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A Hot Ticket, Every Night

Seventy-eight days of warm-weather culture.


June 18: American Ballet Theatre plays to its strengths—dramatic star performances in big-story ballets—with Romeo and Juliet.

19: The stoner-friendly polyglot rap group Das Racist plays Red Hook Park at 7 p.m.—the same day David Maraniss’s Barack Obama–was–a–pothead bio hits.

20: Pundit-tainment! The Daily Show’s Wyatt Cenac, Al Madrigal, John Oliver, and Kristen Schaal will crack wise at SummerStage’s “Indecision in the Park,” hosted by John Hodgman.

21: Breaking Bads Gustavo, Giancarlo Esposito, steps onstage in John Patrick Shanley’s Storefront Church at the Atlantic Theater Company. Apparently, he still has his face.

22: The superhero-less movie sweet spot: Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter opens against Woody Allen’s Euro-gloss To Rome With Love and Pixar’s princessy (but not too princessy) Brave.

23: The chunky-eyeglasses set takes over Randalls Island for the Governors Ball Music Festival. Onstage: Beck, Santigold, Fiona Apple, Modest Mouse.

24: Walk and talk and watch and sigh: Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom premieres at 10 p.m. (See Mark Harris’s conversation with him on page 102.)

25: For this 50th-anniversary season of Shakespeare in the Park, Steve Martin wrote original music for As You Like It, which stars the luminous Lily Rabe.

26: It’s an earnest, tuneful day downtown, as Suzanne Vega is joined by pop-classical singer-songwriter Gabriel Kahane, Tina Chang (poet laureate of Brooklyn), and Paolo Javier (Queens) at Rockefeller Park.

27: If you believe that Brian D’Arcy James’s talent was wasted on Smash, go see him own the room at 54 Below, the theater district’s newest cabaret.

28: FX quaffs tiger blood: Charlie Sheen’s Anger Management premieres at 9 p.m. Or, if you don’t want to hate yourself the next day, wait till 10:30 for the season-three premiere of Louis C.K.’s Louie.

29: Magic Mike, Steven Soderbergh’s film starring Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey as strippers, opens. On the same night, the Philharmonic plays Stockhausen’s three-orchestra Gruppen at the Park Avenue Armory. Your call.

30: Get lost in the urban fantasy of Klara Lidén’s “Bodies of Society” film and installations at the New Museum.

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