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AUGUST HAPPENINGS

Our monthly round-up of openings, events, wild orgies, new releases, and—since you can’t go out every night—things on screens you can watch in bed.

 
 
EVENTS

HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA

1. The US Open of Surfing wraps up this Sunday, August 4, after a week of shredding. Catch the live stream or pack a cooler with some brews, brah, and watch from the beach.

OULU, FINLAND

2. Founded in 1996 with the purpose of promoting world peace, the Air Guitar World Championships is a very real contest featuring totally invisible instruments. Who will claim the crown?
August 21 — 23.

ART

NEW YORK

3. “Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die” examines punk rock’s influence on graphic design. Closes August 18 at The Museum of Arts and Design.

OAKLAND, CA

4. Also closing soon: “Queer California: Untold Stories” explores the history of transgender and other marginalized communities through artwork, artifacts, ephemera, and other examples of social activism. On view through August 11.

FESTIVALS

CHICAGO

5. Lollapalooza starts today. Childish Gambino and Ariana Grande are among the headliners.

EDINBURGH

6. Billed as the largest arts festival in the world, the Edinburg Fringe Festival takes place throughout Scotland’s capital from August 2 — 26. From circus to spoken word no genre is left unturned.

BLACK ROCK CITY, NEVADA

7. Though not technically a festival (most burners would tell you it’s a “community”), Burning Man is undeniably the ne plus ultra of immersive events for a certain kind of dreamer (our co-founder César is a regular). This year’s theme is Metamorphoses, and the desert will transform from barren landscape to trippy city from August 25 through September 2.

THEATER

NEW YORK

8. Hannah Gadsby, the Tasmanian comedian who brought us “Nanette” on Netflix, has a new stand-up show that opened this week. “Douglas” is named for Gadsby’s dog and is on at the Daryl Roth Theatre through September 7 before an international tour.

MUSIC

9. Love her or hate her, it will be hard to ignore Taylor Swift’s new album, “Lover,” which drops on August 23.

BOOKS

10. New Yorker staff writer Jia Tolentino is a deft analyst of pop culture, social media, the state of being a millennial (Tolentino is 30), and of-the-moment trends, writing startling and occasionally deeply personal think pieces that often goes viral. Her debut collection of essays, Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion (Random House), is available on August 6.

NOW STREAMING

11. The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling are back. GLOW returns to Netflix on August 9.

Tiffany Haddish established herself as a comedian to watch with her Netflix special “She Ready.” Now she’s turning the spotlight onto six up-and-coming comics in “They Ready,” which comes to Netflix on August 13.

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