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Summer is sadly winding down. Check out some of the final outdoor festivals of the season this week … or one of the new Broadway shows opening for the fall season. Here are our top picks. CRAVE what excites you to keep track and spread buzz about craveable culture. 

FRIDAY, AUG. 22

Can you define New York City with 101 objects? The New York Historical Society’s A Brief History of New York: Selections from A History of New York in 101 Objects at the Historical Society uses things — from the silver throttle that powered the first trip of the subway in 1904 to the black ad white cookie — to tell the story of our city. It is open through November 30.

Craving dance? See NYC-based modern dance presented by the Current Sessions at the Wild Project Friday through Sunday.

Grammy-winning Canadian indie rock group Arcade Fire is performing at the Barclays Center Friday through Sunday.

Russian, American and Jewish motifs are on display in Masterpieces & Curiosities: A Russian-American Quilt at the Jewish Museum through February 1.

SATURDAY, AUG. 23

The Strypes — an Irish four-piece rhythm and blues band — is performing at the Music Hall  of Williamsburg on Saturday night.

Craving soul? Chaka Khan is performing at Hammerstein Ballroom on Saturday night.

It’s the 10th year of the Afropunk Festival at Commodore Barry Park on Saturday and Sunday.

Celebrate Charlie Parker, the American jazz saxophonist/composer and leader in the creation of bebop, on Saturday and Sunday at the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival. It’s at Marcus Garvey Park Amphitheater Saturday and Tompkins Square Park Sunday.

SUNDAY, AUG. 24

If you want to hang out inside, check out one of this weekend’s new movies. Options include Sin CityWhen the Game Stands TallIf I Stay, and The One I Love.

TUESDAY, AUG. 26

James Earl Jones returns to Broadway in a revival of Kaufman and Hart’s Pulitzer winning comedy You Can’t Take It With You. The first preview is Tuesday.

Busboys take the stage in My Mañana Comes (a new play written by Elizabeth Irwin and Directed by Chay Yew) at The Peter Jay Sharp Theater starting Tuesday.

THURSDAY, AUG. 28

Starting Thursday, a blockbuster cast (Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane, Megan Mullaly, F. Murray Abraham, Stockard Channing, Rupert Grint, and Micah Stock) revive Terrence McNally’s It’s Only a Play! about Broadway stars waiting for opening night reviews of their Broadway show. How meta!

Big Hollywood stars — from Hugh Jackman to Michael Cera to both Maggie and Jake Gyllenhaal — will be shining bright on Broadway this fall. Theatergoers also have their pick of revivals and shows about shows. Here’s our roundup of what to expect. CRAVE the ones that excite you. RATE them once you’ve been. 

This is Our Youth

Michael Cera stars in this Kenneth Lonergan play, directed by Anna D. Shapiro. It’s about Upper West Side teens in the Reagan era.

Where: Cort Theatre

First Preview: August 18, 2014

Opening: September 11, 2014

You Can’t Take It With You

James Earl Jones stars in this revival of the classic, Pulitzer-winning comedy from the ‘30s. It’s about what happens when the Sycamores’ daughter’s fiancé brings his conservative parents to dinner on the wrong night.

Where: Longacre Theatre

First Preview: August 26, 2014

Opening: September 28, 2014

It’s Only a Play

A blockbuster cast (Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane, Megan Mullaly, F. Murray Abraham, Stockard Channing, Rupert Grint, and Micah Stock) revive this Terrence McNally play about Broadway stars waiting for opening night reviews of their Broadway play. How meta!

Where: Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre

First Preview: August 28, 2014

Opening: October 9, 2014

The Country House

Blythe Danner stars in this world premiere play by MTC veteran Donald Margulies. The artists depict the world they know best — the arts — in this play about artists convening for a weekend in the Berkshires during the Williamstown Theatre Festival.

Where: Samuel J. Friedman Theatre

First Preview: September 9, 2014

Opening: October 2, 2014

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

This play about a socially awkward fifteen-year-old boy’s quest to discover who actually killed his neighbor’s dog was a big hit in London. It’s based on a 2003 mystery novel by British writer Mark Haddon — and Brad Pitt has already bought the film rights.

Where: Ethel Barrymore Theatre

First Preview: September 10, 2014

Opening: October 5, 2014

Love Letters

This is a revival of A.R. Gurney’s play from the 1980s about two people’s lives and possible love for each other — told through letters read by a rotating cast of actors. For the first month, Mia Farrow and Brian Dennehy will star. Others (including Candice Bergen, Alan Alda, and Anjelica Huston) will take the lead later in the run.

Where: Brooks Atkinson Theatre

First Preview: September 13, 2014

Opening: September 18, 2014

On the Town

This revival of Leonard Bernstein’s 1944 musical is about the adventures of three sailors on leave in New York City for a day. They all fall for the City and one of its women. It features NYC landmarks — from MoMA to Carnegie Hall — and classic tunes, including “New York, New York.”

Where: Lyric Theatre (formerly Foxwoods)

First Preview: September 20, 2014

Opening: October 16, 2014

Disgraced

This 2013 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama is the story of an explosive Upper East Side dinner party that brings together a Muslim-American lawyer and his wife and a co-worker and her husband.

Where: Lyceum Theatre

First Preview: September 27, 2014

Opening: October 23, 2014

The Last Ship

This musical is based on the childhood of Sting — who wrote the music and lyrics — and the ship building industry in Wallsend, where the story is set. It’s Sting’s first musical.

Where: Neil Simon Theatre

First Preview: September 30, 2014

Opening: October 26, 2014

The Real Thing

Ewan McGregor, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Cynthia Nixon, and Josh Hamilton star in another show about life imitating art imitating life (et cetera). A playwright’s wife is starring in his play about a collapsing marriage when the playwright begins an affair with a friend.

Where: American Airlines Theatre

First Preview: October 2, 2014

Opening: October 30, 2014

A Delicate Balance

Glenn Close, John Lithgow, and Martha Plimpton star in this revival of Edward Albee’s classic about a couple balancing the needs of a live-in alcoholic sister, lifelong family friends, and a bitterly divorced 36-year-old daughter — all under one roof.

Where: John Golden Theatre

First Preview: October 20, 2014

Opening: November 20, 2014

Side Show

Side Show is a revival of the true story musical about Daisy and Violet Hilton — a circus act of conjoined twins who became famous in the 1930s.

Where: St. James Theatre

First Preview: October 28, 2014

Opening: November 17, 2014

The River

The last time we saw Hugh Jackman, he was bunny hopping down the aisles at the TONY awards. He’s coming to Broadway this fall as a man in a remote fishing cabin alongside Laura Donnelly and Cush Jumbo in this new Jez Butterworth play.

Where: Circle in the Square

First Preview: October 31, 2014

Opening: November 16, 2014

The Elephant Man

Bradley Cooper stars in Bernard Pomerance’s Tony-winning classic about a 19th Century man who moves from starring in a traveling freak show to being a player in London society.

Where: Booth Theatre

First Preview: November 7, 2014

Opening: December 7, 2014

Honeymoon in Vegas

Based on the 1992 film, the Times review of the NJ tryout of this show said it “exists at the corner of tacky and hip.” That sounds like a pretty good corner to us! It stars Rob McClure, Tony Danza, and Brynn O’Malleye.

Where: Nederlander Theatre

First Preview: November 18, 2014

Opening: January 15, 2015

Constellations

Jake Gyllenhaal will have his Broadway debut as a beekeeper in this exploration of relationships.

Where: Samuel J. Friedman Theatre

First Preview: December 16, 2014

Opening: January 13, 2015

The middle of August is upon us, bringing more summer blockbusters, more Fringe Festival theater, and more outdoor concerts. Here are Culture Craver’s top picks for this weekend. Remember to CRAVE what excites you to spread your joy about amazing culture. RATE the events once you’ve seen them. 

Friday, August 15

Craving a free concert? See Brazilian rockers Boogarins and 60s pop style Jacco Gardner for free at 7 PM at South Street Seaport.

Dance lovers should head to Marcus Garvey Park for Harlem Dance Caravan, which is billed as celebrating diversity through music and dance. They’re performing Friday and Saturday.

Thievery Corporation is performing at Pier 97 Friday night at 6 PM.

If you want some inside time, see one of this weekend’s new movies. Options include The Giver and The Expendables 3.

Saturday, August 16

See Blood Orange, Moses Sumney, and Sean Nicholas Savage at Central Park at 7 PM on Saturday. It’s free, and it’s supposed to be a beautiful night!

Want to get out of town? This weekend (Aug. 14-17) is the Hudson Valley Jazz Fest. Hear jazz greats and emerging artists.

Celebrate Madonna’s birthday at the Brooklyn Bowl’s Madonnathon at 8 PM.

Sunday, August 17
It’s Harlem Family Day on Sunday. Starting at 4 PM, head to Marcus Garvey Park Amphitheater for performances by Shine and the Moonbeams, Moona Luna, Kojo Odu Roney & Friends, B-Love’s Hip Hop Jazzy Groove, and DJ-KS 360.

Starting Sunday, MoMA is presenting several of James Lee Byars’ most influential performance works. On Sunday, see “The Mile-Long Paper Walk” at noon, 2 PM, and 5 PM performed by Katie Dorn with choreography by Lucinda Childs.

Want to pay tribute to the women of soul? At 7 PM on Sunday at Marcus Garvey Park Amphitheater, see Bellatrix!: A Soul Train Tribute to Women in Music. It will feature Jamila Raegan, The Ki Ki Experience, Raye Six, Phyllisia Ross, and Winston’s Crew Collective.

It’s the 40th anniversary celebration of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe on Sunday. The Café has served as a home for the arts — from poetry to music — for four decades. The evening will feature DJ Rhasaan and a screening of the documentary “Our Latin Thing.”

If you’re craving cabaret, head to 54 Below for the inaugural NYC Cabaret Festival, which features 70 gifted entertainers. There’s a performance at 7 PM and one at 9 PM. 

It’s another week of craveable culture in NYC — from outdoor concerts across the city to dozens of Fringe Festival plays. CRAVE what excites you to keep track and spread word of mouth. RATE the events once you’ve been. 

FRIDAY, AUG. 8

The 18th International Fringe Festival begins Friday in New York City. See 1,200 performances by 200 companies from around the world through August 24. 

Craving urban and smooth jazz? Cassandra Wilson performs at Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park at 8 PM.

If you’re in the mood for free, outdoor rock, head to the Seaport Music Festival at South Street Seaport for a performance by Black Bananas and Shockwave Riderz at 7 PM.

See Spectrum Dance Theater — a contemporary dance group from Seattle — perform at East River Park at 8 PM Friday. 

SATURDAY, AUG. 9

It’s the Motown Gospel Revue at Central Park SummerStage on Saturday afternoon starting at 3 PM. Featured artists include Tasha Cobbs, Smokie Norful, Pastor Charles Jenkins, Vashawn Mitchell, Kierra Sheard, and Micah Stampley.

It’s Americanafest NYC at Lincoln Center Out of Doors on Saturday. Starting at 1:30 PM, see performances by The Devil Makes Three, Old 97’s, and John Fullbright. The Americana continues in the evening with performances by Rosanne Cash, The Lone Bellow, and Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale starting at 6 PM.

Another free, outdoor evening option is St. Vincent (a singer and multi-instrumentalist composer), who performs at the Prospect Park Bandshell at 7:30 PM as part of Celebrate Brooklyn.

Prince and MJ fans go toe-to-toe on the dance floor at The Prince and Michael Experience at Drom in the East Village.

SUNDAY, AUG. 10

Craving another outdoor concert? From 3 – 7 PM, see free performances by Passenger, Liam Bailey, and DJ Natasha Diggs in at Central Park’s SummerStage. 
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Americanafest continues at Lincoln Center on Sunday evening at 5 PM with a lineup of soul performers Charles Bradley, St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Bobby Patterson, and Music Maker Blues Revue.

See one of this week’s new movies. Options include What If (a relationship drama with Danielle Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan); The Dog (a documentary about the man whose attempted robbery of a Brooklyn bank to finance his male lover’s sex-reassignment surgery was the real-life inspiration for Dog Day Afternoon); and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (which is receiving not so rave reviews).

TUESDAY, AUG. 12

Tori Amos is performing at Beacon Theatre on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 13

Gavin DeGraw (known for writing the One Tree Hill theme song) and Matt Nathanson are performing at Central Park SummerStage at 5 PM on Wednesday.

THURSDAY, AUG. 14

If you’re in the mood for urban praise and worship music, head to Marcus Garvey Park Amphitheater to see Byron Cage perform at 7 PM on Thursday.

FRIDAY, AUG. 15

Craving pop and rock? Boogarins and Jacco Gardner are performing for free as part of the Seaport Music Festival at 7 PM on Friday. 

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.