Arts & Entertainment

Gather the kiddies and come out to Pier 46 this Wednesday for a free screening of How to Train Your Dragon.  Part of the Hudson River Park RiverFlicks series, the film is the story of "A hapless young Viking who aspires to hunt dragons becomes the unlikely friend of a young dragon himself, and learns there may be more to the creatures than he assumed."

Hey all of you Alexander Wang fans! Check this out! Through Sunday, August 7th, his 2011 Resort/Spring Men’s and Women’s collection will be featured at a sample sale in SoHo. Sales begin at $10, and there will be tremendous discounts such as $685 dresses for $180, and $350 tops for $100. The early bird gets the worm, so hurry over!

Recent work created during the one year project space program in the PS122 studios exhibited with additional sculpture completed in the proceeding two years. Four days only – Wednesday through Saturday 2-6 pm. The gallery is the third red door on East 9th Street off 1st Avenue.  Check it out!

It’s that time of year again. Now extended through September 5th, some of New York’s most selective restaurants will make dining a bit more affordable. For a 3-course pre-fix lunch it’s $24.07 and dinner is $35. Some advice: 1. Reserve early. 2. Choose carefully. Not all restaurants that participate are created equally. Make it count. 3. Remember that booze is not included so if you are on a budget beware. 4. Enjoy!  For a full list of restaurants click here.

Italy and America, opera and disco, gelato and heroin: Bertolucci's lush, lurid Luna ends the 1970s with equal parts tragedy and camp, one-upping even the director's own Last Tango in Paris for sheer provocation. Gorgeously photographed by Vittorio Storaro, this vibrant, perverse tale of a recently widowed American opera singer who begins a desperate, incestuous affair with her troubled, smack-addicted 15-year-old son, Luna ranks alongside Bertolucci's greatest films.

“For me, the lyrics are more important than the melody. I write almost all my own words. I also perform the classics of Malian tradition. I draw a lot of inspiration from what happens in society. As soon as I see or feel something, I write it down. I say what I want, and what I think, because I am a free woman. I believe that my music has had an impact on the life of African women.” 

. Through August 2011, Lincoln Center Festival and Park Avenue Armory, in association with The Ohio State University, bring the Royal Shakespeare Company to New York City for an unprecedented six weeks of acclaimed Shakespeare repertoire. This engagement offers New York audiences a rare opportunity to witness the company’s highly flexible virtuosity, as the same repertory team puts on five very different plays: As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet, King Lear, The Winter’s Tale, and Julius Caesar. 

LATE SUMMER BLUES is an exhibition of collage-based works in video, photography, and sculpture that reflects on our collective impulse to reconfigure and manipulate the landscape – both urban and rural – as a means of escape from the compression of summer in the city. Coupled with the desire to find respite from the concrete hardscapes that permeate our vision and movement, Late Summer Blues also suggests an imminent inversion of desire. As the middle of summer passes, a premature sense of nostalgia for the end of summer as an end of freedom comes into focus. How do we spend the last days of summer?

The cross-pollination between comics and high art, which began in the early 20th century, also fed the extraordinary explosion of graphic novels and comics in the past several decades. In conjunction with the exhibition Lyonel Feininger: At the Edge of the World, a panel of master comic artists, including Gary Panter, Art Spiegelman, and Chris Ware, will discuss the intersection of comics and fine art. Moderated by John Carlin. 

Blues superstars Taj Mahal and James Blood Ulmer share the stage with the next generation of blues heroes like The Growlers, Amy LaVere, The Beauties and Mike Farris in the inaugural Lowdown Hudson Blues Festival at the World Financial Center July 28-30.

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