Tonight in New York City: Learn how to dance the Lindy Hop outside at Lincoln Center, check out the celestial skies at Hayden Planetarium, or go on a nature walk with the fireflies in the Bronx. By Carly Petrone.
Midsummer Night Swing
Head over to Lincoln Center tonight and learn how to dance the Lindy Hop, the dance that originated in Harlem and is a mix of jazz, tap, and Charleston. Frankie Manning was the pioneer of this craze and today would have been his 100th birthday. Learn how to swing from young chanteuse Cecile McLorin Salvant while Frankie’s Son, Chazz Young, provides the DJ set. Manning’s longtime dance partner, Norma Miller, will also be there this evening. Event begins at 6 p.m.
I Like Your Glasses: Queer Ladies Literary Speed Dating
Housing Works Bookstore
Are you a literary lady looking for your match? Get ready for a night of speed dating for women seeking women who’d rather be judged by their favorite book cover. Bring your current or favorite book to Housing Works Bookstore tonight and meet other readers who are looking for love. Tickets are $15 (includes one drink) and 10% off all books. All of tonight’s proceeds go toward Housing Works’ mission to fight homelessness and AIDs. Registration required. Event begins at 7 p.m.
Summer Skies Telescopes Party
American Museum of Natural History
Explore the summer skies outside of the Hayden Planetarium tonight! Presenters Christina Pease, Emily Rice, and Ted Williams will teach you all about the Great Globular Triangle, which is visible with binoculars or a small telescope. You’ll also get to check out the planets Jupiter, Mars, and Saturn from the streets of NYC. Pretty cool, right? Tickets are $15 for general public, $13.50 for seniors/students, $12 for AMNH members.
Get your ticket to hear Elizabeth Gilbert share a reading at St. Joseph’s College as part of the Brooklyn Voices Series. The acclaimed author has just released the paperback edition of her book, The Signature of All Things. Spanning much of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the novel follows the fortunes of the extraordinary Whittaker family as led by the enterprising Henry Whittaker—a poor-born Englishman who makes a great fortune in the South American quinine trade, eventually becoming the richest man in Philadelphia. Each $15 ticket includes a copy of the book, which you can get signed after the presentation.
Nature Walk & Talk: Fireflies & Other Insects
When’s the last time you went out on a nature walk? Meet naturalist Paul Keim at the Wave Hill Front Gate tonight to see and hear fireflies, katydids, moths, and other nocturnal creatures. Use a sweep to collect and view insects, then release them back into the night. Begin your evening with a short tour at Glyndor Gallery, where the current exhibition, Gregory Crewdson: Fireflies, is now on display. Don’t forget your flashlight! Event begins at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $18 for general admission, $10 for members.
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Carly Petrone is a freelance writer living in New York City.