54 BELOW—Bringing a bit of old-school glamour to the West Side’s nightlife scene, this new cabaret space, the first of its type to premiere in New York in quite some time, presents the legendary Patti LuPone as its first big headliner, June 5-16. The intimate space, located beneath Studio 54, also features fine food, a late-night lounge with live instrumental music Tuesday-Thursday and a jazz brunch on select Sundays. For complete performance schedule, visit 54below.com.
SUMMER AT LINCOLN CENTER Many cultural institutions take a break during the hot season, but not Lincoln Center. Among its hefty slate of exceptional summer programming, two series stand out. First up, Midsummer Night Swing (June 24-July 14), in which dancers of all skill levels swing and spin to the sounds of hopping live music on the plaza. Next, there’s Lincoln Center Out of Doors (July 25-Aug. 12), in which al fresco locations all around the Upper West Side campus play host to 100 music, dance and theatrical performances, many family friendly, all of them completely free. (lcoutofdoors.org; midsummernightswing.org)
SCHIAPARELLI AND PRADA: IMPOSSIBLE CONVERSATIONS—After last summer’s blockbuster Alexander McQueen show, the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is poised with its next big hit, the much-anticipated Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations. Set to run through August 19, the whimsical exhibition presents an imagined conversation between two supremely influential fashion designers from different eras, Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada, inviting fascinating new interpretations of their most distinctive works by displaying complementary pieces side by side. (metmuseum.org)
Midsummer Night: Kevin Yatarola; Wallis Simpson: Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph by Cecil Beaton, Cecil Beaton Studio Archive at Sotheby’s; Miuccia Prada: Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph by © David Sims.