New York

nekocasesmile_jpg_627x325_crop_upscale_q85.jpegWhat's better than a free concert? A free outdoor concert by songstress Neko Case with an evening view of the Hudson River, that's what. Soul crooner Charles Bradley -- whose debut record became an instant fan favorite last year -- will open the show. [Flavorpill]

Burlesque meets Brooklyn (meets Bond, James Bond) with Conatus Productions' latest show, From Coney Island with Love. The sexy spoof brings together a line-up at Sideshows by the Seashore that includes Rita MenWeep, Bambi Galore, and Trixie Little and the Evil Hate Monkey. [Time Out]

Laugh off your politics blues at Strand Bookstore where Phil Campbell, the writer of Grassroots: Politics - But Not as Usual, will join the director, Stephen Gyllenhaal, and producer Peggy Rajski of the movie (which premieres the next the day) to discuss the book and the transition from page to screen. [StrandBooks]

Los Angeles

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The Egyptian Theatre is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Rolling Stones' first concert with a screening of 1970's Gimme Shelter[Flavorpill]

The Architecture + Design Museum opens its annual summer group show with girls, girls, girls. This year's exhibition is an all-female affair titled COME IN! les femmes, featuring the work of nearly 25 architects, product and furniture designs, and installation and mixed-media artists. [LA Weekly]

Chicago

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Free concert in Grant Park? Yes, please. Get there early for a good spot to watch Death Cab for Cutie take the stage starting at 5:30 p.m. [Oh My Rockness]

London
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Multimedia artist Sarah Dobai will present a live performance at Whitechapel Gallery that juxtaposes the structure of a film/photography shoot and the live context of an art gallery. Actors and models will enact a series of still scenes based on everyday life from 7-7:20 p.m. and 8-8:20 p.m. [zingmagazine]

Dust off that secret short story you've been working on and sign up for StorySLAM: Live on the final day of the London Literature Festival. Judges from Random House, as well as flash fiction author Femi Martin, will be on-hand to listen to participants' five-minute stories; afterwards, Rizomorph's DJ set will close the festival. [Time Out]

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