The July Calendar: Events for Each Day This Month
By Alison Durkee
Spend your July taking in all the city has to offer with these upcoming talks and events, which span everything from the meaning of democracy to a performance of Moby-Dick under a whale.
Thursday, July 4: Kick off your July 4 with an early morning Dawn of Independence tour exploring Lower Manhattan’s Revolutionary-era spots, before heading to Fraunces Tavern Museum’s Independence Day Open House.
Friday, July 5: Pack in some knowledge—and laughs—at Encyclopedia Commedia, which bills itself as a “fast-paced and hilarious exploration of all the knowledge in the world (more or less [markedly less]).” Caveat.
Saturday, July 6: Discover Jackie O’s New York on this walking tour of sites related to the former first lady and her efforts in architectural preservation.
Thursday, July 11: You won’t need to crash this celebration of writer Edmund White, with a slew of friends and family (and Edmund White himself) coming together for the tribute-cum-biography Crashing Cathedrals: Edmund White by the Book. Book Culture.
Sunday, July 14: “Hop” over to Bushwick for this tour of “Brewer’s Row,” where many famed beer barons have been laid to rest, along with a look at Bushwick’s brewing history and a special beer tasting.
Friday, July 19: Blast off at this celebration of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, which includes a talk with NASA’s Noah Petro, deputy project scientist for the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, and stargazing. Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.
Saturday, July 20: Discover the revitalization projects taking place on the Lower East Side on this Layered SPURA walking tour of the area’s past, present, and future.
Sunday, July 21: Take one small step toward The Town Hall to celebrate 50 years since the moon landing with a play reading and a conversation involving Michael Collins, the command module pilot on Apollo 11.
Monday, July 22: Go behind bars with Buddhist teacher, scholar, and writer Cuong Lu, who shares his book The Buddha in Jail: Restoring Lives, Finding Hope and Freedom, with vignettes from six years in the life of a prison chaplain. Tibet House US.
Tuesday, July 23: Make progress at this talk on New York governor and 1928 Democratic presidential nominee Alfred E. Smith and his strain of American progressivism. New York Public Library—Grand Central Library.
Wednesday, July 24: Queer your understanding of the American Revolution at this talk on Deborah Sampson, who dressed as a man to fight in the Revolution, and how she fits into our current understanding of transgender identity. New-York Historical Society.
Friday, July 26: Call yourself Ishmael at this special performance of excerpts from a new Moby-Dick musical, performed beneath the Natural History Museum’s iconic whale itself. American Museum of Natural History.
Sunday, July 28: Figure out what the Constitution means to you at this conversation between What the Constitution Means to Me creator Heidi Schreck and Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe. 92nd Street Y.
Monday, July 29: Be a trailblazer at this talk on the Women’s Film Pioneer Project, which spotlights little-known women who worked behind the scenes in Hollywood’s earliest days. Bryant Park/Bryant Park Reading Room.
Wednesday, July 31: Get a snapshot of the role that women have played in the history photography at this talk, which is held in conjunction with the Historical Society’s new exhibition LIFE: Six Women Photographers. New-York Historical Society.
For a printable PDF of the July 2019 calendar, click here.
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