1 Amp up your outrage—for Bush or for cheeky country stars—as Dixie Chicks play MSG.
2 Downtown swingers (no,
not that kind) and a nine-piece band hit Rockefeller Park to re-create a 1972 live show by Neil Diamond.
3 Tweak your fantasy-football strategy, as stats whiz Aaron Schatz discusses Pro Football Prospectus 2006 at the 92nd Street Y.
4 Already wistful for July 4? Retreat to Coney Island for Friday-night fireworks, then catch the Brooklyn Cyclones battling the Tri-City ValleyCats.
5 The Puppeteers’ Cooperative trots out its supersize creations—think Big Bird, not socks—at Lincoln Center’s Josie Robertson Plaza.
6 Are you ready for nine and
a half hours of delicious infidelity and juicy British accents? Then bunker down
with a Footballers’ Wives marathon on BBC America. Just be prepared to shower afterward.
7 It’s a marvelous night for
Van Morrison, playing at Jones Beach Theater.
8 Witness the anticipated premiere of Shakespeare in the Park’s Mother Courage, Brecht’s 1941 anti-Fascist play, newly adapted by Tony Kushner and starring Meryl Streep. Rest up—the ticket queue will likely start about 5 A.M.
9 How strong is your stomach? Find out as Film Forum premieres the gleeful gorefest Lunacy, Czech director Jan Svankmajer’s twisted take
on Edgar Allan Poe, the Marquis de Sade, and raw meat.
10 Join the New York Choral Society foran audience-inclusive sing-along of Haydn and Duruflé at the Liederkranz Club on the Upper East Side.
11 Admit it—you’re a little bit curious about World Trade Center, Oliver Stone’s allegedly conspiracy-free take on the
last two survivors found
12 Make the trip to Flushing’s Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival. Added enticement: Shaolin Temple Warrior Monks will be doing kung fu.
13 The Noguchi Museum in Long Island City hosts a design geek’s dream show: Best of Friends: R. Buckminster Fuller and Isamu Noguchi.
14 Alt-country fans and
dance obsessives converge at the Joyce, where
San Francisco’s Smuin Ballet presents the New York premiere of Bluegrass/Slyde.
15 Hole away with the Criterion Collection’s Six Moral Tales, by Eric Rohmer—sumptuous movies full of fetching ingenues and tortured bourgeois.
16 NBC premieres Tommy
Lee Goes to College, dispatching the Mötley Crüe drummer to matriculate at the University of Nebraska. Yes, he tries out for the marching band.
17 Last chance to catch the Aperture Gallery’s show on William Christenberry, the photographic troubadour of the sun-parched American South.
18 Embrace the Zeitgeist!
Give in and see Samuel L. Jackson’s hissploitation flick, Snakes on a Plane.
19 Zone out to Berlin trance-king D.J. Paul van Dyk, playing Central Park’s Rumsey Playfield at 6:30 P.M.
20 Spike! The Brooklyn Open draws 150 pro beach-volleyball players to Coney Island—and plenty of spectators.
21 Stake out a bar stool as the Yankees close a four-game series against Boston. Apparently, there’s a rivalry developing here.
22 Snag the new OutKast album, Idlewild, released just a few scant months after you finally got “Hey Ya!” out of
23 Ingenue, crackpot, diva, comeback queen: Mariah Carey brings it all, plus that voice, to Madison Square Garden.
24 Slip out for a midday escape at the Museum of Television and Radio: a 1 P.M. screening of First of the International Clayboys, about Gumby creator Art Clokey.
25 Not in our house! Er, your house! The Giants and Jets duke it out on their shared home turf in a preseason NFL game.
26 Rock me, Amadeus: After 30 days and 42 performances, the Mostly Mozart Festival concludes at Avery Fisher Hall.
27 Don’t miss Unknown Weegee, ICP’s show of 120 never-been-seen prints by the city’s definitive tabloid shutterbug.
28 It’s the U.S. Open—make sure to slap on the sunscreen and book your tickets early. You won’t be the only one eager to cheer on one last Andre Agassi run.
29 Pack away the beach reads and get back on a serious literary regimen—starting with Edward P. Jones’s new collection of short stories, All Aunt
30 Go Dada at MoMA. Why? Cucumber!
31 Some 3,000 Tito Puente aficionados
hit the New York Salsa Congress, a Latin-dance marathon kicking off at
3 P.M., and shimmy away until 5 A.M.—sweeping you right into a chock-full September.