It’s already August … and it’s time for culture in New York City. From outdoor concerts to the Jana Winderen sound installation at the Park Avenue Tunnel as part of Summer Streets, there is plenty of craveable culture in the city. Remember to CRAVE what excites you to keep track and spread word of mouth to fellow culture lovers. RATE the events once you’ve been.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 1
It’s a Latin dance party at the Prospect Park Bandshell tonight! Jimmy Bosch and His Orchestra perform with an ensemble at 7:30 PM.
Craving dance? Tonight Paul Taylor Dance Company and Pablo Ziegler’s New Tango Ensemble are performing outdoors at Lincoln Center at 7:30 PM.
This weekend is supposed to be rainy. Perhaps it’s a good time to check out one of the new movie releases — Get on Up (about James Brown) and Guardians of the Galaxy (science fiction movie starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 2
This is the first of three Summer Streets celebrations in New York City. Bike or run on seven miles of open, traffic-free streets. The day features a seven-block-long immersive sound installation in the Park Avenue Tunnel by Norwegian artist Jana Winderen (from 7 Am to 12:30 PM). It will allow New Yorkers to “dive into” the usually cars only tunnel to hear the sounds of crustaceans, fish, and mammals using sensitive hydrophones. At 52nd Street and Park Avenue there is a lineup of musical performances and juggling lessons from 9:30 AM until 12:30 PM.
Do you have a little snake lover? Visit the Staten Island Zoo Sunday from noon to 3 PM for Serpent Day, where kids can learn about these misunderstood animals.
Saturday is an all day celebration of poetry, voice, and song at Lincoln Center Out of Doors. Starting at noon, La Casita honors Amiri Baraka—with words and sounds that reflect the late writer’s pan-diasporic sensibilities and progressive challenges to the status quo.
In the evening, if you’re in the mood for dance, stay at Lincoln Center for Camille A. Brown, who mixes modern dance and West African dance.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 3
Craving jazz? Grammy winning musician Gregory Porter is performing at SummerStage in Central Park with his Revive Big Band. The doors open at 6 PM and the concert is at 7 PM.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 5
At 7 PM, head to East River Park Amphitheater for a free SummerStage presentation of Típica 73 with guest: Adalberto Santiago and the Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra.
El Greco died 400 years ago. To remember the great artist, the Frick Collection offers Men in Armor: El Greco and Pulzone Face to Face, which places one of El Greco’s celebrated portraits alongside a portrait by his roman contemporary Scipione Pulzone.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 6
The great singer-songwriter John Legend is performing as part of his All of Me Tour at the Barclays Center on Wednesday at 8 PM.
Craving drama? See Cate Blanchett on stage in The Maids — a play inspired by the infamous Papin sisters who brutally killed their employer and her daughter. It runs through August 16.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 7
One of the stars of 20 Feet From Stardom (the documentary about backup singers), Lisa Fischer, is performing at BAM’s R&B Fest in MetroTech Commons at noon on Thursday. She’s sung backup for everyone from Tina Turner to Chaka Khan, and she’s released her own Grammy-winning solo album.
If you’re craving dance, see Mark Morris Dance Group’s latest work, which is focused on Ovid’s love story of the shepherd Acis and the sea nymph Galatea. It’s at Lincoln Center through Saturday.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 8
The 18th Annual Fringe Festival starts on Friday and runs through August 24. Expect performances from more than 200 companies from all over the world, with shows in more than 20 venues.
Craving jazz that’s both urban and smooth? Grammy-winning singer, Cassandra Wilson, performs at Damrosch Park Bandhsell as part of Lincoln Center Out of Doors at 7:30 PM on Friday.