Artist J Penry curates a series of contemporary collaborations inspired by ‘60s and ‘70s counterculture in “Watermelon Sugar” at V&A Gallery. Through Aug. 11. vandanyc.com
The Lincoln Center Festival presents the Kirov Opera in a monumental production of Wagner’s epic Ring Cycle. See the opera as Wagner intended, over four consecutive nights. At the Metropolitan Opera House, July 16-19. lincolncenter.org
See John Travolta in drag when the latest remake of movie-musical “Hairspray” opens July 20.
Eastern European folk music meets punk rock when Gogol Bordello Performs at Irving Plaza.
Head over to Tompkins Square Park for the first in a series of outdoor summer screenings, when “Films at Tompkins” premiers with the retro favorite “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” July 18. nycgovparks.org