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Friday 17th of June 2016

It's a great week in the NYC culture sphere — from opera in the park to new major museum exhibitions to a craft beer festival. What are you craving? We picked our favorite new events to help you start planning. 

Craving a little Piano Man? Billy Joel is playing at Madison Square Garden on Friday evening.

For photo cravers, Danny Lyon: Message to the Future opens Friday, June 17 at the Whitney. It’s an exhibition of work by an American photographer and filmmaker who was a leader in the street photography movement of the 1960s.

City of the Soul at the Morgan Library and Museum opens on Friday, June 17. It examines the evolving image of Rome in art and literature with a display of books, manuscripts, prints, photographs, and drawings.

If you’re in the mood for Chekhov, try Six Translations of Uncle Vanya at the Same Time, a kaleidoscopic adaptation of the classic. It’s at the Invisible Dog Art Center from Friday through Saturday, June 25.

Almost 100 years ago, Tristan Tzara raised concerns about art’s reproducibility. Those issues are still relevant today — and are explored in Dadaglobe Reconstructed, a new exhibition opening at MoMA on Friday, June 17.

This Friday and Saturday is the NYC Craft Beer Festival at the 69th Regiment Armory. Experience 150 beers from 75 breweries.

This Sunday is the first of this year’s Harlem Meer Performance Festival — which offers New Yorkers — young and old — a free lineup of local artists through September. The first concert is by Iroko La Banda. Expect traditional and contemporary Afro-Cuban dance music starting at 2 PM.

Craving romantic tragedy? ABT’s Romeo and Juliet is at Lincoln Center from Monday, June 20 through the 25th.

Tuesday, June 21 is the longest day of the year. It’s also the 10th annual Make Music New York, a festival that includes more than 1,000 popup concerts from 10 AM to 10 PM across New York City.

Fitz & the Tantrums, a soul group from LA, is performing at Terminal 5 on Tuesday, June 21.

On Tuesday, 15 downtown museums — from The Anne Frank Center USA to the China Institute to the South Street Seaport Museum — are free to all from 4 PM to 8 PM as part of the third annual Night at the Museums.

Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing kicks off on June 21 with the Catherine Russell Septet. It continues on the 22nd with salsa featuring Ismael Miranda. On Thursday, the 23rd, learn the hustle with Joe McGinty and The Loser’s Lounge. Find the full schedule here.

The Met’s free concert series, Opera in the Park, begins on Wednesday, June 22 at 8 PM at Central Park’s SummerStage with an evening of arias and duets. Two nights later, see them at Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Wednesday, June 22 is the beginning of the New York Asian Film Festival at Lincoln Center It includes a mix of gangster action, romance, political films from China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and Southeast Asia. Find the full lineup and get tickets online.

Thursday, June 23, hear from the guy you remember as “Brody” from Homeland, Damian Lewis, in a Times Talk. He’ll be chatting with the New York Times’ Cara Buckley.

Public, Private, Secret is the first exhibition at the new International Center of Photography Museum, located at 250 Bowery. The exhibition explores the concept of privacy, delving into how contemporary self-identity is tied to public visibility. It presents historical and contemporary works by artists from Zach Blas to Cindy Sherman to Andy Warhol. It opens on June 23.

Thursday nights through September is Live at the Archway, a music series in DUMBO. This week’s all ages concert is by jazz vocalist and songwriter Beat Kaestli. The concert starts at 6 PM.

The inmates of the Litchfield Penitentiary return to Netflix for Season 4 on June 17. Hear from the actors in the hit series, Orange is the New Black, in a Times Talk on Friday, June 24.

We always knew they were coming back! See Independence Day: Resurgence in theaters starting Friday, June 24. And remember — only a few brave men and women can bring the Earth back from the brink of extinction!