Arts & Entertainment

Must-See Arts & Culture: Summer 2014

by staff, 05/20/2014

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  • SummerStage and Celebrate Brooklyn!
    At SummerStage, a number of high-profile benefit shows fund a slate of more than 100 free performances, including readings by famous authors, kid-friendly events, parties with bands from around the world and theater and dance productions. The festival has expanded from its original digs—Rumsey Playfield in Central Park—to locations in all five boroughs. This season's benefit performers include Conor Oberst, Neon Trees and Beck, and among the free shows are Cibo Matto, Andrew Bird and Anti-Flag (paying acoustic tribute to Pete Seeger).

    A favorite among Brooklyn's summertime concert series, Celebrate Brooklyn! is set at the beautiful Prospect Park Bandshell, where plenty of seating and tree-shaded areas make a lovely spot for a picnic, a plastic cup of wine and a free show. This year's opening gala (June 4) features a free show by Janelle Monáe; other complimentary concerts include St. Vincent, the Soul Rebels and Dum Dum Girls. Among the ticketed benefit gigs: Jack Johnson, the National, Neutral Milk Hotel and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.

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