Wes Anderson Art Exhibit
Joseph Gross Gallery, 548 28th St.
San Francisco’s Wes Anderson tribute show “Bad Dads” comes to Manhattan after five years on the West Coast. The homages were contributed by 70 international artists spanning the director’s career — with affordable prints for sale.
New York Pops
Aug. 6 & 7, 7:30 p.m.
Forest Hills Stadium, 1 Tennis Place, Queens
The fabulous New York Pops will be returning to Carnegie Hall for a new season this October. Until then, catch them at their new summer home, Forest Hills Stadium in Queens. On Thursday, Broadway’s Sutton Foster will be singing with the Pops, and Friday they will play alongside Pink Martini — a civic-minded band whose hits have been popular on dance floors and as protest anthems.
Street art has a controversial place in the visual art world. The LoMan Art Festival is seeking to move the conversation front-and-center with the first-ever mural festival, running this weekend throughout Lower Manhattan. Artists will take on 21 unique neighborhoods from 21st Street to the South Street Seaport to install large-scale, free artworks on prominent buildings and other permanent installations. The festival will include artist discussions and film screenings, as well as a live graffiti battle and other activities.
The Politics of Preservation
Aug. 6, 6:30 p.m.
Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave.
NYC’s history is on every street corner, and the people deciding which are deserving of preservation as a landmark are often influenced by interests other than the city itself. This Thursday, leading minds debate the issue as part of the museum’s ongoing exhibit, “Saving Place: 50 Years of NYC Landmarks.”
Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival
Aug. 8-9, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. & 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Flushing Meadows Park
This weekend is the 25th year of the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in Queens, , so expect a next-level celebration during the parade on Saturday and some extra hustle in the dragon boat race Sunday. Musical, dance, singing and other performances will round out the cultural festival.
Michael Jackson Tribute Band
Aug. 8, 7 p.m.
Highline Ballroom, 431 16th St.
Even before we lost the King of Pop, there was a continent-crossing tribute band booking out shows with his catalog. Who’s Bad returns to NYC this Friday for a one-night-only show. The group includes professionally trained dancers taking on Jackson’s signature moves and a party atmosphere guaranteed to get the audience grooving too.
Aug. 10-Jan. 18, 2016
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave.
Free with admission
In the digital age, we know that there’s a vast chasm between reality and what a picture depicts. But the art of staging photos for dramatic effect dates back to the very birth of the art form. A new exhibit opening at the Met this weekend shows 40 famously staged photographs to examine their purpose.
Aug. 10, 7 p.m.
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, 126 Crosby St., Brooklyn
Felicia Day knows a thing or two about making her way on the Internet as a female nerd. She’ll talk about it all to promote her new memoir, “You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost).” Your ticket includes a copy of the book.
Dog Day of Summer Show
Aug. 10, 9 p.m.
Pine Box Rock Shop, 12 Grattan St., Brooklyn
Since you’re sweating already, you might as well hit the dance floor. Spend Monday night showing off your best moves as some of the city’s hottest up-and-coming hip-hop artists deliver a full night of pulse-pounding music, including Bramage, Dan Dillinger, Henny Mack, Lars Viola and Syanide. To be sure the music never stops, After Them Music will also provide a live DJ set.
Aug. 8, 8 p.m.
Just how well do you know the city? Prove your mettle for a good cause at Midnight Madness, an all-night urban scavenger hunt that raises money for Good Shepherd Services. Just 30 teams will be allowed to register, and eligibility is determined by each group’s fundraising potential. Games might include laser tag, mazes and puzzles.