Flavorpill Guide to This Week’s Top 10 New York Events

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For our (unconscionably high) rent money, the best thing about living in NYC is its endless supply of fun, odd, and inspired cultural events — especially during the summer months. But with so many options, it can be hard to know where to even begin. To help you make sense of it all, Flavorpill Deputy Editor Mindy Bond shares the very best of what’s on offer this week. It’s just a taste of what you can find on the new Flavorpill, so if you like what you see, be sure to sign up.

Monday, July 29

MUSIC: Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy and Dawn McCarthy Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy and Faun Fables frontwoman Dawn McCarthy recently teamed up to revisit (and re-imagine) the songbook of their musical heroes, the Everly Brothers. The collaboration yielded a heartfelt 13-track album, which now has the pair bringing their country-tinged rock renditions to a handful of cities. Luckily New York made the cut and tonight, Will and Dawn pull in to sing What the Brothers Sang at Town Hall. — Mindy Bond

Tuesday, July 30

BOOKS: Cookbook Launch: The Catch by Ben Sargent, with Peter Kaminsky Whether you know him as the Brooklyn Chowder Surfer, Doktor Klaw the man who sold lobster rolls illegally, or as the host of Cooking Channel’s Hook, Line, and Dinner, Ben Sargent is most definitely passionate about his seafood. Tonight, Sargent celebrates the launch of his debut cookbook, THE CATCH: Sea-to-Table Recipes, Stories & Secrets with the folks at powerHouse Arena. An homage to the locals he’s encountered on seashores around the world, the book contains fish tales as well as 100 recipes that are sure to get you stuffing, grilling, roasting, frying, smoking, and baking fish to perfection in no time. In addition to libations, the party includes a conversation between Sargent and food writer Peter Kaminsky. — Mindy Bond

Wednesday, July 31

FOOD/WINE: Good Beer Tried and true, Edible Manhattan knows what it’s doing when it comes to food and drink fests. Good Beer, which is now in its fifth year, is the bi-monthly magazine’s summertime salute to the best brews around. A frothy selection of ales and lagers from crafters including Dogfish Head, Radeberger Gruppe, and Allagash Brewing Company are available (and unlimited). To keep revelers in check, the beverages have been paired with eats from some of New York’s finest food purveyors, such as Gramercy Tavern, Fort Defiance, Luke’s Lobster, and more. Hands down, this edible affair is one of the best ways to get your buzz on this summer. — Mindy Bond

Thursday, August 1

FILM: Rural Route Film Festival Offering those trapped in the concrete jungle a sort of staycation, the Rural Route Film Festival is a multi-day series that transports you places outside the bustle of the city. Now celebrating its ninth edition, this year’s itinerary includes premieres, restored classics, and a curious assortment of shorts, as well as live music and food from some of Astoria’s best eateries. Opening with a tribute to the late, great documentary filmmaker Les Blank, other highlights include screenings of Werner Herzog’s Fitzcarraldo; The Mosuo Sisters from award-winning filmmaker Marlo Poras; and Jeremy Teicher’s Rotterdam Film Festival hit, Tall as the Baobab Tree. An opening night BBQ mixer at the Strand Smokehouse kicks things off and a screening of shorts at Brooklyn Grange’s flagship green roof farm in Queens closes out the festivities. — Mindy Bond

ART: The Future is Now

Friday, August 2

MUSIC: CELEBRATE BROOKLYN!: Jamie Lidell and Dan Deacon with The Stepkids The “one-man human funk tornado” meets Baltimore’s finest electro-spazz in this Celebrate Brooklyn co-header that’s sure to have everyone up on their feet and gyrating in some form or fashion. Bionic crooner Jamie Lidell stops in to play tunes off his recent self-titled release via Warp, while Dan Deacon serves up an interactive experience involving an app that turns the crowd’s smartphones into a spontaneous light show. Psychedelic soul band the Stepkids open. — Mindy Bond

Saturday, August 3

SPORTS: Reebok Summer Streets Week 1 — Win a pair of Reeboks by clicking through! Summer Streets are back, and getting a major boost this year from Reebok. Enjoy almost seven miles of carless Manhattan streets on August 3, 10, and 17. Head to the Reebok Fitness Zone for free yoga, dance, and CrossFit workouts starting at 7:30am. Or join in a Reebok-led run (8am and 10am), which depart north and south from the Fitness Zone. Go uptown for a 10K run, downtown for a quicker 4K, or run with coaches from the NY Harriers, a local competitive running club. All experience levels are welcome, just be advised that it’s all first come, first served. Rise and shine, runners! — Leah Taylor

FESTIVAL: LIC Block Party

FILM: Kickstarter Film Fest

Sunday, August 4

COMEDY: Eric Andre and Hannibal Buress