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.

Thursday, June 5
Friday, June 6
Saturday, June 7
Tuesday, June 10
Thursday, June 12


Thursday June 5

Those Happy Years Pic

Open Roads: New Italian Cinema 2014
1PM or 6:30PM, $13 General Public

Walter Reade Theater, Lincoln Center

Start your weekend early with the launch of this annual Italian Film Festival and the American premiere of Daniele Luchetti’s film, Those Happy Years. Both screenings of the movie will feature a Q&A session with the filmmaking veteran, and your ticket will also score you discounted wine at indie food and wine. The festival runs until June 12th, so 3+ film packages are available for the interested film buff.


Friday June 6

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Union Square Greenmarket and Beer Garden Opening Night
4-8PM, FREE Admission
Union Square

Getting to the farmer’s market to enjoy fresh produce and restaurant-style snacks can be tough during the work week– that’s why GrowNYC has your back. Introducing the first Friday of the season that will be offering a farmer’s market open in the evening time, perfect for the working customer. That’s not even the best part: this Friday also marks the opening night of the first ever beer garden in Union Square, so you can start your weekend off right with gourmet food and drinks right in your office’s backyard.


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Play-diem Tour: Tompkins Square Soiree
5-9PM, FREE Admission
Tompkins Square Park

The go-to “dinner and a movie” date is okay, but switch up date night this weekend with a classy “pre-war Parisian” night in the park, complete with live jazz and cabaret. Come dressed to the nines and ready to enjoy an evening that will take you back to another era. And with free admission, you can still afford to take your date out to dinner before or after (the nearby Death & Company offers an intriguing atmosphere of night-lounge-meets-speakeasy, perfect for a memorable dinner date)!


Saturday June 7 

Governors Island Pic

10AM-6PM, FREE Admission
Governors Island

Take the ferry over to Governors Island for this annual celebration of participatory art that’s open until Sunday evening. Bring your own art supplies or take part in the art already there, and contribute to this free and open creative collaboration. The event is rain or shine and is sure to generate fodder for your Instagram account.


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Closing Night of Brazilian Film Festival with Performance by Toquinho
7-10PM, FREE Admission
Rumsey Playfield, Central Park

Celebrate the close of the Brazilian Film Festival with a performance from Brazil’s own award-winning musician, Toquinho, as he pays homage to infamous Bossa Nova composer and longtime friend, Vinicius de Moraes. If you’re looking to introduce Brazilian music into your cultural repertoire, a performance from a Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner in Central Park is a great place to start this Saturday night.


Tuesday June 10

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Museum Mile Festival
6-9PM, FREE Admission
5th Ave between 82nd and 105th

Spice up your weeknight with a stroll along upper 5th Avenue, and enjoy nine of the city’s most renowned museums at no cost. From The Africa Center to the Met and everything in between, re-visit old personal favorites and find new ones you never knew existed. BONUS: You’ll be all the more prepared to impress your co-workers on Wednesday with a cultured conversation at the office’s water-cooler.


Thursday June 12

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Medicine, Mystery & Martinis
6-9PM, $95
The Writers Room

Score a sneak peek of the exclusive Writers Room while enjoying a stimulating discussion about the narrative aspect of medicine with three award-winning authors (and Writers Room members). With hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and appearances from Sheri Fink, Charles Graeber and Doron Weber, this evening is sure to both entertain and enlighten. Your ticket will help support the Writers Room, a non-profit working to “save writers from extinction”.

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