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01Jul

Editors' Picks: Opening in NYC July 2 - 8

This week of NYC culture is all about Independence Day — from parades and celebrations to fireworks to a new exhibition dedicated to a Founding Father. We’ve picked our favorite openings and events to help you plan. Happy 4th of July, and happy culture-going, Culture Cravers.

Do you feel like dancing? On Saturday, July 2, celebrate 13 years of Freedom Party at SummerStage in Central Park. It’s free, from 6 to 10 PM.

Starting Sunday, July 3, see Rockaway!, a special outdoor exhibit by Katharina Grosse, curated by MoMA PS1. It’s a temporary public art installation that transforms Fort Tilden’s decaying aquatics building with bright spray paint.

Bruce Connor was one of the foremost American artists of the postwar era, touching on themes from rising consumerism to the dread of nuclear apocalypse. See more than 250 paintings, assemblages, videos, drawings, and more in Bruce Conner: It’s All True starting on Sunday, July 3 at MoMA.

Starting Monday, July 4, the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene will present a revival of The Gold Bride, which is performed in Yiddish with English and Russian titles.

Celebrate our independence on Monday. Start the day with a visit to Summer of Hamilton, a new exhibition at the New York Historical Society that celebrates the remarkable achievements of the man who played a leading role in the Revolutionary War and the birth of America. On the first day, kids aged 17 and under get in for free — and there is a special lineup of activities from historical reenactments to stories to crafts. Also visit the exhibition, which includes replicas, busts, rings, documents, and more.

There are other family-friendly Independence Day celebrations, including ones at Prospect Park, South Street Seaport, and the Harlem Children’s Parade.  You could also go a little bit more lowbrow with the 100thNathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Competition. The women’s contest starts at 11 AM on Coney Island. The men are up at 12:30.

You can also get patriotic at Feinstein’s/54 Below with a concert version of the musical 1776 at 7 PM on the fourth.

End the Fourth of July with Macy’s fireworks. The show is on the East River this year. There’s also a (not cheap) fireworks viewing party with music and food in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

17Jun

Editors' Picks: Opening in NYC June 17 - 24

It's a great week in the NYC culture sphere — from opera in the park to new major museum exhibitions to a craft beer festival. What are you craving? We picked our favorite new events to help you start planning. 

Craving a little Piano Man? Billy Joel is playing at Madison Square Garden on Friday evening.

For photo cravers, Danny Lyon: Message to the Future opens Friday, June 17 at the Whitney. It’s an exhibition of work by an American photographer and filmmaker who was a leader in the street photography movement of the 1960s.

City of the Soul at the Morgan Library and Museum opens on Friday, June 17. It examines the evolving image of Rome in art and literature with a display of books, manuscripts, prints, photographs, and drawings.

If you’re in the mood for Chekhov, try Six Translations of Uncle Vanya at the Same Time, a kaleidoscopic adaptation of the classic. It’s at the Invisible Dog Art Center from Friday through Saturday, June 25.

17Jun

Editors' Picks for Culture Craver Kids: June 17 - 24

This week is an exciting one for NYC’s tiny superheroes, dancers, and opera aficionados. We’ve picked our favorite events happening around town this weekend and in the days ahead to help you plan your family’s culture going. Enjoy!

This weekend, check out Game On — the newest exhibition at the Children’s Museum of the Arts. It presents work by contemporary artists who address issues of identity, power, heroism, nostalgia, popular culture, and gender. It’s on all summer.

It’s Superhero Weekend at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum this weekend. There’s a lineup of events and workshops starting at 10 AM, from costume making to “Up, Up, and Away,” a workshop that teaches young superheroes the basics of physics (which comes in handy when they're preparing to soar over the city).

Sunday, June 19 is NYC KidsFest at Morningside Park. There’s an afternoon lineup of dance, orchestra, face painting, and more.

13Jun

TONY 2016: Hamilton's Year

Hamilton was the big winner at the TONY Awards last night. It won 11 awards, including Best Musical. Its creator and star, Lin Manuel Miranda, shared an emotional sonnet when he accepted his award for best original score. He said, in part: “This show is proof that history remembers/We live through times when hate and fear seem stronger/We rise and fall and light from dying embers/Remembrances that hope and love lasts long/And love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love/Cannot be killed or swept aside…”

Here’s the full list of winners:

Best Musical: Hamilton

Best Play: The Humans

10Jun

Editors' Picks: Opening in NYC June 10 - 17

From an exhibition of historical NYC baseball cards to a dance party at PS1 to a salsa festival to electroacousitc music, it's an exciting week of culture in New York City. We've picked our favorite events to hlep you start planning the weekend and the week ahead. 

New York has been the site of some of baseball's most significant milestones since the mid-19th century. It was here that Babe Ruth set multiple single-season home-run records and Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball when he started for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. The Old Ball Game at the Met Museum features baseball cards from as far back as 1887.

Saturday, June 11 at 11 AM is the Community Opening Day of Mika Tajima’s Meridian (Gold), a new public art installation which will be on view through September. It’s an illuminated plume of water vapor whose color shifts between magenta and pale cyan. The color of the vapor corresponds in real-time to the global sentiment for gold, reflected in the price fluctuation of the commodity. 

This Saturday is this summer’s first Warmup at MoMA PS1. The lineup includes DJ Premier / New York, NY; Flava D / Butterz / London, UK; Deantoni Parks (LIVE) / Leaving Records / Los Angeles, CA; Fatima Yamaha / Magnetron Music + Dekmantel / Amsterdam, Netherlands; London O’Connor (LIVE) / San Marcos, California; and BEARCAT / Discwoman / Brooklyn, NY.

The Cooper Hewitt’s new Fragile Beasts includes prints, drawings, and rare books from the 1500s and 1600s.

10Jun

Editors' Picks for Culture Craver Kids: June 10 - 17

From baseball cards at the Met to public art to outdoor music, it's a fun week of cultural events for NYC kids and families. We've picked our favorite to hlep you plan. What are you craving? 

Are your kids baseball fans? The Old Ball Game is opening on Friday the Met Museum. It features NYC baseball cards from as far back as 1887.

Saturday, June 11 at 11 AM is the Community Opening Day of Mika Tajima’s Meridian (Gold), a new public art installation which will be on view through September. The installation is not specifically for kids, but it might appeal: it’s an illuminated plume of water vapor whose color shifts between magenta and pale cyan. The color of the vapor corresponds in real-time to the global sentiment for gold, reflected in the price fluctuation of the commodity. 

Do you and your kids love icky things? This Saturday and Sunday is IckyFest at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. There’s a whole lineup of icky — from gooey substances to bugs.