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The Ultimate Summer Calendar

Films on Rooftops! Biking in Brooklyn! Festivals All Over!

Week of May 29-June 4

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  • art

  • June 3, 4 / Sat, Sun

    Atlantic Avenue ArtWalk06
    In its third year, this self-guided tour explores the work of over 100 established and emerging Brooklyn artists via open studios, gallery shows, and public art projects. Local restaurants and bars will also offer special rates.
    • Time: 1pm-6pm
    • Place: Atlantic Ave., between Fourth Ave. and Hicks St.; 718-875-8993
    • Cost: Free

  • June 2 / Fri

    Rob Thomas and Jewel
    Early bird special: Matchbox Twenty's frontman is joined on his solo summer tour by the folkie singer-songwriter.
    • Time: 7am
    • Place: Bryant Park, Upper Terrace, 42nd St. at Sixth Ave.; 212-768-4242
    • Cost: Free

  • concerts
  • Super Furry Animals
    Psychedelic, experimental rock from the quirky Welsh quintet.
    • Time: 7pm
    • Place: South Street Seaport Pier 17, Fulton St. at South St.; 212-835-2789
    • Cost: Free

  • June 3 / Sat

    Dan Zanes and Brooklyn Friends
    The former lead singer of Del Fuegos (now a Grammy-nominated kiddie crooner) performs his family-friendly songs at this Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn benefit.
    • Time: 11am
    • Place: Hanson Place Central United Methodist Church, 144 St. Felix St., between Lafayette Ave. and Hanson Pl., Fort Greene, Brooklyn; 866-468-7619
    • Cost: $15 for adults, $12 for children

  • June 4 / Sun

    Jazz & Roses
    An afternoon of outdoor concerts featuring vocalists Wendy Russell and Andrea Wolper as well as special rose-themed activities such as a tour of the Cranford Rose Garden.
    • Time: noon
    • Place: Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 1000 Washington Ave. at Montgomery St.; www.bbg.org
    • Cost: $5

  • dance
  • June 4 / Sun

    Latin Dance Spectacular
    Ballet Hispanico alum Anthony Rodriguez (who has toured with Madonna and Marc Anthony) is one of 250 performers at this tango, salsa, and mambo extravaganza.
    • Time: noon
    • Place: South Street Seaport, Pier 17, Fulton St. at South St.
    • Cost: Free

  • festivals
  • June 3 / Sat

    AsiaFest
    A celebration of Far Eastern culture with traditional dance, acrobatics, and opera from Dance China NY.
    • Time: noon
    • Place: South Street Seaport, Pier 17, Fulton St. at South St.
    • Cost: Free

  • 12th Annual Red Hook Waterfront Arts Festival
    The New York Water Taxi provides free, hourly shuttle service from Queens and Manhattan to this showcase of live music, student films, and tap-dancing tweens.
    • Time: noon-6pm
    • Place: Beard Street Pier, near Van Brunt St., Red Hook, Brooklyn; 718-297-2224
    • Cost: Free

  • June 4 / Sun

    Bang on a Can Marathon
    A Tuvan throat-singing Siberian punk band, an all-female Icelandic ambient quartet, and Anthony Braxton's marching piece for 100 tubas are just some of the highlights at this all-day festival of new works.
    • Time: 11:30am
    • Place: 2 World Financial Center, Winter Garden Atrium at West St. and Vesey St.; 718-852-7755
    • Cost: Free

  • movies

  • June 1 / Thu

    Rooftop Films
    Now in its 10th year, this movie series has gone from a single Gowanus rooftop to dozen of locations throughout the city. The festival premieres with a Manhattan sneak preview of Steve Collins's feature-length comedy, Gretchen.
    • Time: 9pm
    • Place: Pier 63, 23rd St. at Hudson River
    • Cost: $8

  • June 2 / Fri

    The Break-Up
    Jennifer Aniston's much-anticipated romantic comedy (with costar and current beau Vince Vaughn) opens, and critic David Edelstein calls it "a routine, stereotype-stuffed sitcom with pretensions." Skip it.
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  • The War Tapes
    Instead, see Deborah Scranton’s extraordinary documentary. "Maybe this picture can be worth a thousand lives," writes Edelstein.
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  • Brooklyn International Film Festival
    Among the 120 movies competing in five different categories is Factotum, a Bukowski-inspired flick with Matt Dillon and Lili Taylor (6/4). Kicking off the festival is the U.S. premiere of Blood: Death Does Not Exist, an Italian family drama directed by and costarring Libero De Rienzo.
    • Time: 8:30pm
    • Place: Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Pkwy., at Washington Ave., Prospect Heights, Brooklyn; 718-388-4306
    • Cost: $10

  • June 3 / Sat

    He Got Game
    In this 1998 Spike Lee film, Denzel Washington plays a father who can only get released from prison if he convinces his son to play basketball for the governor's alma mater.
    • Time: 8:30pm
    • Place: Coney Island Museum, 1208 Surf Ave., between Stillwell Ave. and W. 12th St.; 718-372-5159
    • Cost: $5
    See complete Coney Island schedule

  • sports
  • June 4 / Sun

    Tour de Brooklyn
    Transportation Alternatives hosts hundreds of cyclists as they wind through Bed-Stuy, Greenpoint, Williamsburg, DUMBO and Red Hook for this all-ages, 18-mile bike ride.
    • Time: 9:30am
    • Place: Herbert Von King Park, Tompkins and Greene Aves., Brooklyn; 212-629-8080
    • Cost: Free

  • Compiled by Leaya Lee and E. J. Samson
    Contributors: Sara Cardace, Elizabeth Cline, Joe DeLessio, and Kaija Helmetag


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