Hot time summer in the City

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Bwog’s events calendar was getting a little crowded, what with New York being chock-full of amazing things to do every single hour of every single day in the summer and all. Stephanie Quan offers this select list of cool things going on this week- with commentary, in true Bwog Events fashion. Print and use as checklist?

* = free

Monday, June 11

Maroon 5 – Yup. They’re back, in case you didn’t see the Target commercials. Bowery Ballroom, $30 8pm

Feist – Her new album, The Reminder, was just released and is being sold at Starbucks and Urban Outfitters all over the city. Town Hall, $30 8pm (also on Tuesday)

Tommy Emmanuel – If you’re in the mood to try something new. B.B. King Blues Club 8pm $30

Les Paul and his trio – Gibson did name their most famous guitar after him. Iridium 8:30 and 10:30 pm $40

*Wall Street Noir – For all the disgruntled I-banking interns. Meet the author Peter Spiegelman. Barnes and Noble (Astor Place) 7pm

Tuesday, June 12

*Museum Mile Festival – New York’s biggest block party returns with 23 blocks of 5th avenues most renowned museums. Free access to 9 museums. Chalk murals on the sidewalks. Live bands and appearances by local artists. 5th Ave between 82nd and 105th 6-9 pm

*Central Park – The Met Opera presents: La Boheme. Puccini’s opera comes alive. Great Lawn 8pm

*Brooklyn Philharmonic session – Baroque hits. South Street Seaport 8pm

Akron/Family and White Magic – Freak-folk and delicious. Bowery Ballroom 7pm $15.

Lily Allen – To fill all your pop needs. Roseland Ballroom 7:30pm $26

Stevie Nicks – You’ll have to go to Jersey, but come on…it’s the voice behind Fleetwood’s most famous songs. PNC Bank Arts Center 8pm $26 (also on Wednesday)

Open Roads: New Italian Cinema – Self explanatory. Walter Reed Theater $10

Steve Bird – A good laugh after work. Bowery Poetry Club 10pm $5

*The Interloper – This novel has been described as “a pleasantly creep debut” by Publisher’s Weekly. Meet Antonie Wilson. Barnes and Noble (Greenwich) 7:30pm

*The Diana Chronicles – Meet Tina Brown, frienemy of Princess Di. Barnes and Noble (Union Square) 7pm

The Moth StorySLAM – Somewhere between Cringe Night and regular slams. Nuyorican 7:30pm $6

Wednesday, June 13

Pink Martini – One big frickin’ lounge group. Carnegie Hall 8pm $40+

*Central Park – The Met Opera presents: Faust- Gounod under the stars. Great Lawn 8pm.

Breathless – Jean Luc Godard’s 1960 debut. BAM Rose Cinema, 7 and 9:15pm $11

Franz Ferdinand – It’s always a holiday. Bowery Ballroom 8pm $25

The World of Dance – For more information, call 212-621-0609 New York Public Library, Donnell Library Center Auditorium 2:30pm

Thursday, June 14

*Richard Serra Sculpture: Forty Years – His exhibit opened at the MoMA last week. Meet the sculptor. The Strand 7pm

*Celebrate Brooklyn: Neville Brothers – The opening night for this festival. Prospect Park 8pm

*Ghosts of Abu Ghraib – The HBO documentary about torture in Iraq. Riverside Church 6:30pm

*Scottish Dancing – Call for more information (212-849-8282). Holy Cross School 7:30pm

Friday, June 15

Central Park Summerstage: Cassandra Wilson, Olu Dara- Jazz and blues. Opening Night 7pm

*The Disappeared – See this exhibit on artists’ response to Latin American politics before it disappears on the 17th. El Museo del Barrio

Radical Lace and Subversive Knitting – Knitting needles the size of telephone poles. Enough said. The Museum of Arts and Design $7

Chelsea Challenge 2007 – It’s better than the Ice Capades and sponsored by the NYC Gay Hockey Association. Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers $90 to play, $35 for the dinner, free to watch (we think)

Saturday, June 16

Central Park Summerstage: Television, Apples in Stereo, Dragons of Zynth – Described as “three generations of alternative music” on the Summerstage website. 3pm

An Afternoon with Chuck Palahniuk – reading, discussion, signing. Buy tickets now online. You’ll get a signed copy of Rant and a Strand tote. The Strand 2pm $35.

BBC America’s BritBus Tour – Music, photos and food. Knitting Factory 8pm $10

*Hike the Heights 3: Giraffe Path – Sponsored by CLIMB. Highbridge Park

An African Village: Postcards from Potou – National Dance Institute’s 30th Annual performance. LaGuardia High School Concert Hall 3pm (also Sunday at 3pm and Monday at 6:30pm) $15

Sunday, June 17

*Los Soneros de Oriente (Cuban Son) – It is Caribbean week after all. Charles Dana Discovery Center in Central Park 4pm

Central Park Summerstage: Tiken Jah Fakoly, Idan Raichel Project, DJ Kadafi – African reggae and Middle Eastern music. 3pm

*Let’s dance – The Soho Dance Studio presents free lessons at Riverside Park around 70th St.

*75 Years of Architecture at MoMA – until June 18th MoMA

*To Save and Project: MoMA’s 5th annual festival of film preservation – until June 18th MoMA

And finally…

Find of the week: Did you know that rowing in Central Park is 10 dollars an hour? With four other friends, that’s $2 an hour each.

(P.S. By the time this goes up, some of the shows will be sold out. Lo siento.)


  1. love it  

    do this more often! you're awesome, bwog.

  2. keb

    GRRRRRR! Why am I not in New York right now!?

  3. dear bwog

    almost all of these shows were sold out days before this went up.

  4. rowing

    in CP is $12.... but its still amazing!

  5. ...

    this list sorta sucks. #3 pointed out, the bulk of these shows sold out lonnnng ago.

    and uh, why not like to sites where kids can find out about these things instead of trying to put together a once-in-a-blue-moon post?

    start with ohmyrockness.

  6. Pssst, Bwog

    Didn't realize that both the 16th and the 17th were Fridays....

    Which days have which events?

  7. this is  

    awesome! i give props to you, bwog, and to you, stephanie quan, for putting this together. links or no links, sold out or not sold out, it's still one more tool to help sort through the many, many events of summer in the city.

    complainers, quit complaining.

  8. vgh

    diversify your list
    i'm complaining

  9. Avi Zenilman

    Zach Bendiner and I once slept on a couch previously graced by the men of Maroon 5.

  10. Antoine Wilson

    That's my name! not Antonie.

    -Antoine Wilson


  11. not fun

    you know what sucks during the summer? JURY DUTY.

  12. You know

    it's unfortunate, but disgruntled ibank interns can't get out at 7 to go to book events. yet i did have time to do some of that central park rowboating, which was pretty fun.

    • Wah

      I'd feel bad for you working long hours, but come on, you're certainly being well compensated for it. I can go to all the book events I want to since my internship always lets me go at 5 sharp - but I get paid nothing, and this internship doesn't even begin to guarantee I'll land a job next year. Wanna trade?

  13. umm

    i know he's something of a legend but i think les paul is getting old and his guitar work is frankly pretty boring...the rest of his ensemble carries 90% of the weight...try smoke [close] or village vanguard [hip] for younger and better jazz

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