JAM THE AWAY DAY WITH HEINEKEN
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Foo Fighters, LL Cool J and Yerba Buena are among acts confirmed for AmsterJam 2006, to be held Aug. 19 at New York's Randall's Island. Presented by Heineken, this event will include some of the biggest names in rock spread across two stages over an eight-hour period. More event information and tickets for this over-21 event can be found at heineken.com/usa/cc/mm/amsterjam06/index.aspx. AmsterJam 2006 will be produced by AEG LIVE, who have produced such events as The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival as well as tours for artists such as Bon Jovi, Prince, Rod Stewart, and Kenney Chesney.
NEED TO BUY A GIFT?
On Aug. 13-17, Javits Center will host the New York International Gift Fair—the premier gift and decorative accessories trade show in the United States. This semi-annual event fills the entire Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and the Passenger Ship Terminal. Tens of thousands of attendees are drawn from major retail outlets, specialty retailers, distributors, catalog companies and there are more than 2,800 firms exhibiting in eleven major merchandise sections of the fair, including international sponsored groups. More information on this event can be found at nyigf.com.
YOGA IN BRYANT PARK
Stressed after work? Kristina Marchitto, founder of The Yoga Project in New York City and author of Yoga for Lovers, is hosting a free yoga class in Bryant Park Thursday, Aug. 17 from 6-7 p.m. People from all levels of experience are welcome and mats are provided. Wear comfortable clothes and come ready to relax by stretching, breathing and moving. The Yoga Project is on a mission to show that Yoga can be done anywhere by anyone, and they’re definitely proving it here. For newcomers, if you decide you like yoga, benefits could include weight loss, deeper sleep and chronic pain relief. And if nothing else, this event should be just as fun to attend as a spectator as well as a participant. (Southwest corner of Bryant Park lawn; If lawn is closed classes are held in front of Bryant Park Monument; In case of rain call 212-768-4242.)
MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN
This is your chance to see Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline perform live theater. And it’s free! Mother Courage and Her Children is the play, a world premier Bertolt Brecht production, running from Aug. 8 - Sept. 3 at Central Park’s Delacorte Theater. When you wake from your star-struck by Meryl Streep daze, you’ll notice the story follows a mother for 12 years as her children are taken away by a ravaging war and she is left to struggle for survival. Tickets can be picked up the day of the performance beginning at 1 p.m. at the Delacorte Theater or from 1-3 p.m. at the Public Theater Box Office at 425 Lafayette St. Be warned that tickets are limited and lines can start to form early in the morning some days. Performances begin at 8:00 p.m. and there are no shows Aug. 14, 22, 23, or 28.
LEUKEMIA SOCIETY TIES
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Society Ties volunteer group will be having a general meeting at their Chelsea headquarters (475 Park Ave. S., 8th floor between 31st & 32nd streets) on Monday, Aug. 14. This meeting, which is open to new members, is a gathering point of urban professionals who plan monthly networking events such as Casino Nights. These events raise funds for the long-term care and quality of life for sufferers of blood-related cancers. For more information on the New York City of Society Ties, email Bianca Harris, Publicity Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org
On Friday, August 18, for the mere cover price of $5, you can be treated to a two-hour open bar, a selection of film screenings, music videos, live performances, great DJs and a party with New York’s beautiful people. The festivities will be held at Beautiful/Decay Magazine’s issue release party/film festival at Tribeca Cinemas (54 Varick St.) all night long and until the wee hours of the morning. More information is available at Beautiful/Decay’s website, beautifuldecay.com. —Aly Walansky