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78 Days of Fun

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July

1Peter Terzian reads from Heavy Rotation: Twenty Writers on the Albums that Changed Their Lives at the Bryant Park Reading Room.

2 Wake up early to nab tickets for self-proclaimed theater geek Anne Hathaway’s Shakespeare in the Park turn as Viola in Twelfth Night.

3 Can Target inspire art? The Ontological-Hysteric Theater examines Brooklynites’ shopping habits in the possibly hilarious Behind the Bullseye.

4 Conor Oberst comes to the River to River Festival, while the New York Philharmonic does Gershwin for its “Born on the Fourth of July” concert.

5 Contemplate the rural life with a trip to Socrates Sculpture Park to see “State Fair,” a group exhibition where artists riff on farming and pageantry.

6Beat the heat with Public Enemies, the action-packed Depression-era drama with Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, and Marion Cotillard.

7 Delve into French experimental theater with Ariane Mnouchkine’s dreamy Les Éphémères at the Park Avenue Armory.

8 Argentine songstress Juana Molina joins São Paulo singer-composer Curumin and Buenos Aires mash-up king El G at SummerStage.

9Choreographer Shen Wei reveals his troupe, Shen Wei Dance Arts, in the complete version of his iconic triptych Re-(I, II, III).

10 Indulge your inner child with fourteen classic arcade games like Donkey Kong, Frogger, Ms. Pac-Man, and Space Invaders at the Museum of the Moving Image’s interactive “Behind the Screen” exhibit.

11 Head-bang with toddlers to punk-rock duo Japanther during WhitneyKids Punk Rock! 

12 Make the day trip to Bard to catch the last performance of a rare revival of Lucinda Childs’s Dance, the choreographer’s 1979 masterwork.

13 Head to KeySpan Park to worship two musical veterans of the stage: indie pioneers Yo La Tengo and alt-rockers Wilco.

14Tonight at the Hispanic Society: “Sonic Episodes: An Evening of Audio Works,” part of Dia’s alfresco event series.

15 Michael Showalter and Michael Ian Black bring their absurdist antics to Gowanus’ Bell House before the premiere of their new Comedy Central show.

16 Jack White’s new new band, The Dead Weather, thrashes out lean blues rock in a show at Terminal 5.

17Bliss out while Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel fall in and out of love in the highly anticipated, fantastical (500) Days of Summer.

18Go to the Siren Music Festival, anchored by Built to Spill, Danish duo the Raveonettes, and cheeky boppers Micachu & the Shapes.

19It’s been over a week since its release. Bypass the lines for Sacha Baron Cohen’s long-awaited and litigious Brüno.

20 Take in “Cézanne to Picasso: Paintings From the David and Peggy Rockefeller Collection,” on the wall at MoMA.

21 Pack a picnic and dance barefoot as activist and songwriter Jackson Browne hits the stage in Prospect Park for Celebrate Brooklyn!

22 Adventurous new-music ensemble Alarm Will Sound plays interpretations of Aphex Twin tunes at (Le) Poisson Rouge.

23 Fun-loving composer and violist Ljova (a.k.a. Lev Zhurbin) brings his raucous Kontraband to the Jewish Museum.

24 Budapest’s Béla Pintér and Company premieres its rowdy, farcical Peasant Opera.

25 Choose between two quality Russian dramas: Maly Drama Theatre’s Life and Fate or Boris Godunov at the Park Avenue Armory.

26 They just want to please the ladies: Masters of the slow jam Ginuwine and Joe croon their best at SummerStage.

27 Get riled up at Madison Square Garden with Green Day’s 21st Century Breakdown tour.

28 Attend BAM’s 30th-anniversary screening of The Muppet Movie; bone up on Jim Henson lore beforehand at “Muppets History 201.”

29 When do patriotism and terrorism cross paths? Find out at We Declare You a Terrorist at the Public Theater’s Summer Play Festival.

30 South African a cappella virtuosos Ladysmith Black Mambazo break out their moves for BAM’s R&B festival at MetroTech. 

31 What’s summer sans Judd Apatow? Funny People opens. Plus: Rebel Without a Cause at Film Forum.


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