This past weekend Jon and I had the great pleasure of spending the entire afternoon and evening in Prospect Park for this year's Tropfest, the largest short film festivals in the world. Admission was free and included music from Chairlift, Bear in Heaven, Ghost Beach and Neon Indian. There were tons of food carts at the edge of the green and we ate our dinner while watching the selected shorts. Submissions came in from all over the world and had to follow only two rules. They could be no more than seven minutes long and also had to incorporate "bridge" somewhere in the film.
Earlier in the week I met up with some girlfriends at Rockefeller Park and saw Laurie Anderson perform as part of the River to River Festival. From June 15th to July 14th numerous dance, spoken work and music performance are held all over lower Manhattan. All events are free to the public. You can go here for a full schedule of events.
I never in my life thought I would see Laurie Anderson perform live so this was a dream come true. She's in her sixties but her performance was strong and the commentary she presents in her songs still holds true to what is going on today in our world.
The picnic blankets have officially been broken in for the summer season. There are really few things that I enjoy more than lounging with friends, eating random snacks and discreetly drinking from a bottle of wine stowed away in someone's tote bag while enjoying a stellar performance in the glow of a perfect sunset.