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Enlighten Yourself on Every Day of the Summer

The only cultural calendar you’ll need.



27 Flash back to the seventies as Led Zep’s Robert Plant plays the Beacon Theater.

28 Catch Shakespeare in the Park’s As You Like It, starring Brian Bedford and Richard Thomas. It’s always easier to get free tickets on a weekday.

29 Will Tom Cruise save Earth in Spielberg’s War of the Worlds? And, more important, will his offscreen antics detract from the special effects?

30 Cooperstown’s not just for baseball: The 30th-anniversary season of the Glimmerglass Opera kicks off with Mozart’s Così Fan Tutti.


1 Sunbathers aren’t the only ones stripping down: A massive exhibition of Robert Mapplethorpe’s photographs opens at the Guggenheim.

Body art: The photos of Robert Mapplethorpe at the Guggenheim Museum.   

2 Too lazy to scramble up a mountain? Explore Robert Smithson’s earthy artworks at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

3 Burlesque, agitprop, and worse: The Moral Values Festival concludes its scandalous theatrical run at Williamsburg’s Brick Theater.

4 Indies rock Independence Day: Before the fireworks, Yo La Tengo and Stephen Malkmus play at Battery Park.

5 Nurse that hangover at home, where you can watch Warner’s terrific Film Noir Collection, Vol. 2. boxed set—and meet a few crooks who feel as beat up as you do.

6 The song thumping from that Escalade? It’s from hip-hop queen Missy Elliott’s new album, The Cookbook, just out.

7 Don’t miss Side by Side—a Sondheim revue closing July 9 at the Berkshire Theatre Festival. But if you do, bike to Brooklyn Bridge Park for an outdoor screening of Bogie’s Key Largo.

8 Gape at the Cézanne and Pissarro exhibit at MoMA, then hurry home to watch the season premiere of Tony Shalhoub’s anxious TV series, Monk.

9 Check out Dixon Place’s Hot! 14th Annual NYC Celebration of Queer Culture.

10 Indulge your secret Jump Street fetish at BAM Cinématek’s Johnny Depp film series.

11 Head to Bryant Park early—very early—for the sure-to-be-overcrowded screening of The Gay Divorcee starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.

12 Rent a tux: It’s opening night of the Lincoln Center Festival. Merce Cunningham kicks it off with Ocean.

13 Show a date how very cultured you are, by taking him or her to one of the few Central Park events permitted this summer: New York Philharmonic’s “Concerts in the Parks.”

14 Stare wide-eyed at Robert Wilson’s latest extravaganza, the Indonesian-inspired I La Galigo at the Lincoln Center Festival. Or bare your soul to Lucinda Williams at the Beacon.

15 Make your own double feature with Tim Burton’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson’s Wedding Crashers (sure to be the summer’s biggest comedy). Then wait outside a Barnes & Noble at midnight to buy the latest Harry Potter. For yourself.

16 Your last chance to shake a tail feather at Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing. And your only chance to see Spoon, Mates of State, and other bands at Coney Island’s Siren Music Festival.

17 Still haven’t been to the new MoMA? Redeem yourself at the Summergarden jazz and classical series, back for six Sunday premieres in the remodeled Sculpture Garden.

18 Fish out of water: Lanky country icon Lyle Lovett mopes at SummerStage.

19 Escape the beach with Cormac McCarthy’s latest dark Western, No Country for Old Men.

20 Not many things are worth a train ride to Bridgeport, but this is: Bruce Springsteen’s short solo acoustic tour stops at the Arena at Harbor Yard.

21Check out some transgressive theater at downtown arts center HERE; its annual American Living Room series stages 30 shows, through August 21.

22 Skeptically read reviews of The Island and the Bad News Bears remake.

23 Work up a sweat as salsa god Eddie Palmieri headlines a free “Boricua Festival” Puerto Rican showcase in Prospect Park.

24 Scratch your Seven Year Itch with the revival of Billy Wilder’s classic at the Film Forum.

25 In a slim theater season, catch an early preview of the new Broadway musical The Mambo Kings.

26 Why drive upstate? Off Broadway, Terrence McNally previews Dedication or the Stuff of Dreams, a drama about a couple running a children’s theater in the Hudson Valley.

27 You could watch Fox’s cruel new TV show So You Think You Can Dance. Or you can watch people who know they can: Mark Morris Dance Group at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, Massachusetts.

28 Mo’ Mozart: Maestro Louis Langrée kicks off the Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival. The monthlong run includes Lorraine Hunt Lieberson in Peter Sellars’s staging of Bach cantatas.

29 Nearly canceled, then revived, the weird, award-winning sitcom Arrested Development returns to Fox for back-to-back reruns. Well, it’s supposed to, anyway. Similarly, you can say good-bye (at least until they reunite again) to Beyoncé and co. as Destiny’s Child plays MSG.

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