The waterfalls and more
Including Batman and Sonic Youth and Stephen Colbert. Mark your calendars.
Wed Jun 11 2008
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Shakespeare in the Park: Hamlet
Through June 29
Michael Stuhlbarg, Lauren Ambrose and Andre Braugher star in this classic tale of death, death, moping and more death. As a bonus, the Public Theater’s new “virtual line” option means you don’t have to take off from work: Just hit the Internet to get a ticket.
Delacorte Theater, Central Park at 81st St (publictheater.org)
Take Me to the River Festival
Through October 15
The free shoreside series includes musical performances, movies and readings—even boxing and dance lessons. Films screen Wednesday and Friday nights on Piers 54 and 46 (Almost Famous July 16, The Goonies August 8); and on Sundays in July and August, there’s music and dancing at Moondance on Pier 54.
Various locations along the Hudson River (hudsonriverpark.org)
Thursday 12–August 9
Highlights of this fantastic lineup of music, movies, theater and dance include the man formerly known as Chef, Isaac Hayes (Thursday 12); Brazilian Girls (July 11); the Philip Glass Ensemble accompanying films by Godfrey Reggio (July 25); the African Guitar Festival (August 3); and Alvin Ailey’s Ailey II (August 7).
Prospect Park Bandshell, Prospect Park West at 9th St, Park Slope, Brooklyn (celebratebrooklyn.org)
Bloomsday on Broadway XXVII
Monday, June 16
Among other luminaries, Frank McCourt and Stephen Colbert will be reading the entire “Ithaca” episode of James Joyce’s Ulysses.
Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th St (212-864-5400, symphonyspace.org)
HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival
Monday 16–August 18
Free Monday-night films include Dr. No, Bride of Frankenstein, Hud, Arsenic and Old Lace, The Candidate and Superman. Good luck getting a seat.
Bryant Park, 40th St at Sixth Ave (bryantpark.org)
June 20–August 7
Celebrated Japanese film actor Tatsuya Nakadai’s 50-year career included leads in classics by Akira Kurosawa, Masaki Kobayashi and Kon Ichikawa. See 24 of them at this retrospective; bring glasses for subtitles—and a better look at Nakadai’s handsome face.
Film Forum, 209 W Houston St between Sixth Ave and Varick St (212-727-8110, filmforum.org)
50th Annual Washington Square
Music Festival June 21, July 8, 15, 22, 29
This mostly classical concert series will be a reminder of Washington Square Park’s restorative qualities (and we don’t mean through weed) during its long renovation period. The first performance is “A Salute to Folk Concerts”; additional shows include pieces by Bach and Satie.
Washington Square Park, Fifth Ave at Washington Sq North(212-252-3621, washingtonsquaremusicfestival.org)
JellyNYC Pool Parties at McCarren Park
Sundays through September
On Sunday afternoons, JellyNYC hosts a return to your youth, complete with Slip ’n Slides. The indie rock, dance and world music ain’t bad either. While the pool also holds moneymaking concerts throughout the sultry months (like Gogol Bordello on June 20), these shows—such as Black Lips and Deerhunter on August 3—are free.
McCarren Park Pool, Bedford Ave at Lorimer St, Greenpoint, Brooklyn (thepoolparties.com, mccarrenparkpool.com)
The Real McCoy novelist celebrates the release of his latest, More than It Hurts You, along with comic and PC anthropomorphizer John Hodgman.
Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House, 58 W 10th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (darinstrauss.com)
June 26–October 13
Olafur Eliasson’s much-anticipated man-made falls, presented by the Public Art Fund, will cascade at four sites from 7am to 10pm daily, and are lit at sunset for both locals’ and tourists’ maximum pleasure.
The Brooklyn anchorage of the Brooklyn Bridge; between Piers 4 and 5 on the East River waterfront between Furman and Joralemon Sts, Brooklyn Heights; Pier 35, the East River at Rutgers St in Manhattan; and Governors Island just west of the ferry terminal (publicartfund.org)
June 27–September 28
The 96-year-old sculptor has been at the forefront of contemporary art for seven decades and shows no signs of stopping. This blockbuster retrospective will fill the Gugg’s rotunda and one adjacent room with the artist’s sculptures, prints and drawings. As a complement, Film Forum (filmforum.org) screens a documentary about the nonagenarian, from June 25 through July 8.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Ave at 89th St (212-423-3500)
Sonic Youth + The Feelies
Sure, the 27-year-old Sonic Youth more or less invented alternative rock, so the show’s already got feet. But the openers are the bonus: The Feelies broke up in ’92 but reunite for a few shows this summer, most notably this free gig. You’re not the only one who’s thrilled: There will be long lines when the tickets are distributed.
Battery Park; tickets (required) are available online starting Thu 12 at noon (212-835-2789, rivertorivernyc.com)
The Lincoln Center Festival presents this difficult 1965 opera by Bernd Alois Zimmermann. The performance is staged on a long ramp with the audience positioned on bleachers that move along the length of the stage.
Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Ave between 66th and 67th Sts (212-721-6500)
Movies with a View
July 10–August 28
Stand by Me, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, Cabaret and The Shining are just a few of the films on tap for Brooklyn Bridge Park’s free Thursday-night screenings. There’s only one problem: No matter how good the movie, the view is always better.
Empire–Fulton Ferry State Park, Main St at the East River, Dumbo, Brooklyn (718-802-0603, brooklynbridgepark.org)
Ed Park + Leni Zumas
As part of the St. Marks Bookshop series, two fiction writers read from their imaginative and highly stylized debuts: Park’s office-satire-turned-horror-show, Personal Days, and Zumas’s flirting-with-fabulism story collection, Farewell Navigator.
Solas, 232 E 9th St between Second and Third Aves (212-260-7853)
The Dark Knight
Opens July 18
Counter your sadness over losing Heath Ledger by focusing on how hot Christian Bale is. What? Is that inappropriate or something?
Shakespeare in the Park: Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical
July 22–August 17
Forty years after its Broadway debut, the antiwar Age of Aquarius is back—and this time directed by The Donkey Show’s Diane Paulus—and it’s as long-tressed as ever.
Delacorte Theater, Central Park at 81st St (publictheater.org)
Rock the Bells
The annual hip-hop festival goes global this year, with stops in Europe and Japan. The high-powered action in New York includes A Tribe Called Quest, Nas, Mos Def, De La Soul and Dead Prez.
Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, 1000 Ocean Pkwy, Wantagh, NY (516-221-1000, jonesbeach.com)
Lincoln Center Out of Doors
This summer stalwart hosts more than 100 different events including world music, internationally acclaimed dance, cutting-edge performances, cool jazz and activities for kids.
Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center Bandshell, W 62nd St at Amsterdam Ave (212-875-5456, lincolncenter.org)
All Points West Festival
Radiohead attempts to make Jersey cool by headlining two out of three nights of this Eastern Seaboard version of Coachella. Additional acts include Cat Power, Animal Collective, Secret Machines and Underworld.
Liberty State Park, Jersey City, NJ (apwfestival.com)
Opens August 8
Do you really wanna miss the Apatow factory’s latest flick, a stoner comedy starring Seth Rogen, James Franco and Danny McBride? Wait, dude, what did you just say?