CIRCUS AMOKS 13TH SEASON Citizen Ship: An Immigrant Rights Fantasia in 10 Short Acts features 16 free shows taking place in various parks throughout New York City. Shows feature jugglers, stilt walkers, divas and acrobats balancing laughter and politics as they tackle the issue of immigration reform. Perfect for all ages. Thurs., Sept. 7 at 1 & 4pm, Union Square Park. Sun., Sept. 17 at 2 & 5pm, Tompkins Square Park. Wed., Sept. 20 at 1 & 4pm, Battery Park. Sun., Sept. 24 at 1 & 4pm, Washington Square Park. www.circusamok.org.
Alphabet City: Everything from A-Z, Father's Heart Ministry Center is seeking artwork submissions from artists in Alphabet City, or those who have a connection to the area. Artists are to depict life in the East Village using any medium. The show is to be an exploration and celebration of what it means to live in a neighborhood undergoing radical change. It is a way to cultivate and admire the differences that make the community different from the www.fathersheartnyc.orgrest of the city. Must be at least 14 years old to submit artwork. Applications are available at and will be accepted thru Sept. 9.
Art Parade, Artists, performers and designers will take to the streets for performances and other street spectacles. Sat., Sept. 9 at 4pm. West Broadway in Soho.
Bhaktivedanta Open House, Learn about the Vedic religion and get insight into the various aspects and meaning of yoga. Sun., Aug. 27 from 4-9:30pm. Hear music played by the Madhurya Band at 8:30pm. Bhaktivedanta Vedic Church, 96 Ave. B bet 6th & 7th Sts. 646-436-7010. www.ramakrishnananda.com.
Charlie Parker Street Festival, Hear music by New York City based Hungry March band and listen to readings by individual poets. Tues., Aug. 29 from 6-9pm. A Gathering of the Tribes, E. 3rd St., bet Aves. C & D. www.tribes.org.
John Cage Birthday Tribute, Dancers, poets, musicians, writers, singers, artists, pianists, choreographers and others who knew John Cage personally will read excerpts from their choice of John Cages writings. Tues., Sept. 5 at 7:30pm. St. Marks Church, Parish Hall, 10th St. & 2nd Ave. Free. www.danspaceproject.org. 212-674-8112.
LES Annual Blood Drive, Help save lives this summer by donating blood at the LoHo Reality Annual Blood Drive. Wed., Aug. 30 from 4-9pm. Community Room of Seward Park Housing Corp., 383 Grand St., near Essex. Donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be in good general health. Donors will receive special gifts and discounts from local businesses including the Pickle Guys, Noahs Ark, Kossars Bialys, Flowers on Essex, Solomon Insurance and more. Schedule an appointment by calling Theresa at LoHo Reality at 212-388-1115 x 105 or visit The New York Blood Center website at www.nybloodcenter.org.