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78 Days of Fun

The best concerts, outdoor events, and culture happenings of summer 2009



22 Single ladies celebrate: Sasha Fierce herself (a.k.a. Beyoncé) takes over Madison Square Garden.

23 Catch one of fourteen features from south of the border during the Hola Mexico Film Festival at the Quad Cinema.

24Mahler!The New York Philharmonic performs Symphony of a Thousand at Avery Fisher Hall.

25Ashanti takes her turn easing on down the road with LaChanze in the City Center Encores! production of The Wiz.

26Take a seat at City Opera at the River to River Festival and hear Massenet’s charming one-act love story La Navarraise.

27 Zone out stoner-style during BAM’s All Night Bong movie marathon with Smiley Face, Pineapple Express, and Friday.

28 Check out the opening of this year’s award-winning design of P.S. 1’s new outdoor installation, Afterparty. Plus: Gay-pride parade (a Sunday long reputed to be almost always sunny).

29 American Ballet Theatre’s fiery Sylvia features an angry goddess, a testy nymph, and Orion himself. Hope for spunky Michele Wiles in the title role.

30 Austin, Texas, instrumentalists Explosions in the Sky—creators of “cathartic mini-symphonies”—take over SummerStage.

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