The Library Cafe is closed and a little the day before and after. See past posting. All events are in Brooklyn unless noted and most are free. Tuesday, July 4:
Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks, 9:25-10 pm, on the East River this year. Best viewing locations near midtown Manhattan and the Brooklyn-Queens border. East 30’s and the FDR Drive, East River Esplanade, Manhattan.
Coney Island Events: Famous Nathan’s Hot Dog Contests, ten-minute competition, live on ESPN. Can reigning champ Joey “Jaws” Chestnut beat his record-best seventy hot dogs from last year’s competition, thereby retaining the Mustard Belt? Will any competitors face the dreaded “reversal of fortune” (more commonly known as puking)? Live music and dancing starts the program; the women’s contest is at 11 am, the men’s at 12:30. Then you can spend all day with the day on the beach with the sun, the sand and the surf, rides and food. It is by Nathan’s and the Boardwalk at Coney Island at Stillwell Ave and West 12th Street and Surf Avenue.
Fireworks Show at Coney Island, 9:45 pm–10 pm, with live DJing brought you by 92.3 AMP Radio starting at 6 pm, West 19th Street and Boardwalk in Coney Island Beach & Boardwalk
International African Arts Festival, 2-6 pm, Donation suggested with fun-filled lineup of performances by Sidiki Conde, Haitian traditional music group Fanmi Òsoto and more. Commodore Barry Park, Flushing Avenue at Navy Street.
Rock of July, 2 pm, $10, with the rock bands Stuyedeyed, Combo Chimbita, Holly Overton with Midnight People, the Mad Doctors, and more, plus beers and burgers, corhole, and a hot dog eating competition. Sunnyvale, 1031 Grand St. between Morgan and Vandervoort Avenues.
Lygia Pape: A Multitude of Forms, 10 am, free-$25. The Brazilian Neo-Concretist artist with paintings and constructions are claimed to be elegant, never plain; simple, but never too easy to figure out, qualities sorely lacking in most geometric abstraction. She was best when she focused on seemingly simple problems, like how to mark the passing of days. Each section of her sprawling, 365-part installation Book of Time (included in this show) is made from a single slab of wood that Pape cut up, re-arranged, glued back together, and painted. The cumulative effect of these pieces, arranged across roughly four hundred square feet of wall space, is enormous: Here is an artist claimed to understood repetition and difference. Met Breur, Mer Museum. Sky the Limit? Angry Bird’s Universe: The Art and Science of Global Phenomenon, see past descriptions.