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Courtesy of Socrates Sculpture Park

More Summer Film Festivals Begin
Wed, July 6 & Thurs, July 7

Four free film series begin this week at Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens, Hudson River Park in Manhattan, and McCarren and Brooklyn Bridge Parks in Brooklyn.

Courtesy of Lincoln Center

Lincoln Center Festival
Tues, July 5–Sun, Aug 14

The Lincoln Center Festival 2011 offers 116 theater, music, dance and opera performances by ensembles and artists from some 20 countries, and includes 6 world, North American, U.S. and New York premieres unfolding in 7 venues on and off the Lincoln Center campus.

Margot Leverett and the Klezmer Mountain Boys - photo: Melanie Wellner

SummerNights Concert Series
Jewish Museum
Thurs, July 7–Thurs, Aug 4

Margot Leverett and the Klezmer Mountain Boys kick off a series of five Thursday concerts on July 7. Other scheduled performers include Sexteto Rodriguez Cuban Jewish All Stars, Slavic Soul Party!, the Michael Winograd Trio and Hazmat Modine.

Ascension. Whitney on Site New Commissions Downtown
Gansevoort Plaza
Thurs, July 7–Sat, July 9

To prepare for the opening of the Whitney Museum of Art’s new building in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District, the museum has commissioned multiple projects on the building’s site, including Ascension by choreographer Elizabeth Streb. Known for her extreme mixture of dance, athletics, circus and Hollywood stunt-work, this piece is performed by nine members of the STREB Extreme Action Company to the music of David Van Tiegem on a 21-foot rotating ladder. The 15-minute piece is performed each day at 3 pm and 5 pm.

Courtesy of www.bastilledaynyc.com

Bastille Day on 60th Street
French Institute Alliance Française
Sun, July 10

Celebrate the French national holiday and French culture at this annual, free three-block fête on 60th Street between Fifth and Lexington Avenues. Revelers can play a round of petanque, taste delicious treats or listen to music at a day-long concert.

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SundayArts is made possible in part by First Republic Bank and by the Rubin Museum of Art. Funding for SundayArts is also made possible by Rosalind P. Walter, The Paul and Irma Milstein Foundation, The Philip & Janice Levin Foundation, Elise Jaffe and Jeffrey Brown, Jody and John Arnhold, and The Lemberg Foundation. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Additional funding provided by members of THIRTEEN.
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