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Critics’ Picks: Twenty Days to Spend in Town


Theater By Scott Brown
Through July 2 4000 Miles is the newest play from newish playwright Amy Herzog, about a 21-year-old coping with grief and his still-sassy 91-year-old grandmother. The Duke on 42nd Street
Through July 3 Michael Weller’s Side Effects, about a political power couple on the rocks. MCC Theater
July 6 to August 14 In a rare six-week residency, members of The Royal Shakespeare Company will perform five plays in a full-scale mock-up of its Stratford-Upon-Avon theatre. Park Avenue Armory
July 26 to September 3 Olive and the Bitter Herbs, a Passover ghost story from Charles Busch. 59E59 Theaters
Through September 4 Death Takes a Holiday, a new musical based on the play that inspired Meet Joe Black. Laura Pels Theatre
Concerts By Nitsuh Abebe
June 23 Dinosaur Jr., with Canadian punks Fucked Up: The indie-rock greats still sound terrific, and Fucked Up’s latest album is full of triumphant screaming hooks. Terminal 5
June 25 Jeff the Brotherhood’s warm garage rock and Iceage’s chilly post-punk clatter could actually be like seeing two great rock shows in one night. 285 Kent
June 30 Catch a couple of California’s finer acts— the DIY noise of No Age and Health, in one handy package. House of Vans
July 14 A free show featuring two very intriguing women, tUnE-yArDs’ Merrill Garbus (Joyous clattering pop with a loop pedal) and Austra’s Katie Stelmanis (who’s nearly operatic). Pier 54
July 21 Theophilus London and Gordon Voidwell: New Yorkers with eclectic, eighties-heavy takes on R&B, pop, and hip-hop. Bowery Ballroom
Performances By Justin Davidson
June 21 Make Music New York: One day, hundreds of concurrent performances in band shells and rowboats, on piers and sidewalks.
June 22 to 25 The New York Philharmonic performs the first opera based on a comic strip, Leos Jánácek’s The Cunning Little Vixen. Avery Fisher Hall
June 26 Gilmore Foundation grant winner Kirill Gerstein will play a meaty program of Liszt, Brahms, and Oliver Knussen. (Le) Poisson Rouge
July 13 to 17 The Cleveland Orchestra, the midwestern guardian of Middle-European music, rolls into town. Avery Fisher Hall
August 4 For Mostly Mozart, Iván Fischer conducts and directs a staging of Don Giovanni that features dancers in white leotards arranging themselves into sets and props. Rose Theater at Lincoln Center
Art By Jerry Saltz
June 23 to July 30 “For the Kids,” A mini-retrospective of cult photographers John and Tock Costacos, makers of fantasy sport posters in the eighties and nineties. Salon 94 Freemans
June 29 to November 27 “Mother India: The Goddess in Indian Painting.” Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through August 28 Bellini’s fifteenth-century masterpiece St. Francis in the Desert has temporarily been placed at eye level. Now you can see what God might have seen. The Frick Collection
Through September 3 “Any Ever,” Ryan Trecartin’s frenetically edited video narratives of sex, persona, and kaleidoscopic color. P.S. 1
Through November 2 In 2010, conceptualist Hans-Peter Feldmann won the Guggenheim $100,000 Hugo Boss Prize. Now he’s pinning every one of those dollar bills to the wall. Guggenheim Museum


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