WORLD CUP PARTY This weekend's big soccer games are on the big screen at Manhattan's Paley Center for Media, with food and drinks, plus an immersive African art / culture exhibit. It's all free at 25 W. 52nd St., today at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Details at paleycenter.org.
'IDOL' AUDITIONS "American Idol" wannabes can start singing next weekend, when auditions kick off July 17 in Nashville. The closest the Fox show comes to Long Island this year is an Aug. 3 stop at the Meadowlands' Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J. Full rundown at americanidol.com/auditions.
'BIGGEST LOSER' SEARCH NBC's weight-loss competition isn't touching down on LI this time, either. Applications start July 17 in Denver and Portland, with East Coast stops in Boston July 24 and Pittsburgh Aug. 7. But people with more than 100 pounds to lose can also audition via videotape. More at nbc.com/casting.
'EARLY' SUMMER MUSIC This week's CBS "Early Show" concert series offers a doubleheader, with Sting at noon Thursday (airing Friday morning) and Enrique Iglesias at noon July 16 (airdate to be determined). Ticket info at 1iota.com.