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McCarren Park Pool; June 24; 2 p.m.; More info
Sunday the stalwart indie-rock band plays the city’s sweetest indie-rock venue—and ultimate summer hangout—McCarren Park Pool. The Merge Records founders rarely gig outside of North Carolina, so seize the moment to see them free, with 5,000 other sweaty-but-still-cute fun-seekers. While you’re at it, clear your Sunday schedule for the rest of the summer: TV on the Radio, Blonde Redhead, the Thermals, Illinois, and Erase Errata are also booked to play the series.
Horror fest arrives at best weekend
It’s Only a Movie Torture porn you can see in the usual theaters. This festival, now barreling into one of its strongest weekends, offers everything else you could want: Thrillers (Dario Argento’s The Bird With the Crystal Plumage, playing Sunday); mutant updates (South Korean smash The Host, Sunday); meta slasher flicks (French indie High Tension, Sunday); and good ol’ fashioned horror movies (Saturday’s double feature, 1977 classic The Hills Have Eyes and its surprisingly good 2006 remake). And if you must, Netflix the Scary Movie series. Horror Films From the 1970s and Today
Museum of the Moving Image Through July 22
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None other than the Gay Pride Parade.
John Cusack + heebie-jeebies = 1408.
Lesbian punk harks back to simpler times
Team Dresch Studio B—dimly lit, sort of seedy, and outfitted with plenty of plush benches—might seem a good place for a quiet hookup on Pride weekend. But this lesbian garage-punk band, now back by semi-popular demand, is more likely to get you pumped for the festivities—and maybe even draw you into the kind of mosh pit that’ll remind you of a time when riot-grrrl giants roamed the earth. Of course, there is that plush seating … Studio B
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Unsheathe your light sabers: Big Apple Comic Con.
Dave Attell hosts young comedians on SummerStage.
Experience the best script in town
You Can’t Take It With You This Off–Off Broadway revival of a 70-year-old work has Jeremy McCarter in stitches: “Some of the jokes pay off in seconds, others build for hours, and the whole thing has been engineered so ingeniously that the script has more vitality than just about anything in town.” Sure, the erratic cast flubs a good number of the gags—“but when you’re dealing with one of the most perfect comedies ever written, it still makes for a pretty good time.” T. Schreiber Studio
Closes June 24
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Two fresh dances from Baryshnikov.
Enjoy a world of books outdoors.
Racy novel becomes ecstatic movie
Lady Chatterley “Nothing in Lady Chatterley feels salacious,” says David Edelstein, responding to this adaptation of D.H. Lawrence’s famously sexified Lady Chatterley’s Lover. But despite that (and the fact that the nearly three-hour movie starts slow), it’s still got plenty going for it: “You come away with a vision of two naked people frolicking in the forest in a downpour, ecstatically at one with the natural world.” If that sounds unlike the novel, consider that director Pascale Ferran is French. Kino International
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Opening: Benglis and Bourgeois’s complementary sculptures.
Opening: Jasper Johns and others inspired by a 1939 novel.
Insert pirate joke here
Pirate Sail Last year, the dreaded pirate captain Aaron Singh—that’s his official title, “dreaded pirate captain”—launched the first Pirate Sail. Little swashbucklers learn to tie knots, set sails (which require twenty sets of hands to maneuver), ready a cannon for firing (with a blank ten-gauge-shotgun shell)–and locate treasure, which they then get to divide among their fellow pirates. If tickets for Sunday’s inaugural voyage sell out, snap them up for the July or August runs. South Street Seaport,
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They’ve always wanted to make their own lyres.
Let the Swedes ring in summer.
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