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 28′s best events, from Lauryn Hill at Brooklyn Bowl to John Leguizamo’s Ghetto Klown at Central Park Summerstage.
1. MUSIC: Lauryn Hill at Brooklyn Bowl
From her time in the Fugees to her brilliant solo album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill to her recent misadventures with the IRS, singer, songwriter and firebrand Lauryn Hill has always been both inspirational and unpredictable. See the Grammy Award-winning R&B star do beloved hits like “Doo Wop (That Thing)” as well as more recent material like “Consumerism” (written while incarcerated) at the second of two Brooklyn Bowl dates she is playing as part of her “Homecoming Concert Series.” Sure it’s expensive, but Lauryn Hill is great, and those penalties ain’t gonna pay themselves.
DETAILS: 8pm; $75 (almost sold out, but a limited number of tickets will be available at the door); 61 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn; brooklynbowl.com
2. THEATER: John Leguizamo’s Ghetto Klown at Central Park Summerstage
Who doesn’t like John Leguizamo? From his early TV roles to his poignantly funny one-man shows, the Colombian-born, Queens-raised writer/actor/comedian/producer has been making people laugh since the ’80s. His latest live show, Ghetto Klown, sees the young Leguizamo struggling to make it as an actor, from his NYC adolescence to major motion pictures. It’s “all the things I say to my therapist and my manager, but would never want the general public to know,” says Leguizamo of his new work. “It’s cheaper than a lawsuit and I get to take a bow at the end.” See it for free at Central Park’s Summerstage series.
DETAILS: 8pm-10pm; free (admission is first come, first served); Rumsey Playfield (enter at 5th Ave. and 72nd St.); summerstage.donyc.com
3. SHOPPING: Dossier Outpost at South Street Seaport
Had an exhausting weekend? Why not play hooky from work and poke around at Dossier magazine’s well-curated constellation of pop-up shops at South Street Seaport? Housed in old shipping containers, this neat little project features a rotating slate of designers with clothes for sale, as well as art, food and assorted cultural happenings (check the calendar!). This month’s offerings include Selima Optique, Summerhouse Urban Surf Collective and an art exhibition from the ever-innovative Cinders Gallery.
DETAILS: 12pm-7pm; free; 89 South St.; dossieroutpost.com
4. FILM: Snowpiercer at the Angelika Film Center
Are you ready for a dystopian action flick about class struggle? Um, yes, please. In his first English-language film, Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho weaves a gorgeous sci-fi epic based on a French graphic novel about a post-Ice Age world in which all remaining humans inhabit a train perpetually circling the globe. The poorest passengers are subject to horrid conditions, which sows seeds of discontent until finally… no spoilers!
DETAILS: various times; $14; 18 W. Houston St.; angelikafilmcenter.com
5. ART: Joyride at Marlborough Chelsea
Celebrate the urban cycling movement in all its glory at this special exhibition of bicycle-related art presented by Ed Spurr and Brendt Barbur in conjunction with the Bicycle Film Festival. While the theme might sound kitschy, rest assured the art is not, as it comes from such international heavyweights as Ai Weiwei, Alex Katz and Lizzi Bougatsos (of Gang Gang Dance fame). Pedal over to see it before it closes August 3.
DETAILS: 10am-6pm; free; 545 W. 25th St.; marlboroughchelsea.com