What’s Up This Week

Here are just a few of the highlights on tap this week. More info on these—and the full slate—is in the Tribeca calendar of events.

Celebrate Independence Day with a barbecue at Bogardus Plaza that appears to continue at Ward III.

Rickie Lee Jones plays City Winery (also Wednesday and Thursday). ••• The strange-sounding 1974 film Bad Ronald screens at 92YTribeca, introduced by director Michael Tully (Septien): It’s “the bizarre tale of high school outcast Ronald Wilby […], who accidentally kills a girl. His overprotective mother proceeds to build a secret room in their house in order to hide him from the world. That setup works just fine, until Mom dies unexpectedly and a new family moves in.” ••• Jazz-rock guitarist Larry Coryell plays at Pace University as part of the River to River Festival.

Woody Allen’s Manhattan screens at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. ••• Nicole Holofcener’s 1996 Walking and Talking, with can-do-no-wrong Catherine Keener, is at 92YTribeca; Liev Schreiber is scheduled to appear.

Baby Soda Jazz Band plays for all ages at Washington Market Park. ••• Meanwhile, two movies about evil kids, The Children and Don’t Go to Sleep, are at 92YTribeca. ••• My Brightest Diamond plays Castle Clinton for the R2R Festival.

The Mysterious Bookshop hosts Thrillerfest 2011, a party for mystery writers and readers: “Guests include James Rollins, Hallie Ephron, Jessica Speart, Wendi Corsi Staub, Katia Leif, W. Craig Reed, Kate White, Philip Margolin, Jonathan Hayes, Alafair Burke, Matt Hilton, Steve Martini, Jamie Freveletti, Caroline Todd, James Barney and Andrew Gross.” ••• The Wake and Weekend—that’s two bands—play the Seaport for the R2R Festival. ••• 10,000 Maniacs play City Winery (also Saturday). Here’s the first song I remember of theirs. And here’s one that’ll make you cry.

There’s a cherry-spitting contest and bluegrass at the Tribeca Greenmarket. ••• At the WFC Winter Garden for the R2R Festival: “The Dancer Films, a collection of very short films based on Jules Feiffer’s beloved cartoon character, the modern Dancer” (also Sunday).

New Amsterdam Market and Fulton Stall Market; the latter features a concert by Pow Wow! ••• At the WFC Winter Garden for R2R: “In a live dance-in inspired by The Dancer Films, release your inner Dancer while Jules Feiffer creates new cartoons joined by dancer Andrea Weber and live music by Jane Ira Bloom. All ages welcome!” ••• Dazed and Confused screens at the Tribeca Grand, followed by Showtime’s “True Blood.”

As for ongoing events, you might consider…
“A Field Guide to Getting Lost” at the Pelavin Gallery: “In commemoration of the institution’s thirty year anniversary, Pelavin Gallery is proud to announce a group exhibition of gallery artists based on the cultural historian Rebecca Solnit’s book of essays, A Field Guide to Getting Lost. Using Solnit’s meditation on the pleasures and terrors of getting lost as a premise, this show seeks to present a collection of works which entices ‘the wideness of the world’ and the virtues of being open to new and transformative experiences.” This work, “Smoke Drawing” by Norman Mooney, is gorgeous.


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