Summer is at its peak, and there's no shortage of wonderful events. For those yearning to experience some true '90s indie legends, snag tickets to acclaimed Neutral Milk Hotel concerts. Dance aficionados looking to add some culture to your summer can visit the Bolshoi Ballet at Lincoln Center. And for a true NYC summer tradition, stop by the annual Nathan's hot-dog-eating contest.
Our July highlights
Lately, Mr. and Mrs. Carter have been hitting headlines more for the infamous Solange elevator incident than for their pop prowess, so these On the Run shows should act as a reminder of how great they are at, you know, making music. We can't even imagine how insane "Drunk in Love"—or "Crazy in Love," for that matter!—is going to get.Read more
The peerless jam band has come back with a vengeance since re-emerging five years ago and Trey Anastasio & Co. have plotted yet another epic summer tour. The Vermont quartet’s East Coast run includes this trio of gigs at Randall’s Island, where they’ve never played before. The shows are sure to feature some new songs from the group’s upcoming album, tentatively entitled Wingsuit.Read more
No one can replace Freddie Mercury, the flamboyant icon who fronted Queen until his untimely death in 1991. But among the pretenders to the throne thus far, none has matched the flash and moxie of American Idol runner-up Lambert, whose succesful prior outings with Brian May and Roger Taylor prompted this crazy little summer tour.Read more
Hungry New Yorkers and tourists alike flock to participating restaurants for this food fest, offering more than 20 days of bang-for-your-buck meals. Nearly 300 eateries will be serving three-course lunches for $25 and dinners for $38. Past restaurants have included Benchmark, Boulud Sud, the Cecil and Nobu.Read more
More events in July 2014
LIC Flea & Food
After a successful launch last summer, this Queens market returned to Long Island City earlier this month. The flea (the largest in the borough) hosts more than 85 vendors selling food, jewelry, clothing, furniture and more in an empty parking lot not far from the iconic PEPSI-COLA sign. New this year: There are plans to sell booze, so shop wisely.
The popular Williamsburg Flea left East River State Park last year and opened in a new home on Sunday May 4. This location in the 'hood features 150 vendors with a variety of goods that range from deals (vintage locket earrings by Sharon London, $12) to splurges (aprons from Hartford Denim Co., $100).
Hester Street Fair
Trivia time: This pretty, tree-lined Lower East Side bazaar is located on the grounds of what was NYC's largest pushcart market in the early 1900s. Today, the Hester Street Fair packs in shoppers every weekend with a killer combination of curated vintage wares-retro jewelry, antique decor and old-fashioned hats. Look for surprising booths, like Compass Yoga, where you can get an assessment of your posture.
Escape your humdrum, black-and-white life for the many shades of gay at the 23rd edition of this estimable annual festival of all things same-sex. Amid the smorgasbord are dishes by Enid Ellen, Dandy Darkly, Anna/Kate, David Drake, Nora Burns, MargOH! Channing and many more.Read more
Celebrate Bastille Day at this weeklong joie de vivre fest, where 24 restaurants, including A.O.C. and Maison Harlem, will offer discounted prix-fixe menus of français specialties. Feast on duck leg confit at Orsay, foie gras pâté at Antibes Bistro and croque Madame at Cafe Centro, and toast with wines from the Roussillon region.Read more
Japanese Kabuki troupe Heisei Nakamura-za returns to Lincoln Center Festival with a tale full of swordplay, spirits, double-crossing and thrills. A villainous samurai falls in love with a married woman, kills her husband and nearly murders her son. The stylized spectacle is led by Kabuki superstar Nakamura Kankuro VI, playing multiple roles with lightning-fast changes.Read more
As part of the Lincoln Center Festival, De Keersmaeker's Belgium-based company revisits four early, iconic works. The performances begin with Fase, Four Movements to the Music of Steve Reich (1982), in which dancers embody Reich's Piano Phase, Come Out, Violin Phase and Clapping Music. The run continues with the seminal Rosas danst Rosas (July 11, 12), Elena's Aria (July 13, 14) and Bartók/Mikrokosmos (July 15, 16).Read more
Various locations, times and prices; visit bkhiphopfestival.com for more details. If you've ever jammed out to dope artists like De La Soul, Jay Z or A Tribe Called Quest, than you definitely get why Brooklyn is the perfect place for a hip-hop fest. Even with some of the illest artists taking the stage, from Wu-Tang Clan's Raekwon to Cydel Young, an up-and-coming artist who was featured on Kanye's practically flawless album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, it's not just about the music. There'll be panel discussions, exhibitions from Kings County community organizations that capture the vibe of the coolest borough and even a block party for hip-hop lovers everywhere.Read more
Everyone's favorite downtown pop wunderkind headlines a benefit for the David Lynch Foundation, which stages Transcendental Meditation programs for veterans, battered women and people who are homeless or incarcerated. Smart move, Sky: After posing topless on your album cover, getting arrested for drug possession, befriending Miley and defending Terry Richardson, this is the only thing that could surprise us—and pleasantly so. Ladies Night and the Rapture's Vito Roccoforte handle DJ duties.Read more
Our own Josh Rothkopf was enthralled by Richard Linklater's nearly three-hour drama when it premiered at Sundance. Shot piecemeal over 12 years, the film follows a young man (Ellar Coltrane) as he grows from childhood to adulthood and learns to deal with his troubled parents (Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette) in the process.Read more
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
James Franco is out, but Andy Serkis is back as motion-captured monkey revolutionary Caesar, who is still wreaking havoc on humanity in this sequel to 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes. The cast is quite eclectic (Keri Russell, Gary Oldman, Jason Clarke, Judy Greer), and if director Matt Reeves brings half the style to this that he did to his moody adolescent vampire movie Let Me In (2010), we're in for a good time.
Flume is a young beatsmith from Sydney who has spent the past few years making luscious and emotive head-nod material, both on a series of beautiful remixes (for Junior Boys, Onra, Lorde and others) and in original work, notably on a self-titled album of ethereal and hazy bass-informed synth-pop on the Future Classic label. Judging by this trio of Terminal 5 dates, the man born Harley Edward Streten is clearly doing pretty well for himself.Read more
Expect to hear some new tracks from Three 6 Mafia crunk party-rapper Juicy J (you know you love, or at least love to hate, "Bandz A Make Her Dance"), whose new album, The Hustle Continues, is rumored to drop at the end of summer. Joining him at this show will be Memphis MC Project Pat, who's also his big bro.Read more
The Rio dancers of A Batalha do Passinho—which offers a fusion of break and traditional Brazilian movement, a style begun in the city favelas—make their U.S. debut in a shared program with Rennie Harris's wonderful Puremovement hip-hop company. The performance, part of Puremovement's 20th anniversary, is a production of Lincoln Center Out of Doors and features several New York premieres.Read more
Tanowitz showcases her passion for constructing intricate steps in PASSAGEN, a duet for Melissa Toogood and Maggie Cloud, with both musical and physical accompaniment by violinist Pauline Kim Harris; and an excerpt from the ensemble work The Spectactors, with live music by the FLUX Quartet.Read more
Singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson has a cute, husky voice, which she applies to pretty, quirky songs. When discussing her latest disc, Lights Out, the New York native says she's gone from "the poppy ukulele girl to platforms-and-eye-makeup pop." Well, maybe it's Maybelline, but we get the feeling this talented songstress was born with it. Nashville folk duo Neulore opens.Read more