Just Do Art!


Creating and expressing, all around town: Young Dancemakers Company. Photo by Mekea Hurwitz

Last year’s Chelsea Art Walk was such a success, it’s now an annual happening. Catch the second edition of this free, self-guided public event. Over 125 of the neighborhood’s galleries and art institutions will be open for extended hours, artist talks, live performances, receptions and other special events showcasing showcase the vibrancy of the summer arts scene in Chelsea. Local sponsors will offer food and drink specials throughout the evening and visitors will be able to enjoy the newly opened second section of the High Line (which extends to 30th Street). We’d love to mention some of the impressive galleries and events (many of which are regularly featured in our pages) — but if we listed one, we’d have to list them all (and this is only a 28-page publication). It’s enough to know that it’s all free and it’s all good. Thurs., July 28, 5-8pm. For a complete list of participants, exhibitions and events, visit artwalkchelsea.com or facebook.com/chelseaartwalk. Access a venue map at intheArtworld.com.

See the physical expression of Young Dancemakers Company founder/director Alice Teirstein’s assertion that “There is an artist in everyone and I believe in the power of dance as a medium for artistic expression in a personal way.” Teirstein’s company of 16 exuberant, ethnically diverse high school dancers and choreographers will celebrate the company’s 16th year with a series of free concerts featuring their own original works. All performances end with “Dance With Us” — in which audience members are invited onto the stage for some post-concert improvisation.

Fri., July 22, 6pm at Washington Square Park (5th Ave.& Waverly Place). Rain date: 12pm, Sat., July 23. Then, on Mon., July 25, 2pm at the Schimmel Center for the Arts/Pace University (3 Spruce St.). Also on Fri., July 29, 6pm, on the High Line (14th St. & 10th Ave.). A Gala Finale Concert and Reception takes place on Sun., July 31, 7:30pm at Ailey Citigroup Theater (405 W. 55th St.). All concerts are free, but seating is limited. For reservations: 718-329-7300, ext. 3358 or email aliceteirstein@aol.com. For more info, visit ecfs.org/ydc.asp.

Set in Edwardian London, Karoline Leach’s “Tryst” is part romance, part psychological thriller, Handsome con man George Love preys on well-off women — then meets his match in lonely
milliner Adelaide Pinchin. A favorite of the playwright, Clifford Odets’ “Paradise Lost” gets a staged reading courtesy of The ReGroup Theatre Company. This tale of the Gordon family’s struggle with the American Dream in the years directly following the Great Depression endures — despite its cool reception from critics during its 1935 premiere.

Both events take place at the Irish Repertory Theatre (132 W. 22nd St., btw. 6th & 7th Aves.). “Tryst” plays through Aug. 21. Tues.-Sat. at 8pm; 3pm matinees on Wed., Sat./Sun. For tickets ($55, $65), call 212-727-2737 or visit irishrep.org. The “Paradise Lost” reading takes at 7pm on Mon., July 18. Admission is free, donations appreciated. Reservations required. Call 212-340-1054 or email rsvp@regrouptheatre.org.

The long-running, much-loved concert series “Summer Music in Chelsea” will present the New Amsterdam Summer Orchestra — with guest conductor Matthew Oberstein and soloist Stephen Buck (on piano). The program — appropriately called “Mozart! Mozart!” — features Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 25 and Mozart Symphony No. 41 (“Jupiter”). Thurs., July 28, 7:30pm. At St. Peter’s Church (346 W. 20th St., btw. 8th & 9th Aves.). Suggested Donation: $10 at the door ($5 for seniors and students). For info, call 212-929-2390 or email mic@stpeterschelsea.com.

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