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Agenda Top Pick Stars align for Shakespeare in the Park
Romeo and Juliet

Shakespeare in the Park; Delacorte Theater; Free; More info

Oh, Romeo! The young Oscar Isaac was exciting and charismatic in Two Gents. And Juliet! Lauren Ambrose, the redhead from Six Feet Under—well, read all about her. (The director? Michael Greif, the busy, talented guy behind Rent and Grey Gardens.) Even if these star-cross’d lovers don’t move you, watching Shakespeare under the summer sky is one of the essential New York experiences. And the dream of Shakespeare in the Park’s creator Joe Papp holds true: It’s free.


   
Populist Get the CD for summer, tickets for fall
Daddy Yankee
 
We know who our daddy is. The new stuff from Puerto Rico's reggaeton superstar is more slick, muscular, and mainstream, promising to shake your windows all summer long. Guests Akon, Hector El Father, and Pussycat Doll Nicole pour on the hip-hop and R&B gasolina, but we’re still loving the single “Impacto” with Fergie. Buy the album, out today, and make haste to Ticketmaster—presale for his previously secret September show has already begun.

El Cartel/The Big Boss
Interscope/El Cartel
$13.98
Buy it  » Tickets  »

     
Indieist Brit faves cross the pond
Long Blondes
 
Did you know that Long Blondes front woman Kate Jackson is the seventh coolest person in music? So says NME! The U.K. band has also been earning indie-cred points Stateside with their singles, released on the rising local label What’s Your Rupture? This week marks the release of their debut album, Someone to Drive You Home. Visit Luna Lounge on the 6th, or Bowery Ballroom on the 9th, to experience their jackknife-sharp, a dash-punky-and-a-dash-sultry take on sixties sunshine pop.

Luna Lounge
June 6
$12
7:30 p.m.
Luna Lounge tickets  » Bowery Ballroom tickets  »

     
Square About your wedding …
Rebecca Mead
 
In between dress fittings and flower-arrangement planning sessions, you just might want to pencil in an opportunity for reflection on a bridal industry gone mad. You've got two options: Rebecca Mead discusses her broad expose, One Perfect Day, tonight, then comes to Park Slope on Thursday to moderate a panel of contributors (including New York’s Amy Sohn) to Altared, a collection of 27 true tales of wedding-planning terror. You might wind up dreaming of elopement.

Tonight and June 7
Barnes & Noble, 1972 Broadway, and Park Slope
7:30 p.m.
Free
More info »

     
Aesthete See Pop not painted by Warhol
Nicholas Krushenick
 
A Warhol may have just sold for over $70 million, but this survey of a lesser-known Pop artist is just as eye-opening. Krushenick's paintings, made in the early sixties as Abstract Expressionism was losing its grip on the art world, have the primary palette and graphic oomph of a Lichtenstein while remaining, well, abstract—and presaging later styles of painting, from Peter Halley's circuits to Takashi Murakami's naughty Japanimation.

Marianne Boesky Gallery Through
June 16
Slideshow  »
More info  »

     
Kids Hear Shel Silverstein set to “newgrass”
Astrograss
 
How about an impromtu activity this Tuesday morning? These Parkside Lounge regulars wed Shel Silverstein lyrics to updated bluegrass. They’re about to record their first disc of original material, but we think they’re best live—they get pre-tweens dancing like wild things at a hoedown. And if you yourself aren’t down with “newgrass,” you can content yourself with a look at Roxy Paine’s stainless steel trees and a snack from Shake Shack.

Madison Square Park
10:30 a.m.
Free
More info  »

     
 
 

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