Our curated picks for NYC events this week: Audrey Hepburn in Bryant Park, Yayoi Kusama at The Whitney, the Intrepid SpaceFest and “Little West 12th Night”.
MONDAY, JULY 16: Audrey Hepburn’s classic Roman Holiday is playing tonight in the HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival. The lawn opens at 5:00 pm for blankets and picnicking. Films begin at sunset (typically between 8pm and 9pm). FREE.
TUESDAY, JULY 17: Check out the ongoing retrospective by Yayoi Kusama at the Whitney. Well known for her use of dense patterns of polka dots and nets, as well as her intense, large-scale environments, Kusama works in a variety of media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, film, performance, and immersive installation. Born in Japan in 1929, Kusama came to the United States in 1957 and quickly found herself at the epicenter of the New York avant-garde. After achieving fame through groundbreaking exhibitions and art “happenings,” she returned to her native country in 1973 and is now one of Japan’s most prominent contemporary artists. This retrospective features works spanning Kusama’s career. Check out our review here.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 18: Giacomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly at the Naumbaug Bandshell in Central Park. Led by founder and artistic director Vincent La Selva, New York Grand Opera is unique in the world for presenting professional fully—staged grand opera productions free of charge to the public, giving all people access to opera, regardless of their financial means. Its critically acclaimed productions have been seen by an estimated 3 million people throughout the New York metropolitan area. 7:30 pm at the Naumbaug Bandshell (at 72nd Street). FREE. Read about it here.
THURSDAY, JULY 19: SAMSUNG SpaceFest. From Thursday, July 19 through Sunday, July 22, NASA will present over three dozen exhibits, displays, and educational demonstrations honoring aeronautics and space exploration past, present and future. Visitors to the Museum Complex will be able to learn about current missions in earth and space science, the rockets destined to take humans to explore the solar system, and the NASA research improving and enhancing aeronautics. The new Space Shuttle Pavilion will open to the public on Thursday, July 19 following a Grand Opening Ceremony at 11 am. This exciting 5-day event will also provide an opportunity for guests to meet and mingle with a number of current and former astronauts. Purchase tickets here.
FRIDAY, JULY 20: Go in search of the spirits of Eleanor Roosevelt and her pet dog Fala, Aaron Burr, the ghosts of the New York University Library and of Washington Square Arch, Washington Square Park — ghost central, the most haunted area in America — and, of course, several Edgar Allan Poe sites. Tours are 90 minutes in duration and less than a mile in length. This tour departs across the street from Fire Patrol Station No. 2, 85 West Third Street, one block south of Washington Square Park between Thompson and Sullivan Streets, in Manhattan at 7:30 pm. Reserve your spot on the Ghosts of NY Tour. $20 by credit card online or $25 in cash. Read more about Edgar Allen Poe and the Ghosts of Greenwich Village.
SATURDAY, JULY 21: On Saturday, July 21, at 10:30 a.m., the Harlem Book Fair and Total Equity Now will unite residents of East, Central, and West Harlem for the first annual “Literacy Across Harlem” march, book swap, and community-wide celebration of reading, writing, and the exchange of powerful ideas. “Literacy Across Harlem” kicks off with community members rallying in three locations across 135th Street and converging at the Harlem Book Fair main stage, on West 135th Street and Malcolm X Boulevard, for a book swap, community-wide celebration, and renewal of Harlem’s legacy as a world-renowned center of literacy. Participants will display their favorite recent or classic book on the walk to the main stage and bring a new or gently used book to swap or donate on site. All books, for teenagers and adults, will be donated to the Harlem YMCA Literacy Zone programs. Bring a book and join us at the HBF Mainstage!
SUNDAY, JULY 22: Little West 12th Night. Former meatpackers, displaced club kids, personal assistants to a wealthy hotel heiress, and artists trying to find their way back home ”¦ these are your guides in this modern-language riff on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Neighborhood history provides the backdrop for four intersecting tours with visits to a number of local establishments. Note: Wear comfortable walking shoes. Tours start at 8 pm. Meeting point will be sent at time of purchase. Cake will be served. Purchase tickets here. $25 includes cake. Read our review here.