In This Week’s “THIS WEEK IN CHELSEA”
The Big Mix / Wellness Wednesdays Free Flatiron Fitness Series / West Chelsea Contemporary Exhibit / Down to Earth Farmers Market Chelsea / Early Primary Voting / Stargazing on the High Line /
The Big Mix Performance Party: Through Sunday, July 3 on Little Island, in Hudson River Park by West 13th Street | This one-of-a-kind performance party premiered last week, with a show centering around and celebrating Juneteenth. Its second of three iterations—The Big Mix – LGBTQIA+ Pride—is hosted on June 23 and 24, 8pm, by RuPaul’s Drag Race alum Peppermint, who became the first out trans woman to originate a lead role in a Broadway show (Pythio in Head Over Heels). For our epic PRIDE interview with Peppermint at the time she was making that entry in the record books, click here. But we digress. Back on topic: June 25 at 6:30pm and 10pm, Black Trans Liberation founder Qween Jean hosts. All four dates feature performances from Jose Llana (The King and I) and special acts including poetry and spoken word artist Arhm Choi and the Pride Puppets. Closing the series by celebrating the Fourth of July up until the actual day that it happens, The Big Mix –Independence Day runs June 29 to July 3 at 8pm. Tony Award winner Faith Prince (Guys and Dolls) hosts, with featured performers including Ty Defoe (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) and special acts including harmonicist Jiayi He, and yoyo artist, Brian Klimowski. For the full schedule, tickets, and COVID protocols, click here.
Flatiron Fitness’ Wellness Wednesdays: Through August 10, 6-7 pm at Flatiron South Public Plaza (Broadway btw. W. 22nd & 23rd Sts.) | Formerly the Flatiron 23rd Street Partnership and now moving forward with a better, shorter name that name-drops its additionally embraced area of coverage, the Flatiron NoMad Partnership presents the return of their signature summertime series, which was promoting the notion of outdoor group exercise long before social distancing compelled fitness facilities to take their business beyond their brick and mortar borders. This eight-week series features yoga, high-intensity interval training, Pilates, and dance classes, all offered by area studios, gyms, and wellness-focused businesses. First up, on June 22, is a class taught by Rima Rabbath, founder of SOUK NYC, a new yoga studio at 12 W. 27th St. “Participating in the Flatiron Fitness Series is our occasion to share something historic in the present moment,” says Rabbath, who sees similarities in the timeless quality of yoga and the enduring sights of the Flatiron/NoMad area (best represented by a certain flat, iron-shaped building within visual range of all Wellness Wednesday classes). Registration for the first three weeks of Wellness Wednesday classes is now open at flatironnomad.nyc/flatironfitness/. Registration for the additional classes will open in subsequent weeks.
The Down to Earth Farmers Market Chelsea: Saturdays, 9am-2pm on the North side of West 23rd St., off Ninth Ave. | New York area growers and artisan food makers return to Chelsea every Saturday through Dec. 17. This Market was created with the support of nearby Church of the Holy Apostles, with the mission of bringing wholesome and delicious foods to the neighborhood’s shoppers
and supporting local small farms and food businesses. “The Chelsea Farmers Market is a grower-producer market,” its fouders note, “meaning that vendors must be farmers or make food with ingredients purchased from local farms. The few exceptions to this rule are olive oil, chocolate and coffee vendors who can document their sourcing.” The Market’s ninth season will offer fruits, vegetables, and meats from area farms. Market favorites PickleLicious and Orwashers Bakery are returning, along with fresh faces including Love the Soup! from Morristown, NJ and Ideal Fish from Waterbury, CT. SNAP EBT is welcome (visit the manager’s tent to get tokens; matching Health Bucks are available). Farmers Market Nutrition Program checks, issued by WIC offices and Seniors’ centers, can be used from June through November. Get the latest Market news by signing up for their email newsletter via the Down to Earth Markets website (click here to access it) or by following the Chelsea Farmers Market on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/dtechelseafarmersmarket/).
—Compiled by Scott Stiffler
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