EACH YEAR, SO many of us start the summer with grand plans to see that special exhibit or to experience that concert or that must-see film. Then we get busy, and it never quite happens. But here’s a quick guide to those upcoming activities and events that you can’t miss.
Christian Marclay: Festival at the Whitney
Treat your senses to Christian Marclay:
Festival, which features artist/composer Marclay’s trademark fusion of images and sounds (he was a pioneer of turntablism). It’s an ongoing, interactive exhibit that consists of performance, collage, sculpture, large-scale installations, photography and video, with musicians and vocalists interpreting the work, such as o.blaat (Keiko Uenishi) performing “Sixty-Four Bells and a Bow” July 23.Through Sept. 26, Whitney Museum of American Art, 945 Madison Ave. (at E. 75th St.), 212-570-3600, www.whitney. org; $12-$18.
Jimmy Heath & Pals at 92nd Street Y Summer Festival
Elder statesman tenor saxophonist Jimmy Heath titled his recently published autobiography I Walked With Giants, and gives trumpeter Jeremy Pelt, alto saxist Steve Wilson, trombonist Steve Davis, pianist Bill Charlap and drummer Lewis Nash the chance to walk with him. July 21, 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave., 212- 415-5500; 8, $25-$60.
Paul-Andre Fortier’s Solo 30X30
You can observe 30 minutes of masterfully choreographed dance by Paul- Andre at One New York Plaza at noon every day through Aug. 14., if you need a bit more structure. One New York Plaza, www.artsworldfinancialcenter.com; daily at noon, Free.
Orlando at Lincoln Plaza Cinema
For many reasons, Orlando is director Sally Potter’s best film. An adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s novel by the same name about a man who changes his sex, the film version of Orlando is being re-released theatrically by Sony Pictures Classics this month. It’s the sharpest expression of Potter’s fascination with role-playing and performing for others, and was a breakout role for the bewitching Tilda Swinton. Beginning July 23, Lincoln Plaza Cinema, 1886 Broadway, 212-757-2280.
Anti-Biopics at Anthology Film Archives
This film series takes a look at the difficult and experimental film efforts— many of them not available on DVD—to put famous (and infamous) personages on the screen. Check out Thérèse, directed by Alain Cavalier (July 22), and Frida (July 25 & 31), which stars Ofelia Medina as an uncanny look-a-like for the famous painter. Through Aug. 1, Anthology Film Archives, 32 2nd Ave. (at 2nd St.), 212- 505-5181; various times, $6-$9.
Shakespeare in the Park(ing) Lot
What better setting for Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar than a public school? And what better place for a production of Julius Caesar set in a public school than in a parking lot? The annual counter-programming event to the Central Park Shakespeare is a hardscrabble, excellent way to enjoy the Bard (and no tickets or line-waiting necessary). July 29-Aug. 14, Municipal Parking Lot at the corner of Ludlow & Broome Sts., www. shakespeareintheparkinglot.com; Free.
Animation Weekend at BAMCinématek
An annual summer tradition, the Animation Weekend features difficult-to-find animated works. Due to popular demand, the Best of the Ottawa International Animation Festival has produced a special program from the fest that screens July 30 at the BAM Rose Cinemas. The Animation Block Party has four programs that cover everything from experimental animation, student work, music videos and subversive design works. It all ends Aug. 2 with a Sesame Street Film Festival that highlights the short films that Sesame Street has featured since its inception. July 30-Aug. 2, BAMCinématek, 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn, 718-636-4100; $8-$12.