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.

Alvin Loving (1935-2005), Septehedron 34, 1970. Acrylic on shaped canvas, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of William Zierler, Inc. in honor of John I. H. Baur.

Monday, July 1: “Color” your understanding of art at this conversation on abstraction, hue, and optical perception in painting and related media. Whitney Museum of American Art.

Tuesday, July 2: Summon your courage to join the Midnight Society‘s lineup of storytellers as they relate scary stories and the psychology behind them; this month’s theme is “urban legends.” Caveat.

Wednesday, July 3: We the people should head to this talk on democracy and whether it’s ever really existed. New York Public Library—Mid-Manhattan Library.

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.

Sunday, July 7: Bring literature to life on this walking tour of the Lower East Side that draws inspiration from the children’s classic All-of-a-Kind Family. Museum at Eldridge Street.

Monday, July 8: Re-examine the structure of women’s lives with Chavisa Woods, as she shares her new book 100 Times: A Memoir of SexismNew York Public Library—Mid-Manhattan Library.

Tuesday, July 9: Cross species lines with primatologist Frans de Waal and a conversation about what animal consciousness reveals about human morality. Pioneer Works.

Wednesday, July 10: Get a green thumb—and maybe even a “green heart”—at this talk on how to make plants love you and how plants can be good for self-care. The New York Botanical Garden.

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 BookBook Culture.

Photo by Maike Schulz.

Friday, July 12: Travel back in time to a 19th century pleasure garden at Green-Wood Cemetery’s Victorian-inspired Circus Extravaganza, which recreates New York’s own Niblo’s Garden over two nights.

Saturday, July 13: Take in the Lower East Side’s art scene on this tour of the neighborhood’s galleries. New York Gallery Tours.

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.

Monday, July 15: Keep things private at this public debate on spyware for mobile phones and how it can be used to harass women and for child abuse. The New School.

Tuesday, July 16: Put pen to paper at the Writing Den, a special event that gives you the chance to return to hand-writing letters to loved ones. Muhlenberg Library.

Wednesday, July 17: Parse what it means to fight for your country at this talk on military hero George Marshall. Bryant Park/Bryant Park Reading Room.

Thursday, July 18: Feast on this talk marking the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death, looking at da Vinci’s work and the legendary feasts of his day. 92nd Street Y.

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.

Thursday, July 25: Be bivalve-curious at this Brooklyn Historical Society session on Oysters 101, full of the culinary, historical, and environmental secrets of a half-shell staple.

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.

Saturday, July 27: Understand yourself better at this workshop on Buddhist psychology, including a guided meditation. Rubin Museum of Art.

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.

Tuesday, July 30: Strategize how to attend this talk on how math can be used for game strategies—including how to win at Monopoly—and how those strategies connect to real life. Museum of Mathematics.

Marie Hansen, photograph from “The WAACs,” LIFE, September 7, 1942. © LIFE Picture Collection, Meredith Corporation

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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