Exercise, Book Readings and Concerts Fill Summer's Long Days This Week
DNAinfo New York has planned your week! While you're busy putting them into your calendar, here are some songs to listen to on a curated Spotify playlist.
Tuesday July 30
The best way to improve your quality of life is getting into shape by exercising. Just a couple of sessions per week will get you on the right path, give you more energy and help you sleep better at night. And there is no reason to join a gymnasium or health club, especially in the summer. Shape Up NYC offers free fitness classes every week at dozens of locations across the five boroughs. Shape Up NYC classes are taught by expert fitness instructors who know how to make fitness fun. Class offerings are varied and include aerobics, body toning, yoga, pilates, Feldenkrais, zumba and kickboxing.
Wednesday July 31
Ever dreamt of leaving the big smoke behind? Grill New York Times columnist Verlyn Klinkenborg tonight when he opens up about country living in his latest book, "More Scenes from the Rural Life," adapted from his regular column in the New York Times. At BookCourt, 163 Court St, Cobble Hill, 7pm.
Thursday, 1 August
We've written about the summer attractions of Coney Island before, but did you know that one of the best summer concert series has been unfolding Thursday evenings on Coney Island Beach & Boardwalk? This Thursday, take in two of the sunniest bands from the '80s when The Go-Go's and Tom Tom Club play a free concert together. LA band The Go-Go's made history as the first all-female band that both wrote their own songs and played their own instruments to top the Billboard album charts. Their 1982 debut "Beauty and the Beat" was propelled by two huge hit singles, "Our Lips Are Sealed" and "We Got the Beat." Tom Tom Club was founded in 1981 by husband-and-wife team Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz, both also known for being members of Talking Heads.
And don't forget that this Thursday, the 2013 Rumble on the River returns, featuring the ancient sport of Muay Thai kickboxing. Super-fit amateur Muay Thai boxers from the New York area get in the ring. It's free, but VIP ringside tickets can be purchased here.
Saturday, 3 August
Formed with a mission to educate the public about the history of urban grassroots activism on the Lower East Side, The Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space (MORUS) is kicking off their first Annual Film Fest with the theme "Reclaimed Space". Running until August 10, the Film Fest will feature films with topics ranging from tenant organizing to the vitality of community gardens. Each screening is $5, but click here for an all-access pass for just $20.
Book Culture, 536 West 112th St., Upper West Side has free, weekly storytimes for kids in English (Saturdays 3.30 p.m.), Spanish (Fridays 3.30 p.m.) and French (Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 4 p.m.).
Sunday. 4 August
Entry is free today at The Studio Museum in Harlem, a dynamic place that is the nexus for artists of African descent locally, nationally and internationally and for work that has been inspired and influenced by black culture. Today, enjoy an interactive and informative tour of current exhibition "Body Language" at 1pm. RSVP for the tour here. Open from 12pm - 6pm at 144 West 125th Street, New York.