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Daily 5: Neutral Milk Hotel, Piper Kerman, More

Don’t miss out! picks the five best things to do in New York City each and every day. Read on for July 23’s best events, from Neutral Milk Hotel at Prospect Park Bandshell to Piper Kerman at the Bryant Park Reading Room.


Neutral Milk Hotel will perform in Prospect Park

Neutral Milk Hotel will perform in Prospect Park

1. MUSIC: Neutral Milk Hotel at Prospect Park Bandshell

After years of rumors, speculations and solo appearances, reclusive indie rocker Jeff Mangum has finally gotten the band back together to play a handful of reunion shows, no foolin’. Despite releasing just two studio albums, both in the late ’90s, Neutral Milk Hotel has had a huge impact on both indie music (The Decemberists, Bright Eyes) and popular culture (Parks and Recreation), and fans the world over are stoked to get another chance to see them live. Tonight’s show should be especially nice, as it will be outdoors, under the trees.

DETAILS: 7pm; $39.50-$45; Prospect Park Bandshell;

2. READING: Word for Word: Piper Kerman at Bryant Park

If you, like us, are still upset that there will be no more Orange is the New Black to binge-watch until next summer, you might want to go and see the real Piper in person. In what’s bound to be a popular edition of Bryant Park’s Word for Word Author series, New Yorker TV critic Emily Nussbaum will speak with author and prison reform activist Piper Kerman about both her memoir Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison and the hit Netflix series based on it. Ask her how she feels about Laura Prepon’s acting!

DETAILS: 12:30pm-1:45pm; free; Bryant Park Reading Room;

3. SHOW AND TELL: Show and Tell: Scars, Tats and Piercings at Madame X

Contrary to what Ink’d might have taught you, not “every body” has a story, at least not one they’d want to tell you. However, there are enough “bodies” willing to share now that there are now several popular TV shows on the subject. A logical extension of that trend, Show and Tell brings the tattoo storytelling experience to a more intimate setting, and includes people’s piercings (understandable) and scars from injuries (not really the same, but okay) as well. Try not to hold it against them that they said “tats.”

DETAILS: 6:30pm-8:30pm; free; 94 W . Houston St.; Madame X

4. PHOTOGRAPHY: Marilyn: The Lost Photographs of a Hollywood Star at Sumo Gallery

New photographs of Marilyn Monroe?! Well, you don’t say! See numerous previously unavailable or unpublished prints of the megawatt blonde by five different photographers at this very Marilyn exhibition. Comprised of snaps by Milton Greene, Lani Carlson, Thomas “Doc” Kaminski, Mischa Pelz and Allan “Whitney” Snyder (her personal makeup artist), the show depicts Marilyn in a variety of ways: animal lover Marilyn, serious actress Marilyn, and of course, smiling sex kitten Marilyn. Fine art prints for sale, obvs.

DETAILS: 12pm-7pm; free; 37 Walker St.;

5. SPORTS: NYC Bridge Runners Club at the Henley Vaporium

Who says exercise can’t be fun? Take a twilight run through some random neighborhoods and across a bridge (TBA) followed by a pit stop for food and drinks (also TBA) with New York’s premier renegade nighttime running crew. Routes are not announced in advance, making it an exciting surprise every time. Bag check is available, though you might want to stuff some money in your sports bra for wherever you may end up. As seen in the New York Times!

DETAILS: 7pm meet up, 7:30pm run; free; 23 Cleveland Pl.; NYC Bridge Runners Club

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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