The 6th annual Wes Anderson Art Show opens at Joseph Gross Gallery this week. (image via

The diversity of events on tap this week is truly exciting: protest-song karaoke, an art show devoted to Wes Anderson, a brand new lighthouse museum, and two chances to see dance outdoors (in two different boroughs), to name just a few. August is here, and it is not shy.

 Protest Song Karaoke

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When: Wednesday, August 5, 7pm ($5–10 donation)
Where: Silent Barn (603 Bushwick Avenue, Bushwick, Brooklyn)

Sing your heart out for a cause this Wednesday, when karaoke meets activism at the Silent Barn as part of Interference Archive’s exhibition if a song could be freedom … Organized Sounds of Resistance. Building on the social aspect of karaoke, the event will invite participants to select protest songs that illustrate historical and present political struggles. Entry will cost you a mere $5–10, and all proceeds go towards a catalogue and 7″ record that holds five political tunes from around the world. —Claire Voon

 The 6th Annual Wes Anderson Art Show

When: Thursday, August 6–Sunday, August 9 (sold out; waitlist here)
Where: Joseph Gross Gallery (548 West 28th Street, Chelsea, Manhattan)

“Maybe I’m spending too much of my time starting up clubs and putting on plays,” Max Fischer says in Rushmore. “I should probably be trying harder to make paintings.” That may not be the exact quote, but it’s something like that, and this exhibition of art inspired by Wes Anderson’s films, characters, and unmistakable aesthetic is precisely the sort of thing that the Max Fischers, Margot Tenenbaums, Steve Zissous, and yes, even the Eli Cashes of the world would undoubtedly find fantastic. The exhibition is currently sold out — not in the sense that all the works have been sold, just that timed tickets are all accounted for, like it’s the friggin’ Sistine Chapel or something — but there’s a wait list, so all hope is not lost. —Benjamin Sutton

 Dance Outdoors in Brooklyn

When: Thursday, August 6, 8pm (gates at 7pm)
Where: Celebrate Brooklyn! (Prospect Park Bandshell, Brooklyn)

This Thursday at Celebrate Brooklyn! the all-female Israeli dance group LEESAAR will perform a new piece, Grass and Jackals, that promises to be theatrical in its use of costumes, props, pantomime, and sound. The evening will also feature a duet composed by Ohad Naharin, founder of Gaga dance, and performed by his Batsheva Dance Company. Gaga’s expressive style, particularly its goofy tone and emphasis on pleasure, has been influential to LEESAAR’s aesthetic. The evening will be a chance to see how Gaga has evolved as a dance movement over the course of just 15 years. —Elisa Wouk Almino

 Day of the Dead

When: Friday, August 7, 2pm, 4:30pm, 10pm ($14)
Where: BAM (30 Lafayette Avenue, Fort Greene, Brooklyn)

Day of the Dead (1985) is the most underrated installment of George A. Romero’s Living Dead trilogy. Holed up in a bunker and protected by soldiers, a group of doctors attempts to find a cure for the zombie outbreak. With supplies dwindling, disagreements arise over the team’s progress, leading to a power struggle among the survivors. Unlike Romero’s earlier films —Night of the Living Dead (1968) and Dawn of the Dead (1978) — in which the zombie outbreaks serve to highlight themes of racism and consumer culture, Day of the Dead‘s motifs are far broader and more all-encompassing. This, combined with the film’s larger budget and occasionally cartoonish performances, might account for the film’s poorer critical reception. Check out this underrated classic on the big screen. —Tiernan Morgan

 To the Lighthouse Museum

When: Opens Friday, August 7
Where: National Lighthouse Museum (200 Promenade at Lighthouse Point, St. George, Staten Island)

After years of planning, the National Lighthouse Museum on Staten Island is finally hosting its grand opening, conveniently timed to coincide with National Lighthouse Recognition Weekend. The three-day celebration starts with Friday’s official opening of the educational resource center inside one of the buildings at the former US Lighthouse Service facility, just alongside the ferry terminal. A 14-lighthouse boat tour and a talk focusing on lighthouse preservation continue over the weekend; combined with the historic buildings left in stages of decay at the lighthouse center, they help recall New York’s history in lighting the way on the waters.—Allison Meier

 The Cremaster Cycle (the Whole Thing)

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When: Saturday, August 8, 10:30am—7:40pm (free with admission)
Where: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (1071 Fifth Avenue, Upper East Side, Manhattan)

I’ve been known to hate on Matthew Barney, but you can’t really argue with a chance to see the Cremaster cycle in full on a big screen. It’s his “epic masterwork,” the series that “pretty much made him a rock star in the art world,” AND “the first truly great piece of cinema to be made in a fine art context since Dali and Bunuel filmed Un Chien Andalou in 1929”! I know, I know, you’re ready to throw some side-eye; so am I. But it’s always worth seeing what the fuss is about — plus you’ll finally be well-equipped to discuss it at art world dinner parties.

 Anarchist Film Festival

When: Ongoing through Saturday, August 8 (check site for details)
Where: Various East Village and Lower East Side locations

Film still from 'Salt of the Earth' (image via Wikipedia)
Film still from ‘Salt of the Earth’ (image via Wikipedia)

It can be hard to remember these days, but New York City was once a radical place filled with radical people. The third annual film festival put on by the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space celebrates “the spirit and legacy of anarchy in New York City, its impact on the United States and … self-determined communities fighting for their own forms of power today.” Themed nights programmed by various local groups explore biking, environmental, and urban activism, and the festival closes with a fascinating gem: Salt of the Earth, a 1950s neorealist-style drama about a mining strike in New Mexico, made by three men who were blacklisted by the Hollywood establishment for Communist activities.

 Dance Outdoors in Queens

When: Saturdays through August 22, 4pm
Where: Socrates Sculpture Park 2015 (32-01 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City, Queens)

For another summer, dance lovers will be able to journey to the Queens waterfront every Saturday evening for site-specific dances created by a different choreographer each week. Yes, that’s right — not only do you get to partake in a sculptural feast (get a taste here), but you also get to experience a live performance by an emerging or established choreographer. Let’s face it, dance en plein air is often the best kind of dance. —Hrag Vartanian

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With contributions by Elisa Wouk Almino, Allison Meier, Tiernan Morgan, Benjamin Sutton, Hrag Vartanian, and Claire Voon

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