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78 Days of Fun

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August

1 Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips, formerly of Luna, perform their hauntingly evocative score to Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests at Prospect Park.

2Ninety-year-old Merce Cunningham’s troupe performs a signature minimalist, site-specific Event at Rockefeller Park.

3 Furniture with SMS and Bluetooth capability? Marvel at technologically unusual works by Israeli designer and architect Ron Arad in “No Discipline” at MoMA.

4 Beach-read snobs, take note: Thomas Pynchon’s new hippie-noir book, Inherent Vice, now available.

5 Music collective Bang on a Can’s new offshoot, Asphalt Orchestra, covers everything from Stew to Björk at Lincoln Center Out of Doors.

6 Expect lace and air guitar at Celebrate Brooklyn!’s Purple Rain sing-along in Prospect Park, marking the 25th anniversary of Prince’s album.

7 Julie & Julia, Paper Heart, and G.I. Joe (a.k.a. Oscar bait, twee overload, and blockbuster) hit theaters. Choose one or all three!

8 Special guest Andrew W.K. ups the energy during Radio Happy Hour, an old-timey live variety show at (Le) Poisson Rouge.

9 Head to Second Stage for the last evening of Vanities: A New Musical, Tony-winner Judith Ivey’s adaptation of Jack Heifner’s beloved play.

10 City Ballet and ABT’s seasons are over, so head to the Joyce for your pointe-shoe fix: Tulsa Ballet’s diverse, extraordinarily talented troupe.

11Ten storytellers take the stage and spin five-minute tales about food during the NY Moth StorySLAM at the Nuyorican Poets Café.

12Euripides’ The Bacchae features Jonathan Groff, and André De Shields at Shakespeare in the Park.

13Settle into an easy groove when hip-hop pioneers (and lyrical mavericks) De La Soul take over the Nokia Theatre.

14 Bring special brownies to the opening of Ang Lee’s film Taking Woodstock. Also: Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company at SummerStage.

15 Animal Collective touches down at the Prospect Park Bandshell, and Long Island surfers compete at the Bunger 21st Annual Surf Contest.

16Sixteen days, twenty venues, over 1,300 performances. Take in what you can at the New York International Fringe Festival.

17Arrive early to snag a spot in Bryant Park at the sunset screening of Spielberg’s 1977 Oscar-winning sci-fi classic Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

18Ease into the week with a peek at Richard Avedon’s emblematic photographs in “Avedon Fashion 1944–2000” at the International Center of Photography.

19Escape to an air-conditioned theater for the romantic Time Traveler’s Wife, with Rachel McAdams and Eric Bana.

20Gape at the wild, organic moves of Brooklyn’s fiercest dancing ladies, the Urban Bush Women.

21Scale the multilevel Frank Lloyd Wright exhibit inside the Guggenheim.

22Pianist Emanuel Ax, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and the Mark Morris Dance Group perform together at Mostly Mozart.

23Brace for blood. Tarantino takes on Nazi Germany in Inglourious Basterds, which opened on Friday.

24Walk west for Christopher O’Riley’s classical-piano takes on Nirvana and Radiohead at the HighLine Ballroom.

25Urban bachata pioneers Bachata Heightz perform a mash-up of rock, hip-hop, R&B, and mambo in a free show at Highbridge Park.

26Head to the Brooklyn Museum for lo-fi video works by feminist artists at “Reflections on the Electric Mirror: New Feminist Video.”

27It’s a love story, baby: Taylor Swift brings her guitar and songwriting chops to Madison Square Garden. Resistance is futile.

28Big Fan, the directorial debut from the writer of The Wrestler, opens at the Angelika, starring Patton Oswalt as a N.Y. Giants obsessive.

29Add a touch of class to the end of summer at the perennially underrated Bargemusic; nothing’s quite so calming as listening to a string quartet (the Voxare, today) on a small barge in Dumbo.

30RadioTheatre’s yearlong celebration of Edgar Allan Poe’s 200th birthday continues at Under St. Marks.

31Discover rescued rarities at the Met Museum’s “Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures from the National Museum, Kabul.”


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