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Arts & Cultural Events

CULTURE SHOCK: The High Line's Season Kick-off - 2017

Saturday, April 22, 2017
1 – 6pm
Various locations on the High Line: Music at 14th St., Families at 23rd St., Performance at 17th St.

Join us as the High Line kicks off its exciting 2017 programming season and comes alive with music, comedy, and stories. Enjoy a first look at the new High Line Art group exhibition Mutations and Henry Taylor’s mural the floaters, and delight in delicious bites from our local High Line Food vendors.

Maysoon Zayid

1 – 2 PM, On the High Line at 13th St.

Enjoy this very funny comedic set from actress, writer, and New York Arab-American Comedy Festival Co-Founder Maysoon Zayid, who’s looking to make the world more inclusive one laugh at a time.

Queer Memoir
2:30 – 3:30 PM, On the High Line at 13th St.

In the mood for personal, revealing stories about the amazing (and not so amazing) things that can happen in the great outdoors? Join Queer Memoir, New York’s longest-running LGBT-themed storytelling series, as they bring together storytellers from all the five boroughs and beyond.

Brooklyn Raga Massive All-Stars
3 – 4 PM, On the High Line at 14th St.

Experience an explosive multidisciplinary instrumental performance as these forward-thinking musicians, rooted in or inspired by the classical music of India, bring their unique sound and improvisational style to the High Line. Featuring members of the
Arun Ramamurthy Trio and Afrika Meets India.

Brooklyn Raga Massive is presented in partnership with The India Center Foundation.

For Colored Nerds

4 – 5 PM, On the High Line at 13th St.

Join For Colored Nerds co-hosts Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings for a live version of their podcast featuring author
Naomi Jackson, New York Times Magazine staff writer Jenna Wortham, and Glory Edim, founder of Well-Read Black Girl. They’ll discuss the urgency of reading, cultivating creativity, and what it means to build community.

5 – 6 PM, On the High Line at 14th St.

Finish your day with the soulful, expressive, and genre-bending music from the classical string duo turned contemporary R&B-Electronic-Pop ensemble and art collective Chargaux.


1 – 6 PM, On the High Line at 23rd St.

Families, come to the Construction Zone and build your own city using our Children’s Workyard Kit! Music will also get your creative juices going. Live music by
Natalia “Saw Lady” Paruz and Brazilian Folk Trio, Forró Da Terra, throughout the day.

RSVP – Family Program

About the Artists:

Brooklyn Raga Massive is a platform for both listeners and practitioners of Raga music. Managed by artists, Brooklyn Raga Massive is dedicated to presenting and representing Indian Classical Music in all its diversity.

Chargaux is a rebellious art collective and contemporary musical ensemble composed of Charly and Margaux, and focused on releasing original music. They exhibit multimedia works and perform in unique private and public presentations. They have been featured on several major works, including J Cole’s latest album 4 Your Eyez Only, as well as projects with Robert Glasper and Kendrick Lamar.

On the
For Colored Nerds podcast, co-hosts (and best friends) Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings examine the race, sex and gender dynamics at play in the news we consume and the pop culture we love. In addition to producing For Colored Nerds, Luse and Eddings work in podcasting full-time at Gimlet Media, a podcast network.

Maysoon Zayid is an actress, comedian, disability advocate, and writer. As the co-founder/co-executive producer of the New York Arab American Comedy Festival and The Muslim Funny Fest, she has performed in top New York clubs and has toured extensively at home and abroad. Maysoon is also founder of Maysoon’s Kids, a scholarship and wellness program for disabled refugee children.

Queer Memoir was founded seven years ago by Brooklyn-based ex-nun and gender-queer nurse/comic/storyteller Kelli Dunham and playwright Genne Murphy. They aim to ensure that all queer stories are heard through a simple format: a queer human, a story, and people who listen. Queer Memoir has hosted 75 events in seven years, with more than 7,400 audience members and 345 unique storytellers.


Culture Shock is generously supported by The India Center Foundation and by Goldman Sachs Gives, at the request of R. Martin Chavez.

Public programs on the High Line are supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Council, under the leadership of Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito.

High Line Families is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council.