Monday, June 23
Alan Cumming has professed to hate talking about acting, but that is exactly what the Library for the Performing Arts has asked the Tony Award-winning actor to do. Best known for roles spanning the Broadway stage ("Cabaret"), TV ("The Good Wife") and film ("Goldeneye"), Cumming has also written a memoir “Not My Father’s Son,” in which he shares the emotional story of his complicated relationship with his father and the deeply buried family secrets that shaped his life and career.
In this New York Public Library for the Performing Arts talk titled, “I Am Not a Cheese: I Do Not Have a Process,” the Scottish-American actor will reveal the stories behind his most celebrated performances. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis with admission lines forming one hour prior to the show (5 p.m.) in the lobby at 111 Amsterdam Ave., Upper West Side. New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Bruno Walter Auditorium. Showtime, 6 p.m.
Tuesday, June 24
Fourteen downtown museums and historic sites in Lower Manhattan are offering free entry this evening for Night At The Museums, part of the River to River Festival. Advance free ticket reservations are required for the National September 11 Memorial Museum and for Wall St. Walks, but other institutions, including The Anne Frank Center USA, the National Archives at New York City and African Burial Ground National Monument require no advance booking — see the full list here. Night at the Museums Passport are available at any of the participating institutions for special offers good all summer. 4 to 8 p.m., Lower Manhattan, Free.
Wednesday, June 25
Gary Breckheimer’s black-and-white photography centers on the female nude. His intent, he explains, “is to allow viewers to contemplate the relationship of man and his urban environment.” In this show, a one-off event, patrons will be treated to a multimedia show of his iconic urban nudes — ranging from larger-than-life art posters to tiny Instagram projections — and will have the opportunity to purchase Breckheimer’s first and only limited-edition posters, signed by the artist himself. Music by DJs Valissa Yoe and Tony Lee. 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. At Verboten, 54 N. 11th St., Williamsburg. Free.
Thursday, June 26
Queens is commemorating the anniversaries of its two World’s Fairs — 2014 marks 75 years since the 1939 World Fair, and 50 years since the 1964 World Fair. On the eve of World War II, the 1939–1940 fair looked to the future, with the optimistic slogan “The Dawn of a New Day,” while the 1964–1965 fair, organized by the "master builder" of mid-20th century New York City, Robert Moses, was a celebration of mid-century American industry. The Museum Of Moving Image’s “The World Comes to Queens: Films from the 1939 and 1964 World's Fairs” will be showing a program of sponsored films made for the fairs, which capture the excitement and ingenuity behind the fairs while also revealing the goals of the companies behind them. Showing continuously at The Museum Of Moving Image, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria, Queens. $12.