Summer is winding down in the Big Apple, but there’s still time to enjoy the great out-of-doors before digging the boots and parkas out of storage. The hugely popular Fall for Dance Festival, for example, is celebrating its 10th anniversary with free performances in Central Park. Audiences have two chances—September 16 and 17 (rain date September 18)—to catch a special program featuring New York City Ballet, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Ronald K. Brown/Evidence and STREB Extreme Action Company. FFD’s main performances begin at New York City Center September 25.
The Public Theater is hosting the outdoor shows at Delacorte Theater, home to the infamously tricky-to-score-tickets for Shakespeare in the Park. The drill is the same as for the Bard: Line up the morning of the shows either in person or online at shakespeareinthepark.org for tickets to be distributed at noon. If attempts to see Love’s Labour’s Lost last month are any indication, camping out may be your best bet. Good luck, and don’t forget your lawn chair!
Photo by Paul Kolnik, courtesy of Helene Davis Public Relations
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This Sunday, master ballet teacher Finis Jhung turns 80. After a career as a soloist for both San Francisco Ballet and the Joffrey and a principal for Harkness Ballet, Jhung carved out a unique place for himself as a ballet teacher in New York City. He's coached the boys of Billy Elliot: The Musical, developed a popular video and DVD how-to series and STILL teaches seven classes a week at the Ailey Extension. He's graced the pages of this magazine to offer his time-honored wisdom again and again, and he's currently working on a memoir. (We can't wait to read it.) Happy birthday, Finis!
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