Summer is my favorite season in New York—so much culture moves outdoors into the breezes off the rivers, bays, and ocean! In an almost-random search, I've come across a number of things you might enjoy attending. The dream connection to some of these might be a tad wispy, but the events look so interesting, I didn't want to resist.
FringeNYC (International Fringe Festival)
Aug. 12, 14, 15: Marvellous. "An orphan in a medieval abbey who loves telling stories, stows away on a ship in the sky and finds himself in the dream he's been waiting for. An illuminated adventure for all ages. With puppets. And pirates."
Aug. 13, 16, 21: The Pawnbroker: Lies, Lovers, and Bertolt Brecht. Well, Brecht just fits here.
Aug. 14, 17, 20, 24: Ain't She Brave: A Play of Poetry (Njozi Ensemble Company: "a division of Dream Variation Enterprises"). "In a journey toward self-discovery four women, Uhuru (Freedom), Njozi (Dream), Nia (Purpose), and Imani (Faith), embark on a heart-pounding trek through America’s past to recover their names. Poetry, song and movement fill this memoir of black women in America."
Aug. 14, 15, 17, 23: Gary Busey's One Man Hamlet (as performed by David Carl). I include this out of my own dream-related Hamlet obsession.
Aug. 19, 21, 22, 23, 24: Enter Your Sleep. "Childhood best friends, Glory Zico and P.K. Whylde, meet in a wild night of dreams to unravel their complex friendship, battle their sadness, and, ultimately, face a looming, dark truth." (This, by the way, is what's called mutual dreaming.)
The Allentown Art Museum
Through Sept. 9: The Allentown Art Museum has what's being billed as a coup and a world-class exhibition (and, experimentally, free): Of Heaven and Earth: 500 Years of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums. As a review in the main local paper says:
"Centuries ago, if you wanted to see the paintings of the great Italian masters, you would have embarked on something called The Grand Tour, a kind of traveling educational experience to the principal artistic centers of Renaissance Italy: Rome, Milan, Bologna, Florence, Siena, Naples and Venice.
"This summer, The Grand Tour, by way of Glasgow, Scotland, is coming to Allentown."
"The Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley is one of the stops on an once-in-a-lifetime American tour of paintings by some of the greatest names in Italian art. It's a rare opportunity to see the work of artists that quite literally changed the world."
Through Sept. 7: Also at the Allentown Art Museum (but not free), is Francisco Goya's Los Caprichos, a series of 80 satiric and dreamlike etchings. I stumbled on the same exhibition a few years ago at the Nassau County Museum of Art. It appealed a lot to my dream-drenched appreciation of weirdism. Here's The Sleep of Reason Brings Forth Monsters:
If you get the chance to attend any of the above events, or if you discover other events relating to New York and dreams, let Gloria Sturzenacker know by contacting her at the International Association for the Study of Dreams website or at the Dreaming New York Treasures blog.
Interested in reading more about dreaming and dreams before an event? We recommend Appreciating Dreams by M.D. Montague Ullman and Understanding Dreams: The Gateway to Dreams Without Dream Interpretation by Markku Siivola. For more titles, please visit Cosimo's Body, Mind, & Spirit page, or our Meanings of Dreams page.