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Friday 15th of August 2014

The middle of August is upon us, bringing more summer blockbusters, more Fringe Festival theater, and more outdoor concerts. Here are Culture Craver's top picks for this weekend. Remember to CRAVE what excites you to spread your joy about amazing culture. RATE the events once you've seen them. 

Friday, August 15

Craving a free concert? See Brazilian rockers Boogarins and 60s pop style Jacco Gardner for free at 7 PM at South Street Seaport.

Dance lovers should head to Marcus Garvey Park for Harlem Dance Caravan, which is billed as celebrating diversity through music and dance. They’re performing Friday and Saturday.

Thievery Corporation is performing at Pier 97 Friday night at 6 PM.

If you want some inside time, see one of this weekend’s new movies. Options include The Giver and The Expendables 3.

Thursday 7th of August 2014

It's another week of craveable culture in NYC — from outdoor concerts across the city to dozens of Fringe Festival plays. CRAVE what excites you to keep track and spread word of mouth. RATE the events once you've been. 

FRIDAY, AUG. 8

The 18th International Fringe Festival begins Friday in New York City. See 1,200 performances by 200 companies from around the world through August 24. 

Craving urban and smooth jazz? Cassandra Wilson performs at Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park at 8 PM.

If you’re in the mood for free, outdoor rock, head to the Seaport Music Festival at South Street Seaport for a performance by Black Bananas and Shockwave Riderz at 7 PM.

See Spectrum Dance Theater — a contemporary dance group from Seattle — perform at East River Park at 8 PM Friday. 

SATURDAY, AUG. 9

It’s the Motown Gospel Revue at Central Park SummerStage on Saturday afternoon starting at 3 PM. Featured artists include Tasha Cobbs, Smokie Norful, Pastor Charles Jenkins, Vashawn Mitchell, Kierra Sheard, and Micah Stampley.

It’s Americanafest NYC at Lincoln Center Out of Doors on Saturday. Starting at 1:30 PM, see performances by The Devil Makes Three, Old 97’s, and John Fullbright. The Americana continues in the evening with performances by Rosanne Cash, The Lone Bellow, and Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale starting at 6 PM.

Another free, outdoor evening option is St. Vincent (a singer and multi-instrumentalist composer), who performs at the Prospect Park Bandshell at 7:30 PM as part of Celebrate Brooklyn.

Prince and MJ fans go toe-to-toe on the dance floor at The Prince and Michael Experience at Drom in the East Village.

SUNDAY, AUG. 10

Craving another outdoor concert? From 3 – 7 PM, see free performances by Passenger, Liam Bailey, and DJ Natasha Diggs in at Central Park’s SummerStage.
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Americanafest continues at Lincoln Center on Sunday evening at 5 PM with a lineup of soul performers Charles Bradley, St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Bobby Patterson, and Music Maker Blues Revue.

See one of this week’s new movies. Options include What If (a relationship drama with Danielle Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan); The Dog (a documentary about the man whose attempted robbery of a Brooklyn bank to finance his male lover's sex-reassignment surgery was the real-life inspiration for Dog Day Afternoon); and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (which is receiving not so rave reviews).

Friday 1st of August 2014

It's already August ... and it's time for culture. From outdoor concerts to the Jana Winderen sound installation at the Park Avenue Tunnel as part of Summer Streets, there is plenty of craveable culture in the city. Remember to CRAVE what excites you to keep track and spread word of mouth to fellow culture lovers. RATE the events once you've been. 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 1

It’s a Latin dance party at the Prospect Park Bandshell tonight! Jimmy Bosch and His Orchestra perform with an ensemble at 7:30 PM.

Craving dance? Tonight Paul Taylor Dance Company and Pablo Ziegler’s New Tango Ensemble are performing outdoors at Lincoln Center at 7:30 PM.

This weekend is supposed to be rainy. Perhaps it’s a good time to check out one of the new movie releases — Get on Up (about James Brown) and Guardians of the Galaxy (science fiction movie starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 2

This is the first of three Summer Streets celebrations in New York City. Bike or run on seven miles of open, traffic-free streets. The day features a seven-block-long immersive sound installation in the Park Avenue Tunnel by Norwegian artist Jana Winderen (from 7 Am to 12:30 PM). It will allow New Yorkers to “dive into” the usually cars only tunnel to hear the sounds of crustaceans, fish, and mammals using sensitive hydrophones. At 52nd Street and Park Avenue there is a lineup of musical performances and juggling lessons from 9:30 AM until 12:30 PM.

Do you have a little snake lover? Visit the Staten Island Zoo Sunday from noon to 3 PM for Serpent Day, where kids can learn about these misunderstood animals.

Saturday is an all day celebration of poetry, voice, and song at Lincoln Center Out of Doors. Starting at noon, La Casita honors Amiri Baraka—with words and sounds that reflect the late writer’s pan-diasporic sensibilities and progressive challenges to the status quo. 

In the evening, if you’re in the mood for dance, stay at Lincoln Center for Camille A. Brown, who mixes modern dance and West African dance.

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.