Queer performance series kicks off
Every summer since 1991, Dixon Place has been celebrating New York’s best queer art and performance, and every summer, they bring it better than the last. Look for this year’s artists to push past new boundaries (choreographer-dancer Jonah Bokaer), showcase invented forms and fashion crazes (burlesque troupe the Fuckerettes, disco sluts Whore’s Mascara, pictured above), and slay you with hilarious and bizarre performances (comedy genius Dynasty Handbag, rocker Gretchen Phillips, cabaret singer Joseph Keckler). Say it with us: That’s hot.
Classic memoir resurfaces
The Education of a Gardener With chapter headings like “On planting: shrubs,” Russell Page’s newly reissued classic on his life as a gardener and landscape architect might seem … incredibly dull. In fact, it’s a fascinating read for anyone interested in nature—or storytelling. Given to opening lines like “It must have been my father who told me of a certain elderly lady devoted to flowers who lived in a Victorian Gothic house,” Page will have you yearning for a patch of earth to call your own. Russell Page
New York Review Books
Buy it » Oiled-up rock god makes nutty video
A.S.A.P. Cody Critcheloe, who you might know as the artist who designed the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Fever to Tell album cover, is an oiled-up, mustached rock god in his own right. His band the Ssion cranks out dirty electro-funk jams, but more importantly, he makes fantastically weird videos for them. The new one, for “A.S.A.P.,” is a lo-fi, YMCA-inspired romp featuring oil and mustaches, yes, but also BOY London fashion, beat-matched basketballs, fake vomit, and general mayhem. Don’t miss the sax player’s dance solo! The Ssion
Watch » Old story gets glamorous makeover
Cinderella It’s hard to say what excites us most about this production, now returning after the break from last season: Choreographer James Kudelka’s inventive retelling of Prokofiev’s classic (the prince doesn’t save Cinderella from a lackluster life, they save each other!), the Erté-inspired Art Deco costumes, shimmering in Jazz Age black and silver—or that oversize, airborne pumpkin carriage, which delivers our heroine to the ball as if it were a dazzling orange UFO. American Ballet Theatre
Metropolitan Opera House
Opens today, closes July 7
Tickets » Lady Sovereign
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We’ve got a pair of tickets to see the pint-size, British hip-hop sensation. Win them now!
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Contrarian curates brooding summer show
Good Morning Midnight Leave it to L.A. tastemaker Bruce Hainley to make Jean Rhys’s stark 1939 novel about a depressed young woman in post–World War I Paris the subject of a summer show—not to mention one full of California artists not exactly known for brooding existentialism. Up-and-comers like Brian Calvin and Lisa Lapinski rub elbows with Jasper Johns and Sturtevant; Hainley says it’s about “the rapidity with which one thing, form, or action becomes another.” Call it a refreshing change of pace. Casey Kaplan Gallery
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Teach them some of their favorite songs
The Laurie Berkner Songbook Was your kid one of the thousands of Laurie fans who stampeded her free Earth Day concert in Central Park this year? Got a guitar (even a dusty one)? Berkner has published her first songbook, and though it’s intended mainly for classroom use, you don’t have to be a teacher to follow the simple notation (just use the chord-fingering charts). There’s even a CD of backing tracks—perfect for kiddie karaoke. You can find it in music stores. Laurie Berkner
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