15 best things to do this week



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Photograph: Joan Marcus

Tuesday 24--Sunday 29, through July 17The Motherf**ker with the Hat

Tuesday 24--Sunday 29, through July 17
The Motherf**ker with the Hat

Tuesday 24
Stephen Adly Guirgis digs into the nitty-gritty of dependence and codependence in the hard-driving urban drama The Motherf**ker with the Hat. Tue 24--Sun 29, through July 17.

We're already dreaming about the stock at Tracy Reese's bargain bonanza, featuring all three of her coveted collections. Also Wed 25

This is your last week to see Frances McDormand mouth off in David Lindsay-Abaire's superb investigation of class mobility, Good People. Through Sun 29

Memphis soul legend Booker T. Jones electrifies the Bell House.

Wednesday 25
See men and women in uniform traipsing through the city during Fleet Week and head to the Intrepid for special events, including performances from military bands and a tug-of-war competition on Sunday, all in honor of those serving in the Armed Forces.

Funny folks, including Ben Lerman and Michele Carlo, share stories about bumpin' uglies at How I Learned About Sex (Volume II).

An online community steps out of the virtual world and into Housing Works for Goodreads Book Club. Author Jennifer Egan (A Visit from the Goon Squad) appears as well as band Care Bears on Fire.

Sultry reading series the Poetry Brothel marks Fleet Week with a USO-inspired show, featuring burlesque performers and an Andrews Sisters cover band. (Plus, military personnel get free admission.)

Thursday 26
Guys and gals should hit the U.K. fast-fashion retailer French Connection for funky finds at reduced prices. Thu 26--Tue 31

In Shells: Banker by Day...Diva by Night, see all your misguided, drunken texts to would-be paramours and recent exes laid bare.

At the Tribeca New Music Festival, a riff-tastic battle royale between the four electric guitarists of Dither gives way to minimal meditations by Brooklyn indie ensemble Redhooker.  

Friday 27
In The Tree of Life, director Terrence Malick returns with a gorgeous, mysterious movie about the whole of everything (seriously).

Nicolas Jaar celebrates the recent release of his beautiful collection of emotive electronics, Space is Only Noise, with a full live set at (Le) Poisson Rouge.

Sunday 29
Governors Island begins the 2011 season with the two-day Brewers' PicNYC. Goose Island, Brooklyn Brewery and Sixpoint provide the suds and there will be food purveyors aplenty. Also Mon 30

Body & Soul, perhaps the world's most beloved dance party, returns to Webster Hall for another session of spiritual-house rhythms.

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