Wednesday, June 21
Where: Inwood Library, 4790 Broadway, Inwood
When: 3 to 8:30 p.m.
Join the Inwood Hill Library for an evening of Latin Jazz, salsa dancing and reading classics. The programs start at 3 p.m. with an introduction to salsa covering the instruments, history and connection to African, Taino and Spanish Catholic rituals. It then moves to a discussion on Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie' award-winning novel, "Americanah," at 6 p.m., before wrapping up with a jazz concert from Uptown's own Annette Aguilar and her ensemble, the Aguilar String Beans.
Where: Anne Loftus Playground, Broadway and Riverside Drive, Washington Heights
When: 5 to 7 p.m.
Artist and musician Irka Mateo is leading a solstice celebration with ancestral rituals, offerings and songs to the sun. Mateo — who specializes in Afro and Taino ritual traditions, the native culture in the Dominican Republic — will perform a mix of traditional music as well as some of her original compositions. The even is organized by Ignivox Productions and Make Music New York.
Where: The Hispanic Society of America, 613 W 155th St., Washington Heights
When: 6 to 9 p.m.
The Hispanic Society is hosting a special unveiling of their East Building’s recently restored bronze doors in honor of the summer solstice. The building and doors — which highlight scenes of Native American life — are part of a larger restoration project that won't be completed until fall 2019. The rain date for the event is Thursday, June 22.
Where: Bruce's Garden, near 10 Park Terrace East, Inwood
When: 6 to 8 p.m.
The summer solstice fundraiser for Bruce’s Garden is back, and this time it features food and treats from several of Inwood’s favorite businesses, including Indian Road Café, CHOCnyc, Inwood Gourmet, Park Terrace Deli, C-Town and Beans and Vines. The suggested donation is $20.