Downtown TripPicks: June 12 – June 19, 2017

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Trip.com is an innovative planning tool that tailors recommendations for places to stay, eat and play to your specific tastes. It also allows you to share your great experiences with people who have the same interests as you; people in your “tribes.” Trip.com’s TripPicks This Week feature empowers you to discover and take advantage of great events, openings and exhibits throughout the city each week.

Here are some exciting events and sites to check out this week in Downtown New York, courtesy of Trip.com. Visit their site or download the app for more upcoming events.

Dance and Fitness Week

During New York Dance Week notable dance and fitness studios invite participants to try their hand (and foot) at ballroom, tap, bhangra, mozambican, ballet, modern, swing, hip-hop, pilates or yoga. Take free classes at some of New York’s best dance and fitness studios, such as Mark Morris Dance Center, The Ailey Extension, Peridance Capezio Center, Capoeira Guanabara New York, Flamenco Vivo, Bolly X, H+ | The Hip-Hop Dance Conservatory and many others. Free.

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Thursday, June 15-Saturday, June 24 (check site for times)

 

Queer Comedy Festival

The unofficial LGBTQIA Comedy Festival, QueerCom 2017, is a 3-day event jam-packed with laughs, hilarious improv, stand-up, sketch, drag, musical acts, film screenings and a ton of other creative acts that showcase the best and funniest of NYC’s LGBTQIA comics and artists. $10.

Peoples Improv Theater (Flatiron)
Friday, June 16-Monday, June 18 (check site for showtimes)

River to River: Music, Theater, Dance and Art

Taking place in various locations throughout Lower Manhattan, River to River is a festival of music, theater, dance and art. Among our must see events are the “Black Gotham Experience,” “Harbored,” “A Marvelous Order,” “Catacomb” and “R2R Living Rooms.” Definitely hit up “Night at the Museums.” Free.

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Thursday, June 16-Sunday, June 25 (check site for times)

Rooftop Bar Cinema

This summer, Hotel Hugo’s Cuban themed rooftop bar, Azul, presents a new rooftop cinema series, essentially combining two of summer’s quintessential activities – outdoor film screenings and scenic rooftop drinking. Think pastel sunsets, comfy seating, tropical cocktails, yummy tacos and cool films. Cheers to that!

Azul Rooftop (South Village)
Check site  for times. 

Egg Rolls, Egg Creams and Empanadas

The Museum at Eldridge’s annual Egg Rolls, Egg Creams and Empanadas Festival is a celebration of Lower East Side – one of New York’s most diverse neighborhoods. Hear Chinese opera, klezmer, salsa and plena music. Brush up on your Yiddish, Mandarin and Spanish with onsite language lessons.  Learn Hebrew and Chinese scribal art, design Puerto Rican masks or play mah jongg. And, it goes without saying, egg rolls, egg creams and empanadas will be abundant. Free.

The Museum at Eldridge (Lower East Side)
Sunday, June 18 from 12-4pm

Yoga Recharge

Start the week off right with yoga, in a castle! Presented by the Consulate General of India, Castle Clinton, located inside Battery Park, will host an evening of yoga, meditation and music. Choose from a host of wellness activities including shankdwani, yoga mudras, sun salutations, yoga on the pole, pyramid formation, desk-top yoga, yoga on ropes, pranayama and meditation, with musical performance by Butterthief. Free.

Castle Clinton (Battery Park)
Monday, June 19 from 5-8:30pm

Soho International Film Festival

The Soho International Film Festival has grown exponentially since its inception in 2010. It showcases films from filmmakers (both seasoned and emerging) around the world that broach a variety of topics. See them here first, before they are picked for a wider distribution. Tickets start at $16.

Village East Cinema (East Village)
Thursday, June 15-Thursday, June 22 (check site for times)