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July 2015 events calendar for New York City

Plan your month with our events calendar featuring Fourth of July events, Interpol and "Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks"

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Summer is at its peak, and there's no shortage of wonderful events. For those yearning to experience some amazing indie rock, snag tickets to Interpol or Modest Mouse. Culture vultures looking to add some art to your summer can visit "Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks" at the Brooklyn Museum. And for a true NYC summer tradition, stop by the annual Nathan's hot-dog-eating contest.

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Featured events in July 2015

Fourth of July events in New York City

Independence Day in NYC means fireworks, hot dogs, BBQ, beaches, picnics and other Fourth of July events that make this summer holiday one of our favorites

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Shakespeare in the Park in NYC

Every summer, the Public Theater produces a beloved New York democratic tradition: Shakespeare in the Park, presented for free at the open-air Delacorte Theater in Central Park. There’s nothing quite like hearing the Bard’s immortal words performed outdoors, with a backdrop of natural splendor and the Belvedere Castle looming in the background like the world’s most impressive set decoration.

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By: Adam Feldman

Summer concerts in NYC

Start hoarding sunscreen: Your guide to the best summer concerts of 2015 has arrived. Plan out your summer in New York with our picks for the best warm-weather gigs, including free concerts, jazz concerts, hip-hop shows, summer music festivals and more.

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By: Hank Shteamer

Summer music festivals

Music festivals have become as essential a feature of summer in the city as ice-skating and hot chocolate are to winter in New York: It's part of the reason why you live here. What makes New York's summer music festival scene better than anywhere else's? We'll start with the beautiful weather, then add the fact that you'll be watching your favorite bands play in truly iconic surroundings—say, Central Park, or the leafy Celebrate Brooklyn! bandshell.

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By: Hank Shteamer

Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest

Frankfurter fanatics will again chow down against the clock at this annual Coney Island eating competition. Top speed eaters from this year’s preliminaries, held in 12 cities nationwide, will battle to see who can eat the most buns and dogs in ten minutes at the ESPN-televised finals. Preshow entertainment includes performances by rapper Eric "Badlands" Booker and other local talent.

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Nathan's Famous 04 Jul 2015 Free

Taylor Swift + Vance Joy + Shawn Mendes

T. Swift was always a little more Madonna than Miranda Lambert, so her decision to leave Nashville for NYC—and pop-country for plain old pop—isn't necessarily shocking. What is mind-blowing is that the 25-year-old's latest album, 1989, has broken sales records long held by Britney Spears and Eminem, something unfathomable in today's music world. The Spotify-averse Swifty celebrates her overwhelming success with this good-as-sold-out stadium gig in Jersey. Get ready to "Shake It Off," people.

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MetLife Stadium Fri Jul 10 - Sat Jul 11

Bastille Day

Indulge your inner Francophile during this celebration of French national pride. Held on three avenue blocks closed to traffic, the fest boasts tasty treats like crêpes and cheeses, Macaron Café macarons ($2) and baked goods from patisserie Financier, as well as sets by accordion players and other musicians, cultural dances like the cancan, and kiddie-friendly activities such as face painting. E 60th St between Fifth and Lexington Aves (bastilledayny.com).

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Manhattan 12 Jul 2015 Free

Midsummer Night Swing

Lincoln Center's social-dance series returns for its 27th season, coaxing novices and veterans alike onto the Damrosch Park dance floor for a season that includes salsa (Conjunto Sabrosura plays July 7), disco, tango, Hawaiian swing (Kahulanui plays July 3) and rock & roll. Is your Lindy Hop a little rusty? Each evening begins with an open-level lesson (6:30–7:15pm); the live music starts at 7:30pm and typically continues until 10pm.

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Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center Wed Jul 1 - Sat Jul 11

Foo Fighters + Royal Blood

For two decades, Dave Grohl and his Foos have been America's greatest purveyors of fan-friendly radio rock. Is their output, including the much-hyped new Sonic Highways, blandly middle-of-the-road? Yep. But is it also good for a beer-hoisting night of neo-classic-rock sing-alongs? You bet it is. British grunge-blues types Royal Blood set the stage for these enormo gigs at Citi Field.

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Citi Field Wed Jul 15 - Thu Jul 16

The Time Out New York Comedy Showcase

Time Out New York’s monthly show brings together some of the biggest names on the NYC comedy scene. Past guests have included Jim Norton, Keith Robinson, Judah Friedlander and Sasheer Zamata.

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Carolines on Broadway Wednesday July 29 2015 - Wednesday December 30 2015

Free events in July 2015

Summer on the Hudson Picture Show: Jurassic Park

Hold on to your butts, because T. rexes are invading Manhattan. Watch dinosaurs run amok in a science experiment gone horribly wrong as the sun sets over the Hudson, and get excited for the upcoming Jurassic World.

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Riverside Park 01 Jul 2015 Free

Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest

Frankfurter fanatics will again chow down against the clock at this annual Coney Island eating competition. Top speed eaters from this year’s preliminaries, held in 12 cities nationwide, will battle to see who can eat the most buns and dogs in ten minutes at the ESPN-televised finals. Preshow entertainment includes performances by rapper Eric "Badlands" Booker and other local talent.

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Nathan's Famous 04 Jul 2015 Free

Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks

For this mother of all pyrotechnic displays, Macy's will explode more than 40,000 fireworks choreographed to a 25-minute patriotic score. Stake out a nice spot near the Brooklyn Bridge, and bring your own picnic basket with beverages to toast our country's birthday.

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Brooklyn 04 Jul 2015 Free

Bastille Day

Indulge your inner Francophile during this celebration of French national pride. Held on three avenue blocks closed to traffic, the fest boasts tasty treats like crêpes and cheeses, Macaron Café macarons ($2) and baked goods from patisserie Financier, as well as sets by accordion players and other musicians, cultural dances like the cancan, and kiddie-friendly activities such as face painting.

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Manhattan 12 Jul 2015 Free

Soul Summit Music Festival

A nicely mixed crowd (all races, ages and sexualities), a park, a sound system—and the Soul Summit spinners playing deep house, Garage classics and Afro- and Latin-laced rhythms: What more could you want out of life? Well, how about some great spinners, including Soul Summit residents DJ Sadiq, DJ Tabu and DJ Jeff Mendoza? Visit soulsummitmusic.com for details.

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Fort Greene Park 12 Jul 2015 Free

George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic

George Clinton, the one and only Uncle Jam and author of the recent memoir (deep breath) Brothas Be, Yo Like George, Ain't That Funkin' Kinda Hard on You? lands the mothership for a night of ass-liberating funk.

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Queensbridge Park Wed Jul 15 - Thu Jul 16 Free

City of Water Day

Anyone who’s spent time in landlocked parts of the country will tell you that a city without water is like…erm, a city without water. The Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance celebrates NYC’s best accessory at Governors Island and Hoboken's Maxwell Place Park, offering activities that remind us just how good we have it. Get gratis access to a plethora of watergoing vessels, including canoes, kayaks and rowboats; or fish, bike or kick back with food and music on dry land. Sign up early to nab a spot on a narrated boat tour of the harbor.

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Various locations 18 Jul 2015 Free

Rock Steady Crew 38th Anniversary Concert: Whodini + Big Daddy Kane

Though their "boy" days might be behind them, legendary B-boys the Rock Steady Crew will still wow you with their mind-boggling choreography. Brooklyn hip-hop royalty Whodini and Big Daddy Kane bring additional old-school delights to this unbeatable Sunday matinee.

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Central Park SummerStage Mainstage 26 Jul 2015 Free

Stargazing on the High Line

Every Tuesday, this dreamy affair gives you an astronautworthy view of the stars from the high-powered telescopes of the Amateur Astronomers Association. And here we all thought we couldn't gaze at constellations in New York City. Just in case you're worried you'll have no idea what you are looking at, the AAA leads the star-spotting expeditions, pointing out celestial bodies above the park.

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The High Line Until Tuesday October 27 2015 Free

Smorgasburg

The epicurean extravaganza returns to the great outdoors, with Saturdays in East River State Park and Sundays in Brooklyn Bridge Park. More than 75 vendors from Kings County and beyond sell food and drink as varied as oysters, artisanal sodas, gluten-free baked goods and caramel apples.

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East River State Park Sat Jul 4 - Sun Nov 22 Free

Music events in July 2015

Mika

British singer Mika is garish and fearless: As a pop star, his impulsive audacity isn’t exasperating but liberating. Early singles from his recently released fourth album, No Place in Heaven, indicate that Mika will be continuing his operatic ascent. Hear him play at Central Park for free.

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Central Park, Rumsey Playfield 03 Jul 2015 Free

Punch Brothers + Sarah Jarosz

A-list newgrass group the Punch Brothers, led by übertalented mandolinist, singer and songwriter Chris Thile, brings its new disc The Phosphorescent Blues to Prospect Park. Count on hearing traditional string music performed with insane chops and plenty of whimsical asides.

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Celebrate Brooklyn! (at the Prospect Park Bandshell) 09 Jul 2015 Free

Taylor Swift + Haim + Vance Joy + Shawn Mendes

T. Swift was always a little more Madonna than Miranda Lambert, so her decision to leave Nashville for NYC—and pop-country for plain old pop—isn't necessarily shocking. What is mind-blowing is that the 25-year-old's latest album, 1989, has broken sales records long held by Britney Spears and Eminem, something unfathomable in today's music world. Swifty celebrates her overwhelming success with these good-as-sold-out stadium gigs in Jersey. Get ready to "Shake It Off," people.

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MetLife Stadium Fri Jul 10 - Sat Jul 11

Romeo Santos

The Dominican community will be out in force for Bronx bachata overlord Anthony "Romeo" Santos, the former lead singer of Aventura. Despite having sold millions of records—and having rubbed elbows with Drake, Kevin Hart, Carlos Santana and Nicki Minaj, all featured on his latest, Fórmula, Vol. 2—the King of Bachata is still little known outside the Latin community. Come see what the fuss is about.

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Barclays Center Fri Jul 10 - Sun Jul 12

Soul Summit Music Festival

A nicely mixed crowd (all races, ages and sexualities), a park, a sound system—and the Soul Summit spinners playing deep house, Garage classics and Afro- and Latin-laced rhythms: What more could you want out of life? Well, how about some great spinners, including Soul Summit residents DJ Sadiq, DJ Tabu and DJ Jeff Mendoza?

Read more
Fort Greene Park 12 Jul 2015 Free

Foo Fighters + Royal Blood

For two decades, Dave Grohl and his Foos have been America's greatest purveyors of fan-friendly radio rock. Is their output, including the much-hyped new Sonic Highways, blandly middle-of-the-road? Yep. But is it also good for a beer-hoisting night of neo-classic-rock sing-alongs? You bet it is. British grunge-blues types Royal Blood set the stage for these enormo gigs at Citi Field.

Read more
Citi Field Wed Jul 15 - Thu Jul 16

George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic

George Clinton, the one and only Uncle Jam and author of the recent memoir (deep breath) Brothas Be, Yo Like George, Ain't That Funkin' Kinda Hard on You? lands the mothership for a night of ass-liberating funk.

Read more
Queensbridge Park Wed Jul 15 - Thu Jul 16 Free

Vieux Farka Touré + Tamikrest

Vieux Farka Touré is the son of late, great Malian bluesman Ali Farka Touré, but in no way does he linger in his famous father's shadow. Esteemed in his own right as a singer, guitarist, songwriter and social-consciousness raiser, Touré turns up here to air his shimmery, engrossing guitarscapes.

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Celebrate Brooklyn! (at the Prospect Park Bandshell) 16 Jul 2015 Free

Idina Menzel

Original Rent girl, Wild Party crasher, Wicked witch and Frozen treat Idina Menzel makes to stops in the NYC area on her global summer tour.

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PNC Bank Arts Center Sun Jul 12 - Fri Jul 17

Interpol

Interpol had a brief moment in the indie-rock limelight—Turn on the Bright Lights holds up as one of the most memorable debuts of the ’00s. However, the band still knows how to churn out solid Joy Division–esque anthems as heard in their last LP El Pintor, which blew us away in the true Interpol form we haven't seen since 2010.

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Prospect Park Bandshell 21 Jul 2015
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Arts events in July 2015

DanceBrazil

Get ready for the much-loved DanceBrazil to return to the Joyce. Company members (and artistic director Jelon Vieira) are masters of capoeira, the Brazilian martial art, and the group's sexy, exhilarating choreography tends to knock audiences out.

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Joyce Theater Wed Jul 1 - Fri Jul 3

American Ballet Theatre 2015

American Ballet Theatre returns to the Metropolitan Opera House for its 75th-anniversary season. The highlight is the New York premiere of Alexei Ratmansky's The Sleeping Beauty, with scenery and costumes by Richard Hudson, who based his designs on those of Léon Bakst. In addition to an assortment of full-lengths—Othello, Swan Lake, Giselle, Romeo and Juliet and Cinderella—the run highlights historic company repertory, including Michel Fokine's Les Sylphides, George Balanchine's Theme and Variations, and Antony Tudor's Pillar of Fire and Jardin aux Lilas.

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Metropolitan Opera House (at Lincoln Center) Until Sat Jul 4

International African Arts Festival

While this four-day festival started as a small community fund-raiser, it now attracts a crowd of 75,000 from around the world. This year’s lineup is as jam-packed as ever: Catch a performance by Talib Kweli on Fri 3, and return on Sat 4 for jazz musician Norman Connors, Grammy Award–winning rock band Living Colour, and special events including a barber competition, parade and fashion show.

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Commodore Barry Park Thu Jul 2 - Sun Jul 5 Free

Bridget Everett: Rock Bottom

The astonishing, totally fearless Amazon of alt cabaret and raunchy comedy (Inside Amy Schumer) returns to Joe's with a new show commissioned for the venue. Cocreated with Broadway's Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray) and Beastie Boy Adam Horovitz, this is full-contact New York magic, and not to be missed.

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Joe's Pub at the Public Theater Tue Jul 7 - Sat Jul 11

Midsummer Night Swing

Lincoln Center's social-dance series returns for its 27th season, coaxing novices and veterans alike onto the Damrosch Park dance floor for a season that includes salsa (Conjunto Sabrosura plays July 7), disco, tango, Hawaiian swing (Kahulanui plays July 3) and rock & roll. Is your Lindy Hop a little rusty? Each evening begins with an open-level lesson (6:30–7:15pm); the live music starts at 7:30pm and typically continues until 10pm.

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Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center Wed Jul 1 - Sat Jul 11

Richard Serra, Equal

On view is a major new installation in forged, weatherproof steel by the art world’s god of heavy metal.

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David Zwirner Until Fri Jul 24 Free

"Fashioning the Body: An Intimate History of the Silhouette"

Corsets, girdles and hoop skirts are just a few of the ways humans have used clothing and fashion to change the way their bodies appear. This exhibition looks at understructures from the 17th century to the present day, including moving mannequins that show how inventions like panniers (wires that gave you giant hips) and bustles work.

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Bard Graduate Center Until Sun Jul 26

An Act of God

Comedy writer David Javerbaum (formerly of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart) finds new ways to make the Supreme Being his sock puppet in An Act of God, this summer’s blithely blasphemous occupant at Studio 54. In this divine visitation from the Unmoved Mover, the always charming Jim Parsons will make a disbeliever out of you.

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Studio 54 Until Sunday August 2 2015

"Van Gogh: Irises and Roses"

Van Gogh painted two versions each of the eponymous still life subjects near the end of his stay in Provence at the asylum at Saint-Rémy. One pair of canvases resides at the Met, the other at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. They're reunited here for the first time since Van Gogh's death.

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art Until Sunday August 16 2015

"Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks"

This show presents some 160 pages culled from the artist’s notebooks—mostly sketches but also original poetry and other writings—along with related paintings and works on paper.

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Brooklyn Museum Wednesday July 29 2015 - Sunday August 23 2015
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More events in July 2015

Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks

For this mother of all pyrotechnic displays, Macy's will explode more than 40,000 fireworks choreographed to a 25-minute patriotic score. Stake out a nice spot near the Brooklyn Bridge, and bring your own picnic basket with beverages to toast our country's birthday.

Read more
Brooklyn 04 Jul 2015 Free

Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest

Frankfurter fanatics again chow down against the clock at this annual Coney Island eating competition. The top speedy eaters from this year’s preliminaries, held in 12 cities nationwide, battle to see who can eat the most buns and dogs in 10 minutes at the ESPN-televised finals. Preshow entertainment includes performances by New York’s six-piece “boy-band brass band” Lucky Chops, the Skyriders Trampoline troupe and the Brooklyn Community Chorus.

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Nathan's Famous 04 Jul 2015 Free

The Moth StorySLAM

Ten stories. Three teams of judges. One winner. The outrageously (and deservedly) popular storytelling series pits local yarn-spinners against one another, challenging them to deliver an impressive tale based on a specific topic.

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The Bell House 06 Jul 2015

Kevin Hart: What Now Tour

The stand-up sensation brings his What Now tour to two of NYC’s biggest venues, as we all ponder the more important question of, What Next? Hart is already the biggest comedian in the country and comfortably expanding out into movies.

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Madison Square Garden Tue Jul 7 - Thu Jul 9

Bastille Day

Indulge your inner Francophile during this celebration of French national pride. Held on three avenue blocks closed to traffic, the fest boasts tasty treats like crêpes and cheeses, Macaron Café macarons ($2) and baked goods from patisserie Financier, as well as sets by accordion players and other musicians, cultural dances like the cancan, and kiddie-friendly activities such as face painting.

Read more
Manhattan 12 Jul 2015 Free

Hold on to Your Butts

The painfully funny, live shot-for-shot reenactment of Jurassic Park returns to the PIT for 13 nights following two sold-out runs that received rave reviews. With every character (including the dinosaurs) played by just two guys, you'll never see this classic movie the same way again.

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Peoples Improv Theater Monday July 27 2015

City of Water Day

Anyone who’s spent time in landlocked parts of the country will tell you that a city without water is like…erm, a city without water. The Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance celebrates NYC’s best accessory at Governors Island and Hoboken's Maxwell Place Park, offering activities that remind us just how good we have it. Get gratis access to a plethora of watergoing vessels, including canoes, kayaks and rowboats; or fish, bike or kick back with food and music on dry land. Sign up early to nab a spot on a narrated boat tour of the harbor. 

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Various locations 18 Jul 2015 Free

Rooftop Films

For more than 15 years this outdoor gathering of indoor types (sorry, sorry, film buffs) has hosted screenings in a variety of creative locales—beaches, parks, plazas, farmland and roofs (duh). This year’s series will be held at seven al fresco spots including the Industry City complex in Sunset Park. There’s something about looking out over the city from up high, soaking in the skyline, that makes the experience much more, dare we say, cinematic. Programming runs the gamut from tried-and-true cult faves to world premieres.

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Location TBA Friday July 31 2015 - Friday August 14 2015

Warm Up at MoMA PS1

After 18 years, MoMA PS1's Warm Up is bigger than ever, with music aficionados and sun-worshipping revelers flocking to the museum's courtyard to take in the top-tier lineup of bands, DJs and producers, along with the same great taste in art, beer and food it's boasted from the beginning.

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MoMA PS1 Saturday August 1 2015 - Saturday September 5 2015

"Revolution of the Eye: Modern Art and the Birth of American Television"

This show's intriguing premise is that the early television industry from the late-1940s to the mid-1960s was deeply influenced by Modern Art, borrowing many of its style cues for corporate ID (the CBS's "eye" long); studio sets for game shows, variety shows and news broadcasts; and publications (Warhol's cover for TV Guide, featuring Get Smart's Agent 99).

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The Jewish Museum Until Sunday September 20 2015
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