Thursday 7/20



I Scream, You Scream

Children make old-fashioned dessert

In 1984, President Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month, a time to solemnly partake in the popular summer- time treat that generates more than $21 billion in annual sales in the United States. Exploring ice cream’s long, tasty history in New York, the Merchant’s House Museum presents Ice Cream in the Garden, a chance to learn about the 19th-century hand-crank ice cream freezer. Invented by Nancy John- son of New Jersey in 1843, the freezer is a wooden bucket packed with rock salt and ice and a canister of ice cream mix. It takes about 45 minutes of vigorous nonstop cranking to make the contents frozen and smooth. Unfortunately, the delicious results made with the museum’s antique freezer are considered unsafe for eating, so ice cream company Mary’s Dairy will provide the goods. Children will also learn how to make their own ice cream cones. Musician Ivan Ulz performs music from the 1930s and ’40s starting at 3. Reservations are recommended, but not required. At 2, Merchant’s House Museum, 29 East 4th Street, 212-777-1089, $5–$12 ANGELA ASHMAN


Classical Music Rocks

Listen to Mozart and pals on the water

In a previous life, Bargemusic was a hardworking vessel that coasted along New York Harbor delivering hand-loaded sacks of coffee. Today, the barge is moored at Fulton Ferry Landing in Brooklyn, where classical-music concerts are held year-round in the vessel’s intimate wood-paneled space to celebrate the music of old-timers like Brahms, Stravinsky, and Beethoven, as well as contemporary composers like Glass, Bartók, and Chiara. Though the barge sometimes gets rocky—depending on the tide—inside it’s always rocking. Standing ovations are often a given. Tonight, enjoy compositions by Schubert, Mozart, and Schumann, and after the performance have pizza at Grimaldi’s—which is just a few steps away and makes for good eating when those classical-music munchies kick in. At 7:30, Fulton Ferry Landing, Brooklyn, 718-624-2083, $40 GRACE BASTIDAS


High Times

A classic mockumentary screens on roof

Before there were A Mighty Wind and Best in Show, there was
Waiting for Guffman
, the first, and arguably the best, of director Christopher Guest’s mockumentaries. Guest stars as Corky St. Clair, a flamboyantly closeted failed thespian who takes it upon himself to direct some of the other delusional residents of Blaine, Missouri, in a play celebrating their small town’s 150th anniversary. The unintentionally hilarious cast of Red, White, and Blaine includes Ron and Sheila Albertson (Fred Willard and Catherine O’Hara), Libby Mae Brown (Parker Posey), and Dr. Allan Pearl (Eugene Levy). Tonight, the movie is being shown on the rooftop terrace of the JCC—try not to fall off your chair when Corky explains, “It’s a Zen thing, like how many babies fit in a tire.” At 8:30, JCC, 334 Amsterdam Avenue, 646-505-5708, $5 KEN SWITZER


After Apartheid

South Africans share their tales

Combining traditional African dance and music with heart-wrenching narration,
Amajuba: Like Doves We Rise
tells the true-life stories of the show’s five performers, who grew up in apartheid-era in South Africa. Created in 2000 by South African native and director Yael Farber, Amajuba received rave reviews in London and was a sensation at the 2004 Edinburgh Fringe Festival for its powerful, uplifting tale about living under a brutal government system, which didn’t end until 1994. “While it is a harsh reality to portray, the narratives are filled with an enormous sense of hope, humor, and resilience, and a transcendent spirituality that enabled many to survive the bleak reality of South African life,” Farber said recently. Although she’s not interested in creating work with a political or moral message, she hopes that anyone whose life has been touched by racism will find meaning. “Amajuba is intended as a reckoning of the past—not only of South Africans, but anyone living within communities decimated by the decisions of leaders who believe in the superiority of one ideology or skin color over another.” Tshallo Chokwe, Roelf Matlala, Bongeka Mpongwana, Phillip “Tipo” Tindisa, and Jabulile Tshabalala perform their stories. At 8, the Culture Project, 45 Bleecker Street, 212-253-9983, $56 ANGELA ASHMAN

According to the laws of physics, what goes up must come down. But in the case of El Museo del Barrio, New York City’s only Latino museum, what usually goes down—as in downtown—will go up to 104th Street instead for its Summer Nights Concert Series: Del Son al Reggaetón, happening Thursday nights. The weekly courtyard party celebrates contemporary Latin music, from merengue and salsa to freestyle and funk. Tonight, super-promoter Sano-In and Urban Box Office, the online spot for Latin, hip-hop, and reggaetón, round up some of their top artists for an evening of hip-grinding and booty-shaking. Who knows? The next Daddy Yankee or Ivy Queen may take the stage. In between songs, make sure and check out the current exhibit “Between the Lines: Text as Image. An Homage to Lorenzo Homar and the Reverend Pedro Pietri.” Described as a tribute to the word—written, spoken, and performed—the show may even bring a new perspective to reggaetón lyrics. At 6, 1230 Fifth Avenue, 212-831-7272,, free till 8 GRACE BASTIDAS