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Monologues and Melodies

Sneaking through the East Village, browsing the sketchy parts of Chelsea, or catching the train north you’re bombarded with slick bills advertising the biggest acts. It seems everywhere you go in New York there’s another venue promoting a can’t-miss show. Can you blame them? Because there’s so much going on it can be difficult to make a decision with gusto, especially when your plane is set to take off in three days. The Holiday Inn Manhattan View is throwing this guide together for every rocker, hip hop enthusiast, and would-be partygoer. And, lest we forget, lovers of theater are welcome.

Earliest on our list is the Jazz Age Lawn Party, a whimsical New York City tradition of sophisticated period dress, highballs in sparkling glasses, and long cigarette holders. Attendees are encouraged to dress it up while enjoying the tunes of maestro Michael Arenella and his appropriately named Dreamland Orchestra. Ensemble after ensemble of 1920s-themed musicians and professional flaneurs are expected to line up August 12th and 13th along Colonel’s Row, Governors Island. Who knows, you might even learn the Charleston.

If you have a thing for the Bard then head to Central Park for another beloved production of the inimitable playwright. Listen as the Delacorte Theater once again stages English’s greatest poet before a live audience. Troilus and Cressida runs between July 19th and August 14th and is absolutely free. The Holiday Inn Manhattan View hosts many families every season, each with their own social inclinations and varying ideas of relaxation. Here’s a couple more gigs sure to round things off: Marc Anthony will play five nights straight at Radio City Music Hall (Aug. 26-Sept. 3). Meanwhile Afropunk Festival, a multicultural celebration of diversity in the arts, lights up Brooklyn's Commodore Barry Park on August 27th and 28th.