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Monday 27, through Aug 6FriendsWithYou, ":)"

Monday 27, through Aug 6
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Monday 27
Let an emoticon be an umbrella and check out the eager-to-please works at FriendsWithYou, ":)". Through Aug 6

Lou Reed releases a book of the lyrics he wrote for his song cycle inspired by Poe's The Raven, as well as his illustrations. Pony up for admission and you'll receive a signed copy of his book and hear Reed answer questions about the book and his creative process.

Nicolas Roeg's sci-fi cult classic The Man Who Fell to Earth orbits back to the Film Forum for another week. Viva the Thin White Duke! Through July 6

Tuesday 28
The River to River Festival hosts Rufus Wainwright Goes to the Opera, a free preview concert featuring excerpts from Wainwright's first opera Prima Donna.

An isolated grandmother (the glorious Mary Louise Wilson) and her grieving grandson exchange hard-won life lessons in Amy Herzog's piercing character study 4000 Miles. Tue--Sun, through July 9

There's only one more weeks to catch one of the most daring and topical plays in years, Rajiv Joseph's gallows comedy Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo about the moral quagmire of the Iraq War (see Broadway). Tue--Sun, through July 3

Wednesday 29
The lighthearted Jim Gaffigan, a pale man haunted by the judgemental grandma's voice, gets his laughs outdoors at a free SummerStage show.

Thursday 30
Stefan Merrill Block and Allison Espach share a bill trading sections of their new novels; Block takes the lid off of his grandparents' relationship, investigates asylums and contemplates madness in The Storm at the Door; Espach does teenagers remarkable justice in The Adults, in which a 14-year-old fends off encroaching adulthood and struggles with her parents' divorce.

The Moon variety show moves from Williamsburg for a night at 92YTribeca, and bring Kurt Braunohler, Kristen Schaal and Todd Barry along for the ride.

Head to UCBT for a comedy double header: The new one-women show about ice skating, conjoined twins and Susan Boyle, Kate McKinnon On Ice; and Ding Dong Meow: The Andrea Rosen Show, a highly recommended combination of jokes, stories, baked goods and pooping a little bit on her boyfriend's balls.

Neo-country outlaw Justin Townes Earle airs his gloomy yet charming ditties at Celebrate Brooklyn!.

Friday 1
Terri, a Sundance hit from Azazel "Momma's Man" Jacobs, takes a tender, funny look at a high school misfit.

Saturday 2
Big-beat boffin Fatboy Slim, playing a rare NYC gig, joins the international-superstar likes of Benny Benassi, James Zabiela and Paul Van Dyk at the four-day Dance.Here.Now. festival on Governors Island. Fri 1—Mon 4

For the opening concert of the Rite of Summer program, forty musicians land on Governors Island to perform Terry Riley's high-energy minimalist masterpiece, In C.

The New York Philharmonic invites special guests the US Marine Drum and Bugle Corps to their Star-Spangled Celebration. Also Mon 4, Tue 5

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