Happy July 4th! Many are going to take the week off for a “Staycation” (an in-the-city vacation). Hanging out in NYC is an incredible summer Staycation. We have fine art in Meatpacking and Bowery, dance from Lincoln Center to Prospect Park, Blockbuster and Indie film, music in the park and theatre, complete with sword fights, in Harlem. Here are a few of the many events happening in the city that never sleeps guaranteed to keep you Out and About..
For her solo exhibition Lynette Yiadom-Boakye: Under-Song For A Cipher at the New Museum (235 Bowery Street), Yiadom-Boakye has created seventeen new works and conceived of a painted environment specific to the Fourth Floor Gallery. In her lush oil paintings, British artist Yiadom-Boakye, a 2013 Turner Prize finalist and one of the most renowned painters of her generation, conjures elegant figures that appear both quotidian and otherworldly. The exhibit runs through September 3, 2017.
Calder: Hypermobility at the Whitney Museum of American Art, 99 Gansevoort Street New York, focuses on the extraordinary breadth of movement and sound in the work of Alexander Calder. This exhibition brings together a rich constellation of key sculptures and provides a rare opportunity to experience the works as the artist intended—in motion. The exhibit runs through October 23, 2017.
MONIX at the Joyce: Moses Pendleton brings the landscape of the American Southwest to life with his signature illusionistic style in Opus Cactus. Giant saguaros, tumbleweeds, fire dancers, cactus wrens, and a slithering Gila monster emerge from an ingenious use of costumes, lighting, and the human body as, once again, Pendleton and the superbly physical MOMIX dancers extend the reach of the imagination – and dance – into worlds strange and new.
MONIX Dance Company
American Ballet Theatre ends the season with a salute to the composer whose music is most closely associated with the art of ballet: Tchaikovsky. At the top of the list is George Balanchine’s “Mozartiana,” based on Tchaikovsky’s reinterpretation of his musical idol. From Alexei Ratmansky, there is “Souvenir d’un Lieu Cher,” a quartet set to a piece for violin and piano, exploring themes of love. The nineteenth century will be represented by the final act of Petipa’s “Sleeping Beauty,” a garland of pretty storybook dances crowned by a majestic pas de deux in the grand old style. July 5 at 2pm and 7:30pm, July 6-7 at 7:30pm, and July 8 at 2pm and 8pm: Tchaikovsky Spectacular.
Pilobolus at the Prospect Park Bandshell, Prospect Park W. at 9th St.Brooklyn, For this free show at BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! July 6 at the Prospect Park Bandshell, Prospect Park W. at 9th St. Brooklyn, the physical illusionists offer the New York premières of “Branches,” a nature piece created for the outdoor stage at Jacob’s Pillow, and “Echo in the Valley,” a collaboration with the banjoists Abigail Washburn and Béla Fleck. The program also includes “All Is Not Lost,” in which the goofy music video that Pilobolus made with the band OK Go is re-created live.
Edgar Wright’s wildly careening crime thriller Baby Driver is a smashing success, mashing comedy, romance and stunningly well-executed car chases into an audience-pleaser that provokes laughter, cheers and gasps of disbelief. The sensational cast includes Ansel Elgort, Lily James, Jon Bernthal, Jon Hamm, Eiza Gonzalez, Jamie Foxx and Kevin Spacey. In our exclusive video, Spacey, who is known for his impersonations of celebrities, decides to teach young Elgort how to do a few, starting with Michael Caine. Elgort has a fantastic ear for accents, and soon he’s teaching Spacey a voice or two.
The Skyjacker’s Tale, from award-winning Canadian filmmaker Jamie Kastner comes gives unprecedented access to one of the top five most wanted US fugitives in Cuba. Ishmael Muslim Ali (formerly LaBeet) is the American convicted of murdering eight people on a Rockefeller-owned golf course in the US Virgin Islands. After years of trying to get his conviction overturned, he took matters into his own hands and hijacked an American Airlines plane full of passengers to Cuba on New Years Eve 1984, and got away with it. Until now.
THE SKYJACKER’S TALE
Wonder Woman, Diana, princess of the Amazons and trained warrior. When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, she leaves home to fight a war, discovering her full powers and true destiny.
B.B. King Blues Club’s Sunday Gospel Brunch featuring Harlem Gospel Choir is the most renowned gospel choir in America and a preeminent gospel choir worldwide. It travels the globe, sharing the joy of faith through its music and raising funds for children’s charities. The Choir was founded in 1986 by Allen Bailey, who got the idea for the Choir while attending a celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Cotton Club in Harlem. The Choir presents the finest singers and musicians from Harlem’s Black Churches and the New York/Tri-State area.
Musiq Soulchild/People’s Champ free performance at Prospect Park Bandshell July 7, 7:30pm with twelve GRAMMY nominations under his belt, two platinum records and two gold records, Musiq Soulchild visits the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival with a goldmine of timeless hooks, and a hot-as-embers band.
Hamlet at The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street, The stabbing of a Trumped-up leader in the Public Theater’s production of “Julius Caesar” was one of the big trumped-up scandals of June. Those who felt that the Central Park staging at the Delacorte Theater glorified assassination as a response to tyranny may not actually have read the play. And what will they make of “Hamlet,” which the Public will offer at its downtown home base in July? The old king is already dead when the play begins; by the end plenty more corpses litter the stage. Will Twitter be flooded with calls for trade embargoes on Denmark?
Classical Theatre of Harlem’s The Three Musketeers in Marcus Garvey Park, July 7 through July 30 (Tuesday-Sunday 8pm and Friday 8:30pm). Directed by Jenny Bennett; choreographed by Tiffany Rea-Fisher and fight choreography by Manny Brown. The Classical Theatre of Harlem, led by Ty Jones, presents Catherine Bush’s stage version of the much-adapted 1844 novel by the great French (and black) writer Alexandre Dumas père. Jenny Bennett directs the free outdoor production, which stars a woman, Miriam Hyman, in the lead role of D’Artagnan, who seeks to become a fourth member of the sword-happy titular trio.
Classical Theatre of Harlem’s The Three Musketeers
July 4th Festivities
Circle Line 4th of July Evening Cruise: Since the Macy’s Fireworks Show shoots off its pyrotechnics from barges in the East River, you’ll get the best view from the water. This five-hour Circle Line cruise takes you down the Hudson toward the Statue of Liberty, where you’ll watch the fireworks light up the night sky. A live DJ adds to the festive atmosphere. For an extra $50, you can upgrade your ticket to include a buffet dinner and all-you-can-drink beer and wine. $169
Fourth of July Beach Party Live music, booze, food, fireworks and a beach view—you can’t ask for much more than that on Independence Day. Last year’s party began at 9am and went until midnight, so assume you’re in for a full day of partying, unless you need to leave for a quick drunken ride on the Cyclone (you will definitely be tempted). The blowout ends with an incredible firework display at 9:30pm. Best viewing location: The Steeplechase Plaza and the Coney Island Boardwalk.
July 4th Fireworks at the Brooklyn Barge: Booze, finger-lickin’ lobster boil and fireworks on the water? Sign us up! Greenpoint’s 10,000-square-foot boat bar is gearing up for the ultimate Independence Day rager, which offers a three-hour premium open bar and bites. In case you just want to sip a beer while taking in the stellar view of the Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks display, pay $50 for standing room. (The price comes with two free drink tickets!)