4 Things for You to Do This Week in New York City
Monday, July 14
Brooklyn Brainery aims to provide accessible education on anything and everything, with the selection of lectures driven by the things its users want to learn and teach. Tonight’s class, “Politics for the People: Monarchy!” is taught by Nick Reynolds, a PhD candidate studying political theory at CUNY. Tonight’s class is the launch of “Politics For The People: A Guide to the -isms and -archies that Rule the World,” a series of lectures designed as a crash course in the ways human beings have set out to rule themselves. 8:30 to 10 p.m., 190 Underhill Ave., Brooklyn. Register here, $11.
Tuesday, July 15
Recognized by critics as one of the greatest movies about pop music or rock 'n' roll, "A Hard Day’s Night" captures The Beatles in their cheeky, loveable moptop phase. Shot in 1964 by Richard Lester, the film conveys the wild energy surrounding The Beatles and contains some of their best songs, including “I Should Have Known Better,” “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “All My Loving,” “She Loves You,” and title track “A Hard Day’s Night.”
Godfrey Cheshire from RogerEbert.com says, “Joy and freedom: those feelings were what the Beatles brought to an astonished world when they appeared as if by divine fiat in the early ‘60s, and they’re the same feelings that 'A Hard Day’s Night' perfectly preserves for those too young to have experienced Beatlemania first-hand. Fifty years later, I watch the film and feel about it almost exactly as my 12-year-old self did.” At the Film Forum, 209 West Houston St., West Village, through to Thursday, July 17. $13.
Wednesday, July 16
“Charles James: Beyond Fashion” is a beautifully presented retrospective about America’s first couture designer, Charles James (1906–1978). Shown in two parts — a special exhibition galleries on the Met’s first floor and The Costume Institute's Anna Wintour Costume Center on the ground floor — the exhibition explores James' design process and features 65 elegantly displayed garments, from the 1920s until his death in 1978. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave. (at 82nd Street), Upper West Side. Recommended entry is $25 adults, $12 students, children under 12 (accompanied by an adult), free.
Thursday, July 17
Head to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum for their 6th annual Summer Movie Series and enjoy Alfonso Cuaron’s sci-fi feature Gravity starring Sandra Bullock & George Clooney. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the film begins at sunset, weather permitting. Space on the flight deck is limited and is on a first-come, first-served basis with no admission after 8:30 p.m. BYO lawn chairs, picnic baskets and blankets. Pier 86, 12th Ave. & 46th Street, Hell's Kitchen. Free.