Flavorpill Guide to This Week’s Top 10 New York Events

For our (unconscionably high) rent money, the best thing about living in NYC is its endless supply of fun, odd, and inspired cultural events — especially during the summer months. But with so many options, it can be hard to know where to even begin. To help you make sense of it all, Flavorpill Deputy Editor Mindy Bond shares the very best of what’s on offer this week. It’s just a taste of what you can find on the new Flavorpill, so if you like what you see, be sure to sign up

Monday, June 10
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FILM: Summer Talk: The Bling Ring
The free talks the Film Society of Lincoln Center produced during the New York Film Festival went over so swimmingly that they have decided to host a similar program to run throughout the summer. Tonight, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Sofia Coppola stops in on the series to discuss her soon-to-be-released The Bling Ring. Recently enjoying its premiere at Cannes, the film is based on the true story of a group of teenagers who stole more than $3 million in goods from the homes of Megan Fox, Orlando Bloom, and Paris Hilton, among others. Tickets for the talk are handed out one hour prior; we recommend getting there early. — Mindy Bond

Tuesday, June 11
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ART: Museum Mile Festival
One of the biggest events of the cultural calendar, the Museum Mile Festival is an evening art crawl that gives New Yorkers the chance to visit some of the city’s greatest institutions for free. Born some 35 years ago to promote public support of the arts, this year’s celebration on Fifth Ave goes beyond its traditional 82nd to 105th Street borders to include a new addition, the Museum of African Art, which is located on 110th Street. In addition to outdoor musical performances, we recommend checking in on the Jewish Museum’s Jack Goldstein x 10,000, The Museum of the City of New York’s New Models for Housing New Yorkers, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s PUNK: Chaos to Couture. El Museo del Barrio is also using the occasion to open it’s La Bienal 2013: HERE IS WHERE WE JUMP. — Mindy Bond

Wednesday, June 12

BOOKS: Marc Maron: Attempting Normal

Thursday, June 13
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FESTIVAL: Northside Festival 2013
Northside returns with acts like Greg Ginn’s Black Flag “reunion” band, (featuring Jealous Again-era vocalist Ron Reyes), Lambchop, Son Volt, and Iceage, but the festival is starting to look more and more like the New York version of SXSW by featuring even more films, panels, and guest speakers this year. Plus there’s a massive technology and entrepreneurship trade show that’s free to the public in McCarren Park June 13 + 14. With such a stacked lineup, 2013 could be the year that officially sees Northside become one of the premiere festivals in America. — Jason Diamond

DANCE: Breakin’ Convention New York 2013

Friday, June 14
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FOOD/WINE: 2013 SAVOR: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience
After five years of bringing Washington, DC-area craft beer enthusiasts to a state of frothy euphoria, the Brewers Association is transporting its successful beer and food pairing event to New York. Drawing together 76 small and indie breweries from all over the country, SAVOR offers two evenings of craft beer sampling and education. The sudsy experience also includes a diverse array of food pairings cooked up by culinary sensation and Monk’s Kettle co-owner Chef Adam Dulye, as well as the opportunity to mix and mingle with notable personalities from the craft beer community and attend private salon tastings. An absolute must for those serious about stout, SAVOR expects to return to DC in 2014, so don’t miss out. — Mindy Bond

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FILM: Human Rights Watch Film Festival
A fearless festival firmly planted in altruistic soil, Human Rights Watch consistently yields a program rich with powerful, provocative, and life-affirming films. This year’s slate showcases 20 such works (18 documentaries and two fiction features), and gives particular focus to the tension between traditional values and human rights in relation to women, the disabled, and the LGBT community. Other themes include crisis and migration, a focus on Asia, and human rights in the United States. Within the aforementioned, you’ll find The Act of Killing, an award-winning documentary that gives Indonesian death squad leaders the chance to re-act their crimes in the style of American movies; HBO’s Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer; the New York premiere of Freida Mock’s Anita, a film which revisits Anita Hill and her sexual harassment testimony during Clarence Thomas’s 1991 Supreme Court confirmation; and festival centerpiece, Fatal Assistance, Raoul Peck’s two-year investigation into the rebuilding efforts in post-earthquake Haiti. Expect insightful post-screening Q&As throughout the two-week program. — Mindy Bond

Saturday, June 15
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FESTIVAL: Lumen 2013
Not your run of the mill video art festival, Lumen is a single-day, six-hour evening spectacle presented by Staten Island Arts. Last year, the curated fête transformed a salt dump into a luminous playground. This year, a massive empty swimming pool is set aglow with fantastic creatures thanks to over 50 participating artists, both emerging and established. Featuring video installations, new media projections, animation, and light and sound art, this de-centralized creative affair invites visitors to explore the grounds for illuminated treasures. Hop a free ferry to Staten Island, walk a short distance to the pool, and let the hunt begin. — Mindy Bond

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Sunday, June 16

FOOD/WINE: Monkey Town 3