quintal; and award-winning, gravity-defyingjuggler Victor Moiseev.

Amid the sawdust, cotton candy, hot dogs slathered with mustard and relish, and ice-cold beverages, there’ll be red-hot music from Rob Slowik’s little big band.

Outside the ring there’ll be plenty of sizzle. Audiences enter into the new Hall of Wonder with photo-opt worthy fun activities and tasty locally-sourced culinary bites. The over-21 set can enjoy cocktails from three-time American Bartender of the Year winner Pamela Wiznitzer.

BACAcroTuellsPerezBig Apple Circus continues its community outreach programs. Circus of the Senses performances, a much-lauded special event since introduced in 1997 by theater executive Anne Tramon, are December 6 and 7. Circus of the Senses, developed by Tramon, Carl Anthony Tramon, and Lisa Lewis, showcasesenhanced experiences for audiences with autism, visual and auditory challenges. The performance features ASL interpretation, assistive listening devices with audio commentary, pre- and post-show touch therapy experiences, and a Braille program.

The team has also developed Dinner in the Dark for the night of December 6, which begins with a 5 P.M. with a multi-course “dinner in the dark” in the BAC VIP lounge provided by Camjae Bistro of Macdougal Street in Geenwich Village followed by the 7 P.M. performance. Audience members will wear blindfolds, with audio descriptive headsets, in order to show what special needs participants experience. All-inclusive tickets for this special performance are $150 and available at (for organizational group discounts to this event, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

BAC’s Circus for All initiative offers $10 tickets to 11 performances to underprivileged children and underserved schools. The circus also devises student lesson plans from the acts they witness firsthand

Directing the 41st BAC edition is Mark Lonergan, artistic director of physical theater company Parallel Exit; with choreography by Grady McLeod Bowman. Costumes are by Amy Clark (Wicked, Little Mermaid, Chaplin); with scenery by Emmy-nominated Anita La Scala (Sochi Winter Olympics, opening ceremony) and Rob Bissinger (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark).

Tickets for the Big Apple Circus are $29 - $195, available at the Damrosch Park box office and at Group discounts are available. For morning, afternoon, and evening show times, visit


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