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Having Fun, All Summer Long.

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From left: Chris Isaak, Sonny Rollings, Penelope Cruz in Elegy, and Asia Argento in The Last Mistress.  

June

23 Start (the rest of) summer off right with a dance lesson under the stars in Kew Gardens, Queens.

24 Indulge your campaign fever with “Campaigning for President: New York and the American Election” at the Museum of the City of New York.

25 Trance out to the dreamy electropop of Liverpudlian favorites Ladytron at Terminal 5.

26 He’s not just about geodesic domes: the Whitney presents “Buckminster Fuller: Starting With the Universe,” featuring drafted plans by the visionary architect for portable housing, climate-controlled biospheres, and “floating cloud structures.”

27 A trash-collecting robot? Or a thwarted gothic mistress? Take your pick as Pixar’s Wall-E and Catherine Breillat’s The Last Mistress open.

28 Celebrate the “shequinox” with drag icon Justin Bond (of Kiki and Herb fame) and his comedy and queer cabaret, “Lustre.”

29 Squirm as MoMA fêtes Salvador Dalí with a screening of Un Chien Andalou, the Luis Buñuel collaboration with that famous shot of a razor slicing a human eyeball.

30 Hear cricketer and former Underground Gourmet Joseph O’Neill read from his widely acclaimed Netherland at the Half King.

July

1 Oscar Wilde dubbed a sunset a “very second-rate Turner.” See for yourself at the Met’s J.M.W. Turner retrospective.

2 Wiry and polymorphously perverse, Alan Cumming is just the man to play the hedonistic androgyne Dionysus, god of wine and revelry, in The Bacchae, now at Lincoln Center.

3 Spend Independence Day Eve with The Wackness, Jonathan Levine’s cinematic look back at New York and hip-hop in the summer of 1994. (See profile of Olivia Thirlby, here.)

4 Twenty years later, Sonic Youth are still ferociously cool, as you’ll see at tonight’s free show at Battery Park.

5 Check out P.S. 1’s Warm Up, a.k.a. the best dance party in town. Featured acts: Nublu Orchestra and So Percussion...

6...and MoMA responds in kind, kicking off its more demure Summergarden series with the Attacca Quartet.

7 The Afro-Punk Festival screens the wicked-fun I’m Through With White Girls at BAM.

8 Stand on line to see Sam Shepard’s Kicking a Dead Horse at the Public Theater. And if you don’t get in, check out Puerto Rican “manchild” Lemon Anderson’s The Beautiful Struggle, a one-man coming-of-age-to-hip-hop play.

9 Pop prankster Neal Medlyn tackles Prince in his comedy revue titled (what else?) “Unpronounceable Symbol,” at P.S. 122.

10 If Mozart isn’t enough to lure you to Queens for a night of Concerts in the Park, go for the good old fireworks.


Brazilian Girls.  

11 Pack a picnic and head to Prospect Park Bandshell for the thespian atmospherics of rock crew Brazilian Girls.

12 Whether you favor polka or Arcade Fire, squeeze in to the Main Squeeze Accordion Festival at Pier 1 at 70th Street.

13 Tonight at Fort Greene summer pit stop Habana Outpost: frozen mojitos and an outdoor screening of Scarface.

14 Are you having a laugh? Ricky Gervais brings his Live tour to MSG.


15 Support your local record store (if you still have one) by buying Stay Positive, the fourth album from Brooklyn rock mainstays the Hold Steady.

16 Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes appear in “Gate/Beckett,” a series of one-man shows at Lincoln Center.

17 Pulitzer winner Junot Díaz (The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao) and Aleksandar Hemon (The Lazarus Project) read from their latest at SummerStage.

18 Three words: Meryl Streep and Abba. Yes, they’ve finally come together, in the film version of Mamma Mia!, opening tonight.

19 Downtown as they wanna be: The New Museum pays tribute to Bowery artists like Keith Haring, along with readings from the Bowery Poetry Club.

20 Paddle like mad during a free twenty-minute kayaking lesson on the Hudson at 72nd Street.

21 Get your eighties on with George Michael at Madison Square Garden.

22 Wig out at the Public Theater’s production of Hair at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.

23 Contemplate Berlin Film Fest hit Boy A, about a man who reenters the world after committing murder as a child.

24 Twenty-seven breakout artists interpret the mixtape at Exit Art’s exhibit “Summer Mixtape Volume One: the Get Smart Edition.”

25 Revisit Brideshead Revisited, a new film version of which opens tonight.

26 Reinvigorate your inner child with an afternoon of cartoons at BAM’s second annual Animation Weekend.

27 It’s American-hero overload as Bruce Springsteen plays Giants Stadium.

28 Yes, it’s crowded. Yes, it’s worth it. Camp out for a free screening of Billy Wilder’s The Apartment in Bryant Park.


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