Out & About: Yiddish Klezfest

AN AFTERNOON OF dancing awaits you at the annual Klezfest celebration held at the Sholeim-Alechem Cultural Center (see Editor’s Pick for more details).
File photo by Adi Talwar

Editor’s Pick

 Yiddish Klezfest 

The public is invited to attend the 5th annual Yiddish Klezfest, including music and dance, at Sholem-Aleichem Cultural Center, 3301 Bainbridge Ave. on June 4 from 1:30 to  4 p.m. Admission is $10. For more information, call (917) 930-0295.


The Bronx Arts Ensemble presents a free Memorial Day Weekend concert, May 28 at 2 p.m. featuring tango songs and movie music, at Van Cortlandt Park, slightly east of the VC House Museum. For more information, call (718) 601-7399.

The Bronx Library Center, 310 E. Kingsbridge Rd., presents Let’s Do It, featuring songs by Cole Porter, June 10 at 2:30 p.m. For more information, call (718) 579-4244/46/57 or visit

Lehman College’s Center for the Performing Arts, 250 Bedford Pk. Blvd. W., presents Willie Rosario & His Orchestra w/Tony Vega, May 27 (tickets: $45 to $65; $100/VIP); and Spanish Harlem Orchestra, June 3 (tickets: $55 to $85; $100/VIP); both at 8 p.m. VIP tickets include pre-concert wine and hors d’oeuvres reception and the best seats in the house. For more information and to RSVP, call (718) 960-8833.

Riverdale Choral Society presents Come Sing With Us!, a summer sing performance of Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem on June 14 at 7:30p.m. at the Christ Church Riverdale, 5030 Henry Hudson Pkwy. at 252nd Street. Tickets are $15. For more information, call (718) 543-2219.

Friends of Van Cortlandt Park presents the New York Philharmonic Concert & VIP Reception on June 13 at 6:30 p.m. on the lawn of the VC House Museum preceded by drinks and hors d’oeuvres. For more information and tickets, visit


St. Barnabas Hospital and the Belmont Business Improvement District will hold a street fair, “Picture a Healthier You,” which will include fun and healthy activities, June 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Crescent Avenue between Adams Place and Belmont Avenue. Events include blood pressure, mammography screenings, healthy cooking demos, exercises, raffles, and giveaways. Hospital doctors, nurses and dietitians will be on hand, and healthy snacks and health care materials will be distributed. For more information, call (718) 960-6375. 

Saint Ann’s School will hold its Spring Show at PS 94, 3530 Kings College Place on May 25 at 6 p.m. only for parents of children who attend Saint Ann’s. The event is not open to the public. For more information, call (718) 655-3449.

University Neighborhood Housing Program (UNHP) will hold its free ViewsNWBX Affordable Housing Forum on June 15 from 8:30 to 11 a.m. at Serviam Gardens, 323 E. 198th St. to discuss Bronx happenings including community development, demographics, multifamily housing sales, and more. Breakfast is at 8:30 a.m. followed by presentation and panel discussion at 9 a.m. Seating is limited and reservations are required. For more information and to RSVP, visit

People Power Movement will perform guerrilla theatre to illustrate the criminality of negligent landlords and protest community displacement. The street performance and community speak out is on June 2 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Hunts Point Plaza, and June 3 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Graham Triangle. Free reading materials will be distributed. The performances are meant to dramatize the failure of the justice system to properly deal with landlords who disregard their tenants, many of whom are working poor and minorities. For more information, call (718) 288-2217.

Wave Hill, a Bronx oasis at 675 W. 252nd St. in Riverdale, offers Family Art Projects: Palisades in Plaster, to create sculptural rock formation, May 27 and 28; and Rainbow Passage, to create a spectrum with transparent material to make into bright window hangings, June 3 and 4; both in the WH House from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Grounds admission is free until noon Saturdays and Tuesdays all year. For more information and a schedule of events including tours and walks, call (718) 549-3200.


Bronx Council on the Arts presents an opening reception for “Sovereign,” recent works by Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz, including drawings and photographs, June 7 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Longwood Art Gallery at Hostos, 450 Grand Concourse, room C-190. For more information, visit

Library Events

The Bronx Library Center, 310 E. Kingsbridge Rd., presents for children: Hands-On Project at 4 p.m.: (ages 7 to 12; preregistration required), Wooden Airplane Making, May 25. For more information, call (718) 579-4244/46/57 or visit

The Mosholu Library, 285 E. 205th St., offers for children: Greenhouse Exploration: (ages 5 to 12), weather permitting, to hang out in the back yard to play and help maintain the garden, plant seeds, compost, water plants or do craft, June 7 at 3:30 p.m.; and Jungle Safari and Friends: Kickoff Party: (all ages through 12; registration required), a summer reading program featuring a live music program with reading, singing, dancing, audience participation, and musical instruments, and including games and crafts, June 8 at noon. Adults can attend: Knitting Circle: Thursdays at 3 p.m. For more information, call (718) 882-8239.

The Jerome Park Library, 118 Eames Place (near Kingsbridge Road), offers for children: Kids Get Active Fridays at 2:45 p.m.: (ages 5 to 12), dance moves on the Wii game console, May 26 and June 2; Preschool Story Time and Craft at 11:15 a.m.: (ages 3 to 5), featuring books, puppetry, dramatics, crafts and flannel boards, June 1 and 8; and Summer Dance Party: (all ages to 12), summer reading program including music, dance, puppetry, and leis, June 8 at 2 p.m. Adults can attend: Computer Basics: June 1 at noon and 6 p.m. and June 8 at noon. For more information, call (718) 549-5200.

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