Days of Summer Calendar
By Jason Lamphier
JULY 16: Audiophiles can get their fair share of ear candy as acclaimed goth-folk outlet the Decembrists team up with Brooklyn-based folk-psychedelic group Grizzly Bear (led by queer front man Edward Droste) at SummerStage. The action takes place at a benefit concert in New York City�s Central Park (see SummerStage.org). Meanwhile, horror buffs shouldn�t miss director Sam Zalutsky�s new Edgar Allan Poe�inspired bone chiller, You Belong to Me, which tells the story of a gay man who moves into a haunted apartment. The flick screens at Los Angeles�s Outfest. Tiptoe over to Outfest.org for tickets.
JULY 17: We hear it�s a little cooler across the Atlantic these days, so make the trek over to France�s 61st Festival d�Avignon, where churches, stone quarries, and cloisters host more than 40 contemporary dramatic productions this summer. The lineup includes director Guy Cassiers�s Mefisto For Ever, a theater-video show that tackles the life of a man carried away by the torment of Nazism and �hunts out that part of the devil which lurks inside each person,� exploring the political role of the artist. Yeah, it�s heavy and in Flemish, but the subtitles should help. Get the details at Festival-Avignon.com The event runs through July 27.