fri thru sun: national cheesecake day offerings: eileen’s special cheesecake shop (nolita, saturday only) and junior’s restaurant (various locations, fri-sun) are whipping up deliciousness on this year’s national cheesecake day. snag a free individual cheesecake tart with your $15+ purchase at eileen’s, or pick up a $5 slice with toppings of your choice and play the the ‘wheel of cheesecake’ as the junior’s food truck tours all five boroughs.

fri thru sun: 43rd annual thunderbird american indian powwow: immerse yourself in native american culture at the queens county farm museum (floral park), where over 40 indigenous american nations will take part in three days of intertribal dance competitions and sell wares at a vast market of art, crafts, jewelry, and food. $15 admission. >>

fri thru sun: summer for the city at lincoln center: lincoln center’s free programming this weekend includes juilliard’s summer dance intensive performance (fri 2pm), a zydeco/blues music and dance party with nathan williams and the zydeco cha chas (fri 6pm), an evening of live music from around the world culminating in a silent disco (sat 4:30-midnight), a family dance with native american dance troupe indigenous enterprise (sun 4pm), and deaf broadway’s asl production of sweeney todd (sun 7:30pm). >>

fri + sat (fri 7pm, sat 3pm): poncili creación: no gods only flowers: artists and brothers pablo and efrain del hierro, known under the moniker poncili creación, launch no gods only flowers, a visual ritual performed with larger-than-life puppets suspended from two 80-foot-high boom cranes over the courtyard walls of moma ps1, mimicking flowers bursting through cracks on a city sidewalk. green attire is requested. moma ps1 courtyard (lic), free (rsvp). >>

fri + sat (7pm): mobile dance film festival: dancers call the shots at the fourth annual mobile dance film festival, a showcase of 20+ dance films from around the world shot entirely on mobile devices. gibney 280 broadway (civic center/tribeca), $12. >>

fri (various times): free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
7 days at mccarren park (greenpoint/williamsburg) >>
ailey at snug harbor cultural center (staten island) >>
bohemian rhapsody at wnyc transmitter park (greenpoint) >>
coming to america at haven plaza (washington heights) >>
godzilla raids again at lincoln center >>
respect at hansborough recreation center (harlem) >>
sing 2 at play area in penn south playground (chelsea) >>
star trek ii: the wrath of kahn on the flight deck of the intrepid (pier 86) >>
take the night at crocheron park (queens) >>

fri 6-8pm (on view thru 8/5): salmagundi club annual open exhibitions reception: the salmagundi club, an historic four-story townhouse in greenwich village, hosts two open exhibitions—one with photography and the other with painting, sculptures, and graphics—highlighting both emerging and established non-member artists from across the country. tonight’s opening reception includes free soft drinks and snacks, and wine and beer will be available for purchase. free admission. >>

fri 6-10pm: astor blaster silent disco: it’s hip to be square: party around the astor place cube at this all-ages silent disco dance party, featuring djs spinning top 40, 80s, 90s, and 2000s throwbacks, edm, hip-hop, rnb, and reggae on three different channels. free (a credit or debit card is required for the check-in process to use the headphones). >>

sponsored: fri 7pm: carnegie hall citywide: the hot sardines: experience everything that makes new york city so vibrant as we highlight sounds from across the country and around the globe right here in our neighborhoods. tonight, the hot sardines, ‘one of the best jazz bands in new york today’ (forbes), featuring guest vocalist nellie mckay at bryant park (midtown west). free. >>

fri 7pm: twister drink-along: a drinking game nyc casts actors in a live staged reading of a beloved movie and turns the whole thing into a drinking game. join them tonight as they stumble through twister. caveat (les), $13-18. >>

fri 7pm (fridays thru 8/26): sunset on the hudson music series: it sounds like summer on the riverfront, where you can kick back and enjoy a free twilight concert most fridays thru the summer. the series continues with tanzanian-american neo-soul singer-songwriter koku gonza. pier 45 (west village). >>

fri 7pm: celebrate brooklyn!: bric’s 44th free outdoor festival returns for a summer filled with concerts and performances at prospect park’s lena horne bandshell. tonight’s free concert features new zealand-based indie-pop band the beths with singer-songwriters sasami and charlotte cornfield. >>

fri 7:30pm (monthly): laugh it off – a comedy show in a dog cafe: bring your problems and your pups to the laugh it off variety show, where audience members submit their everyday problems and comedians try their best to ‘fix’ them. boris and horton (east village), $12. >>

fri 7:30pm (every other friday): cherry on top comedy: dairy queen savannah desormeaux hosts tonight’s edition of cherry on top, a comedy show featuring a female, queer, and non-binary lineup on the rooftop of ample hills creamery (gowanus). tonight’s lineup: connor marshall, nora jefferies, zach schiffman, sara hennessy, and richard perez. $10 admission (ice cream and pizza will be available for purchase). >>

fri 7:30pm (weekly): transplants comedy show: funny folks katie boyle (the shift) and mohanad elshieky (comedy central) do crowd work and tell jokes and stories about nyc and their hometowns (in ireland and libya, respectively) at tonight’s edition of the transplants comedy show. q.e.d. (astoria), $10 adv, $12 door. >>

fri 8pm: mediawitch fun fest: comedian marissa goldman, creator of the popular ‘google doc quarantine party,’ brings an evening of multimedia comedy, found youtube videos, google docs, and more to wonderville (bushwick). $10. >>

fri 8pm: i get wild!: tribute band i get wild plays the music of talking heads at littlefield (gowanus). $15. >>

fri 8:30pm (weekly): bitches brew comedy show: see what all the brew-ha-ha is about at this women-produced and hosted comedy show, returning to the back room at halyards (gowanus) with stand-up by peter grosz (veep), rallo boykins (comedy central), carmen lagala (colbert), gracie canaan (nbc), ben wasserman (adult swim), and maria decotis (rolling stone). free admission (a tip jar will be passed around at the end of the show). >>

fri 10:30pm: happy birthday, kate: a kate bush party: be running up that hill at dj bright light bright light’s annual kate bush birthday celebration. c’mon everybody (bed-stuy), $12.30. >>


sat thru 8/28: (weekends 1-6pm): brooklyn waterfront artist coalition’s summer exhibitions opening: bwac’s seasonal art show takes over a 25,000 square foot civil war-era warehouse gallery space on the brooklyn waterfront: ‘more art of coney island’ juried exhibition, the members’ exhibition, and solo shows by sarah baley and emily legleitner. bwac gallery (red hook), free (donations welcome). >>

sat thru 8/7: trashfest and darkfest: the tank (midtown west) presents a series of eco-forward theatrical productions that produce no waste and use discarded materials, along with performances that use self-sufficient and alternative energy sources (e.g., flashlights). various prices. >>

sat + sun (9am-5pm): hong kong dragon boat festival: the 31st annual hong kong dragon boat festival, the oldest and largest event of its kind in the u.s., launches a weekend filled with dragon boat races, traditional music and dance from across the globe, food trucks, and more. rain or shine. flushing meadows corona park (queens), free admission. >>

sat + sun (6pm): summerstage: the beloved summer performing arts festival continues with concerts featuring saba, eryn allen kane, themind, and zillion (saturday) and sons of kemet, makaya mccraven, l’rain, and dj lindsey (sunday) at central park’s rumsey playfield. free. >>

sat + sun (6pm, + 8/6-7): greenhouse ensemble’s ten-minute play soirée: greenhouse ensemble’s short play performance series features a curated selection of new 10-minute plays by seven up-and-coming playwrights. outdoors at westside community garden (uws), free. >>

sat (various times): free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
delicacy (la délicatesse) at pier i in riverside park south (uws) >>
fame at lena horne bandshell in prospect park >>
i didn’t see you there at brooklyn army terminal (sunset park) >>
james and the giant peach at beach 17th street playground (far rockaway) >>
spider-man: no way home at langston hughes playground (harlem) >>

sat 12-5pm (monthly thru december): queens craft brigade five year anniversary market: shop for artwork, crafts, fashion, jewelry, food, and more made by queens-based artists at queens craft brigade’s five year anniversary pop-up. katch (astoria), free admission. >>

sat 12-6pm: ninth annual stoops bed-stuy art crawl: america’s next top model winner naima mora hosts this year’s community block party celebration of brooklyn-based creatives. headlined by performance ensemble urban bush women, the afternoon will include live dance, theater, and music performances, visual art, workshops, energy healing, and more. pick up the schedule at garden of hope and 398 hancock street. free admission. >>

sat 1-7pm (monthly thru 11/19): bronx night market: the bronx’s outdoor pop-up is back with a rotating lineup of vendors (majority micro-, small-, lgbtq+-, poc-, immigrant-, and female-owned) serving up food, drink, apparel, jewelry, art, and more, plus with live music and dance performances. fordham plaza (bronx), free admission (pay-as-you-go). >>

sat 1:30pm (+ 8/2): columbia summer winds: the nyc-based community wind ensemble plays through a repertoire of great american songbook classics, john williams masterpieces, songs from the greatest showman and encanto, and more at this annual series of free, outdoor concerts in manhattan parks. today: central park’s naumburg bandshell. free. >>

sat 4-10pm: new york modular society summer synth series: the new york modular society, a collective dedicated to sharing love and knowledge about modular synthesizers, hosts a series of backyard parties at project parlor (bed-stuy) featuring electronic artists of various genres. $10 adv, $15 door. >>

sat 7:30pm (thru 8/19): summer movie nights at queens botanical garden: queens botanical garden’s annual outdoor screening series continues with encanto. ticket ($17 general, $15 students/seniors) includes garden admission and a $5 snack voucher. >>

sat 7:30pm: rooftop films: i love my dad: rooftop films presents james morosini’s semi-autobiographical comedy i love my dad, with pre-show music by the velvicks, a post-screening q+a with the filmmaker, and an afterparty. new design high school (les), $16. >>

sat 8pm (ends tonight): hot summer nights! at kingsborough: kingsborough’s annual outdoor concert series is back in full swing, bringing jazz, blues, new orleans street beats, and more to cuny kingsborough’s lighthouse bandshell (manhattan beach). the series concludes tonight with jazz trumpeter and vocalist jumaane smith and his six-piece band. free. >>


sun 2-6pm: guelaguetza festival: ballet folklórico mexicano de nueva york’s 10th annual festival brings a day of traditional oaxacan dance, music, costumes, food, and more to socrates sculpture park (lic). free admission. >>

sun 7pm: hot bitch bingo: grab life by the (bingo) balls at hope morawa and hannah kaplan’s evening of games and sparkling prizes. young ethel’s (park slope), free admission (donations encouraged). >>


mon thru 8/31: rooftop terrace movies series: grab a drink, don a pair of headphones (provided by the venue), and enjoy an outdoor movie on the rooftop terrace of the green room 42 at yotel times square. this month’s selections include titanic, moana, little shop of horrors, sunset boulevard, the silence of the lambs, the parent trap, dirty dancing, legally blonde, grease, and more. $20 admission includes a $10 food and beverage voucher. >>

mon thru 8/31: rooftop cinema club: rooftop cinema club returns to the skylawn rooftop bar at embassy suites in midtown, where you can kick back in a comfy lounge chair and enjoy a classic new york movie beneath the night sky. this month’s screenings: the big lebowski, the shining, poetic justice, call me by your name, american psycho, roman holiday, lost in translation, casablanca, selena, moonlight, dazed and confused, and more. food, drinks, and movie snacks are available for purchase. $22.50+ admission. >>

mon thru 8/30: ‘orange + blue skies: spike lee’s new york’ series at nitehawk cinema: do the right thing and get yourself to nitehawk cinema’s screening series, featuring 25th hour, crooklyn, inside man, malcolm x, and more. nighthawk cinema (williamsburg + prospect park), $14. >>

mon (various times): free outdoor movies (weather permitting):
best in show at the hudson (inwood) >>
the wiz at our wicked lady (east williamsburg) >>
star trek: first contact at bryant park (midtown west) >>
sing 2 at union turnpike and 196th street (queens) >>
ailey at marcus garvey park (east harlem) >>
willy wonka and the chocolate factory at astoria park >>

mon 6:30pm (monthly): almost therapy: talk it out at corinne britti and katherine freel’s mental health-themed comedy variety show, where stand-up sets and musical acts are followed by an audience-driven q+a with an actual mental health professional. pete’s candy store (williamsburg), free. >>

mon 7:30pm (monthly): miss manhattan non-fiction reading series: elyssa goodman and r.c. gstaad iii’s monthly showcase for nonfiction writers returns with an evening of readings by joseph osmundson (virology), jourdain searles (the new york times), and steven jude tietjen (opera news). niagara bar (east village), free. >>

mon 9:15pm: escape from new york: nitehawk cinema (prospect park) screens john carpenter’s 1981 dystopian sci-fi action flick, starring kurt russell, ernest borgnine, adrienne barbeau, lee van cleef, donald pleasence, and isaac hayes. $10. >>


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– the skint