The Best Things To Do In NYC This Week

Spill some tea with the Illustrious Blacks at Harlem Stage, Saturday (photo by Bobby Miller)

Museum Mile Festival @ Upper West Side

Get a huge dose of culture at the 41st annual Museum Mile Festival, a rain-or-shine evening during which eight of NYC’s best cultural institutes are free and open late. The festival began in the late 1970s to increase awareness and enjoyment of the city’s incredible artistic offerings and has drawn huge crowds ever since. Participating institutions include the Africa Center, El Museo del Barrio, Museum of the City of New York, the Guggenheim, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art; each will have special exhibits on view as well as live-music and art-making workshops for all to enjoy.

Tuesday, June 11th, 6 p.m. // Fifth Ave. btw 82nd and 110th St., Manhattan // Free

Women / Create Festival of Dance @ New York Live Arts

For the seventh year running, several prominent female composers will each present new works during the Women / Create dance festival. The performances display a range of creative dance work, like “You Took a Part of Me,” choreographed by Karole Armitage, which is based on the 15th-century Noh play Nonomiya; “The Theory of Color,” choreographed by Jennifer Muller, which takes place on a uniquely illuminated stage immersed in an intense color field; and “Moss Anthology,” choreographed by Jacqulyn Buglisi, which was inspired by Potawatomi botanist and poet Robin Wall Kimmerer. The program runs for a week, with different pieces performed each night.

Opens Tuesday, June 11th, 7:30 p.m. // New York Live Arts, 219 W 19th St., Manhattan // Tickets: $15 – $45

Get the gals to the front at Women / Create Dance Festival (photo courtesy of Richmond Ballet Studio Theater)

Taste of LIC @ Kaufman Astoria Studios

Eat well for a good cause at the 14th annual Taste of LIC, a delicious fundraiser to benefit the residency, performance, and community programs at the Chocolate Factory Theater. Purveyors include Alewife, Bellweather, Dutch Kills Centraal, Kurry Qulture, Mikkeller Brewery, The Thirsty Koala, Tom Cat Bakery, and many, many more. The MC will be NYC Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer, and there will be a performance by dancer Neil Greenberg.

Wednesday, June 12th, 5:30 p.m. // The Backlot at Kaufman Astoria Studios, 35th Ave. btw 35th and 36th St., Queens // Tickets: $65

Out to Climb @ Brooklyn Boulders Queensbridge

There is certainly no shortage of Pride offerings this month; this one, presented by A Queer Pride and Brooklyn Brewery, brings the party to a rock-climbing gym. Out to Climb features a vertical drag show, auto belay races, climbing classes, and dancing. Performers include Shanita Bump, Thee Suburbia, West Dakota, and Kandy Muse, and it’s all hosted by Wang Newton. A percentage of the proceeds will be donated to The Stonewall Inn Gives Back Initiative.

Wednesday, June 12th, 6 p.m. // Brooklyn Boulders Queensbridge, 23-10 41st Ave., Queens // Tickets: $15–$25

13 Fruitcakes @ La Mama

Come by 13 Fruitcakes for a musical tribute to 13 influential LGBTQ figures throughout history. The production is comprised of musical-theater vignettes honoring a diverse group of figures, including King Hyegong, Hans Christian Andersen, Dong Xian (董賢), Josephine Baker, and Gertrude Stein, all staged along with a song cycle based on the works of queer poets. Some of the performers hail from far and wide, like the Los Angeles Lap Top Collective and the Singing Actors Repertory Company from Korea.

Opens Friday, June 13th, 7 p.m. // The Ellen Stewart Theatre @ La MaMa, 66 East 4th St., Manhattan // Tickets: $26

Live at the Archway @ Dumbo Archway

The Dumbo BID’s popular Live at the Archway series is back for the fifth year, presenting 11 weeks of live programming with world music, interactive experiences, pop-up art shows, and more. This season kicks off with a high-energy roster: Congolese pop from Nkumu Katalay & The “Life Long Project” Band and all-women Brazilian samba reggae drum line Fogo Azul. DJ Kai Song will keep things moving after the live music, and there will be an art exhibition at nearby Gallery Cubed called “Plenty of Pockets” by Rose Nestler.

Thursday, June 14th, 5 p.m. // Dumbo Archway, Water St. btw Anchorage Pl. and Adams St., Brooklyn // Free

Travel the world without leaving Brooklyn (photo courtesy of Ukrainian Village Voices)

Brooklyn International Music Festival @ Jalopy Theater

Get your groove on at Jalopy Theater’s 14th annual Brooklyn International Music Festival, two days of workshops and live performances by musicians from all over the world, representing traditions from Venezuela to Serbia, Nepal to Mali, China to Haiti. Just a few of the dozen acts on the roster: Tambalagumba, who specialize in Medieval Spanish and Latin American music; Kongo, NYC-based Haitians playing socially conscious Kreyol songs; Sukarma, Nepal’s “most sought-after” folk-classical outfit; Zong Li Lu, who plays the Chinese Duxianqin (独弦琴); and Yacouba Cissoko, one of the world’s foremost kora players.

Friday, June 14th, and Saturday, June 16th // Jalopy Theater, 315 Columbia St., Brooklyn // Tickets: $20/day; $30/weekend

Spill the Tea @ Harlem Stage

To kick off their spring season, Harlem Stage presents Spill the Tea, an afternoon of words and music centering on Southern gay black men. Things start out with journalist Scott Poulson-Bryant talking to author and professor E. Patrick Johnson about Sweet Tea, Johnson’s book of oral histories that he’s also adapted into a stage play and a forthcoming documentary film, Making Sweet Tea. Following that will be a performance and DJ set by The Illustrious Blacks, bringing “ethereal vocals, celestial sonics, and earthly musical messages.”

Saturday, June 15th, 4 p.m. // Harlem Stage, 150 Convent Ave., Harlem // Tickets: $15

Fleetmac Wood @ Industry City

Dance your face off at Fleetmac Wood, a traveling dance party featuring disco, techno, and house remixes that “reframe” the songs of Fleetwood Mac. DJs Roxanne Roll and Smooth Sailing have toured their party—which began on the playa at Burning Man—from Berlin to Australia. The theme of the evening is Gold Dust Disco, and attendees are encouraged to dress accordingly.

Saturday, June 15ht, 8:30 p.m. // Industry City, 238 36th St., Brooklyn // Tickets: $25

(Courtesy of the Smorgasburg Jerk Festival)

Smorgasburg Jerk Festival @ Prospect Park

In case there’s not enough to commemorate in June, it’s also Caribbean American Heritage Month. The Prospect Park Alliance is collaborating with cultural platform caribBEING all month long on workshops, art installations, and special events, like the Smorgasburg Jerk Festival. Get a taste of the islands with treats from Flatbush-based eateries Peppa’s, Creme and Cocoa Creamery, and Excell’s Kingston Eatery; there will also be live music and packaged goods from Breukelen Rub and Shaquanda Can Feed You.

Sunday, June 16th, 11 a.m. // Prospect Park, Breeze Hill, Brooklyn // Free

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