By Alison Durkee
Poet Sara Coleridge once wrote that “Hot July brings cooling showers/Apricots and gillyflowers.” It also brings culture, at least in NYC, where we’re looking forward to a month of smart events, spanning everything from espionage to burlesque.
Saturday, July 1: Get cultured on this tour through Chelsea’s numerous art galleries. New York Gallery Tours.
Sunday, July 2: Plan a covert operation to this talk on the history of espionage in New York City. Q.E.D.
Monday, July 3: “Toon” in to Frank Connif’s Cartoon Dump, a stand-up show in the guise of fake children’s programming. Q.E.D.
Tuesday, July 4: Mark independence at the New-York Historical Society’s day-long family-friendly celebration, with reenactors representing diverse Revolutionary War soldiers, a trivia quiz, and crafts that explore life in America 200 years ago.
Wednesday, July 5: Put your stamp on this talk exploring the history of the One-Cent Magenta, the most valuable stamp in the world. Bryant Park/Bryant Park Reading Room.
Image: Lori Eanes
Thursday, July 6: Woman up for Lassos of Truth: A Celebration of Three Wonder Women, which looks at the titular action hero, the masterful storytelling of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and a “Modern Day Renaissance Woman,” musician Pamela Z., in a night led by three different speakers. Brooklyn Art Library.
Friday, July 7: Mark the centennial of America’s entry into WWI with a free screening of All Quiet on the Western Front, one of the most powerful anti-war films ever made. NYU professor Rolf Wolfswinkel, author of a biography of Erich Maria Remarque, will provide the introduction. New-York Historical Society.
Saturday, July 8: Temper your nostalgia at Evoking the 1950s, a thorough examination of our often romanticized midcentury past. Bed Stuy Brownstone.
Sunday, July 9: Take it off at this cabaret event exploring the bawdy history of burlesque. Littlefield.
Monday, July 10: Go offline for From Napster to Netflix, an event that dives into the history of media over the past two decades. Prospect Heights Brainery.
Tuesday, July 11: Dress up for Adornment as Resistance, an examination of black dandies and street style—as well as a seersucker social to show off your Tuesday best. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.
Wednesday, July 12: You won’t have to count your pennies for Fear City: New York’s Fiscal Crisis and the Rise of Austerity Politics, a free event on NYC’s history of edging toward financial collapse. New York Public Library – Mid-Manhattan Library.
Thursday, July 13: Nothing really matters at this in-depth breakdown of Queen’s iconic hit, “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Brainery Annex.
Friday, July 14: Spend time with the ghosts of New York’s past on this twilight tour of Green-Wood Cemetery.
Saturday, July 15: Discover Roosevelt Island’s “maddening” history on this tour of the island’s past as the home to New York’s “undesirables.” Boroughs of the Dead.
Sunday, July 16: Find your zen at this meditation event with artist and scholar Michael Prettyman. Dean Machine.
Monday, July 17: Get into a rhythm at this introduction to jazz music and the city’s thriving jazz scene. Prospect Heights Brainery.
Tuesday, July 18: Find out a few more inconvenient truths at this TimesTalks event with climate change activist and former Vice President Al Gore. Tribeca Performing Arts Center.
Wednesday, July 19: Politicize the gender divide at this talk on the battle for women’s rights and how gender equality became a political issue. Bryant Park/Bryant Park Reading Room.
Thursday, July 20: Take a delicious look at politics at this event exploring how America’s immigration policies have shaped our collective food culture. Museum of Food and Drink.
Friday, July 21: Look past the battlefield to discover World War I’s effect on fashion at this free event. New-York Historical Society.
Saturday, July 22: Peer through the ivy on this architectural walking tour of Columbia University. 92nd Street Y.
Sunday, July 23: Deconstruct the Rubin Museum’s site-specific installation Le Corps Sonore at this discussion with the artists who brought it to life. Rubin Museum of Art.
Monday, July 24: Get your facts straight at this discussion on how politicians “mistake, misrepresent, and utterly mangle” science. New York Public Library – Mid-Manhattan Library.
Tuesday, July 25: Add de-extinction to your list of ethical questions for the modern world. Although woolly mammoths have been gone for 10 millennia, scientists are actively using cloning and gene migration to bring them back. Learn more about the history of the animal (and its mastodon cousin) and the science behind recovering ancient DNA. Brainery Annex.
Wednesday, July 26: Come in from the woods for an illustrated presentation on the complicated story comprised by Henry David Thoreau: A Life. Morgan Library & Museum.
Thursday, July 27: You won’t have to go undercover to get an inside look at the CIA, thanks to this event with former CIA former senior analyst and Division Chief Melvin A. Goodman. New York Public Library – Mid-Manhattan Library.
Friday, July 28: Find strength through style at this dialogue centering on women, design, and empowerment. The Strand.
Saturday, July 29: Amuse yourself on this walking tour of Coney Island that delves into its amusement park’s storied history. Prospect Heights Brainery.
Sunday, July 30: Go west for this architectural tour of the new design additions in West Chelsea, the Far West Village, and Hudson River Park. Center for Architecture.
Monday, July 31: Party on, dudes, at this screening of Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, introduced by film critics Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer. Brooklyn Historical Society.
For a printable PDF of the July 2017 calendar, click here.
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