Summer groovesJazz in July
92nd Street Y
1395 Lexington Avenue
The “Crazy Rhythm/Prohibition” concert, featuring the stylings of vocalist Mary Stallings, kicks off “Jazz in July,” a six-part series at the 92nd Street Y. The Y recently unveiled a $180 million, top-to-bottom renovation plan. Investing in the facility’s future is good news for jazz fans, who look to Kaufmann Concert Hall as a key spot to visit during the summertime.
June 2 through Sept. 27
East 71st and Fifth Avenue in Central Park
SummerStage, a mainstage and a mainstay of a New Yorker’s summer, isn’t just a good idea for a night out. It’s also eclectic. Look at the styles reflected in this summer’s lineup: The Metropolitan Opera summer recital series on June 11, “Yiddish Under the Stars” on June 13, Oh Wonder on July 9, Alonzo King Lines Ballet on July 25. That’s a taste of what plays out — and plays to eager crowds — in Central Park, and keep in mind that SummerStage is not a Manhattan-only affair. Parks throughout the five boroughs play host to other SummerStage events.
Swinging at the CenterMidsummer Night Swing
June 26 through July 15
Advance tickets start at $17.
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
That iconic social dance party is back, for 15 nights this summer. The swing event features outdoor dance lessons, live performances and tributes to the histories of swing, mambo, salsa, blues and much more. This is an event for both newcomers and dance pros.
Rainbow musicPride at the Whitney
Free with advance registration
June 15, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The Whitney marks Pride with a special performance by artist NIC Kay. The topic is love, and the work considers RuPaul’s well-known question about how people can love others if they don’t love themselves. Hosted in collaboration with Discwoman, the evening also will feature a DJ set that’s inspired by the Meatpacking District’s rich queer history — and current exhibitions that are on display at the Whitney.