29 Start the week on the dance floor at Black Betty with local bands rockin’ out as if it’s a Saturday.
30 Louise Bourgeois, Max Ernst, and Damien Hirst are the high-art highlights in MoMA’s “Wunderkammer,” or “cabinet of curiosities.”
31 Sin and vice, fear and loathing: Bronx-reared Richard Price (Lush Life) and Vegas pawnshop poet Charles Bock (Beautiful Children) talk shop and read excerpts at SummerStage.
1 Escape the heat with the Sundance Award–winning film Frozen River, about a woman who shuttles illegal immigrants across the St. Lawrence River.
2 Set sail at the Ship and Boat Model Festival at South Street Seaport, where kids can build their own model boats for just $2.
3 Ernst Ludwig Kirchner’s paintings of Berlin’s ladies in plumed hats (read prostitutes) arrive at MoMA—the series’s first-ever showing in New York.
4 Indie favorites the National touch down at SummerStage.
5 Take an interactive tour of the charted universe at the Hayden Planetarium, created in cahoots with NASA.
6 Get to SummerStage for Sonny Rollins, a.k.a. the “Saxophone Colossus.”
7 Missed a few Broadway hits? Catch free highlights of Spring Awakening, Gypsy, Wicked, and more at Bryant Park.
8 Existentialism and carnal desire: the perfect antidotes to summer heat. Take the prescription with Isabel Coixet’s film adaptation of Philip Roth’s The Dying Animal. With Penélope Cruz.
9 Car Free Day! Manhattan cordons off a 6.9-mile stretch for gas-free frolicking.
10 Unwind to the surprising sounds of the Kate McGarry Quartet beside the Hudson.
11 Enjoy a solo evening with Monica Yunus, one of the world’s most promising young sopranos. Details at rivertorivernyc.com.
12 The Ensemble Caprice presents a soundtrack of 1730s Gypsy music amid the Frick’s summer shows.
13 Saddle up for Wilco at McCarren Park Pool.
14 Trio Blonde Redhead send their heavenly sounds across the Hudson at Pier 54.
15 Man on Wire, a documentary about Philippe Petit, who walked a tightrope between the Twin Towers in 1974, is the perfect alternative to blockbusteritis.
16 Yacht around Brooklyn with author Barnet Schecter, in a two-hour cruise commemorating the 1776 Battle of Brooklyn; details at sailnyc.com.
17 One sunset, two soundtracks: soul revivalists Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings at SummerStage, or the Zukovsky Quartet aboard a Brooklyn barge.
18 Step up as the Indo-American Arts Council curates the first annual Festival of Indian Dance.
19 Last chance to see Steven Sebring’s motley noir documentary Patti Smith: Love of Life at Film Forum.
20 Flip those collars for Chris Isaak at Nokia Theater.
21 Tasteful pop and chipper jazz: The J&R Musicfest at the foot of Manhattan is like Woodstock for adults.
22 Serious-movie alert! The fall season starts with Crossing Over, starring Harrison Ford and Sean Penn.
23 Lincoln Center rings in two days of brass, soul, rock, and jazz at the 25th annual Roots of American Music Festival.
24 An underwear salesman and a Polish acrobat negotiate love in the last night of George Bernard Shaw’s Misalliance in Central Park.
25 The Grand Slam grunt is now the official sound of tennis, so expect a symphony as the U.S. Open kicks off. Unhhh!
26 Settle in with a flask (of soda!) for readings by Asian-American poets in Bryant Park.
27 Three days, four nights, a multitude of blisters: The Hilton New York welcomes the New York Salsa Congress.
28 Fun fact: The autoharp is not a harp at all, but a zither. And it will lend a delicate grace to the discordant art rock of Xiu Xiu at the Bowery Ballroom.
29 Woody Allen tackles Spain (for the first time) and Scarlett Johansson (again) with Vicky Cristina Barcelona.
30 Board the tall ship Peking at Pier 16; then attend an outdoor performance of the shipwreck comedy Twelfth Night by Pulse Ensemble Theatre.
31 Frolic among gorgeous Brazilians for the Brazilian Festival.
1 Catch the last day of “Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy” at the Met, open on Monday for a change.