The Best Things To Do In NYC This Week, From Black Woodstock To The Bad Society Cruise
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Franklin Park Reading Series @ Franklin Park

Celebrate the world of words at the summer finale of one of the city’s most reliably excellent lit events: Franklin Park Reading Series. This time around, expect selections from Xuan Juliana Wang’s innovative short works, Julia Phillips’s powerful debut novel, Leland Cheuk’s poignant new fiction, and Annabel Graham’s trailblazing prose. The headliner is Angie Cruz, sharing a sneak peak from her forthcoming novel , which the Millions called “one of the most anticipated coming-of-age stories of the year.”

Bad Society Cruise @ Skyport Marina

Party “on the fetid waters of the East River” with The Baffler’s first-ever Bad Society Cruise, which promises “bottom-shelf booze, top shelf-rock, and breathtaking views of a city wholly indifferent to your existence.” Performers include the orchestral ensemble of “woodwind shredders” Masters of Fright and the duo Harmony Tividad and Cleo Tucker, a.k.a. indie-rockers Girlpool. Add $20 to your ticket price to get a full year’s subscription to The Baffler to boot.

RAW New York: Arise @ Melrose Ballroom

Head to Long Island City for the multimedia artistic event RAW New York: Arise. The packed showcase will feature a curated selection of 70+ creators across a variety of disciplines, from performance to visual art to fashion and more. A small sampling of the work on display: music by Javi, Phil Loft, and SHENNA; photography by Gauri Chopra, Darciana Rey, Satoki Nagata, and Stephanie Wade; jewelry and fashion from TabethaAshly, Black Flower Collection, Rosepany, and Paige Fedorchek; and performance art by Root3d Xchange, Lunna Desofi-Gomes, and MMMELA.

The Best Things To Do In NYC This Week, From Black Woodstock To The Bad Society Cruise
A.R.M. unearths queer history to remember the AIDS crisis (photo by Ashley Batz/courtesy of the High Line)

Blood Fountain @ The High Line

Witness an anti-monument to queer history at Blood Fountain, the latest installment in the High Line’s “Out of Line” series. The performance features a “feverish” arrangement of vocalists harmonizing to queer club hits while attired in a range of sports equipment, fetish gear, and medical supplies. It all comes courtesy of the multidisciplinary performance collective A.R.M., a collaboration between artists Alexandro Segade, Robbie Acklen, and Malik Gaines.

Arbitration Rock @ Vander-Ende Onderdonk House

The Vander Ende-Onderdonk House, NYC’s oldest Dutch colonial stone building, sits right on the border between Brooklyn and Queens—a border marked by a rock placed there some 250 years ago by a surveyor. The annual Arbitration Rock is an all-ages field-day commemorating unity between the boroughs with games, contests, and activities. Expect plenty of family-friendly fun facilitated by Supermoon Art Space and the Greater Ridgewood Youth Council, plus trivia, pie-eating competitions, local musicians and artists, and more.

The Best Things To Do In NYC This Week, From Black Woodstock To The Bad Society Cruise
Bring art out into the streets at the annual Leslie-Lohman Museum Block Party (photo by Kristine Eudey)

Leslie-Lohman Block Party @ Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art

Queer it up in the sunshine at the annual Leslie-Lohman Block Party, a daytime fête coinciding with the the opening of the museum’s latest exhibit, , as well as the unveiling of the 2019 QUEERPOWER Façade Public Art Installation, . There will be musical performances by ADAIR and TITO_VIDA, treats from Sweetface Snoballs, and workshops, art-making, and activities with Lindsay Amer of Queer Kid Stuff, Cupid Ojala of Unicorn Utopia, and Children’s Museum of the Arts.

The Best Things To Do In NYC This Week, From Black Woodstock To The Bad Society Cruise
Honor the 50th anniversary of “Black Woodstock” with Keyton Harrold and many more (photo courtesy of Harlem Stage)

Black Woodstock 50th Anniversary @ Marcus Garvey Park

In 1969, 100,000 people attended the Harlem Cultural Festival in Marcus Garvey Park, watching legends like Nina Simone, B.B. King, Stevie Wonder, and Sly and the Family Stone. Now, SummerStage will honor the 50th Anniversary of “Black Woodstock” with a blowout show co-hosted by Talib Kweli and featuring Keyon Harrold, Cory Henry, Alice Smith, Georgia Anne Muldrow, and secret special guests. You can pre-game earlier in the week at Harlem Stage, which will host a dialogue about art and activism with Kweli, Thomas, and Harrold, along with percussionist Juma Sultan and US State Department hip-hop ambassador Toni Blackman.

The Best Things To Do In NYC This Week, From Black Woodstock To The Bad Society Cruise
Get a glimpse of Sonic Youth’s New York, Saturday (photo by GODLIS)

Sonic Youth: NYC and Beyond @ Murmrr Theater

Glimpse the city through the eyes of some of its most iconic rockers at Sonic Youth: NYC and Beyond. The band will present a selection of New York–specific film and video clips from their private archives, most of which have never been shown in public. Afterward, there will be a panel discussion wtih Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo, drummer Steve Shelley, archivist Aaron Mullan, and writer Byron Coley. The program is presented in partnership with Rooftop Films.

Summer Arts Festival @ Maria Hernandez Park

Grab the kids (of all ages) and head to the annual Summer Arts Festival, presented by the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, the Bushwick Starr, and Oye Group NYC. There will be music by DJ Bembona, art by Ski & Nobody, and performances throughout the day from Elisabet Velasquez, Modesto “Flako” Jimenez, Rebecca KellyG, and Xenia Rubinos. Plus a slew of interactive activities, including kids’ color mixing with Mr. Radio, face-painting with El Puente, DACA talks, domino games, poetry, and more.

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