Expert Picks

The Wicked Cool Things Our Culture Experts Are Doing This June (You Can Join Them!)

Our art, music, theater, and food experts pick their favorite happenings of the month.

Taste of Bushwick. Photo courtesy of The Bushwick Starr.

Stomp your feet to a second-line march, see the world through Stanley Kubrick’s eyes, and catch your own hard cider. Our culture experts recommend these and plenty of other activities to squeeze in between weddings this month.

Live Music

New York Brass FestivalJune 10
An all-day festival at the McKittrick Hotel (where they do Sleep No More) that includes the bands Slavic Soul Party!, Hungry March Band, Louis Armstrong Eternity Band, and seven or eight other brass bands. The fun starts with a jazz brunch and New Orleans–style second-line march and finishes with a late-night all-bands jam session.  John Seroff, music expert

Photo courtesy of Louis Armstrong Eternity Band

Of Montreal at LPRJune 12
This is a rare chance to see the glittery, psychedelic brilliance of Of Montreal in the relatively intimate LPR space—they usually play massive venues, so this is a real treat! Meera Dugal, music expert

Theater

Straight White Men, previews begin June 29
Downtown provocateur Young Jean Lee finally gets her Broadway moment. Lee’s plays have been marked by a willingness to make audiences squirm. This family drama, which debuted at the Public Theater back in 2014, is about a group of men (starring notable names like Armie Hammer and Tom Skerritt) dealing with love and personal despair. David Cote, theater expert

Photo courtesy of Young Jean Lee

Art + Museums

Escher,” opening June 8
The visually stunning, overwhelming dreamlike art of M.C. Escher takes over Industry City. Two hundred of the artist’s most famous original works will be presented, bending the mind with each glance. Ross Tipograph, performance expert

“Dan Graham: A New Look at TV and a Fun House,” through June 16
Graham began his art career as a gallery director and writer in the mid-1960s, before moving more squarely into art making. His practice includes video art, performance, and translucent glass pavilions that resemble architecture as much as they do sculpture—and his art has been shown at the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, to name a few. All of which is to say, there’s plenty of museum-class work to look forward to at this Greene Naftali gallery show. —Paddy Johnson, art expert

“Through a Different Lens: Stanley Kubrick Photos,” through October 28
Experience New York through a filmmaker’s gaze. Kubrick’s photographs capture the essence of the early 1950s with his sophisticated eye, which elevated typical street scenes into moments of artistic genius.  —Molly Surno, art expert

Stanley Kubrick, From “Life and Love on the New York City Subway”, 1947

Dining and Drinking

Courtyard Snacks (and Cocktails!) at Aska
A meal at this Michelin-starred Scandinavian restaurant is one of the city’s great indulgences. But for those summer nights when you don’t want to gorge on a multi-multi-course meal—or shoulder the cost—slip into the lovely back garden for a complex cocktail and a few small bites from the bar menu. Not only will you taste flavors you didn’t know existed, you can spend under $50 for the experience. —Secret Culinary Insider

Photo courtesy of Aska

Taste of Bushwick, June 12
Don’t let the East Williamsburg venue confuse you; every last dish and drink coming out of Brooklyn Steel on June 12 is quintessentially Bushwick. Prep your stomach for sips from WSWD fave Brooklyn Cider House; authentic south-of-the-border eats from Tortilleria Mexicano Los Hermanos and Guadalupe Inn; Foster Sundry’s homey American fare; and some of the borough’s best fried chickpea balls from Queen of Falafel. —Jess Bender, eating and drinking expert

Photo courtesy of The Bushwick Starr

Wellness

Sacred Summer Healing, June 9
Heal your body, soul, and…finances? Yep. At this daylong event at Oasis Day Spa, financial experts will discuss how your relationship with money affects your well-being; you’ll make your own skincare products; and you’ll enjoy a body scrub or facial. —Aleona Nyamgavaa, wellness expert

Photo courtesy of Oasis Day Spa

PopSugar Play/Ground, June 9 and 10
Wellness has taken on the festival format with this all-in-one, two-day extravaganza. The varied events feature such panelists as Mindy Kaling, a performance by British pop duo AlunaGeorge, workout classes led by superstar Kayla Itsines, and a ’grammable interactive playground. —Aleona Nyamgavaa, wellness expert

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