Your perfect Friday

January 11

Courtney Act

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Australian Idol semifinalist and RuPaul's Drag Race graduate Courtney Act (the fishy alter ego of Shane Jenek) comes back to town to release her debut EP, Kaleidoscope.

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Gramercy Theatre Friday July 10 2015

Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival

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If you've ever jammed out to dope artists like De La Soul, Jay Z or a Tribe Called Quest, then you definitely get why Brooklyn is the perfect place for a hip-hop fest. The fest kicks off with the 11th Annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival Kickoff Party, followed by performances by Common and Mobb Deep. Duo Lion Babe and the PitchBlack Brass Band will also perform, while the Dummy Clap Film Festival will feature a special screening of the 1994 film Fresh; Juice Hip-Hop Exhibition highlights the history of up-and-coming DJs, MCs and graffiti artists.

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Various locations Wednesday July 8 2015 - Saturday July 11 2015

Vision Festival 20

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The crucial local free-jazz fest presents its 20th annual installment, featuring Vision mainstays such as Roscoe Mitchell (July 7), the Sun Ra Arkestra (July 8), Milford Graves (July 9), William Parker (July 10), Joelle Leandre (July 11) and Matthew Shipp (July 12). For the full schedule, visit artsforart.org.

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Judson Memorial Church Until Sunday July 12 2015

Game Play 2015

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The Brick once again tempts gamers off their couches with the seventh annual edition of this festival, which includes interactive performance events and video game–themed works by EK Theater, One Trick Circus, the Society of the Three Foxes, Tut'Zanni Theatre Company and more. The Brick's website has a full list of shows.

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The Brick Friday July 10 2015 - Saturday July 25 2015

Taylor Swift + Haim + Vance Joy + Shawn Mendes

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T. Swift was always a little more Madonna than Miranda Lambert, so her decision to leave Nashville for NYC—and pop-country for plain old pop—isn't necessarily shocking. What is mind-blowing is that the 25-year-old's latest album, 1989, has broken sales records long held by Britney Spears and Eminem, something unfathomable in today's music world. Swifty celebrates her overwhelming success with these good-as-sold-out stadium gigs in Jersey. Get ready to "Shake It Off," people.

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MetLife Stadium Friday July 10 2015 - Saturday July 11 2015

Ice Factory Festival 2015

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In the helter-skelter of summer theater festivals, the cool curatorial heads of the Ice Factory always provide a welcome breeze. This year’s lineup of plays and multimedia performance includes work by the Assembly, Glass Bandits and Morgan Gould & Friends. For details about individual shows, visit the Ice Factory's site.

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New Ohio Theatre Wednesday July 8 2015 - Saturday August 8 2015

Cabaret Cinema: The Princess Bride

This screening of the cult classic tale of true love will be introduced by neuroscientist Peter Mende-Siedlecki, who works with the neuroscience of trust perception. Peter will discuss the idea of the mask (the film is part of a series on Movie Masks) and what Westley hides by wearing a mask as the Dread Pirate Roberts, from his attractiveness to his competence.

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The Rubin Museum of Art Friday July 10 2015

Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton

Composer Danny Elfman has written many tunes that are now a permanent part of our collective cultural conscience, like the theme songs for The Simpsons, the Batman animated series theme and Pee-wee’s Playhouse. He’s also worked on many films with iconic filmmaker Tim Burton—hear his infectious score, from The Nightmare Before Christmas to Beetlejuice, live onstage featuring a full orchestra and choir. Don’t forget to dress up as your favorite character!

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Avery Fisher Hall (at Lincoln Center) Wednesday July 8 2015 - Sunday July 12 2015

Tangerines

There may be no such thing as a “just” war, but the folly of large-scale violence is all the more evident in combat for which no simple explanation exists. And the more complicated the conflict, the easier it is to make an antiwar movie about it—the story has much less work to do if viewers literally can’t understand why its characters are fighting each other. That makes the War in Abkhazia (1992–93) an ideal backdrop for a film like Zaza Urushadze’s Tangerines, a pacifist plea that distills one of the most complicated armed conflicts in recent history to a morality play that a child could understand.  

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Gap x Big Gay Ice Cream

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This denim chain has teamed up with Big Gay Ice Cream in honor of Pride week for a special collaboration.

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Gap, GapKids, babyGap, GapBody Until Sunday July 26 2015
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