Central Park Conservancy Film Festival
North of the Sheep Meadow, Central Park
Stave off the summer heat at this annual outdoor film series, now in its 11th year. This year’s films include West Side Story, Hook, Silver Linings Playbook, The Shining and Raiders of the Lost Ark. Screenings will be held just north of the Sheep Meadow (enter the park at 72nd Street). Come early (gates open at 6:30pm) to snag a good seat.
Be the Curator
Fraunces Tavern Museum
Until Aug. 26
Fraunces Tavern Museum wants to know what you want exhibited out of its thousands of American Revolutionary War artifacts. The museum has selected 21 unique objects from which anyone can vote for their favorites by visiting www.photocracy.org/FTM. Unlike American democracy, you can vote as often as you like. The 10 objects with over 50 percent approval rating will be exhibited on Aug. 26.
www.frauncestavernmuseum.org; Admission is $4–$7; voting is free.
LMCC’s LentSpace in Hudson Square
Thursdays Aug. 15 and 29, 1–2:30 p.m.
The New York City Guitar Orchestra (NYCGO) will use LentSpace Lunchtime programming to perform of some of the new music that has been commissioned specifically for this project. NYCGO is a performing collective that unites all levels of musicians with a passion for the distinguished heritage of the classical guitar. The Orchestra was established in 2010 by the New York City Classical Guitar Society. It is a welcoming and professionally run organization dedicated to providing valuable ensemble experience for guitarists of diverse backgrounds, while maintaining musical excellence and a commitment to fostering the creation of new music.
Mostly Mozart Festival
Until Aug. 24
On Aug. 17, a free panel will explore Mozart’s life and career. On Aug 21, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center will perform Mozart, Beethoven and Dvorak at the Summer Concert at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park. The event is free. On Aug. 22, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment will perform an all-Handel program. Tickets are $55 and up.
www.mostlymozart.org; various pricing
Out of Tradition
The Ukrainian Museum
Until Sept. 29
This exhibits highlights the work of more than 30 artists of a Ukrainian background who work in the field of decorative and applied arts. It explores the interconnection of contemporary works whose roots lie in traditional Ukrainian folk art. The more than 150 pieces that make up the exhibit include works ceramics, jewelry, high-fashion clothing and accessories, and decorative items crafted from wood, glass, and silver.
Shakespeare in the Park
Ending Aug. 18
Shakespeare in the Park, one of New York City’s most treasured summertime traditions, continues its mission of bringing art and culture to Central Park with Love’s Labour’s Lost directed by Alex Timbers. The Public Theater has presented free Shakespeare in the Park productions at the Delacorte Theater since 1962.
Until Aug. 30
What’s better at midnight on a summer Friday than a selection of secret gems and cult classics, screened in 35mm as much as possible? Coming up in the festival’s closing stretch are The Manitou by William Girdler, Pink Flamingos by John Waters, and Re-Animator by Stuart Gordon. Be there at 11:59 p.m., sharp.
Julia Margaret Cameron
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Opens Aug. 19
One of the greatest portraitists in the history of photography, Julia Margaret Cameron (1815–1879) blended an unorthodox technique, a deeply spiritual sensibility, and a Pre-Raphaelite–inflected aesthetic to create a gallery of vivid portraits and a mirror of the Victorian soul. This will be the first New York City museum exhibition devoted to Cameron’s work in nearly a generation, and the first ever at the Met. The showing of 35 works is drawn entirely from the Metropolitan’s collection, including major works from the Rubel Collection acquired in 1997 and the Gilman Collection acquired in 2005.
www.metmuseum.org; $12–$25 suggested