Don’t miss out! NewYork.com picks the five best things to do in New York City each and every day. Read on for July 1′s best events, from Chuck Klosterman at Barnes and Noble Union Square to the Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series at Crotona Park.
1. BOOKS: Chuck Klosterman: I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling with Villains (Real and Imagined) at Barnes and Noble Union Square
From old Westerns to Breaking Bad, the villain has often been more interesting than the hero, especially in the case of the many conflicted “antiheros” that America has created this past decade. In his new essay collection, I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling with Villains (Real and Imagined), pop culture critic Chuck Klosterman takes on America’s ever-evolving love affair with villainy in his usual funny and approachable way. Watch him read from the book at tonight’s author event.
DETAILS: 7pm; free; 33 E. 17th St.; barnesandnoble.com
2. PARTY: Tuesday Collage Presents a Live Art Tribute to Jay-Z and Kanye West at The DL
Well, this sounds interesting. Tonight on the rooftop of restaurant/club The DL, the New Collage event series brings you a “classic live art tribute to Jay-Z and Kanye West” where artists will make all manner of images of the storied duo… because they really need a self-esteem boost. There will be food, drink, Afro rhythm and hip hop DJs, “networking” and “a sexy vibe.” Watch the throne.
DETAILS: 7pm-1am; free; 95 Delancey St.; Tuesday Collage
3. MUSIC: The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series 2014 at Crotona Park
One great thing about summer in New York is the preponderance of great cultural activities one can enjoy without shelling out a single cent. There are outdoor movies, yoga classes in the park and… opera? Yes, even opera! Catch a concert from some of Metropolitan Opera’s rising stars at their Summer Recital Series, which takes place in various parks around the five boroughs. Tonight’s performance is in Bronx’s Crotona Park and features Mary-Jane Lee, soprano; Ginger Costa-Jackson, mezzo-soprano; Yunpeng Wang, baritone; and Dan Saunders, pianist.
DETAILS: 7pm; free; Crotona Park, Bronx; metopera.org
4. COMEDY: I’m New Here — Can You Show Me Around? at Union Hall
New York is largely a city of immigrants; whether you’re from the next state over or a country across the sea, many of us came here from someplace else. See new writing, stand-up and interviews on the subject from various funny transplants at this new monthly show from writers/comedians Maeve Higgins (originally from Ireland) and Jon Ronson (who’s from Wales, and whose most famous book is probably The Men Who Stare At Goats). With “very special guests.”
DETAILS: 8pm; $10; 702 Union St., Brooklyn; unionhallny.com
5. THEATER: 16 Words Or Less at The Wild Project
Are you up for some fresh new theater that has yet to be reviewed by anyone? Presented as part of Clubbed Thumb’s provocative Summerworks festival and written by Peggy Stanford, this play follows an overly helpful flower shop clerk who “tries to contain the challenges of her customers’ lives, but can’t do the same for herself.” Directed by Portia Krieger.
DETAILS: 8pm; $15-$18; 195 E 3rd St.; The Wild Project