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 3′s best events, from Lydia Lunch at Trans Pecos to the GetSummered Pool Party at McCarren Hotel and Pool.
1. ART: I Am Here (Blacking the Internet) at Superchief Gallery NYC
Despite being a haven for all kinds of idiocy, the internet is also a space where cultures and ideas combine in interesting ways. See how a small selection of black artists navigate the online experience in this group show curated by Joygill Moriah. Among the objectives namechecked by the curatorial statement are asserting presence, culture, communication and community. Also: the simple goal of fun! Featuring the work of Azikiwe Mohammed, Terrell Davis, Nandi Loaf, Devin Kenny, Palmtrees Caprisun Citrusblast and Juliana Huxtable.
DETAILS: 6pm-10pm (opening reception); free; 9 Clinton St.; Superchief Gallery NYC
2. MUSIC: Lydia Lunch at Trans Pecos
We’ll admit it: Sometimes the high rents and undignified commutes of New York City start to make us wonder why we’re still here. And then we see that no wave icon Lydia Lunch is playing an intimate show in our neighborhood on a random weeknight, and we remember: This place rules. Worship at the altar of the provocative singer, poet, writer and actress when she plays DIY king Todd P’s newish venue Trans Pecos with her new project Retrovirus, “a balistic musical retrospective” featuring former members of Swans, Sonic Youth and Pussy Galore. With Doomsday Student, Dark Sister and Tripping Landlocked Infidels.
DETAILS: 5pm; $10; 915 Wyckoff Ave., Queens; Trans Pecos
3. PARTY: GetSummered: An Evening Swim Event at McCarren Hotel and Pool
As summer settles into its sweaty groove, 5pm can feel a lot like noon. Float around in the McCarren Park Hotel’s saltwater pool — purportedly the only one in NYC — to the smooth sounds of ”Jason Dirtyboogie Rivera and his GetSummered radio crew” at the kickoff edition of this moist new weekly party. There will be free gelato from Ciao Bella while supplies last, as well as a tropical photo booth and drink tickets for the first 30 people there(!!) Chances to swim in fancypants pools free of charge are few and far between in this town; seize the moment.
DETAILS: 5pm-10pm; free; 160 N. 12th St., Brooklyn; mccarrenpark.com
4. THEATER: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson at the Old Stone House
What better way to celebrate Fourth of July eve than by attending a free outdoor play about one of our founding fathers? (The seventh president still counts as “founding,” right?) First developed by New York-based experimental company Les Freres Corbusier, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson is a rock musical that tells the story of the hot-headed leader who laid the groundwork for much right-wing populism to come… a theme that is, unfortunately, quite relevant to the present day. Directed by Nigel Williams; starring Sean Coughlin as Jackson.
DETAILS: 8pm; free; 336 3rd St., Brooklyn; pipertheatre.org
5. SIDESHOW: Pieces of Strange at the Slipper Room
While the Slipper Room is generally a place to watch lovely ladies remove their clothing, tonight a somewhat different show is being mounted by a troupe of circus weirdos including Jelly Boy the Clown (eek!), Albert Cadabra (a magician of sorts) and Donny Vomit (ew?). Also: special guests. With over ten years of combined sideshow experience between them, these gentlemen can do things like straitjacket escapes, sword swallowing, fire breathing, “blockhead” (basically: hammering nails into one’s head) and legerdemain, so expect to see something along those lines. And without having to trek out to Coney Island!
DETAILS: 11:55pm; $10; 167 Orchard St.; slipperroom.com