Editors' Picks: Opening in NYC July 22 - 29

Warm up at Panorama — a new music festival — or cool off at one of this weekend's new movies. We've picked our favorite NYC openings of the week to help you plan your culture going. CRAVE what excites you and RATE events once you've been. 

Friday night is the One Africa Music Fest at Barclays Center. See Afrobeat stars including Wizkid, Diamond Platnumz, Davido, Iyanya, Banky W and Stonebwoy.

Panorama, a new music festival, is on Randall’s Island from Friday, July 22 through Sunday the 24th. There’s an amazing lineup — Arcade Fire, Alabama Shakes, Sia, Kendrick Lamar, LCD Soundsystem, and more. The event isn’t just a concert: it’s also an interactive experience. We’re excited about “The Lab,” which will host installations by local artists that incorporate technology, artistry, and design. For example, Zachary Lieberman’s Reflection Study is an experiment with light that allows festivalgoers to paint with light on a special light table.

It’s the first weekend when The Hills is open on Governors Island. Visit it to take in the views of the skyline and the Statue of Liberty or zoom down the enormous slide. We visited on opening day, and urge you to hop on the ferry and check it out.


Editors' Picks: Opening in NYC July 16 - 22

Hello, summer! There are definitely some worthwhile happenings this week in the City — from a space and science festival at the Intrepid to Troilus and Cressida beginning at Shakespeare in the Park — but we can feel the summer slow-down beginning. Crave what excites you and rate events once you've been. 

The Fire Island Dance Festival is this weekend at Fire Island. It includes Dorrance Dance to Dance Theatre of Harlem to Wendy Whelan and Brian Brooks.

We failed to mention this last week (our apologies). Cats is back on Broadway!

This is the opening weekend of two new shows at the new Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art and Storytelling — The Crown Futures: Shani Peters in Collaboration With Sugar Hill Youth and Meta-Modes: New Work by David Shrobe. There will be storytelling this weekend, workshops to make a royal headpiece, and a selfie station.


Editors' Picks: Opening in NYC July 8 - 15

From a Diane Arbus show at the Met Breuer to Twyla Tharp at the Joyce to a sneak peek of the new ERS show, it's an exciting week of NYC culture. We've picked our favorite openings of the week ahead to help you plan your culture going. CRAVE what excites you; RATE it once you've seen it. 

Young pianists, singers, and string players from around the world are performing at Carnegie Hall in the Manhattan International Music Competition Winners Recital on Friday, July 8 at 8 PM.  

Starting Saturday, July 9, visit Star Trek: The Starfleet Academy Experience at the Intrepid Sea, Ari & Space Museum. It’s an immersive experience in honor of the 50th anniversary of Star Trek.

Starting Monday, July 11, Twyla Tharp Dance comes to the Joyce with a diverse program of work from different parts of her career.

The New York Musical Festival is the largest musical theater festival in the country. Running from Monday, July 11 through early August, the festival features an exciting lineup of new musicals — from Single to The Last Word.

The Met Breuer is displaying an exhibition of early photographs by Diane Arbus, the American photographer who documented the lives of New Yorkers — from pedestrians to circus performers. The show will include more than 100 pictures from Arbus’s first seven years in New York City.

The Frick will present Watteau's Soldiers: Scenes of Military Life in Eighteenth-Century France starting on Tuesday, July 12. It includes scenes of military life, produced during France’s War of Spanish Succession.


Editors' Picks for Culture Craver Kids: July 8 - 15

From puppets to an immersive Star Trek experience, it's an exciting week of culture for Culture Craver Kids. We've picked our favorite events to help you plan your family time. 

Young pianists, singers, and string players from around the world are performing at Carnegie Hall in the Manhattan International Music Competition Winners Recital on Friday, July 8 at 8 PM.

Craving puppets? Families can see a Puppetworks musical version of The Wizard of Oz on Saturday and Sunday.  

Saturday, July 9 is the Summer Family Day at the Whitney. The museum opens early at 9:30 AM just for families, and there will be special kid-friendly art tours of the museum, including the special exhibition Stuart Davis: In Full Swing.


Editors' Picks: Opening in NYC July 2 - 8

This week of NYC culture is all about Independence Day — from parades and celebrations to fireworks to a new exhibition dedicated to a Founding Father. We’ve picked our favorite openings and events to help you plan. Happy 4th of July, and happy culture-going, Culture Cravers.

Do you feel like dancing? On Saturday, July 2, celebrate 13 years of Freedom Party at SummerStage in Central Park. It’s free, from 6 to 10 PM.

Starting Sunday, July 3, see Rockaway!, a special outdoor exhibit by Katharina Grosse, curated by MoMA PS1. It’s a temporary public art installation that transforms Fort Tilden’s decaying aquatics building with bright spray paint.

Bruce Connor was one of the foremost American artists of the postwar era, touching on themes from rising consumerism to the dread of nuclear apocalypse. See more than 250 paintings, assemblages, videos, drawings, and more in Bruce Conner: It’s All True starting on Sunday, July 3 at MoMA.

Starting Monday, July 4, the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene will present a revival of The Gold Bride, which is performed in Yiddish with English and Russian titles.

Celebrate our independence on Monday. Start the day with a visit to Summer of Hamilton, a new exhibition at the New York Historical Society that celebrates the remarkable achievements of the man who played a leading role in the Revolutionary War and the birth of America. On the first day, kids aged 17 and under get in for free — and there is a special lineup of activities from historical reenactments to stories to crafts. Also visit the exhibition, which includes replicas, busts, rings, documents, and more.

There are other family-friendly Independence Day celebrations, including ones at Prospect Park, South Street Seaport, and the Harlem Children’s Parade.  You could also go a little bit more lowbrow with the 100thNathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Competition. The women’s contest starts at 11 AM on Coney Island. The men are up at 12:30.

You can also get patriotic at Feinstein’s/54 Below with a concert version of the musical 1776 at 7 PM on the fourth.

End the Fourth of July with Macy’s fireworks. The show is on the East River this year. There’s also a (not cheap) fireworks viewing party with music and food in Brooklyn Bridge Park.


Editors' Picks: Opening in NYC June 17 - 24

It's a great week in the NYC culture sphere — from opera in the park to new major museum exhibitions to a craft beer festival. What are you craving? We picked our favorite new events to help you start planning. 

Craving a little Piano Man? Billy Joel is playing at Madison Square Garden on Friday evening.

For photo cravers, Danny Lyon: Message to the Future opens Friday, June 17 at the Whitney. It’s an exhibition of work by an American photographer and filmmaker who was a leader in the street photography movement of the 1960s.

City of the Soul at the Morgan Library and Museum opens on Friday, June 17. It examines the evolving image of Rome in art and literature with a display of books, manuscripts, prints, photographs, and drawings.

If you’re in the mood for Chekhov, try Six Translations of Uncle Vanya at the Same Time, a kaleidoscopic adaptation of the classic. It’s at the Invisible Dog Art Center from Friday through Saturday, June 25.