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photography Bellevue's South Lobby is one of the most beautiful places in New York right now, thanks to the installation of Ruth's Dream. It's a series of 8-foot tall photographs of Manhattan's wild flowers, illuminated from within, shot by the late artist Ruth Litoff, who suffered mental illness and took her own life.

Ms. Litoff wanted to thank Bellevue for the care she had received there with an art exhibit. She said, "The intention of this show is to create a sanctuary of flowers and light in an inspiring environment for the people of this city; to provide a respite from the noise and speed of the streets, a moment to stroll in a garden of luminosity, and an opportunity to slow down and experience vitality, peace and joy. This sunlit and healing space at Bellevue Hospital is the perfect greenhouse for my flowers."

Her sister, filmmaker Hope Litoff, curated the show—eight years in the making—and is also working on a documentary about her sister's life called Rules to Live By.

book Dave Eggers' latest, Heroes of the Frontier, is out July 26—an unmistakably Eggersian version of the road novel.

movie Sweetie, darling, is there anyone who couldn't use a laugh right about now? Absolutely Fabulous kicks off with Eddie and Patsy inadvertently but fatally dispatching Kate Moss into the Thames.

event New York at Its Core, a major new exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York, doesn't open until November. But you can become a permanent part of the show as an extra in the interactive Future City Lab, by participating in a film shoot on Saturday, July 30, 10-6 at the museum.

cabaret You may have seen Laura Benanti's impersonation of Melania Trump on Colbert. The actress is well-known and -loved by Broadway audiences—you can hear her show In Constant Search of the Right Kind of Attention, as well as the 21 other albums (from performers like Patti LuPone, Aaron Tveit, Emily Skinner and Alice Ripley) in the Live At 54 Below series, currently sale-priced at $12.99.

wine When the warm weather hits, we're good with whites and rosés—for a few weeks. But then we're up for red again, with the AC on and the wine chilled a bit. The Viña Zorzal Graciano, at $10.99, from Spain's Navarra region, is a steal. The Graciano grape often produces fragrant wines with a distinct blueberry vibe. Pick up a bottle at Chamber Street Wines.

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