Here are Culture Craver’s picks for the top culture of today and the week ahead in NYC. There’s an abundance of amazing options at Lincoln Center this week — even more than we’ve picked here. So head to the Upper West Side (or to one of the many other amazing parts of the city we’ve featured) and enjoy some culture! Remember to CRAVE what excites you to spread word of mouth and keep track and RATE it once you’ve been.
FRIDAY, JULY 25
Hollywood is facing the worst box office summer in nearly a decade. If you want to give the numbers a boost, head to your closest cinema to see one of this weekend’s new movies. Options include Lucy (a Scarlett Johansson science fiction flick) and A Most Wanted Man (an a John le Carré’s spy novel starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman).
Craving music and comedy? At Joe’s Pub tonight, see a fusion of live music and comedy in Freestyle Love Supreme.
For dance cravers, Pam Tanowitz Dance and eighth blackbird are performing at Lincoln Center Out of Doors tonight at 7:30.
If you want to get out of town, head to the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival to see The Liar starting Friday and running through the end of August.
SATURDAY, JULY 26
Want to be inspired by the genius and brilliance of Mozart? Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival begins Saturday and runs through August 23.
Another great musical option — also put on by Lincoln Center — is Deep Roots of Rock and Roll with the Black Rock Coalition Orchestra and directed and designed by Toshi Reagon.
If you have kids in tow, a fun option is Baby Loves Disco, a family dance party, at 11 AM and 2 PM.
Craving theater? Series B of the Summer Shorts series at 59E59 is starting on Saturday. You can see one-act plays from some of the top and emerging playwrights in the country. This series features “Doubtless” by Albert Innaurato, “The Mulberry Bush” by Neil LaBute, and “Napoleon In Exile” by Daniel Reitz.
Feel like you’re always on the go? If you pass through Grand Central, check out Traveling in the World of Tomorrow: The Future of Transportation at New York’s World’s Fairs, a new exhibition on the optimistic visions presented at the New York World’s Fairs of 1939-40 and 1964-65 of how technological advancement would solve mankind’s problems.
SUNDAY, JULY 27
Christopher Williams: The Production Line of Happiness —the first retrospective ever mounted of the American cinephilic artist — opens at MoMA on Sunday.
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds is playing at the Prospect Park Bandshell on Sunday at 7 PM.
Broadway and cabaret stars will sing an ode to Dolly Parton at 54 Below on Sunday at 9:30 PM.
Sunday is a great day to learn how to make origami! At the Staten Island Zoo’s Origami USA, participants will learn to fold paper to create animals.
MONDAY, JULY 28
Starting Monday, you can see the Revolution in the Elbow of Ragnar Agnarsson Furniture Painter at Minetta Lane Theatre.
It’s also the first night of performances of Phoenix at the Cherry Lane Theatre. It’s a love story.
Or see an advanced screening of the new series Outlander at the 92nd Street Y. Diana Gabaldon, who wrote the books on which the series is based, will be on a panel following the screening, along with lead cast members and the series executive producer.
TUESDAY, JULY 29
Urban songstress Keyshia Cole is performing at Irving Plaza on Tuesday evening.
Conor Oberst, a singer-songwriter from Omaha is performing at Central Park SummerStage at 7 PM.
Craving tango? Head to Queens Theatre in the Park for Glamor Tango, a homage to tango and feminine beauty and strength.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 30
Ingrid Michaelson’s tunes have appeared on Grey’s Anatomy, One Tree Hill, and Kyle XY. Now you can see her live in Central Park.
Craving electro-acoustic and lo-fi electronics? Wednesday at 7 PM, Thessia Machado, one of the artists featured in the air we swim in, will create a live sound installation and performance at the Bric House.
THURSDAY, JULY 31
Craving dance? Dance Theatre of Harlem is performing at the Prospect Park Bandshell on Thursday evening.
Another option — especially for young dance cravers — is Victory Dance at the New Victory Theater.
If it’s a nice night, check out José González at Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park
FRIDAY, AUGUST 1
If you’re an early riser, check out Aloe Blacc at the Today Show’s summer concert series or Enrique Iglesias at the GMA summer concert series in Central Park.
Dance cravers should head back to Lincoln Center Out of Doors for Pablo Ziegler New Tango Ensemble with the Paul Taylor Dance Company. The show starts at 7:30 PM.
There is so much outdoor fun for New York City culture cravers this week — from concerts to theater to an enormous pow wow. Here are our top picks for the week ahead. Remember to CRAVE what excites you to keep track and spread word. RATE the events you’ve seen with a STAR (loved it), MEH (neutral), or BOMB (hated it).
SATURDAY, JULY 19
Lenine & Martin Fondse Orchestra will bring its cross-cultural collaboration (a Brazilian song writer and a Dutch jazz pianist) to Central Park’s SummerStage at 7 PM on Saturday.
Drama has always followed Bill Clinton. Now, you can see a musical about him, Clinton: The Musical. It’s running through July 25 as part of the Musical Theater Festival.
Chuck Jones created Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck. Starting Saturday, explore his creative genius — including 23 of his animated films and 125+ original sketches —in What’s Up Doc? The Animation of Chuck Jones at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens.
SUNDAY, JULY 20
Craving “Catalan Sounds”? Sunday at 3 PM, head to Central Park for Mishima, Txarango, DJ Sets by Headbirds.
Jazz at Lincoln Center is putting on Queens Family Day for families at Queensbridge Park on Sunday starting at 4 PM. There will be jazz, plus workshops and face painting.
MONDAY, JULY 21
Spend the evening outside at SummerStage saluting Pete Seeger starting at 7 PM with performances by Amanda Palmer, Anti-Flag, Steve Earle, Michael Glabicki, Rebel Diaz, and James Maddock.
TUESDAY, JULY 22
The second Shakespeare in the Park show starts previews on Tuesday. See John Lithgow is King Lear in the tragedy.
Craving ballet? On Tuesday and Wednesday this week, see the Bolshoi Ballet and Orchestra perform Don Quixote at Lincoln Center.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 23
At 7:30 PM, see Larry Harlow’s HOMMY: A Latin Opera outdoors at Lincoln Center.
Craving free, outdoor Shakespeare without the lines? Check out Romeo and Juliet at the Amphitheater at Riverbank State Park, which is being part of the tenth season of Harlem Summer Shakespeare.
Mike Daisey (whose fabricated “report” on harsh working conditions at an Apple factory in China forced NPR to retract an episode of This American Life) is now talking all about Cuba in Our Man in Havana at Joe’s Pub. The monologue — which is Wednesday at 7 PM — is billed as “both a ridiculous travelogue and a philosophical journey.”
THURSDAY, JULY 24
Craving R&B? Thanks to BAM, you can see Bobby Rush — whose career has spanned six decades — outdoors at MetroTech Commons at noon in Brooklyn.
Katy Perry is performing at the Barclays Center on Thursday at 7 PM.
FRIDAY, JULY 25
New York City’s oldest and biggest pow wow — Thunderbird American Indian Mid-Summer Pow Wow — starts Friday and runs through Sunday at the Queens County Farm Museum. More than 40 Indian nations will participate in dance competitions. Also come for the arts, crafts, and food.
The city is having a bit of a mid-summer slowdown, but there’s still plenty of great art to see. Gallerist Meredith Rosen shares her top gallery picks for the week ahead. Be sure to CRAVE the exhibitions that excite you to spread word of mouth. Weigh in with a STAR, MEH, or BOMB once you’ve been.
Louise Lawler: No Drones at Metro Pictures through July 25
Philip Pearlstein at Betty Cunningham Gallery on the Lower East Side through July 25
Sumer Sculpture at Sperone Westwater through August 15
From dance to art to theater to music, this is a great week for culture in NYC. CRAVE the events that excite you to keep track and spread word of mouth. RATE them with a star, meh, or bomb once you’ve seen them.
FRIDAY, JULY 11
This is the first weekend of the East to Edinburgh Festival at 59E59, where you can see innovative productions heading to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. This weekend, you can see Dysfunctional Family Musical, Hi, Hitler, Driving With the Parking Break Up, The Amazing Bubble Man, Bette Davis Ain’t for Sissies, Running Into Me, or Naked in Alaska.
Twelfth Night was on Broadway and downtown in the past year. Starting this weekend, it’s also in a parking lot. See Shakespeare in the Park(ing) Lot’s outdoor, free rendition of Shakespeare’s comedy. It runs through July 26 at 8 PM on Thursdays through Sundays.
Craving the 90s? See Phish on Randall’s Island Friday through Sunday.
SATURDAY, JULY 12
Kids can get in on the midsummer swinging action with Rodney Lopez (who was in Mad Hot Ballroom) in Kids Dance! at Lincoln Center at 3 PM on Saturday.
SUNDAY, JULY 13
See British DJ and remixer Bonobo at SummerStage from 6 – 10 PM.
MONDAY, JULY 14
See up-and-coming Broadway stars at The Town Hall on Monday evening.
Remember Linda Lavin from the sitcom Alice and all the Neil Simon movies? See her at Birdland on Monday at 7 PM.
TUESDAY, JULY 15
It’s time for Pilobolus’ annual season at the Joyce! It runs through August 10.
Starting Tuesday, see Swan Lake by the Bolshoi Ballet at the Lincoln Center Festival.
Craving dance and music? See Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker: Bartok/Mikrokosmos at the Lincoln Center Festival. It’s an evening of dance and music in three parts about the pleasure of dancing and playing music together.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 16
Craving country, rock, and pop? See the musical Pump Boys and Dinettes at City Center from Wednesday through Saturday.
Here and Elsewhere at the New Museum will present contemporary art from and about the Arab world. It starts Wednesday and runs through September.
THURSDAY, JULY 17
See two new displays of the Whitney’s permanent collection — Edward Hopper and Photography and Collecting Calder on the fifth floor mezzanine of the museum starting Thursday and running through October.
From 6 to 8 PM, check out the opening reception for the Nancy Rubins: Our Friend Fluid Metal at Gagosian on W. 21st Street. The show, which runs through September 13, features the artist’s gigantic, physically overwhelming assemblages.
Are you spending this rainy Independence Day plotting your post-holiday gallery going? Gallerist Meredith Rosen (who was featured in the most recent Interview Magazine) has hand picked some exciting NYC gallery exhibitions to help you choose wisely. Remember to CRAVE what excites you to keep track and create buzz about awesome art events.
Georg Baselitz, Anselm Kiefer, Harmony Korine, Robert Rauschenberg, Julian Schnabel, Rudolf Stingel, Franz West at Gagosian on W. 24th Street (through July 18)
Louise Lawler: No Drones at Metro Pictures (through July 25)
The Fifth Season Group Exhibition at James Cohan (through August 8)
Otis Jones + Bret Slater at Louis B. James (through July 26)
The Photographic Object, 1970 at Hauser & Wirth on E. 69th Street (through July 25)