The OZY Fest Edition!
Nothing stops summer in the city -- not heat index warnings, not thunderstorms, not tourists! And it's the same this weekend, as Ozy Fest comes to New York for its second year. For the uninitiated, OZY.com is the news before the news website mashing together global affairs, politics, society and well, Good Sh*t, and every year the site has a think fest in Central Park. Yes, even Malcolm Gladwell will be there! For those wanting to revive the kid inside, visit the Come Out & Play Festival in DUMBO and on Governor's Island! The New York Adventure Club is headed for an UrbEx Hike Through The Erie Railroad and for Exploring the Hidden Galleries & Street Art in the Lower East Side, while fans of indoors can check out the Lincoln Center Festival. Some great things this upcoming week, too, including The Secret Lunches of Chelsea & Ivanka, Vanishing New York Launch Party and World Team Tennis (New York Empire).
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Come Out & Play Festival: Each year After Dark turns the city streets in a particular neighborhood into an arcade with social party games, large physical video games and wild new street games. After Dark with its daytime compatriot, Adult Field Day, return to DUMBO and Governor’s Island, where the festival will showcase spectacular new field games & sports for adults to play with the skyline of New York City as a backdrop.Manhattan Bridge Archway Plaza and Governor’s Island Nolan Park, 21-22 July, Free.
Ozy Fest: Forget the music shows. The second annual interactive outdoor festival, sponsored by the daily digital news magazine, will return to New York with performances by Jason Derulo, Samantha Bee, Issa Rae, RuPaul, Zara Larsson and Talib Kweli, as well as panels featuring Malcolm Gladwell, Katie Couric, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Adam Grant, Van Jones, Von Miller, Whitney Wolfe, Grover Norquist and Michael Moe. Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, 69th at Fifth Ave., 22 July, 12pm, from $50.
Lincoln Center Festival: Lincoln Center’s summer festival has a 2017 lineup that features 20 international productions and 43 performances across dance, music, theatre, and film from around the world. Inspired by the social and political landscape, this year’s festival is focused on the theme of “Crossing Borders.” The 2017 festival showcases plays from Syria and Israel, including While I Was Waiting, Syrian playwright Mohammad Al Attar’s family drama about a man stopped at a Damascus checkpoint andTo the End of the Land by David Grossman. The festival’s lineup also features the U.S. premiere of Opening Skinner’s Box from Britain’s Improbable Theatre – an overview of the 20th century’s most famous psychological experiments. Lincoln Center, 65th and Broadway, through 30 July, various times and prices.
UrbEx Hike Through The Erie Railroad: Join New York Adventure Club for a two-mile guided hike and exploration through the remnants of the abandoned Bergen Arches of the Erie Railroad; a spectacular canyon of train tunnels and open-air railbeds which were burrowed through the rocky Palisades in Jersey City, NJ between 1906-1910. PATH Station, 12 Path Plaza, Jersey City, 22 June, 1pm, from $25.
Exploring the Hidden Galleries & Street Art in the Lower East Side: Join New York Adventure Club and discover how the chaos of the Lower East Side has shaped — and continues to shape — the destiny of the art world, in the eyes of neighborhood expert and artist Rich Garr. Highlights of this unique experience, include: a look at some of the best art on the streets, both traditional graffiti and innovative new street art, as well as artist-run galleries and blue-chip spaces that show off a wide range art.Fat Free Art, 102 Allen Street, 22 July, 2pm, from $29.
Touring the Secret Eats & Gritty Past of Chinatown: Join New York Adventure Club through the twisted back streets of Chinatown to eat at some of the neighborhood’s best culinary destinations, while learning about its gritty past filled with gangs and violence. Columbus Park (Exact Location Revealed in Confirmation Email), 23 July, 4pm, from $35 (ticket includes tastings).
Ask Me Another: Welcome to a night of stupidly smart fun. Think fast as host Ophira Eisenberg throws trivia questions, puzzles and brainteasers at special guests. Includes witty banter and guitar riffs from one-man house band Jonathan Coulton. VIPs for the evening will be stars of show Marvin's Room - Lili Taylor and Janeane Garofalo. Ask Me Another is a co-production of NPR and WNYC. The Bell House, 149 7th Street, Brooklyn, 24 July, 7:30pm, from $20.
The Secret Lunches of Chelsea & Ivanka: A “modern day” political satire that explores the events leading up to the 2016 election through the unlikely friendship and clashing perspectives of two American First Daughters. Stars Melissa Rauch (“The Big Bang Theory”) and Zosia Mamet (“Girls”), and directed by Carolyn Cantor (“Sell Buy Date”). The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street, 24 July, from $30.
Greenlight Presents, Live from Cairo: Ian Bassingthwaighte's debut novel is set in 2011 after President Mubarak has just been ousted from power. The oldest city in the world is reeling from political revolution. But for the people living there, daily life has not slowed down but become wilder, more dangerous, and, occasionally, freeing. Greenlight Bookstore, 686 Fulton Street, 26 July, 7:30pm, Free.
Vanishing New York Launch Party: A Jane Jacobs for the digital age, cultural commentator Jeremiah Moss has spent the past decade observing and painstakingly documenting the sea change that has occurred in New York City. In Vanishing New York: How a Great City Lost Its Soul, he reports on the city’s development in the twenty-first century, a period of “hyper-gentrification” that has resulted in the transformation of beloved neighborhoods and the loss of treasured landmarks. HousingWorks Bookstore Café, 126 Crosby Street, 27 July, 7pm, Free.
Panorama Festival: Panorama returns to New York City’s Randall’s Island Park for its second installment this summer, featuring performances from Tame Impala, Spoon, Belle & Sebastian, alt-J, Solange, Glass Animals, MGMT and more. The critically-acclaimed festival sits at the intersection of New York’s unique creative community, bringing together music, immersive art and innovative technology. Randall’s Island Park, 28-30 July, all-day, from $125 day pass.
Amadou & Mariam: 21 July, BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn, Prospect Park Bandshell
Regina Spektor: 27 July, Central Park SummerStage
Tame Impala: 28 July, Randall’s Island
Andrew Bird: 28 July, BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn, Prospect Park Bandshell
Fleetwood Mac: 29-30 July, CitiField
World Team Tennis (New York Empire)
v. Orange County Breakers, 27 July, 7pm, Billie Jean King National Tennis Center
v. San Diego Aviators, 28 July, 7pm, Billie Jean King National Tennis Center
v. Washington Kastles, 30 July, 5pm, Billie Jean King National Tennis Center
v. Springfield Lasers, 31 July, 7pm, Billie Jean King National Tennis Center
New York Mets
v. Oakland Athletics, 21-23 July, 7pm, 1pm
New York City Football Club
v. Toronto Football Club, 19 July, 7:30pm
v. Chicago Fire, 22 July, 2pm
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: When the merry sprite Puck meddles with a magical love potion, young lovers lost in the woods mysteriously find themselves infatuated with the wrong person in this hilarious, fairytale fantasia that proves the course of true love never did run smooth. Lear deBessonet, Founder of The Public Theater’s groundbreaking Public Works program, brings her electric theatrical vision to the classic romance about the supernatural nature of love. Delacorte Theatre, Central Park, through 13 August, Free (see link).
The Suitcase Under the Bed: So named for the place where all of Teresa Deevy’s writing was stored for decades, The Suitcase Under the Bed features four short plays casting an unsentimental eye on the idea of marriage. Teresa Deevy, called one of Ireland’s most neglected playwrights, had six plays produced by the Abbey Theatre between 1930 and 1936, before she began to write for the radio – a remarkable turn of events, given that she was completely deaf. The Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row, 410 West 42nd St, through 23 September, from $65.
Summer Shorts: Summer Shorts is an annual event where audiences can get reacquainted with some of their favorite American playwrights, and discover new talent. This year’s festival features new one-act plays from Chris Cragin-Day, Lindsey Kraft & Andrew Leeds, Neil LaBute, Academy Award-winner, Graham Moore in his playwrighting debut and multiple Emmy Award-winner Alan Zweibel. 9E59, 59 East 59th Street, through 2 September, from $25.
East to Edinburgh: 59E59 Theaters’ annual East to Edinburgh festival features a formative lineup of North American companies eager to fine-tune their work before heading to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland. See such plays as Pulitzer/Tony Award nominee Craig Lucas's Tales of Life and Death, Van Gogh Find Yourself, in which audience members create art along with Vincent while the artist reveals his deepest secrets and Hyperthymesia, a play about remembering every day of your life. 59E59, 59 East 59th Street, through 30 July, from $15.
Ice Factory 2017: Every year, the New Ohio Theatre, a two-time OBIE Award-winning performance venue, presents the Ice Factory, in which downtown companies put on their latest projects. This year features Fernando, a seromantic dark farce/psychosexual thriller set in Madrid; A Footnote in History about 1983’s speace shuttle trip with the female astronaut; and True Right, a reimagining of Sam Shepard’s True West – featuring George and Jeb Bush played by two ethnic ladies. New Ohio, 153 West Christopher Street, through 13 August, cost is literally pocket change.
Soulpepper on 42nd Street: Soulpepper is Toronto’s largest not-for-profit theatre company that presents a year-round repertory season grounded in the classics and committed to the creation of new works and innovative practices. For its New York showcase, Soulpepper will present W. Somerset Maugham’s Of Human Bondage, the new play Kim’s Convenience and the musical Spoon River. Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 West 42nd Street, through 29 July, from $30.
A Parallelogram: Past, present and future collide in this sharp existential comedy about a woman named Bee who can click through different moments in her life with the touch of a remote control. 2nd Stage, Tony Kiser Theater, 305 West 43rd Street through 20 August, from $86.
PTP/NYC: PTP/NYC is an Off-Broadway company creating socially and politically acute theatre for the 21st century that offers an annual five-week repertory season. This year features two plays: Arcadia, Tom Stoppard’s classic about the Enlightenment versus the Romantics and pure reason versus sheer randomness; and Pity in History, a remake of Britain’s 17th century Civil War to present day in an examination of a society rife with competing ideologies. Atlantic Stage 2, 330 West 16th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues), through 6 August, from $37.
Hamlet: Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Romeo and Juliet) returns to The Public in this electrifyingly intimate new production of Shakespeare’s eternal drama. Tony Award winner Sam Gold (Fun Home, Othello) directs theater’s most powerful tragedy about life and death, madness and conscience, and corruption – of the state and of the soul. Anspacher Theater, The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street, through 3 September, $75.
Pipeline: Nya, an inner-city public high school teacher, is committed to her students, but desperate to give her only son Omari opportunities they’ll never have. When a controversial incident at his upstate private school threatens to get him expelled, Nya must confront his rage and her own choices as a parent. Lincoln City Theater, 150 West 65th Street, through 27 August, from $77.
Ettore Sottsass – Design Radical: A seminal figure in 20th-century design, the Italian architect and designer Ettore Sottsass (1917–2007) created a vast body of work, the result of an exceptionally productive career that spanned more than six decades. This exhibition reevaluates Sottsass’s career in a presentation of key works in a range of media—including architectural drawings, interiors, furniture, machines, ceramics, glass, jewelry, textiles and pattern, painting, and photography. Met Breuer, 945 Madison Avenue, through 8 October, $25 suggested.
Sturtevant: Elaine Sturtevant’s signature style belonged to Andy Warhol, Marcel Duchamp, Jasper Johns and others whom she copied as a feminist attack on male artists’ market chokehold, as well as statement about originality. Sturtevant’s work made waves during her lifetime and has remained critically acclaimed since her death in 2014. Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, 439 West 127th Street, through 9 September, Free.
Kink and Politics – The Ties That Bind: Exploring the ideas of sexual deviance and government legislation, Kink and Politics features immigrant and American artists answering the question of how moral and social conformity and legislative politics serve as a structure to champion as well as to challenge and revoke. David Nolan, 527 West 29th Street, through 29 July, Free.
Alexander Calder – Hypermobility: In the early 1930s, Calder invented an entirely new mode of art, the mobile — a kinetic form of sculpture in which carefully balanced components manifest their own unique systems of movement. Hypermobility brings together a rich constellation of key sculptures and provides a rare opportunity to experience the works as the artist intended—in motion. Whitney Museum of American Art, 99 Ganesvoort Street, through 23 October, $25.
Frank Lloyd Wright at 150 – Unpacking the Archive: Marking the 150th anniversary of the American architect’s birth on 8 June 1867, MoMA presents Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive, a major exhibition that critically engages his multifaceted practice. The exhibition comprises approximately 450 works made from the 1890s through the 1950s, including architectural drawings, models, furniture, paintings, and scrapbooks, along with a number of works that have never been publicly exhibited. Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street, New York, through 11 October, from $25.
Coney Art Walls: Coney Art Walls brings together a large group of some of the best artists who paint outdoor murals to provide an art experience that is open and free to the public. The addition of the Smorgasburg team, which has brought a diverse and fun group of food vendors to the site, and an ongoing music program, fully round out the space into a true Coney Island experience. Curated by Jeffrey Dietch, there are more than 20 new pieces this year, including works by Nina Chanel Abney, John Ahearn, Timothy Curtis, Pose, Stephen Powers, Tats Cru, and Sam Vernon. Coney Art Walls, 3050 Stillwell Avenue, through September, Free.
The Times: The Times focuses on works on the paper itself, and includes drawings, paintings, photography, and collage, as well as video, podcasts, and performance. Some artists insert themselves directly in the physical document of the paper, while others are interested in the seriality of the newspaper as a means of marking time, investigating its coded language, or rewriting history. FLAG Art Foundation, 545 West 25th Street, 9th Floor, through 11 August.
The Fencer (Miekkailija): A young man arrives in Haapsalu, Estonia, in the early 1950s having left Leningrad to escape the secret police and founds a sports club for his students. teaching them his great passion: fencing. The children he teaches soon want to participate in a national fencing tournament in Leningrad, and Endel must make a choice: risk everything to take the children to Leningrad or put his safety first and disappoint them. Lincoln Plaza Cinema, 1886 Broadway, Upper West Side, from $15.
The Pulitzer at 100: By Oscar and Emmy winning director Kirk Simon, Pultizer at 100 is a ninety-minute independent documentary released in conjunction with the Pulitzer Centennial in April 2016 and told through the riveting stories of the artists that have won the prestigious prize. Lincoln Plaza Cinema, 1886 Broadway, Upper West Side, from $15.
The Midwife (Sage Femme): Two of French cinema’s biggest screen personalities appear in this drama about the unlikely friendship that develops between Clare, a talented but tightly wound midwife, and Béatrice (Catherine Deneuve), the estranged, free-spirited mistress of Claire’s late father. Though polar opposites in almost every way, the two come to rely on each other as they cope with the unusual circumstance that brought them together. Angelika, 18 W Houston Street, West Village, from $15.
Amnesia: Jo is a twenty-five-year-old music composer who has over from Berlin to be part of the nascent electronic music revolution, ideally by becoming DJ in the new nightclub on the Ibezia, Amnesia. Martha, his neighbor, has been living alone in her house facing the sea for forty years and the two become friends even as the mysteries around her accumulate. As Jo draws her into his world of techno music, Martha puts everything she had previously lived by into question. Cinema Village, 22 East 12th Street, East Village, from $15.
Lady MacBeth: Rural England, 1865. Katherine (Florence Pugh) is stifled by her loveless marriage to a bitter man twice her age, whose family are cold and unforgiving. When she embarks on a passionate affair with a young worker on her husband's estate, a force is unleashed inside her, so powerful that she will stop at nothing to get what she wants. Lincoln Plaza Cinema, 1886 Broadway, Upper West Side, from $15.
A Ghost Story: Recently deceased, a white-sheeted ghost (Casey Affleck) returns to his suburban home to console his bereft wife (Rooney Mara), only to find that in his spectral state he has become unstuck in time, forced to watch passively as the life he knew and the woman he loves slowly slip away. Increasingly unmoored, the ghost embarks on a cosmic journey confronting life’s ineffable questions and the enormity of existence. Sunshine Cinemas, 143 East Houston Street, Lower East Side, from $15.
The B-Side – Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography: Portrait photographer Elsa Dorfman found her medium in 1980: the larger-than-life Polaroid Land 20x24 camera. For the next thirty-five years she captured the “surfaces” of those who visited her Cambridge, Massachusetts studio: families, Beat poets, rock stars, and Harvard notables. Film Society of Lincoln Center, 165 W. 65th Street, Upper West Side, from $15.
The Little Hours: Medieval nuns Alessandra, Fernanda, and Ginevra lead a simple life in their convent. Their days are spent chafing at monastic routine, spying on one another, and berating the estate's day laborer. After a particularly vicious insult session drives the peasant away, Father Tommasso (John C. Reilly) brings on new hired hand: Massetto, a deaf-mute to discourage temptation. Massetto struggles to maintain his cover as the repressed nunnery erupts in a whirlwind of debauchery. Sunshine Cinemas, 143 East Houston Street, Lower East Side, from $15.
City of Ghosts: This documentary from Matthew Heineman goes behind enemy lines in Syria to follow the citizen journalist collective “Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently” as they attempt to expose the human rights violations by ISIS and fight the terrorist group's misinformation campaigns in their home country. IFC Center, 323 6th Ave., West Village, from $15.
Marie Curie: In 1903 the scientist Marie Curie was the first woman to receive the Nobel Prize for Physics together with her husband Pierre. After she loses Pierre by accident and she falls in love with the married scientist Paul Langevin and engages in an affair with him, she is however a violent scandal. Lincoln Plaza Cinema, 1886 Broadway, Upper West Side, from $15.