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28Jul

Editors' Picks: Opening in NYC June 3 - 10

From a "corpse flower" blooming in the Bronx to animations at BAM to a poetry festival on Governors Island, it's an exciting weekend for Culture Cravers in the best city in the world. We've picked our favorite openings this weekend and the week ahead — to help you plan your culture going. Get out and have fun! 

The “Corpse Flower” bloomed on Thursday afternoon at the New York Botanical Garden. This flower last bloomed in 1939, and reportedly smells like a dead animal. It is predicted it will stay stinky for 24 to 36 hours, so if you want to experience this once-in-a-lifetime stink, head to the Garden a.s.a.p.

On Friday, July 29, a grown up audience can sample the best of contemporary shadow puppetry at Flushing Town Hall’s first ever Shadow Puppet Slam.

On Friday at 7:30, experience the future of African pop at Lincoln Center Out of Doors. Hear Brooklyn-based ensemble Antibalas and Nigerian artist-producer Davido.

This weekend, from July 29 – 31, is the Animation Block Party at BAM, where Culture Craver Kids and their grown ups can see international films, award winners, and experimental shorts. We’re excited about the lineup of the year’s best family-friendly animated shorts fresh from the festivals.

22Jul

Editors' Picks for Culture Craver Kids: July 22 - 29

We picked our favorite NYC cultural events this week for Culture Craver Kids and their parents. What are you craving? 

It’s the first weekend when The Hills is open on Governors Island. Visit it to take in the views of the skyline and the Statue of Liberty or zoom down the enormous slide. We visited on opening day, and urge you to hop on the ferry and check it out.

On Saturday at 11 AM, hear two stories at the statue of Hans Christian Andersen in Central Park. This week’s lineup is The Tinderbox and Horse and Toad.  

22Jul

Editors' Picks: Opening in NYC July 22 - 29

Warm up at Panorama — a new music festival — or cool off at one of this weekend's new movies. We've picked our favorite NYC openings of the week to help you plan your culture going. CRAVE what excites you and RATE events once you've been. 

Friday night is the One Africa Music Fest at Barclays Center. See Afrobeat stars including Wizkid, Diamond Platnumz, Davido, Iyanya, Banky W and Stonebwoy.

Panorama, a new music festival, is on Randall’s Island from Friday, July 22 through Sunday the 24th. There’s an amazing lineup — Arcade Fire, Alabama Shakes, Sia, Kendrick Lamar, LCD Soundsystem, and more. The event isn’t just a concert: it’s also an interactive experience. We’re excited about “The Lab,” which will host installations by local artists that incorporate technology, artistry, and design. For example, Zachary Lieberman’s Reflection Study is an experiment with light that allows festivalgoers to paint with light on a special light table.

It’s the first weekend when The Hills is open on Governors Island. Visit it to take in the views of the skyline and the Statue of Liberty or zoom down the enormous slide. We visited on opening day, and urge you to hop on the ferry and check it out.

16Jul

Editors' Picks: Opening in NYC July 16 - 22

Hello, summer! There are definitely some worthwhile happenings this week in the City — from a space and science festival at the Intrepid to Troilus and Cressida beginning at Shakespeare in the Park — but we can feel the summer slow-down beginning. Crave what excites you and rate events once you've been. 

The Fire Island Dance Festival is this weekend at Fire Island. It includes Dorrance Dance to Dance Theatre of Harlem to Wendy Whelan and Brian Brooks.

We failed to mention this last week (our apologies). Cats is back on Broadway!

This is the opening weekend of two new shows at the new Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art and Storytelling — The Crown Futures: Shani Peters in Collaboration With Sugar Hill Youth and Meta-Modes: New Work by David Shrobe. There will be storytelling this weekend, workshops to make a royal headpiece, and a selfie station.

08Jul

Editors' Picks: Opening in NYC July 8 - 15

From a Diane Arbus show at the Met Breuer to Twyla Tharp at the Joyce to a sneak peek of the new ERS show, it's an exciting week of NYC culture. We've picked our favorite openings of the week ahead to help you plan your culture going. CRAVE what excites you; RATE it once you've seen it. 

Young pianists, singers, and string players from around the world are performing at Carnegie Hall in the Manhattan International Music Competition Winners Recital on Friday, July 8 at 8 PM.  

Starting Saturday, July 9, visit Star Trek: The Starfleet Academy Experience at the Intrepid Sea, Ari & Space Museum. It’s an immersive experience in honor of the 50th anniversary of Star Trek.

Starting Monday, July 11, Twyla Tharp Dance comes to the Joyce with a diverse program of work from different parts of her career.

The New York Musical Festival is the largest musical theater festival in the country. Running from Monday, July 11 through early August, the festival features an exciting lineup of new musicals — from Single to The Last Word.

The Met Breuer is displaying an exhibition of early photographs by Diane Arbus, the American photographer who documented the lives of New Yorkers — from pedestrians to circus performers. The show will include more than 100 pictures from Arbus’s first seven years in New York City.

The Frick will present Watteau's Soldiers: Scenes of Military Life in Eighteenth-Century France starting on Tuesday, July 12. It includes scenes of military life, produced during France’s War of Spanish Succession.

08Jul

Editors' Picks for Culture Craver Kids: July 8 - 15

From puppets to an immersive Star Trek experience, it's an exciting week of culture for Culture Craver Kids. We've picked our favorite events to help you plan your family time. 

Young pianists, singers, and string players from around the world are performing at Carnegie Hall in the Manhattan International Music Competition Winners Recital on Friday, July 8 at 8 PM.

Craving puppets? Families can see a Puppetworks musical version of The Wizard of Oz on Saturday and Sunday.  

Saturday, July 9 is the Summer Family Day at the Whitney. The museum opens early at 9:30 AM just for families, and there will be special kid-friendly art tours of the museum, including the special exhibition Stuart Davis: In Full Swing.