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Host Geoffrey Baer explores the making of the transcontinental railroad in 10 Modern Wonders That Changed America.

Updated July 5

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Staten Island: Outdoor movie nights in July and August

Enjoy free outdoor screenings on Staten Island in July and August. All movies must start at 8:30 p.m.

The opera fills the night of July 6 when baritone Quinn Kelsey sings the title role of Verdi’s timeless tragedy “Rigoletto,” reset to 1920s Europe and filmed by Great performance. Tony winner Bartlett Sher conducts and maestro Daniele Rustioni conducts with soprano Rosa Feola as Gilda and tenor Piotr Beczała as the Duke of Mantua.

July 6e – Westerleigh Park Great Performances at the Met: Rigoletto

Other evenings offer 10 Modern Wonders That Changed America, produced by WTTW/Chicago PBS, which celebrates visionary engineers who flouted the laws of nature, defied opponents – and sometimes even gravity – by undertaking incredible feats of engineering. Join host Geoffrey Baer on a road trip across America as he meets historians, curators and guides who share the fascinating stories behind the iconic stories that connect our nation. Each story includes a fun physics lesson and a tale of human madness: from the Erie Canal in New York to the Hoover Dam, from the Transcontinental Railroad to the Interstate Highway.

July 13 – Harris Brothers Park 10 modern wonders that changed America

July 20e – Park & ​​Golf LaTourette 10 modern wonders that changed America

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July 27e – Von Briesen Park 10 modern wonders that changed America

August 3rd – Biddle House at Conference House Park 10 modern wonders that changed America

August 10e – Schmul Park 10 modern wonders that changed America

August 17e – Heritage Park 10 modern wonders that changed America

August 24e – Blue Heron Park 10 Modern Wonders That Changed America

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Past screenings

Free screening: Merry Wives

Friday, June 17 at 8:30 p.m.

Pascale Armand and Susan Kelechi Watson in “Great Performances: Merry Wives”. Photo by Joe Sinnott. The Public Theater‘s Shakespeare in the Park production of MERRY WIVES at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park on August 25, 2021.

Learn more and register here for the free event.

Have a happy weekend of June 16 in New York! Join THIRTEEN on the roof of the Hansborough Leisure Center in Harlem for a screening of Great Performances: Merry Wives, Shakespeare’s comic masterpiece from the Public Theatre’s Shakespeare in the Park. Set in South Harlem, the play tells the story of trickster Falstaff and the cunning wives who outwit him in a celebration of black joy, laughter and vitality. It stars Jacob Ming-Trent as Falstaff, Pascale Armand as Madame Ekua Page and Susan Kelechi Watson as Madame Nkechi Ford.

The production is adapted by Jocelyn Bioh and directed by Saheem Ali, associate artistic director of The Public. Ali also directs the Public Theater’s current Shakespeare adaptation on stage, James Ijames’ hit Fat Ham, and a co-production with the National Black Theatre.

A cinema screen is installed on the roof of the city.  People can be seen on blankets and folding chairs.

NYC Parks Hansborough Recreation Center rooftop screening on W 134th Street.