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Have Yourself Some Culture: Day-by-Day Good Times

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August

1 The MoMA Sculpture Garden hosts formidable jazzmen Jason Moran, Don Byron, and Billy Hart. And AMC debuts its buzzy new show, Rubicon.

2 You think you’ve got creepy neighbors? Catch Rosemary’s Baby at Bryant Park. Or grab Mary Roach’s nonfiction page-turner, Packing for Mars.

3 Spend the day with Picasso: Start at MoMA, move to the Met. Or dig into David Mitchell’s new novel, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet.

4 Britain’s electro-pop band Hot Chip plays SummerStage, and Arcade Fire checks off another career milestone: a gig at Madison Square Garden.

5 Mark Morris Dance Group celebrates its 30th anniversary with a landmark work set to the Handel oratorio, L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato.

6 Christian Marclay’s multimedia Whitney installation includes concerts and visitors (you!) creating a collective score on chalkboards.

7 Shimmy to Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings at Prospect Park. Or try a less soulful form of female chutzpa: the Gotham Girls Roller Derby at Hunter College.

8 Have you seen the awesome “Bespoke: the Handbuilt Bicycle” show at the Museum of Art and Design yet? It closes in one week.

9 Duck into Step Up 3-D at a local theater. You know you want to see it (and we won’t tell anyone).

10 Film Forum hosts Paul Robeson in Eugene O’Neill’s trippy The Emperor Jones, plus a short with blues legend Bessie Smith (her only appearance on film).

11 “Lush Life”— a “murder investigation” inspired by the Richard Price novel—is translated into art at nine Lower East Side galleries.

12 Grizzly Bear, the Walkmen, and Gang Gang Dance rock Governors Island.

13 FringeNYC (a.k.a. theater-geek nirvana) is 200 international com-panies performing in twenty venues for sixteen days, starting now.

14 A movie for everyone today: Julia Roberts in Eat Pray Love, Guy Pearce in Animal Kingdom, or Michael Cera in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.

15 Celebrate the twentieth anniversary of Fear of a Black Planet with Public Enemy at SummerStage.

16 Central Park hosts a concert of Paul Simon’s short-lived 1998 musical, The Capeman. Or catch lovely Laura Linney in her new Showtime series, The Big C.

17 MGMT bring their spazzy intellectualism to Radio City Music Hall. Plus Brian Wilson releases his Gershwin album.

18 Take a stroll along the High Line, and pause to listen to Stephen Vitiello’s sound installation, A Bell for Every Minute.

19 The Muppets Take Manhattan at the River to River Festival. Free first-come-first-serve tickets available at 6 p.m.

20 Nanny McPhee Returns, a movie title that pretty much says it all.

21 Hop a bus to Bard College for the end of SummerScape’s celebration of composer Alban Berg; stay late for cabaret at the Spiegeltent.

22 British ska pioneers the Specials bring their rock-steady beat to SummerStage.

23 Isn’t it time you finally picked up Rick Moody’s The Four Fingers of Death, his first full-length novel in three years?

24 Ted Hearne’s “Katrina Ballads,” a song cycle based on the week following the hurricane, is paired with a Bill Morrison film at (Le) Poisson Rouge.

25 “Hipsters, Hustlers and Handball Players” were the 1950–1980 subjects of photographer Leon Levinstein, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

26 Old 97s troubadour Rhett Miller and tiny soul songstress Zee Avi are at the City Winery.

27 Almost gone: the Kandinsky and Malevich show at the Guggenheim.

28 Rock the Bells hits New York, with the rapturous Lauryn Hill.

29 Charlie Parker Jazz Fest at Tompkins Square Park includes pianist Vijay Iyer, sax-improv king James Moody, and vocalist Jimmy Scott.

30 The U.S. Open tennis tournament swings into action at Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

31 Justin Bieber is at Madison Square Garden (tween shrieking equals earplugs). Or spend the day silently, reading Jonathan Franzen’s latest, Freedom.


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