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Tartuffe, starring Raúl Esparza and Samira Wiley. Molière in the Park presents a free live stream of two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Wilbur’s translation of Molière’s Tartuffe. The cast includes four-time Tony nominee Raúl Esparza (CompanySeared), Emmy winner Samira Wiley (The Handmaid’s TaleOrange Is the New Black), Kaliswa Brewster (Billions), Naomi Lorrain (Orange Is the New Black), Jared McNeill (Battlefield), Jennifer Mudge (The Irishman), Rosemary Prinz (Tribute), and Carter Redwood (When January Feels Like Summer). Extended until July 12th.

Molière in the Park Founding Artistic Director Lucie Tiberghien helms the reading. Reservations are required.

9am and 3pm: Lungs By Old Vic Claire Foy and Matt Smith reunited Duncan Macmillan’s Lungs, Foy and Smith, co-starred as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip in the first two seasons of Netflix‘s The Crown. In Lungs they portray a couple grappling with the decision to bring a child into today‘s world. The ticketed production, directed by Matthew Warchus, is performed live in front of a camera for up to 1,000 patrons to watch remotely. Todays performance is sold out but tickets are available for July 3 – 4 and tickets range from $20 – $65 

Matt Smith, Claire Foy Photo: Helen Maybanks

1pm: The Fourth of July – NYC Students Perform Voices of a People’s History By Lincoln Center. Any telling of history is incomplete without the voices of the oppressed. Today, 17 graduating seniors from The Maxine Greene High School for Imaginative Inquiry breathe new life into words of social justice heroes who have resisted and dissented throughout American history. This video is part of a larger commissioned project and ongoing partnership between Lincoln Center and Voices of a People’s History of the United States, which seeks to educate and inspire a new generation working for social justice.

5pm: Marie’s Crisis Virtual Piano Bar Tonight’s scheduled pianists are Franca Vercelloni (@Franca-Vercelloni) and Michael James Roy (@MichaelJames-Roy).

7:30pm: Donizetti’s Don Pasquale Donizetti’s uproarious yet sophisticated comedy pits a clever young widow against a crusty old bachelor, who is no match for her wiles. John Dexter’s lavish production was created as a parting gift for the beloved American soprano Beverly Sills, who bid farewell to the Met in 1979 as Norina, a perfect showcase for her infectious stage energy and spectacular musical gifts, and the only one of her roles with the company to be preserved is a telecast.

8pm: A Capitol Fourth By PBS Stage and screen stars Vanessa Williams and John Stamos will host the 40th anniversary presentation of A Capitol Fourth, which will air on PBS July 4 at 8 PM ET.

The annual July 4 celebration will feature new performances from locations across the country, as well as highlights from the concert’s 40-year history. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the traditional live concert will not be held on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol; instead, this year’s performances were pre-taped without a live audience.

The broadcast will feature performances by Tony winner Brian Stokes Mitchell (Kiss Me, KateRagtime), Tony winner Kelli O’Hara (The King and ISouth Pacific), Mandy Gonzalez (HamiltonIn the Heights), Grammy winner and Tony nominee Renée Fleming (Carousel), Grammy winner Patti LaBelle, Grammy winner John Fogerty, The Temptations, country music star Trace Adkins, singer-songwriter Andy Grammer, Grammy-winning gospel vocalist Yolanda Adams, singer-songwriter Brantley Gilbert, country music star Lauren Alaina, and members of the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of pops conductor Jack Everly.

The 90-minute presentation will also feature a tribute to workers on the front lines in the fight against the pandemic, a segment honoring the contributions of African American heroes from past and present, and a salute to wounded warriors and their families.

8pm: The Fourth in America The Broadway casts of Ain’t Too Proud and Girl From the North Country will perform during CNN’s Indpedence Day celebrations. 

The event will feature musical performances from Jewel, Barry Manilow, Martina McBride, Kenny Loggins, Andy Grammer, Carlos Santana and Cindy Blackman Santana, CeCe Winans, Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, The O’Jays, Don McLean, Jesse Colin Young and Little Kids Rock, Billy Ray Cyrus, Burt Bacharach & Musicians from the Berklee College of Music, and Harlem Gospel Choir.Firework shows in New York, Washington, Jacksonville, Houston and Nashville will also be highlighted throughout the night.

It will stream live for subscribers on CNN.com’s homepage and across mobile devices via CNN’s apps for iOS and Android. It can also be viewed on CNNgo (at CNN.com/go on your desktop, smartphone, and iPad, and via CNNgo apps for Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, SamsungSmart TV, Chromecast and Android TV).

Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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Ain’t Done Bad Bringing Choreography, Dance and Country Music To Light

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Right now shows that harness dance and cult singer songwriters are captivating the theatre scene. You have Illinoise which won Justin Peck  a Tony Award for best choreography, with songs from Sufjan Stevens to give it soul. The Tony winning musical The Outsiders with music by Jamestown Revival (Jonathan Clay & Zach Chance) and the brilliant choreography by Rick Kuperman & Jeff Kuperman, whose moves make their dancers soar. And now the newest kid on the block Ain’t Done Bad,Ain’t Done Bad, conceived, directed, choreographed and performed by Jakob Karr, with songs by country singer-songwriter Orville Peck.

Karr performed on on Broadway in Cats, Cirque Du Soleil’s Volta and Viva Elvis  So You Think You Can Dance Season 6 – Runner Up,  America’s Got Talent, Glee; Company XIV and many more. Peck, is a South African country musician based in the United States and Canada. He is well-known for wearing a mask and not showing his face publicly. In June 2020, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the first LGBTQ Pride parade, Queerty named Peck among the fifty heroes “leading the nation toward equality, acceptance, and dignity for all people”.

Ian Spring, Adrian Lee, Jakob Karr Photo By
Matthew Murphy

Ain’t Done Bad’s story is basic…gay boy (Karr) feels like a misfit in his hometown and leaves to find love in the big city. Has multiple trysts until he finds the one (Joshua Escover). Returns home to be accepted by his family, especially his dad (Adrian Lee).

Jakob Karr, Joshua Escover Photo By
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The dancing is sensual, sexy, joyous and exuberant. Karr’s choreography athletic as he keeps his dancers fluid, yet precise. Karr is an exquisite dancer with extensions that go on for miles as he leaps, spins and splits mid air.

The Company Photo By
Matthew Murphy

Also dancing were Megumi Iwama as the mother, Ian Spring as his brother, Caden Hunter, Madison O’Connor, Luke Quails, Yusaku Komori and Jordan Lombardi as his friends. Everyone in this cast is an accomplished dancer that is being given a chance to excel and show off their multiple skills. They are a joy to watch.

The costumes by Philip Lupo help define the characters, as each dancer plays multiple roles. I loved the scenic design by Lupo, Joey Coombs, and Blake Schulte of rustic wood and mirrors.

The show is a celebration of gay pride both in its story and music choice. This is a coming out, that is part fantasy and part what could and should be.

Ain’t Done Bad: Signature Center, 480 West 42nd Street, by Blue Topaz Productions and Renaissance Theatre Company until August 31st.

 

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Broadway in Bryant Park And You Are There With Hell’s Kitchen, Water For Elephants, The Wiz and More

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July 11, 106.7 LITE FM’s Broadway in Bryant Park kicked off its 2024 program, bringing the best of Broadway back together for free performances, every Thursday in July.

From AMDA College of the Performing Arts-Kyle Taylor Parker

From AMDA College of the Performing Arts-Kyle Taylor Parker, Charity Arianna , Destiny David, Ailadis Hernandez De Leon, Nyjair Wilkerson and Jackson Bateman

This week’s performances included: a preshow featuring students from AMDA

Ali Louis Bourzgui

Bobby Conte and Ali Louis Bourzgui

Bobby Conte, Ali Louis Bourzgui and Adam Jacobs

Ali Louis Bourzgui, Bobby Conte,

Lily Kren, Alexandra Matteo, Daniel Quadrino, Jenna Nicole Schoen, Nathan Lucrezio, Reagan Pender, Bobby Conte, Tyler James Eisenreich, Mark Mitrano, Haley Gustafson, Afra Hines, Dee Tomasetta, Adam Jacobs, Ali Louis Bourzgui, David Paul Kidder, Jeremiah Alsop, Andrew Tufano and Ronnie Bowman, Jr.

The Who’s Tommy (Ali Louis Bourzgui, Adam Jacobs, Bobby Conte, Haley Gustafson and more)

Isabelle McCalla and Ken Wulf Clark

Ken Wulf Clark

Joe De Paul and Asa Somers

Isabelle McCalla and Ken Wulf Clark

Isabelle McCalla and Ken Wulf Clark

Isabelle McCalla and Ken Wulf Clark

Joe De Paul, Asa Somers and Sara Gettelfinger

Joe De Paul, Asa Somers and Sara Gettelfinger

Joe De Paul, Asa Somers and Sara Gettelfinger

Joe De Paul, Asa Somers and Sara Gettelfinger

Ken Wulf Clark, Sara Gettelfinger, Joe De Paul and Asa Somers

Ken Wulf Clark, Sara Gettelfinger, Joe De Paul and Asa Somers

Ken Wulf Clark, Joe De Paul, Asa Somers and Isabella McCalla

Water for Elephants (Isabelle McCalla, Ken Wulf Clark, Asa Somers, Sara Gettelfinger, Joe De Paul)

Avery Wilson

Kyle Ramar Freeman and Nichelle Lewis

Kyle Ramar Freeman

Kyle Ramar Freeman

Melody A. Betts

Kyle Ramar Freeman

Nichelle Lewis

Nichelle Lewis, Kyle Ramar Freeman, Avery Wilson and Polanco Jones Jr.

Kyle Ramar Freeman, Avery Wilson and Polanco Jones Jr.

Kyle Ramar Freeman, Polanco Jones Jr., Nichelle Lewis, Melody A. Betts and Avery Wilson

The Wiz (Avery Wilson, Kyle Ramar Freeman, Melody A. Betts, Nichelle Lewis, Polanco Jones Jr.)

Jelani Remy

JJ Niemann

Evan Alexander Smith and JJ Niemann

Evan Alexander Smith and JJ Niemann

Evan Alexander Smith and JJ Niemann

Evan Alexander Smith and JJ Niemann

Jelani Remy and JJ Niemann

Jelani Remy and JJ Niemann

Jelani Remy and JJ Niemann

Evan Alexander Smith, Katie Laduca, JJ Niemann and Aaron Alcaraz

Hannah Kevitt and JJ Niemann

Evan Alexander Smith, JJ Niemann, Jelani Remy and The Cast of Back To The Future that includes Hannah Kevitt, Cixtoria Byrd, Kimberly Immanuel, Jessie Peltier, Gregory Carl Banks Jr., Katie Laduca, Joshua Kenneth Allen Johnson and Aaron Alcaraz

Evan Alexander Smith, JJ Niemann, Jelani Remy, Hannah Kevitt, Cixtoria Byrd, Kimberly Immanuel, Jessie Peltier, Gregory Carl Banks Jr., Katie Laduca, Joshua Kenneth Allen Johnson and Aaron Alcaraz

Back to the Future (Jelani Remy, JJ Niemann, Evan Alexander Smith)

Gianna Harris and Lamont Walker II

Lamont Walker II

Jade Milan, Jackie Leon and Gianna Harris

Jade Milan, Jackie Leon and Gianna Harris

Donna Vivino

Donna Vivino

Donna Vivino, Gianna Harris, Lamont Walker II, Jade Milan and Jackie Leon and Jackie Leon

and Hell’s Kitchen (Gianna Harris, Vanessa Ferguson, Jackie Leon, Donna Vivino, Lamont Walker II)

106.7 Lite FM’s Helen Little

106.7 Lite FM’s Helen Little is joined by Co Host Kyle Ramar Freeman

with host Helen Little and co-host Kyle Ramar Freeman.

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The Cast of Ain’t Done Bad Meets the Press And You Are There

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Tuesday morning the cast of Ain’t Done Bad meet the press. This hybrid theatrical dance experience is conceived, directed, and choreographed by Jakob Karr (“So You Think You Can Dance”) and featuring the music of country star Orville Peck will play a limited engagement at The Pershing Square Signature Center with previews beginning July 9, opening July 14, and running through September 1st.

Ain’t Done Bad tells the powerful heartwarming story of coming out, falling in love, and finding one’s true voice as a queer person in the South. Told entirely through contemporary dance without a single spoken word, the 90-minute performance stars Jakob Karr along with ten leading dancers.

The Cast of Ain’t Done Bad that includes Jakob Karr, Joshua Escaper, Caden Hunter, Magma Iwama, Yusaku Komori, Adrian Lee, Jordan Lombardi, Madison O’Connor, Luke Qualls and Ian Spring Photo’s By Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Karr is joined onstage by Adrian Lee (Wicked) as the Father, Megumi Iwama (“Mean Girls” the movie) as the Mother, Ian Spring (Parsons Dance) as the Brother, Luke Qualls (The Radio City Christmas Spectacular) as Jakob Karr’s alternate, Yusaku Komori (“The Greatest Showman”) and Jordan Lombardi (Phantom Of The Opera Nat’l Tour) as the Friends, and Joshua Escover (“Empire Strips Back”) as the Lover. Swings include Caden Hunter (Juilliard) and Madison O’Connor (Radio City Rockettes), who also acts as Dance Captain.

Jakob Karr Photo’s By Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Ian Spring, Jakob Karr and Adrian Lee Photo’s By Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Ain’t Done Bad comes to The Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center after critically-acclaimed workshops in Orlando at Renaissance Theatre Company and in North Carolina at Durham’s PSI Theatre, Greensboro PAC, and the Wortham Center for Performing Arts in 2023. The production premiered in 2021 at the Orlando International Fringe Festival, where it received the festival’s highest honor (Best Show). Karr is joined by Scenic Designers Philip Lupo, Joey Coombs, and Blake Schulte, with Lighting Design by Philip Lupo. Morgan Lemos is the Stage Manager and additional creatives include Grace Buckley (Associate Choreographer) and Joi Marchetti (Additional Music Production). Evan Bernardin Productions is the general manager, Eli Owens in the production assistant, and digital advertising is by SINE Digital.

Patti Maurer, Jakob Karr and Donald Rupe Photo’s By Genevieve Rafter Keddy

The Cast of Ain’t Done Bad that includes Jakob Karr, Joshua Escaper, Caden Hunter, Magma Iwama, Yusaku Komori, Adrian Lee, Jordan Lombardi, Madison O’Connor, Luke Qualls and Ian Spring Photo’s By Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Jakob Karr with Adrian Lee, Megumi Iwama and Ian Spring Photo’s By Genevieve Rafter Keddy

 

 

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Florals in Fashion highlights the work of designers Hilary Taymour (Collina Strada), Olivia Cheng (Dauphinette) and Kristen Alpaugh, aka FLWR PSTL Also Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz’s “Giants,”is at the Brooklyn Museum until 7/7. The exhibition features artists who have made and continue to make a significant impact on the art world and contemporary culture. The show features 98 artworks by Black American, African, and African artists including Gordon Parks, Kehinde Wiley, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Mickalene Thomas, Hassan Hajjaj, Barkley L. Hendricks, Lorna Simpson, and Amy Sherald. Until 8/11 the Whitney Biennial, this happens every two years.  This year, the theme is “Even Better Than The Real Thing” and features the work of 71 artists and collectives. Also on display is Apollo: When We Went to the Moon at The Intrepid Museum. The exhibit is included with museum admission and goes until 10/2. The Rubin Museum, is permanently closing its physical space later this year and is open until October. If you’ve never been time to go. Until 10/27: The New York Botanical Garden is getting in on the Mad Hatter fun with a new, garden-wide exhibition for 2024 titled “Wonderland: Curious Nature.”

7/1: The Gladiator (2000) Movies Nights in Bryant Park this summer with Paramount+. Screenings will take place every Monday at 8pm

7/4: Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest. More than 100 years old, from 11am to 1pm. Watch the chow down event at Nathan’s Flagship restaurant (1310 Surf Ave.) on the corner of Stillwell Ave at Coney Island, Brooklyn.

7/4: Macy’s Fireworks. From the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks show, which this year is on the Hudson River.

7/5: Carnegie Hall Citywide: Tania León and The Harlem Chamber Players at Bryant Park.

From top and left to right: Lara Downes, photo by Ebru Yildiz; Amaryn Olmeda, photo by Josh Wool; Theo Bleckmann, photo by Lynne Harty; Claudia Acuña; Vuyo Sotashe, photo by Leandro Justen; Miko Marks; Ivalas Quartet, photo by Titilayo Ayangade

7/6: Anthem to US Concert Lincoln Center Presents Damrosch Park. This concert celebrates music that has served as anthems of hope, peace, protest and resilience, from beloved classics like Louis Armstrong’s What A Wonderful World, Simon & Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Water, and George Gershwin’s Summertime to Sara Bareilles’ Brave, and new contemporary anthems created as part of the Anthem to US project. Iconoclastic American pianist and NPR host Lara Downes brings together a group of celebrated artists from a wide range of musical backgrounds, including country singer Miko Marks, jazz vocalists Vuyo Sotashe and Theo Bleckmann, rising star violinist Amaryn Olmeda, the award-winning Ivalas String Quartet, Shandela Contreras, and Claudia Acuña. The concert will also feature selections from Lara Downes’s forthcoming album entitled This Land, a reflection on the kaleidoscopic diversity of stories and journeys that have converged and collided throughout American history, from an artist known for her musical explorations off the beaten path. Experience the world premiere of the final three anthems from the Anthem to US project: Let Them Fly – Lyrics by Jessy Tomsko; composed by Martha Redbone & Aaron Whitby, Big Country – Lyrics by D.L. Newton; composed by Damien Sneed and We Are US – Lyrics by Jaquetta Bustion; composed by Jaime Lozano.

7/ 7: JAPAN Fes in Midtown East, the largest Japanese food festival in the world, attracting 300,000 visitors and featuring 1,000 vendors every year. Expect dishes including takoyaki, ramen, matcha sweets, yakisoba, karaage, okonomiyaki, and lots more.

7/7: Summer for the City Passing the Crown celebrating the Queens of Hip-Hop Lincoln Center Presents Damrosch Park. Don’t miss your chance to be part of history. Come, celebrate, and witness the coronation of Hip-Hop royalty!

7/8: Old School (2003) Movies Nights in Bryant Park this summer with Paramount+. Screenings will take place every Monday at 8pm

7/10 -14: Open Throat An adaptation of the critically acclaimed novella by Henry Hoke. A queer mountain lion living in the hills around the Hollywood sign is driven out of nature by manmade catastrophe and into the wilds of LA. At Little Island.

7/11: Counting Crows Summerstage.

7/11: Broadway in Bryant Park with 106.7 LITE FM Host: Helen Little, Pre-show: A special performance by the students of AMDA College of the Performing Arts, Back to the Future, Hell’s Kitchen, The Wiz and Water for Elephants.

7/12: Manhattanhenge, “full sun on the grid” at 8:20pm. As for the “half sun” option, you can see that on 7/13 at 8:21pm.

7/12: Carnegie Hall Citywide: Thandiswa Mazwai at Bryant Park.

7/12 -14: West Side Fest where the best of the West Side gives back  with free admission to Dia Chelsea, a block party at Poster House, art-making at The Whitney, a family day at The Rubin, performances at Little Island, and more.

7/13: JAPAN Fes in Chelsea, the largest Japanese food festival in the world, attracting 300,000 visitors and featuring 1,000 vendors every year. Expect dishes including takoyaki, ramen, matcha sweets, yakisoba, karaage, okonomiyaki, and lots more.

7/14: Bastille Dayfi:af’s Bastille Day Celebration 12–5pm, on Madison Avenue, from 59th to 63rd Street. This year’s fête promises to be bigger than ever with can’t miss cultural programming, a Champagne Party, two film screenings, more than 50 French and local vendor booths, and free activities for all ages.

7/15: Funny Face (1957) Movies Nights in Bryant Park this summer with Paramount+. Screenings will take place every Monday at 8pm.

7/17 – 21: Day For Night A new dance choreographed by Pam Tanowitz, examining relationships, nostalgia, and memory, stitched to the sounds and landscapes of Little Island performed at Little Island.

7/18: Broadway in Bryant Park with  106.7 LITE FM Hosts: Cubby & Christine, Disney on Broadway, Aladdin, Frozen and The Lion King

7/19: Summer for the City The Ritual of Breath Is the Rite to Resist Lincoln Center Presents In collaboration with Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth. Damrosch Park In a concert adaptation, The Ritual of Breath is a deeply moving, meditative experience that responds to the murder of Eric Garner.

7/19: Carnegie Hall Citywide: Louis Cato at Bryant Park.

7/20: Summer for the City WNYC’s Public Song Project: The People’s Concert Lincoln Center Presents The Underground at Jaffe Drive. WNYC’s The Public Song Project invites contributors and special guests to create new music by drawing from the public domain.

7/21: JAPAN Fes in Midtown West, the largest Japanese food festival in the world, attracting 300,000 visitors and featuring 1,000 vendors every year. Expect dishes including takoyaki, ramen, matcha sweets, yakisoba, karaage, okonomiyaki, and lots more.

7/22 – 8/18: Restaurant Week. Explore the city one bite at a time. Enjoy prix-fixe meals at hundreds of restaurants across the five boroughs. General reservations open July 16th.

7/22:  Cinema Paradiso (1988) Movies Nights in Bryant Park this summer with Paramount+. Screenings will take place every Monday at 8pm.

7/24-28: MAMA An evening of new music by Britton & The Sting, a funk liberation band created by Tony Award winning artist and advocate, Britton Smith. Created for Little Island, this sonic adventure embodies the transformative power of water, life, and connection.

7/25: Billy Joel. The piano man is back! with new musicat Madison Square Gardens—a record-breaking residency that’s been running since 1978. This is his last show in the series.

7/25: Broadway in Bryant Park with 106.7 LITE FM Host: Rich Kaminski, Chicago, Moulin Rouge! The Musical, The Book of Mormon, The Great Gatsby and The Notebook.

7/26: Carnegie Hall Citywide: Michael Olatuja & Lagos Pepper Soup at Bryant Park.

7/27: JAPAN Fes in the East Village, the largest Japanese food festival in the world, attracting 300,000 visitors and featuring 1,000 vendors every year. Expect dishes including takoyaki, ramen, matcha sweets, yakisoba, karaage, okonomiyaki, and lots more.

7/29: How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003) Movies Nights in Bryant Park this summer with Paramount+. Screenings will take place every Monday at 8pm

7/31 – 8/4: The Oyster Radio Hour A live radio show combining science, story, and song that celebrates the resilience of oysters and their crucial ecological roles. With special guests, the show blends hope and interconnectedness, spotlighting the humble oyster’s journey of revival. At Little island.

 

 

 

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Hampton Events For July

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The playground for New Yorkers has always been the Hampton’s. Here are the hottest events happening in July.

Saturday, July 6th – 5:30 to 8 pm Halsey House Gala Southampton History Museum Summer Benefit
The Thomas Halsey Homestead, 249 South Main Street in Southampton. The Gala takes place in the beautiful herb garden and grounds of historic Halsey House & Garden. This annual Gala typically welcomes more than 350 guests for one of Southampton’s most beloved summer gatherings. A full bar, plentiful hors d’oeuvres prepared by culinary chefs, uniquely crafted silent auction, all in a delightful oval party tent with festive decorations to make a captivating evening. Proceeds from the Gala support the maintenance and care of the Halsey House & Garden, all the Museum’s preservation efforts and fund the museum’s educational programs at all the museum locations and within local schools. Please RSVP and call 631-283-2494 or email tedmonds@southamptonhistory.org for more information. southamptonhistory.org

Saturday, July 6th 7 to 11 pm 20th Annual Hamptons Happening, 900 Lumber Lane in Bridgehampton. Honoring Arthur F. Backal, Chef Francois Payard, Cheri Kaufman, Stephen Kliegerman, Fern Mallis, DJ and Cherish TheLuv. waxmancancer.org

Saturday, July 6th Taste of Two Forks Presented by Hampton Jitney at The Southampton Arts Center
25 Jobs Lane in Southampton. A celebration of the great chefs of the North Fork and South Fork AKA the Hamptons. Enjoy the tastes from the best who make the East End the ultimate foodie destination. Tickets include all food, drinks and entertainment. danstaste.com

Saturday, July 6th – 6:30 to 11 pm 32nd Annual Bay Street Theatre Summer Gala, 1 Bay Street in Sag Harbor. Drinks! Dinner! Dancing! Live Auction! Stars of Stage and Screen! Honorees: Neil Patrick Harris, David Burtka and Dr. Georgette Grier-Key. In addition to delectable food, creative cocktails, and a live auction with celebrity auctioneer
Richard Kind, the evening will feature an all-star performance that will knock your socks off. baystreet.org

Thursday, July 11th – 2-6 pm + 6-9:30 pm The Hamptons’ Fine Art Fair Introducing the de Kooning Luxury Pavilion, Southampton Fairgrounds, 605 County Rd 39 in Southampton. Hamptons Fine Art Fair, the international fine art fair from the producers of ShowHamptons. Network with the art elite: major collectors, celebrities, famous artists, leading local patrons, curators, advisors, interior designers and the art press, while realizing all first-in benefits. Join us in making Hamptons art history. hamptonsfineartfair.com

Friday, July 12th – 7 to 10 pm 36th Annual American Picnic with Fireworks by Grucci!, 1030 Meadow Lane in Southampton. Festivities will include a fun filled carnival with games, stilt walkers and magicians, a delicious American picnic, music, dancing and of course spectacular fireworks display over Shinnecock Bay! The Southampton Fresh Air Home is a residential camp with a specialized recreation program adapted for physically challenged children, the majority of whom will receive scholarships to attend.  sfah.org

Friday, July 12th – 7 to 11 pm Parrish Art Museum’s MIDSUMMER DANCE, 279 Montauk Highway in Water Mill. An evening of dancing, drinks, and delicious hors d’oeuvres in support of the Museum’s exhibitions, education, and programs. parrishart.org

Saturday, July 13th – 6 to 10:30 pm
Parrish Art Museum’s MIDSUMMER DINNER,
279 Montauk Highway in Water Mill. Celebrating this year’s honorees: Philanthropists Susan Pear Meisel and Louis Meisel and Artists KAWS, Shirin Neshat and Sean Scully parrishart.org

Saturday, July 13th – 6 to 10 pm The Nurturing Power of Nature SOFO’s 34th Annual Gala Benefit
VIP Cocktail Reception – 6 to 7 pm, South Fork Natural History Museum and Nature Center, 377 Bridgehampton – Sag Harbor Turnpike. The gala willbenefit SOFO’s educational and environmental programs and initiatives, empowering families to be responsible stewards of our planet and commemorate 35 years of leadership in nature conservation and education. Honorees this year will include Conservationists Anke and Jurgen Friedrich, Susan and David Rockefeller, as well as National Geographic Society President Michael Ulica. sofo.org

Saturday, July 13th – 6:30 to 11:30 pm Ellen Hermanson Summer Summer Gala Bridgehampton Tennis and Surf Club, 231 Midocean Drive in Bridgehampton 6:30 to 10:30 Cocktails, Dinner and Dancing 10:30 to 11:30 Bonfire on the Beach. Honoring Dr. Frederic Weinbaum and Rebecca Seawright. Gala Chair: Jean Shafiroff ellenhermanson.org

Saturday, July 20th – 4 pm to 7 pm POLO in The Hamptons Social Life Polo Match & Cocktail Party
900 Lumber Lane in Bridgehampton. Guests enjoy the thrill of the polo match they will have access to an open bar paired with
hors d’oeuvres and preferred seating. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres by Elegant Affairs in the Champagne Lounge. There is complimentary parking but we suggest taking Uber. polohamptons.com

Saturday, July 20th – 6 to 10 pm 15th Annual Unconditional Love Gala Hosted by Southampton Animal Shelter Under the Great White Tent Corner of Old Town + Wicapogue Roads. Proceeds from this event directly support the more than 5,000 animals who enter our doors each year. southamptonanimalshelter.com

Saturday, July 20th – 6 to 11 pm Imagination Longhouse Summer Benefit. 133 Hands Creek Road in East Hampton. Food, drink, music, and performance, This year we honor two extraordinary artists: Kenny Scharf for his contributions to pop culture and his celebration of comics, amusement, and the underground, and Tony Bechara for his dynamic, meticulous paintings and a life devoted to promoting Latin culture in the arts. longhouse.org

Saturday, July 27th – 4 pm to 7 pm POLO in The Hamptons Social Life Polo Match & Cocktail Party
900 Lumber Lane in Bridgehampton. Polo match they will have access to an open bar paired with hors d’oeuvres and preferred seating. Drinks + hors d’oeuvres by Elegant Affairs in the Champagne Lounge. There is complimentary parking but we suggest taking Uber. polohamptons.com

Saturday, July 27th 6 to 10 pm The Annual Watermill Center Summer Benefit 100 YEARS OF EXPERIMENTATION. The Watermill Center, 39 Watermill Towd Road in Water Mill. The Watermill Center is thrilled to usher in 100 Years of Experimentation celebrating the origin of the building as a scientific laboratory established in 1924. Now as a laboratory for the arts and humanities, Watermill invites you to join us for the annual summer benefit. watermillcenter.org

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