Our biased guide to everything you need for summer 2014.
A guide to a highly unproductive summer
09 Maxim’s has hosted everyone from Marcel Proust to John Travolta. Tonight it’s the place for the Bizarre Love Triangle party, featuring DJ Emmanuel Caurel and Julien Lapierre. [3 Rue Royale, Paris, France]
12 Yeezus! This is a good lineup. Kanye West, Jack White, Elton John, Chromeo, and Vampire Weekend play Bonnaroo. No shoes necessary. Through June 15. [New Bushy Branch Road, Manchester, Tennessee]
14 Certain men don’t mind the fact that steven_ seagal owns custom-made bulletproof kimonos. These are the men who won’t want to miss Seagalogy: A Steven Seagal Movie Marathon at the Cinefamily movie theater. [611 North Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, California]
16 Do you like tiny cucumber sandwiches, gin, and ponies? How about just gin? Queen Elizabeth II historically presents the trophy to the winner of the Cartier Queen’s Cup at the Guards Polo Club. This is twenty-two-goal polo at its finest, gents. Also, there will be gin. [Smiths Lawn/Windsor Great Park, Egham, Surrey, United Kingdom]
21 There are two pr ecepts concerning men’s attire at the Royal Ascot races: One must wear black or gray morning dress, and cravats are not permitted. Both are in service of the event’s unspoken rule: The silliest article of clothing should be your date’s hat. [High Street, Ascot, Berkshire, United Kingdom]
26 Last year’s Serpentine Gallery Summer Party hosted a who’s who of British fashion: Christopher Kane, Edie Campbell, Daphne Guinness, and Georgia May Jagger. This year’s privileged guests will be the first to see Chilean architect Smiljan Radic’s presentation of what The Guardian described as “a cow’s udder stuffed with newspaper and wrapped in strips of masking tape.” [Kensington Gardens, London, United Kingdom]
30 For those concerned that we are exiting the golden age of television, The Cosmopolitans should end all doubts. It’s from Whit Stillman, director of Metropolitan, Barcelona, and the surprising Damsels in Distress. Pilot premieres tonight, on Amazon.
01 The father of the Cronut, Dominique Ansel, will deliver the keynote address at this year’s 2014 Sofi
Awards ceremony and Fancy Food Show in New York. We want to reiterate: The man sired the Cronut, which makes what he has to say worth listening to. [Jacob K. Javits Center, 655 West Thirty-fourth Street, New York, New York]
06 The Henley Royal Regatta is, without question, the most well-known regatta in the world. And it takes place in Henley, the town the shirt was named after. No, you should not wear a Henley to view the races. And, frankly, you should not have to be told that. [Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom]
11 Early word from the film- festival circuit has it that this may be the best movie of the year: _boyhood, from director Richard Linklater. Shot over twelve years, with Ellar Coltrane in the role of a boy who goes from the first grade to his final year of high school. With Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette. If nothing else, it will counteract summer-blockbuster fatigue.
24 Game buffs, sci-fi gurus, and fantasy-film creators gather at the biggest comic-book convention in the U.S., Comic-Con International. Break out your best Khal Drogo costume and search for the Mother of Dragons in the masses. [San Diego Convention Center, 111 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, California]
25 Future Islands performs at Splendour in the Grass in New South Wales, Australia. Other acts include Interpol, Childish Gambino, Sky Ferreira, and Foster the People. No need to call the babysitter: The festival offers baby-changing facilities, face painters, and a jumpy castle. Through July 27. [North Byron Parklands, 46 Jones Road, Wooyung, Australia]
27 Take your 1969 DB6 to the Aston Martin Car Rally at Burghley Castle. If anything were to happen to the ’59 DB4, you’d never forgive yourself. [Stamford, Lincolnshire, United Kingdom]
02 Check out the Men’s Prime: Vans U.S. Open of Surfing, in Huntington Beach, California, where Julian Wilson, Tiago Pires, and Michel Bourez are scheduled to compete in what is called the “Super Bowl of surfing.” [Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, California]
03 Founded by Klaus Biesenbach, director of MoMA PS1, the Berlin Biennale “experiments, identifies, and critically examines the latest trends in the art world.” To put it in plainer terms: It’s like Art Basel, only weirder.
04 Every summer, Barbadians earmark five weeks—five weeks!—to celebrate the end of the sugar harvest. The Crop Over Festival has been described as a moment in which dignity takes a vacation, and it’s fast becoming famous because rihanna attends in carnivalesque outfits that look like they were stolen from Princess Leia. [Bridgetown, Barbados]
12 The first day of red-grouse season in England and Scotland has been named, deservedly, The Glorious Twelfth. Fees for a day on the moor run around 32,000 British pounds, so before making arrangements, one should ask: How much do I like shooting red grouse? The question, of course, is rhetorical. There is nothing you love more than shooting red grouse. [E.J. Churchill Shooting Ground, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom]
22 Sure, securing tickets for Shakespeare in the Park takes half the morning and all your patience, but John Lithgow is playing King Lear. Should be worth it. Through August 17. [Delacorte Theater, 81 Central Park West, New York, New York]
27 To prepare for La Tomatina Food Festival, the business owners in Buñol, Spain, board up their storefronts—and often the windows on the second and third stories. They know. They’ve experienced what happens when more than a hundred tons of overripe tomatoes are deliv ered to a crowd of forty thousand people drunk on sangria. [Plaza del Pueblo, Buñol, Spain]
31 Meet your very own Mistress of Pain at the annual Montreal Fetish Weekend. Fantasy-filled Saturday offers workshops at Hotel Gouverneur and something called the Latextacy Ball at the Telus Theater. BYOB: Bring your own bondage. From August 27 through September 1. [1415 Rue Saint-Hubert, Montreal, Quebec]
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