Heatwave and the 4th of July, that means beach and barbecue! New York City is heating up. We have visual arts from as far away as Western Cameroon. Ballet leaps to the forefront at Lincoln Center and Chelsea. And mouthwatering barbecue in Brooklyn. Here are a few of the many events happening in the city that never sleeps guaranteed to keep you Out and About.
Museum of Sex (MoSex): Situated in the former Tenderloin district, which bumped-and-grinded with dance halls and brothels in the 1800s, MoSex explores the subject within a cultural context—but that doesn’t mean some content won’t shock the more buttoned-up visitor. On the ground floor, “Action!,” which screens around 220 clips from more than 150 years of sex on film, includes explicit scenes from such (literally) seminal porn flicks as Deep Throat. Upstairs, highlights of the permanent collection range from the tastefully erotic to the outlandish.
At Spyscape- New York City’s first spy museum, 928 8th Avenue at 55th Street, you don’t just walk from one exhibit to another staring at artwork. You experience life as a spy. It’s the type of museum you expect to see in NYC. Come face-to-face with rare artifacts revealing the world’s most coveted top secrets. Tackle interactive spy challenges that test your spy skills.
Spyscape (NYC Spy Museum)
Alberto Giacometti (1901–1966) at the Solomon R. Guggenhiem Museum thru September 12, 2018, a preeminent artist of the twentieth century who investigated the human figure for more than forty years. This comprehensive exhibition, a collaboration with the Fondation Giacometti in Paris, examines anew the artist’s practice and his unmistakable aesthetic vocabulary. Featuring important works in bronze and in oil, as well as plaster sculptures and drawings never before seen in this country, the exhibition aims to provide a deeper understanding of this artist, whose intensive focus on the human condition continues to provoke and inspire new generations.
The Face Of Dynasty: Royal Crests From Western Cameroon at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (through Sept. 3). In the African wing, a show of just four commanding wooden crowns constitutes a blockbuster in its own right. These massive wooden crests — in the form of stylized human faces with vast vertical brows — served as markers of royal power among the Bamileke peoples of the Cameroonian grasslands, and the Met’s recent acquisition of an 18th-century specimen is joined here by three later examples, each featuring sharply protruding cheeks, broadly smiling mouths and brows incised with involute geometric patterns. Ritual objects like these were decisive for the development of Western modernist painting, and a Cameroonian crest was even shown at MoMA in the 1930s, as a “sculpture” divorced from ethnography. But these crests had legal and diplomatic significance as well as aesthetic appeal, and their anonymous African creators had a political understanding of art not so far from our own.
BalletX, Philadelphia’s premier contemporary ballet company at the Joyce Ballet Festival June 30 thru July 1, unites distinguished choreographers from around the world with an outstanding group of dancers to forge new works of athleticism, emotion, and grace.
The Ashley Bouder Project returns to the Joyce July 2-5 with a program that includes the premiere of a solo performed by Ashley Bouder, created by Lauren Lovette, principal dancer with NYCB; and a new piece by Abdul Latif, current resident at the Broadway Dance Lab. Rounding out the program is Bouder’s elegant In Pursuit of…, which premiered in 2017 at Symphony Space.
Barak Ballet presents contemporary dance pieces that captivate audiences at the Joyce Ballet Festival July 6-7, invoke thought, and expand the art form of ballet.
Ninja Ballet: Ma, at Secret Theater 44-02 23rd St. Queens – Shoko Tamai fuses martial arts, classical dance, Japanese philosophy and Mayan mythology in this tale of a female ninja who seeks revenge on the vulture god who ate her baby—even as a different ninja seeks revenge on her for the murder of his parents. Thru July 1.
American Ballet Theatre returns to the Met for eight weeks with a repertoire that includes three works by artist in residence Alexei Ratmansky: Firebird (May 21–26, sharing a bill with Wayne McGregor’s world premiere Afterite), Harlequinade (June 4–9) and a reprise of last year’s Whipped Cream (July 2–7). Other offerings include the full-length ballets Giselle (May 14–20), La Bayadère (May 29–June 2), Romeo and Juliet (June 11–16), Swan Lake (June 18–23) and Don Quixote (June 25–30).
The First Purge: to push the crime rate below one percent for the rest of the year, the New Founding Fathers of America test a sociological theory that vents aggression for one night in one isolated community. But when the violence of oppressors meets the rage of the others, the contagion will explode from the trial-city borders and spread across the nation.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom: It’s been three years since theme park and luxury resort Jurassic World was destroyed by dinosaurs out of containment. Isla Nublar now sits abandoned by humans while the surviving dinosaurs fend for themselves in the jungles. Arriving on the unstable island as lava begins raining down, their expedition uncovers a conspiracy that could return our entire planet to a perilous order not seen since prehistoric times.
Uncle Drew: After draining his life savings to enter a team in the Rucker Classic street ball tournament in Harlem, Dax (Lil Rel Howery) is dealt a series of unfortunate setbacks, including losing his team to his longtime rival (Nick Kroll). Desperate to win the tournament and the cash prize, Dax stumbles upon the man, the myth, the legend Uncle Drew (NBA All-Star Kyrie Irving) and convinces him to return to the court one more time. The two men embark on a road trip to round up Drew’s old basketball squad (Shaquille O’Neal, Chris Webber, Reggie Miller, Nate Robinson, and Lisa Leslie) and prove that a group of septuagenarians can still win the big one.
Broken Social Scene perform in Central Park, Summerstage at Rumsey Playfield on Sunday, July 1 at 3pm- a free show from these indie-pop darlings, whose sterling latest album, Hug of Thunder, proffers even more keen freeform songs that prefer slow builds and soaring climaxes to straightforward hooks. Fellow Canadian bards Mélissa Laveaux and the East Pointers join for this Summerstage gig.
Joey Bada$$: Summerstage at Rumsey Playfield on Sunday, July 8 at 6pm- The endlessly talented Brooklyn rapper headlines this annual tribute concert for his late comrade, Capital Steez, alongside an array of local hip-hop crews, including Flatbush Zombies, the Underachievers and Joey’s own Pro Era.
Smokey Joe’s Cafe: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller, returns to NYC at Stage 42 422 W 42nd St, the Grammy® Award-winning and Tony Award®-nominated smash, made history as Broadway’s longest-running musical revue. Featuring 40 of the greatest songs of the past century, including showstopping classics like “On Broadway,” “Stand by Me,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Hound Dog,” “Love Potion No. 9,” “Spanish Harlem,” “Yakety Yak” and “Charlie Brown,” it celebrates the music of the legendary songwriting duo, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. Their generation-defining songs provided hit after hit for icons like Elvis Presley, Ben E. King, The Coasters, and The Drifters.
Pass Over at Claire Tow Theater 150 W 65th St. For many black men, living in a country that was built on slavery and still struggles with ingrained notions of white supremacy feels absurd, dispiriting and paralyzing. Playwright Antoinette Nwandu has devised an ingenious and unsettling way to dramatize that terrifying state of existence by fusing the Exodus story with Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot. The result is Pass Over, an intimate political play that grapples with epic themes and is likely to leave you shaken.
July 4 Fireworks: celebrate our nation’s birthday NYC-style this 4th of July. On Wednesday, July 4, 2018, NYC will be the best place in the country to celebrate Independence Day, especially since its the home to the incredible Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks display. From NYC parks to rooftop bars, we’ve got you covered on where to catch the most spectacular view of the show set against the city’s skyline.
Aidonia & Bunji Garlin Live @ The Big Bad Bbq Food & Music Festival at Brooklyn Mirage 140 Stewart Avenue on Wednesday July 4 at 2pm.
Aloha Nights– Head to the New York Botanical Garden for an evening of tropical delights. Take an after-hours look at the garden’s new exhibit, Georgia O’Keeffe: Visions of Hawai‘i, learn how to hula, watch lei-making demos, explore installations by Hawaiian-Chinese sculptor Mark Chai, listen to live music and fuel it all with a poke bowl and a cup (or two) of Passiflora Punch. Now through Saturday August 18 2018.
We look forward to seeing you Out and About