After the late-night showdown earlier this year, some people speculated that the victor was not David Letterman, Jay Leno, or Conan O’Brian, but Craig Ferguson. Ferguson, the Scottish-American host of The Late Late Show on CBS, managed to upstage them all by staying above the fray—and just being funny. Last year, the Drew Carey Show alum wrote a memoir titled American
on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot about his life, career, and decision to become an American citizen (despite his amazing Scottish accent). To hear his take on some of these experiences, head to Ferguson’s stand-up show at the Stamford Center for the Arts on July 7.
A Textbook Case
Who among us didn’t doodle in the margins of his or her school textbooks? Hudson Valley-based artist Richard Deon has turned that into a career. His paintings and works on paper are inspired by the old black-and-white illustrations in 1950s textbooks—but, of course, he has altered these familiar images to suit his own designs. The Hudson River Museum has collected 50 of these works for its newest exhibition, Richard Deon: Paradox and Conformity, which will run from July 3 to September 6. The exhibition also includes a couple of monumental banners that Deon has created specifically for the museum.
Caption: (Top) Richard Deon’s Feed Lot
Get the Blues
Your prescription to enhance an average weekend? More cowbell. Lucky for us, this month will feature plenty of the percussive instrument: Blue Öyster Cult, the ’70s rock band behind the (cowbell-infused) hit “(Don’t Fear) the Reaper,” will perform at the Tarrytown Music Hall on July 1. Throughout the band’s nearly four-decade career, they’ve recorded a handful of songs that still command constant radio airplay (“Burnin’ for You,” “Godzilla”), earning them a loyal following of rock fans and inspiring one unforgettable Saturday Night Live sketch (with Christopher Walken, no less; If you haven’t seen it, head to Google immediately).
Sure, most people celebrate Fourth of July weekend with hot dogs, hamburgers, and apple pie. This year, celebrate with garlic instead. Yes, garlic. On July 3 and 4, Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture will dedicate an entire weekend to the bulb. There, you can attend farm-to-table demos on how to cook with garlic, participate in hands-on garlic-related activities, and even attend a garlic tasting. When you leave, your breath may not smell the best, but at least you’ll be repulsive to vampires.
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Quicken your pulse with these films from around the world—and from our own past.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
DVD Release Date: July 6, Music Box Films
Before Fight Club’s David Fincher directs an English-language adaptation of the mega-bestselling book starring the Hollywood Hottie of the Moment, check out the Swedish version. (The book is Swedish, after all.) “The Hollywood version will almost certainly tone down the sexual violence,” writes Roger Ebert. “I can’t think of an American actress who could play Lisbeth…someone able to play hard as nails and emotionally unavailable. Make her a Swede, and simply cast Noomi Rapace.” Or, just watch Rapace in the DVD and skip Hollywood’s attempt altogether.
The Film Noir Classic Collection Volume 5
DVD Release Date: July 13, Warner Home Video
This DVD set packs a week’s worth of noir greats into one box, which includes Cornered, Desperate, The Phenix City Story, Dial 1119, Armored Car Robbery, Crime in the Streets, Deadline at Dawn, and Backfire (Phew!). Look for some familiar names among the femme fatales and tough guys, including Virginia Mayo, John Cassavetes, and Raymond Burr.
DVD Release Date: July 27, Well Go USA
Forget MMA—are you ready for some real martial arts? This film is a loose biopic of Ip Man, a Wing Chun grandmaster and mentor to Bruce Lee. The movie focuses on his experiences during the Sino-Japanese War, when he’s forced to work in a factory and participate in sparring matches for his captors’ amusement—until he decides he’s had enough. Huge Hong Kong action star Donnie Yen (Hero, Seven Swords) bravely takes on the lead role.