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New York July 21–27: “The Merchant of Venice” & Restaurant Week

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A screening at Brooklyn Bridge Park

Photo by Julienne Schaer

A screening at Brooklyn Bridge Park

The best of what to do in and around New York this week

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This week in New York, don’t miss the very limited performance of The Merchant of Venice from London’s Shakespeare’s Globe. Pay tribute to Prince at a free outdoor screening of Purple Rain, see New Orleans–based jam band Galactic, and sample a three-course tasting menu from some of the city’s finest eateries as New York Restaurant Week kicks off. For an easy getaway, head up to peaceful Lake George to eat, drink, swim, and be merry.

AFAR Local is our weekly insider guide to the best of what’s happening in cities around the U.S.  

Through July 24 | Theater
The Merchant of Venice
Running for a mere five days at the Rose Theater at Lincoln Center, The Merchant of Venice—the North American premiere from London-based Shakespeare’s Globe—is not to be missed. Renowned British actor Jonathan Pryce (who plays the High Sparrow on Game of Thrones) stars as Shylock while his daughter, Phoebe, takes on the role of Jessica in this complex Shakespeare play. Seats are selling out fast so grab tickets while you still can.
Times vary | Rose Theater, 10 Columbus Circle, New York | From $45 | website

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July 21 | Free movie
Purple Rain
Free outdoor movies are one of the things that make New York City great in the summer. If you’re still mourning the loss of Prince, then head to Movies with a View at Brooklyn Bridge Park for a free screening of Prince’s 1984 cult classic, Purple Rain. Before the main feature, DJ Reborn will play a set and Media Bird’s contemporary short film The Drum Doctor will be screened. So pack a picnic and settle in for a lovely evening with stellar views of Manhattan. There’s even a bike valet provided by Transportation Alternatives.
6 p.m. | Brooklyn Bridge Park, Harbor View Lawn, New York | Free | website

July 22 & 23 | Concert
Playing two nights in a row at Brooklyn Bowl, New Orleans–based band Galactic knows how to put on a show. After two decades together, performing is second nature to this group. Drawing on a wide range of musical influences—including hip-hop, rock, and world music—this seminal band is most often described as a jazz-funk jam band. For Friday’s show, Wild Adriatic will open; Dead 27s will start out Saturday’s performance.
8 p.m. | Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wyth Ave., Brooklyn | $35 | website

Lincoln Center
July 23–24 | Escape the city
Lake George, New York
There are few lovelier, easier summer getaways from the city than a trip to the Adirondacks. The mountainous area in the northeast of upstate New York is home to clear lakes, scenic hikes, and some great food and drink. Head to Lake George to be in the center of it all, whether you like to camp beneath the stars or prefer an elegant waterfront option like The Sagamore or Boathouse Bed & Breakfast. Sunbathe at one of the calm beaches, or snag a boat and go for a tour along the water. Other options: Explore the burgeoning craft beer scene, sip local wine at Adirondack Winery, or visit a working dairy farm like Nettle Meadow. For a casual dinner out, try local favorite The Log Jam Restaurant.

July 25 | Food
Restaurant Week
It’s that time of year! NYC Restaurant Week kicks off this week with $29 three-course lunches and $39 dinners at some of the city’s finest establishments. It’s an excellent opportunity to sample the food at restaurants that might otherwise be outside your budget. Sample paella at Socarrat, grab lunch at Chef April Bloomfield’s The Breslin, or experience old school New York dining at The Russian Tea Room. With 273 participating restaurants, there is no shortage of selections to fit every palate.
Locations vary | From $29 | website

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A native New Yorker, Katherine is a freelance food and travel writer who has eaten her way across the globe and is always on the lookout for her next great meal. She is an avid reader, insatiable traveler, sometimes photographer, and mom to an inquisitive toddler.

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