Summer arts preview: July



28 Gary Shteyngart
Shteyngart's Super Sad True Love Story envisions a postliterate Manhattan in a very near future, in which a 39-year-old man loves books, writes what may be the world's last diary, and falls hard for a cruel and beautiful young woman. His passions are so strong that he vows to pursue them forever—even as the American economy collapses and riots break out. Shteyngart serves up satire, but it all goes down smoothly, in part because his bleak comedy about a digital world is so bighearted. Today's reading and talk with Random House editor-at-large David Ebershoff should be ambitious and pleasantly audacious. Bryant Park ( 12:30--1:45pm, free.

July 29, August 5, 12, 19 Movie Nights on the Elevated Acre
Instead of fighting the crowds for a spot in Bryant Park, stretch your legs while catching free alfresco movies on the Elevated Acre, an open-air rooftop plaza in the Financial District that overlooks the East River. This year's four films are Broadway-themed; the series kicks off July 29 with Broadway Danny Rose, followed by Auntie Mame (August 5), The Country Girl (August 12) and The Muppets Take Manhattan (August 19). Elevated Acre ( 8pm, free.

July 30--Aug 1 Animation Block Party
Ain't no party like an Animation Block Party with a focus on New York--centric shorts, 'cause an Animation Block Party with a focus on New York--centric shorts don't stop! The annual festival of toons returns for another go-round; animaniacs and people with ADD, you'll want to be there. Visit for venue and schedule info.

July 30--August 1 Del Close Marathon
More than 150 nonstop improv shows rock the UCB Theatre and other venues this weekend, in honor of Del Close, a mentor and inspiration to many funny folks you know and love (Bill Murray, Tina Fey and countless UCB players themselves). Various locations, visit for info.



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