From the recreation of King Tut's Wah Wah Hut (an East Village bar from the 1980s) at the Whitney to Michael Cerveris at Joe's Pub to the start of Cymbeline at Shakespeare in the Park, it's an exciting week of culture in New York City. CRAVE what excites you to keep track and spread your excitement. RATE events once you've seen them.
If it sounds too absurd not to be true, it must be. Point Break Live! — the stage adaptation of the 1992 Keanu Reeves extreme sports blockbuster — plays at the Highline Ballroom on Friday, July 17. It features a new, unrehearsed Keanu Reeves who is pulled at random from the audience moments before each action-packed show.
On Saturday, July 18, the talented filmmakers of the FilmShop take on the theme of strange bedfellows at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, through a series of shorts varied in storytelling styles and genres. The night’s festivities include a live performance by electro-pop duo, Stranger Cat, and a DJ dance party to follow.
On Sunday, July 19, 54 Below dusts off one of the most brave, boisterous, brazen, raucous theatre experiences of the 1980s, the musical Starmites. It’s been a while, so here’s a reminder: it’s a musical about a teenage girl obsessed with comic books and gifted with uncontrollable superpowers. She is transported to a colorful and imaginative fantasy world inhabited by a vast array of fiercely idiosyncratic characters fighting for power, prestige, and interplanetary control. Sounds ripe for a revival, no?
Also on Sunday, the Queens Museum of Art opens its exhibit of the work of Robert Seydel. Seydel, who passed away in 2011, is a cult figure in the world of collage art, merging actual personages with fictional characters.
See one of the weekend's new movies. Options include Amy Schumer's Trainwreck, the new-style rom com that is getting great reviews, or Ant Man, a super hero heist flick.