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Friday 25th of July 2014

Here are Culture Craver's picks for the top culture of today and the week ahead in NYC. There's an abundance of amazing options at Lincoln Center this week — even more than we've picked here. So head to the Upper West Side (or to one of the many other amazing parts of the city we've featured) and enjoy some culture! Remember to CRAVE what excites you to spread word of mouth and keep track and RATE it once you've been. 

FRIDAY, JULY 25

Hollywood is facing the worst box office summer in nearly a decade. If you want to give the numbers a boost, head to your closest cinema to see one of this weekend’s new movies. Options include Lucy (a Scarlett Johansson science fiction flick) and A Most Wanted Man (an a John le Carré's spy novel starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman).

Craving music and comedy? At Joe’s Pub tonight, see a fusion of live music and comedy in Freestyle Love Supreme.

For dance cravers, Pam Tanowitz Dance and eighth blackbird are performing at Lincoln Center Out of Doors tonight at 7:30.
If you want to get out of town, head to the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival to see The Liar starting Friday and running through the end of August.

SATURDAY, JULY 26

Want to be inspired by the genius and brilliance of Mozart? Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival begins Saturday and runs through August 23.

Another great musical option — also put on by Lincoln Center — is Deep Roots of Rock and Roll with the Black Rock Coalition Orchestra and directed and designed by Toshi Reagon.

If you have kids in tow, a fun option is Baby Loves Disco, a family dance party, at 11 AM and 2 PM.

Craving theater? Series B of the Summer Shorts series at 59E59 is starting on Saturday. You can see one-act plays from some of the top and emerging playwrights in the country. This series features “Doubtless" by Albert Innaurato, "The Mulberry Bush" by Neil LaBute, and "Napoleon In Exile" by Daniel Reitz.

Feel like you’re always on the go? If you pass through Grand Central, check out Traveling in the World of Tomorrow: The Future of Transportation at New York's World's Fairs, a new exhibition on the optimistic visions presented at the New York World’s Fairs of 1939-40 and 1964-65 of how technological advancement would solve mankind’s problems.

SUNDAY, JULY 27

Christopher Williams: The Production Line of Happiness —the first retrospective ever mounted of the American cinephilic artist — opens at MoMA on Sunday.

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds is playing at the Prospect Park Bandshell on Sunday at 7 PM.

Broadway and cabaret stars will sing an ode to Dolly Parton at 54 Below on Sunday at 9:30 PM.

Sunday is a great day to learn how to make origami! At the Staten Island Zoo’s Origami USA, participants will learn to fold paper to create animals.

Saturday 19th of July 2014

There is so much outdoor fun for New York City culture cravers this week — from concerts to theater to an enormous pow wow. Here are our top picks for the week ahead. Remember to CRAVE what excites you to keep track and spread word. RATE the events you've seen with a STAR (loved it), MEH (neutral), or BOMB (hated it).   

SATURDAY, JULY 19

Lenine & Martin Fondse Orchestra will bring its cross-cultural collaboration (a Brazilian song writer and a Dutch jazz pianist) to Central Park’s SummerStage at 7 PM on Saturday.

Drama has always followed Bill Clinton. Now, you can see a musical about him, Clinton: The Musical. It’s running through July 25 as part of the Musical Theater Festival.

Chuck Jones created Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck. Starting Saturday, explore his creative genius — including 23 of his animated films and 125+ original sketches —in What's Up Doc? The Animation of Chuck Jones at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens.

SUNDAY, JULY 20

Craving “Catalan Sounds”? Sunday at 3 PM, head to Central Park for Mishima, Txarango, DJ Sets by Headbirds.

Jazz at Lincoln Center is putting on Queens Family Day for families at Queensbridge Park on Sunday starting at 4 PM. There will be jazz, plus workshops and face painting. 

Sunday 13th of July 2014

The city is having a bit of a mid-summer slowdown, but there's still plenty of great art to see. Gallerist Meredith Rosen shares her top gallery picks for the week ahead. Be sure to CRAVE the exhibitions that excite you to spread word of mouth. Weigh in with a STAR, MEH, or BOMB once you've been. 

Louise Lawler: No Drones at Metro Pictures through July 25

Friday 11th of July 2014

From dance to art to theater to music, this is a great week for culture in NYC. CRAVE the events that excite you to keep track and spread word of mouth. RATE them with a star, meh, or bomb once you've seen them. 

FRIDAY, JULY 11

This is the first weekend of the East to Edinburgh Festival at 59E59, where you can see innovative productions heading to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. This weekend, you can see Dysfunctional Family Musical, Hi, Hitler, Driving With the Parking Break Up, The Amazing Bubble Man, Bette Davis Ain’t for Sissies, Running Into Me, or Naked in Alaska.

Twelfth Night was on Broadway and downtown in the past year. Starting this weekend, it’s also in a parking lot. See Shakespeare in the Park(ing) Lot’s outdoor, free rendition of Shakespeare’s comedy. It runs through July 26 at 8 PM on Thursdays through Sundays.

Craving the 90s? See Phish on Randall’s Island Friday through Sunday.

Friday 4th of July 2014

Are you spending this rainy Independence Day plotting your post-holiday gallery going? Gallerist Meredith Rosen (who was featured in the most recent Interview Magazine) has hand picked some exciting NYC gallery exhibitions to help you choose wisely. Remember to CRAVE what excites you to keep track and create buzz about awesome art events.

Georg Baselitz, Anselm Kiefer, Harmony Korine, Robert Rauschenberg, Julian Schnabel, Rudolf Stingel, Franz West at Gagosian on W. 24th Street (through July 18)

Friday 27th of June 2014

There are MANY great options for NYC culture cravers this weekend. Here are our top picks. Remember to CRAVE what excites you and RATE it once you've seen it to help the people who trust you choose better culture. 

FRIDAY, JUNE 27

The big new Jeff Koons retrospective opens at the Whitney on Friday. It’s the last exhibition at the Whitney before the museum moves to its new downtown home. If you want to have an All Koons day, also head to Rock Center, where you can see Split-Rocker, the public art installation by the pop artist that opened this week.

In this era of Instagram, head to the Met Museum to see the pictures of life in NYC and America in the ’50s through the early ’80s by renowned Bronx-born photographer Garry Winogrand. The exhibition begins Friday and runs through September. 

Neil Gaiman reads his story “The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains” at Carnegie Hall in a synchronized multimedia storytelling event with illustrations by Eddie Campbell and a live score by the FourPlay String Quartet.

Craving live music and stunning aerial displays? Fuerza Bruta: Wayra, an expanded and updated version of the Argentine spectacle, premiers Friday night at the Daryl Roth Theatre near Union Square.

SATURDAY, JUNE 28

Are you in the mood for a dance party? Head to Central Park between 3 and 7 PM for Club Classics Live! — a free Summer Stage event that recreates dance clubs like Studio 54 and the Paradise Garage. It’s curated and directed by Jason King, the host of NPR’s R&B/soul channel and includes headliners including pop sensation Sam Sparro, house legends Ultra Nate and Kevin Aviance, and more.

If you want to keep dancing, head to Lincoln Center for Midsummer Night’s Swing at 6:30 PM. It’s led by The Band Courtbouillon, a Grammy-winning multi-generational trinity of multi-instrumentalists.

SUNDAY, JUNE 29

It’s Gay Pride Month, and Sunday is the march down Fifth Avenue that bills itself as the biggest Gay Pride Celebration in the world. Find out to get in on the action online.

See one of this weekend’s new movies. Options include: Begin Again (by the director of Once), They Came Together, and Transformers 4.

Friday 20th of June 2014

From Jeff Koons at the Whitney to Swing at Lincoln Center, the week ahead is a great one for NYC culture cravers. Here are our top picks. Remember to crave what excites you to keep track and spread word of mouth. Rate them once you've seen them!

FRIDAY, JUNE 20

It’s from the stage to the big screen this weekend! Clint Eastwood’s Jersey Boys movie is coming to cinemas, as is Roman Polanski’s Venus in Fur.

You can sample more than 70 breweries and more than 150 beers at the NYC Craft Beer Festival Friday and Saturday.

SATURDAY, JUNE 21

It’s officially summertime! Celebrate at Socrates Sculpture Park’s Summer Solstice Celebration with site-specific sound performances encompassing the entire park.

Shakespeare in the Park’s Much Ado About Nothing is underway at the Delacorte through July 6. If you’re craving more Central Park Shakespeare, check out the Boomerang Theatre Company’s A Midsummer Night's Dream near 71st and Central Park West through July 20.

Friday 6th of June 2014

Super savvy gallerist Meredith Rosen has handpicked some exciting NYC gallery exhibitions to help those of you who are craving art this week. Be sure to CRAVE the shows that peak your interest — and RATE them once you’ve seen them to let other Culture Cravers know what you think.

Betsy Kaufman: A Story of Red and Other Works at Leslie Tonkonow in Chelsea through June 28

Saturday 31st of May 2014

WNYC/BAM LOVEFEST

Summer is in full swing already in the city! With big events like Governors Ball and tha WNYC/BAM Lovefest (yes, that is what it is called), there is something for everyone this coming week.

FRIDAY, MAY 30

Jamie Cullum , the super-talented British vocalist, pianist and songwriter, plays the BAM Gilman Opera House.

The creative and dexterous playwright Jenny Schwartz (God's Ear) has a new piece, 41-deful , in Clubbed Thumb's adventurous Summerworks series. 

Summer popcorn movies out this weekend range from the untold story of Disney's most iconic villain, Maleficient  to the Hitchcockian thriller The Moment to the eco-drama Night Moves . However, if you are looking a gem at the cinema this weekend, check out Lucky Them , about a rock music journalist assigned to track down her ex-boyfriend.