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Season in the Sun

Culture and play, till Labor Day.


Indie rockers play McCarren Park Pool (July 1).  


1 Pool party! Even if the pool doesn’t have any, um, water in it. The indie-rock favorites Illinois, Man Man, and Dengue Fever play McCarren Park Pool, in Brooklyn.

2 They call it “theatrobatics.” The Spiegeltent, at the Seaport, presents La Vie, a Montreal show that’s part theater, part aerial acrobatics. You know, theatrobatics.

3 Lindyhop at Lincoln Center plaza during Midsummer Night Swing’s Big Band Tuesday.

4 Celebrate America’s independence with Canadian indie rockers the New Pornographers in Battery Park.

5 Brooklyn’s Latin-surf-popsters Chicha Libre cross the river to play Joe’s Pub.

6 Try to squeeze into Bryant Park to hear Norah Jones; then cool down at a late screening of Joshua, the indie thriller about the perfect Manhattan family gone wrong.

7 Artisans and experts at the American Cheese Summit go way beyond Kraft, at the East Village’s Neighborhood Preservation Center.

8 MoMA’s Sunday Summergarden series starts among the Serras, with performers from Jazz at Lincoln Center and Juilliard.

9 Patti LuPone. Gypsy. City Center. Need we say more?

10 Fables de la Fontaine, an interpretation of works by the poet, opens the Lincoln Center Festival. But then there’s the Summer Play Festival of offbeat works about love and laundry (Unfold Me) and auto racing (Vrooommm! A NAScomedy).

11 Explore the fog of another war at David Epstein’s Surface to Air, about a family whose son’s remains return from Vietnam long after his death, at Symphony Space.

12 Meet li’l socialites at the Met’s Young Members Party, for well-heeled 21- to 35-year-olds, in the museum’s European-sculpture court and roof garden.

13 Think of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, in theaters now, as a refresher course for next week’s final Potter book.

14 Off with a buck-and-wing: It’s the final day of the Tap City Festival at the Duke on 42nd Street.

15 At Bronx Zoo’s The Great Return: The Astor Court Renaissance, the sea lions and monkeys move back into their lovely renovated home.

16 Can one say a twee throwback combo might “rock”? If so, the Decemberists will rock SummerStage, with Grizzly Bear and Land of Talk.

17 The NY Philharmonic’s Concerts in the Parks wrap up with a night of Strauss and more on the Great Lawn. 8 p.m.; best to arrive by 6.

18 MoMA’s Lost Vanguard: Soviet Modernist Architecture, 1922–1932 shows off the handsome buildings of the early U.S.S.R.

19 The flamboyant, glammy Detroit rockers Electric Six play aboard the Temptress, leaving from 41st Street on the West Side.

20 A multiplex traffic jam: Adam Sandler’s gay-marriage comedy I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry; John Travolta in drag in Hairspray; Sunshine, about a space crew that has to reignite the sun; and Natalie Portman in Goya’s Ghosts, as the artist’s mistress. All open.

21 A full day at Coney: The Siren Music Festival brings in Williamsburg duo Matt and Kim plus the seasoned New York Dolls. Then stay for a showing of the deathless 1988 film Killer Klowns From Outer Space.

22 Cheer for someone far fitter than you, at the New York City Triathlon.

23 Restaurant Week starts: Five days of $24.07 lunches and $35 dinners (see list at

24 Add to your list of beach reads The Complete Stories of David Malouf, a collection of tales set mainly in Australia, and Ruth Rendell’s mysterious, elegant The Water’s Lovely.

25 Bassist Pablo Aslan’s Avantango headlines the first day of the JPMorgan Chase Latino Cultural Festival, at Queens Theatre in the Park.

26 BAM brings in the Memphis harmonica master James Cotton for a free concert at Metrotech.

27 The Simpsons Movie finally arrives, eighteen seasons in. Shouldn’t Lisa be in college by now?

28 Rage Against the Machine, Wu-Tang Clan, and Public Enemy open the Rock the Bells hip-hop festival over two days.

29 Shakespeare in the other park: Hudson Warehouse stages As You Like It at 89th Street and Riverside.

30 Please forget the Sean Penn remake. See 1949’s All the King’s Men, at dusk in Bryant Park.

31 Mostly Mozart starts with a week focusing on … Beethoven. (They did say mostly.)

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