1. GO SEE THE ART OF DR. SEUSS: The Beagle-Beaked-Bald-Headed Grinch, the Floob-Boober-Bab-Boober-Bubs, Thing One, Thing Two…Dr. Seuss is the man, but you already knew that. And now you can see 24 of the most sought-after works created by the cartoonist who didn’t believe in straight lines at the Animazing Gallery of SoHo through August 19. These whimsical creations give viewers an inside look at Dr. Seuss’ private collection of art that he created for his own personal enjoyment. Seuss has always dreamed of sharing these works with his fans, and if you’re one of them, you should probably put your copy of The Cat in the Hat down and head to the gallery right now.
2. ATTEND THE SHINE A LIGHT MUSIC FESTIVAL AT MULCAHY’S: Dean & Britta (of LUNA and Galaxie 500), The War on Drugs and others perform July 21 at 7 p.m. to celebrate the life of Rockville Centre resident and former Camp Anchor counselor Tommy Brull. All proceeds will be donated to Camp Anchor in Lido Beach in loving memory of Brull, as well as Jamie and Paige Malone and Michael Mulhall, the counselors tragically killed in a car accident on the Meadowbrook Parkway in 2010.
3. DOWNLOAD GUESS THE CHARACTER: Those of us born before 1999 know this game in its cardboard and plastic form, Guess Who. And over the past decade you’ve probably encountered many people in real life who remind you of “that guy with the weird mustache from Guess Who!” Or maybe that’s just us. Well, here’s the digital version and you might even recognize a few faces. Download it on iTunes. It’s free!
4. WATCH THE TRAILER FOR SEINFELD’S COMEDIANS IN CARS GETTING COFFEE: Jerry Seinfeld’s new web series is a show about nothing for 2012 featuring everyone from Larry David and Michael Richards to Alec Baldwin and Ricky Gervais. What’s it about? Did you not read the title? The show premieres July 19 on the Internets. But for now, enjoy the trailer. It’s fabulous.
5. MEET LINDA FAIRSTEIN @ BOOK REVUE Thanks to her extensive experience as a New York City prosecutor, Linda Fairstein has taken millions of fans inside sinister worlds that most of us can’t even imagine in her 13 bestsellers. Fairstein will be at Book Revue in Huntington July 19 at 7 p.m. to speak about and sign her new novel, Night Watch, a thriller involving a murder case that spans continents and stands as another example of her suspenseful storytelling.
6. TIVO HELL’S KITCHEN: You should have been watching from the start, but we’ll overlook that for now. Chef Gordon Ramsay’s take on reality TV has always been a refreshing change of pace from the typical “people living in a house together” premise of most reality shows. Each season, he gathers what seems like the worst possible group of chefs, splits them into two teams, and has them compete for $250,000, plus a head chef job at one of his newest restaurants. The consistently foul-mouthed chefs inevitably turn on one another, and Chef Ramsay puts up with absolutely none of it. While most of the fun words are bleeped out, you can still experience the thrill of seeing a grown man call his chefs-in-training donkeys, and what could be better than that?
7. INVENT SOMETHING: Anyone looking to present their inventions or simply see some new inventions can head over to “The Next Million Dollar Idea” showcase in the Ceremonial Chambers of the Theodore Roosevelt County Executive and Legislative Building in Mineola on July 30 from 7-9 p.m. It will be limited to 12 presenters, with each of them getting at least five minutes to explain and demonstrate their inventions. Admission is free, and who knows, you might even see the next ShamWow – and, hey, this one might actually work!
8. DONATE HOCKEY EQUIPMENT: The Hockey in Harlem program collects and donates hockey equipment to the youth of Harlem and gives them a chance to take the ice and learn the game. Shin guards, gloves, helmets, and skates are needed, but they’ll accept anything available to them. So if you’ve got any prized heirlooms from the glory days of youth hockey, this is as good a chance as any to part with them for a great cause.
9. YOUTUBE “THAT GOTYE SONG”: If you haven’t heard “Somebody That I Used to Know” on the radio, it’s probably safe to say you live under a rock. Even Gotye himself has asked radio stations to stop playing his song over and over and over. Now, check out 10 Things I Hate About You actors Nicholas Braun and Kyle Kaplan demonstrating what happens when this song comes on the radio yet again.
10. DESIGN YOUR OWN FLIP FLOPS: Ever had the creative urge to plant your feet firmly on your own designs? Do just that at www.cafepress.com/make/custom-flip-flops!