15 best things to do this week
Mon Aug 1 2011
Photograph: Leo Friedman 2011
Monday 1--August 11
Oak sale. Pictured: Surface to Air woven wedges, $175 (were $438), at Oak
Photograph: Courtesy Three Shadows Photography Art Center
Tuesday 2--Sunday 7, thorugh August 14
"Ai Weiwei: New York Photographs 1983--1993"
Photograph: GL Wood
Tuesday 2, Friday 5
Britney Spears + Nicki Minaj
Photograph: Stephanie Berger
Photograph: Dan and Corina Lecca
Wednesday 3--Saturday 6
Alexander Wang sale
Photograph: Steven Harrington
Thursday 4--Saturday 6
Bring a Weasel and a Pint of Your Own Blood
Photograph: Zsuzsanna Peto
Thursday 4, Saturday 6
Mostly Moszart Festical: Don Giovanni
Photograph: Burke Heffner
The Red Hook Ramblers perform at Get Smart
Opens Friday 5
Photograph: Adrienne Yamaki
Summer BBQ Blowout Festival
Photograph: Eduardo Patino
Celebrate Brooklyn! Ailey II. Pictured: Solomon Dumas
Photograph: Joan Marcus
Begins previews Sunday 7
Photograph: Leo Friedman 2011
The iconic actor Joel Grey—best known for his roles as the Emcee in Cabaret and the Wizard of Oz in Wicked—dishes on his lengthy career and the Museum of the City of New York's retrospective on his life.
If you favor a gothic black gown to a little white summer dress, then Oak's sale at both its boutiques should be on your hit list. Through Aug 11
Marching to the beat of its own drummers, the giddy, roving street band the Asphalt Orchestra parades through Lincoln Plaza as part of the Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival.
You may still have to max out your credit cards to get your hands on runway-ready styles and accessories from designer du jour Alexander Wang, but you'll save a bundle at this sale. Through Sat 6
Expect the bizarre at Bring a Weasel and a Pint of Your Own Blood, a minifestival of works that put Ludwig Wittgenstein and 1940s crime fiction in the blender. Through Sat 6
A team of 16 white-painted actors are constantly reconfigured as sets and props in Hungarian conductor Ivn Fischer's bizarro take on Mozart's hellbound opera Don Giovanni, part of the Mostly Mozart Festival. Also Sat 6
Galapagos launches a new lecture series, Get Smart, pairing great minds—including WNYC program director Chris Bannon and Brooklyn Grange cofounder Ben Flanner—with a performance from the Red Hook Ramblers.
Flamethrowers, revenge-tattoos and a customized deathmobile named Medusa; director Evan Glodell's geardheads-in-love debut Bellflower has it all.
Drag yourself out of bed early for Summer Streets and take advantage of a car-free Park Avenue. This year's offerings include a 25-foot-tall climbing wall, free yoga lessons and sand boxes for grown-ups.
Ailey II performs the classic work Revelations, Alvin Ailey's 1960 tribute to spirituals, the South and the power of dance at Celebrate Brooklyn. Plus, this is a chance to see the company's next generation of talent, including Solomon Dumas.
Perennial Broadway baby Bernadette Peters stars in a revival of Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman's gorgeous 1971 musical Follies about dreams in decay.