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conflicting sides of political decisions. Carrión himself was briefly thought to be thinking about a run for the congressional seat, which became much more strongly Latino during the redistricting process.

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students hoping to land jobs with their beneficent officemates, and Google will gain from its proximity to the next crop of tech geniuses. In the words of Council Member Jessica Lappin, it’s “a match made in heaven,” and all the similarly warm, fuzzy things that elected officials had to say about the move.

cHoREogRaPHERS SHoW THEIR STUff Next Saturday, 11 fledgling choreographers will put their best dance moves onstage for the Young Choreographer’s Festival. The performance highlights the work of choreographers between the ages of 18 and 25 in the genres of ballet, contemporary, modern, jazz, street jazz and tap. There will be a talkback panel featuring festival choreographers from 2010 through the present selection. June 2, 8 p.m., Peter Jay Sharp Theater at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at symphonyspace.org.

UPPER WEST Jazz fEST Fans of jazz can get their fill of one of the greats this summer on the Upper West Side. The Smoke Jazz and Supper Club-Lounge, at 2751 Broadway, is holding its monthlong Miles Davis Festival, beginning May 25 and running through June 30. Alumni from Davis’ band will play alongside top-notch trumpeters, with different ensembles paying tribute to his music each night. On Monday, June 4 at 6:30 p.m., an original play written by the club’s co-owner, Frank Christopher, and inspired by Davis, Beyond Blue Light, will premiere, with a threecourse dinner included in the ticket price. The festival kicks off this weekend with a celebration of Davis’ birthday, which would have been his 86th, with Jeremy Pelt on trumpet, George Cables on piano, Buster Williams on bass and Louis Hayes on drums. For more information, visit smokejazz.com.

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DRUggED oUT DRUgSToRE RoBBERy Three men were arrested after they teamed up to rob a Duane Reade on Columbus Avenue last Thursday at 1:30 p.m. The trio grabbed $2,574 worth of merchandise, including Mucinex, Crest Whitestrips, Prilosec and several allergy meds, and strolled past the open registers without even a glance back. When the store employees called the cops and the three were apprehended, police found a crack pipe in one of the men’s front pockets, as well as other drug paraphernalia in a red duffle bag they were carrying.

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kID EScAPES MUggIng Another potential victim of a graband-go iPhone theft was able to thwart his would-be attacker last week. The perp approached the 12-year-old victim on the street and asked for the time. The victim checked his iPhone, told him the time and put it back in his pocket, but the man followed him for several blocks on West 77th Street as the kid walked to school. At one point, the impatient thief grabbed the boy’s sweater, and when the kid asked if he was about to be mugged, the perp told him, “Yes, I’m going to mug you.” He wasn’t as prescient as he thought, however; the kid squirmed free and made a dash for his teacher, who was able to confirm the story to police.

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Mosquito Epidemic Creates Itchy Problem on 84th Street By Megan Bungeroth

screens is the “No. 1 [method of] urban pest control,” but acknowledged that they won’t solve the root of the problem. t a crowded event last week Part of the difficulty in eradicating the that served as much as a pesky bugs is that it requires the coordinacathartic release of grievances tion of several city agencies. For example, as a forum for solutions, over the DEP can flush the sewers, but it can’t 120 Upper West Siders vented their frustrapull up any part of the roads without the tion over their out-of-control mosquito go-ahead from the DOT. The DOHMH is problem. responsible for pest control, but they still Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal have to work with other agencies. heeded the itchy cries of residents on and While some at the meeting wanted to around West 84th Street who have been know why the city won’t just spray chemisuffering from a bafflingly hard to quash cals to kill all the larvae, others were quick infestation, rounding up city officials to to reject that idea, saying they’d rather not hear their tales and explain what the city resort to poison in a residential area. is doing to combat the insects. The result Part of the frustration people felt was was a promise to coordinate efforts and due to the fact that because the species of take the problem seriously, which barely mosquito found on the soothed a very frusUpper West Side hasn’t trated population. “These been shown to carry “It’s not [just] a mosquiToes are West Nile virus, the city nuisance,” said Lisa Perlman, who brought biTing ,and Their has treated the infestation as a nuisance rather photos of her young biTes iTch like than an imminent threat son’s red, swollen leg to public health. after he suffered a moshell for days; “The premise is, if quito attack. “These They hurT like someone doesn’t die, mosquitoes are biting black fly biTes,” you can go to hell,” said ,and their bites itch like hell for days; they hurt lisa perlman said. West 84th Street resident Abraham Newman. “This like black fly bites.” She is just a small sampling and dozens of other of the people who are suffering day and meeting attendees said they or their kids night. They have no recourse, no one lissleep under mosquito nets in an effort to tens to them, no one gives a damn because keep them away, but are sometimes up all no one has died.” night swatting. City officials also admitted that they Representatives from the Department of don’t know exactly what the next steps Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), the should be. Rosenthal suggested they all Department of Transportation (DOT), the come to the location of the infestation and Department of Environmental Protection work as a task force to come up with more (DEP) and Con Edison each explained to creative solutions, which all of the agencies the public what they were doing to combat agreed to. the localized pests. Mosquitoes breed in “I’m happy that this many people came standing water, and despite residents’ best here, and that the agency representatives efforts to eliminate stagnant water from got to hear from them directly,” Rosenthal the area and the city flushing the sewer said. “I don’t think they grasped the magnisystem over 10 times in recent months, a tude of the problem.” single sewer trap is still catching over 300 She also suggested that if the city can’t mosquitoes in a day on West 84th Street. come up with a fix, they should bring in an Dr. Jody Gangloff-Kaufmann, an urban outside consultant. entomologist from Cornell University, “It doesn’t seem that the city has explained the science of the problem and responded in a way that is really going to told residents that even little measures solve the problem,” Rosenthal said. “They might help eliminate mosquitoes. admitted, ‘I don’t know what the problem “If you find a bottle cap, get rid of it. is, it’s a mystery.’ I mean, that’s not acceptIf you see leaves in the gutters, get rid of able. These are intelligent, involved people them,” she said. “High participation is and they’re not going to be happy until the required.” problem is fixed.” Gangloff-Kaufmann said that installing

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GALLERIES Heliontrope: A luminous exhibition of a decade’s work by one of the last great French modernists, with nearly 30 paintings and drawings by Jean Hélion (19041987), revealing his evolution from pure abstraction to figuration. Through June 30, Schroeder Romero & Shredder, 531 W. 26th St., 212-630-0722, srandsgallery.com. [John Goodrich]

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Freudian Trip: “Lucian Freud Drawings” includes over 80 works spanning from 1940 to the present day in charcoal, pastel, conté, pen and ink, crayon, etching and watercolor. Through June 9, Acquavella Galleries, 18 E. 79th St., 212-734-6300, acquavellagalleries. com. [VG] CLASSICAL Adventures with Lang Lang: You never know what Lang Lang, the sensational young pianist, will do: lay an egg or knock you out? Always worth attending. May 29, Carnegie Hall, 212-247-7800, carnegiehall. org; 8 p.m. [Jay Nordlinger]

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Britten and Brilliant: Two days after Opera in Cinema presents Benjamin Britten’s “Peter Grimes” at the Big Cinemas Manhattan Theater, Opera Moderne mounts Britten’s “Turn of the Screw,” based on Henry James’s supernatural masterpiece. SCARY! May 26, Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, 212-864-5400, symphonyspace.org; , 8 p.m., $55 advance, $45 for members & children, $60 day of show. [Judy Gelman Myers]

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ill Wes Anderson ever return to the blunt sexuality of the Hotel Chevalier overture to The Darjeeling Limited? The mannered style of his new film, Moonrise Kingdom, suggests, perhaps, an adieu to innocence. It’s a remarkable fantasy creation at the same time that it knowingly presents a sophisticated deconstruction of prelapsarian innocence. Moonrise Kingdom is titled for the idyll shared by two New England preteens in love, Suzy (Kara Hayward) and Sam (Jared Gilman). It’s the name they give an unchristened cove previously known by its map coordinates, or the technical “Mile 3.25 Tidal Inlet.” Suzy and Sam are both 12 years old, but Anderson’s personalized vision makes their identities emerge affectionately; Suzy’s detached from her parents NYPress.com 

and three brothers, Sam’s an orphan isolated from the delinquents in his foster home and his scout troop. They are typical Anderson protagonists—which means nothing about them is typical. Both Suzy and Sam’s intelligence arises from their self-conscious loneliness as part of their survival tactics; she reads books about girls in danger, he becomes an exemplary boy scout. Their shared paradise might not last into adulthood, but instead of Stand By Me’s sappy view of adolescence, Anderson offers fine insight into their specific emotional qualities. Leaning toward fantasy, Anderson studies the depths of personality. Suzy and Sam are not sexualized, like the Peter and Wendy in P.J. Hogan’s extraordinary 2003 Peter Pan. This is also a runaway’s story, like François Ozon’s Criminal Lovers, a Hansel and Gretel tale mixing Night of the Hunter and They Lived By Night, but Anderson favors a chaste view of sexual precocity. This delicate, eccentric sensibility of Anderson’s films (The Darjeeling Limited,

The Royal Tenenbaums) confuses some people, but his meticulous visualization of feeling and adolescent experience is what distinguishes his cinema. Childhood isn’t coddled in an excessive or nostalgic way, it provides a key to Anderson’s sense of basic human nature. The adults in Moonrise Kingdom— Suzy’s parents (Bill Murray, Frances McDormand), Sam’s Scout master, Ward (Edward Norton), and the local police captain, Sharp (Bruce Willis)—display an older but similar weariness and dissatisfaction. Despite the farcical tone, no one is infantilized; all are seen compassionately. Norton’s weak chin and slight lisp personify the dweeb that is Anderson’s specialty. He’s not brilliant like the nerds Jason Schwartzman plays for Anderson, rather, he’s one of Moonrise Kingdom’s mundane, unjudged innocents. Starting with Suzy’s brothers listening to Benjamin Britten’s 1946 recording The Young Person‘s Guide to the Orchestra, Op. 34 (Themes A-F), Anderson diagrams the

JAZZ Now’s the Time: Brilliant pianist, composer and band leader Jonathan Batiste, co-director of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem (NJMH), present “Jazz is: NOW.” May 23, NJMH, 104 E. 126th St., 212-348-8300, jazzmuseuminharlem.org; 7 p.m., free. [VG] DANCE Names and Misnomers: A survey of international dance styles graces the Museum of Art and Design theater. Performers include Souleymane Badolo, Bridgman/Packer Dance, Claire Porter and Misnomer Dance Theater. June 1, The Theater at Museum of Art and Design, 2 Columbus Circle, 212-2997777, madmuseum.org; 7:30 p.m., $20, $12 for members. [Phyllis Workman] Women’s Whirl: Gotham Dance Festival celebrates the work of American women, among them Jane Comfort & Company, Camille A. Brown & Dancers, Kate Weare Company, Pam Tanowitz Dance and Monica Bill Barnes & Company, in this one-night celebration program, “Working Women.” June 5, The Joyce Theater, 175 8th Ave., 212-928-6517, gothamarts.org; 7:30 p.m., $10+. [VG]

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link during your next visit to The Met and you’re likely to miss Bellini, Titian, and Lotto; North Italian Paintings from the Accademia Carrara, Bergamo, an exhibition snuggled almost imperceptibly into the museum’s collection of European art. As the Accademia Carrara undergoes renovation, The Met is hosting 15 of its paintings as a means to “expand [the Accademia’s] reputation internationally.” The last time The Met and the Accademia Carrera joined forces was with a revelatory exhibition of still-life paintings by local hero Evaristo Baschenis (1617-1677). The current venture doesn’t pack the same punch. The star names might lead you to believe otherwise, but the lone Titian canvas is at best a curio and—what’s that again?—an attribution. Bellini’s “Pieta With the Virgin and Saint John” (ca. 1455-60) is…well, it’s a dud. Compare it to The Met’s own “Madonna and Child” (ca. 1480) and weep. Lotto justifies marquee billing. Three altarpiece panels originally installed in the Church of San Bartolomeo evince a showman of impeccable concision, if not at the top of his powers. That distinction is earned with “Portrait of Lucina Brembati” (ca. 1518-23), wherein Lotto adroit-

Moonrise Kingdom Continued from previous page basic social unit of family in a remarkable series of lateral pans through the Bishop family frame house, then through the campsite of Sam’s Kahaki Scouts unit at Camp Ivanhoe. The idea of musical variations serves Anderson’s method of describing social groups and human relations. Each character is introduced in their private rooms, personal worlds—individuals as part of a whole. If it looks just like the animated universe of Fantastic Mr. Fox, that’s Anderson’s affectionate point. But don’t underestimate his perspicacity. These white folks retracing the Indian trails of their habitat reveal a lot more about Americans’ connection to their history than Alexander Payne’s smug The Descendants.

ly concentrates his knack for rendering finery and tapping into the psyche. The more time you spend with Ms. Brembati, the more intimate, and unnerving, the encounter. Wow, you think, the things a painting can do. The same sentiment can be applied to canvases by Giovanni Battista Moroni, a lesser-known “natural talent” whose gift for portraiture won Titian’s recommendation. Moroni’s “Portrait of a Little Girl of the Redetti Family” (ca. 1570) is a remarkable evocation (or illusion) of a child wiser than her years. But “Portrait of a Twenty-Nine-Year-Old Man” (1567) is the triumph, the sitter’s wary individuality having been distilled with no consequent loss in mystery. The remainder of Bellini, Titian and Lotto is filled out with drab talents (Bergognone), by-the-book tradesmen (Giovanni Cariani) and flashy pasticheurs (Andrea Previtali). On the slim evidence at hand, it’s difficult to know whether Vincenzo Foppa or Moretto da Brescia are more than that. Is da Brescia’s “Christ and a Devotee” (1518) a happy one-off or does it herald a minor master? The Met and the Accademia Carrara should join forces again to answer that question for the rest of us. Bellini, Titian, and Lotto; North Italian Paintings from the Accademia Carrara, Bergamo Through Sept. 3, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Ave., 212-535-7710, metmuseum.org.

Anderson acknowledges his selfaware pageantry (and dependence upon social ritual and public ritual) in a flashback to Suzy and Sam first meeting at a church performance of Britten’s opera Noye’s Fludd. It resembles a layered, cut-out Christmas card unfolding before our eyes. A rebuke to 3-D gimmickry, it also makes imagination real in the same way of an Anderson tableau. There’s beauty when Suzy and Sam are on a misty beach with an olive-colored lantern on the left, yellow suitcase on the right, her saddle oxfords on left, a blue record player on right and a pair of binoculars in the foreground. Binoculars, a familiar image from Anderson’s debut Bottle Rocket, symbolize his gift for seeing youth and adulthood simultaneously. This double vision makes Moonrise Kingdom odd and substantive. Follow ArmondWhite on Twitter @3xchair

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azz musicians pushing beyond the standard deviations advance the art form, and pianist Marcus Roberts stands out among many excellent current keyboard players with a thrust all his own. Performing the 1920s classics of Jelly Roll Morton faithfully yet also revised at Jazz at Lincoln Center May 11 and 12, and collaborating with banjoist Bela Fleck on record and at the Blue Note June 5 through 10, Roberts has been and will be neither strict neo-conservative nor outright populist, not representative of trends nor an outlying iconoclast. He’s his own man, creating quite freely within explicit structures, exploring new associations while asserting uncompromised individuality. Roberts’ music is odd, interesting, utterly unpredictable and fun to hear. In Western European classical music,

one knows how the music goes and takes satisfaction in its realization. In jazz, we may know what the musicians start with, but thrill to follow their improvised paths forward, unsure of how and where they’ll arrive. Jelly Roll Morton’s compositions for his Red Hot Peppers are highly specific, recalled with precision by fans. Roberts, who is blind, took transcriptions of Morton’s recordings and reharmonized them to get new, rich, coloristic blends from trumpet, trombone, two saxophones, clarinet, piano, bass and drums. That JALC-associated ’bone player Ron Westray, tenor saxist Stephen Riley and three young men who were Roberts’ students at Florida State University had startlingly different soloing styles, stretching out in ways Morton couldn’t have imagined but might well have applauded, didn’t bug their leader at all. Indeed, on “Grandpa’s Spells,” “The Chant,” “Deadman Blues,” “Dr. Jazz,” “Original Jelly Roll Blues,” “Winin’ Boy” and “The Pearls,” Roberts strived to play nothing like Morton, coming up with strategies for each of his featured episodes that seemed capricious, if not random.

threw down power chords and clusters in a frenzy, concentrated for a chorus on the bell-like highest notes of the piano and added contrasts and comments to his horn players’ efforts. Westray blew like a burbling brook, Riley employed a strangely hollow, hoarse tone on anarchic, late-swing era fragments of phrases, and the kids Joe Goldberg (clarinet), Alphonso Horne (trumpet) and Ricardo Pascal (tenor and soprano saxes) walked the line between Hot Peppers fidelity and their personal impulses, usually sustaining the balance. The concert I heard, the first of two, was fascinating, though the band hadn’t completely jelled. Drummer Jason Marsalis kept strict time, right on top of Roberts in duet on “King Porter Stomp”; he and bassist Rodney Jordan are Roberts’ regular partners. Piano and banjo are rarely heard together, but Bela Fleck is a rare banjoMarcus Roberts ist, and with Roberts’ trio on Across the Imaginary Divide, the combination Morton was no roughhouse blues and sounds natural. Roberts is stately at moboogie guy; he filtered 19th-century Euroments, folksy at others, delving into tango pean romanticism and bordello flourishes and blues. This may not be jazz, or it may into syncopated stride and in ensembles be an unexpected expansion of the art. Who was unfailingly supportive. Roberts, howcares? It’s fun to hear. ever, laid out right-hand-only single note lines with perverse restraint of momentum, ReachHowardMandelat jazzmandel@gmail.com

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Tailored Excess Gossip And XenomAniA mAke joyful noise By Ben Kessler

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rkansas-bred indie band Gossip (née The Gossip; like Facebook, they dropped the definite article) came to A Joyful Noise, their fifth studio album, having exhausted the exhortative possibilities of millennial dancepunk. Ahead of the pop culture curve, singer Beth Ditto went the distance—shorter than it seems—from subaltern militant (2006’s Standing in the Way of Control) to prophet of boho-hipster liberation (2009’s Music for Men). The band’s breakout single, “Standing in the Way of Control,” was celebrated for its punk progressivism vis-à-vis gay marriage. Just as audacious but much less straightforward, A Joyful Noise is in sync with our current conflicted—ahem, “evolved”—cultural moment. Gossip made an unequivocal break with the recent past when they decamped from producer Mark Ronson’s studio to work with Brian Higgins, founder of hitmaking outfit Xenomania. Ditto has said of Ronson, “We had all the same reference points.” Indeed, Ronson’s sampling sensibility curates pop music history according to a consistent hierarchy of “underground” values. He goes at his business with an undisguised sincere belief in the purity, the authenticity, that cultural history lends to certain sounds. Higgins has no such belief. His is a synthesizing sensibility. Higgins and his collaborators put all of pop in the hopper. In its production for acts such as Saint Etienne, Girls Aloud and Florrie, Xenomania uses eclecticism for scale. The key to the Xenomania genius lies in tailoring excess: knowing when too much is just right vs. when it really is too much. Clearly, Higgins’ philosophy is that a strong topline melody exerts discipline downward and no effect that serves to impress the melody deeper into the listener’s consciousness should be questioned. So, yes, this is the full-on pop sound that Gossip have been tending toward for the last half-decade. But it’s not a cynical assault on

the charts. When rock acts go pop, they often burrow all the way in as if to hide themselves, eliding the intermediate steps, the thought process that got them there. (Of course, that’s because, often, there is no thought process other than The Pet Shop Boys’ ironic rallying cry, “Let’s make lots of money.”) A Joyful Noise, however, retains many of the ingredients of the familiar Gossip sound. By collaborating with Xenomania, Gossip embark on a (forgive me) epistemological adventure, detaching their sound from its obvious reference points and mining their punk inheritance to discover its deepest register of truth and meaning. Tracks like “Get a Job” deviate from sentimentalized ideas about outsider authenticity. Where some might see a righteous affront to conformity, Ditto sees troubling inertia: “It was adorable when you were in your twenties/Not so cute anymore now that you’re pushing 30/Girl, you better get a job.” Much of the album flips Gossip’s previous rebel-rousing role to incite introspection rather than subcult rites of affirmation. The slow-building ballad “Casualties of War” looks beyond the political arrangement of gay love relationships to weigh serious consequences: “You lost the fight/I heard it was a good fight/The kind where no one wins and no one’s right.” The closing track, “Love in a Foreign Place,” brings the theme of xenomania (love of all things foreign) to the forefront. It’s ironic that this album, not the purest representation of the signature Higgins sound, concludes with what may prove to be the definitive Xenomania song. With a hook powered by triumphal, parallel bass and synth lines (classic Xenomania), the song fulfills the album’s title by heralding an expat state of being where there’s “so much to live for, so much to lose.” Recasting her personal history as existential narrative, Ditto exults in having overcome the limits of “life in a small town.” But “Love in a Foreign Place”—and the album as a whole—is anchored by the chastening awareness that anywhere can be a small town. A Joyful Noise drives us back to those warring personal impulses that are the true origin and final testing ground of our politics. NY Pr ess.c o m


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ontemporary art—that subset of it that Charles Saatchi branded as “the art of our time”—disdains delectation. In the main, today’s artists consider themselves neither creators nor custodians of beauty. Eager to be greeted as standard-bearers of their time, they make self-conscious claims to disparate ideological agendas, ones that displace or disavow any aesthetic category whatever. In the words of Kelly Baum, curator of contemporary art at the Princeton Art Museum, “Art is now defined by its disidentification with the discipline of art.” Mark Innerst’s recent paintings at DC Moore clear the palate from the aftertaste of so much aggressive disidentification. He works in splendid isolation from prevailing sociopolitical or gendered “strategies.” His canvases are a luminous rebuke to squinteyed definitions of what a contemporary artist is ordained to produce.

Born in York, Pa., in 1957, Innerst earned his BFA at Kutztown University in 1980. He began his career in the early 1980s as part of the downtown New York art scene, interning at Artists Space and the Kitchen. Currently dividing his time between Philadelphia and Cape May, he is a radiant painter of urban architecture and Pennsylvania river views. A rigorous craftsman and fastidious tonalist, he has achieved a degree of critical success that is as anomalous on the contemporary scene as it is deserved. Innerst is not easily categorized. Neither his style nor his motifs fit cleanly into those stylistic pigeonholes cherished by critics and art historians. While earlier paintings were more readily categorized as landscapes or cityscapes, and some still are, the ensemble on view now is more ambiguous. Can he still be accurately be called a realist? Or is he an abstract painter seizing elements of visual reality for his own conceptual purposes? A luminist, perhaps? “Labels are the dickens,” complained John Bauer who devised the term “luminism” in a 1954 essay on what he consid-

ered a neglected aspect of the realist movement in 19th-century American landscape painting. If a label is needed for Innerst’s light-drenched motifs, Bauer’s coinage serves best. Luminism is an enigmatic word that has suffered various definitions, all centered on American artists’ ongoing attention to qualities of light and atmosphere. Dan Flavin’s neon constructions and James Turrell’s lightwave scuptures enjoy the label as readily as Innerst. One of the smallest of his recent works, the incandescent “Lit Horizon” (2012), bears a family resemblance to the poetry of Turrell. Bands of fluorescence streak across a striated panel no more than eight inches square. Parallel veins of color progress in the order of the spectrum: blues melt into greens, the warmth progressing seamlessly toward white light. No tungsten lamps here, just pigment. It is a dazzling performance, repeated in varied ways on other panels. “The Tide” (2012) shrinks the already reduced waterside motif of its pendant piece, “Canal” (2012), to a narrow strip of concentrated light eclipsed at intervals by pitch black. The contrast catches and holds the eye in pure delight. His urban conundrums, particularly the imposing “Architrave” (2012) and “En Route” (2012), are magical. Views down an imaginary avenue are severely telescoped

to reveal only a slim corner of successive buildings. Light gambols from one architectural element to another, touching all the moldings, cornices, fillets and epistyles along the upper stories of the buildings that line the urban canyons. Condensed to slim horizontals, the buildings are tethered to reality by the details articulated and stressed by light. I am disappointed only by the selfconscious, camera-derived motifs in works such as “Passing Clouds” (2012). Here, a traditional landscape panorama is too obviously reliant on digital manipulation of tonal scales and Photoshop tools. Conventional photography maneuvers, sweetened with Hudson River School cloud formations, deflect attention from his strength: a lyrical quality of engagement with the visual world, however diffuse. Innerst enjoys an uncommon ability to dissolve mass into light without mechanical means. Why spoil it by waving a camera at us? He achieves compelling effects by simply paring down his motifs to a neardematerialized core without abandoning depiction altogether. His loveliest work remains tethered to palpable evidence. Mark Innerst: The Ongoing Landscape Through June 8, DC Moore Gallery, 535 W. 22nd St., 212-247-2111, dcmooregallery.com.

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he cherry blossoms have bloomed, the spring showers have sprung and the beach blankets and swim trunks have been dragged down from the closet—summer is on its way. It’s still the early part of the season, the good part, when summer hours kick into effect (for the luckiest among us), before the tourist invasion starts and the city starts to heat up and emit that special odor that’s uniquely New York in August. There’s no better time to be in the city for those who love culture or the outdoors. Every street corner seems to sing with its own event or festivity, and even the most jaded New Yorker can find something to pique their interest. Those fortunate enough to live here are in the epicenter of a marathon celebration that runs all the way through the dog days of August. Inside, we’ve created a handy-dandy guide to the best live concerts, film festivals, theater openings, museum shows, outdoor events, summer reading series and more that will help you plot out the next few months of your life. So heat up the grill and pour yourself a cold one. We hope you’ll find something that will brighten your summer within these pages. Allen Houston Executive editor, Manhattan Media

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This year’s version of the now-regular outdoor festival moves from its previous home on Governors Island to Randall’s Island but retains a strong lineup. Saturday has a dancey, up-tempo set of acts, including Passion Pit, Chromeo, James Murphy and indie rap stalwarts Atmosphere. Sunday slows things down with guitar soundtrack maestros Explosions in the Sky, as well as Beck and Modest Mouse, plus a plethora of other melodic, granola-pop bands. While the performers are about as middle-of-the-road as it gets in modern Indieland (look for experimentalism and risk-taking elsewhere), all of them are established acts. This one might be worth the money. June 23-24; $180 for the weekend. Randall’s Island Park, governorsballmusicfestival.com.

Started in 2008, Make Music New York is a festival that has been offering an annual feast of soundbites across the city on the first day of summer. From 10 in the morning to 10 at night in hundreds of spots throughout the city, normal sidewalk sounds will be replaced by thousands of free concerts. Some of last year’s highlights were a rendition of Xenakis’ Persephassa on Central Park Lake, in which audience and musicians alike enjoyed seating on boats. Also in Central Park were middle school jazz groups from the Bronx, and Bryant Park was the site of a rock ‘n’ roll showdown between musically inclined corporate execs. June 21; free. makemusic.org.

Catalpa Festival Kicking off its first year, the Catalpa Festival offers yet another chance to see top-tier musical acts playing outdoors within city limits. The fest will feature more than 40 performers, including blues rock superstars The Black Keys and Snoop Dogg rocking his seminal album Doggystyle in its entirety. Other highlights include NYC faves TV on the Radio, Girl Talk and hip-hop instrumental wizard AraabMUZIK. There will also be a reggae stage sponsored by High Times magazine, a “sculpture” that belches fireballs in the air and various other novelties (inflatable “sham marriage” church?) included to distract from the fact that music lineup is mostly weak, aside from the headliners. July 28-29; $140–$180 for the weekend. Randall’s Island Park, www.catalpanyc. com.

Electric Zoo This is for those who dance. A lot. It’s three days; an all-night(s) blitz of modern dance music from the likes of David Guetta, A-Trak and more. If you appreciate the contemporary offshoots of what we used to call techno, this fest will be something of great joy. A zoo—of dancing people. Aug. 31-Sept. 2; $299 for all three days. Randall’s Island Park, electriczoofestival.com.

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4Knots Music Festival This annual music fest at the South Street Seaport is an indie rocker’s dream come true, with buzz bands like Bleached, Hospitality, The Drums, Crocodiles and more playing on Piers 16 and 17 along the East River. The fest benefits from the Seaport’s concentration of restaurants and bars, not to mention the food trucks that will inevitably pull up for the event—as long as you pack sunscreen and enough water to keep from daydreaming about jumping into the river, it sounds like a pretty much perfect day. July 14, 1 p.m.; free. South Street Seaport, Fulton St. at Front St., facebook. com/4knots.

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Washington Square Music Festival Consisting of four Friday night concerts in July, the Washington Square Music Festival is now in its 54th year of entertaining New Yorkers in one of our most beautiful parks. This year, the festival will include a night of music and poetry, a night of Viennese chamber music, a night of music for strings and wings and one of the West African sounds of the Deep Sahara Band. Seating is first-come, first-served, so get there early to enjoy a night of music beneath the stars—and the park’s famous arch—or at St. Joseph’s Church, where the first two concerts will take place. July 10, 17, 24 & 31, 8 p.m.; free. St. Joseph’s Church, 371 6th Ave. at Waverly Place and Washington Square Park, 5th Ave at Waverly Place, washingtonsquaremusicfestival.org.

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Beneath the canopy of Madison Square Park’s trees—and just a dash away from Shake Shack—is one of New York’s best summer-long music series, featuring performances from Grammy-nominated jazzman Gregory Porter, singer and actress Nellie McKay and a night of family music with Suzzy and Maggie Roche, Sloan Wainwright and Lucy Wainwright Roche. Chairs aren’t welcome here, but bring a blanket and some snacks (or buy them from the Fatty Crab kiosk nearby) and set up camp for an unforgettable night. June 20-Aug. 8; free. Madison Square Park, enter park at E. 23rd St. and 5th Ave., madisonsquarepark.org.

Nine concerts over the course of the summer, from evenings of jazz to nights of Middle Eastern sounds, will grace the tennis lawn overlooking the Hudson River at West 97th Street. Kicking off with a concert from jazz bassist Ron McClure, the series will include sets from Gotham Winds, Dave Glasser, Musica Bella Orchestra, The Atwaters, Efendi, Dartmouth Boys, Los Hermanos Cintron and Steve Tarshis and his Instrumental Trio. You won’t need to bring a racquet or even be any good at sport in order to make a night at these tennis courts a win. June 10-Aug. 19, 7 p.m.; free. Riverside Clay Tennis Courts, enter Riverside Park at W. 96th St. and Riverside Dr., rcta.info.

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Blue Note Jazz Festival While the Blue Note Jazz Festival is a relative newcomer on the summer concert scene—it only started last year—the Blue Note jazz club was started in Greenwich Village in 1986, and the record imprint of the same name has brought listeners the likes of Norah Jones— debut. This year, Blue Note is once again offering an eclectic mix of sounds and artists ranging from Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def), Béla Fleck and Kathleen Battle. June 4-30; prices vary. bluenotejazzfestival.com.

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New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Park The New York Philharmonic will play a series of six concerts around the five boroughs. Performing classical favorites— and in two cases conducted by superstar baton-wielder Alan Gilbert—the group will provide listeners with those only-in-NewYork evenings of music and entertainment, which we’ve found goes quite well with a picnic meal and a discreetly dispensed bottle of wine. July 11-17; free. nyphil.org.

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SummerStage Founded in 1986 at the Rumsey Playfield in Central Park, SummerStage expanded to venues in all five boroughs two years ago. The program—featuring everything from screenings, dance performances and concerts—has now become synonymous with

summer in the city; the best part is that the programming is largely free. This season kicks off with the SummerStage Gala June 5 honoring the music of Jimi Hendrix and featuring performances by G. Love & Special Sauce, Bebel Gilberto and The Roots. June 5-Aug. 30. summerstage.org.

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The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series If ticket prices for the Met Opera are a bit too steep for your wallet, check out the Opera’s annual Summer Recital Series. The tenors and sopranos get to practice their vocal dexterity while you take in genius performances at no cost at all. You also don’t have to travel too far, as the series travels to all five boroughs throughout the summer—even Staten Island! This year will feature soprano Danielle de Niese, bass-baritone John Del Carlo and tenor Dimitri Pittas. July 25-Aug. 9; free. metoperafamily.org.

While classical music isn’t the usual top pick for summer concerts, who can pass up the opportunity to listen to classic orchestral arrangements from the likes of Wagner and Schumann outdoors in Central Park—did we mention that it’s free? Celebrating its 107th year of providing gratis concerts, the Naumburg series is sure to please in its 700-seat uptown venue. June 19-Aug. 7; free. Concert Ground at Central Park, south of Bethesda Terrace betw. 66th & 72nd Sts., naumburgconcerts.org.

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Harlem Meer Performance Festival Summer is the optimal season to enjoy the sights and sounds that New York City has to offer, and there is perhaps no better program or venue for this than the Harlem Meer Performance Festival. Entering its 19th year, the festival is situated lakeside in Central Park at 110th Street. The program features a mix

of sounds, from emerging jazz musicians to Latin and gospel music. Attendees are encouraged to pack a picnic, bring a chair and relax for this free outdoor concert series. June 17-Sept. 2; free. Plaza of the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, 110th St. betw. 5th & Lenox Aves., centralparknyc.org.

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Scandinavian Summer Sessions Scandinavia,—especially Sweden,—is known for its smart furniture, eclectic cuisine and unbelievable catchy pop music. While this summer series held at the Scandinavia House leans more to the acoustic and jazz side, the range of artists, from a Danish songstress to an Icelandic guitarist, combined with the locale, Smörgås Chef’s terrace cocktail bar, is sure to please. Dubbed an alternative to happy hour, the series runs through August and will only set you back $12. Jun. 14-Aug. 2, doors at 6 p.m., concerts start at 7; $12. 58 Park Ave., betw. 32nd & 33rd Sts., scandinaviahouse.org.

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Summergarden: New Music for New York As is its tradition, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) presents its annual summertime concert series in the sculpture garden, tapping the talent of performers from The Juilliard School and Jazz at Lincoln Center. Spanning four evenings, the series offers the best in “adventurous contemporary music” with premieres each night. While the event is always free, seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. July 10-31; free. The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden at MoMA, enter through the Sculpture Garden gate on W. 54th St. betw. 5th & 6th Aves., moma.org.

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Ten Live Show Scorchers By Robbie Ritacco

Destroyer w/ Sophia Knapp In 2011, Destroyer (aka Daniel Bejar) released his ninth album. The understated Kaputt was a crowning achievement for Bejar, melding jazz and pop style with mournful lyrics and a rock ‘n’ roll ethos. Paired with Sophia Knapp’s eerie dream pop, (le) poisson rouge seems an appropriate locale to showcase Destroyer’s shift in style. June 19, doors at 10 p.m., show starts at 10:30; 18+; $25 advance, $30 day of. (Le) Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St., lepoissonrouge.com.

The Mynabirds w/ Sean Bones

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Moonface w/ La Big Vic By now, most Spencer Krug fans are probably up to speed with his latest project, Moonface. Over the past decade, Krug has been at the forefront of huge indie rock acts such as Wolf Parade, Sunset Rubdown and several other powerhouse groups. Moonface pulls rank on most of his projects (well, maybe not Wolf Parade), and $15 is as reasonable a cover as you’re going to get for a Krug band. June 30, doors at 8 p.m., show starts at 9; 18+; $15. The Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey St., boweryballroom.com.

Dan Deacon w/ John Maus

If you’ve ever wondered what Saddle Creek has to offer since the dimming of stars like Bright Eyes and Cursive, the answer is The Mynabirds. Their 2010 debut What We Lose in the Fire We Gain in the Flood filled a void left in the alt-country scene by the evolution and exodus of Rilo Kiley. Got $10 lying around? A night with The Mynabirds’ quirky pseudo-country pop songs is well worth the price. June 22, doors at 10:30 p.m. show starts at 11:30; 21+; $10 advance, $12 day of. Mercury Lounge, 217 E. Houston St., mercuryloungenyc.com.

This might be the highlight of the season: off-kilter indie-tronica producer Dan Deacon paired with gloom-pop composer John Maus. Deacon is known for the assault on the senses caused by fast, loud, trippy electronica and his audience participation live shows. Then there’s the addition of Maus, whose 2011 album We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves received heavy praise for its similarities to Joy Division. Not a combo I would have expected, but certainly one I’m excited to see. July 12, time TBA; all ages; free. Pier 84, 12th Ave. & 44th St., riverrocksnyc.com.

Ecstatic Summer Festival

Lotus Plaza

The first-ever Ecstatic Summer festival, presented by Arts Brookfield and curated by New Amsterdam Presents, features an amalgamation of musicians across the contemporary classical and indie rock worlds. Headlining the festival are A Roomful of Teeth with Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs (June 30), A Far Cry Orchestra with Oneohtrix Point Never and David Lang (July 14) and Escort with Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society (Aug. 25). June 30, July 14, Aug. 25, 7 p.m.; all ages; free. World Financial Center Plaza, 200 Vesey St., rivertorivernyc.com.

Deerhunter can do no wrong—and that extends to their side projects, as well. Lockett Pundt, Deerhunter’s guitarist/multiinstrumentalist, released his first album as Lotus Plaza back in 2009. In April, he released his second album, Spooky Action at a Distance, which has landed itself on a slew of “best new music” lists. Get it while it’s hip. July 18, doors at 9:30 p.m., show starts at 10:30; 21+; $12 advance, $14 at the door. Mercury Lounge, 217 E. Houston St., mercuryloungenyc.com.

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Wild Nothings w/ Grimes & DIIV

Bloc Party’s 2012 U.S. tour, their first after a three-year hiatus, will feature a three-night engagement at Terminal 5. That alone is a big draw, but The Drums will be there to boot. These are two bands that know how to write a good hook and have no reservations about driving it home again and again. It promises to be an unabashed catchy evening of shoutalongs and fist pumps. Aug. 7-9, doors at 7 p.m., show starts at 8; all ages; $35. Terminal 5, 610 W. 56th St., terminal5nyc.com.

This perfect storm of hot-button indie artists colliding at Pier 84. Featuring the tremendously topical Wild Nothings, Grimes and DIIV (formerly DIVE), this promises to be a pretty amazing show, assuming you can handle that much hip in one place (the open air should dilute it). Aug. 9, time TBA; all ages; free. Pier 84, 12th Ave. & 44th St., riverrocksnyc.com.

!!! w/ Lenny Williams Self-proclaimed funk punkers !!! (pronounced “chik-chik-chik”) are playing a free show at the Damrosch Bandshell with none other than the legendary R&B singer Lenny Williams (Tower of Power). While one can only begin to fathom how this double bill came to be, it is certainly not one to be missed. Aug. 9. 7:30 p.m.; all ages; free. Damrosch Bandshell, Columbus Ave. & W. 62nd St., lcoutofdoors.org.

Real Estate REM-influenced Real Estate are playing Webster Hall for a mere $20. Real Estate’s most recent album, 2011’s Days, was immaculately produced but maintained a reverb-heavy glaze that presumes a lo-fi sound. In light of this, a larger performance space like Webster Hall will be a great suit for them. Beware of bouncing sound waves. Aug. 11, doors at 7 p.m., show starts at 8; 18+; $20. Webster Hall, 125 E. 11th St., websterhall.com.

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Summer Reading—At the Movies Taking reading and movie-watching literally Film Socialisme

By Armond White Summer used to be the time people caught up on the reading they had always meant to do. In Goodbye, Columbus, Philip Roth parodied the ritual pulling out of Tolstoy’s War and Peace around the pool or on the beach. Roth observed an ideal situation—not beach fiction but great fiction on the beach—that should inspire movie lovers as well. With the increased availability of movies in various delivery formats following their initial theatrical runs, when people simple don’t have the time to get out to theaters, summer relaxation offers the opportunity to catch up. Thanks to tablets and smart phones, this summer’s reading doesn’t have to be limited to Tolstoy, Robert Caro or those James Brown and Nile Rodgers biographies; summer reading ideal can include movies, too, especially movies where you literally need to read—the subtitles.

Conversation Piece Burt Lancaster stars in Luchino Visconti’s quasi-autobiographical story of an dying professor assessing his appetite for life when a greedy, narcissistic family invades his estate. Many of the themes Visconti explored in his film version of Mann’s Death in Venice are re-examined in this mostly interior-set film, which goes both deeper yet lighter. It‘s a wise man’s view of sexual folly unlike any other. Each close-up of each ravishing face (Lancaster, Helmut Berger, Silvana Mangano) is worth several pages of great prose. Visconti‘s 1974 masterpiece is one of the New York Film Festival premieres left out of this year’s NYFF retrospective. It’s rarely shown, but this new DVD offers it in an aspect ratio that preserves its widescreen beauty. (Raro Video)

Jean-Luc Godard turns the ends of both film and of socialism as we know it into a provocation, going into the bold cinematic and political territory of the present as no other filmmaker can. This film contains some of Godard’s most perplexing yet charming études: two parent and child sequences—one jazz, one classical—that symbolize cultural and spiritual indoctrination. Godard plays with the idea of a “readable text” by creating special subtitles in “Navajo English” that poetically fracture language into verbal codes. Simultaneously analyzing people, the world and the media between them, he teases sound and image. The visual experiments confirm Godard’s pitch-perfect compositional and color skills. An opening sequence aboard a cruise ship symbolizes the state of the world, afloat/adrift between new media and old means of conveyance. Prophetically, the ship is named Costa Concordia. (Kino Lorber)

Going Places Bertrand Blier’s debut comedy is as outrageous now as it was back in 1974. Newly released on DVD, it shames contemporary sex comedies as timid and juvenile expressions of sex and romance. Gerard Depardieu and Patrick Dewaere, at their physical peaks, portray a pair of louts who roam a small town looking for sexual release at the expense of available women (or each other, if the mood hits).This contemporary surrealist sex farce is perched between erotic daydream and pre-Viagra nightmare. Blier tests social conventions as well as the fragile if bodacious male ego—especially when the unarousable Miou-Miou achieves fulfillment the alpha male duo cannot provide. Going Places shocks, amuses and makes you think. (Kino Lorber)

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For cineastes, this is the year’s worthiest documentary, a look back at the twin careers of great cinematographers Vilmos Zsigmond and Laszlo Kovacs. These Hungarian immigrants came to the U.S. in the 1960s, bringing New Wave experiments with natural lighting and mobile cameras that changed the look of American cinema. Between them, Zsigmond and Kovacs shot most of the best and important films of the 1970s’ American Renaissance period—McCabe and Mrs. Miller, Deliverance, The Long Goodbye, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Easy Rider, Paper Moon, Five Easy Pieces, Nickelodeon, Shampoo, The Deer Hunter and more. Actually, there are no subtitles to read here, but director James Chressanthis brings the cross-cultural art movie experience closer through the personalities and creativity of these major artists. (Cinema Libre Studio)

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Film Forum This West Village hub of art house cinema continues its quest to promote new indie and underground releases, as well as a wide array of repertory selections. It remains the only autonomous nonprofit cinema in New York City. Selections this summer will include a tribute to silent film maestro Erich von Stroheim, including his Greed, The Merry Widow, Queen Kelly and Sunset Blvd. During the month of June, Film Forum will run a tribute to spaghetti westerns programmed by Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan and Bruce Goldstein. Flicks will include Death Rides a Horse, Django, The Big Gundown and the Man with No Name trilogy. filmforum.org

IFC Center This downtown mecca for independent feature films, documentaries and short films offers several series for cinephiles this summer. Short Attention Span Cinema: Films from the New York Times’ Op-Docs will play short opinion documentaries covering events both historical and current, with a special evening screening with filmmakers and guests from the Times’ editorial staff to be scheduled for June. Additionally, the Queer/Art/Film spring/summer series, curated by Adam Baran and Ira Sachs, continues, including Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom, I Could Go On Singing and Rope. Ifccenter.com

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Movie nights on the Elevated Acre A few select Monday evenings this summer, New Yorkers can climb up to the Elevated Acre to catch free outdoor films. The first screening, on June 18, is of Stella Days, a new film starring Martin Sheen as a priest in 1950s Ireland who struggles to reconcile a modernizing country with its cultural and religious traditions when he brings electricity and Hollywood to his small town. June 25, Collaborator, starring Martin Donovan and David Morse, brings two childhood pals with different lives into a violently tense hostage situation; the film is Donovan’s writing and directing debut. The final installment, July 9, is Side by Side, a documentary that follows Keanu Reeves through the history of cinema as he interview Hollywood icons like James Cameron, David Fincher, David Lynch, Christopher Nolan, Martin Scorsese, George Lucas and Steven Soderbergh. June 25-July 9, seating opens at 6 p.m., films begin at 8 p.m. or sunset. The Elevated Acre, 55 Water St., rivertorivernyc.com/events/film.

Rooftop Film Festival The Rooftop Film Festival kicked off its 16th year of “Underground Movies Outdoors” on May 11 with a collection of the best new short films from around the world. Be the first of your friends to see one of the many independent films that are being premiered at the festival. Venues include the Old American Can Factory in Brooklyn, Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens and Solar One, a solar-powered arts center in Kips Bay. Movies are preceded by live music and followed by a Q & A with directors and an after-party. Through Aug. 18; $12. rooftopfilms.org.

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Movies Under the Stars in Riverside Park As usual, Bryant Park’s summer film schedule features a slate of timeless classics. But let’s face it: That lawn is too damn crowded. Fortunately, for those who’d prefer not to trip over a dude in a bowler hat and miss the climax as we search for our blanket whenever we use the Port-a-Potty, there are a number of other city parks with outdoor films. Most notable is Pier 1 in Riverside Park, which follows up its invasion film-themed 2011 with an eclectic mix that includes Cinema Paradiso (July 11), Amélie (Aug. 1) and Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (Aug. 8). Chairs await you, and you won’t need to arrive four hours early to snatch one. Wednesday evenings, July 11-Aug. 15, 8:30 p.m.; free. Pier 1, Riverside Park South, 70th St. at the Hudson River, riversidepark.org.

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Film Society at Lincoln Center Getting psyched for Prometheus, Ridley Scott’s maybe-prequel to his classic 1979 space horror film, Alien? May 25-June 3, the Film Society pays tribute to the 74-year-old director with a retrospective of his versatile career. Past and Prologue: The Films of Ridley Scott will present a complete inventory of his work, including Blade Runner and the three movies that earned him Oscar nods: Thelma & Louise, Gladiator and Black Hawk Down. Also, in preparation for the 50th annual New York Film Festival this fall, the

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MIDtown Society will take a look back at highlights from the first 49 years. Films include Gates of Heaven, The Last Metro, My Own Private Idaho and Hoop Dreams. Filmlinc.com.

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50 years of the new york Film Festival One of the world’s premier film festivals, the NYFF is leaping into its 50th year with a series of screenings showcasing the most important movies from years past, from memorable mainstream successes like 1993’s The Piano to lesser-known gems such as the 1994 flick Lamerica, about Italian con men in Albania. The 50th edition of the fest kicks off in late September, but there’s no better way to prepare yourself than with these screenings—and perhaps some afternoon sunbathing on Lincoln Center’s divine Illumination Lawn. Ongoing, locations and times vary; $13. filmlinc.com

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French Institute Alliance Cinema The annual Films on the Green series, celebrating French and American literature brought to the big screen, is presented by French Institute:Alliance Française and never fails to inject a bit of joie de vivre into the summer film scene. This year’s movies, screening in parks around the city beginning June 1, include OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies, a spy film parody from Michel Hazanavicius—the Academy Award-

HBo Bryant Park Summer Film Festival Now in its 20th year, this film festival in the heart of Midtown will feature a fun slate of classic and more recent films that will compete with blocks of glittering skyscrapers for your attention. Kicking off with Alfred Hitchcock’s legendary Psycho, the fest will include screenings of The Wizard of Oz, Roman Holiday, Rebel Without a Cause, All About Eve and Raiders of the Lost Ark. Keep in mind that this series features some of the more competitive seating in town, so get there early and plan to be cozy with your neighbors. June 18-Aug. 20, films start at sunset. Bryant Park, enter at E. 40th St. & 5th Ave. bryantpark.org.

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Intrepid Museum Summer Movie Series Spending a summer evening aboard the magnificent ship Intrepid is draw enough, but throw in some crowd-pleasing military-themed movies, and it becomes a must-see. On Friday, May 25, bring your aviators, decide who in your group is Maverick and who is Iceman and memorize the lyrics to “You’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feeling,” because the series kicks off with Top Gun. Subsequent screenings include SpiderMan (that one from way back in 2002), the J.J. Abrams-directed Star Trek, Jason Segal in The Muppets and everlastingly glorious

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classics Jurassic Park and The Goonies. Films start at sunset on the Flight Deck, but come early for prime seating. May 25-Aug. 17, 7:30 p.m.; free. The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Pier 86, W. 46th St. & 12th Ave., intrepidmuseum.org.

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new York Asian Film Festival This self-described “two-week orgy of popular Asian cinema” celebrates its 11th year this summer. Highlights include the opening night screening of director Pang Ho-Cheung’s Vulgaria, a movie about movie-making that was shot in only 12 days and revolves around gangsters, lawyers, the sex film industry and all manner of sleazy fun; the director himself will be attending. Korean action director Chung ChangWha will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award. His 1972 movie Five Fingers of Death, which will be shown at the festival, launched the American kung-fu obsession when it was one of the first Asian films to find Western success. June 29-July 12; $13. Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center, 165 W. 65th St., and The Japan Society, 333 E. 47th St., facebook.com/nyaff.

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Central park Film Festival Now in its 10th year, this festival is known for pairing themed movies—past favorites have included Coal Miner’s Daughter and Dreamgirls—with live DJs for a week every August. The gates around Rumsey Playfield open at 6:30 and visitors are free to relax and frolic—no glass bottles!—until the screenings begin. The roster for this year’s fest has yet to be announced, but there’s rarely a bad pick in the bunch; with a whole summer guide’s worth of things to do, who knows how much time you’ll even have left in your schedule. Aug. 21-25; films start at 8. Rumsey Playfield in Central Park, enter at E. 69th St. & 5th Ave., centralparknyc.org.

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Manhattan Film Festival The MFF is in its sixth year as a festival and its second year as a forum for indie filmmakers to actually make some dollar bills off their work. Fifty percent of ticket sales go right back to the filmmakers, so they can hopefully continue to make awesome independent movies instead of working at Starbucks. The lineup is still being created, but highlights from last year include Under Jakob’s Ladder, which won for best period piece and best actor, based on the true story of a chess game

that led years later to the captivity and torture of its victor in a Soviet detention camp. Winner for best dramatic feature, White Irish Drinkers centers on two brothers in 1975 Brooklyn who plot to rob a theater during a Rolling Stones concert. It’s safe to say you can expect some interesting on-screen scenarios again this year, plus the knowledge that your ticket is directly supporting the filmmakers. June 21–July 1. manhattanfilmfestival.org.

to market it as a “black comedy,” which may be accurate now but clearly wasn’t the intention when the film was made. It’s so excruciatingly bad that it guarantees a hilariously good time. Bring friends and be prepared to say, “Wait, are they serious?” at least 90 times during the first half-hour of the movie. $10. Sunshine Cinema, 143 E. Houston St., landmarktheatres.com.

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sunshine at Midnight at Landmark sunshine Landmark’s Sunshine Cinema is a consistently cool place to see movies both underrated and wildly popular. In addition to their excellent concessions menu (vegan sweets, pizza-stuffed pretzels, Peet’s Coffee), they’re holding midnight screenings of a grab bag of favorites almost every weekend this summer. Flicks to catch include Raiders of the Lost Ark, Zoolander (which promises special guests), Rosemary’s Baby, A Nightmare on Elm Street and Duck Soup. The most amazing part of the series has to be The Room, which runs Saturday, June 2, as well as Aug. 3 & 4, when director/writer/star Tommy Wiseau will be there in the flesh. The film has become a cult classic, and Wiseau has attempted

This is the place to go for random screenings of strange movies from the ’80s, like the June 15 showing of Mother’s Day (on Father’s Day, natch), a low-budget Charles Kaufman film about a trio of ladies on a camping trip who are kidnapped by a pair of sadistic brothers led by their deranged mom. Good summer fun! Or check out Hellroller on June 22, about a serial killer confined to a wheelchair who doesn’t let his disability get in the way of his passion for slaughter. If horror isn’t to your taste, see Steven Soderbergh’s Sex, Lies, and Videotape screens on June 21 or Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story on June 28, or catch any of the curated series (like the one of “videos exploring interdimensional travel”) in July. $10. 2 Columbus Circle, madmuseum. org.

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10 Great Events for Kids in June Whether it’s in Manhattan or the rest of the boroughs, there is more than enough to keep your children busy in the first month of summer. ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK?

SUMMER AT SWINDLER [All ages] Swindler Cove Park is a natural gem in the heart of urban Harlem. Featuring a forest and one of NYC’s only saltwater marshes, families can catch up on their bird watching here. On June 2’s Family Day, the New York Restoration Project’s staff and educators will lead games, hikes and nature projects such as DIY birdhouses. Kiddos will also have the chance to meet and greet the animals that call the park home. Pick up some gardening tips while you’re there, as expert gardeners will be onsite for tutorials and questions. June 2, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; free. 10th Ave. & Dyckman St., 212-333-2552, nyrp.org.

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LOWER EAST EGG-CITEMENT [All ages] Take the family to the Egg Rolls & Egg Creams Festival, sponsored by the Museum at Eldridge Street, dedicated to celebrating the Lower East Side’s Chinese and Jewish communities. Believe it or not, these two very different cultures value their deep-rooted traditions in the same way: by keeping ancient customs present while also adopting new ones. This free fest is full of music (toe-tapping klezmer), dancing (the tricks of Chinese acrobats) and art. Be sure to snag a quick language lesson in Mandarin or Yiddish! And of course, kosher egg creams and traditional egg rolls will be available for noshing. June 10, 12-4 p.m.; free. Eldridge St. betw. Canal and Division Sts., 212-219-0888, eldridgestreet.org.

[All ages] Cobble Hill Cinemas’ Big Movies for Little Kids program is teaming up with the Children’s Museum of the Arts for their second annual student film festival. Aspiring filmmakers are welcome to view and gain inspiration from the short film submissions of their peers ages 4-18. Your kiddo can vote for their favorite, and the top three will premiere later in the month at the series’ annual Drive-In Movie Night on June 15. Children who didn’t submit will still get their directorial debut in the event’s animation booth! June 4 & 15, 4 p.m.; $7, babies are free. 265 Court St., Brooklyn, 718-596-9113, cobblehilltheatre.com.

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[All ages] This summer marks the big 1-0 for the free weekly Madison Square kids concert series. June features groovin’ groups like The Deedle Deedle Dees, Alastair Moock & Friends and Shine & The Moonbeams. We’ll be marking our calendars for Audra Rox, who promises to kick off the 10th anniversary in style. Be sure to check out the entire schedule for future performances by The Suzi Shelton Band, Recess Monkey and The Dirty Sock Funtime Band. Begins June 12, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.; free. Madison Ave. & 23rd St., 212-538-1884, madisonsquarepark.org.

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[Ages 6+] The Liberty Science Center kicks off summer with an illuminating new exhibit, In The Dark. Aiming to ease darkness anxiety in children, this interactive show will display how animals and organisms have adapted to cool, dim conditions for centuries. Learn about dark caves, deep forests and the unknown that is the ocean floor. In The Dark boasts interactive displays, walk-through dioramas and even a few creatures. Don’t miss the recreated nighttime forest, featuring glowing mushrooms and illuminated fungi. Through June; free with museum admission. 222 Jersey City Blvd., Jersey City, N.J., 201-200-1000, lsc.org.

servation Society’s newest exhibit at New York Aquarium, A-MAZE-ING Water. This unique display, running through Labor Day, honors World Oceans Day. Kiddos and their companions will magically turn into a tiny, but important, drop of water and travel through a maze of waterways. Watch out for pollutants along the way! Every drop will eventually make its way to its desired destination: the ocean. This interactive exhibit is fantastic for broods to learn about bodies of water big and small. Opens June 8; free with aquarium admission. New York Aquarium, Surf Ave. & W. 8th St., Brooklyn, 718-265-3474, nyaquarium.org.

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For more summer event picks for families, check out our family calendar at newyorkfamily.com/events.

the great outdoors. Bring baby out to the playground at 10 a.m. for Mommy & Me yoga classes hosted by Bija Kids. Children’s entertainment and activities begin at noon, ideal for picnicking. Or, take advantage of the free salsa, Zumba and hip-hop classes sponsored by the renowned Peridance Capezio Center beginning at 6 p.m. Each week winds down with a Music in the Square concert featuring rock, jazz, folk and international acts. Begins June 14, Thursdays, 10 a.m.; free. E. 14th St. & Broadway, 212-460-1200, unionsquarenyc.org.

GONE FISHIN’ [Ages 5+] In celebration of aquatic ecology, Central Park is hosting a free family fishing celebration. This catch-and-release event takes place at the now-flourishing Harlem Meer, stocked with largemouth bass, sunfish, pickerel and carp. The New York Microscopical Society will also host a microscope activity to investigate aquatic organisms. And for all the non-fishermen of the family, fishy arts & crafts will keep hands busy, along with storytelling from the Magic Goldfish. June 23, 12-3 p.m.; free. Dana Discovery Center, 110th St. betw. 5th & Lenox Aves., 212-860-1370, centralparknyc.org.

ARTY BLOCK PARTY [All ages] The city shuts down 23 blocks of Fifth

Avenue for the 34th annual Museum Mile Festival, a summer soiree unlike any other. Rain or shine, this is your chance to check out 10 of the city’s cultural greats: El Museo del Barrio, The Jewish Museum, The Guggenheim and The Met, among others. Enjoy performances from Sammie & Tudie’s Imagination Playhouse and Silly Billy. Miniartists can partake in arts & crafts while face painting, magic shows and electrifying jugglers round out this evening of cultural fun. June 12, 6-9 p.m.; free. 5th Ave. betw. East 82nd and 105th Sts., 212-606-2296, museummilefestival.org.

A PARTY FOR THE TROOPS [All ages] Were you or your spouse absent for your child’s birthday because of active military duty? If so, the Brooklyn Children’s Museum has an epic fiesta planned just for your fam! The Military Family Birthday Party is a special way to honor families who give so much to our country. This first-time celebration will include all the traditional b-day activities: balloons, singing, arts & crafts and, of course, yummy birthday cake. Kiddos and parents alike will also have the opportunity to meet other military families and swap stories. June 21, 4-7 p.m.; reservations are required. 145 Brooklyn Ave., Brooklyn, 718-735-4400 x164, brooklynkids.org. NY Press.co m


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herring part. Go summer! June 22, 5-8 p.m. Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park, off Battery Place, bpcparks.org.

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Gay Pride Parade With the passage of gay marriage in New York last year and President Barack Obama coming out in support of samesex marriage, expect this year’s Gay Pride Parade to be one big love fest. This überfun event takes over the entire west side of Manhattan, with a parade down Fifth Avenue, parties on the pier, performers, a street fair and fireworks. June 24. Begins at 36th St. & 5th Ave., ends at Christopher & Greenwich Sts., nycpride.org.

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Entering its 82nd season, the annual Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit is one of those New York traditions that just never gets old. The art isn’t flagrantly modern, for the most part, but it doesn’t feel tired, either. The exhibitions run the gamut; the same block may feature landscape photographs from Southeast Asia, abstract paintings of electric guitars and clocks made from scrap metal. That’s the show’s beauty, really: Despite its large cast of regulars, you still never know what you’ll find. Everything is for sale—although it may cost you an arm and a leg—but it’s well worth the trip just to browse. May 26-28, June 2-3, Sept. 1-3 & 8-9. University Place betw. 3rd & 12th Sts., wsoae.org.

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This annual street fair, an urban version of its country counterpart, is thankfully free of carnies and scary looking rides. Stroll through the outdoor market on the Lower East Side and support local artisans selling vintage threads and baubles, original art, handcrafted jewelry and homemade jams and pickles. Munch alfresco on summertime staples from Pies ‘n’ Thighs and Luke’s Lobster, then grab a gourmet ice pop from La Newyorkina or build your own gourmet gooey s’more at S’amore. Saturdays through the summer, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Hester St. at Essex St., hesterstreetfair.com.

Union Square is the focal point every Thursday as the Union Square Partnership hosts its annual Summer in the Square, including a series of free activities and concerts in the park. “Fitness in the Square” starts at 7 a.m. and features yoga and cardio classes, while “Kids in the Square” begins at 10 a.m., offering activities for children. Starting at 6 p.m., local musicians regale listeners with everything from rock and jazz to folk and Latin music. June 14-Aug. 9. Union Square, 14th-17 Sts. betw. Broadway & Park Ave. S., unionsquarenyc.org.

Scandinavians are hot. That’s a fact. Male or female, these high-cheekboned wonders will be running rampant at the Midsummer Festival at Battery Park. The festival, starting at 5 p.m., is meant to celebrate the summer solstice, or some pagan jazz like that. For some reason, the solstice makes people want to dance around trees with wreaths on their head. We don’t know why, but who cares when you can munch on waffles and herring and pretend you’re a Viking against the backdrop of the New York Harbor? OK, we could do without the

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Indulge your inner beat at the annual HOWL! Festival. Named after Allen Ginsberg’s celebrated poem, the festival kicks off with a group reading of “Howl” on Friday night. The rest of the weekend promises plenty of musical performances and dances. Be sure to check out one of the key attractions: 140 artists in action as they transform an 8-foothigh, 900-foot-long blank canvas into a mural of art encircling the park. HOWL! is kid-friendly, too, with carnival games, face-painting and story-telling. June 1-3. Tomkins Square Park, 7th-10th Sts. betw. Aves. A & B, howlfestival.com.

Watch Colombian Harpist Edmar Castaneda perform, take a walking tour of the Brooklyn Bridge or learn how to tie a knot. Or, do all three. This Lower Manhattan performing arts festival offers an array of free events every day at venues including Castle Clinton, Governors Island, South Street Seaport Museum, Wall Street Plaza and more. Featuring music, dance, art, film and theater events, the festival began as a way to revitalize the downtown area after 9/11 and is now celebrating its 10th year. June 17-July 15. Various locations, rivertorivernyc.com.

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Swedish Midsummer Festival

A great way to enjoy the late sunshine after work, this weekly festival brings musicians as diverse as the Portland Cello Project and Marshall Crenshaw together with a full bar and wonderful (yet affordable) wines in the courtyard behind City Winery. It’s an eclectic celebration of the melting pot of New York City. June 26-Aug. 28, Tuesday nights, 5:30 p.m. City Winery, 155 Varick St., www. citywinery.com.

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artists at the second annual Lowdown Hudson Blues Festival at the World Financial Center Plaza. Buddy Guy, ranked in the top 30 of Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time, will headline the show on July 11, and Grammy-nominated singer Neko Case will perform July 12. Other performers include Charles Bradley and John Mayall. July 11-12, 6-9:30 p.m. World Financial Center, 220 Vesey St., betw. North End Ave. & West St., artsbrookfield.com.

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Mile Festival is the event to attend. Known as New York’s biggest block party, Fifth Avenue will be closed to traffic from 82nd Street to 105th Street, and 10 museums will open theirs doors to the public free of charge. The event will also feature live music and outdoor art activities for kids. Participating museums include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, El Museo Del Barrio, Museum of the City of New York and more. June 12. 5th Ave. betw. 82nd & 105th Sts., museummilefestival.org. Midsummer Night Swing.

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Museum Mile Festival For those who want to explore a few of New York City’s most famous museums for free, the 34th annual Museum

Bastille Day

If you secretly wanted to protest at Zuccotti Park but didn’t want to deal with the lack of showers and that whole sleeping outside thing, Bastille Day on 60th Street is for you—it’s like the sanitized, more fun version of protesting. After all, it was the poor French who decided they weren’t going to take it anymore from that bossy monarchy. The good news is no one is going to be guillotined at this Bastille Day. Instead, visitors can play pétanque, sip on kir royales and eat some smelly cheese. July 15, 12-5 p.m. 60th St. betw. 5th and Lexington Aves., www.bastilledayny.com.

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If you’re looking for a fun new way to dance away a hot summer’s night in New York, consider Lincoln Center’s outdoor dance party. Midsummer Night Swing offers a one-hour dance lesson followed by live music and dancing at the bandshell and elevated dance floor in Damrosch Park. Opening night features music from the ’50s and ’60s, and subsequent nights features such genres as jazz, salsa and rock ‘n’ roll. June 26-July 12, 6:30-10 p.m.; $17, passes for multiple nights are available. Damrosch Park, at 62nd St. betw. Columbus & Amsterdam Aves., www.midsummernightswing.org.

A free ferry to Governors Island lets you slip away to a Gatsby-inspired refuge. Come to the best 1920s outdoor summer party of 2012, featuring live music, a 50-foot-square real wood dance floor (with dance lessons), delightful and refreshing cocktails, fun summer foods and desserts, an oldfashioned DJ spinning records on an antique phonograph, vintage booths and so much more. June 16-17 & Aug 18-19; $15, kids are free. Governors Island, dreamlandorchestra.com.

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Dan’s Taste of Two Forks admission from 7:30-10 符The East End is home p.m. to some of the finest With the bash falling epicurean delights. On on Bastille Day, French July 14, they will all come native Vongerichten will together for the second celebrate the festivities annual Dan’s Taste of Two with true gastronomic Forks. The food and wine French flare. An awardevent of the Hamptons winning chef, legendary will showcase the best author and influential local culinary talent from restaurateur, VongerichEast End restaurants, ten has been a frequent Long Island wineries from Hamptons visitor for the Long Island Wine many years, and he is Council and several preknown worldwide for his mier local purveyors culinary prowess. This year, Dan’s Papers “I am honored to host is honored to announce that culinary legend Jean- Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. the second annual Dan’s Taste of Two Forks,” says Georges Vongerichten Vongerichten. “It is always a pleasure to be will host the event. Joining him in the fete amongst a group of gifted chefs and fine as the ambassador of taste will be Parisrestaurants.” trained apparel designer Nicole Miller, The inaugural Taste of Two Forks was a who has just been named food critic of The smashing success in 2011, as the sold-out Daily Dan. evening offered guests a first-time chance Dan’s Taste of Two Forks will be held at to experience a stellar lineup of the East Sayre Park in Bridgehampton. VIP admitEnd’s culinary masters all in one locatance will be 6:30-7:30 p.m., with general

tion. The 2012 event promises to include a similarly celebrated list of attendees across both Forks. Culinary giants Georgica, 1770 House, Luce + Hawkins, Race Lane, Nick & Toni’s, Southampton Social Club, Cittanuova, Southfork Kitchen, 75 Main, Amarelle, Beaumarchais East Hampton, Navy Beach, Rumba Rum Bar, Southampton Publick House and Smokin’ Wolf BBQ are among the participants. “There are some amazing restaurants on the East End—with access to fresh produce and seafood, the quality is always excellent,” explains Miller. “It’s wonderful to celebrate with Dan’s Taste of Two Forks the talented and diverse chefs and vineyards on the East End.” As in 2011, this year’s benefiting charity will be the Have a Heart Community Trust, a charitable organization dedicated to providing emergency relief to East Enders during times of personal or family hardship. Partnering with local not-for-profits, Have a Heart is able to give financial assistance to help people reclaim their lives with dignity, as they work with residents from Riverhead to Montauk across both Forks.

Dan’s Taste of Two Forks is produced by Manhattan Media, the owner of Dan’s Papers. Manhattan Media publishes several lifestyle magazines in the Hamptons and Manhattan, including Dan’s Papers, The Daily Dan, Avenue Magazine, New York Family and West Side Spirit. This year’s presenting sponsor is Farrell Building Company, the luxury homebuilders of the Hamptons. Other premier sponsors include Lincoln, TOWN Residential, Citarella, Hampton Jitney, Southampton Publick House, Smart Water, Dutch Petals, Design by DiMichaels and the Long Island Wine Council. www.tasteoftwoforks.com, 631-287-0188

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Wine Country It’s no secret that the East End of Long Island is an epicurean’s paradise. There is a close connection between our food and our dinner table, and quite a few tables wouldn’t be complete without a nice glass of wine. Fortunately, Long Island has that in the barrel, so to speak. The majority of our vineyards are concentrated on Long Island’s North Fork—a drive out to Orient Point showcases acres of picturesque grapes, all neatly kept and awaiting transformation into a local favorite. But the South Fork’s wineries and vineyards, set against the jaw-dropping Hamptons landscape, are equally popular among those looking to infuse an evening with Long Island flavors. The first Long Island winery was established in the early 1970s; since then, the region has gained a solid reputation for producing fine wines in virtually every variety. According to the Long Island Wine Council, East End grapes thrive because of the maritime climate, moderate temperatures, fertile soil and long growing season. The most popular reds include merlot, cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc, while white wine lovers are inclined to flock toward the Long Island chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and riesling. A Long Island rosé also pairs perfectly with a hot summer night. Fortunately for the discerning wine connoisseur, the varieties and flavors of an

East End wine span a broad range of tastes and finishes. Below is a brief sampling of Long Island’s wineries and vineyards. Many offer tours and tastings. Be sure to refer to Dan’s Papers or www.danshamptons.com for more comprehensive information on Long Island’s wines and details on summer entertainment and live music schedules. Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard (631-3690100, baitinghollowfarmvineyard.com) in Baiting Hollow offers such wines as cabernet sauvignon, merlot and reisling. A selection of Baiting Hollow’s wines is devoted to the vineyard’s horse rescue efforts. Comtesse Therese (631-779-2800, comtessetherese.com) in Aquebogue’s wines include sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, rosé, merlot and cabernet sauvignon. Comtesse Therese is the only vineyard restaurant on Long Island, and the Bistro serves Comtesse Therese wines and dishes created from a variety of locally-sourced ingredients. The Lenz Winery (631-734-6010, lenzwine.com) in Peconic was founded in 1978 and is one of the oldest wineries in the region. Varieties produced include chardonnay, cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon, gewürztraminer and merlot. Peconic Bay Winery (631-734-7361, peconicbaywinery.com) in Cutchogue produces such wines as riesling, merlot, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, petit and sauvignon blanc. In addition, Peconic Bay Winery’s Sono Rinata Immature Grape

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Brandy was the first brandy to be produced on Long Island. Roanoke Vineyards (631-727-4161, roanokevineyards.com) in Riverhead specializes in such wines as cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon and merlot. This summer, check out their second tasting room on Love Lane in Mattituck. Sherwood House Vineyards (631-7792817, sherwoodhousevineyards.com) in Jamesport and Mattituck has chardonnay, merlot, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and petit verdot wines. The 2008 chardonnay was awarded “Best in Class” at the 2011 Los Angeles International Wine Competition Vineyard 48 (631-734-5200, vineyard48wines.com) in Cutchogue offers chardonnay, riesling, cabernet franc and merlot, among others. Be sure to check out the vineyard’s Saturday Dance Parties, which will showcase a variety of music and the vineyard’s famous frozen sangria. Too many wineries and vineyards to choose from? Check out the North Fork Trolley Co. (northforktrolley.com) for

information on winery tours. LONG ISLAND SUSTAINABLE WINEGROWING Formed on Earth Day 2012, Long Island Sustainable Winegrowing (LISW) does away with vague notions of “sustainability,” as the organization provides vineyards with official recognition for agricultural practices that are modeled after international standards of sustainable production. LISW has four founding members —Bedell Cellars, Channing Daughters Winery, Martha Clara Vineyards and Shinn Estate Vineyards—each of whom are committed to bringing a clear definition of sustainability to Long Island Wine County. LISW seeks to develop a certification program for the use of sustainable farming practices in growing grapes, as they foster a community between the vineyards, the workers and the land. A not-for-profit organization, LISW will ensure the agricultural use of these beautiful lands for many more generations. www.lisustainablewine.org NY Press.co m


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Small Screen Sizzles What’s your favorite thing about New York in the summer?

Networks roll outalong new for the summer season The colorful flowers Parkprograms Avenue and in Central Park and the happy vibe when nephew. The Newsroom was created by Aaron seeing New Yorkers in bright candySorkin colors on (The West Wing, Sports Night) and stars the street. Jeff Daniels (Terms of Endearment, The Squid Summer might be the time when a lot

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and the Whale) as a news anchor. It will go of your favorite television shows go away, behind the scenes of the cable news world; but networks are your pumping out plenty summertime What’s favorite the previews promise the signature Sorkin of interesting new shows to fill the void. activity? dialogue fans have become accustomed Here is a Going rundown of the most buzzed to the Hamptons and biking there.hisOr having a picnic to. Premieres June 24 on HBO. about new summer programs.

Duets is a reality show in which four alleged superstars search for a talented unknown artist to compete with them in a singing competition—not the most original idea a network ever tossed out. The talents involved are Kelly Clarkson, Robin Thicke,

outdoors in Central Park.

Dallas Your best and worst summer memory? on the Great Lawn or jogging around the Great Get outAttending your “I Shotconcerts J.R.” T-shirts— Lawn late asto8:45 p.m., the sun is still out and the park is safe and someone hasas decided reboot thatas show you heard about where the last season packed! turned out to worst be a dream. Patrickto Duffy The is walking work or taking a subway on 100-degree days returns to his Dallas roots, joined by and knowing I’m going to have to take two showers to get the sweat newcomers Jesse Metcalfe, Desperoff, then going intofrom an air-conditioned room. ate Housewives, and Jordana Brewster. The previews TNT has released make the youserious, a mountains show Are look dead but it would beor beach person? Both.cheesy I lovefun to hike and go on to Colorado. But more often, like every nice if it were and focused weekend, I run along vast ocean on a long beach like Montauk—my fave. Metcalfe’s abs. Premieres Junea13 on TNT.

Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles and John Legend. They all seem like perfectly nice people, but you’d think ABC would get a bigger variety of stars to draw a wide audience. Compared to the careful musical diversity on display in The Voice’s panel of judges, this show seems like it really only cares about the mom audience. Premieres May 24 on ABC.

Dogs in the City When you start to feel exhausted by shows like The Newsroom, where you have to think and pay attention, flip over to this CBS reality show. Hopefully, it’ll be mostly footage of cute dogs; the only way it could go awry is if it gives us too much of the human star of the show, dog trainer Justin Silver. Premieres May 30 on CBS.

Anger Management Exactly what Charlie Sheen’s new series on FX will be like is a bit of a mystery, since none of the trailers have included any actual footage from the show. But reports say that the show tested very well, so Sheen might just get his victorious comeback. The cast also includes Selma Blair. Premieres June 28 on FX.

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This is easily the most anticipated—and and Spring because of its beautiful outdoor garden. Also, Cipriani prestigious—show of the summer, so be sure downtown, on the same block. to watch it if you want to have opinions on Emily Mortimer and Jeff Daniels in The Newsroom. Photo by Melissa Moseley courtesy of HBO this year’s Emmys or talk to your pretentious

Magdalena Burnham studied television writing at New York University. She currently resides in the East Village.

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New York (Up) State of Mind The towns beyond New York City offer many reasons to escape for the weekend By Sean Creamer

Onondaga County Summer Brewfest Summer is well-known among beer connoisseurs as the time to enjoy a fresh brew, and there is no better venue for this simple pleasure than the annual Summer Brewfest. The fest is held at Clinton Square in downtown Syracuse, roughly an hour from Manhattan. In addition to the numerous local and international microbreweries, Summer Brewfest will include live music. There are a limited number of tickets, so get them while they last. June 22, 5:30 p.m.; $50, $10 for designated drivers. Syracuse, cnysummerbrewfest.com. NY State Blues Festival Clinton Square in Syracuse is home to many events, but the New York State Blues Fest boasts one of the longest performer rosters and attracts some of the biggest crowds. The three-day-long festival offers everything from local talent, such as Soul of Syracuse, to internationally acclaimed blues bands like River City Junction. A three-day pass costs $25, but a VIP one, with access to food, drinks and a club crawl, will set you back $150. July 13-15; $25, $150 for VIP passes. Syracuse, nysbluesfest.com. Middle Eastern Cultural Festival Middle Eastern communities are present in all four corners of the country, and upstate New York is no exception. With this festival, Middle Eastern New Yorkers celebrate Saint Elias, the patron saint of the St. Elias Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church in Syracuse. The event originated in 1937, becoming the social event of the year for the Arabic-speaking community of central New York. The church grounds are converted into a Middle Eastern food haven, chock full of shish kebab, grape leaves, spinach pies, hummus, pastries and Arabic coffee. In addition, the church sets up a souk, marketplace, selling jewelry, gifts and rugs, and visitors will be entertained by live Arabic music and dances. July 20-22; free. Syracuse, sainteliasny.com. Northeast Jazz and Wine Festival

Those who appreciate the simple pleasures in life—a nice glass of merlot and some Miles Davis—should head to the Northeast Jazz and Wine festival this summer. Admission to the event is free and includes wine tastings from local and international wineries, coupled with 22 hours of performances. One perk of this event is the air-conditioned wine pavilion. July 27-29; free. Syracuse, cnyjazz.org. The Great New York State Fair Arguably one of the biggest summer fests in the state, The Great New York State Fair spans over 12 days and includes entertainment and a number of competitions, from best antique automobile to prettiest rose. The fair is an out-and-out traditional American festival, complete with two 4-H competitions: 4-H Youth Building Exhibits and 4-H Youth Livestock. Aug. 23-Sept. 3; $6 advance, $10 day of. Syracuse, nysfair.org/home. Jazzfest If you walk down St. Mark’s Place in the East Village, you might pass by a few notable jazz clubs; if you are looking for an all day jazz fête, head to the 30th year of Jazzfest in Jamesville. The icing on the cake? Admission is free. Gas up the car or get on a bus and amp up during the four-hour ride. Acts include Cyrille Aimee and Mingo Fishtrap. On Friday, Kenny G will be the headlining performance, and on Saturday, Average White Band and Donovan with Troubadour will lay down the beat. June 22-23; free. Jamesville, syracusejazzfest.com.

Oswego County Harborfest Each year, the city of Oswego hosts its annual Harborfest. This will be the 25th year of the festival, and to kick it off, Kenny Loggins will be playing along with a trove of cover bands such as BIG SHOT, which pays homage to Billy Joel, and The Mayor of Margaritaville, a wink and a nod to their inspiration, Jimmy Buffett. For those who need a break from the vintage tunes, head to the juried arts and crafts fair or the numerous food tents selling fair favorites like fried dough and turkey legs. July 26-29; free. Oswego, www.oswegoharborfest.com.

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Day Trip To Columbia CounTy If Saratoga is a worth a trip, citygoers will definitely want to check out Columbia County, which is the perfect location for a quick jaunt. From musicals to film screenings and blueberry festivals, there is plenty to be found here. The Mac-Haydn Theater, in Chatham, will have a packed schedule this summer, from Barry Manilow’s CopaCabana to a production of Beauty and the Beast. For more info, go to www.machaydntheatre.org or call 518-392-9292. Head over to picturesque Hudson, where the Time and Space Limited Theatre Company will show HD broadcasts of the Metropolitan Opera, featuring performances like Le Comte Ory by Rossini. In mid-June, Hudson will play host to its annual gay pride parade, organized by the Hudson Pride Foundation. Food-inclined New Yorkers should pay special attention to the annual Austerlitz Historical Society Blueberry Festival at the end of July in Austerlitz. After taking in the early-morning blueberry pancake breakfast, check out 19th-century craft demonstrations, live music and vendors selling a variety of food and antiques. One event that always seems to close out the summer season in the county is the Hudson Music Fest in Hudson. Last year saw over 130 musicians, and this year promises to be just as good. For more info, visit hudsonmusicfest.com.

SaraToga SpringS: an arTiSTiC meCCa Saratoga Springs is home to everything from the Yaddo artists community to the Saratoga Race Track; with a multitude of performances and shows on the horizon, this town is the perfect place to escape the buzz of metropolitan life. The Saratoga Performing Arts Center, only four hours from Manhattan, has a diverse summer schedule ranging from the rapper Drake to the musical styling of the Zac Brown Band. While the program starts in June, Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival will kick off the month on July 1 and will be followed by a weekend of Phish concerts. If jazz and rock aren’t your deal, take in the New York Ballet and Opera Saratoga in mid-July. There are many more events to be found at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center; for more information, call the SPAC box office at 518-587-3330.

Saratoga County 40th Annual Round Lake Antiques Festival While it isn’t too difficult to find a roughed-up antique on the side of the road on trash day in New York City, connoisseurs who don’t want to risk the possibility of bed bugs and are looking for a truly good find can trek to the 40th annual Round Lake Antiques Festival. In close proximity to the town of Saratoga Springs, the weekend festival features 250 vendors and draws close to 20,000 people each year. June 23-24, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; free. Round Lake, greatamericanantiquefest.com/antique_shows/ round_lake.htm

Cayuga County Sterling Renaissance Festival Travel back to the year 1585 this summer at the Sterling Renaissance Festival, where the Medieval Era is in full swing. Go to a wench auction, eat steak on a stake

and learn to dance like a bard. With over 100 vendors selling their unique wares and people running around in ye olde garb, this little village will surely feel like a blast to the past, without all the awful smells and diseases that plagued the Dark Ages. Saturdays and Sundays, July 7-Aug. 19; $22.95, kids 6-12 $12.95, group rates and multiday passes available. Sterling, sterlingfestival. com/festivalinformation.html.

Dutchess County Dutchess County Fair Each August, the Dutchess County Fair in Rhinebeck opens to the public for six days, catering to nearly half a million patrons. Only two hours from New York City, the Dutchess County Fair is the second largest in the state and serves as a showplace for agricultural marvels from across the county. Aug. 21-26; $12 advance, tickets to grandstand events sold separately. Rhinebeck, dutchessfair.com. NY Press.co m


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Summer Wordplay Picks to perk up your inner literatus By Allen Houston New York shows its literary stripes during the summer months, when every bookstore and bar seems to sweat an author or reading series from its pores. Here are our choices for some of the best events to help you get back in touch with your inner literatus.

horror and science fiction, since 1989. A bespectacled crowd gathers to pay homage to a bevy of new writers as well as such luminaries as Ursula K. Le Guin and Susana Clarke, among others. First Tuesday of every month; free ($7 donation suggested). Soho Gallery for Digital Art, 138 Sullivan St., www.nyrsf.com

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Fantastic Fiction at KGB Yes, this makes our yearly list and yes, we are suckers for daring speculative fiction (just don’t call it science fiction). From past luminaries such as Joyce Carol Oates and China Mievelle to upand-comers trying to burnish their geek chic cred, this monthly reading series raises a respectful glass to an underappreciated genre. Third Wednesday of every month; free. KGB Bar, 85 E. 4th St., www.kgbfantasticfiction.org.

Happy Ending Music and Reading Series Nearing the decade marker, the Happy Ending series at Joe’s Pub is like an old friend you always have a great time with. Writers and musicians alike walk a lyrical tightrope, all to the tune of a monthly theme (June’s is “Advancement and Ruin”). Once a month; $15. Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St., www.amandastern.com.

New York Review of Science Fiction Readings This science fiction reading series has served up heaping helpings of brave new worlds, as well as fantasy,

We can all name a song that brings back a joy (Led Zeppelin, “D’Yer Mak’er”—first kiss) or heartache (Pink Floyd, “Wish You Were Here”—first breakup). At the Soundtrack series at (Le) poisson rouge, the worlds of writing and songs come together as host Dan Rossi invites five writers to tell stories about the songs that impacted their life. Fourth Thursday of every month; free. Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St., www.soundtrackseries.com.

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The Moth StorySlam The Moth is more like Mothra: It has shows in Manhattan and Brooklyn. It’s got an NPR show, and it just hosted a recent gala featuring Martin Scorsese. The Moth’s bread and butter is still good storytelling, though, and that’s exactly what you’ll find when you attend one of their shows. Venues and times vary. For more information, visit themoth.org.

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is reading Madame Bovary, while writers like This American Life contributor Dave Hill talks with Janeane Garofolo about his book Tasteful Nudes, comedian Michael Ian Black and Meghan McCain discuss their book, America, You Sexy Bitch, and classic folkie Pete Seeger chats about his newest book, In My Own Words. Through Sept. 29. Bryant Park, 42nd St. betw. 5th & 6th Aves., www. bryantpark.org.

Half King Reading Series This weekly Chelsea institution features a plethora of new and up-and-coming writers as well as more established acts such as Bret Easton Ellis, while its semiregular magazine night offers underappreciated journalists a chance to strut their stuff. Every Monday; free. The Half King, 505 W. 23rd St., thehalfking.com.

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NYC Poetry Festival Bringing together more than 100 poets, the second year of the NYC Poetry Festival, hosted by the Poetry Society of New York, promises to be bigger and bolder. From an arts and crafts village to an open mic for newbies to a beer garden where you can discuss the merits of Coleridge over Wordsworth, this event is for the bard within us all. July 21-22; $5. Governors Island, poetrysocietyny.org.

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Favorite summertime restaurant? In New York, I will always have a soft spot for eating outside at Maryann’s on 16th Street and Eighth Avenue. It’s heavy Mexican food, not at all good for summer eating, but I have so many fond memories of stuffing myself with cheap tacos and enchiladas that, no matter the season, it will always hold a warm spot in my heart.

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The esteemed arts institution will offer a diverse mix of live programming, including two works—Giselle and Orpheus and Eurydice—by the Paris Opera Ballet and a 70th birthday tribute to late soul great Curtis Mayfield on July 20. Performers will include Tunde Adebimpe, Meshell Ndegeocello, Ryan Montbleau, Sinéad O’Connor and Mavis Staples. The National Theatre of Scotland will perform Macbeth, starring Tony winner Alan Cumming as the famed Thane of Cawdor. And six years after playing Hedda Gabler at BAM, Cate Blanchett and the Sydney Theater Company will revive another Chekhov classic, Uncle Vanya. Completists can check out both this version and Annie Baker’s adaptation at Soho Rep. July 5-Aug. 5. Lincoln Center, W. 62nd St. & Columbus Ave., lincolncenterfestival.com.

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Signature Theater In its first season in its new three-theater Midtown home, the Signature Theatre will present Athol Fugard’s My Children in Africa, Will Eno’s Title and Deed, the world premiere of Kenneth Lonergan’s Medieval Deed and Sam Shepard’s Heartless, among others. In addition to the plays, the theater will offer talk-back programs with performers and playwrights as well as pre-show discussions with designers. Times and dates vary. Signature Theatre, 480 W. 42nd St., signaturetheater.org.

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Marble Collegiate Church New Work Festival Entering its second year, The Puzzle, Marble Collegiate Church’s festival of new work, brings together a host of freshly written theater pieces from New York and around the country for a three-week workshop process culminating in a week of plays, musicals and spoken word. June 25-30; free. Marble Collegiate Church, 29th St. at 5th Ave., marblechurch.org.

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It wouldn’t be summer without a trip (or better yet, two) to the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park, where the Public Theater presents Shakespeare in the Park. This summer, it isn’t just the Bard taking the stage, however. In addition to As You Like It, starring Oliver Platt and Lily Rabe, there will also be a run of Stephen Sondheim’s classic musical Into the Woods, featuring movie star Amy Adams and Broadway vet Donna Murphy. As You Like It opens June 5, Into the Woods opens July 2; free. The Delacorte Theater in Central Park, enter at W. 81st St. & Central Park West, shakespeareinthepark.org.

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Featuring live music, workshops and full productions of brand-new musicals, the NYMTF has been giving New York audiences a chance to experience exciting musical theater without Broadway price tags (or tourists) since 1994. This year’s lineup is particularly strong, with 30 musicals including A Letter To Harvey Milk, about a butcher sending a letter to Milk; Baby Case, Michael Ogborn’s take on the Lindbergh baby’s disappearance; and Prison Dancer, a show based on the Filipino prisoners who became a worldwide sensation thanks to their YouTube performances. July 9-29. Various locations, nymf.org.

Even at 16 years old, this annual marathon of offbeat, cutting-edge theater— which birthed Rent, among other memorable shows—is devoted to the new and the strange. This year’s performances will include From Busk Till Dawn: The Life of an NYC Street Performer, Love Death Brains (A Zombie Musical), Occupy the Constellations: A Collaborative Revolutionary Puppet Tale and, all the way from California, a show called What I Learned From Porn. Not everything you’ll see at the Fringe is great, but it’s always done with humor and spirit, making it more interesting—if not quite as professional—than most other festivals. Aug. 10-26. fringenyc.org.

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that includes Reed Birney, Maria Dizzia, Democracy Georgia Engel, Peter Friedman, Matthew This June-long event, running at Maher, Rebecca Schull, Michael Williamsburg’s Brick Theater, is dedicated Shannon, Paul Thureen and Merritt Wever. to the idea of putting on a summer Take note: a June 19 benefit performance theater festival of the people, by the will include a post-show vodka reception people and for the people in this election with the cast and creative team. Opens year. Eight candidates will campaign June 7; $0.99-$40. Soho Rep Theatre, 46 against each other in a series of public INSERTION - Email Art St., sohorep.org. appearances for the title of “President ORDERWalker of the Brick.” The elected official will be Ceil Ainsworth Sovereign given reign over The Brick for two weeks Manhattan Media The conclusion to Mac Rogers’ Honeycomb next January and will be entrusted with 63 West during 38th St. trilogy is off-off-Broadway’s answer to The curating all Brick programming this time period. Shows include works New York NY 10018 Return of the King, and not just because of the similarities in the title. This play, part of from Matthew Freeman, Eric John Meyer, (212) 284-9724 Fax: (212) 268-0502 Gideon Productions in collaboration with Jeremey Catterton, Zack Calhoun and email: production@manhattanmedia.com the BFG Collective at the Secret Theater, will Roger Nasser. Attendance is mandatory, confirm the fates of the characters we’ve as all voters must cast cc: theircainsworth@manhattanmedia.com ballot in come to love in Advance Man and Blast person. May 31-July 1; $15. The Brick Radius, particularly Ronnie (Becky Byers), Theater, 575 Metropolitan Ave., Brooklyn, now page a hardened governor lording over bricktheater.com. 4.917”W x 2.687”H, 1/8 a slowly rebuilding Please Run Ad on Thursday, 5.24.12 human race and her defiant brother Abbie (David Rosenblatt). Uncle vanya Rogers’ trilogy, directed by Jordana Some of New York’s finest actors have Williams, has offered so many surprising signed on to this world premiere turns, it’s hard to predict where this tale will reimagining of the Chekhov classic about a end—but incredibly exciting at the same visiting professor and his alluring younger time. It’s safe to say that by now, the Secret wife at Soho Rep. The winning team of is out. June 14-July 1; $15-$25. The Secret director Sam Gold and writer Annie Baker Theatre, 44-02 23rd St., Long Island City, (The Aliens, Circle Mirror Transformation) bfgcollective.com. have recruited a top-notch ensemble

School may be out, but the hardworking kids in the New York theater scene still have homework to do this summer. Below, a list of the five most anticipated events of the 2012 summer season.

Harvey Hot on the heels of last year’s debut in The Normal Heart, two-time Emmy winner Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) returns to the stage in this revival of Mary Chase’s Pulitzer Prizewinning classic. Parsons is Elwood P. Dowd, the role immortalized on screen by James Stewart, a middle-aged man whose best friend is a 6-foot-tall rabbit. Is Harvey real or a figment of Elwood’s imagination? You’ll have to head over to the Studio 54 Theater to find out. Co-stars include Larry Bryggman (Doubt), Tracee Chimo (Circle Mirror Transformation), Jessica Hecht (A View from the Bridge), Carol Kane (Wicked), Charles Kimbrough (TV’s Murphy Brown) and Rich Sommer (TV’s Mad Men). In previews now, runs June 14Aug. 5; $37+. Studio 54, 254 W. 54th St., roundabouttheatre.org

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year, is worth a visit just to see the lengths to which some people will go for a free meal. Will Joey Chestnut take the prize again for the sixth year in a row? Will Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas still be impossibly skinny after another year on the eating circuit? Will former champ Takeru Kobayashi stage another rogue eat-off in protest of the organized event? You’ll have to show up to find out, and maybe grab a hot dog yourself from the Coney Island institution (take your time eating it, though). July 4, 3 p.m. Corner of Surf & Stillwell Aves., nathansfamous.com.

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Foraging, long the purview of the homeless and freegan hippies, has been surging in popularity thanks to locavore chefs like Rene Redzepi in Copenhagen. Join the elite by going on a foraging expedition with expert Leda Meredith, followed by a tasting at nearby restaurant Beer Table. Though you may not find enough to supplant your weekly Key Food run, it’s sure to be more fruitful than your everyday walk in the park. July 15, 2 p.m.; $30 for Slow Food members, $40 for nonmembers. Prospect Park, meet at Grand Army Plaza entrance, slowfoodnyc.org.

Chocolate Fest: A Walk-Around Tasting Have you been tempted every year to visit the Chocolate Show but ultimately turned off by the overwhelming scale and trade-show vibe? 92Y’s Chocolate Fest is a kinder, gentler (and boozier) version, featuring local favorites like The Big Gay Ice Cream Truck and Liddabit Sweets providing tastings alongside prestigious international chocolatiers like Guittard. The event also features a screening of the short film Radical Chocolate, about a treeto-bar chocolate-making collective, wine and cocktail pairings and a sampling of chocolate-friendly cheeses. June 3, 7:30 p.m.; $29. 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave., 92y.org.

Big Apple BBQ Block Party In some parts of the country, BBQ competitions are an integral piece of the summer. While New York City is sadly lacking in this department, for the past 10 years, Danny Meyer, owner of Blue Smoke and the Shake Shack empire, among many others, has been trying to make it right. His Big Apple Block Party assembles pitmasters from around the country, including perennial rib champion Mike Mills and whole-hog maestro Ed Mitchell, allowing

festival-goers to sample the breadth of this country’s regional BBQ styles without ever leaving Midtown. Live music and seminars in the park provide a respite from all the smoke, should you need it. June 9-10, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; $8 per plate. Madison Square Park, babbq.com.

Eat Drink Local Week Let’s face it: Restaurant Week isn’t what it used to be. These days, it’s strictly for amateurs who don’t mind the worst tables and prix-fixe menus made up of the cheapest, least creative dishes on a restaurant’s roster. The tristate area’s Edible publications, including Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens editions, have teamed up to fill the void, presenting this annual week of special, seasonal menus at participating restaurants, tasting events and discounts at food and wine shops. Each year they choose a number of local ingredients to highlight; this year it’s spinach, eggs, goat, radishes, rosé wine, porgy, fava beans and hops. Not sure what you can make with all that, but it sounds pretty tasty. June 23-30. ediblemanhattan.com.

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Parked! A Food Truck Festival Food trucks in the city are often harassed for parking in metered spots, which are off-limits to vendors. This summer, they’ll get a free parking pass at the South Street Seaport, where over 30 of them will be Parked! all day long. Music, drinks and activities for kids will round out the day of fun; check the website to see just what they’ve got lined up this year. A VIP pass will get you a drink ticket, 10 free dishes from 10 of the trucks and a dedicated lineup at all of them so you don’t have to wait around with all those regular jerks. Aug. 4, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; free, VIP passes $50. South Street Seaport, meanredproductions.com.

Pig Island They take pigs (about 80 of ’em). They put them on an island. They get 20 of New York’s top chefs to cook them, add liberal doses of NY state beer and wine and set you free to drink and eat all day long. If that doesn’t sound like a wonderful dream you once had, well, you’d better be a vegetarian. Pig Island is your chance to enjoy hog-centric delights like maple-bacon sticky buns, Sriracha-glazed suckling pig and pork belly sliders all on the charmingly anachronistic Governors Island, while

benefiting Food Systems NYC and City Harvest. Sept. 1. Governors Island, pigisland.com.

86th Annual Feast of San Gennaro Until two years ago, you went to the Feast of San Gennaro to drink luridly colored frozen daiquiris, buy T-shirts emblazoned with “Fuhgeddaboudit” and avoid getting into a fight with an extra from Jersey Shore. Then, Torrisi Italian Specialties, the restaurant that has singlehandedly elevated Italian-American cuisine, opened a stall there selling slyly Chinese-inflected mozzarella sticks and roast pork sandwiches, and chefs from downtown restaurants like WD-50, L’Artusi and The Spotted Pig followed suit. No word yet on this year’s vendors, but it’s sure to be worth the risk of a fistfight or two. Sept. 13-23. Mulberry St. betw. Canal & Houston Sts., sangennaro.org.

Indonesian Food Bazaar One of the borough’s best-kept secrets is slowly coming out of the shadows, but it hasn’t outgrown its small-town feel just yet. This bazaar pops up in the parking lot of Masjid Al-Hikmah, a hub for the Queens Indonesian community, during the warmer months. All of the vendors are community members who arrive with foil trays of long-stewed rendang, charcoal grills for smoky satay skewers, fritters, dumplings and amazingly multicolored dessert drinks. Don’t miss the gado gado, for which friendly church ladies grind the salad’s sweet, garlicky peanut dressing in a mortar and pestle to order. Third Sunday of every month (roughly, check online), 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; free (donations to the mosque requested). Masjid Al-Hikmah, 48-01 31st Ave. (at 48th St.), Astoria, masjidalhikmahnewyork.org.

Smorgasburg The organizers of the Brooklyn Flea realized the dirty secret of most street fairs: People only come for the food. In response, they created the now-monstrous Smorgasburg, a food-only version of their all-purpose artisanal marketplace. If you want to shop, you can buy pickles, olive oil or cutting boards, but the real reason to visit is for the one-ofa-kind eats. Favorites include Shorty Tang & Sons’ cold sesame noodles, from the family that created the dish some 40 years ago, and Bon Chovie’s fried anchovies, last season’s unlikely snack hit. You’ll never look at a mozzarepa at a tube-sock street fair again. Saturdays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; free.Williamsburg waterfront betw. N. 6th & 7th Sts., brooklynflea.com. NY Press.co m


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the awkward realization that you’ve filled up on hush puppies at the first stand before you’ve even reached the main course. Recon. There’s nothing worse than having your heart set on a specific vendor or food By Regan Hofmann item, then getting to the party and realizing you can’t find it. Heavy crowds and the his past weekend, The Great landscape limitations of venues like Madison GoogaMooga, the chefs-as-rockSquare Park mean some stalls end up tucked stars food festival that had many away in a corner, signs obscured by trees or bemoaning the end of civilizahat-wearing hipsters. Most events post detion and the rise of the foodie monster, tailed vendor lists online in the week before took place in Prospect Park with some 75 the big day or provide maps at the entry; vendors and 40,000 attendees. The first don’t be ashamed to spend some time studyday of the two-day event ended with chefs, ing before you go barreling into the fray. critics and hungry parkgoers alike making If there’s no guide, take a lap of the venue. Woodstock ’99 comparisons, bemoaning Turn down every alleyway and make mental long lines, ill-prepared vendors and a Byznotes of the important spots to hit, as well as antine beer system that left people cranky essentials like and thirsty. washrooms The truth is, and drinks. though, what While you’re happened in at it, you can Brooklyn is no plot out your different from “must-eats” to what happens make sure you at every food hit all of the festival—it just highlights. took place on Water. a larger scale Seriously. It under closer sounds like the scrutiny. Lineadvice your ups? You can’t mom would get into these Big Apple BBQ Block Party food. Photo by Monica Tang give, along chefs’ brickwith use the and-mortar resbathroom before you leave the house (come taurants without waiting in line; why would to think of it, you probably should do that, a limited-edition outdoor version be any too. Outdoor venues + overindulging attenddifferent? As for scarcity, consider that they ees= porta-potties you don’t want to have to can only serve as much as they can carry into use). But trust me. Those long lines are a lot the middle of the park—no walk-in coolers, easier to wait in if you’re not dehydrating as no pantries, no back-up supplies. It comes the minutes tick by, and the sun is a lot less with the territory. sweltering. The real problem was one of expectations. Bring the biggest water bottle you can An outdoor food festival can be one of the comfortably carry with you; if it’s a closed greatest joys of the summer or an absolute venue with no outside containers admitted, hell on earth—the only difference lies in how make the drinks table your very first stop. If you’ve prepared yourself, both mentally and it’s especially crowded, get two bottles at a materially. Here are a few tips to make sure time and keep one in your back pocket. It’ll you’re never left stranded, sweaty and starvkeep you cool and keep you from having to ing surrounded by an ocean of food. interrupt the fun to go back later. Decide why you’re there. For many, the When all else fails, corn. It’s the outdoor draw of food fests is the fact that they gather food fair’s great equalizer. At the lowliest of a dozen or more top chefs/purveyors in one tube-sock fairs and the swankiest of charity convenient spot. Rather than having to trek fundraisers, somebody will be grilling corn from borough to borough (or beyond) to on the cob. It may be called elote or topped sample each, you need only walk across the with crème fraîche and caviar, but it’s always parking lot. Others, however, see the all-day the elemental essence of summer, all fresh, fest as a test of endurance, the chance to eat sweet produce and smoky fire, so messy as much as possible. This is especially true at can only be eaten outdoors. If you can’t find events where the price of entry gets unlimyour friends or the heat is getting to you, ited tastes; they are bound and determined stop, breathe deeply and find the corn—it’s to get their money’s worth. impossible to stay crabby with greasy fingers Figure out which of these camps you fall and a soot-smeared chin. into before you arrive and you’ll save yourself

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Your best and worst summer memory? Attending concerts on the Great Lawn or jogging around the Great Lawn as late as 8:45 p.m., as the sun is still out and the park is safe and packed! The worst is walking to work or taking a subway on 100-degree days and knowing I’m going to have to take two showers to get the sweat off, then going into an air-conditioned room.

Are you a mountains or beach person? Both. I love to hike and go to Colorado. But more often, like every weekend, I run along a vast ocean on a long beach like Montauk—my fave.

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Some of the great masters from the Northern Italian Renaissance are taking up residence at The Met this summer while their home, the Accademia Carrara in Bergamo, Italy, undergoes renovations. Works by Bellini, Titian, Lotto and Vincenzo Foppa, who lived and worked between Venice, Milan and Bergamo during the late 15th and early 16th centuries, will be displayed in a room next to the Italian painting galleries. Bellini’s “Pietà” and Lotto’s “The Entombment” are among several of the masterpieces on display for New Yorkers to awe at and admire. Through Sept. 3, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Ave., metmuseum.org.

What better way to spend your summer than hanging out in a library, especially if you’re going to see the Morgan Library & Museum’s Josef Albers exhibit. Albers, the iconic 20th-century artist who died in 1976, is best known for his painting series Homage to the Square, in which he explored color relationships in concentric squares. This exhibit displays the less well-known studies and sketches for these paintings. The materials in this exhibit were never shown during Albers’ life and are rarely displayed since his death; The Morgan is the only U.S. stop for this exhibition before it heads back to Europe. July 20 – Oct. 14, The Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Ave., themorgan.org.

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“Strike Pickets,” 1910. Bain News Service photograph. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

You don’t have to head south to the Carribean to the beach this summer, just take the subway up to the El Museo del Barrio. It, along with The Studio Museum in Harlem and the Queens Museum of Art, is presenting the culmination of the decadelong collaboration of research and scholarship Caribbean: Crossroads of the World, which includes more than 500 works of art spanning four centuries from the Caribbean islands and coasts. The exhibit covers topics such as politics, pop culture, language, the various cultures and history, among many others. June 12 – Jan. 6, 2013, El Museo Del Barrio, 1230 5th Ave., elmuseo.org.

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Women Work With conservative politicians intent on rehashing decades-old debates that everyone thought were long settled, it’s fitting that the National Academy Museum & School has chosen now to kick off its new exhibit, Women Work, featuring the artwork of women from the 19th century to present day. The series brings together works by Mary Cassatt, Colleen Browning and May Stevens, as well as female sculptors. Through Aug. 26, The National Academy Museum & School, 1083 5th Ave., nationalacademy.org.

An artist searching for his muse is a theme that reverberates back to Greek mythology. French artist Edouard Vuillard found inspiration in his career stretching from the 1890s to the 1940s in a variety of sources, from experimental theater to urbane domesticity. This exhibit at The Jewish Museum looks at six periods of the artist’s career and the impact his friends and patrons had on his work, from his artistic beginnings to his later portraits. Through Sept. 23, The Jewish Museum, 1109 5th Ave., thejewishmuseum.org.

Rineke Dijkstra: A Retrospective The Guggenheim hosts this mid-career retrospective of Dutch photographer Rineke Dijkstra. The artist, best known for her striking portraits of humanity in transition—adolescents and new mothers have been prime subjects for her lens—has been working for more than two decades at her craft. Like all great portraitists, Dijkstra’s work captures fleeting moments and fills them with meaning. “I make normal things appear special,” she said in an interview for the book Image Makers, Image Takers. That this is not a brag but a statement of successfully fulfilled artistic intent says it all. June 29 – Oct. 3, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 5th Ave., www. guggenheim.org.

Filmmaking identical twins the Quay Brothers—or The Brothers Quay, in their preferred nomenclature—end the summer with a major retrospective of their work at the Museum of Modern Art. Born in Philly but developed as European surrealists in the grime of London, the Quays have been conjuring up their creepy-crawly, stop-motion animated work since the late ’70s. Featuring repurposed doll heads and other unsettling motifs of mold and decay, the Brothers’ oeuvre became a major aesthetic touchstone for the burgeoning industrial goth movement of the late ’80s and ’90s. This collection promises a rare view inside their work, with neverbefore-seen images, moving works, installations and artistic output, as well as screening of their best shorts and filmic output. Aug. 12 – Jan. 8, 2013, The Museum of Modern Art, 11 W. 53rd St., www.moma.org.

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New York City has always been a city that thrived in the midst of social change and progress. Activist New York, the new exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York, brings that history into focus, exploring the history of social activism in the city from the 17th century right up to the Occupy Wall Street movement. From picket lines to civil rights, the exhibition uses artifacts, photographs, audio and video to tell the history of agitation in the city. Through the summer, The Museum of the City of New York, 1220 5th Ave., mcny.org.

New York has a rich (albeit unheralded) history of brewing that stretches back to colonial times. The New-York Historical Society hopes to rectify this with its new exhibit. With artifacts and documents that showcase the city’s long-lived love of suds, Beer Here covers what the soldiers were drinking in the Revolutionary War, famous hometown brewers and the Prohibition era. When you are finished, step on over to the beer hall for a taste of New York City and state’s best local brews. May 25 – Sept. 2, The New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park W., nyhistory.org.

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The Parade: Nathalie Djurberg with Music by Hans Berg Bird is the word at the New Museum’s Studio 231 space as Swedish artist Nathalie Djurberg, known for her nightmarish animations, and videographer Hans Berg show off five trippy animations and an unnerving menagerie of more than 80 free-standing bird sculptures. These hybrid, sometimes monstrous forms speak to the artist’s interest in physical and psychological transformation, as well as pageantry and perversion. Through Aug. 26, The New Museum, 235 Bowery, newmuseum.org.

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Circle, and guides in the front and back of the gang bring everyone safely and at a leisurely pace through the tranquil park, hopefully by the light of the moon, if it cooperates. The total journey is about 10 miles and ends back where it started around midnight. times-up.org

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Explore the High Life Everyone knows that the High Line is a wonder of modern urban greenery and should be showed off to tourists of all provenances, but not everyone knows you can score a free guided tour of the elevated park this summer. The organization Friends of the High Line runs the events, starting from the High Line on West 14th Street and wandering through the park. Guides will explain how the unique park came into existence, focusing on the design, public artworks and horticulture that make the structure into an experience, as well as the history of the High Line before it became the city gem it is today. Tours are about an hour long and are wheelchair accessible. Guides suggest paying extra attention to the weather when dressing for the tours and arriving early to guarantee a spot. Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m.; free. Meet at the entrance to the High Line at W. 14th St. & 10th Ave. For questions, email karla.osorioperez@thehighline.org.

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Moonlight Ride Through the Park The environmental action group TIME’S UP has been leading cyclists through the evening glow of Central Park for 20 years, so you’re in good hands, even if you’re a newbie to nighttime riding. The first Friday of every month, weather permitting, a group of bicyclists meet at 10 p.m. at Columbus

Most residents strolling through Central Park don’t stop to ponder the very design of the place, not to mention the majestic additions of the Belvedere Castle and other landmarks. Luckily, the Central Park Conservancy offers free guided tours to enlighten oblivious observers. At various times over the summer, tours meet outside the Tavern on the Green visitor center, inside the park at 67th Street and Central Park West, and guides take groups on an eye-opening walk that shows off the park’s majestic landscapes and romantic vistas that many would miss on a hasty jog. Groups of seven or more can arrange for custom tours by calling 212-360-2726 or emailing tours@centralparknyc.org. centralparknyc.org

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Lincoln Center, Outside The famous institution known for its stately theaters takes its programming into the wilds of the West Side this summer for the Lincoln Center Out of Doors festival. All events at the Damrosch Park Bandshell, Hearst Plaza and Josie Robertson Plaza are free. This year, highlights include a performance from the Chinese American Arts Council Acrobatic Group, From Chinatown with Love, family days with the Bindlestiff Cirkus and the U.S. premiere of Tangle, an interactive, audiencecreated kid-friendly show from Australian troupe Polyglot Theatre. The event concludes with the 29th annual Roots of American Music Festival Aug.11-12. July 5-Aug. 12. lcoutofdoors.org.

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The Lotus Garden It’s rare that a private garden opens its gates to the public, but every Sunday, The Lotus Garden allows people inside without a key to view its harmonious collection of fragrant blooms and even a couple of small fish ponds. Situated 20 feet above 97th Street on top of a parking garage, it’s a blissful and unexpected escape from the city. Sundays, 1-4 p.m.; free. The Lotus Garden, W. 97th St. betw. Broadway & West End Ave., thelotusgarden.org.

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Who says you need a formal invitation to watch Jane and John tie the knot? The lush gardens and scenic overlooks of Fort Tryon Park serve as the perfect wedding backdrop, and come just about any weekend afternoon, you can gaze at the gowns and rings. Just stay at arm’s length from the invited guests—nobody likes a wedding crasher—and keep your cell phone on vibrate during the vows. If you get a chance, tell the bride the ceremony was lovely; such compliments are probably half the reason they wed in the park to begin with. Mazel tov!

The Inwood Canoe Club has been run since 1902 by paddling enthusiasts, mostly volunteers, who love the river and want to spread the joy of a day spent skimming the surface of the Hudson. Rivergoers should wear clothes that can get splashed (or soaked) and be able to swim. The club provides kayaks, life vests and paddles free of charge, though insurance is required. The club is at the far west end of Dyckman Street; there is a sign at the marina gate directing visitors to the red boathouse. Sundays, May 27-Sept. 2, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.; free, $4 insurance required per visit or $15 for the season. Inwood Canoe Club, at the Hudson River at Dyckman St., inwoodcanoeclub.com

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The East Side has the Brooklyn Bridge, but the George Washington Bridge and the Palisades beyond it beckon just as seductively from the west. We dare you to cross it. Only the south side of the bridge is open to pedestrians, which means you won’t miss out on the sight of Manhattan’s western flank. Cross at sunset and see the city bathed in gold toned hues. It does get windy up there, so you will not regret leaving your air conditioned, hermetically sealed apartment. You might even want to pack a picnic; on the other side is Fort Lee Historic Park, the forested site atop the Palisades where the Continental Army held a position over the Hudson River. Start your adventure at 177th and Cabrini, where you can access the pedestrian walkway from 6 a.m. until midnight.

New Yorkers are always looking for ways to feel like adventurers, trapped as we may be in our concrete jungle. The charter company Big City Fish lets you feel like a true captain of the high seas, if only for a day, as it guides clients to the most gigantic fish the Hudson and East Rivers have to offer up. The real captain, Craig Gantner, has been fishing since childhood, and is licensed by the U.S. Coast Guard. He champions catch-and-release, mindful of keeping fish populations plentiful for all customers, and can teach landlubbers the arts of fly and spin fishing, as well as simple pole-and-tackle conventional fishing. Gantner’s boat holds up to four people and can pick up passengers from Manhattan or the Jersey City marina. 908-963-0215, thebigcityfish.com

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When it comes to seeing stars, New Yorkers are more likely to see the red-carpetwalking, Oscar-statue-wielding kind than the fiery masses suspended in the cosmos. The opposite is true, however, at Inwood Hill Park, in Manhattan’s northernmost reaches. At sporadic but frequent stargazing sessions led by NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador Jason Kendall, the starry-eyed will get an opportunity to see if there is a man on the moon, discover constellations and become a little more familiar with the cosmos. In a recent event, stargazers held a Jupiter and Venus conjunction party to see the two bright planets pass within two degrees of each other. moonbeam.net/inwoodastronomy

Riverside Park’s Summer on the Hudson series gives New Yorkers a chance to get groovy on the river all summer long. The park holds tons of events, from Zumba, yoga, Pilates and tai chi classes to concerts for kids to kayaking, all on a regular basis. There are also the special features of the season, including the Sing for Hope Street Pianos—real pianos are placed around the park and are available for players, both pros and tinkerers, to plunk out tunes for two weeks starting June 1. On several Friday evenings, dance troupes from Harlem will show their stuff and encourage others to join in, teaching kids dance moves as well as confidence. There are also DJ dance parties, French films, a fishing festival, and a number of sports activities and lessons. riversideparkfund.org

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Pedal to the Pavement The best cycling spots around Manhattan and beyond By Andrew Rice To most New Yorkers, Manhattan-based cyclists seemed to be faced with their own unique set of obstacles: screeching cabs, distracted pedestrians, drivers unexpectedly opening their car doors in the bike lane during rush hour. The island, however, is also home to some of the best cycling routes in the city, which offer some much needed respite for city-dwellers on two wheels.

Hudson River Greenway The gently sloping Hudson River Greenway is more than just the largest green space in the city, it’s also one of the busiest, attracting over 7,000 cyclists a day, according to the DOT. You might wonder what all the fuss is about until you realize that the Greenway, which is the longest in the city and extends from Battery Park to Inwood, is one of the quickest ways to get around Manhattan. While the gentle slopes make it a cinch to ride, the Greenway’s calling card is its proximity to the water and notable sights, making this a must for any city cyclist.

Harlem River Speedway Calling this a speedway seems like some sort of cruel joke. This riverside getaway connects the Hudson River and East River Greenways via two access points—at Dyckman Street and 10th Avenue and Edgecomb Avenue and 155th Street. The leisurely two-mile ride, built upon an old riverside walkway and carriage path, is one of the few Class 1 paths in the city, allowing riders a chance to relax and not worry about getting hit by an errant cab door. Swindler’s Park, located by the western access, provides an excellent location to while away those summertime afternoons. While the Speedway provides a great, if momentary escape, from city life, the lack of access points makes this one of the more difficult paths to get to.

Central Park Spanning over 50 city blocks, cycling is the best way to see much of Central Park in an afternoon. Park Drive, the main road, which stretches a winding six miles through the park, is about to get even friendlier to bikers, runners and skaters, as cross-park paths at 72nd and 96th streets gain an additional bike lane. Terrace Drive is also reportedly set to lose one of its car lanes in favor of a second bike lane. Tours and bike rentals of the park are available year-round. Rentals for the day, which include helmets, locks and maps, start at about $15, making Central Park a no-brainer bargain.

East River Greenway Comprising the eastern half of the Waterfront Greenway, this bike path runs from the Battery up to East Harlem, where it connects with the Speedway. While the cycling lane provides fantastic views of Brooklyn and Queens skylines, cyclists are warned that this path is interrupted between 37th and 63rd streets. The detour, which goes through city traffic, allows riders to bypass the United Nations.

Governors Island This is the hidden treasure trove of New York biking. While tantalizingly close to Manhattan, it is another world that offers unprecedented views of the city. Governors Island is accessible by a free, five-minute ferry ride from the Marine Battery Building, next to the Staten Island Ferry. The hidden retreat is seemingly made for biking, with five miles of car-free paths and plenty of parks and sequestered buildings. What makes Governors Island so ideal is that cyclists can either bring their bikes or rent them there from Bike and Roll. And, unlike with the new Bike Share program, you can finally ride that tandem bike you always dreamed of.

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y wife was run over by a rollerblader going the wrong way on a bike path last Friday morning. She was slammed into a puddle and hurt, but fortunately did not suffer serious injury. A few hours later and a few blocks away, my father was wheeling my son in a stroller toward me when he noticed a biker riding the wrong way on a different path. He was able to avoid an accident. These are obviously the reasons I’m writing about bike and street safety—except they aren’t. I had already decided to write about this the night before, at a neighborhood meeting a few blocks away from the site of both incidents. The meeting, organized by a political club in Chelsea, was called “Pedestrians & Bikers: Do They Have to Collide?” It’s not an easy question to answer. You see, I have biked these streets on and off for about 20 years. I’m like many New York City riders: I often don’t wait for green lights. I have also been walking in the city since I learned how and I’m now like many city pedestrians: I often don’t wait for green lights. I also drive from time to time, and I always wait for green lights. The city would be terrifying if drivers violated the rules of the road as often as bikers and pedestrians do. It’s scary enough. About 150 city pedestrians a year are killed in auto accidents, as Paul Steely White, executive director of the cycling advocacy group Transportation Alternatives, told the meeting’s attendees,

White, for his part, wants to see riders like me get ticketed. I’m sure antibiker readers out there agree. They may mostly senior citizens. Bike-related penever have gotten past my admission of destrian deaths rarely happen, about once violations. every two or three years, White added. Obeying the rules and riding safely are “Someone with a two-ton SUV might important, but it’s possible to do one withhave more responsibility than a bicyclist,” out the other. Bikers are not required to White said. “That’s not slow down if they see a cluster to say a bicyclist doesn’t of pedestrians on a sidewalk— also have responsibility.” it’s a good bet at least one The audience, though walker will step in the street mostly civil, was not in a without looking—but it’s mood to shift their anger smart to slow down anyway. from bikers to drivers. When I blow a light, I go very “They’re a menace— slowly and look every way to they’re a pest,” said one of make sure it’s safe. I see many cyclists. riders do the same thing. Many want to require In all my years of riding, I bikers to register their have hit pedestrians twice. vehicles like drivers. White Both times, they were jaywalkJoSh RogERS thinks it’s problematic for ers crossing at midblock. One many reasons: the NYPD woman was dodging between does not want the added enforcement burstalled traffic on 34th Street when she den, bike license plates would be too small to stepped in front of me. The other time, a have the desired deterrent effect and it would man was looking in the wrong direction discourage people from starting to bike. when he stepped into a bike lane and me, The explosion of bike lanes in the city knocking both of us to the ground. Fortuhas doubled the number of riders in10 nately, no one was hurt either time. years, White said, yet total cycling injuries White acknowledges there is “rampant have actually gone down, an indication lawlessness” among bikers and pedesthat the lanes have encouraged bikers to trians, but he doesn’t say they do it more ride safer. often than city drivers, who often go faster Reported accidents with pedestrians, than 30 miles per hour. bikers and drivers have also been reduced “Most New Yorkers don’t know what the on streets with bike lanes, according to the speed limit is,” he said. “Can we start there?” city. It could mean overall accidents are down, but it’s hard to know for sure. Many Josh Rogers, contributing editor at Manmishaps like my wife’s don’t get reported. hattan Media, is a lifelong New Yorker.

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A Bumpy Ride on the Road of Betty White

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stroke and brain failure. s usual, several burning And jokes about countless debilitating concerns need your attention developments make elders ashamed, even and action, so as Bette Davis of using a cane or wrinkles, hair loss and warned in All about Eve: “It’s other superficials—forget walkers, heargoing to be a bumpy ride.” ing aids, dentures and incontinence. “But The May 17 New York Times City Room White is known to get as down and dirty blog post “A Target Older Than the Jokes as anyone…and chided the at Her Roast” dismissed attacks as being too tame.” anyone “easily offended” The “attacks” derided all the by Friar’s Club roast jokes. above. The “older” target was These awful ailments need Betty White, “still going to be cried about—and cried strong” at age 90. OUT about, for infinitely But you don’t have to be more empathic understandeasily offended to object ing and all-out passion to to jibes about the many find effective treatment and vicissitudes of old age that cures. If only White would cause so much—often BETTE DEWIng include human elders in her untold—hardship, above animal activist work. all the brain failures that And let’s lament the New Amsterdam cripple both body and mind and strokes Boys and Girls Choir’s benefit concert’s where the mind is painfully aware of a small audience in the Heavenly Rest helpless body. My dear cousins, Virginia Church chapel last Saturday afternoon and Paul, recently departed this life after while multitudes cycled, jogged, scootered prolonged suffering from respectively, a

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and strolled right by on their way to Central Park. Blame physical obsession and spiritual indifference, perhaps? The latter also endangers the Christian Science Church on East 63rd Street I only learned of because the CEO of Our Town and The West Side Spirit, Tom Allon, has spent most of his adult life providing community news “we need to live by.” So on your 50th birthday, Tom, we wholeheartedly wish for whatever you and your family need most! And, of course, scowl, not laugh at any ageist joke and card in response to your half-century of living. Join the protest against toxic environments such as those created by Duane Reade’s new zigzagging aisles and lowered claustrophobic ceilings exuding blinding fluorescent lights, which had civic activist Ellie Sankey so stressed she chose a graduation instead of a birthday card and “couldn’t wait to get out of there!” To quote Russell Baker, “Progress strikes again!” dewingbetter@aol.com

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