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Daily 5: Beck, Sigmar Polke, More

Don’t miss out! NewYork.com picks the five best things to do in New York City each and every day. Read on for June 30′s best events, from Beck at Hammerstein Ballroom to a ham and cheese party at The Ides at Wythe Hotel.

 

Installation view of Alibis: Sigmar Polke 1963–2010, The Museum of Modern Art, April 19–August 3, 2014. © 2014 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Jonathan Muzikar. All works by Sigmar Polke © 2014 The Estate of Sigmar Polke/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, Germany

Installation view of Alibis: Sigmar Polke 1963–2010, The Museum of Modern Art, April 19–August 3, 2014. © 2014 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Jonathan Muzikar. All works by Sigmar Polke © 2014 The Estate of Sigmar Polke/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, Germany

1. MUSIC: Beck at Hammerstein Ballroom

With his free-form mixing of genres and ability to swing from pop hits to psychedelic weirdness, Beck is quite the accomplished music maker, and his recent album Morning Phase (his first proper album in six years) continues in that vein. See the kooky Californian perform who knows what — he’s got a lot to choose from — when his current album cycle brings him to the grand Hammerstein Ballroom.

DETAILS: 8pm; from $59.50; sold out but tickets may be available on resale sites; 311 W. 34th St.; mcstudios.com

2. HISTORY: Obscura Society NYC: Secrets and Treasures of the Livingston Masonic Library

In this age of social media and overexposure, the Freemasons remain one of the most mysterious secret societies around. Now, Atlas Obscura invites you to take a rare peak inside their world on this guided tour of the Chancellor Robert R. Livingston Masonic Library. Located in the Freemasons’ Grand Lodge on 23rd St., this library holds many clues to what the Masons’ whole deal is. You can’t check out books unless you’re initiated, but you may snoop around and ask many questions of your guide, head librarian Tom Savini.

DETAILS: 6pm-7:30pm; $20; 71 23rd St., 14th floor; atlasobscura.com

3. ART: Alibis: Sigmar Polke 1963–2010 at the Museum of Modern Art

With work stretching across many mediums, German artist Sigmar Polke (1941-2010) was one of the most influential artists of the postwar generation. Working in a wide variety of styles, including Capitalist Realism (which he helped found), Polke expressed deep skepticism of social, political and artistic institutions. See some rarely displayed works — like his monumental soot paintings and his performances for German TV — at the first major retrospective of his work.

DETAILS: 10:30am-5:30pm; $22 (get tickets!); 11 W. 53rd St.

4. FOOD: Ham and Cheese Party at The Ides at Wythe Hotel

If yesterday’s cheesemonger competition was too pricey for you, here’s a chance to go wild on some local meats and cheeses for the low, low price of free. In celebration of Ham Independence Week, reps from La Quercia, Cellars at Jasper Hill and She Wolf Bakery will be giving out samples of acorn-fed prosciutto and fancy cheese and discuss all things porcine with you. Eat some snacks, have a drink and take in the views from the Wythe’s breezy roofdeck. And if you happen to go out and buy these purveyors’ fine products after that, they won’t be mad.

DETAILS: 5:30pm-8:30pm; free; 80 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn; brownpapertickets.com

5. FILM: Coney Island Flicks on the Beach: Gravity

Banish that case of the Mondays with a free outdoor movie in the comfortingly sketchy environs of Coney Island. Each Monday during July and August (plus tonight), a 40-foot inflatable screen will turn West 10th St. into a big movie theater showing a mix of modern, classic and indie flicks. Tonight’s selection: Gravity, a 2013 sci-fi thriller starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as astronauts who miss the earth so much. Warning: You will cry.

DETAILS: Sundown (between 8pm and 9pm); free; W. 10th St. at the Boardwalk; coneyislandfunguide.com

Want even more fun? Check out 15 Things to Do in July50 Free Things to Do This Summer and 10 NYC Summer Music Festivals You Shouldn’t Miss

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