Ideasmyth is kicking summer up a notch with our weekly curated list of superlative New York City culture, events, happenings, sublime eats and other surprising treats.
Friday June 27
Del Close Improv Comedy Marathon
5:30PM, $30 Weekend Pass or $20 individual tickets
Various venues throughout Manhattan
Friday evening marks the kickoff of a weekend-long improv comedy marathon. Whether you’re looking for some laughs before dinner on Friday evening or trying to extend the night after getting some drinks, the marathon’s 400+ shows can keep you entertained into the wee hours of the morning no matter where you are in the city.
Saturday June 28
World Cup Screening
10AM, FREE Admission
Loreley Restaurant & Biergarten, 7 Rivington St
Searching for the best place to watch the Brazil vs. Chile match this weekend? Loreley’s beer garden has a jumbo projection screen, a wide selection of German beers and access to the summer sun to make it the prime viewing spot for the World Cup. Ten in the morning may seem a bit early to go to a bar, but Loreley’s all-day brunch can keep you satisfied and secure you a seat while you wait for the game to start.
Sunday June 29
NYC Pride March
12PM, FREE Admission
Begins at 36th St & 5th Ave
NYC Pride is hoping to make this year’s march one of the biggest in the event’s history, so make your way down 5th Ave with larger-than-life floats, celebrity and political advocates and local organizations to celebrate New York’s LGBT community. The march will be followed by PrideFest, a street fair that includes vendors, games and an afternoon concert series, so stick around to enjoy a fun-filled day in the name of equality.
Monday June 30
Artists on Artists Lecture Series: Leslie Hewitt on Carl Andre
6:30PM, $6 General Admission / $3 Concession
Dia Art Foundation, 535 W 22nd St
The Artists on Artists Lecture Series presents Dia’s collection of contemporary artists from their peers’ perspective. Finish off your Monday with a discussion led by Leslie Hewitt, known in the art industry for melding photography and sculpture, on the revered minimalist sculptor Carl Andre. Hewitt’s lecture will whet the whistle of any art aficionado as well as coherently introduce a newcomer to the art appreciation world.
Tuesday July 1
Sahaja Meditation in the Library
6PM, FREE Admission
Harlem Branch Public Library, 9 W 124th St
Bookworms and yoga junkies can unite on Tuesday evening through Sahaja meditation in the library. The meditation, which aims to help reach a state of inner calm and balance, is the perfect pairing to a good book, so head to the library after work on Tuesday for an evening of pure relaxation.
Wednesday July 2
Cultural Landscapes of Greenwich Village with Francis Morrone
6PM, $25 for individual tour
The West Village
Join Ideasmyth for a one-of-a-kind tour around the West Village with one of Travel + Leisure‘s top 13 tour guides in the world. Immensely knowledgeable in the history of Greenwich Village, Francis Morrone’s tour focuses on the writers, artists and musicians who shaped the neighborhood’s culture. In this first of three tours offered throughout the summer Morrone explores the picturesque streets of the West Village and the hotspots within the district that generated creativity from people like Jack Kerouac and Bob Dylan.
Thursday July 3
Hudson Warehouse Production of The Importance of Being Earnest
6:30PM, FREE Admission
Soldiers and Sailors Monument in Riverside Park
If ticket lines for Shakespeare in the Park are a little too long for your liking, head down to Riverside Park for Hudson Warehouse’s production of the hilarious Oscar Wilde’s much-loved play, The Importance of Being Earnest. Grab a bite to eat and sit back under a dimming evening sun as the theater company brings the modern classic to life for the first time this summer right in the middle of Manhattan.
Got any other can’t-miss events in the city you’re excited about? We’re all ears– tell us about it in the comments section below!
~~~Beth St. John is an Editorial and Social Media Intern for Ideasmyth, as well as a student at Boston University, where she studies English, History and European Studies. She loves to write and hopes to put that love to good use by publishing the next Harry Potter. When she’s not fumbling for words, she is probably baking or watching a David O. Russell movie.