New York City Arts Events July 26–Aug 1

July 22, 2013 1:21 pm Last Updated: June 28, 2015 5:20 pm

Story Time for Grown-Ups
NYPL Mid-Manhattan Library
July 29, 2013, 7–8 p.m.

Why should story time end with childhood? The NYPL presents “The Waltz” by Dorothy Parker (1933) and “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” by James Thurber (1939). In the first story, an invitation to dance sparks an internal monologue considerably different in tone and content from what she is saying aloud to her dance partner. In the second, Walter Mitty’s interior life is much more exciting than his daily existence. In his fantasy life, he is always the hero.; free

Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra
Lincoln Center
July 27–Aug. 24

This year, inspired by the genius and brilliance of Mozart, Lincoln Center presents an expansive and rich calendar of concerts, opera performances, and late-night recitals, as well as many world premieres. The festival is led by Renée and Robert Belfer Music Director Louis Langrée. Featuring Celebrate Beethoven, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, vocal music, chamber music, and films.; various pricing


Laughter in the Park 
Central Park Mineral Springs (Central Park West & 69th St.)
July 28 (last call!)

Hosted by, a charity whose ultimate goal is to change people’s perception of the comic arts, especially stand-up comedy, and to strengthen the shared cultural bonds that humor engenders. Laughter in the Park is the organization’s signature event. Most performers have headlined at comedy clubs, appeared on TV and/or written for network shows, but new talent will also take the stage. and; free

The Explorers Club
MTC Stage I at City Center
Until Aug. 4 (ending soon!)

The Explorer’s Club is a new madcap comedy from Tony-nominated writer Nell Benjamin (Legally Blonde), directed by Marc Bruni (Old Jews Telling Jokes). In London, 1879, the prestigious Explorers Club is in crisis: the acting president wants to admit a woman, and their bartender is terrible. True, this female candidate is brilliant, beautiful and has discovered a legendary Lost City, but the decision to let in a woman could shake the very foundation of the British Empire, and how do you make such a decision without a decent drink? ; $85

Ghetto Babylon
59 E 59 Theater
Aug. 1–18

Ghetto Babylon takes place in 1982 in the South Bronx. Puerto Rican and proud, Charlie Rosa embarks on a summer of baseball, bullies and boarding school and girls. When Charlie receives a letter, his life becomes about big secrets, little lies, and humongous pressure. Suddenly, it is hard just being fourteen. Luckily, he has one hell of an imaginary friend. The murder of Phillips Exeter Academy honor student and Harlem resident Edmund “Eddie” Perry inspired Ghetto Babylon.; $18

Five boroughs
Until Aug 29

On the afternoon of Sunday July 28 Rock Steady Crew 36th Anniversary Concert will take place in Central Park. The The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series continues on July 30 with a performance in Jackie Robinson Park in Manhattan.; free
River Flicks
Pier 63 lawn
Wednesdays, 8:30pm

Movies for adults and kids showing for free at the riverside! For grownups, Hudson River Park will show Moonrise Kingdom on July 31, The Avengers on Aug. 7, Pitch Perfect on Aug. 14, and The Hunger Games on Aug. 21. Kids films show on Fridays at Pier 46.; free
Taiwan Cinema Days
Anthology Film Archives (32 Second Ave)
July 26, 10 p.m.

The three cherry-picked shorts, interspersed with two refreshing animations, comprehensively present the various topographies of Taiwan. Five films will show in total: When The Cold Wind Blows, The Box, How I Learned To Tell A Lie, SeeD, and Rain.; $10–$12
Antiques fair
Antique Jewelry Show
Metropolitan Pavilion (125 W. 18th St.)
July 26–29

The New York Antique Jewelry & Watch Show will host 100 of the most prestigious antique jewelry and watch dealers in the world. Exhibitors will show vintage and costume jewelry, estate jewelry, and all styles from Victorian to art deco. This event caters to the jewelry industry and the public alike.; $20 for all four days

Ending Soon

July 28 Visual Arts John Singer Sargent Watercolors $8–$12
August 3 Performing Arts 100 Years of Flamenco in New York Free
August 4 Visual Arts Selections from the Asia Society Museum Collection $5–$10
August 4 Visual Arts The Cyrus Cylinder and Ancient Persia $12–$25 suggested
August 7 Music Mad. Sq. Music: Oval Lawn Series Free
August 9 Visual Arts New Prints/New Narratives Free
August 11 Performing Arts Lincoln Center Out of Doors Free
August 11 Visual Arts Old Masters, Newly Acquired $12–$18
August 14 Film Summerscreen: Films in Williamsburg Free
August 17 Visual Arts Golden Age of American Illustration Free
August 18 Theater Shakespeare in the Park Free
August 18 Visual Arts Search for the Unicorn at the Cloisters $12–$25 suggested
August 21 Film River Flicks at Hudson River Park Free
August 24 Music Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center Various pricing
August 25 Visual Arts New Acquisition: The Saint John’s Bible $12–$18
August 29 Music Summerstage Free
September 1 Music Bargemusic: Concerts on the River $15–$45