MONDAY, JULY 2: Check out the interactive mixed-media installation “Pet Sounds” by Southern California—based artist Charles Long. On the Oval Lawn of Madison Square Park there’s a series of brightly colored pipe railings that all meet up in a common seating area, where the railing will then morph into big, undulating blobs that vibrate and make noise when you rub them. Ongoing until September 9. FREE.
TUESDAY, JULY 3: Make your way over to the Bell House to see Wasabassco Burlesque’s annual AMERICA F*CK YEAH!, a festive night of debauchery and Bacchanalia that promises beer, barbecue, and boobs (for America, okay!). And the kicker—admission is free if you come dressed as Wonder Woman.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 4: The New York Historical Society is celebrating Independence Day with its summer Beer Here: Brewing New York’s History, a series of beer tastings catered by local breweries. Normally held on Saturdays, they’ve made an exception so you could indulge in some pre-barbecue fun on the Fourth. Half-hour tasting sessions will start at 2pm and 4pm. Visitors get to taste some of these local ales as well as learn about the process behind brewing America’s beverage of choice.
Read our Untapped Guide to Fourth of July events for a full listing.
THURSDAY, JULY 5: First day of the CBGB Festival, which runs until July 8. The festival will be a fantastic mixture of emerging artist showcases, music business conferences, rock and roll film screenings and industry panel discussions and a whiskey fest to be remembered! Events run all day in various locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Check the full schedule here.
FRIDAY, JULY 6: Our very own Downtown Doodler will have a painting featured in a group exhibition called Creative at Heart in Newark, NJ. The show curated by LFPvision and Rob Jelinski Studios will be held in the lofty ambience of the Coffee Cave at 45 Halsey Street. Opening Night will be held on Friday July 6th, 2012 from 5-10pm, but the art will remain on display (for sale) during normal business hours through Friday, August 31st, 2012. Read her Behind the Scenes feature here. FREE.
SATURDAY, JULY 7: Remember the good ol’ days of the Internet? The Bell House and the kids in ADVENTURE[s] do. Last year’s MySpace: The Party is a happy blur in the minds of those who attended, so organizers invite you to relive the fun with MySpace The Party 2: The Second Internet. With a photo booth “MySpace Face” contest, themed drinks like the “Relationship Status,” and DJs Russ and Choyce Hacks playing music from Makeoutclub’s heyday (Hot Hot Heat, Get-up Kids, the Faint), it’s time to put on your (guy?)liner and get ready to only show yourself at flattering angles. 10 pm at The Bell House. FREE.
SUNDAY, JULY 8: Get ready for Bastille Day with the first day of French Restaurant Week. Over fifty restaurants and patisseries will participate, including Felix and Lyon, both recently listed in our feature “Taste of the Eurocup in Your Own Backyard”. The $17.89 promotion is a clever reference to the year the French Revolution started. Check the list of participating restaurants.
Check out more things to do on our event page.