Monday, June 16
Bloomsday commemorates the life of Irish writer James Joyce. On June 16 each year, fans relive the events of his epic modernist novel "Ulysses." First published in 1922, "Ulysses" has been acclaimed as the finest novel in the English language. It chronicles the passage of Leopold Bloom through Dublin during an ordinary day, June 16, 1904. You can celebrate Bloomsday in New York City at Strand Books, where author Maya Lang presents her novel, "The Sixteenth of June." 7 p.m. 3rd floor Rare Book Room, 828 Broadway at 12th Street, Union Square. Entry with purchase of book or Strand gift card.
The Symphony Space is holding its 31st annual Bloomsday On Broadway celebration, focusing this year on musical aspects of the book. From 7 p.m., 2537 Broadway at 95th St., Upper West Side, $25. Catch the live stream here.
Tuesday, June 17
The Brooklyn Robot Foundry’s Manhattan location has teamed up with the new "Transformers: Age Of Extinction" movie for two exciting robot building workshops. Today bring your 5- to 9-year-old children for the Light Up Transformer Bots workshop. On Thursday, the focus will be on building Vibrating Transformer Bots. All participants will receive passes for a family of four to attend the free advance screening of "Transformers: Age Of Extinction" on Wednesday, June 25 at 7:00 p.m. at AMC Loews West 34th Street. There are two time slots today and Thursday: 3:30-4:30 p.m. or 5-6 p.m. 528 Canal St., TriBeCa. $40 (includes custom robot to take home and movie tickets for entire family).
Wednesday, June 18
Since 2002, the River To River arts festival has been creating new ways to experience downtown Manhattan’s waterfronts, parks, plazas, hotels, historic landmarks and temporarily vacant office spaces. Commencing this week, River To River runs for 11 days with 35 projects involving over 90 artists. Today, head to Governors Island’s LMCC Arts Center for an exhibition on dancer Trisha Brown’s early career. From noon until 5 p.m. Tomorrow, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. catch caraballo-farman’s tribute to the American towns called Paradise — “The Signs of Paradise” at Battery Park. All events are free.
Thursday, June 19
Some of the most talented Latin music creators are gathering at Harlem’s Apollo Theater tonight to dispense their wisdom for aspiring songwriters in the free career panel “How I Wrote That Song.” The featured panelists, including Latin Grammy winners Alcover & Xtassy, and producer Pedro Polanco, examine the craft of songwriting: making music and words flow, song arrangement and industry networking. 6:30 p.m., Apollo Theater, 253 West 125th St., Harlem. Free, though online registration is essential.