This heat sucks … we know. So what better way to beat it than by dancing yourself into a sweaty mess surrounded by hundreds of your under-hydrated peers in a shadeless pool? That’s the question JellyNYC poses all summer long with its free weekend "Pool Party" shows at McCarren Park Pool in Williamsburg. If you’ve missed any of the fantastic acts (Liars, the Hold Steady) that have already performed this season, be sure to catch Brooklyn’s MGMT (It’s pronounced “M-G-M-T,” not “management,” by the way) and England’s fashion-pop duo, Ting Tings, this Sunday. MGMT’s debut, Oracular Spectacular, is a pop intellectual’s feast—a giddy mix of disco beats, glam guitar and baroque synths. [RSVP here]
Webster Hall takes on another dance-worthy and much-hyped crew when Australia’s Cut Copy plays a double bill there starting September 21. Tickets went on sale yesterday. [On sale now]
And in other news, the Mountain Goats have a sort-of new album (it came out in February) called Heretic Pride, and they’re coming to the Music Hall of Williamsburg on Nov. 8 and Webster Hall the following day. Unless you want to be that guy, boogie to John Darnielle at your own risk. [On sale: Saturday, July 26 for the Music Hall of Williamsburg and Webster Hall]
Seen most recently in Guillaume Canet’s thriller Tell No One as François Cluzet’s lesbian sister, Kristin Scott Thomas will make her Broadway debut in Chekhov’s The Seagull this fall. Thomas, known for her supple brilliance in The English Patient and Gosford Park, won an Olivier Award for her performance as Arkadina in the play’s original sold-out run at London’s Royal Court Theatre. Joining her will be the lovable Peter Sarsgaard (one of Salon’s sexiest living men last year) making his own Broadway debut as the frustrated writer, Trigorin. Ian Rickson, who helmed the English production, will direct The Seagull for the Walter Kerr Theatre. Previews begin Sept. 16, with opening night slated for Oct. 1. This limited engagement runs through Dec. 21. [On sale: Saturday, July 26]
It’s already inspired a film and a graphic novel, and now Neil Young’s 2003 album Greendale has been adapted for the theater. Mr. Young’s concept album, which chronicles the changes wrought upon small-town America in 9/11’s wake through the eyes of three generations of the Green family, is now, according to the drummer for the production’s live band, “a play and an opera and a live concert all rolled into one.” (We can’t imagine.) Dallas’ Undermain Theater originally adapted Young’s 10-track record. The first of just four performances of Neil Young’s Greendale at Soho’s Ohio Theatre took place last night. Tickets are going fast, folks, so grab ’em before closing night on Saturday, July 26. [On sale now]
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