By: Stefanie DiMartino
We are already halfway through summer, but there is still so much to do! Here are my top picks of the best trending parties, events, museum exhibitions, and entertainment to check out for July 22– 28.
Haute French Restaurant at The Lowell Hotel
28 E 63rd St, New York, NY 10065
Signature restaurant Majorelle is nestled in the heart of the Upper East Side’s luxury Lowell Hotel. The cuisine celebrates French Classics with Mediterranean influences, from the Riviera to Morocco. Seasonal ingredients and wine pairings change along with the flowering botanical oasis in the restaurant’s Garden, which offers outdoor seating year-round.
They recently introduced of Chef Emmanuel Niess to their team. I had the pleasure of dining there this week and trying some of the dishes. They were unique, expertly prerpared, and beautiful. Chef Niess further elevated Majorelle classics and introduced new dishes to the menu. Homing in on flavor and technique learned over many years in Belgium, Chef Niess effortlessly but intentionally combines color, texture, temperature and more in dishes that are familiar but unexpected.
This is a great lunch restaurant. It is the perfect spot to bring your parents, have a work lunch, or breakfast.
SHANGHAI EXPRESS: TOKYO
The Alley Cat (Beekman Hotel) 10 Theatre Alley, New York, NY 10038
8:30pm-12:30am | $29+
“You are invited to a party (series) inspired by the 1932 film shanghai express, about an eccentric cast of characters traveling from Peking to Shanghai. Each soirée takes place at a different stop along the imagined route of that train. This time, we’ll be stopping over in a subterranean Japanese speakeasy, somewhere in the city of Tokyo, in early 1930‘s Japan. A most decadent soirée with live music, dancing, cocktails, and intriguingly glamorous fellow guests. The amazing Carte Blanche will play an international mix of American, Latin, and French jazz and pop from the 1930s. Classical Japanese dancer Yuriko Miyake will perform throughout the evening.” – Shanghai Mermaid
Note: The dress code calls for high glamour, dressy vintage, 1930‘s evening or cocktail attire, international attire, vintage drag, eclectic costume, or however you might have dressed for an evening at a secret, underground nightclub in pre-war Tokyo. Fellow guests might include famous geishas, American journalists, foreign dignitaries, international spies, double agents, Tokyo high society, French movie stars, and jazz musicians.
ANNIE O MUSIC SERIES: MIMA GOOD AND MADISON CUMMINGHAM
The Standard: East Village Penthouse, 25 Cooper Square, NY, NY 10003
“Taking place in the Penthouse of The Standard, East Village, Annie O's music series plays host to intimate musical performances showcasing national and international acts against the dramatic backdrop of the New York City skyline. The series’ curator Annie Ohayon is a music industry veteran who worked with luminaries like Lou Reed, Philip Glass, Laurie Anderson, Pearl Jam, and Peter Gabriel, among many others.” – The Standard
GIBNEY AT BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK
Brooklyn Bridge Park, 334 Furman Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
7:30-8:30pm | FREE
“Gibney’s dance-mobile is an annual series of free outdoor performances & classes in parks throughout the city. By ‘making space for dance’ in outdoor public spaces, Gibney Dance Company hopes to make the power of movement accessible to all. July 27 features a performance and choreography by Arielle Rosales, “Becoming Mother Duende: #PermissionToBe.” – Brooklyn Bridge Park
GOLDMINE: Costume, vintage, thrift and craft shopping party
Gemini & Scorpio Loft, Gowanus, Brooklyn, NY
1-6pm | FREE
“Miss Scorpio teams up with fellow dress-up addicts and craft-makers for some closet-cleaning and handmade clothing & accessory shopping. Think one-of-a-kind vintage, feathers and fascinators, unique jewelry, and lots and lots of sparkles. Of course even divas have days off, so there will be plenty of cheap casual wear finds alongside costume and vintage pieces. Plus: by-donation champagne & small snacks, chill soundtrack, and lounging in our awesome loft and sprawling roof. Perfect summer Sunday.”
TEPKIK BY JORDAN BENNETT
Now - September 6
8am – 10pm | FREE
Brookfield Place: Winter Garden – 230 Vesey Street, NY, NY 10281
If you haven’t been to Brookfield Place, you should definitely visit. It’s a beautiful waterfront building with lots of shopping, lots of eating, and so many other things to do. Now until September 6, you can see a really cool art installation in the winter garden.
“Artist Jordan Bennett's site-specific installation intersects his Mi’kmaq ancestral and contemporary traditions. In particular, he draws on the Mi’kmaq petroglyph, which depicts the Milky Way. Historical references to the land, sky, and our galaxy are illuminated by Bennett’s handling of color, both traditional and pop, his interpretation of Mi’kmaq quillwork patterns and motifs, and the use of contemporary materials. For example, Bennett reimagines reflective vinyl on aluminum typically associated with road signs – to evoke cultural markers of the past. The title Tepkik, a Mi’kmaq word for night, reflects on when we can visually see our place in the galaxy – bringing the stars and stories of our galaxy into view at any time of day.”- Brookfield Place
SELECTIONS FROM THE COLLECTION OF JEFFERSON R. BURDICK
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Avenue, NY, NY 10028
Now – August 11
If you are a baseball fan and appreciate its history, this exhibit is for you!
“The Burdick collection of baseball cards constitutes an integral part of The Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection of ephemera and tells the history of popular printmaking in the United States. In 1947, after having approached A. Hyatt Mayor—the Museum's curator of prints and photographs—the Syracuse electrician Jefferson R. Burdick (1900–1963) began to donate his entire collection of more than 30,000 baseball cards in large batches, along with another 303,000 trade cards, postcards, and posters, to the Museum. The baseball cards collected by Burdick represent the most comprehensive public collection outside of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. This exhibition features nearly one hundred cards produced between the 1880s and the 1950s. Collectively, they illustrate the history of baseball from the dead-ball era at the turn of the nineteenth century through the golden age and modern era of the sport. Produced using various types of media, from photography to lithography, the cards feature legends of the game as well as lesser-known players, owners, and teams that have contributed to the history of the game.” – The Met
American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West & 79th St, NY, NY 10024
Now – August 18 | $28+
“A marvelous, alien world lies hidden beneath the sunlit surface. With the use of 21st-century technologies like robotics, satellite monitoring, and more, scientists are revealing the unseen habitats of the oceans’ most mysterious animals and mapping remote, inhospitable areas in unprecedented detail. Experience an ocean you never imagined in Unseen Oceans.” – American Museum of Natural History
Note: A General Admission ticket will not grant access to the Unseen Oceans exhibit. Separate/additional ticket needed. Timed entry only.
SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK: CORIOLANUS
Delacorte Theater, 81 Central Park West, New York, NY 10023
Now – August 11
8:00pm | FREE
“For the first time since 1979, Free Shakespeare in the Park presents Coriolanus, the Bard’s blistering drama about a general voted into power by a populace hungry for change, and the unraveling that follows. Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan (Proof, Shakespeare In The Park’s Troilus and Cressida) directs a modern-day version of this riveting epic of democracy and demagoguery.” – Public Theater
Note: “Free tickets will be distributed on each performance day by waiting on line at select distribution points in the five boroughs as well as in Central Park. An in person lottery is held in the lobby of The Public Theater at 425 Lafayette St and a digital lottery is hosted through TodayTix, all summer long.” – Public Theater
BLUE MAN GROUP
Astor Place Theatre, 434 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10003
Now – December 29 | $47+
Experience the Blue Man Group live. Blue Man Group is still performing to sold-out crowds in its original location. Experience the show where it frist began – up close and personal – at the intimiate Astore Place Theatre in downtown New York City. 35 million people of all ages, languages, and cultures have experience the imaginiatve, multi-sensory world of Blue Man Group. Now it’s your turn to see the off-broadway hit in New York.”