Art Gets Emotional
Deep dive into the artistic world of author Hanya Yanagihara. The National Book Award finalist, lauded for last year's A Little Life, has curated a new photography show, How I Learned to See, at San Francisco's Fraenkel Gallery. The exhibition, in six chapters, will display works by artists including Diane Arbus, Nan Goldin, Alec Soth, and Peter Hujar (whose photograph "Orgasmic Man" covers the author's second novel) in a personal exploration of their significance to Yanagihara's own learning as an artist.
June 30–August 20
Get ready for the next level of graffiti. Berlin artist Katharina Grosse, who once painted a Hurricane Katrina-affected house in New Orleans bright orange and yellow, is taking her location-sensitive works to another hurricane site: the Rockaways in Queens, New York. As part of MoMA PS1's ongoing "Rockaway!" series, Grosse will transform a dilapidated aquatics building with her inspired take on landscape painting. See the temporary installation before the building is razed as part of the Hurricane Sandy recovery program.
July 3–November 30
Dance Dance Revolution
The Paris Opera Ballet is getting seriously stylish. They've tapped Chanel's Karl Lagerfeld and groundbreaking designer Mary Katrantzou to make the costumes for two new ballets in the company's repertoire. Lagerfeld is working on George Balanchine's Brahms-Schönberg Quartet and Katrantzou is conceptualizing the attire for Entre Chien et Loup, a new work by wunderkind choreographer Justin Peck, which will also have sets designed by artist John Baldessari.
Get ready for Berlin Fashion Week, where the most modern silhouettes and high-art clothing concepts are born. This year, look out for brands including Ghanaian designer Nana K. Brenu's 1981, known for its notoriously bright palette and angular cuts, and One Wolf, the unisex line by Latvian designer Agnese Narņicka. They may be relatively unknown now, but you'll be vying for their under-the-radar aesthetics in no time.
June 28–July 1
Take A Nature Break
Good news, Planet Earth fans: David Attenborough is back with a new nature series, and it's finally out on BBC America this week. In The Hunt, the lauded naturalist is breaking down exactly what goes down in the struggle to eat or be eaten. With unbeatable footage, and a close look at some of the world's most majestic species, the show makes the circle of life more interesting than ever.
Premieres July 1
Get Funky, Get Down
Hear the R&B-electronica alchemy of Blood Orange (a.k.a. Dev Hynes), the multi-talented British singer/songwriter, whose third album, Freetown Sound, drops this week. The 17 tracks, all written and produced by Hynes himself, touch on themes of religion and race. Catch him live in Roskilde, Denmark on Thursday and in London on Saturday.
Drops July 1
Taste The World
Washington D.C. is in for more than just a fireworks celebrations this weekend. The Smithsonian's free, outdoor Folklife Festival, a celebration of global cultures, is coming to the National Mall with regional cuisines like Txangurro burgers from Spain's Basque Country, traditional street corn from Mexico, and dark chocolate gelato from Italy.
June 29–July 4
Break out your flower crown: For the second year in a row, Scandi Feast is bringing the tastes of the Swedish Summer Solstice celebration to the U.K. Making its home at Harptree Court in Somerset (of The Great British Bake Off fame), the two-day festival is a packed with live music, Scandinavian baking classes, and fresh, summery cuisine. Think spit-roast lamb, strawberries and cream, and garland weaving—what's not to like?