July's best things to do

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  • Photograph: Alexander Thompson

    Psychobilly Luau

    Psychobilly Luau

  • Photograph: Alexander Thompson

    Psychobilly Luau

    Psychobilly Luau

  • Photograph: Alexander Thompson

    Psychobilly Luau

    Psychobilly Luau

  • Photograph: Alexander Thompson

    Psychobilly Luau

    Psychobilly Luau

  • Photograph: Alexander Thompson

    Psychobilly Luau

    Psychobilly Luau

  • Photograph: Alexander Thompson

    Psychobilly Luau

    Psychobilly Luau

  • Photograph: Alexander Thompson

    Psychobilly Luau

    Psychobilly Luau

  • Photograph: Alexander Thompson

    Psychobilly Luau

    Psychobilly Luau

  • Photograph: Alexander Thompson

    Psychobilly Luau

    Psychobilly Luau

  • Photograph: Alexander Thompson

    Psychobilly Luau

    Psychobilly Luau

Photograph: Alexander Thompson

Psychobilly Luau

Psychobilly Luau

July 16 Merce Fair
Lincoln Center Festival hosts a day of performances, films, exhibitions, activities and more in celebration of the life, work and artistic vision of Merce Cunningham. Highlights include a performance of 1976's Squaregame and 1980's Duets, as well as a participatory workshop led by Robert Swinston. Rose Theater (at Frederick P. Rose Hall) (lincolncenter.org). $15--$60.

July 20 U2
Though the band's heyday is long passed, there's some credit due to U2, stadium giants who are not only still standing, but still making records that millions of people wish to actually buy (such as their latest, No Line on the Horizon). New Meadowlands Stadium (ticketmaster.com). 7pm; $30--$250.

July 21 Rihanna + Cee Lo Green
Wallflowers can pass on this double bill, featuring two of pop's biggest, boldest entertainers: husky-voiced, hot-pantsed Rihanna and outrageous soul man Cee Lo Green. Izod Center (ticketmaster.com). $23.25--$103.25.

July 23 Psychobilly Luau
Psychobilly trailblazers the Klingonz—who were at the forefront of the movement in 1990s Britain—headline a wacky day jam-packed with live music, burlesque beauties, hot-rod showcases and more. The Bell House (718-643-6510, thebellhouseny.com). 3pm; $22, at the door $25.

July 23 New Museum Block Party
The New Museum takes over the Lower East Side with an artsy outdoor fair, featuring live performances and workshops. New Museum of Contemporary Art (212-219-1222, newmuseum.org). Noon--6pm.

July 26--October 10 "Frans Hals in the Metropolitan Museum of Art"
Nobody captured the zest for life in 17th-century Holland better than painter Frans Hals (apple-cheeked maidens? check; lusty cavaliers? check). The works here will be pulled primarily from the Met's holdings of the Dutch master's vibrant portraits and genre scenes. Metropolitan Museum of Art (metmuseum.org)

July 27 MLS All-Star Game
This year's match will give America's best soccer players a chance to exact revenge on England's Manchester United, who beat Major League Soccer's All-Stars last year in Houston. USA! USA! Red Bull Arena (877-RBSOCCER, newyorkredbulls.com). 8:30pm; $75--$400.

July 27--31 Eiko & Koma
Lincoln Center's reflecting pool will have something floating it in during Lincoln Center Out of Doors: The incredible choreographic team of Eiko & Koma present the premiere of Water. Music is by the Native-American flutist and composer Robert Mirabal. Hearst Plaza (at Lincoln Center) (lcoutofdoors.org). Free.

July 29 The Royal Danish Opera and Orchestra: Selma Jezkov
Inspired by Lars von Trier's traumatic 2000 film Dancer in the Dark, which nearly drove its star Bjrk to madness, Danish composer Poul Ruders's newest opera evokes Berg's expressionist tragedies Wozzeck and Lulu. Rose Theater (at Lincoln Center) (lincolncenterfestival.org). $30--$75.

July 29 The Future
Miranda July makes up for a lifetime of hipster tweeness with this gorgeous, sad tale of a thirty-ish couple coming to grips with mortality. Her fans, naturally, will dig the funny dances and narration from a wounded feline.

July 29 Cowboys & Aliens opens
We can only hope this sci-fi-Western hybrid lives up to the pulpy promise of its title. Who doesn't want to see Indiana Jones and James Bond (Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig) drawing pistols on extraterrestrial invaders?

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