This week is a good time to be in New York City with a bevvy of wonderful events taking place including the once endangered, wonderfully flamboyant annual Coney Island for the Mermaid Parade which happens Saturday (June 21) at the beachside Brooklyn district (take the F train to the last stop). The above three hour video, care of TradingPhotos.com, of last year's parade will give you an idea of what to expect at the giant scale art parade with burlesque and vaudeville event. More info.
Meanwhile NYC's Pride Week (June 24-29, kicks off with a family night, free screening of “The Wizard of Oz” in Lower Manhattan at Hudson River Park’s Pier 46. For full details on the event packed Pride Week, that concludes with a parade and dance party headlined by Demi Lovato, visit the NYC Pride website .
There are two full days left to Williamsburg's Northside Festival which is being described as Brooklyn’s answer to South by Southwest - only in its formative days, back before big megastars headed to Austin and it was just underground unknown bands. Comparatively the Northside Festival is much more modest in scale and content with approximately 400 up-and-coming (mostly local) bands of different genres including Baked and Ava Luna scheduled for the week long music and film festival at various venues that ends tomorrow (Thursday June 19th) night. Like SxSW there will also be panels and speakers including the likes of Jon Steinberg of BuzzFeed. For exact show/event details and tickets click here.
Already this summer there's been numerous film festivals in New York City - mostly small scale too which is what makes them so refreshingly unique. They include the American Black Film Festival, relocated to
Chelsea this year, that begins tomorrow and runs through Sunday (June 19 - 22) and will debut Spike Lee’s
Kickstarter-funded Da Sweet Blood of Jesus. More festival info. Also currently taking place is the indie underground Lower East Side Film Festival that runs through Sunday (June 22nd) and features as among the underground film festival's judges Marky Ramone. Festival curators describe the goal of the L.E.S. festival as "to create a special experience for both filmmaker and audience through amazing events, neighborhood engagement, free industry panels, and BYOB screenings of the best and brightest up and coming filmmaking talent." In other words truly underground and affordable and open to all - and in keeping with the L.E.S. of pre-gentrification NYC.
Films screening today (Tough Love Night is the theme) include We'll Never Have Paris and Sidewalk Traffic. Meanwhile panels include tomorrow's (June 19) free discussion on digital distribution at the Crosby Street Hotel at 7pm. Full details on festival here.
Lower Manhattan's annual concert series - the always fun and free River to River Festival - kicks off tomorrow (June 19th) and runs through June 29th and features a rich array of global music concerts with such acts asMeredith Monk and Theo Beckmann at South Street Seaport and the Bang on a Can Marathon at Brookfield Place Winter Garden on Sunday (June 22). Get more information here and check out the video below from last year's Bang on a Can Marathon performance.