5/19-21 FRI-SUN: SKINT WEEKEND

scroll all the way down to the ‘all weekend’ section to find events that occur sat-sun (some start fri), including the new york guitar festival’s all-day raga marathon/screening/dance party (fri), street fairs + food festivals (sat-sun), artist open studios (fri-sun), the gutter bowling alley opening in long island city, and more.

friday

fri 11am-7pm (+ sat 11am-6pm): the annual nyc road bike expo rolls up to penn plaza pavilion (midtown west). free admission. >>

fri 12-9pm: japan society celebrates its 110th anniversary with free gallery admission, tea and sake tastings, live jazz, and more. japan society (midtown east), free. >>

fri 12-10pm (ends today): test your endurance at a three day brooklyn half-marathon pre-party in brooklyn bridge park’s pier 2. open to runners and non-runners alike, the hub features live music, djs, food vendors, beer + wine, free coffee, recreational activities and more. free admission. >>

fri 2-8pm: creativity cubed: as part of the ongoing 50th anniversary of the astor place cube celebrations, you can make and decorate your own mini spinning cube with iconic east village images from the past 50 years. 1 astor place, free. >>

fri 6-10pm: did you bike to work today? congratulate yourself at the transportation alternatives bike home from work party, featuring 30 food and drink vendors, a beer garden, music, tattoos, and (of course) a complimentary bike valet. dumbo triangle (dumbo), free admission. >>

fri 6:45pm doors, 7:30pm show: space out with learning, drinks and stargazing at the intrepid sea, air + space museum’s astro café lecture series. tonight, learn about investing in a lunar future from entrepreneur james wolf. free (rsvp required). >>

fri 7pm: the kweendom lgbtq comedy and storytelling show comes out again with performances by emma willmann (colbert), dave mizzoni, eman el husseini, jess salomon, and jaboukie young-white. hosted by bobby hankinson. pete’s candy store (williamsburg), free (donations welcome and benefit trans women of color collective). >>

fri 7pm (fridays + saturdays thru 6/3): free outdoor shakespeare season takes many forms, as evidenced by the drilling company’s production of the merry wives of windsor set in an upper west side co-op. bryant park’s upper terrace, free. >>

fri 7-9pm, 9:45pm (+ sat 12-6pm): the inaugural brooklyn art book fair features more than 40 local artists + presses, plus readings and performances in an outdoors setting. friday night’s preview includes performance art, comedy, and an after party. mccarren park play center (williamsburg), free admission. >>

fri 7pm doors, 7:30pm show (+ 6/6, 6/13): the pop-up concert series continues the spring season with new york polyphony, violinist rahel maria rilling, and organist silvius von kessel performing works by bach, de la rue, des prez, and willaert. church of st vincent ferrer (ues), free. >>

fri 7pm doors, 8pm show: he-yump! the season two premiere screening of adult swim’s neon joe werewolf hunter includes two episodes, special performances, giveaways, and q+a with director john lee and star jon glaser. the bell house (gowanus), free (rsvp). >>

fri 7:30pm doors, 8pm show (monthly): real-life couples + friends do stand-up sets together at  the couples therapy show, hosted by naomi ekperigin (broad city writer, comedy central’s ‘the half hour’) and andy beckerman (the pete holmes show, beginnings). new location: union hall (park slope), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

* just added! fri 8pm (+ sat 8:30pm, tues 8pm): amber tamblyn does q+a following select screenings of her directorial debut, paint it black, starring alia shawkat and janet mcteer. amy schumer (fri), america ferrara (sat), and ira glass (tues) join. village east cinema, $15 general, $12 seniors. >>

fri 8pm: free outdoor movie screening: hunter + game at bushwick inlet park (williamsburg/greenpoint). >>

fri 8pm (+ sat): the choir of trinity wall street, downtown voices, and novus ny come together to perform philip glass’s symphony no. 5 at trinity church (fidi). free. >>

fri 8pm doors (+ sat, thru 8/19): the annual rooftop films series returns with more than 45 indie film screenings and live music at 10 outdoor venues. opening the season fri + sat: a program of short films, live music by innov gnawa, and an after party with free beer (fri 8pm doors, the old american can factory, $15), and band aid, filmmaker q+a, and live music from joe lister-jones + adam pally (sat 7pm doors, house of vans, free). >>

fri 8pm (+ sun 3pm): the 16th annual look + listen festival returns with live contemporary music performances staged in art spaces: sō percussion, yarn/wire, ensemble échappé, and jen shyu (fri at bric), and carman moore’s skymusic ensemble and craig harris and the saints and aint’s brass choir (sun at the studio museum in harlem). free (rsvp). >>

fri 8:30pm (weekly): enjoy the brew-ha-ha at the bitches brew comedy show, featuring performances by dave temple (gotham comedy live), david tveite (last comic standing), daniel simonsen (bbc), caitlin peluffo, melissa diaz, and scotland green. hosted by shelby taylor. the back room at halyards (gowanus), free (a tip jar will be passed around). >>

fri 8:30pm doors, 9pm show (monthly): the new roaming camouflage comedy show continues with free pizza and a lineup including dc benny (comedy central), josh johnson (fallon), adrienne iapalucci (last comic standing), sarah tollemache (adam devine’s house party), scott chaplain (roast battle), and lucas connolly (sirius xm). big irv’s (williamsburg), free. >>

fri 9:30pm: embrace the heat at secretformula’s 90’s summer jams sing-along, where you can sing and dance along to more than two hours of music videos, participate in a dance-off, drink themed drinks, and take home some 90’s swag. themed attire encouraged. union hall (park slope), $10. >>

fri 10pm: drag + burlesque collective switch n’ play presents ‘creature feature,’ a night of queer performance inspired by campy b-movies. coney island usa, $15. >>

fri 11pm (monthly): comedians live-riff on top of a screening of 1996’s space jam at chris gersbeck and freddy g’s ‘movies r dumb’ series. q.e.d. (astoria), $10. >>

saturday

sat 7am:cheer on the runners at the airbnb brooklyn half marathon, starting near the brooklyn museum and ending on the coney island boardwalk. >>

sat 9am-5pm: soulfest nyc isn’t about soul music, but rather what’s inside you. take one or several of the free yoga, acroyoga, meditation and wellness classes and presentations on offer at adam clayton powell junior plaza (harlem). free admission (rsvp). >>

sat 10am until ?: greenlight bookstore’s fort greene location is having a book sidewalk sale, with a large collection of ‘slightly shelf-worn books at deep discounts’ available for purchase. >>

sat 10am-5pm: bike for books at the annual bike the branches, a fundraiser challenging cyclists to ride to as many brooklyn public library locations as they can (there are 60!) and culminating with a block party at central library (grand army plaza). $20 general, $10 children. >>

sat 11am-6pm: the 10th annual brooklyn flea record fair brings more than 50 labels, collectors and shops of all sizes selling vinyl, tapes, accessories and more to williamsburg’s smorgasburg. free admission. >>

sat 11am-9pm: pokéworks opens another hawaiian-inspired poké location near grand central and offers buy-one-get-one free burritos/bowls all day. >>

sat 12pm until they run out: have some samoas and suds at the double windsor’s annual girl scout cookie + beer pairing. the double windsor (windsor terrace), pay-as-you-go. >>

sat 12-3:30pm: need a bike helmet? get a free one at one of many opportunities provided by the department of transportation throughout the season. today’s giveaway is at riverbank state park cultural center (hamilton heights). >>

sat 12-3:30pm: say no to gmos at the sixth annual march against monsanto. red apparel encouraged. starts at bryant park and marches to central park west. >>

sat 1-3pm parade, 3-7pm festival: 11th annual dance parade and festival: dancing like everyone’s watching, 10,000 dancers representing more than 80 styles will boogie from broadway + w 21st street to astor place plaza and then party at tompkins square park. free. >>

sat 1-5pm: meet writer david kushner and illustrator koren shadmi at a book signing event for their new graphic novel about gary gygax’s creation of dungeons + dragons, rise of the dungeon master, and play a beginner-friendly game of an original gygax adventure. twenty sided store (williamsburg), free admission. >>

sat 2pm, 4pm: learn how to cook with herbs (wink wink) at a talk by the cannabis kitchen cookbook author robyn griggs lawrence while among an ‘outlaw glass’ exhibit. apexart (tribeca), free-$10 suggested donation, rsvp required. >>

sat 2:30pm: a roundtable of philosophers, biologists, and scholars discuss visions of cosmic order, from particles to people at the helix center (ues). free. >>

sat 7pm: american glass artist alli hoag and icelandic pianist tinna thorsteinsdóttir collaborate in a live performance insipred by the plunging of unstable glacial fragments into the ocean. urbanglass (fort greene). free. >>

sat 7:30pm: ekmeles vocal ensemble performs the world premiere of christopher trapani’s end words, plus works by joanna bailie, courtney bryan, and zosha di castri. the dimenna center for classical music (hell’s kitchen), $15 general, $10 students. >>

sat 7:30pm doors, 8pm show: do comedy roasts make you cringe? the boast rattle comedy show compliment contest takes a kinder spin on the format by showering performers with praise. challengers include kyle ayers (comedy central), emmy blotnick (nikki glaser), matt koff (the daily show), josh gondelman (last week tonight), giulia rozzi (chelsea lately), robert dean (robert dean museum), and maeve higgins. union hall (park slope), $10 adv, $12 dos. >>

sat 8pm: robocop… entirely from memory: eight performers attempt to recreate the story of the film using only what they can remember, and with additional audience-written lines and random sound effects added. videology (williamsburg), $10. >>

sat 8pm: free outdoor movie screenings: sing at st. vartan park (murray hill) and the secret life of pets at calvert vaux park (bath beach/coney island).

sat 8pm: the string orchestra of brooklyn and guest soloists perform works by lash, respighi, ives, takemitsu, and mahler. st. ann and the holy trinity church (brooklyn heights). $15 general, $10 students/seniors. >>

sat 8pm-midnight (+ saturdays starting 6/3): swing bands + djs, burlesque, and a free dance lesson bring some swank to your saturday at the new prohibition saturdays soirée, held at the wooly public in the woolworth building. free admission. >>

sat 10pm: ‘the bassoonist of burlesque’ sincerely yours presents kill the wabbit! a looney tunes opera burlesque tribute, performed by a roster of coney regulars and hosted by shelly watson. coney island usa, $15. >>

sat 11pm: dance off those train delay and shuttle service blues at feeling gloomy’s ‘f the l train’ dance party, featuring mta-themed drink specials, cake, a busking contest, and even scouts reporting back on how the train’s running. cape house (bushwick), $6. >>

sunday

sun various times: grab your logs, ladies, for free twin peaks season three premiere parties at videology (williamsburg) and alphaville (bushwick).

sun 8:30am sign-in opens: haven’t already signed up for the annual 10k aids walk in central park? there’s no fee to register and no fundraising minimum to show your support. >>

sun 10am-5:30pm: 40 ny handmade collective members (fka etsy street team) will sell their one-of-a-kind, handcrafted and locally made products at today’s grand bazaar nyc (uws). free admission. >>

sun 12-3pm: meet with local activists and nonprofits at a volunteer for the lower east side info fair. manny cantor center (lower east side), free admission. >>

sun 12-5pm: go fly a kite! ps132’s 13th annual family-friendly kite festival will decorate the sky over east river state park (williamsburg). free admission. >>

sun 12-5pm: adoptapalooza: in the market for a new furry friend? the pet adoption event returns to union square with 300 dogs, cats and rabbits from area shelters and rescue groups in need of a home (fees vary). the event also includes pet care advice, microchipping, giveaways, pet photographers, and more. free admission. >>

sun 1-2pm: tap attack! watch over 100 tap dancers hoof it at an outdoor performance event celebrating national tap dance day and bill ‘bojangles’ robinson’s birthday. per 45 (west village), free. >>

sun 1:30pm: the annual norwegian-american 17th of may parade takes over bay ridge. >>

sun 2-4pm: here’s somethin’ to taco bout: over 15 amateur and pro chefs enter their recipes at the annual brooklyn taco takedown, and you get to taste ’em all and pick the winner. brooklyn bazaar (greenpoint), $20 admission includes . >>

sun 2-8pm: unleash your inner animal and dress up as your favorite beast for filibuster nyc’s mating call party/mixer. the well (east williamsburg), $15-20 (a portion of the proceeds will be donated to planned parenthood). >>

sun 3-6pm: build your own tiny world at a terrarium make-along. soil, moss, succulents, figurines, and glass bowls provided. nyc resistor (boerum hill), $15. >>

sun 4pm (monthly): see two unique + bizarre film adaptations of comics at obsolete cinema’s double feature screening of howard the duck (1986) and tank girl (1995), both on craptastic vhs. happy hour bar prices until 7pm. freddy’s bar and backroom (south slope), free. >>

sun 4pm: the moving pictures screening series at the way station (prospect heights) returns with the latest doctor who episodes (4pm, 7pm) and 1980’s flash gordon in between. free. >>

sun 5pm: ensemble connect performs beethoven and mozart at a free carnegie hall-sponsored neighborhood concert hosted at our saviour’s atonement lutheran church (washington heights). >>

sun 6:45pm: all in with chris hayes host chris hayes discusses his new book, a colony in a nation, at lehman college’s lovinger theatre (bronx). free. >>

sun 7pm doors, 7:30pm show (monthly): animators, cartoonists and other artists project their on-the-fly drawings of live comedian routines at the picture this! show. hosted by ian fidance. union hall (park slope), $8 adv, $10 dos. >>

sun 8pm (sundays thru 10/29): outdoor eatery habana outpost’s sunday night movie screening season continues with do the right thing (1989). free. >>

all weekend

friday-ongoing: treadwell park opens a new location with a waterfront beer garden in battery park. >>

friday-ongoing: williamsburg/greenpoint’s the gutter bowling alley and bar opens a new location in long island city on friday. bowling rates haven’t been announced yet, but are $7/game, $3 shoe rental at the existing outpost. >>

fri-ongoing: brooklyn historical society opens a new museum and gift shop in dumbo’s empire stores. free admission thru 5/21 (reg. $10 general, $6 seniors, free for students). >>

fri-sun various times: discover new art at these free open studios:
tribeca open artist studio tour (fri 6-8pm, sat-mon 1-6pm) >>
the clemente soto velez cultural and educational center’s open studios (fri 6-9pm, sat 2-9pm) >>
fort greene + clinton hill art walk (sat 11am-4pm) >>
industry city open studios (sat-sun 12-6pm) >>
trestle art space at sunset park open studios (sat-sun 12-6pm) >>
lic arts open studios (sat-sun various times) >>

fri-sun various times: with titles like vegetarian zombie, computer man, hall monitors, and more, the fifth annual bad film fest does its best to live up to its tongue-in-cheek name. cloud city (williamsburg), $8. >>

ri-sun: the 41st annual saint george ukrainian festival takes over e 7th street bet. 2nd + 3rd aves with food, music, and performances. free admission. >>

fri thru 6/1: a shiny new 25th anniversary 35mm print of quentin tarantino’s reservoir dogs screens at film forum. $14. >>

sat-sun various times: street fair and food festival season is upon us! some notable ones occurring this weekend:
the west 102nd + 103rd streets block association block party and yard sale (sat 10am-4pm) >>
viking fest (sat 10am-5pm) >>
expo gowanus (sat 11am-5pm) >>
essex street market block party (sat 12-5pm) >>
ninth avenue food festival (sat-sun 10am-6pm) >>
nyc vegetarian food festival (sat-sun 11am-6pm, $5 admission after 3:30pm both days if space allows, or save 40% on regular tickets with promo code ‘bestofvegan’) >>
park slope’s fabulous fifth avenue street fair (sun 10am-6pm) >>
sheepshead bay’s bayfest (sun 12-6pm) >>
greek jewish festival (sun 12-6pm) >>

sat-sun various times: volunteer in your community for it’s my park day parks and public spaces service projects. >>

sat-sun various times: explore the art, architecture, and history of more than 160 churches, synagogues, and meeting houses across the boroughs during the new york landmarks conservancy’s seventh annual sacred sites open house weekend. free. >>

sat-sun various times: vulture + new york magazine’s third annual vulture festival of pop culture boasts more than 40 events, and free ones include an interview with kevin bacon, a screening of mary kills people, a comedy showcase with above average, and more. various locations. >>

sat-sun: 54 wave-inspired public art sculptures will pepper the five boroughs in preparation for united nations world oceans day. >>

thru sun: out of the den and into the wild, urban bear nyc is back, bringing four days of dance parties, afternoon excursions, and a street fair all curated for the large ‘n’ hirsute men who love men out there. various locations, free-$20. >>

thru 6/8: the annual new york guitar festival returns with performances and talks including an all-day raga marathon/screening/dance party (5/19), trixie whitley + marc ribot (6/1), lee ranaldo (6/8), and more. various locations, free-$15. >>

check our website for ongoing events. >>

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