We find ourselves with some free-floating festive impulses that the Fourth of July did not satisfy, so thank God for Bastille Day. How better to celebrate than a reading sponsored by Noon and Gigantic, featuring (among others) Witz author Joshua Cohen? We are genuinely uncertain what Bastille Day festivity should involve (beyond cheese, accordions and monkeys in striped shirts). But the Noon/Gigantic “Soiree” sounds vraiment pas mal: There will be a DJ, and cocktails both “specially priced” and cleverly named (Wednesday July 14, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., the Gild Hall library, free). Meanwhile, in more American activities, 3rd Ward will be hosting its third annual “Pig Out,” an event that combines 200 pounds of pork (!) with a dance party (Sunday July 18, 2 p.m. to 9 p.m., RSVP). Free beer for those who arrive early, i.e., before the free beer runs out. Deeper in Brooklyn, at Coney Island, The Village Voice‘s Siren Music Festival presents Ted Leo and the Pharmacists plus the Pains of Being Pure at Heart (Saturday July 17, noon, free). And back in Manhattan, Daily Show-affiliated comedians-Rory Albanese, Rob Riggle, Lewis Black and more-take over Central Park’s SummerStage for an evening of outdoor stand-up (Wednesday July 21, 8 p.m., Rumsey Playfield, free).
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