The Summer Solstice Edition
The Summer Solstice is upon us, with the seemingly never-ending winter rain finally, well, ending. Still some Pride left, however. At the end of the month, New York Pride takes to the streets, kicked off with the annual Pride Run put on by the Front Runners -- we're here, we're queer and we run.
Other things that highlight the rest of the month: The 13th Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party is the world’s original and largest prohibition era inspired gathering, while you can see another slice of life at the Coney Island Mermaid Parade, a celebration of ancient mythology. The New York Adventure Club is putting on some fun events, including a Behind-the-Scenes @Coney Island Cyclone Workshop and an Interactive Animal Experience @Staten Island Zoo, where fans can feeed grapes to a joey, see Galapagos tortoises roll around on skateboards, or pet a slow-moving sloth. Also, the Happy Ending Music + Reading Series, Anxiety + Misdiagnosed makes a special, one-time revival of the beloved live show featuring Amanda Palmer, Alexander Chee, Amanda Stern, Leslie Jamison + Todd DiCiurrcio.
Off Broadway, see Tracy Letts' new play, Mary Page Marlowe about a seemingly ordinary accountant from Ohio, but whose forgotten moments can add up to one memorable life. Or see Armie Hammer and Tom Skerritt play Straight White Men or confront their own identities. Don't miss Alt-J at Forest Hills tonight!
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Strand Presents Simon Doonan, Soccer Style: Author Simon Doonan has two passions in life: Fashion and Football. 14 June.
Exploring the Abandoned Buildings of Former NYU Campus: Urb-ex the hidden tunnels, secret balconies, and abandoned rooms of the historic Bronx Community College, the NYU campus from 1894-1973. Bronx Community College, 15 June.
Confidential: From the moment you decide to step into the world of Confidential, you become a secret agent living in a romantic world of intrigue and espionage,Arlo SoHo, 16 June.
13th Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party: Celebrating its 13th year, the Lawn Party is the world’s original and largest prohibition era inspired gathering. Governors Island, 16 June.
Coney Island Mermaid Parade: A celebration of ancient mythology and honky-tonk rituals of the seaside. Surf Ave., 16 June.
Exploring Roosevelt Island, From Abandoned Laboratories to Landmarked Ruins: See the onetime home to Dutch farms, rehabilitation institutions, asylums, hospitals, scientific laboratories, and more. Roosevelt Island Tramway Plaza 16 June.
Exploring The Graffiti Hotel: An exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour of the 54-room Carlton Arms Hotel, which has become a vibrant permanent exhibition of art. Carlton Arms Hotel, 16 June.
Memoir Monday: What started out as a weekly newsletter is now expanding to include a monthly reading series. Powerhouse Books, 18 June.
Behind the Scenes @ The Explorers Club: Join New York Adventure Club for a rare tour inside a place dedicated to the scientific exploration of land, sea, air, and space. 19 June.
Greenlight Bookstore Presents Little Panic: Amanda Stern launches her widely praised new memoir in conversation with bestselling writer A.M. Homes. 19 June.
PEN Out Loud: 2018 PEN Literary Awards Salon: PEN Literary Awards finalists present the multiplicity of American stories. The Strand, 14 June.
NYPL Presents Seymour Hersh, Unwanted Truths: From My Lai to Abu Ghraib, Seymour Hersh has broken some of the most impactful stories of the last half century. Schwarzman Building, 20 June.
Brown-Forman Scotch Whisky Tasting@The Swedish Townhouse: Exclusive whiskey tasting with Brown-Forman — owner of Scotch distilleries Benriach, Glendronach, and Glenglassaughall. Church of Sweden, 20 June.
Behind-the-Scenes@Survival Systems USA: Whether an aircraft ditched in coastal water or vessel abandonment in the open ocean, Survival Systems will teach you how to escape. Groton, CT, 21 June.
The Moth Story Slam with Dan Kennedy (Technology): Ten stories, three teams of judges, one winner. Host Dan Kennedy is a regular contributor to McSweeny's. HousingWorks Bookstore Café, 21 June.
Japanese Whisky Tasting Workshop: Nikka and Suntory are the biggest players in Japanese whisky, but they aren’t the only ones. Church of Sweden, 21 June.
Behind-the-Scenes @Coney Island Cyclone Workshop: An exclusive look inside the landmarked Coney Island Cyclone — the mother of American roller coaster. W 10th and Surf Ave, Brooklyn, 24 June.
Interactive Animal Experience @Staten Island Zoo: Feed grapes to a joey, see Galapagos tortoises roll around on skateboards, or pet a slow-moving sloth. 24 June.
Happy Ending Music + Reading Series, Anxiety + Misdiagnosed: A special, one-time revival of the beloved live show featuring Amanda Palmer, Alexander Chee, Amanda Stern, Leslie Jamison + Todd DiCiurrcio. Joe’s Pub, 27 June.
Powerhouse Presents, Salman Rushdie and The Golden House: Powerhouse Books, 27 June.
Vulture Insiders Book Club with Jennifer Egan: A Book Club meeting with the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Jennifer Egan. The Strand, 28 June.
Alt-J: 15 June, Forest Hills Stadium
Mountain Jam: Mountain Jam’s headliners Jack Johnson, Sturgill Simpsonand Alt-J will perform surrounded by the picturesque Catskill Mountains, along with 50 other artists on three other stages. Hunter Mountain Ski Resort, Hunter, New York, 15-17 June, from $184.
Clearwater Music Festival: Features performances by Jeff Tweedy of Wilco, The Mavericks, Ani DiFranco, They Might Be Giants, Beth Orton and more. Croton Point Park, Croton-on-Hudson, New York, 16-17 June, from $70.
Sting: 16 June Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, NY
Kurt Vile and the Violators: 16 June, White Eagle Hall, Jersey City
Beth Orton: 17-18 June, National Sawdust, Brooklyn, NY
Aimee Mann: 19 June, White Eagle Hall, Jersey City, NJ
Spoon: 19, 20 June, Capitol Theatre, BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival
Grizzley Bear: 19, 20 June, Capitol Theatre, BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival
English Beat: 24 June, The Bell House
U2: 25 June, Madison Square Garden
Seal: 26 June, Beacon Theatre
Barenaked Ladies + KT Tunstall: 27 June, Ford Amphitheatre at Coney Island
v. Toronto Football Club, 24 June, 5pm
v. LA Dodgers, 22-24 June, 7pm, 1opm
v. Pittsburgh Pirares, 25-27 June, 7pm
Alan Cumming, Legal Immigrant: Alan Cumming is many things to many people – a cabaret of songs and stories about his life and loves in his adopted homeland. Joe’s Pub, 19-30 June.
Mary Page Marlowe: Mary Page Marlowe is a seemingly ordinary accountant from Ohio, but forgotten moments can add up to one memorable life. Kiser Theatre, 19 June through 12 August.
Straight White Men: It’s Christmas Eve, and Ed has gathered his three adult sons to celebrate with matching pajamas, trash-talking, Chinese takeout and confronting their own identities. Hayes Theater, 29 June through 9 September.
Cyprus Avenue: Eric Miller is a Belfast Unionist. But nowadays he is worried he might be Irish. The Public, through 29 July, from $70.
Dance Nation: Somewhere in America, an army of pre-teen competitive dancers plots to take over the world -- at the Boogie Down Grand Prix. Playwrights Horizon, through 17 June.
The Great Leap: Manford Lum, locally renowned on the Chinatown courts, talks his way onto a college basketball team, just before they travel to Beijing for a “friendship” game. Atlantic Stage 2, through 24 June.
Brits Off Broadway: The annual festival hosting the UK’s most innovative and provocative theater in New York City. 59E59.
The Secret Life of Humans: In 1949, Dr. Jacob Bronowski installs a secret, alarmed room in his house. Fifty years later his grandson discovers his secrets. through 1 July, from $25.
- Police Cops + Police Cops in Space: The three-man multi-award-winning comedy company, The Pretend Men, bring their super-charged inventive physical storytelling to America. 12 June through 1 July, from $25.
Midsummer Night Swing: For three weeks this summer, folks can twist, turn and twirl under the stars to jams provided by incredible live bands and artists such as Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center 27 June through 15 July.
Kensuke Koike, Hello Friend: Koike works from vintage photographs or postcards, variously cut, woven, scratched, and otherwise altered. Postmasters, through 23 June.
Michelangelo Lovelace, The Land: Spanning from 1994 to the present, The exhibition, depicts the inner city of Cleveland through outlandish compositions. Fort Gansevoort, through 16 June.
Rammellzee, Racing for Thunder: Brings together art from all stages of the hip-hop icon’s practice. Red Bull Studios, through 30 June.
Summer Outdoor Art Projects: Ambitious free exhibitions of international scope and impact.
- Anselm Kiefer, Uraeus: A gigantic open book with eagle’s wings 30 feet in span. Rockefeller Center.
- Erwin Wurm, Hot Dog Buns: This modified, vintage Volkswagen Microbus serving free hot dogs all summer. Brooklyn Bridge Park.
- Karla & James Murray, Mom-and-Pops of the L.E.S.: Wood-framed sculpture consists of near life-size photographs of four former mom-and-pop neighborhood stores of the Lower East Side. Seward Park, Manhattan
- Tanda Francis, Adorn Me: Inspired by African sculptural tradition, including Ife portraiture. Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn.
Human Rights Watch Film Festival: This year women around the world have collectively raised their voices to condemn discrimination and abuse. Film Society of Lincoln Center, Upper West
IFC Center, West Village, 14-21 June.
- The Cleaners, a revealing look into censorship and freedom of expression on the internet and social media.
- The Unafraid, follows three high school students banned by the state from attending top universities due to their DACA status.
The Year of Spectacular Men: Izzy Klein has graduated from college, broken up with her boyfriend, and is unsure of the next step, so she dates a colorful bouquet of five complicated men. Cinema Village, East Village, $15.
Half the Picture: High profile female directors including Ava DuVernay, Jill Soloway, Catherine Hardwicke and Miranda July discuss their careers and challenges along the way. Village East Cinema, East Village, $15.
En El Septimo Dia: Bicycle delivery guys, dishwashers, deli workers -- they work long hours and savor Sundays on the soccer fields. When José's team makes it to the finals, he has to stand up for himself and his teammates, IFC Center, West Village, $15.