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NYC Living This Week

JUNE 19, 2012

This Week: Summer’s best music festivals, dinner with John Waters, a neighborhood made of shipping containers and more.

Financial District

River to River Festival
Always a highlight of summer in NYC, this Lower Manhattan-centric celebration of music, dance, theater, storytelling, DJs, parties and art brings top talent – from Alarm Will Sound, Oneohtrix Point Never and Eleanor Friedberger to Shakespeare and Beckett – to lawns, riverfront parks and other venues just about every day of the week.
June 17-July 15
Venues vary, see calendar for details, times and event tickets

Brooklyn Heights


Photoville: A Shipping Container Photo Village
Photoville may share similarities with any other Brooklyn neighborhood, except for the fact that it’s a temporary village consisting of 60,000 square feet of shipping containers, parked deep in the wilds of Brooklyn Bridge Park, free and open to the public and dedicated to the art of art photography. You'll find hands-on workshops for cool photo stuff like lomography, portrait shooting and more. Plus: A dog run, food trucks and a beer garden, of course.
June 22 to July 1
Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 3, Brooklyn waterfront between DUMBO and Atlantic Avenue

TriBeCa

Dinner and Discussion with John Waters
As part of City Winery’s famed meet-and-greet dinners, this pair of evenings offers a chance to share a three course-meal and wine pairings with devilish writer/director John Waters in an intimate setting.
June 22 & 23, 6PM
City Winery, 155 Varick Street
Tickets $170

SoHo

Film Festival: Spaghetti Westerns at Film Forum
If you can’t get enough of classic westerns directed by guys named Sergio, you’ll find all of your favorites including Once Upon a Time in the West, Duck, You Sucker! and more at this stellar roundup.
Through June 21
Film Forum, 209 West Houston Street
See theater site for times and tickets

East Village

Celebrate Summer on the Oval
As part of this beloved downtown/outdoor free summer concert series, this year’s lineup will include Blitzen Trapper, Alejandro Escovedo, Ben Kweller and more on the sprawling lawns of the Stuy Town Oval. Through July 28, see event site for calendar.
This week: The Wood Brothers.
Saturday, June 23, 3-5 PM
Peter Cooper Village/Stuyvesant Town Oval

Randall’s Island

The Governor’s Ball Music Festival
Attend a summer rockfest without the hassle of plane tickets, hotel rooms and not being able to go home to your own apartment. You only have to travel as far as Randall’s Island to catch top indie acts like Beck, Passion Pit, Modest Mouse, Devendra Banhart, Fiona Apple and many more.
June 23rd & 24th
Randall’s Island, located along the East River between Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx
See event site for transportation info and tickets