April’s showers have blown over and now it’s time to spend some time outdoors, soaking up some Vitamin D—and culture!
Paris Photo Los Angeles, May 1-3 Walk through the Los Angeles Paramount Pictures Studios’ New York City replica backlot for the Paris Photo fair—did we get enough city names in there for you? This far-reaching show includes historical and contemporary photography and moving images by renowned and promising artists from the 20th and 21st centuries. A special and rare exhibition of archival photos by late 19th Century portrait artist Richard J. Arnold will be on display. Arnold’s images primarily featured Latino, Asian and Native American early residents of California.
TD Five Boro Bike Tour, May 3 Pump up your bike tires and cruise 40 miles of open road through all five New York boroughs in the TD Five Boro Bike Tour. Cyclists of every age and ability will have free reign as cars are detoured to make way for this unparalleled cycling event. The annual bike tour benefits Bike New York, a nonprofit organization that promotes bicycle safety and cycling as a recreational form of exercise and transportation. Registration for all 32,000 bikes is sold out but you can register for the group’s June Discover Hudson Valley Ride, 100-mile course that winds through the scenic streets of Poughkeepsie, New York.
Japan Day at Central Park, May 10 A family-friendly event, Japan Day celebrates the historic and contemporary culture of Nippon, the Land of the Rising Sun. History buffs will marvel at the karate and Japanese Taiko drumming demonstrations. Youngsters, meanwhile, will love the Kabuki face painting and getting to snap a photo opp with Hello Kitty and Domo, the mascots of Japan’s public broadcaster NHK. A thrilling Samurai sword fighting demonstration will pique even apathetic teens’ curiosity.
Frieze Art Fair, May 14-17 Collectors and enthusiasts will flock to Randall’s Island Park for the Frieze Art Fair, the preeminent contemporary art exhibition. Not only is the art housed in the expo of note, the Frieze grounds themselves are a work of art. As a part of the fair’s Focus display, select galleries are commissioned to construct a project exclusively and specifically developed for the fair. This year, Frieze New York will present Spotlight, an exposition of solo artists selected by Adriano Pedrosa, the art director of Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo.
The Roots Picnic in Philadelphia, May 30 Philly pride runs through the hip-hop, neo-soul band The Roots. The Roots were catapulted into the public eye after landing the spot as house band on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon in 2009 and later followed Fallon to The Tonight Show. Although they are most often based in New York, The Roots honor their hometown devotees with The Roots Picnic, an annual music festival featuring acts handpicked by The Roots. This year’s headliners include Snoop Dogg, Janelle Monae, and Action Bronson in addition to The Roots themselves.