River to River and a brass bands fest.

Brooklyn-based band Los Hacheros bring an exuberant take on Latin music. Puerto Rican bomba rhythms add to traditional folk styles like son montuno, guaracha, and salsa. New lead singer, Grammy Award winner Jeremy Bosch, plays soaring, soulful vocals off of violin, trombone, flute, gourd, congas, and tres (a guitar-like instrument from Cuba). Carnegie Hall hosts this free concert at the Denny Farrell Riverbank State Park in Harlem, Saturday at 5pm.


Tonight kicks off the 20th edition of River To River, downtown’s completely free summer arts festival. It runs through the 27th of June with programming that ranges from film to art to dance to music. Tonight's kick off concert features a tribute to jazz legend Wayne Shorter. esperanza spalding, Terri Lyne Carrington, and Leo Genovese will come together to celebrate Shorter with a performance at The Clemente. A film premiere chronicling a conversation between Shorter and spalding will follow. Note that RSVPs are full for this event, but a standby line will be available.


Korean flavors meet American techniques at the brand new gastropub Barn Joo Nomad. This third rendition of Barn Joo puts more of a focus on elevated dining, with a specialty of the Korean-style open roll (above). Roll options range from uni and yellowtail to shiitake and black truffle mushroom; you can order them individually or in a set menu with house-made bone marrow soup. Beer, wine, cocktails, and Korean spirits are served, and there is both indoor and outdoor dining space.


ETD Exclusives is a new event series where you can get invited to private experiences not open to the public. Want to have dinner with a world-renowned chef? How about a personal, docent-led, behind-the-scenes tour of a museum? Or a private experience at an iconic NYC attraction? Plus, you can meet great people. Sign up to receive personal invitations. Sponsored by Davler Media/City Guide. Our first event—a Summer in the City dinner with celebrity chef David Burke—is sold out already.

L.E.A.F, a new annual festival of flowers, takes place this weekend in the Meatpacking. There will be a European-style flower market, dozens of floral installations, and retail and hospitality activations all across the neighborhood. Look for it Saturday 11am-7pm and Sunday 11am-6pm.

Photo: Kevin Alexander, @kevinalexanderphoto for LEAF.


Flag Day commemorates the June 14, 1777 adoption of the U.S. flag by the Second Continental Congress. This weekend, celebrate at the site of Washington’s farewell address to his officers, Fraunces Tavern Museum. The museum is opening up for a Flag Day Open House Weekend, with $1 admission. While you're there, check out the new exhibition To the Beat of Their Own Drums: American Regimental Flags of the Revolutionary Era.


The Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, housed in the historic Carnegie Mansion, has at last reopened. Today marks the institution's return, with a nice detail: all admission is free through October 31st. Timed entry tickets are required. Current exhibitions include Contemporary Muslim Fashions, through July 11th, which examines how Muslim women have become arbiters of style within and beyond their communities.


Imagine dropping $10 to see the same comedians who perform at the Comedy Cellar. And when you show up they hand you a free drink. And it's BYOB. That's Sesh Comedy, with sets running tonight, Friday, and Saturday, and on through the month. The venue is on the Lower East Side and the comics come from Comedy Central, HBO, Colbert, Daily Show, and more.


The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy is getting brassy, with its first-ever Brass Bands Festival filling the park with grooves on Sunday. Running from 2:30-6pm, the sets will be a mix of moving and stationary. Some of the city's most smoking units will be performing, including the L Train Brass Band, Hot Hand Band, Brass Queens, Slavic Soul Party!, and Low Beat Brass.

Photo by Katherine Gray.


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